A Second Chance Season 2
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‘Mummy’ Felix said tapping his mother ‘i want to pee’
Alice smiled at her son and kissed his forehead ‘come’
There was a knock on the door and Alice frowned. Who was knocking so early in the morning.
‘go to the bathroom to pee sweetie, mummy has to answer the door’ Alice said playfully pinching his cheek.
‘i’m hungry too mummy’
‘dont worry, i will order for room service’
Felix smiled and ran to the bathroom.
Alice fastened her robe across her waist and walked to the door.
Opening it, she saw Angela.
‘i said it!’ was the first thing Alice said ‘you are not gone, why will you go when the house hasnt collapsed eh?’
Angela winced ‘i…..i came to….came to apologise and….and say goo….dbye to you…..and…..and Felix’
‘may God punish you!’ Alice snapped ‘goodbye to where? Where are your luggages?’
‘i left them in my friend’s house. Alice……’
Angela smiled appreciatively and entered the room.
‘what did you come here for?’ Alice asked.
Angela immediately went on her knees ‘Alice i’m sorry, for everything that i’ve done, please forgive me. Give me a second chance to redeem myself i beg of you’
‘second chance ni, Salvado ko. No be only second chance, i go give you ten chance idiot! See, i dont want Felix to come out and see you here oo. Today is saturday, he didnt go to school’
‘Alice please…..dont you even care to know what really happened?’
‘i dont care’
‘please, at least listen to me, let me explain……..’
Alice eyed her then shrugged ‘i wont lose listening to a fictitious soap opera, talk’
Angela looked down witn tears in her eyes, then placed her hands on her stomach ‘i…..i’m 8wks pregnant’
‘yes i’m pregnant. As a result of that rape incident’
‘i dont even know who raped me Alice. I done even know’ Angela said as tears flowed freely down her cheeks.
‘i….i dont know how Gilbert found out, but he knew. He came to me and offered to give me a hundred and fifty thousand naira and he also promised to marry me. He….he promised to marry me Alice. I couldnt look mummy……i mean madam Kofo in the eye and tell her i was pregnant, even though she witnessed the rape incident. So when Gilbert promised to marry me even though he wasnt the father, i…..’
‘you decided to lie against me?’
‘sorry for what?’ Alice asked.
‘i regretted my actions Alice. He…he lied to me. And i eventually found out that he was actually the one who raped me! He raped me Alice. He’s the father of my unborn child. He threatened to kill me when i said i was going to tell everyone what really happened. But believe me when i say that i didnt know it was Gilbert who killed your friend and shot Maria. I swear to the God who created me, i didnt know. I just thought…..he hated you and wanted to deal with you. I was blind then Alice. Money and marriage was what he promised me, i thought…..i thought my life could become something better. Look at me, i’m 30 years of age, no husband, no child, no boyfriend or fiance and i’m not financially buoyant. Gilbert promised me everything. Ever since i did that, i actually felt like commiting suicide. But i thought about mummy, you mother i mean to say. I realised she needed me since you were likely to spend the rest of your life in prison. I love you Alice, you are my best friend, i swear with my life and…..’
‘SHUT UP!!!’ Alice screamed blocking her ears ‘i’ve heard enough of your pathetic story, Gilbert this, Gilbert that, i would have none of it anymore’
‘even if you cant forgive me, please…..please try to forgive…..try to forgive mummy, she misses you. I left….i left the house because i wanted to restore back the relationship between you too. You should go back there, she really misses you. Plus, mummy….mummy is really sick’
‘sick? She looks healthy to me’
Angela shook her head ‘no. She has…..she has cancer. Postrait cancer’
‘JESUS CHRIST!!!!’ Alice’s hands flew to her mouth immediately ‘tell me its a lie please!’
‘its the truth. That was why i stayed with her. Alice, she needs you’ Angela took Alice’s hands in hers ‘promise me…..promise me you will go back to the house…..and that….and that you would forgive me. And mummy too. And Tony too’
‘wha….what ar….are you talking about?’ Tears flowed freely from Alice’s eyes as she stammered.
‘Tony needs your forgiveness. You cant blame him can you? His daughter is the one to blame. She was the one who lied. And did i tell you….did i tell you that Tony slapped me? He slapped me in the police station the day i lied about you shooting Maria before my very own eyes. He was furious and slapped me. He knew i lied against you. He was ready to stand by you because he truly loved you. It was his daughter that confused him. And i’m sure it was all thanks to Gilbert. I’m sure he was the one who manipulated her’
Alice looked away as tears streamed down her cheeks.
Angela continued ‘forgive him Alice. He truly loves you and besides, you are carrying his baby’ she touched Alice’s stomach ‘is it possible for you to forgive him’
‘you have no right to……’ Alice’s voice trailed off as tears choked her.
‘and forgive mummy too i beg you. She loves you, believe it or not she loves you. I may not know what made your relationship with her go sour but……no matter what, she’s still your mother and wil always be. Mummy loves you but she might not show it. The day i told her that you were arrested by the police, mummy fainted. She wept that day because she couldnt believe it. She knew you werent a murderer, she knew. But she came to the police station not because she wanted to mock you or anything but because she wanted to see how you were faring but you ended up beating her up. Mummy always cries whenever she calls you names like sl.ut, who.re and all that. For….for reasons best known to her, she doesnt want you to know how much she truly loves. She loves you more than she loves me Alice, you’ve got to believe it, please go back to mummy. I know you might feel bitter right now but hey….she’s your mum’
‘and i dont know if its possible for you to forgive me too. I am the architect of everything. I betrayed you. I should have been the best friend i was and stand by your side but i was foolish, stupid and naive, is it possible for you to forgive me?’
Alice kept quiet. Silence reigned in the room for minutes before Angela stood up and finally spoke.
‘its impossible i know. You cant forgive me. But…..please dont forget me. Because i will never forget you. Goodbye Alice and say me hi to Felix’ Angela said and walked slowly to the door.
‘Angela……’ Alice called ‘i forgive you’
To Be Continued
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