I drove Lizzy’s car, I can’t trust her behind the wheels.
I know her mind is far from here.
The truth is that I was scared too, but I just hoped the issue will be resolved.
We entered into Paul’s sitting room and we exchanged greetings.
Daniel did all the talking, I and Lizzy just sat down quietly.
After like 30mins of talking, Paul finally spoke for the first time since we got there.
“Daniel, how will you feel if you find yourself in a situation you hated the most.
I have vowed never to marry someone who already has a child” “Having a child is not a disease, Paul” I said not knowing where the nerve came from.
“I know it’s not a disease, but I don’t want my children having a step brother or sister.
I don’t like anything called- step” “You are stucked here, there is no going back.
You can’t change that again.
Your unborn children already has a Step in waiting” Daniel stated “Stucked! Did you just say stucked.
I’m not, Daniel I won’t go ahead with the wedding.
In fact I’m leaving town this week” “Come of it Paul, you are blowing things out of proportion here.
What do you mean by that” “I’m dead serious, she can go to the church alone, I don’t give a damn” “You are not leaving town and that wedding is going to hold” Daniel said authoritatively.
“Paul, you know Lizzy is a great person, I know you truly love her, but do you have to give her up because of this child issue” I said “There are many ladies out there, but not all are wife material.
Would you rather prefer someone who has no child but devious, cunning and pretender to a great woman like Lizzy?” Daniel added.
He remained quiet with his head bowed all through.
“Lizzy! Why? Why didn’t you tell me earlier” he said starring into her eyes.
I immediately push Lizzy to him, she knelt down before him and started begging and crying at the same time.
I knelt down too and we all started pleading on Lizzy’s behalf.
“Who is the child’s father” “He’s nobody, he denied the paternity of the child.
We tried to make him take responsibilities for the child, but since he already denied the paternity of the child, there’s nothing we can do and he never showed up since then.
I and my mother are the only ones responsible for the child’s upbringing” Lizzy explained.
“Where is the child now?” he asked her “He stays with my mother, you’ve met him once at my mom’s place” “Him?” “Yes, he’s a boy” He sighed heavily.
“I’ll adopt him legally and he’ll live with us after the wedding, so he will grow up together with our own children” I stood up and hugged him.
“Thank you very much, may you never be put to shame” I said.
Daniel came closer to him and hugged him too.
“Thanks man, you are a good man” Daniel said.
Lizzy was still on her knees, she just stood there speechless, she’s still finding it difficult to comprehend everything her fiancée said.
She bursted into fresh tears, I think it’s tears of joy.
Paul carried her up and hugged her, I saw drop of tears fell from his eyes.
The atmosphere was full of emotions, tears started running on my cheeks too, my boyfriend walked up to me and hugged me.
“Stop crying everything is fine now, don’t worry your chief bride’s maid dress won’t waste” he said trying to cheer me up.
Lizzy turned to me and hugged me.
“Thank you, you are friend indeed, I would have carried this big secret into my marriage if not for you” she said as she hugged me tightly.
Paul too hugged.
“Do you now see the reason why I want you around her? I know you will never mislead her” Paul said still hugging me.
He thanked me for my intervention.
Some minutes later Daniel and I decided to leave, the couples needed time alone.
We left Paul’s house and he took me home, we were both stressed out.
I got home and explained everything to my mother, she was glad the whole issue was resolved.
She even told me the story of someone she knew who had the same case and the husband to be called off the wedding and left the lady for good.
She said if it’s another man, all the family will sit before this issue can be resolved.
“Really, that means all the family members will all know what’s going on? “Real family meeting o, but he resolved this only among just two friends, I really give him kudos” My mum said.
Paul was indeed a good man, I concluded.
During the week I decided to pay my Fiancé a surprise visit in the office.
I got there and spent few minutes to chat with Lola his secretary.
She noticed the diamond ring on my ring finger and congratulated me.
I went into his office afterward.
“What a pleasant surprise, you didn’t tell me you are coming” he said with his gaze fixed on the laptop.
“Dee I’m sorry for barging in on you unannounced” “Where is that my secretary, he rang her on the intercom” “Yes sir, you called me” She said when she walked in “Its like you’ve gotten another job right?” “Sir! did I do something wrong?” Lola said with pleading eyes.
“So you now bend rules for her right, I’m even sure you know she’s coming but you did not dim it fit to tell me?” “I’m sorry sir I …I thought… I and Daniel started laughing at her.
“So you didn’t know he was joking all along?” I pointed to her, still laughing.
“You need to see your face” he said to Lola.
She now join us in laughing too.
“You scared me boss” “I thought you don’t fear me, now I know you do, you can go back to your office/sit.
“Boss you know I do but for every rule there’s an exception” she said smiling.
“And she’s the expection!” he asked giving me a funny face.
Lola nodded and left the office smiling.
“I love surprises” he said walking up to join me on the sofa.
He gave me a peck and sat beside me.
“You are not nice at all, she almost fainted you know” “I was just pulling her legs.
What can I offer you?” he said smiling.
“Nothing, I’ll just take cold water and I can help myself with that” I stood up and walked to the small fridge in his office, I opened the fridge and picked a bottle water.
I went back to my sit.
“I brought you something” I said “What do you bring for me” he asked excitedly “I baked last night” I said and brought out the cup cakes I made for him.
“You are a darling” he said and gave me a kiss on the lip.
He settled down and ate the cake, I served him a glass of juice.
He fed me with some of the cake.
After the light refreshments, he went back to his sit and started working.
I noticed he was very busy, so I left after an hour.
He was very grateful for the treat.
I got a call from Tunde, I was already fuming before I picked the call.
This time, I’ll make sure I have him arrested” I said to myself before I pick the call.
“Pamilerin, I need you, please come, there’s no one I could call right now” he pleaded “Tunde please don’t start, I don’t have time for your games” “Pamilerin I have no one else, I have nobody, please…he said crying.
“Tunde! crying, this is serious then” I thought “Where are you now” “My house,I mean the company’s house, I have less than 24hours to evacuate this place” he said sobbing” I’m on my way, I said before the line went off.
I called Daniel and informed him.
“You want to go there alone, what if all this is a set up” “I don’t think so” “Are you not scared at all, do you have a death wish or something.
This guy could harm you” “I can’t just turn a deaf hear on him, he has no relative in Lagos and I’m sure friends would have deserted him now that he has no money again” I explained “Give me the address, I’ll meet you there, in case you get there before me, don’t go in.
Stay outside” “He can’t hurt me, but I’ll do as you say” “Daniella I mean it, wait for me before you embark on your rescue mission” he said firmly.
“Yes sir! I’ll wait” I said stressing the ‘sir’ and ended the call.
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