(Final Episode 15) Two Hearts with Twisted Destinies

They all sat in the living room as the young woman went into the room. Malcolm rushed to the door to help hold Old Nurse who had half of her body paralyzed. She sat down and when she saw the faces of Mr Assanga and Mrs Assanga she smiled,

Young woman: “Can you recognize them?” she shook her head and smiled they smiled back too, she turned to them and added, “She can recognized you!”

Young woman, who later identified as Esther, sat close to her mother.

Kaylah could feel the renaissance of hope but just a glimpse for the woman couldn’t talk. Mrs Assanga went closer,

Mrs. Assanga: “How are you?” she smiled at her and Old Nurse smiled too.

Malcolm sat opposite Kaylah as he kept staring at her in intervals. Their eyes met and she looked away. His stare made her heart skip. Being in love with another was unthinkable; Malcolm was the one she ever wanted. Somehow, she wasn’t mad anymore that she wasn’t the biological daughter of her foster parents. Their union wouldn’t be seen as incest anymore.

Mrs Assanga went back to her chair; Old Nurse beckoned on Esther with the right hand which wasn’t paralyzed. She mimicked a hand writing,

Esther: “Oh, you need a pen to write?” she nodded.

Esther ran and brought a pen and paper with her hands shaking but she managed to scribble something down:
“Mr. and Mrs. Assanga right? I can still remember your faces like it was just yesterday. A happy young couple who wanted a daughter desperately; this is the girl with you right? She is now a beautiful girl. I know you are here to find out who her parents are. It is normal for such cases. The adopted child grows up and would want to know who their parents are. I knew you guys would come. Her story is a pathetic one. They were found on the bank of Calabar river and I was contacted. I took them into the home. I know you’d be surprised that I am mentioning “they” in this letter”

She paused and asked for water to drink; she gulped two full glasses and continued,

They were two. Twins but I didn’t bother to tell you since your interest was just in the girl. And the boy we didn’t hear anything from him again. We knew he had many foster parents but all I know is that he isn’t lucky as his sister. We were told that their parents were from Old Essien town. I investigated after you had adopted the girl I envisioned this might happen like I have stated earlier so I didn’t want a situation where I won’t be able to give the needed answer. Oh,how I wish other foster parents were like the two of you! See how beautiful she is!”

She stared at Kayla, smiled and continued,

“ Ehm, I learned that they were abandoned to die in the river. It wasn’t the parents wish but the wicked tradition of the people that saw twins as ill luck forced her to part ways with her children. She was a queen there but I doubt if she is still alive. And her twin was that boy, Ifiok, she always came to play with! I am exhausted I think I have told you all you need to know. She used to be the queen but I don’t know if she still is. God help you in your search.”

She handed the note to Esther and signaled her that she’d love to go in and rest. Malcolm rushed to help but Esther smiled at him and said,

Esther: “Don’t worry. I can handle that!” she smiled at him as he stayed back.

Kaylah was jealous; she didn’t like the way Esther smiled at Malcolm. Does she think she is pretty? Jealousy spoke in Kaylah.

She looked away as Malcolm looked towards her direction- she was angry at him. They were all anxious-they all wanted to know what the contents of the letter were. Esther came back and sat,

Esther: “would you mind if I read the letter or you’d prefer to read it yourselves,” she stretched her hands towards Malcolm.

Malcolm looked at his parents and then Kaylah,

Malcolm: “we don’t mind!”

Esther started reading the letter. As she read on, Mrs Assanga and Kaylah were in tears; they held each other. Malcolm buried his head as tears trickled down and Mr Assanga just sat with emotions flushed all over his face as she read.

“Ifiok!” Esther read,

Kaylah was startled,

Kaylah: “Ifiok?”

Everyone turned to her,

Mrs Assanga: “You know him?”

Kaylah: “I know someone with that name but I don’t know if he is the one!”

Could it be Ifiok that was her brother? She whispered.

Everyone sighed; she turned to Malcolm, “The guy who kidnapped me!”

Mr.  Assanga: “what!”

….

The next day in the morning, they left for Old Essien town. On getting there, they asked around but it didn’t seem like they were going to be lucky with their search. They went to the market and later to the King’s place.  They were told that the King and Queen had traveled so they were directed to one of the elders. Henshaw was his name, he was the oldest in his nineties but he still looked agile although he was slightly bent. One would know that he was a very tall man as a youth.

Henshaw: “ You’re welcome!” he gulped from his bottle of gin, which he offered but they refused.

They replied in a chorus, “Thank you!”

Henshaw: “And you say you don’t want to be offered anything?”

They nodded.

“How can I help you? for our people believe that the toad doesn’t run in the daylight for fun. So I’m sure that it is a very serious business that brings you city people here!”

Mr.  Assanga grunted and said,

Mr.  Assanga: “Yes, papa! It is indeed. We are looking for a woman. She used to be the queen and she was said to have twins!”

Henshaw screamed,

Henshaw: “Abasiama!”

“Huh?” they all said.

Henshaw: “That’s her name!”

Mrs  Assanga:” where can we find her, please!”

Henshaw: “She lives a secluded life now! The loss of her babies left her nothing but a mere distraught shadow.”

They were taken to Abasiama’s hut by Henshaw’s grandson. The sun was giving way for the moon as the people were returning from the day’s chores. They passed a lot of people on their way from the market and farms. As they got to her compound, they met her cooking.

Abasiama: “Who are these strangers who you have brought to my house,Bobo!” she said to the sixteen year old boy.

Bobo: “Pa Henshaw said I should bring them to you!”

Kaylah saw that she looked familiar but couldn’t place where she had met her- the recent events had stolen away most her memories. Mentally she was exhausted.

Mr.  Assanga: “Yes, we came to see you,please!”

She gave them a chair and looked at Kaylah.

“She looked at the girl, I met in the city when I was working at the bunker!” she said to herself but she wasn’t sure.

They narrated why they looked for her and she was in tears. She couldn’t believe she was first with her daughter the other day,

“I am the one who you seek for”

Kaylah ran into her arms; Abasiama embraced her shivering. It was hard to believe that she had her daughter in her arms. They cried and cried as others join them,

“Abasi, I can’t thank you enough! I can now die a happy woman! I only ask for one more thing to be reunited with her twin if he’s still alive!” she said crying.

After crying for long, she narrated her own part of the story to them,

Abasiama: “Seven days after the childbirth, as the culture demanded, I walked naked round the village, carrying two big baskets on my head. I was to go round the village seven times; My naked body was covered in cam wood oil, my hair was in big braids. My offence was that I had given birth to a boy and a girl, it was a blessing to me, because the goddess had blessed me with two children, but in this land, it was a curse, and such children were not allowed to live. The villagers danced behind me, as I walked in front of them, with the weight of the burden on the head. They followed me, all the way to the Kwa river, as me walked in, slowly to me the water was deep and dumped the baskets which were tied to get me, on the river. I watched as the baskets flowed down the river, and the babies cried out in loud screams. I made to go after the baskets, but men jumped into the water and held me. They pulled me out of the water, to the land, My late Husband, King Obong covered me with a white loin cloth… my husband, your father said to me,

“Sorry my wife, it is going to be alright. Awasi will give us another child” he said and held me to his chest. The villagers escorted them back to the palace, the priest was waiting.

I was taken into a room where no man was allowed to enter. Some women warmed my body with water from the Kwa river, and smeared the burnt mebs the priest had given to them, on my body. While doing this, they chanted an Efik song, begging Awasi to have mercy on Abasiama and give me a good child.

The baskets in which the babies lay were tied together with a rope so that the same fate would befall them. It was expected that the god of the earth and the waters, would devour the babies. But the babies sailed in the baskets for days without getting devoured, they wailed for their mother, as the cold bit into their tiny bodies.

But before I left them I gave them a mark, very hidden on their backs! Hoping I’ll meet them someday. And that would help me identify them.”

Kaylah opened her back and the mark was there. It was another round of cry. They cried like it was their last day on earth.

Two days after Kaylah had pressurized them they should visit Stinger and find out if she was the brother she suspected. With the mark it was going to be a cinch. As they got to the station, arrangements were been made for him to be transferred to the prison in Lagos.  Mr Assanga pleaded with the DPO.

Mr Assanga: “Just give us a minute with him, please!”

The DPO and other officers were confused at their behaviour. It was strange. Abasiama had come with them. Stinger was dragged out,

Abasiama: “:This is my son. My intuition never lies!”

Stinger could recognize her, “ I had the feeling since the frist day I set my eyes on you as your worker! Can I see your back please?”

The Policemen were befuddled.

Stinger: “what are you talking about, woman? My back for what?”

Kaylah: “Listen to her,please!” tears trickled down her eyes.

Stinger was acting all stubborn until one of the officers hit me with a baton and in pains, he opened the back. The hidden mark was there. Kaylah opened hers too. The marks were the same in colour and size. It was a complete reunion,

“I’m your twin,Ifiok!” she fingered his face as he stood with a fierce look grinding his teeth. For the first time in many years, Stinger was shedding tears.

The people around including the DPO were consumed by the emotions.

Stinger: “So you’re the wicked woman who abandoned us!”

Abasiama shook her head and walked closer,” Don’t come any closer!”

Mr Assanga: “Listen to her before you cast a stone on her.”

The DPO took them into his office. Each narrated their stories. And it was all a crying galore. Stinker was now broken, he cried and for the first time in his life he felt alive again,

Abasiama: “I can now die in peace. Obong, can you see us  from the sky. Can you see your twins?”

They embraced and cried.

….

Due to Mr Assanga’s connection and withdrawal of the case against Ifiok; he was sentenced to five months in jail. Malcolm and Kaylah made their love affair known to everyone even though Mrs Assanga wasn’t in full support at first,

Mr Assanga: “I still see them as my children! How can my kids be getting married to each other. To me, it feels like incest!”

Mr Assanga: “My dear,it isn’t a big deal. Let’s be factual, Kaylah isn’t our blood!” She gaped at him and he got the message, “Well, I didn’t mean it that way but I wouldn’t want another woman for my son!”

He was able to convince her.

They had shifted their wedding until Ifiok’s release,

Malcolm: “why not we shift our wedding date a month after Ifiok’s release?”

Kaylah: “Really?” she jumped and kissed him, “You’re such a darling!”

She couldn’t be happier. Having her mother, brother and foster parents at her wedding was a beautiful dream she wouldn’t ever want to wake up from. Nadia had come to ask for forgiveness and they both forgave her. She was made the chief bride’s maid.

The wedding was a big one, attended by dignitaries and their story was on blogs, ADELOVE.COM leading the flock. It was everywhere.

Abasiama was built a moderate house in the village; her last days were happy.

Ifiok enrolled for the senior secondary certificate examination and passed. He intended to read petro-chemical engineering at Port Harcourt but Mr Assanga had surprised him by getting admission for him at university in New Orleans, USA.

Abasiama joy knew no bound as she held her grand children in her hands. Kaylah and Malcolm had given birth to twins,

Ifiok talking to the family on a video call,

Ifiok: “ Where are my little niece and nephew?”

Malcolm took the phone closer to the babies in Abasiama’s arms.

Abasiama: “Oya it’s enough ooo. Too much light would make them sick, please!”

Kaylah: “Ah, mama!”

Mr Assanga and wife were happy that they were welcoming their grandchildren too. Abasiama looked up with tears in her eyes.

Abasiama: “Obong, your spirit can now go home and rest! Well done,mbok!”

Everyone felt a strange wind move in the room as the babies cackled,

“You see how beautiful they are ,Obong. I’ll join you soon, my love!”

….. THE END

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320 Comments

  1. My oh my! I can’t remember the last time I felt so emotional about a story. Adelove, you guys deserve a medal. More powers!!!

  2. The Best story @ Adelove so far…You people are angels…Heavens will crown you for entertaining us…Thanks a trillion..knowing you people is the best thing to me..thumbs up…thumbs up..

  3. Whao what an ending AL & Fs!

    Weldone it was a block buster movie in scripts.

    How is the Pr**ze coming?

    Will definitely share.

    Thanks big much!

  4. First time commenting. Double wow . I was pensive it’s going to be like the stories of the past where the siblings fall in love with each other. But Adelove you are the bomb. This is a very beautiful piece. Kudos to you. Keep up the good work. I heart you, I really do

  5. So emotional, fascinating and suspence filled story. Adelove crews more grease to your elbow. May thy Lord continue to strengthen your crews.

  6. Gud job guys,well done,am overwhelmed, such a happy ending,great God,indeed it was two hearts n twisted destines, keep it up,gud nite ADELOVE

  7. Wow I love d happy endind, we adelove readers to ar part of d wedding. More grease to ur elbow. I’m part of d bridesmaid even though I’m married. #winks# gud 9t to u all nd swit dreams.

  8. I’ve been constantly reading adelove stories and never commented on them but for the first time am commenting and shedding tears as a result of this just concluded story, it’s really emotional. Thumb up to the adelove crew, keep it up.

  9. Wow, wow am really touched by dis story, my heart was fluctuating as i was reading d dis episode. It wasnt even seeming or looking like a story any more….. I wld rate it among my top 5 so far……

  10. OMG this is the first story I will fall in love wit in this year from adelove. u guys ar really working hard. Well done.nice ending

  11. My instinct never fail me, I know it will end this way. Good ending indeed. Nadia please go and wear your crown of shame .Adelove bravo!!! I love you

  12. wow! I love this story, its one of its kind. May God bless Adelove crew. More grease to ur elbow.And may the wisdom of God never cease in u people’s life in Jesus name Amen. Remain bless

  13. Nice story. But would have loved to know how the Essien Town community took the news of the twins unification with their mother

  14. Omg water for finish for my eyes too, adelove way have u guys done to me and hubby is here asking me what d problem is DAT is making me cry. I thank God for all of dem ooo, wat a 1daful story. Thumbs up ALC more inspiration I pray for u guys

  15. Woooooooooooooooooooooooow,
    I shed tears too coz it’s emotional
    May Almighty God In His Infinite Mercy Continues To Guide & Protect you all & we the fans too
    I can relax & relate well now

    NB: I was named one of the winners but mailed & no response till now- I don’t really know how it’s been done in here buh just asking?
    Thanks

  16. All I can say is…. I love you guys (Adelove nd Crew) soooooooo much. U are just wonderful. May God continue to bless U all. Happy ending @ last.

  17. Such a heartfelt true life story, I just hope the killing of twins is now totally abolished from those communities. We’ll done Adelove and team. keep up the good

  18. don’t remember d last time I got so emotional reading a story online
    kudos guys……a job well done
    #TEAMADELOVEALLTHEWAY#

  19. Wow what an interesting story…kudos to the writer@Grace for this inspirational and motivational story and to all Ade crew members …we say thank you

  20. Its really an interesting story,so real. Love d ending. Weldone Adelove and crew. Hope to c mor of u dis year. Goodnyt

  21. Ade love and crew, you guys are the best.I love how everything went.Ifiok and Kaylah are the twins of Abasiama. It’s such a good story.I am so emotional right now.This is such an inspit story.Adelove you guys rock.I am also grateful to you as I am one of the winners yesterday but I still haven’t received the prize.

  22. Awww such an interesting story,I enjoyed every bit of it…@Adelove nd crew u guys re just the best…keep light burning.

  23. whao , interesting story with happy ending, thank u so much ALC u re wander, more grease to ur elbow, it is certain I will sleep like a baby to night

  24. ADELOVE, I can’t stop shedding tears reading this last episode. You guys are nothing but the BEST. I really LOVE this Blog pass my boyfriend sef. It keeps me busy, and careless about HIM. *Kisses and HUGS to ALC and ALF

  25. This is the first story I will comment on. I almost had hypertension waiting for NEPA when my phone went off earlier. I kept daydreaming about this story. You guys sure rock.. Kudos to you Adelove crew

  26. I swear, I keep asking myself how do you do it?
    This my brother is superb
    Stories like this makes you see life from a different perspective

  27. Woah! I am also shedding tears, what an emotional story. Adelove u guys are the best. But pls how do I share the story on Facebook?

    • @linder, i just did. Go to your facebook, search for adelove.com, then look for Final Episode 15 on their page. Hope that helps

  28. Nice story with a wonderful ending… thanks Adelove Crew. For this wonderful story that told me a little about the CALABAR…. my LOVE IS from CALABAR and I asked her about the Names…. Ifok, Abasiama, Kayla and she said it’s their tribal names and she also confirm most of the culture and traditions you stated in the story even thou she said some are no longer in stance…… Adelove and crew thanks for this wonderful story once again…. tears flowed my eyes during the family reunion. What a great story……. thumbs-up ADELOVE AND CREW

  29. Thanks Adelove… The story is mind blowing. Adelove story is now my AEE WORLD not ZEE WORLD Thanks once again for the Happy ending and may God see you through in life and may His blessings be upon you always…Good morning Adelove,crew and readers.

  30. God is good to those who trust in him look as abasiam had that short will meet her children one she believed and God did for her

  31. I’m short of words 2 describe U guy,n nw I tink I’m addictd 2 dis inspiring drug of thing U prescribe each day,n I would nt want 2 b persuadd 4rm daily intake of it!

  32. Adelove stories, naija inspirational blog, na u jareeeeeeh! Notn do u. Right on, u have me as ur no 1 fan. More of GODs GRACE

  33. What a wonderful story, so emotional, I’ve cried my eyes out. It all end in praise, am happy for Abasiama that at end she was able to see her children and even her grandchildren. Whom so ever God has blessed, no man can curse. Thumbs up to Adelove and crew, you guys rocks!!!

  34. Wow! I was left mouth agap while reading the reunion. It was captivating all the way. Thanks adelove and crew… u guys r simple super

  35. I believe for sure that Kaylah will find her mum and her brother did all those thing without knowing. Happy ending, I love your story ALF you people are doing great job God bless you all

  36. tears of joy filled my eyes. what a happy ending. kudos to u guys. love u all. thanks for this Inspiring story…… more greeze to ur elbow.thumbs up

  37. wat a touching story. Adelove kip it up, u are just d best. av done my own part in sharing dis motivational story on my Facebook acc

  38. This is really a motivational story…
    Keep it up adelove.com and I pray God to continually endow you with wisdom. Loveyouso much@adelovecrew

  39. Tears almost dropped on my office table. Kudos to adelove and his crew. You always made my day. May God continue to shower you with his divine wisdom. Carry go joo

  40. wow,alihamudulilah for reading it to the end,such womderful,interesting story,but very touching,kudos to you adelove and crew,God bless u all,i will stay turn for another wonderful story,i trust u adelove,u never dissappoint ir fans,more strength i pray.

  41. A very inspiring story. This final episode was very touching & emotional, I can’t help shedding a few tears. Adelove weldone!

  42. Wow! I just love this story so much. Once again tears came to my eyes. God bless u for this stories you keep putting up. I look forward to them. I appreciate you. More power to your muscle.

  43. Wao, this is the best story so far and very short. I had tears of joy. What a great reunion. Thank God for Christianity, that stopped the rejection and killings of twins. Adelove the best blogger so far.

  44. Tearsssss, this is so emotional, fate has a way of separating and bringing destinies together. Thumb up Adelove crew. God bless you all n more inspirations upon i pray in Jesus name.

  45. Crying like water pouring out from the rock all the time when I read ur wonderful stories adelove. This one got me crying like a little boy whom his toy has been snatched away from. Thank you so much ALF and ALC

  46. this is one of the most interesting stories I’ve come across. I can’t just help the tears flowing down my cheeks God always have his way of making things right. kudos adelove

  47. Adelove, tanx for d Good research u made on dis story. U really went to my village nt even village alone bt my family compound wich is Essien. God will continue to grow u guys spiritually, physically and financially. Amen

  48. Oh God. This is so beautiful. Cnt help BT to cry how the story ended. Indeed there is God and He will alws be there for us. Thank u Adelove stories crew. This is a story well told. I love every bit of it. Thank u

  49. Good morning adelove and crew.my father has been very sick in the hospital and I have spent all my life savings on him thats why I vê not been able to recharge and I lost him yesterday afternoon. This story is the best. Keep it up adelove

  50. It took me days to open the website, all the same, am thrilled by the story, let me quickly see if I can catch up with the on going story, well done adelove

  51. I’m am so much in love with this story….u guys are awesome…the story is truly a lesson….I don’t even know how u guys could make a story like this….. more grace to your elbow Adelove….I’m so much in love with yr creativity

  52. Wow,wow,wow,can’t believe i almost missed this awesome inspiring story. Am shedding tears too. Love u loads adelove crew. Una doh

  53. I couldn’t have afford missing this reality-like-story. How I wish these stories will come alive as movies. NOLLY WOOD should seek for auditioning from Adelove if they desire to improve. I can’t say otherwise. All these comments have it all. God bless this crew!

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