Bomboy: Aunty Catwalq, please tell me a story
Catwalq: (looking up from her computer) ehn?
Bomboy: Please tell me a story
Catwalq:(slightly irritated) what story do you want to hear?
Bomboy: Can you tell me about the birth of Jesus Christ?
Catwalq: ehn? What kind of story is that? I don't know that one. How about Little Red Riding Hood or Shrek or something?
Bomboy's Mother: Catwalq, you don't know the story of the birth of Jesus Christ?
Catwalq: I do...I just don't feel like telling it. Let me tell him another one instead
Bomboy's Mother: Indeed...,sha don't corrupt my son
Catwalq: Haba! Aunty ki le mean? (Aunty, what do you mean?) Look Bomboy, I will tell you the story of Red Riding...nice one and then you go and play your video games okay?
Catwalq:(taps her chin dramatically) Okay, story story....
Catwalq: You are supposed to say 'story' and then I say,'once upon a time' and you say 'time time'...what are they teaching you in school?
Bomboy: I don't know.
Bomboy's Mother: Mo gbe!!!! (I am in trouble) What do you mean that you don't know? All the money I am spending on your school fees!!!!
Bomboy: No mummy, I know. I was just saying that they not teaching us that.
Catwalq: 'they not'? Aunty, you need to check these people out o
Bomboy Mother: mo ma daran o (I am in trouble)
Bomboy: (sulking) all I am asking for is a story nah
Catwalq: okay, okay, I'll tell you the story. Let's start again. Story story...
Catwalq: Once upon a time...
Bomboy: Time time
Catwalq: There was a little girl called Red Riding Hood. She had seven dwarfs and she lived in a palace with her wicked step mother queen....
Catwalq: If you interrupt me, I will knock you
Bomboy's Mother: Ma na omo me o, eyin aunty oni storyteller (don't beat my child o, aunty storyteller)
Bomboy: Aunty I don't think that is the story
Catwalq: look here, it is my story. Do you want to hear it or not? Because you are the one that came to me. I am busy. Have work to do
Bomboy: But you are on holiday
Catwalq: You know what? Go and play by yourself
Bomboy's Mother: Agbaya ni e (You are a big-for-nothing bully)
Bomboy: What does that mean?
Catwalq: Be quiet. Who was talking to you? You want your story or not?
Bomboy: Ok. sorry
Catwalq: Now where was I?
Bomboy: The palace queen
Catwalq: Yes, and so she now cooked porridge. But her wicked step mother did not like her so when she cooked the first porridge, the wicked step mother was like 'It's too sweet' and the next one 'It is too salty' and the next one 'It is too peppery'...
Bomboy: Like your food...always too spicy
Catwalq: Ehn? Lenu e (coming from your mouth?)
Bomboy's Mother: (cracking up in the kitchen)
Catwalq: If you interrupt me again...so the wicked woman went and asked a mirror or a cup- which one, I cannot remember- who was the finest girl in the land and the thing could not lie and told the queen that it was Red Riding Hood. The queen now banished Red Riding Hood out of the palace because she stole...
Bomboy: What did she steal?
Catwalq: The queen's Jimmy Choos.
Bomboy: What are those?
Catwalq: Something you have to buy for your wife when you start working. And she did not steal them, the queen lied on her.
Catwalq: As I was saying before I was rudely interrupted, so the queen now banished her into the woods and then paid a wolf to go and kill her.
Bomboy: A wolf!!! Can they talk?
Catwalq: That's why it's called a fairy tale. Haba! You this boy, you are on another level o. Let me finish my story jare
Bomboy's Mother: What kind of storyteller are you that someone cannot ask questions again? Didn't you used to ask questions when you were little? Abi, o ju be e lo ni ( or is what is going on more than it is?)
Catwalq: I did not say he should not ask questions. He should wait until the end when I ask him the moral of the story. Then, he can ask all he wants.
Bomboy's Mother: Oya, Bomboy, you too wait till the end. You and your Aunty are giving me a headache.
Catwalq: ese o Aunty Mi (Thank you o Aunty)
Bomboy's Mother: Iwo agbaya yi (You bully)
Catwalq: so as she was leaving, she took bread and started leaving bread crumbs on the way so she could find her way back at night.
Bomboy: Who did?
Catwalq: So you're not even listening?!!!!!! Oya, leave me if you are not listening to what I am saying
Bomboy: I am listening. But your story is confusing. I want to hear the birth of Jesus Christ
Bomboy's Mother: Leave your Aunty. When I finish what I am doing, I will tell you what you want to hear. I mean, how can we say we have an Aunty at home that cannot do one small thing. Or maybe she does not even know the story and she is pretending...
Catwalq: (exasperated sigh) The heavens are against me today. The devil is a liar. Oya, if you want to hear the story of Jesus. I will tell you but if you interrupt me even once, it is over.
Catwalq: Once upon a time, there was...
Bomboy: Time time...ooops. You said I should say
Catwalq: Mssstsssthw! There was a young lady called Mary of Jerusalem. She was sitting in front of her house peeling corn.
Bomboy: What was she going to use the corn for?
Catwalq: To make pap in the morning. What did I say about interrupting? So she was there doing her corn jeje-ly and rora-ly when one angel appeared to her and was like 'Boo'. So she jumped and was like "Aaaah". The angel then told her that she should not be afraid that she was going to get pregnant and have the son of God. Mary was like "What kind of nonsense prophecy is that? I don't even have a boyfriend."
The angel told her not to worry, that Joseph was going to be her husband. Mary was like "Eugh, that yeye carpenter?". And the angel was like yes. And because Mary was scared out of her jeans, she said ok so that the angel could quickly go and she could finish her corn before her mother came back from Canaan where she went shopping. That's where the Giant and Safeway of their day was.
So like that, like that, she became pregnant and she had to tell Joseph now. And Joseph was now like "Are you crazy? Who do you think is responsible?" Which was true as they had never been like boyfriend and girlfriend. That is why we say wait till after you are married to have a girlfriend, who will be your wife. Do you understand what I am saying?
Bomboy: Not really
Catwalq: That's no problem. So sha Joseph left her and she was crying and the angel came back and was like "boo" and Mary was like "leave me alone joo. I went and told Joseph that I am pregnant and he denied me. Me myself, I don't even know where the child is coming from." The angel now told her not to worry and paid Joseph a visit. I can't remember what he told Joseph but that very night the carpenter went and married Mary. I am guessing the angel said more than "boo" and freaked the poor guy out.
So sha, they were married and then there was the king in Egypt who had a vision that if Jesus was born that he would become the king of the Isrealites or I think the descendants of Moses...anyways, this guy went unhinged...
Bomboy: What's that?
Catwalq: (makes a imitation of lunacy and boy laughs) so the king, Herod was his name now ordered that all the soldiers go out and find the baby. They went all over Rome and Egypt and what is now today's Iran and Turkey.
Bomboy's Mother: I don't know what is more alarming, your version or the fact that you might have told this story in public before. Where did you get this story from?
Catwalq: Me, I am sorry o. What kind of request is it to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ? What happened to good old 'Eze goes to school' or 'Koku Baboni"? I am doing the best I can. I have not even got to the point where Joseph had to part the red sea to escape the soldiers.
Bomboy's Mother: Bomboy! Get up from there now before your Aunty puts me in more trouble than I am already in.
Bomboy: But I like this story. I have to tell it to my classmates when I get back to school. Mrs. Hounding told us to research the story and come and tell it in school.
Bomboy's Mother: Catwalq, you are in trouble.
Catwalq: What did I do?