MARRIED EPISODE 4

“You don’t want to go back to being a

doctor?” Andy asked as he drove.

Jessica still did not know where they

were headed.

Jessica shook. “No. It is frightening.

After spending months attending to

patients, trying to cope with the

situation, I have realized that I hate

hospitals. I hate them and the

memories they invoke. It was because

of what happened to my family that I

decided to study medicine. I wanted to

prevent people from dying and prevent

people from experiencing what I

experienced but after I got what I felt I

wanted, I could not do it. The heady

smell was maddening and I could not

keep up because I kept remembering all

the bad things that happened years

back: the smell of drugs; the

nauseating smell of blood that I thought

was my parents and brother’s; the

wheels of sick people being pushed; the

unnerving and scary rush of nurses”

Jessica shivered and Andy placed his

palm on her lap, squeezing in a

comforting manner. “I could not take it.

Whenever we experienced a casualty in

the hospital, the tears of people nearly

drove me mad. Their wailing” she

breathed. “It got stuck in my head and I

just could not do it anymore. I left as

fast as I could” Andy moved his hand

from her lap to her hair, controlling the

steering with his other hand.

“I am glad you did” he murmured.

She smiled. “I should have gone for

law”

Andy raised his brow and laughed.

“Right. Being a barrister would suit you;

it is in your blood”

Jessica frowned. “A subtle way of

saying that I am stubborn right”

Andy grinned. “I married a stubborn

woman. I would never win an argument

with you if you went for law. Do you still

want to pursue it?”

“No, that dream is gone. I like

independence so I would like to be on

my own without having a boss to

scream all the way down his throat at

me, just like Lizzy. It is really cute and

womanly”

Andy nodded with appreciation. “Yes.

Owning a boutique would be perfect for

you. Your dress sense is impeccable; it

is a wonder you were able to hide it for

a while. Anything you do would suit you

perfectly. Frankly, I was worried that

you would want to work for someone;

can’t imagine another man screaming

orders at my wife.” He frowned at the

thought.

“Selfish, aren’t u?”

Andy grinned, “I won’t share you with

anyone honey, you are mine”

She blushed. “Where are we going

Drew?” she hated suspense.

“Be patient my love” he grinned.

**********

**********

“Andy, this is a seaport. What are we

doing here?”

Andy held on Jessica’s hand as they

moved along the port environment.

Jessica’s curiosity had been on the

high level when they had arrived at the

port. “Patience, honey, patience”

The sea was now clearly in view and

Jessica could not hide her curiosity

anymore. She glanced at Andy, who

smiled down at her. She was busy

admiring his facial structure when Andy

came to a halt, stopping her as well.

“We are here”. He murmured and she

turned.

She had been seeing several passenger

ships but here, she was faced with a

strikingly beautiful ship which was very

small like… she turned a stunned face

at Andy. “Is that a… a…”

“Yacht” Andy offered.

“It is so beautiful. It looks new too. I

have never been on water” she said

with longing, staring at the beauty

before her.

“I noticed and decided to change that.”

Jessica turned to him suddenly.

“Hello Mr. Williams” someone greeted

and they turned.

“Oh, Paul. Afternoon. How is she doing

today?” Andy responded.

Who? Jessica wondered.

“She is good to go sir”

Another man appeared onboard and

greeted in the same manner. Jessica

turned to Andy. “Why do they seem to

know you so well?” she asked and when

he smiled softly, realization slowly

dawned. She gasped and looked from

his face to the water craft. “It is not

yours, is it?”

His smile widened and her eyes

widened. He placed his arm around her

waist and drew her close, though she

was still frozen.

“This is my wife, Jessica” he said loudly

to the men.

Their eyes widened and they greeted

shyly. Jessica wondered why they seem

to know her. Is it because she is

married to a very famous man or is it

that Andy had told them a lot about

her? Her eyes inspected the Yacht,

appreciating the structure then she saw

the scribbled name. She gasped again

and turned to Andy.

He grinned. “Lady Jess” he murmured.

“You… you named it after… after me?”

tears streamed down her eyes.

“Who else would I name it after, if not

the woman I love?”

“Oh Drew” she hugged him tightly as

tears coerced down her cheeks. He

pulled her slightly away and mopped off

her tears. He kissed her forehead and

smiled. “How would you like a cruise?”

She jumped up and down like a two

year old at the mention of ice-cream.

Andy grinned, feeling happiness oozing

out of his pores as he walked with

Jessica onboard ‘Lady Jess’.

Jessica cleared the plates from the

dinning, happy that she had been able

to prepare the breakfast. She had

asked Ada to stay off for the rest of the

day because she wanted to treat her

husband the way any wife would. She

cleaned up the plates and walked to

the room, still in her night gown. She

met Andy dressing up, preparing for

work and she knew that she would miss

him terribly.

She put her hand softly on his arm as

he buttoned up his blue shirt. He smiled

at her. “I would miss you today Mr.

Andy Williams. Can’t I persuade you to

stay?” she stood up on tip-toes and

kissed him.

Andy’s brow shot up and his smile

widened. “If you keep doing that, you

just might”. He pulled her against him

until she was standing glued to his

front.

“Then maybe I should continue” she

whispered in his ear and he laughed.

She frowned. “You really have to go

right?”

Andy brushed away the hair playing at

her face and kissed her nose. “Hmm. I

really do” he murmured with an

apologetic smile. “I have not been in

the office for a while but I must be

there today.”

Jessica sighed and picked up Andy’s

tie, placed it around his neck and

started knotting it. “I think I need a job

now. Staying at home would be just so

pathetic”

Andy frowned. “I don’t want you

working for someone”

“But-”

“No buts honey” he breathed. Jessica

was about to argue but then decided

against it. Sending out her resume

might actually be a bad idea since her

reputation had been effectively

shattered. She discarded the terrible

thought and focused on what she was

doing. She adjusted the tie and relaxed

the collar. She picked up his ash

colored suit jacket and held it out for

him. Andy smiled and put his arms in.

“You pamper me. What would I do

without you?”

“Everything”

He frowned. “Nothing”

Jessica smiled shyly. They walked to

the car together, Jessica tucked under

Andy’s arm. “Enjoy your day OK?”

Jessica nodded. Andy bent and kissed

her. “I love you”

“I love you too Andy. Do not stress

yourself today at the office”

**********

**********

Jessica danced around the apartment

to the sound of the music from the

sound system. She was feeling very

happy. She refused to think about her

father-in-law, refused to think about the

situation at hand but focused on

thinking about this happiness. This

happiness that was bubbling inside her,

all thanks to Andy. Being on-board

‘Lady Jess’, sailing on the sea in the

arms of her love, visiting museums and

tourist centers; all these things had

made her extremely happy, but all

those things had been perfect because

she had been with Andy – the love of

her life. She wanted to scream, dance

and cry tears of joy. What had she done

to deserve a man as loving as Andy?

She had loved people but never had she

loved someone as deeply as she loved

Andy.

She heard the ring tone of her phone

and jumped to it. She checked it and

saw that Lizzy was on the phone. When

Sonia betrayed her, she had decided to

put an end to all form of friendship but

could she do that? Yes, she has had two

to three betrayals from friends but

could she cut out all her friends

because of the bad ones? Lizzy had

been the one who stuck up with her

and ensured that she went back to

Andy when they had the initial fight;

Lizzy had kept her secret, the one that

Sonia licked after overhearing their

conversation. Jessica knew without a

doubt that she could trust Lizzy and

that Lizzy meant all the best for her.

The fact that she had encountered bad

friends does not mean that she can’t

also find good ones.

She picked up. “Hey girl friend” she said

loudly, her happiness ringing out in her

voice.

“Hmm, someone is really happy today.

How are you babe?”

“I am better than fine Liz, although a

little bit lonely here. Andy is at work”

“Well, come over, let us have a splendid

ladies’ time” Lizzy rang out.

Jessica smiled. “I would do just that. I

would like a really delicious meal when I

get there”

“You are the chef baby, I am a fashion

designer”

“Oh, that reminds me, I am bringing a

material along. I need to sew something

really nice” Jessica grinned at the

thought. She had a really nice style in

mind.

“Well, it would be my pleasure

sweetheart; you know I am the best you

can find” pride oozed out of Lizzy’s

voice.

“Flatter yourself” Jessica said, laughing.

Lizzy laughed. “Later babes”

Jessica hung up and ran off to dress

up. It is refreshing to leave the house

because being home alone can be

depressing. She picked up her

blackberry and typed a message to

Andy via BBM.

‘The house is looking really empty

without you in it Drew, I miss you”

She dropped the phone on the bed and

went to the wardrobe to pull out black

jeans trousers and a multicolored top.

She heard the sound of her phone and

she jumped at it.

‘Oh baby, I have barely spent an hour in

this office and I am here wishing I had

accepted your offer. We could have

been busy doing some naughty things

right now’

Jessica grinned foolishly as she read

Andy’s reply.

‘Well, you did not accept my offer so I

guess those ‘naughty things’ would

have to wait till you get back’.

She pressed send and watched it

change from the ‘D’ sign to the ‘R’

sign. She saw that Andy was busy

writing a message and she lay on the

bed, waiting for his reply, with a stupid

grin on her face.

‘You could come over to my office

honey, that way, we won’t have to wait.

I have a really large table’

Jessica’s eyes popped open and her

cheeks reddened. ‘Jeeez… No dirty

business in your office, husband. What

would your staff think?’

‘They would think we love each other

so much, we can’t do without each

other for an hour’

Jessica laughed. ‘Well, control your

dirty thoughts husband, I already told

Lizzy that I am coming over to her

place’

‘Hmm, you are going to make me

jealous of your friend right? ’

Jessica read the message and laughed.

‘Sorry papa. ’ she pressed send and

picked up her clothes. After putting on

the clothes, she picked up the phone

and opened Andy’s message.

‘Alright baby, have fun. Be careful and

wave your left fingers at any man who

smiles at you’

Jessica snorted. “My darling possessive

husband! Why do you think any man

that smiles at me wants something out

of the ordinary? It is obvious that ladies

trip over you. I try not to be jealous’.

Jessica frowned. She hated it when

women had their eyes all over her

husband. It was becoming the order of

the day now. Andy is just too good

looking for his own good.

‘Oh Jess, you don’t understand the

effect you have on men. They look at

you like you are the route to heaven.

Believe me, you are. As for the women,

they are way beneath you.’

Jessica laughed. Andy and his flattery!

‘Go back to work husband, leave your

wife alone’

‘I would never leave you sweetheart.

You are MINE’ ‘Ask Mike to drive you to

Lizzy’s place’

Jessica frowned. ‘No Drew, I would take

a bus, I hate being chauffeured.’

‘NO. My wife would not be jumping

from one public bus to another’

Jessica sighed. ‘Then I would drive

myself’

‘Are you sure??? You would be careful,

won’t you?’

Jessica sighed. ‘I can drive well Andy, I

would be fine. Take care. I love you’

‘Sighs… I love you too baby, be careful.

Call me when you get there’

‘I will. Kisses’

Jessica smiled and dropped her phone

inside her bag. She brushed her hair

and decided that she would love a

braid. She picked a car key and headed

out

**********

**********

Andy had waited one hour and still have

not got a call from Jessica. He was

becoming worried. Lizzy’s house is not

that far, but he knew Lagos can be

unpredictable, there might be traffic. He

was worried that if he called her, she

might be distracted, and that is not

good, especially if she was still on

motion. But after waiting for some more

time, his anxiety got the better part of

him and he called but the phone rang

and rang without any response.

‘She might still be driving’ a voice said

but he shook it off and dialed again but

she did not pick. He called Lizzy and

after the first two rings, Lizzy picked

up.

“Hey Mr. Williams” she said.

“Hello Lizzy, how are you doing?” He

wanted to skip the niceties but he did

not want to appear too anxious.

“Well, I am great”

“Erm, Jessica said she was coming to

your place, is she there yet?”

“Nope, she is not here. Maybe she is on

the way”

“She left about an hour ago now, I have

called but she is not picking up.” His

concern showed in his voice.

“Oh?” Lizzy sounded surprised.

“Probably, she is being held up by

traffic Andy, she should-”

Andy heard the beep sound of his

phone and checked his phone. He

instantly sighed, greatly relieved. “Lizzy,

don’t worry. She is on the line now, got

to go. Thanks.”

He hung up and quickly picked

Jessica’s incoming call. “Oh Jess,

thank God”

“Hello sir”

Andy frowned and checked the caller’s

name again. What is a man doing with

my wife’s phone? “Yes, who are you?

And what are you doing with my wife’s

phone?”

“I am sorry sir, this is inspector Majid.

Your wife was involved in an accident.

She has been rushed to Jackins

hospital in an ambulance. I saw her

phone and…

The phone slipped from Andy’s hand

and crashed against the tiled floor. He

stared ahead, shocked beyond words,

with the words of the Inspector re-

echoing in his head.

‘No…’ He gasped out.

Andy had never been more grateful to

God that he had listened to his father

and hired some bodyguards. He only

used them at work because having

bodyguards seemed more of a burden

to him and made him look older than he

actually was, but as he stormed the

hospital, he was so grateful for their

help. Journalists were all over the

hospital, trying to get what was going

on. The three bodyguards warded them

off, allowing him to have easy passage

into the hospital. It was during times

like this that he wished that he wasn’t

as famous as he was; the fame always

drew unnecessary attention.

Andy only dwelt on this for what

seemed like a second and then his

thoughts were switched back to

Jessica, making him quicken his steps.

He was inside the hospital after what

seemed like an eternity to him,

whereas, it was only seconds and

immediately he entered the hospital,

the nurses seemed to stand at

attention. They looked uncomfortable

and shy as they took in his imposing

and exceptionally intriguing body but

Andy did not even notice. He towered

over them, his eyes penetrating their

senses.

“Where is my wife?” He growled; his

intense fear showing vividly despite his

attempt to cover it and be brave.

“Calm down Andy” Tunji admonished,

placing a hand on Andy’s shoulder but

Andy was not ready to be in a calm

mood and Tunji knew that Andy would

not be until Jessica was certified hale

and hearty.

The nurses did not need to ask who his

wife was; they had identified him

immediately he entered. “She is in the

A and E department sir, some doctors

are attending to her” One of the nurses

replied shakily.

“I want to see her now” Andy was

glaring now, looking like he would not

mind tearing the nurse apart if she

denied him. The nurse squirmed. A

much older nurse, seeing what was

going on quickly went to salvage the

situation.

“I am sorry sir, you can’t see her now.

Her condition is critical and she is being

attended to by our best specialists.

Interfering and disturbing the doctors

can put your wife at more risk. Please, I

advise you to be calm sir, if you could

wait in the waiting room over there” she

pointed in a direction, “The doctor

would see you immediately he gets

out.”

Andy clenched his jaw painfully and

folded his palms into fists until his

knuckles were as white as his spotless

teeth. The thought of putting Jessica in

danger by his actions was more than

enough to make him back down. His

arrogance oozed off a bit, making his

fear more evident. He marched to the

waiting room and Tunji followed closely

behind murmuring something that Andy

could not hear. His mind was far away.

His mind was in the emergency room

with Jessica. Andy roamed the waiting

room aimlessly, unable to settle down.

Tunji’s desperate attempts to make him

calm down became futile and Tunji also

became almost as agitated as Andy.

Back at the hospital’s reception, one

nurse that joined at the middle of the

scene stared at the closed door of the

waiting room and fanned herself with

her fingers. “Jeez, that guy is smoking

hot. Who is he?”

The other nurses stared at her like she

was an alien from another planet. “You

don’t know Andy Williams?”

Her eyes widened. “That is the Andy?

The owner of… Oh My God! He is as

hot as they say he is, with a good

looking bank account too, I bet; in fact,

an overflowing account to be precise”

The older nurse turned irritated eyes at

the lady. “I bet you also heard that he

is married” she hissed. “Put your cards

together and stop eyeing another

woman’s husband”

The younger nurse frowned and turned

away, chastised.

The door of the waiting room burst

open and Lizzy and Paulina bounced in

with teary faces. “Where is Jessie? Oh

my God!” Paulina gasped out and seeing

Andy, looking like a shadow of himself,

made her know that the accident was

real. Lizzy was just standing motionless

at the entrance of the waiting room,

staring into space as tears fell freely.

Seeing the women in tears made Andy

much more frightened. It was like

Jessica was already… already… ‘NO’.

He refused to think about it. ‘My

Jessica would not leave me’ he told

himself repeatedly. He ran his hands

through his hair and decided it best to

comfort the women; that would at least

get his mind off this waiting.

Tunji moved forward and held Paulina in

his arms and she cried the more. Andy

saw Lizzy standing stupefied at the

entrance and instantly knew what she

was thinking about. He hurriedly went

to her. He touched her hand and she

seemed to suddenly realize where she

was. She raised teary eyes to Andy and

Andy felt like his world had shattered.

There was something about women’s

tears which always seemed to make

situations much worse. Seeing the very

strong Lizzy crying scared him more

than anything. Seeing Jessica cry

during the disastrous party that led to

her disappearance had been more than

he could bear. He had felt stabbed,

devastated and shaken but seeing

Lizzy’s tears felt totally different. In

that instant, he was transported back in

time to the time he lost his fiancée.

Lizzy’s face reminded him of the faces

of the people he saw, crying after his

fiancée died. Cold dread seeped up

Andy’s spine and he wanted to flee the

waiting room. Everything around him

was pointing at a frightening end and he

could not bear it. At the same time, he

could not leave; not without knowing if

his Jessica was alright.

“I called her Andy” Lizzy gasped. “She

could have stayed at home”

“No Lizzy, don’t talk like that. This is

not your fault. She would be fine. She

has to be” He said sharply, both to

himself and to Lizzy.

She nodded, trying to accept what Andy

said. She leaned against him and he

held her but he was detached from his

environment. ‘I should have insisted that

she use the driver’ he told himself for

the umpteenth time. ‘I should have’. He

gritted his teeth as tears threatened

strongly and he forced them back

forcefully. He has to be strong. Be

strong for Jessica. The waiting room

door opened and Andy turned, releasing

Lizzy but his eyes collided with the dark

intense gaze of his father.

**********

**********

Sonia sat in the bus, feeling all sorts of

emotions: self-loath, anger, agitation

but fear was the most evident of all.

She could not believe that her life had

turned into a nightmare within the

space of three weeks. She sat in the

bus with dark specks covering her eyes.

She mopped tears as they seeped out

from under the glasses.

Listening to her mother had become the

worst thing she had ever done. Ever

since Jessica had gotten married to

Andy, her mother hadn’t stopped

poisoning her mind. Her mother had

complained endlessly on why Sonia had

been contented with being the bride’s

maid of honour instead of being the

bride.

“You sat down behind your friend,

fanning her and mopping her face; why

were you not the bride? As far as I am

concerned, you are much more good

looking. You are just too dull. If you had

been smarter, you would be married to

that money-bag and we would be

swimming in money by now” Sonia’s

mother had said.

Sonia shook her head. She should not

have listened to her mother’s

continuous talks. She hadn’t at first but

then, her mother never stopped. She

continuously poisoned her mind until

she found herself becoming Jealous of

Jessica. They say blood is thicker than

water but now, she preferred water to

blood.

Hearing that Jessica had been involved

in an accident was more shattering than

anything she had experienced. It had

taken just the news alone to bring her

to her senses. She could not bear to

think that Jessica might die; if that

happened, she would probably die of

guilt and bitterness. She wanted

forgiveness but she did not know if

what she had done could be forgiven.

She knew she would not forgive if she

were in Jessica’s shoes but she still

had to try. But what if…

‘No’ she said internally as more tears

trickled down her face. ‘She must not

die… Please God… If you never hear me,

please hear me today… Jessica can’t

die’

**********

**********

Andy’s dad had done all he could to see

Andy and seek his forgiveness but all

his attempts had been truncated by

Andy, one way or the other. Even going

to Andy’s office and threatening his

staff hadn’t worked because Andy had

left strict instructions with his staff to

never allow his father into his office.

Mr. Williams had sent messages but

Andy had replied none.

“What do you want dad? Have you not

done enough havoc?” Andy said quietly,

too quietly.

“I am sorry Andy. I have been saying

this for the past two weeks. I made a

silly mistake but I was only thinking of

your welfare”

“My welfare” Andy repeated. The fact

that his dad had done what he did

because of him did not make Andy

happy at all. “My welfare? At what

expense? You almost ruined Jessica’s

life dad. You almost ruined my life.

Jessica is my life, my everything; and

you deliberately hurt her like that?”

Andy shook his head. He was not ready

for this conversation now, he had more

than enough on his plate already.

“I never knew Andy. How would I have

known? I only know what I heard on

the…” he looked round the waiting room

and saw that some strangers were

looking at them. He moved closer to

Andy, talking for his ears alone. “On the

tape” he continued. “I never knew that

you both had developed feelings for

each other, if I had, I would never have

done what I did. I know my move to put

it all on her was very wrong and I regret

it but I only thought of it at that time in

order to protect you” Mr. Williams

murmured quietly, his eyes showing

signs of remorse.

“Why did you make it your business

dad? You could have confronted us or

better still, stayed out of it” He was not

as aggressive as before.

“You are my business Andy. You

became my business immediately you

were born; your mum would not have it

any other way”. Andy exhaled deeply.

He loved his father so much. His father

had taken the responsibility of a father

and a mother, ensuring that he had all

the love and affection he needed. How

could he not forgive his dad anything?

Mr. Williams touched Andy’s shoulder in

a manly manner. “I know how much you

love her” he whispered. “I saw how

depressed and devastated you were

when Jessica went missing and I

almost died of guilt. I am sorry son”

Andy looked at his father, and his

arrogance disappeared, leaving the fear

very visible. Mr. Williams was taken

aback. He had never seen Andy look so

vulnerable and scared, not even when

his fiancée had died. “She would be OK

right? Dad, I don’t know what I would do

if she… if she…” Andy looked twenty

again as tears brimmed in his eyes but

his stubbornness would not allow them

fall. “I can’t do without her dad”

Andy’s dad drew him into his arms for

an awkward father to son hug. “We

have to keep our faith up Andy. All

would be well”

**********

**********

Doctor Bright worked endlessly with two

other doctors and two nurses.

Immediately he saw the patient, he

identified her instantly. Who would not

know the outstandingly beautiful wife of

the richest bachelor in Nigeria?

Immediately he saw her, he had known

two things: that she had lost so much

blood and that she was his ticket to

stardom.

There had been some problem with

regards to the patient’s marriage but it

was also obvious that her husband was

not ready to leave her alone. After the

scandal about the patient’s intentions

for marrying the famous Andy Williams

and her disappearance, he had seen

pictures of the couple, having good

times at various places and he could

tell that the couple were very much in

love. It would be disastrous if he could

not salvage this situation and would be

a dream come true if he did.

As he worked with the other doctors

with his entire body covered, he soon

forgot about gains or losses, all he

could think of was saving her life. It

was a good thing that the car had an

airbag which must have obviously

prevented the patient from bumping her

head. With what he saw, the car must

have been hit pretty hard. Some of the

broken glasses, perhaps from the

windscreen had pierced her body,

making her lose a lot of blood. They

had seen to the wounds after removing

the glasses from her skin but the

problem was that the patient was not

holding on. She had lost so much blood

and they were currently transfusing

some blood into her but the patient was

not holding on to life and that was

dangerous. He had seen this happen so

many times. When a patient was not

willing to live, there is a limit to what a

doctor can do.

“Her heart is failing doctor” one of the

other doctors declared in alarm and

Doctor Bright checked the monitor,

confirming his fears.

**********

**********

it was like Andy was in for so many

unpleasant surprises. Everyone stared in

one direction, gazing at the newest

addition to the people in the waiting

room. Sonia stood there in tears as a

thousand eyes bore into her but Andy’s

was what frightened her the most. His

gaze shot fire and she wanted to flee

but her legs would not agree. She had

come here to do something and she

intended on pulling it through.

“Get out of here” Andy’s voice was

quiet, too quiet and it frightened her

more; she wished he had shouted.

She went on her kneels instantly.

“Please Andy, forgive me. I am sorry”

Andy was quiet, looking at her without

betraying any form of emotion.

Paulina turned smoking eyes at Sonia.

“You better listen to him o, because if I

pounce on you… ehn… if I pounce on

you, I would beat you black and blue.

You know I have not attacked you, if I

do, you would have marks.” Paulina was

vibrating and Tunji held her to prevent

her from doing something stupid. Lizzy

did not even have the time to confront

Sonia, she was busy praying for her

friend.

Andy stared at Sonia but he did not

have the strength to deal with her.

“I am sorry. I was misled. I… I am just

so sorry” Sonia wept.

Andy’s father had gone out earlier to

make some calls. Andy took out his

phone and punched a number. Within

seconds, two hefty men arrived. “Take

her out of here” he murmured and the

men turned to face Sonia instantly.

“No, please Andy. I am sorry. Please

forgive me”

“Please move ma’am”

A door opened and automatically,

everyone jerked in that direction. Andy

saw the doctor and his blood froze as

he marched like someone going to war,

followed closely by everyone

concerned.

Doctor Bright stared at Andy and

swallowed hard. He was seeing him live

for the first time in an unpalatable

situation.

“How is my wife doctor?”

Silence stretched out and tension was

at its peak as everyone held their

breaths waiting for the doctor’s

response. The doctor seemed to have

frozen on the spot he was standing and

for one second, he seemed like a frozen

mummy statue.

“Well, Doctor?” Lizzy yelled impatiently.

Andy’s face had already drained, leaving

him white as he expected a response

from the doctor but got none. It could

only mean one thing.

Doctor Bright shook himself, the shock

of seeing Andy and his father all at

once had rendered him speechless. He

cleared his throat. “She is still alive but

very critical.” He swallowed. “Very

critical” He repeated. “She is in a coma

now and we have done all we can do

for her now. All she needs now is

prayers. We expect a reaction soon. I

don’t mean to scare you but she is not

fighting hard enough, or so it seems. I-”

“I want to see her” Andy interrupted,

not wanting to hear more. He felt like

he had died a million times and gone to

hell.

“She needs-”

“I need to see her” Andy stressed the

‘need’ because he felt that if he did not

see her instantly, he would literally die.

Doctor Bright swallowed and nodded.

“Come with me sir”

Andy hated the ‘sir’ that was accorded

to him but he did not have the time to

dwell on it or even to tell the doctor to

call him by name. It was very evident

that the doctor was older than Andy but

Andy was ready to answer anything as

long as it took him to Jessica. The

doctor opened the door and entered

with Andy closely behind. Immediately

he was in the same room with Jessica,

all his bravery was gone and tears

brimmed his eyes. He moved like a

robot towards the bed, feeling all his

strength drain away. Seeing Jessica

attached to so many machines shook

him much more than anything. She

looked terribly pale and astoundingly

vacant.

“I would leave you alone with her.

Please try not to disturb her in any way.

There is a button by her bed over there,

press it if there is any reaction”

Andy barely heard the doctor as he

spoke and vaguely noticed him as he

left. He lowered himself onto the chair

beside the bed because he could barely

stand on his feet. He raised his left

hand shakily and brushed Jessica’s hair

gently, careful not to move her in

anyway. The texture of the hair was as

he remembered. He remembered

burying is hands and nose in the rich

mass of hair just this morning. How

things change within the space of a

heartbeat, he mused. He picked up her

hand with his right hand and ran his

thumb over her knuckles shakily. Her

hand was warm and very pale. He bent

his head and kissed her knuckles.

“My love” he breathed and almost

choked as tears threatened to gush out.

He inhaled and swallowed. “My heart, it

is me; Drew” he continued. “Do you

remember that day during our

honeymoon that you decided to prepare

the dinner? I had come back from work

feeling hungry and the aroma of fried

chicken had greeted me at the

entrance. That day, you had entered my

senses and refused to come out.” He

sniffed and smiled slightly. “You had

been standing in the kitchen with your

back to me, seeing to the meal, not

noticing my presence. You wore one of

those terrible oversized gowns I hate so

much, in your quest to look ugly. When

you finally saw me and I asked for

chicken, you had smacked my hand

playfully. Do you remember that?”

Andy stared at Jessica’s face but her

face was still blank. He smiled shakily.

“Then I had stood in front of you. Really

really close. I wanted to take the

chicken but then you gazed at me and I

was lost. Your eyes drank me in and it

was like you had captured me and

wrapped me around your little finger. I

had placed my hand on your waist and

had been thrown completely off balance

by how slim your waist was. I could

almost wrap my hands around it. And

then your mouth, Oh my God! Jeez, I

had wanted to kiss you so much that

day that my brain went totally blank just

looking at your lips. I don’t know where

I got the ability to resist kissing you

that day but immediately I left that

kitchen, I knew I couldn’t be around you

if I wanted to keep my sanity. I had

ensured that I left for work early and

arrived very late so that I won’t be

tempted to do anything stupid. Jeez,

even though you were putting on

clothes big enough for three of you put

together, you had me under your spell,

not to mention now” he swallowed.

“You can’t leave me Jess. You just

can’t. After so many years, I have

finally opened up my heart to love again

and this time, I did not leave anything

behind. I have not loved anyone,

anyone, the way I love you. Seeing you

like this is like a horrible nightmare; I

just want to wake up.” He sniffed. “You

just have to wake up baby, for me; for

us. I promised you a real honeymoon; I

still need to make that a reality”

Andy stroked Jessica’s hair and gazed

at her beautiful face. No! She can’t

leave him now. He did not know how

long he spent in the room, just looking

at her but he knew that no one would

be able to take him away from her. A

nurse entered the room after some time

and asked him to leave but he refused

completely and when she insisted, he

glared at her sternly until she recoiled

and left. Lizzy, Paulina, Tunji, his father

and some other well wishers came into

the room one after the other but Andy

did not leave the room. It was already

running to the middle of the night.

Another nurse came in again and asked

him to leave but he refused, promising

not to disturb Jessica at all.

Andy stood and kissed Jessica’s

forehead without disturbing the oxygen

attached to her nose. He sat down and

started talking again, softly and

soothingly, telling her about his

childhood. He told her of the ambition

he had as a kid to become a footballer.

He had watched every time Kanu played

and scored goals and had picked him as

his role model. He played for his school

but was chosen to be one of the

defenders but he did not like it.

Because of his quest to score goals like

Kanu, he always left his place and went

to the opponents’ side in order to score

goals but most times, they always

ended up conceding goals because of

his absence at his position. The day he

had scored a goal, he had rejoiced so

much that he had gone to bed without

food because of how happy he was. He

told Jessica of the picture of Kanu that

he had pasted on the headboard of his

bed so that he could look at it every

morning and tell himself that he would

one day be like Kanu. He laughed at the

memory and almost fainted when he

stared at Jessica’s face and saw a

smile playing on her lips.

He blinked several times. Was he

sleeping or hallucinating? He blinked

again but it did not wipe off the smile

on Jessica’s face. She hadn’t been

smiling when he came in minutes ago;

or was it hours?

“Jess… Jessica” He called frantically

but got no response. Her hand which

was still in his, was still warm. Nothing

had changed except the facial

expression on her face. He pressed the

button by the bed hurriedly and waited

impatiently for the doctor.

**********

**********

Jessica stood looking in all directions.

She saw no houses or things, she was

the only visible thing and she stood on

a ground that looked like glass. The

place was too bright for her eyes and

she had to use her hand to shield her

eyes from the blinding light.

“Sweetheart” she heard and turned

around sharply. She would know that

voice anywhere even though she hadn’t

heard it in a very long time. her breath

caught in her throat as she stared at

her mother, looking exactly the way she

remembered her.

“Mum” she gasped and her mother

smiled.

“Come Jessie”. Jessica loved the sound

of her mother’s voice. She had wanted

to hear that voice for a long time.

“Jessica”

Her head turned and she saw her dad

standing not so far away from her

mother. she gasped again and felt the

incredible urge to run to him and hug

him. Her dad had always been very

proper and formal. He was the only one

that called her name in full.

Suddenly her mum and dad and her

brother were standing together and

beckoning. She smiled. Her complete

family. “Jessica baby, come to daddy”

Her dad said. This is what she wanted,

right? Her family! She smiled and

started walking towards them. They

smiled back and she walked faster but

the faster she walked, the farther they

became. She hastened her steps then

stopped abruptly.

She could hear him, the voice was

echoing in her soul. She could hear the

pain. The pain was so evident in his

voice and terrifying that her heart bled

with compassion. She could not move

forward anymore, not even if her life

depended on it. Her family stood and

watched her. Waiting? She could not

tell. But that voice… she could not

ignore that voice. How could she ignore

the voice of the one that owned her

heart? He was talking but she could not

decipher what he was talking about.

She could not make out the words. She

walked backwards, wanting to hear him.

The voice was becoming a bit clearer

and she knew if she could move

backwards the more, she would be able

to make out the words. She turned fully

and walked faster. What he was talking

about sounded very interesting and she

wanted to hear it. She could make out

the words now…

He was talking about football. He

wanted to be a player? He never told

her that! How come Kanu had been his

idol? She mused. Of all the players,

Kanu? He laughed and she smiled,

loving the sound of his laughter even

though he sounded pained. She needed

to ask him why he was in so much

pain. What had happened? Was his

business at stake? Why was he not a

footballer? He did not seem like

someone to pursue a football round the

field but she still wanted to know. She

turned back and stared at her family

but they were so tiny afar off. They

looked like ants. One after the other,

they vanished and she swallowed. She

had learnt to live without her family but

she still could not think of life without

Andy.

She turned. Andy was calling her. She

could distinctively hear him call her

name. “Jess… Jessica”. She wanted to

answer but could not. He sounded

desperate. She needed to go to him.

But where is he?

**********

**********

Mr Williams paced the hospital

reception as he called Sonia.

“What is the meaning of this?” He said

immediately she picked. “I just got an

alert of seven million naira and when I

confirmed it, I was told that you had

deposited it. What game are you

playing?”

“I am not playing any game sir. I regret

what I did sir, I am sorry” her voice

made it obvious that she had been

crying. “I can’t accept the money

anymore. It is wrong. I promise to get

the remaining three million and pay you

back. Please forgive me sir”

She hung up and Mr Williams just stared

at his phone in bewilderment.

**********

**********

“She smiled” Andy murmured

immediately the door opened and

Doctor Bright entered. He removed his

stethoscope and checked her heartbeat,

noticing that it was already steady. He

did some other doctorate rituals and

smiled with vague surprise.

“Wooow. I did not expect this level of

improvement so soon. She is stable

now and if all goes well, I think she

would be alright.”

Andy had never been more relieved in

his life. A great amount of tension

raised from his shoulders and he felt a

bit alive again. After some minutes, the

doctor turned to leave and Andy turned

to look at Jessica and froze when her

hands moved. His breath seemed to be

suspended when all of a sudden, her

head moved and her eyes opened

slowly.

“Jessica…”Andy breathed shakily as he

moved to Jessica more closely. “Jess,

sweetheart, Oh my God” He chokes on

his words as he traces Jessica’s face

shakily. “Doctor” He called sharply but

the doctor was already at the bed,

removing the oxygen from Jessica’s

nose.

Jessica’s face registered her confusion

as she stared at the sparkling white

surroundings she was in. Her focus was

however fixed on Andy. She had never

seen him look so terrified and worried;

she had also glimpsed tears in his eyes.

What was the matter? And why was she

feeling pains all over her body? She

could not move anything, in fact, she

felt glued to the bed. How long had she

been there? One look at the man that

loomed over her next told her that she

was in a hospital; she turned her head

and looked around, seeing various

gadgets for the first time.

“Be calm Mrs. Williams. My name is

Doctor Bright. Can you hear me?”

Jessica swallowed, feeling thirsty

because her throat was incredibly dry

and bitter. She nodded.

“How are you feeling?” The doctor

asked as he checked her pulse and

looked at his watch.

She tried to open her mouth and was

happy that it responded. “Tired” she

croaked. “Weak” she corrected. “I can’t

move my arms; they are heavy and feel

like they are tied down”

The doctor nodded and smiled gently.

“That is to be expected. You need to

rest now so that you can get your

strength back”

She did not like the sound that. She

had sedated a lot of people while she

was still working as a doctor but she

had never been sedated but the thought

of sleeping unnaturally did not sound

appealing to her. She just wanted to

talk with Andy. Andy came to her

immediately the doctor finished asking

questions. He looked very tired. Taking

a proper look at him, Jessica

swallowed. His shirt was slightly open

at the neckline. His tie was hanging

loosely and awkwardly at an equally

awkward angle. Andy’s worry was so

evident on his face, couples with a

measured level of relief.

Andy brushed strands of hair out of

Jessica’s face and gazed straight into

her eyes. “You sleep now, Ok” It was

both a request and a command but

Andy’s eyes were tender.

The accident came slowly to her mind

and she recalled how that car had

appeared out of nowhere and collided

forcefully with her. She grimaced,

thinking of how worried Andy must have

been. “How long have I been on this

bed?” she asked, already feeling

drowsy.

“A couple of hours” Andy said quietly,

happy to answer all her questions. He

was not about to admit that she had

spent so many hours on the bed that he

had been afraid that she might not

wake up.

Jessica swallowed. “I feel like I have

been on this bed for more than a year”,

Jessica breathed almost inaudibly as

she gave in to the drugs. “Do I have to

sleep again?”

Andy smiled. “I don’t think you have a

choice honey” Jessica’s eyes were

already shot. He bent his head and

kissed her forehead. “Sleep, my love”

he breathed. “Sleep”

**********

**********

Andy stared at Jessica minutes after

she slept, stroking her hair. He looked

at the doctor who was just finishing

what he had been doing. “How is my

wife doctor? Is she completely out of

danger?”

Doctor Bright smiled. “I believe so sir,

with enough rest, she would be fine.

She still has to stay here for a few days

so that we can monitor her wounds and

ensure that the wounds heal properly.”

Andy sighed, greatly relieved, and then

frowned. “She complained of her

inability to move, I hope…”

“There is no problem sir; all her organs

are functioning properly. With enough

rest, she would be fine. You have

nothing to worry about”

Andy sighed. His relief was

immeasurable.

“Why don’t you take some rest sir, it is

almost morning and you have not slept

at all” Doctor Bright said with concern.

Andy was stunned and looked at his

wristwatch. It was some minutes past

five! He never knew! Sleep hadn’t

occurred to him once, all he knew was

that he had to watch Jessica so that

nothing would go unnoticed. “I am fine

doctor, and please, call me Andy or

Williams”

Doctor Bright smiled, not sure if he

would be able to comply with the

request even though he was clearly

older than Andy. “If you don’t want to

sleep, why don’t you just take a walk? I

am sure your family wants to know

what is happening”

Andy had to admit that the doctor had

a point. He looked at Jessica who was

sleeping soundly. “I’ll be back baby” He

squeezed her hand and slowly walked

out with the doctor following closely

behind.

**********

**********

Andy returned to Jessica’s room feeling

happy. The joy of everyone had been so

palpable and it had rubbed off on him,

taking away the remnants of fear left in

him. On entering the room, he noticed

that Jessica was not there. He had

instant headache as he looked round

the room. He rushed out of the room

and looked at the door to be sure he

had entered the right room but it was

the correct one. He entered again but

did not see Jessica.

“Doctor” He roared and some nurses

who were obviously attending to

patients came out of some rooms and

stared at him in confusion.

“Sir, please, some patients are-”

“Where is my wife” He roared. “I left my

wife here some minutes ago and now,

she is not there”. Andy felt shaken to

the roots.

“Mr. Williams”

Andy turned when he heard the doctor’s

voice. “What have you done to my wife?

You asked me to go for a walk. I did

not want to leave her for a second but

now that I have… if anything happens to

Jessica”

“Calm down sir, your wife is fine. We

only moved her to another room where

she can be more comfortable. I went to

the waiting room to inform you but you

had already left for this place. I am

sorry if we scared you in any way”

Andy swallowed, trying to control his

skipping heart. “I need to see her right

now”

Doctor Bright nodded. “Please, come

with me sir”

Andy heaved a huge sigh of relief as he

entered the room and saw Jessica. He

quickly went to the bedside and

checked her breathing. He sighed again

and sat down, noticing that the room

was definitely cozier that the former,

with less machines hanging around.

“I am sorry for the inconvenience sir”

Doctor Bright said.

Andy looked up. “I am sorry I shouted

doctor, this room is definitely much

better”

The doctor smiled and left. Andy could

not sleep again even though he had

been drowsy. He opened his eyes and

watched Jessica, not wanting her to

vanish but after some time, the fatigue

and tension he had been through set in

and he felt bone tired. He could not

keep his eyes open any longer, so he

put his head on the bed beside Jessica

and dozed off.

Jessica woke up almost an hour later,

feeling better than she had felt the

other time she opened her eyes. The

room looked different and smelt better

than the she remembered; also looked

bigger. Or was her calculation correct

the previous time? The room still smelt

like hospital though. She turned her

head and saw Andy sleeping with his

head beside her. He looked so

handsome but on his forehead, she

could see some worry lines. She

wanted him to sleep because she had a

feeling that he really needed it. She

raised her hand, happy that it was

responding now, even though it hurt

slightly. She placed her palm slightly on

Andy’s head gently, not wanting to

wake him. She played with his hair,

stroking him slightly. Andy sighed

sleepily and his shoulders seemed to

relax. Jessica smiled and stroked his

hair, loving the feel of the tiny strands.

Andy’s eyes opened gently and Jessica

wished she hadn’t touched him. He

smiled lazily, drawing a smile from her.

“Hey beautiful” He murmured, capturing

her hand and kissing her knuckles. He

raised his head to look at her. “How are

you feeling sweetheart”

She tried to speak and could not until

she cleared her throat. “I am better”

she reassured him, smiling, then

frowned. “But I need to sit down”

He frowned. “Don’t move” he warned

and pressed the button beside the bed.

“I need to be sure that it is Ok for you

to do so. Wait for the doctor”

Her frown deepened. “It is not as worse

as that Andy, I am fine”

“I am not taking any chances Jess,

please stay still”, he pleaded. Jessica

did not want to give Andy anything to

worry about so she stayed where she

was. Andy relaxed and kissed her

cheek. “Oh Jess, you don’t know just

how worried I have been.”

Jessica put her hand against his cheek.

“I can’t leave you husband, can’t give

the other women the chance they have

been praying for, to take you away”

Andy grinned. “Oh, no one is taking me

from you wifey, if she is not Jessica,

she cannot be like Jessica”

Jessica chuckled then remembered

something. “How come Kanu was your

idol?”

Andy’s eyes widened as he stared at

her, completely awestruck. “You heard?”

Before she could respond, the door

opened and Doctor Bright entered. He

smiled brightly at Jessica and she

smiled back. “Mrs. Williams” he

greeted. “How are you feeling now?”

“Better. Thank you doctor… I would like

to sit down but my overcautious

husband would not let me. I am sure he

was overreacting. I am a doctor and

should know if I can or cannot sit down”

she frowned at Andy, who raised an

eyebrow at her.

“He was right to be cautious ma’am, he

has been extremely worried about you”

the doctor responded. He took out his

torch and checked her eyes. “Where

are you hurting?” Jessica pointed out

some places and he nodded. “With time,

you would be fine” He and Andy

assisted her up even though she talked

endlessly about not needing assistance.

She smiled her appreciation and winced

slightly as a sharp pain took hold and

vanished.

“Are you Ok? You sure you should be

sitting?” Andy asked worried.

“I am fine” she reassured him with a

smile. “I need some water”

**********

**********

everyone trouped into Jessica’s room

to greet her, everyone carrying either

provisions or flowers. “Oh Jessica” her

uncle’s wife called immediately she

entered. “You had us all worried. How

are you”

Jessica had barely answered when

questions started pouring in from all

angles, with everyone asking about her

health and so on. She felt so special

and loved. She tried to answer everyone

as much as possible. Andy had stepped

aside for everyone but as they fussed

over her, he had the urge to tell them

to be careful but kept quiet.

Jessica saw her father-in-law standing

some steps away and smiled softly at

him. He walked towards her. “Daughter,

it is so good to see you. Can you

forgive me? I have really offended you”

Jessica smiled. “It is I who have

offended you sir, I should not have done

what I did with Andy and should not

have deceived you too. I understand

what you did sir, you are a father, and

God knows that you have carried quite

a responsibility on your own for a long

time. It is natural that you would

protect your son”

“Even at that, I should not have done

what I did, I am sorry dear”

Jessica smiled, nodded and hugged her

father-in-law.

“Yes Jessica, your father-in-law did

nothing wrong. The bitch is that Sonia

of a girl, I can’t believe she had the

audacity to come here for forgiveness”

Lizzy said and Paulina shot her a

warning glance.

Jessica gasped. Sonia was here? What

did she want? Jessica was not ready to

dwell on Sonia. Instead, she looked

around, seeing different colours of

flowers.

“Oh My God! This place looks so

beautiful, if you keep beautifying this

place, I won’t want to leave”

Everyone laughed. Andy went and sat

beside her on the bed and she leaned

her head against his shoulders. The

feeling of happiness filled his heart. He

knew that for this woman, he would do

anything. He turned to smile at her and

met her staring at him. They were in a

world of their own as they stared at

each other. The people in the room

were forgotten as Andy leaned towards

Jessica and kissed her with all the love

in his heart. Vaguely, Jessica heard the

squeals of people but she shut them

out as she held on to her heart –

Andrew Williams

EPILOGUE

Jessica turned and stretched her hand

but found the bed empty. She opened

her eyes but did not see Andy. Turning

and sitting up, she saw Andy dressing

up. He turned and smiled at her. “Hey

beautiful”

Jessica doubted that she looked

beautiful because her hair was in total

disarray, both from sleep and from all

the events of the past night. She

frowned. “Good morning husband, off to

work so early?”

“Yes, got an emergency meeting”

“But today-”

“I know sweetie, today is Friday, I just

remembered that I had fixed today for

the meeting. I have to rush off” he

pushed his hands into his suit jacket

hastily.

“But don’t you remember that-”

“Yes honey, I just remembered the

meeting. Take care of yourself honey

and remember, if you have to go out,

please take the driver. Please take the

driver” he repeated, kissed her and

rushed out.

Jessica glared at the closed door in

annoyance. How could he forget that

today was her birthday? Please take

the driver… why can’t he understand

that the accident that happened about

three months ago could have also

happened if the driver had driven the

car? She did not like sitting at the back

but at times, she had to admit that she

actually enjoyed it. She sighed, getting

out of bed. She checked the time and

saw that it was almost eight. Her eyes

widened. No wonder Andy had been

rushing, he had obviously woken up late

too. But why could he not wish her a

happy birthday. She entered the

bathroom, brushed and showered. Just

as she was coming out, her phone rang

and she picked it up.

“Lizzy” she called, smiling. Obviously,

her friend had remembered her

birthday.

“Oh Jessica, thank God I got you”

Jessica frowned. “Is everything ok?”

“Oh Lizzy, I am stranded here. I have

some things with me and I need to take

them home but I can’t find my purse

again. I am somewhere around Mackey

Close, not so far from your place. Can

you come and pick me?”

Jessica wanted to ask what she was

doing outside so early in the morning

but shrugged it off. Not everyone

cuddled up against their husbands till

this time. “I don’t know any Mackey

close, where is that?”

“Oh, Jessica, ask your driver, he should

know the place. Please babes, ok? I am

waiting” Lizzy hung up.

Jessica frowned and started dressing

up. Minutes later she was sitting at the

back seat of the car, as the driver

drove. He surely knew where he was

going and she looked around, looking

out for Lizzy. What greeted her eyes

when the driver came to a stop was a

massive building that looked relatively

new. The beauty of the building was so

dumbfounding and she found herself

gazing at it, marveling at the mastery

behind it. It was long and tall, looking

perfect for a shopping complex. She

thought of so many things, just by

staring at it but she had to forcefully

take her eyes from the building to look

for Lizzy. She turned to open the door

but it was opened before she could.

She looked out and saw Andy holding

out his hand. “Happy birthday wife” he

called with a bright smile on his face.

Jessica was floored. There was

obviously no meeting anywhere. She

took his hand and stepped out of the

car.

“You are mischievous” she said

grinning. Andy smiled and leaned

forward for a kiss. Jessica looked

around. “Where are we? This place is

not far from home but still, I have never

been here” he smiled.

“I know” and for some seconds he

looked uncertain.

Jessica looked at the massive building

before her, loving it the more. “Oh my”

she said breathlessly. “This building is

divine… breathtaking” she said gazing at

it but Andy did not respond. She turned

to look at him and he was watching

her. He went to stand at her front.

“Sweetheart, you told me some months

back that you would love to own your

own business. It was then I thought of

it. You are my heart desire, sweetheart,

and I wanted to give you something

that would make you very happy. I got

this project started a week after you

told me about it. You said you would

love something small but I thought of

this – a shopping mall. I know you love

supermarkets and boutiques, so I felt it

would be nice if we merged it. This

building has three floors. We would fill

them with whatever you want.” Andy

breathed, not sure of what Jessica

would say, she had been staring like a

frozen goddess. “Happy birthday

sweetheart” He stretched out a scissors

which had a ribbon on it and put it in

Jessica’s hand.

Jessica had been looking at Andy as

his mouth moved and words tumbled

out. She was not sure if she was

sleeping or dreaming or in a trance or

something. She was definitely hearing

wrong things. When Andy landed and

gave her the scissors, she finally found

the ability to move a muscle. She

stared at the scissors like she did not

know what it was used for. She looked

back at Andy and stared at the massive

structure that towered over her. For the

first time, she noticed at ribbon around

the house. The full effect of what Andy

had been saying slammed into her like

a tidal wave and she turned sharply to

face Andy.

“You can’t be serious… You are joking

right”

He smiled softly. “Do you like it?” Andy

had hopeful eyes.

Jessica felt like her head would

explode. “Of course I like it, but it is

not mine, is it? It can’t be mine, can it?”

she turned to stare at the building. “Oh

God! Andy, this is too much” It would

have cost a fortune” she frowned.

“What am I saying? It would have cost

a million fortunes” she turned back to

Andy. “Where did you get the money to

build this?”

Andy almost laughed. “Jess, do you

know who you married? I have money

enough to feed a nation”. “Please tell

me you like it”

Jessica squealed. “Oh God! I love it”

she jumped on Andy and he caught her,

visibly relaxing. “But you know you did

not have to do it right?”

He looked into her eyes. “Yes, I had to.

I would do anything to make you very

happy my love”

“You are my happiness Andy Williams”

He kissed her and stepped back, holding

her hand.

She turned back to face the building

and gasped when she saw so many

people. “Happy Birthday” they all

screamed. Jessica grinned and

squealed like a little child. She became

calm when someone walked up to her.

Jessica looked at Sonia. Sonia had

done all she could to get her

forgiveness buy Jessica had refused to.

Staring at Sonia now, it was impossible

to forgive her. Not with the happiness

inside her. She looked at Andy who

gave an encouraging nod. Moving

forward, the opened her hands and

Sonia ran into it. Jessica felt her

happiness increase. Everyone made

mistakes and they deserved forgiveness

when they finally realize their mistakes.

Cheers went out and suddenly, Jessica

was being hugged and pecked by all

and sundry. They all went to the ribbon

and their pastor who was also there,

prayed. “We open this building in the

name of the Father, of the Son and of

the Holy Spirit”

Everyone shouted amen and Jessica

and Andy cut the ribbon. She felt the

instant urge to cry and before she knew

it, she had tears rolling down her

cheeks. She jumped on Andy. “I have

never been this happy Andy… I love

you. I am sure our baby would love you

very very much too” Andy froze and

pulled her back enough to stare into her

eyes. She answered his question with a

smile. “You are going to be a father”

she whispered and Andy gasped. He

had just received the best news in the

world. Before Jessica knew what was

happening, Andy was swinging her in

the air. She giggled and people looked

at them, puzzled and amused, wishing

to find a love like theirs. Jessica’s feet

hadn’t touched the ground when Andy

pulled her against him for a deep

breathtaking kiss. When they broke off,

they were breathless. Andy put his

head against Jessica’s and gazed into

her beautiful eyes. “I am the luckiest

man on earth”

“That makes two of us because I was

thinking I am the luckiest woman in the

universe.”

“We are going to be one extremely

happy family” Andy said, wanting to

scream on top of his lungs. They both

turned to the crowd of people who

were looking at them with curiosity but

they were not going to tell them. This

was their news, their joy and they did

not want to publicize it. It was too good

to share. They grinned and got the

celebration started, both thanking God

in their hearts for the day they got

married.

*All things work together for our good*

THE END. ”Please leave a comment below”

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