AMAZING LOVE - Episode 37

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It was hard for Dr. Gerry to watch Eka pack her stuffs to leave his apartment. He had never thought a day would come when she would ...

It was hard for Dr. Gerry to watch Eka pack her stuffs to leave his apartment. He had never thought a day would come when she would leave to go live elsewhere before their marriage. The three days Eka and Simbi had spent with him were memorable for him. Those three days actually made things harder for him. Even though Simbi did her best to curtail the frequency with which Eka and Dr. Gerry exchanged kisses, Eka found moments when Simbi was not watching to have a few kisses with him. Left for Eka she would have chosen to stay back in Dr. Gerry’s house, but because the need to do what was right outweighed how she felt she stuck to her understanding with Dr. Gerry and packed to leave for her parent’s home. Dr. Gerry had to hire a van which could carry her personal effects along with her sewing machine. Before the morning Ekaette was to leave, Dr. Gerry had called to inform Christy and Ema of the decision he took with Eka to let her go spend some time with her parents until she was ready to move back into his house after their wedding. Ema and Christy didn’t like the idea one bit; they feared that another NK might pounce once more to take Eka from them.

Dr. Gerry and Eka were determined to do what they believed was right and so stuck to their guns. Dr. Gerry had to take excuse from work to accompany Eka back to her parents’ house. On the drive home, Eka did not care about what Simbi might say, she and Dr. Gerry spent much of the time kissing and chatting about how many times in a day they would call each other. “Even in my sleep I will be talking to you on the phone and if for one moment I call and you fail to pick, I will wake from my sleep and rush down to your house.” “That is quite some exaggeration; fear won’t let you leave your father’s house in the night to come see me.” “If you think it is a mere exaggeration try not to pick my call and you will get a shocker.” “But really, why would I want to miss your call Eka? I would rather jump off a skyscraper than miss your call for anything.” “As for me Ekaette Effiong, I would rather take on an army with bare hands than go a day without hearing from you. You don’t know me o! Heh! I am ready to walk from Calabar to Sapele just to see you. You don’t know what you are in for. I like to love till death do us part.”

“Please don’t bring up the subject of death now; we are only beginning to love each other.” “Can someone let me hear a word in this vehicle? This love-love is rather too much!” Simbi yelled. “That is the voice of a lonely young girl crying out for love and attention. Don’t worry Simbi, I am back home now, I will make sure I find you a deserving husband to be,” Eka said humorously. Simbi turned with a shock on her face over the fun Eka poked at her. “Who told you that I am lonely?” She smacked Eka over the head two times. Eka yelled like a little girl and threw herself at Dr. Gerry for protection. Dr. Gerry tried to shield her from Simbi who was not satisfied with the two slaps she gave her over the head. “Fine, you can run to Dr. Gerry for now, but in a few hours he won’t be around to protect you,” Simbi threatened. Some minutes later, the van pulled up in front of Mr. Effiong’s house. When Eka, Dr. Gerry and Simbi alighted from the vehicle, all eyes on the street turned to look at them; Simbi moved closer to Eka and whispered, “Eka, this is the moment you have been waiting for. It is time to kiss Dr. Gerry in front of them. I bet you by morning there will be lots of dead people in our street.” Eka was surprised and so asked, “Do you really want me to kiss him here?” “Do it! You have my permission! They thought you would never amount to anything in life, but you have returned with a prince in shining armour!”

Simbi’s words seemed to charge up Eka and she drew Dr. Gerry to herself and kissed him passionately. The voices of the people on their street were heard as they echoed in amazement at what they saw. Eka broke from the kiss and turned to look at Simbi to know if she did a good.  Simbi smiled mischievously and whispered, “That was only your first shot, and before we are done packing your things, kiss him two more times while they are watching. I am ready to attend burials this time. I am certain bitterness will kill them tonight.” Simbi knew the sort of people on their street very well; she could predict their actions even when asleep. Shortly after Eka kissed Dr. Gerry those who witnessed it ran off in different directions to call their friends and relatives to come see who was back on the street with a handsome man at her side. Eka had not prepared for the drama which broke out on the street, but the way Simbi acted, it seemed she had it all planned out. While Dr. Gerry was helping the drive open the van, Simbi dashed into Eka’s father’s house and told Eka’s parents, “Eka is back home to spend some time with you two, if you want to start on a good note with her come out and welcome her. Her fiancĂ© is also here. Please put on a smile while you go out to greet her.”

Eka’s mother dashed out of the house shouting, “My daughter is back! Ekaette is back!” Eka was dragging out a bag from the van when her mother came running toward her. She would not have hugged her if there was no crowd on the street watching them. To make the onlookers jealous, Ekaette hugged her mother like she was the best mum in the whole world. She did not expect what followed next; as she held her mother to her chest, a flood of tears exploded from her eyes. Seeing Eka holding her mother that firmly and with tears in her eyes, made both Dr. Gerry and Simbi to look away. The sight was so emotional that they would have joined Eka to cry as well. Eka’s father ran out of the house, heading for his daughter with speed. He had to go change into a pair of trouser. When Simbi told them to go welcome Eka, he was tying only a wrapper. When he reached Eka all he said was, “Ufoma make way let me hug my daughter!” and he threw himself at both of them. He almost knocked them to the ground. Like little children, Eka’s parents sought who would get a better hug with their daughter.

Eka’s face was soaked with tears which poured out from her eyes. She did not see a day like that coming. Not even Simbi who engineered it all thought it would work out that well. In that moment, Eka regretted that she was so bitter she did not bother to buy her parents anything. The pains, unforgiveness and bitterness in her heart came tumbling down like a castle under attack, as her parents cried along with her. Simbi did not like the crying part; she felt it took the shine off their celebration. She went to Eka and her parents and said, “This is not the place to cry. Our enemies must not be given any reason to celebrate. I want only hugs and laughter. Our in-law is here also, please hug him.”  As though they were under Simbi’s spell, Eka’s parents dashed toward Dr. Gerry and began to hug him. In his excitement, Eka’s father raised his voice while greeting Dr. Gerry, “Welcome my honourable in-law! The Lord will reward you for what you have done for my family, my in-law!” Simbi smiled to herself and strained her ears to hear what the surprised faces on the street were saying. Eka stood unbelievably and watched her friend Simbi. She thought she knew her, but that day revealed to her that she did not know up to a modicum of just how selfless her friend was.

From behind, Eka hugged her and said, “Simbi thank you. I was wrong; lately I have been thinking that Dr. Gerry was the best thing that happened to me. No, it is you. Any day you are in trouble and my life is needed to save you, just ask for it. I will be glad to lay it down for you.”  She hugged her for so long it seemed Eka won’t let go of her. When they all had turned their attention to moving Eka’s stuffs into the house, Simbi’s parents came running toward them. Simbi’s brother had witnessed Eka hugging and crying with her parents and so went to tell his parents that Eka and her parents had reconciled. At hearing the news they ran out to join the celebration. The presence of Simbi’s parents renewed the hugs with earnestness. Simbi’s father knew Dr. Gerry, they had met during the case they had with NK. On sighting him, he yelled, “My God! Our God-sent in-law is here! Eka, why did you not send for me immediately he arrived?” He hugged Dr. Gerry and shook his hands many times before introducing him to his wife. Simbi’s mother was so excited that she took Dr. Gerry aside and began to bless him, “You saw a little girl in need and you helped her without taking advantage of her. You did not bring her back in shame or with unwanted pregnancy. God will hear you before you cry. He will send help before you know you have a need.” Dr. Gerry responded to her prayer with an amen

Without knowing that Eka and her parents had resolved their differences, Christy and Ema decided late to come visit Eka’s parents while Dr. Gerry was with them and hand them a serious warning and outline what would be the consequences of repeating their errors of the past. They also had other plans – to persuade Dr. Gerry to return in a fortnight to ask for the bridal list to commence the wedding rites. The sisters did not want to take chances. Having discussed the matter with their husbands, they concluded it would be a good idea to lay an effective claim on Eka while they waited for her to get ready for marriage. When Dr. Gerry’s phone rang and Christy asked him to send the address to Eka’s father’s house, he was surprised. “What do you need it for?” he asked. “We are on our way there,” replied Christy. “What are you coming here to do?” “Since Eka was humiliated and thrown out of both her father’s house and the street, we think it should be nice to bring her home with a little pomp.” The idea made sense to Dr. Gerry and he quickly typed the address and sent it to Christy.

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