(Final Episode 24) Total Defiance … the Beauty of a Beast!

(Final Episode 24) Total Defiance … the Beauty of a Beast!

When he got home in the evening the next day, his mum was outside with her bags and furniture waiting for him. The door to their house was locked with a new padlock.

Lanre: “Maami, what are you doing outside with this whole stuffs? Are you going somewhere? Let’s go inside please” he tried to draw her along but she broke into tears.

Iya Lanre: “We’ve been sent packing Lanre. We have no house now” she buried her face in her hands shamefully.

Lanre: “What do you mean by that?”

Iya Lanre: “What do you mean by that stupid question? I said we have been sent out by the landlord, what do you think all these stuffs are doing outside? I am sure you still have some of the money, go to him now and pay the rent. It is #500,000 only”

Lanre: “Hmmmm…how I wish I have that amount of money?”

Iya Lanre: “What do you mean by that? Please I cannot become a homeless woman at this age. I am supposed to be reaping the fruit of my labour right now but all I am doing is suffering. Suffering upon suffering. What kind of life is this?”

Lanre: “Whose fault is it? Tell me now! Whose fault is it that all these is happening? My life is ruined because I have you as my mother. I have lost everything I hold dear, even my wife and all you care about is money?”

Iya Lanre: “You are not serious. Is it a crime that I wanted the best for my son? The only child I have whom I suffered to train?”

Lanre: “That is the problem with you. You will never accept that you are wrong. I can see why my dad sent you away from his home. I can see why you don’t really have genuine friends. Nk really tried by living with you all those while. I understand why she wouldn’t come back even if she wanted to”

Iya Lanre: “I feel sorry that Nkeiru left, at least if she was here, she would have paid the rent but you followed Oyinbo woman and made the good lady leave. Where is your Oyinbo woman now? Even the baby you were so happy about, where is he? Useless boy looking for whom to blame for his misfortunes. Better find solution to our problem first, aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You went to London and came back empty handed. Empty handed and you have the audacity to open your mouth to talk about a wife? I really do feel sorry for you” she looked away from him, trying to avoid seeing the hurtful look on his face. She felt sorry for him, she knew it was partly her fault but she couldn’t just bring herself to accept it.

He without saying anything, picked up his bag and started walking away with a distant look on his face. She grabbed hers and ran after him. Where they went to or how they lived after then, no one knew or cared to ask.

===

After the incidence with Lanre that day, Dave became extra caring towards Nkeiru. He would take her to all of the events he gets invited to. But he was careful not to go to an extreme in doing that. She wouldn’t collect expensive gifts from him or his mum since she wasn’t sure how she felt about the whole thing. Vanessa however tried on several occasions to persuade her…

Vanessa: Nk why are you being so stubborn? This guy loves you much more than I have seen anyone love anyone. Despite the fact that you’ve been married before and all. If he didn’t love you, would he still be here for you?”

Nkeiru: “Lanre also loved me a lot from the onset. Besides I don’t think I still want to marry someone outside my tribe again” she replied nonchalantly.

Vanessa: “My dear, Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, humans will remian humans. You only have to pray you don’t meet the wrong people in life. An Igbo man can make you go through worst if he is wrong for you likewise a Hausa man. What will you do if you married an Igbo man now and tomorrow he turns out to be worse than Lanre? Besides in God’s face, there is no tribe, no country and no state. We are all just one people before him. He only recognises us as man and woman and knows us by our names not by the tribe we were born into. Do you understand my point?”

Nkeiru: “I understand but I am just so scared. I am afraid the same thing will happen to me again, I wouldn’t be able to bear it again Vanny” she was on the verge of breaking down into tears.

Vanessa: “I know dear. Who wouldn’t develop a phobia? I would too but I can assure you that Dave is the right man, he will love you with his last breath and I don’t want you to lose him. If you do, you might find it difficult getting another like him. Baby please, I want us to do our wedding the same day. Can’t you grant me that one wish?”

Nkeiru: “Funny girl. Well you are right about Dave. Even his family has proved they aren’t biased towards people from other tribes or someone with a dark past like mine. You are really right! I don’t think I’d be able to live if I lost him to another woman. Gosh! Why didn’t I think of this? I guess I kept thinking he will stick around forever”

Vanessa: “No! He will not stick around forever. If you keep rejecting him, he will find another woman to channel all his attention to and you would have lost a friend and a good partner too. Don’t let that happen bae. Go and claim what is yours” she winked at her knowing she had succeeded in wooing her over at last.

Nkeiru: “Thanks bae…I have never regretted knowing you since I met you. Thanks love” She stood up to get ready to meet Dave. He had called her earlier that day to meet him at their normal rendezvous at Millennium Park.

Meanwhile, Dave had confided in Vanessa about his plans to propose to Nkeiru that evening at the Park. She had to try in talking to her one more time, to be sure she wasn’t going to embarrass him in the presence of all those he had invited over, including his parents and her dad. Vanessa made sure she dressed up pretty, helped give her a professional make over and sent her off. After like 10 minutes, she quickly dressed up and followed her too.

===

Dave: “Since I met you, my life has changed, I stopped being a shy dude and now I can actually express my feelings well enough. Nkeiru…I don’t want to lose you, I want you all to myself, whatever you are going through we will go through them together, I want to be in your life but only if you will permit me” he looked down sadly. He had set a table covered in white beautiful floral linen. There were bottles of red wine on the table and small chops. He had specially invited a waiter from a five star restaurant to see to it that everything was in order. Those he had invited kept their distance, waiting for him to say the three words before coming out of their hideout.

Nkeiru: “You are sweet dear” she admired his finely cut suit and how handsome he looked in it. She didn’t see his next action coming…

Dave: “Will you marry me then since I am sweet?” he said coyly, brought out the little box which had being taunting him in his pocket, opened it and knelt in front of her.

She was dumbfounded.

Nkeiru: “Yes! Yes!! Yes!! I will absolutely marry you” she clasped her hands together as tears of joy went rolling down her cheeks. He reached out and inserted the ring into her left ring finger. Just then applause rent the air from all angles. His family, friends and her dad started trouping out with smiles all over their face. She burst into tears when she saw her dad. He stepped forward and enfolded her in his arms whispering ‘it’s okay daughter’ into her ears.

Nkeiru and Vanessa got married the same day and never lived to regret their decisions. Their husbands were the best they could have ever prayed for.

===

Erica: “Paaaatrrriick!” She screamed and fell to his side but one of the soldiers dragged her away from him. “Please leave me alone…leave me please, I need to be by his side”

Soldier: “No! Let the paramedic do his job, just stay here and pray he survives” he said.

She closed her eyes as the paramedic checked his pulse and shook his head but not out of hopelessness.

Paramedic: “His pulse is weak. We have to get him to a hospital with immediate effect” he announced.

On hearing hospital, Erica sprang to her feet and ran back to his side, followed the two soldiers who carried him carefully, careful so the bullet would not burrow further into his body and jumped into the van with them.

Erica: “I am going with him” she dared anyone to object to that with the look she gave them.

1st Soldier: “Don’t you want to go home to your parents?” he asked as the van got ignited and he took his place beside her.

Erica: “I want to and I will but until I have made sure he is fine” she held on to his hand, saying silent prayers for his survival, whispering occasionally into his ears until they got to the hospital.

The X-ray showed that the bullet had almost grazed his heart, so a surgery will have to be carried out. After much struggling at the theatre, the surgery was done and he was transferred to the ICU. He was in coma for a month, a period during which the news of the arrest of the group had reached the nook and cranny of the country. Erica’s dad learnt about her rescue and didn’t waste time in searching her out.

He almost died with excitement when he laid his eyes on her and wanted to get her back home immediately but she refused. She told him how she wanted to remain in Abuja for the time being to be sure her rescuer was alive and well. He knew better than arguing with his daughter so he stayed with her for some time at the hospital and went back home.

She sat by his bedside, watching him quietly as he struggled to sit up on his bed.

Pat: “Why are you looking at me like that? You look terrible like a ghost out of Harry Potter” he tried to make a joke but she did not smile.

Erica: “You scared the daylight out of me and you are here trying to make a joke?”

Pat: “I am sorry. How is my baby?” he said afraid she lost it.

Erica: “She is fine” she replied absent-mindedly.

Pat: “A she?”

Erica: “I don’t know yet, I said she because I want a baby girl”

Pat: “We want the same thing of course. I want another fiery eyed Doe like you” he winked.

Erica: “Are you strong enough to talk now?” she looked around to be sure no one was eavesdropping. They were in a private ward, so no one shared the room with them.

Pat: “About what?”

Erica: “Why did you become what you became? Why?” tears dripped from her eyes.

Pat: “I am sorry…I was behind myself with madness and cowardice and that’s why I went into that” he told her how he grew up, how his dad treated his mum, how that built him into a man who was afraid of turning out like his father but Erica was not satisfied.

Erica: “Do you think that was really enough for you to go into such crime?”

Pat: “It’s not and I don’t have any excuse for my actions but you should know that growing up in a broken home where you have another woman trample upon you is hard. Growing up, I swore never to be like my dad and that meant not getting married at all. I devised a way to have all the women I wanted without them seeing my face. I know this is not good enough but the best explanation I can give you is that I was crazily possessed until I got liberated and started seeing the errors of my ways. Don’t think I don’t dream about those women, I do. They torment me day and night even when I was in coma. I will not be able to pay for my sins enough even if I had died. I guess God let me live because he wants me to pay for them every day of my life until he calls me home”

Erica: “I don’t see any sense in what you are saying still but you being possessed is a better explanation. So how were you able to cope with work and all that atrocities you carried out? Staying in camp and all?”

Pat: “Like I told you before, I didn’t stay in the camp much. Anytime I had work to do, Locust took over here. And the thing is I wasn’t there when they carried out most of the operations. Locust was more brutal than I was and always seemed to stir up factions in the camp. All I wanted was to kidnap the ladies, keep them safe in one place so they don’t have to get married either. So they don’t have to go through the same thing my mother went through in the hands of their husbands. And as for the children, I personally take them to orphanage homes, I abandon them there at night. I thought that was the safest place for them to be and every month, I send huge amounts to each of the orphanage homes. I go there to see them sometimes too. Locust was the only one who knew about this and only he knew my real identity. That reminds me, what of Locust?”

Erica: “He died that day. A soldier shot him immediately he shot at you. And wow! I am speechless”

Pat: “Too bad. Too bad. I am sorry guys. I am really really sorry guy” he shook his head from side to side. All these is my fault…How will I be able to live now?” he started to cry for the first time in her presence.

Erica: “It is fine. We can atone for the sins together. God has given you a second chance and you must use it wisely. I will be here to help you through every step” she said, standing up to wipe off the tears on his face.

===

A month later after he had recovered fully, he took Erica home and handed her to her dad, her mum had also returned home after hearing the news.  He made known to them of his intention to marry her, they thought the pregnancy was for one of the men in the camp and so they did not question how she came about it. They were more than happy to see someone who was willing to marry her despite everything she had been through and so they gave them their blessings. They got married three months later.

Erica gave birth to a baby girl few months after their marriage. They christened her after her godmother, Vanessa. Patrick left his publishing company to Erica to run where she published as many books as she wanted ranging from novels to motivational books and poems. He made Vanessa and Nkeiru Managing directors. He knew he was never going to pay for his sins enough, one day he felt the need to become even closer to God and that was how he found his true calling. He went to a pastoral school and after passing out, he joined a Pentecostal church where he started preaching salvation to the lost. He preferred to go evangelising in the streets, prisons, IDP camps where he knew the lost really were than preaching on the pulpit. He continued taking care of the children in the orphanage homes and those at IDPs. He built a school for the less privileged where this children could go to school without having to pay a dime.

They all lived to fulfil their dreams except Lanre whom no one got to know what became of him. Whether he went back to the States or continued his life in Nigeria.

THE END

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220 Comments

  1. Hmmm happy ending except for Lanre who got what he deserves. I pity him sha…. Adelove kudos to you guys and more blessings to u all. Gudnight evryone

  2. Great story. Lots to learn, especially the fact that there’s no art to find the mind’s construction on the face.
    Thanks Adelove and crew for the inspiring and educative story.

  3. Am so happy d way it ended. At least Nkeiru did not go back to dat loser called Lanre. Thumbs up Adelove, u guys rock as usual. BBE- Best Blog Ever!

  4. Very very interesting and educative. In fact, I really learnt alot from this. The ending is OK. Erica and patrick later get married and find joy atlast, Nk and Vanessa also found happiness and are enjoying their new home, while lenre and mother are now the loosers, is good that way. AMaka the writer you really try, more grease to your elbow.ADLC & fans I trow way salute to you all.

  5. Very very interesting and educative. In fact, I really learnt alot from this. The ending is OK. Erica and patrick later get married and find joy atlast, Nk and Vanessa also found happiness and are enjoying their new home, while lenre and mother are now the loosers, is good that way. AMaka the writer you really try, more grease to your elbow.ADLC & fans I trow way salute to you all.

  6. honestly….broken homes can destroy the life of the children…… weldone Ademylove…. tanks 4 dis beautiful piece

  7. Lanre made a mistake but i don’t support double marriage as a Christian according to the word of God. Thank God for pat, our God is a God of second chance.

  8. wa oh, this story is really an amazing story,inspiring. it ends well. all of them all have what they wanted, except Lanre and his mother who out of greed and selfishness could not achieve their dreams

  9. wow, to lanre: A bird at hand is worth more than a thousand birds in the bush, so in ur next life u look very well before u leap. to Vanessa and Nkeiru patience is a good virtue, and it pay greatly. to Erica love ur courage, and thanks for not giving up on Patrick even as a beast. nice story adelove more greaze to ur elbow.

  10. I’m happy with the ending.
    Everyone needs to learn to appreciate what they have.
    With determination you can make it wherever you are.
    Lanre should seek out his friends to bail him out and have his mother work in a trade to bring in money.

  11. WOW, what a beautiful and happy ending, am so happy for NK and Van for their patience as for Lanre, he can go to hell nobody care. but it will be better for him to repent sincerely and start over again. More blessings to Adelove and crew, I really appreciate God for ur work

  12. Amaka you have done a great job . Adelove and crew thanks for this piece. Whatever man does he will pay for it dearly. So let’s try to do good and also be obedient one may not be as lucky as Erica. Goodnite everybody waiting for another master piece .

  13. whao…i love dis story very much…its a life lesson… adelove tank u bcos i learnt alot from ds write up….

  14. Wow.A beautiful story with an awesome ending.thank God for pat and every person who ended well.Sorry to Lanre

  15. I never wish for NK to go back to Lanre but at d end of dis story I feel sorry for Lanre and wish if Nk should just forgive and go back to him…..All is well though

  16. Lanre deserve it.. ….nk And vanella finally find love nd happinEss, why pat nd erica also find happiness. What a happy ending.. …….kudos to adelove.. ……

  17. Lanre needs his mother to know what it means to struggle to put a meal on the table.
    Love the endings, and lots of lessons learnt.
    Thanks Adelove.
    Till tomorrow, can’t wait for the next story

  18. Hmmmmm, so happy for Patrick a sinner given a second chance, wonderful story I really learnt a lot
    Contentment is important in human raise
    Kudos to adelove and crew more understanding

  19. What a wonderful ending to a wonderful story! Thank you very much Adelove.. In all, my greatest lesson is “do unto others what u want them to do to u”.. If everybody had lived by that rule they wouldn’t have made the mistakes they did.. Experience is the best teacher and Lanre learnt this in the hardest way.

  20. Ah ah!!!
    Patrick the leader of the gang group? It’s confusing ooo
    Anyway, the story is interesting.
    Kudos Adelove and crew

  21. Good radiance..dats for lanre n his wicked mum…..so happy d rest its really an happy end tale indeed.. Nice one adelove keep it up

  22. Wow!!! Tnx Adelove. Treat people wisely and carefully, cos if u loose them u won’t have an opportunity to get them back! Adelove tnk u very much!

  23. happy ending for all including Lanre because he got the right medicine for his aliment also his mother. your daughter-in-law ought to be your daughter not a stranger

  24. woooooow! am so blessed, Wat an inspiring story, thank God for Patrick dt changed his way of life and became close to God. NK and Vanessa deserved d happiness dey had. as for Lanre, it’s not all that glitters is gold. Adelove God bless u. More grace to ur ministry…….

  25. To God be d glory nice for them except lanre & his mother who choose otherwise. Kudos to Adelove crew more grace to ur elbow

  26. Woo!Adelove, you guys deserve an award. This story is so interesting full of lesson. Congratulations to Nk and Vanny for the right choice they made. lanre and and his mother reap what they sow. what a life!.

  27. am really speechless wot an interesting story.n as fir Lanre n his mum dat serve dem rite.we sud all learn frm dis. does friends like Nk n Vanny still exist in dis life ALf?

  28. Hmmmm, adelove you too much. I have learnt a lot from dis story and I enjoyed every bit of it. God will grant you guys wisdom to write more stories.

  29. Thank God d story is finally over…..Wetin eyes no go see for dis world….. Abeg where are d pretty ladies in Nigeria one of u should go to Boko Haram camp nd make Shekau love u ooo……Lanre and his mother got wat is right for them

  30. In fact the story ends well, because God place every one of them in the proper place that befit them. Adelove, God will continue to give more wisdom to write more touching stories like this. God bless every one of us that have been going through your stories too.

  31. Thanks to u adelove. ..I wish NK got back with Lanre….divorce ain’t the best for Christians. ..oh Patrick and Erica…loved ur part so much. ..I really pity lanre for such a mistake but his mum deserved every bit of her suffering

  32. Wonderful God,der is nothing like impossible to him.
    If it is in d heart of sum1 to change for good dat person will surely change without forcing urself.(BOSS & ERICA)
    Love can be found anywhere I believe,found my online married now celebrating 3yrs anniversary soon.Love is sweet wen u re wit d right person(NK & DAVE)(PAT & ERICA)
    Adelove & Crew really enjoy dis write up & a big lesson leanrt.

  33. I love this story, the genuiness was at how fate brought Erica and Patrick together.O God, look at how the writer brought out whom Patrick really was,if Erica had met Patrick in Abuja it would have been heartbreaking and for Erica but whom Erica really was she would have handled Patrick in a meaning way. Kudos to you Adelove

  34. I love this story, the genuiness was at how fate brought Erica and Patrick together.O God, look at how the writer brought out whom Patrick really was,if Erica had met Patrick in Abuja it would have been heartbreaking for Erica but for whom Erica really was, she would have handled Patrick in a meaning way. Kudos to you Adelove

  35. Lol,so mr lanre story ended unknown? Na wa o. Its a happy ending 4 pat and erica,nk and dave also vanny wit her husband. U have done well adelove and crew,d story is rated 10/10. Goodnight to all

  36. Hmmm i just have a soft spot for lanre,a wrong move of not listening to his wife got back at him. To all those men that report their wife to their mum beware… Lanre just got served!! Nice end adelove crew, you got my thumbs up…..

  37. Hmmm i just have a soft spot for lanre,a wrong move of not listening to his wife got back at him… To all those men that report their wife to their mum beware… Lanre just got served!! Nice end adelove crew, you got my thumbs up…..

  38. Adelove u don kill us wit sweet stories.
    Ma thought on dis is. Is DAT what ever u want to do in dis life u must be sincere nd pray to God for guidance nd mostly abstain from evil so DAT ur days will last longer

  39. Amaka of Alc u have killed me. Nice story pls keep it up.

    Patrick the boss turned out well God is wonderful.

    And as for that nonsense boy him and his mom will drink garri tire. Am so happy for NK.

  40. i knew it when vanesa n nkiru said dt patrick is missin, dt was wen i knew who d boss was, and again wen audu call him he quickly dress up n pickd his mask, den i confirmd it was him.

  41. What an interesting story. I really like how things ended for Erica and Nkiru they both got the happy ending they deserved. Thanks to you Adelove

  42. Honestly, Patrick was realy possessed how can he engaged in such terrible crime just because he had a bad upbringing. But any way God’s mercy located him and he was forgiven that is God for u, no matter how bad a person is His saving hand is always avialable. Am happy for Nk and Erica and for Lanre and his mother, they got what they deserved. Kudos to the writter

  43. Good for everyone of them except for Lanre,that is to teach all that all that glitters is not gold,and when a friend or someone close to you advise you,check it well,cherish what you have,and appreciate them the more

  44. I love how the story ended. Am happy that Nk n Vany are happy, Lanre got what he deserve, not everyone get to have a second chance in life like Patrick so we have to be careful in all we do.

  45. wow what a story, Adelove you are simply the best.
    Network has been a serious problem to me all this while. I went to my village and ntwrk is really disturbing since two weeks now.

  46. NK should have go back to her Husband, No one is above mistake and when u realize ur mistake and turn away from it (change), the person should be given another chance. Lanre deserve another chance with NK.

  47. This is quite motivational.
    I feel like I found a reason to live more
    I’m grateful. A nicely constructed write up.

  48. What a nice ending.
    I support everything here,Pat&Erica,God of second chance.
    Happy for Vanessa, but I don’t support double marriage, nor divorce,since Lanre is still alive.Nk should have follow him&they will relocate&continue their life there.God hate divorce it is not an attribute of a Christian.
    Teaching people about God &his way through through stories is another way to propagate the gospel.let others see Jesus in you.

  49. Determination,boldness, wickedness,desparate life style played a vital role here,nothing is hidden under the sun, the cases of Lanre taught us not all that glitter is gold,indecision affected him most,finally adelove crew you guys are too much,more of the stories

  50. Wow! Adelove, u are simply the best! U are the reason my battery is always running down… I so much love ur stories, so real and full of lessons… May ur ink never run dry. God bless u.

  51. Morning ALC&Fs,

    Just seen this completely and I am not surprised at all. Every character deserved what s/he hot. Very insightful, again.

    Up&Forward

  52. What an intriguing story from Episode 1 to 24. Lesson learnt, marriage is to be enjoyed & not to be endured. Well-done Adelove & crew u guys rock.

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