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Love With Bitter Tears… Episode 19

LOVE WITH BITTER TEARS
EPISODE 19
He raised the compass as high
as
he could but then he heard the
shuffling of feet outside his
door.
He quickly hid the compass
under
his bed, laid on the bed and
pretended to be asleep. The
door slide open and Ophelia
tiptoed
into the room. She sat on the
edge of the bed… Ophelia:
“Sammy…”she called his
name in a whisper. “Sammy?”
she
tried again when he did not
answer her. He stirred a bit, the
right side of his face was
swollen
and reddish. She had taken
with her a bowl of warm water
and
towel. She dipped the towel
into
the bowl and squeezed out the
water, reached out towards his
swollen face with it but he
flung
her hand away. She tried again
and the same thing happened.
Sammy: “Please stay away
from
me. What exactly do you want
from me now?” Ophelia: “I am
just trying to help
you” Sammy: “I don’t need
your help.
So just leave me alone” he said
and turned away from her.
Ophelia: “Hmmmmmm! How
can a
boy be so stubborn?” she said
and sighed again. Sammy: “You
think I don’t know
you are the one reporting
everything to my dad? You are
such a nine tailed fox aunty
and I
hate you from the bottom of
my
heart” Ophelia: “Hate me as
much as you
want. This is just a tip of the
iceberg. Just imagine what his
reaction would be when I tell
him
how you readily gave Annie
up?” Sammy: “I did not readily
give her
up, she was snatched away
from
me” he sat up with a scowl on
his
face. Ophelia: “Who do you
think he
will believe? He already knows
you as a spoilt little brat. See I
will
advise you to just thread
carefully
and start coming home the
time
you used to before. Don’t even
stay ten minutes late
otherwise…”
she stood up and stepped back
from him. Looked at him for a
while, shook her head and left
leaving the bowl and its
contents
behind. Sammy looked at her
retreating
figure and cursed her in his
mind.
“Mum even if you are dead, do
you have to just stand by and
watch our lives ruined by this
usurper? I heard the spirit of
dead mothers do fight for their
progenies but you, why are
you
sleeping so much? God! I am
your
child, you did say children are
your heritage so why do you
watch while I am being
tormented?” === Annie, now
six years old was just
as brilliant and smart as
Sammy
when he was the same age.
Her
daddies were so proud of her
academic excellence that each
time she came first in her class,
they got her a mirage of toys
and
any other things she wanted.
She
was indeed a princess living a
fairy-tale life. Ever since that
fever
of hers, they took extra care
where she was concerned,
taking her to the hospital every
month
for check-up: they did not want
a
recurring incidence. It was the
end of third term in The
Embassy Primary School, her
nanny Ewatomi went to pick
her
up from school. Ewa was a very
caring and nice lady of twenty
three years. She, like her
daddies doted on her and was
very
attentive to her just like a
mother
would be. They had to get a
nanny for her when she was
three years because their jobs
became more demanding. At
first they were afraid to leave
her in
the care of an outsider because
of
all the stories they’d heard and
read about evil nannies and
maids but Ewa who was
Ralph’s
friend volunteered to help out
since she was not so busy. She
wanted to do it free but they
insisted on paying her. When
they got home, Ewa was so
curious to know what her
report
card stated… Ewa: “Now that
you have eaten
Annie love, please can I see
your
report card now?” she winked
and contorted her face in order
for Annie to take pity on her
and
show her the card but she just
laughed. Annie:
“Ahahahahahaha…see
your face like rat s–t! I will not
show you. Never!” she said
hiding her card behind her.
Ewa: “Where did you hear rat
s–t
from o. this girl you are getting
spoilt fa” Annie: “My aunty in
school do say
it to anyone who is crying
unnecessarily in class” Ewa:
“Okay o but why? Why
won’t you show me? I thought
we were friends?” she said
pretending to be sad. Annie:
“Yes we are friends but I
want to show my daddies first.
Even I have not opened it yet.
Let’s wait for them you hear?
Don’t be sad, I will show you
after
I show them then I will show
myself too” her voice was just
like
that of Alice in Wonderland.
Ewa: “Awwwww! How can you
be so sweet?” she said and
gathered her into her arms.
“How
I wish I gave birth to you, then
I
wouldn’t ask for anything
much
in this life again but just a
comfortable life for you” Annie:
“That reminds me…Who is
my mother?” She disengaged
from her embrace to look at
her. Ewa: “Uhmmmm!” she did
not see
the question coming. Annie:
“Okay don’t answer that.
There is no way you’d know
anyway” she said and strutted
to
the front of the TV to watch
cartoon on Nickelodeon
station.
“Can I watch cartoon now
please? Since I will not be
going
to school anytime soon and I
have many days to do my
assignment?” Ewa: “Yes baby
you can” she
replied smiling fondly at her.
The heavy hands of sleep was
upon her but she refused to
succumb to it, she clutched her
report card in her hands
waiting
for them to return. Ewa:
“Annie, come let me tuck
you in now, it’s almost 9
o’clock
and you are supposed to be on
bed latest 8:30. You will show
them tomorrow okay?” she
said
approaching her. Annie: “No! I
will wait for them”
just then she heard their car
horn
outside. “Tada! They are back”
she said excitedly. As soon as
Paul had stepped in,
he saw Annie running towards
him with an envelope in her
hand. He stooped down and
threw open his arms as she
jumped into it. Paul: “My ever
happy daughter”
she gave him a peck on the
cheek
and went over to the Ralph
and
Dickson, embraced and pecked
them one after the other
beaming
with smiles. “Why aren’t you
asleep yet? It’s way past your
bedtime. Ewa: “She was
waiting for you o” Annie: “See
my report card” she
extended the envelope to him.
He
took it and tore open the seal,
unfolded it and “wow” escaped
his mouth. Ralph: “Let me see!”
he said and
snatched it from him.
“Wooooow!
Our baby is a genius. You got a
double promotion to primary
three? Come and give me a
bear
hug jooor…” he said and
scooped her into his arms
spinning her
round and round until she
could
laugh no more. Dickson: “But
how can a girl be so
smart? She got 100% in all of
the
subjects except Yoruba where
she got 95%. Wow! We will go
shopping on Saturday. Where
would you like to go this time?
Shoprite?” Annie: “No! I don’t
want anything
this time…” she looked down.
Paul: “Hey! Is anything wrong?
How can our Annie not want
anything after getting a double
promotion?” he said worriedly.
Annie: “I want to know my
mum.
Everyone in school has a mum
and dad but I only have three
daddies and no mum. I want a
mum too” she said choking on
tears. The four of them
exchanged
confused looks. That was the
first
time she ever asked about her
mum. Ralph: “Sweetheart!”
Annie: “Is my mother dead? If
she
is dead then one of you should
get married so I can have a
mum.
Aunty Ewa is a good person,
why
can’t one of you marry her?”
she
said looking from one
embarrassed adult to another.
Paul: “Don’t worry, you will
know
your mum soon okay? I just
hope
she really is alive and not
relenting in her search for her
daughter” === Richard could
no longer bear the
tension between him and his
son.
The wound on his face had
healed remarkably fast but the
one in his heart remained
fresh.
At night when he thought
Ophelia was asleep, he sneaked
into
Sammie’s room to talk to him.
Richard: “Sammy wake up” he
tapped him on the shoulder.
Sammy jerked up in his sleep
thinking it was his step mum.
Sammy: “What is it this time?
Why
won’t you let me rest? Would
you
have turned me to your sex toy
if
I were to be your son?” he said
drowsily looking distraught.
Richard: “Sammy what are you
talking about?” he shook him
vigorously. Sammy: “Sir? Sir?”
he was jerked
awake at last. Richard: “Who is
turning you to
sex toy and where did you
even
hear that word from?” Sammy:
“I read it from a novel. It’s
nothing dad” he said and tried
to
go back to sleep but his dad
stopped him. Richard: “Come
on talk to me. You
did look terrific while saying
that
a while ago. What is
happening?”
he asked persuasively. Sammy:
Daddy, I say never mind.
I was day-dreaming Richard:
This is unusual. Where
did you hear that from?
Something is fishy. Talk to me
Sam. I’m your father. Sammy:
“Hmm… It’s…it’s…aunty”
he started to weep.
.
.
Could that be end of the
road for Ophelia? Will Richard
believe Sammy?

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Updated: April 30, 2019 — 4:17 am

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