And here we are! The final episode of the penultimate season of the beloved MTD series! We’ve already seen the good vibe it’s sorta ending on, but there’s still quite a lot more to be seen, so… let’s complete this!
“Diamond my love! That was a fantastic speech!” Larissa gushed as she stretched her arms out wide, her daughter walking straight into them.
It was about five minutes after that ‘fantastic speech’ had been made. Maabena had also made her own comments, and Selasi had subsequently brought the little ceremony to a close. Now it was simply a matter of socializing and enjoying Smooth Wrapz’ flagship snacks. Which was in full swing. After all, the evening was still very young.
“Thank you, twinniee!! I’m so grateful, and I meant every word of it!”
“I know, honey, I know!”
“Great speech, Dee!” Serwaah added her voice as the two separated. Diamond looked down at her little sister and smiled, wrapping her arms around her.
“Thank you, baby girl! I’m so grateful to all of you. You all helped in your own special ways to make this happen. I love you!”
“Love you too!” was response from both mother and younger sister.
“Hmmm. This is a perfect time for our special love language,” Larissa added, a finger on her chin. “Or what do you say?”
Diamond and Serwaah agreed enthusiastically.
The three Dolphyne ladies shared their vintage Dolphyne Air Kiss, before Larissa pulled the two of them close in an embrace.
“Awwww, I love you, my beautiful babies. Always have and always will.”
Their warm little embrace did not last too long, however, as Adjeiwaa and a crying Barimah came to them.
“Auntie Larissa, please, Barimah is looking for Mummy,” Adjeiwaa said as her brother continued to bawl out.
“Eeei, Barimah nono. Come here, sweetie, let’s go look for your mummy,” Larissa said as she lifted up the three-year old and wiped his eyes. She looked at Diamond and smirked as he stopped crying, looking rather satisfied to be in the arms of his auntie. “This your cousin eh.”
“I know right! Barimah nie!” she gushed as she tickled him, getting a giggle out of him. “Oh, Maa, I need to attend to something at the trailer. I’ll catch up with you later, alright?”
“No problem, Dee. Serwaah, you go with Adjeiwaa, alright? Lemme go look for Jayla.”
“Alright, Maa,” Serwaah responded obediently as she took her cousin’s hand and headed for the table where the family was seated.
“Oscar, can you go and get an extra one of these for me?” Uncle Baafi asked, holding up a plate on which his chicken wrap had been.
“Alright,” Oscar responded, getting up a little too eagerly to get it for him. He liked his uncle, but the current conversation between him and Daniel bordering on the country’s financial sector was definitely not what he wanted to spend another ten minutes listening to. Not when Kwame was around and they could engage in some useless debate. He was feeling ready to battle with his cousin over whether How I Met Your Mother’s finale was terrible or not.
He headed for the trailer, where there was a line of pretty satisfied customers in a similar Oliver Twist mood. He nodded to himself. Diamond’s dream had kicked off spectacularly, and he was pleased for her. There was something to smile about.
Five minutes later, he had been served and was returning to the table where his uncle and father were seated, when he saw a rather familiar-looking figure among the crowd.
The figure of a person that had been actively avoiding him for weeks.
What was Adelaide doing here?
He wondered for a moment, then shrugged. That needn’t be his worry. It was an open thing, anyways. At least she was coming to get herself some smoothies. Good on her. At least she was supporting Diamond’s new venture.
Besides, she already didn’t want to have anything to do with him, so he was better off letting her be and going to look for his cousin so they could talk about things that would actually hold his interest.
Just as he turned his gaze, he heard a familiar voice.
He turned in surprise. It was Adelaide actually calling out to him.
She walked briskly toward him, that cute grin on her face.
“Hi Oscar,” she greeted shyly once she caught up with him.
He had honestly considered turning away from her and walking off, just to show her how unamused he was at the way she had been treating him. Somehow, though, that cute grin on her face had been sorely missed, and it had somehow tossed away the idea of airing her.
“Hello Adelaide,” he said, with a tint of coldness in his voice.
That notwithstanding, he wasn’t going to give her the impression that she was totally off the hook.
“Umm, I knew you’d be here, and I… I wanted to clear the air with you. First of all, I’m so sorry for the way I’ve been acting towards you. Please understand this, I… I never enjoyed having to be separated from you like that. There is a reason, and I… I need to let you know now. That’s why I came here. To talk.”
Oscar raised an eyebrow. She was now ready to speak? Interesting.
“It’s a long story, but I can say that she didn’t want me to speak to you. The long story will reveal just why. But Oscar, I’m really sorry. Trust me, it hurt me to ignore you more than you think. Because I really like you, Oscar. I like you so much.”
Perfect words to melt away the iciness in his heart.
He sighed. There was no way he could shove her aside at this point. Because as upset and hurt as he was, the feelings were mutual.
Maybe now, something good was coming his way. After the past couple of disappointments, he was finally striking gold.
“I like you too, Addy. And sure, we can find a place and talk about this whole issue. Just gimme a moment. I need to give this to my uncle. I’ll be back. Looks like we have a lot to talk about.”
“Oh, most definitely, Oscar. Most definitely.”
“Great. And uh, get yourself a wrap or something. They’re ridiculously good!”
“Sure, I will!”
“Ei, sister Ajay that!” Toby said, grinning as his little cousin walked up to the table with Serwaah.
Lifting her up onto his lap, he began to engage her in little child talk while he handed over his phone to Serwaah, who wanted to show him one of the latest dance videos she wanted them to work on.
As she opened YouTube and typed in the name of the video, a WhatsApp notification appeared.
“Toby, you have a message oo. Looks like it’s from… Delphine or something…” she murmured.
In a split second of panic, Toby suddenly reached out and snatched the phone from Serwaah’s hand, scrambling to see what she had sent to him. Not too long ago, he had ended up opening her chat and realizing she had sent him a very steamy bathroom selfie. Until then, the auto-download option on his WhatsApp messenger had been switched on, and despite promising himself to turn it off, he was yet to do that.
Opening the chat in a panic, he breathed a sigh of relief as he realized it was a simple text. No x-rated pictures.
Then he turned to Serwaah, who had a look of astonishment and suspicion on her face. Suddenly realizing how crudely he had taken the phone from her, his pupils darted from her gaze. “Sorry, Princess,” he muttered. “Just some… silly girl sending spam stuff.”
Serwaah didn’t seem very convinced. Or satisfied with his apology.
“Look, lemme quickly send the person a message, then I’ll give it back to you. I’m sorry, wai. I shouldn’t have snatched it from you like that. Just one of those things.”
She shrugged. “Okay. Then lemme have Adjeiwaa.”
“Sure,” he agreed, lifting his little cousin onto Serwaah’s laps. “Ei, Ajay, you’ve become a big geh paa oo!”
Adjeiwaa giggled in response.
Turning to the phone screen, he opened WhatsApp and read the message.
Toby, what the hell is going on? I’ve been trying to contact you for the past couple of weeks and all you do is blue tick me and ignore my calls. I don’t understand what’s going on…
He shut his eyes and sighed inwardly.
Indeed, the silence was not the best. Since she had suggested the after-exam sex, he had totally ignored all her messages. It was only that afternoon that curiosity got the better of him and he ended up finding the last message sent to be a bathroom picture of her topless, her left arm covering her exposed breasts. With a caption “Don’t you just miss them?”
The guilt was still present; it was only the little assistance he had offered in the build-up to this event that had kept his mind occupied. He hadn’t said anything to her yet, knowing she most likely did not feel the same way.
But with this message, he knew it was time to set things straight with her. At least a message would be sufficient.
In a minute, he had typed out his response.
Hi Delphine. I’m really sorry I haven’t responded to you for a while. It’s just that I’ve been thinking, and I have to be honest with you: this fling between us is not right. I’ve honestly not been myself since the second time we had sex. I’m sorry, but I think we have to end this. I don’t wanna continue with it anymore. I’ll explain better when we meet in school. Happy holidays.
He pressed the send button.
Watched as the two ticks appeared.
Saw the ‘online’ word immediately appear below her name at the top, and the ticks turn blue.
He quickly exited the chat and put it on mute, then exited and handed over his phone to Serwaah. He’d read the reaction later. What mattered was that she knew the truth.
He was no longer interested in this illicit relationship. He had betrayed his conscience and his morals enough. He had allowed himself to be swayed and spellbound by her body for too long. He may have fallen, but still. It was time to do what Diamond had told him to do a long time ago.
Time to bring it to an end.
“Oh lawd, this has been hella successful!” Diamond cheered as she met with her partner at the side of the trailer. “Just as we had planned and prayed for!”
“Most definitely, baby girl. Such a relief that all those hours of hard work paid off,” Maabena agreed, stretching out her hands upwards. “We did it, Dee!”
“And we’re definitely gonna keep doing it!” Diamond added, giving her partner a hug. Upon separating, she bit her lip and had a bit of a guilty look on her face. “I should probably apologize to Edem now. Still feeling guilty about telling him to eff off.”
“Still haven’t spoken to him?”
Diamond shook her head.
“Well, go look for him and make up! Life’s too short for these small beefs. Go on and find him.”
“So yeah, you need to let your pride down and apologize to her. That was definitely not the right thing to say. I mean, tease her if you want, but if it’s offensive, you definitely have to backtrack. That was not the right thing to do at all,” Selasi gently chided her cousin.
“Mmmm. Yeah, you’re right. In hindsight, I realize that was rather messed up. I really should have been more responsive to her feelings. Don’t worry, I’m gonna go look for her and…”
The two of them, standing beside the Amenus’ car, turned to see the one they spoke of heading towards them.
“Well, you’ve got your work cut out for you, baby boy. Clear things up and move on, alright? I’m gonna go find Jackson,” she ended, before patting him on the shoulder and walking away, giving Diamond a compliment as she headed towards the area where the trailer was located, many people still going for refills.
He took a deep breath as the most beautiful girl in his sights approached him.
“Hey, umm… I want to apologize for last night. I really shouldn’t have used the F word on you like that. I’m sorry.”
“Oh, I was just about to look for you to do that myself. Coz truth is I owe you a bigger one. In hindsight, I was quite an asshole last night, and I should’ve been more sensitive. So I should be the one to be sorry. I promise, I’m not that much of a horrible guy.”
“I know, Edem,” she replied assuredly, rubbing his arm. “We all slip up every now and then. But you’re an amazing guy, and I’m glad to have you around. You’re a major reason why we’ve been so successful. And besides, I’ve had my dealings with horrible guys, and you’re definitely not one of them.”
“Oh, of course. Archibald is there. Archibald. Ah, what yawa name too is that?”
“Edem, please, not now.”
The two of them laughed. Then, that silence followed.
That ever awkward silence.
“Well, I guess I’ll be heading back to the ceremony,” she said, then turned to leave.
In a split second, the words he had been hoarding for so long tumbled out of his mouth.
“Diamond, I’m in love with you.”
She froze, and turned to him, wide-eyed.
It didn’t look like she was expecting that. But those moments of awkward silence had to end. The truth had to come out now.
“Diamond, I’m crazy about you. Honestly, amazing isn’t enough to describe how wonderful a woman you are. I can never seem to get you out of my mind, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve felt this way for some time, and I… I can’t keep it to myself. Honey, I am deeply and hopelessly in love with you.”
Her hands in his, he watched as she inhaled and exhaled gently, still trying to absorb the depth of this.
“God, you’re so beautiful, Diamond,” he breathed. “You blow my mind every single day. Like, I’m so damn serious. You really do.”
She simply stayed mute, her eyes staring straight into his.
“You are the most beautiful, most ambitious, most intelligent, most incredible young lady I’ve ever come across. It’s been nothing but bliss since you came my way. And at this point in time, I know that I need you in my life. Not as just a friend. I want more with you. So much more.”
With that, he let go of her right hand and held her chin, looking deep into her eyes.
The time had come. He had been dreaming about this for a while now. With all the anxieties that came with it. But this was it. No turning back.
Now that she knew how he felt, it was time to finally pop the question.
“Yes, Edem?” she responded breathlessly.
“Will you be my lady?”
Well, that’s quite an ending. Will Diamond say yes? She should, shouldn’t she? After all, she feels the same way about him. And it looks like things might be turning around for Oscar. I just wonder what happened with Adelaide’s mother and prophetess to begin with. And something tells me ending things with Delphine won’t be as easy as Toby thinks.
Well, season 3 has come to an end, and the next one is the final season. You’ll find out in due time when it’ll be out. In the meantime, other limited series and the like will come out soon, so be on the lookout for those!