Thursday, 5 July 2018

IN The DARK 2 Episode 31-32

After getting the approval of my parent and Biodun’s family, the next thing was to prepare for the wedding properly.
Biodun sent the required amount to his family with the instruction that everything on the bridal list should be provided and the event must be done according to the taste of my parent.
The whole event was to be captured in a video record and the full video was to be sent to us after the event.
We were to send the video footage of our court marriage to our families as well. All arrangement was made and everything seemed perfect.
Myself and Biodun also spent time shopping for all we would be needing, ranging from our outfit to accessories and food for the few invited guest.
Biodun was able to get some of his specialist friends to stand in as our parent and all other necessary post was filled in by his friends and work mates.
In a month time to the wedding, we had everything ready. Biodun got a new apartment which we were to move into after the wedding and we spent must of our time furnishing the house to our taste.
Biodun soon exhaust his annual leave and he had to resume work. Though it was a bit difficult to care for the kids alone, I was able to manage.
On a monday morning, i was about bathing the kids after seeing Biodun off when i heard a knock on my door. At first i thought it was Biodun “probably he forgot something” I said to myself as i rushed to the door. How wrong could i be? The person standing at my door step was the last person i expected to see. My mouth went dry and i could not take a step backward or forward. All i did was to stare into the space until the cries of my kids brought me back.
“Won’t you get them?” James said to me and he pushed me out of his way. I staggered and let go of the door knob. I got my act together and rushed into the house.
The first thing i did was to place a call through to Biodun. I informed Biodun of James presence in a whisper. I also pleaded with him to notify the police and come with them. Biodun told me to keep calm and take care of the kids. I was still on the phone with Biodun when i heard James’s foot step approaching. I quickly hid my phone in my pocket and i carried my kids.
James kicked the door open and bounced in.
He looked around the room in displease as i took the girls into my arms.
James asked if i had received the court notice and i kept mute. I was boiling with anger already and one thing i learnt from my day was to walk away from a conversation whenever i become furious. With the girls in my arm, i made to walk out on James but he stopped me half way. He told me he was willing to end the court case if i agree to come back to him with his kids. He tried to confuse me to move in with him by telling me that he was sure he was going to win the case because he had blood realationship with the kids and my apartment was nowhere to raise kids. I hissed and i went to the livingroom.
James followed me closely without saying a word. He watched me as i laid the kids on the couch before he came close to me. James knelt before me and pleaded with me to come back with his kids. He said lots of things about just realising his mistakes, he even promised to make up for the rough times i went through. I only told James to go to hell and he stood up.
His eyes were blood red and his lips started to shake in anger. He made lots of threats and said lots of heart breaking words. He told me he knew about my plans to marry Biodun and he promised to hinder the marriage at all cost.
Though i was scared, i kept my cool and i decided to wait for Biodun’s arrival. I sat close to my kids and was about to take one of the girls into my arm when James snatched her away. He took my baby and made to leave. I rushed at James in a bid to get back my child but i missed my step and fell. James turned the whole scenario to a hide and seek game. He made me run after him in the small livingroom while he dodged and kept the baby from me.
My child started to cry and this got me angry. I got so furious that i could kill James at that moment. I was at the edge of considering murder when the door went ajar and Biodun rushed in with two uniformed police.
The police took the baby from James and he was arrested for assault. Before he left, he told me he wouldn’t stop at nothing to win the kids over. He told me he would take them away and make my effort to get my babies back fruitless. James was taken away but his words were stuck in my heart.
Biodun told me not to take in his words and he promised to make sure that James would never cross our paths no more.
Though i wished i could build my hope on Biodun’s words and wave James’s threat aside. All the things he said kept ringing a bell in my ears and i was more than scared. I was scared of losing my kids, i was scared for my upcoming marriage and i was scared for my future.
Life would be worthless without my girls.
My life was worthless without my girls.
It was necessary for Biodun to return to work because he was yet to complete his shift. Biodun stayed back for few minutes before he left with the promise that he would come back early and we would both visit James in police custody, in order to ensure that there won’t be further harassment by him.
I pulled myself together after Biodun’s departure, I took care of the kids and I also got myself cleaned up. I was still super disturbed by all James said. It got to a point that i looked at my babies and i burst into tears. I could not handle the thought of letting them go. i went on my knees and prayed to God. With tears in my eyes, i prayed for God’s guidance and protection against any form of separation. i eventually put my trust in God and i also prepared my mind for the worst.
At noon, Biodun returned from work with his lawyer friend. With the kids, we got into his ride and he zoomed off to the police station. We arrived the police station and we made a request to see James. The officer in charge of the case invited us over to his office and James was also made available. The lawyer got to work immediately and gave a lengthy explanation on the situation on ground. He told the officer about the court case and how we fear that James is a threat to me and my babies. We also told him about James’s threat to interrupt our wedding which was to take place in a month time. The officer took in all of our compliant and he guaranteed our security. James was made to sign an agreement that he would never show up in our lives again else he would be locked up. James tried to be stubborn but he eventually signed the agreement with a devilish smile on his face. Even if i didn’t take in Biodun’s words about ensuring that we would be free from James, the police assurance and the agreement went a long way to convince me that everything was going to be fine.
I left the police station with an assurance that everything was going to be fine and the wicked smile on James’ face was nothing but a sign of defeat. I didn’t know for how long my victory was gping to last but I wished it lasted for ever.
After lunch that very day, I and biodun decided that we should get a nanny to help in taking care of the kids since biodun would have to leave for work daily. Biodun contacted some of his married friends and they gave us a lead on how to get the best nanny for my kids. Before the week ran out, we were able to get a trusted middle age nanny and taking care of the house became an easier task. After getting a nanny, I spent most of my time taking care of our new house. Since we had less than a month before we would move in, I had to ensure that everything was intact.
Days rolled into weeks and weeks rolled into months. Within a twinkle of an eye, it was a day to my court marriage. I was scared of things not going as planned but Biodun was there to chase my fear away. Biodun was the most supportive man I ever had. Satisfying I and my kids was all he cared about, becoming his lawfully wedded bride was one of my greatest achievement.
We had a full house on the day of our wedding eve. Biodun invited most of his friends over and we had fun wining and dining. Waiting for a day was even more difficult than waiting for months. I couldn’t wait to get the wedding over with.
On the 5th of May at exactly 12noon, I was ready to walk down the aisle with Biodun, I was ready to say “I do” and I was ready to lawfully take Biodun as my husband. This time around, it wasn’t for the sake of my kids only but also for the love that I had for Biodun. After my kids he was the best thing that ever happened to me. Earlier that morning, my parents called to pray for us and wish us well. They were also ready to get down with the traditional wedding that day and according to my mom, the house was filled with guest already. Biodun’s mom also had a long talk with us on Skype during the early hours of the night. She was a lovely woman and a prayer warrior, she gave us loads of marriage advice and she blessed our marriage. My joy knew no bound after getting parental blessings from my parent and Biodun’s mom. Nothing can be compared with been sure that my family got my back.
With the help of the makeup artist and some of the female friends Biodun invited over, I looked dazzling after dressing up in my wedding attire. I wore a gorgeous cream gown and gold heels. The light makeup and my long wavy hair enhanced my beauty. My girls were also beautifully dressed in a red shinning gown and their hair was adorned with a cute cream ribbon. My best lady was also dressed in a red and gold. With myself, my best lady and my beautiful little bride, my bridal train was complete.
Biodun also looked down to earth in a blue suit and a gold bowl tie. Everything was perfect that very day. We were tagged the perfect match when we finally left the house for the registry. Biodun’s car was beautifully decorated and his lawyer friend filled the post of our driver.
The wedding was scheduled for 1:00pm. We were just in time when we arrived. All the needed individuals were also present to fill in there respected gap. We exchanged pleasantries before we eventually matched into the registry to fulfill our purpose for been there.
Vows were taken, signatures were provided on the necessary documents and a wedding certificate was issued. In less than an hour, the court marriage came to a beautiful end. I became biodun’s lawfully wedded wife and he became my husband. We received lots of congratulations from friends and captured lots of beautiful moments. I felt fulfilled and I looked forward for a new beginning. A new phase of my life was about to unveil.
A small reception was held in a nearby suite after the wedding. The event was not elaborate but it was a success. The guest stayed around till later in the evening and after their departure, we also moved into our new home. From the wedding, to the reception and then to our new home, everything was a huge success.
After calling our parents and putting the kids to sleep, myself and Biodun retired to each other’s arm. We spent time talking about the event of the day and we laughed at the funny scenes. We talked till late in the night and during the chat we got romantic. At first Biodun hesitated in making love to me. He was more concerned about my condition been a nursing mother. I told him that I was strong enough and I lured him into the act. The act I never regretted. We made love in a special way, a way that was different with the crazy s-x I had with James. With Biodun, everything was perfect. After exhausting our energy while making love, we slept off in each other’s arm.
The next day, I was half awake in Biodun’s arm during the early hours of the morning when I heard the cry of my kid. I ran to the nursery and I met one of the girls crying while the other was asleep. My kid’s eyes were weak and her breathing was slow. I touched her forehead in a bid to feel her temperature and I got a rude shock. The next thing I did was to scream out Biodun’s name.
She was boiling.
All I could do was to scream Biodun’s name.
My child was boiling.
I was scared to the bone as we rushed her to the hospital, her breathing was pretty slow and are eyes were so dim. We got to the hospital and she was taken to the ER. I had to stay with the other girl while biodun’s went with the doctor to take care of the sick girl. It took the doctors more than thirty minutes before they exsit the ER. As a mother, I rushed at them immediately and asked after my child. The doctor calmed me down and led us to his office. I was scared of whatever the case may be, I couldn’t bare to see my kid sick or been hurt.
The doctor asked of my blood group and my kids father’s, I was able to provide mine but unfortunately, I didn’t know James’s blood group. After a long talk, the doctor revealed to me that my twin girl was a Sicklerville (SS). He told me how challenging her growing up could be and lot of things about sickle cell. I was sad about the way my life turned out, I loved so much that I did not even bother to know if I was compatible with the man I loved. All I cared about was love without considering my future or my child’s.
I concluded that my girls were both so but the doctor confused me that the girls might be twins but they. Night inherit different genotype. Though I wasn’t convinced, I allowed him carryout a test on the other girl. My girl was placed on drip that very day and that was how we became regular patients in the hospital.
I didn’t even bother to ask for the result of my kid’s genotype, I took the two girls as sicklers and I saw taking care of them as my cross. I had this believe until my second visit to the hospital.
The doctor invited me to his office and he went on and on to tell me how possible it was to a set of twins to Share different genotype. I was beginning to get bored of his long talk when he handed me the result of my child’s genotype.
I was more that shocked when I saw ‘AS’. My other girl was not a sickler and she had a good health condition. I was happy at the result and I promised to take care of my girls equally. I also prayed to God to bless the two girls with sound health.
Biodun was helpful in taking care of my sick girl. Him been a medical doctor reduced our hospital bills and he was there to assure me that my girl could leave as long as she wanted as far as she gets the best medications.
I never knew that James was ‘SS’ but I blamed myself for getting involve with just anybody when I knew that I was ‘AS’. all in all, nothing could change a mother’s love.
Just a month after the wedding and all the struggle to take care of my kids, the court meeting day cropped in.
It was one of the days when my girl with the sickle cell fell sick over night. With the help of Biodun’s she got the best treatment and she was getting better before we had to leave for the court. I wanted to go with my girls, I wanted to feel their presence while I would fight for them but Biodun kicked against the idea and I had to leave them in the care of their nanny. I could remember shedding tears when I was leaving that afternoon. I knew I would be fighting hard to keep my kids but I wasn’t sure if my best would be enough to secure my kids. With a heavy heart, I left for the court after kissing my kids goodbye.
The hearing was scheduled for 1:00pm but we arrived the court at 12:00pm. I was surprised to see James and his family present. I never knew his honorable father could be interested in getting the kids his son thought would be a shame to them. With the way he carried himself around and with the way he seemed so familiar with the court workers, I smelt fowl play. The lawyer and Biodun assured me that everything would go according to plan and I kept my cool but I was scared the worst could happen.

At exactly 1:00pm, we were called upon and we all filed into the court room. I was more scared when our lawyer recognized James’s lawyer as one of the most outstanding white lawyer in town. He was said to have won all his cases without a single loss. The lawyer promised me that he would try his possible best in securing my kids before he left for his post. I took in his words with little faith.
The judge assumed his sit and the court trial started. The case was introduced and the lawyers did their introductions as well. The battle began immediately and the air was filled with court terminologies. The air was filled with court terminologies and their were proofs provided. Just as planned, my lawyer pleaded not guilty of the allegation.
Everything was going on smoothly until when James was called to testify. My heart was broken into a million pieces at the extent he was willing to go just to reap where he did not sow. James denied all the allegations of taking off when I was pregnant. Myself and Biodun were practically painted black before the court of law. Though all the planned strategies was put into use, it was not as effective as I thought it would be. It got to a point that I broke down in tears and pleaded to be left alone with my kids. I had to put myself together when the judge threatened to get me locked up. From every indications, we were looking. After an hour of words battle, the judge declared thirty minutes break, after which the final judgment would be given.
The court room was as silent as a graveyard when it reopened. I heartbeat could be heard from a thousand mile when the judge mounted his sit and was ready to pass the final judgment.
The acknowledged the two lawyers and said few things before he passed his final judgment.
According to him, the lawyers arguments clearly showcased that myself and James were not an example of responsible parents and giving the kids proper upbringing was a responsibility he wasn’t sure we could carryout.
The court decided that both parent had the right to the kids but in order not to cause any sort of security bridge, the two kids were to be shared among the two parent. Any objection from the parent will lead to the girls been taken to the orphanage.
A court order was issued and the court closed on the note that the court order should be carried out immediately.
I suddenly went deaf and I could not phantom why the judgement could be so cruel.
“How can a mother be separated from her child?
How can a set of twins be separated?
How can I move on without my girls? ”
These were the questions I asked myself as remained sitter. I didn’t move an inch until biodun tapped me on the shoulder and told me James was heading to our house with the court officials. I rushed out of the court room in a bid to stop them. I saw James smiling as drove by right in front of me. I pleaded with Biodun to stop them but he couldn’t do a thing. All he did was to promise me that everything would be all right. Though Biodun was trying to be strong, his eyes were blood red as he told me that we needed to hurry home before James would elope with the two girls.
I ran into the car and Biodun zoomed off. All that happened was nothing but a tragedy. I hoped for a miracle but it never came.
Biodun, his family and the court officials were right in front of our door when we arrived. Without waiting for the engine to be turned off, I rushed out of the car and ran to James. I pleaded with him not to separate a set of twins and their mother, I pleaded with him not to deny my girls the benefit of growing up together, I even promised to allow him visit them whenever he wanted to but he waved me aside and told me he was ready to strictly follow the court order.
When the door to our apartment went ajar, my sick girl was sleeping beautifully while my other girl was playing. James rushed at the girls playing and grabbed her by her arm. She started to cry and so did my heart started to weep as well. I couldn’t bare to see my child cry, I forcefully took her from James and rocked her in my arms. James went for the sleeping girl and took her away. I rushed at him again and pleased with him to spare her because she was innocent and sick. James gave me an option. It was either I let go of the crying kid or the sleeping one. I could not let go of my crying child because she was crying so much and I could not let go of my sick child because she would need me when she wakes but I had to make a choice.
I could not make a choice but Biodun did.
I could not make a choice but Biodun did.
James and his dad were getting in patient. He’s dad even threatened to go with both kids. The word on everyone’s lips was “we don’t have the whole day young lady”. No one even cared about my emotions or what separation could cause to a mother and her child; it was as if the whole world was against me. My tears was flowing like river as I knelt and Pleaded with James and his dad but all my pleas went on a deaf ear.
My child didn’t stop to cry as well, the more I cried, the more she increased the tempo of her voice. My sick child on the other hand was sleeping peacefully without having any idea of what was going on. I would have given her up easily, but the thought of her shedding more tears in my absence made it more difficult to give up on her. I was still pleading with James and his dad when Biodun grabbed me by my arm and told me to get my acts together, if not for anything, I should think of the harm crying could cause on my child. Even at that, I was not ready to strong up. I was thinking I was beginning to buy James emotion over when his dad collected my girl from his hand and was ready to bounce out. I knelt before him and pleaded profusely but he didn’t even spare me a glance. I ran to James since his dad was not ready to listen to me. I knelt before him and was about begging him when biodun carried me up. I can still remember his exact statement. He looked at me and said “don’t waste your tears begging a hardened soul”. Biodun took my crying baby from me and dragged me into the room. He gave my child to me and went out. He locked the door on us and left me with no other choice than to accept my fate.
The conversation that took place between biodun and all of the people present was something I had no idea of. After few minutes, I noticed that the house was empty and I concluded that my child was gone. I cried my eyes out and the surprising thing was that the more I cry, the more my baby wept as well. As little as she was, she felt my pain and got emotional. I stopped to cry when I eventually lost the strength to. I comforted my baby and she ended up sleeping in my arms. I wanted to be strong for my remaining child but I could not bear to see my child disappear right in front of me. The pain I felt was more than the pain I felt when I got pregnant, it was even more than the one I felt when James turned his back on me, even the pain I felt during labor could not be compared the pain I felt when my child was taken away. I eventually fell asleep with the hope that I would fight for my child the next day.
The cry of my baby woke me up the next morning. I didn’t have an idea of when she was taken away or when biodun joined me in be. I rushed out of bed and ran to the nursery. I was so surprise to see my child sleeping peacefully in a cradle. I was lost on where I heard the cry from. I decided that the cry might be from my other twin. Though I was crazy, I was so sure my child was crying wherever she was. The only place I knew she could be was James house, I quickly wake the nanny and told her to look after my child before I sneaked out of the house. Though the street was cold and empty, I didn’t care, all I wanted was to see my child.
With a weak hand I knocked on James door after about an hour walk. The door was opened by James and I could tell he was not surprise to see me. I heard the cry of my girl immediately the door was opened. I became unrest, all I could think of was comforting my girl. Something made me believe that I could still win James over and this made me plead with him to allow me comfort my girl. James nodded and left the door open for me. I got inside and met my girl lying on a couch. I rushed at her and was about taking her into my arms when James’s dad came out of the house. He got furious at the sight of me and threatened to call on the cops if I fail to leave. James tried to convince him but he was boiling. I knew James dad was ready to carry out his threat but I was not ready to back off after the long distance I trekked just to see my child. I took the baby into my arms and started to rock her. James dad disappeared into the room and so did James. The next thing I heard was a loud argument between them. That was when I realized that, to an extent, James was been influenced by his dad and I believed he still had his good side.
I was b----t feeding my girl when I suddenly heard the loud sound of a siren. Without been told, I knew the cops were around. I didn’t move an inch, neither did I stop to feed my child. I was bent on waiting for the worst to happen.
A tap on the door and James dad bounced out. He welcomed the cops and pointed at me as the intruder. James was grumbling and trying to stop his dad but he was too weak to stand for my child and i. James dad forcefully took the child from me and I was taken away with my hanging boobs. All I could do was to look at my child and cry. My motherly right was denied.
I was locked up until biodun arrived. The cops made me sign an agreement that I would never see my child again else I would face the court. It was the most difficult agreement I had ever signed, but I eventually did. I agreed to give up my child before my bail as granted.
That very day, I had a heart to heart talk with biodun. Biodun made me see the reason to move on for my girls. He made me realize that she was just out of our home but she wasn’t out of the world. He told me that fate would bring my girls together just the way it brought us together. I took in biodun’s words and believed in him but it was difficult to move on. Separating a mother from her child is the worst thing that can happen to any mother.
After a year of trying to move on and going back to my vomit. Biodun decided that we should change our environment. According to him, the pains the environment caused me can never be healed without me moving out of it. We finally decided that the best place to go was no other place than home [Nigeria].
With my family and all the beautiful memories I had back home, we believed it would help to bring me back to me. We packed our backs and sold off all our properties. With a heavy heart I said goodbye to Canada and everything therein.
We arrived Nigeria with the hope of starting over again.
‘We arrived Nigeria with the hope of starting all over again.’
My mom paused and gazed at the floor as if she was lost in thought. At this point in time I could not hold back my tears, realizing all that my mom had been through and she still managed to be a happy woman during her time on earth. My mom raised her head and he saw stream of tears rolling down her cheek. I realized that no matter how long it might have been, the memory was still fresh in her and the wound would be forever fresh. I was lost in thought until when Kelvin held my hand and jerked me back to reality. I looked at Kelvin and faked a smile with my teary eyes before I focused on the big screen. My mom had already gotten rid of the tears in her eyes. She faked a smile and continued.
“I was so happy to be back home, where I truly belonged. My parent came for us at the
Airport. I must confess, seeing my family gave me lots of joy. A welcome party was organized for us and introductions were made. To everybody, Lillian was back with her husband and a beautiful daughter. Nobody knew I was back with a child that could be called a b-----d.
I met with Biodun’s family as well and stayed with them for some period of time. We left when we secured our apartment. Biodun portrayed my daughter as his and nobody knew the whole truth. Since my girl looked exactly like me, everybody concluded that she took after her mom over her dad.
We started a new family in Nigeria. Biodun started a business and after about five years of our return, my dad died. I took over most of our companies. My mom also died two years after my dad’s death.
Everything was willed to me and I was left to take care of my kid brother. I transferred most of the companies to my husband and we lived our lives as a happy family.
Though I still missed my lost girl, I was contended with all that I had. I lived a life I wasn’t proud of but I was able to learn from my mistake.
Nancy, baby this is the reason why I will never let you out of my sight, because I know what excess freedom can do to young minds. It all because I love you.
The only regret I have in life is me not been able to give Biodun a child. After my first issue, I could not conceive no more. He never made me feel bad about this, he only made me see reason why I should be grateful for not aborting my first and last issue.
I never met James, until that day you brought him over for dinner.
Yes, James, you brought him and his family over that very night. That was when I learnt that the lady he ended up with never had any issue for him. My girl was the only child he had. I let the sleeping dog lay and I did the whole forgiveness thing for my girls and for my late husband.
I gusse by now you should know that James is Stanley James, Nelly’s dad, your dad Nancy.
Biodun is Abiodun Williams. My late husband and your foster father.
You and Nelly are my twins girls. (Nancy and Nelly).
This is my story baby, This is my life people. I’m sure any writer can make a beautiful piece with it but it’s not something I am proud of.
I’m sorry for lieing to you about Nelly, I didn’t have the courage to tell me about my rough past. I hope you will meet with her and start a beautiful life as a proud set of twins after you see this video. Forgive James too, he regret his actions already. I’m not sure if I will be with you after you see this video but if I have the opportunity, I will see to the reunion.
Baby, learn from my story and you will never fall in any pit. I pray you will find a man like Biodun before a wolf like James locates you. You have my blessings baby. I’m proud of you and your sister.
This is all I have been keeping for years. I know you all have been in the dark”

To be continued..


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