Jasmine: “Bali! You are alive. Oh my God!” she exclaimed, and walked up to him. She touched him, his skin, even his face.
Jasmine: “Bali, you are alive” she said and slowly sat down on the couch she had risen up from.
Ella: “But why wouldn’t he be alive?” she asked quizzically. A thought began to form in her head, could it be that Jasmine thought Bali was dead because, she tried to kill him.
Ugbonna: “Mister man, you have to leave now, how the hell did you get in here?” he asked. Two security men came in and began to drag Bali away.
Bali: “Jasmine, I want my child, that baby is mine, you can’t deny me my right”
Jasmine: “May devil punish you. Your child, go and look for your son that you denied many years ago, go and look for that one” she said and threw her shoe at him.
Bali: “You Nengi, you think you can outsmart me. You can’t, I want my child or else I will sing and the whole world will hear”
Nengi: “Have you gone mad, what are you talking about. Security, take him away from here” she shouted and began to push Bali away. The security dragged Bali away, screaming on top of his voice.
Ugbonna looked at Jasmine who was sitting with her head in her hand, and then at her friends, the situation was too complicated for him to handle.
Ugbonna: “Ladies you have to leave, now” he said. Nengi was the first to pick her bag and leave, Ella followed suit after looking at Jasmine for a few seconds. That was when Jasmine broke down in tears;
Jasmine: “How did my life get so complicated? I was a happy girl before all this. I am so tired of the situation” she whispered in low tones, which were audible enough for Ugbonna to hear. He felt piteous towards. He wondered why the rich had such complicated life. Indeed, money didn’t buy happiness.
He had his own struggles but whenever he was with Jasmine, he felt like protecting her, she was just like his Deborah. Besides, didn’t his psychiatrist say he got better by helping other people? He decided he was going to help Jasmine.
Ugbonna: “Jasmine, let me take you out for lunch?”
Jasmine: “Really? Isn’t that against the ethics of your profession, doctor?”
Ugbonna: “Oh come on, I am not hitting on you, and you are a married woman. I just want you to leave this vicinity for a while” he said and pulled her up. They walked out to the parking lot, to Ugbonna’s car. But Bali flew in front of them and grabbed Jasmine by the hand, he shoved her on the car.
Bali: “I want my child” he said. He was so fixated on Jasmine, he didn’t see Ugbonna coming. He swung his hand and it connected with the back of Bali’s head. He fell down, and tried to get up, but Ugbonna followed up the punch with a kick. Bali fell down flat on his face.
Ugbonna: “Even if her husband will not protect her, I will. If I ever see you close to her, I will dismember you with my bare hands” he said and opened the car door for Jasmine to go in. They went to a café not far from the hospital, where Ugbonna ordered coffee for the two of them, while they waited for their lunch.
Ugbonna: “I don’t know how people have something and they misuse it. I wish I have a wife that would cheat on me, it would be better than having a wife that is dead” he said
Jasmine: “You lost your wife?” she asked
Ugbonna: “Yes, it was my fault. I was driving, we were coming back from a church program, a truck lost control of its brake and swerved into our front, I was too slow, or too foolish. I swerved and the truck hit her side of the car. She died instantly, while I escaped with merely an injury. I went into depression, if not for the sake of my psychiatrist, I wouldn’t be here with you now. So when I see your husband behave the way he does, I am baffled”
Jasmine: “He was the best boyfriend, the best fiancé and the best husband. Whatever he is doing is because of what I did” she said
Ugbonna: “You really cheated on him, did you?”
Jasmine: “I did, but not because I wanted to, I was blackmailed” she told him how it all started, from getting pregnant for Bali, to abandoning the child.
Ugbonna: “Have you tried reaching out to the child, looking for the child?”
Jasmine: “I have, but I went too late” she replied with finality, Ugbonna took the cue that she didn’t want to talk about it again.
Nengi had become a regular fixture at the Danlami oil group complex, Haliru hardly went for board meetings, because he was always in his office banging Nengi. The company lost a very important contract, because it was supposed to be handled by Haliru, but he didn’t go for the presentation because he was buried in between Nengi’s thighs.
The news of Haliru being enthralled by a strange woman was all over the news. His father had to take a drastic decision, he got the board members and they stripped Haliru of his position as CEO and every benefit that came with it. The company’s security was told to escort him out of the building, when they barged into the office, Nengi was naked on top his desk and he was pounding into her. Unknown to them, reporters had followed the security men into the office on Haliru’s father orders. But they were prepared for what they saw.
Ella saw everything on television, she was with her new man when the breaking news came on air, and she was shocked beyond belief. She had always known Nengi had eyes for Haliru, but she didn’t think she would go that far. She needed to get to the bottom of this, so she took her bag and bid her boyfriend goodbye. She returned to the hospital where Jasmine was resident, to get answers.
Jasmine was tickling her daughter’s cheeks, when Ella came in.
Ella: “I want the whole truth”
Jasmine: “Yes you will hear the whole truth; I am ready to tell the world my side of the story”
Ella: “Really, why now, is it because of what Nengi did?”
Jasmine: “Nengi? What did Nengi do?”
Ella realized her error, Jasmine did not know about the breaking news, but it was too late.
Ella: “Nengi is sleeping with your husband, she and Haliru were on the news. Reports say he has been kicked out of the company because he only sleeps with Nengi in the office and neglects his duty as CEO”
Jasmine just looked on, she was dumbfounded, and then things began to fall into place. Nengi was the blackmailer. She was the one who also told Haliru about Bali. Then she remembered what Bali said at the hospital, she had been working with Bali. When she was going through these musings in her mind, two reporters from Adelove vox pop team came into the room.
Jasmine: “It is time for my truth” she said.
They set up their camera and it was being streamed live to all the major television channels in the country.
Jasmine: “I cheated on my husband, out of fear. Bali, my ex whom I had not seen in five years suddenly appeared and said he would destroy my nuptials, if I did not sleep with him. I did not want to lose my husband, so I slept with him. That is why I don’t blame my husband for what he is doing. Whatever I did was out of my love to him. It is this same love that has made me decide to grant the consent to a DNA testing for my daughter. I want her to be tested, to know her real father. Afterwards I shall commence my divorce proceedings” she said.
Patricia had seen everything that was happening on television, even Jasmine’s speech, she regretted telling Nengi, and she realized that Nengi had used her to fight her own friend.
Patricia: “Ha girls sha wetin you gain from stealing your girlfriend husband.” She said aloud.
Question: What will the DNA reveal, is it Bali’s child or Haliru’s child?
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