© Adebiyi Demola
It was just like a dream when I got home on Friday and daddy Ope told me that he just got a call from Zainab’s father who told him that we should show up on Sunday of which I have promised him to be in his house on Saturday…
When it was Saturday, around 10:45am, I received a call from Zainab’s father…
“Hello Mr. Afeez, how was your night?” he asked.
“I’m fine sir”, I replied.
“When will you be around because my daughter is eager and intrested in knowing you”, he asked inquisitively.
“I’m on my way already sir”, I replied.
“That’s good! Journey mercy”, he said while I replied with, “thank you sir” before he hung up the call.
“Zainab is now around”, I said to myself. Then, I started experiencing mixed feeling of happiness and sadness and later got to my destination.
Zainab’s father was shocked when he saw me, he looked at me with wonder…
“Why are you here today? You are to appear tomorrow, not today”, he intoned in shock.
“I’m the Afeez you called some minutes ago sir”, I replied.
“You!” he said pointing at me, “no, no, no, its not possible”, he said while shaking his head left and right in disagreement and quickly dialled a number which rang in my pocket. He dropped the call and redialled the number and the same thing repeated itself. This made him got shocked and confused, “so, you were the one who saved my life?” He asked out of shock and I nodded my head in affirmation which made him dissolved into tears and embraced me.
We were on this drama when Zainab came out of a room and was shocked as well to see me. She didn’t know what to do neither did I know…
“Daddy, is this the Afeez you said he helped you?” she asked curiously.
“Yes dear”, he replied with his eyes saturated with tears.
“Ooh no! I don’t think it is possible! It shouldn’t be this wicked guy who has betrayed my love. Oh my God!” she confessed bitterly and busted into tears.
I felt sad and guilty of my action with Taiwo. I made an attempt of petting her but she shouted at me, “if you dare touch me! You, the betrayal”, she said out of anger, then she stood up and worked out on me which weakened me and made me looked helpless. I busted into tears which made Zainab’s father spoke out…
“Be calm my son, you will have to go and come back tomorrow as speculated before, while I help you speak to her”, he said and hugged me before I left the house.
It was really a big blow on my face. Though, I didn’t expect least from her, but I never thought she could go up to that length. After all, she was the architect of the wh0le issue.
I checked on Demola and updated him about the new development before I left for Osogbo and I also informed my sister and her husband about the scenario which got them shocked.
Though, the incidence was paradoxical, but they bought all what I told them and also gave hope to me by saying “the case has been settled since her father has promised to speak with her”.
In the evening of that very day, I got a call from Zainab’s father…
“Hello Afeez” he said.
“Yes sir”, I replied.
“I’m very happy for you because she has promised to take the responsibility.Though, you all have to be blamed for the dirty game you have played but yet, you have to take the larger percentage of the blame due to your lack of self control. I believe this is how God has planned it and nothing could be done to dispose it. Therefore, we will be expecting you tomorrow for proper resolution of the issue”, he confessed.
“Thank you a lot sir. I really appreciate your kindness and generousity. May the Almighty Allah in his infinite mercy be with you and your family sir. I have learnt my lesson in a hærd way and therefore, I promise not to disappoint you. Thanks once again sir”, I replied with greatful heart.
“It’s a great pleasure for hearing such from you. We will be expecting you tomorrow”, he said calmly.
“Alright sir”, I replied and he then hung up the call.
My mind was filled with joy for the good news and I spread the gospel to my people who have been standing beside me through the hærd time and they were all excited to hear.
I couldn’t sleep well just because I didn’t know how I was feeling. I felt like hearing from her but her number didn’t go through…
Suddenly, I heard my phone ringing and it happened to be an unknown number which I was not scared to pick it up…
“Hello Afeez”, she said and since her voice is unique to me, her name escaped from my mouth, “Zainab” while she giggled and then asked, “how did you know it’s me?”
“Your voice is unique to me, even if I hear it while sleeping I will know it’s you” I replied
“You and your sugar coated month. Thanks for that anyway. While are you not sleeping by now?” she asked inquisitively.
“I don’t just know jawe”, I intoned soberly which sent her a signal and that was when I confirmed that ladies are feable minded most especially when they are in love…
“I guess you are thinking over my reaction to you yesterday. I’m very sorry, I reacted in such manner out of anger because I was seriously hurt with what both of you did to me, but I later blamed myself for my mistake. I’ve forgiven you and ready to forget about the past and I hope you will do the same”, she confessed.
“Forgiveness is divine. Thanks a lot for everything. I’ve forgiven you as well and I vow to be trustworthy to you”, I replied soberly.
“Good to hear this from you”, she said.
“Zainab, I have a question for you and will appreciate it if you could open up to me”, I intoned gently.
“I promise to provide the right answer to what you wanted to ask me”, she replied courageously.
“Thanks for that. I got a call through your number some years before now when I was told that you were involved in a car accident and I later heard that you were flied out of country for treatment. How true was that?” I asked.
She sighed and later spoke…
“I’m very sorry to have done that to you. It wasn’t true. It was a planned work with the doctor that called you that very day. And the reason behind that was that a fortune teller told me to avoid you and leave this country if possible for like a year so as to avoid an untimely death and since prevention is better than cure, then I decided to subscribe to his warnings. I know I’ve gone wrong in some ways. Just forgive and forget for the sake of God and love”, she confessed soberly.
I was short of words for some seconds before I later spoke out, “I’ve forgiven you”, I said gently.
“Thanks so much dear. Love you so much”, she replied joyfully.
“Love you too”, I replied and she hung up the call…
My mind was at rest after the call and later slept off.
I took my bath very early in the next morning and prepared myself just because I was eager to see her. We later got there with my family and the case was settled.
Zainab’s father and his family handed Zainab to me when Sophiat came around which made my heart vibrated. She went on her knees in the presence of everyone and asked for forgiveness from both
Zainab and I for serving as obstacles which later resulted into Taiwo’s death.
Though, it pained but one just have to forgive and forget which we both did.
We appreciated everyone and left the place together with Zainab and she was trained by my sister how to take care of the babies and also became an expert.
After my NYSC, Zainab’s father fulfilled his promise by making me the managing director of one of his companies.
Zainab became a good mother by taking good care of the twins and she later had her own bouncing baby boy when the twins were two years of age and the all world graced the occasion and we lived happily.