CRY FOR ME: Part 11 – The End

CRY FOR ME: Part 11 – The End

Part 19

Franca Uwuigiaren

For two nights now dad has not been sleeping well. He would sit on the plastic chair with deep frown on his face.

He was always looking so worried. Tonight, I thought he would pray but he didn’t, so I sat up and looked at the clock, the time was 3:27am.

“Why are you not sleeping” I asked him. He looked at me and shook his head.

“Susan my daughter, I am not a man.” He said and shook his head again.

“I don’t understand” I said with a frown on my face.

“I should have opted for DNA” he said.

“But you did dad. You told mum that you have confirmed that Blessing and Cheta are not your children.”

“Hmmm! I didn’t! When I got to the hospital I developed a cold feet. I didn’t want the truth to stare at me in the face, so I held on to what you heard her say.”

“Aaaah daaaady!”

“Recently I have been having this tuck in my heart. Susan, all I see is Blessing and Cheta crying.”

“Soooo.. what do you want to do?”

“I want to confirm now. I was the DNA to be conducted. Yesterday I went to the kids grandparents house and was shocked they’re not there. Chiamaka’s parents thought we are together. I explained everything to them. Infact, Chiamaka’s mother threatened to arrest me if I don’t produce her daughter. It was her father that started making calls. None of his children and relatives could locate their whereabout.”

“Waoh! This is serious. Hmmm! There was silence as different thoughts filled out hearts.

“I know who can help us search for them. The Holy Spirit. There’s nothing impossible with God. On this matter ooo let’s give Him the job.,

Dad nodded.

“You’re right. I have been so worried that I forgot to enlist his help. Let’s tell Him about this.”

Both of us knelt and started telling Him to help us locate my sisters.

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Blessing and Cheta woke up to the voice of their mother ceaseless prayers. They knew she has started regretting her actions but they offer her no consolation or love. They hate her for the hardship she placed them. Since Beatrice threw them out of the house and their grandparents rejected them, they have been living in a dilapidated building. Day time should would ask the kids to to a busy area and beg for money and whatever they realized, they managed. Blessing hate it when men would want to touch her because of money. Like her father do tell her, “flee any form of sin” and so she would go far from such men.

“Oh Lord forgive me. My sins are heavy but let your mercy prevail” Chiamaka prayed amidst tears and both girls would use their hands to block their ears.

“I know God is even tired of her prayers. What kind of God will forgive her?” Cheta will whisper to Blessing.

“She can fill a drum with her tears God will not answer. You know why Cheta?”

“Why?”

Blessing smiled.
“He is already attending to good people. Not wasting His time to listen to pretenders, backstabbers and adulterers like mum”

“Hush.. don’t let her hear ooo. She will stop her prayers and give you a terrible blow.”

Both of them smiled, kept quiet yet listened to their mother as she sobbed and pray to God.

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“You’re guilty, guilty and guilty” the voice in his heart told him.

“I know. I am guilty. I did it in ignorance.”

“Ignorance is not an excuse” the voice said. “It’s wickedness. You’re wicked.”

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Ever since Alex saw that girl, his peace left him. He has not been able to go to office. He sat on his chair and remiscence.

Claire was a girl he loved. The only child of the General Overseer of one of the biggest church where holiness and truth is preached. Alex fell in love with her at first sight but because of her strong moral upbringing, she refused to yield to his advances.

Claire got admission into one of the university’s but few days before she was to leave, Alex showed up in her house. He greeted the General Overseer and his wife and stated his mission for visiting. Alex told them he was celebrating his birthday and he needed their permission to invite their daughter.

“Why do you need our permission?” He remembered the man of God asked smiling.

“Sir! I know Claire. She will not answer me if you are not in the picture.” He responded.

“Alright young man. I will tell her. When is the birthday?

“Sunday after church sir!”

“Alright!”

“Your mum told me you have gained admission.”

“Yes sir and I will be going next week”

“Make sure you focus on your studies” Claire’s mum told him

“I will ma”

He also remembered he could not contain his joy since he knew Claire would grace the party with her presence. Infact he had boasted to some of his friends that Claire was his girl.

The day of the birthday came and she attended the party. He couldn’t keep his eyes off her. He ensured no one danced with her, except him. He couldn’t take his eyes off her. He kept encouraging the naive Claire to drink. As she drank, she told him she has gotten admission and will be leaving on Tuesday. She gave him her phone to save his phone number. He kept pouring juice on her glass and she drank. When she tried to stand, her legs shook and she struggled to fight off sleep.

“I don’t know how I feel. I am tired” she mumbled.

Alex tried to steady her but she was already asleep. He shook her to me sure but no response from her and he smiled. Quickly he carried her away from the prying eyes of the guests.

He placed her on his bed.

“So it worked” he said. “I am a bad boy for life.” He said tapping his chest and smiling.

He looked at her lying on his bed with her fair and smooth skin glittering and the love in his heart increased. No it wasn’t love but lust. He had wanted her for long. Because of her, he joined the different departments in the church just to get near her but it seems Claire knows all his plans.

Claire oblivious of her surrounding was raped there by Alex. He cleaned her up and returned to his friends outside to continue the party.

When the driver came to pick her up, Alex explained to the driver that Susan had too much to drink. The driver carried her to the car and drove off. When he drove to the compound, the General Overseer and his wife had not returned from their outing.

Claire woke up in the night and discovered she was raped. She kept trying to remember the event in Alex house. Who would rape her if not Alex.

She felt pains between her legs and stains of dry blood on her clothes. She boiled water and had a warm bath that night. She scrubbed her body thoroughly to remove the stigma, shame and the sting from her body.

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Alex felt remorseful after raping Claire. He felt he would enjoy every moment but after the deed had been done he felt empty. It was as if life left him. He felt foolish to have even conceived such wicked idea.

To worsen the whole thing, he felt a hard blow that shook him up the next morning. It was Claire. His heart missed.

“I just came to tell you that I know what you did. You raped me Alex and I hope you are happy. I also know God’s punishment awaits you soonest.” She stormed out of the house. Alex lost his peace.

The next day, Claire left for school to face school life. She tried to put the rape incident away. She didn’t tell anyone not when her father always preach that most rape incident is caused by the victims who tries to seduce the men. How did she seduce Alex? She asked herself.

Alex kept calling and sending messages of apologies but she never responded to any of them. Whenever her parents call her it was to tell her not to do anything that will bring shame to them and the vine yard of God.

Alex picked his phone and dialled Claire’s number waiting patiently for her to pick…..

CRY FOR ME: Part 11 – The End

Written by Franca Uwuigiaren

Inspired by the Holy Spirit.

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