‘’come on man you can’t leave me hanging without at least telling me the reason you said Jessica is much safer in Abuja than in my home?’’ I tried one more time to persuade Henry to open up to me, as I got up to leave after spending hours with him in the hospital. He smiled and shook his head.
‘’there isn’t any need telling you what I’m not yet sure of. You know I still feel guilty for making you go through the dilemma of a second DNA test’’ he murmured carefully.
‘’but do you think it was Comfort who actually shot you?’’ I asked. He breathed deeply and smiled again.
‘’she’s your woman. I think you are in a better position to know what she can do’’ he answered while I shrugged and shook my head.
‘’well I know she can’t afford a gun or even afford hiring anyone to shoot you. Comfort doesn’t have a penny’’ I said softly, very unsure of my words.
‘’so you see, relax. I believe with time, many things will come around’’ he said seriously, leaving me with no choice than to keep my feelings to myself. Just like the detective said, Henry was definitely keeping something to himself but what really got me more worried was his real goal or aim in the whole deal. It really was disbelieving that he was keeping quiet or doing everything for my own benefit..
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Later in the night, Jessica called to know how my day went, equally asking about Henry’s condition. I narrated everything that happened to her, my feelings and suspicions.
‘’my love it’s isn’t as if I’m being ungrateful to a friend whose actions till this moment has been helpful to me but I somehow do feel that there is more to Henry’s help than I see’’ I opened up seriously.
‘’yeah I feel so too. I can’t imagine a friend showing up in your office after staying away for months and offering to help you with all sincerity. I know such people still exist but with what you just told me, I think Henry has a sort of connection with Comfort. but what I don’t know is if it’s a good or bad connection.’’ She said slowly.
‘’so what do you advice I do?’’ I asked instantly.
‘’hmmm it’s a very difficult question, but left for me, I think you should move on with your life, face your work and prepare for my arrival. Searching for something that might not be real could end up ruining us more. If your friend and Comfort has something going, let them carry on with it. It won’t stop you from providing for the little baby caught up between the mess even though I do hate him. You shouldn’t risk your life for nothing. Since the two DNA test results showed that the baby is yours, simply provide for the child and ignore every other thing. The truth always comes out in the end. So you better be careful my love because If Comfort really was the person who shot your friend and you somehow poke your nose into the truth, do you feel she wont hesitate to pull the trigger on you?. I know that girl will rather kill you than let you walk away from her life’’ she said seriously.
‘’yea my love. I guess I should just forget about everything and get the home ready for you and my son’’ I said sweetly.
‘’that’s the spirit my love. Please keep yourself safe for me. I love you’’ she breathed with love…
But as days went by and Henry recovered quickly, I found myself getting more curious and anxious over the little secret my friend was keeping. I just couldn’t hold back nor follow up with Jessica’s advice. I decided to question Comfort, praying that somehow, she could lose guard and reveal things to me. Reveal what exactly?. Hmmm I really don’t know.
Henry was discharged from the hospital on Friday evening. Exactly one week after he was shot. As a good friend, I was present to support and take him home.
‘’I know you are still worried over everything?. I also have noticed the way you now look at me with suspicion. Just relax, when the time is ripe you will discover that things are not always as they seem. Don’t be in a haste to know everything. Relax brother.’’ Henry said as soon as we got to his home. A comment he probably made to assure me that he was still on my side, but I wasn’t moved by it.
‘’I’m not a fool bro. I know you are keeping something terrible from me. Perhaps you also had an affair with comfort after I brought her to your hotel. Perhaps you are blackmailing her over something else. Perhaps it’s not even all about me. You know I still find it strange how you showed up in my office after many months of us not talking to each other and suddenly offered to help me. It took you no time to discover that Comfort’s doctor is equally her cousin. Then days afterwards you got shot. You suddenly become more secretive’’ I flared up, trying my best to push him into talking. but he simply stared at me with shock and surprise, smiling slowly.
‘’you know, supposing you were this smart, you wouldn’t have been played by your Comfort. The answers you have been desperately looking for, are right within your grasp. Just that you fail to open your eyes’’ he said seriously, drawing out a very vicious gaze from me.
I felt like strangling him. I felt like forcing him to open up. The zeal was in me. He equally noticed it.
‘’hey bro relax. I’m on your side. For your wife’s safety, Please be smart and wait for things to unfold. I got nothing else to say yet’’ he breathed as we exchanged glances.
All that was in my mind that moment was to head over to Comfort’s house and force her into talking since it was futile getting Henry to open up.
I was tired of being treated like a weakling. It was time to man up.
Leaving Henry’s apartment, i headed straight to see Comfort in order to straighten things with her. I felt it was a very nice step to take not minding what my wife said about such move the last time we talked.
The time was 8pm when I made it to Comfort’s house. She frowned on seeing me, putting up a defiant look as if we have been quarreling for ages. I ignored her look, walked into the sitting room, looked around and faced her.
‘’seems like your wife told you not to visit me anymore. You have been away for way too long’’ she hissed angrily.
‘’I came for a serious talk because i think I’m finally catching up to reality’’ I said seriously, noticing how pale she instantly grew when I said those words.
‘’I don’t understand’’ she stammered. I scoffed and shook my head.
‘’my friend Henry was shot’’ I added, studying her reaction. Surprisingly she remained untouched with the news which kind of showed that she probably was aware of it and perhaps in a bid to appear calm failed to give out any reaction.
‘’I guess you already know’’ I said with a swift smile. She drew back nervously and looked around as if we weren’t alone in the sitting room.
‘’little Caleb is sleeping, let’s go to my room and talk’’ she begged, grabbing my hands and dragging me to her room, very shaken and colored up. It was very obvious she was hiding something.
On getting to her room, she turned and faced me with great spirit. Her lips quivering as if she was under great emotional duress. She held me strongly, looking into my eyes.
‘’tell me what’s the matter this time?. Are you going to accuse me now that I shot your friend or did he tell you anything bad about me?’’ she asked curiously.
‘’I think it’s time you tell me all the little secrets you are keeping’’ I persuaded.
‘’’what secrets are you talking about?’’ she asked, feigning innocence. I scoffed and looked into her eyes.
‘’you still take me for a fool don’t you?’’ I asked angrily.
‘’what’s up with you?. The only crime I know I have committed is loving you. What else do you want me to do to prove it huh?. I have sacrificed my feelings, future, happiness, pride and everything to make you happy yet you always come here to insult me. It’s no longer about little Caleb’s paternity but now about me shooting your friend who means nothing to me’’ she flared up, quickly regaining her composure and putting me in defensive position with her words. Surely she wasn’t an easy lady to manipulate.
‘’you know what?, if your friend has something on me, he should come forward and spit it out and not feeding you with assumptions’’ she shouted and sat on her bed.
I stared at her for some minutes, not knowing what else to say. Of course I achieved nothing with the useless stunt.
‘’I guess I have to leave now’’ I breathed, turned and made to leave.
‘’not even an apology’’ she demanded. I froze for some seconds.
‘’I also need money. I’m very broke’’ she added.
‘’I will send you money tomorrow’’ I promised and left….
Of course my attempt to make her talk ended in futility, I ended up looking more stupid and clueless. I felt totally downcast.
Two days later, Henry called to tell me that he was in Calabar for a little vacation, I really was surprised but happy for him.
‘’I will be back very soon with the story of your life’’ he assured me.
However a month went by without Henry returning to his job. I really was worried but pushed everything to the back of my mind as I eagerly awaited the arrival of my new baby. I left nothing out in preparing and setting up my apartment and crib for the baby. I just couldn’t wait for my Jessica to come home with my son..
Finally on a Wednesday morning, weeks later, Jessica called me with a very wonderful news.
‘’I will be having my baby on Saturday. Please try and come over. I want you to be with me to the very moment’’ she requested, blowing up my heart with the great news. I was extremely overjoyed..
Friday evening, I took a flight down to Abuja to be with my one and only sweetheart. Unfortunately she didn’t put to bed on Saturday.
Early Sunday morning, Jessica gave birth to a very beautiful girl…
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The arrival of my little girl brought so much joy and happiness in my heart. Oh yea I was expecting a son but the joy of seeing an exact little replica of my wife was so much to contain.
‘’our little girl is so pretty’’ I whispered sweetly into Jessica’s ears as she regained her strength on the hospital bed. She smiled weakly, managing to bring up her hand which she placed on my face.
‘’I’m so happy. I’m now a full woman’’ she breathed with tears of joy. I bent and kissed her forehead.
‘’promise me that things will never get bad again’’ she begged softly. I kissed her once again, promising never to let her down in anyway..
‘’I cant wait to return to my home. I just cant wait for us to become one big happy family’’ she muttered breathlessly. i stared at her with eyes full of love and contentment.
I was very satisfied and proud of my dear Jessica. she really endured and suffered a lot for me. not many women would have been patient like her. she was so understanding and supportive. Finally, it was time to build my family and live a very happy life. I just couldn’t wait to have her back in my home.
My parents were equally delighted when I called with the great news. They all insisted on speaking with Jessica and I had no choice than to grant their wish even though Jessica was very exhausted..
Two days later Jessica was discharged from the hospital. I traveled back home that same day to get things fully ready for the eventual return of my dearest wife. Those moments were really one of the best I ever had. I did things with a new spirit. I became very open, jovial, friendly and affectionate to everyone. It just looked as if I got a new life but only one thing still disturbed me and it was nothing else but comfort and my little son. Yes I really felt like snatching the little boy from her and raising him with my daughter. A wish I so much nourished with all my heart.
‘’so what now?’’ comfort asked the day I finally managed to tell her about my new daughter. It was on a Saturday evening, almost a month after Jessica put to bed and equally a day before she was due to return back to my home. I chose that fateful evening to visit and tell comfort about the true situation of things, equally using the opportunity to warn her to stay away from my wife when she returns because i knew a lady like her was capable of doing something funny to spoil things for me.
‘’this is how things should be from now on. I will regularly send you money for our son’s upkeep and equally show up when necessary but in exchange you will have to stay away from my wife and my house . in fact stay away from my family.’’ I said to her seriously but just like I expected, Comfort wasn’t too pleased with my offer.
‘’you know my dream has always been to be with you. I never chose to love you. My heart did. I love you Caleb . I need your love. I don’t want your money. Please listen to me’’she begged, almost sobbing with great emotion. I quickly stood up with a frown.
‘’I don’t love you. I never did. Please stay away from my wife, she’s coming home tomorrow. I don’t want any troubles from you. Please’’ I said seriously. She stood up and grabbed me, shedding few drops of tears.
‘’I’m the mother of your son. Don’t treat me like this. I beg of you’’ she cried. I pushed her away, headed to the door, turned and faced her as I grabbed the doorknob.
‘’I know you wont listen, but I swear, I will kill you if you dare come close to Jessica’’ I threatened. unfortunately her mother showed up from the kitchen that very moment with a very angry look.
‘’what did you just say?. Did I hear you right?’’ she asked angrily. I simply gave her an askance look and walked away without another word.
My wife, my little daughter and my mother in law arrived at my house the very next day with so much noise and joy. It really was such a wonderful moment.
My father in law and my good old parish priest were with me in the house to welcome my family and pray for new life and happiness for us all. It simply was a very great moment. I was the happiest man on earth.
”i’m fully back to be with you my love. Nothing will ever draw us apart again” Jessica promised as we kissed with great passion.
Unfortunately, we never celebrated for too long because the evil wind of misfortune took no time in blowing. Tragedy soon struck.
After two weeks of living together as one happy family. Jessica began insisting on paying a visit to comfort and her baby, something I opposed with all my heart but she kept insisting that it almost led to a quarrel.
‘’I don’t see the reason why you are kicking against it. Of course as your wife I’m duty bound to pay at least one visit to that girl to see her son. I have every right to do it. i’m dying to see how her son looks’’ Jessica heavily insisted on the third week, forcing me to reluctantly accept her request. I accepted with great reservation.
‘’fine we will go check up on her together’’ I muttered slowly. she rolled her eyes happily.
‘’so when exactly are we going?’’ she asked. I breathed deeply, stared at her for some seconds and shrugged.
‘’Sunday will be fine. Exactly one week from today’’ I answered with mixed feelings.
‘’why are you looking very serious?, you aren’t happy?’’ she asked, climbing on me with a seductive smile. I closed my eyes, to avoid staring at her.
‘’you know sometimes, you behave like a kid’’ she joked, kissed me softly, and unbuttoned my shirt. I opened my eyes to see her looking at me hungrily, her eyes filled with want and passion. i suddenly had the urge to make love to her. of course we were yet to get intimate since she returned from the capital city because i wanted her to recover her full strength but that very evening her action proved she was dying to have it.
‘’don’t start what you won’t finish’’ I threatened, grabbed, kissed and pinned her to the bed, hastily undressing her. She moaned, bringing up her chest heavily laden with her succulent b—–s.
‘’my love, take me softly’’ she begged, leaving me with a happy smile as I took my time to satisfy her with all my might.. we made real love, rediscovering what we missed for so long.
Wednesday afternoon I paid a visit to comfort from work. She frowned on seeing me walk into her apartment. I ignored her mood, settled down and forced out a smile. Really it was my first time of visiting after my wife’s return. The last time we spoke to each other was the day I warned her to stay away from my family, a warning she surprisingly honored.
‘’so what brought you here. I thought you have forgotten all about me?’’ she asked. i breathed deeply, ignoring her question.
‘’my wife wants to visit you. She’s coming over on Sunday to see our son. I will come with her, so don’t be scared’’ I said softly. She scoffed and licked her lips.
‘’me scared?, I cant be scared of your wife’’ she said seriously.
‘’fine, that settles it. We will be here on Sunday afternoon, please do behave yourself before Jessica ’’ I said and stood up to leave. She stared at me with disbelief.
‘’you won’t even say hello to your son?. Don’t let him grow up to hate you’’ she said with a drawn face. I shrugged, saying nothing.
‘’so you really wont ask how I have been faring or even ask of your son?’’ she added seriously, making me a bit uncomfortable with the questions.
‘’you know, a time will come when you will come looking for this boy you have been ignoring and treating like an outcast. It will then be my turn to give you conditions. you are free to behave as you like, i wont disturb you again’’ she threatened as if she knew the future. I shook my head, forced out a smile and headed to the door. She couldn’t believe her eyes.
”Caleb” she suddenly called, forcing me to turn and face her once again. she said nothing else, instead stared back at me.
”yes?” i answered with a question look.
”my mother has returned to the village and i’m now all alone in this apartment. i always feel lonely” she complained, expecting me to say something but i clearly had nothing to say to her over it.
‘’so when actually are you doing your school final clearance in readiness for national youth service, or have you done it?’’ I suddenly asked, changing the topic but the question somehow threw her off balance. I noticed it instantly.
‘’hmmm, just leave me alone’’ she answered and backed me..
Sunday soon arrived with a bright early morning sun. everything looked so beautiful and bright. My wife, my mother in law and my beautiful daughter all headed to the church with great happiness. we prayed and thanked God for seeing us through the difficult times. i prayed with great joy and fulfillment.
After church service we stayed behind to great my old friend, the parish priest. He was overly delighted to see us.
‘’you know my son, no name other than Jessica would have fitted your little angel. She’s just a carbon copy of your wife’’ the old priest said to me as he escorted us to my car. I smiled happily.
‘’you see, patience is the key to everything. Your life is slowly turning back to normal’’ he added happily.
‘’yeah Father you are very right. Things are slowly turning back well. I’m now happy with the woman I love’’ I answered with a smile.
We headed to comfort’s house straight from the church and believe me I was very nervous because it really was the first time my wife and Comfort was to meet after many long months.
Fortunately, things went well. Comfort behaved maturely and even allowed my wife and her mother to carry little Caleb for a while. Everything went fine and I was very relieved..
But on our way back home, my mother in law made the same statement my mother made when she saw little Caleb for the first time.
‘’I’m sorry to say this but that boy doesn’t look healthy to me. He looks quite pale’’ she said.
‘’yes mum and he has a very unusual high body temperature, but I feel Comfort is very much aware of it because it’s very noticeable’’ my wife added.
‘’you know, my mother said the same thing, some months back but the child is still alive, so i guess there is nothing wrong with him’’ I explained to them..
But Unfortunately, by 4am the next day, I got a very disturbing phone call from Comfort,
‘’my child is dead. Our son is dead. little Caleb is dead’’ she cried..