JEFF AND HIS MUM, MRS BENSON WERE WAITING AT THE HOSPITAL RECEPTION HALL WHEN DR. CHARLES CAME OUT

JEFF

How did it go? How’s my son

MRS BENSON

How’s my grandson doing?

DR. CHARLES

Jeff, can I see you in my office?

JEFF

Is there a problem? Is my son okay?

DR. CHARLES

Please, can we talk in my office? (they both move to the doctor Charles’ office and sat down)

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JEFF

Charles talk to me, this suspense is killing me. Is everything okay with my child?

DR. CHARLES

Jeff, you have to calm down and be a man. I don’t know how to tell you this but I have to tell you. The blood we took from you did not match with that of the baby

JEFF

So, what are you talking about? His didn’t match with mine, then what? Wait a minute! Are you trying to say the baby is not mine?

DR. CHARLES

That’s exactly what I was trying to say. I have to go to the extent of carrying out a DNA test with your sample but unfortunately, the baby is not yours

JEFF

What!! What do you mean the baby is not mine? Wait, I hope you are not playing pranks with me, because if you are, this is too expensive to be a joke

DR. CHARLES

We can crack jokes anywhere else but certainly not in my office while I’m working. So I am very serious here. I ran that test repeatedly for five consecutive times to be sure but they all proved one result. I took the samples to my friend’s hospital because I was confused but the result is the same. I have all of them here with me. So, that baby is not your child

JEFF

No!! (Hit his hand on the desk and ran out)

DR. CHARLES

Jeff! Don’t do anything stupid (ran after him)

MRS BENSON

(Saw Jeff coming with full force, held him) What is it, son? Is everything okay with my grandson?

JEFF

Where is that prostitute? I am going to kill her today

MRS BENSON

Which prostitute? Kill who? (Then doctor came) doctor what’s going on? Is everything okay with my grandson?

DR. CHARLES

The baby is not your grandson ma. Jeff is not the father of that child

MRS BENSON

What do you mean Jeff is not the father of that baby? Then who’s the father?

DR. CHARLES

I’m sorry, I can’t answer that question ma’am. I think the mother is in the best position to tell us

JEFF

(he rushed to room where Ashanti is) you prostitute, who’s the father of that baby?

ASHANTI

Sweet, what has come over you? He’s our baby of course

JEFF

You better start talking now, before I strangle you with my bare hands (then his mom and doctor walked in, Ashanti seeing the doctor knew that her little secret is open now)

ASHANTI

Baby I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. It all started that night your mum chased me out of your house. I’m so sorry ….. (Crying while explaining)

JEFF

I will kill you with my two hands if you don’t tell me who you’ve been sleeping with (rushing to strangle her when his mom and doctor held him back), you better start talking. Speak! Who is the father of your child?

ASHANTI

(she was shivering, finding it difficult to speak) baby please I’m sorry. Its …erm…eehh.. it’s Lloyd (everyone were shocked to hear that name)

JEFF

What! Lloyd? You have been sleeping with my best friend? You’re a she devil. You are evil. I don’t want to ever set my eyes on you and that bastard of your son; if I do, I will kill you. It’s a promise (rushed out of the ward)

MRS BENSON

Jeff, where are you going to? (Running after him, he entered his car and drove off, she came back to the doctor) doctor are you sure of this?

DR. CHARLES

I am very sure ma’am. You can go to another hospital for confirmation

MRS BENSON

It’s okay. Thank you my dear. I will see you some other time. Bye (she left) 

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JEFF BARGES INTO LLOYD’S OFFICE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BOARD MEETING. HE WALKED STRAIGHT TO HIM AND GAVE HIM A SERIOUS PUNCH ON HIS MOUTH.

LLOYD

Jeff! What the hell is wrong with you man?

JEFF

What the hell is wrong with me? I will show you what’s wrong with me (gave him another punch before people rushed and held him, at this point Lloyd was bleeding profusely). You’re a traitor, and I thought you were my friend

BOARD MEMBERS

Please calm yourself down. It’s okay. Please leave.

JEFF

You’ve not heard the last from me. This is just the beginning, traitor! (Rushed out of the office)

LLOYD

I’m very sorry for this little misunderstanding (wiping the blood with a napkin), please can the meeting continue?

A BOARD MEMBER

I think you should go and take care of yourself Mr Lloyd. I hereby move for adjournment.

ANOTHER MEMBER

Seconded (they all left the room leaving Lloyd behind, lost in thought, cleaning the blood)

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THIS TIME BECAME A PERIOD OF REFLECTION FOR JEFF. HE WAS HIT SO HARD, WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST

HE SPENDS MOST TIME AT HOME THESE DAYS, SIPPING HIS BRANDY AND THINKING.

 HE STARTED ADMIRING SOPHIA WHENEVER SHE PASSES BY.

FRUSTRATED MOST TIMES, AFTER WAITING BY HIS DOOR AT NIGHT HOPING THAT SOPHIA WILL COME IN, BUT SHE WILL NEVER. SHE ONLY PASSES BY TO HER ROOM.

HE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO TALK TO HER BUT DIDN’T HAVE THE GUT TO.

HE SNEAKS TO EAT TO HER FOOD  AND PRAISES HER COOKING SKILL.

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JEFF WAS SIPPING HIS DRINK WHEN SOPHIA CAME OUT ALL DRESSED AND HEADED TO THE DOOR

JEFF

Sophia, where are you going to?

SOPHIA

(Shocked to hear him talk to her) and since when did you start caring about where I go? Anyway, if you must know, I am going out with a friend

JEFF

Is that how you talk to your husband?

SOPHIA

Haha, Husband? The last time I checked, I do not have any husband

JEFF

What about dinner? Did you prepare anything?

SOPHIA

When did you start caring about dinner? Please Jeff, I am not ready for your drama now. There’s food in the fridge, you can microwave it, if you want. I’m going out (opened the door and left)

JEFF

(Went to her room and started checking her things, then he saw her collections and started going through them. He saw Henry’s pictures) who could this be? I think I’ve seen this face before. (remembered the day he saw Henry dropped Sophia at the gate) I will find out who this guy is but why am I even going through her things?

Am I getting jealous or what? I think I’ve finally fallen in love with her but I don’t think she will ever forgive me. I will just have to try and I get her back, after all she’s still my wife. (Stood up and left the room)                                                                                                              

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SOPHIA WAS ON THE SOFA, WORKING ON HER SYSTEM WHEN JEFF RETURNED AND EXCITEDLY WALKED STRAIGHT TO HER.

JEFF

Hi Sophia

SOPHIA

Hi Jeff (without looking up)

JEFF

There’s something I want to show you. Can you join me outside? I have a surprise for you (with excitement)

SOPHIA

A Surprise? (Looked up at him) please I’ve seen enough of your surprises. I don’t want to see anymore (continued typing)

JEFF

This one is actually a good one. I’m sure you will like it

SOPHIA

I’m not interested in whatsoever surprise you have out there, if you’re not ready to say it here.

JEFF

      Okay. (he showed her a car key, expecting her to jump)

SOPHIA

What’s that?

JEFF

It’s a car key.

SOPHIA

Of course, I know it’s a car key but, what is it for?

JEFF

Babe, I just got you a new jeep, parked out there. The best you could do is to, at least show appreciation

SOPHIA

Really, did I hear you say show appreciation? Jeff who do you think you are, God of the whole universe? You think after everything you put me through, we should just pretend as if nothing happened. Just because of a stupid car and your show off breakfast in bed (she hissed, carried her laptop and left to the room)

JEFF

Aren’t you tired of fighting? What else do you want me to do? I just got you a brand new jeep. Women! You can never satisfy them. (Talking to himself)

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JENNY AND SOPHIA WERE DISCUSSING WHEN JENNY CHANGED THE TOPIC

JENNY

Let me even ask you, what’s up with this Henry guy? You’ve been hanging out with him a lot lately; do you want to make up with him? Tell me the real truth

SOPHIA

 I don’t want to sound confused. I like Henry but I don’t think we can get together again. I can’t I be with a man who cannot trust me? Right now, he’s more like a pain reliever to me. He has helped me to forget most of the things I’m going through. Though sometimes, I feel like considering his proposal.

JENNY

I think my brother is beginning to realise his mistakes, and I know you love him. Please, just give him another chance, you will see he’s a very caring and loving guy. Do you know he actually talked to me to help him and plead with you? He’s been going to some people to help him talk to you. He even went to mum and dad but they walked him out because, they are super angry with him.

SOPHIA

So he’s been begging people to talk to me, whereas he can’t even open his mouth to say he’s sorry

JENNY

My dear, some men don’t like saying they’re sorry, they rather show it. The most important thing now is that, he loves you and he wants you. I know he treated you so badly and you have every reason to be angry but please forgive him.

He’s probably regretting everything now; this is the time for you to enjoy that perfect home you’ve always wanted with a perfect guy. He’s a nice guy, I know him too well. Please grant mum and dad this one wish they’ve always wanted; a happy home for Jeff

SOPHIA

Jeff really dealt with me. Sometimes I feel as if, I should make him pay for everything he did to me

JENNY

It’s enough. Forgive and forget. Put everything behind you and enjoy a perfect gentleman God has given to you. Abeg me am hungry o. what do you have in this house?

SOPHIA

When I was begging you to eat, you refused. Let’s go to the kitchen and fix something (they both stood up and left)

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HENRY HEARD A KNOCK AT THE DOOR, GOT TO THE DOOR AND SAW AN UNKNOWN MAN STANDING

HENRY

Good evening, sorry who are you looking for?

JEFF

I’m looking for you of course

HENRY

I hope there’s no problem. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your face before

JEFF

Yes. There’s a problem, a very big one. I’m here to talk to you man to man. The next time you will see me, I might not be this friendly. I want you to leave my wife alone; I discovered you are the one confusing her. I don’t want you anywhere close to her again.

HENRY

Your wife? Who’s your wife because the last time I checked, I was never with anybody’s wife.

JEFF

For your information, Sophia is my wife.

HENRY

Oh! So you are that fool of a man that subjected her to some torture, and you have the gut to bring your stupid self to my house and knock at my door? How dare you? By the way, how did you get to know my house?

JEFF

You can go ahead and say anything you like. You’ve been warned and I am sure we’re not going to have this conversation again. Have a good evening. (Turned and left)

HENRY

If I ever get to see your face near my house again, you won’t live to tell the story. I would have given you a good punch on your face, it’s because of Sophia. Fool! Come back here next time and see what will happen to you. (Turned and entered his house)

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SOPHIA WAS SITTING ON THE BED WITH TEARS RUNNING DOWN HER CHEEK, LOOKING AT TWO PICTURES (HENRY AND JEFF)

SOPHIA

Jeff, why did I love you this much, after all you did to me. I love my home. I want to make my marriage work. Henry, I loved you. You were my life but I have to move on. I’m sorry (she tore his picture then her phone rang). Hello ……. he was in your house? ………. Why? ………What sort of rubbish is that? What gave him the gut to go to your house and threaten you? Have I ever threatened any of his mistresses?…….. So, how did he get to know your house?………… I’m sorry about all that, please ….. no no no, anything he must have said to you was as a result of anger, he didn’t mean any of it………. It hasn’t gotten to that, please don’t involve police in this, he’s not a killer …… I’m not defending him, he’s somebody I’ve lived with for a long time now, I know what he can do….(there was a knock at her door) Please, I have to go now; my husband is at the door. (Dropped the call, then Jeff came in with a flower behind him) yes, what is it or have you come to threaten me too?

JEFF

Oh! I can see your boyfriend has told you everything

SOPHIA

What right do you have to threaten somebody in his own house? What wrong did he do to you? After all, you said you don’t want me.

JEFF

That was in the past. Baby, I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you. I know I’ve wronged you in so many ways, sorry cannot be enough. Please, let’s make this marriage work. I am ready to be that loving husband you’ve always wanted. I know you didn’t leave me all these while because you love me and I’ve fallen woefully in love with you, please don’t punish me anymore. Whatsoever it will take me to make you a happy woman, to wipe away all your tears, I am ready to do it, even if it will take my life. I love you Sophia (on his knees and with the flower)

SOPHIA

(With tears on her eyes, collected the flower, helped him up and hugged him) I love you too (they kissed for the first time and made passionate love)

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SOPHIA WAS IN HENRY’S HOUSE TO HAVE A DEEP DISCUSSION WITH HIM

SOPHIA

I’m so sorry for the embarrassment. I want to apologise to you on behalf of my husband. As I told you before over the phone, please don’t take anything he said to you serious, he didn’t mean any but, that’s not why am here. I came so we can discuss something very important. I don’t mean to make you feel bad or anything, please I want you to understand with me. You’re an amazing friend that I will never wish to loose in my life. I will never forget all your good deeds. I will forever remain thankful for having a wonderful person like you in my life.

HENRY

This sounds like a goodbye message to me. What’s going on?

SOPHIA

I want to go back and make my marriage work. He has really changed and I wouldn’t want to be the obstacle. Please understand with me; let’s end it here for good

HENRY

You mean you’re going back to him after everything he did to you?

SOPHIA

Yes! I took a vow on the altar of God for better, for worse. I have a great respect for marriage and I will keep to it. You’re a good man and I am sure God will give you a good woman to compliment you

HENRY

It’s okay. I meant it when I said I love you. Your happiness matters the most to me, if that is what will make you happy, I will let you go. I know I came late, wouldn’t have been nice for you to leave your husband. I just want you to be happy, but if he ever maltreats you again, I will punch him right on the face (showing his fist)

SOPHIA

Thank you so much. You don’t know what this means to me. You are the best. (They hugged and she left)

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COCKTAIL PARTY GOING ON IN THE HOUSE WITH A LOT OF GUESTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT CAME TO REJOICE IN THEIR REUNION PARTY. CHIEF BENSON AND HIS WIFE WERE SO HAPPY, JENNY COULDN’T STOP SMILING

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SOPHIA WAS GIVING A SPEECH AT THE SEMINAR

SOME GROUP OF WOMEN INVITED HER TO THEIR GATHERING TO ADDRESS THE FORUM. THERE SHE RAN INTO ANNE, WHO ALSO CAME FOR THE SEMINAR WITHOUT KNOWING THAT SOPHIA WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER. SHE BURSTED INTO TEARS WHEN SHE SAW SOPHIA AND HEARD HER NARRATE HER STORY AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE WOMEN. SOPHIA MET WITH HER AFTER THE PROGRAM, ASSURED HER OF HER FORGIVENESS AND THEY HUGGED.                                                                                                                        ——————————————————————————————

 

 

JEFF CHANGED AND BECAME A SUPER HUSBAND, LOVING AND PAMPERING SOPHIA LIKE A PRINCESS. HE ARRANGED FOR A WORLD CLASS VACATION, FOR THEIR HONEYMOON, AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF MARRIAGE. SOPHIA IS NOW LIVING THE LIFE OF HER DREAM.

                                                                                                                   

 

THE END.

FIN.


 

 

Writer’s note: Congratulations to Sophia. It’s not every woman that got it right at the end of the day. It’s not every woman either, that can endure what you endured. I don’t know if I can.

Men should learn to appreciate a good woman when they see one or have one.

Do not force marriage on someone, not even on yourself.

Patience is a virtue.

I’ve learnt a lot from this story, I don’t know if you have.

Thank you for staying with me from the beginning to the end.

Much love from me to you.

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