Love With Bitter Tears Episode 13

November 08, 2018
He ran for some time and when
he realized he had gone too far
from home, he turned back with
his hands on his head, wailing
loudly. Sammy: “Oh God please save my
sister, bring my sister back please.
God almighty please help me. Do
something please” he fell on his
knees as soon as he got back into
the house. “God you were there when I promised my mum that I’d
take care of Annie please don’t
make me fail my mum. I also
know you took my mum away
but seeing Annie makes me
happy and makes me feel she will grow up to become like my
mummy someday. Please don’t
take her away from me too.
Wherever those men are taking
her to, please keep her safe.
Please sir” he prayed and prayed with tears streaming down his
face, he remained on his knees
with hands clasped together until
he fell flat wearily and slept off on
the floor. === He walked around aimlessly in
the cell not knowing what to do,
how fate turned around to haunt
him all of a sudden was more
than he could take in. He thought
of his wife who died so suddenly and now he has landed himself in
jail for no apparent reason. Earlier
that day, he thought he had
heard Ophelia’s voice briefly but
then it was like she had vanished
with the next wind that blew. He did hear the policemen talk about
The Professor but he never got to
hear his name fully. He asked
them what his offense was but
they told him they were under
orders not to tell him. He knew his human right was being violated
but who would be there to listen
to him? He was on his own. He thought about his children, he
prayed in his heart that Ophelia
would be there with them. As he
kept pacing around the cell, one
of the inmates who was popularly
called Ogbeni in the cell which contained six inmates including
Richard jerked up angrily, unable
to hold the disturbance any
longer. Ogbeni: “Na wetin dey do this
man sef? You dey craze? Why you
no go gree make person sleep
wella?” he said with a deep voice. Richard: “I am sorry please, you
go back to sleep!’’ Ogbeni: “Who you dey speak
English for? See me see wahala o.
boys wake up, this dude dey
speak English” he said as the rest
of the inmates started waking up
one after the other. Boys! Wetin una wan make I do to this mumu
ajebutter guy?” he said looking
around like one in a trance. “Make we roast am” they all
chorused. Richard: “Please guys, lets handle
this wi…”before he could say
anything further, a blow flew into
his jaws and sent him writhing on
the floor. Ogbeni: “Abeg boys help me
roast this guy sharp sharp” he
ordered and they descended on
him, beating, punching, biting
and tearing at his flesh. His pleas
got to the officers and two of them went to put everything in
check. 1st Officer: “Hey wetin una dey do? una wan kill am?” he said as the 2nd Officer used his gun to hit on the iron gate in order to
restore order. Ogbeni: “Officer we na gentle
boys o, make una go back” Then
the officers turned and left. After that, Richard became extra
careful in the cell before he got
himself really roasted. === She wept all through the night,
she was the cause of Richard’s
predicament yet she was unable
to do anything about it or even
be there for his children. “Will he
ever forgive me? Oh God! I know I have never prayed before but
do not let anything happen to his
children at home, do not let him
lose his job cause of this. I will be
truly damned” she prayed in her
heart. As soon as it was daybreak,
before her parents opened the
door to the room, she went and
sat down in front of their door to
make it seem she had been there
all night. Her dad was always the first to get out of the room, he
always reads in his study in the
mornings. He was surprised
when he opened the door and
saw her sitting there with her
back leaning on the door. Prof. Harry: “What are you doing
here madam?” he asked appalled
at her guts. Ophelia: “Daddy” she said as
innocently and weakly as she
could. Prof. Harry: “Did you stay here all
through the night?” Ophelia: “That is not the issue
here daddy. I know I have been
rude to you lately, I am here to
apologize” Prof. Harry: “Follow me and stop
sitting there like a homeless girl”
he said and started walking away
while she rose up and followed
him. He sat on his favourite spot
right in front of the 16”Flat Screen Television. “So I am listening” Ophelia: “Everything was my fault
dad, that man is innocent. I lied to
him that night that you sent me
out of the house” she looked
down unable to meet his
mystified gaze. Pro. Harry: “You did what?” Ophelia: “I wanted to prove to
you that I could as well live my life
the way I dimmed fit. Dad please,
his last child is just three months
while the first is almost seven
years old and they are all alone at home. Please sir, set him free” she
started to weep profusely. Prof. Harry: “What on earth do I
do to this child? Well I can see you
deeply care about this man. Only
God knows what you saw in him.
I will set him free today so stop
crying okay? Just that I will have to stop you from seeing him, you
cannot be with a widower who is
even a Yoruba man. Not while I
am still alive” Ophelia: “Daddy, do you want to
see me dead? By now I am sure
you know I am crazy. I do crazy
things and committing suicide is
something trivial for me. You
want to be childless for the rest of your life? I know it’s you who
can’t have children anymore not
mum. So if you want me dead
then you will keep insisting the
way you are doing now. Thank
you very much daddy, I know you will let me have my way,
thanks on behalf of Richard too”
she went closer, hugged him and
placed a light kiss on his cheek. He was dumbfounded, one thing
he was sure of was that she could
carry out her threat and imagine
what the headline would be? ‘The
daughter of a professor in a well
know university committed suicide last night’ and then the
details of the incidence will be
exaggerated. He quivered at the
thought of losing his only child
too and then he resolved to just
swallow his pride and watch her do her thing. === On getting to the police station,
she was told that Richard had
already been released and that he
had gone home. She knew that
was her dad’s doing, probably
trying to make up for his misdeeds. She got into the car
which she had left there the other
day and zoomed off towards
Mainland. Thankfully there wasn’t
much traffic jam. When she drove into the
compound, she met Richard with
his hands on his head pacing
around restlessly. The bruises on
his face was something to write
home about but what worried her the most was the look on his
face. She parked the car and got
out hastily. Ophelia: “Baby! I am so sorry for
what happened…” she
apologized as she walked up to
him. Richard: “This is not the time for
apologies…I know you did try
getting me out yesterday but
what I don’t know is whether
you left my children in this house
all alone last night because right now, they are nowhere to be
found. Where are they?” he asked
hopefully hoping she’d tell him. Ophelia: “Oh my God! I don’t
know where they, I was unable
to come back here last night
because my dad grounded me, I
was unable to leave the house” Richard: “Now I am doomed. Oh
Sammy. Where do I search? Who
do I meet?” Ophelia: “Let’s calm down first
and think about our next step.
Have you called some of his
school friends? Those he visits at
home?” Richard: “None of them have seen
them. I have to get to the police
station to file a missing person
report” he said and dashed
inside. Ophelia: “Will the police really be
able to help in this situation? All
they’d do is ask you to write a
report then after that you’d be on
your own. Let’s go to Radio and
Television stations. Paste their pictures around town and see
how that would help?” She said.
Following him slowly as tears
cascaded down her beautiful
face. Richard: “We can do all those, as
long as my children will be
found” he replied desperately. Ophelia: “All these is my fault,
what do I do in this messy
situation now?” she thought
sadly. === The two men walked way into the
bush with the baby in the tallest
one known as Bayo’s hands.
They made sure they were not
sighted or followed by anyone. Bayo: “I think this place is okay
right? Let’s do it here” he said
stopping. Kunle: “Wait! We need another
one because if you go first then
she will no longer be a virgin” Bayo: “Yes but someone still has
to go first, Baba said before 9a.m
and it’s already 8:30. Let me do
this one first then tomorrow we
will get yours” he said placing the
sleeping Annie on the floor. Kunle: “No let me go first, we will
get yours tomorrow. Do you
think I am a fool? Do you know
how long it took us to get this
one? We roamed the streets for
three days and you want me to just relent when I was the one
who sighted her first? No way!”
he said, pushed Bayo to one side
OMG! What are those
two hoodlums up to? Where is
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