You May Kiss The Bride
Episode 3 (Final Episode)
Lawson gasped, losing his balance.
“Mother called me to give me the news. I
was shattered, I felt like my world was
over. But, more importantly, I thought of
you. I thought of what the news could do
to you, I thought of the best way to tell
you. That was why I said I can never have
children. Not because I can’t give birth to
babies; but because I can’t have them by
you. Never for once did I think of leaving
you. I bore your insults, your scorn,
because of my past. It was so easy to
judge me and think of yourself. I am the
one who is hurting; I am the one who
should bring some miserable divorce
papers…but I thought of you…I thought of
hope, faith and a miracle…I thought of my
vow to you on that altar. In sickness and in
health, remember?” She smiled through
her tears, “All of a sudden, you are as
weak as a baby…looking in your eyes, I
can see you suddenly have lost all your
guards, you are so wicked.”
“Sarah…” Lawson fell on his knees, torn.
“No!” She quickly fell on her knees too,
“No Lawson…” She couldn’t bear to see
“I’m…I’m infertile,” he cried, “What is left of
me?” He searched his wife’s eyes.
“Lawson please…” she held his face, “I
understand…it has been so hard for me…I
have put myself in your shoes since the
“You don’t deserve this…you deserve
better…I can’t believe I scorned you all
along…please let me leave you.”
“No.” She shook her head, “You are my
husband. I won’t leave you. I won’t let you
leave me…I believe in miracles”
“I’m doomed…Sarah I’m doomed…” He
allowed his wife take him in her arms and
he wept like a child on her shoulder.
In the Morning …
Sarah gently opened her eyes; looking
beside her bed, it was empty. She quickly
sat up on seeing a note on the bed. Hands
shaking, she opened the letter to read:
I cannot bear the shame. I have treated
you so unfairly, yet you love me still. You
are with me even in this condition of mine.
To think that you knew all along and you
never for once gave me a clue that it is my
fault we are in this mess makes me so
unworthy of you. I love you enough to let
you build another life with a man who can
make you happier.
I’m torn Sarah, and all I ask is your
forgiveness. I have always loved you and if
you truly love me then please start your life
over again – without me. I am truly sorry
for disappointing you.
Sarah couldn’t control the tears. She
couldn’t think straight anymore. She
picked her cell phone, shaking.
“Hello, Mr. Lawson’s office please”
“Hi Lola…” she cried, “Have you seen my
“No…no ma’am, we’ve been expecting him
at work. He has a presentation in 15
“Oh God…God…” Sarah dipped her hand
into her full hair.
“Everything ok, ma’am?”
“Thank you.” she ended the call.
She quickly got down from the bed and
she ran into her car in her pyjamas. She
dialled his mobile repeatedly as she
At 2:00pm …
She sped into Fred’s compound, a close
friend to her husband.
“Fred!” she banged the door hastily until
the door flung open.
“My God Sarah, what’s wrong?” Fred held
“It’s…its Lawson…have you seen him? Is
“No…Haven’t heard from him in a week.”
“Oh God!” she held her hair.
She was already dashing away into her
“Sarah!” He called after her.
She zoomed away.
“Mom, Dad, I can’t find Lawson…I can’t find
your son…” she cried as she paced in front
of the elderly couple who looked lost.
“You have to calm down and tell us what
happened.” Lawson’s mother put her arms
Sarah burst into tears, “Please Dad could
you try his number, maybe he’d pick your
“Have you been to his office?” He picked
his cell phone and dialled his son’s
“I have been everywhere I know him to
“It’s ok…calm down please.” Lawson’s
mother consoled her.
“He’s not picking. What exactly went
wrong between you two?” Lawson’s
father searched Sarah’s eyes.
Sarah was still in her pyjamas and on her
way back home, exhausted and stuck in
the traffic. She had told Lawson’s parents
everything. The poor couple was so
shattered and begged her to begin a new
life. Sarah buried her head on the steering,
crying; she didn’t realize the green light
was now on.
“Hey get off the freaking road!” a driver
cursed from behind her.
“God please don’t let him harm himself…
keep him safe and lead me to him…please
God…” She quickly started the car and
began to move.
Suddenly she remembered the church
where they had wedded and took their
vows. It was two hours from here; she
made a u-turn and headed for the church
hoping to find some solace there.
She got down from the car drenched and
exhausted. She trudged into the open
entrance of the church. She paused for a
moment; shocked…it was Lawson sitting
at the front row of the empty church,
facing the altar.
“Lawson!” She began to run towards him,
happy, relieved that he was ok.
“Sarah?” He quickly stood as she
approached him, “Sarah…”
They both ran into each other’s arms. He
hugged her so tightly.
“I looked for you everywhere….this was
the last place I thought you’d ever be…I
just came and I saw you…Lawson….I’m so
happy you are ok.” she touched his face.
“I didn’t know where else to go…It just
feels like I can’t face the world anymore…”
he slowly released her from his embrace.
“Take my hand.” Sarah stretched out her
hand, “C’mon, just take it.”
Lawson gently clasped his hand into hers
and she took him to the altar and stood to
face him. She searched his eyes intently.
She hadn’t seen him so weak and helpless.
“Five years ago Lawson, we both stood on
this altar. Remember our vows?
Remember you whispered in my ear never
to leave you. I told you I wouldn’t…that’s
why I’m here. I am your wife Lawson. I am
meant to be with you forever, through the
bad and good times. We’ve had good
times, why would I leave you now? All I
want from you is to believe that you can
still give me a child despite what the result
said. I want you to believe in a miracle.”
She held his face, “Remember when you
told me I was a miracle in your life? Our
children will be our miracles too. Trust God
with me because I know it won’t be long.”
“Who are you Sarah…” Lawson was
weakened by her words.
“The one who vowed to be with you till
the end.” She smiled through her thin
“God, I love you so much Sarah.” He
hugged her again.
“So will you come back home with me?”
Sarah searched his eyes.
“I have no other place to call home.” He
placed a soft kiss on her lips.
2 Years After …
Lawson and Sarah were on the sofa
watching a late night movie. Sarah was
resting on his shoulders when she felt the
“Lawson, Lawson, it moved again…don’t
miss it this time touch…touch.” She gently
placed his palm on the side of her
stomach. Both felt the movement of their
“I can feel him…I can feel him!” Lawson
placed his head on her belly.
“I can feel him growing each day inside of
“What do you think its saying now by this
“Thank you dada for believing in me.” She
laughed. They both laughed.
“The movement has stopped.” He slowly
removed his head from her stomach, “I
think he’s sleeping.”
Sarah rested on his shoulders again, “In
six months you’d be a father, “You finally
got your miracle.”
Lawson tilted his wife’s face to him,
looking into her eyes, “Sarah…you were
the miracle I needed. Thank you for not
Sarah tickled his nose with hers, “I love
you too. Always will,” she smiled, “We
missed a whole lot in our movie.”
“The movie can wait, but this can’t” He
gently planted a kiss on her belly.
We forget our vows so easily, so quickly
that once our marriages start hitting the
rocks, we fail to realize that there is power
in union. When there is union, every
mountain can be subdued. The problem is
people don’t yet fully understand the
concept of marriage; until you do, please
don’t go to the altar because what you
don’t understand will eventually become a
burden and confuse you.
The concept of marriage is ‘for better, for
worse.’ The “worse” moments always
come. Not that you should always expect
bad things, it is a statement of fact that
challenges come in marriage to make you
stronger in oneness, so don’t use it
against each other. In addition, miracles
are real and it is better we all learn to have
the patience to wait until our miracles
come. Always remember that marriage is a
‘stick and stay’ relationship, not a ‘hit and
run.’ Wish you success in your marriage.
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