“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season Four)”
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Instantly, I lost the strength to move. You knew about this? Were you part of the plan? I asked. I never was and I never will. I was present when they were planning it. I advised them against it and they told me they will see what they can do, unfortunately, I had to travel for my wedding. He narrated.
Did they give you reasons why they wanted to set me up? I asked in tears. No Kukua, they didn’t. He responded. Well, they won. Caleb dumped me after all evidence pointed at me.
Curtis has seized everything from me including my certificate. I am left with nothing! Nothing at all. I responded in tears. This must not happen Kukua, I have to talk to Caleb. He responded.
Talking to Caleb without any evidence won’t solve the problem, besides, I have finally come to terms with the fact that, I was born to suffer. Thank you for letting me inn on this, the God I serve, will vindicate me someday. I spoke in tears and walked away. Why would Emrys do this to me? What did I do wrong? I thought sadly as I walked back to the church.
Days later, Doctor Sasu came visiting. Peace, I have been very very busy performing surgeries, that is why I haven’t come to see you in a long time. He explained. That is equally important Doctor Sasu, thanks for checking up on me. I responded. I even went to the Bentum’s house to check on the Mrs, and she is doing so great. She kept talking about the unknown person who saved her life, and I wish I could take you there some day. He added.
No Doctor! I don’t want anything from them. They must not know me. I responded unhappily. Hey chill, I never meant I am taking you there, I only made a wish. He responded. Anyway, I will spend today in their home, Mr Bentum will be celebrating his 60th Birthday tomorrow, and my presence is needed. He added.
That’s alright doctor, you must get going now, I need to take some rest. I responded. I will be back tomorrow to see you, but in the mean time, take this money for upkeep. He dipped his hand into his picket and gave me another 200cedis. God bless you Docror Sasu, I much appreciate your kindness. I responded.
Caleb, what have you been up to? How are you doing? Haven’t you at least missed me? Or you found somebody who has replaced me? I thought sadly as I laid on my mat.
Two days later, in the morning, immediately I stepped out to work, I met Doctor Sasu at the entrance of the church. Good morning Peace, where are you off to? He asked. I am off to work Doctor. I responded. Wow! You work? At where? He inquired. I am a self employed laundress. I responded. Really? I see. He unhappily responded.
Anyway, I will be leaving this afternoon, and I decided to have few words with you before I go. Can we go somewhere like a restaurant to talk? He asked. No doctor, if we must talk, we must do it in the presence of God. He must be a witness to whatever we are going to discuss, so that someday, when I find myself in trouble, he will vindicate me. I responded.
That is no problem Peace, let’s go inside then. He responded and followed me into the church. Doctor here we are, but may I ask how the party went? I asked. Not bad my dear, except that, their eldest son Caleb, was so down for the occasion. I kept asking him what the problem was, until he finally opened up to me on a lady he trusted so much, who cheated on him with his best friend. And the sad part is that, he is still in love with her. He. narrated.
I never cheated on you Caleb, God is my witness. Anyway, in case you come back, I will forever be here for you. I thought in tears. Peace are you alright? Why the tears? He asked. I am so sad doctor. I wonder why people hurt those who don’t deserve to be hurt. I lied in pain.
Anyway Peace, I came here to let you know how I feel about you. Ever since I saw you, I have never been able to think straight. I think about you all the time. Peace, I am in love with you. He proposed. No doctor, you can’t be in love with somebody who is in love with someone else. I have a man in my life. I turned down. Really? I’m sorry, I didn’t know, but may I know who that man is? He asked.
The man in my life is currently out of my life but fortunately or unfortunately, I still love him, I love him so much so that, I can never move on without him. I can never love any man apart from him. I responded. This is touching. Thanks anyway for your candidness, but I pray he comes back to you wherever he is. It is well with you Peace. Doctor Sasu responded.
Thanks for understanding me Doc, you are gentleman. I stated. I must get going now Peace, I will be here some other time to see you. He responded and drove away.
“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season Four)”
I must get going now Peace, I will be here some other time to see you. He responded and drove away. Life goes on, with God on my side, I will win someday. I thought. I continued my laundry job. One hot afternoon, I was trekking from the senior high school after a tiring washing when suddenly, a car stopped by me. Hello Peace, how are you doing? He asked.
Doctor Sasu, I am doing great. You came into this town and you never looked for me? I asked. I went to the church, but I didn’t meet you. Anyway hop into the car and let me give you a ride. He responded. I quickly joined him to rest my burning feet. Peace, I am picking a friend who has developed fault with his car at the next junction, I hope it wouldn’t worry you? He asked. Not at all doctor. I responded. Before I knew it, I was dozing.
Minutes later, I heard a familiar voice screaming at my name. Kukua! Is this you? Quickly, I woke up. Caleb, have you forgiven me? I asked in tears. Kukua, there is nothing to forgive, you were never at fault. Kwaku showed me the evidence of Emrys and Foster plotting to set you up, since then, I have been searching everywhere for you. Kukua, I am begging you in God’s name to forgive me. Please forgive me for not trusting you.
Caleb went down on his knees on the street and pleaded in tears. Do you guys know each other? Doctor Sasu asked confusedly. Yes I do, she is the lady I talked to you about the last time we met. Caleb responded. Get into the car and let’s go Caleb, people are staring at you too much. Doctor Sasu stated and stepped out from the car to bring Caleb inn. I couldn’t control my tears. I wept like a baby. Thank you God for vindicating me, thank you God. I prayed silently. Where should I drive you guys to? Doctor Sasu asked.
Take me back to the church Doctor, I have few things to tell God. I responded. The church? Why not your home? Caleb asked in tears. The church is my home after Curtis seized the house from me the next day after the allegations. I responded. Kukua, you mean Curtis seized the house from you? He screamed in dismay. Yes Caleb, he did. He seized everything including my dresses. I responded sadly. Kukua please forgive me, I never had any idea of that. All these while, I thought you’ve even been employed in a better firm with your certificate. I never knew you were wondering about on the streets. He pleaded in tears. We finally got to the church and we all walked inside to talk.
Caleb kept weeping on seeing the mat I sleep on, and my clothes packed in a polythene bag. Caleb pull yourself together. You are lucky you’ve found her. She is here now, and you can talk things out. Doctor Sasu advised till we both stopped crying. Kukua, you lied to me. You told me your name is Peace. Sasu complained. Peace is my inner name Doctor. I responded.
But wait a minute Sasu, where do you know her? Caleb asked. Immediately, Sasu turned to look at me. I shook my head, signalling him not to tell Caleb the truth. What are you guys hidding? Anyway I won’t force you, because I know, the truth will definitely come out. Caleb playfully sated. Caleb, what reasons did Emrys and Foster give you, for causing me this massive pain? I inquired sadly. I haven’t talked to them yet Kukua. I was waiting to see you before we together force the truth out of them. He responded.
And what evidence did Kwaku show you, that vindicated me? I asked. Emrys and Foster planned the whole thing in Kwaku’s office, and he traced the CCTV footage to retrieve an evidence to vindicate you. He explained. I am glad for this day Caleb, but I must find out from Emrys and Foster, the reasons why they did that to me. I responded in tears.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI