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Am not surprised. Because I know from the start that Steve is not the father of Elaine child.0April 11, 2018 at 6:49 am #1202913Prosper Yeboah
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Steve, I don warn u oo but u never go listen,now see gobe na!!!0April 11, 2018 at 6:49 am #1202924Segun AdeniyiMember
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This is hard on.0April 11, 2018 at 6:50 am #1202925Segun AdeniyiMember
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This is hard o.0April 11, 2018 at 6:59 am #1202946CoolvalAdmin
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45 DAYS Episode 26-28
Effe wakes up with an effort.
It had been a wonderful dinner with Chris the previous day, and although she had enjoyed herself so much, she had not been able to get rid of the sight of Elaine’s strange baby.
She had told Chris about it, and he had laughed so hard that tears had come into his eyes, but he had not made any comment on it.
She takes a shower and arrives at the hospital with Eyram, who is picking up a prescription from Dr. Henderson for Junior.
Chris drove them because he would later take Effe to the Ameyaw-Eden Clinic.
Effe had told Eyram about Elaine’s baby, and she had been sad, and suggested maybe Effe was exaggerating.
She wants to see the baby herself, and so she came with Effe to MATERNAL CLINIC.
When she goes to Elaine’s ward she finds her asleep. She is connected to some machines that are beeping.
A nurse smiles at her and tell her she can’t stay long.
She’s been sedated. She was terribly upset, and the stress was making her blood pressure shoot up alarmingly.
I see. And her baby?
The nurse smiles and shakes her head.
Elaine doesn’t want to see the baby. That’s what’s causing her to freak out. The baby has been taken to PAEDIATRICS.
Eyram thanks the nurse and goes out.
She quickly takes the elevator down to Level 3, and enters the paediatrician’s zone.
She asks to see Rupert, and one of the nurses takes her to the Wards.
When she enters the room she finds there are quite a group of people present.
Steve’s parents, Elaine’s friends Rebecca and Sheena, Dr. Rupert Henderson and some nurses.
Steve’s mother is crying against her husband who is looking shell-shocked.
Rupert is leaning against a wall at the far end. His sleeves are rolled to his elbows, and his tie is undone.
He looks very flustered.
Eyram walks to the crib and looks down at the baby.
He is very handsome, and he is sleeping peacefully.
Oh, my dear Lord!
Effe had been right.
Elaine’s baby is not only white, he looks exactly like Rupert Henderson.
Eyram feels her heart beating with great disappointment.
She shakes her head and walks towards Rupert. She stops in front of him and glares at him.
No, not you too! Goddamn it, Eyram! Not you too!
She licks her lips and shakes her head, trying to grasp the implications of what she has seen.
Why, Rupe? People talking about it too?
Everybody! Steve even had a fight with me! Now I’ve given them blood samples to send to the lab for a DNA test! I don’t know how Elaine’s baby came to resemble me so much, but believe me, I had nothing to do with that girl! And if you don’t believe me then I guess I never really knew you at all!
She reaches out and touches his arm, and smiles wanly.
I believe you, Rupe. But you must admit it is one hell of a coincidence. That baby looks so much like you it’s absolutely uncanny.
The door opens.
Effe and Chris enter. Chris walks to the cot and stare at the baby boy. He touches the baby’s cheek.
Just then the door explodes outward, and Steve enters.
There is a day’s growth of beard on his face. His white shirt is stained, and his eyes are bloodshot from lack of sleep.
He is holding a green sheet of printed paper, and his face is livid. He rushes at Rupert.
You bastard! You d--n stupid little white f--k!!!
He pushes Eyram out of the way and crashes a fist into Rupert’s jaw.
Doctor Henderson falls down with a cry of pain. He holds his jaw. There is blood on his split lip.
Steve screams and raises his leg to slam it down on Rupert’s face, but Chris grabs Steve and shoves him back savagely.
Steve tries to move forward, but his father leaves his mother and grabs him by the arm.
Hold it, son, hold it! Why are you assaulting this man?
When Steve speaks tears fall down his face.
He’s the father of Elaine’s son, Papa. The DNA test just proved it.
Rupert gets up and his face is incredulous.
What? That is horse crap!
Steve moves forward and throws the sheet of paper at Rupert.
There! Take a look at it yourself, you son-of-a-goat! You bastard!
Rupert takes the DNA sheet and his eyes skim it. His look of shock and incredulity makes the blood drain from his face.
Good Lord! This …this can’t be right! I d-don’t understand any of this!
Steve dashes at Rupert again with his fist raised.
You d--n f--k! You were with her all this while, fooling me! You two were s------g each other, weren’t you, you piece of white shit!!
He tries to hit Rupert again, but Chris pushes him back.
Eyram and Effe face Rupert. Both of them have accusing eyes.
Jesus, Rupert! Is this true?
Can’t believe you’ll stoop this low, Rupe. You’ve greatly disappointed me!
Rupert looks at them as he takes steps back and his back comes up against the wall.
There must be some mistake somewhere. I’ve never had anything to do with Elaine! That child is not mine! Not mine!
Chris speaks whilst still facing Steve, who is trembling with fury.
Actually, Doctor Henderson, that baby could be yours, although I’m sure you had nothing to do with Elaine.
There is absolute silence in the room as all eyes turn to Chris.
And what do you mean by that? What do you know, you illiterate moron?
Chris shrugs and turns to Doctor Rupert Henderson.
I may be an illiterate moron like you say but that does not make me stupid, you know? I read somewhere about a black couple who had a white baby. The man was so angry he filed for divorce because he was sure his wife cheated on him. The lady knowing she had known no other man since she got married decided to defend her reputation. After a fierce battle at law it was established that the child was indeed not for the man but the wife had not cheated either.
Stop the crap, you fool. You are not making any sense. How can that be possible.
Let him land, will you?
It turned out the guy was uncircumcised and had a lover who was white. The white lover also had a white fiancée. The black guy’s uncircumcised d--k picked semen from the white lady who had had sex with her white fiancée the same day and impregnated his wife with it. Funny huh. I’m pretty sure something similar happened in this situation. Someone here is not telling the truth. I know that for a fact. Does the LOVE BED HOTEL in Kasoa ring a bell to anyone here?
Steve could not hold his anger anymore. He pounced on Chris and smacked him on the face.
Shut the f**k up, you nincompoop. What do you know?
What do I know? I know you are a cheating bastard. I know you did not cheat on Effe with only Elaine. There was someone else and that had resulted in this whole mess. You were with that woman at the LOVE BED HOTEL in Kasoa. I saw you with my own eyes. You don’t have to be literate to see what’s going on when you two drive all the way to Kasoa to be together. I saw you kissing her when you left the Hotel. You better own up and clarify the situation. You know exactly how Elaine ended up with a white baby.
At the mention of the hotel Steve goes very rigid, and his eyes suddenly look scared as he moves towards Chris.
You shut the f--k up!
Everyone stairs at Steve expectantly. It seemed to everyone Chris was not making up a story. He knows exactly what he is talking about.
Steve is mute. He starts to sweat profusely but says nothing. Rupert glares at him in confusion.
Aren’t you going to say anything? This is your chance, Steve, to come clean. You hold the key to this puzzle, give us all the peace we deserve. I need to know what happened. My reputation is at stake here.
You believe this piece of shit? The guy just wants attention and is spewing forth bullshit and you of all people fall for it? God, and I thought you were smart!
You know I am telling the truth, Steve. My friend is the Manager at THE LOVE BED HOTEL in Kasoa. I saw you with ……
Shut the f--k up, you piece of horse shit. If you know what’s good for you, you will get out of here right now before I break every bone in your body.
Chris breaks into a hearty laugh enjoying every minute of Steve’s discomfort and fear.
Chris turns to him, and there is hardness in the depths of his eyes.
You wanna know what happened here, right? I think everybody has a right to know how this unpleasant situation arose.
At the mention of Kasoa, Rupert suddenly remembers the toll booth ticket he had found in his home and Barbara explaining that she needed to cool off and so drove around. He remembers how tensed she was when he asked about the toll ticket and the fact that she lied to him about her whereabouts when he called her that day. Rupert still didn’t get how the child turned out to be his.
And what have I got to do with this hotel, Mr. Bawa?
Chris turns and faces Rupert, and his face is sad.
I was with my friend one day at the hotel when Steve came there with your wife, Doc.
Chris! Lord, no!
Rupert is trembling badly. He shakes his head numbly and waves a trembling finger at Steve.
Barbara? She’s having an affair with Steve? No, no, no!
All eyes turn to Steve.
He looks away, shame-faced and shocked. He glances at Effe, and rubs a shaking hand across his face.
(shaking his head)
I don’t get it, Chris. Even if Steve is having an affair with Barbara, as you claim, how does that make Elaine pregnant?
I think this is what happened. Rupert must have made love to Barbara, nine months ago, and then Steve must have had sex with Barbara just after Rupert. Steve is not circumcised-
(bitter, hurt, his eyes on Effe)
What? How the hell did you know that?
Wait wait wait! Jesus, Chris, that’s one hell of an assumption, boy!
It’s the only logical explanation, Doc. If Steve is uncircumcised, some of your sperms, still inside Barbara, must have been trapped inside Steve’s foreskin when he had sex with your wife. And when Steve made love to Elaine, probably on the same day, your sperms, trapped inside Steve’s foreskin, moved from Steve into Elaine and made her pregnant!
Dear me, what madness! Surely that is not possible!
Effe begins to laugh and shake her head.
Actually it is possible! Cases like that have happened, and even one has been recorded here not more than a couple of years ago.
(shaking his head with wonder)
Yeah, yeah, that must be it! There was a time, way back in February, almost ten months ago, when Barbara visited me here. I had just returned from a trip and had missed her a lot. We made love in the office that day, but then I had to go into a meeting. Thirty minutes into the meeting I realized I needed some data from my laptop, so I came back to my office. When I was coming back for it I saw Steve leaving my office rather hurriedly. He was tucking in his shirt as he went. It was night, and I remember wondering about a possible affair between them because Barbara looked flustered when I entered the office. I’m sure they had a quickie that night, and I almost caught them! I’ll be damned!
Steve is shaking his head, and there is devastation on his face. He looks absolutely crushed. The reality finally hit him. He remembered that incident quite well. When he went home that day, Effe was at the theatre and Elaine seduced him into sleeping with her.
Oh no, no, no! Oh. Lord, no, no, no!
Eyram is laughing too.
This is some crazy shit! Rupe’s sperm gets trapped inside Steve’s uncircumcised d--k and makes Elaine pregnant? Oh, my God! That is poetic justice of the highest caliber!
Rupert takes two quick steps forward and suddenly lands a hard fist into Steve’s face, right into his nose.
Steve yelps with pain as blood spurts from his nose. Rupert also shouts with pain because his knuckles hurt from the blow.
You hypocrite! You hit me because you thought I was with Elaine, meanwhile you are the one sleeping with my wife!
Steve sinks to the floor, clutching his bleeding nose, and his father growls and makes a move for Rupert, who retreats with fear.
The Commander draws back his fist to hit Rupert, but Chris steps forward and glares at him.
You better not.
The Commander looks at Chris defiantly, sees the hardness in there, and then he turns to his son with a curse.
Effe stands in front of Steve and shakes her head wonderingly.
Steve! Elaine wasn’t enough? You were cheating on me with Barbara, a married woman too? The wife of your colleague? My God, did I know you at all?
Steve falls to his knees in front of Effe and grabs her legs.
Effe, honey, please, please, please forgive me! I’m so sorry, baby! Effe, please, you know I never loved any of them! I don’t know what came over me. Please find some space in your heart and forgive me. I love only you. This is all a great punishment for me. Please, we can have our life back! All that is in the past. I’m never going to look at another woman again. I give you my word.
Without a word Effe turns and leaves the Ward.
Rupert grips Chris hand and shakes it hard.
Thanks, partner. Thank you very much.
It’s cool, Boss.
He turns and runs after Effe.
Rupert is looking down at the baby, and a huge grin splits his bleeding face.
My son! My son!!
Eyram comes and stands beside him.
He’s very handsome like his father. You inally got your child after all, without really enjoying the act.
He looks at her laughing eyes, and they both laugh, and stare at each other.
To be continued..
Elaine can’t stop crying.
She is devastated.
She is with Doctor Anaman and her friends.
The shocked doctor has just finished explaining to her how she had ended up giving birth to Dr. Rupert Henderson’s son.
(in a kind voice)
I’m sorry, Elaine. I’m very sorry. That’s how it happened!
Elaine cannot speak, and she cannot stop crying. Dr. Anaman sighs deeply and for a moment he considers sedating her again to calm her down, but he decides it will be best to let her cry.
Sheena tries to hold and console her, but Elaine pushes her away.
Please, Elly! Be strong! Please!
But Elaine just can’t stop.
The door opens and a nurse comes.
She is pushing a cot; Elaine’s new born baby is lying in the cot.
At the sight of the baby Elaine screams shrilly and gets off the bed.
She runs to a corner of the ward, sits on the floor and cowers with fear and rage.
SEND HIM AWAY! I DON’T WANT TO SEE HIM! TAKE HIM A AWAYYYYYYYY!!
They try to calm her, but suddenly she picks up a flask on a low table and hurls it at the cot.
Jesus! Calm down, Elaine!!!
TAKE HIM AWAYYYYYYYY! I WILL KILL HIM! TAKE HIM AWAAAAYYYYYY!!!
Luckily the flask misses the cot and crashes into the door, and hot water pours out of it.
(gesturing to the nurse)
Take him out.
The nurse wheels the baby out of the ward.
The door opens again and Steve enters.
Elaine flies at him, hands raised, and she begins to scratch at his face.
STEVE! BASTARD!! YOU MADE ME CARRY THAT BEAST IN ME!! BASTAAAAAAARD!!! YOU WERE CHEATING ON ME WITH THAT WOMAN!!! BASTAAAAAARD!!
Her fingers have opened a couple of deep cuts on Steve’s face.
Her friends drag her back. She takes off her wedding ring and throws it at Steve.
GET OUT STEVE!! I DON’T EVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN. OUUUUUUUTTTT!!!!
Luckily Dr. Anaman injects her then, and a few seconds later she goes limp and they put her on the bed.
(in a depressed voice)
Jesus, Gabby! What’s wrong with her?
Doctor Anaman looks at Steve with sudden intense dislike.
Are you asking me? You’re also a d--n Doctor, Steve! She’s suffering from postpartum psychosis! You see the harm your undisciplined penis has caused?
Postpartum psychosis? Oh, Lord! No!
(in a worried voice)
Please, what’s this postpartu thing?
She is temporarily insane. She needs to be taken to our psychiatric section.
Doctor Anaman walks out in a blast of fury.
THE HENDERSON RESIDENCE
Rupert Henderson enters the living-room.
Barbara gets up and approaches him. She is wearing a very short pair of blue jeans and a halter top.
She looks sexy and very beautiful indeed.
She stands up and approaches him.
She makes a mock face at him and puts her arms around his neck and kisses him gently.
You still have that lost-boy look you had yesterday, sweetheart. What’s ailing you?
Rupert drops his attache case into a couch and walks to the bar to pour himself a drink.
They are showing CHEATERS on the television, and he smiles sadly as he picks the remote and lowers the volume.
Elaine gave birth yesterday, Barbs. A very handsome little boy. And it turns out he is my son.
Barbara stops suddenly, and her face go very cold with a sudden explosion of jealousy.
She speaks through furious lips.
I don’t understand, Rupe. What do you mean “your son”?
Rupert sits down slowly and takes a sip of his drink.
Actually, it shocked all of us yesterday. The boy is white and bears a striking resemblance to me. Steve was furious, and yesterday we had to take a quick DNA test, and it showed that I’m the child’s biological father.
Barbara’s hands turn into claws at her sides. She stares at her husband with unrestrained hatred.
You impregnated Elaine, that s--t?
Rupert waves his drink at her, then drains the glass.
Oh, nothing as dramatic as that! You remember that time, ten months or so ago, when you came to the office and we had a quickie? You were so d--n h---y, I remember, and we were so into it. And you wanted more but I had to step into a meeting. Well, guess what happened! It seems Steve came into my office and had sex with you too, that same day, a few minutes after I left you.
Barbara’s face drains of blood. She begins to tremble.
She swoons and almost crashes to the ground. Rupert looks at her without pity.
She takes tottering steps forward and falls down on her knees. She tries to speak, and tears just fills her eyes.
(in a choked voice)
(voice now filled with pain)
So this is what happened. Steve is not circumcised, right?
Her lips tremble, and she shakes her head numbly.
(deep agony on his face now)
Well, some of my sperms got trapped under Steve’s foreskin when he made love to you, because he’s not circumcised. Now when he left you he went and had sex with Elaine, and my sperms, trapped in his foreskin after he made love to you, fertilized Elaine’s eggs, and she got pregnant. Ha, Steve thought he was the father, the sterile son-of-a-b---h! Now that is crazy, isn’t it? In the end, you succeeded in giving me a son after all, Barbs!
Rupert is in so much pain, and he is squeezing the glass so hard that it breaks, and the shards cut his palm, and blood begins to flow, but he doesn’t appear to feel it.
Barbara is crying uncontrollably now. Her whole face is a picture of wretchedness, a reflection of bitter remorse.
Oh, my darling! I’m so sorry! Never meant to hurt you! Please forgive me, darling! I’ve called it off! I broke off with him, my love! It began in a moment of insanity! I’m sorry, darling! It’s was nothing! Just nothing! It is you I love!
STOP LYING! A HOTEL? THE LOVE BED HOTEL, RIGHT? YOU WERE HIS W---E!!! GODDAMN YOU, BARBS!!
She tries to hold on to him.
I’s so sorry! Please forgive me, Rupe. Oh, I’m so terribly sorry! I broke it off!!
Rupert pushes her away from him and enters the guest room.
He locks it behind him, and although she cries and hammers on it for a long time, he pays no heed to her.
He notices the blood trickling from his hand for the first time, and as he walks towards the bathroom door to get it cleaned, his legs begin to tremble, and when he enters the bathroom he falls to his knees and begins to weep in a heartbroken manner.
THE HOLLISON RESIDENCE
Jonathan Afful and Steve Hollison enter the living-room.
They are both very drunk.
Steve’s parents are huddled on the couch. His mother gets up, and there are dried tear trails on her face.
She tries to touch her son, but he moves back from her.
Stevie! Oh, my boy-
(in a very hurt voice)
No, Mama, no! You and Dad, you wanted your heir, YOUR GRANDSON … and now see what happened? Your d--n meddling nose robbed me of the love of my life!
His father gets up angrily.
Hey, boy! Watch how you speak to your mother!
But it’s true! You guys messed up his life pretty good! Now you have your heir… a white boy! How are you going to explain that to your friends and family?
The Captain shakes his head.
We’ve all wronged Effe! Getting drunk will not fix it. If you have any sense left in your heads, boys, you would both go and beg those sisters to take you back.
And with that he storms out of the room.
(fresh tears in her eyes)
I ruined your life, Stevie, my son! And I’m very sorry! It was wrong of me, sorry!
Technically, you didn’t ruin his life, Mama. He was already slugging Elaine way before you came on the scene. It was only when she got pregnant that you sensibly asked him to do the right thing and stay with her. How were you to know he was carrying some white man’s schilazoo under his d--n foreskin? The way I see it, he dug his own grave, and lost Effe, just like I dug my own grave and lost Eyram. But what I don’t understand is why this fool has remained uncircumcised for all these years! F**king idiot! Royal blood my ass! Now look at all the trouble that extra skin on his d--n d--k has gotten him!
Steve tries to speak, but then he slowly shakes his head as tears fill his eyes.
Oh, Effe, Effe, Effe! My love! My true love! I’m so sorry! Please forgive me!!
Jonathan Afful laughs stridently, but Iris Hollison takes her son’s hands and speaks gently.
I’m sorry, my son! Don’t worry, I’ll make it right! I’ll go to Effe and beg her!!
Steve takes his hands from her and goes to stand at the window. His lips tremble as silent tears fall down his cheeks.
(in a tremulous voice)
I had it all! A good job, a very talented beautiful wife! Life was so good, so full of life! She was an angel behind me, shielding me from the pains of the world! And what did I do? For want of a child I hurt her, cheated on her with her own sister! I hurt her, humiliated her, and killed her soul! FOR WHAT?? I divorced her and married Elaine. FOR WHAT? I was carrying a bastard man’s juice in my stupid foreskin! A royal man? Jon is right … look at all the trouble that d--n foreskin got me! D--n, I’m getting circumcised tomorrow!! And now I’ve lost Effe and put Elaine in a d--n mental institution! For what, Mama? FOR WHAT?
Jonathan Afful goes and stands beside his friend.
He lifts a bottle of scotch to his lips and drinks long, and then he gives the bottle to Steve, who also takes a pull.
Iris Hollison puts a trembling hand to her lips as she sees the pain of her son.
We’re two fools, my paddy. We thought we were invisible, that we’ve permanently conquered the hearts of those twins, but it turned out they’re way stronger than we thought. Me, I’ve gone d--n impotent. Now if Eyram asks me to lick her toes, I’ll obey! But I’ve lost her trust, I’ve lost her love… and I’ve lost her body! And do you know something funny? She took my d--n d--k along! I can’t get a f**king erection!!!
The two friends begin to laugh loudly at that, but suddenly Afful sits down and begins to weep bitterly.
Steve sits beside him and says nothing, but when he raises his head Iris sees tortured tears pouring down her son’s face too.
She goes to sit down beside him, and then puts her arm around his shoulders and draws him close.
It’s a difficult time, my dear love. But it’s not over yet. You and Effe divorced just a few days ago. She might still be hurting, but this is the time to pursue her again, and make her see how sorry you are.
There’s another man in her life, Mama!
Iris shakes her son hard.
A taxi driver, son! You’re the CEO of the best hospital in Africa! You were her first love, her husband, the man who broke her virginity! You have ties over her that no man has, and which certainly wouldn’t be easy for an illiterate taxi driver to cut! Have your drink, go to sleep, and tomorrow you’re going to pursue Effe like you’ve never done before. You can have her back, son! I’m very sure of that. Nothing is impossible under this planet.
Really, Mama? You believe that?
I know that, son.
Hogwash! F**king hogwash! He’s lost her forever! That taxi bastard gave it to her like a toff! She ain’t coming back for you, my paddy! She’s gone for good.
(in a hard voice)
Jonathan falls silent.
Steve wipes tears from his eyes.
I believe you, Mama.
You should, my dearest son. You’re going to have the love of your life back. Don’t you worry!
She leaves the two drunken friends and pick her phone.
She leaves the living-room and goes out to the back porch, and then she dials a number.
I’ve been expecting your call.
I was wrong, Ivy. But I’m a mother, and I did for my son what you would’ve done in my stead. But I admit I was wrong. For that I apologize to you. Being a mother, I also know you wouldn’t let your daughter marry that wretch of a taxi driver. My son is available, and only your daughter can heal him now. It seems we both have a common goal.
You’re a real b---h, Iris. You’ve always been. If it had been any other man apart from that Chris Bawa, I would’ve let my daughter go and let your son rot in hell. He doesn’t deserve Effe!
I know, Ivy. I know. I’m more to be blamed, forgive me. Like I said, I’m truly sorry. But here we are, and it’s that taxi driver. We have a common enemy. The old adage is a fact in this instance: the enemy of my enemy is my friend!
Ivy Kedem is silent for a while. When she speaks her voice is serious and ice-cold
If Effe and Steve come together, there’ll be the same problem. Effe still might not be able to give you grandchildren.
(with a long sigh)
I know. I know. After the shock of what happened with Elaine, I guess we wouldn’t mind so much if they adopt. I’ve spoken to the Commander. We’ll support them to adopt. I’m being serious and honest with you, Ivy.
Alright. Talk. I’m listening. What do you have in mind
To be continued
There is a loud pounding on Effe’s door.
She wakes up and looks at the time sleepily.
It is just past four in the morning.
She groans and reluctantly gets out of bed.
She is very tired and sleepy.
She walks to the door in her negligee and opens it.
Her mother is standing there, already dressed, and she is holding her phone. Her face is very agitated indeed.
Effe is instantly scared.
Mama!! What is it? Is Daddy okay?
It’s your mother-in-law, Princess.
Effe looks puzzled.
Iris, Steve’s mother. Seems Steve took some pills. Iris says he was drunk last night, and was weeping, and calling for you. And then just a few minutes ago she went to check on him and found him lying on the floor, with some pills all around him. He’s not responding to any of her attempts to revive him. She called an ambulance, and then she called me.
Effe’s heart gives a lurch of fear.
Oh, no! Dear Lord. I’ve to go over!
Madam Ivy watches as Effe flies into her clothes and then snatch up a satchel that contains emergency first aid medications and equipment.
Madam Ivy walks into the room and sits on the bed, and then she removes Effe’s phone from its charger.
Madam Ivy quickly walks into the bathroom and removes the battery from the phone.
When she returns to the room she sees Effe feverishly lifting her bedsheets.
Anything wrong, baby?
My phone. It was right here, charging. Now I can’t find it. Please call my line and help me locate it.
Madam Ivy takes out her own phone from her pocket, dials Effe’s number and puts it to her ear. She shrugs innocently.
Switched off, dear. You can take mine, if you want. I’ll look for it later, because I’m sure every second you waste here puts Steve in more danger, my love.
Effe lifts her pillows, and then she sighs heavily.
Alright! I’ll go. Can I use your car?
Of course, Princess. It’s out of the garage already.
They leave the room together.
When Effe is seated in the car she looks at her mother warily.
I wanted to call Chris, Mama. He’s coming to pick me up. Please let him wait for me when he comes in case I’m not back by that time.
Sure, darling. I’ll do that.
Effe looks at her mother for a long time, and then she speaks softly.
Mama, I know you don’t like Chris. I know you don’t want me dating him. But he means the world to me, Mama. I care for him a lot. Please let him wait for me no matter what.
Madam Ivy raises her eyebrows.
Lord, Sweetheart. Steve is in danger and all you care about is that boy? I thought we spoke about that and laid that issue to rest.
We did, Mama, but I still don’t understand why you made him come into my room when you knew Steve was also there. That could’ve ended whatever we had if Chris hadn’t trusted me. Please, don’t let me lose faith in you, Mama.
Madam Ivy nods and speaks in a placating voice.
I’ll make him wait, my love.
Effe speeds out of the house.
Madam Ivy returns to Effe’s room and puts the battery back into Effe’s phone and puts it on charge, but she does not turn it on.
She hears her name being called from downstairs and goes down to see her husband already dressed.
She serves him breakfast and sits with him whilst he eats.
He gets up to leave and then hands a large bag to her.
That’s the money from Alhaji Bimbilla, honey. Kindly deposit it in the account for me this morning. I’ll go first to the Tema Port to see about the clearing of his shipment.
One hundred thousand Ghana Cedis, you said?
Her husband nods.
I was uncomfortable with it, as you know. Told him next time he should make a bank transfer. I don’t know why that man wants to deal so much with currency.
Don’t worry, dear. I’ll go with Eyram to deposit it.
When her husband leaves, she puts the large bag on the couch and goes into the kitchen to wash the plates her husband had used.
Much later the doorbell rings, and she goes to the door.
Chris, looking incredibly handsome, is standing there. He looks at her warily.
Good morning, Mrs. Kedem. I came to pick up Effe. The security man said you have some information for me, from Effe, so I should see you.
Madam Ivy looks into Chris’ eyes for a long time, and there is no disguising the fact that there is much hatred in her.
Do come in. Come and have a seat.
Chris shakes his head.
If Effe is not here, I’d rather not come in, Madam.
Why? Am I going to eat you up? You can leave then.
She closes the door.
After a moment of hesitation Chris takes out his phone and calls Effe again, but her phone is still off.
He sighs deeply, opens the door and goes in.
Madam Ivy is sitting at one end of the couch. She looks at him coldly.
Sit down, Chris. I want a word with you.
I’d rather stand, Madam, if you don’t mind.
Suit yourself. Tell me this, you have slept with my daughter, haven’t you?
Chris looks levelly at her, and then he sits down slowly next to her. He takes one of her hands in his and speaks gently.
I’m not going to answer that, Madam. However, let me say this for the very last time. You love your daughter very much, as I can see. Somehow, I’ve fallen in love with her so hard. She’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, and I’ll always love her. You can’t stop that. You can try to be civil with me, and I’ll give you every little respect and adoration you deserve as the mother of the woman I love. I’m begging of you, Madam, don’t let us pull Effe in two different directions. I love Effe. With all my heart. Please let me love her!
Madam Ivy snatches her hand from his and stands up. She looks at him with fury and rage, and her hands curl into cruel fists.
Well, she doesn’t love you. Love is no longer that sentimental crap you young people want it to be. That kind of love only exists in books and in movies. Nowadays you must have a certain level of social standing of affluence, charisma and financial clout, to date women in a certain category of sophistication. For starters, you’re way below her – socially, financially and educationally. You were just a distraction for her, at a time of need. Now her husband is free, and they’ve decided to try again to make it work. She spent the night with Steve, and hasn’t come back yet. That’s something, isn’t it?
The look of raw pain and terrible torture on his face almost make her balk, and quickly she leaves him in the hall, climbs upstairs, and stands at an upstairs window.
Moments later she sees him in the courtyard, walking fast, his shoulders drooped.
He is a picture of abject misery.
She turns from the window and goes to her room, and there she sits on her bed and holds herself tightly as she remembers Effe’s warning to her.
THE HOLLISON RESIDENCE
Effe picks her bag and races up the stairs to the front door of the luxurious house that used to be her home.
The door flies open before she can get to it, and she is faced by the contrite face of her former in-laws.
Oh, dearest me! Do come in, come in!
Where’s he? Where’s Steve now?
We’re so sorry, Effe. He’s in the bedroom.
The Captain is speaking again, but Effe dashes past him and goes straight to the bedroom where Steve is sitting on the edge of the bed, dressed in a flowing white gown.
Effe comes to a crushing halt, and her face screws up with sudden anger.
Please, honey, not that look. It’s all my fault. I went on a drinking spree with Jon last night, and I had a splitting headache. I got up in the night to get some medicine and I’m afraid I was too drunk and fell down on the floor, and the bottle fell, and the pills spread all over me. My parents found me and were concerned. The ambulance from the hospital came, and revived me. We tried to call you that I’m okay but your phone was off.
So sorry, my dear. We called your mother, but she said you left without a phone. We’re terribly sorry, dear.
Effe looks from one to the other, and she tries very hard to fight down the strong anger that is trying to overcome her.
Maybe it is just coincidence but she is getting a funny feeling that she has been manipulated by these people with the connivance of her own mother.
But she trusts her mother explicitly, and is convinced that she has been an innocent victim.
She knows the Captain well, and is aware he will never agree to any such scam, and so she decides to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Well, since you’re so fine, save for a possible hangover, I think I must go now.
Iris Hollison steps forward and suddenly she falls on her knees in front of Effe.
(in a contrite voice)
Maybe God brought you here, Effe. So that I can render an apology to you. I’ve been a most horrible mother-in-law to you. Please, please, Effe, forgive me. Forgive me for ruining this wonderful love you had for my son! I’m so sorry, dear!
Effe is shocked and knocked for six.
She had not expected that from Iris. She is a hard woman who had indeed been the cause of most of Effe’s heartaches in her marriage.
To see the woman so remorseful affects Effe very much. And to compound it, the Captain also begins to kneel down.
Effe shouts and holds him up.
No, no, no! Please don’t knee before me! I beg of you!
But we have done you wrong, my daughter. We have done you so wrong! We ruined a wonderful marriage! Please forgive us and forgive our son and take him back. We will never worry you again.
For a while they apologize to Effe despite all her efforts to stop them.
Steve even kneels and begs her. In spite of her resolve Effe is affected, and she also finds herself crying again.
But she realizes that her tears are not tears of pain. They are tears of freedom, tears of vindication.
It’s okay! I spent more than ten years with you all. I can’t hate you, and I can’t hate Steve. Whatever happened was for a reason. I’ve forgiven you. I’m not holding anything against you.
Steve holds her hands in his, and looks at her with love on his face.
Come back to me, Effe, please! I beg you! I’ve always loved you! I’ll love you forever! I’ve learnt a great lesson! Please, my honey, my love, let’s give this love a second chance!
Effe snatches her hands away and steps back from him, appalled.
Steve! Elaine is out there, suffering from postpartum psychosis! You don’t even know where your son is, do you?
A look of terrible rage crosses Steve’s face.
He’s not my son! He’s Rupert’s son! Dammit it, Effe, don’t bring pain to my heart!
I will! Because it seems to me you have no heart! No matter how badly Elaine behaved, she still believed she was pregnant with your child! You brought foreign material into her, and now she is insane, a condition that could become permanent if we don’t show her love and understanding! Please don’t you dare speak about love now, not when she’s suffering so much! Have a heart, Steve!
I never loved her, Effe! It’s unfortunate things turned out this way, but it’s you I love, you I’ll always love! I’ll be there for her, of course, but please, please, please, it’s you I want, need and love!
No, Steve. No. I can’t take this. Not now, please.
Is it because of that d--n taxi driver? You don’t know him! You don’t know anything about him! You know me, you know my strengths, my weaknesses, and my soul! I betrayed you, and I messed up! But you can decide to forgive me, give me a second chance! We can adopt a baby, some babies, as many as you want. But what about him? He may profess love now, but what happens in the future when he also decides he wants children? He may leave you! I’m going to be faithful and dedicated to you. I’m going to adore you, from now on! Please, Effe, give us a chance!
The Captain holds Effe’s hands.
He’s right, you know. Men who go out and gain the pain of being scalded stick forever. Believe me, my dear, I know.
Effe, dear! We’ve all learnt a bitter lesson. From now on I’ll leave you alone! I’ll become the loving mother-in-law you’ve always wanted. Things can go back to normal, for a better happier family! Please, consider it!
Effe walks aimlessly to the huge wardrobe and leans against it. Her eyes are haunted.
She is confused momentarily.
Steve has learnt a great lesson. He has changed! His parents have also learnt their lesson. If she accepts Steve now, she can have a better future, and count on his adoration just as he promised.
Her fear is that Chris is a new entity. She hasn’t known him for a month and yet he has swept her principles clean into the waters, and has made her feel things she has never ever dreamt of.
He has been a child gigolo. He has known women, even if he had been blackmailed by a vicious prostitute.
She is not certain of a future with him. She is not even certain if what she feels for him is love.
She is not certain of anything. She is so confused.
She wants to leave, but they persuade her to stay and have breakfast first.
She helps Iris prepare the breakfast, and lays the table.
They enjoy a super breakfast, the best she has ever had with Steve and his parents.
Iris is full of fun, exhibiting a great show of love and remorse, so much so that Effe marvels if she is the same woman who had been so cruel to her.
Steve sits next to her and fawns over her. He is so loving, so caring, so much the Steve she fell in love with.
Soon it begins to dawn on her that Chris will be waiting for her at home.
It dampens her spirits immediately.
She clears the table fast, washes up, and inform them she is leaving.
Alright, dear, but do think over what we asked of you. We need you back.
Let us begin on a clean slate. There is no marriage without bitter battles, my dear.
I will think about it.
They go out with her. She descends the steps with Steve at her side. When she gets to her car, her back is turned to the main gates.
Steve looks across Effe’s shoulder, and then hep takes her into his arms.
Suddenly the small gate swings open, and Chris enters. His jealous eyes picks up Steve’s parents on the landing, laughing and happy.
He sees Steve in his morning white gown taking Effe into his arms.
Of course Steve has seen Chris, and he knows Effe hasn’t seen him enter.
He takes Effe in his arms intending to kiss her cheeks, but then he kisses her on the lips.
Effe, confused and totally not able to take in all that is happening, allows him to kiss her.
She even opens her lips to receive him, but the moment his lips touch hers she knows!
She knows that she is no longer his. She knows that he will never bring back the spark, the passion, the fierce love and the excitement she feels for another man, a semi-literate taxi driver.
She knows, beyond all doubts, that she will not be able to hate Steve, but he will become just a friend.
She knows that she is no longer confused. She knows that she is no longer afraid of the man Chris Bawa. She reasons that at one point in time Steve was also a total stranger too. She took a chance with him and they we’re happy together until the Elaine saga.
If Steve thought his kiss will enslave her, it rather did the opposite… it set her free forever.
Suddenly she knows this is the very last time Steve will ever hold her, or touch her.
Suddenly all she wants to do is rush home and throw herself into Chris’ arms and tell him she is no longer afraid, that she has accepted his proposal, that she wants to marry him, and make love with him forever.
She steps away from Steve and shakes her head gently as tears fall down her cheeks.
I’m sorry, Steve. It’s over. I love that taxi driver! He is a stranger just like you when we first met. I love him with my whole being. Sorry, but you and I are done. We are history.
Steve’s face screws up with both pain, rage and jealousy, and as his eyes move across her shoulders she knows, even before turning, that something horrible has just happened.
She whirls round, and sees Chris for the first time.
His whole body is trembling, and he can barely stand. The pain on his face cuts into her heart like a hot knife through butter.
It strikes her with such agony to see him in so much pain.
She takes stumbling steps towards him. Chris starts backing out wearing his pain on his face.
Chris! Darling! No, it’s not what you think! Please, Chris!
He turns away, but not before she has seen his tears falling.
She runs after him, but when she goes out his taxi is already speeding away.
She screams out his name. She races after the taxi, crying in agony, calling him, pleading, her voice going hoarse…
He does not stop.
He is gone.
To be continued..
.1+April 11, 2018 at 8:12 am #1202956Ireoluwa EmmanuelMember
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why are u confusing urself effe, u should be able to stand on ur decision,,, Steve can not father a child, Dats d ore reason dey want to push u two togeda,, but if Chris comes back for u again,,,, don’t hurt him again wit Ur indecision0April 11, 2018 at 8:46 am #1202973RyderMember
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nice one Madam ivy… thump up always doing rubbish0April 11, 2018 at 8:48 am #1202977KingsbestMember
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Effe is just the same character both in Jailbird and in this story; easily played and deceived, indecisive and always hurting her true love countless times. Lets take it that Steve is truly sorry for the wrongs he did to you, can it still be said that he trully loved you as it’s evident he’s been cheating on you with both Barbara and Elaine even way before the pressure of childbirth from Parents and Elaine’s pregnancy? Definitely, he’s not a man to trust with yr life and love. That’s not a fact that should have take you this long to decipher.
Elaine i don’t really pity you. That was Karma being all bitchy with you. Now you are experiencing a gr8a hurt than Effe ever felt.
I just hope Chris would be able to come around and trust Effe again. Effe I suggest you get a restraining order against Steve and move out of yr parents house to avoid yr selfish mother playing you again.
Dr. Rupert, congrats on your miracle baby. That was God paying you back for your patience, tolerance and faithfulness to an unfaithful wife. It’s time to go get Enyram and live a happy life afterwards8+
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