I looked at my watch and it was almost mid night , l had put my phone close enough so that l would answer as soon as Ackim calls .
Removing my wedding dress l wore loose pajamas and walked to the twin`s room touching their toys and clothes as l hugged them, I felt deeply sadden. Lord keep them safe and protect them l prayed silently . The thought of not having them around made my heart ach .
I sat on the small couch and cried silently, my mind wild back to the time l first knew l was pregnant .
We had gone for some vacation in Livingstone with Ackim just after the imprisonment of George , we needed time to rest from everything and just be alone for a while. Ackim booked us at Chrisma Hotel and we spent time going round places , it was one of the most precious times we had together .
Every night we would walks in the streets and around the hotel hand in hand , every day that passed l grew further in love with him . He was and has always been the most amazing man in my life .
One day l woke up feeling dizzy, l tried getting up from bed but l fell down , whats wrong my love ?Ackim rushed to lift me up. I had not told him l wasn’t feeling like myself the past days , l didn’t want to spoil the moment .
l just feel dizzy l told him .
We have to go to the hospital he insisted, some doctor need to check on you .
Am fine babe pliz come on . l just need some rest maybe , l just feel tired .
No way am letting you be without being checked , l noticed you have been looking tired the past days , he snapped getting a pair of jeans and a top for me to wear , come on love dress up we go or l will take you in your night wear.
I smiled , you are so stubborn Ackim , l winced dressing up .
Yeah l want you good and strong , he teased kissing my lips slightly as he led me out .
The doctor looked at both of us after some examinations and smiled, congratulations you two he said, you are going to have a baby .
What ? I screamed surprised .
Yes my dear you are about 3 weeks pregnant , he smiled .
Yes ! Ackim jumped excited, love we are going to have a baby he shouted hugging me as l sat on the bed . Am so excited he laughed kissing me . I clossed my eyes with excitement building up in me as well . l didn’t anticipate having a child that soon but the thought of carrying Ackim`s child inside myself made me so happy .
Thank you my love for making me a proud man , he added . l promise to always be here for you .
Later on that day we were asked to go for a scan and it added to our joy to learn that we were going to have twins . Ackim couldn`t stop shouting and kissing me with happiness .
The following day l stood by the balcony in the afternoon looking outside , the view of the pool ahead of me looking beautiful . l smiled at how Ackim had insisted we get a room near the pool side , he practically made the hotel attendant to give us the room even when he told him it was booked , he gave him some money and asked him to cancel the other booking . l smiled at him as we were taken to the room .
Did you have to force that man babe ? I asked him laughing .
Yes love , he said chuckling , l get what l want remember ? He asked throwing himself on the bed .
l know that now l teased joining him . You are so stubborn , l added getting on top of him . He sighed and mourned as he turned me besides making me face him ,
come here and give me a reward for getting you this room , he teased kissing me .
l love you Ackim l whispered as he went on kissing me .
He stood behind me and cleared his throat , what are you thinking about ?He asked standing behind me and hugging me bringing me back to the present , everything l answered turning to look at him . So what next ? I asked him .
What about ? he responded rubbing his nose on mine .
We are having babies and we didn`t plan for this , l told him , l don’t know what we are supposed to do now .
Oh love , l sometimes don’t understand you , do you doubt l love you ? I know we didn’t plan but you and these babies in here , he said holding my tummy , are the best things that have happened to me . Am here and will always be here for you and our kids whatever happens l will live to protect and love you both till the day l will die , he added seriously . Let’s get married he said lifting my head such that my eyes met his .
Are you proposing marriage soldier ? I giggled .
Yes he said , all l need is to find a ring and put on your finger . l will go now he teased leaving me and stepped back .
No stop , l shouted pulling him back , we don’t have to rush anything . l mean am here , am not planning on running away with these babies you have planted in me , you know my father would want a big wedding and you heard the doctor l don’t need a lot of stress until l give birth , lets wait until l give birth then we can arrange the wedding things , l told him .
Whatever you say my love he whispered but am moving in with you when we heard back to Solwezi .
Why don’t we stay in Chingola , l suggested , we can rent or buy an apartment near town centre .
I will take care of that Ackim assured me and for sure when we got back he had gotten an apartment for us .
Coming to the present , l looked around the room . We had spent months preparing and planning on the babies’ arrival . Oh my God l sighed , we were supposed to be together and happy . Why won’t everyone just let us live in peace ? I whispered crying . l didn’t hear dad walk in .
He came and sat next to me , am sorry baby you have to go through a lot right after your beautiful wedding . l really wish things were different and that you, Ackim and the kids were all together as it should be the case . Sometimes l feel bad and blame myself for all this .
No dad , it’s not your fault George and his mother do what they do , they are just jealous and ungrateful people ,all they want is to destroy our lives . She won’t just accept the fate of her son and now she wants me to suffer for her loss .
Yeah l know, but someone has to act on this it’s been too much of her dad complained , this time around l won’t sit and watch . lt’s high time that woman got to see the worst of me .
Calm down my dear, am sure Ackim is doing the best he can and l promise tomorrow l will involve the police and find my way of facing those criminals he added serious .
I could see he was tired , but all my efforts to let him go to bed failed . l won’t sleep before you do he insisted .
Just then my phone rang and l grabbed it quickly standing up.
Yes babe, l answered .
My love hope you are not crying yourself out that side l heard him speak , take it easy l will make sure l bring the kids home l promise you .
You wont believe what l just found out he told me ,
what happened ? I asked my eyes popping out .
Jane is working with Chikola and the gang , they planned all this together .
Oh no , l sighed but why ? What does she want too ? I asked surprised .
I was shocked too, but not to worry am not letting her free until she leads me to our kids , just take it easy and take care of yourself there , am heading to Kitwe right now we re l suspect they took the kids. I will give you details of everything when l came home .
Okey then please just promise you will bring the kids and yourself back home Ackim . l won’t survive if anything happened to you all .
I will bring us back home my love he sighed , over my dead body that l let anything happen to you and our twins , he said before hanging up .
I told dad about Jane . Take it easy Paula he told me , everything will be okey . l cried as he hugged me .
Come on dad , l finally sighed and told him , am going to bed now you should get some rest .
I walked him to his room .
I went back to my bedroom , realising l had not seen Serah since the time at the reception . l dialed her number and called her , as the phone rang l thought of why she had to come all the way from Austrialia with Jay my ex boyfriend . l had noticed the two of them making some funny glances at the wedding knowing how wild Serah was , l wouldn’t be surprised they were sleeping together . l wasn’t so much interested in them however , l just ignored them . l have come to learn that she wasn’t not trully happy for me . Unlike her l found a man who truly loves me , she was jealous though she pretended to be happy for me . l knew from the time she told me about Jay wanting me back that her intentions were not to see me happy .
Hello ! girfriend , l heard her respond just before the phone cut .
Hey Serah where are you am worried , l didn’t see you here at home after the wedding ?
Am okey girlfriend she said , a lot of noise in the back ground . Am just having some time out with a hot guy l met at the wedding , she shouted excited . l could bet she was drunk . Any news on the kids ? she asked .
Nothing yet dear, am still waiting for Ackim .
Am sorry Paula am not with you l promise to come tomorrow early in the morning to be with you .
Yeah , it’s fine Serah have fun l told her . l heard Jay`s voice in the back calling her out . Before l could ask she cut the line. I knew she didn’t want me knowing she was with him . l shook my heard as l lay back down , l knew those two were up to something fishy but l had to care about something more important at the moment….
To be continued