SOPHIA WAS WATCHING HER PROGRAM. JEFF AND DR. CHARLES WERE SITTING OUTSIDE HAVING SOME DRINKS. ASHANTI CAME OUT WITH HER BABY PUMP, COLLECTED THE REMOTE, SAT DOWN AND CHANGED THE CHANNEL, SOPHIA JUST LOOKED AT HER, STOOD UP AND LEFT TO THE ROOM

ASHANTI

You’ve not seen anything yet. You think you can compete with Ashanti. This is my house now and since you have refused to go on your own, I will make you leave by force. (Sophia came out while she was still talking, said no word to her, went outside, said hi to the guys, entered her car and drove out)

DR. CHARLES

I will still have to tell you this, the way you’re treating Sophia is not fair. She’s a nice girl

JEFF

Why are you such a mood killer? You just want to spoil this good time we’re having.

If you have missed the previous episodes, don’t worry. I have you covered. Just click on any of the links below:

A PIECE OF ME (Episode 1)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 2)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 3)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 4)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 5)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 6)

DR. CHARLES

It’s okay. I’m sorry.

JEFF

I want to tell you something as my good friend. There is this little part of me that likes that girl, but anytime I remember how she connived with my parents to humiliate me, my heart gets hardened; they didn’t allow me to have a say in my own life.

DR. CHARLES

I understand how you feel, my friend. But, if you ask for my opinion, I will tell you that you are taking it too far. Now tell me, what is your plan concerning Ashanti? Do you want to have a second wife?

JEFF

My major concern now is my baby she’s carrying.

DR. CHARLES

Do you love her?

JEFF

No.

DR. CHARLES

(took a deep breath) I will advise you work out your marriage with your wife. Your parents only wanted the best for you, and it turned out that, they were actually right. Sophia is a good woman (tapping him on his shoulder, while they continued their drinking)

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LLOYD ENTERED, ORDERED FOR A SHOT WHEN ASHANTI ENTERED

ASHANTI

You sounded as if something bad happened. What is it? I’ve told you, we are not supposed to be seeing each other from now on

LLOYD

So you told Jeff this pregnancy belongs to him. How could you do that? Don’t you think he could find out?

ASHANTI

What do you rather have me tell him? That I am pregnant for his best friend, while I am still with him?

LLOYD

I was shocked when he told me about it. I have to quickly leave his office before I would say something stupid

ASHANTI

Now, the best you could do is to stay very far away from me. Not even a phone call, I will call you anytime the need arises. (stood up to leave)

LLOYD

Just like that? Not even a hug (she hugged him and left)

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ASHANTI ENTERED THE KITCHEN, SAW A POT ON FIRE, SHE TURNED OFF THE FIRE, CARRIED THE POT AND EMPTIED IT INSIDE DUST PIN THEN SOPHIA CAME IN TO CHECK HER FOOD. SHE SAW IT INSIDE DUST BIN, SAID NOTHING TO HER, AND JUST LEFT THE KITCHEN.

ASHANTI

You think you’re smart? You will see the real me when I have this baby. You must leave this house for me. I can’t continue accommodating you here. Rubbish! (Went back to the sitting room)   

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HENRY HAS JUST FINISHED EATING WHEN SOPHIA ENTERED, ORDERED FOR FOOD, SAT DOWN AND STARTED EATING. HENRY HURRIEDLY PAYED AND WENT TO HER

HENRY

Sophia! Is this really you? (She acted as if she didn’t know him) baby I am so sorry, I’ve been searching for you all these time, but nobody knows your way about.

SOPHIA

Henry, what do you want and why were you looking for me? Save your apology to yourself, I don’t need it (she stood up to leave but Henry held her hand)

HENRY

Baby, you have every right to react in any way to me. I know I would have believed you, but I was stupid enough to fall for their set up. They later confessed. I am so sorry, I was so ashamed of myself when I heard they planted it in your bag.

SOPHIA

(she sat down) Excuse me? They? Who are they?

HENRY

Your friend Anne and that other girl (trying to describe her)

SOPHIA

Oh! Peace?

HENRY

Exactly, that’s her name. They confessed they were the ones that planted it in your bag

SOPHIA

Anne? No now. Anne cannot do something like that to me. She was my best friend

HENRY

My dear, don’t trust anybody, you never can tell what best friends could do

SOPHIA

I can’t believe this, this is absolutely unbelievable. I could never have imagined that Anne could do this to me

HENRY

She said she was jealous of the love you were getting from both my mum and I

SOPHIA

Hmm, Anne! (Lost in thought). So how did it happen? How did they get to confess?

HENRY

They were fighting because of me. I never confessed love to any of them. After the incident that happened, I reduced my visit to that shop, because you know most times; I come there because of you. I use that as an opportunity to see you, but everything stopped after you left. Your friend called me several times, that there’s something very important she wanted to tell me about you, but I told her I wasn’t interested in anything that has to do with you, because I was very angry and disappointed. So one day, I was on my way to the shop to deliver a message to my mum when I saw that girl, the one you call Peace, she was waiting for a taxi, so I decided to give her a lift since we were going to the same place, and that was it, later I heard that, she had a fight with Anne in the shop, calling each other names and revealing all their secrets and even how they planted the money in your bag.

SOPHIA

Wait a minute, I still don’t get it. You gave Peace a ride to the shop and she broke into a fight with Anne, I don’t understand, were you dating any of them?

HENRY

No! I never dated any of them. From what I heard, they entered into a serious argument after I had left. Anne accused Peace for being the reason I’ve not paid any attention to her all these while, that she is a boyfriend snatcher. From the argument it graduated into a fight

SOPHIA

Na wa oh! I never could have thought that Anne could go to this extent in hurting me. So where is she now?

HENRY

I don’t know. My mum sacked both of them and since then, we’ve been looking for you to apologize, your number wasn’t going through either. Thank God I found you here. I’m very sorry my love. I still love you; I’ve not stopped thinking about you. Even though I was so hurt, but no day passed by without me thinking of you. You took some piece of me when you left. I can’t stop saying I am sorry. Please forgive me

SOPHIA

You hurt me so much. I felt as if my world had crumbled. Everything happened to me at the same time. I lost my job, my best friend and worst of all, I lost the only man I loved, but I’ve forgiven you. It’s all in my past now, you were very nice to me and that alone is something I will never forget.

HENRY

Thank you. So where are you now? Where are you staying? We can start all over again. I still love you, nothing has changed, in fact, I love you even more now. My mum will be so happy to have you back as her daughter in-law and I am ready even right now to make you my wife

SOPHIA

(Tears ran down her check)

HENRY

Baby, what is it? I promise I will never hurt you ever again in my life

SOPHIA

It’s too late, Henry. I am married now (showing him her wedding ring)

HENRY

(He became weak and speechless). Sophia, I love you. I can’t lose you again after all this time. I want to ask you a question. Are you happy in this marriage? I want you to answer me, if you’re happy; I will never bother you ever again in your life. Please tell me. Do you love him?

SOPHIA

Henry please, I don’t want to talk about this, this is my private life.

HENRY

Please talk to me, even if not for anything at least as a friend

SOPHIA

I will talk to you when I need someone to talk to but for now, I don’t want to talk about it

HENRY

I see; it’s obvious you’re not happy in that marriage. Why did you marry him? Okay I am sorry; just know that I will always be here for you, anytime, any day. Okay?

SOPHIA

Thank you. (Gave out a big sigh of relieve) I have to go now

HENRY

Okay. What about your food? You barely touched it

SOPHIA

I’m okay. I don’t feel like eating anymore.

HENRY

Can I at least have your new number now? So I can call you for us to see again

SOPHIA

No problem. Here is my card (went outside, entered their different cars)

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SOPHIA HAD GONE TO MEET WITH HENRY SOMEWHERE TO TALK.

HENRY

I find it difficult to sleep these days, knowing you are married to another man. So are you ready to talk to me now? Why did you marry him?

SOPHIA

After everything that happened. I was devastated, confused, depressed and not knowing what to do. I saw marriage as an escape route for me. I thought the solution to everything I was going through will be marriage. I felt once I am married, everything will be fine. But, that is not what it is, in fact, my situation is even worse than what it was before. Though his family loves me so much, they the reason I am still there up till now

            HENRY

I’m sorry for everything I made you go through. It was never intentional, but you can’t be with a man because of his family, you are not married to them. I’m not saying this because I want you back but I am talking to you as a friend. Sophia, you have every right to divorce him and start a new life, a happy one

SOPHIA

I don’t want to go through this now. I just came out to have a good time and to be happy at least for once in a long time. So can we please drop this topic?

HENRY

Yes your majesty. But you will have to do me a favor, remove that your wedding ring, it’s making me so uncomfortable

SOPHIA

Okay sir. (Sarcastically, she tried removing it but changed her mind) No, I am married and you have to get used to it. (They continued their drinking, laughing and having fun, after a while, they left the place, entered Henry’s car, laughing and holding hands, from there they started kissing passionately) please stop. Let’s go

HENRY

Why? Oh, I forgot, you’re a married woman. (They both laughed and drove off. Got to Sophia’s gate and stopped, she went down about closing the door) Hey! Hey!! Hold it. Just like that? Not even a kiss…okay, just small (she came to the driver’s side and pecked him). Okay, let me manage this one. Bye. I will call you. Love you.

MEANWHILE, JEFF WAS DRIVING IN AND SAW SOMEONE DROPPING HER FROM AFAR BUT DIDN’T TAKE IT SERIOUS

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HENRY AND SOPHIA WERE AT HIS HOUSE, PLAYING, WATCHING TV, EATING SNACKS, AND HAVING SO MUCH FUN. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY STARTED KISSING PASSIONATELY, TRYING TO MAKE OUT, HENRY PULLED HIS SHIRT

SOPHIA

Stop! Stop!! Story!!! Henry! I said stop. I can’t do this.

HENRY

Not again. Why? Another ‘I am married’ excuse. Why are you doing this to yourself? Why are you punishing yourself for a man who do not care one bit about you? Someone who is with another woman, expecting his first baby any moment from now? Baby, look at me, you deserve a man who will love you and treat you right. I know it was entirely my fault. I wasn’t there when you needed me, but am here now, please let’s make this work.

SOPHIA

Henry please, the last thing I need now in my life is pressure. I am not that strong woman you used to know. I am very vulnerable now. So please don’t pressure me, all I need is just a friend to talk to.

HENRY

I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to pressure you. Take your time. I will always be here for you

SOPHIA

Thanks. Come and drop me off, I am going. (They had a long hug, and left to the car)

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SOPHIA DROVE INTO THE COMPOUND AS THE GATE MAN OPENED THE GATE.  HER PHONE RANG AS SHE WAS STEPPING INSIDE. IT WAS HENRY.

SOPHIA

Hello Henry. ….…I’m fine……my day was okay, not too stressful, and you….……I am just coming back from work……dinner?  Where? …. Wow! By what time…..okay, let me just freshen up, I will be with you soon (She ended the call and discovered nobody was at home, she went outside to inquire from the security man) Okon!

OKON

Yes madam

SOPHIA

Where is everyone?

OKON

Dem don go hospital mbok. Second madam wan born

SOPHIA

Wow! Good for them. (Turned and went back inside)                                                                                                                                                                                       —————————————————————————————–

JEFF AND LLOYD DRINKING AND DISCUSSING

JEFF

Guy you’ve been keeping away from me for some months, what’s going on man?

LLOYD

O boy na work o. I’ve been very busy lately but I’m sorry all the same.

JEFF

It’s okay, you’re my best friend more like my brother (they shook hands and had a toast to friendship)

LLOYD

Jeff, you’re not looking good at all. You look so worn out. What’s eating you up bro?

JEFF

(took a deep breath) I’m not feeling well at all. My son was born premature and very sick. It’s really giving me a hard time. That boy is my life, my first fruit. I just can’t explain why everything is always turning against me.

LLOYD

Don’t be too hard on yourself bro. I’m sure he will be fine. He’s a strong man just as his father. (they both giggled)

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SOPHIA WAS WATCHING TV WHEN HENRY BROUGHT THE FOOD HE PREPARED FOR HER

HENRY

Hello my princess! Here we go

SOPHIA

Wow! What do we have here?

HENRY

A delicious meal for my lady

SOPHIA

That’s so nice. Thank you so much. Hmm yummy! (Fed each other till they finished). It was indeed delicious, thanks (pecked him). I have to run now

HENRY

You are not going anywhere; you are passing the night here (pushed her down as she tried getting up)

SOPHIA

No way! I can’t. Moreover, I have a presentation tomorrow at the office. I’ve not prepared anything. I have to go home and start working on it.

HENRY

You are talking as if anyone will sack you if you didn’t present tomorrow

SOPHIA

Nobody will sack me but I have to do the right thing. Moreover, there’s too much tension at home now since my husband’s baby was born sick and premature.

HENRY

That’s their business. He has already moved on, why can’t you move on too? Don’t you think it’s high time we started making our own baby?

SOPHIA

Don’t be insensitive; remember it’s my stepson we are talking about here

HENRY

Are you really doing this on purpose just to hurt me? Or do you love this guy? Tell me the truth, do you love him?

SOPHIA

Please, not now. Don’t even start. I have to go.

HENRY

We have to talk about this now. You’re not leaving here until you answer me

SOPHIA

Okay. I will have to be sincere with you. Jeff has actually treated me so badly that I’m supposed to have hated him by now, but I didn’t see my heart doing it. I can’t call it love but I know I have a little soft spot for him somewhere in my heart. I think his ego as a man was trampled upon. He’s old enough to make his own decisions but his family never gave him that chance to. Most times, I think I wouldn’t have accepted marrying him in the first place, but I was scared of saying no to his parents because they were nice to me and still is. I was also scared of losing the new family I found. I had no job, no house, nothing. I would have allowed him make his choice.

HENRY

In all these your grammar, are you saying that you love him or what?

SOPHIA

I don’t know if its love or pity. Sometimes, I pity what he is going through, and since I am the only one around him, he uses me to express his anger.

HENRY

Are you even listening to yourself? No matter the circumstance, he has no right to treat you the way he is. Don’t be too nice to a fault. What about you? Are you not a human? Don’t you have feelings too? He has done more than enough to you already and the best you could do for yourself is to leave him for good, not pity nor love nor whatsoever you call it.

SOPHIA

Sometimes, you don’t tell your heart whom to love. I’ve come to realize that deep inside, he is not a bad person. I have to go now; I have a lot to do. We will talk about this some other time

HENRY

That’s what you always say. But it’s fine

SOPHIA

Don’t worry, this time, it’s a promise

HENRY

I will come to your office tomorrow to pick you up for lunch

SOPHIA

No don’t. I will be very busy tomorrow

HENRY

Okay then, I will bring the lunch to your office, how about that?

SOPHIA

Hmm, Henry! No problem. See you. Bye (she left)


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Writer’s note: He is my best friend, she is my best friend. That is why most people are in trouble today. Friends have dealt severely with so many people. Wicked friends are worse than your enemies.

Sometimes, you see yourself in a confusing situation, you dont know whether to go forward or backward. That is  where Sophia is right now. She doesnt know whether to go back to Henry or continue in her miserable marriage.

What do you think is the best option for her? So many women are in Sphia’s shoes right now, what do you advice them?

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