I could not believe my ears. I scoffed and turned
back. “are you for real? ” was the only statement
I could make.
Mr. Stanleylooked down at his feet as if he was
searching for words, he cleared his throat
consciously and said
“yes, I’m for real. If you do not give a bleep like
you claimed, you won’t be here girl. You can
curse me for all you want, you can disrespect me
and bring down this roof for all I care, one thing
I’m sure of is that, nobody will ever understand
me. Yes, nobody will never see the whole story
from my own point of view, you know why?
Because none of you will ever give me a chance
to make up for my mistakes. Even before Stanley
opens his mouth, he has been judged already. He
has been tagged the devil and he has been
abandoned to wallow in his errors.”
Mr. Stanley paused in the middle of his statement,
he took a deep breathe and shook his head
continuously like he was deeply lost in regret. His
words made me hate my actions, I took few steps
towards him and stood right in front of him. I knew
he still had lot to say, so I allowed him to do the
“You think I do not regret all the mistakes I
made? Just because I you did not see me on my
kneels begging your late mom? I tried my best,
though it was not good enough, I tried my very
best to reunite before Lillian said goodbye. I
could remember she practically threatened to sue
me with all the legal agreement we made back in
the day. Back in the day when I was still stupid
and weak, she continued to judge me with the
wrong steps I took. After finding you and your
mom through Nelly, I belived in fate. I met with
Lillian and pleaded with her to allow you unite
with your sister but she throw all my mistakes
into my face and told me to go to hell. I continued
to press and when I pressed a little harder, she
threatened to sue me and write my story for the
public to know who I am. I am a public figure, I
could not allow her drag my name in the mud.
That’s the reason why I gave up and resolved
into allowing fate play it’s part. I belived the same
fate that brought you and Nelly together would
bring all us together. I did not just chicken out,
she gave me no other choice. Believe me or not,
this was what happened”
Mr Stanley said his last stamens in almost a
whisper and he made to take a sit.
I dropped my bag on the floor and said “that was
before my mom died, what happened after her
death? Were you still scared of her sueing you
from the grave? ”
“I wasn’t scared of Lillian, I wasn’t really scared
of getting sued either, the reason why I chickened
out was to avoid drama. If I had press harder and
get sued, don’t you think it will get messy. The
love and respect have always craved for from my
kids will never come my way. That is the main
reason why I allowed peace.
After your moms death, I would have come for
you, like I wanted to, I almost did Nancy, but I
was scared of rejection. What you did few minutes
ago, was my greatest fear in life. I was scared of
you calling me a coward and making me realize I
do not even worth your love and respect. I did
not want to hurt your feelings as well, even after I
heard about the video Lillian left behind, I could
not bring myself to appear in front of you and
seek for reconciliation. I was waiting for a sign
from you, a sign that will proof that you want me
in your life and I didn’t get any until today. My
cup was filled to the brim when I learnt you were
here, I was happy that finally, fate is bringing us
together. I was happy that you are my real blood
and you’ve decided to trace your root. To be
sincere, I was not disappointed when you started
to rant, neither I’m I mad at you. Only a b—–d
will keep cool and you just proof that you are not
one. One thing I want you to know is that I love
you so dearly and You and your sister Are the
best thing that ever happened to me. No wonder
heavens judge me by not giving me another seed
aside from the two of you but guess what I’m
always happy that I have a daughter who is
making me proud. Now I can die in peace, now
that I have found peace with you, My girl. Please
forgive a useless father”
Mr. Stanley said almost in tears. I moved close to
him and hugged him real tight. He burst into tears
and i Could not hold back my tears as well. We
cried and comforted each other like a father and a
long lost daughter.
My joy knew no bound when Mr. Stanley looked
at me and said “you are just like your mother”
My joy knew no bound when Mr. Stanley looked
at me and said ‘you are just like your mother”.
I smiled and asked why he said that.
“she also had a heart of gold but I guess I
pushed her to the wall” That was Mr. Stanley’s
He took me into his arms again and I freed all
that I had had against him. “if I can forgive uncle
Mike after all he did to me, when can’t I forgive
my biological father who is now sorry for all he
had done” that was the question I asked myself.
I released myself from Mr. Stanley and said “Dad,
I want a picture of my sister”
I could see the shock in his eyes as he opened
his mouth widely. At first I thought I made him
feel bad by requesting for Nelly’s picture but I
was proved wrong when mr. Stanley held my
shoulder and said “did you just call me dad? Say
it again baby, I want to hear you call me dad all
my life”
I smiled and said “dad! Dad!! Dad!!!” repeatedly,
almost turning it into a song. Dad took me into his
arm and I smiled sheepishly as he patted my
back gently. I wished I could recover all the
fatherly love I had lost years back, I wished my
step dad could come back to life as well, I wished
everybody I had lost were still alive, i wished all
my wishes could come to reality.
“okay, that’s enough, father and daughter. If you
won’t acknowledge our presence, I will take it
upon myself to remind you that you are not alone”
Mrs. Stanley said, interrupting my thought and the
moment I was having with my dad.
I wiped the little tears that had form in my eyes
and went into Mrs. Stanley’s arm. She took me
into her arms and said something about been
proud of me, she also wanted me to see her as
my biological mom. I smiled and agreed with all
she had said before I walked up to Kelvin. He
kissed me on my forehead and make a joke about
wanting to be like me when he grow up. We all
laughed and my dad decided that we should all
have a meal together.
I and my dad ate in the same plate, he was so
fond of me and he almost went to the extent of
feeding me. I could see the jealousy in kelvins
eyes but he did nothing to stop him. We had a
delicious meal of fried rice and chicken,after
which we formed a circle round the reading table
in my dad’s library. He took his time to show me
lot of things and he wouldn’t stop until I
complained of back pain.
After spending minutes chatting and laughing as a
family, I decided to repeat my earlier request.
“Dad, mom, like I said earlier, I will love to have
a picture of my twin sister and I also want to visit
her tomb, can you please honour my request”
I said as I fixed my gaze on my dad and his wife.
Without giving a response, Mrs. Stanley excused
herself and came back with a photo album.
She dropped the album in front of me and said
“this is Nelly’s album. Most of her personal
pictures are there, you are entitle to have it”
I hurriedly picked up the photo album and opened
it. I could remember the album vividly. It was the
same photo album she gave to me the day I
visited her. Tears ran down my cheek as looked
at the beautiful images Nelly left behind. If only
death was a respecter of beauty, Nelly would
have been on the surface earth.
Kelvin took the photo album from my hand and
comforter me. He made me realize there was no
need to cry over spoilt milk, I decided it was
better to be happy with the people present with
me, rather than cry over those that can never
come back to me.
Dad decided that he would personally take me to
Nelly’s tomb the next day because he was scared
of me breaking down in his absence. I smiled and
accepted his conditions before I decided it was
time to go home.
As difficult as it is to depart from one’s first love,
it was difficult for me to depart from my new found
father. I consoled myself with the fact that we
would be meeting the next day and I could still
see him as often as I want to. I said my
goodbyes and long, warm embrace. I left the
Stanley’s residence with a pure heart,filled with
happiness and fulfilment.
We arrived home a little late but it was no issue. I
had a warm bath with Kelvin and we retired to our
I laid on kelvins chest and allowed the day’s
event play right in front of me. I was happy with
all I was able to accomplish, from settling all
scores with uncle Mike, to reconciling with my
biological father, everything was a great
achievement. I was the happiest woman on the
planet “earth”.
“Babe, I’m so proud of you and I’m grateful for
letting me take all theses brave steps with you
but there is something left” Kelvin said as he
played with my fingers.
I looked at him and asked what was left. Kelvin
adjusted and made me sit in between his legs
before he said “Since your dad has an adopted
child now, why not give Nelly’s share of the will
to her? It’s not as if you really need it and I know
your dad will be glad as well”
I never thought of handling Nelly’s share of the
will over to the Stanley’s until Kelvin brought the
idea. I saw nothing wrong with his suggestion so
I took it in. For me it was not about the wealth, it
was all about the bound that brought us all
I playfully pushed Kelvin and said “see why they
said two good heads are better than one? Now I
know that your head ain’t big for nothing”
Kelvin smiled and held me from behind. He kissed
my neck and said “come here, let me give you
kids with big and useful heads like mine”
I smiled and made to free myself but Kelvin was
too strong for me. Before I could say “jerk! ” he
was on top of me.
Nothing could free my mind from the day’s stress
apart from a slow and romantic se.x.
That was exactly what Kelvin gave to me, just like
I wanted it.. …..
I woke to the beautiful smell of a well brewed
coffee. Though I was a bit I could not fight the
urge to get out of bed and see the surprise Kelvin
was cooking.
I slowly opened my eyes and turned to the other
side, Kelvin was standing right in front of me, with
a tray in his hand. He smiled and said
“a beautiful morning to my beautiful wife.
Everyday marks the beginning of new things in my
life just because you are here with me. Please get
out of bed your highness and have a taste of this
special cup of coffee, it’s the little this guy here
can make”
Kelvin dropped the try on the table and offered a
hand to help me out of bed. I could not help but
burst into laughter. “why are you acting like we
are still on honeymoon? It’s really unlike you” I
said, making funny faces at him.
Kelvin kissed my forehead lightly and said “that’s
because I’m mad over you girl”
“then when will your madness enter market? ” I
replied and made to run out of bed, for getting my
condition. Kelvin went through no stress before
catching up with me. He lifted me off my feet and
took me to the bathroom. We cleaned our teeth
and had a little water fight before we eventually
went back to the room. I sat inbetween Kelvin’s
legs and sipped my coffee as he gently rubbed
my stomach.
“baby, you are due for scan. I wanna know the
sex of my kid so I can set up the nursery” Kelvin
I thought for a while and decided I would have my
scan test that very day, after visiting Nelly’s
tomb. Kelvin happily volunteered to place a call
through to the hospital on my behalf. I could not
help but feel special, just because of all the
people present in my life.
I was about to leave for the kitchen when I
received an incoming call from my dad. I happily
accepted his call and said “hello”.
“my girl, how was your night? ” my dad said and
I replied I was fine. We talked about this and that
before he eventually informed me that he would
be coming over by 10:00am. I agreed with his
time schedule and we ended the call, looking
forward to seeing each other. I placed a call
through to Attorney Berry and informed her of my
intention to sign over Nelly’s share of the will to
my dad’s adopted child. She agreed and
promised to be at my place by 9:00am.
Kelvin and I had our breakfast and cleaned up.
We order for a bouquet of flower and got prepared
for the day’s event. I was happy I would be
visiting Nelly’s tomb, it was something I had
always wanted to do but I was a bit scared of
what the repercussions might be.
I was fully dressed when Attorney Berry arrived.
We had a little business chat before the arrival of
my dad. He came over with his wife and their
adopted daughter. I didn’t plan for everybody to
be there but the whole situation turned out to be
perfect. After a long exchange of pleasantries, I
cleared my throat and said
“dad, this is Attorney Berry, my mom’s private
lawyer. According to the will, my mom handed
one of her company over to Nelly. Kelvin and I
have decided to hand this property over to your
adopted child. It’s the little I can do for her”
My dads face lightened up and I could see the
excitement in his wife’s eyes too. The girl in
question had little idea of what was going on but
she also went on her kneels to appreciate the
kind gesture. My dad was almost in tears when
he was thanking me. He praised me about having
a heart of gold and I transferred the whole praise
to Kelvin.
The property was signed over to the little girl and
without wasting time, we left for Nelly’s tomb.


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