PAPA LOVES HIS GIRLS (Part 17&18) – OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE

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Part 17
PAPA LOVES HIS GIRLS
Opeyemi Akintunde

“Hello, Are you there?” I typed after few minutes

” Yes!” He replied

” So?” I asked

” Are you asking if I will hand you over to them to get back my mama?” He asked

” Yes! ” I replied

” I must be callous to do that not after
you told me all about your late husband, Unless there is still more I need to know”

” That night , I told you all about me. I told you I was scared about the Rememberance” I reminded him

” Yeah! B€ats me why the people who killed your husband wants you and your children dead as well”

” I don’t know”

” Let me ask around… Madam…You might have to stay in my Father’s Palace for a while till I know what to do”

I was touched…This man who didn’t know me from anywhere was willing to go all out for me, he was not planning to trade my children and I to rescue the woman he had called mother for years…

” I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness towards us” I texted

” Please don’t mention, Is the Palace comfortable?”

” Comfortable is an understatement. I pray you are able to rescue Mama…”

” I will do my best, she means the world to me”

” Can I ask a question?”

” Please do!”

” Do you have a wife and kids like your father think?”

” No!”

” Why?”

” I am yet to find her”

” Oh!but how did you plan on finding a wife, when all you do is stay all day hidden working at the apartments.”

” The Angel of God brought the answer to Zecharia’s prayers to his place of service” He typed

” Oh! Wow! Never knew you were a Christian, not to talk of a Bible reader at that!”

” I am, a born again one at that. I am not just one who wears it on my sleeves”

“But how is your self-service apartment a place of service?”

” I pray over all my guests, I intercede for them. The night after you told me about yourself, I prayed all night for you, asking that God comfort you”

“Wow! Interesting. Thank you. Thank God for selfless Christianity. Being a Christian is the reason why I am still alive and sane”

“Same here, I don’t have friends, I only have God and Mama”

“Same here, I only have God and my kids. Though I have Parents but I choose to keep
my sufferings from them. The only person I thought was close to me; Joan, seems to be an enemy. She was the one who asked me to go to the Salon.”

” Really? What’s her full name, we should start our search from her.” He said

I suddenly felt a rush of adrenaline, I was living a real life crime detective story ..

” JOAN KOLAWOLE” I texted back

” Do you have her picture?”

” Sure!”

” Please send to me”

” Ok!”

” By the way, what church do you attend in Rivers?”

” Believers’ Lighthouse”

” Oh! Pastor Sam…That handsome Pastor. I watch him online every Friday evening”

” Yes! His Friday program is quite popular ”

” You asked earlier, why I wasn’t married. I should be asking you the same. Why is your Pastor not yet Married?” He typed after which he included a smiling emoji.

” I don’t have an answer to that ” I also responded with a smiling emoji

I found myself smiling like a school child..

What was happening to me?

Part 18
PAPA LOVES HIS GIRLS
Opeyemi Akintunde

It was 1pm already and no one from my late husband’s family had checked up on me to find out why I was not yet around at the Rememberance. I found it very strange. Not even my mother-in-law had called.

I wondered if it meant they had continued with the Rememberance without me or was there no Rememberance in the first place?

“Can I have the address of where the Remembrance is taking place?” Mr Andrew/ Prince Chima suddenly texted out of the blues.

“Why?” I asked.

“Our search should start from there. The person who gave them instructions to kidnap you would be at the venue.”

“So you want to go there to do what exactly?” I asked.

“I don’t know yet, but let me get there first.”

“The kidnappers! If they are at the Remembrance they would recognise you.”

“Not if I don’t dress as the bellboy they met this morning.”

“Oh! That’s true. But…I don’t want anything bad happening to you on my account again,” I said very concerned.

“I will be fine ma’am,” he replied.

I sent him the electronic invitation card; I was also interesting in knowing how the Rememberance was going.

*****
It was 6pm and I was tired of waiting. Mr Andrew/ Chima had texted me around 2pm that he had arrived at the venue and ever since then he had gone offline.

“God, I hope he has not been caught,” I said to God as I paced around in the room.

I was beginning to tremble in worry when I heard a noise from downstairs. My children who had been napping also woke up startled.
I told them to stay in the room while I go downstairs to check. On stepping out of my room, I saw all the Palace staff running towards the same direction.

I was scared to my bones. My heart was in my mouth.

With the mustard seed kind of faith I had left in me, I went towards the direction they had all taken.

I met them all in the massive Living Room.

They were all staring at something that was bringing out different emotions from them. Some crying, others joyful. I followed their gaze and found a beautiful scene in front of us all.

The king and the prince in a tight embrace. They were both in tears.

“My son is back home! the Crown Prince is home!”

My heart tightened at the beauty of love.

However, as I looked farther away from them I saw someone else who was definitely not happy with the reunion.

He was not dressed like a staff, instead he was dressed in a royal apparel similar to that of the king.

“He must be the Son of the Receptionist’s sister; the prince’s half brother,” I reasoned.

As if to confirm my thoughts, the king said:

“Enyinnaya, come greet your brother.”

Prince Chima turned to where the king addressed his words, I was overwhelmed when the prince ran towards his half-brother and hugged him tightly.

“I missed you Naya,” Prince Chima said.

“And you never wrote for once?”

“I am sorry, Mama did not let me.”

“When she wasn’t looking, you could have found a way to send me a letter or a mail,” Enyinnaya said pushing Prince Chima away from him.

“To me you are not my brother Chima, rather you are a stranger,” he said.

“I am Chima your brother, Please forgive me.”

Enyinnaya bowed before the King and walked out of the living room.

“He will come around! He is just hurt. We all missed you. Didn’t we?” He directed his question to the palace staff.

“Yes we did.”

“Your wife and kids are fine. I am sorry for taking them away like I did,” the king said pointing towards my direction.

I was too tongue tied with emotions to say anything. Prince Chima nodded.

“Thank you… I should speak with them pr!vately. I have a lot of explaining to do to them. They never knew I was royalty,” he said.

The king gave a nod of approval.

The prince bowed and started walking towards me.

I was too perplexed to move. Walking towards me was not the bellboy I had known for a week but a handsome prince. As he moved past the palace guards, they all bowed. Without knowing why, I also bowed when he got to me.

In response, he hugged me tightly.

“Sorry for all that you have passed through,” he said and I froze.

“Why is he hugging me so tightly like I am really his wife?” My brain couldn’t understand it. Every one was looking, so I knew I had to act as well.

I allowed my hands to hug him back.

After few seconds, I pulled back.

“We should talk… pr!vately,” I emphasized the need of the privacy.

“Yes, come with me,” The Prince said as he took me by the hand.

I followed his lead. The palace must definitely have been home for him, because he moved freely towards where he was taking me to.

I looked back, no guards were following us.

When we got to our destination, it was a beautiful enclosed garden. He made me sit. The way he was looking at me was making me very uncomfortable. He was looking at me like we were so close and he wanted to help me. He shook his head in the negative like he was bitter about something.

“Marry me,” he said out of the blues.

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