“Hmm, it’s supposed to be my decision,but why does it feel like it will lead to my destruction?” Sola asked herself in a bid to make the decision that she hoped might not turn deadly. Every bit of her wanted an answer but she knew she was in no position to answer that in all honesty. The situation was beyond her.
“I love Victor, I love him so much” she continued”. “I don’t want to lose him.He’s everything to me.My hope, my future, my fiance” Now her voice had gone from her thoughts to her lips. “We’ve been together since I was in 200l at Babcock University.We love each other so much that I have never done anything without him”.She starred at her mirror looking at herself pitifully while being trapped in the good memories she has had with him.
Everybody around them were jealous of their love, even Sola’s friends in school told her how jealous they were.Why wouldn’t they be? Victor was a good looking young man with dreamy eyes that felt like it was staring into your soul, a man of God that speaks like the great prophets of old, a music minister that sings with passion and of course, an instrumentalist that played till you fall in love with music. These qualities made him the man every woman wanted and a perfect mentor to Sola’s spiritual journey.
His professional life was in the bank as an accountant, working with Prestige bank of Nigeria at Lagos.In his parent’s arms, the very famous Oladunjoyes, Sola found love and sanctuary.Due to her profession as a medical doctor,she was always the preferred doctor to take care of them if the need arises and above all, they couldn’t wait to make her their son’s wife. Who wouldn’t?
The eagerness to have her as theirs came with a lot of pressure for them to get married in time under the guise that they weren’t getting any younger. Unfortunately, it was the same with Sola’s parents who loved victor as well and couldn’t wait for the aso ebi moment.
“I refuse to do it” she threw herself against the floor in pain. “It’s obvious I would never be married to victor because I, Adesola refuse to do it” her eyes swam with tears. “Why such evil? Why will victor even advice I do such a thing?” with the little strength she had, she crawled to the bed. No one saw anything bad in the whole situation.Now we had victor’s mum who was the prayer coordinator of her church.Then we had his father who was also an elder in the Church.
“When will you both do the right thing? Why the delay” this was on everyone’s lips, especially at weddings and naming ceremonies.
Wait a minute! Now, one would think sola had ran mad because she was all alone in the room.”What happened to the faith these people claimed to have? Or does that mean I don’t love victor if I refuse to bend to their will? This delay hurts so much but it’s not even my fault”.
“What will happen to our love? Our relationship and even my relationship with God when I agree to do this despicable act?”
The confusion she felt almost made her choke of her own tears.She had to be miserable.It’s been two days since she had her last bath but that was the least of her problems.”God help me!!!” She cried out soaking in her tears.
ko ko ko…
The sound of the door brought her back to reality.She hurriedly stood up,wiped her tears and adjusted herself to look less miserable.Making her way to the living room.
“Yes, who is at the door?” she asked
“Sola!!”Victor called her name loudly.
If there is anything Sola was good at,it was rolling her eyes.She rolled her eyes and sluggishly moved towards the door. “I’m coming o” She replied. Suddenly,she remembered how Victor always saw through her and it wouldn’t take long before he realizes she had been crying all day, so she ran back to the mirror to clean her face properly,powdered her face a little and smiled at what she saw at the mirror.
Now she could answer the door which she quickly did.
“Wow! You’re looking beautiful today” Victor teased her, if only he knew. “Is it because I told you we were going on a date today?” He winked.
“Date???” she had forgotten it was today. “Honestly, I forgot. I don’t think I can go out today”
“Sola! Sola! What’s wrong with you?” He held her hands. “Why have you been so cold to me? Your behavior these days bothers me. You’ve stopped calling like you used to, you even promised me you would attend my church service last week but you didn’t.Then when I called,you didn’t sound okay. Are you sure everything is fine?” Victor asked furiously.
Sola moved to a nearby couch, sat on it and sunk into it. ‘’Victor!” she said, sounding exhausted.
“Yes?” He replied anxiously
‘’I don’t think I will do it! Sola concluded” She boldly looked at him with a cold expression because she had ran out of tears. “Are you sure you have the Holyspirit? I doubt you are truly born again and if you’re not, please run to him because he’s the only one that will save you from this madness.The scripture says Jesus is above all principalities and power” – She told him with her shaky voice with the fear that her words would hurt him.
“Sola! What’s the meaning of this?” Victor asked furiously. His horse had definitely been gourd.
What did Victor want Sola to do?
Why do you think she’s confused
“Did you just say I am not born again? I hope you still remember that I am the coordinator of both choral and bible study departments in my church. I have won many souls for God both young and old. I work for God even when it’s not convenient. I have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You now call me an infidel maybe because I have told you about my family’s tradition.” He said. He felt so irritated towards her. Immediately, he distanced himself from her; one could tell how mad he really was.
“Victor, there is no essence of you having Jesus without allowing Him interfere in your family tradition. You claimed to head my offices in church but you’re not keeping God’s commands. Don’t forget James 2:22 says, “Be ye doers of the Word not hearers only.” She said.
The conversation was getting intense; she had to move close to him.” Victor, I have known the truth and it has set me free! When I was praying last night, the Holy Spirit revealed to me who I am. I am a royal priesthood and a child of God. How can I sleep with you biological Father before we get married? I can never ever do it.” She said. She looked at him annoyingly and turned away from him.
Victor would not stop staring. He also noticed the difference in her.
He called on her name sweetly, best as he could but she didnt budge an inch. Then he came to kneel in front of her. “I got all you said and the verses you quoted, but it’s the same scripture that says we should honour our father and mother. My mum also did the same and she told you.
She never wished to sleep with my grandfather but because of the love she had for her husband, she did. I expect you to do it if you really love me. This situation is beyond me. It’s a tradition and must be fulfilled and I will be happy if you can help us out of this mess.” He said.
Sola raised him up. “We can fight this battle by praying together. You know the Word of God says we should not worry about anything but pray about everything. Let’s obey God’s Words and I’m sure we will pull through. In fact, the scripture says, whatever we ask in the name of Jesus shall be given to us and also, whoever has faith in God shall never be disappointed. This is the right time to call on Him.” She said and held his hands. She re-affirmed her love for him but Victor appeared not to be convinced as he left and moved towards the door.
“I thought you love me. Love is action, not a mere word. If I were in your position, I would do it and could even do more because I love you so much, but now I know your love for me is platonic.” Victor said, while pointing his index finger at Sola.
“When you’re ready to do what I want, call me. If not, please stay away from me. Thanks for everything.” He said and slammed the door.
“Victor, Victor -No!” -Sola cried bitterly.
“Is this the end of seven years relationship? Break-up or anger, which is it? Jesus, I love Victor so much. What will I do?” She screamed out in pain.
Still in thought, she put her two hands on her head. “No, it must not be over! Victor can’t leave me now. Though, I promised to do anything for him, not this. No, I can’t!” She cried uncontrollably. She wanted to inform her parents. She searched everywhere in her Living room but couldn’t find her phone. It was obvious how weak she already was. She then walked into the bedroom, where she later found it. She picked up the phone and called her mum.
“Hello Mum-my” She said, not sounding well.
“My dear, how’re you?” Her mummy replied.
“Mummy, I’m not fine. She said. (Tears rolled down her cheeks.).
“What’s wrong dear? Why are you crying? This is not you. You don’t talk like this. Her Mum responded curiously.
Still in tears, Sola asked if her Dad was at home. Her mother said “yes” but demanded that all her questions should be answered.
“I’m on my way.” She said instead. Sola began to pick some clothes from her wardrobe.
“On your way? Don’t you check your time? It’s 6pm and you want to leave Lagos for Akure by this time? It’s dangerous. Please hold on till today, tell me what happened. Lets talk about it right now on phone.”
“No, Mum! It’s more than you think. We can’t discuss it on phone. I’ll see you tomorrow. Good night!” She said and ended the call.
Sola’s phone rang. It was her mummy but Sola refused to pick it up. Her mother must have been so worried.
“God! Why is this happening to me? Will I start over again?” She asked herself. Then, she remembered all that Victor said to her.
Lost in the thought, she screamed aloud “Victor! I love you so much, please don’t do this to me.” She wept till she was welcomed by the gentle arms of sleep.
Is it over between Sola and Victor? Will Sola’s parents support Victor’s Family tradition?
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI