BELINA (Tender Beauty) Episodes 6, 7 & 8

BY NISSI ADEOLA

*****EPISODE 6*****

Adewale arrived at Living Faith Bible Church and met the place open. He hadn’t been to church
for more than 2months so he was surprised when he saw some changes in the church.
He headed towards the altar looking like a prodigal son and when he got there, he knelt
down and all he could do was stare blankly. He stared at d pulpit and remembered d times
d pastor had preached on Faith but it made no sense to him then.
He held onto d pulpit and tried to say something to God but nothing seemed to come out of
his mouth so he let his thoughts do d talking.
He laid on d altar some minutes later and felt peace from within.
All his thoughts and worries seemed to have flown away and
within minutes, he was asleep.
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Tunji laid on his extra-large bed in similarly massive room
thinking about what he had planned to do for d night. His mind kept on telling him that it was not a good idea and that it was too risky but he ignored it.
He had seen Belina at his dad’s birthday party and had instantly fallen for her. He had bragged
and told everyone that she would
be his girl soon but he had tried
all his possible best and hadn’t
been able to get her to at least
smile in his direction for the past one month.
His phone started ringing when he noticed that it was Belina’s father, he picked up
immediately. After talking for
some minutes, he hung up and
really had a reason to smile. He
dialed Tolu’s number and he
picked almost immediately.
“There is going to be a change of
plans, meet me here in thirty
minutes”, he said and hung up
immediately.
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As Tony and Richard made their way home, Richard was busy thinking about the damsel in
blue gown and therefore was
very silent, Tony noticed this and
joked about it but Richard said he was just stressed up. Richard got home and made a
mental note to relax well in order
to banish the reoccurring
thought and immediately he
opened his wallet, a passport
slipped out of his wallet and as
he picked it up, his nightmares returned.
He stared at the passport of Tonia which he took her to snap about a year ago and
all he wanted to do was work
until dawn so that he would not
sleep and have nightmares.
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Mr. Badmus dropped the phone on the table and smiled. ‘Now things are going as planned’, he thought. If she would not accept
the easy way, she would accept the hard way.
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I walked into my ever silent street around 9p.m in the night after the concert. My ministration
had gone so well that I had beenthanking God all through.
I banished all thoughts of Kelvin as
I made my way home cos I
wouldn’t want him to spoil my day.
After the service, I received so many thanks from people around and the coordinators gave me an envelope which I hadn’t opened
yet including a bag which I guess
contains beverages and other
things. I had just stepped out of the church when a girl of eighteen walked up to me and
said, “Miss Belina?” I turned around, “yes?”
“Pls ma, I love your voice, your song and everything about you
and I would like you to be my mentor, plsss?”
I laughed, “for starters, I am not
ma, you can call me Belina, and why not, I would definitely be
glad to beyouro mentor”, I said.
She was so happy that she jumped on me and apologized later and I laughed. We later
exchanged numbers &she promised to call me.
I was about entering my compound when I made a mental note to jot down everything that happened today
in my diary, d day seemed to be a blessed day. I entered my houseandn I was instantly
grabbed from behind. The last thing that came to my mind
before I passed out was, “I don die”
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“Brother Wale..”, pastor Adewuyi called.
Adewale opened his eyes slowly and the first thing that he saw
was a ceiling fan. I don’t have a ceiling fan in my house, he thought.
“Brother Wale, are you ok?” d pastor asked looking worried.
Adewale turned to the speaker and noticed that it was Pastor
Adewuyi, he became more confused. Am I here for deliverance? He wondered but when he sat up, he noticed that he was on d altar
everything that happened including the reason why he was
there became clear to him. He looked at d pastor and said,
“Pastor, I am not ok, in fact, I am distressed”.
Pastor Adewuyi took Adewale to his office and Wale relayed the events of d past 2days to d pastor.
Pastor Adewuyi sighed & said to Wale, “you have to be strong for yourself and for your friend.
The devil puts fear in our hearts in order to make us doubt God.
You need to be close to God now more than ever cos surviving a coma can only happen with God”
Adewale sighed and nodded before he joined hands with the pastor and they prayed for more
than 20mins. Adewale
left that place feeling confident that God would definitely do
something spectacular.
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Prisca dialed Belina’s number d 9th time that night and still heard” the number had been switched off. She hissed as she threw d phone on d bed.

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