The media house went into a frenzy, their cameras were on automatic as they took pictures of Obianuju splayed on the floor, and Emeka bent over her weeping like a child. Charles came over and pushed Emeka aside, he knelt down and propped Obianuju into his arms.
Charles: “Somebody call a medic, my fiancée is unconscious” But before the ambulance arrived, Obianuju opened her eyes. She looked around disoriented at first, then she jolted out of Charles’ arms when she remembered Emeka was alive. She turned and there Emeka stood, he didn’t understand why another man was calling his wife fiancée.
Obianuju: “Emeka, Emeka, you are alive” she ran and hugged him, then was when she noticed the ring on his hand; it was not the ring she gave to him.
Amelia: “What is going on here? “She said joining them
Obianuju: “I should be asking you, what are you doing with my husband?” she said turning on Amelia.
Amelia: “Excuse me, you are getting married to Charles in two days, so don’t call Bernard your husband” she replied.
Charles: “There is a mix up somewhere, you are dead, or rather was pronounced dead, how are you alive? He asked.
Emeka: “Why are you getting married to this man? Obianuju explain this to me, I am not understanding you oh”
Charles: “You need to explain where you have been this past year, did you lie about your trip, and somehow was not on the plane?”
Emeka: “I am talking to my wife, stay out of this”
Amelia: “As far as I am concerned you have only one wife, and that is me, we have to leave now, we will miss our flight if we don’t”
Obianuju: “Is that why you were hiding him away from me, because he is or was my husband, I wish you both a good life” she said and walked away, Charles went after her. Emeka made to go after her but Amelia held tightly to his arm.
Amelia: “I will not let you go; you are married to me, not that woman”
Emeka: “I married you without having memories of my past, I am sorry, please forgive m e, I have to go back to my wife, before I lose her forever”
Amelia: “No you won’t. If you do, I will kill her, this is not bluffing, you will stay married to me, if not for me, at least for the sake of our child, he or she does not deserve to grow up in an incomplete family. Let’s go now” she said and pulled him toward the boarding area.
Obianuju went with Charles to the penthouse they had leased for her and her entourage. She was distraught as she replayed the moment in her head when she saw Emeka, she kept wondering what could be the reason that Emeka hid himself from her all these while. Did he stage his death so he could leave her, was it because of the scourge of Ohamiri, why did he not just say so, she would have freely given him a divorce, why make her go through the pain of losing him, she was almost destroyed because she thought he was dead. In her closet, she blamed herself for his death, she felt that she was a curse to anybody who came into her life, it was the reason she held back from marrying Charles until now. To think that entire trauma was for naught, Emeka was somewhere getting married to Amelia. But if he planned all these, why did he leave the company and all his assets to him, why would he give up all his possessions, was leaving their marriage worth all that? These questions kept playing around in her mind. She decided then, that she would not marry Charles until she had all her answers.
Charles was watching her all these while, he saw different emotions that played across her face and knew that she must be in turmoil, he would be in turmoil if he was in her shoes. Obianuju turned to him and said;
Obianuju: “Sweetheart, we have to postpone this wedding, I cannot marry you now that the whole world knows Emeka is alive, even if I wanted to”
Charles: “But do you want to?” Obianuju kept quiet, her eyes down, this was a question she was scared to ask herself. She did not want to hurt Charles, but now that Emeka was alive, she could not but feel that Charles would be second fiddle.
Obianuju: “Before now, marrying you was all I ever wanted, but seeing Emeka alive, I must confess that I am confused and torn in two. But one thing is sure; I cannot make a decision till I hear from him. I have going out of my mind thinking of what really went wrong” she said and began to pace.
Charles: “I was your friend first before I became your fiancé, I am here for you every step of the way, I will never leave you” he said and pulled her into his arms. Obianuju’s heart was at war with her, she felt so secured in Charles’ arms, Emeka was her first love, but she had come to love Charles too.
Yvonne had gone to the Palms Shopping Mall to restock her groceries, she was inside The Game checking out a tin of baked beans when someone called her name, she turned and behold Ulysses was there before her.
Yvonne: “Ulysses” Yvonne said, lost for words. Seeing him again, all the feelings she had been trying to bury came rushing to the surface, her cheeks grew pink. Ulysses felt uncomfortable seeing Yvonne turn pink at his presence, he had loved her at one point, he could not explain what happened between them, and the reason things fell apart.
Ulysses: “Yvonne, it has been a while, saw what happened between you and Obianuju, why did you do that, I thought that event at the funeral was an isolated event, but it seems it was deeper than that, the things you said about my late friend and his wife, I do not think I will ever forgive you”. Yvonne was hurt that this entire time, Ulysses still cared and protected Obianuju. She was tempted to be bitter, but she shrugged and smiled.
Yvonne: “I do hope you find it in your heart to forgive me as I have forgiven you for hurting me because, Obianuju has already forgiven me, and she is getting married to Charles in less than a day”.
Annette:”oh honey, I was wondering where you went, who is your friend” Yvonne saw a woman walk to them and put her hand around Ulysses.
Ulysses: Yvonne, meet my girlfriend, Annette, she is a practicing doctor, Annette, Yvonne was my fiancée”
Annette: “Oh” she said taking a look at Yvonne from head to toe.
Yvonne was about to move when the news came on the television”
News Anchor: “Breaking news. Emeka Udo, the Information Technology Magnate, has been found to be alive and married to one Amelia Dunbari. The question on everyone’s lips is where has he been all these time, was he on the plane that crashed last year, and if he wasn’t, why did he abandon his wife Obianuju Udo” the anchor said and promised for more updates on the issue. Yvonne turned to Ulssyes and both eyes were wide open, they rushed and hugged each other, Annette momentarily forgotten. When they pull apart, both had tears in their eyes.
Yvonne: “What are we going to do now”
Ulysses: “Call Obianuju, she cannot marry now, her husband is alive”
Yvonne: “She is not in the country; she is in Dubai, for her wedding”
Ulysses: “We have to do something though” he said, his hands held to his mouth, deep in thoughts. Annette had heard the news too and wondered how it was discovered, she had called Obianuju, as a way to assuage her conscience without going against her sister, but now that the truth was known without any input from her, she was happy beyond words.
Ohamiri: “Obianuju, daughter of Aneke and Nwokoye, Slave of Ohamiri. If I could strike my priestess, who are you that I cannot strike you down, you give the food meant for the gods to common men, when the day shall come, I will take away happiness from your life, you shall eat the bread of sorrow. No one dares the gods and go scot free. Both you and all those who ate from the food meant for the gods”
Ohamiri appeared before Charles and Obianuju in the dream.
Obianuju: “In Jesus’ name, In the name of Jesus that I preach, I command (Speaking in tongues)… I command and don’t plead. The Holy Spirit has been put in me and that spirit is in me to cast out demons. What is your name? I mean what is the name of the spirit that lives in you?”
“I know the kind of person you are. I will deal with you today. It is written in the bible, fire went before the Lord and chased his enemies. It didn’t chase them but also consumed them. If you don’t want me to consume you, I command you to leave this house now”
Ohamiri: (Laughing) Ok, that’s alright. Where can we find that passage you read from the scripture? Tell me! Tell me!! Just tell me!!! If you can tell me, I will admit you as a Master!
Obianuju: Shut up your mouth. If i don’t know the verse, atleast i watch healing programs on TV. The Holy Spirit lives in me and I have been given an anointing to set the captives free and to comfort the depressed. That spirit of oppression will surely bow down today.
Ohamiri: #Yinmu.. The Holy Spirit lives in you? You have anointing? And you’ve been sleeping with my Slave, Obianuju. You are yet to get married to her. You never fast and pray for forgiveness for committing all these sins, not even seeking for power from God. You are here commanding me to leave this house? You must be kidding Obianuju
Obianuju: I say leave my house. I command you in name of Jesus!
Ohamiri: (Laughter). Hahahah..Madam Caster! You must be the crazy type. I asked you to tell me the passage where we can find the words that you quoted first and second time, you couldn’t. You must be Dullard Christian. Assuming you don’t know any passage in the bible, Atleast you should have fast and pray for God’s power. That would have saved you today.
Ohamiri came close to Charles who was still writhing on the bed, held bound in the dream by Ohamiri, gave Charles a knock on his head. Charles fell helplessly. Ohamiri disappeared into thin air immediately.
Obianuju woke up suddenly, she looked beside her, and Charles was still, he usually tossed in his sleep.She turned to kiss him but his lips were dry and cold, like the kiss of death. She shook him, but he wouldn’t stir, he was long gone, Charles was dead. She let out a loud scream; it pierced the quietness in the hotel. She kept wailing in a loud voice until the security of the hotel came banging on the door.
Question: Do you think a Christian should at least fast once a month to avert such undesirable occurrence? What will happen to Obianuju? Will these two lovers, Emeka and Obianuju ever come back together?
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