EPISODE 1 & 2
DEAD END (Episode 1)
Written by: Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi
“Life is just so unbelievable.”
Lucy thought as she cleaned a tear that escaped her eyes.
The stove hissed in front of her as the okra soup she was cooking rose rapidly in the pot and into the fire.
She sat up quickly to return the spoon in her hand into the pot and stirred the soup.
She reduced the fire as she quickly rose up to put a smoked fish inside the soup. She stirred the soup repeatedly until she was satisfied it was well cooked.
She switched off the stove.
Humming silently she served the Okra soup in a plate and moved towards her study table that served as a dining table as well. She placed the soup on the table and returned to her cooking corner to pick two wraps of fufu before finally settling down on her chair.
Lucy stared at the Fufu and Ila Asepo in front of her as she sighed.
“Everyone is feeding on Good soup and freshMeat since the school is just resuming. I’m here eating Fufu and Ila Asepo. Even the smoked Fish Mama gave me has been at home for long.” She said dejectedly before finally putting a lump of Fufu in her mouth.
She looked round her room in disgust.
The room was very small: the size of their Bathroom at home. She had thought she would be able to move to a self-contain room this session but all hope of that was now dashed.
A new session was just beginning. To every student, it was usually the beginning of a fresh life. However for Lucy, a third year Student of the Department of Computer Engineering it was the beginning of worry and anxiety. The previous Semester break had been filled with tales of woe for her. Two of her elder siblings who had been the hope of the family had died in a ghastly motor accident. Things changed for the Family simultaneously.
Paying the tuition fee for the new session and some other bills was a great challenge as her parents were both retirees. One of her distant cousin’s, Cecil who was also a student in the institution where Lucy schooled was also dependent on her family as she was orphaned.
“Things cannot continue to go on like this at all.” She said aloud as her eyes strayed to a Christian Magazine on the table. She stretched her left hand to pick it up and placed it in front of her.
As she ate, she flipped through the book. She had just scanned through two pages when her eyes caught a Bible Verse.
“But Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto thee.” Matthew 6:33.
Yes, she was familiar with the verse.
“If I am not even a serious Christian, at least my Parents are. Where are those other things now?” she said as she closed the book and dropped it.
Lucy had never been a Serious Christian before but due to their present situation, she seem to lose all the faith she thought she had.
“I have to think of something to do.” She said as she finished eating.
The next day was not an easy one at all.
Lucy already had four lectures non-stop and still had two more to go.
She walked towards the Cafeteria as her stomach growled. She was seriously hungry and couldn’t bare it any longer.
“I will have to make do with the last amount of money with me. I wonder how 100 naira rice will even be? I have never even had reasons to buy food before.” She thought as she checked around at the quantity of food being sold to the other students.
She joined the queue and after few moments it was soon her turn.
“Rice 100naira.” Lucy whispered to the fat woman selling the food.
The woman looked up in surprised.
“100naira?” She asked loudly causing people to look towards the place.
“Yes.” Lucy replied blinking her eyes.
“What was happening? Why was she so surprised?” Lucy wondered within her.
“We don’t sell 100 naira Rice. The least is 150.” The woman replied much louder this time.
“Chai! This is embarrassment oo.”
DEAD END (Episode 2)
Written by:- Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi
“Hello!” Someone said directly behind her as she stopped suddenly.
“Who is that?” She asked as she turned swiftly.
Standing before her was a young man dressed in blue shirt and black trousers.
“Not God after all!” She muttered after the breath.
“Really?” The young man said catching her attention again.
“You thought it was God. Well, you must be a Jesus Freak then.” He said laughing.
“Really? This one does not even know anything.” Lucy gawked as she surveyed him.
He had a polythene bag his hands.
“Hope am safe?” She thought within her.
“You’re safe.” He replied as if reading her thoughts.
“Are you okay? You were here crying all alone,” He asked as he peered into her face.
“Yes. But what do you know?” She bent to sit on a log of wood. She stared towards the cafeteria swiftly.
“I think I can connect the dots myself with what I have witnessed so Far.” he replied as he moved closer to where she was.
“How long have you been watching?” She asked finally cleaning her face.
“Long enough to understand your situation.” he said.
“Seriously, you don’t.” She said as she stood up and walked past him.
Her stomach growled. She frowned.
“I got something for you.”
“What’s his problem?” She thought as she looked at him.
“You are hungry so…” he said as he stretched out the polythene bag in his hand to her.
Yes, she was terribly hungry.
She stretched out her hand to collect it as she muttered a “thank you.”
“Very much.” She added as he nodded and turned to go.
“Hey!” She called out to him.
“What do you know about God?” she asked.
“Well, i know he is our creator and he takes care of us.” Lucy gaped at him.
“I think so.”
“You don’t know him on a personal level?”
So he wasn’t born again. Hmm…
“And you?” he asked.
“Well, i think i was this close to knowing him, then life happened. You know and it seemed like all i used to hold unto of him before just disappeared. I used to wonder why he let all these happen to me, to my parents. At least they believe in him. My Parents talk about it been a time of trial and that God will give them double for their shame but to me they don’t deserve all these.”
“They don’t.” she repeated silently.
“It’s alright. Life is like a ball that does not stay to the ground on a side. It may be a side this minute and another the next minute. I’m sure things will turn around for good.”
“I hope so.”
“I’m Mark by the way. A student of Civil Engineering. I see you sometimes during our Faculty Lectures.”
“OK. Lucy, Computer Engineering.”
“It’s nice meeting you.”
“Same here and thanks for this” she said raising up the nylon, “and for the company.”
“We’ll see around.” he said as he turned to go.
The two soon became close friends and always spent time together.
Mark would give her money, buy things for her whenever she complained of anything.
Her parents soon started wondering why she didn’t seem to pester them about money like before and she told them she had a supportive friend.
Her Mother warned her to be careful and told her daughter to please consider giving her life to Christ.
“Mum, I think i will when things get better for us. But for now, I go to Church on Sunday’s. Let me keep hearing the word of God, you can’t say when it will work out Salvation in my life.” She had replied.
Towards the middle of the semester, Lucy and Mark agreed they loved each other and soon started dating. Lucy’s relationship with the few friends she had soon turned sour as she was always with Mark. She seldom called her parents except when she needed money and didn’t get from Mark. She began to loose focus of her dream to Study Aeronautic Engineering after her undergraduate program as she started painting her future with Mark. Her Cousin, Cecil soon warned her to be careful but she ignored her.
It was one week to the semester’s exam, when the owner of Cecil’s hostel came to ask for the rent giving a one week ultimatum. She called her parents but they told her there was no money and that she should squat with her cousin if need be. Shame couldn’t make her turn to any friend for help thus she ran to Mark. He promised to render help but nothing was done until Lucy was sent packing on the day the first semester exam was to begin.
She couldn’t go to Cecil so she turned to Mark’s house.
He listened silently as she explained her situation to him.
“So… Mark what do i do now? ” she asked.
“I don’t know. I don’t have any money with me presently.” he said bluntly.
“Hmm.. OK but i can’t go to Cecil. I have ignored her for a long time.”
“I understand you but there is nothing i can do. Except if you will squat in my place for sometimes ? I can give you a space.” Mark said to her surprise.
Lucy gaped at him.
“I’m sure you are joking.” Lucy said laughing.
Will she accept this offer?
EPISODE 3 & 4
DEAD END (Episode 3)
Written by : Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi.
“No, I’m serious. Or do you have another idea?” he asked.
Lucy shook her head in disbelief.
Even if she was that desperate she wouldn’t do that. But she couldn’t face Cecil. She hadn’t been in touch with her for long.
“Are you still contemplating or what?” He asked impatiently.
“Mark, this is something I have to think about very well.”
“Alright. I will be inside my room. You can call me if you need my assistance with packing your loads.”
He walked past her and entered his room.
“I have pushed all my friends away. I don’t have any choice. I will stay for some days.” she concluded within herself.
“Mark! Give me a hand.” she called out to him.
“Alright. I’m coming.” He answered.
She started packing her things into his room with his assistance. It was a self-contain so she felt things would go fine.
“Mark, please let me put my bed at the other side of the room.” She said as she concluded she wouldn’t feel comfortable sleeping with him on the same bed. She settled in comfortably and life as roommates soon began. She did the cooking and cleaning of the room while he took care of the rent.
Before long, Mark started making sexual advances to her.
“Please, Mark we living together is not an avenue for all this.” She finally said to him one day.
“But Lucy, we were in a relationship before you came here now.”
“I know; but please, I can’t do this. I’m sorry. ”
“It’s alright.” He said as he walked away.
“I can’t do something that will make my Parents to be disappointed in me more than they have already.” She soliloquizes as she walked away too.
Everything continued normally and Lucy soon got used to them living together
She decided her parents must not hear about what she was doing and always avoided Cecil. Before long Cecil got wind of what was happening and reported the situation to Lucy’s parents.
“Ki omo yi ma koba mi oo.” (This child should better not put me into trouble.) Her mother said as they ended their conversation with Cecil.
Her Father shook his head in disappointment as her mother tried putting a call through to her.
“Good Afternoon Mama, how are you doing?” Lucy asked as soon she picked up.
“Good Afternoon, please where are you presently?” her mother asked shaking her legs in fury.
“I’m in the hostel now? Hope no problem?”
“Iwo omi yii! (You this Child!) Hostel Okunrin ti di hostel re abi ? (A guy’s hostel has now become your hostel?) Don’t put me in trouble now?”
Lucy fell silent for some time.
“I know what is going on. Cecil just informed us now. This girl don’t kill us before our time with worries please. I’m begging you.”
“No child can even kill me.” Her Father commented as he left the place angrily.
“Lucy, aren’t you matured enough to know what you are doing is dangerous? Even Cecil that does not have anyone to teach her in the way of the Lord knows what you are doing is wrong.”
“I know what you mean Mama but nothing has happened between us and nothing will happen.” Lucy said from the other end wishing her mother would just end the call.
“Lucy! The day something will happen will you know? Or don’t you get it?”
“Nothing is happening, honestly.” She said again.
“I don’t agree. We will send you the money for rent soon so prepare to get a new apartment for yourself.” Her mother said in Conclusion.
“Alright. No problem Ma.” She replied as she ended the call.
“Hmm! I pray you understand before it’s too late.” Her mother said to none in particular as she joined her husband indoors.
Few weeks after her parents call the unexpected happened.
Lucy and Mark had collected their previous semester result that day and Lucy had a very high CGPA: the best in the Faculty.
“We need to celebrate this.” Mark told her as soon as they got back to the hostel and he ordered for food and drinks to celebrate.
They ate, drank, danced and played games together until they were both tired.
“Mark, I need to get to bed. I have a busy day tomorrow.” Lucy said as she stood up to go to her own bed.
“Sleep with me here. The bed is large enough.” he said smiling at her.
“Thank you Sir. I will prefer sleeping on my bed.” she said shaking her head as she walked away.
“What’s the difference now? Don’t we sleep in the same room before?” he said suddenly feigning anger.
“OK. But Mark, you have to promise not to try anything stupid.” She said seriously.
“Whatever! I promise.” he said smiling as he moved for her to lay down.
Whatever promise that was made that night failed as flesh and blood took over.
Lucy wept till daybreak while Mark kept consoling and promising her a future together.
“Mark! You have destroyed my life.” Lucy cried as she sat on the floor.
“No, Lucy it wasn’t planned. We were both part of this remember.”
“Really? It’s okay.” She said angrily as she moved to her bed.
“Aren’t you going to class again?” Mark asked.
She stopped crying.
She looked at him angrily as she hissed.
“It’s alright.” He said as he prepared to leave the room.
She continued crying as Mark took his bath and left the room.
“Ha! Mark has put me in a big mess. And Mum warned me.” Lucy said as soon as Mark stepped out before she finally stood up to prepare for her day.
She decided to stop doing the chores in the room so she left the dishes unwashed and went out.
She went to class moody and came back the same way to meet Mark already in the room.
“You didn’t prepare anything?” Mark asked immediately she entered.
“No, if you are hungry find something to eat. Please just leave me alone.”
She hissed as she removed her sandals and fell on her bed with a thud.
Mark couldn’t take her behavior anymore.
“Lucy. Do you think I’m glad this happened? Why are you taking this like the world happened? At least I didn’t rape you.”
“Mark, see you cannot understand. Just leave me alone. You’re a man so what would you know? And for crying out loud, this is a Sin. Fornication! I might not be a serious Christian but you are not even showing any kind of remorse at all. Just leave me henn! I beg of you.”
She turned her head away from him as he finally sighed and left her alone.
Thing continued like that in the room with each one minding his or her own business until about two weeks later.
Mark had woke up around 8am to see Lucy still sprawled on her bed. He ignored her until he was set to leave the room around 10am and realized she was till there though now awake but not making any move to get prepared for her lectures.
“Are you okay?” He asked in concern.
She looked at him in surprise.
“Yeah. Have a nice day.”
“Okay.” He said as he left the room.
Lucy stood up weakly to lock the door after him.
“What is wrong with me? Hope it’s not what I think?” Lucy said as soon as she returned to her bed.
She was feeling so weak and feverish.
“I think I will have to visit a pharmacy. Let me even do that now.” She said to herself as she managed to stand up.
Lucy stared at the pregnancy kit in her hands. She had even bought two just for clarity sake.
She hummed as she followed the procedures.
She waited for few minutes as she watched the two test strips changed colors before her very eyes.
She was pregnant!
“No! This is not happening to me.” She exclaimed as she quickly cleared all the traces of what she had done from the bathroom.
“My life is finished.”
“How will I tell Mark?”
“Who do I turn to for help?”
Various thoughts went through her mind as she planned on how to inform Mark.
“Let me clean this room and wash the plates.”
“Hmm. I will cook for him too. Anything to make him listen to me.”
She quickly set on putting the room in order. He returned at about 6pm in the evening to meet a well-organized room.
“Wow! Tell me something.”
He exclaimed as Lucy sang softly from the kitchen.
“Ha! This one Lucy is cooking today, hope I’m safe?” He thought as he surveyed the room quietly.
“Dear, welcome.” Lucy called from the kitchen causing Mark to open his mouth in surprise.
“Close your mouth now?” She said as she walked in from the kitchen with a thin smile.
“Something is definitely off. I’m in trouble.”
“What is it? Why are you looking like you’ve seen a ghost?” Lucy asked as he stared at her in surprise.
She had figured he was going to be shocked at her new behavior. As long as he accepted the pregnancy she didn’t care.
“This one is more than seeing a ghost? If it were you wouldn’t you be shocked?” He said as he finally walked towards the kitchen.
“The food is ready. Let me serve you.”
“You will still serve me? Hmm… Hope I am safe?” He asked back in surprise as he returned to sit on his bed.
He watched Lucy’s every move as she served him the meal.
He soon started eating as she stood watching him.
“Mark!” Lucy started as soon as she noticed he was enjoying the meal.
“There is something I need to tell you.”
“I’m listening.” He said as he continued eating.
Lucy stopped for some time to check his face. She couldn’t read his thoughts so she continued.
“You said what?” Mark screamed into her face.
“Mark, we’re having a baby!” She replied again.
“Oh no wonder! I have been wondering why there is a welcoming atmosphere in this room.” He said as he looked round the room in wonder.
Both fell silent for some time as Lucy stared at his face.
“How many people have you told?” He finally asked to her relief.
She was relieved he wasn’t denying it or acting like he didn’t know anything about it.
“Nobody yet. Just you and I know about it. And …”
“And who?” He cut in suddenly.
“And God.” She finally replied heavily.
He cleared his throat.
“Lucy, sit down here.”
Lucy could feel his eyes on her as she took her seat beside him.
“Ermm! See.” He started. “I’m not denying this child because I’m aware of the fact that I made you a woman. But Lucy, I don’t think neither you nor I is ready for the responsibility of this child.”
“So, we are going to get rid of it.”
Lucy’s body turned cold immediately.
“Get rid of what?”
“Be patient Lucy.”
“Ha! My life is gone.” She shot out suddenly as tears welled down her face.
“Lucy, I’m not asking you to kill yourself here.”
“Really? But you’re asking me to kill a baby. Mark, what is the difference?”
“Answer me now! Murder is Murder!” She shouted into his face as she stepped away from him.
His blood boiled within him.
“Do you think it’s that easy to be a parent to a child? Haven’t you learnt from your parent’s situation? What brought you here in the first place? Is it not because…”
“Please, don’t bring my parents into this issue.”
Her Parents! Who was he to refer to them as such? It isn’t their fault she was in his place, it was hers.
“I’m just saying…” He started
“I get you.” She cut in distaste welling up her throat.
She wondered how she had gotten entangled him.
“I’ll give you some time to think about it just give me a call when you make the decision.”
He said as he stood up and made his way out of the room.
Lucy lay on her bed. Her pillows already soaked in tears.
She groaned softly as the events of past weeks rummaged through her mind.
How had she gotten herself in this? And her parents warned her about staying with Mark. She should have known. But where would she go from here? Her parents would be disappointed, her life would be shattered.
Mark was right. The baby is too innocent to be allowed to suffer. They had to get rid of it if they would make a headway in life. She was developing so much affection for the baby she was carrying already.
What would be her fate after the abortion? Would she survive the pain? Won’t she bleed to death? Will she and Mark still continue the relationship? She kept wondering holding the pillow close to her chest in tears.
“It is now or never.” She decided as she picked her phone to give Mark the reply he feared she would never give.
How will this decision affect Lucy’s Life?
DEAD END (Episode 4)
Written by : Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi
Mark entered the room happily few minutes after he received Lucy’s call.
Lucy was asleep and looking at her face he could tell she had cried herself to sleep.
He felt sorry for the situation and the step they had to take. He realized she might not understand how much this decision meant to him but he wasn’t in any way ready to father a Child.
“Not at all.” he said quietly as he stared at her.
He looked at her tummy.
Who would ever think a life was growing inside her? He wished he didn’t have to make her abort the baby but he had no choice.
“The doctor will soon attend to you.” A young woman who Lucy guessed was a nurse said to her and Mark for the third time.
Mark had brought her to the Clinic to have the procedure done.
She looked round the small reception again. The place looked nothing like a hospital. She had even asked Mark if he was sure they were in the right place. She wondered how he knew about the clinic though.
She returned her focus to where the nurse sat to catch her staring at her tummy in scorn.
Lucy placed her bag in front of her tummy immediately. That was enough to make the Lady look up and realize she had been caught.
A door opened at that moment as a young man in his thirties walked towards the duo.
“Hello. I’m Akin. My brother explained your case to me.” he said as he shook hands with Mark.
“Thanks so much for agreeing to Help us.” Mark said smiling.
“It’s alright. What are brothers for? She can come in now.”
Lucy felt her feet stuck to the spot.
She was scared.
Scared for her life.
Scared for her future.
Should she back out? This was a sin she knew that. She shook her head as an image of her bleeding to death flashed through her mind.
“Lucy?” Mark called.
She looked quickly at Mark and the Doctor.
“You can go now. I’ll be waiting for you here.” Mark said re-assuredly.
She couldn’t back out now.
She was doing it for her future.
No, for their Future.
She shook her head in agreement as she carried her bag to follow the Doctor.
“You can drop your bag!” Mark said as she stopped to hand it over to him.
Their eyes met.
“I’m scared.” she whispered.
“You’ll be fine. I promise.”
He patted her on the shoulder as she turned to follow the doctor.
Mark tapped his feet on the floor impatiently.
It was about 40 minutes already but Lucy and the Doctor were still behind the door. He wondered if it usually took that long.
“Excuse me please!” He called as the nurse who had attended to them earlier turned her attention to him.
“Does it usually take this long? I mean the…”
“Well, not really. It depends on how serious the situation ends up being in that room.” She replied looking towards the room thoughtfully.
He hoped nothing was wrong with her.
“I hope things are going on well in there.” The lady added as she continued whatever it was she was doing.
Silence filled the room for about two minutes until the door to the procedure room opened.
No one came out for few seconds.
Mark stared at the door as he wondered what was happening.
He prayed silently that Lucy would come out and was disappointed when the Doctor rushed out in haste.
He felt blood drain from his face as various thoughts crossed his mind.
“Nike.” the doctor called as soon as he got to where the nurse sat.
“Sir.” She replied standing up swiftly.
“We have a situation. I need you to prepare for a transfer to Dr Dayo’s hospital. Call the Driver to come around and inform RTW Hospital of our coming. Just tell them the patient’s information is confidential and will be shared with the doctor alone.”
“Oh! Alright Sir.” She replied as she picked the phone to start making calls.
“What’s happening?” Mark asked in worry as the Doctor turned to him.
“Mark, honestly I have never experienced this since I started doing evacuation procedures. I was already through with everything when she suddenly started bleeding and became unconscious just like that. The funniest thing is the bleeding is not controllable. There is need for blood to be transfused to her but we don’t have the facilities here. I really don’t know what to expect at this point.”
Mark stared at the Doctor in silence before the doctor added quickly.
“But there is hope. Just keep praying if you can.” He said as he rushed back into the room.
Mark walked back to where he was seated before.
He sat down silently as he bowed his head.
Even if he wanted to ask God for help he didn’t know how.
It wasn’t long before Lucy was wheeled out on a stretcher into an ambulance.
If anyone asked him what he thought would be their fate; he had no idea.
EPISODE 5 & 6
DEAD END (Episode 5)
Written by : Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi
Mark paced the General Outpatient Department (GOPD) thoughtfully.
They had arrived RTW hospital about an hour ago and the doctors were still battling to save Lucy’s life.
He didn’t know what would be his fate if anything happened to Lucy. Everyone knew they stayed together so her noticed absence could raise an alarm in few days.
He had no one to call.
He dared not inform her parents.
“Brrrr!” Something vibrated against his body suddenly causing him to flinch.
He brought out his phone quickly and noticed it wasn’t his that vibrated.
He thrust his right hand inside Lucy’s bag quickly to bring out her phone.
Mark stared at the phone.
Iya ni wura!
Her mother was the one calling her.
He waited till the phone rang through and hurriedly placed the phone on airplane mode.
“Mr Mark!” Dr Akin called as he and his friend walked towards Mark with a serious look.
“How is she doing?” He asked as soon as he stood to meet them.
“Well, the bleeding has been controlled but she has lost a lot of blood so blood is been transfused to her presently. However, we have to pray she comes around quickly.” Dr Dayo explained.
“Thank you.” Mark said quickly as he heaved a sigh of relief.
“Hmm! Mark, honestly sometimes some people don’t come around again. Like some just pass on to the other side like that. We hope that doesn’t be like that.”
“Ha! I know she will wake up.” Mark said hopefully.
“She will. She will!” Dr Akin said.
“We’ll see you later. And please do well to settle all bills too.” Dr Dayo said as he turned to go.
“Alright Sir. I will. Thank you.”
Mark sighed as he walked towards the nursing station to ask on how to go about the bills.
The ground had become muddy,
A certain Footstep laid clear and distinct on the floor.
Mrs Beatrice Aderounmu followed the footsteps silently.
She walked for some minutes as it led her to an open arena.
She wondered where she was and what she was doing there when her eyes caught a tiny image not too far from her.
“She must be the one I’m looking for.” She said happily as she ran towards the image.
As she moved closer, the image became clearer and clearer and the person’s back view looked like a female’s to her.
She paused! The back view looked familiar to her.
She walked on, slowly this time.
The lady bent down to do something.
Whatever she was doing she did so desperately.
Mrs Aderounmu squinted her eyes and saw what the lady was doing.
She was digging a hole.
“This Child should be careful. Why dig a hole on a land like this?” She thought as she moved towards the Lady.
The Lady stopped working as she must have heard her footsteps.
She turned slowly.
The elderly woman Froze as she stared at the face in front of her.
She recognized the face but it now looked battered and wounded.
“What are you doing?” Mrs Aderounmu asked as she moved closer to the young lady.
The young lady hissed in return as she turned swiftly.
She leapt into the Hole.
“Lucy!” The woman cried out as she ran towards the hole.
She gazed inside and realized the hole was very big and dark.
She narrowed her gaze to see her clearly.
Then she saw her at what looked like the bottom of the pit.
She looked carefully to see that the Lady stood on an old net that looked very weak and like it would tear open anytime.
“That means the pit is very deep.” She said to none in particular as she looked around for anything to help the lady out.
“Help me. I’m dying.” Lucy shouted out suddenly…
“Jesus!” Mrs Aderounmu shouted out as soon as she woke up.
She rose up from her bed speedily and jumped on her feet.
Her daughter was in trouble she needed no seer to tell her that again. But what trouble it was she didn’t know.
She had been having the urge for days to speak to Lucy but the young lady was not picking up her calls.
The number was even not reachable thereafter.
She picked up her phone to check if Lucy had called back but there was nothing as such.
“Adura ya!” (Time to Pray!) She said to herself as she hurried to the Sitting Room.
DEAD END (Episode 6)
Written by: – Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi
“It is written in Ecclesiastes chapter 10:8 that ‘He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge a serpent shall bite him.’ Anybody that has dig a pit for Lucy to fall into, they themselves should begin to fall into it in Jesus name.”
“It is written that every gathering that is not of God shall be scattered. Any gathering of the host of hell as regards my Daughter Lucy to destroy her life let them begin to scatter in Jesus name.”
“No enemy of her soul will be able to terminate her life in Jesus name.”
“Beatrice, Listen to me.”
She heard the still small voice speak to her.
“Thank you Holy Spirit. I’m listening.”
“If I may ask, what are you praying about?”
“I’m praying for Lucy. I’m praying against the enemy of her soul.”
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss. That is in James 4:3.”
“I don’t understand Lord.”
“You are praying the wrong prayer.”
“Ha! Lord… Teach me to pray. I know not how to pray Lord. It is written in Romans 8:26 that ‘likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.’ Lord help me to pray Lord.”
“Daughter, you need to know that your daughter is the one that digged a pit for herself with her own hands. She knew that the steps she was about to take could have repercussions but she didn’t care.”
“Beatrice, Plead for Mercy!”
“Daughter, Ask for Mercy.”
“Thank you Holy Spirit.” Mrs Aderounmu said as she repositioned herself.
“Lord You said that you will have mercy upon whom you will have mercy. Father, Have Mercy upon Lucy. Let Mercy speak over Judgment for her.”
“It is written that ‘shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives of the just be delivered? For thus says the Lord: Even the Captives of the mighty will be taken away and the prey of the terrible will be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will give safety to your children and ease them.’ Father, deliver Lucy from the Pit wherein she has put herself.”
She pleaded… wept and fought in the place of Prayer.
Lucy stared at the net underneath her feet.
It could give way anytime she could tell.
She wondered how she had gotten herself into such a big and terrifying pit.
She looked at the net again.
She knew if the net should tear she was done for.
She lifted her eyes to the top of the pit. “Somebody help!” She screamed at the top of her voice.
“Please, don’t let me die in here.”
She hoped someone will hear.
“Mercy Lord! Mercy Lord!” She heard as a voice cried around her.
She looked around her as she confirmed that she was alone in the pit yet she knew that voice.
“Mum! Help!” She shouted hoping her mother would help bring her out rather than just crying for Mercy.
“Only Mercy can help! Have Mercy Lord!” Her mother’s voice boomed round her again.
Lucy waited in the pit for the next 20 minutes awaiting her fate.
She looked at the net.
It had become so weak that there was a large hole in it already.
“Ha! Mercy Lord!” She didn’t know when she voiced out..
If that was what would save her she would cry as much as possible.
The net tore suddenly as Lucy screamed. The net gave way as she fell off the net.
She noticed a small part was still attached to the wall of the pit so she quickly held unto the remnant as the small net became weaker and weaker.
She stared below her into the pit.
It was so dark.
The moment the net cut loose totally she would be spinning down the pit.
“Lord, have Mercy!” She screamed with the last ounce of strength in her.
“Grab unto the Rope!” A man’s voice shouted to her from the top.
“What? Rope!” She saw as she saw a rope dangling in front of her.
She caught it and held unto it quickly.
“Release that net you are holding.” The voice said as she carefully let go.
“Climb up swiftly.” He commanded as she began her journey up the pit.
“Who are you?” She asked from below the pit as she climbed.
“I am Mercy, a servant of the Most High God. He chose to send me to you. Judgment was also waiting to see if he would be ordered to work but he chose to send me.”
“Thanks for coming.” She said as she continued climbing.
She wondered why she wasn’t out of the pit already.
She had no idea the pit was that deep.
“You can show you are really thankful by surrendering your life to your maker because Mercy prevailed against judgment for you today. You might not be so favored another time.” He said.
“I understand. Thank you.” She said as she climbed faster.
As she moved towards the top, a very bright light shone into her eyes causing her to use one hand to shield her eyes quickly.
At RTW Hospital….
A nurse walked round the hospital doing her rounds when she passed a bed thoughtfully.
She ignored the bed at first but took a detour to take a second look at the body sprawled on the bed.
“Oh my God!” She screamed causing a pair of eye to blink at her in surprise.
She ran towards Dr Dayo’s office and opened his door without knocking.
“No Courtesy again, Nurse Sewa?” Dr Dayo asked surprisingly.
“Sorry Sir, It’s…. The lady is awake.”
A curtain separating the doctor’s office and an examination room was pulled back from within.
She turned back startled as a ruffled Mark stared at her.
“What did you say?” He asked before the Doctor could say anything.
“She is awake. Our eyes met.” The nurse said smiling.
“Wonderful!” said the Doctor as Mark jumped down from the examination bed he was sleeping on and ran out of the office.
The Doctor and Nurse trod after him happily.
Mark stared at Lucy as she stared at her surroundings.
“This is a miracle!” The Doctor asked as he pointed a flashlight at her eyes to examine her eyes.
“She’s okay. Congratulations Mark. Let’s just monitor her till tomorrow then she can be discharged.”
“Alright. Thank you very much. I’m so grateful.” He replied as the doctor walked away all smiles.
What then would be Lucy’s Decision now that she has another chance to live?
EPISODE 7 & 8
DEAD END (Episode 7)
Written by : Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi.
Lucy’s mother paced the sitting room as she dialed her daughter’s number again.
Someone answered on the second ring;
“Lucy! Ki lo sele?” (What is wrong?)
“Good Afternoon Ma.” A male voice responded.
“Hmm! Please can I speak to my daughter? It’s important.”
“Alright Ma. I will give it to her but she is just recovering.”
“Was she sick?” She asked not too surprised.
“Yes Ma. She was just discharged yesterday.”
“Ha! Sha gbe phone fun!” (Just give her the phone.) She insisted as she heard the phone been passed at the other end.
“Thank you Jesus! Lucy, how are you doing?”
“I’m doing well.”
“Hmm! Lucy, jewo fun mi, Ki losele?” (Confess to me, what happened?) She pleaded.
“Don’t bother yourself. I’m now okay.” She replied as she whimpered in pain.
“Lucy! You’re in pains! You are telling me you are okay. It’s alright. I just want to remind you not to waste the second opportunity God gave you.”
“Mummy, wait ooo! What’s going on? Did Mark tell you anything?” Lucy asked astonished.
“Not at all. Lucy, you should know that God spared you so you can give your life to him. Don’t waste this opportunity. I don’t know the details of what happened but I know what I saw and what the Lord told me and I know that I prayed that God had Mercy on you. I’m sure you know what you also experienced over there throughout all those period. Don’t let God spew you out. That is what I want to tell you.”
“Alright Ma. I will think about it.”
Mrs Beatrice couldn’t believe her ears.
“Lucy! You will think about the matter of your soul?”
“It’s alright. I know I have done my part. I will continue to remember you in my prayers but please I beg you in God’s name separate yourself from that Mark or what is his name. As long as you are with him things may not go well for you.”
“Haba! Mummy, are you cursing me?”
“Hmm! Lucy! A friend of the world is an enemy of God. You aren’t in the good book of God at all. I have said my own. Leave his hostel for him, I beg you.”
“I have heard you Ma.” She said yawning.
“I have said my own. It is well with you.”
“Amen.” She replied as she ended the call.
Mrs Aderounmu shook her head as she prayed her daughter would consider all what she told her.
Lucy thought about all her mother had told her. Events of when she was terribly ill flooded her mind.
Giving her life to Christ was not the problem but would she now let that separate her and Mark?
Would everything they had being through together now be in vain?
She couldn’t bare been separated from Mark after she just aborted a baby for him.
What if she got married to another man and she didn’t conceive? It is better to face whatever consequences lie ahead together with Mark.
“They would fight it through.” she decided as she put all that happened behind her.
Few days after that her parents sent her some amounts of money to get an accommodation for herself. They pleaded with her to quit living with Mark.
She told her parents she would work towards it but the duo spent the money on other needs promising themselves they would eventually get married to each other. Lucy and Mark lived a couple’s life till they finally graduated.
The posting for their one year compulsory National Service year eventually took place and they were deployed to different States. Lucy feared because of the relationship so she redeployed to the State Mark was posted to. Even though their Place of Primary Assignment was at different locations they made sure they travelled to see each other often and even spent weekends together.
Eventually Lucy became pregnant again and without much consideration she aborted it.
“Anything that will make him get angry and cause our relationship to end will not even happen at all.” She re-assured herself as she realized how much she had lost because of her relationship with Mark.
The duo soon finished their service year and Lucy decided to go for her Postgraduate Studies in Aeronautic engineering as she initially planned however Mark proposed marriage promising her she would continue later.
Her parents were informed of the marriage plan but pleaded with their daughter to reconsider her decision.
“God has better plans for you, my daughter. This life you have chosen for yourself is not right.” her mother said to her.
“I have given a lot into this relationship that I can’t afford to lose him.” She told her parents.
Since her parent’s denomination would not subscribe to their type of union, Lucy and Mark finally had their wedding at a Registry.
For several months after their marriage, Lucy never conceived so the duo went through various tests and examinations.
It was during one of the normal check-up tests that it was discovered that the two were of the same genotype AS and they could end up giving birth to children with sickle cell disease.
“Have we ever talked about our genotypes before?” Lucy asked Mark in dismay as soon as they got back home.
“No. This has never crossed my mind before. We were so much in a hurry that we forgot to talk about a lot of things.”
Lucy eventually became pregnant and they accepted the fact that there could be risks. Throughout all these periods Lucy never contacted her parents or any member of her family.
She went for one of her pre-natal appointments with her husband one day when the doctor discovered the fetus in her womb was Rh+ like Mark even though she was Rh- causing Rh Incompatibility.
“Can you explain the repercussions Doctor?” Mark asked as Lucy listened.
“If the blood of the fetus gets into her blood during birth or labor, her body will understand it’s not her blood and make anti-Rh antibodies that cross the placenta and try to destroy the baby’s blood. It causes serious health problem, the fetus may die and future conception might be difficult.” The doctor explained to their amazement.
“But since this is her first with an Rh+ pregnancy, her body might not have a chance to develop a lot of antibodies. But if the preventive treatment is not given during the pregnancy and she later gets pregnant again with an Rh+, then the baby and future fetus will be put at risk.” he further explained as they listened.
Lucy and Mark remembered the fact that the pregnancy was her third one unlike what the Doctor knew.
“If a pregnancy was not carried to term, like on two occasions, can my body still develop antibodies?” she asked.
“Yes, it’s possible if the fetus are Rh+. Even those with Miscarriages are usually treated and immunized because of the future child. A Medication called Rh immunoglobulin (Rhlg) will be given to the woman when the pregnancy is 28 weeks and 72 hours after birth.”
Panic set in Lucy and Mark as they didn’t even know the Rhesus factor of the fetus.
They understood she had to take the medication whether they liked it or not; however the price of the medication left their mouth hanging as they left the hospital dejectedly.
There was no money coming in for them as Mark wasn’t being offered well-paid Contracts and he had insisted she be a full housewife till she had her Master’s degree. Lucy regretted agreeing to that as she gradually concluded there was no hope of that again.
“Should I contact my parents for help?” She thought.
“No. They warned me against this marriage. I can’t go to them. This pregnancy will have to grow that way.” She concluded.
Lucy gave birth to her first daughter Davina who was a sickle cellar and due to that, complications set in. Davina was always falling sick and their financial life was not becoming any better.
The couple soon started getting frustrated and angry with each other and soon Mark started drinking and staying away from home.
“Why is life so unbearable like this?” Lucy would always ask herself as tears and regret became her daily bread.
Lucy soon got pregnant again when Davina was Two years old and the fetus was again Rh+.
She decided to remind Mark about what the doctor explained to them;
“There is no money for any medication.” Mark shouted at her as soon as she had explained to him.
“Mark! My life is at risk here. Can’t you look for the money somehow?”
“Woman! Leave me alone!” He shouted causing her to jump.
“Ha! My life is ruined! How did I end up with this man?” She asked in tears as she sat on a chair with a thud.
Mark hissed and left the house angrily.
Lucy shook her head in regret as she remembered the doctor’s warning.
She and the baby were in danger.
DEAD END (Final Episode.)
Written by :- Mercy Oluwafunmito Adebisi.
“Ko soun to le ti ki ro; Igbeyin a daara moro ye o.” (There is nothing that proves difficult that doesn’t become better; it’s the end that matters.)
Lucy sang as she prepared Amala one afternoon.
Her protruded belly shook vehemently as she stirred the mixture in the pot.
It was already two weeks to her date of delivery and as the day drew near fear seemed to take over her.
“Where is this girl?” She asked suddenly as she stood up from where she was preparing the meal.
“Davina!” She shouted round the house as she set to check her neighbor, Mama Rita’s house.
She was about stepping out of the house when Mama Rita rushed in.
“Mummy Davina! This is where you are?”
“What is happening?” She asked confused.
“It’s your daughter.”
“My daughter?” She shouted in panic as she ran after the woman towards the main road.
Laying on the road in her pool of blood on the floor laid her daughter.
“She said she was going to where her father plays Ayo game with his friends so she wanted to cross the road when a Vehicle….” The woman was recounting but Lucy had heard enough.
She shouted out in pain as her water broke.
“Ha! Let’s carry her to the hospital.” Her neighbor said as two men moved to assist her inside a parked vehicle.
“My daughter?” Lucy muttered silently as tears rolled down her eyes.
“The girl is still breathing!” Someone shouted as they moved to rush the girl also to the hospital.
“Iyabo! Go and call Daddy Davina!” An old man ordered as a young lady ran off to do as she was told.
The car that assisted Lucy and her daughter soon arrived the hospital and both mother and daughter were wheeled in.
“Take the mother to the labor room. I’m taking the girl in for surgery immediately.” A doctor told his fellow doctor before he ran after the attendants wheeling Davina on in front of him.
“My husband?” Lucy asked Mama Rita who was assisting the nurses to the labor room.
“He’s not here yet. I don’t know what is delaying him.”
Lucy sighed as she thought of her last resort.
“Please call my parents. I saved my mother’s number with Iya ni wura.” She said as the woman shook her head in understanding and excused herself.
It wasn’t long before her parents arrived at the hospital and they didn’t waste time as they started praying for God’s mercy upon their daughter’s life.
“What is happening Ma?” Mark asked his mother-in-law as soon as he got in.
“Something that is not beyond God!” Mr Aderounmu replied sharply as he made himself more comfortable on his seat.
Mark quickly went to the nurses and he was soon filled in on all that had happened.
“Can I see the hospital bill?” He asked the nurse who attended to him.
“We haven’t done the estimate since they are yet to be taken care of fully but you can have this for now sir.”
Mark stared at the bill of 67,000 naira given to him. He looked round the hospital swiftly and back at the bill.
Where would he get the money to pay the bill? The nurse even said that was not the estimate. He would have to let Lucy’s parent handle it.
“I’m coming.” He said to the nurse as he hurriedly left the hospital.
“Young man! Where are you going?” Lucy’s father called after him.
“He said he is coming.” The nurse replied as the older couple shook their head in understanding.
Mark never returned for the next fifteen minutes.
“Please try his number?” Lucy’s Father told his wife.
“His number is not reachable. Hope It’s not that this man has bolted?”
“Ha!! Ha!” Lucy’s father exclaimed.
“I think the bill the nurse gave him must have scared him.” She said to her husband.
“She ri aye Lucy bayii? (Do you see Lucy’s life now?) And I warned her, I did?” Her mother lamented tearfully.
The doctor who took Davina to surgery walked in at that moment.
“How far, Doctor?” Lucy’s Father asked after his granddaughter whom he had never even set eyes on.
“I’m sorry Sir. We lost her.”
“Jesus Christ!” Mrs Aderounmu shouted as her husband held her.
“Kai!” Her husband said as he consoled his wife.
He looked up at that moment to see the doctor in charge of Lucy’s case coming over to where they were sitting.
“Oko mi! (My husband!) Hope we are not in for trouble today?” She said as she shook her body vehemently.
“God forbid in Jesus name. Calm down.”
“Please I need to tell you something.” The doctor started.
They listened as he told them to prepare for the worst as regards Lucy and the baby in her womb as she was already bleeding. The Doctor also explained about the Rhesus factor Incompatibility and how it may affect the fetus.
“Save my daughter please.” Her mother pleaded.
“Save the baby. What’s the essence of living anyway?” Lucy shouted out to the Doctor as soon as he told her what was happening in the little way he could.
Lucy went into serious bleeding as the doctors battled to save her and the baby’s lives.
Her blood soon mixed with the baby’s blood causing a type of anemia in the baby destroying its red blood cell.
The baby couldn’t get enough oxygen and was finally delivered dead.
The doctor shook his head pitifully.
“I’m sorry but the truth is you might not able to have a successful conception again.”
Lucy wept uncontrollably at the news though in pains.
She lost her daughter and unborn child the same day.
Her husband too had bolted.
There was no hope of Motherhood for her again.
Regret was all she had as she remembered how it all started in the University with Mark.
“If only I hadn’t met Mark; if only I had stayed with Cecil then; if only I had listened to my parents. If Only I hadn’t thought I couldn’t live without Mark.”
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t get into the wrong relationship. I did it my own way. My career is over. My life is finished.” She cried out in pains.
“If only you hadn’t rejected Christ over and over again? If only you hadn’t decided to have it your own way?” her father added in sorrow causing her to weep the more.
“But my child, there is hope. I agree you’ve lost so much but there is hope. Lucy, you are alive so there is hope. Will you give your life to Christ?” Her mother asked amidst tears.
“There is no benefit I have for Christ again? I have already blown the second chance God gave me?” She shook her head sorrowfully.
“No, Lucy. Don’t believe the devil’s lies; Jesus still loves you. Yes, he is unhappy things are like this but he doesn’t mind giving you another chance. He wants to make your life beautiful.”
“Mummy, Lead me to the Cross. I’m tired of living like this.”
“Thank you Jesus!” her father exclaimed as her mother pulled her into a hug.
“Lucy, Say after me…”
“Lord Jesus, I’m sorry for how I have ignored you all this while. I’m sorry for living my life my own way. I’m sorry for even choosing a life partner in my own way. I come to you for mercy. Jesus, have mercy upon me. Wash me with your blood. Write my name in the book of life. Make me a new man and help me to live my life as you want me to. Heal my wounds Oh Lord. And give me the grace to live in newness of live. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Father for I am yours. For in Jesus name I have prayed. Amen.”
How many times have you rejected the Saviour’s Love over and over again?
Don’t wait until things be the way it was for Lucy before you surrender your life to Christ.
The time of your Salvation is now!
If you are willing to surrender your life to Christ. Please say this prayer:-
Lord Jesus, I recognize that my way of life does not please you. Have Mercy upon me Oh Lord. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all my iniquities. Write my name in the book of life. Grant unto me the grace to live in accordance to your will. Thank you Jesus because I am yours. For in Jesus name I have prayed. (Amen.)
Congratulations! And welcome to the family of God.
I will encourage you to join yourself with a Bible Believing Church so that you might continue in the word of the Lord.
Thank you for journeying with me through the lines of this Story.
I want to tell you that;
Sorrow, Dilemma, Confusion and lots more await those who think they are wise enough to decide who they want to be involved in a relationship with and how they want it done.
Many young adults feel its better they begin to date someone now so that by the time they get married they would have known the person well.
Who knows each of us better than The Creator of Heaven and Earth?
If he knows us, why then don’t we involve him in our emotional, relationship and marital life?
He will step in only if you involve him…
Therefore, start by deciding to let him have his way and lead you the right way.
In the decision on who to spend the rest of your life with, let God have a say!
Story Written By: MERCY OLUWAFUNMITO ADEBISI
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