Pink Cloud (Episode 26 – 30)

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“Do you think the senator did this?” Rebecca asked as she stood up.

“Most likely, but I’m not certain,” Armstrong replied.

“I’m going to meet him right away,” Rebecca said trying to walk out in a hurry.

“Hold on a second, we have no strong evidence that it was the senator. Confronting him like that could be risky,” Achuba said blocking her.

“I think he’s right,” Thomas supported.

“I’m not scared of him,” Rebecca said and pushed him out of her way.

She walked out of the hospital angrily and took a taxi to the senator’s house. It was 20 drive from the teaching hospital. The house was a two storey building surrounded by a very tall fence. There were about five military soldiers sitting under a canopy close to the gate of the house. As she walked towards the gate, one of the military officers hurriedly stood up and had it opened for her.

She hurriedly walked into the living room and found the senator sitting with his friends. The living room was filled with their voice as they laughed.

“Hey babe, did something happen?” The senator asked grinning as he walked to her. When he got to her, she slapped him on the face that the whole living room echoed the sound. There was a total silence in the living, as his friends were intrigued by what happened. They both stared at each other angrily without a word.

“Are you in your right senses?” He questioned after about 30 minutes of silence.

“Yes, I am on my right senses,” she replied.
“I think there something wrong with you, you are not mentally stable,” he added. Rebecca tried to slap him, but he held her hand.

She made an attempt to slap him with her other hand, but he grabbed both of her hands.

“Let me go, you bastard!” She shouted as she struggled to free herself. He let go of her hands and slapped her to the extent that she fell on the ground.

“You better watch your mouth,” he said. Rebecca was silent, looking at the ground. She remained like that for more than a minute until she finally raised her head.

“Thank God I didn’t marry a monster like you,” she uttered at last.

“Why are you behaving like that Rebecca?” One of his friends asked.

“I’m going to sue you for trying to kill my friend,” Rebecca revealed.

“Good luck with about that,” he laughed.

Rebecca stood up and walked out of the house and took a taxi back to the hospital. On her way to the hospital, Rebecca suddenly remembered about her mother’s illness. She screamed at the top making the taxi driver stop.

“Is everything okay?” He asked confusingly.
“No is not, Rebecca replied,” she replied as she started crying.
“What happened?”
“I’m about to lose the two people I love most in my life,” Rebecca said.
“I’m not good at comforting people ma’am, but I think everything will be okay if you pray and ask for God’s assistance,” he offered.

She ignored him and kept crying. He dropped her as soon as they arrived at the university teaching hospital. she walked her way to the entrance of the hospital, her phone started ringing. When removed the phone from her hand bag, she noticed that it Amirah calling. She couldn’t speak after answering the call.

💬Amirah: why are you crying?

💟Rebecca: my mum has lung cancer.

💬Amirah: Are you serious?

💬Rebecca: Have I ever joked to you on something like this?

There was about a minute of silence after Rebecca said that. Suddenly, Alice started crying too. They both cried for about five and none of them could uttered a word.

💟Rebecca: And Richard is in the hospital, he was shot with a gun.

💬Amirah: why do bad things like this keep happening?”

💬Rebecca: I don’t know why

💬Amirah:I will talk to Alice, we will be on our way tomorrow.

💟Rebecca: Okay

Rebecca walked into the hospital after the phone call. She found Thomas and Achuba in Richard’s room when she arrived.
“you are back,” Achuba said

“Yes.”

“you know we can take care of him, you can go home and rest,” Achuba offered

“I’m not going anywhere,” she replied.

“Sorry I didn’t mean to make you angry.”

“Could you please excuse me, I want to sit here,” she declared after she got to the chair close to Richard’s bed. Thomas quietly stood her and gave her the chair.

She sat on chair and held Richard’s hand. After a while, she laid her head on the bed and watch him breathing. Around 3 am, Thomas and Achuba left the hospital while Rebecca slept shortly after the left. Around 5 am, one of the nurses waked her up and invited her to go and sleep in an empty room next to Richard’s, but she insisted she will stay there.

At around 7 am, a journalist arrived at the hospital and questioned Rebecca about how it happened. She jotted down what Rebecca told her and left.

“Hey,” came a voice behind her. When she turned, she saw Dixxy and Mary standing by the door wearing their lab coats.

“Hi,” Rebecca barely uttered.

“We are really sorry to hear about what happened to him,” Mary sympathized.

“Is okay, he’s going to be fine,” Rebecca replied.

“Are you coming for Doctor Fatima’s lecture?” Dixxy asked.

“I will be there,” she replied.

After Dixxy and Mary left, her mother walked into the room.
“Good morning Mom,” Rebecca greeted.

“Did you sleep at all?” Her mother asked as she sat down on the sofa.

“I barely slept,” she answered.

“Come on, go home and take a shower,” her mother suggested.

“No, I will be here until he wakes up,” Rebecca insisted.

“Okay, I will be going to India for treatment tomorrow,” Prof. Grace announced.

“Really?” Rebecca asked.

“Yes, you have nothing to worry about.”
Rebecca stood up with tear falling her eyes.

“Stop giving me hope, I have seen your medical report,” she cried.

“Don’t worry, I’m going to be fine,” she said as she hugged Rebecca.

“And please, don’t tell Emmanuel about it,” she pleaded.

“Why shouldn’t I? He will eventually find out,” Rebecca protested.

“Besides, it will be to tell so that he will cherish the last moments he will have with you,” Rebecca said.

“Are you crazy? Why are you saying things like this?” Prof. Grace shouted at her

“I was a fool to live a happy life thinking that you are going to be by our side forever,” Rebecca cried.

“I beg you Rebecca, even if the 1% chance of me surviving it, we have to believe it,” Prof. Grace said.

At about 10 am, Rebecca decided to go home and change the clothes she was wearing. She got dressed after her shower without even bothering to put on some makeup. She took her car and drove out of the house.

By the time she arrived at the hospital, it was already 11 am.
When she got close to the room, she noticed that it crowded with people to the extent that some of the persons stood by the door. It was Richard’s course mates from his department. They made way for Rebecca as walked into the room. When she got closer, she found Richard to have finally woken up. She instantly ran to him and bent down to held his hand.

“You are finally up,” she cried.

“Yes I am,” Richard smiled.

“I thought I have lost you.”

“Is okay,” Richard said as he stroke his fingers against her hair.
Rebecca stood up and sat by the edge of the bed and watched as Richard smiled.
“Excuse me, is this Richard’s room?” Asked a female voice behind the crowd.
“Yes,” the crowd answered.
Richard and Rebecca became curious about who the person was. The crowd made way for her as she walked in. When she walked in, Richard couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was his younger sister Suzanna. She wore black dress that was slightly over her knees with black shoes.

“Suzan!” Richard screamed.

She ran to him and hugged and suddenly burst into tears. Everybody stood in sympathy and watched the two cry as hugged each other. Rebecca suddenly started feeling jealous. She wondered who was that girl bold enough to hug Richard in her presence.

“Excuse me, but who are you?” Rebecca said trying to separate the two of them.

“She is my younger sister,” Richard announced.

“Really?” Rebecca asked surprisingly.

Before Richard could reply, Suzan interrupted.

“How are you feeling now?” She asked.

“I’m feeling much better,” Richard answered.

“I can’t believe this is you, you have no idea how much we miss you,” she said.

“I’m so sorry,” Richard apologized.

“You are so good at apologizing, you haven’t changed at all,” she smiled.

“But you have changed a lot, is like you are even taller than me now,” Richard replied.

“If you could remember, I once told you that I’m going to he taller than you,” she laughed.
The rest of the crowd left leaving only the three of the room.

“Why did you abandon us?”Suzan asked.

“I didn’t abandon you. Infact, there hasn’t been a single day in the past 6 years that I didn’t think of you,” Richard said.

“If what you are saying is true, then why didn’t you come home?”

“I just couldn’t face big sis, I have disappointed her and made all her hard work go into waste,” Richard replied.

“Oh just listen to how dumb you sound. You are going to regret this for the rest of your life,” she replied.

“I’m already regretting it,” Richard said.

“You regret more if I tell you what happened.”
“What happened?” Richard asked curiously.
Suzan became silent and the smile on face faded again.
“Please tell me what happened,” Richard requested desperately.

“I will tell you, but not now,” she uttered after a long silence.

“I heard one of the doctors is looking for, I will be back,” Rebecca said as she stood up.

“Okay, babe,” Richard replied.

“Babe?” Suzan retorted and Richard smiled.

“She is so pretty, no wonder you didn’t remember to come home,” she continued.

“We used to know each other in my previous university, we recently got United, just about 2 months ago,” Richard responded.

“Oh I see,” she replied.

“So, how is big sis doing?” Richard asked, and at that time, Rebecca has just returned. Suzan remained quiet and couldn’t talk.

“What is it?” Richard asked.

“She died last 3 weeks giving birth to her second child,” Suzan revealed.

Richard became totally confused and was unable comprehend what she was saying.

“What do you mean by that?” Richard asked unbelievably.

“I mean she is death, she no longer alive,” Suzan added.

.”Please stop kidding around Mimi,” Richard pleaaded.

“How stupid do you think I am to joke with something like this? She is no longer with us, she died giving birth to a baby boy. But the boy is alive,” she explained.

“Did you come all the way here to tell me something like this?” Richard asked.

“Believe it or not, she is dead. Do you how hard she tried to look for the past five years? She kept blaming herself for not being friendly towards you, that’s why you got scared and didn’t return home,” she said as she cried.

Richard started crying like baby. The memories of his started coming back to him. He remembered how she used to defend him in primary school when other kids try to bully him. He remembered how she can easily give up her toys to him when they were kids just because he liked them. He was planning to impress to her with his business once Prof. Grace gives him the money she promised. But she is no longer around to him succeeding, and those thoughts broke his heart more than anything else. When Rebecca noticed, how the two of them were crying, it touched her so much to the extent that she started crying too. She quickly walked out of the room and hurriedly went to her car.

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After the Richard heard the news about his sister, his whole turned upside down. He couldn’t think of anything than her. His sister sat in sorrow and watched him crying like a child.

At about 12 pm, Alice and Amirah arrived at the hospital. Rebecca went to the entrance of the hospital and welcome them.
“You are welcome,” Rebecca said to them.
“Thank you,” they both smiled.
“Why do you come empty handed?” Rebecca asked.
“Actually, we don’t plan on staying long here. We just came to see you and Richard, we’ll be on our way back in the evening,” Amirah replied.
“That’s unfair,” Rebecca frowned.
“Okay we’ll spend the night here, we will leave the first in the morning tomorrow,” Alice inferred.
“Alice, have you forgotten that my shift starts tomorrow?” Amirah asked.

“Come on, is just a single day, you can call one of your friends to cover for you,” Alice said.

“How is Richard doing now?” Amirah asked as they headed to his room.

“Not so good, his younger sister came today,” Rebecca responded.

“Really? Shouldn’t that be a good thing?”

“It is, but you know he hasn’t been home in six years. She announced to him that his older sister is death, and it has completely broken him,” Rebecca explained.

“Poor Richard, I feel really terrible for him,” Alice sympathized.
When they got into the room, they found Suzan sitting next to him. He was still crying that he barely noticed the people around him.

“We are sorry about your lost,” Alice finally uttered, and that was when he looked and noticed.

“Thanks for your concern,” Richard replied. The three sat down on the sofa and watched Richard in silence. Some few minutes later, Prof. Grace walked into the room. Alice and Rebecca quickly stood up from the spot to give a space to sit.
“Please sit down, I’m not going to stay long here,” Prof. Grace instructed and they sat back.
Richard tried his best to hide his emotions when he heard her voice, but couldn’t.

“Good afternoon Ma’am,” Suzan greeted Prof. Grace.

“Good afternoon, it seems like your face look familiar,” Prof. Grace said trying to recall her face.

“Yes we once came to you with my sister when we were looking for my brother six years ago,” she replied.

“Oh yes I remember you, you have quite grown into a beautiful woman now,” Prof. Grace smiled.

“Yes,” Suzan smiled.

“How did you find Richard?”

“Well, I saw the incident that happened to him published in one of the newspapers. Then I thought I should come and check if it was my brother,” she replied.

“That’s incredible.”

“Richard, I’m glad you are finally up,” Prof. Grace as she walked closer to see his face.
“Thank you Ma’am,” he replied with his voice shaking.
“Are you okay? Should I call the doctor?” Prof. Asked worriedly.
“Actually, he just received a bad new from his sister,” Rebecca quickly interfered.
“What was the bad new?” Prof. Grace asked Suzan. Suzab became quite for a moment before she finally spoke.
“Our older sister died last month,” Suzan announced.
“You don’t mean the lady that came with you the other time, right?” Prof. Grace asked.
“Unfortunately, she is the one,” Rebecca sadly replied.

“Oh! I truely am sorry to hear about your lost Richard,” Prof. Grace said will all sympathy.
“Thank you ma’am,” Richard replied.

“May her soul rest in peace,” she added.

“Ameen,” Richard replied.
After a short moment, Prof. Grace revealed to them that she’ll be going.
“Please take good care of Emmanuel while I’m away,” Prof. Grace said to Rebecca.

“Are you going now?” Rebecca asked standing up.

“Unfortunately yes, and I may away for weeks,” Prof. Grace replied. Rebecca ran to her and hugged her.

“I hope you will come back healthy,” Rebecca anxiously said.

“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine,” Prof. Grace said with a fake smile.

“Alright Richard, I’ll call you,” Prof. Grace said as she walk out.

“Thanks for all your help and support Ma’am,” Richard said with appreciation.

Rebecca walked her Mom out of the hospital to her car that was parked outside. As soon as her driver saw them approaching, he quickly went to the and had the door opened for her.
“Don’t worry about me, study well and take care of your brother,” Prof. Grace said.
“Alright Mom, I promise I will,” Rebecca responded.

“Okay, then off I go,” Prof. Grace closed the door. Rebecca stood in her position and watched as the car started move. After the car went a certain distance, Rebecca ran after wave at the driver to stop.

“What is it?” Her mother asked.

“Can I come with you?” Rebecca asked crying.
“If you come with me, then what will you do about your studies? And who will look after Emmanuel?” Prof. Grace asked.
“I can ask the maids to take of him, and I’m okay with repeating my current year,” Rebecca cried.
“I didn’t know you love me this much,” Prof. Grace smiled as she wiped off her tears.
“Of course I love you.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine,” her mother said.

Rebecca watched as the car drove until it was no longer visible. She then went back to the room and sat beside her friends. Even though Richard was in pain, he still was able to see the behind Rebecca’s eyes.

“Is your mother gone?” He asked her.

“Yes she is,” Rebecca replied.

“Don’t worry, she will be fine,” Richard replied.

“Let’s hope so,” Rebecca replied.

“Let me go home and something for your sister to eat,” Rebecca announced.

“Oh thank you,” Suzan smiled at Rebecca.

“Oh come on, that’s not a big deal,” Rebecca replied.
Rebecca left with her friends leaving only Richard with his sister in the room. Shortly after they left, Thomas and Achuba arrived at the room. They were so surprised to a girl other than Rebecca sitting beside him holding his hand. When she turned, her eyes caught Thomas’s eyes. Thomas felt his heartbeat skipped for a moment and he quickly looked away. As far he can recall, he had never felt something like that in his entire life.
“Richard,” Achuba called.

“I’m glad you are back,” Richard replied.

“Good afternoon,” Suzan greeted them. And when Thomas heard her voice, he became completely taken by it.

“Good afternoon, how are you doing?” Achuba answered. At this point, Thomas couldn’t help but explore her beauty. Her round bold eyes, her hairstyle and dress we’re all captivating.
“Hey, this is my sister,” Richard said when he noticed how Thomas was staring and Thomas quickly looked away.

“Really?” Achuba asked surprisingly.

“Yes of course,” Suzan smiled.

“That’s great, when did you come here?” Achuba asked.

“Some few hours ago,” she replied.

“That’s wonderful, it an honour to finally meet you,” Achuba smiled.

“The pleasure is all mine,” she smiled back.

“How are you feeling now,” Achuba asked Richard.

“Much better,” replied Richard.

“Why is your other friend silent since you came in?” Suzan asked looking into Thomas’s eyes.
“I.., I,” Thomas stammered and stopped.

“You what?” She asked and his heart beat faster as he try to speak.

“I think I’m sick,” Thomas finally uttered. He wondered what was happening to him. He had never been like that around any other girl.

“Really? What’s wrong?” Achuba asked.

“It might be a headache,” Thomas replied.

“You are not even sure,” Achuba laughed.

Some few minutes later, Prof. Grace called Richard on the phone. His sister helped him to answering the call.
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💟Richard: Hello Ma’am

💟Prof. Grace: I hope you are feeling better now?

💬Richard: Yes ma’am, I’m much better.

💬Prof. Grace: is Rebecca there with you?”

💟Richard: No she has left

💟Prof. Grace: Good, I promise to give you 20 million Naira, right?

💬Richard: Yes, Ma’am

💬Prof. Grace: Okay, I’ve already given my lawyer the money. He will it to you when you recover.

💬Richard: Thank you so much Ma’am

💬Prof. Grace: is okay, just take care of Rebecca and Emmanuel for me.

💬Richard: I promise I will. But wait, you are coming back, right?

💬Prof. Grace: God’s willing I will be back.

“Who was that?” Suzan asked after Richard finished the phone call.

“It was Rebecca’s mother,” Richard replied.

“She really is a nice woman, she reminds me of Mom,” Suzan said.

“Yes,” Richard said.

“Could you please go and get the nurse please? The drip in my hand is aching,” Richard said.

“Okay, I’ll be on my way,” she replied and stood up.

As she was walking out of the, she again caught Thomas staring at her irresistibly. Thomas tried his best not to make it obvious to his friends. About a minute, after she walked out, Thomas stood up and headed out.

“Where are you going?” Achuba asked.
“I want to check on something” he replied. And when he got out the room, he saw Suzan approaching with the nurse. She was just some few inches behind the nurse. They both looked into each other’s eyes as they got close to each other. She suddenly stopped walking while the nurse Continued her walk to the room.
“What’s your name?” Thomas asked after he had gotten to where she was.

“Me?” She asked pointing at herself.
“Of course I’m talking to you, is there anyone around here that my question can be referred to?” Thomas asked.

“Oh I thought you can see the ghost around me,” she laughed. And when he noticed her laugh, his fear suddenly vanished.

“All the ghosts are over there having a party, none of them is close to where we are,” he replied.

“By the way, my name is Susan, how about you?” She asked.

“I’m Thomas,” he replied.

“Are you also a student of this University?” She questioned.

“Yes, I’m in the same department with your brother,” Thomas answered.
“Oh that’s great.”

“How about you? Which school are you attending?” Thomas asked.
“Actually, I finished my highschool four years ago, and I haven’t start any school yet,” she replied.
“Oh that’s quite bad, what were you planning on doing?” He asked.
“I’m planning on getting married,” she revealed.
“Seriously? Aren’t you too young for marriage?” Thomas asked surprisingly.

“Yes seriously, I’m 21 years old. I don’t think I’m too young for it,” she smiled.

“Wow! You are even older than I am,” Thomas said.

“Really? How old are you?” She asked.

“I’m 18 years old,” Thomas revealed.

“That’s great,” she commented.

“I think we should be heading back to room,” she added.

“Yes you are right. But before then, can you please give me your phone number?” Thomas requested.

“Okay let me have your phone,” she replied.
She punched her phone number on the phone after he gave her the phone.

“Here you go,” she said handing him the phone.

“Thank you,” Thomas smiled.

“Don’t just call me in the night, I hate when people do that,” she said frowning.

“Oh I promise I will never call you in the night,” Thomas said.

“Relax, I’m kidding,” she smiled and started walking her way back to the room.

Some minutes later, Thomas walked into the room and sat beside Achuba.

“What did you go to check on?” Richard asked.

“It is nothing important,” Thomas replied. Achuba was about to comment when Rebecca came in with Alice.
“I think we should go,” Thomas whispered to Achuba.

“Alright Richard, we’ll be going now,” Achuba said as they stood up.

“Okay guys, I will see you later,” Thomas replied and they headed out of the room.

“Are you interested in Richard’s sister?” Achuba asked Thomas after they have gotten out of the room.

“Yes I am,” Thomas replied.

“You should really consider what you are doing before things get bad. Is not every boy that will stand his friends dating his sister, it can be the cause of the end of your friendship,” Achuba adviced.

“I just feel something I never felt before when I’m around other girls,” Thomas replied.

“You don’t always get what you disire in life, sometimes you have to give it up,” Achuba admonished.

“I’ll try,” Thomas replied.

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One week later, Richard finally got discharged from the hospital. Rebecca suggested that he should stay with his sister in her place until he’s fully recovered. The doctor gave him the final check up and he was adviced on things to do to improve his health.
At around 10 am, Richard was ready to leave the hospital. Thomas and Achuba helped Richard to walk to
Rebecca’s car that was parked outside while Susan and Rebecca walked behind them.kindy hi kwaku ish+233544142683 to be added to storyline, storybaze House of stories to get more exciting stories from there. Rebecca quickly walked to the car and had the car opened for them. Richard, Thomas and Achuba sat at the back, while Rebecca and Susan sat in the front. Rebecca started the engine and started started driving after everyone had sat down.

“So, doesn’t that mean his shooter has gone free without getting arrested?” Susan questioned.

“Well, the shooter was not identified that’s why the police couldn’t arrest anybody,” Achuba explained.

“That’s really annoying. That means he could have died in vain,” Susan said angrily.

“Why would anyone try to kill him in the first place?” Thomas questioned.

“Perhaps, he was been mistaken for another person,” Achuba replied.

“No, I think it was my ex that tried to kill him,” Rebecca replied.

“Really?” Everyone in the car asked surprisingly.

“I think he is the one because Richard was short on the day I announced to him that our relationship is over. My mom has warned me about how dangerous he could be, but I was blinded during our relationship,” Rebecca announced.

“Is that so? Then why don’t we sue him?” Susan asked.

“Is not that easy you know. I talked to my mother’s lawyer about it but he said I don’t have any solid evidence to prove my point. Had it been the shooter was identified, it could have been easier,” Rebecca explained.

“Let’s forget about everything now that I’m alive and healthy,” Richard finally spoke.

“No I don’t think so, what if he tries to kill you again?” Rebecca asked.

“Well, there is nothing we can do about it,” Richard replied.
They arrived at Prof. Grace’s house some few minutes later. The gate was opened for them and Rebecca drove into the house.
After the car came to halt, Achuba helped Richard to get down from the car.
“Let me lead you to his room,” Rebecca said as she walked in the direction of the guest quarter.
“Oh that will be helpful,” Achuba replied. Richard and Achuba walked gently to guest rooms that was located behind a small flower garden leaving behind Susan and Thomas.
Thomas looked up into her eyes and she looked extremely beautiful in the red dress she was wearing. His heart pounded faster as she walked closer to him.
“Why didn’t you call me after I gave you my number?” She asked.
“I’m sorry, I was very busy,” Thomas replied.
“Oh I see,” she said and headed towards where Richard was taken.
“Look I’m really for not calling you,” he tried to apologize.
“No, you don’t have to apologize,” she responded without even looking back that was when he realized he gave the wrong excuse.
Before he caught up with her, she had already gotten to the room.

“We will go to the hostel and get his stuff,” Achuba announced as soon as Susan walked in.

“Thank you,” Richard said.

“No problem, we’ll be back soon,” Achuba said and walked out.

“What would you like to eat?” Rebecca asked as she sat beside Richard.

“Nothing, I’m satisfied just by looking at you,” Richard replied.
“That’s a pretty big like you are saying,” Rebecca responded.
“Do I look like I’m lying?” Richard asked turning back to Susan who was standing by the door.
“You look like a fabulous lier,” she smiled.

“Oh so you are even supporting her because she is a girl like you,” Richard said with his eyes widely opened.

Before any of them could talk, one of the security guards of the house interrupted.

“The senator is here,” he announced.
“You go and tell him that I’m not ready to see him, he should leave,” Rebecca replied.

“I’m sorry Ma’am, I don’t think I’ll be to say this to the senator,” the security guard replied.
“Then in that case you will fired,” she said angrily.

“Oh please calm down. Just ignore him, he will leave when he get tired,” Richard interfered.

“I think Richard is right,” Susan supported.

Shortly after that, the senator headed to guest room himself. The instance Rebecca saw him through the window, she stood up and walked out the room.

“I thought I made it clear to you that is over between us,” she uttered angrily when she got to where he was.
“I’m sorry, I just couldn’t stop thinking about you for the past day,” said he helplessly.

“There are plenty of girls out there, why can’t you get yourself one with all the money you have?” She questioned.

“In all the women I’ve met in my life, you are exceptionally the best. I didn’t realize that until now.”

“I’m afraid is too late now, I’m already in a relationship with someone,” Rebecca rejected.
“You can’t be serious, right?” He doubted.

“I’m so damn serious,” she answered.

Richard stood and managed to walked out when the senator insisted.

“Let me properly introduce you to him. His name is Richard, we met five years ago ,before I met you,” Rebecca said as Richard walked out.

“So are you willing to give up or relationship over a kid with no future?” The senator asked.

“Absolutely, not only will I give up my relationship with you, I can also give up my life for him,” Rebecca announced.

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The senator was silent for a moment until he finally looked up at Richard.

“Can I have a word with you?” He said looking at Richard.
“No whatever you are going to say to him, you can say it in my presence,” Rebecca protested.
“It will only take a minute,” he continued.

“Is okay Rebecca, let me have an audience with him,” Richard said.

“Okay,” she replied and walked back into the room.

“I’m giving you ten million Naira to leave her alone,” the senator offered.

“I’m sorry sir, that won’t be enough,” Richard replied. The senator gave him some evil laugh and moved closer to him.
“I will make it 50 million,” he added.

“Even if you will make it a trillion, I won’t leave her alone,” Richard boldly replied.

“I guess you don’t value your life, haven’t you learnt your lesson yet?” He threaned.

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Richard stood and manged to walked out when the senator insisted.

“Let me properly introduce you to him. His name is Richard, we met five years ago before I met you,” Rebecca said as Richard walked out.

“So are you will to give up or relationship over a kid with no future?” The senator asked.

“Absolutely, not only will I give up my relationship with you, I can also give up my life for him,” Rebecca announced.
The senator was silent for a moment until he finally looked up at Richard.

“Can I have a word with you?” He said looking at Richard.

“No whatever you are going to say to him, you can say it in my presence,” Rebecca protested.

“It will only take a minute,” he continued.

“Is okay Rebecca, let me have an audience with him,” Richard said.

“Okay,” she replied and walked back into the room.

“I’m giving you ten million Naira to leave her alone,” the senator offered.

“I’m sorry sir, that won’t be enough,” Richard replied. The senator gave him some evil laugh and moved closer to him.

“I will make it 50 million,” he added.

“Even if you will make it a trillion, I won’t leave her alone,” Richard boldly replied.

“I guess you don’t value your life, haven’t you learnt your lesson yet?” He threatned.

“Rebecca was right afterwards,” Richard responded.
“If you value your life, walk out of her life. This is the last warning I’m going to give you,” he warned.

“Do your worst, I’m not giving up on her,” he answered.

The senator turned and left after their conversation. That was when Richard realized who he was picking a fight with. He realized he will be left defenseless if he was to be attacked again. But giving up Rebecca is something he would never do.

“Is he gone?” Rebecca asked behind him.

“Yes he is,” Richard replied as he turned.

“What did you discuss with him?” She asked.

“He begged me to give up on you that he loves you so much. He even offered to give me as much as fifty million Naira if I comply,” he informed.

“Oh that’s a huge amount of money, and what was your reply?” She asked walking closer to him expecting him to say something romantic.

“I told I will think about it,” Richard replied.

“What?” Rebecca asked as she stopped walking with her eyes and mouth widely opened.

“Relax baby, I’m just kidding,” Richard laughed.

“You could have committed an unforgivable sin if you really had said that to him,” the anger on face disappeared.
“Do you really think I will choose money over you?” Richard questioned.

“Well, the way you answered scared me. You made sound so real,” she responded.

“I will never do that to Rebecca,” Richard assured.

“I believe you,” she smiled.

“You still haven’t told me what you wanted to eat,” Rebecca said.
“How about some noodles and tea?” Richard smiled.
“Well, let me go to the kitchen and make some for you,” Rebecca replied.
“Alright, let’s go to the kitchen together. I want to see how you cook.”
“That won’t be a problem, but Susan will be left all alone,” Rebecca replied.
“Hey little sis,” Richard shouted.

“What do you want?” Susan shouted back.

.”We’ll be going to the ktichen to cook,” Richard announced to her hearing.

“Really? I thought you are still sick,” she asked.

“I think so,” he responded.

“Okay, but with whom are you going to cook with?” She asked.

“With my wife of course,” Richard replied.

“Okay lover boy, good luck,” she replied.

Richard held Rebecca’s arm and they slowly walked to the kitchen. She brought one of the dining chairs for him to sit on. Richard sat down and watched her go back and front in the kitchen.

“I heard your sister saying she will be going back in the next five days,” Rebecca announced.

“Yes, she said she is going to take care of our niece,” Richard replied.

“Oh, I was wondering if you could talk to her about starting a school here in this University,” Rebecca suggested.

“That’s a brilliant idea, but how who will take care of our nieces?” Richard asked.

“Well, we can rent a house here for them to stay,” Rebecca said.
“I don’t cause you so much expenses, you have already done so much for me,” Richard complained.

“Don’t worry Richard, I can do anything for you,” she smiled.
He watched her as she cut the onions with small knife.

“Do you know what?” Richard asked.

“What is it?” Rebecca asked as she stopped cutting the onions.
“I have on several occasions imagined myself introducing you to my older sister,” Richard announced.

“Really?”

“Yes, and I can see the happiness the happiness on her face if she sees how perfect my wife is,” Richard said.
“Is really sad that we’ll never get to see her again,” she responded.
“Yes, I really regret leaving five years ago,” Richard announced.
“It must be really so heartbreaking for you,” she replied.
“Yes it is,” he replied.
She continued with her cooking and Richard remained quiet and watched her.
“I’m curious about something,” he revealed.
“What is it?” She asked.
“How did you feel when you discovered that I ran away five years ago?” Richard asked.
“Well, I couldn’t believe it at first. I thought maybe you would come back after some days. I waited and waited but you weren’t back. You were in my dreams for months only I finally gave up at last,” she explained.

“I’m really sorry for causing you all this pain,” Richard apologized.

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Thomas returned with Richard’s bag containing his clothes. He went to the guest quarter and found Susan sitting alone in Richard room. She wore an earpiece in ear that she didn’t even notice it when he came in. Thomas, remained quiet for a moment appreciating her beauty. The more he looked at her, the more his desire for her grows. When she looked up, she caught him staring at her. But his desire grew so strong that he couldn’t look away.

“Can I help you?” She asked after removing the earpiece for her ears.

“Where is Richard?” Thomas asked.

“He went to cook with his girlfriend,” she responded.

“Where did they go to?” Thomas asked.

“I don’t know, you can ask them when they return,” she replied putting back her earpiece.

“Susan!” Thomas called out.

“What is it?” She questioned.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t call you. And the excuse I gave back was pretty lame. To be honest, I was scared your brother won’t like you talking to me,” Thomas replied.
“Really? And why would my brother do that?” Susan asked.

“Well, is so hard to explain this,” Thomas replied.

“Aren’t you getting tired of standing?” She said noticing the fact he was standing.

“Actually, I am,” Thomas replied and sat at the edge of the bed.

“So, tell me about your girlfriend,” she asked.

“I don’t have a girlfriend,” Thomas replied.

“That’s the common lie that boys say when they meet new girls,” she disbelieved.

“Well, you can ask your brother if you think what I said is untrue,” Thomas said.

“But I know at least you have a crush on someone,” she said looking into his eyes.

The way she talked made him weak that he forgot where was.

“Do you have a crush on someone?” She asked again.

“Yes I do,” he replied.

“Who could that be?”

“Well, I prefer to keep it a secret for the time being.”
“Is that so? At least you can tell me more about her if you are not willing to tell me about her identity.”

“If i tell you a little information about her, I’ll be revealing her identity,” Thomas replied.

“Is okay. Tell me why you like her,” Susan insisted.

“I’m in love with her eyes. From the first moment I saw her, I felt so connected to her. I’ve never felt like that in my entire existence,” Thoma said.

They were both quiet for a moment looking into each other’s eyes. Thomas felt like getting up and kiss her, but something stopped. From the look in her eyes, it was obvious that she was completely helpless.
“When are you going to confess your feelings to her?” She asked.
“Anytime soon,” Thomas replied.
“You better hurry up, she might travel,” Susan said.
“Travel? Where would she go to?”
“I don’t I know, maybe back to where she came from,” Susan replied.
“I thought she just arrived here,” Thomas said.
“Well, there are things she needs to take of that’s why she needs to go,” she explained. Before Thomas could make a comment her phone started ringing.

🌹🌹🌹
Emmanuel had just returned from school. He walked in with his school bag on the back heading to his room. He suddenly heard Rebecca’s voice in the kitchen and he branched off to see what she was cooking. When he got there he saw standing next to Richard.
“Hey, aren’t you supposed to be at school?” Rebecca asked angrily.

“One of our teachers passed away, so is a day off for us,” Emmanuel grinned.

“Seriously? Your teacher passed away and all that you cared about is the day off you get?” Rebecca questioned shockingly.

“Is not like we are related, so that shouldn’t bother me,” he said as he headed back to his room.

“Your evilness is really getting out of hand, I wonder what will happen if someone you loves dies,” Rebecca said.
“I still don’t care,” he said walking.

“This boy is so spoilt, I don’t know how to deal with him anymore,” Rebecca said.

“He is at his adolescence stage, you were once like him, remember?” Richard grinned.

“Hey, don’t forget that you are just 2 years older than I am. And as of now, if I tell people that we are age mates, they are more likely to believe me,” she said.

“Yes, you are right,” Richard laughed.

After the food was done, they ate together and took some back to Susan. When they walked into the room, they food Thomas sitting on the other side of the bed.

“Since when have you been here?” Richard asked.

“A couples of minutes ago, and I heard you went to cook,” Thomas replied.

“Oh yes I didn’t,” Richard replied.

“I didn’t know that you know how to cook,” he said.

“Well, I was just there to watch my wife and learn,” he said and Rebecca turned and smiled at him.

“Here come and eat with me,” Susan said after Rebecca gave her the food.

“No, I’m really full. I ate before coming here,” Thomas responded.

“Where is Achuba?” Richard asked.

.”He will be having a lecture by noon, so I left him getting prepared,” Thomas replied

“Oh that’s okay,” Richard commented.

“I think I’ll be leaving now too, because we also have a lectures by noon,” Thomas replied.

“Okay then I will see you later,” Richard replied.

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In the night around 8 pm, Susan received a text from Thomas while she was sitting with Richard on a bed in his room.

💝Thomas: come to gate of the house, I’m waiting for you.

💬Susan: Okay, I’m on my way.

She texted back his message with a smile on her face and stood up. She was wearing a very transparent night gown at the time.
“Where are you going to?” Richard asked curiously when he noticed her going out.
“I just want to go and see something,” she replied and headed out.
She walked of the gate and saw Thomas standing close to a tree that was opposite the house. He folded his arms and leaned himself against the tree as he watched her approached him. His heartbeat increased as she got closer.
“So, what brings you here at this time?” She asked holding her waist.
“I’ve never been so desperate in my life to see someone in my life until now. I would lose my mind if I didn’t see you,” Thomas replied.
“Really? Are you expecting me to believe these silly lies of yours?” Susan laughed.

“Look into my eyes and tell me I’m lying,” Thomas said with all seriousness.

She became silent for a while and looked into his eyes. She suddenly felt like he was drawing her soul out her body. He felt a very strong force pulling him towards her. He got closer to her with his heart pounding more than ever. He gently tilt his head and kissed her on the lips. She instantly placed her hands on his shoulders as he kissed her. They kissed for more than a minute before he finally let her go.

And when he looked up behind her, he instantly met an eye contact with Richard. He had never seen Richard looking very upset like since he met him. He quickly let go Susan and watched Richard walked back into the house. He became confused and couldn’t think of what to do.

“What’s wrong?” Susan asked.

“I think Richard has saw us,” Thomas responded.

“What if he sees us?”

“I don’t think he wants us to be together,” Thomas answered.

“Do you think so?” She asked.

“The look on his face definitely said so,” Thomas responded.

“Don’t worry, I will talk to him,” Susan replied.

She went into the house and saw Richard sitting on a bench under a tree. He was sitting in silence with his arms folded. She headed straight to her room pretending hew wasn’t there.
“What do you think you are doing?” Richard asked just as she walked pass where he was sitting.

“What do you mean by that?” She asked pretending not to be aware.

“You know very well what I’m talking about,” Richard responded.
“I still don’t get you,” she smiled.
“Since when did you start dating my friends?” Richard asked angrily.
.”Are mad because I’m dating someone I like?” She questioned.

“Yes I am, and starting today, you will never see him again,” Richard declared.

“I don’t think you have the right to stop me from dating him, I am not a kid Richard, I date whoever I want and wherever I want,” she replied angrily.

Richard became quiet for moment, because he was surprised at her reply.

“Is that so?” He finally spoke.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Well, I guess I don’t have your respect any longer,” Richard replied.

“You don’t have the right to lecture me about respect,” she declared.

“I understand, you can do anything you wish,” Richard replied.

“I will,” she replied and walked to her room.

Richard remained sitting outside until it was 11 pm. Rebecca had just returned from the library and the gate was opened for her. She drove into the house and saw Richard sitting alone on a bench. She parked the car and walked to him.
“Are you still awake?” She asked when she got to where he was.
“Yes I am,” Richard responded.
“What’s wrong?” She asked noticing how worried he was.

“You won’t believe what I saw,” Richard announced.

“What happened?” Rebecca asked as she sat beside him.

“Thomas is going out with my sister,” Richard complained.

“I thought he is your friend.”
“Not anymore,” Richard declared.

“He stabbed you in the back despite how you trusted him,” Rebecca said.

“Exactly,” Richard replied.

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Thomas arrived back at their room very late in the night. When he arrived at the room, he found only Armstrong awake. He was sitting on his bed reading one of his book with a flashlight.
“Where have you been?” Armstrong asked as Thomas walked in.
“I have been sitting on the bench outside,” Thomas outside.
“We thought you are going to spend the night here,” Armstrong said.

“No I was just needed to take care of something,” he replied. He changed into his sleeping clothes and lied on his bed. He tried as much he can to fall asleep for about an hour, but he couldn’t sleep. He kept turning from one side of his bed to another.

“Is something wrong?” Armstrong asked.

“Well, is hard to explain,” Thomas replied as he sat up.

“What is it?”

“Richard saw me kissing his sister,” Thomas announced.

“No way! And what did Richard say?” Armstrong asked keeping his book aside.

“Well, he didn’t say much. He just quietly walked back into the house without saying a word,” Thomas explained.
“What did you say did?” Achuba who was lying on the lower bunk below him asked.

“I thought you are sleeping,” Thomas said.

“I was, but what you said caught my attention. I have to make up and hear you properly,” Achuba replied.
He got up and switched on the room’s light.

“What did you Richard saying you doing?” Achuba asked.

“He saw me kissing his sister,” Thomas replied.

“Wow! You know you have completely messed up, right?” Achuba said angrily.

“I know, I just couldn’t help it. No girl has ever made me feel like this before,” Thomas helplessly replied.
“I have warned you before, had it been you backed off, it wouldn’t have turned out like this,” Achuba replied.

“I did back off, but she was really mad at for not calling her,” Thomas explained.

“Well, let’s hope Richard will forgive you for doing that,” Achuba said.

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Richard woke up early in the morning around 6 am. He couldn’t stop thinking about what happened the night. He kept wondering about what he was going to say to Thomas when he meet him. He remained on his bed for about an hour until Susan finally came.

“Good morning,” she greeted as she walked to him. Without answering, Richard stood up and headed out of the room.
“Are you not going to talk to me?” Susan asked after quickly blocking his way. Richard gently pushed her out of his way and walked out of the room.

He left her in the room and headed to Rebecca’s site. He entered the living room and found Emmanuel watching TV with his school uniform on.

.”Good morning,” Emmanuel greeted him.

“Good morning, how are you?” Richard asked.

“I’m fine, how are you feeling now?” Emmanuel asked.

.”I’m much better now,” Richard replied.

“That’s really nice,” Emmanuel said.

“It looks like you are ready for school,” Richard commented.

“Yes, I wish I wouldn’t go to that horrible place,” Emmanuel said.

“Is that so? Tell exactly why you hate school,” Richard requested.

“I just hate the fact that I have to sit in the place doing some boring things for hours,” Emmanuel complained.

“Is that the only reason why you hate school?” Richard asked.

“Yes I think it is,” he smiled.

“Well, I’m not surprised that you hate school. I used to hate school too when I was young like you,” Richard said.

“Oh really?” Emmanuel asked.

“Yes Emmanuel. I hated it to the extend that I hid myself in an old building close to my school. When the closing hour arrives, I will go back home with the other kids,” Richard narrated.

“That’s cool,” Emmanuel grinned.

“Wait until you hear the full story,” Richard laughed.

“So, what happened next?” Emmanuel asked.

“One day while I coming home, I met a little girl with her mother who was a blind woman. The little girl was guiding her mother around.”

“When the little girl saw my school bag, she told her mother that she wished she could have a bag like mine. She told me that she had never been to school, and she continued by asking me alot of things about my school. Even though I was young at that time, I still appreciate the fact that going to school is a blessing. From that day, I never miss school again,” Richard informed.
Emmanuel became quiet and couldn’t say a word.

“What do you want to be in the future?” Richard asked breaking the silence.

“I want to be a pilot,” Emmanuel happily revealed.

“That’s marvelous, I would love to see you flying an aeroplane in the future,” Richard said.
“That will be awesome,” Emmanuel grinned.
“But you know being a pilot won’t be easy because there are plenty of calculations involved in it,” Richard said.
“I know,” Emmanuel replied.
“That’s why you must go to school. Besides, school is an amazing place. I met all of my best friends there,” Richard explained.
“Yes, you are right,” Emmanuel smiled.
Suddenly, Rebecca appeared behind them wearing a pink night gown.

“Alright is 7:30, is time for you to go,” Rebecca announced.

“I know,” Emmanuel replied. He grabbed his school bag and headed out.

“Good bye Richard, I will see you after school,” Emmanuel said as he walked out of the house.
“It looks like you’ll be a good father,” Rebecca said as she said beside Richard.

“Why do say that?” Richard laughed.

“Well, I heard advising Emmanuel,” she replied.

“We’re you eavesdropping?” Richard asked.

“Kind of,” Rebecca laughed.

“You know he hardly listens to anyone the way he listened you,” Rebecca said after she stopped laughing.

“Really?” Richard asked.
“Yes, and I’m the least person he listens to,” Rebecca replied.

“You k you he is growing up, give him a break,” Richard suggested.

“Oh, we’ll see about that,” she replied.

“So, what do you want to have for breakfast?” She asked.

.”Anything will be okay with me,” Richard replied.

“Okay I be back in few minutes,” she replied as she stood up.

“By the way, you dropped one of your earrings in my room,” Richard announced.

“You are right, I looked for it yesterday but couldn’t find it. O thought I lost it,” Rebecca replied.
Rebecca walked out and headed to Richard’s room. When she arrived at the room she found Susan crying with her face on the bed.

“Oh my God! Susan, what’s wrong?” Rebecca worriedly asked. But Susan kept crying without saying a word.

“Please talk to me Susan, what’s wrong?” Rebecca asked again.

“My brother is no longer talking to me,” she replied crying.

“Don’t worry, I will go and talk to him,” Rebecca replied.
Rebecca stood up went to Richard in the living room.

“What did you to Susan?” Rebecca asked.

“What do you mean?” Richard asked.

“I found her crying terribly in your room,” Rebecca announced.

“Really?” Richard asked.

“Yes, I think you go and talk to her,” Rebecca suggested. Richard stood and went back to the room and found her still crying.

“Susan!” Richard called out. She finally looked up with tears all over face.

.”What do you want?” She shouted.

“I’m truly sorry for making you cry,” Richard apologized.

“I was doing that for your own good,” Richard said.

“Don’t you think I’m old enough to know what’s right for me?” She asked.

“I know you are old enough, but dating my friend is something I couldn’t imagine. Besides, you are even older than him,” Richard informed.

“I know I’m older than him,” she responded.

“You know you are my only family left, I will do whatever it takes to protect you,” Richard said.

“Thank you for the concern,” she smiled.

He sat beside her and they talked for minutes before arriving announced to them that breakfast was ready. After the breakfast, Rebecca announced to them she will be going for her lectures. Some few minutes after she left, Richard received a call from a foreign number. He was surprised and wondered who was calling him. But after he heard the voice, he instantly recognize whom it was.

💟Richard: Good morning ma’am

💬Prof. Grace: Good morning, but is actually evening here

💟Richard: I’m sorry I didn’t know

💬Prof. Grace: is okay, how are you feeling now?

💬Richard: I’m much better now, thank you.

💟💬Prof. Grace: I’m pleased to hear that.

💟Richard: how about you? How is your treatment going?

💬Prof. Grace: is going okay, I will be having a major surgery tomorrow.

💬Richard: Oh I pray it will be a successful one.

💬Prof. Grace: Thank you. I hope you are watching over Rebecca and Emmanuel?

💬Richard: is quite the opposite ma’am, I think Rebecca is watching over us.

💬Prof. Grace: that’s okay, I’m really glad that you are okay.
Richard: thank you so much ma’am.

Immediately after the call, Richard saw Thomas calling his number. He watched as the phone rang until it stopped. He silenced the phone as soon as it stopped ringing. It rang about five times but Richard did not answer it. After a while, he saw Achuba calling.

💬Richard: hello

💬Achuba: hey, how are you?

💬Richard: I’m doing great.

💬Achuba: sorry I didn’t get the chance to show up, you school stuff can be overwhelming.

💬Richard: you need not to bother yourself, is totally understandable.

💬Achuba: thank you. By the way, I heard what Thomas did.

💬Richard: who told you about it?

💬Achuba: he did. I will call you back later, there is something I must do now.

💬Richard: okay.

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In the evening, around 5 pm, Achuba arrived. He went to Richard’s room and found him sitting by the edge of the bed going through his phone.

“Hey Richard,” he called out as he walked in.

“Hey Achuba!” Richard looked up.
“I’m sorry for not coming earlier, you know we are in the middle of the semester, things are pretty tough right now,” Achuba apologized.

“Is okay, I totally understand,” Richard smiled.

“So, how are you feeling now?” Achuba asked.

“I’m much better now,” Richard answered.

Achuba proceed and sat beside Richard. He tried to grab Richard’s phone, but Richard quickly put it away.
“Hey, are you cheating on Rebecca?” He asked sarcastically.

“I’m not that greedy you know,” Richard laughed.

“If you are not cheating on her, then why did you hide your phone from me?” Achuba asked.

“Is something embarrassing, I don’t want you to see it,” Richard replied.

“Really? And what could that be?”
“You have to kill me to find out,” Richard laughed.
Just as they were talking, they heard the sound of the gate opening and Rebecca drove in with her car.

“Speaking of embarrassment, we all couldn’t believe what we saw today,” Achuba announced.

“What Happened?” Richard asked.

“The senator came to the university today, he was desperately begging Rebecca to take him back. Everybody was watching, but Rebecca refused to listen to him,” Achuba explained.

“Really?” Richard wanted to hear more.

Before Achuba could utter a word, his phone started ringing. When he removed it out of his pocket, he observed that it was Thomas calling him. Richard made an attempt to stop him from picking the call, but he quickly answered it. They talked for about five minutes before the call finally ended. And at that moment, Rebecca was just some few inches away from the entrance.
“You were telling me about Rebecca,” Richard said wanting Achuba to complete his story. The moment Rebecca heard, she stopped her steps and waited to hear what they would say about her.

“Oh yes, from the way I see it, the senator is madly in love with her. And I thin he can do anything to get her back,” Achuba explained.

“He did come here yesterday, he offered to give me fifty million Naira if I let her go,” Richard confessed.
“Oh my God, did you accept it?” Achuba asked.

“No I didn’t,” Richard replied.

“To be honest, if I were you, I would accept the money. Fifty million Naira is enough to change your life forever,” Achuba said.

“So, are you telling me that you choose fifty million Naira ?” Richard asked.

.”Obviously. I mean, I’m not sure if I will be with Tina forever. We may even get divorced after some years of marriage and that will be the end of our love story. But if I start a business with fifty million Naira, I may lay a fundation that even my grandchildren with benefit from it,” Achuba explained.

“If you still have the ability to think like this, then it means you really aren’t in love with Tina. Because when you love someone unconditionally, they will become your world to the extent that you can’t see yourself without them. Fifty million Naira is such a great amount, but I’ll be miserable without Rebecca in my life and I will continue to live thinking about how my life could have been with her. If I’m the richest man on the planet, I could give up all I have for Rebecca. When you are in love, you will feel a pleasure that nothing in this world can bring you,” Richard stated.
Achuba became silent and watched Richard with smile on his face.
.”You are really in love with this girl,” he finally said.

“Yes I am,” Richard replied.

“What did the senator say after you rejected his offer?”

“He threatened to kill me,” Richard replied.

“What? I think you should take him seriously, because if you see how crazy he acted today, you won’t doubt it,” Achuba said.

“I know, he tried to kill me, remember?”

“And yet you still declined his offer. You know the law don’t work on rich people like him, he can kill you and nothing will happen to him,” Achuba said.

“Let him kill me, but I never let go of Rebecca,” Richard said.


To_be_Continued📝



THE
🌠 PINK
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🌠 CLOUDS
💝 #Episode_29
When Rebecca heard that, she ran into the room and unexpectedly kissed Richard.

“Why didn’t you tell me that he threatened to kill me?” Rebecca asked.

“Well, I just don’t want you to be worried,” Richard replied.

“I will make sure I find a way to bring him down,” Rebecca vowed.

“And for you, I will never forget this betrayal,” she said looking at Achuba.
“I am really sorry, is not that I despise you or something, I was just talking about my own point of view,” Achuba explained.

“I’m pretty sure that if Richard was like other guys, you could have convinced him.”

“Then you are lucky that he’s not like other boys,” Achuba smiled.

“Stop trying to act cool,” Rebecca said and walked out.

“How comes we didn’t notice her arrival?” Achuba asked.

“I didn’t know that she’s an expert in sneaking until now,” Richard replied.

“Did you talk to Thomas?” Achuba asked.

“No I didn’t,” Richard replied.

“Don’t tell me that is really over between the two of you,” Achuba said.

“Is pretty obvious that it is,” Richard said.

“You know, I’m absolutely certain that the feelings Thomas has for your sister are real. He has been in worry for the past day and I’ve never seen him like that,” Achuba announced.

“Well, that’s not my problem,” Richard replied.

“Can I ask you something?” Achuba said.

“Yes you can,” replied Richard.

“When you first fall in love with Rebecca, you told me that you weren’t supposed to fall in love with her. But despite all the reasons not to fall for her, you were blinded that you couldn’t see the reality. You even chose to give up school because of your love for her,” Achuba announced. Richard remained quiet for a moment.

“You are absolutely right,” Richard finally spoke.

“Don’t you think is the same thing for Thomas? I noticed they looked at each other the day they first met and Thomas even had her phone number. But I quickly interfered and reminded Thomas of the consequences of his actions, and because of that, he didn’t call her,” Achuba explained.

At that moment, Emmanuel walked into the room.

“Hey Richard, do you know how to play FIFA on PlayStation?” He asked.

“Actually, I’m not that good. It’s been years since I last played a video game,” Richard replied.

“Do you have the game with you?” Achuba asked.

“Oh yes I do, it is in my room,” Emmanuel replied.
“Bring it here, I would to play it,” Achuba replied.
“Okay, give me a moment,” Emmanuel said and went to his room.
Rebecca was in the dinning room with her books doing some her projects when she saw Emmanuel going out with his game.
“Where are you going with that?” She asked.
“I’m going to Richard’s room,” he answered.
“Okay, has his friend left?” Rebecca asked.

“No he hasn’t,” Emmanuel replied and went out. He arrived at Richard room and placed the game on stand that was close to the wall. He went to other guest room where Susan was lying on a bed and took the TV that was placed on the wall.

“Where are you taking it to?” Susan asked.

“I’m taking it to the other room,” he replied and walked out. Susan curious stood up and went after him. By the time she arrived at Richard’s room, Emmanuel was done setting the game up.

“What are you guys doing?” She asked.

“Do you want to join us?” Achuba asked.
“No thank you,” she responded. She sat beside Richard on the bed and watched as Achuba and Emmanuel played.
As they were sitting, she suddenly received a text message from
Thomas reading “I’m waiting for you.” She looked into Richard’s eyes after reading message.
“Is it Thomas?” Richard asked.

“No it isn’t him,” she replied as she stood.

“You know you are a terrible at pretending, don’t you?” Richard asked.

“You don’t have to believe me,” she said and walked out.
She walked out of the house and found Thomas standing under the tree they met the previous time.
“I thought you are not going to come out,” Thomas said when Susan had finally got to where he was.
“Why are you here?” She asked.
“I’m here to see you,” he replied.
“But I’m sorry we can’t be seeing each other from now on,” Susan replied.

“Is okay, but I’m really curious,” Thomas announced.

“What are you curious about?” She asked.

“Did you ever love me?” He asked.

Susan walked closer to him and looked into his.

“I do love you, but my brother doesn’t approve it,” she said.

“Does that mean you are going to give up on me?” Thomas asked.

“I’m left with no option,” Susan replied.

“In my entire life, I never knew this type of love exist till I met you. I felt something unique since the first time I set my eyes on you,” Thomas said.

“This is a lie that every boy tells a girl that happens to be his victim, you do know I’m older than you right? I have met quite a lot of boys saying similar things,” Susan responded.
“I swear to God, I have never felt something like this Susan. Is like I haven’t been alive until I met you. You we were in relationship, I felt like I have made the greatest achievement of my life and I didn’t even care if I die the next day.”
She became speechless at that and only looked into his eyes.
“What do you want me to do now?” She finally asked.
“Just give me a chance,” he answered.

“How do I know I can trust you?” Susan inquired.

“Look into my eyes and tell me I’m lying,” Thomas said.

“Okay, then you need to talk to my brother first,” she conditioned.

“Okay, that won’t be a problem,” Thomas replied.

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Rebecca going through her projects when she saw her mother’s secretary calling her.

💟Rebecca: Hello

💝Secretary: Rebecca, how are you you?

💝Rebecca: I’m fine, and how is my mum doing?

💬Secretary: well, I just called to inform you.

When Rebecca heard that, her heart started beating faster and her imagination went wild. She wished the secretary won’t tell what she was thinking.

💝Rebecca: what happened to my mother.

💬Secretary: she passed some few minutes after her surgery.

💟Rebecca: please tell me this isn’t true.

💬Secretary: I’m truly Rebecca, I know this will be very hard for you to accept.

Rebecca didn’t know when the phone fell of her hand. She suddenly screamed at the top of her that the whole compound echoed her voice. Richard and everyone rushed to living room to see what was wrong. When they got there, they found Rebecca on the floor crying out loud like never before. Richard bent down and held her hand as she was crying.

“What’s wrong Rebecca?” Richard asked.

“My mum is death,” she said crying. Richard couldn’t believe what he just heard. He could process the information that got into his head, and everyone around became devastated.
Emmanuel ran out of the living to his room and locked himself. Unconsciously, tears started falling from Richard’s eyes. He couldn’t utter a word to Rebecca, he just sat there and watched her in disbelieve. Susan instantly came in and saw Richard and Rebecca crying. She became very confused to why they we’re crying like that.

“What happened?” She asked Achuba who was standing behind them.

“Rebecca’s mother died,” Achuba explained.

“Oh my God, that’s terrible,” Susan said.

“Yes it is,” Achuba replied.

Susan went to Rebecca and held her hand trying to calm her while Achuba went to Richard. Soon, people from all over came in trying to calm them. Rebecca felt like all of it was it. She couldn’t believe that she won’t be hear her mother’s voice ever again. She couldn’t believe that believe that she won’t hear or see her laughing ever again. The more she thought of things like that, she Wilder it drove her.

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It was midnight, and Rebecca could not stop crying. Even though she saw her mother’s death coming, she couldn’t believe it actually happened. She wished she could wake up for that nightmare. At some point, she got up to go to the bathroom. As she was passing by Emmanuel’s room, she heard him crying in his room. She opened the door and walked into the room. He was sitting by the edge of the bed crying when she walked into. When he looked up and saw her, he ran to her and hugged her. She couldn’t feel his tears wetting her clothes.

“I’m so sorry,” Rebecca cried.

“What are we going to do now?” He asked.

“I don’t really know Emmanuel, but I’m sure God is with us,” Rebecca said.

“If God is with us, why did he take our mother away from us?” He asked.
“Because his place is better than here,” Rebecca replied.
“I wish this was not real,” he said.
“Me too,” Rebecca replied.
He cried on her shoulder for minutes before she told him that she needed to go to the bathroom. After she done she headed out and sat on the park bench opposite Richard’s room. She suddenly burst into tears when she saw Richard approaching her. He came and sat beside her and held her hand.
“I just can’t believe that my mom is really gone,” she cried.
“Me too, I’m still shocked as you,” Richard replied.
“I was a fool for not going with her, I could have been there during her last moments,” she cried.
“You shouldn’t blame yourself, she wouldn’t have allowed it even if you wanted to go with her,” Richard replied.
“She couldn’t have allowed me if I insisted.”
“I think the best for us to do now is to pray for her,” Richard said.

They remained sitting till Dawn. Soon, Rebecca’s aunt arrived the house. When Rebecca saw her, she quickly ran to her and hugged her. They both cried out as they hugged each other.
“I can’t believe Grace is really gone,” her aunt cried. Emmanuel came out of his room and went to them. Richard stood behind and watched them in sadness. He felt sorry for them because they became orphans like. And I that moment, he vowed to himself to never let go of Rebecca no matter what happens.
In the morning, students and lecturers from the university started coming to say their condolences to Rebecca. Richard gave them some space and stayed in his room. It had been a busy day because people did not stop coming even after 4 pm. Just around 5 please, Alice and Amirah arrived. They stayed with Rebecca in the room for the rest of the day.

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About a week later, susan travelled back to her place and Rebecca was expected to move out of the house since it’s a government property. They were to move to a house Rebecca bought that was just about a kilometer away. They woke up early in the morning and started making the preparing to leave. They gathered all their stuff in big bags and boxes. At about 10 pm, they were done packing everything.

“Are you hungry?” Rebecca asked Richard.

“I think so,” Richard smiled.

“Okay, I will eat when we get there,” she responded.

Everything was loaded into a big truck and soon they took off. The truck was behind Rebecca’s car which was leading the way. Emmanuel was sitting on the back sit with their aunt, while Richard was beside Rebecca. In just five minutes, they arrived at their destination. It was 3 bedroom apartment with medium sized living room. It has a short fence around it and was painted yellow. There was a small canopy at the front of the house that was meant for parking a car. Rebecca parked the car and they all got down from the car.

Their luggage was unloaded from the truck and taken into the house. After everything was taken off the truck, Rebecca paid the truck driver and he drove away with his fellows. Soon, they started arranging everything in the house. It took them about 4 hours to finish arranging everything. They were so tired and hungry by the time they were done.
“Could you please go and get us something to eat?” Rebecca asked Richard with a sick face.

“Is okay, what would you like to eat?” Richard asked.

“You can get me anything,” she replied.

“How about you Emmanuel?”

“I’m okay with rice and stew,” replied Emmanuel.

“Okay, I will be back,” Richard replied and walked out.

After Richard went out, Rebecca’s Aunt asked Richard to go out because she needed to have a word with her.

“You said you needed to talk to me,” Rebecca said.

“Yes, I have been here for almost a week, and I noticed that this young man has been so close to you,” her aunt replied.

“Yes he has been.”

“Can I ask what’s your relationship with him?” She requested.

“He is my boyfriend,” Rebecca answered.

“Boyfriend? Is he working?” She asked.

“No, he is first year student in this University.”

“What? How could you be with someone like that? I’m pretty sure he’s after your money.”

“No, Richard is not like that,” Rebecca responded.

“I don’t think I can tolerate this, you must break up with him,” she declared.

“I don’t think I can break up with him, even my mom has approved our relationship,” Rebecca replied.

“Are you being disrespectful to me because I’m not your mother?” She asked.

“No I’m not being disrespectful,” Rebecca replied.

“In case you have forgotten, your mother is my younger sister and she does everything we ask to do. Since your beginning to show this behavior, I will ask your uncle to look into this,” she expressed.

Rebecca was silent at that moment. Her heart was boiling in rage wondering what she’s going to say.

“I’m old enough to take care of myself and my brother, why can you just let us live our lives the way we please?” Rebecca asked.
“This is truely unbelievable, I can see that you have been brought up with no manners at all. My first child is 20 years older than you, but he’s never said something of that nature to me,” she said.

“I’m really sorry, I will do anything you wish, but breaking up with Richard is something I will never do,” she answered.
“Well, then I will have to inform your uncle,” she said.

30 minutes later, Richard returned with the food he bought from the restaurant nearby. He bought Rebecca and her Aunt some pounded yam, while he bought himself and Emmanuel rice and stew. When arrived, he noticed Emmanuel sitting on rock outside the house.

“Hey, what are you doing there?” Richard asked.

“So you are back,” Emmanuel replied as he stood up.

“Yes I am,” Richard replied trying to go into the house.
“Wait,” Emmanuel called out. Richard stopped walking and looked in his direction.
“There is something I need to tell you before you go in,” he announced.
“What is it?” Richard asked.
“I heard my aunt and Rebecca talking about you,” he announced.
“Really? What were the saying?” Richard asked.
“My aunt said you can’t live with us anymore,” Emmanuel replied.

“Well, I wasn’t planning on living here either,” Richard responded.

“She asked Rebecca to break up with you,” he added.

“Why did she want me to break up with Rebecca?”

“She said is because you are poor and have no better future,” Emmanuel explained.

“What? And what did Rebecca say?” He asked.

“She said she won’t break-up with you and my aunt said she going to get our uncle,” he explained.

Richard became shocked when he heard that. He moved closer to him and asked him to tell him more about relatives.

“My mum has 2 siblings and they are both older that her. My grandparents died even before Rebecca was born. My mom hasn’t been in good relationship with my aunty and uncle, for that reason, why don’t visit them often,” Emmanuel explained.

“Why do your relatives live?” Richard asked.

“They live in Calabar, Cross River State,” he explained.
Richard smiled and placed in right hand on Emmanuel’s shoulder.

“What do you think of me?” Richard asked.

“I think you are very kind,” Emmanuel responded.

“I’m glad you think. Let’s go in, aren’t you tired of standing here?” Richard said.

“They asked me to come outside,” Emmanuel replied.

“Why did they do that?”

“I guess my Aunt didn’t want me to hear their conversation which I already heard anyway.”

“You are such a naughty kid,” Richard smiled.

He walked in together and met them sitting on the sofa in the living room.

“You are back,” Rebecca smiled as she stood up to meet Richard.

“Yes, I’m so I’ve kept you waiting,” Richard answered.

“Is okay,” she replied as she received the poly bag from his hand.

“What did you get me?” She asked.

“I got some pounded yam for you and your aunt,” Richard replied.

“Oh thank you so much, as if you’ve read my mind, it’s been a while since we last ate pounded yam,” Rebecca said excited.

After he handed them the food, went to the bedroom that was right next to the living room and took his bag with all his clothes and went out without Rebecca and her Aunt noticing it.

“Are you going already?” Emmanuel asked asked when he noticed Richard living.

“Yes, I’ll be going back to the hostel,” Richard replied.

“Why are you going to leave us?” Emmanuel asked sadly.

“Our exams are starting next week, I want to go to the dorm and prepare,” Richard explained.

“Does Rebecca know that you are living?”

“Yes she does,” Richard smiled.

Richard started walking, and Emmanuel went after him. He held the other side of the bag as Richard walked.
“You could have at least asked Rebecca for a lift,” Emmanuel said.
“She is very exhausted, I don’t want to bother her,” Richard smiled.
“Are you leaving because of our aunt?”
“No, I’m not leaving because of her, I told you why I’m leaving,” Richard explained.
“And don’t worry, I’ll be coming here from time to time,” Richard continued.
“Okay, I wish you would always be here,” Emmanuel said.
“I will always be here,” Richard replied.
He boarded a taxi to the dorm, and Emmanuel went back home. When Emmanuel got in the living room, he found Rebecca eating the food Richard bought with their aunt.
“Are you aware that Richard has left?” Emmanuel announced.
“Left? Where did he go to?” Rebecca asked.
“He said he’ll be going back to the dorm, I saw him leaving with his stuff,” Emmanuel explained.
When Rebecca heard that, she quickly stood up and ran out.
“Don’t waste your energy, he has taken a taxi already,” Emmanuel said after he had gone after her outside.

“How could he leave like that without saying anything to me?” Rebecca asked.

“I told him about your conversation with our aunt,” Emmanuel revealed.

“What do you mean my conversation?” She asked.

“I heard aunt telling you to break up with him,” Emmanuel revealed.

“What? You must be crazy, how could you be telling him something like that?” Rebecca asked furiously. She went back to the house and tried calling his number, but he was unavailable.
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Richard had just arrived at the dormitory. He climbed the stairs dragging his bag along. When he opened the door to their room, all his room members were surprised to see him.

“Richard, why are you here with your stuff? Did something happen between you and Rebecca?” Achuba asked.

“Nothing happened between us, is just that her Aunt is trying to get between us,” Richard explained as he walked.

“Why does she dislike you?” Achuba asked.

“She said is because I’m poor,” Richard replied.

He walked to his closet and put his bag in it and then proceeded to sit on his bed. When he looked up, he made an eye contact with Thomas, and he quickly looked away.
“I thought you said Prof. Grace promised to give you 20 million Naira,” Achuba recalled.

“Yes she did promise to give me 20 million Naira, but she is no longer here,” Richard sadly replied.

“This must be really terrible for you,” Achuba said.

“Indeed it is, I don’t know what to do with my life anymore,” Richard said.

“What do you mean by that?” Achuba questioned.
Richard remained quiet for a while before he finally spoke.
“After thinking about it, I don’t blame her Aunt. I mean look at me, I’m approaching 30 and I haven’t done anything reasonable with myself life. How am I expected to take care of Rebecca, my sister and my nieces? I just feel like I was born unlucky,” Richard complained.

“Calm down bro, I thought you are only 24,” Achuba replied.

“24 is not a small number when it comes to age,” Richard replied.

“Please calm down Richard, if you mad about not getting that money, why don’t you ask Rebecca to loan you some money to start your with it?” Achuba asked.

“I don’t think I can do that, she will think I’m after her money,” Richard responded.

“Stop over thinking Richard,” Achuba adviced.

After a while, Achuba left the room leaving behind only Richard and Thomas. The room remained silent for more than 10 minutes until Thomas broke the silence.

“I’m sorry Richard,” Thomas apologized as he got down from his bed.

“Are you talking to me?” Richard asked as he looked up.

“Yes, who else could I be talking to?” Thomas asked.

“I don’t know,” Richard replied.

“I’m really sorry for dating your sister,” Thomas apologized.

“That’s your problem,” Richard replied.
Thomas stood up and went closer Richard.

“I swear to God, my feelings for your Susan are real. I’ve never met a girl made me feel like that in my entire life. I’ve tried my best not to fall for her, but at end, I fell irresistibly in love with her. Please give us a chance Richard, and I swear I won’t talk any other girl ever again,” Thomas begged. Richard became surprised at his words and somehow became weakened.
“Okay, but don’t ever talk about other girls in my presence,” Richard agree.

“Oh thank you so much,” Thomas replied as forcefully hugged Richard.

“Get off me please,” Richard said.

Just then, Achuba came back holding a poly bag.

“Someone is looking for you outside, the person is at the entrance of the dormitory,” Achuba announced to Richard.

“Who could that person be?” Richard asked.

“You can go there and see for yourself,” Achuba replied. Richard got down from his bed and headed out. When he got of the dormitory, he saw Rebecca leaned against her car with her arms folded. Richard walked slowly towards her coming up with words to tell.

“You must be very disappointed to see me,” Rebecca said when Richard got to where she was.

“How can you say?” Richard asked.

“How could you leave just like without saying a word to me?” Richard asked.

“I’m sorry, I just came back here to prepare for my exams,” Richard replied.

“Go and get your stuff, we are going back,” Rebecca replied.
“I can’t go back, I told you I have things to do,” Richard replied.
“Unless you don’t want your future wife to be rapped, go and get your stuff ready,” Rebecca said.

“Rapped?” Richard retorted.

“Yes, rapped. My aunt has travelled back, only I Emmanuel will be willing be left at home,” she replied.

“Okay, give me a minute,” Richard replied.

He went back to their room and grabbed his back.

“Hey, are living so soon?” Achuba asked.

“Yes I am,” Richard replied.

“You didn’t tell us where your new home is,” Thomas smiled.

“I’m not telling anyone,” Richard responded. He walked out of the room and went to Rebecca. He got into the car and soon she started driving.

“I know you heard about what my aunt said about you,” she said as they drove.

“Yes, but is not your fault,” Richard replied.

“That woman is really crazy, I don’t know she is so interested in my person life,” Rebecca said angrily.

“Do you know what?” Richard asked.

“No I don’t,” Rebecca replied.
“I think she is right in some ways. I mean see how useless I am, how am I supposed to take care of you and your brother?” Richard asked.

“What?” Rebecca asked after she stopped driving. She parked the car out of road and glared at Richard.

“Yes Rebecca, it makes feel so pathetic each time I see how perfect you are. I don’t have anything nor a brighter future.”

“Richard, I love you just the way you are, it wouldn’t matter to me if you are poorer or richer than you are right. You have a very beautiful personality and not everybody can see,” Rebecca smiled.

“Do you think so?” Richard asked.

“I think so,” she replied.
She continued driving the car, and soon, they arrived at their house.

“Your friend told me that you need money to start a business, but you don’t want to ask me because I thought I will think you are after my money,” Rebecca said.

“Yes, but why would Achuba told you that?” Richard asked.
“Well, he did the right thing,” Rebecca smiled.

“I just don’t want to be a burden to you,” Richard replied.

“Never will I think of you as a burden,” she replied.

“How much do you need?” She asked Richard.
“I can’t accept your money Rebecca, this is exactly what your aunt is against,” Richard said.
Richard tried to get out of the car but Rebecca grabbed his hand.

“Okay, think of it as a loan. You will pay me later,” Rebecca smiled.

“What if the business fail?” Richard Asked.

“I have confidence in you, it won’t fail,” she replied.

“Thank you for trusting me,” Richard also smiled.

“Do you know what?” Rebecca asked.

“My aunt said she is coming back with my uncle, they won’t allow me to live alone,” she announced.

“Don’t you like your relatives?” Richard asked.

“No, I hate them,” she replied.

“So, what will you do?” Richard asked.

“You should marry me,” she announced.
Richard became so surprised when she said that.

“Do you mean we should fake the marriage?” Richard asked.

“No, I mean like a serious marriage that normal lovers do. I would like you to remain by side forever,” Rebecca said.
“Marrying you would be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me, but I don’t have anything to offer you,” Richard complained.

“Don’t worry about what you have to offer me,” she replied.

“I want to marry you like a real man, so you should please give me a year,” Richard requested.


Tbc


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#Final_EPISODE

About a 3 months later, Richard had started his business of poultry and fish farming. Things haven’t been easy for him from the beginning, because he hasn’t sold any of his product yet. He was able to raise five thousand chickens and countless number of fish. Today was a big day, because he was going to sell his fish for the time, and it was also Rebecca’s birthday. He woke up early in the morning around 6 am and took a bath before any of his roommates could wake up. He got dressed in a blue Shirt and a black trouser and left the room.

He boarded a taxi that will take him to his poultry farm. The poultry was about five kilometers away from his university, and about 3 kilometers away from where Rebecca is staying. Her Aunt sent one of elderly cousins to live with her and Richard decided to move back to the hostel. Rebecca tried her best to him convince to stay, but Richard thought she needed her family. Since then, Rebecca has been very mad at Richard. She hasn’t been picking his calls for the past week, but he decided he will visit her after his sell.

He arrived at the poultry after few minutes of driving, and he was welcomed by one of the men he employed.
“Good morning sir,” the man greeted as Richard approached the entrance.

“Good morning, how was your night?” Richard asked.

“It was not bad,” the man replied.

“How is your family?” Richard asked.

“They are all okay,” the man grinned.

“That’s good then,” Richard smiled.

“I have good news for you sir,” the man announced.

“Really? What is it?” Richard asked curiously.

“Your Chickens have started laying eggs,” the man announced.

“Really?” Richard asked excitedly.

“Yes, you can go in and see them,” the man said.

Richard walked around excited and looked at his farm. He couldn’t believe he made it that far. He looked a around the farm with a smile on his, and he has never been proud of himself like he was at that moment. He was so desperate to finish was he was doing so that he could tell Rebecca about his achievement.
At about 10 am, the buyers of his arrived farm. Because of the uniqueness of his fish, he was able to make about one million Naira from his first sell.

After paying his workers, he decided go to a nearby jewelry shop nearby to buy something for Rebecca because it was her birthday. While he was going around the jewelry store shop, he noticed a very beautiful ring and a necklace and decided to buy the two for her. He took a taxi back the hostel where he found only Achuba in the room.

“Hey, when did you go out?” Achuba asked.

“I left as early as 6, you were all sleeping at that time,” Richard replied.

“So how did it go?” Achuba questioned.

“It was a huge success, And my chickens have finally starting laying eggs” Richard announced excitedly.

“You see, I told you to be patient, I was absolutely sure you would make it,” Achuba grinned.

“Thank you,” Richard smiled.

Just then, Richard received a call from Emmanuel.

💬Richard: Hello

💬Emmanuel: Good morning

💬Richard: Good morning, I thought you are supposed to be at school by this time.

💬Emmanuel: we are on holidays

Richard: are you sure you are holidays?

💬Emmanuel: I’m absolutely sure, you can ask Rebecca if you don’t believe me.

📝Richard: okay, I believe you.

💬Emmanuel: I just want to tell you that to is Rebecca’s birthday.

💬Richard: I’m already aware, I even got her a present.

💬Emmanuel: that’s cool, when are you coming?

Richard: soon

After the call, Richard call Rebecca again several times, but she didn’t pick his calls. He decided to send her a message about his success, but still got no reply. At some, he headed out of the room.

“Where are you going?” Achuba asked.

“I’m going to meet Rebecca,” he replied as he walked. He walked for some minutes before arriving at Rebecca’s faculty. He walked to bulletin and looked for where Rebecca was having her lecture. After noticing where her lecture will take place, he asked one of the students around for where he can find the venue. He was instructed to go to the fifth floor and he made his way there.

When he got there, he noticed that the venue was a laboratory filled with students wearing white coats. Suddenly, he saw Rebecca standing next to her friends. When her friends noticed him standing outside, they showed him to her but she quickly looked away acting like she didn’t care. Richard walked to the entrance of the lab and called her name.

Rebecca turned and glared at him angrily.

“What do you want?” She inquired.

“Can I have a word with you?” Richard asked.

“What do you want with me?” She asked after getting to his position.

“Did you see the message I sent you?” Richard asked.

“Yes I did,” Rebecca replied.

“Then why didn’t you say something?” Richard asked.

“I thought you don’t want me anymore,” she replied.

“How could you say something like that?” Richard asked.

“You shouldn’t have left,” she said and turned to go back.

“Rebecca!” Richard called out and when she turned, she saw him kneeling before her.

“What are you doing?” She asked perplexingly.

“Will you marry me?” He proposed as he took out the ring he bought. Rebecca watched him with amazement, and everyone’s attention was on them. And some people even started taking pictures of them. Rebecca ran to him and held his hand.

“Yes, I will marry you,” she smiled.

“I will meet you after you are done with your lecture,” Richard said after he had gotten up.

“Okay,”Rebecca replied.

After the proposal, Richard walked out of Rebecca’s building. He suddenly received a call from Susan telling him that she had arrived. He asked her to move there with niece and nephew so that he could take of them. He boarded a taxi to the bus station and found Susan holding a baby in a blanket while sitting on a bench, and his niece was sitting beside her.

“Hey Richard,” Susan said when Richard got to them.

“How was your journey?” Richard asked.

“It was exhausting,” she smiled.

“And who are these young ladies?” He said looking at his nieces.

“Good afternoon uncle Richard,” the older one greeted him. She was 12 years old, and she was as tall as Emmanuel.
“Good afternoon Kate, I’m surprised you still remember me,” Richard said as he held her hand.

“Of course I remember you, I was 6 years old when you left,” she replied.

“You are still the smart little girl I used to know,” Richard complimented.

“Thanks you,” she giggled.

“How is the baby doing?” Richard asked looking at his nephew who was a few months old.

“He’s fine, tho he cried a bit during our journey,” Susan replied.

“So, what did you name him?” Richard asked.

“He’s called Peter,” his niece quickly said.

“What a lovely name,” Richard praised.
He took them to a small house he rented for them that was close to where Rebecca stays.

“Wow! This place looks amazing,” Susan commented after they had entered the house. It was a two bedroom flat with a living room and small kitchen.

“Yes it is,” Richard smiled.

“You know big sis would have been very proud of you if she was alive,” Susan mentioned.

“Yes I know,” Richard replied.

“Where is Rebecca?” She asked.

“She is in the school,” Richard replied.

“By the way, we will be getting married next week,” Richard announced.

“Oh my God, really?” Susan asked amazingly.

“Yes,” Richard replied.

“I’m really happy for you,” she praised.

“Thank you,” Richard replied.

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After her lecture, Rebecca quickly headed out. Her mates were calling her but she was carried away by excitement. By the time she got out of her faculty, her phone started ringing. She picked the call as she entered her car.

Rebecca: You are not going what just happened.

💬Amirah: You want to kill me with one of those boring stories of yours .

💟Rebecca: i am getting married

💟Amirah: are you serious?

💭Rebecca: yes I am, Richard has just proposed to me 2 hours ago.

💟Amirah: oh I’m really happy for you.

Rebecca: Thank you.

💬Amirah: but when is the wedding going to take place?

💟Rebecca: I’m not sure, but it should be next week.

💬Amirah: wow! That’s so soon.

💬Rebecca: I know, but I have been waiting for this moment for quite a long time.

💬Amirah: I wish you all the Best sis

🌹Rebecca: Thank you.

💟Amirah: I will call Alice and inform her.

💟Rebecca: it will help if you do that.

Rebecca started the engine of her car and drove home. When she arrived home, she met her cousin and Emmanuel watching TV in the living room.
“Are you back?” Her cousin asked.

“Yes I am,” Rebecca replied as she sit on the sofa opposite to her and next Emmanuel.

“Let me go and get you something to eat,” her cousin said as she stood up.

“Wait, I have something to tell you,” Rebecca announced.

“I am getting married,” Rebecca announced.

“Really? Did you tell your aunt about it?” She asked.

“No I haven’t,” Rebecca replied.

“You should at least tell her,” her cousin suggested.

“I know she will try to stop me, that’s why I won’t bother telling her,” Rebecca replied.

“You know we are also your family, she is just worried about you,” her cousin said.

“But I do love Richard with all my heart, besides, I have never seen my mom trusting anyone like she trusted him,” Rebecca explained.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with Richard,” Emmanuel interfered.

“Really? He must be a really nice man since he was able to win over all of you,” she smiled.

Some minutes later, Richard knocked at the door of the living room and came in.

“Richard” Emmanuel called out.

“Emmanuel!” Richard retorted.

“Good afternoon,” Emmanuel greeted.

“Good afternoon how are you?”

“I’m fine, I heard that you will marry Rebecca.”

“As a matter of fact, I will,” Richard smiled, and by that time, he had reached one of the sofas and sat down.

“I can’t believe Rebecca will be getting married,” Peter laughed.

“Get out here,” Rebecca shouted and Emmanuel laughed and ran out.

“Let me go and get you something to eat then,” Rebecca’s cousin and left the living room.

“Did Susan arrive safely with the kids?” Rebecca asked.

“Yes they are all healthy,” Richard replied.

“That’s nice, I was asked when is going to take place, and I replied by saying next week,” Rebecca informed.
“Oh really? Then we need to start preparing from today,” Richard replied.

“You are absolutely right,” Rebecca laughed.
“I can’t wait to see you wearing your wedding gown,” Richard said.

.”No worry, you will see me soon,” she laughed.

The next day around 10 am, Alice and Amirah arrived. They were going to help Rebecca with her weeding shopping. Rebecca brought them home with her car. They found Richard and Emmanuel in the living room playing video games when they arrived.

“Hey Richard!” Amirah said as they walked.

“You are welcome,” Richard replied as he stood up.

“Thank you,” she replied.

“I can’t believe you guys have made it this far, it was just like yesterday when you first met,” Alice commented.
“I can’t believe it, time is flying faster nowadays,” Richard replied.

“Let’s keep our luggage first,” Alice said.

“Okay,” Richard smiled.

They left for the shopping around 10:30 am. They spent almost the whole entire day shopping. They returned almost 10 pm and they were all exhausted. They came along with a van which contained everything they both. By that time, Emmanuel and Rebecca’s cousin have already slept. Richard was the only person awake. The van driver and his assistant unloaded everything from the van into the living room. They left as soon as they finished unloading.

“You guys must be really exhausted,” Richard commented.

“Yes Richard, we are indeed very tired,” Alice Rebecca.

“I’m forever grateful for your kindness,” Richard grinned.

“Oh please, don’t mention it,” she grinned.

Alice and Amirah left to the bedroom, while Rebecca remained behind. She went and sat next to Richard and placed her head on his shoulder.

“I still can’t believe we are getting married,” she said.
“Me too, I still feel like this isn’t reality,” Richard replied as he touched her hair.

“Well, we have journeyed a long way before coming here,” she said.

“Yes, we have,” Richard replied.

“You are tired, you need to go and sleep,” Richard suggested.

“You are right,” she replied and stood up.

“Goodnight dear,” she said as she walked to her room.

“Goodnight,” Richard smiled.

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It was Wednesday noon, the day Rebecca and Richard set aside for their wedding. The weeding was to take place in the university central chapel because there was a public holiday. Rebecca was feeling so excited,yet scared. She got dressed in her white weeding gown and walked out of the room. Suddenly, tears started falling from her eyes.

“Oh please don’t cry, you are going to ruin your makeup,” Amirah said as she clean the tears with her handkerchief.
“I wish my mom was her to see how beautiful I look in my weeding dress,” Rebecca said.

“We wish so too,” Alice commented.

“Is almost time, let head to the chapel,” Alice commented.
When they got out of the out of the house, Rebecca saw one of her Achuba standing next her car. The car was decorated with many balloons.

“Congratulations!” Achuba said when they got to the car.

“Thanks,” she smiled and the three of them entered the car. Achuba entered the car and started driving slowly. When the car entered the university, Rebecca was surprised at how the students were cheering and waving at her. She felt so special at that time.

They arrived at the chapel by exactly 12 pm and again Rebecca was surprised by how crowded the place was. She never such huge number of people. After the car came to a stop at the parking lot, Rebecca and her bridesmaids got down from the car. Alice helped her in holding the end of her gown as she walked towards the chapel. She suddenly saw one of her Professor, who was also her mother’s Friend standing by the door of the chapel.

“Good afternoon sir,” Rebecca greeted.

“Good afternoon, let me walk you down the aisle,” he offered.

“Thank you sir,” Rebecca smiled.

When they walked into the chapel, her heart started to beat faster. The place was filled with people like never seen before. Rebecca looked at the ground as they walked preventing herself from making eye contact. When she looked up, she saw Richard standing in a black coat suit. The instance their eyes met, all her fears disappeared. She had never seen wearing an outfit that perfect suits him like that one. After walking a few steps, they finally made it to the front of the chapel. Rebecca stood next to Richard while the Professor went back to the audience.
“You look handsome in official suits, you should wear it every day from now on,” Rebecca whispered to Richard.

“You look the most beautiful in this weeding gown, you will wear it occasionally even after we have gotten married,” Richard whispered back. After the prayers were being said, the priest asked the audience to sit down. And soon, Rebecca and Richard said their weeding vows and were announced as husband and wife. Richard proceeded to kiss her, and the crowd of the students cheered and clap for them.

                 💞💞💞   The end....





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