Jboy showed up moments later with a smile on his face. “the case has been closed, but the A.S.P wants to see you” he said happily. I breathed deeply, so happy and relieved. I quickly stood up and shook his hand. “Thank’s for everything” i said with deep happiness. Mary’s sister showed up that moment with her usual cold look. “i guess you are happy huh?. You still have God’s wrath to face. I’m leaving” she said with a dry hiss and turned to leave. I gently approached her. A mark of remorse on my face.
“i’ll come over to see Mary as soon as i leave this place. I have to atone for my sins. Thank you for setting me free” i poured out like an innocent child. She eyed me, breathed deeply and left the room. “good show bro. Now let’s go see the officer” Jboy said with a happy smile. I nodded and followed him to the A.s.p’s office. The level of my happiness that moment was clearly enormous. “sit down Gentlemen” A.s.p Tunde murmured seriously as we walked into his office. His mood dark and heavy. I couldn’t imagine what was wrong with him. “i hope you are not thinking of leaving here today?” he asked me curiously. I stared back at him, unable to say anything. Jboy was equally as surprised as i was. “it’s glad to know that you have finally convinced your girlfriend to drop the case. But remember i still have the test results and as an officer of the law i have every right to carry on with the case, even if Mary objects. The crime you commited wasn’t only against Mary but against the state. Abortion is illegal and often treated as a murder case. So my friend you know what you are up to” the annoying officer addressed us intelligently. I felt like exploding. I was extremely fed up. “oh gracious me!. C’mon officer this is so unfair. Why are you doing this?” jboy shouted angrily. The officer merely scoffed and said nothing. “you are not a foreigner. You know how we close cases in Nigeria. Enough of the grammer” he said with his eyes on me. Jboy quietly sat down as he realised were the officer was going.
“ok sir please help us” i pleaded desperately. “i once asked for a million, but as it is now just get me two hundred thousand” he said, his greedy eyes still on me. I instantly knelt down, surprising him with my action. “i’m diabetic sir. I won’t survive another night in here. Last night i merely survived a crisis. I badly need to see my doctor. Please ask for something reasonable” i begged without shame while Jboy speechlessly gasped at me.
The officer thought for a while before shrugging. “alright get me a hundred thousand. A bank is across the street. I hope you have an ATM?” he demanded, throwing a look at Jboy who quickly sprang up.
An hour later, i was in Jboy’s car heading back to my apartment, finally free, but not entirely free. I still had Mary to deal with. I had chioma to win back.
Minutes later, we arrived at my apartment where i happily drank a glass of cold water before settling down on a sofa. “we have a lot to discuss and plan but that should be later. Just rest and get your spirit back while i rush to the office. You know i have been away all day” Jboy politely said with a smile. I thanked him once again. He saluted and left without another word.
I went into my bedroom, threw myself on the bed and thought over my next line of action. I really had a lot to plan and do. I couldn’t figure out where to start. I very much needed to settle things with Chioma. I couldn’t afford losing her, but Mary somehow was more of a priority. I already promised to visit her. A promise i made under duress or perhaps with remorse. I bit my lips deep in thought.
One hour later, i took a cold bath, dressed, warmed my car and drove out. I first headed to the bank, withdrew hundred thousand Naira before heading to a small restaurant where i had a quick meal. “should i visit Mary like i promised or should i forget about it all?” i wondered as i ate. My life suddenly seemed confused. I knew i had to wisely get rid of the silly witch. “But through what means?”. I asked myself over and over.
Precisely by 6:15pm, I pulled up in front of Mary’s compound, alighted from my car and dialled her number. “i’m at the gate” i said as soon as she answered, “i’m coming out” she replied a bit coldly. I hung up and waited for her. There i was, visiting a lady who almost ruined me, smiling as if all was well while deep down i felt like strangling her. She showed up seconds later, unsure of herself as she approached me. I breathed deeply, forced out a smile and spread my hands for an embrace. My action surprised her. She stopped for a second, stared at me before falling into my arms.
“i’m so sorry” she cried. Oh i felt like squeezing life out of her that very moment.
“I should be the one apologizing my love. I’m so sorry for everything” i murmured tenderly. “i should have been more reasonable. I’m so ashamed” she cried softly. “let’s go inside the house dear. We are creating a scene here” i suggested calmly. She drew away from me and grabbed my left hand. Together we went into her little apartment. A two room apartment which was moderately furnished. I couldn’t help but look around the house, taking mental note of everything. I felt it could be useful in future.
Her elder sister was in the sitting room as we walked in. I was very uncomfortable seeing her. There was something in her that always made me uneasy and it equally looked as if she was capable of reading my mind. I however noticed she wasn’t married, but wasn’t very sure anyway. She smiled faintly as we walked into the room. I calmly greeted her. “good evening” i politely greeted.
“you are welcome. I didn’t know you would come. I’m surprised” she said and laughed. Mary offered me a chair. My phone soon rang, breaking the little tension in the room. It was Jboy calling. “what’s up, where are you?” he asked as soon as i answered his call. “At Mary’s, keeping my promise” i replied, “ahhh, alright meet me at the joint when you are done. You know we have a lot to discuss and a drink of freedom to share” he said with a quick laugh. “cool i’ll be there shortly” i answered and hung up. “we have a nice soup, will you care to eat?” Mary asked curiously. I shook my head, “no thanks i ate before coming” i answered. “you know my sister is scared that our relationship won’t work out. She feels it’s all a lie” she said with a question look, her eyes all over me. Just like her sister, she was a bit doubtful of my true feelings but i also was stunned that she could even think something serious would ever work out between us. Not after all that has happened.
Yes she was a bit doubtful but needed only few sweet words to be convinced. I had to lie. I had to use whatever means necessary to buy her over once again, in order to stay out of jail and get rid of her once and for all. It was a hard task but also the only way out. I spent almost thirty minutes pouring out my love, plans and goals for her. Such deceitful words they were but so convincing and touching. Her sister listened without saying a single word to me. I couldn’t help but imagine what she was thinking. Mary was utterly convinced by my lies. As i stood to go she gave me a cute kiss. “nothing is impossible in the eyes of God and no sin is beyond forgiveness if you atone. I have forgiven you, but you still have to confess your sins to God. You have to meet our pastor. I love you sweetheart” she said to me with love and true feelings. I swallowed hard, nodded and left without another word. I wondered what kind of christian she claims to be, when she used to offer me sex like a porn star outside wedlock. I wondered how many men she has done it with. I was so shaken and filled with guilt as i left her apartment. I really wasn’t cut out for all those lies. Nervously i switched on my car engine and headed to the Joint to meet jboy.
…. Stay tuned to Episode 17