“Calm down Lizzy, everything is going to be fine, I knew things will get ugly tonight.
Let’s give him time to process it, then I’ll talk to him later, your friend is still here, talk to her” Daniel handed over the phone to me.
“Lizzy, it is well, Daniel promised to talk to him, I believe he’ll listen” I said
“I pray he’ll listen, you need to see him, he was something else” Lizzy stated still crying loudly.
“You know what I’ll come over now. I’ll past the night at your place”
“Thanks, I’ll be expecting you” I ended the call and picked my bag.
“Where are you going?” Daniel asked
“I can’t leave her all alone, you know she stays alone”
“I know, but at least hold on, let me get my car keys and take you there” he offered
“Thanks” I said
We set out almost immediately. In the car, I put a call through to my mum, I told her I will be staying at Lizzy’s, I had to tell her the situation on ground, because I don’t sleep out.
Daniel stopped in front of a boutique. I gave a why did you stop the car look.
“Wait in the car, I’ll be back in a jiffy” he said and alighted.
I watched him walked into the boutique. Few minutes later, he was out with a plastic bag.
He entered the car and handed the bag over to me.
“What’s this?” I asked before checking it out.
“You’ll need a change of clothes” he said with his gaze fixed on the road.
I opened the bag, he bought a peach color knee length gown and underwears. He knew my size from clothes to shoes, even underwear.
I looked at the amazing man sitting next to me.
“Thank you” I smiled.
This guy is good at thinking ahead. I myself did not think of what to wear the next day, all I want is just to be with Lizzy.
We were almost at Lizzy’s house when Daniel got a call from Paul. Paul told him his coming over to his side, but Daniel told him not to come, he sensed he might not be in a right state of mind to drive. He assured him he’ll come over to his place.
“I’ll have to pass the night at Paul’s place too” Daniel said when he ended the call.
He dropped me off at Lizzy’s place, but he decided to check on her before leaving. We went into her apartment, she sat on the tiled floor sobbing. She doesn’t look like the Lizzy I shopped with some hours ago. I was moved to tears when I saw her.
Daniel gave her words of encouragement and reassured her he’ll try his best to ensure things get better.
I saw him off to his car, he told me not to leave her side.
“And stop crying, you need to be strong for her” he said
“Sweetheart I’m not happy, why is all this happening to our friends” I said.
He drew me closer to him and took me into his arms for some seconds. “They will be fine”
He released me from his grip. “I have to go now I Paul needs me too”
He left and drove down to Paul’s house.
I went back into the house, I told Lizzy Daniel is passing the night at Paul’s house, so she could know she’s not the only one in this difficult situation.
I forced Lizzy to take a cold bath. She showered and I prepared noodles for her which she barely ate.
Daniel called and told me the situation of things at his side.
“How is he?” I asked
“Paul is not in a good shape, the news really broke him” he replied.
“Eh ya! I feel for him too”
“I can’t talk with him now, I’ll have to sit and watch him till he sleep”
“Same here, I’m trying to get Lizzy to sleep too”
“Lets just hope for the best”
“Have you called Papilo?” I asked
“Yes, I told him not to wait up for me and instruct him to lock up everywhere.
“ Make sure you get some rest too once Lizzy is asleep”
“I will, thanks”
“Good night, I love you”
“I love you too, good night”
I ended the call and sighed.
I tried to make Lizzy sleep but she didn’t until like 2am. I took my bath and slept quietly beside her.
The next morning, I prepared a light breakfast, I told her to take her bath and dress up for church.
“I’m not going to church” She said softly.
“Why? Are you mourning? You better dress up and let’s go to church, it’s only God that can help us in this situation”
“She carried herself reluctantly to the bathroom. I took my bath too and wore my clothes, courtesy Daniel. God bless him for me.
By the time we came back from church, her mood was a bit lighter. Daniel called me and told me to come over to Paul’s house with Lizzy.
I told Lizzy we have to go to Paul’s house, she was scared to face Paul but I told her she can’t run away from her challenges, she just have to face it.
I drove Lizzy’s car, I can’t trust her behind the wheels. I know her mind is far from here.
The truth is that I was scared too, but I just hoped the issue will be resolved.
We entered into Paul’s sitting room and we exchanged greetings.
Daniel did all the talking, I and Lizzy just sat down quietly. After like 30mins of talking, Paul finally spoke for the first time since we got there.
“Daniel, how will you feel if you find yourself in a situation you hated the most. I have vowed never to marry someone who already has a child”
“Having a child is not a disease, Paul” I said not knowing where the nerve came from.
“I know it’s not a disease, but I don’t want my children having a step brother or sister. I don’t like anything called- step”
“You are stucked here, there is no going back. You can’t change that again. Your unborn children already has a Step in waiting” Daniel stated
“Stucked! Did you just say stucked. I’m not, Daniel I won’t go ahead with the wedding. In fact I’m leaving town this week”
“Come of it Paul, you are blowing things out of proportion here. What do you mean by that”
“I’m dead serious, she can go to the church alone, I don’t give a damn”
“You are not leaving town and that wedding is going to hold” Daniel said authoritatively.
“Paul, you know Lizzy is a great person, I know you truly love her, but do you have to give her up because of this child issue” I said
“There are many ladies out there, but not all are wife material. Would you rather prefer someone who has no child but devious, cunning and pretender to a great woman like Lizzy?” Daniel added.
He remained quiet with his head bowed all through.
“Lizzy! Why? Why didn’t you tell me earlier” he said starring into her eyes.
I immediately push Lizzy to him, she knelt down before him and started begging and crying at the same time. I knelt down too and we all started pleading on Lizzy’s behalf.
“Who is the child’s father”
“He’s nobody, he denied the paternity of the child. We tried to make him take responsibilities for the child, but since he already denied the paternity of the child, there’s nothing we can do and he never showed up since then. I and my mother are the only ones responsible for the child’s upbringing” Lizzy explained.
“Where is the child now?” he asked her
“He stays with my mother, you’ve met him once at my mom’s place”
“Yes, he’s a boy”
He sighed heavily. “I’ll adopt him legally and he’ll live with us after the wedding, so he will grow up together with our own children”
I stood up and hugged him. “Thank you very much, may you never be put to shame” I said.
Daniel came closer to him and hugged him too.
“Thanks man, you are a good man” Daniel said.
Lizzy was still on her knees, she just stood there speechless, she’s still finding it difficult to comprehend everything her fiancée said. She bursted into fresh tears, I think it’s tears of joy.
Paul carried her up and hugged her, I saw drop of tears fell from his eyes.
The atmosphere was full of emotions, tears started running on my cheeks too, my boyfriend walked up to me and hugged me.
“Stop crying everything is fine now, don’t worry your chief bride’s maid dress won’t waste” he said trying to cheer me up.
Lizzy turned to me and hugged me.
“Thank you, you are friend indeed, I would have carried this big secret into my marriage if not for you” she said as she hugged me tightly.
Paul too hugged. “Do you now see the reason why I want you around her? I know you will never mislead her” Paul said still hugging me. He thanked me for my intervention.
Some minutes later Daniel and I decided to leave, the couples needed time alone.
We left Paul’s house and he took me home, we were both stressed out. I got home and explained everything to my mother, she was glad the whole issue was resolved.
She even told me the story of someone she knew who had the same case and the husband to be called off the wedding and left the lady for good. She said if it’s another man, all the family will sit before this issue can be resolved.
“Really, that means all the family members will all know what’s going on?
“Real family meeting o, but he resolved this only among just two friends, I really give him kudos” My mum said.
Paul was indeed a good man, I concluded.
Two weeks later, we were all in front of the altar to witnessed the couples exchanged their vows. They finally said “I do”. I was the chief bride’s maid while my Daniel was the best man.
“I think both of you should just tie the knot today once and for all” Paul said and his wife supported the motion. We all laughed it off.
“Don’t worry, just give us little time” Daniel replied him.
“Little time! Is he planning to propose” I thought within myself.
After the reception, we saw them off to the airport for their honey moon.
I really miss Lizzy, they traveled to Paris for their honey moon. She called everyday despite the fact that she’s on her honey moon.
My love for Daniel increased on a daily basis. The same with him. I frequent his office more often, I’ve dropped most of my extra lesson classes. I and his secretary Lola are now friends although she’s younger than me.
Daniel’s latest habit is gifts shower. He showered me with all kinds of gift, some I even had to dash out. I lacked nothing, I was just working for working sake, not that I need the money. It got to a stage I had to complain.
“You are spoiling me with too much gift” I said
“Let me spoil you, you are all that I have here, you are my only family. My sister, my friend, my companion and everything. If I don’t spoil you who will I spoil” he said teasingly with a kiss.
Daniel proposed to me after we had a dinner date in an exotic restaurant It was so romantic.
“Will you marry this man that is head over heels in love with you?” he said kneeling on one knee with a red velvet box in his hand.
“Yes, I will” I said with teary eyes. I was so happy.
“I promise to love and cherish you for the rest of my life” he said and kissed me.
He took me home that night when we left the restaurant.
He pulled over and held my hand before I alighted
I got home that very day and told my family about my engagement. They were all happy to hear the news.
I went to my room. I looked at the expensive diamond ring on my ring finger, I definitely know it will cost a fortune. I remember where I was coming from, I couldn’t help but cry, I tried to hold back the tears but I couldn’t, I just let it flow. Here I am with a man who loved and cherished me.
“Lord I owe it all to you” I said aloud.
I found peace and fulfillment within me. I’m trusting God to give me all it takes to be a virtuous woman.
An hour later he called me when he got home. He thanked me for accepting his proposal and he made so many promises. Please who will turned down a marriage proposal from a man like Daniel.
The couples are back from their honey moon trip. They came to my house to visit. It was so good to see them again. Lizzy was sparkling in her yellow gown. Her Brazilian hair, make up and all was on point. She looks more beautiful and fresh.
“Lizzy look at you… Who says marriage is not a beautiful thing”
She turned around and accessed herself. “Thank you….she said smiling.
“You look stunning, Paul I can see your hand here”
“Yea! I tried right”
“This is more than try, job well done. Hi five my guy” I said and gave him a high five.
They also congratulated me on my engagement.
“Girlfriend I think you’ll need a bodyguard to carry that thing around” Lizzy said jokingly,
“You can say that again”
“It’s so beautiful” She said admiring my engagement ring.
“Thank you…” I said blushing.
I asked Lizzy when she’ll resume work and he said the next day.
“This is why I don’t like banking job, do you people rest at all”
“Imagine the bank gave her just two weeks for honey moon leave. I had to pull strings to get an extra week” Paul explained.
“I’m not complaining, I love my Job” She said giving us a funny attitude.
“You here that she’s not complaining “ I said and we laughed it out.
They promise to check on Daniel the next day. They left an hour later.
During the week I decided to pay my Fiancé a surprise visit in the office.
I got there and spent few minutes to chat with Lola his secretary. She noticed the diamond ring on my ring finger and congratulated me. I went into his office afterward.
“What a pleasant surprise, you didn’t tell me you are coming” he said with his gaze fixed on the laptop.
“Dee I’m sorry for barging in on you unannounced”
“Where is that my secretary, he rang her on the intercom”
“Yes sir, you called me” She said when she walked in
“Its like you’ve gotten another job right?”
“Sir! did I do something wrong?” Lola said with pleading eyes.
“So you now bend rules for her right, I’m even sure you know she’s coming but you did not dim it fit to tell me?”
“I’m sorry sir I …I thought…
I and Daniel started laughing at her.
“So you didn’t know he was joking all along?” I pointed to her, still laughing.
“You need to see your face” he said to Lola.
She now join us in laughing too. “You scared me boss”
“I thought you don’t fear me, now I know you do, you can go back to your office/sit.
“Boss you know I do but for every rule there’s an exception” she said smiling.
“And she’s the expection!” he asked giving me a funny face.
Lola nodded and left the office smiling.
“I love surprises” he said walking up to join me on the sofa.
He gave me a peck and sat beside me.
“You are not nice at all, she almost fainted you know”
“I was just pulling her legs. What can I offer you?” he said smiling.
“Nothing, I’ll just take cold water and I can help myself with that”
I stood up and walked to the small fridge in his office, I opened the fridge and picked a bottle water.
I went back to my sit. “I brought you something” I said
“What do you bring for me” he asked excitedly
“I baked last night” I said and brought out the cup cakes I made for him.
“You are a darling” he said and gave me a kiss on the lip.
He settled down and ate the cake, I served him a glass of juice. He fed me with some of the cake.
After the light refreshments, he went back to his sit and started working.
I noticed he was very busy, so I left after an hour. He was very grateful for the treat.
I got a call from Tunde, I was already fuming before I picked the call.
This time, I’ll make sure I have him arrested” I said to myself before I pick the call.
“Pamilerin, I need you, please come, there’s no one I could call right now”
“Tunde please don’t start, I don’t have time for your games”
“Pamilerin I have no one else, I have nobody, please…he said crying.
“Tunde! crying, this is serious then” I thought
“Where are you now”
“My house,I mean the company’s house, I have less than 24hours to evacuate this place” he said sobbing”
I’m on my way, I said
before the line went off.
I called Daniel and informed
“You want to go there alone, what if all this is a set up”
“I don’t think so”
“Are you not scared at all, do you have a death wish or something. This guy could harm you”
“I can’t just turn a deaf hear on him, he has no relative in Lagos and I’m sure friends would have deserted him now that he has no money again” I explained
“Give me the address, I’ll meet you there, in case you get there before me, don’t go in. Stay outside”
“He can’t hurt me, but I’ll do as you say”
“Daniella I mean it, wait for me before you embark on your rescue mission”
he said firmly.
“Yes sir! I’ll wait” I said stressing the ‘sir’ and ended the call.
I got to Tunde’s place and sighted my fiancé’s Range Rover parked in front of the gate. Did he fly?” I wondered.
He came out of his car when he sighted him. He gave me a side hug and we went inside, no gateman. The gate was not locked.
We met him lying on the floor drunk to stupor. When did he start taking alcohol?” I asked myself.
He had already packed his personal belongings.
Daniel and I helped him up and made him sit on the sofa, he was crying like a baby, reeling of alcohol.
“You need to man up guy! This is not the end of the world” Daniel said
I picked one of the empty beer bottles on the floor.
“Now that you resolved to alcohol, as it solved your problems. Tunde is this the solution” I raise the bottle to his face. Tunde, you are a disappointment, take a look at you, you are a mess right now.
He buried he’s face in palms sobbing.
“You need to take your bath and change, we need to get you out of here since you’ve been ejected” I said and pulled him up.
Daniel led him upstairs to the bathroom and return shortly.
“Daniella! What are you trying to do, where will you take him” he asked anxiously.
“Don’t worry he’s not coming to the mansion, I can’t allow him stay with you” I replied
“Hope you are not thinking of taking him to your house either”
“No, he still has a friend who can helped, remember the guy from his former house?”
I put a call through to Francis and explained the issue in ground.
“What are friend for, you can bring him” he said.
“Thanks Francis, we’ll bring him right away”
He came downstairs, he looked a bit better this time, we packed his things in the vehicle.
Daniel turn on the ignition, we were about to leave, then Tunde asked
“Where are you taking me?”
“To Francis’s” I said
“Back to square one” he blurted out, tears steaming his face.
I really felt for me, drop of tears fell from my eyes. Daniel saw it and held my left hand and squeezed it gently.
I gave Daniel directions to the house. Francis opened the gate for us, Daniel drove into the compound and parked the car. We all exchanged greetings. I introduced Daniel and Francis. He moved Tunde’s things into his room.
We all took turn in encouraging Tunde.
“You don’t have to wallow in self pity, pick up the pieces of your life and start all over again. I hope you’ll make the right call next time” Francis said
“You warned me then, but I never listened. You told me its my loss if I leave Pamilerin, now I loss not only her but everything. Have learnt my lesson” Tunde said calmly.
“I heard you are brilliant, there are so many companies out there who are interested in people like you, so I think your next move now is to get another promising job and I wish you all the best” Daniel advice.
“Pamilerin was right he said your kind of man is rare. I can see she’s right. Thank you so much Daniel for your help” Tunde said.
“You are welcome”
“Send your CV to my mail, I still have some people who can help” I said
“I will, thank you” he said looking into my eyes.
I wanted to cry but I held it.
“Promise me you won’t drink again”
“I promise” he said assuredly
“We have to leave now” I informed them.
Francis followed us outside, he really appreciate what we did for Tunde. We also thank him for his kind gestures too.
Daniel offered to drop me off, I accepted the offer whole heartedly because I was so tired.
He dropped me off and left.
I called Tunde later in the evening to find out how he was doing
“Are you still using your old bank account”
“You don’t need to send me money, I’ll be fine”
“You want to live off your friend, housing you is enough, I don’t want you to be a burden to him”
“Pamilerin you’ve done enough”
“Is the account still active?” I asked bluntly.
“Yes” he said and sighed heavily.
“Ok, good night and sleep well”
“I will, thanks. Good night.
I ended the call and made the transfer immediately. I dont spent my salary, I never needed to, thanks to Daniel.
The next weekend I went to the Daniel’s place, I met Paul at the mansion.
They both welcomed me and I tabled Tunde’s issue.
“Please guys I need your help”
“You want to us to help him get a job, after everything he did to you” Paul said
“Let him get himself a job Daniella, I don’t know why you made it your duty”
“Hello o…this is Nigeria getting a job here is not that easy except you have connections”
“Paul has connections then, he’ll help”
“And you don’t have?” Paul tackled him
“Daniella, stay away from that guy, I don’t want him to hurt you. Youve done enough for him already”
“He’s not that kind of a person, it was frustration that led him into what he did then. He can’t hurt him.
“Daniel is right you have to be careful around him” said Paul.
“You guys don’t get it, this is a guy I used to love, I can’t just abandon him”
“Let me have his CV” Paul said
“Thanks,you are a darling” I handed the CV to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.
“I’m sorry I can’t help, you know he can’t work for me” Daniel
“I know but you have people who can, you can talk to your clients. I know you want to help him, you are just hurt because of what he did to me in the past” I said with all seriousness.
He stretched forth his hand and I handed the CV to him.
“I’ll send the soft copy to your emails too” I said to them.
Paul looked at Daniel and asked
“Who says women don’t have a forgiven spirit?”
“My fiancée is one of the exceptions” Daniel replied him.
“See it takes the grace of God to forgive. Fine he hurt me in the past but who am I not to forgive him. As long as God forgives our sins then we have to learn to forgive others too” I explained.
“That’s the spirit and I’m proud of you my baby ” Daniel said and hugged me.
I told Daniel we’re having a midterm break in school and he insisted I spend the mid term break with him.
“You have a whole IT firm to run, remember?
“I can work from home, you know. I want to spend time with you. If you don’t come, that means I wont see you this week, you already have plans for Saturday or are you no longer going for the workshop you told me about?” He asked
“I’m going” I replied
“The break is Friday and Monday, so spend the Friday with me and you can have Monday to yourself”
“Why are you so good at planning my schedules for me. Ok, I will get back at you sweetheart”
I told him I can’t promise him anything yet but I’ll get back at him to let him know if I’m coming or not.
We talked about other things for a while before he ended the call.
I informed my mum, I’ll be going to Daniel’s place on Friday.
“I thought you’ll use the midterm break to rest” my mummy queried.
“My plan was to stay indoor too but Daniel change my plans. Midterm break is Friday and Monday. I will use that Monday to rest” I explained.
“Eh!….Eh! Just be careful o, no daughter of mine will get married with pregnancy o. I’m not in support of premarital sex, the bible says keep the marriage….
“….Bed undefiled, Mummy I know and there’s nothing to worry about”
“Just be careful oko mi, oju oni ti e o” (you will not be put to shame o)
“We already set our boundaries mummy, relax ehn”
“I’ve heard you, just be careful”
Mothers will always be mothers. I sighed