LASTING MEMORY – 24 (Finale)

LASTING MEMORY EPISODE 24
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Olivia Was amazed as her friends went with her and Emerald to the airport to wave them goodbye.
Kane was there, Mark, Doctor Kate and also Helen, she and Emerald hugged everyone. Her friends waited until the plane took off.
Olivia settled in immediately as they arrived. All she did with Emerald in the first month was to tour and visit places and in the second month she got busy with activities.
Emerald started high school while Olivia engaged herself with more studies and works part time in other not to be bored.
Months flew into a year. she never fails to call her people back home and they also calls her.
Mark gave an exciting report of going out with a nice lady, Helen brought the news of giving birth to a baby boy, and she with her husband were both excited to welcome their bundle of joy after a long wait.
Olivia was so happy for them, she spoke with Kate almost every week.
Kane calls too and Olivia allows him to speak with Emerald.
Emerald and her father spends time talking over the phone whenever she is free.
Emerald rushed up to Olivia one day as she was making dinner, the phone she was using to do video call was in her hand as she showed it to her mother
“Mom…Mom…look…look, Mr Kane…he is walking without his stick…look…isn’t that amazing…
Olivia took the phone and saw Kane practising on how to walk without his sticks.
Olivia smile, she left the kitchen with the phone and asked Emerald to continue with the dinner
“Kane, I’m so proud of you…I told you that you are stronger than what you reduced yourself to…
“thank you Olivia…I was getting so comfortable in those sticks that I didn’t want to do without it…maybe because I love the self pity that comes with it but no more pity…I have to take charge…just as you have always wanted…you said it will make you happy if I start living my own life…well, I’m doing that…I have not being able to go on a date yet…I don’t know if I will ever be able to do that but I’m ready to give every other thing a try, I’m doing so many things right now…I went to play tennis with Wilson, and we planed going to the basket ball cot by weekend…I need to start living….i was loosing myself but no more…maybe someday I will be able to go on a date with a nice, loving woman like you are…thank you for always bringing out the best in me…I’m sending some money again to Emerald by next week…I know you don’t want to accept any gift of any kind from me, you made that clear already but the money I send is for Emerald’s tuition fee…please don’t ask me to stop…and hope you are living your best life over there…
“Sure, I am and i’m happy to know that you are living your life Kane…take good care of yourself…bye.
A year turned into two and then three, Mark got married and had a daughter Olivia was sending all her kind wishes to him, right on his first date to when he proposed to the lady and to their wedding and also when she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and Mark couldn’t keep calm, he was so happy.
Olivia tried to keep the friendship alive and even sometime speak with Doctor Mark’s wife over the phone, she was always excited to speak to Olivia after hearing so much about her.
Olivia also cried with Helen when she had a miscarriage on her second child and she never fail to encourage and pray with her.
After another year Helen became pregnant again and excitedly shared the news with Olivia who also jubilate with her.
Olivia was happy for everyone living the best of their lives as she was trying to also live her own best too, meeting new people and making friends. She try not to get into anything intimate with any of her male friends, both white and black, she kept it casual with every one.
She also had friends who were lawyers and barristers, they form a click and hook up most weekends.
Emerald has a phone which enables Kane to speak to her anytime he wants, Olivia was happy that she left the country as she began to perceive things differently. she will never forget her parents because they lives on in her heart everyday, she can never forget the circumstances behind their death, but she has totally and deeply forgiven those behind it. Most especially Kane.
Olivia was home one day expecting her friends who were coming to say goodbye to her as she planes to leave the country soon. When the door bell rang, Emerald rushed happily to the door to answer it.
Some of Olivia’s friends came in, one came with her daughter who happens to be Emerald’s close friend.
They came with pizza, drinks and different gifts for Olivia. They all ate while watching one of their favourite shows.
Olivia informed them that she will be traveling back to her country, is almost four years since she left, she wants to go and foresee things, becoming a barrister is to help her country to fight crime and unlawful judgements against humanity and she can’t achieve all that in another man’s country.
She has a chamber which she asked her learned colleague to be using in her absence.
now, she needs to go back home and take over things but Emerald will stay behind until she is done with school.
Olivia’s new friends wished her well and most of them wanted Emerald to come over to their house and live with them but Emerald said she will rather visit than living with them.
She told everyone that she will be fine staying alone maybe with her friend Tessie. The neighbourhood was calm, nice people lives all around and her close friend will be staying with her so she has nothing to fear or worry.
At the end they all agreed to be checking up on Emerald.
Olivia got her daughter and her friends waving her good bye that morning as she flew off back to her country.
Olivia came back home and used the first week to visit all her friends, Helen, Mark and his family and also doctor Kate.
She tried not to ask of Kane, as she concluded within her that he must have moved on with another woman which was all she has wanted him to do but she wonder why she wasn’t so happy imagining Kane with another woman but Olivia tried to accept that.
She got busy with work and continue to speak with her daughter over the phone and sometime speak to her friends too.
She was in her chamber when her secretary came to inform her that a man was looking for her and as the man came in it happens to be Kane, he was not using his walking stick.
With a close look one can still tell that he has an injury from the way he walks but it wasn’t so obvious. Kane has grown few white hairs around his bears.
He was well dressed in a white striped shirt, a brown chinos trouser, a suede black shoe with a matching belt. As he walked into Olivia’s office with a very attractive smile, she looked at him as if she has never seen him before in her life.
Olivia was speechless as she stood and stare at Kane who was beaming with a gentle man smile, she wanted to say something and Kane stretched his hand out, haunting her to pause.
“my name is Kane and I’m please to meet you ma’m…can we just pretend and act like this is the first time we are meeting… just pretend by introducing yourself…I do want to know you…if you don’t mind…
Olivia laughed out at Kane’s attitude, he was acting all official with her while robbing his bears with the other hand, and she was loving every bit of it. She pretend and stretched her hands to him.
“I’m Barrister Olivia, and I am please to meet you sir…ooh. C’mon Kane, what happened to you…you look so different…I must confess that you look more handsome now than before and why are you pulling at your bears…is that a new style now… but I’m loving this new Kane…
Kane blushed as Olivia came around her table and they both embraced and went on talking like old friends as if nothing ever happened.
Kane kept it cool and listened to Olivia as they both talked excitedly.
Few days later, Emerald called and sounded so happy over the phone.
“Mom, I’m so happy for you…wow…this is so exciting….
“Happy for me, what happened…is there anything going on that I don’t know…
“Mom, stop pretending….Mr Kane, my Dad… well, he told me that two of you are getting back together…and going on a date this weekend, that is the greatest news of all time…I feel so excited Mom, my heart wants to burst out with happiness…you traveling down and breathing in new fresh air has done a lot of good for you and for him too…
“well, don’t conclude yet…we are just getting on as friends…and he wants me to go on our suppose first date with him this weekend…is not really bad, your Dad… has kind of change…acting like a gentle man…and all porch…so, I’m going on a few date with him to see how it goes…don’t get too excited about it… is just a date not a wedding…just focus on your studies…
“is all the same to me…I am happy for both of you Mom…at least for giving love another try…no matter what comes out of it…I am still so proud of you and I’m focusing on my studies to make you and Dad proud…I will make you a proud Mom…because you deserve it and you also deserve some good happiness…best of luck Mom…and don’t fail to give me gist of how it all went…I know is all gonna be fun…make sure you have fun…
And Olivia and Kane went on her suppose first date with Kane and it was all fun. Kane dropped her off before driving back to his place.
He knows slow and steady wins the race, he wasn’t going to rush anything with Olivia, he will allow her to take her time in making any decision.
But in everything he was living his life more than he has ever did, and he will make sure he gives Olivia a thousand reasons to smile and turns her lemon into a lemonade.
Olivia stared at the mirror with a smile across her face, as she spoke to her daughter over the phone, giving her every gist on how the suppose date went.
Emerald was over excited as she listen to her Mother speak with happiness in her voice.
It was her prayer that her Mom give Mr Kane another chance into her life and not allow the past to hold their love captive and she was happy that they are beginning to live and be happy again with each other.
Her father speaks greatly of her Mom and her Mom is not exceptional and she looks forward to another date with Kane.
Olivia opened her drawer, and brought out her parent’s picture, she kissed the picture and held it in front of her.
“you and Mom will continue to live in my heart, I’m a barrister now, I have found purpose and rejected love and happiness just because of where it was coming from, but I do want to embrace life to the fullest now because I know you two want me to be happy and I will not allow the darkness of the past to hold me captive…I will not live in bondage to the enemy of my mind…I want to be free, loved and happy…and that is what I will do…Emerald is making me proud everyday…she is turning into a smart and intelligent young girl and I can’t be less proud of her…I will be going on another date with Kane…we are taking it slowly and everyday at a time…and I love it that way…everyone deserve to be happy irrespective of the past…and I feel within me that you and Mom are both smiling down from heaven and nodding in agreement to this…this is how my own fate found me, I have run from it for so long but not again…I am embracing it and living my best life with the wonderful people that God has blessed me with…
And on the next weekend, Kane drove down earlier and waited for Olivia to be through with her dressing, he helped her to zip up her dress, caressed her neck before kissing it.
He lead her in his arm to the car, and drove her off to another fun filled evening.
We all hope that their yesterday will remain where it belongs. As they both starts their life again today, we silently pray that their tomorrow’s sun shine will be brighter, filled with colorful rainbow.

THE END. (Thanks for reading, pls do comment on this story)

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