She said and downed the content of the bottle in one gulp closing her eyes in the process. She winced at how unpleasant the taste of it was but what she did not prepare herself for was the biting pain that followed afterwards. She cringed in pain and held her stomach tightly groaning and rolling on the floor. Sharon heard her from outside the room and knew she had to do something fast. She quickly ran out to seek for help, outside the gate she saw an aboki shoe mender whose help she sought with tears. The man followed her in and somehow they managed to force the door open. They all rushed in with Sandra trailing behind them.
Sharon: “What in the name of the heavens have you done to yourself now Grace?” she asked with tears in her eyes when she saw the bottle of sniper laying opened by her side and the blood which tainted the side of her lips.
Alex: “Mummy! Mummy!” he said rushing to kneel by her side.
Sandra: “My mummy is injured aunty, see the blood on her lips”
Sharon: “Please help me carry her aboki na” she said to shoe mender who stood bemused at the unexpected turn of events for his dull life.
Grace was rushed to Babura General Hospital where she had both of her children at. The doctor in charge gave her an antidote and the effect of the poison was repelled. She laid on bed in the fifth ward which had three other patients. Sharon and her two kids surrounded her bed.
Sharon: “Did you try killing yourself for the love of a man? I am really disappointed in you Grace”
Grace: “Put yourself in my shoes dear, what would you have done?” she replied weakly
Sharon: “I’d have summoned up the courage no matter how difficult it is, not for me but for my children”
Grace: “I know my children are important but I really can’t live without Osi. Oh Osi! Did he really leave me? Bring the letter and read it yourself, maybe I no longer know how to read? You might actually find out that I misread it?” she said even though she knew it was a false hope.
Alex: “Mum but if you die, who will be taking care of I and my sister? Did you say Daddy left us? Why did dad have to leave anyway? Where did he go to?” He reasons above his age. Alex talks more like an adult
Sandra: “Mummy where is my daddy? Did daddy make you sick?”
Grace: “No! Not at all baby girl, your dad did not make me sick, I fell ill on my own”
Sandra: “So where is daddy?”
Grace: “He will be back soon, he went on a journey like he used to sometimes. He will be back honey” she said pulling back the strand of hair hanging loosely down her face. She looked at Sharon and burst into fresh sobs. “I really can’t do this, I can’t…you shouldn’t have saved me, you should have just allowed me to die. Osaze is the only love I have ever known, how do you expect me to live with him gone? He could have just married her here so we can all stay together, I wouldn’t mind he gets himself a second wife, Oh my life!”
Alex: “Mum you have to be brave. My Social Studies teacher told us a story when we were treating Suicide and euthanasia in class. She told us how a lady committed suicide because her husband jilted her. Some months later, other women stepped on her grave to visit the man who never changed even after she had died cos of him. I will just tell you mum, it’s not worth it. You will die and another woman will be made to take care of us, do you know how she will do that? No one can ever be to a child the way his mother is to him. So please live for us mummy! We need you, I do, Sandra does too” he said biting back tears. Sharon was amaze the way Alex spoke. It was as if an Holy Spirit was in him directing his speech.
Sandra: “Yes mummy! I need you too. Please don’t die and stop crying you hear, dad will be back soon” she moved to her mum and wiped the tears that kept streaming down her beautiful face.
Sharon: “I guess your children have said it all and that is all there is to it. Don’t worry my dear, there is light at the end of the tunnel after all God is not asleep. He hears all of your cries, he watches over you with tender care. So don’t worry okay? I guess visiting hours is past now, we have to take our leave. Be strong and courageous woman!” she teased her friend as she piloted the children out of the ward.
She watched as they walked out. She wondered where they got their wisdom from especially Alex. She wondered how a man in his right senses would abandon such adorable children for a mere usurper. The thought of how much he has disappointed her made her heart melt with sadness. What was killing her the most was not the poison she had taken but the fact that she had lived with a weakling and a stranger all her life.
They held hands as they headed for The Abuja International Airport departure lounge. She smiled sweetly at him and her white teeth sparkled under the artificial lights that lined the roof of the waiting lounge.
Zainab: “You told me you weren’t coming, what made you change your mind?”
Osaze: “Well, I don’t know. It’s probably because I cannot bear being apart from you?”
Zainab: “Are you sure?” she grinned sheepishly.
Osaze: “Of course! What man in his right senses will let a woman like you go? You make my world baby, you are everything I have now”
Zainab: “Well that is sweet and romantic. Can’t wait to be wrapped in those arms of yours in the cold winter of London weather. It’s all I have ever dreamed of. So what about your wife? How were you able to convince her?”
Osaze: “I left her a note” he said looking away so she wouldn’t notice the hurt in his eyes but she noticed it anyway.
Zainab: “Hey baby! You made the right choice, your children will grow up thanking you for this. We will come get them very soon to live with us. So don’t even look back at all, I am here for you anytime any day” her voice was like a soothing balm to his troubled, pitiful and wandering soul.
Osaze: “Thanks my heart, I know I can trust you of course”
A Voice on the PA system was heard announcing a 45 minutes delay of the 8 o’clock a.m. flight to London which was their flight. Osaze felt disappointed as he couldn’t wait to be at his destination already. He felt like something might happen which could tamper with his plan. He was that impatient. “Baby… I will be right back okay? Wanna get to the ATM downstairs to recharge my phone”
Zainab: “But we are traveling out already, it will be useless once we get there you know?”
Osaze: “Just wanna make a quick call to a friend, I’d be back sweets” he said stooping down to perch a kiss gently on her inviting lips and walked briskly away.
After recharging at the Fidelity bank ATM machine at the arrival lounge. As he made to turn, he jammed into a man fiddling with his wallet trying to remove his ATM card. It was Dr. Danjuma, the doctor who had just treated his wife in the hospital.
Dr. Danjuma: “Hey Mr. How are you doing? I can still remember you from the time your wife gave birth to your last child”
Osaze: “Oh yeah! I am doing great doctor. How are you too?”
Dr. Danjuma: “I am fine too but what are you doing here?”
Osaze: “I am uhn!” he stuttered
Dr. Danjuma: “Well, I am concerned because I am still on your wife’s case at the hospital”
Osaze: “My wife at the hospital? Why on earth is she at the hospital?”
Dr. Danjuma: “So you didn’t know? I see! Well she drank a poisonous substance, while I checked on her she kept muttering your name. Are you probably leaving the country or going somewhere? Does her taking poison have anything to do with you?” he asked looking intently at him.
Osaze: “Well it is none of your business doctor, just do your job of saving her life” he snapped defensively.
Dr. Danjuma: “Now this just confirmed my fears. No man runs away from his family no matter what. You still have the chance to go back to them. Make things right otherwise you might live to regret your actions later. Don’t forget, family is the only thing which is not vanity in this world, wealth is vanity, and running after strange women at the expense of your family is vanity. Now eloping and leaving your family hanging is cowardice. So please rethink your decision” he said and proceeded to the ATM machine to do what he initially planned to do before bumping into Osaze.
Osaze stood rooted to a spot, jittery with fear at the thought of his wife’s attempted suicide cos of him…
Question: Do you think Osaze will heed to the doctor’s advice? Will he go back home?
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