AMAZING LOVE - Episode 30

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After her angry rant she dropped the call and rejoined Dr. Gerry and the others in the living room. She was sure her father would run...

After her angry rant she dropped the call and rejoined Dr. Gerry and the others in the living room. She was sure her father would run to Uncle James and tell him what she said and that they would call her back to take her offer. She sat next to Dr. Gerry and dropped her head on his shoulder. Intermittently her body shook and she sighed. Dr. Gerry could tell she was still very angry. “Did they take your offer?” asked Dr. Gerry. “Not yet, but I know they will. I really didn’t present it as an offer. I yelled at my father and threatened him with what I am going to do. I know they will call me before long.” “Okay, while we wait for them to call, we need to go figure out how to get that birth certificate of yours.” “You are a doctor; shouldn’t it be a piece of cake for you?” Her sarcastic comment got Dr. Gerry thinking and he sprang to his feet and shouted, “Yes! I know how to get it!” The two lawyers, Christy, Ema, Simbi and her father were all surprised by his excitement. “Gerald, what is it you know how to get?” asked Ema. “Eka’s birthday certificate, I think I know where it is and not just how to get it. In fact I know the midwife and doctors who helped her mother during her birth.” “Really? asked Christy as she grinned from ear to ear. She knew exactly what her brother was up to. “If you know where the damn certificate is, then what are you still doing here? Go get! I have no intentions of taking prisoners in this case,” shouted the lawyer representing Eka.

Dr. Gerry made a dash into his room and then ran back to the living room and said to Eka, “Get ready, we are going together to get your birth certificate. Eka was already good to go anywhere Dr. Gerry would take her to so long as the birth certificate which would say she was nineteen years would come out. In his room Dr. Gerry placed a call to an old doctor friend and explained his plight. The man asked him to come over and explain his problem better. Dr. Gerry left with Eka, leaving the others behind to do their jobs. Before Dr. Gerry and Eka could reach the bus stop, Eka’s father called. Before picking it up, she told Dr. Gerry, “My father has called back.” The two of them went to one corner of the street where Eka picked the call. “Papa what is it?” “It is not your father Eka, this is Uncle James. Your father has told me everything as it happened and as I speak to you, I have sent him and my son to his house to go bring your birth certificate, the one which states your current age, to my house and also those of your dead siblings. I hear that the NK woman is evil and might send people to go break into his house to find the certificate. This is what I mean; Eka I and the entire family are with you in this case. Your parents will claim you are nineteen years and so will everyone in the family. Did your father tell you how much he was bribed to state the things he wrote down in his statement?” “No Uncle, he did not.” “Eka, he and your mother were given more than one million Naira!”

“Jesus! One million Naira!” “No Eka, I did not say one million; I said more than one million Naira. In fact your father does not know how much it is. He said he has not seen that kind of money before.” “Where is the money Uncle?” “It is in your father’s house. He and Uduak will bring it over. It will be stupid to leave the money there.” “Uncle as soon as the money arrives let me know. Please no one should remove one kobo out of it. We don’t know where this case is going.” “You just said my mind Eka. However your mother a few moments ago made a very useful contribution with regard to that money.” “What did she say?” “She said that if we mention the money in the police station, the police will demand that we bring it to their station as material evidence, and that if we do so, that will be the last we will hear of the money.” “Uncle I hate to say it, but she is right. I think it happened to her sister some years ago. So what are they going to say in the station?” “They will claim they were bribed with just twenty thousand Naira. It will be their words against those of NK and the young man who was with her when the money was given to your parents. There were no witnesses and the amount NK actually gave out is hard to believe. The twenty thousand is what your parents will present in the station. The police can do with it as they wish.”

“You have done a good job Uncle, but that does not mean we are now in good terms. My parents drove me away for months and for one day you did not care to know if I was dead or alive. After this case you and I will have a battle.” “No we won’t Eka. Your parents hid from everyone what they did. It is this case that forced them to tell us the truth. When I asked after you they said you were working in Calabar as a domestic assistant to a certain rich woman. If you ask the other people in our family they will tell you the same thing. I became suspicious of them when they refused to give me the woman’s number or contact address. As you know I visit Calabar very often.” “Did they really say all you just told me?” “Yes Eka, but I don’t want you to get mad at this point. We will deal with them after the police case.” Eka put one hand on her head as if to keep it from exploding. “Alright Uncle, I have heard what you said. You don’t have a case to answer to. I have to go get that all important certificate. I will probably see you tonight when my father and Uduak return with the certificates and the money.” “I will be expecting you.”

Eka dropped the call and let her head fall on Dr. Gerry’s chest and said, “Please baby could you hold me for a moment?” Dr. Gerry obliged her and asked her what the problem was. He knew it was not exactly what was said during the telephone conversation with her Uncle because Eka had left her phone on loud speaker. Eka did not immediately give Dr. Gerry a reply, so he asked again, “Eka what is it?” “All that bad feeling, bitterness and hatred toward my parents for what they did to me are back again. I really don’t know what I am going to do when I see them again today.” She began to shake just like she did after the telephone conversation with her father back in the house. “Eka, you have been happy all these months, don’t let the past rob you of your happiness. What was done has been done. You can’t undo it, but you can move on and happily so.” “How do I move past what was done to me? I don’t know how to, but if you tell me I will give it a try because right now I feel like I am going to have a heart attack.” Dr. Gerry felt pity for the poor girl and being short of ideas about how to help her planted a kiss on her forehead and said to her, “Maybe we should ask God to take the pain and the anger away. Frankly I don’t know how to take them away.” Eka tried to speak but tears flowed down her cheek. Dr. Gerry who already had her in his arms wiped her tears away and pleaded, “Please don’t cry here, people will start wondering what is wrong with you.”

“Do you know what it took me to believe I am not a witch? Do you know why I hate rainfall? I hate it because it reminds me of the day my parents threw me out of the house and left me naked on the street. Do you know why I always cover myself with bed sheet when it rains? I do so because I see myself naked on the street with passers-by looking at my naked body. Do you know how many times I pray for it not to rain? I cannot count them. For what they did to me, I have become a prisoner bound to those events in the past. Mr. Doctor, I want to pay my parents back and I intend to start with my mother.” Dr. Gerry wanted to say something to dissuade her from her intentions, but words failed to come out of his mouth. He could only hold her firmly. He really felt bad about Eka’s pains. There were times it rained and he made fun of Eka for running into her room to cover herself with bed sheet. If he had known better, he would not have poked fun at her. While he held her near the bus stop, Christy, Ema, the two lawyers, Simbi and her father drove toward them in Ema’s van. When they saw them, they stopped to know why they were still there, “Gerald what’s going on? Why are you still here?” asked Christy who for some reason looked excited.

“Eka is having a bad moment. She spoke with her Uncle and some things in the past came rushing back to her mind. But don’t worry, she will be fine soon. Ema and Christy came out of the car and took Eka from him. Taking turns to hug her, they assured her that all was going to be fine and to help her brighten up, they informed her that NAPTIP officers called them a while earlier that the police had picked up NK, and that they all were on their way to the police station to see her and to press home their case against her. Somewhat that helped Eka, at least it gave her someone else to get mad with instead of her parents. “Can I come with you? I would like to be left alone with NK for a moment.” “No, Eka, this is not the time to pick a girly fight. When this is over you will get your chance to slap her around. Go with Gerald and sort out your birth certificate issue,” Ema instructed. Ema and Christy returned to the car and left with the others. Dr. Gerry and Eka left to go see the doctor they had an appointment with.

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