Nengi was in a deep sleep, and she had a dream. In her dream, she was back at Aluu, and the baba was about penetrating her again. She was refusing, but he kept spreading her legs.
Baba: “You belong to me now, I live inside of you, and everytime he has sex with you, I prolong my life. You are carrying death around, daughter” he said as he thrust into her.
She woke up abruptly, and turned to look at Haliru, snoring quietly beside her.
Nengi: “I have you now to myself, and that is enough consolation for me” she said and kissed his fore- head. He roused out of sleep, and looked at her with surprise, just before his eyes glazed over.
Haliru: “You were wonderful last night. I have to go home, there is a lot that has to be done. But I want one for the road” he said and grabbed her, with the same zest as of last night. Nengi allowed him ravish her, even when all her honey pot ached, she knew the potency of what she did with the baba was stronger when they had sex. When the power held Haliru strongly, she wouldn’t need to continue laying on her back, so she thought.
Nengi: “What are you going to do now, will you drive her out?”
Haliru: “I cannot just do that, we had a civil marriage, if I have to divorce her, there has to be a proof of infidelity”
Nengi: “Isn’t the video proof enough?”
Haliru: “Any lawyer can dissect that video and say it was years ago. I have to do a DNA test on the unborn baby” he said as he dressed up.
Nengi: “That conniving bitch!” she thought within, and then said “When am I seeing you again?”
Haliru: “What do you mean; of course you are going to see me today. When I am in the office, I will call you to come over” he replied and left the house.
Just as Haliru left, her phone rang;
Nengi: “It is that stupid Bali, I am sure” she said and stretched her hand to get her phone. It was not Bali, it was Ella. She put it on loudspeaker.
Ella: “Nengi, where have you been hiding?”
Nengi: “I have been in and out of the city, what is up with you babe”
Ella: “Nothing much, I am just missing my friends. Jasmine doesn’t pick my calls anymore, you don’t call. I am thinking the both of us should get her favorite chocolate ice cream and take it to the house. Also, we have to plan her baby shower; it has got to be the best” she said.
Nengi: “You are right, it has been a while we hung out together. I am in. So I will come pick you up at noon” she said and hung up.
This was a perfect opportunity to check out if the charm was working, and if Jasmine was already on her way to destruction.
Haliru drove into his house and met his parents by the door; his father greeted him with a punch that landed on his jaw.
Haliru: “Father, what the hell?” he asked surprised
Haliru’s father: “Have you gone mad, what is wrong with you? When you were unmarried, you didn’t sleep outside. Why now that you have a pregnant wife. Have you gone mad, is this how I trained you? What happened to all the good Christian values that were instilled into you?”
Haliru: “Is that the reason you want to remove my teeth, I am not a kid, I am a man” he said angrily.
Haliru’s father:” I think the best thing is to remove you from all my companies. It seems that the wealth is getting into your head. I will disown you if I have to” he thundered.
Haliru: “And for what, for that slut of a wife?” he yelled, just as Jasmine was coming down the stairs. She heard him, and her heart skipped a beat. She fell and became to roll down the stairs. Haliru’s mother screamed in terror, while his father rushed to catch her before she hit the floor. But Haliru did not move, he just looked on detached, like what was happening was not his business.
Haliru’s father was too late; Jasmine landed on the floor with her protruded belly and went unconscious. Haliru’s mother screamed when she saw blood under her daughter-in-law.
Haliru’s mother: “Haliru! do something, your wife, and child” she cried.
Haliru: “That child is not mine!” he yelled and went upstairs, avoiding his wife who lay in the pool of her own blood, crumpled like a discarded doll.
Haliru’s father called emergency, but there was no reply, then he called his family hospital and asked for an ambulance. In five minutes they could hear the wail of the siren. Haliru’s mother cried all through as she prayed for her daughter-in-law to survive. They called their in-laws to intimate them about their daughter’s condition.
The paramedics rushed her on to a gurney and rolled her into the ambulance, while her husband’s parents rushed after them in a car.
At the hospital, the doctor asked them to sign a consent form because they needed to operate immediately, to save at least, the child’s life.
Doctor: “What is the priority here, do we save the child’s life, or the mother’s life” the doctor asked. Haliru’s parents looked at each other and they were lost for words.
Jasmine’s father: “Save my daughter’s life, she can have more babies, but I can’t have another Jasmine” he said. They turned and saw Jasmine’s parents.
Jasmine’s mother: “You heard him doctor, she is my only child, I cannot lose her” she said, and turned to look at her in-laws. They nodded their heads in agreement. The doctor rushed back into the theatre.
Jasmine’s mother: “Where is our son, why is he not here?”
Haliru’s mother: “He is on his way, he was already at the office when this happened” she lied.
They waited hours, but there was no news, the nurses kept running up and down in haste.
Haliru’s mother: “We need to pray, there is a devil fighting hard against the children, we have to join our faith together and pray. Hold hands” she said and they formed a circle. She led the prayer, binding and casting, any force fighting against the children. She also prayed that God will take control and bring Jasmine back to them.
While they were praying, the doctors cut Jasmine open and brought out her child, who was premature, just 6 months old. It was a baby girl, she was put in an incubator, she was fighting to live, and her lungs were not fully formed. Her mother however, was letting go, she was tired of living, and living had suddenly become too hard. She saw her body been worked on and she stood aside and watched.
She told herself she had to leave this painful world, and she slowly drifted away from the theatre, into the hall way. She walked through the hall to the lobby where she saw her parents and inlaws.
Jasmine’s spirit: “I am so sorry, I failed you all. I cannot fight anymore, I must give up now. Life is too painful” she thought. She went close to her mother and touched her cheek.
Jasmine’s spirit: “Don’t cry for me mother, I will be happier where I am going” she said, but her mother didn’t hear her.
Jasmine’s spirit: “Father, I gave you all you wanted, I became successful, I paid you back for all you did for me, you are my next of kin, and all the material things I have is yours now, but I cannot stay any longer” she said. Then the memory of Haliru’s words floated in the air to her. Slut! Slut! Slut!. Her heart broke all over again.
Jasmine’s spirit: “How can I still feel pain, I am no longer in that body. Yes, it is because I am still here, it is time to leave. Bye my loved ones, may God have mercy on my soul” she said and began to leave.
Back in the theatre, the machine had a flat line, the doctors tried to resuscitate her, but all their efforts were in vain. It was too late. The doctor came out to the family waiting for news. His face was grim.
Jasmine’s mother: “Doctor, please tell me my daughter is going to be fine”
Doctor: “The child is alive, barely. She has been put in an incubator and we are going to do everything to save her. But I am sorry, we lost the mother. Accept my sympathies”
Question: What is the way forward; will the death of Jasmine set Haliru free from the evil bondage? What is going to happen from here onward, can you tell?
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