THIS IS THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE WEDDING, I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT?..
“Was this a good idea?” I said to myself. This must be crazy, or do I say, I must be crazy. The man who smashed my heart into pieces has a wife who is in labor, and I am driving her to the hospital. I looked at her, and she had tears in her eyes with her hand holding her tummy like the baby was going to drop. She kept on shaking her head and shouting:
“Please drive fast.” I held her hands and said, “it is going to be ok, and I am here with you”. I had no idea if that meant anything to her.
We got to the hospital in no time. Trust me when I say Patrick’s wife is a strong woman. Before I could come out of the car, she already helped herself and was by the hospital entrance.
She was in the ward when I called Patrick’s phone. Why I have his phone number, I had no idea. I just gave him a short message on the phone, your wife is in the hospital and she is in labor.
“What, she is only seven months pregnant” I hung up; I didn’t care what he was saying. I sent him a message telling him the hospital I took her to. I really was not interested in hearing his voice. He must probably be wondering why I didn’t call him to take her to the hospital, but I really don’t care.
I went into the room Patrick’s wife was allocated, and she looked at me and said
“Please tell me you didn’t call Patrick” I got confused “I thought you would want him here, he is your husband” I told her. She looked away and murmured under her breadth:
“I don’t know for how much longer he would be a husband”. The pain kicked in again, and she let out a loud scream, I ran to her and held her hands. It seemed whenever I held her hands she felt secured. I had no idea when tears started to roll down my face
“please don’t leave me” she said. “I am sorry, I don’t know your name,” I told her. I was thinking if she heard me and then she said,
“my name is Peju”. She let out another scream. I was beginning to get scared, and then I remembered how Patrick said she is just seven months pregnant, now I was really scared. Is this how pregnancy is? If this is how it is, I think it is better I just adopt, I cant see myself enduring this pain.
Someone rushed into the ward, and it was Patrick followed by his minions and my friends. Seun rushed to me and gave me a big hug. I needed that hug. By this time everyone noticed my tears, Jason offered me his handkerchief and wiped my tears off. It is weird how he has always been there in my sorrowful times; he deserves a chance to see me happy at least, once.
Patrick was talking to his wife, and she seemed to be ignoring him. I looked at Busola, and the expression on her face was just jealousy and hate.
The doctor came in, and said,
“I am sorry but Peju has to go into the labor room, I am afraid, it is time.” Some nurses came in and took her away from us. We all went to the reception to wait. All of a sudden, Busola fainted, good thing we were in the hospital. The Nurses came and rushed her into a ward. What’s the worse that could happen? We had two people on hospital beds.
One hour later, I approached the nurse by the reception and asked about Peju and Busola.
“Busola just woke up and would like to see you alone, but Peju is still in the labor room.”
She said. She directed me to Busola’s room. I entered and I was shocked to see Busola on drip. I walked to her
“Busola what is happening?” I asked her. She tried to adjust herself on the bed, but she couldn’t. She started:
“Banke I am sorry for all my wrongs, I made Patrick cheat on you, I am very sorry, I would undo it if I could.” I looked at her and she looked so sad. I just told her
“Busola lets put that aside for now, that is not important, just tell me what is wrong”. She held my hands and said
“Banke just forgive me first before I continue.” The tears in her eyes really touched me, but not to the extent of crying.
“I forgive you,” I told her
“so what is wrong with you?” I continued. Busola wiped her tears and said:
“This is my second year of living with HIV”. “What? Busola HIV.” By this time she could not look at me. I had to ask more questions
“How did you get it, does Patrick have it? Why didn’t you…” she cut me short “I got it from my wayward lifestyle, Patrick does not have it I stopped sleeping with him when I discovered I had it”. I could not control the tears in my eyes
“so how long do you have to live?” I was waiting for her reply, I turned around and her eyes were closed, she was motionless, I checked for her heartbeat, but I got none. I ran to the nurse in the reception to get her, and Seun saw me. She ran after me, and the rest followed. Before I knew it the room was crowded with my friends and Patrick’s minions. The nurse did the usual to check if Busola was alive. She turned to us and said,
“I am very sorry, but your friend is dead”. It was a long fall to the ground when Jason caught me. He hugged me so tight and said “I am so sorry Banke”. I tried to fight from his grip, but my fight was pointless, I had no strength in me. I could not stop the stream of tears from flowing.
Seun could not come to console me she needed the consoling also. Seun broke down in tears immediately I did, same with Annie and Tola.
Patrick walked out of the hospital while the rest of us went to wait in the reception. It had now gone to three hours since Peju was in the labor room.
The doctor came towards us and asked for me. “Doctor I am not the husband are you sure she asked for me?” I asked him. He said:
“You are the person that brought her to the hospital, and it is you she asked for”. I left my friends and followed him. I got into Peju’s room and she stretched out her hand for me to hold. I grabbed her hand and held it so tight. “I had twins.” Peju said. I was so happy and amidst my tears I managed to say
“Congrats dear, I am so happy for you and Patrick, where are they? Can I see them?”
She started crying with so much pain written on her face
“I lost them, my babies died,” she said. Immediately, I released her hand.
“I am so sorry Peju, we also lost Busola about two hours ago.” I told her. I grabbed a chair and sat next to her. We were both crying, why did this happen, we lost three dear people within three hours. At this time Patrick came in and was confused why his wife did not ask for him. Peju turned away from Patrick, and he gave me a questioning look.
“I am sorry Patrick, you had twins, but I am afraid they died.” I answered his unasked question. For the first time I saw Patrick cry with so much pain.
Peju interrupted us
“Patrick, I don’t want to ever see you in my life, this marriage is over, you can burn my things, but we are over.” I was so shocked when she said this, I could not believe my ears. Patrick had no strength left in him to beg; he must be feeling more pains than I did.
Patrick left the hospital immediately. I went to the reception and told my friends everything that happened, starting from how Busola had HIV, and the affair between Busola and Patrick, and how Peju lost her twins and called it quit with Patrick.
I went back to meet Peju, and suddenly my phone rang; I answered the call and the person on the end said:
“Good day, I am sorry I don’t know your name, but there was an accident involving one Mr. Patrick, and I had to call your number because it was stored with ‘My first love’ I am sorry ma’am but he is dead”
My phone dropped to the ground, and I told Peju what happened.
Everything that happened today affected me greatly, but I Keep holding on to God, for his word said:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3:5-6