“forgiveness is a very difficult task, but it is a
necessity in life. By forgiving our offenders, the
mountain of hatred in our hearts is been
After about thirty minutes drive, Liz parked in
front of a building. The securities and our driver
also follow suit. I was about asking if she wanted
to see someone before she would take us to my
uncle’s apartment when she smiled and said
“welcome to my parents’ abode”
I could not even reply her, I only starred at
K9elvin and gazed at the building speechlessly.
The building was and average building with worn
out door and faded paint. I could not help but
wonder what uncle Mike did with the money
allocated to him and all the money he embezzled
when he was still running my mom’s company.
We walked to the door and Liz opened the door
widely for us. I glanced at Kelvin with a confused
expression before I slowly entered the house.
The living room was small and untidy. For once in
life, I pitied my uncle at the thought of how he
would survive after years of living in a mansion.
Few minutes after settling down, l
Uncle Mike came out of a room I guessed was the
kitchen. He tied a towel around his waist and he
was shirtless. At sight, I knew he must have been
sick. Again, I wondered how someone can change
so much in just three months. Uncle Mike
exchanged pleasantries with us before he took his
sit. Liz also went into the house and returned
with her mom, who was holding a cute little boy
whom I guessed to be Liz son. Aunt Nike sat with
her husband after greeting us briefly. The room
went silent until Liz took the bull by its horn.
Liz called her parents and said ” I know you are
both surprise to see Nancy here with me. That is
to show you that she is not ready to pay you back
with evil and she has a heart of pure gold.
Without beating around the Bush, I want the both
of you to apologize to Nancy for all the
maltreatment you made her go through. Beg her
in any way she will accept your apology. I want
the bad blood in our family cleared today.”
I was more than shocked at how bold and straight
Liz was. I was more shocked when my uncle and
his wife went on their kneels. I was expecting
them to be stubborn but they willingly went on
their kneels right in front of me. I hurriedly stood
up and carried the both of them up before I told
them that I had forgiven them. Aunt Nike made
me more speechless when she burst into tears. I
wasn’t sure if her tears were genieu or she was
shedding fake tears but the way she bit her
fingers as a sign of regret made me believe her
tears were not for show.
Uncle Mike and his wife took turn to thank Kelvin
and I, after which I asked uncle Mike the cause of
their predicament. He shook his head figorously
and said ” Nancy, I hope you believe in karma.
Right now karma is dealing with me and it’s as if
all the bad deeds I carried out is coming back to
me ten times hard.
During my period in my sister’s company, all I did
was to lavish funds and the little I thought I have
invested went straight into the hands of a hungry
Lion. While buying all the shares, I did not have
the time for signing of documents. I entrusted
everything to somebody, little did I know that my
friend was my enemy. It was after the reading of
the will that I found out that I made friends with a
wolf. This guy was actually buying all the shares
in his name and all the things I invested in was in
his name as well. I could not even fight him with
the law because I had no proof against him. I had
to give up without a legal fight.
I also did not save money in my account. I was
scared of been discovered, so I had a close
friend whom I saved all my life earning with. To
cut the long story short he eluded with my money.
This two sudden discovery came as a rude shock,
I ended up in the hospital after about two weeks
of the will reading.
I was consoled with the hope of having the ten
millionaire my sister left for me and I had a secret
apartment which we moved into as well. I decided
that I was going to work hard and make the ten
million grow into billions. It was as if I was under
a spell, in fact, I’m sure I’m a spell was cast on
me. After leaving the hospital, I met with a friend
who introduced me to another friend of his. He
was involved in oil business. He made me believe
the business will only be profitable if I invest high
amount. I decided to take a bank loan. In the
process I used my apartment as a collateral. I
got ten million from the bank and I had ten million
as well. Everything I had was twenty million, I
invested with the hope of making bountiful profit.
My business partner eventually had a plane crash
on his way out of the country. I also found out
that he knew nothing about oil business but it
was too late. He already perished with my money.
I had no where and no one to run to. I did not
help any of my family members while I was still in
money, so none of them were willing to help me.
Before the bank would send me packing in
disgrace, I decided to swallow my pride and come
back to my former house. This is where we use to
live before my sister’s death and this is the only
building I own. I was given the chance to make
people remember my name but I chose to make
them remember me for bad. I stepped on so
many people on my way up and now I’m been
stepped on. The only lesson I learnt is never to
trust nobody because trust is dead and buried.”
Uncle Mike ended his speech and buried his face
in his hands. His eyes were red when he
eventually raised his head and tears were in his
eyes. Surely, karma is a bi**h.
Aunt Nike went next after my uncle, she talked
about all the odd she did and apologized. Without
wasting much time, I hugged her and told her
everything was fine.
After the whole apologizing and forgiving drama, I
cleared my throat and said “though you both left
a scar in my heart, I’m willing to let go. Uncle,
you will resume as the general manager of the
construction company next week. I will personally
take care of your allowance and official benefits.
Aunt, the boutique will be under your control.
This is my token”
Uncle Mike and his wife went on their kneels
immediately I ended my statement. Liz also
hugged me tight with tears in their eyes. Kelvin
helped my uncle up while I consoled Liz.
Before we left, Kelvin signed my uncle a cheque
of 5 million naira and he promised him a new
ride. He was overwhelmed and he could not hide
his regret. I was happy I made peace with my
uncle and his family. Making peace with them felt
as if I transferred my burden to them. The hatred
and guilt were off my shoulder. We left uncle
mike’s house at exactly 3:00pm.
Immediately we stepped out, I looked at Kelvin
and said ‘up next is the Stanley. I’m ready to
battle words with the old man’
Kelvin looked at me and said ‘you are on the right
Nothing Could be More encouraging.
kelvin looked at me and said “you are on the right
Nothing could be more encouraging. We settled in
the car and the driver zoomed off as I waved
back at uncle Mike and his family. Seeing how
happy I became after settling the bone of
contention between myself and my uncle, I felt
the thirst to be happy with my biological father as
well, though I knew it might be more difficult to
over look his mistakes.
My heart skipped when we drove into the
Stanley’s street. Memories came calling in my
head, I remembered the first time I visited the
Stanley’s residence, I remembered how Happy
Nelly was, I remembered how her parent received
me warmly and treated me like their own. That
very day, I was happy meeting my look alike’s
parent, little did I know that she was not just my
look alike and her dad was my dad as well. The
well hidden bitter past made my life a little
dramatic. The way my biological father and my
late mom hid the secret and their emotion made
me wonder if all I knew about myself was the real
truth. If my biological parent could make an
important truth of my life hidden for more than
twenty five years, no hidden secret could come to
me as a rude shock.
I was still lost in thought when I noticed the car
had stopped,i looked through the window and saw
the Stanley’s giant black gate. “OMG, we are
here so fast? ”
I asked myself. The closer we got, the scared I
became. I knew I was on my way to doing the
right thing, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to
do the right thing once I step foot into the
Stanley’s residence. I wasn’t sure if I would be
able to control my emotions and suppress my
anger as well. At the last minute, I wanted to turn
back,not because I scared of my biological father,
but because I was scared of causing more trouble
rather than putting an end to it. At the very last
minutes I wanted to go back and allow fate play
it’s part. I looked at Kelvin and was about
opening my mouth, when he held my hand and
“you are about to take the bravest step of your
life baby, something your father could not do.
Only few people seek for reconciliation and you
are one of the few I’ve met. Just do you honey, I
know you can handle it”.
I smiled and gave Kelvin a warm hug, After which
I instructed the driver to proceed.
Hand in hand with Kelvin, I gazed at the main
building briefly before I took a step in. The
apartment was quiet and well kept. I looked round
the big livingroom and the first thing that caught
my eyes was the huge family picture hung on a
side of the wall. I let go of kelvins hand and
walked toward the picture like I was in a trance.
In the picture Nelly was sitting in the middle of
her parent, the three of them wore beautiful
smiles and they all looked happy. I fixed my gaze
on Nelly’s image and I gently touched the picture.
Her beautiful smile got me, she smiled just like
me, just like my mom. The thought of not getting
enough of her before she passed on made me
weak. I felt like I was seeing her live as I stared
at her lifeless picture.
“do you even know that we are blood sisters? Do
you even know that my mom is your mom and
your dad is my dad? Do you even know that we
do not just look alike, we are identical twins? Do
you even know how it feels to find out the truth
alittle too late? I guess you have no idea. Why?
Because you are dead, yes! Just like everybody
else you left me to find out about the truth and
deal with it all my life. Just when I needed you
most, you allowed death take you away and
denied me the privilege to be happy having a twin
sister. Just like everyone else, you betrayed me!
Just like everyone else, you turned your back on
me! And just like everyone else, you left me to
deal with the heart break! You all left me because
you never loved me! ” I screamed at the picture
with the whole of my strength. I stood at a point
and waited for a respons before breaking down in
tears. I never knew I was so heart broken until I
found myself voicing out my emotions.
I was lost in my world until I felt a tap on my
back. I jerked back into reality and made a slow
turn. I was expecting to see Kelvin behind me but
my expectation was turned down when I saw Mr.
Without having the slightest idea of how angry I
was, he smiled at me and said “everyone did not
leave, I’m here for you”
The anger that ran through my vein was
unexplainable,as I looked into the old man’s
eyes. Heaven knows I would have flung his hand
off me if not for the respect I had for his age.
With tears in my eyes, I clinched my teeth and
said “you are nothing but the architect of my
mom’s trouble and my heart break”

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