I LOVE YOU, BUT”… (OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE EPISODE 34-36)
” I LOVE YOU, BUT…”
Inspired by the HOLY ONE
” What is it?” He roared
It was obvious Beauty had interrupted whatever he was doing inside…
” La…Lara.. needs Aunty Chigozie ” Beauty stuterred in fear.
” Why?” Baba Shagba roared again
” I think the baby…she said her stomach feels hard..”
” Contractions…” Chigozie said from inside…
Chigozie rushed out of the room. Beauty felt someone run past her. She also noticed Baba Shagba’s smell was moving far away from her. Beauty could tell they were going to her room in haste.
Beauty found the wall and traced her way back to the room…
” You are not useful here…Stay outside” Chigozie said, afterwhich she barked out the names of the other two wives.
Beauty heard their approaching footsteps…
She tried to move away from the passage so they wouldn’t collide into her…
” Come Sit here ma!” Beauty felt the teenage hand of one of the girls in the house. She took Beauty by the hand and guided her to a large stone…
” Is she about to have her baby?” Beauty asked the teenage girl
” I think so!”
” Ok…What’s your name?”
” Yewande…I am the daughter of the second wife”
” Can you stay with me here and be my eyes?” Beauty asked
” Ok ma” Yewande sat beside her on the stone…
” She is really young and Beautiful, I wonder what made her stoop so low to marrying my father!” Yewande said
” I don’t know…you should have the answer to that!” Beauty replied forcing a friendly smile
“My mother told me she was charmed…and funny enough I think my mother doesnt know who really has been charmed…If anyone has been charmed in this house, it is my mother, how can you study abroad and you came to Nigeria on a research and somehow during the course of that research you met my father who you said you suddenly fell in love with…Arrhggg…” Yewande said
Beauty could hear bitterness, anger, disappointment in the voice of the young girl…
” Imagine her entire family lives in Winconsin and we are living in this dirty place. “
” People do crazy things for love…I am a living witness to that…” Beauty said
Yewande looked at Beauty very bewildered. What her mother had told her was that she was blind and her father was trying to cure her blindness..
” You also fell In love with my father?” Yewande asked
” Nooooo….Never…my story is quite complicated but long and short is; I stupidly fell in love with a married man and out of revenge, his wife made me blind or so I thought, because now I don’t really know what the truth is, because I think my best friend set me up with your dad…” Beauty decided to pause on the giving too much information…
” Hmmm…well it’s really complicated..people do crazy things for love…Well, maybe my mother was not charmed after all, she was just unfortunate as to where Love took her to….Well then I hope love takes me to a big castle and a better life…” Yewande said laughing
” You are a Christian?”
” Well…kind of…I used to go to church in my early days with my grandmother, but after I left her, I kind of left God, but now, my challenge is pushing me back to Him.”
” Hmmm….I like you…”
” Really? Thank you…I like you too”
” I attend my Christian fellowship in school, but my father and mother doesn’t know. Only my younger brother knows. But it’s our little secret. I keep his secret, he keeps mine. He has two girlfriends. ” Yewande said laughing…
” Wow, that’s a big secret to keep ” Beauty said laughing. It felt so good having a conversation with a teenager.
” I will pray for you on Wednesday, when I attend the school fellowship”
” Aww…thank you so much…” Beauty’s eyes dropped a few tears…
” My mother oooo!” The duo heard the loud cry of Lara …
” Open your leg and push…the baby’s head is just here” Beauty strained her ear and heard Chigozie say loudly…
Beauty could feel her hand trembling…
” God please help her pull through!” Beauty prayed silently.
Yewande held her hand and wove her fingers with hers.
” She will be fine!” Yewande assured her
The sound of the baby’s cry was a beautiful one. Beauty had mixed emotions. She was happy the baby had been born successfully, but she hated the fact the baby was born into that family.
Beauty heard the cry of the baby becoming louder. She could tell someone was drawing closer to her.
” You, what are you doing there, go back to bed.” Baba Shagba said to Yewande.
Yewande ran off…
Beauty was using her senses to determine what was happening…
She heard the quiet sob of Lara. Simultaneously, the baby was crying… Beauty strained her ear…
” It’s a boy!” Chigozie said
” I thank my stars” Baba Shagba said…
” Three of you, you can leave” Baba Shagba said
Beauty wondered who were the three…
She sensed the people passed by her. The Smell was familiar…
” The boy will be killed” One of the women said in what sounded like a whisper…
” He is such a handsome baby” the other person answered
Beauty felt her heart pounding…
” Was Lara really serious about them pounding her baby? “
” No…they can’t do that!” Beauty thought.
Beauty stood up trying to follow the sound of the baby’s cry. She didn’t know what she was going to do, but she had to stop the death of the newborn…
” This is cool money. Call Chief that the container has landed…” Beauty heard Chigozie say
“Right away” Baba Shagba said.
Baba Shagba got out of the room colliding into Beauty..
” Can’t you find somewhere to sit..” Baba Shagba said angrily without stopping. He had something more important to deal with than Beauty.
Beauty moved towards where Baba Shagba had come out.
” Aunty Chigozie…!” Beauty said
” En …What is it? You shouldn’t be here. When we are through with her, and the children have cleaned up this place, I will send for you..”
” Please, Is it true, you are going to kill the Baby?” Beauty said with Shaky lips..
Beauty heard silence as a reply and like a fast blowing breeze, Chigozie rushed towards her…
” I believe you don’t want to end up blind and dumb. Keep your mouth shut about the things you hear here or you will have double calamity to deal with…”
Beauty swallowed her saliva as her mouth felt dry all of sudden…
” How much are they willing to pay for the child’s life, i am ready to pay for it. Please don’t kill the baby.”
Chigozie is interested..Chigizie was not one to joke with money…
” How much can you pay for the child?” Chigozie asked
” How much is the person willing to pay,” Beauty asked
” N500k” Chigozie lied as the actual money was 200k.
” Tell Baba Shagba, I will pay him double of that if he can release the baby.”
” And where do you plan on getting this money?”
” I have it in my bank account…My phone is with Baba Shagba. If I can access it, I will transfer the money”
Chigozie loved the new angle to things. Chigozie pulled Beauty aside.
” Here Is the thing, this has to stay between us, I will find a way to convince Baba Shagba not to kill the Baby, but he must not know about you buying the life of the baby.” Chigozie said
Beauty could sense something deceitful in Chigozie’s words, but life was risk and she was willing to risk her money to save the boy’s life…
To be continued…
“I LOVE YOU, BUT…”
As Inspired by the HOLY ONE
From where Lara laid weakly on the bed, she wished she could tell Beauty not to fall for whatever Chigozie was whispering into her ears.
Lara knew the Baby was going to be used for rituals.
She had heard the communication between Baba Shagba and Chigozie as
soon as she birthed the child…
“Seven stars…” Baba Shagba had said
“Jackpot!” Chigozie replied ” Who would appreciate it more?”
“Chief Ega. but what is the sex?…”
“It‟s a boy!”
“I thank my stars” Baba Shagba said
“This is cool money, call Chief that the container has landed”
Lara knew they were going to pound the boy for some kind of charm for
” Bea…Beaut…Beauty…” Lara called
“Yes…” Beauty answered sharply
“Let them do what they want to do” Lara said.
She had two reasons. First, she wanted to rid herself of caring for a child by Baba Shagba. She knew she was in a cage, and there was no way out. Taking care of a child in a cage
didn’t look good.
Secondly, she didn’t want Beauty losing her life trying to defend her.
“No…Lara…we will save your baby…” Beauty tried to find Lara.
“What is happening here?” Baba Shagba’s voice sent shivers down her spine. Ever since he raped her, his presence was always fearful to her.
Chigozie quickly took him out…
Baba Shagba came back with Chigozie
“How do we get the money?” He said
Beauty realized Chigozie must have let him in on the exchange.
“I can transfer the money if you get me my phone. Lara will help me with
the transfer, I will use my fingerprint to access it.”
Chigozie and Baba exchanged looks. Baba Shagba went into his room to get
Lara had heard Beauty saying something about money and she helping her
Lara wished Chigozie could leave the room for few minutes, so she could tell Beauty not to do any business with Chigozie. Chigozie was sly.
“Beauty…what are you planning to buy?” Lara said stylishly…
Beauty followed the voice to find her ear and whispered in her ear.
“I am paying for your child not to be killed ” Beauty said
“No, they will still kill him” Lara replied in a rush.
“No, they won’t…I am giving them a million Naira. I believe your son will be
a great man. Who knows maybe my coming here was to save him”
“Here is the phone…” Baba Shagba said on entering the phone.
“Lara, please take the phone and look for Quantum Bank App…Click on it
and I will put my fingerprint for the access…”
Lara wanted to tell her not to do it, but the way Chigozie and Baba Shagba
stared at her told her not to try anything odd.
Lara still needed to help Beauty…
“My eyes are blurry…” Lara said Lara faked passing out….
“Lara! ” Chigozie shouted
Beauty knew something had gone wrong…
“What is wrong! Lara! Lara…Aunt Chigozie, what is wrong with her? Why is
she not saying anything?”
Baba Shagba rushed to her side chanting…. He pushed Beauty away from
Lara, Chigozie held Beauty so she wouldn’t fall…
“She has passed out, you should not have told her to help you. She just gave birth and needs enough rest. You should have given it to me to help you, but I guess you don’t trust me”
” I didn’t want to bother you!” Beauty replied
“Let me help you with it…”
“What do you mean I only have N5,324 only in my account…” Beauty said raising her voice That’s what is here…” Chigozie said with Irritation in her voice
“No, I should have nothing less than….Wait! Hold on please check the last
transactions..” Beauty said
Chigozie checked it, large sum of money had been moved from Beauty’s account to a Winter Grayson.
” You recently transferred all your money to a Winter Grayson”
Beauty felt her eyes turning despite being blind…Her knees buckled…Beauty remembered few times Winter had helped her to make some transfers, like when she transferred the N1.2 million to Baba Shagba.
“She has duped me…” Beauty fell on the floor crying uncontrollably…
“She’s taken everything I have…Why? God, why does everyone leave me? and
when they do, they leave me shattered….”
Lara could hear Beauty’s cry from a distance, but she knew she couldn’t snap out of her fake coma… Baba Shagba left her in a hurry towards Beauty and Chigozie.
“What is it?”
“It seems your Madam Winter has swallowed all her money…and that gives me the feeling that she came to dump her here for you.”
Baba Shagba paused on the spot..
What do you mean?”
“Lord, intervene in this matter…Lord, We need your timely intervention in our family” That was the Prayer point Remi told Venita they had to pray…
“Venita, all that is happening is beyond us, I don’t even understand what to pray or how to pray about what is happening …” Remi said to Venita. Remi didn’t see Pamilerin as her boss, she saw her as the angel who brought her
from the village where she had no hope, to a life where she had a future.
Soon she would be going into the university…Something no one in her
family had achieved.
This was the time to repay her kindness and the only she knew how to, was
to pray for her… She encouraged herself.
“Father, in the name of Jesus we pray for your timely intervention. We don’t have time on our hands. Mrs. Winter could destroy a lot of things in few hours from now.” Venita also prayed.
To be continued…
“I LOVE YOU, BUT…”
As Inspired by the HOLY ONE
“Go there Again!” Timothy heard as he was preparing to go to work that morning.
Timothy immediately perceived where God asked him to go was where he went the day before.
“Continue the work you started”
“Ok sir!” Timothy said excitedly.
He knew Soul winning was the heartbeat of God. He knew something big was coming for him after this…
“At your service, My Lord” Timothy said grinning.
His phone rang.
It was his fiancée calling… Justina.
“Hey, Son of the Most High…What sup…Good Morning”
“Daughter of the Most High, how are you?”
“Great, I had a beautiful dream about you…”
“Oh Really? I hope it has to do with our wedding date. Tell me, Daddy has
told you the date…”
“Noooo!” Justina said laughing her heart out…
“On the contrary, it was a Spiritual dream”
“Hmmm…that sounds deep.” Timothy said.
“It is really deep… as in very deep… I saw you going to the river, and you fished out a big fish…Very big Fish.”
“Hmm, a big fish…” Timothy echoed.
Timothy knew what the revelation meant. He knew he was a Fisher of men. It meant he had won a big soul for the Lord. Timothy suspected it had to do with where God was telling him to go to again..
“Let me fill you in on what happened to me yesterday” Timothy said to
Justina as he wanted to share with her what her dream meant…
Pamilerin found herself in a strange place. The place looked unlike earth.
The beings there were almost shaped like humans, but one could tell they
were not humans..
Pamilerin felt like she was floating…
The beings noticed her presence and started looking at her strangely.
“What am I doing here? Where is this place?” Pamilerin said within.
Suddenly a giant like creature was walking towards her…
“ Kulen bo.” The man said.
Pamilerin wasn’t familiar with their language but she could tell what they
were saying. It felt like there was an automatic translating device in her
head. “Kulen bo” meant “Sieze her”…
Pamilerin was bundled by three strange looking creatures. They took her by
the hand and what felt like a wind transportation, Pamilerin found herself
and the strange men in a tree like prison.
Pamilerin looked around, there were lots of trees around and people were
trapped in the trees.
“ Mikobin ne fe ge kulawa, makubiyin kulawa” one of the beings said.
Pamilerin understood their words to mean..
“ You people want to be high, stay high there…”
Pamilerin did not understand what they meant by wanting to be high…
The creatures left, but there were still creatures acting as security men
“Where is this place, my God!” Pamilerin said trying to break free from the
tree prison but the branches had been woven so tightly together. “You speak
English?” A man said from another tree prison.
To be continued…
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