Red Ashes Episode 23
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‘i need you to tell me the truth. Did you or did you not
get Mabel pregnant?’ i asked Chuks.
He frowned ‘no Chi, she was already pregnant as at
the time we had our first sex. Two years before our
marriage and Kainene’s birth’
‘she was pregnant? Who was responsible? Jude?’
‘of course. Who else? It was after the sex she got to
tell me she was already pregnant for Jude’
I sighed and slapped my forehead ‘oh God! What did i
ever do to Mabel? I loved her like my own sister. I
treated her like family, but this is how she repays
He reached for my hand ‘Chichi, i’m sorry’
‘even you! You betrayed me also. Whenever i think of
all the things you’ve done to me, i dont want to have
anything to do with you. I loved the both of you. I
trusted the both of you but you both went behind my
back to screw each other! Isnt that wickedness? After
everything i did for the both of you. Eh Chuks? Arent
you a heartless person? Give me just one reasonable
reason why i should forgive you?’
‘because i am your husband. And i’m human, liable to
make mistakes. I’ve made my mistakes and i’ve learnt
from them. Besides, didnt the bible say we should
forgive those who hurt us?’
‘are you trying to quote bible now for me? Eh Chuks?
We are now doing bible studies, okwaya?’
‘its not…what i meant’
I bit my finger.
‘Chioma, i promise not to hurt you again. Lets just
renew our marriage vows please. I love you and all i
want is for us to be together again, nothing more.
You, Kainene and i. What more can a man ask for but
for his complete family?’
‘even if i forgive you, you think you stand a chance
‘thats why you’re her mother sweetheart. You can talk
to her. Please, get her to change her mindset about
‘this is crazy Chuka. You left us alone when we had
‘i didnt leave you alone Chichi. You asked for a
I raised my voice ‘are you trying to justify your
‘never! Am i crazy? I am wholly at fault here and
there’s no way i will try to justify my actions. I have
sinned against you Chioma, and against God. Against
Kainene. But i go on my knees now…’ he went on his
knees ‘and i ask for your forgiveness. Let heaven and
earth bear me witness because from today i declare
myself a changed man. I will never make the same
mistakes i made in the past and i promise to love and
cherish you with everything i’ve got. Chioma please,
I stared at him as tears batted my eyelashes. Yes, i
loved this man and i believe i deserve happiness too.
We were going to get married again. We were going to
renew our marriage vows and no one and nothing was
going to stop us. Not even Kainene.
My heart skipped a beat when i saw the people
around the table. As a matter of fact, my heart didnt
skip because of the people but because of one person.
And that person was dressed in a red and white stripe
polo which hugged his body showing off his muscular
chest. He also had a black pencilled shiny pants and a
black snicker. His long hair which i had always
admired was packed in a bun. His hair alone sold off
the fact that he was a spoilt kid. I mean, which
responsible guy trains his hair, visits a woman saloon
just to either apply relaxer or plait his hair or just to
treat his hair?
I’m saying this because there was a day i bumped
into him at a saloon. He was in a dryer! And when he
saw me, he smiled and winked at me. It was almost
like he was stalking me. But i was going to give him a
piece of my mind today. What right had he to follow
Kaka waved at me ‘get your booty down here ma’am’
She was looking radiant in her shiny gold-coloured off
shoulder gown. It was her birthday. My baby girl was
plus one. Seeing her looking happy made me smile.
But the people she was with were making me angry.
Xaviercasmir one, and that annoying mannerless
bastard of a stalker called Nathan. Why will this guy
not just stay away from me?
I couldnt stop my heart from palpitating faster
whenever he was just a kilometer away from me. I
always felt this excitement at the pit of my stomach
whenever i saw him. And i had to confirm something i
dreaded the most. I had feelings for this guy!
It might not be called love but it was definitely a
crush. And that was because he just wont leave me
I walked up to them slowly, careful with my steps in
order not to fall. Kaka stood up and i hugged her. I
presented the bouquet of flowers to her.
‘happy birthday baby Kaka’ i hugged her again. She
Xaviercasmir rose on his feet. He held the collar of his
suit, then he stretched forth his hands for a
handshake ‘hi Kainene. Its been a while’
‘yeah…’ i eyed him ‘its really been a while’
Then i let my gaze fall on him. He was smiling. Then
he did something that surprised me.
He stood up and gave me a warm hug and a kiss on
my forehead! What audacity!
To Be Continued