THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER SEASON 2
We concluded our exams and it was a good one. We gathered outside talking, taking photos and other things; we were just so happy. The department organized a party but we won’t be attending it; Fred arranged a small indoor party for us, that is; Me, Promise, Mirabel, and Cynthia. And also Nancy and Vincent will also come.
He took us to his house later that night; he has a beautiful house with fleet of cars. He entertained us very well and it was really fun as we were all in twos except for Cynthia, she broke up with her boyfriend. We appreciated him and left there after hours of fun and playfulness.
[Phone rings – Caller: Frank]
Me: Hello Frank
Frank: Hello, Marcus is currently in custody now
Me: Huh? How was he found?
Frank: Based on the report we got, he was found travelling in a night bus to his hometown when the Army stopped and searched the bus at their check-point and arrested him when they found him.
Me: What will happen to him now?
Frank: Back to prison of course
Me: Uhmmm… ok
Frank: Aren’t you supposed to be happy? I don’t understand your tone
Me: There’s something you didn’t know
Frank: What is it?
Me: He reached me and apologized for everything he has done
Frank: What? And you listened to him?
Me: He sounded sincere
Frank: Are you kidding? Have you forgotten all he did?
Me: I didn’t forget anything ok?
Frank: Then what are you saying?
Me: I have forgiven him
Frank: Well… that can’t change what’s going to happen to him now
Me: I know, I told him to be careful
Frank: Wait… are you saying that you knew he was leaving town?
Me: No, got to go, update me if anything comes up
Me: **Hangs up**
Well… it’s no longer my fault that he got caught; I tried for him after all he did to me. It’s clear that he can’t run from justice here on earth, even Dorothy faced justice even though I forgave her.
Promise remained in Abuja after the exams and enrolled into a computer institute for the knowledge and certificate; she can’t stay in Mirabel’s lodge anymore as Mirabel won’t be staying there anymore so I told her to stay in my apartment with Nancy because I won’t be stable as I’ll be preparing for my marriage with Mirabel, the elections and my passport and visa to the United states.
I took Mirabel to my hometown and presented her to my close relatives as the girl I’m getting married to and she also did the same by taking me to her hometown yorubaland where I met with her Grand-mother from her Father’s side and her Grand-parents from her mother’s side and all the visits were favoured by God as they all went so well.
Mirabel has already left the lodge, now with her Parents in Aso rock and Cynthia also with her family. Marcus’ sentence was extended and he is to spend 42 years in prison with hard labour for his uncompleted sentence, breaking out of prison, kidnapping the president’s daughter with two other ladies (that is, Nancy and Jummy) and being Dorothy’s partner in crime etc.
As for me, I got back to our family’s duplex to stay and became very busy doing many things plus working on my website where money kept flowing. The house is always empty, Dad always out for business and Momma working with the first-lady and all. I’m a man now; I can go out to anywhere I want. I even travelled with Mirabel to Jos to visit Joy – my older sister and she was very happy that we visited. We spent two days there before returning back to Abuja. My communication with Ike didn’t slack not a bit; he is going to be my best man. I sent him my measurement as he requested to get the wedding suits made.
I was in the house one evening resting and sipping hollandia yoghurt after working all day on the website when Nancy called me to inform me about something terrible.
Nancy: It’s Promise
Me: What about her?
Nancy: She just came to the house with bruises on her face and some part of her body
Me: What happened to her?
Nancy: She said she was robbed on her way back but I don’t think that’s what actually happened
Me: Why do you think she’ll lie?
Nancy: She said she was robbed but nothing seemed to be missing from her possession, her phone and bag with her laptop were intact
Me: Promise can’t tell lies
Nancy: Believe me senior bro, I think Fred is beating her up
Nancy: That’s what I’m thinking
Me: Promise is the nicest girl I have ever known, why would Fred beat her up? No, that can’t happen
Nancy: I’m the one here with her so you have to believe me; I’ve witnessed how he drags her along with him if Promise refuses to go out with him, he treats her as if he owned her completely like she’s he’s slave. He dictates on her
Me: **Boiling with anger** Fred doing that to Promise?! Is he stupid?
Nancy: I dunno oh… please you have to do something before this goes too far
Me: But why will Promise hide this from me?
Nancy: I dunno… she must be the type that doesn’t speak out even when dying slowly
Me: This can’t be… that girl deserves the best in life not this
Nancy: It was you guys that got her into this, you persisted her to accept that monster
Me: We were only trying to do her a favour, so she’ll also have a man in her life and I thought Fred was a good guy
Nancy: As it is right now, you didn’t do her any favour but brought pain to her
Me: Oh God! Are you serious about all this?
Nancy: She’s not enjoying the relationship bro, she’s not at all. Fred even has a night club
Me: A night club?
Nancy: Yeah…. one “Jollity Nite Club”
Me: He took me there once before but never mentioned it belongs to him
Nancy: He own and runs it, he is not a good guy. I think he do drugs as well
Me: That ba$tard! I shall be there tomorrow to speak with Promise
Nancy: Please do
Me: What about you and Vincent?
Nancy: We’re good and happy together
Me: Ok good,,, see you tomorrow
Nancy: Ok bye
Me: Bye **hangs up**
Oh no! What have we got Promise into? It’s all my fault. So he even runs a nite club, no wonder he said the club is never closed for him the time he took me there. I need to speak with Promise one on one before I will think of what to do.
~ But why has she been quiet?
~ Why didn’t she tell me what’s going on?
~ Why did she have to start telling lies?
The following day in the afternoon, I got myself ready and zoomed off to the apartment with my mother’s car. I called Nancy and told her about my coming, she said she’ll be at Vincent’s place so I can speak with Promise.
I got there; Promise received me in to the house. I noticed how she was trying to hide her bruises from me. I don’t want to do as if I already know about it, so I just played along with her as we engaged in conversation.
Promise: You didn’t tell me you’re coming; I would’ve prepared something better
Me: What did you cook?
Promise: Beans and friend plantain
Me: You like beans too much, just give me plantain jare
Promise: Is it every day one will be eating rice? (Walking into the kitchen)
I waited till she came back with a plate of fried plantain; she pushed a side stool in front of me and dropped the plate on it. I saw some bruises on hand, but I didn’t say anything yet.
Promise: Should I bring water or juice for you?
Me: No yoghurt?
Me: Ok a glass of water will do
She went in and came out with a bottle of water and a glass cup and dropped it on the stool.
Promise: (About to go back to her seat)
Me: Pour the water for me na
Promise: Do that yourself na
Me: I asked for just a glass of water but you brought a bottle of it
Promise: That’s how it should be na
Me: Just pour it
The bruises on her became more visible when she was pouring the water…
Me: Promise? (Holding her left arm)
Me: What happened to you?
Promise: **hissed** some hoodlums robbed and beat me up yesterday on my way back to the house
Promise: On the street
Me: Which street?
Promise: Along that Masukwai crescent
Me: Hoodlums on Masukwai cresent?
Me: Promise are you lying to me?
Promise: Why should I lie to you?
Me: Because there have never been anything like that on that street, there are no hoodlums or criminals around here
Promise: Yea maybe those ones came from another area
Me: Ok Promise tell me the truth now, what really happened to you?
Promise: I just told you na
Me: I don’t believe that, tell me something else
Promise: There’s nothing else to tell, that’s what happened and I’m trying to forget about it
Me: Fred did this to you right?
Promise: What kind of question is that? Why will Fred beat me up?
What is wrong with this girl??
Me: I did a background check on him and he isn’t what we think he is
Me: He is a bad guy, a very bad guy. He is on drugs and even owns a club where many ungodly acts takes place
Promise: What are you trying to say?
Me: Break up with him
Promise: I should break up with him now because you tell me to?
Me: Promise you have to, that guy is no-good
Promise: Look! I’m sick and tired of you telling me what to do ok? What do you take me for?
Me: **Shock** Promise?
Promise: Not even my Father has dictated on me like this, what’s your problem? Why telling me who to be with and who not to be with?
Me: Look I’m very sorry I got you involved with Fred, I really sorry I made a very huge and expensive mistake; please forgive me and break up with Fred
Promise: No I won’t break up with him and stop telling me what to do! (walking out on me)
Me: Promise? Promise?!
Promise: **Out of sight**
Oh my God! Not again!! What have I gotten this girl into? No no no no no no… another girl’s life must not be ruined because of my mistake. Oh God forgive me, it wasn’t intentional.
(I dialed Nancy’s number)
Nancy: Hello bro
Me: Nancy the situation is now worse
Nancy: What happened?
Me: Promise is not listening to me, she’s so mad at me
Nancy: What do we do now?
Me: Is Vincent there with you?
Nancy: He is in the kitchen
Me: Please go give the phone to him
Nancy: Ok hold on for a sec
Me: Promise is in bondage, she needs all the prayers she can get please I beg you
Vincent: Nancy just told me about what Fred is doing to her, that’s not good
Me: It’s getting out of hand; she’s not listening to me, the solution I seek for now is prayers
Vincent: Ok bro, we shall go on three days fasting and prayers for her
Me: That’d be great
Vincent: Don’t stress yourself, the devil will surely bow in defeat again
Me: A big Amen to that
Vincent: Later bro, lemme check what I have on fire
Me: Ok ok
I did a conference call with Mirabel and Cynthia to let them know1 what’s going on. They were also disturbed about it. They suggested we confront Fred but I impeded them from doing that, at least not yet. Once Promise agrees to break up with him, he won’t be a problem.
After the call, I slowly walked towards her room and entered without knocking; I saw her sobbing on the bed. I got on the bed next to her and tried to raise her up
Promise: Leave me alone (crying)
Me: Please Promise… I don’t want to lose you because of this foolish mistake I made I’m begging you
Promise: Why? (Seating up) tell me why? Do you know what I’ve been going through because of the love that I have for you? Do you have any idea on what I’ve been going through inside of me? As if not loving me back was not enough, you went ahead and hook me up with a beast! A tyrant!
Me: I’m really sorry; I never wanted all that to happen
Promise: What can your sorry do? Will it ease the pain that I’m going through? I accepted Fred in order to stop my love for you, thinking I will get to love him and forget about you, but what happened? I’m still at the losing end… Fred beat me like i deserve nothing but pain. He is jealous of our closeness that he deleted all the pictures of us from my phone. He first beat me up because of the position he met us with on the day of our second to the last exam. I never fell from any bike, he was the one that hurt me because of our closeness we’ve been having long before he came into the picture
Me: Promise you should’ve spoken out
Promise: How could I when the guy I love gave me to the beast himself?
Me: Promise you know it can’t work between us please I beg you, kill that love I beg of you. Mirabel and I are getting married soon; please don’t do this to yourself.
Promise: I have tried and tried, but I can’t help it
Me: Break up with Fred and the right person for you will eventually come
Promise: Do you love me?
Promise: Just answer me
Me: Please na
Promise: I know you do, you had the intention of asking me out back when we were in 100L but you couldn’t talk to me because I didn’t give you a “go ahead” signal
Me: I love Mirabel
Promise: You loved me first
Me: That can’t change anything now; you know I’m getting married to Mirabel soon please don’t make things difficult for me and yourself
Promise: It’s okay… I know I can’t do anything about that and I wish you both well
Me: Thanks, I really appreciate your understanding
Promise: Just facing the reality
Me: But you have to break up with Fred
Promise: It won’t be that easy
Me: Leave that for me to handle, I got you into this mess and I’m getting you out from it
Promise: **Tears dripping down from her eyes**
I wipe the tears off her cheeks with my bare hand and we both hug each other for many seconds… we broke off when we heard someone coughed out.