I could not believe my ears. I scoffed and turned back. “are you for real? ” was the only statement I could make.
Mr. Stanleylooked down at his feet as if he was searching for words, he cleared his throat consciously and said
“yes, I’m for real. If you do not give a bleep like you claimed, you won’t be here girl. You can curse me for all you want, you can disrespect me and bring down this roof for all I care, one thing I’m sure of is that, nobody will ever understand me. Yes, nobody will never see the whole story from my own point of view, you know why? Because none of you will ever give me a chance to make up for my mistakes. Even before Stanley opens his mouth, he has been judged already. He has been tagged the devil and he has been abandoned to wallow in his errors.”
Mr. Stanley paused in the middle of his statement, he took a deep breathe and shook his head continuously like he was deeply lost in regret. His words made me hate my actions, I took few steps towards him and stood right in front of him. I knew he still had lot to say, so I allowed him to do the talking.
“You think I do not regret all the mistakes I made? Just because I you did not see me on my kneels begging your late mom? I tried my best, though it was not good enough, I tried my very best to reunite before Lillian said goodbye. I could remember she practically threatened to sue me with all the legal agreement we made back in the day. Back in the day when I was still stupid and weak, she continued to judge me with the wrong steps I took. After finding you and your mom through Nelly, I belived in fate. I met with Lillian and pleaded with her to allow you unite with your sister but she throw all my mistakes into my face and told me to go to hell. I continued to press and when I pressed a little harder, she threatened to sue me and write my story for the public to know who I am. I am a public figure, I could not allow her drag my name in the mud. That’s the reason why I gave up and resolved into allowing fate play it’s part. I belived the same fate that brought you and Nelly together would bring all us together. I did not just chicken out, she gave me no other choice. Believe me or not, this was what happened”
Mr Stanley said his last stamens in almost a whisper and he made to take a sit.
I dropped my bag on the floor and said “that was before my mom died, what happened after her death? Were you still scared of her sueing you from the grave? ”
“I wasn’t scared of Lillian, I wasn’t really scared of getting sued either, the reason why I chickened out was to avoid drama. If I had press harder and get sued, don’t you think it will get messy. The love and respect have always craved for from my kids will never come my way. That is the main reason why I allowed peace.
After your moms death, I would have come for you, like I wanted to, I almost did Nancy, but I was scared of rejection. What you did few minutes ago, was my greatest fear in life. I was scared of you calling me a coward and making me realize I do not even worth your love and respect. I did not want to hurt your feelings as well, even after I heard about the video Lillian left behind, I could not bring myself to appear in front of you and seek for reconciliation. I was waiting for a sign from you, a sign that will proof that you want me in your life and I didn’t get any until today. My cup was filled to the brim when I learnt you were here, I was happy that finally, fate is bringing us together. I was happy that you are my real blood and you’ve decided to trace your root. To be sincere, I was not disappointed when you started to rant, neither I’m I mad at you. Only a b—–d will keep cool and you just proof that you are not one. One thing I want you to know is that I love you so dearly and You and your sister Are the best thing that ever happened to me. No wonder heavens judge me by not giving me another seed aside from the two of you but guess what I’m always happy that I have a daughter who is making me proud. Now I can die in peace, now that I have found peace with you, My girl. Please forgive a useless father”
Mr. Stanley said almost in tears. I moved close to him and hugged him real tight. He burst into tears and i Could not hold back my tears as well. We cried and comforted each other like a father and a long lost daughter.
My joy knew no bound when Mr. Stanley looked at me and said “you are just like your mother”
My joy knew no bound when Mr. Stanley looked at me and said ‘you are just like your mother”.
I smiled and asked why he said that.
“she also had a heart of gold but I guess I pushed her to the wall” That was Mr. Stanley’s response.
He took me into his arms again and I freed all that I had had against him. “if I can forgive uncle Mike after all he did to me, when can’t I forgive my biological father who is now sorry for all he had done” that was the question I asked myself.
I released myself from Mr. Stanley and said “Dad, I want a picture of my sister”
I could see the shock in his eyes as he opened his mouth widely. At first I thought I made him feel bad by requesting for Nelly’s picture but I was proved wrong when mr. Stanley held my shoulder and said “did you just call me dad? Say it again baby, I want to hear you call me dad all my life”
I smiled and said “dad! Dad!! Dad!!!” repeatedly, almost turning it into a song. Dad took me into his arm and I smiled sheepishly as he patted my back gently. I wished I could recover all the fatherly love I had lost years back, I wished my step dad could come back to life as well, I wished everybody I had lost were still alive, i wished all my wishes could come to reality.
“okay, that’s enough, father and daughter. If you won’t acknowledge our presence, I will take it upon myself to remind you that you are not alone” Mrs. Stanley said, interrupting my thought and the moment I was having with my dad.
I wiped the little tears that had form in my eyes and went into Mrs. Stanley’s arm. She took me into her arms and said something about been proud of me, she also wanted me to see her as my biological mom. I smiled and agreed with all she had said before I walked up to Kelvin. He kissed me on my forehead and make a joke about wanting to be like me when he grow up. We all laughed and my dad decided that we should all have a meal together.
I and my dad ate in the same plate, he was so fond of me and he almost went to the extent of feeding me. I could see the jealousy in kelvins eyes but he did nothing to stop him. We had a delicious meal of fried rice and chicken,after which we formed a circle round the reading table in my dad’s library. He took his time to show me lot of things and he wouldn’t stop until I complained of back pain.
After spending minutes chatting and laughing as a family, I decided to repeat my earlier request.
“Dad, mom, like I said earlier, I will love to have a picture of my twin sister and I also want to visit her tomb, can you please honour my request”
I said as I fixed my gaze on my dad and his wife.
Without giving a response, Mrs. Stanley excused herself and came back with a photo album.
She dropped the album in front of me and said “this is Nelly’s album. Most of her personal pictures are there, you are entitle to have it”
I hurriedly picked up the photo album and opened it. I could remember the album vividly. It was the same photo album she gave to me the day I visited her. Tears ran down my cheek as looked at the beautiful images Nelly left behind. If only death was a respecter of beauty, Nelly would have been on the surface earth.
Kelvin took the photo album from my hand and comforter me. He made me realize there was no need to cry over spoilt milk, I decided it was better to be happy with the people present with me, rather than cry over those that can never come back to me.
Dad decided that he would personally take me to Nelly’s tomb the next day because he was scared of me breaking down in his absence. I smiled and accepted his conditions before I decided it was time to go home.
As difficult as it is to depart from one’s first love, it was difficult for me to depart from my new found father. I consoled myself with the fact that we would be meeting the next day and I could still see him as often as I want to. I said my goodbyes and long, warm embrace. I left the Stanley’s residence with a pure heart,filled with happiness and fulfilment.
We arrived home a little late but it was no issue. I had a warm bath with Kelvin and we retired to our bed.
I laid on kelvins chest and allowed the day’s event play right in front of me. I was happy with all I was able to accomplish, from settling all scores with uncle Mike, to reconciling with my biological father, everything was a great achievement. I was the happiest woman on the planet “earth”.
“Babe, I’m so proud of you and I’m grateful for letting me take all theses brave steps with you but there is something left” Kelvin said as he played with my fingers.
I looked at him and asked what was left. Kelvin adjusted and made me sit in between his legs before he said “Since your dad has an adopted child now, why not give Nelly’s share of the will to her? It’s not as if you really need it and I know your dad will be glad as well”
I never thought of handling Nelly’s share of the will over to the Stanley’s until Kelvin brought the idea. I saw nothing wrong with his suggestion so I took it in. For me it was not about the wealth, it was all about the bound that brought us all together.
I playfully pushed Kelvin and said “see why they said two good heads are better than one? Now I know that your head ain’t big for nothing”
Kelvin smiled and held me from behind. He kissed my neck and said “come here, let me give you kids with big and useful heads like mine”
I smiled and made to free myself but Kelvin was too strong for me. Before I could say “jerk! ” he was on top of me.
Nothing could free my mind from the day’s stress apart from a slow and romantic s-x.
That was exactly what Kelvin gave to me, just like I wanted it.. …..
I woke to the beautiful smell of a well brewed coffee. Though I was a bit I could not fight the urge to get out of bed and see the surprise Kelvin was cooking.
I slowly opened my eyes and turned to the other side, Kelvin was standing right in front of me, with a tray in his hand. He smiled and said
“a beautiful morning to my beautiful wife. Everyday marks the beginning of new things in my life just because you are here with me. Please get out of bed your highness and have a taste of this special cup of coffee, it’s the little this guy here can make”
Kelvin dropped the try on the table and offered a hand to help me out of bed. I could not help but burst into laughter. “why are you acting like we are still on honeymoon? It’s really unlike you” I said, making funny faces at him.
Kelvin kissed my forehead lightly and said “that’s because I’m mad over you girl”
“then when will your madness enter market? ” I replied and made to run out of bed, for getting my condition. Kelvin went through no stress before catching up with me. He lifted me off my feet and took me to the bathroom. We cleaned our teeth and had a little water fight before we eventually went back to the room. I sat inbetween Kelvin’s legs and sipped my coffee as he gently rubbed my stomach.
“baby, you are due for scan. I wanna know the s-x of my kid so I can set up the nursery” Kelvin said.
I thought for a while and decided I would have my scan test that very day, after visiting Nelly’s tomb. Kelvin happily volunteered to place a call through to the hospital on my behalf. I could not help but feel special, just because of all the people present in my life.
I was about to leave for the kitchen when I received an incoming call from my dad. I happily accepted his call and said “hello”.
“my girl, how was your night? ” my dad said and I replied I was fine. We talked about this and that before he eventually informed me that he would be coming over by 10:00am. I agreed with his time schedule and we ended the call, looking forward to seeing each other. I placed a call through to Attorney Berry and informed her of my intention to sign over Nelly’s share of the will to my dad’s adopted child. She agreed and promised to be at my place by 9:00am.
Kelvin and I had our breakfast and cleaned up. We order for a bouquet of flower and got prepared for the day’s event. I was happy I would be visiting Nelly’s tomb, it was something I had always wanted to do but I was a bit scared of what the repercussions might be.
I was fully dressed when Attorney Berry arrived. We had a little business chat before the arrival of my dad. He came over with his wife and their adopted daughter. I didn’t plan for everybody to be there but the whole situation turned out to be perfect. After a long exchange of pleasantries, I cleared my throat and said
“dad, this is Attorney Berry, my mom’s private lawyer. According to the will, my mom handed one of her company over to Nelly. Kelvin and I have decided to hand this property over to your adopted child. It’s the little I can do for her”
My dads face lightened up and I could see the excitement in his wife’s eyes too. The girl in question had little idea of what was going on but she also went on her kneels to appreciate the kind gesture. My dad was almost in tears when he was thanking me. He praised me about having a heart of gold and I transferred the whole praise to Kelvin.
The property was signed over to the little girl and without wasting time, we left for Nelly’s tomb.
The drive to the graveyard was smooth and quiet. Throughout the ride, I placed my head on Kelvin’s chest and went through Nelly’s photo album. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to hide my emotion when we arrive her place of rest, but I was determined never to go back.
My dad parked after about thirty minutes drive and we also follow suit. Kelvin helped me out of the car and we walked up to my dad. My dad decided that his wife and their little girl should stay behind while myself, Kelvin and him would visit Nelly’s tomb.
I took the flowers and followed my dad’s step,as we walked into the cemetery. The cemetery belonged to the church my dad attended and he was well recognized by the workers. It got a little scary as we walked pass hundreds of tomb. I thought about life, how lots of people die daily and how the ground swallows their remnant without a difference. Even after the death of million souls, life goes on. For once, I was grateful for life.
“Here we are…” my dad said, interrupting my thought.
I looked right in front of me and I saw a tiled tomb with the bold inscription “Stanley Nelly”.
My legs were shaky already as I felt a strange coldness. I gently went down and placed the flower on her tomb. I traced the inscription with my hand and I could not help but remember who she was to me before she was laid six feet down. We loved, we fought and we loved again. All are signs of great friendship. Even after the big fight over Jordan, fate brought us together again. Just when I was beginning to feel safe around her, death snatched her away.
With tears in my eyes,i looked at my dad, his eyes were blood red already. I did not want to open my mouth, cos I knew all that would come out of my mouth will bring about nothing but tears. I took a last glance at Nelly’s tomb and walked out with a heart filled with regret. “if only I could bring back the hands of time” that was the only statement on my lips.
I stared at the floor as I walked aimlessly. My dad and Kelvin finally caught up with me and helped me to the car. I could not even respond to Nelly’s mom rhetoric question. I only got into the car and buried my head in my hands. I cried for the lost of my friend, my sister and my blood. Without been told, I knew my day was spoilt already.
After a brief talk with my my dad, Kelvin joined me in the car. I felt his hand on my back and I sniffed, Kelvin gently rubbed my back and said “your scan test is scheduled for the next 30minutes”
I shook my head and said “no”. I wasn’t ready for a scan test, the only thing I wanted to do was to lay on my bed and wallow in my sorrow.
Kelvin gently brought my face to his and said “I know you are sad right now but I do not want to be the husband that will keep on rubbing your back and urging you not to cry while you will wallow in your sorry. I see nothing better to cheer you up with than to see the cute little thing growing in you with me holding your hands. Now will you Please quit acting the stubborn wife and let me have my way? ”
Seeing the care and concern in Kelvin’s eyes made me force a smile. I nodded in agreement and Kelvin kissed my forehead, calling me a good girl. I smiled and placed my head on his chest, listening to his steady heart beat helped me focus on the present. I shut my eyes and allowed the cool breeze blow through my face as the driver drove out of the cemetery.
The softness of Kelvin’s lips on mine woke me up. He kissed me lightly and said “we are at the hospital ma’am”
I stretched my body and looked around to confirm our destination. Kelvin fixed my rough hair and placed a call through to the doctor incharge. We alighted from the car after Kelvin confirmed that the medical practitioners were ready for me.
We were welcomed by the doctor in charge and we signed some documents before we changed our wears. The doctor and the nurses led us to a private ward. Kelvin helped me lay on the provider bed and I could not let go of his hand as the doctors prepared the machines for the test. “will you be happy with any s-x? ” I asked Kelvin in a low tone.
Kelvin kissed my hand and said “all I need is a child like you, any s-x is fine by me”
I smiled and squeezed kelvins hand.
The doctor incharged “DR. Frank” told me to ease up and he brought the scanner forward. Myself and Kelvin had our eyes fixed on the screen in front of us as the doctor went on with his work. Not long after, an unclear image appeared. I stared at the screen without understanding what was on it. I dimmed my eyes and looked harder before the doctor smiled and said
“ma’am it’s easy. I’m honoured to be the first to congratulate you on the s-x of your kids. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Smith, you are carrying a set of twin boys. I wish you a happy delivery”
The doctor’s words came as a rude shock “twin boys? ” I asked myself repeatedly. I could not believe my eyes as I stared at the screen harder. my mom had her set of twins out of wedlock but I was happy to have mine while married to my soul mate.
Kelvin could not hid his excitement aswell, he kissed me deeply regardless of the people present.
Meeting my bundle of joy made me feel on top of the world. Just like Kelvin would say “they were the cutest set of twins. Right from the womb! ”
To be continued