Behi lay on her bed reflecting on all that had happened in the last few weeks. It had been a rollercoaster of events and it had taught her a really big lesson. All because she wanted to get back at her ex she had almost lost the love of her life. Bimbo had almost lost his life to. She had been putting up pictures and captions about forgiveness on her social media platforms. She hoped it would minister to someone out there. She also thought about how her revenge plan had put a strain on her and Osas’s relationship. She had been her best friend for such a long time and had always been there for her in the good times and the bad. She could have lost her as well and all for what, all for nothing. In all of this, she was glad the drama was over and things had settled down.
Bimbo silently got dressed in his hospital ward. He was going to be discharged soon. He had packed up all his things and could not wait to leave. He was not exactly the praying type but he knew deep down that it was God who had saved him from that terrible accident. He had another chance to live as a better person which he was going to do. He was a different person now. Although he was still going to be using crutches for some time he was so grateful to be alive. He said a prayer of thanks to God and asked that He help him live a better life. He thanked God that Behi and Dozie had forgiven him as well. He finished dressing up and went down to the reception to wait for his dad. He was walking of these hospital doors a new man.
Dozie was packing up his bags and other things for his journey. He and Emeka were leaving the next day. He was glad the days of drama were over. He had no idea all of this was going to happen when he came. He just wanted to surprise his girlfriend but lo and behold he got stabbed. Sometimes he still could not believe all of this had happened. He was glad Behi had learnt her lesson. He had seen a different side of her he had never seen before. The anger in her eyes when she slapped Bimbo that day at the restaurant was something he never wanted to see again. He felt bad she had not told him about Bimbo in the early days of their relationship but he could not blame her. It was not easy for one to start talking about all that. He folded his last piece of clothing and put it in his box.
“Hmmm….some people are not crying…or should I say wailing.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”, Behi asked giving Osas a puzzled look.
“Er…it’s just that the last time somebody was leaving for London I did not hear word. Some people’s tears could fill a bucket”
“Go away jo”, Behi said picking a throw pillow and hurling it at Osas.
“It’s true now”…Osas, said laughing.
“Yes, you are right.”
“So are you following him to the airport?”
“Yea I am”
“You know the last time you couldn’t go because you could not bear it…..chai…me to I will love o”
Behi shook her head, This girl was just a clown.
“What about you though…I mean you haven’t dated anyone in a while”
“Abeg ….I’m not ready jare. Just leave that one. I know you just want to change the subject. Don’t bother because I will not let you rest today.”
Behi laughed. This girl knew her so well. She would meet up with Dozie later that day. He would be gone for about six months after which he would return finally. Osas decided to come stay with her until it was time for her to leave. Osas was truly the best friend ever.
Eno had missed his friend. He was glad he was finally coming back. He was also happy that Bimbo had been discharged. The past few weeks had been something else. Bimbo had really gone through a lot of pain. He actually shed a few tears when Chuki had sent him pictures of Bimbo and the car. He was in a terrible state and the car was a complete write off. A guy who was so jovial and vibrant had been reduced to almost nothing. He had prayed every single day for his two friends and God had answered. He was glad that Bimbo had apologised to Dozie. This accident had really humbled him. He couldn’t wait to now see the new Bimbo. However that will be till Christmas as he planned to go back to Nigeria then. He wondered how things would have turned out if he had told Dozie what had been going on form the start maybe things would not have gotten this bad. He was glad it had all come to an end.
“Hey boo”, Behi said giving Dozie a hug.
“Hey, how are you doing?”
“Very well my love, I am really happy.”
“You should be sad…I’m leaving”.
“Yea but you are coming back…..or aren’t you?”
“Er…I don’t know…might stay and marry some Bri-ish lady”….. Dozie said in a funny accent
“Okay o…..I will just pretend as if I didn’t hear what you just said”
“Hehehehe….you know I can never leave you, he said pulling her into his arms”
“I am so glad we were able to get through this boo….I am sorry for everything again.”
“It’s all in the past now baby you don’t have to apologise”
With that, he gave her a kiss. At that point Emeka walked in
“Hey, please o…I don’t want to spoil” , he said laughing.
“Are you all set?”
“Yes, I have put all the boxes in the car.”
“Alright guess we are good to go. Let’s go in and see mum one last time”
They all went into the house and their mum prayed for them and blessed them.
The drive to the airport was fun as they relived the good times they had had in their relationship and teased Emeka about not having a girlfriend. He told them he still was not ready to get into a serious relationship but said that he really loved what they had and was very happy they were able to get through the whole ordeal. When they got to the airport Behi helped the brothers with their bags and waited with them a bit.
“So tell me something, were you afraid or should I say jealous when I said I would stay back and marry a British lady?”
“Okay…maybe a little”
“Hehehe…I knew it. Six months isn’t a long time baby. I’ll be back and we will take our relationship to a whole new level. Please don’t just hide anything from me again alright?”
“I promise I won’t”
“I love you very much”
“I love you too baby”
He hugged her tight and gave her a quick kiss.
“Dozie…we need to go o…we cannot miss this flight again”, Emeka said tapping Dozie’s shoulder.
“Take care Behi we will miss you”, said Emeka giving her a hug.
She watched them walk away until she couldn’t see them anymore. She walked out of the airport back to where her car was packed enjoying the cool breeze of the evening on her face. As she entered her car she said a prayer for the boys. Everything was fine and everything will even be better when Dozie got back. She was one lucky girl. She drove home as happy as ever thinking about the wonderful days she and Dozie had ahead of them.
Yes!!!! Ocean Apart has finally come to an end. However I want to say a very big thankyou to God Almighty for giving me the strength to write this series trust me it was not easy but He was faithful. Thank you to Ogechi Nwobia, who used her blog as a platform for me to share this series. We have never met but she is an amazing person and an amazing writer as well. Thank you to every single person who has read this series and has encouraged me in one way or the other. To those who leave comments as well I say thank you for taking time out to do so. To those who give me constructive feedback I say thank you as well. I promise I won’t stop writing. I hope you all were able to learn something from this.
God bless you all.
Oseremen ‘Milli’ Okpere
“Wait… I am not sure I heard you correctly…please can you repeat what you just said?
“I said I am Chief Adekoya…the father of the young man who stabbed your son. You have a very lovely house by the way”
Dozie’s mother could not believe what she just heard. How dare he come to her house..how did he even find her? Anyway he was wasting his time if he had come to make amends. She was not going to drop the charges matter what.
“I said get out…leave my house…I cannot believe that you have the audacity to show up here after what your son did. Who even gave you the address to this place?”
Emeka ran upstairs to get Dozie.
“Someone is in the house and mummy is really upset please you need to come”.
“Who is the person?”
“Just come now…you will know when you get downstairs.”
They both quickly went downstairs and saw their mum screaming and shouting at Chief Adekoya.
When she saw them…she told Dozie who the man was. He couldn’t believe his ears when he heard it.
“Good evening gentleman”, Mr Adekoya said,…I beleive you are the one my son stabbed.”
“Yes I am”. Dozie answered rather coldly,
“I just want to talk to your mum for a little while”.
“I am not talking to you…leave my house or I will call the police!!!”
“Mummy please…. listen to what he has to say.”
I said NO!!!….infact I am going upstairs..when you are ready to leave Chief whatever you call yourself you can leave” with that, she stormed upstairs.
“I guess it’s you I have to talk to I cannot blame your mum for acting this way ..can I have a seat please?..I have been standing since I got here..I’m not very young you know”, Chief Adekoya said smiling.
Dozie was a bit puzzled at Chief’s calmness. I mean he was supposed to be begging for forgiveness but instead, he was smiling and asking for a seat.
He signaled to Emeka to leave them alone.
“Sure…… you can sit down”
“Thank you. First of all I want to apologise for what my son did to you he let his strong will get the better of him”
Dozie did not know how to react. This guy was very calm while he spoke. He began to wonder if he was really understood the gravity of what his son did.
“I’m also aware your mother has pressed charges and I have come to ask her to drop them on my son’s behalf. When he is discharged from the hospital he will come and tender his own apologies.”
“Erm…from what happened some minutes ago, I am sure you are smart enough to realise that my mum is not going to drop the charges.”
“Young man I know my son stabbed you but you should still give me the respect I deserve”.
“Your son stabbed me for crying out loud. Instead of you to be sober, you are here talking to me about respect.” His anger was rising.
I am sober…If I wasn’t trust me I would not be here. Please tell your mother to drop the charges.
“She will not”
“It’s for her own good because the truth is, she will not win.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because one phone call from me, and the case will be completely wiped out like it never existed….I mean I could have done that without coming here and every single lawyer your mum goes to will turn her down but out of respect I came to speak with her. I know you are a smart guy. Convince your mum to drop the case and let bygones be bygones.
With that, he stood up, dropped his card on the table, and said, “Keep me posted on your mum’s response thank you for your time. I will be waiting for your call. By the way not many people have the number on this particular card… so be wise” .
Dozie was dumb founded and watched him as he left the house.
A WEEK LATER
Bimbo was elated. He was getting better and the pains had drastically reduced. Best news of all was he was going to be discharged soon. He could not wait. He told Eno the good news and he was so happy for him. One thing that still troubled him was that he needed to see Dozie. He needed to apologise to him. He had learnt a really big lesson from all this drama. He closed his eyes and without wasting time he fell fast asleep.
“I guess Emeka and I sorted out now…we have overstayed our welcome, Dozie said.
“Yes you are my love,” Behi said.
He had just finished booking tickets for their trip back to London.
“So are you still going to see him?”
“Yes I am….will drop you at home before I head over there.”
Dozie had decided that he was going to see Bimbo. That seemed to be the last thing for him to do so that he could put all that had happened behind him. He dropped Behi at home and headed to the hospital where Bimbo was. Osas had told him his room number.
Bimbo was trying to open a bar of chocolate when Dozie knocked and entered the room. Bimbo could not believe his eyes. He just stared at Dozie without saying anything.
“Hope you are getting better?”, Dozie asked.
“Er…er….yes..yes I am…sorry it’s just you are the last person I expected to see”
“I know…I’m happy you are getting better. Honestly I just want to close this chapter. I…”
“Please …let me talk first. Dozie I am extremely sorry for what I did to you and Behi. Honestly it was not worth it I…. almost lost my life. I did have a good…. chance with Behi some years back but….. I am sure she has told you I was pretty messed up back then. I have always believed that you can get…. anything or in this case any girl… you want but I went about it the wrong way. I should have simply… left her alone. I also…know that….my dad got involved and that’s …why your mother…dropped the charges. Dozie please for all of this…forgive me. I beg you. I think I have been punished enough. You have no idea what the first few weeks were like.
Dozie was touched. It was obvious he had some difficulty in talking which made him a bit slow when doing so but he still pushed himself to say all he did. He also saw from the look on his face that he was sober. It was time for him to do his own part and accept his forgiveness.
“Well spoken….I forgive you.”
As soon as he said those words he knew deep down in his heart that this drama was finally over.
Stay tuned for the Series Finale which comes up on the 24th. Don’t miss it.
“Hmmm, yes o. In fact I don’t even have the full details. I have tried to get the info from him but it’s so obvious he does not want to tell me.” Vivian said
“Most important thing is that he is fine and hopefully he gets back in good time before school resumes.”
They both talked for a little while before Amara hung up. Vivian went to the kitchen to make herself some cereal to eat. She had spoken to Dozie a couple of times after he had been discharged but every time she brought up the topic of them seeing, he always gave her some sort of excuse. The same thing happened when she asked about details about what happened the night he was stabbed. She sighed as she carried her bowl of the cereal to the sitting room. It was obvious he did not want to get close to her. As she put the TV on she decided that she would give him his space. She was done trying to reconnect with him.
Chief Adekoya had gotten all the information he needed too about Dozie. Apparently his mum had gone ahead to press charges for attempted murder. He had to put a stop to this because there was no way his child was going to appear in a court room much more go to prison. He decided that he would visit the mum over the weekend. He had told Bimbo the news and the poor lad was extremely scared. It took him sometime to calm him down. He was going to do whatever he had to put a stop to this.
“I really do hope he’s getting better”, Behi said to Osas as she drove to the hospital where Bimbo was.
“Well he is much better than he was first brought into the hospital.”
As they walked inside the hospital, Behi was a bit nervous. The last she remembered of Bimbo was when he had threatened her not to tell anyone he had stabbed Dozie.
“Are you okay?”, Osas asked.
“Yes I am.”
On getting to the door of his room, Behi was so nervous she did not want to go in.
Osas calmed her down and told her that everything would be fine.
She finally calmed down and they went in. She was horrified when she saw him. He was a shadow of himself. She put her hand over her mouth. He was in this state because of her. Bimbo at the other end of the room could not believe who he was seeing. It was Behi. She had actually come to see him. He really wanted to hug her and apologise for all the things he had done but he couldn’t. Before he knew what was happening, she had put her hands around him and hugged him. Pain shot through his body as she did but he didn’t care because she probably would never hug him again. So he decided to “enjoy” this moment.
“You came…you actually came.”
“Yes…yes…I did….she began to cry.
“Please don’t cry….I have caused you enough pain already.”
Osas silently left the room.
“It’s my fault as well that you are here…you don’t know how happy I am that you survived this accident I would have never forgiven myself if you didn’t make it.”
She finally let go of him and sat down. She looked around the room which was filled cards, some flowers and stuff to nibble.
“You are loved o….see cards everywhere.”
“Yea…literally everyone has been here except for Eno and you of course.”
“I am so sorry Bimbo…I cannot believe things went this far….I have learnt my lesson”
“Same here…I mean I have been in this hospital for almost two and a half weeks and all because of what…”
“It was not worth at all”.
“I am so sorry Behi…I know I hurt you in the past but this time I admit I went too far. I am sorry for hurting you and your boyfriend….please I beg you for the bottom of my heart for everything I have done to you please forgive me.”
“I forgive you and I am sorry as well for lying to you and leading you on just to hurt you. Please forgive me Bimbo.
“I forgive you too. I intend to visit your boyfriend when I am out of here. I want to ask for his forgiveness as well.
Hearing that, Behi sighed. That morning, Dozie had told her that his mum was being stubborn and refused to drop the charges even though the lawyer was not being so responsive. She did not know if it would be appropriate to tell Bimbo about it.
“Why are you sighing?”
“Is he going to punch me in the face?…..because I actually do deserve it. “ He said, laughing.
Behi did not smile.
Nothing..it’s just that…it’s Dozie’s mum….she…
“She has pressed charges for attempted murder.”
“You know already?”`
“Yes pops told me”
“He’s handling it….I don’t blame his mum though…I went too far”
“Your dad should be able to handle it.”
She stayed for a little while and she called Osas to come back into the room.
Getting back into the room, Osas knew from their demeanor that they had ironed things out. She said a silent prayer thanking God for getting her friend through all this.
Chief Adekoya called his driver for the umpteenth time.
“Kayode….where are you for God’s sake?”
“Ma bi nu sir traffic dey too much for here.”
“If you had just gone to drop these things yesterday we will not be in this mess.”
“E jo sir….no vex”
“I am waiting”.
Chief Adekoya waited patiently for his driver and hoped that his visit to Dozie’s house would be a productive one. He hoped his mother was even around. He had gotten in touch with the lawyer Dozie’s mum had hired and had cajoled him to stall the case until he had spoken to Dozie’s mum. Kayode finally arrived and he made his way to the car. It was a smooth ride to the house. When he got there he knocked on the gate and a young lad opened it.
Good evening Oga sir…who you wan see?”
“Good evening please I would like to see Mrs Okechukwu the madam of the house.”
At the point Emeka came out of the house. He saw chief and the gateman talking and went to find out what was going on. Chief Adekoya introduced himself and Emeka ushered him into the house.
“Mum there is someone here to see you.”
“Who?…tell the person I am coming”.
She came and Chief Adekoya stood up, introduced himself and shook her hand.
“You are welcome chief but why have you come here?”
“I am actually the father of the young man who stabbed your son with a screwdriver.”
Bimbo sat on his hospital bed scrolling through the phone Tomisin had given him. His own phone was a write off because of the crash so Chuki helped his retrieve his number and Tomisin dug out one of his old Samsung phones so he could use it for now. The past week had been something else. It was difficult to do everything. It was difficult to eat, to bath and to move around with the crutches it was even difficult to sleep.
As he scrolled further down the “get well soon” messages, he thought about all the people that had come to see him. Close friends, friends, colleagues even his boss had come as well. The table in the room was filled with cards and chocolates. He really liked chocolates and to be honest he really felt loved. However he could not stop thinking about Osas, Behi and Dozie it was not like he was expecting to see the last two but he thought Osas would have stopped by at least. Chuki had told him how he ran into her at some supermarket Eno had called him a few days back as well and she was the one who had told him he was in the hospital so she was aware of his condition.
He really wanted to know how Dozie was doing and Osas was the only one who could tell him that. Then again, why would she even come he stabbed her best friend’s boyfriend. He lay down on the bed again. Doing that was painful as well. This past week had given him a lot of time to think and he had realised that everything he had done was not worth it. He was in the hospital in pain all because he wanted to get back at Behi. Dozie had done nothing wrong as well. He actually felt bad. Yes he knew that he was quite arrogant to be honest but this experience had made him as humble as ever.
“I have to make things right once I am out of here.” He said out loud. “This was not worth it at all”. With that the door opened and his father walked in and sat down beside him. Bimbo did not bother trying to sit up and he had just laid down a few minutes ago.
“How are you doing today?”
“Well I am still in pain but it’s not as bad as it was last week”
“That’s good. Your mum told me she was here yesterday.”
“Yes she was.”
“Are you ready to talk to me now?”
Bimbo was silent.
“I have told you…I was in a hurry to get somewhere.”
“Bimbo I am not a child…I want the truth.”
“Why…you never really cared about anything going on with me so why now?”
Those words pierced Chief Adekoya’s heart like a sharp knife because they were actually true.
“I know I haven’t been the best dad but I am ready to make amends. When I got a call that you were here as any normal parent should be I was worried and then when I came and actually saw you I couldn’t believe my eyes son. My heart sunk. You looked terrible. The cuts on your body seemed uncountable. You looked lifeless but I just had to comport myself. After I went home, I sat to think about a lot of things and I realised that I have not been a good father to you my son. I know it’s not too late. I know we can build that relationship we used to have when you were much younger before your mum and I started having issues. Please son, give me another chance.”
Tears welled up in Bimbo’s eyes. He could not believe that his dad had just said those to words to him. He wanted to make amends. These last few years they had hardly said anything to each other. All he did was send cash even when he had told him he didn’t want his money anymore. Despite the pain he was in, he sat up and reached out to give his dad a hug.
“I am so sorry son”, Chief Adekoya said.
It’s okay dad. I am sorry too.”
When they left each other his father said. “Are you ready to tell me everything now?”
Bimbo told every single thing that had happened. When he finished the first thing Chief Adekoya did was laugh. Bimbo was surprised.
“What is funny?”, Bimbo said rather annoyed this time.
“So technically you are in the hospital because of a woman”, he laughed again.
Bimbo frowned. ‘Please tell me something I don’t know”.
Bimbo’s father said he would get someone to track Dozie’s family down and would go and apologise by himself. He knew the boy was definitely alive. Also form the way he son had spoken, he knew he was sober and had learnt his lesson and he was grateful that his son had given him a second chance.
“He was discharged two days ago”, Behi said. Osas took another slice of pizza and asked, “ That’s great so when are you going to do the needful.”
“Tomorrow…I don’t even know what to expect”.
“I don’t know either.”
“I am just happy that Dozie is back home.”
“I mean if someone had told me all this was going to happen I wouldn’t have believed it. Like I have so learnt my lesson. This will never repeat itself .”
“I am glad you have….so ..erm…Bimbo is in the hospital.”
“Ah ah…what happened….is he sick?”
“No he had an accident the same day he stabbed Dozie.”
“Oh no…no…no…all this is because of me………two of them are hurt because of me.”
“Is he alright…please tell me….I need to know.”
“I haven’t seen him yet but he’s recovering little by little.”
At this point Behi was angry with herself. “I was so stupid and heartless…I am a terrible person Osas.”
“No you are not, the most important thing is that you have realised your mistake and you need to make amends. Trust me everything would be fine okay”
“Okay but Osas we need to see him…I need to see him…I need to apologise for what I did.”
“I know babe…we will but deal with Dozie’s mum and brother first.”
“Okay”. Behi said cleaning the tears that were forming in her eyes.
As she drove to Dozie’s house, so many things were running through her mind. What if they don’t take things well and tell Dozie to end things with her? His family was wonderful and they had accepted her just the way she was. It was really wrong for her to have lied to them. Even when Dozie was away his mum used to call her to check up on her. She was really afraid and at some point she felt like turning back and heading home. She said a silent prayer to God to give her strength to do what she had to. She felt better when she had prayed and then felt a sudden urge to stop at church to pray as well. She didn’t know where this feeling had come from but she decided to follow through with it. She stopped by and went into the prayer room of the church. It will be the first time because she had never entered the room before. It was a small room with a really big bible on a stand that was in the middle of the room. The bible was opened. She walked towards the bible and her eye fell on a particular verse. It was Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield. He helps me and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving”
The words made her drop to her knees and she thanked God for leading her here and asked for forgiveness. She prayed for Bimbo as well and finally prayed that God strengthens her and gives her the words to speak when she gets to Dozie’s house. She knew God had definitely led her here. When she was done praying and she stood up, she felt some sort of calmness. The feeling of fear and uncertainty were gone and she felt more confident. When she got to Dozie’s house, she knocked and Emeka came to open the door.
“Hi dear…hope you are fine”
“Hmm…I am o…just happy to have my brother back home”.
“Emeka!!! Who is that?”, his mum shouted form the kitchen.
Behi’s heart skipped a beat when she heard her voice
“Hey….my Edo princess”, she said as she came out of the kitchen
“Good afternoon ma.”
“My dear…God will bless you…Dozie told me how you always came to visit him every single day. I couldn’t have asked for another girl for my son. God will bless you for the amount of time you sacrificed to go to that hospital everyday Chineke ga-agozi ma na – edebe gi. I know it was not easy for you to sacrifice all that time. In fact, I don’t know why he has not asked you to marry him….”
She went on and on and Behi could feel her eyes getting wet already. How was she supposed to start explaining to this woman that she had lied to her and besides she had not seen Dozie anywhere. As if Emeka knew what she was thinking he said “Let me get Dozie…he’s upstairs”. Behi nodded.
Few minutes later Dozie joined them on the dining table and his mum went on and on about how Dozie should make sure he treats Behi well and vice versa. They both sat across each other and kept glancing at each other as she spoke. Dozie could see the sadness in Behi’s eyes. They gave her away all the time. She needed reassurance. Few minutes later they both excused themselves and went out of the house to talk for a while. He reassured her that everything would eventually be alright and that she shouldn’t worry. They went into the house and Dozie said “Mum Behi would like to tell you something”.
“Ah ah….I hope all is well.”
“Yes it is.”
All three sat and down and Behi told Dozie’s mum every single thing that had happened and the person that stabbed Dozie adding that he was still in the hospital. She finished by asking for forgiveness. Dozie’s mum was speechless at first she couldn’t believe what she had just heard. After a while she said “Revenge is never the answer…you allowed your hurt push you to do unthinkable things but I am glad you have learnt your lesson but as for that Bimbo he is not going scot free I am going to press charges. He cannot hurt my son and get away with it.”
Chineke ga-agozi ma na – edebe gi. – God will bless and keep you.
Behi was devastated. She had not heard from Dozie since their last conversation at the hospital. She slowly recalled everything that had happened.
It was about 9:00am the day after the incident when Dozie opened his eyes. Behi had gone to freshen up and had gotten back to the hospital around 8:00am. Osas had said she will come in much later. She was actually drifting off to sleep when Dozie called her name.
She sat up and looked at him. Seeing that his eyes were opened, she ran to his side and said
“My love!!! you are finally awake”, she said, giving him a forehead kiss
“Why am I in the hospital…what happened…how….”, his voice was quite low.
“Sssh….sssh…baby don’t say anything…just relax”
“I don’t understand…how….
It took him a while to sit up and that was when he felt the pain in his back. In a flash he remembered everything that had happened the day before. He knew someone had done something to his back that made him cry out in pain before he fell to the floor.
“Who did this to me..Behi…who hit me from behind?”
Behi did not know what to say. She had already lied to his mother and brother. She could not imagine lying to Dozie again.
“Dozie let me go and call the nurse you must be probably hungry…..”
“Behi please who attacked me?”
Behi took a deep breath before she answered him
“Bimbo…it was Bimbo
“What!….no….I want to believe you are joking”
“He stabbed you with a screw driver…I am so sorry baby…this is all my fault”
Dozie stared into space processing what Behi had just told him. This Bimbo dude had gone too far. What if the injury had been so bad and had damaged some tissue in his body or something? He said a silent to God for saving him. However this time he was really angry with Behi. This revenge frenzy had caused a lot to happen. He just wanted her to leave. He wanted to be alone.
“What…Dozie please”, Behi said and dropped to her knees by his bed side
“Please..Behi…I just want to be alone right now.”
Behi didn’t move
Seeing she didn’t move, Dozie laid down on the bed and turned so that his back was facing her.
Behi felt terrible. He was giving her the silent treatment. This would not be the first time. Whenever he did this, it meant he was really angry. She got up and walked to the door. When she opened it, she looked back at him and said, “I love you Dozie, I really didn’t mean for any of this to happen”. With that, she left his room.
Present Day 5:00pm
Osas called Behi for the umpteenth time but she still did not pick her phone. She wanted to tell her she was leaving the house to the hospital. It had been difficult to get through to her these past few days Dozie had been in the hospital. She had not had time to visit him since Sunday because of work and made up her mind to do so today.
She hoped Dozie was alright. While driving out of her house she decided to stop by and get a card and probably some red grapes for Dozie at a nearby super market. Less than five minutes after she had entered the supermarket, she heard her name.
She turned to see who was calling her. It was Chuki, Bimbo’s friend.
They exchanged pleasantries and after talking about their lives for a while, Chuki asked her if she had gone to visit Bimbo at the hospital.
“I don’t understand…why is Bimbo in the hospital”
“Osas he had a terrible accident like three days ago”
“No way….I…is he alright?” Osas asked, she actually became worried because she knew it was the same night he stabbed Dozie.
“He’s in a pretty bad shape. He still has to stay in the hospital for a while. “
“Reddington at VI”
“Okay…thanks for the info…take care of you”
Osas brought out her phone and dialed Behis number again. Still there was no answer. She assumed she was in the hospital. As she drove, she thought about Bimbo. He had behaved terribly but she knew there was some good in him somewhere. He was not a bad person. When she got to Dozie’s room, Emeka was just about leaving. She was surprised when she saw that Behi was not there.
“How are you feeling Dozie…brought some things for you”
“I’m better…how is your friend?”
“Erm…I thought she has been here and has left
“Well I told her to leave…we have not spoken for a few days”
Osas could not believe her ears and from that she was able to figure out that her friend was really sad.
“No wonder…It has been difficult reaching her these past few days. Dozie, please forgive her I am sure she is regrets this and had learnt her lesson”.
“Why didn’t you stop her? Her silly, immature behaviour made that useless Bimbo guy stab me”, Dozie said raising his voice.
“Dozie please I never expected him to do that….”
“Osas”, Dozie said cutting her off.
“You are going to sit and tell me every single thing that happened between Behi and this Bimbo guy because I am still clueless and yes thank you for lying to my brother and mother.”
At this point Osas felt really hurt.
Dozie…please just relax when you get better we can talk about it
“I’m waiting Osas” Dozie said looking straight into her eyes.
Osas knew from his look that she could not get out of this one.
“Bimbo is her ex boyfriend…..”
Osas told Dozie everything she knew about Bimbo and Behi. He actually felt bad for her. This Bimbo really was not a nice guy at all. However she had gone too far.
“You know at this point Osas I don’t even know what to do. My family could press charges…”
“No Dozie don’t even think about it…Bimbo’s father is a powerful man and has strong connections”
“He stabbed me for crying out…who does he think he is..he just feels he…”
“He’s in the hospital as well”`
“He had an accident and I am pretty sure it was the same day he stabbed you.”
“Wow…is he getting better?”
“Heard he’s in a pretty bad shape”
“Hmmm two guys in the hospital because of a woman.”
“Well you have to admit that this one is a rare breed”. Osas said smiling.
Dozie laughed a little. Hearing Osas say that made him calm down. Behi was his everything.
“I really love her you know”
“I know you do”
The stared at each other a while and finally Dozie said, “Fine I will call her…Emeka has given me back my phone.”
“Yay!!! Let’s just close this Bimbo chapter in our lives.”
Dozie knew it was the right thing to do but a part of him really wanted to beat the life out of Bimbo. He was a terrible human and had treated his Behi like she was a piece of trash. He did not know if he could ever forgive him for stabbing him.
“I have to go now dear” Osas said standing up. “Please call her…I am sure she’s devastated. She has not picked any of my calls all day”
“I apologise for everything that has happened..I know it is hard but please just let it go.”
“Hmmm…..I will try”
Dozie did not want to forgive Bimbo. “You can’t just go away scot free”, he said to himself. ‘I am going to get back at you”
“There is no need for this”
Dozie knew who was talking to him.
“I gave my son for you”
“Lord I know you saved me from this ordeal but I don’t know if I can just let it go”
“If you don’t ..you are doing the exact same thing Behi did”
He was right. It was exactly the same thing Behi did.. just in another way.
“Dear lord please give me the strength to let this go…I beg you…I cannot do it on my own”
With that he picked up his phone and called Behi.
She picked on the first ring
“It’s fine Behi…it’s okay….Osas has told me everything and I forgive you..let’s just try to move past this.
“Thankyou…thank you so much Dozie..you don’t know how much this means to me”.
“However you need to do something.”
“Anything Dozie…just tell me and I will do it.”
“You have to tell my mum and Emeka the truth. They deserve to know.”
Behi’s heart sank when she heard those words.
“Are you there?”
“Yes….yes I am”.
“So you will do the needful”
“Fine…I will talk to you later…bye”
Behi sat down on one of the long hospital seats with Emeka and his mum. All three were silent, not saying a word to one another. They were all lost in their thoughts while they waited for the doctor to give them an update on Dozie’s condition.
Dozie’s mother thought about him and kept on praying to God that he would be okay. He was her first son and she could not fathom the thought of losing him. She would never be the same again. She wondered why someone would do something so cruel and terrible. Dozie was a peaceful boy and did not look for anyone’s trouble. Why was he the target of the hoodlums that attacked him? She thanked God silently that nothing had happened to Behi. That would have been worse. She tried her best not to question God and kept on praying to God to take control of the situation.
Emeka thought about his older brother. He had always been the wild one while Dozie was the calm and responsible one. He had covered up for him numerous times when he had gone partying but at some point Dozie began to make him see and understand that life was not all about having fun but about making something meaningful out of it. He had also encouraged him to attend church more frequently and to be honest it had made him a better person. If not for Dozie he would have turned out to be a useless chap. He wondered why this thing had happened to him. They were supposed to be going back to London the next day but clearly that was not happening. He felt angry that such a thing should happen to such a good person. He looked at his mum and then at Behi. The both of them had cried their eyes out earlier and he had comforted them. He tried his best not to cry. His mum’s eyes were closed and he knew very well that she was praying. Behi was just staring into space. He didn’t know if he should move towards her and assure her once again that everything would be fine. She really looked like she was lost in thought so he decided to leave her.
Behi thought about her sweetheart Dozie. All she felt was guilt. Everything was her fault. If she had not started this whole revenge plan all this would not have happened. One silly stupid urge to get back at Bimbo had caused all this. She was devastated. Only Osas knew the truth: Bimbo stabbed Dozie in the back. She had to tell Osas to leave the hospital and go home. She insisted she would stay but Behi told her she had done enough for one day. Vivian stayed a while in the hospital as well. She exchanged numbers with her and asked to be kept updated. Another thing that made her feel terrible was that she had lied to his mum and brother. She told them they were attacked by some robbers. She was crying while telling them and Osas helped her complete the lie explaining they came out from nowhere and attacked them. Dozie was proving stubborn so they stabbed him and ran away. Behi could just not tell them the truth for now.
She could not believe that Bimbo had done such. He was a heartless fellow. She recalled how he had literally chased everything in skirt while they were together. On two occasions she had caught him at home in bed with another girl. He was her first boyfriend and she had really fallen hard for him. He was quite the gentleman and yes he had enough money to splash around. Things started out really well between them and she had even imagined them getting married, having a fancy wedding. However as time went on, he changed into a totally different person. One thing she hated herself for was that she always forgave him and stayed in the relationship. He had this charming smile that always melted her heart. He always bought her expensive gifts as well and always made her feel like a princess with his words. She eventually ended up sleeping with him because he pressured her to do so making her believe it was because she wasn’t doing so that he was cheating. However even after that he didn’t change one bit. She would forever regret doing so. She had tagged it the biggest mistake of her life. She admitted that she was naïve and it was her sister who finally pushed her to break up with him. She had endured his misbehavior for two good years.
Dozie was a hundred percent different form Bimbo. He was like a breath of fresh air. She had been a bit skeptical about dating anyone after Bimbo but Dozie proved himself to be worthy of her. She could tell him anything and everything and he never for once judged her when she did something silly. He always went the extra mile for her and made sure on one messed with her. He made her a better person. She had to admit that she was really selfish. In all of this, she never thought about Dozie and how he would feel. Now he was lying down on a hospital bed because of her.
Emeka decided to go sit closer to Behi. He held her hand and said.
“He will be alright… I am sure he will pull through.”
“I hope so…Behi said as tears filled her eyes.”
“But what really happened?”
“Someone…one of the robbers stabbed him with a screwdriver”
“I know but why would anyone want to do that?”
“I have no idea.”
Emeke and Dozie looked so alike and his face only reminded her of Dozie’s.
Finally the doctor came out of the room where Dozie was and all three stood up waiting for his response.
“Please tell me my son is okay!!! Dozie’s mum cried
“You son is now stable and is doing fine. We were able to remove the screwdriver from his back successfully.” He has not woken up yet but I am sure he will do so soon”.
“Thank God…Imela Chineke please let me go and see him.”
Reddington Hospital , Idowu Martins, 1:30am
“Deji!!!!!…hmmm….nothing must happen to my son o!!!! Mrs Adekoya cried out to her estranged husband pulling his shirt.
“Erm Kemi can you just calm down and let us wait for the doctor to update us.”
“E me ke!…calm down?! My only child is in a critical condition and you want me to calm down…”
“Please Kemi this is a hospital. There are other people here. Please just try and calm down.
Kemi sat down and kept quiet. Bimbo was a handful just like his father but she loved him so much and did not want anything to happen to him. She had been separated from his dad for a while and she knew it had affected him a lot. He had always been given what he wanted just to compensate for the time she had not been there for him. Deji also did the same as he always had one meeting or conference to attend out of town. She had to admit that they had not been the best of parents to him. He had always been in the middle of all their fights and arguments until he finally made the decision to move out of Deji’s house which was well…her former house. She wondered what he had been doing that made him have such a fatal accident. The car was a write off. She was really thankful that he was still alive although he was in critical condition. She prayed that he would be alright.
Chief Deji Adekoya sat silently in the chair thinking about his son. Bimbo was a strong willed young chap just like him. When he and Kemi started having issues in their marriage, she moved out of the house but Bimbo decided to stay with him. He had always told him to be persistent if he really wanted something and although this was somewhat good advice it usually caused major fights between them. He silently hoped it was not his strong will that made him have such a terrible accident. He admitted he had not been the best father because he was hardly around and Bimbo had to make certain important decisions by himself. He vowed in his mind that when Bimbo gets out of this he would be a better father to him.
“Chief”, the doctor called coming out of Bimbo’s room.
“Ah my good friend…Williams..please how is my son doing?”
Doctor Williams had been their family doctor for a long time.
“Ah….doctor please I hope he is still alive o….please tell me he is still alive” Kemi cried
Deji got a bit irritated. Did she have to be so loud all the time? he thought to himself.
“Kemi, Deji, Bimbo is stable now although he legs were quite damaged.”
“A ye mi o” Kemi cried.
“Kemi please” Deji said using he hand to tell her to calm down.
“He may not be able to walk for now and may have to use crutches and his wounds would take quite some time to heal…we have to keep him here for some time he still needs to be monitored.”
“Thankyou Doctor Williams the most important thing is that he is alive.”
“Exactly…Deji I will do my best to make sure he recovers as quickly as possible”.
“I suggest you go home and get some rest Chief”
“Behi you can come home with us…don’t think he’s going to wake up anytime soon.”
“No I rather just stay here.”
“My daughter please you need to rest”
Behi felt a wave a guilt when she heard those words
“It’s okay ma…I will stay”
“Okay but please make sure you leave by day break okay?”
“Okay Ma, Thankyou ma”
When they left, she just stood looking at Dozie…couple of wires were stuck to him and his eyes were closed.
She took his hand and tears formed in her eyes again. “Baby I am so so sorry, you really did not deserve any of this. She kissed his hand and dropped it on the bed. It was 2:30am and she was tired. She sat down on the chair and sent Osas an update of all that had happened. Before she knew it she drifted off to sleep.
Reddington Hospital, Idowu martins, 7:30am
Bimbo opened his eyes. He did not know when he was. He looked around and then after sometime he realised he was in a hospital. He tried to sit up but he could not do so. He was in a lot of pain especially around his lower body. The events of last night quickly flashed through his mind. He suddenly became agitated. He had to get out from there. What if the police were looking for him? He tried to get up again but the pain was too much to bear. He thought about Dozie and actually hoped he was alright. He hoped he was not dead but the thought of him being dead kept coming to his mind. He lay down on the bed again and closed his eyes. “I am done for” he thought as a single tear rolled down his cheek.