( A Love Triangle)
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

“ Timi, your bed is stained” I heard Mmesoma literally screaming…

“ You dooonnnn’t have to shout, it’s nothing serious” I managed to say as my pain was getting worse. I was beginning to cry.

The source of the tears were of two origins; one, I was crying because of the pain I was feeling in my body and secondly I was crying because I realized I was a loser…

“ I am just having a heavy flow…” I said with the last strength in me..

“ You call this heavy flow, this is way beyond menstration…I think you are bleeding, we need to get you to the health center…” Mmesoma said

The idea of the Health center didn’t go down well with me as I knew my secret will be out in the open, but I felt I was going to die anytime soon, if I didn’t get medical help, so with the Last strength I could gather, I said…

“ I don’t like the health center, take me to the nearest hospital outside campus…” I said in a rush as I suddenly started feeling very thirsty…

We had a cab service company in the campus that was just a phone call away, so I knew that was who Mmesoma was calling when I saw her putting the phone to her ear. I was blanking out, I could still see but my ears could no longer hear what was been said to me afar off.

5 minutes later, we heard a knock on our door. I was expecting the cab man as Mmesoma opened the door, but to my utmost shock, it was Bro Kennedy.

“ My God!” I said in my heart as my mouth could no longer move…

I was too weak to carry myself, so Mmesoma and Kennedy helped me to the cab.

On getting to the hospital, I heard faintly, the doctor telling Mmesoma and Bro Kennedy that I had an incomplete abortion.

Words can not describe the look on Mmesoma and Bro Kennedy’s face. After the initial shock, he kept on looking at me sitting face to face to me on a chair in the hospital ward. You could see he was trying to withhold back his tears. Mmesoma had gone to fill some forms.

Bro Kennedy and I just kept staring at each other, a lot of unsaid words. That was the first time I ever looked at Bro Kennedy in the face. I saw a genuine soul, my tears fell on it’s own and simultaneously his tears dropped and all he said was…

“ I would never have done this to you, Who is he?”

At that point Mmesoma entered, she spoke to Bro Kennedy about the Hospital bill, Bro Kennedy gave her his ATM and PIN number. As soon as Mmesoma stepped out, he held my hands and kept sobbing, while I faintly heard him saying…

“ God, please let your mercy speak for Timi, you told me she is a great tool in the Kingdom, please don’t let the devil cut short her time on earth in Jesus name” . Mmesoma walked in and joined in the prayer.

Some Minutes later, the doctor and nurses came in. I was wheeled to the theatre again as the doctor wanted to take out whatever was still left of the aborted baby.

This time around, I didn’t feel the pain, because the greater pain of losing Papa and Kennedy was worse.


I Woke up around 3am in the morning on the hospital bed. I called Papa back to back, but His Number was switched off.

I wondered where he was, I called one of his neighbors who I was friendly with as early as 6am. He told me Papa didn’t come back home the night before…

I heard a soft knock on my door, instincts told me it was Mmesoma, and I was instantly happy, because I was sure she was bringing me food. I had not eaten in the last 24 hours.

However, the door opened to reveal Bro Kennedy with a Nylon bag. He was smiling and showing his scattered dentition, which didn’t mean much to me anymore as I was seeing more of who he was than what he looked like…

“ Bro Kennedy!” I managed to say in a high tone to depict I was in good shape.

“ Sis Timi, thank God you are awake so early. I spoke to my Mum when I got home last time, you know she is a retired Nurse. I told her about you and asked what I could do to help you, so she said I should try to make you hot and light Pap. So here is it… Fortunately, I had some Pap…” I looked at him thankfully and smiled…

“ If Mmesoma wasn’t in the picture, I would have reconsidered Bro Kennedy… but would he want to marry me after aborting a baby.” I reasoned silently as I saw how meticulously he was pouring the Pap into the Mug.

“ It’s ok, Sister Timi… I know this must have been a mistake, I know you were probably raped and thought of a way of escape…?” He said as he searched my eyes for answers.

Rape? That was a good idea, Papa and I could keep this dirty little secret of ours while I could conveniently lie to everyone that I had been raped and out of fear I went for an abortion.

And MAYBE… Just maybe I could get back Bro Kennedy. It was still obvious he had a soft spot for me…

( A Love Triangle)
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

“ I was raped…” I said to Mmesoma and Bro Kennedy later that morning when Mmesoma joined us…

“ Who?” Bro Kennedy asked violently

“ It is not someone you know, better still, it is not people you know!” I said

“ People, What do you mean?” Mmesoma asked

“ Were you gang raped?” Bro Kennedy asked with pain in his voice

“ Yes!” At that, Bro Kennedy stood up really pained. He walked towards the wall and kept hitting the wall. I continued my fake story.

“ It was that weekend I went home about 3 months ago that I was raped by some hoodlums on my way home. I don’t think I know them if I see them during the day, so getting pregnant from a gang rape was really traumatic. The next thing on my mind was getting the fatherless baby out of my body” I said

“ Hmm…, It is well, I can understand how it feels, but abortion was not the best option. You could have given up the child for adoption after delivery if seeing the child would have been traumatic for you.” Mmesoma said

“ Hmm… Mmesoma you are right but I never thought about that.” I said still watching Bro Kennedy’s quiet but pained reaction.

I left the hospital after 24 hours with Mmesoma caring for me like a sister.
Bro Kennedy was always in our room, treating me like a sister in the Lord, buying me provisions…

After about Four days, I asked him a question when Mmesoma stepped out to get refreshment for Bro Kennedy…

“ Why are you being so nice to me?”

“ Am I not meant to be nice?” He said laughing “It is just my nature..”

“ Are you sure it’s not beyond your nature?” I said using a seductive voice and a cute puppy eye.

“ Well, I guess emotions don’t quickly die… My heart still yearns for anything that concerns you, but I guess that is in the past…”

“ You are right, who will love and marry a woman who has been raped and has committed abortion…” I said

“ No, that’s not it, it’s Mmesoma, when you told me you were not interested, I had found solace in Mmesoma..”

“ But, She is yet to say Yes to your proposal!” I said

“ She told you already?” Bro Kennedy asked very surprised

“ Yes…, but what if she turns you down, would you still be interested in me?” I asked indirectly proposing to Bro Kennedy

Bro Kennedy did the most unexpected thing, he started sobbing. I didn’t understand why? I kept asking him, why he was sobbing but he said…

“ Why ? Sister Timi, why now?”

“ I am sorry, I didn’t know you were this nice, I judged you by your appearance”

“ I cannot hurt Mmesoma even if I forget the rape and abortion!”

“ I know…” I said calmly

Thankfully, I took my seat on the bed before Mmesoma opened the door. As Mmesoma came in, Bro Kennedy rushed out of our room…

“ Bro Kennedy, Bro Kennedy!” Mmesoma called

Bro Kennedy didn’t look back but kept running.

“ What happened, Timi?”

“ I don’t know, but I think he said something about loving me more than you and that he doesn’t want to hurt you…” I said with no iota of humanity in me…

Mmesoma looked confused…

“ I don’t understand…” Mmesoma asked

“ Mmesoma, I am sorry but it is not my intention to hurt you, but I am aware Bro Kennedy told you he asked me out before and I refused, he was just confiding in me that he only saw you as a place of solace for him, but now he is having second thoughts.” I said

Mmesoma didn’t say a word, she just laid down on her bed and started reading her Bible….

My phone beeped and it was a long awaited message. It was from Papa:

“ Well, my heart hurts knowing you have been hurt and I am trying everything possible to forgive myself for the mistake we both committed. I took time off to be with the Lord, and I think the best thing for us to do is to confess openly at the fellowship and serve the necessary punishment so this terrible sin does not stand against us in future. Thanks, I expect your favorable reply” John

My hands were shaking… Papa was about to destroy my plan of getting Bro Kennedy back. If he made an open confession, Bro Kennedy was going to know the truth and that was going to hurt him real bad…. Sudden Hatred for Papa enveloped me and I felt like killing him….