Thursday, 17 May 2018

WEDDING OF MY EX (A ChrisEffe Bliss) Episode 11-12

Elaine, unaware of what is going on, links her arm through Chris' and drags him towards the high table.
Chris' eyes seek out Effe, but she seems to have melted into the crowd. And then, quite suddenly, Mr. Boateng approaches Chris with Mr. Ken Opoku at his side.
MR. BOATENG
Chris, my boy, meet one of my best friends from school...
MR. OPOKU:
I know Chris. He's been like a son to me all these years.
MR. BOATENG
(astonished)
Really? How did you two get acquainted?
CHRIS:
Mrs. Opoku's shop is near the supermarket. I buy from her a lot, and I became their friend.
MR. BOATENG
Small world!
MR. OPOKU
Small world indeed. Jonas, later I'll tell you the miracle that this young man brought to my house. By the way Effe came with me, Chris. Have you seen her?
CHRIS
Yes, I've already spoken to her.
MR. BOATENG
(directing them to the table.)
Let's sit down. Seems Elaine is going to propose a toast.
Looking groggy, Chris goes to the High Table. Elaine gestures to him to come and stand beside her.
Chris reluctantly walks to her side, and she hands him a glass of white wine and links her free hand through his.
She smiles into his face, and then she turns to face the excited crowd.
Chris sees Effe.
She is standing between Steve and her father, and her eyes are very bright with unshed tears, and she looks so shattered and frail. Chris looks away.
ELAINE
...and through the years of strife and pain, they took solace in only the strength of their love. My father always tells me the shortest distance between my problems and their solutions is the distance between my knees and the floor, and that's how I came to appreciate the love and power of God. They have been excellent parents, and today I pray for health and more love for them. Ladies and Gentlemen, let's toast a wonderful couple!
The crowd cheers and shouts. Glasses are raised, and as they drink applause follows.
Chris tries to disengage his hand from Elaine's, but she holds on tight. She shakes her head at him and makes mischievous gestures at him.
Chris' narrows his eyes at her.
CHRIS
Elly, no don't. I don't like that look at all. You're not going to spring one of your surprises on me, are you?
Elaine sticks her tongue out at him and faces the crowd once more.
ELAINE
Listen, now, folks. Most of you know, I mean it is no secret, that Chris here is my fiancée. We are bound by the same love that...
CHRIS
No, Elly, please stop. Don't.
ELAINE
Well, those of you assembled here are our best friends. Since I was a child I've always dreamed about getting married on Christmas day. Why? 25th December is my birthday. One month ago...
CHRIS
Oh, no, Elaine. Not that!
ELAINE
(turns to him, and her eyes are hard. She speaks softly to him.)
You told me a month ago that on 25th December, my birthday, we shall get married. That's four months away, and you proposed to me! I've already told my parents, and they are all happy! Don't back down now.
CHRIS
ELLY, DON'T! Not now, please!
ELAINE
(turning to the crowd once more.)
Well, Chris and I are getting married on Christmas Day!
The crowd roars. Mr. and Mrs. Boateng get to their feet. Madam Lois also gets up.
The applause is loud and deafening. Chris looks at Effe and sees that her legs cannot support her anymore.
She drops dejectedly into a chair. Her shoulders are low, and her head is bent.
MADAM LOIS
Oh, my dear son, you've made me so happy! Let me be the first to congratulate you!
Chris backs away from her. His face looks frantic.
CHRIS
NO, MOM!
His mother stops, hands still outstretched, and she looks as if he has slapped her.
MADAM LOIS
Chris? What’s the meaning of this?
The music has stopped. The whole place is dead quiet. Everybody is staring at Chris. He turns and looks at Elaine. Her face is like death.
ELAINE:
Yes, Chris? No? What do you mean by no? Didn't you propose to me?
Chris reaches for her hand, but she draws back. Chris speaks frantically.
CHRIS
Elly, honey. I did propose. But we really need to talk. All this is a bit too fast for me!
ELAINE
Too fast for you? What do you mean by that? What's going on, Chris Bawa? What’s this nonsense about?
MR. BOATENG
Come on, darling. We'll talk about this later. It seems Chris boy is getting a dose of the cold-feet bachelor. We all get it at this time. Sit down now...
ELAINE
(hissing angrily at Chris)
No, Daddy! Chris is embarrassing me in front of everybody. The harm is already done. If he's getting cold feet let him tell everyone right here and now!
She turns towards Chris, uncontrollably furious.
ELAINE
Are we getting married on my birthday or not?
CHRIS
Elly, honey, we don’t have to do this here. Let’s talk in private please. Let's avoid this...
ELAINE
Don't give me that crap! What's going on, Chris? Why this attitude? Are we getting married or not? Just answer the question.
Tears flow down Elaine's cheeks.
CHRIS
I still insist we talk in private. Can’t you at least give me that? Can we go somewhere and talk about this right now?
ELAINE
No, Chris. We do this now, right here! Are we getting married?
CHRIS
No, Elly. I'm terribly sorry but I don’t think I’m ready for that big step just yet. Please find it in your heart to forgive me. I'm truly sorry.
The silence is broken by Chris' mother's scream.
MADAM LOIS
Chris, son, what's this? Are you drunk? Have you lost your mind?
CHRIS
I'm sorry, Mom.
Mrs. Boateing flies towards Chris like a lioness.
She grabs the front of his jacket, and her face is harsh, ugly with sudden anger.
RUTH
Chris, are you mad? How can you do this? Why are you embarrassing us this way?
MR. BOATENG:
(speaking harshly)
Let him go, Ruth! Leave his coat!
Elaine is weeping now. She brushes her mother aside and glares at Chris.
She is devastated.
ELAINE
Why, Chris? Why are you doing this to me? Do you hate me this much? What have I done to you?
CHRIS
I don't hate you, Elly. You've shown me nothing but real love, and I appreciate it. You are an angel. I’m the problem. I'm the monster here. I’m the ungrateful one. Please forgive me.
MR. BOATENG:
Chris, get out of my house right now! I won’t let you disrespect my daughter like this.
Chris nods and turns to leave, but his mother holds him. She glares at him, and then she slaps him on his right cheek.
Chris looks at her, and suddenly tears come to his eyes.
MADAM LOIS
What kind of witch has brought this curse on you, son? What kind of cursed evil has turned your heart like this?
CHRIS
(speaking bitterly as a single tear runs down his cheek.)
Blame me, mother! But please don't put this on any witch! The fact that you and Mrs. Boateng have always been good friends doesn't give you the right to force us to marry each other. I thought I loved Elaine, yes, but right now I love somebody else!
ELAINE
Another woman, Chris? You've been cheating on me with another woman?
CHRIS
It is funny, Elaine, but the only physical contact I've had with that girl is to hold her hand. I haven't kissed her, or held her close, except when I danced with her, of course. I haven't even told her I love her. Hell, I've been fighting it till now. I was scared to admit it. Maybe, if you hadn't put me on the spot right now, you and I might have ended up married. But what's the point, Elaine? Will it be fair to marry you knowing I love someone else?
Elaine"s eyes are wild. Suddenly she looks around her at the hushed crowd. She hisses dangerously.
ELAINE
Lord, she's here, isn't she? That explains it! If you haven't told her you loved her, and if you behave this way, when you could have lied that you would marry me and later broken it, only means one thing! That slut is here! Where's she, huh, Chris? Where's the whore?
Chris turns away from her and begins to walk away.
ELAINE
She's the fair girl, isn't she, Chris? The one with Steve? Now I understand why you were staring at her like that when I kissed you, you bastard!
Alarmed, Chris turns round, and finds Elaine rushing furiously towards Effe.
Chris screams with real fear.
CHRIS:
Elaine, NOOOOO!
To be continued..
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Episode 12
Continues..
Effe is too slow to react. Elaine's fingers are like claws as she goes for Effe's eyes.
Steve steps between the two girls, and Elaine's fingers dig into Steve's lower jaw, and blood spurts immediately.
Elaine flings Steve aside, and her next blow catches Effe flush on the jaw.
Effe drops, and Elaine attempts to stamp on her face.
Mr. Opoku drags Elaine back and pushes her roughly, and she falls to the ground.
Chris kneels and cradles Effe's head. There's blood on her face, and she has passed out.
He is aware of Mr. Boateng angrily facing his old friend.
MR. BOATENG
Ken, if you ever touch my daughter like that again I'll kill you.
MR. OPOKU
If your daughter ever touches mine like that again, I'll kill her.
Mr. Boateng glowers for a moment, and then he looks sadly at Elaine.
He bends and helps her up. Elaine is weeping uncontrollably.
MR. BOATENG
Get out of my house, Ken. I didn't know finding you again will bring such chaos into my house.
Chris picks Effe's limp form off the ground, and without another word he pushes through the crowd and walks out of the house.
DOCTOR ANAMAN'S CLINIC - NIGHT
Chris and Mr. Opoku are leaning against the walls of the Female Ward of Dr. Anaman's Clinic.
Chris' arms are folded across his chest whilst Mr. Opoku's hands are shoved deep inside his trouser pockets.
The door of the ward swings open, and Dr. Anaman steps into the corridor.
A stethoscope is folded in his right hand. Chris speaks anxiously.
CHRIS
Doc. Is she going to be okay?
Dr. Anaman holds up his hands, and gives them a bright but tired smile.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
She is okay, son. She struck her head on something blunt when she fell down. She had a little concussion, and will have a bad headache tomorrow, but she's fine. Nothing is broken.
MR. OPOKU
Oh, thank you, dear God. Doc, does it mean she can go home now?
DOCTOR ANAMAN
No, I'll like to keep her here for the night. She needs lots of rest, no excitement, for the medication to really work. And then in the morning we will ran a couple more tests, just standard procedure.
CHRIS
Is she awake now? Can I see her?
Dr. Anaman looks at Chris silently for a moment.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
Do you really need to see her tonight?
MR. OPOKU
I think he does, Doc, I think he does.
Dr. Anaman turns to Mr. Opoku.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
And you are?
MR. OPOKU
Ken Opoku. The girl's father.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
I see. Okay, she's conscious, Chris. You can see her, but only for a few minutes. She needs to sleep.
Without another word Chris quickly enters the private ward. The two men exchange glances and smile.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
Are you not going to see her too?
MR. OPOKU
I think he needs to be alone with her for a while. They are a pair of fools, I must admit, but I'm indeed pleased for both of them tonight.
DOCTOR ANAMAN
Hmm, I see. I got a few minutes left before my night rounds. Mind sharing a cup of coffee with me in my office, and maybe giving me a little back story about those fools? I must add, though, that Chris is a very dear soul to me. I've been their family doctor for ages. His mother delivered him in this clinic. I held Chris the very first second he was born. You can say he's more of a son to me.
MR. OPOKU
Please call me Ken. I will be more than glad to have your company for a spell, Doc.
The two of them begin to walk away down the corridor.
Chris stands just inside the room and looks at her. She is lying on the metallic bed, and their eyes meet and hold.
Chris walks slowly forward and stands beside her bed. She never takes her eyes off him.
There is a bandage around her head, and the right side of her face is swollen, but she still smiles weakly at him.
EFFE
Your girlfriend is a hothead, Chris. What will she do if she realizes that you were not talking about me? I’m sure she would kill you when she finds out that the girl you're in love with is known only to you.
CHRIS
Intuition, I guess. Isn't there a saying that you women naturally know about these things?
EFFE
Please. Don't tease me, Chris.
CHRIS
I've never been more serious in my life, Effe.
She closes her eyes, and when she opens them he sees that they are filled with tears.
EFFE
You've not so much as looked at me twice since I met you, Chris. You've never done anything to make me even assume that you love me. How can you be sure I don't have somebody already in my life?
Chris sits on the edge of the bed, and slowly he leans over her and kisses her left cheek.
CHRIS
You don't love anybody else, Effe. You know that I love you and I know you love me. It’s a gut feeling. Love knows.
EFFE
Oh, Chris! Please. This can't be, no! The world you live in hates me by now! Your mother, your friends, their friends! Oh, no, we can't live in that situation, surrounded with such acrimony! I will wilt! Already, they think I’m a demon!
CHRIS
Who cares what they think and say? They see a demon, I see an Angel. They see a usurper, I see my breath. Yes, without you, I WILL wilt. I don't need much, really. All I need is to hear you say you love me, and put your little hand in my big one, and I tell you this, we will walk through all the rocky mountains together.
EFFE
Oh, Chris! Why didn't you tell me about her? Things might have been different if I had known!
CHRIS
I was going to tell you tonight, but I was forced to go to that party.
EFFE
I called you, too. I wanted to tell you my father was insisting that I come with him to witness his reunion with an old friend. You didn't pick your calls. You just sent a text message. When I called back your phone was off.
CHRIS
Don't let us delve too deeply into reasons, my cherished one. I believe this night was created for you and I to finally face the truth, dear. Will it draw us together, or is it going to tear us apart?
She leans forward and puts her hand in his.
EFFE
I love you, Chris Bawa. I’ve loved you from the day we met. My soul loves you very much!
Chris puts his free hand on hers.
CHRIS
Welcome to my heart, Effe Kedem. My heart beats for only you today, tomorrow and forever. The world can stop turning, the sun can stop shining but my love for you will be for eternity.
EFFE
You're already the owner of mine, Chris.
He leans forward and brushes a lock of hair off her brow.
She closes her eyes and exhales deeply. They look into each other’s eyes and smile.
To be continued..

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