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Love Beyond Reason Episode 1 - 9
« on: September 04, 2017, 04:14:36 AM »
EPISODE 1:

Ikemefuna sat on the couch in his living room, arms folded on his chest, eyes clouded with anger, lips stretched thin, and watched the hand of the clock move towards 9pm for the umpteenth time. He was fuming with anger but anyone looking at him would just see a handsome, well-built man, watching TV, with an impatient stretch to his lips. On closer inspection though, the anger in his eyes could not be missed.

He stared at the game showing on the TV. His favorite English club, Arsenal were playing against their arch nemesis, Chelsea and it seems Chelsea is going to get the glory once more. He watched the screen, at the same time listening for when the door will open to admit Ugochi, his girlfriend, whom he had been waiting for impatiently for the past two hours.

Why is this woman late? What does she take me for? How can she leave me here and go about frolicking with every D**k and Harry in the city? She’ll have a lot of explaining to do when she gets back here. These were the thoughts flowing through his mind as he sat, alternately watching the clock and the screen, grinding his teeth in an obvious sign of frustration.

 

Meanwhile, Ugochi was having a great time with her girlfriends at the birthday party of one of the gang. She laughed at something Dawn, the birthday girl said and gave Ijeoma a wink. The three girls have been rolling together since they were at the University, they were popularly known as the three musketeers back then. Now, all of them are settled into their respective careers but they still find time to get together once in a while.

It was Dawn’s birthday and they had opted for a quiet dinner together at the birthday girl’s favorite restaurant instead of the usual all-out party she throws every year. It had taken a lot of convincing on the part of Ugochi and Ijeoma before Dawn agreed to have a small party with just the girls. She was enjoying herself although she would never admit it to her friends. Turning twenty-five should be a lot of fun.

The women have a lot in common. Apart from been the same ages, they also graduated from the same department in the University. They all studied Microbiology, and each of them had their view of the course and how they want to use it to make the world a better place. Ugochi had opted for Food Microbiology and presently works with Fan Ice in Ibadan. Ijeoma, fondly called Ijay by her friends, had bent towards health presently working as a laboratory scientist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Dawn had decided on pursuing the beauty angle and currently owns a beauty spa in New Bodija, Ibadan.

Ugochi is the only one in a serious relationship of the three of them. She had been with Ikem for the past three years. Dawn prefers to play the field, she had like a dozen guys at her disposal, which is not surprising as she’s the most beautiful of them. Ijeoma, on the other hand, is on a break in between relationships; her last run hadn’t been so enjoyable.

“Guys, remember that time we all failed Professor Odi’s class? He insisted we wait after everyone had gone home for the holidays, study for a week and rewrite the test. I couldn’t believe it when he said it.” Ijay reminisced

“Yeah, yeah. It was the worst week of my life.” Dawn muttered

“You were just pissed because all your boyfriends were not available.” Ijay teased

“Yeah, well what’s a girl to do when all her useful guys were not available.” She grumbled

“At least you still had Dave. The guy was so in love with you, he didn’t mind staying back for a whole week even when you didn’t acknowledge his existence.” Ugochi chipped in.

Dawn covered her face with her hands. “Oh please don’t remind me of that guy.”

Ijay laughed. “But Dawn, you were so hard on the guy.”

“I just couldn’t see myself with him. He was so needy, you know. I could never be with a guy like that.”

“Yeah. We all know you like them tough.” Ugochi teased.

She laughed. “You got that right, baby.”

Ugochi checked her wristwatch, noted the time. “Girls, I’m sorry to break this up but I really must get going.”

“Hmmm, we understand girl. That hunk of yours must be waiting for you.” Dawn winked. “Lucky girl.” She sighed wistfully

“How is Ikem?” Ijay asked

Ugochi beamed. “He’s fine o.”

“Hmm, that your man is a real eye candy. I wish he were mine.” Dawn winked again

“Keep your thoughts away from my man abeg.” Ugochi laughed. “Don’t you have your hands full already?”

“You can never have enough now.”

Ugochi was about to answer when her phone beeped signaling an incoming call. She checked the caller ID and saw it was a video call from Ikem.

“Speak of the devil.” Ugochi gestured. “I need to take this.” She stepped out of the restaurant to give herself some privacy.

“Hi babe.” She smiled at Ikem’s face on her screen.

He didn’t return her smile. “Do you know what time it is?”

Ugochi shrugged. “No. what’s up?”

“I want you to start coming home immediately.” He snapped

“I was about to.”

“I’ll be waiting for you.”

“Okay, see you soon.”

He cut the call without saying goodbye.

Ugochi frowned at her phone and shrugged again. He’s probably in one of his shitty moods again. She didn’t care for the many mood swings, she never knew how he was going to react when he gets into those stints. She better do as he says before it gets too bad.

Ugochi went back into the restaurant. “Girls, I have to go; my man needs me.”

“Don’t sweat it.” Ijay waved. “We are ready to call it a night too.”

“Thanks for a wonderful birthday girls. I actually enjoyed myself. Who would have thought, huh?”

“We knew you were going to love it. That was why we insisted.”

Ugochi bent to grab her bag off the floor as the other girls stood. They walked out together.

“So, I’ll see you guys soon, yeah?” Ugochi asked

“Sure.” The other ladies answered simultaneously.

“I still have a private party tonight. You get my meaning?”

“We know you now, no be you?

They all laughed and shared a group hug before going their separate ways.

Source: http://maggiesmartscribes.com/2016/09/09/love-beyond-reason-1/
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Love Beyond Reason Episode 2
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 04:15:33 AM »
Ugochi drove into her compound at exactly 10:30pm. She parked the car at the slot in front of her apartment, got out and locked the car.

She tried her door, found it locked and unlocked it with her keys. Ikem is probably asleep, she thought. He would have locked the door when he was going to bed; she didn’t think it was likely though. He rarely slept before she got home.

She went in, and saw him seated in front of the TV. He didn’t turn around, or acknowledge her entrance in any way. Ugochi skirted the small dining table with just two chairs, and narrowly avoided stumbling over a pair of shoes as she walked up to him.

“Hi dearie. You’ve been waiting for long?” she asked as she sat beside him. She saw he was playing with the DSTV remote in his hands.

He dropped the remote as he turned to her, and she was momentarily taken aback by the cold look in his eyes. “Where the heck have you been?” he demanded coldly.

She drew back, alarmed by the anger she felt emanating from him. “I told you I was going to have dinner with the girls now. Today is Dawn’s birthday.”

“I told you I was going to have dinner with the girls now.” He mimicked. “You were having dinner with the girls till this time? And you expect me to believe that?”

‘Why not? It is the truth.”

He stood up suddenly and leaned above her. “Don’t give me that bullshit. Who were you with tonight? You think I’m a fool? You think I don’t see what is going on here?”

Ugochi stood up too, alarmed. “What is wrong with you, Ikem? Please don’t start your crap with me tonight.” She made as if to move away.

“Crap? Did you say crap? Are you talking to me like that?” he grabbed her arm, swung her back, and before she could adjust her stance, gave her a resounding slap. The force of the slap knocked her back on her seat.

She sat there staring at him with a palm pressed to her stinging cheeks, too stunned to do anything other than stare, tears streaming down her face. He stood over her, still vibrating with anger.

“Ikem, did you just slap me?” Ugochi asked incredulously

“Yes, I did. And if you provoke me further, I’ll serve you the second round.”

She stood up, her palm still pressed to her cheek, staring at him, dumbfounded. “What has come over you? Where is all this coming from, Ikem?”

“Don’t ask me stupid questions. I am the one with the questions here. Which guy did you go out with this evening?”

“I don’t have to stand here and take this from you. Excuse me.” she sniffled as she walked past him.

He wanted to grab her again, but he refrained from doing so, and watched her go while a myriad of feelings passed over his face. The final one that settled in was guilt. He didn’t know what just came over him. He usually does not react with such anger, but this time around, he just couldn’t stop himself from hitting her.

The anger had started to build in him when his friend, Donald, called him this evening to tell him he spotted Ugochi in a small café with a man. Donald said they had looked very cozy together, and he just wanted to inform her as the good friend he was. Ikem didn’t believe that for a moment, he knew why Donald called, it was to rub it in his face, to throw his absolute faith in Ugochi back in his face. He had constantly bragged about how faithful Ugochi was, now for her to throw this in his face? It was intolerable.

He took a minute to think of the many years they’ve been together and how in all those years he had never had a reason to doubt her. He thought of the look of hurt in her face as she walked out on him, and how much he loved her. Could he be wrong here? Is it possible what Donald saw was entirely innocent, or could Donald have been lying? What reason would he have for lying? All these thoughts streaked across his mind as he paced around the living room. Did I just make the biggest mistake of my life?

 

Ugochi lay on the bed as silent tears trickled down her face. What just happened here? It was as if I was talking to another man entirely. What could have prompted this sort of behavior from Ikem? I can’t believe he actually struck me. She thought miserably.

In the three years they’ve been together, Ugochi had never had a reason to complain about Ikem. Sure, they had their differences like every couple but it had been nothing that couldn’t be resolved quickly and easily. Their relationship had been good, and as comfortable as an old pair of pajamas.

Six months ago, when Ikem asked her to move in with him, she hadn’t hesitated. She had been happy he suggested it as it had been on her mind for a while, but she hadn’t brought it up. She had not had any reason to doubt or question his feelings for her, until now. Now, she couldn’t believe he could raise his hand to strike her. It feels like a dream she would wake up from very soon. This couldn’t be happening, could it?
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Love Beyond Reason Episode 3
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 04:16:37 AM »
But it had happened. It is a fact and the action can never be reversed. She will forever have it in mind that Ikem hit her, she could never forget it in a million years; and the love between them is forever tainted as a result of tonight’s happenings.

She couldn’t fathom the reason behind his aberrant behavior tonight. He had never raised his hands to her before. Sometimes, when he was angry enough to hit her, he had walked away rather than go ahead with it. Recently though, he had been exhibiting some rather strange behavior, she had been baffled by the subtle change in him.

She fluffed her pillow as fresh tears fell down her face. Her heart was breaking into a million pieces. She couldn’t believe that Ikem, her prince in shining armor, her tall, dark, and handsome lover would raise his hands to her. It still is unbelievable.

She stiffened as she heard the turn of the doorknob. Ikem came in quietly and stood by the door for a few moments observing her. There was a look of chagrin on his face.

“Ugochi…” he whispered reverently.

Ugochi turned to face the wall. She did not want to hear any excuse or see that tortured look on his face. She needed him to suffer a little bit more.

“Ugochi,” he said again, this time a little more firm

Ugochi refused the answer. She wished he’ll just go away and leave her to grief the loss of her trust in peace. It’s not every day her boyfriend slaps her after all.

Ikem was not having that though. He shuffled closer to the bed, walked to the other side so he could see her face, and he sat on the bed beside her. Ugochi stiffened some more. Tension radiated from her body like sun rays.

“I’m so sorry baby,” Ikem began. “I don’t know what came over me. I promise it will never happen again.”

Ugochi stared at his face coldly. “You don’t know what came over you?” she asked angrily. “That is the lamest excuse in the book,” she spat.

“I know, I know,” he raised his palm up in surrender. “I know it sounds cliché but that is the truth.”

“It does not sound cliché, it is cliché.” She refused to look at him, she laid on her back, staring at the ceiling.

“I’m sorry Ugo. What else do you want me to say?””

“I want you to tell me why you think it was necessary to treat me that way tonight. And I don’t want to hear anything like ‘I don’t know what came over me’, because we both know that’s not true.”

Ikem refused to reply. He just kept staring at her. How could he tell her he reacted that way because of the information given to me by a man he does not even trust? He can never tell her what Donald told him. What if he was wrong? He needed to be absolutely sure first.

“But that was happened baby. Maybe I was angry because you stayed out so late, or maybe I was just feeling some residual stress. Either way, I’m sorry I hurt you.”

“I told you I would be out late, didn’t I? I distinctly remember telling you today was Dawn’s birthday, and that we were going for dinner at a plush restaurant on the island. Didn’t I?”

“Yeah, I think you did. Where were you this evening?”

“At work. Where else?”

“You didn’t go anywhere other than to work?”

“I went for Dawn’s birthday,” she threw up her hands in frustration. “Do I need to keep repeating myself?”

“Are you sure? No little lunch date with anyone?”

Ugochi narrowed her eyes at him speculatively. “No,” she replied. “Why the twenty questions?”

“I just want to be absolutely sure.”

Ugochi paused and looked at his face critically. She could see the confusion, and the faint anger, but there was something else lurking behind his eyes she couldn’t quite make out. There was something there that looks a lot like distrust.

“What is going on, Ikem?” she asked, baffled.

“Nothing. I’m sorry for hurting you, okay?” he caressed her abused cheeks. “Forgive me?” he stared into her eyes.

Ugochi wanted to ask more questions but she refrained. She decided to take the olive branch he was offering. Better keep the tentative peace.

“I forgive you darling. It was so out of character, it is easy to forgive. But please, control yourself better next time we have an argument.”

“I will. I love you.”

“Love you too.”

Few minutes later, they both lay in bed. They were not touching nor speaking with each other. Each was occupied with his own thoughts.

Ikem’s thoughts were whirling around his mind. So, who is lying? He thought. She claimed to be at work all day and Donald claimed he saw her having a drink with another man. Who is lying? I better get to the bottom of this, and fast.

Ugochi stared at the ceiling as the thoughts chased each other in her head. What did he mean by all those questions? Did he know something? Could he have spotted me with Fredrick this evening? Is that the reason for his aggressive and strange behavior? I better get to the bottom of this, and fast.
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Love Beyond Reason Episode 4
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017, 04:20:07 AM »
The next call Ugochi received was from Frederick.

“Hi.”

“Hello dear,” he answered. “I just received a very distressing call from Ijay some minutes ago. She said it seemed your man saw us together the other day.”

“Yes, I think he did. It’s not confirmed yet but he’s been acting very strange. I think that could be the reason for his behavior, although he hasn’t asked me directly.”

“Ugochi, don’t you think it’s time we come clean? I mean, we are not helping anybody by being secretive. I think it is better we call Ikem and tell him about this. At least now that he seems to be suspecting you.”

“Do you think he’s ready to hear this yet? Personally, I don’t think he’s ready for a revelation of this magnitude. After all, I know him better than you do.”

“I know we agreed to take our time and break it to him gently but I don’t think we can go through that same route now that he is suspecting you. I believe it is better we come clean and just get it over with.”

“I understand you. Can you give me time to sort this out my own way? At least allow me determine what he knows first. This might not even be about us, you know?”

“Okay then. Let’s know what he knows first. Then we can make our decisions based on that.”

“Good. I’ll talk to you later.”

“Yeah, later. Bye dear.”

 

By the time Ikem got home, he was boiling with anger. His stomach felt tight with tension and his chest felt like it was going to burst from holding in his temper. After that ridiculous lunch meeting with Donald, he had not been able to hold back the anger churning in him. The nerve of Ugochi. A woman he had loved for three years, and for her to treat him this way? It was disrespectful, it was disheartening, and above all, it pissed him off.

He slammed into the house only to find Ugochi seated calmly on the settee in the living room watching a movie. She was sprawled on the settee, a bowl of nuts beside her and a chilled glass of wine on the stool where her hand can easily pick it up.

Ikem stood behind her for a minute, breathing in and out, trying to calm himself and probably find a way to ice down the hot pool of anger in his belly. He was not succeeding though. The sight of her seated there, seemingly without a care in the world just annoyed him the more. He couldn’t fathom how she would throw away three years of a loving relationship just like that. And she didn’t even have the decency to tell him it was over? Instead, she was sneaking around, going behind his back and seeing different men. He decided to confront her once and for all.

Ugochi looked up when she saw Ikem, and smiled. “Oh hi baby. I didn’t hear you come in, I was so engrossed in this movie,” she sat up. “Have you been here long?”

“No, I just came in.” he wanted so much to slap that smug look off her face.

“Okay, welcome. How was work today?”

“I went to see Donald during the lunch hour.”

“Oh, okay. How is he? Hope there is no problem with him?”

“He told me something I found very hard to believe. How could you Ugochi?”

“How could I what? You’re not making any sense Ikem.” Ugochi said as her heart hammered furiously in her chest. Here it comes, she thought.

“Do you want to sit there and pretend you don’t know what I am talking about? You honestly want to play dumb with me?” his voice rose any octave as he talked. By the time he finished the sentence, he was shouting.

“Ikem, keep your voice down please, and explain to me what you are going on about.”

“I don’t owe you any explanation. You are the one who has a lot to explain so you better start now.”

Ugochi watched him calmly. She has to be absolutely sure of what he is referring to before she can even offer any form of explanation. What if he is not talking about what she thought?

“Ikem, you know I love you, but this behavior of yours is not helping matters at all. Sit down, and let’s talk about this like the adults we are.”

Ikem was so mad, he could barely see straight. “Are you insinuating that I am acting like a child? Is that what you are saying to me, Ugochi?”

Before she could answer, he dragged her up, and rained two slaps on her face. The force of the slap staggered her and she found herself on the floor. Before she could react and defend herself, he started punching her, hitting her over and over until she curled into a tiny ball of pain and agony. Only then did he release her. He was breathing heavily, in and out, while she just laid on the floor whimpering like an injured animal.

She couldn’t stand up, she could scream, all that came out of her were small whimpers, a sound very similar to that of an animal in terrible pain.

“In fact, I want you out of my house,” Ikem raged as he gave her a swift kick. “Go in there, pack your properties, and get the heck out of my house. I don’t ever want to see your face here anymore, you liar and cheat.” He stormed into the bedroom and Ugochi could hear him throwing things around like a mad man.

She dragged herself off the floor, painfully and little by little until she got to the place where she placed her phone earlier. Despite the pain fogging her mind and brain, she knew she had to call for help before Ikem came back to finish what he had started.

She dialed Dawn’s number with shaky fingers. Dawn lives close by and she can get there within a few minutes.

“Hey girl, what’s up?” Dawn said as soon as she picked.

Ugochi started sobbing. “Please come to the house to get me….come quickly before he kills me.” she managed to say into the receiver before collapsing on the floor.
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Love Beyond Reason Episode 5
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2017, 04:21:17 AM »
Dawn stared at the phone in her hand as if it was a snake coiled to strike. She gingerly placed the phone on the table staring at it all the while, unable to process what she just heard. Did Ugochi just say someone will kill her? She turned to Paul, her boyfriend of two weeks, who was staring at her, waiting for her to say what the problem was.

“That was Ugochi. She told me to come pick her up before someone kills her.” saying it out loud like that propelled her to action. She jumped to her feet and dragged Paul by the hand. “Come on, we need to move.”

“What exactly is the problem? What did she say?” he asked as he grabbed his car keys and watched her put on shorts and a T-shirt hurriedly.

“She was crying, and she said I should come get her before someone kills her.”

“Did she say where she was?”

“No. but when I talked with her earlier, she said she was home. She sounded fine then. I can only assume it’s a problem between her and her man.”

By this time they were driving out of the compound. Dawn quickly dialed Ijay’s number as she gave Paul directions. Maybe she could give some meaning to this mess. Ijay picked on the first ring.

“Hi dear. What’s up? Why are you calling so late?”

“It’s Ugochi. She called me now to come pick her before someone kills her. I don’t know what is going on. I’m on my way to her house now though.”

“Kills her? Really? How did she sound?”

“She was crying. She sounded scared.”

“Oh my.”

“Yeah. I’ll let you know. We are at her place now.”

“We?”

“Paul is with me.”

“Okay then. Keep me posted.”

They dropped the call just as Paul drove into the compound. Dawn barely waited for the car to come fully to a stop before opening the door and hurrying out. Paul was right behind her. She knocked loudly when she got to the door. She could hear shouting coming from within. She knocked again.

Few moments later Ikem came to the door. He was sweating profusely and breathing heavily. “What do you want?” he asked blocking the door

Dawn tried to look behind him into the room but she couldn’t see anything. “Where is Ugochi?” she demanded

“She is inside. I’ve packed all her stuff, I don’t want anything with a liar and a cheat.” He stepped back and Dawn rushed inside.

Ugochi was sprawled on the settee in the living room. Dawn covered her mouth with her palm to keep from screaming when she saw her. Her face was covered in bruises, one eye swollen shut and there was a deep cut on her lower lip. There were bruises all over her body too, it was like she was involved in a motor accident.

“What in God’s name happened to you?” Dawn exclaimed

Ugochi pried her one good eye open. She blinked the eye several times before focusing on Dawn. She tried to sit up and groaned in pain. Paul quickly came forward to help her up. “Dawn, is that you?” she asked feebly.

“Yes dear. What happened to you?”

“Can you get me out of here first? I’ll explain to you later, please.”

“Okay, okay.” Dawn went to the other side of her and guided her to the door. They met Ikem by the door, still sweating, his arms crossed on his chest and his right leg jiggling as if preparing for battle.

“I don’t ever want to see you in this house today.” He said once they got to where he was stationed by the door. “Just come and pack your stuff tomorrow and get out of my life forever.”

Dawn was so angry she couldn’t see straight. “You mean you were the one who hurt her like this? You beat her black and blue? And for what?” she demanded

Ikem refused to answer. He just kept staring at them and tapping his foot on the floor.

“Dawn, please let’s go. I need to leave this house now.” Ugochi said

They all filed out and went to the car. Dawn helped Ugochi in and arranged her in the best way to avoid pain. All through the drive back to the house, nobody said a word, they were all deep in thought wondering what could have made Ikem act that way. It was a very baffling situation.

Dawn called Ijay to keep her appraised of the situation and she promised to check on them tomorrow. Paul helped Ugochi in and drew Dawn aside when he had her settled in a chair.

“Babe, I need to go now so you’ll have time to take care of your friend. I’ll call you tomorrow, okay?”

“Okay. Thanks for your help.” She stood on tip-toe and kissed him on the cheek.

Dawn went to the kitchen, got a frozen pack of peas to use as a makeshift ice pack, grabbed her first aid box and went back to her friend. She handed the peas pack to her so she could place on her swollen eye, and focused on treating the minor bruises and cuts that arrayed her body.

When she was done, she sat beside Ugochi and offered her shoulder for her to cry on, all the while thinking of how much she would like to hurt Ikem for hurting her friend.
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Love Beyond Reason Episode 6
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 04:22:27 AM »
The next day, Ugochi woke up to a lot pain. She was alone in bed and she assumed Dawn must have gone in to work. Her body ached so bad she could barely move from the bed. She would have to call in sick to the office.

Although she was shaking with the pain assuaging her body, no matter how bad that pain was it couldn’t compare with the pain in her heart. She couldn’t think of the happenings of last night without dissolving in tears. She couldn’t believe her fairy tale could turn into a nightmare so quickly. She forced the thought from her mind determinedly.

She tried to maneuver herself out of bed with as little pain as possible. One of her eyes was still swollen shut so she could only see out of the one good eye and it was throbbing badly. She grimaced as she set her feet on the floor, tentatively rising and walked to the bathroom to survey the damage in the mirror. She gasped when she saw herself.

Her right eye was swollen shut and the other one was bloodshot. Her right cheek was also swollen, she touched it tentatively and found it very tender. She had a cut on her lower lip, and she could barely move her head without feeling a slight crick in her neck. She looked down at her body and saw a myriad of cuts and bruises. If her mother saw her now, she would barely recognize her.

Ugochi sat on the toilet seat wondering what she did to deserve this kind of beating from Ikem. Even if he had seen her with Fredrick and assumed she was cheating on him, it could have all been resolved with a rational conversation, not this barbaric act. She could never go back to him now even if he finally understood her relationship with Fredrick. She could never be with a man who would use his fists instead of his words. Her heart broke as she thought of the years lost.

She decided to dust her pain off and move on. First thing to do would be to contact Fredrick and let him know the developments and both of them need to trash out their next course of action. She limped slowly to the living room and was so surprised to see Dawn sprawled on the settee, watching TV.

“Dawn? Why are you still home?” she asked incredulously.

Dawn sat up immediately and scrutinized her from head to toe. “Why are you up this early? Do you feel alright?” she asked sharply

“Yes babe, I feel okay. Why are you home?”

“I couldn’t leave you all alone today now. I called in sick at the office.”

“Oh, you didn’t have to do that. I’m okay, just some minor cuts and bruises.”

Dawn shook her head vigorously. “Girl, those cuts and bruises are anything but minor. What the hell happened to you last night? I refuse to believe it was Ikem that beat you up like that.”

Ugochi walked towards the settee and sat beside her friend. “My dear, I didn’t want to believe it too until it happened.”

“Why? Why would he do that to you?” Dawn was genuinely perplexed.

“If I tell you I know the reason, then I’m lying. I have my suspicions though.”

“So, he didn’t tell you? He gave no explanation for his behavior?”

Ugochi shrugged. “I don’t know, Dawn. I just don’t know.”

“You said you have your suspicions? What are they?”

“I’d rather not tell you now. It is a very sensitive matter and it affects a third party. I’d rather straighten it out with the person concerned before sharing.”

Dawn watched her closely. “Is everything okay, Ugochi? It is unlike you to hide things from your friends.”

“I’ll let you know when the time is right. I promise.”

“Okay then. I’ll give you your privacy.”

“Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.” Dawn stood up. “So, what would you like for breakfast?”

“I don’t think I can eat much with this swollen cheek and cut lips. Maybe I’ll just take some beverage?”

“Okay. Let me make some for you.”

“Thanks dear. Thanks for being there.”

“What are friends for if not for inconvenience?” Dawn said cheekily.

Ugochi laughed. “Oh please, I can’t laugh. My cheek hurts.”

“Sorry. Beverage coming up.”

As soon as Dawn moved in the direction of the small kitchenette, Ugochi brought out her phone and dialed Frederick’s number. He picked up on the first ring.

“Ugochi hi. I’ve been trying to reach you since last night. Are you alright?”

“No, I’m not Frederick. We need to talk. Preferably face to face.”

“What’s up?”

“I’d rather hold on till we see.”

“Alright. Name the time and place.”

“I can’t come out, I’m not feeling too great. Can you come to Dawn’s place? As soon as you’re able?”

“Okay. Just send me her address. I’ll try to be there in the next two hours.”

“Alright, I’ll do that.”

“See you soon.”

“Yeah. See you.”

Ugochi dropped the call and quickly sent the directions to him. The sooner the meeting can take place, the better for all involved.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 04:23:34 AM »
About two hours later, a knock sounded on the door. Ugochi jumped up from the couch where she was sprawled watching TV and went to the door. Dawn had left the apartment to get some groceries from the supermarket and to get some pain relieving drugs for Ugochi, so she was home alone. She opened the door to find Frederick on the other side. His jaw dropped as soon as he saw her battered face.

“What happened to you? Were you in an accident?” he asked, incredulous

Ugochi smiled. “Please come in.” she said and made room for him to get in.

Fredrick walked in but stayed by the door. Ugochi closed the door and saw him watching her curiously.

“What happened to you?” he asked once more

“Come sit down and I’ll tell you everything.” She interjected

He reluctantly followed her to the sofa and sat beside her.

“What can I offer you?” Ugochi asked

“Forget about that for now, will you? Tell me what happened to you? Were you in an accident?” he repeated.

Ugochi knew she couldn’t put it off any longer. “No, I wasn’t.” she said quietly. “It was Ikemefuna.”

Fredrick jumped off the sofa. “What?” he screeched

“Relax, Fredrick. That was why I said we needed to talk. Will you sit down, please? It hurts my neck to look up to you like that.”

“Sorry.” Fredrick quickly sat down. “You mean Ikem did this to you? How could he do that? What sort of man is he?”

“I don’t know why Fredrick. All I know is that he got home yesterday and all hell broke loose. He started calling me names. He didn’t explain anything to me, didn’t allow me defend myself before he lit into me and started punching me. It was all I could do to get away from me before he succeeded in killing me.”

Fredrick watched her pensively. “He didn’t give any explanation at all? Although, nothing could warrant such treatment of a woman.”

“No, he didn’t. I guess he saw us together, or he was told we’ve been hanging out together. In fact, I don’t know what to think. All I know is the only reason he could have acted so unforgivably is if he thought I was cheating on him. He actually called me a liar and a cheat, if I recollect correctly.”

“I still don’t think that’s an excuse for battery. Why do you think he saw us together?”

“He mentioned going to see his co-worker and that the guy told him something unbelievable. I asked him what the guy told me and he said I shouldn’t act dumb, that I knew exactly what he was talking about. That was when he started shouting and calling me names.”

“Amazing. Then he just started hitting you? Just like that?”

“I guess he was angry I acted dumb. That could be what triggered him. The funniest thing is he had never shown any violent tendencies. I’m as amazed as you are at this turnabout.”

“It just gets more curios by the second. I can’t believe he could treat a woman he professes to love like this.”

“Don’t rub it in, please. It hurts too much.”

“I’m sorry. Have you been to the hospital?”

“No and I’m not planning to go.”

“What? Why not?”

“They are just surface wounds Fredrick. They look a lot worse than they feel.”

“Women!” he rolled his eyes, sounding exasperated. “Anyway, I’m sorry my advent into your life made it possible for your guy to treat you this callously. I’m truly sorry.”

“Forget about it. You’re not responsible for his actions.”

“I really feel responsible though. What do you propose we do?”

“I think it’s high time we tell him our news. It won’t do for him to go on thinking the worst about me. Though, I would never go back to him even if he comes crawling, I owe it to him and to myself to come clean about our association.”

“Are you sure he is ready to hear all these?”

Ugochi looked him in the eye. “The question is are you sure you’re ready to tell him about you? Are you ready to be vulnerable with him? Are you ready to tell him you’re his twin?”

Fredrick looked at Ugochi curiously. “The truth is I don’t know.”
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2017, 04:24:28 AM »
Three days later, Fredrick decided to meet his yet to be disclosed twin, Ikem on his own terms and not make use of the relationship between him and Ugochi. He didn’t want Ugochi to be more hurt by his own inability to take the bull by its horns. It was time to meet the guy and talk to him, straighten issues out and see if what he wants is actually possible. Although, after the way Ikem treated Ugochi, he was having second thoughts about wanting anything to do with him.

He had gotten Ikem’s phone number from Ugochi when they met three days earlier. He had not told Ugochi what his decision is, he just told her he would think about it and he left it at that. He isn’t planning on telling her anything until he has made contact with Ikem and gotten some things straightened out.

He stared at the number on his phone screen for several minutes before he decided to dial the number. Ikem picked up on the third ring.

“Hello, who is this?” Ikem asked on picking up.

Fredrick hesitated for a moment before replying. “Good afternoon. Am I speaking with Ikem, please?”

“Yes, and who is this?”

“This is Fredrick.”

“Yes?”

“I’ll like us to meet and discuss some issues.”

“Do I know you?” Ikem asked. He was clearly confused by the strange call.

No, you don’t Ikem.”

“So, I should just come running because you crooked your fingers? What is this about?”

“It’s about your girlfriend, Ugochi and about your future.”

“What about Ugochi?” Fredrick could detect traces of annoyance and incredulity in his voice.

“I’d rather we see face to face so we can discuss it. You can choose the time and place.”

“Okay, you’ve got me interested. Do you know ‘De Gome’ restaurant? It’s at Clip bus-stop near Samonda.”

“Yes, I do. What time do we meet?”

“I’ll be free by 8pm.”

“8pm it is then. I look forward to meeting you.”

“I can’t wait to hear what all this is about.” He said and dropped the call.

Fredrick stared at the dead phone. He couldn’t wait to meet this guy face to face. He had formed all his opinions on his twin based on what Ugochi told him but it was apparent now that Ugochi’s observations were obviously tinted by love. Tonight, the whole charade will be over.

Ikem stared into space as he recalled the conversation. The guy said his name was Fredrick and he wanted to talk about Ugochi. It’s probably the guy she had been sneaking around with for the past few weeks. I can’t wait to see the bastard and here what he has to say for himself, he thought.

 

Fredrick decided to dash home after work and freshen up before his meeting with Ikem. He wanted to give a favorable first impression. He was at the restaurant at five minutes to eight because he wanted to have the advantage of getting there first. He sat at a table close to the door and waited for Ikem to turn up. Fredrick knew what Ikem looked like because he had seen a picture on Ugochi’s phone and he sees the exact image in his mirror every morning, so, he felt pretty sure he would recognize him when they met.

Fredrick kept checking his watch. 8:01, 8: 03, 8:05, still there was no sign of Ikem. The restaurant door finally opened and admitted his quarry at exactly ten minutes past eight. Fredrick watched Ikem as he looked around the restaurant trying to figure out who he was meeting. He raised his hand and waved to get his attention and saw Ikem’s eyes move slowly towards him.

The guy did a double-take, obviously surprised at seeing a replica of himself sitting quietly, waiting for him. A frown creased his forehead as he walked measuredly towards Fredrick’s table.

He came to an abrupt halt when he got to the table. “This must be a joke?” he asked, incredulous

“I assure you it is not.” Fredrick said as he stood up and stretched his hand for a handshake.

Ikem ignored the outstretched hand and kept staring at Fredrick. “Who the hell are you?” he asked sharply.

“Shall we sit?”

“No, I’m not sitting down until I know what this is all about.”

Fredrick looked around and saw they were attracting a lot of attention from the diners. He knew the quickest way to diffuse the situation. He smiled as he looked back at Ikem. “I am your twin brother.” He said quietly and watched as Ikem’s eyes dilated and he fell on his chair.

Fredrick sat down quietly. “Now, can we talk?” he looked towards his twin.

Ikem nodded, unable to do much more than stare, dumbstruck.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 04:25:24 AM »
They sat down and stared at each other for two full minutes. Ikem couldn’t talk, he was incapable of any action. He just sat there staring. Fredrick watched him as he stared, giving him time to absorb the bombshell he just dropped. After all, he had been aware of the situation of things for a while now. He also wanted to take his time too as he had been looking forward to this very moment for a long time.

Ikem finally found his voice. “What the hell did you mean by what you just said? I don’t have a twin. I’ve never had a twin.”

Fredrick nodded. “Calm down, will you? Let me start from the beginning.”

“I’m listening and I assure you heads will roll if this turns out to be an epic waste of my time.”

“I’m sure we can rule that out. After all, you can see for yourself.” Fredrick replied, indicating his face.

Ikem finally relaxed a bit. He called for a waiter and ordered a bottle of beer. Fredrick was surprised but he hid it well. He ordered for a bottle of soft drink instead; he needed a clear head to do what he was about to do.

Their drinks arrived and Ikem took a sip of his before he signaled Fredrick to go ahead. He was acting cocky and very rude. Fredrick was not impressed.

“I got to know about this a few months ago.” Fredrick began. “I was as surprised as you are now to say the least. I couldn’t fathom the idea that I wasn’t born of my parents and they hid it so well. Let me start from the beginning.

“I got sick a few months ago. I was diagnosed with kidney disease and I needed a transplant urgently. Suffice to say none of my so-called relatives could help out. It was then the truth came out. When I got stronger, I demanded the full story from my parents and they told me an elaborate story I wouldn’t have believed if it was not coming directly from the source.

“My mum told me the story of how they had been childless for many years. They had tried all they could to no avail. After speaking with their family doctor, a plan was set in motion to steal the baby of another couple who frequented the clinic they used. They had promised the doctor a huge amount of money to get it done.

“Your mother had twins and they told her the other baby didn’t survive. She never knew what happened. I am the other baby.”

“This tells a lot like a Nollywood story. Why didn’t they just adopt?”

“I assure you, it’s not. Things like this happened all the time many years ago. You can’t be that naïve. And you know the adoption culture in Africa is very poor. Nobody wants to be seen as barren and people would rather know the source of their children. That is why such situation as ours was unfairly common.”

“My mother never told me I was a twin.”

“She probably was not willing to resurrect all the painful memories. You can ask her now if you are in doubt.”

“Of course I’m in doubt. This is such a super story.”

“Then, can you explain the resemblance? You look like the exact replica of me.”

Ikem waved it away. “Things like that happen. We can look alike and not be related at all.”

“Not as much as this, I’m afraid. Look, why don’t you ask your mum? What could it hurt? And why will I be here if it wasn’t true? Believe me, I did my research very well. I searched for the doctor who committed the atrocity all those years ago and threatened to report him to the police if he does not tell me the identity of my real parents. He coughed it up very fast.”

Ikem ignored all those facts and just held on to a point. “Oh, I can think of a reason you would concoct this ostentatious story. How about to hide the fact that Ugochi had been cheating on me with you and you both needed a cover story to make me take her back.”

Fredrick looked at him, aghast. “Seriously? And why would she want you back? After the way you treated her, disrespected her?”

Ikem just grinned stupidly. His cavalier attitude infuriated Fredrick.

“You have such an inflated ego. You believe I would go to such lengths to get your woman? Come off it, man. Ugochi came into the equation because I needed an in. I didn’t want to come in your face all of a sudden and since she was your woman, I felt you’ll be more inclined to listen to her. She was never meant to be hurt in the process but of course you bungled it all with your insecurities.”

Ikem froze. He slowly lowered the bottle of beer in his hand. “What did you say to me?”

“Did you have to hit her? It’s only an imbecile who hits a woman and I really do not think much of you after the way you treated that poor lady.”

“What did you say to me?” Ikem repeated. He was furious.

Fredrick didn’t care. He had been looking for an opportunity to put the smug idiot in his place. “I said you are an imbecile for treating Ugochi that way. You had no right to hit her.”

Ikem slowly stood up. He wanted to hit Fredrick so badly but he refrained because of where they were. “Stay away from me.” He pointed before storming out.

Fredrick watched him go with a little bit of regret. I finally bungled that up, he thought.
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