Our pastor told me not to make a rash decision as anyone can make a mistake. He told me to go and pray before taking a decision.
After which he prayed for us and we left his office. When we left his office,Tope asked to drop me at home, I rejected the offer, while he was trying to convince me, I saw a taxi, stopped it, entered and left.
When I got home, I was exhausted. Then I decided to call my mum to ask her what the pastor told me to ask her. After exchanging pleasantries, I popped the question:
“Mum, have you ever been betrayed by a friend when you were young?” I asked
“Why the question my darling?” My mum asked, maybe in shock.
“Mum, just answer me first and I will tell you the reason why I’m asking”. I said.
“Well,the answer to your question is yes.
My best friend about 30 years ago eloped with my fiance and got married to him. I can’t say all the details on phone, maybe when we meet during your wedding”. Mum said
“Okay mum, there is something I would love to tell you, but promise me that you won’t tell dad. And promise me that you will keep calm and not draw unnecessary attention.” I said. Knowing fully well that my mum can begin to scream, on hearing what happened between Tope and I.
“Okay,I promise to keep calm and not tell your dad” mum said.
I then narrated everything to my mum, I could even hear her sobbing. When I was done, my mum could not even utter a word, she just hung up. I knew very well that the bad news broke my mum down, I justsaid a word of prayer to God after she hung up.
“Dear God, please don’t allow this news affect my mum’s health, please. Let your peace reign in her heart. Amen.”
I then changed my dress and did little clean ups in the house. When I was done, I took my bath and was about resting when I heard a knock on the door, when I opened, it was my sister and Paul.
You remember him right? The guy who took me to the hospital.
They were gisting and discussing as though they had known each other from Adam. I welcomed them and served Paul something to drink. After exchanging pleasantries, I returned to the room to sleep. My sister and Paul continued chatting and laughing.
Someone tapped me, that was when I realised that I had drifted to sleep. It was my sister, she said Paul wanted to see me before leaving. So, I reluctantly went to the parlour to see him. My sister excused us, he started:
Jenny, thank you for being a strong woman. I admire your great strength. You might have checked your phone, but did not fine Tara or Tope’s number on your phone.
Well, I told your sister to delete the numbers from reaching you.
I also told her to clear whatever chats you have had with them in the past, so that you will be able to sort yourself out, without their calls or messages hurting you the more.” He said.
“Oh! I see. But why did you do all this? I asked, bewildered.
“Because I sincerely care about you and want you to heal very fast”. Paul said.
“That’s so kind of you, Paul. Several times I picked my phone and wanted to lash out at them, but could not find their contacts on my phone, and I’m bad with having contacts stored in my head.” I said.
We laughed over it.
“Can I be sincere with you? The day I took you to the hospital, I went back home to talk about this with Tope.
I could see his sincerity. I don’t think what happened was ordinary. He said all those things happened like a movie, as if they were not real.
It was not an intentional act, I think he was a bit careless with his spiritual life and the devil used that loop hole to attack him, using Tara. I’m not saying that Tara is a bad person, but then she allowed the devil to use her.
I want to plead with you in God’s name to forgive Tope and go ahead with your wedding plans. If you call off this wedding, the devil will be happy”. Paul said
“I appreciate your concern and selflessness Paul. But the truth is: If I was the one Tope caught cheating with someone, or better still with one of his friends, do you think he will ever forgive me? Let’s be realistic here.
Why is cheating so common among men but seen as a taboo when women cheat?? I said.
Watch out for Episode 8.
If you were I Jenny’s shoe, what will you do?
Will you forgive Tope and just get married to him?? Let me hear your views in the comment box.