STREET LOVE (THE CONTINUATION)
“Do you want me to go down and bring her in.” Benson asked and Ryan raised his hand, signaling him to stop.
He smiled at Lucy again.”Mind if I take you home for the night?” He asked.
His friends laughed surprisely but he ignored them.
Lucy turned her face to look at Ryan.”Sorry but I don’t go out with boys.
Go forward and pick your size.” Lucy replied bluntly and Ryan came down from the car, resting against it.
“Come on…I will pay you a large amount of money. I’ve got plenty of it here right now.” Ryan said, nodding towards the car.
Lucy looked at the car and back to Ryan.
“Where is the money?” Lucy asked.
Ryan looked at her for a long moment before turning around and bending over the window.
He took a large bundle of money from his bag in the car, and turned around again, waving the money in front of Lucy.
“Here it is.” He said, handing it over to her.
Lucy took the money, bringing it close to nose and inhaling the scent.
She smiled and followed him.
She entered the front seat and Ryan closed the car door going around to enter the driver’s seat.
They zoomed off and got to Ryan’s house 30 minutes later.
His friends worked in an oil company in Abuja.
They come by weekends at Ryan’s house to have a good time together.
Ryan had insisted they stopped bringing different girls to his house but they would not listen.
He couldn’t do anything…they all grew up together.
“Yes, yes, yes girls! We’re here!” Benson announced as they all came inside the large living room.
Ryan and his friends left the girls in the living room, going to the kitchen to get some drinks from the deep freezer.
Benson’s girl whose name was Sofia looked at Lucy as she sat down, looking around.
“We are as equally beautiful as you and even educated as you see us so but why is it that it’s you our dream guy picked this night?”
Temmy, the other girl hissed too.” Don’t you know about juju my dear? Maybe she used it on him because Ryan would never pick up a girl no matter what? Why is this night different?”
Lucy looked at them and stood up.” Did I just here you say you are equally beautiful as I am?
Stop deceiving yourself, babes. You do not even meet up with my standard.”
Lucy replied them. She would never allow anyone intimidate her for no reason.
The girls laughed, clapping their hands.
“Look at this one o? Just who do you think you are to insult us like that? Do you know who I am? Do you want me to design your face for you?” Temmy asked, going closer to Lucy.
“Try it.” She said with a hard voice.” I will make sure an ambulance will be ordered for you here, right now!”
Lucy threatened and the girls hissed going back to sit down when they saw the guys coming.
“Okay okay, we are here with refreshments” Felix said, going over to his babe as they kissed.
Lucy looked around the house. It was magnificent.
It looked like a palace. She looked at the girls whom were also staring at her with hatred but she ignored them.
Felix sat down with his girl, kissing her as they laughed.
She laid on him on the couch and Ryan looked away, sitting down.
Lucy sat beside him and tried to look normal but she couldn’t.
Somehow, she felt shy. Sofia was still even staring at her and she tried to ignore her else she would be tempted to go over there and give her a slap.
Benson took his girl straight upstairs, saying goodnight and Lucy felt a little at ease. No more annoying eyes staring at her again.
“What would you like to take?” Ryan asked Lucy who looked around.
She was embarrassed at the same time because Felix and his own girl were in a hot romance just before them there.
“I don’t want anything. Let’s just get into business.” Lucy said as Ryan looked at her, nodding.
“Guy, go upstairs and let me see road na.” Ryan said to Felix who laughed and stood up with the girl.
They laughed as they went upstairs to a room.
Ryan looked at Lucy again.” Relax.” He told her.
Lucy kept mute. Ryan stood up and took her hand, leading her upstairs.
They got into his bed room and he changed out of his cloth.
He took a quick shower and wore his pyjamas.
Lucy stood up from where she was sitting and entered into the bathroom too.
She had a quick bath and tied a white towel around her chest.
It showed off all her laps as she came out. Ryan was already sitting on the bed, his back rested against the pillow and the wall.
Lucy walked sexily to him and started climbing the bed.
Ryan did not move. He stared at her as she got to him and started opening the buttons on his cloth.
He closed his eyes and felt his heart thumping.
As she was about unbuttoning the last button, Ryan opened his eyes and caught her hand.”Wait.”
Lucy looked at him, confused and wondering why he was holding her.
“What’s wrong?” She asked carelessly.
“Sit down first. We need to talk.” Ryan said, amazing her the more.
Lucy laughed.” Sit down? Talk? What are we going to talk about?”
Ryan looked at her and started buttoning back his shirt. Lucy sighed, amazed.
“Like I said before, we need to talk.” Ryan said again.
“Well Mr Man, I don’t talk. What I do is business…night business.
I’ve got nothing to talk to you about or do you think I allowed you pick me up so we could sit down all night and talk?
Let’s get down to business.” Lucy said, coming closer again.
“Why are you doing this?” Ryan threw the question at her and Lucy stopped.
It threw her off balance. She moved backwards allowing her buttocks to hit the bed floor across her legs.
“What type of question is that?” She asked.
“I mean…why is an Angel like you into this type of thing? Why ..why are you selling your body out to men?
To different men?” Ryan asked again, his voice laced with concern.
Just who is this guy? Lucy looked away, suppressing the urge to burst into tears.
She tried to blink back the tears that threatened to fall out and stop her voice from quivering but she failed.
Her voice did quivered.” What do …you mean by that?…..What business of yours is it??” Lucy voiced out as Ryan looked at her.
“The very moment I saw you…I saw something that drew my attention. I’m not the type that picks up prostitute from the road side.
If not for my friends who forced me to drop them off…you wouldn’t have met me there. Just why are you doing this to yourself?
It’s not going to lead you anywhere good. You are going to end up in one problem or the other if you continue like this.
You are a beauty….. I’m sure you were created for something more than this… something valuable than this.
Why… why not give yourself that chance?”
Lucy slowly looked up at Ryan and the tears she had been trying to blink back, came down in a rush, pouring out from her eyes as she stared at Ryan.
She tried looking away from the concern in his eyes but she only stared on. She had this desirable urge to stand up and run out of the room and never looking back.
But her body seemed it had been paralyzed as her system refused to function.
In all her 22 years on Earth…. someone just… told her…the truth…?
To be continued
Ryan stopped immediately as he saw the tears in Lucy’s eyes.
“I’m sorry.” He said.
“I know I walk down the street…I know I sell my body to men but you do not have to remind me!” Lucy cried.
“I’m sorry I did but it’s just too pathetic..” Ryan said as Lucy looked at him, getting up from the bed.
“Well, if all we are going to do is to sit down and talk, I’m going!” Lucy said, going back into the bathroom. She dressed and cane out, heading for the door.
“Where are you going to at this time of the night? Aren’t you scared of kidnap…rape?
Come in…it’s late already. Sleep in here while I go to the guest room.” Ryan said and got up too.
As he opened the door to go, Lucy dropped on the bed and broke into tears.
He closed back the door and went to sit beside her, putting one comforting hand on her shoulder. “It’s okay.”
Lucy stopped crying and her face hardened as she stared ahead…
“I started sleeping with boys when I was 15.
My mother advised me to keep numerous boyfriends and collect money from them.
Then I got pregnant along the line…when I was not even prepared for it at all.
The guy who got me pregnant….Alfred….he denied it totally.
Although I went about sleeping around…..I used protection and I never got pregnant but when I met Alfred….I fell in love with him and we had sex uncountable times without using protection.
But he denied me totally and I took the pain alone.
After I gave birth to my daughter, I started seeing life in a different form and decided to turn a new leaf, promising to be a good mother to my daughter.
My mother tried to force me into what she was doing.
She wanted me to join her in what she was doing but I refused to do so.
She banned me from eating her food or spending any money that belonged to her…we are always quarrelling…we are ways in a brawl.
What was I to do?
I went out in search of a job and luckily, I found one in a school….as a teacher.
But tragedy stuck again. The principal wanted my body…in order for me to get the job.
He tried seducing me in his office but I slapped him, telling him I would never do such a thing.
He told me I should leave his office if I was not ready to do it.
But when I got home, I saw I was fighting a losed battle. I saw I had no other choice…no other option but to do it….so I went back to the school the next day.
But on getting to the office and opening the door, I saw something that made me look like a rag….like a piece of trash.
Right there in the office, the principal was with another female teacher… having her sucking his penis.
I turned and ran… turning deaf ears to his voice calling me back.
I saw myself running….I did not know where I was running to but I just knew I was running…that I had to run far away from such shame…then boom!!
A car knocked me down on the road and I became unconscious.
When I opened my eyes in the hospital bed, I knew life was not being fair to me.
I decided I had heard enough of being a good girl.
A good girl couldn’t put food on my table….a good girl couldn’t cloth me….a good girl could not take care of my baby….what was the use of it?
So..that night when we got home, I told my mum I was going to join her and do anything…just anything so I can be able to take care of my baby….” Lucy stopped talking as fresh tears ran down her face.
Ryan was deeply touched by her story. He reached out for her face, wiping the tears away.
“You’ve been through a lot…” He said and Lucy nodded. But she could not control the tears…more kept rushing out.
Ryan climbed up the bed with her and made her rest her head on his chest, putting his arms around her, allowing her tears to wet him.
“You did not even tell me your name.” Ryan told her softly, robbing his hand on her hair.
“Lucy… my name is Lucia ….”
Soon…she fell asleep in his arms.
The next morning, Lucy was sitting on the bed and wearing her shoes when Ryan came into the room.
He was already dressed.
“You are already awake…I thought you were still sleeping.” Ryan said smiling down at her.
“Yes…I guess I wasn’t up on time due to my headache but I’m set now. I will be going.”
Lucy said and stood up. She carried her bag and opened it, pulling out the bunch of money he gave her.
“Take back your money.. you did nothing with me last night…so…I should return this.” Lucy said, stretching it to him.
Ryan folded his arms, looking at her. He shook his head.” No take it… for your time. It’s yours now.”
Lucy tried to talk. Her mouth moved to say something but she couldn’t. Instead, she found herself weeping again.
“You cried all night. Please stop.” Ryan said. Lucy sniffed and got hold of herself.
“Thank you very much….but I beg to take my leave now.” She said.
“Please don’t go yet….have breakfast with us before you go. Yhp we waiting for u on telegram,just follow this line +233544142683 to read more of such episodes. I…will personally drop you off.” Ryan said as Lucy looked at him and saw a strange expression she couldn’t recognize.
They went downstairs and saw Benson and Felix, laughing and talking about their nights, in the living room.
They looked surprised to see Lucy still in the house. Other girls left as early as 6:30 am. It was already nine am.
“Good… morning.” Lucy stammered. She was suddenly ashamed of herself.
Ryan asked Lucy to seat and she did, putting down her bag.
She desperately wanted to stand up and leave but her legs were weak.
They even refused to function.
Benson and Felix followed Ryan to the kitchen.
Lucy looked around the living room again. It was large and beautiful.
“Other girls left…why is she still here?” Benson asked Ryan.
“What’s wrong with that? She’s staying for breakfast.” Ryan replied.
“What? Break wettin? Wettin she dey break? Are you okay?” Felix asked.
Ryan sighed, looking at them.”What is wrong with you? Why are you against that?”
Lucy could hear their hushed tones.
She knew his friends were worried about her presence. Just then her phone rang. It was her mother.
” Hello, mum.” Lucy said, rather dull, into the phone.
”Lucy! Where are you!” Patricia asked, rather impatiently.
”I’m still…I’m not around yet.”
”Come home right now. Sam is waiting for you. He came all the way from Abuja all because of you and guess what? Our lives will be changed forever! He has a big offer for you….just for a night… isn’t that amazing!” Patricia said at the other end.
Lucy went silent. She looked towards the kitchen, deciding what to do right now.
” Lucy, be quick. He’s waiting.”
Lucy stared on towards the kitchen….what is she going to do now? Leave this living room and go back to her mother…to her normal life?
Should I disappear right now….and never see him again? We had nothing together at first…. just business……why should I be here….in his house?
“At this time of the day…a girl like her is not supposed to be here. What if…what if..your mum comes in here right now and see her?
What are you gonna say? You know her very well.” Benson said.
“And what business of yours is that, your nose poker?” Ryan asked slowly.
“I’m not just your friend…but also your cousin.
I can’t watch you doing something wrong and you expect me to keep quiet.” Benson said again.
“She has to leave now.” Felix added.
“This is my house we are talking about!” Ryan said, amazed at his friends.” Just an ordinary breakfast?”
“No, she can’t.” They chorused.
Ryan sighed and left the kitchen, going back to the sitting room.
He stopped, looking frantically about the living room.
It was empty…. totally empty.
“Lucy? Lucy??…” Ryan called, running forward to the front door. He jerked it opened and ran out to the compound but Lucy was nowhere to be found…….!!
To be continued
Ryan was heartbroken.
He contemplated on going out to the street maybe he could trace her but he turned back and went back inside.
He looked over at where she sat and saw the bunch of money he gave her. Ryan sighed.
He moved forward and picked up the money. He had never been so far
Where and how was he going to find her?
His friends sauntered from the kitchen and they stared at each other.
“See what you’ve caused?” He asked them.
“What did we cause? Tell me, Ryan. What are you even thinking?” Felix asked.
“What do you mean by that? I’m even tired of agueing anything with you guys. Just let me be.” Ryan said, going upstairs.
Felix and Benson looked at each other and stared after him.
Ryan entered his room, his hands in his waist as he stared around. How on Earth was he going to find her again?
Yes…she would be at the club house.
Tonight…he would go there and look for her.
Lucy entered the living room, carrying her daughter and stopped at what she was seeing.
Sam was on top of her mother, kissing her as they giggled.
“Mother!” Lucy shouted. They both looked at her and slowly departed.
“Why are you shouting for goodness sake?
Are you still a baby or what?” Patricia asked, lighting a cigarette.
She drew one breath of the cigarette in and coughed.
Lucy stared at her mother, shaking her head.
She looked at Sam disdainfully.” Just look at you…take a look at yourself… aren’t you ashamed of yourself? Sleeping with mother and daughter?” Lucy shouted at him.
“Why should I be ashamed? Don’t I pay you your money?
You are the ones who are supposed to be ashamed my dear not me.
Any way, I’m not here for your mother…I’m here for you. I want you to spend the….”
“Oh, shut up! You animal. You want me to do what?
Sleep with you again? Huh, I’m sorry I will have to disappoint you this time around.
I’m not interested!” Lucy shouted at his face, hissed and started going to her room.
“Lucy come back here! You dare not! You dare not refuse this offer else you will leave this house!
You will have to leave this house o! I won’t continue tolerating this in my house!
You must leave this house if you will not follow him tonight!” Patricia shouted after Lucy who stopped and turned.
“Oh really? So, it has gotten to the point of that right?
Throwing your own daughter out of your life, out of your house?”
“Well I don’t care. You must follow him tonight, else….you leave ” Patricia said, before turning back to go to the sitting room.
Lucy’s eyes moistened with tears as she looked at Sam who sat, watching the spectacle with interest.
She turned back abruptly and enter her room.
“Definitely, she is not my mother.” Lucy said to herself, placing Rachael on the bed.
Furiously, she threw her wardrobe open and plucked out all the clothes in them, throwing them on the bed.
Rachael giggled, playing with the clothes.
Lucy stuffed them into her luggage one by one until everything was inside.
She packed her daughter’s clothes in a box and zipped it close.
After she was done, she found out she did not even know where she was going to.
She had no money on her and she already dropped the one given to her by Ryan on the sofa where she sat.
First she had to make sure her little baby was going to be save.
Martha looked rather sad when she came by this morning to take her daughter.
She wanted Rachael to spend more time with her.
Lucy carried Rachael onto her laps and cuddled her.
Martha was taking really good care of her more than she, the mother had done.
Lucy had no other choice but to go back to Martha and hand Rachael over to her, this time more longer.
That was the only option.
Ryan came to her mind… should she go back to him and collect the money?
Lucy sat heavily on the bed and broke down in tears. She couldn’t stand so low.. so low indeed.
What was she going to do? Would she have to give in to her mother’s request and go out with Sam?
Martha was more than happy when Lucy brought Rachael back to her that same morning.
“Please…take care of her for me…. right now .. I’m facing a lot of things right now and I can’t suffer the poor little baby too.” Lucy said and Martha nodded, cuddling the baby and promising to take care of her.
That night, Lucy went to the club house and sat under the shade, ordering for drinks.
As she drank, she cried. She watched other girls calling men to patronize them.
Lucy was tired of life…she was tired of living.
She was drinking the third bottle of alcohol when a car drive in.
She quickly recognized Ryan’s car. She rushed up and went deeper and further into the shade, sitting at the back.
Ryan came down from his car, looking around.
He ignored the girls who paraded themselves in front of him, calling him customer.
He knew who he was searching for….Lucy.
He glanced over at the very sport he saw her but she wasn’t there.
He was about going back to his car when his eyes caught someone bending her head and drinking herself to stupor.
Ryan walked slowly into the shade, looking at Lucy as she drank.
“What are you doing here? Oh….you want a night with me, right? Aahh…..or maybe two nights?
I’m so cheap, you know?” Lucy said drunkily and laughed.
Although she was laughing, Ryan could see the tears in her eyes.
Ryan moved forward and snatched the drink from her.
“What do you think you are doing!” He asked her, annoyed.
Lucy glared up at him and stood up, slapping him and Immediately staggered and fell against him.
Ryan caught her before she could hit the floor and looked into her face.
What was wrong with him? He had never felt like this before.
He scooped Lucy in his arms and carried her to the car. He put her in the passanger’s seat and closed the door, going around to the driver’s seat.
He entered the car, looked at her face once more before driving out of the compound.
His friends stared up at him as he carried Lucy in his arms and entered the house, going straight upstairs to his bedroom.
“Isn’t that the same girl?” Felix asked.
“It’s her!” Benson replied.
See Ryan came back downstairs and sat down heavily on the sofa, burying his head in his hand.
“I don’t even understand you again…what’s wrong with you?” Benson asked him.
“And what’s that girl doing here, drunk?” Felix added.
“You guys should give me a break if you don’t understand that she needs help.” Ryan retorted.
“What help are you giving to a prostitute?” Benson queried.
“She’s not a prostitute!” Ryan warned.
“Are you blind or what? Where did you first meet her?
Did you not pay her before she followed you home?
Look, I don’t want your mother to think we are responsible for this o. My own hands are clean o.” Benson said again.
Ryan said nothing as he went back upstairs to his room.
“Hope it is not what I’m thinking?” Felix asked, looking at Benson.
“Oh my God! No o…tufiakwa! That will never happen.
His mother must hear this before it gets out of hand.”
Ryan sat beside Lucy on bed. She was very drunk and her eyes were dull as she murmured and opened her eyes.
“I’m so useless…right? I should commit suicide!” Lucy laughed, reaching up her hand to grab the collar of his shirt.
Ryan smiled…she looked even more beautiful, acting this way.
Her eye lids fluttered down.
Ryan felt her temperature. It was normal.
He looked at her face again, her chubby cheeks, her eye lashes and her lips.
Why is he feeling this way for the lady he barely knows?
He stared down at her lips again….it looked sweet and he felt his heart beat accelerating as he bent his head…going down towards her as their lips met.
To be continued
Ryan’s hand ran up and behind her back, drawing her closer.
Lucy stirred her breast pressing harder and deeper against his chest.
Ryan closed his eyes. She was so soft and splendid. She was a killer.
It had been long since he had romanced a woman… talk less of having sex.
He had taken his eyes off women since he broke up with his lovely girlfriend who cheated on him.
He thought all women were the same and avoided them like the plague.
But when he set his eyes on Lucy, that mentally change and gradually, he was falling in love again and this time, more deeper.
He tilted her head up, kissing her neck, her cheeks, then back to her mouth.
Lucy’s eyes flung opened and her drunkeness washed out of her eyes at the magical touch of Ryan’s lips.
She put her hands in his chest, holding him back.
“What…. are you doing?” She asked, getting up. She winced as she held her head with her hand.
“What’s wrong?” Ryan asked, getting up with her.” You are having a headache.”
Lucy nodded. She looked at him again, wondering how she got into his room again.
“I…I’m sorry…I did not plan to come here.” Lucy stammered, rushing to her feet. She arranged her clothing and hair.
Ryan sat back on the bed, looking at her.
What is wrong with her? Can’t she read the hand writing on the wall?
“Where do you think you are going to at this time of the night?”Ryan asked.
Lucy looked at him and looked away sharply.
“How is that your business? I’m going.” She said and started walking to the door.
“Really? Is that what you want? Selling your body to men?
Drinking yourself to such state?” Ryan asked as she walked.
Lucy stopped ,her hand on the door.”What do you want me to do? Sit idly and die of hunger?” She asked.
Ryan stood up.”Lucy…..I’m in love with you.”
Lucy’s heart stopped for a moment. She thought her ears were playing tricks on her.
Slowly, she turned to meet his gaze and as soon as their eyes came in contact with each other…as soon as she saw the expression in his eyes…she knew they weren’t playing tricks at all.
It was true…stack true.
For the first time…the first time in her life… someone just confessed his love to her!
“You …..what?” Lucy asked in an exhausted voice as though, she has been running for a long time.
“I’m a prostitute. I have a daughter…I…I… come from a disastrous family….
I’m not worthy for a guy like you to be in love with me.. please…let me go.” Lucy said, her eyes dropping to the floor with tears.
Ryan smiled going to her. He held her hands and brought her close, hugging her to himself and allowing her to cry on his shoulder.
He took her back to the bed, and they layed there together, until she fell asleep.
The next morning, Lucy woke up and found herself still in Ryan’s arms.
He was still asleep, one hand circling her and the other, holding her close to him.
Lucy pulled herself up, looking into his face.
He was cute… handsome and it felt like heaven to be in his arms…the arms of a guy who has confessed his love for her.
Lucy’s face fell again, wondering if a guy like Ryan would actually be hers.
She shook her head….it was impossible.
Slowly, she began to lift his hand off her body. When she thought she was making an escape, Ryan stirred and tightened his hold, bringing her close again.
“Running away again?” He murmured, his eyes still closed.
Lucy tried to talk but she only blabbed as she looked at Ryan.
She wondered if he was awake or dreaming.
Then he opened his eyes and smiled at her. Lucy blushed, looking away.
“Where are you running to, this time? Perhaps…I won’t see you again?” Ryan asked, his smile lazily fading away.
“No ….I wasn’t going to run away….I was only… afraid..I can’t stay here with you like this.”
Lucy stammered, not knowing how to put words together…not when his eyes were staring into hers..so intently.
“Tell me what happened…why did you got so drunk yesterday?” Ryan asked.
Lucy kept quiet, her tears forming again.
Maybe this time, she should open up.”She’s going to throw me out of the house…with my baby.” Lucy said, her eyes filled with hatred for her mother.
“Why?” Ryan asked.
“I refused…to…go out with the guy whom she requested me to go out with.
The guy has slept with her too! God….and she wanted me to go out with him? I even doubted she is my real mother.
I don’t know where to go…what to do with my ruined life…. I have finished packing my things but when I was stranded….I had to take my baby to a friend…she’s currently there now.
I do not know where to go to except the club house….where you picked me up….drunk.” Lucy said and breathed in.
“Then move in with me…It will be fun to accommodate you.
You know what?” Ryan said, staring dreamily at the ceiling.
“I had the most remarkable night last night and…with you in my arms…it was awesome.
Why not move in with me?” Ryan asked, returning his eyes to her perplexed face.
She could not believe her ears… could not believe this was fast becoming true!
”Hello mum..”Ryan said into the phone. He was in his car on his way to work.
”Ryan!” His mother called into the phone, rather furiously and Ryan closed his eyes, knowing the reason for her calling.
Benson and Felix…those bastards.
”Don’t tell me what Benson said was true, is it?
Ryan…I’m talking to you!” His mother shouted when he said nothing.
”Look mum…I’m on the road now, driving…can I call you later when I get to the office?”
”No! Park that car of yours right now. We need to talk now.”
Ryan sighed and swung the car to the side of the road, switching off the engine.
”Satisfied? Look mum not everything Benson tells you…you are supposed to listen to…”
”Answer my question first….is it true you now live with a prostitute?”
”Mum… she’s not a prostitute! There are somethings you need to understand.” Ryan said, developing an headache immediately.
”You know what…I’m coming to the house tomorrow evening and by the time I get there….I don’t want to meet any prostitute in there.
It’s either you send her out or you tell me right now to stop visiting you.
Who are you trying to put into shame?” His mother’s angry voice asked from the other line.
”Mum…until you come…I’m late for work. Yes ……why not try and listen to my own side of the story instead of believing those brats over me?”
After a while, he cut the call off, shook his head and started his engine.
THE NEXT DAY
“Yes! I’m going already! Eat your house and drink water on top!” Lucy said, dragging her luggage with her as Patricia shouted on her.
“Yes, go! You enemy…” She stopped, coughing.”pf progress!! Go!!” Patricia screamed at Lucy as she left the house.
She jammed the door close, coughing again.
Lucy went to Martha’s shop and breast feed Rachael.
She was surprised when Rachael ran back into Martha’s hands.
They laughed about it but Lucy was somehow taken aback.
She needed to get her daughter close to her again.
She left, telling Martha she would be back tomorrow to pick up her daughter, finally.
Lucy boarded a cab to Ryan’s house, her heart beating fast. She tried to control it but couldn’t.
She entered the compound and dragged the luggage along, going to the main door.
She pushed it and entered. She regretted that she entered that very moment. Three pair of eyes stared back at her from the living room.
Ryan stood up, extending a hand to her.
She prayed the ground would open up and swallow her.
Benson and Felix sat down, looking at her with disgust in their eyes.
She turned to rush out but Ryan caught up with her before she could do so.
“Please…I think I made a mistake by coming….I have to go..”Lucy pleaded.
“Don’t be silly, Lucy. My….mum is around..I want you to meet her.” Ryan said and Lucy’s mouth flew opened.
“Your…what? Oh my God! Please..I have to go.” Lucy said struggling with Ryan who held her in place.
He made her sit down and sat beside her to prevent her from standing up.”Relax….Lucy…she’s not going to kill you, is she? I just want you to meet her.” Ryan said softly to her and Lucy decided to pick courage and sat still.
Benson had gone upstairs to notify Ryan’s mom who left her room immediately, burning with rage.
“A prostitute? In my house? “Ryan’s mom asked as she stepped into the living room.
Her eyes immediately went to Lucy and she stopped.
Lucy’s eyes flew wide open with perplexity as she slowly stood up on her feet.
Their action left the guys confused as they stared from the woman to the lady.
What was happening?.
Lucy’s was still staring at the woman in shook.
“You….what are you doing here??” Ryan’s mother asked, amazed………
To be continued…
*Eps. 11. FINAL EPISODE*
Lucy stared on at the woman before her.
Not even in her wildest dreams did she ever thought she was going to see her again.
“Mrs…Mrs…. Johnson?” Lucy called and Mrs Johnson smiled broadly, going close to hug her.
“What are you doing here?” Mrs Johnson asked, pulling away to look at her face.
“Mum.. what’s happening here?” Ryan called, confused.
“We’ve met before….my car knocked her down few months ago.” Mrs Johnson replied, looking at Lucy.
Ryan looked at Lucy too.”Was she…?” He stopped when Lucy nodded her head, cutting him short.
“Oh my God…what a small world!” Ryan said, sitting back down.
Benson and Felix were equally confused too. They weren’t expecting this!
“Is this the girl you were talking about!”Mrs Johnson asked Benson and he nodded.
Mrs Johnson slowly turned to look at Lucy, her face full of wonder.”But…how come?” She asked, her voice laced with concern.
Instead of replying her, Lucy burst into tears and everywhere became silent.
Mrs Johnson breathed in after listening to Lucy’s story. Her face was full of pity that she almost cried.
She held Lucy’s hand and looked at Benson.
“We all make mistakes in life due to one problem or the other, one challenges or the other..
Sometimes in life…we just have to make that bitter mistake.
And I’m one of those who had made that mistake but it’s all in the past.
Lucy, stop crying. I’m not going to come between you and my son just because of what happened in the past.
I know how it feels.” Mrs Johnson said and Lucy looked gladly at her.
Benson and Felix bowed their heads, ashamed.
Ryan gave them a mockery glance and laughed at their faces.
He wrapped his arms around Lucy, pecking her to increase their agony.
The next day, Lucy went to Martha’s shop to pick up her daughter.
She was so sad to see Rachael finally going.
“I will miss her so much and guess what?” Martha said, smiling happily.
“What’s that?” Lucy asked, throwing her baby up. She was equally happy.
“I’m pregnant!” Martha announced and Lucy stopped to look at her, a jubilant smile, spreading across her face.
“Oh my God!” You finally did it!” Lucy said, as they hugged happily.
“God used Rachael in answering my prayers.
Your baby girl is really special.” Martha said, smiling at Rachael.
Lucy was happy for Martha and fir herself too.
As she left her shop, she remembered she forgot to carry her baby’s box from the house. She was reluctant to go but she went.
When she got to the compound, her face twitched in disgust.
The compound was so dirty it stinks.
There were sticks of cigarettes everywhere and Lucy shook her head, pitifully.
She opened the door and entered the living room.
Different types of clothes were on the chairs.
Bottles of alcohol scattered the whole place and the bathroom smelt of urine.
Only two days that she was gone,the whole place looked like a cow’s dung?
Lucy turned around to leave the house as she couldn’t go inside the house furthermore.
She opened the door and stopped when she heard her mother coughing weakly in her bedroom and calling her name.
Lucy stopped, closing her eyes. She tried going out again and stopped as she heard her name yet again.
She remembered one thing she had always loved her mother for…even though she treated her like this.
She had given birth to her….not aborting her away when she was pregnant.
Lucy turned back and went back into the house, going to her mother’s room.
She opened the door and rushed in as she saw her laying on the ground, blood rushing out of her mouth.
She placed Rachael on the bed as she knelt beside Patricia, who was breathing life and death.
“Mother…what…what happened!” Lucy asked, fast years piercing her eyes at her mother’s state.
“Lucy…I’m sorry….I’m not worthy for you to call me mother. Thank God you came…I wanted to ask for your forgiveness. You can hi ish on+233544142683 to be added to story headquarters room to enjoy reading from there. ”Patricia said, coughing the more.
“What happened to you!” Lucy cried.
She rushed to her bag beside Rachael and dialled Ryan’s number with shaky fingers. He picked up at the third ring.
“Hello Ryan… please… Please…I need your help. Right now!”
Ryan arrived with his car and they took Patricia to the hospital.
She was almost losing consciousness and Lucy cried all the way.
Her mother might be the first mother ever but she still loves her.
She was rushed to the emergency room where tests were carried on her immediately and she was diagnosed with damaged lungs due to excessive smoking and drinking and she might not live to survive it.
“You have to stop crying…you are hurting me and making the situation worst.” Ryan said as they sat at the lobby.
“I’m sorry….” Lucy said quietly, sniffing. She had always warned her about smoking and now, her life was on the line.
Ryan took Rachael who was asleep, from her, placing her against his chest. He brought Lucy close to himself too, patting her back for comfort.
The door opened and a woman ran in, crying and shouting for help.
She cried to the nurses and they rushed up from their seats.
A guy runs in too, carrying a little baby in his arms.
The baby was unconscious.
“Please..help us.” The man said in a strangled voice and Lucy’s head shot up at the recognition of the familiar voice.
“What’s it?” Ryan asked her as she strained her neck to see the guy’s face.
“I know that voice and it only….oh my God!” Lucy said as the guy turned around, placing the baby in one of the nurse’s hand.
The baby was rushed out of the lobby.
Lucy was still staring at his face….the bastard.
Lucy felt like standing up and running to him… strangling him.
“Who’s he?” Ryan asked silently.
Lucy was quiet. She could barely talk and just then, the guy met her gaze and stopped. Lucy looked away, turning to face Ryan.
“Can we stay somewhere else, Please?” Lucy asked, standing up.
“What’s happening?” Ryan asked again, getting up too.
“I will tell you..let’s leave here first!” Lucy demanded and as she made to walk away the guy rushed up to her, grabbing her hand.
Lucy lost it. She turned and gave him a dirty slap.
“Lucy!” Ryan shouted, grabbing her.”What are you doing? We are in the hospital!” Ryan whispered again.
“How dare you even touch me, you imp!” Lucy yelled at him.
“Please Lucy…here me out….I can explain!”
“Alfred! what’s happening here? And why did this woman slap you?” The other woman who came into the hospital shouting for help asked, running forward.
“Please, Zainab….stay out of this for now!”
The people at the waiting room were watching them as if they were television.
“So…you are the Alfred guy?” Ryan asked, finally understanding the situation.
Alfred looked at Ryan and the sleeping baby in his arms.
He needed nobody to tell him it was his daughter. He could see himself in her.
He closed his eyes in regret and turned back to look at Lucy’s furious eyes.
“Right now….I need you to forgive me. I’ve suffered too much!” Alfred said in a strangled voice.
“Why should I forgive you, Alfred? Why! Just give me one good reason why I should forgive a wicked soul like you!
Wait…even if I do, It won’t change anything.
Would it? Just go your own way. Ryan, let’s go.” Lucy said sternly and marched away.
Ryan was about to follow her when Alfred held his hand back.”Please, help me and talk to her.” He pleaded.
Ryan met Lucy sitting at the second ward in tears. He sat beside her.
“The one thing you will have to learn how to do is to let go of something.
When you hold in too tight..you will only hurt yourself.” Ryan said softly to her.” Forgive the guy and let your bitter heart soften towards him.” Ryan added.
“Then what about Rachael? Will he not try to claim ownership of his daughter?”
“He won’t. Although he’s the father…you guys had nothing together before you got pregnant for him and besides, he’s even married and definitely, that was his child they rushed in not long ago.
He has the right to come see his daughter whenever he pleases but then…that’s all.
Just forgive and forget.” Ryan said smiling at her.
Lucy smiled back as they stood up going back towards the lobby.
It was a miracle to them when Patricia came out of coma but the doctor said she needed a fast treatment abroad and would have to stop anything smoking or drinking.
Lucy sat beside her mother in the room she was wheeled to,with Ryan who was still carrying Rachael.
Patricia held Lucy’s hand, weeping.
“I wish I knew how to apologise to you, my daughter…for all my wrong doings.
I wish I have words right now to tell you and to show you how deeply I regretted everything I’ve done to you.
I’m not worthy to be called a mother.
I was also influenced by my parents to whom always fought each other back then.
My mother would be seen with different men and I thought it was a normal way of life because she never taught me anything.
I was sent to the university but I became a dropout due to lack of seriousness and that was when I got pregnant and had you.” Patricia said and took Lucy’s both hands in hers, looking into her eyes.
“You must not be that type of a mother to Rachael …. show her the right way of life…. give her all the morals she needs as a teenager when the time comes.” Patricia said and Lucy nodded.
Patricia looked at Ryan and took his hand too joining it together with Lucy’s.
“Thank you my son for changing my daughter’s life. I bless your union.” She said, smiling. Ryan smiled back.
“You don’t have to worry about your treatments.
As soon as you are discharged, your Visa will be ready and you will be taken abroad.” Ryan said and Patricia thanked him.
They left Patricia in the hospital to complete her treatment before going for the abroad treatment.
That night, Lucy showed Ryan and his mother how great a cook she was. She prepared a wonderful dinner and they ate like never before.
“You are truly a wife material!” Mrs Johnson complemented and they all laughed.
“You smell of onions.” Ryan said to Lucy as they laid down on his bed for the night. Rachael laid at their middle, kicking the air and sucking her wrist.
Lucy laughed.”Is that a complement or what?” She asked, punching his side.
“Ooucch!! That hurts!” Ryan whispered and stopped, looking at Lucy. ”When do you want our wedding to take place?”
Lucy sighed loudly, surprised. God!” she laughed. ”Will you please stop? It’s too early for that!” She said, her voice filled with happiness.
“Just want you to know I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you, Lucy ” Ryan murmured, as Lucy stared up at him, amazed at the love she saw up in his eyes.
“I love you too, Ryan Johnson.” Lucy replied, smiling sweetly at him.
Ryan smiled, tightening his arms around her as she pulled herself up and their lips met in a passionate hot kiss.