Nadia opened her eyes, she was lying down in the hospital. Sitting by her side was Ruth and Mama, ”she is awake, mummy she is awake” They’ve since started calling mama since Nadia came back, she has been more than a mother to them.
”Stanley, where is Stanley,” she said trying to stand up, “where is Stanley?” Ruth and mama held her down and tried to stop her from standing up . ” ”don’t hold me” she shouted, “I said where is Stanley?”
“Stanley is fine”, mama answered her, “but you have to relax first,”
“why would you ask me to relax,” Nadia said, “do you think am a fool,” she turned to Ruth, “Ruth please tell me the truth, where is Stanley, don’t lie to me, you are my sister, so please tell me”. Nadia Ruth began,
“Stanley is fine, he is in the other ward.” Nadia screamed at her,
“stop lying to me, I heard the doctor loud and clear, I heard him say, they lost him, why are you people lying to me, Stanley is dead and you are all lying to me, why? Why?”
Mama turned to Ruth, and asked her to go and call Frank and Stanley for Nadia. Nadia insisted on going with her but mama told her to lay still and Ruth go and call them. Then Ruth stepped out, moving towards the male ward.
”Ruth, Ruth, is that you? Ruth” he called out, Ruth turned to see who was calling out her name like that,
”uncle, ” ,she shouted, “what are you doing here?”
” Oh Ruth!” he cried out and held her in an embrace, “I have been looking for you. We have been looking for you,.”
”We?” Ruth repeated, who is we?
Mr Ojo: your aunty and I have been looking for you, please Ruth, you have to forgive us, please my child!” Ruth looked at him and smiled,
“uncle I hold nothing against you, by the way what are you doing here?”
Mr Ojo: your aunty is here, she had an accident and she was brought here!
Ruth: you mean aunty is here? Let’s go to her.
Ruth followed Mr ojo and they went to see Mrs ojo in her room. She was shocked to see Ruth.
Ruth: oh my God, aunty what happened to you?
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Mrs Ojo: Ruth my child. Please forgive me, I am so sorry for all I did to you, please forgive me, my life, our life has not been the same since I drove you away, please my child, forgive me am so sorry please, she tries to come down from her wheel chair to kneel down but Ruth stopped her!
Ruth: Aunty no no please don’t kneel for me, everything works together for good to them that love God, you drove me to my destiny, you drove me to my happiness. You drove me to favour. You drove me to peace. Infact I should be thanking you for driving me because if you didnt drive me I wouldn’t be where I am today. God used you to change my life, so I am saying thank you to you. Infact that day you drove me out happens to the best day of my life. Because that day, God blessed me with my own family. So aunty thank you, I hold nothing absolutely nothing against you both. I have forgiven you long time ago.
The Ojo’s looked at her and imagined how wiser and beautiful she has grown to be. Then she asks of their children and they gave her the terrible news of how they all died one after the other. Ruth felt very bad for them. Even though they treated her bad, she loved them like her sisters and a brother. Then she remembered that mama had sent her to call Frank and Stanley and she suddenly got up.
Ruth: uncle, I have to go, I was going on an errand before I saw you, aunty I will check on you again before we leave this hospital.
Mr Ojo: Please don’t leave without coming, there is something we want to tell you.
Ruth: no problem sir, I will come. I promise.
She turned and left the room as they both stared at her leaving with so many thoughts in their hearts.