THE PAINS OF A LONELY HEART- Episode 10
By O.D Oluwasegun
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“James you are the only guy I have ever known. If its through sex that I got infected, then its from you” Nancy said. James quickly held Nancy hand and led her to the compound of the house. He didn’t want his mother to hear anything about the test. “Look, you need to keep your voice down yea! My mother is in there” James said. “James, I’m not in the mood for your mum’s drama, I need answers James!!” Nancy said with a louder tone. James then took GHC 500 out of his pocket and gave it to Nancy
Take this, I promise to be at your end tonight so we talk about it. Please do this for me, James said. “James, if you don’t show up, you wouldn’t like what will happen next” Nancy cautioned him. “This test result is equally important to me as it is to you so trust me on this, I will be there” James reassured her. Nancy walked out on him still sobbing a little.
One amazing thing was, James never showed any sign that he was surprised about the news. Its seemed he was already aware of his HIV status. He was actually not bothered about the news. All he was worried of was how to keep the news away from his mother.
As James was going back into the house he suddenly saw Juliet running out of the house. James tried asking where she was going to but Juliet ignored him and went out of the house.
Soon after, Mrs. Johnson came out but she was too late to stop Juliet from running out of the house, she had already gone by then.
“Prostitute, witch, come back here and you will see. Hypocrite.” Mrs. Johnson shouted as she came out. “Mum, what is it? James asked. “James, can you imagine? That girl is pregnant.” His mother said.
“Juliet? pregnant? James askedm ” and who is responsible for her pregnancy? He continued. ” That’s what she is refusing to tell me, she just ran out while I was asking.” Mrs. Johnson said. “Mum, lets wait for her to return. Ben and I will talk to her” James suggested. “You better do” Mrs. Johnson said and went back into the house with James.
James again was not surprised that Juliet was pregnant. Its seems he had a lot of things hidden in the dark. Nothing seems to amaze him. Its either he was already aware or he was just not bothered. Juliet on the other hand, just ran into the church room and knelt before the altar crying. She looked up into the heavens and began praying. Tears kept running down her cheeks.
Her prayer was so loud that Daniel who was sitting on one of the pews heard everything she was lamenting about. Juliet didn’t even realize that Daniel was sitting there. He was a new member in the church and an organist. He joined the church just about a week ago, but in no time, with his exceptional talent almost everyone knew him. He was also there to pray, and was actually reading the bible when Juliet ran in.
Daniel was a regular guy but with a lot of charisma. It seems he was just perfect with everything he did. No one knew where he came from or where he stayed. However anytime his help was needed, Daniel was not hard to find. In a nut shell, Daniel was very secretive. He sat down and listened to Juliet. After some few minutes, Juliet was totally silent. She had stopped praying and was lying beneath the altar.
Daniel stood up and went to her. He took her by the hand and said “God, has listened to your prayers, wipe off your tears and be thankful to him instead” His hand felt cold and there was something about him that made Juliet feel that she had known him for long.
As much as he is a total stranger to Juliet, there was something about him that made him look familiar. Juliet couldn’t just figure out what that was. His words were so comforting and assuring. Those words were enough to make Juliet involuntarily smile, as if everything was alright.
To be continued….. watch out for Episode 11