“I LOVE YOU, BUT…” BY OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE (EPISODE 10-12)
” I LOVE YOU, BUT…”
” Knock! Knock!” Remi knocked on Pamilerin’s door.
” Mummy, Daddy is back!” Remi said
Pamilerin was mildly surprised to hear Freeman was back home by 2pm. She was getting ready to go pick up the girls from school.
Earlier, she had concluded with Dearest Mum, that she was going to support with the 1.2 million for the Altar beautification.
Her plan was to get the money from her husband. She wanted to milk him, she knew Freeman was still in the sober period and could give her anything she asked out of guilty conscience.She was planning to silently and Stylishly blackmail him into paying for the altar beautification.
” Didn’t he pay the girl off with 2 million Naira, yet he has never given me that much as a gift. He will be the one to pay for the beautification. Maybe that might even make God forgive him” Pamilerin had said to herself after she ended the call with Dearest mum…
” I don’t have that kind of money to throw around!” Freeman said during dinner
” You call giving the house of God money to throw around, but yet you could give your mistress 2 million Naira as a farewell gift. Shows the kind of heart you have.” Pamilerin said. After which, she stands up abruptly from Dinner.
Freeman holds her hand sharply…
” I am sorry, I don’t have up to 1.2 million, I will give you Six hundred thousand Naira.( 600k)”
” I will tell mum that’s what you can afford.” Pamilerin replied
” Babe, you want to paint me bad before Mummy.. I am really low on cash, like you just said, I gave Beauty 2 million and that was for our peace…. I have some money tied down in some investments. I can’t afford to throw 1.2 million away.”
” Throw 1.2 million away? You are saying it again.. … No problem…if that is how you see it.”
Pamilerin walked away. He had pissed her off further. He could give his mistress 2 million Naira but he wanted to give her Six Hundred thousand Naira.
She was going to get back at Freeman.
She picked up her phone to make the call, but a voice restrained her…
” Pamilerin, you know you have the 1.2 million Naira, Why are you making a big deal out of this issue?
Your Dearest Mum could have asked any of her rich daughters for the money but she asked you to give the money. Don’t you think there is more to this? Why don’t you take Freeman’s six hundred thousand and balance it up from your personal money.” The inner police in her chastised her.
” No, I want him to look bad before Dearest mum.” Pamilerin thought madly.
” Hello Pamilerin …” Dearest Mum said the moment she picked up.
” Yes mum… I have spoken to Freeman about the altar beautification and he says we can only afford half of the money.”
” Really? Ok … No problem guess I have to call one of your sisters. You know I won’t have bothered you, if not that your name was strongly impressed on my heart… but if it is a bother, you don’t have to give the six hundred. I will just ask one of the girls to join me.” Pamilerin could hear a bit of disappointment and anger in her Dearest Mum’s voice, so she knew she had to exonerate herself…
” Mum, actually I would have love to give all, but Freeman has been having issues with his finance, I just hope he is not seeing another woman who is squandering his money” Pamilerin said before she realized her blunder.
” You are having problems with your marriage?” Dearest Mum asked. Her voice shifted from anger to Concern.
” Not really, just overthinking things” Pamilerin said trying to immediately save this situation.
“The more reason you should partner with God by beautifying His Altar. When you beautify God’s home, He will beautify your home. Earlier I was angry and I was not going to collect the six hundred thousand, but I am no longer angry. I will send you the church account, pay in the money in there and see how God will sort out your marriage.”
” Thank you for your understanding Mama Bear!” Pamilerin said laughing…
” You are most welcomed!” Dearest Mum said ” My love to your husband and my grandchildren. I hope you hear from your mother from time to time?.”
” Yes I do?”
” My love to her always. I hope you have not given up on her as regards her faith “
” No ma, I am still very much on her case.”
” Good ! Very Good! Alright talk to you some other time!”
” Thank you ma, my love to Daddy.”
Five minutes later, Dearest Mum forwarded the church account details to Pamilerin who in turn forwarded to Freeman.
Freeman immediately transferred six hundred thousand Naira to the church account. He forwarded the receipt to Pamilerin.
Pamilerin received the receipt and that got her more infuriated. She was going to show Freeman hell. She thought he would actually send the N1.2 million but he had made up his mind. His Dirty Mind!
Beauty had used the soap on her eyes as instructed and she was going through hell. Whatever the soap was made from must be something from pepper…
” Oh my God! Winter, I think I am going to run mad!”
” Sorry, the soap is washing off whatever impurity is in there. Don’t worry, I am here with you. I won’t sleep if you don’t sleep, I won’t eat if you don’t eat. I don’t mind losing the new husband I have. You are my only friend and sister I have. I am with you babe…” Winter said comfortingly.
Beauty kept shedding tears uncontrollably…
” Now, for the first time..I really want to kill her. How soon will she die?” Beauty said in pain
” I can’t say, I will call the herbalist in the morning”
” No ..call him now!” Beauty said raising her voice
Winter knew it would be unwise to call the herbalist without sending him the money for the rituals.
Winter quickly brought her phone and transferred the 1.2 million Naira to the herbalist’s account leaving the one million extra in her account.
The herbalist called back immediately…
” Hello Baba…I was about to call you. Thank you for today. Baba …my friend wants to know when the woman will die..”
” In three days time. Winter, Your friend has done the needful, she has offered a big sacrifice, she definitely must see big results. In three days time, you will hear of her demise.”
” Ok, Baba…Thank you so much.”
Winter ended the call…
” Good News; she dies in 3 days.”
To be continued…
“I LOVE YOU, BUT”
Pamilerin found her self in a very big pit that looked like the ground where a lot of sand had been dug out of from. She looked up and saw how far away from the ground she was. She was more than 6 feet under the ground. Suddenly, she saw a big cow charging towards her with big horns.
Pamilerin looked around for an escape route but she found none.
From a distance she saw two figures that looked like men working on the sound that formed the wall of the large pit. Pamilerin ran fast towards them shouting for help. The cow was still in hot pursuit.
Pamilerin was able to get to the men in time. On getting to them, she saw what they were up to. They were carving stairs out of the sand that formed the wall of the pit. Pamilerin started shouting…
“ Thank God…, Thank you sirs for creating an escape route out of here.”
The two men emphasized to her, they were making the stairs for her so she could get out of the pit…
Pamilerin jumped on the first level of the stairs, continued to the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth, but on getting to the sixth she found no more stairs…
“ Where are the rest?” Pamilerin asked them.
Looking at the distance left, she calculated that she needed another six stairs to get back on land…
“ You only commissioned us to make six stairs out of the pit.” One of the men answered.
At that point the cow had come really close and was using his horn to strike her legs. The cow was launching against Pamilerin so hard he was causing bruises on her leg…
” Please help me…” Pamilerin cried out to the two men standing by her
” We are sorry, we can only work with what we have been provided, and you only provided us with what can create six stairs” One of the man said soberly. They had the look of pity and concern on their faces.
Pamilerin knew if the two men didn’t create the remaining six stairs, in no time the cow will pull her down with her horn and stab her to death with that horn.
Pamilerin woke up sharply from the dream. She knew she had a dream about the number 6 but it seem like someone had cleared her memory.
Pamilerin went back to sleep.
Baba Shagba gave the look of surprise at the result of his work. The arrow of death he fired at the woman went to her leg instead…
” The gods forbid it… I refuse to work and not see the results I desire. I have not slept in the last three days… The gods that back me up don’t desert me… I don’t fail…Don’t let Failure be heard of me…Today ought to be the end of the woman. What is happening?” Baba Shagba said. The gods were silent as usual, but he expected to see what happened on his charmed mirror. However, It was blank.
” Who is she? Is she from the marine kingdom or from the tree or is she a witch, or is it the herbalist backing her mother who is stopping my work… Never… 1.2 million Naira is not small money. I can’t refund it, so this woman you must die ooo…” Baba Shagba said with so much intensity as to the seriousness of the issue.
Beauty didn’t sleep that night, though sleep had been far from her ever since she had her eye problem, but that night was different, it was already three days since the herbalist said Pamilerin would die. She couldn’t wait for Winter to wake up and call the herbalist for the good news of her death.
” God, please let her die…she is a wicked human being. Judge it, I was satisfied being the woman outside. I never even tried to hurt her, but she heard about me and in a flash she made me blind…Is that fair? At least in the Bible days, people had more than one wife, David had several wives and you still loved him” Beauty said thinking about the few things she remembered about the Bible
” But what was the end of David?” A voice questioned her in response
Beauty didn’t give a response, she knew the end of David wasn’t as beautiful as it should have been because of his polygamy.
Beauty laid back on her side on the bed where Winter laid as well.
” If I am not grateful for anything, I am grateful to have Winter.” Beauty said looking for Winter’s hand. She found her hand and held on it.
” Thank you Winter..” She whispered not wanting to wake her up.
If only she knew that Winter wasn’t asleep. Winter had been carrying out a research on Freeman for the past three nights. She had been stalking him on his social media pages, checking the locations he checked in…She had to meet him, somehow….
Pamilerin woke up to get the children ready for school. With sleepy eyes, she walked towards the bathroom, and the moment she walked in, she slipped and twisted her ankle…
” My leg!” Pamilerin screamed…
To be continued
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“I LOVE YOU, BUT..”
” Babe!” Freeman jumped from the bed. He heard Pamilerin’s scream from his deep sleep.
He rushed into the bathroom on seeing her on the floor.
” My leg! Freeman …my leg hurts..my ankle” Pamilerin said loudly.
The door to the room opened and the kids rushed in. Remi stood by the door peeping to see what happened to her boss. She was not permitted to enter their matrimonial room unless she was asked to.
” Mummy..sorry…” Juanita said
” Daddy, Let’s lift her .” Venita said
Freeman followed his daughter’s advice and lifted Pamilerin from the ground.
He successfully laid her on the bed.
” Remi, get me one of those balms” Freeman called out to Remi
” Ok sir..” Remi ran towards the living room. The balm was in one of the cupboards.
” Baby…sorry…Who left the tap running?” Freeman said looking at the pool of water on the floor of the bathroom.
” I don’t know…” Pamilerin replied while writhing in pain.
Remi returned with the balm.
” Come in…” Freeman said at the sound of her knock.
Freeman spent the next ten minutes massaging Pamilerin’s ankle. Pamilerin wailed like a bereaved woman , because the pain was unbearable.
The girls couldn’t go to school that morning as everything had been disrupted.However, Freeman had a 10am appointment he could not reschedule.
His secretary had told him there was a new investor looking into investing into their business. He was suppose to meet him at a lounge.
” I will be back before you know it. If the pain becomes unbearable we must go to the hospital.” Freeman said to Pamilerin before the house.
Pamilerin needed to go to the restroom but it was impossible. She laid her right foot on the floor and what followed was a strong internal gruesome pain that went straight to her brain. The pain felt like she was going to shut down if she made an attempt to go further. She sat back into her bed… At that point she had a flash of something hitting her leg in the dream, but the flash of the dream was not long enough for her to make sense out of it.
” It’s just a sprain, nothing is wrong with my leg, it’s not an attack. Pamilerin, don’t spiritualize this fall, it was just an accident, not something from the devil. Don’t give the devil too much credit.” She charged herself up.
” Where are you going?” Beauty said to Winter. She had been hearing the movement in the room ever since Winter stood up from the bed. She couldn’t make out what Winter was doing. Winter also made matters worse by not responding to Beauty’s series of questions …
” Is she dead?”
” Have you heard from the herbalist?”
” If she is not dead, have they found why?”
Winter kept mute, there was a reason for it. She wasn’t suppose to speak to anyone except her target.
” I know it sounds like I am nagging, but can you at least say something!” Beauty said
” Fine… I get it, you are leaving me. No problem…”
Winter walked out of the house. She would remedy the situation later.
Freeman walked into the Posh restaurant the investor had asked to meet him. It was one of the most expensive restaurants in town.
Winter sat in the VVIP LOUNGE sipping her white wine. She had not spoken a word to anyone that day. She even wrote her drink preference to the waitress.
Freeman walked around looking for any man who was sitting alone.
Winter and Freeman’s eyes met as he looked around for his investor. Winter jumped to her feet after few minutes…
” Hey, Hello….” Winter said walking towards him. It was time to play the game she was so good at.
” Hi… ” Freeman answered cautiously with a raised eyebrow. He wondered if this was the investor he was meeting.
“Well, if she is my investor,, she definitely must have a lot of money, judging by her expensively looking outfit.” Freeman thought..
” Are you the one I am meeting?” Freeman asked
” Not sure ..but you have this striking look I can’t place. Have we met before?” Winter said. Winter knew the ” Have we met before” line was cliche but it always worked for her.
” Erm…not sure” Freeman replied disappointed the cash bag before him was not the investor..
Freeman tilted his head to the side to look around one more time. The investor had contacted him through email, so he had no phone number to call.
” Oh my God, the tilting of your head, just brought this deja vu feeling…like I have seen you do this before” Winter said laughing
” Oh really?” Freeman said smiling
Winter stood looking at him with her mouth wide open…Freeman was a bit embarrassed at the way she was looking at him…
” What Ma’am?”
” If I say this, I hope you won’t say i am crazy?”
” You don’t look crazy , so the thought won’t cross my mind no matter what you say to me!” Freeman said laughing
” I see you in my dreams!” Winter said with the most serious look Freeman had ever seen on a woman…
Freeman was lost for words…
” What?” Freeman asked
” I see you in my dreams!” Winter repeated….
To be continued…
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