CLASH OF LOVE ! ! ! !
Clara’s side of the story continues from the last scene of the previous episode
‘’mum I have nothing else to say to you.
I’m returning to my room. I’m tired’’ I
said a bit rudely, surprising my mother
with my outburst. I didn’t wait for her to
say anything else and headed to my room to breathe in fresh air.
Meeting Val and equally getting queried
by my old lady in the space of few
minutes were just too much to handle. I
felt like taking alcohol and sleeping off
but I knew it wouldn’t do me any good. Instead I grabbed one of Coolval’s novels
and stared reading.
I barely had read for few minutes when
Charles knocked and walked in with a
smile. I instantly grew tense on seeing
him while he smiled confidently. ‘’how are you doing my dear?.
good today’’ he greeted pleasantly as he
drew close and touched my shoulder.
couldn’t help but wonder what was going
through his mind as the report Val made
against him slowly flowed back to my head.
‘’you look good as well’’ I muttered
politely, noticing his well matched suit for
the first time. He was so well responsibly
dressed like someone who wouldn’t dare
hurt a fly. ‘’I talked with Val early this morning. You
know I promised to get in touch with
him’’ he added softly as he sat beside me.
I breathed deeply, dropped my book and
faced him seriously.
‘’mum told me you are very much eager to fix our wedding date. But you know
marriage is a very serious engagement.
Yes we are already cool with each other
but I want to know the truth. What will
be your gain, my family’s gain and that of
your family in the union?. Please don’t bring up the love thing again. I’m not a
kid. I had a talk with my mother few
minutes ago and she couldn’t hide her
desperation. If I’m going to marry you, I
need to know everything playing down
behind my back’’ I demanded seriously. He instantly looked worried, stood up and
took few steps backwards. I equally stood
up and faced him. His expression
confirmed my fears that there were other
things at stake.
‘’come on, I want to be your husband because you are the only lady I fancy, I
adore, I honor. I have virtually known you
more than any of your friends. Your
parents trust me more than any other
person out there. What sort of interest or
benefits are you thinking about?’’ he stammered defensively.
‘’alright since you are not going to open
up to me, I have something else to ask. I
spoke with Val today and he tried to
convince me that you were the person
who stabbed him and Vivian at his house. Is it true?’’ I asked seriously, studying his
reaction. He quickly turned, headed
towards my balcony and stopped at the
‘’I can’t believe you believed such a silly
accusation. The evening your cousin Vivian was stabbed I was at the police
station trying to help out my friends who
were arrested when you were rescued
from my house. I headed to the DSS office
with some police officers later that same
evening and I spent almost all night there. Moreover do you think I’m capable
of attacking a guy like him on my own?’’
he breathed and turned to face me again.
‘’I really don’t know what to believe but I
guess I will have to wait for Vivian to return and tell her side of the story. Thank
God she survived’’ I added with a smile
but my words only got him angrier.
‘’why are you acting as if you are doing
me one huge favor by marrying me?. Our
marriage will benefit both of us and not only me. Moreover the only way your dad
is going to win his next election, the only
way he is going to remain relevant in
politics is if you marry me. If not he’s
going down with a whole lot of corruption
cases on his a.ss. He needs the support of my family. And if you don’t know, my
family controls a big part of the state
resources and equally has the financial
power to influence the party delegates in
every election. Your dad knows that, and
even before becoming the state governor he signed an agreement that he had no
way of fulfilling before the end of this
current tenure. The only sure solution he
has right now in order to kick and fight
back the opposition building up against
him is by forming a stronger alliance with my family through marriage. All the
apology show i pulled off before him in
your presence was all a charade to
impress you and your mother. You have to
start seeing me as your husband and not
as an option. Moreover I’m very much in love with you and that’s why I’m letting
myself to be used and ridiculed. I have
already done a whole lot of regrettable
things just to win your heart.
Sometimes happiness is just a choice. We
have to take it or give it up. I’m the only man that can give you stability’’ he
breathed, drew close and held me by the
waist as I stared into his eyes, unable to
say a word.
Deep in my heart I still felt he was lying
even though his outburst sounded very truthful.
Val’s side of the story continues
Seeing Clara that fateful morning brought
in a whole lot of old memories but with
the way our conversation ended, I knew I had to push away old memories and move
on with my life since she already made
her choice. Jennifer was right all along
and somehow I regretted backing away
from her all because of Clara.
All day long, I thought of what next to do with my life and couldn’t really come up
with anything. I equally thought about
Vivian and really wished I could see the
Early the next day, I took my mother back
to the village with a whole lot of gratitude in my heart. There is nothing as
pure and wonderful as the love of a
mother. No matter how ugly, bad and
poor you are, her love would still be
unshakeable. Mothers are unique.
‘’my son, I really don’t know what’s going on with your love life but try and fix up drop waist wedding dress
yourself. No woman is perfect. You are
not getting any younger and I wish I could
force you into marrying Jennifer. That girl
made sure you were alright when you
were down at the hospital’’ she breathed when we got to the village. I smiled,
hugged her and kissed her goodbye
before heading back to the city.
5:34pm, same day
I was in the process of opening my apartment entrance door, when someone
closed in from behind and covered my
eyes. I smiled as the familiar perfume of
the stranger hit my nostrils. Of course the
person was no other person than Jenifer.
‘’I never knew I would see you again’’ I smiled as I brought down her hands.
‘’I came to say good bye for the last time.
I’m leaving tomorrow’’ she replied as she
followed me into my apartment.
‘’I equally was asked to inform you that a
decision has been reached over your conduct in the department. You have
been placed on three months suspension
without pay and you equally stand the
chance of being transferred to another
state at the end of the suspension. You
can go to the department to get your suspension letter whenever you are free’’
she informed me with a frown while my
heart froze. I couldn’t believe it.
‘’this is so unfair’’ I screamed. She drew
close and held my hands.
‘’just leave the issue as it is. You can do a lot with your three months break. You can
go stay with your mum. You can travel out
of the country. You can equally stay with
me at the federal capital city’’ she
breathed with a smile. I dropped my eyes.
‘’Life has taken everything away from me, my job, my Clara’’ I muttered.
‘’no you still have your family. You still
have me, though I’m leaving right now’’
she added and hugged me tightly. I felt
like begging her to stay for a while but
just couldn’t .
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