Amidst Temptation Episode 19


I had been trying on clothes for the past two hours, my sister watched me from the bed, I had come to spend the weekend at home

“Do you think this is okay?”

“Emilia its fine, all your clothes are conservative, wonder why you bother” she rolled on her tummy, had been twisting for the past one hour but when I asked she said she was on her period…

“Because i want them to like me”I said

“They not gonna like you based on your clothes”

“But its a factor” I had finally agreed to see Martins parents after he had kept nagging me on it, to avoid suspicion about not being serious about the relationship i had given in, i was gonna go on tuesday but i decided to try out clothes since i was home and my sister was around, but she wasn’t helping and she seemed not to be interested in whatever i wore, not convinced by what she said, I pulled off the skirt and top and decided on a gown

“Why you going to see the parents so soon?”

“He says he wants me to..”

” Well they’ll like you, everybody does” Erica said, that was the nicest thing she had said to me ever, but I decided she just wanted me to be relaxed, I turned to her, she was trying not to writhe in pain, so I told her

” Thanks” and zipped up my dress “what about my hair, do I need to pack it up.”

“Should be up, more for the makeup..arh” she winced, I rushed to her side

“Are you okay..?”

“Yeah.. Yeah I’m fine” I wasn’t convinced though

“You sure you are..?” Erica got up suddenly and dashed to the bathroom, I was frozen for a second, i wanted to follow her when I looked down and saw the bedsheets..I stared at it my heart constricted… Erica came out cleaning her mouth, she saw my look and the bedsheets..

“Don’t worry..I ll wash the sheets”

“ could you..”

“Its just sheets..I ll wash it”she went and took some pain reliever tablets, I just gaped at her still frozen, I finally found my voice

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“Don’t lie to me Erica, I’m a medical student you can’t loose that much blood.. unless..” Erica just folded her body in more pain “Unless you had an abortion” Erica didn’t deny it, she was silent, I glanced at the sheet again speechless, when I found my voice, I touched her “Why..what happened”

“I got pregnant OK..I couldn’t tell Dad..I had to do it, a friend took me to a doctor, gave me some pills..”

“That wasn’t the best option”

“You don’t know anything about’re a f—–g virgin, do you know how much I crave that..Dad already hates me, he ll disown me otherwise..i had to do it” her arms were tightly crossed, she rocked back and forth “and don’t go preaching to me about how its a sin and all that”

When she had calmed down, I decided to speak again

“Well..I won’t lie to you..its a big sin before God”

“Well I’m no Christian” she rubbed her stomach in pain, I began to cry

“God why, why did you allow her to go this far, why?”I asked in agony…

Erica had tears in her eyes too but she was trying to be strong, she envied her sister a lot, being able to keep herself but she had lost it a long time ago by mistake and had just decided to continue in the act, when the baby entered, she knew she couldn’t keep it or tell the father who would never marry her, they weren’t in a serious relationship and Joseph might hate her for it thinking she was trying to trap him into marriage, it also was a big disgrace to her family, seeing her father was a renowned Man of God and she being the first daughter was supposed to be an example, when the doctor gave her the option of an abortion pill she decided to take it anyway, she had no idea it would cause her so much pain. She knew she wasn’t going to do it again but knew she needed help, glancing at her sister who was still crying like she was the one who had gotten pregnant and was in pain, Erica took her in her arms as Emilia hugged her tightly back

” please don’t tell Dad” Erica pleaded Emilia shook her head and tried cleaning her tears

“I won’t.. but I fear he has seen it”she said, Erica sighed knowing about her fathers dreams especially as Emilia had told her her father had seen her crying in agony like now

” I won’t do it again..I promise, I ll break up with Joe..I’m so sorry”she bowed her head in tears

Emilia stared at her for long then said “You can’t do it on your own think I’m stronger than this could have happened to anyone..its because I have God inside of me, he helps me”

“You don’t understand, I’m far gone”she said

“Jesus died for you for this moment when you feel helpless, he can save you, forgive you for what you have done and give you a brand new life” I was preaching but I couldn’t hold it back, If I had tried to talk more to her she wouldn’t have gone so far. Erica looked at me with tear stained eyes then gave me her hand ‘

”Please pray for me”She said. She feigned illness as she remained in the room, I was her alibi, I didn’t go to see Martins parents and always came home to check on her, we bonded more during that period of two weeks till she got better and the bleeding stopped…I was glad it wasn’t worse than that..I was happy God gave her a second chance.