Episode 28 (unedited)

“What are you doing there looking at me that way?” Sade asked, ended the call and walked up to her.
“Nothing” Toyin replied fearfully.
“Nothing? So what and what did you hear when I was talking on phone,” Sade interrogated her to be sure she didn’t hear everything that he discussed with Olori. She knew that Toyin was very fond of Kehinde and she wouldn’t be able to keep her mouth shut from giving him account of everything that goes on in the house and in the village.
“No..thing” she stammered in response and held the helm of her clothes in fear.
“But you know who I was talking with abi?” Sade asked again looking into her eyes.
“Yes..no no!” Toyin replied in denial bending her head side way.
“Liar! Tell me the person before I sound your face” Sade threatened her but Toyin maintained that she didn’t know the person.
“Oya go and sleep!” Sade ordered and pushed her towards the bed.

Sade’s phone began to ring very early the next morning and woke her up from her sleep. She swiped the green button aside without looking at the caller’s identity.
“Sister Sade,” the caller spoke up and she quickly recognized the church mummy’s voice.
“Mummy good morning ma” she greeted and searched her mind for a possible excuse to give for not picking nor returning her calls yesterday.
“How are you Sade? I called you five times yesterday and you didn’t pick nor bothered to call back. What happened?” The church mummy queried.
“Mummy, I’m sorry I went to farm and left my phone at home. When I came back, I quickly entered the kitchen to prepare food and didn’t check my phone till later in the night when I finished my work. I planned calling you today ma. Am sorry mummy.” Sade lied.
” I thought as much,” the church mummy said then continued.

“Sade, Temi will be celebrating his 20th birthday tomorrow and I want you to come around and help me out in the kitchen.” She said and Sade shouted in excitement.
“Ah! Temi is now a big boy o. Mummy don’t worry I will come in the morning tomorrow so we can have enough time to see and talk. I even saw you in my dream two days ago trying to tell me a story…” Sade was talking casually when the church mummy cut in laughing.
“Are you serious? In fact do come in the morning and share the dream with me. Everybody in the house will be waiting for you. Please o, come along with my smart daughter Toyin.” She said and they both laughed before bidding each other good bye.
Sade ended the call and held her chest,relieved that the church mummy believed her lies. She remembered the blood stain incident of yesterday and checked herself to see if she was stained but found nothing then she hissed at the thought of her body playing pranks on her.

Kehinde’s phone buzzed and he picked it up and saw that he had a new SMS. On opening it,he saw Toyosi name and began to read the text thus.

“Good morning Kenny.” The text read then continued.
“I believe you are fine. Well am not fine here.
What am about to say may actually sound
crazy but I can’t help it anymore. I’m willing
to let go of my pride to let you know how I
feel about you, and my insuppressible de-
sire to be the woman in your life.
I’m yet to recover from the shock of
hearing that you’re in a relationship al-
ready because I had started building my
world around you hoping that things will
work out between us. Kenny I’ve never felt
the way am feeling for any man all my life.
I’m sick for you Kenny,and am not ashamed
to let you know that I love you like life itself.
I’m not lacking suitors Kenny, can’t even
believe am writing these with my hands.
I have countless number of suitors in and
out of the country but it’s you I need. From
that first day I met you in your office, I’ve
not been able to get my mind off you.
Please, give me a space in your heart
Kenny, I promise I won’t hurt you …”

The text read on and Kehinde got tired of reading, then dropped the phone and rubbed his eyes and head roughly trying to clear off the confusion in his head. Sade have not been picking his calls and he wasn’t finding funny. His phone buzzed and he picked it up on seeing the church mummy name and number. She informed him that Sade was coming to the city with Toyin tomorrow for Temi’s birthday and that he should also be around to see her and possibly speak with her. He smiled at the information and thanked her for her efforts then bade her good bye and was about dropping the phone when Toyosi’s call came in. He meditatively picked the call and hurriedly said,
“Toyo I will call you back later please. Let me attend to something.” He said and ended the call without waiting to hear what she had to say.

Sade arrived the church mummy’s house with Toyin at exactly 10am and everyone in the house were overjoyed to see her. She knelt down before the Pastor in greeting and hugged the church mummy passionately.
“Temi oko mi” she hailed the church mummy’s first son who was celebrating his 20th birthday.
“Happy birthday oko Sade ” she jokingly teased him and everyone in the parlor bursted into laughter as the young boy became ashamed on hearing Sade call him her husband. She started calling Temi “oko mi’ right from when he was about ten years old because Temi used to say that he will marry aunty Sade when I grow up.

Sade arrived the church mummy’s house with Toyin at exactly 10am and everyone in the house were overjoyed to see her. She knelt down before the Pastor in greeting and hugged the church mummy passionately.
“Temi oko mi” she hailed the church mummy’s first son who was celebrating his 20th birthday.
“Happy birthday oko Sade ” she jokingly teased him and everyone in the parlor bursted into laughter as the young boy became ashamed on hearing Sade call him her husband. She started calling Temi “oko mi’ right from when he was about ten years old because Temi used to say that he will marry aunty Sade when I grow up.

” Hello brother Kehinde, guess what? ” the church mummy sneaked into her room to make a call.
“Sade just arrived not quite long.” She said laughing without waiting for him to guess….

Episode 29(unedited)

When the church mummy finished speaking with Kehinde on the phone, she told him the best time he should come over to the house then dropped the phone and sent someone to bring Sade into her bedroom so that they could talk privately.
“Sade, talk to me. How have you been coping with life, especially in the village?” The church mummy began to interrogate her carefully in the bedroom.
“Mummy I won’t lie to you, it has not been easy o. My life has taken a downward shape but God have been faithful all the same…” She was still talking when her phone started ringing. She quickly ended the call on seeing Olori’s number and was about switching the phone off when the church mummy spoke.
“Ah! No, sister Sade, answer your call.” She told her when she observed her uneasiness. Sade wanted to insist on switching off the phone when Olori’s call entered again and she stole a look at the church mummy who looked at her suspiciously and spoke up immediately.
“Pick that call Sade, after that you can then put off the phone.” She said with a mean face looking intently into Sade’s eyes. She swallowed hard then swiped the green button to the right and placed the phone on her left ear but unfortunately for her, the phone setting was on loud speaker and the first words Olori spoke over the phone embarrassed her before the church mummy.
“Sade mi, sweetheart mi till eternity, the only woman that makes the man in me rise …” Olori kept eulogising Sade over the phone without giving her the chance to even say hello.
” ermm… ejo Olori let’s talk later please. I’m in a meeting. ” she said hurriedly with a shaking voice and hand then ended the call and switched off the phone without looking at the church mummy and silent permeated the room as the woman looked at Sade painfully as if she was trying to remember something.

“Sister Sade,” the church mummy broke the silence and she answered her with out looking up.
“I want to tell you a story about my life that is very familiar with yours which many people do not know.” She continued.
“I also had a child outside wedlock as a young girl before getting married. Temi whose birthday we are celebrating today is not daddy’s biological son,” the church mummy began to reveal and Sade looked up at her in surprise with her mouth opened agape.
“Yes,” the woman said smiling as she saw the surprise in her eyes.
“Sade, my case was worse than your case but I rose up from my fall. God reached forth his hands to my at the desperate period of my life and I held unto him and rose up from my mess.” She said then continued.
“I was privileged to be born and brought up in a good Christian home but my parents were busy people. My father was a full time local church pastor who was struggling in ministry due to lack of funds so my supportive mother got engaged in her business and also tried her hands on other menial jobs in order to support my father in the ministry and to put food on the table and also provided our daily needs.

My mother leaves home very early every morning and join us in the church from work,while my father stayed in the church praying and studying the bible and at the end of the month, he brought home a little stipend from what the church paid him.
I was the first born child and so the responsibility of looking after my siblings fell on me. We would come back from school in the afternoon and meet our parents absence,so my job was to warm the food and serve my siblings and myself after which I will guide them to do their home works. But my own homework sometimes used to be very difficult for me, so I begging different church members in my father’s church to help me out in solving the mathematical aspects of the homework. That was when I begged one uncle Paul who was a my father’s church member to help me solve a mathematics assignment and he did became a regular visitor to our house in the name of helping me to do my home works. My parents trusted him with us so much that whenever they travel out of town, they will call him to come and stay with us and he will sleep in our house for days till my parents comes back from their journey.
One night, after my parents had traveled to the church headquarter for a conference, he delayed helping me to do my home work till late in the night when my siblings had gone to bed, then he called me to the parlor for the homework. I was feeling sleepy but because I knew the punishment that await me the next day if I didn’t do my assignments, I tried as much as possible to stay awake. But midway into the night, I dozed off still with my writing materials in my hands. His mouth in my mouth woke me from my sleep, and I tried to push him away but he said I should calm down, that he was only trying to drive sleep away from my eyes, so I believed him and relaxed. He asked me to reciprocate by kissing him back in order to drive the sleep away fast, and I started meandering my tongue in his mouth and in no time I started finding it funny as he started tickling my waist and breasts.
He continued with the kissing stuff with me every night so deeply so much that I started seeing it as a fun play so I began to request it from him. He later told me he has another fun play he will teach me, and I gladly agreed with him that I will not tell anybody when he gave me the condition for teaching me the fun play.
He removed his trousers and went stripped naked before then asked me to do the same, but I refused as fear gripped my heart at the sight of his nakedness. But he told me he will not be my friend again nor teach me mathematics again. He feigned annoyance and threatened me until I agreed to remove my clothes before him. I covered my little breasts which were just sprouting out with my hands and he asked me to come and hug him.
“That’s my baby girl!” Uncle Paul hailed me and beckoned on me to come and hug him as he opened his arms wide to receive me.
Uncle Paul began to teach me the said fun play by asking me to lay over him on the bed and I did as instructed. That night uncle Paul defiled me and was just eleven years old,but that one sexual encounter with uncle Paul opened me up to a continuous immoral life as it got to a point that I graduated from sleeping with only uncle Paul and started sleeping with our neighbours who will in turn give me money. My friends in school didn’t help matters too, so we got deeper and deeper into formication. My menstruation was delayed and I didn’t see it until I clocked fifteen. When I started seeing it, I told my friends who taught me how to package my self and what to do to avoid getting pregnant. I did everything they asked me to do and thankfully I didn’t get pregnant until at the age of nineteen when I finished my secondary school and started sleeping with more matured men who insisted they won’t use condom. At this stage I had outgrown my parents and didn’t have regards for my father especially for the fact that he was not living to expectations. I despised both him and his God and lived my life the way I wanted.
I slept with a man who gave me a huge amount of money and promised to sponsor me in higher institution but got pregnant in the process…

I’m sorry for posting episode 29 very late, I had a very hectic day. I will make it up by posting two episodes tomorrow.

Episode 30 (unedited)

“When I found out that I was pregnant, I resolved to abort the child since I didn’t know exactly who was responsible among the numerous men I was sleeping with. I needed enough money to carry out the abortion in a specialist’s center suggested by a friend of mine,so I told the rich man that promised to sponsor me in the higher institution that I was pregnant for him, because according to my calculation, he was the only man I slept with the previous month without protection. The man became very angry with me and ordered me to go and abort the child in my womb even before I could tell him my plans.
” Do you want to destroy my marriage? I’m married with three beautiful kids for crying out loud. I’m giving you the sum of twenty thousand naira right now and you are to go and remove that thing in your womb first thing tomorrow morning.” He said searching himself immediately, brought out a huge amount of money and counted the sum of twenty thousand naira out to me. Twenty thousand naira was a huge amount of money then and that day was my first day of handling such amount of money. The money was more than enough to carry out the abortion, pay a one year rent for me and also buy me anything I needed for that period, but when i saw how desperate he wanted me to abort the child, i asked him to top the money for me with an extra ten thousand naira and he did immediately without saying a word. So, I became a big girl at the age of nineteen, but I wasn’t still contented as I saw the pregnancy as a means of making more money. I started telling other men I had slept with that they were responsible for my pregnancy and that I needed money to go for an abortion, many of them responded by giving me the amount of money I requested for and in less than two months, I had over a hundred thousand naira without my parent’s knowledge.
I went to the specialist center in the company of my friend for the abortion and it was done but little did I know that the abortion was not successfully done. I had a set of twins in my tommy but only one got aborted, Temi went and hid himself at a hinder place so the abortion knives didn’t touch him nor did the pills affected him. More surprising was the fact that I didn’t know I was pregnant until about seven months later, I was busy sleeping around with men not knowing I was carrying a child in my womb, yet I was seeing my period monthly and my tommy didn’t protrude in anyway. So there was nothing to give me a clue that I was pregnant until the day my health broke down, that I started taking malaria drugs but there was no improvement, so I decided to go for test since I had enough money. When the test result came out, I was told the unimaginable and I bursted out in a long laugh.
“That’s not possible” I argued when I was told that I was seven months pregnant.
“I saw my period last month and for the past few months, I have been seeing my period. Look here at my stomach, how possible is it that seven months pregnancy has not changed my outward looks, and my stomach is still as flat as it used to be..” I continued until the doctor halted me.
“Young lady, from the scan carried out on you because of your complaints of constant stomach cramps, it’s discovered that your case is that of an ectopic pregnancy and in most ectopic pregnancy cases, there are usually no physical traces of pregnancy like a heavily protruding stomach on the women. So, your case is not in any way different from the normal ectopic pregnancy cases..” The doctor explained making me more confused with his medical jargons.
“Ectopic pregnancy? Can you explain to me what that mean please?” I asked with a worried countenance.
“Calm down young girl, you don’t have to be worried for the sake of your condition and that of your precious child…” The doctor began when he saw how worried I was.
“You see, ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus. Signs and symptoms usually include abdominal pain or cramps and vaginal bleeding…” The doctor was explaining professionally and the more he explained, the more confused I became.
“Doctor can you please explain it to me in a layman English?” I asked almost losing my patience.
“There’s nothing more to explain, what I’ve been saying is that the child in your womb is located outside the womb which is the perfect place a child should be formed. And for your information, you are to get ready to birth the child through surgical operation, or else, we may lose both you and the child.”
The doctor said in finality and fear gripped my heart. I went straight to my friend’s house and told her everything the doctor said but she didn’t accept the doctor’s report as true. She suggested I go for another pregnancy test and if found positive, I should go back to the abortion specialist to wash my stomach. It was the abortion appointment I was preparing to go for the next day after the second test confirmed me pregnant, then I had a terrible dream where I went for the abortion and died in the abortion theatre.
I became afraid and told my friends that I won’t be able to do the abortion stuff anymore, they urged me to go for it but I insisted I was not going because I was very much afraid of death. I didn’t know how my religious parents will take the news of my pregnancy, and i was afraid my poor mother will die from the shock , so with the money I had gathered, I ran away from home and traveled far away from home to Benin city where I paid for an apartment which would last for four months then got myself registered in a hospital for the surgical operation. It was my plan that after the operation and the child survives, I would dump it in a gutter or at any motherless baby home environment or better still find a buyer and then go back home and continue my life as if nothing happened. So I waited for the appointment day given to me by the doctor for the delivery and hired a Benin woman as my mother since the hospital insisted a relation must come with me to the hospital for the surgical operation.
The doctor injected me with an anaesthesia and in no time, I slept off , then the operation began on my tommy. The operation was still on going when I passed out and died. I knew I died because I saw myself standing beside my body on the hospital bed and watched how the doctors were battling to resuscitate me back to life when they found out I was no longer breathing. I stood there watching them helplessly when suddenly, a man clothed in black appeared in the theatre and beckoned on me to come forward; like someone under a remote control I began to follow the dark creature and we kept walking to an unknown destination through a very fearful road. I became afraid when I couldn’t see anybody passed through the same road, except for the strange fearful noises I was hearing, coming from the two sides of the wide but dreadful road.
“Where are you taking me to?” I summoned the courage and asked the dark being and he turned and stared into my eyes with a red blood eyes.
“To the place where you live forever!” He shouted in response.
“No! Please take me back, am tired!” I shouted back at him trying to halt my movement but a strange wind kept pushing me forward as the strange man moved.
“Shut up your mouth! You have no choice here anymore. When you were on the other side of the world, you had the choice to live your life aright and chose the best place where only the saints go, but you chose this path instead. Therefore, you are to spend your life in darkness and pain under the torment of the great dragon in the place I am taking you. Do not say a word anymore because we are getting very close to the holy gate, where the RIGHTEOUS ONE will judge your case and officially hand you over to us as food for consumption.” The black being warned me and I lifted up my eyes and saw a beautiful gate ahead of us. The beauty of it is better not described with words because it was beyond description for me, then I remembered how my father used to describe the gate of heaven to us in the church when I was still growing up as a child. But I just realized that his descriptions were nothing close to the glory I was seeing before me. I suddenly began to remember every thing that my father used to teach us during our morning devotion that when we get to heaven, there would be no darkness because the glory of God shall be the light that will tabernacle the whole place and that there shall be no pain nor sorrow…
“If this is true, then this black being is about to take me to a different place and not heaven because he just told me a while ago that I will live in darkness and pain…” I was still thinking in my mind when we arrived the beautiful gate…

Episode 31(unedited)

“Yes, the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it,nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” A man clothed in white standing at beautiful gate quoted from the book Revelation 21:23-27 in response to the thought of my heart which I saw boldly written on a glittering screen liked gadget for all to see.

A large book which a single person alone cannot carry was opened but my name was not found in the first book and another book was opened; therein was my name and immediately the screen began to reveal everything I had ever done in life. I saw the innocence in most of my actions from my childhood stage and was proud of many of my actions until the age of eleven when everything turned sour. I saw before my very eyes all my secret escapades with uncle Paul being played out on the screen, I felt ashamed at the sight of the little me in the very act with Uncle Paul as even the men clothed in white which I believed were angels turned their faces away from seeing our detestable acts. But the greater shame came when the rest of my deeper dirty acts were played out, I couldn’t even look at my own acts so I closed my eyes tightly, guilty stricken and fell on knees.
I wanted to open my mouth and ask for a second chance to right all my wrongs and live a righteous life but each time I opened my mouth to speak, air filled my mouth and the words I wanted to say fizzled out like a vapour, but was surprised to look up and behold all the thoughts of my heart were boldly seen written on the screen and on the right hand side, I saw the angels assigned over my life to minister to me on earth were all standing at a distance, looking and at the left hand side, I saw my assigned demons who were always there with me when I was alive to instigate my actions against God and anything godly or good. They were the spirits that used to speak into my heart and urge me to do the wrong things instead of the right things. They looked as if they were ready to make war over my life, because they strongly believed that I was already their captive and should be handed over to them immediately.
I already knew from the scripture the first angel i saw quoted and from all indication that my final destination was the darkest place in hell but still had an inner conviction that if I asked for a second chance, God will show me mercy. But the puzzle i couldn’t unravel was the fact that I couldn’t even see God or Jesus to ask for a second chance.
” I don’t want to give any excuse for living a wayward life on earth but I wish I could see Jesus to ask for a second chance which I know I don’t even deserve. If only he will give me a second chance to go back to the world, I will live the rest of my life for him and bring back young girls who have gone astray back to the loving arms of God…” I was still thinking in my heart when a loud voice thundered.
“I’m a God of second chance!
I will show mercy on whom I choose to and
compassion on whom I will show
compassion.” The voice spoke with audacity, then continued.
“Bisola , I created you for my praise and
glory and my purpose shall stand. Go!
Go back and mend the broken and
preserve the unbroken in my name. I,
even I , I am the Lord and my purpose
stands. My grace is upon you.”
The voice said and observed the fearful dark creatures howl in anguish as a whirlwind from nowhere blew across me so strongly and swept me off the spot where I was kneeling…” The church mummy continued with her story as Sade got soaked in her own tears sitting on the floor in the room…

Kehinde drove into the parsonage, packed his car at a lot and was walking into the pastor’s house when he heard a feminine voice from behind.
“Kehinde Adeoye, Oma Oba ” the familiar voice called his full name and he turned around and saw Jumoke his ex-girlfriend, the last lady he dated before receiving Christ. He ended the relationship because he felt it won’t be healthy for his new found faith and Jumoke wept bitterly although that week,calling and begging him but his mind was made up.
“Jumo is that you?” He asked in surprise seeing the same beautiful Jumoke he used to love and even wanted to marry back then in the university. He remembered being the person that broke her virginity and in a flash everything he shared with her in the past came flashing through his mind as he stood back looking at her.
“Yeah! It’s the Jumoke you ditched and didn’t even bother to look out for…” She replied, smiling as she approached him.
“Oh please Jumo, don’t remind me of how wicked I treated you…” He was still talking and like a magnetic force, they both got clutched in a long passionate hug…

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