When Didi, Andy’s father, arrived Madrid, it wasn’t to settle down. It was to do a bit of exploration after his business trip, and do some travels around Europe before returning to EQ. Coming from the fang tribe in EQ was something Didi held in high esteem. Back home, he grew up with the notion that he was a man. He trusted his instincts. He was the only male child of his father Senghor and had inherited all the wealth of his father. His father Senghor married five wives while in search of a male child. He was the last of the children to be born and that much sought after male child. His dad, Senghor, would stop at anything to make sure that Didi was happy. At an early age he started enjoying the luxuries of life meant for adults. He sat in the council and court with his father. His father’s wives paid obeisance to him as the heir apparent to the throne of the Senghor dynasty. He travelled the world on business and leisure.
At Madrid, Maria fell in love with Didi. Didi did not pay any particular attention to his relationship with Maria. He was a hot commodity with ladies, especially ladies from back home who knew the stock he emanated from.
It wasn’t until after seven weeks of his return to EQ that Didi received the first letter from Maria.
I have just confirmed that I am pregnant for you. I did not know any man before I met you and I have not known any man after I met you.
Did stared at the letter for the tenth time and read it over again. He folded it back to the envelop and went to sleep. He called for the chief minstrel in his court to entertain him. The minstrel played a local tune in Spanish to him. Less than twenty minutes into the performance, he was snoring. He dreamt of when he was back in Madrid at a club with Maria dancing.
I have received with glad tidings the news of the pregnancy. Please find enclosed your fare to avail yourself in EQ. You shall be treated with all the necessities of life to enable you go through this transition. You shall also have the honour of meeting with my other wives and concubines.
It was in the dead of the night he awoke and penned his reply to Maria.
Letters took ages to travel. Telephone services weren’t as sophisticated as it is today. You simply had to make time your ally. Maria couldn’t handle that. She ended up not going to EQ. Anytime she wrote asking for financial support, Didi would reply saying that she should come down to EQ and all her needs would be met. When she put to birth, she named the boy, Mine.
Mine grew up without his father and did not identify with any male figure in his life. When he was of age, he travelled to EQ in search of his father. He was given a royal welcome and met Andy his brother. However because his mother was not married to Didi, he was not entitled to any inheritance from his father. Was it worth it? He went back to Europe. Mine kicked the bucket when he was only twenty two years old. Eighteen years later, Hayward embarked on the same trip to EQ to trace his roots like his late dad, Mine did. His return to EQ was without any fanfare. It was viewed with suspicion and at the end he vowed he would get what belonged to him. At EQ, he was told that Alfred had left for the UK and Alfred was the bonafide person who could divide any share of the family’s wealth with him as the only male child. He went to England to hunt down his step brother to get what belonged to him.
All along Lucy did not realize that she was just a pawn in the equation. Hayward took Lucy away from Andy because that was sweet for him. He got her pregnant and had Martha. According to the fang tribe, a brother could marry his sister as long as she was from a different mother. Lucy wasn’t married to Alfred so traditionally speaking he was safe.
His next plan was to get Andy to sign off a large chunk of the money stashed in the UK bank and elope with Lucy to Spain.
The first attempt was unsuccessful as the cheque that Andy signed was not with his genuine signature. Andy had signed off a three hundred thousand pound cheque for Lucy to purchase a house for herself and Alfred. His father had always warned him to beware of women that he was not married to and he never forgot that advice. Lucy thought everything was under control until the bubble burst. After collecting the cheque, he stopped visiting Alfred. Hayward was not happy about the way Lucy handled matters. He had encouraged her to keep it going with Andy, till they were safe in Spain in their new house. But Lucy was too blinded by what did not exist to listen to any advice. She called it love for Hayward. Hayward called it foolishness. There was no money in that account and everything fell apart. Hayward never forgave Lucy. However his target was to try to persuade Lucy to fall in line with his new strategy before Alfred turned sixteen. At that stage Alfred will be the only one eligible to claim the fortune stashed in the account.
The plan was to keep Alfred as far away as possible from his dad, while Lucy worked on restoring the relationship with Andy and apologize for the last muck up – blame it on, ill advise from the citizens advice bureau, after all, Andy does not know much about the system, whatever it took, “but keep that relationship alive” as Hayward would always warn .