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CAB 20 — THE END

Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

Deceit
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He felt like the weight of the world was on his shoulders. He could not bring himself to come out of the car. That sense of urgency that he felt lingered, although it was not as strong as before.

He was able to speak to the doctor. She had been stabilized. Both mother and baby were doing okay. He could wait with her, but she could start receiving visitors the next day. He went to the reception to wait for Eddie and Abbey. Eddie held him while he wept like a baby. Abbey cried as well. She also handed him some tissues.

“We are just really glad that both they are doing okay.”

He nodded. “I have not been able to see her though. I will see her later today but you guys will come back tomorrow?”

Eddie and Abbey exchanged looks. “Definitely.” Abbey took his hand, “we know very well that you want to talk to her privately, but we think that our being here may also help in that we can convince her to reason with you.” Continue reading “CAB 20 — THE END”

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CAB 19

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”

Revelations 21:8

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He jumped out of the car as soon as got to the front of their house. He unlocked the door to their flat with his key. He ran to where the bag they had prepacked for her labour was kept. It was not there. He called his mother. She picked on the first ring.

“Finally. How is she?”

He was stunned. “Who?”

“Your wife. Someone called me and said she fainted and they called me asking me to come to the hospital.”

Why hadn’t they called him? As if she read his mind., she responded, “I was trying to call you but I couldn’t reach you. She also tried to call you. She said she left you a text. She called me and told me she was on her way to your office. I was really upset with her. I do not want her getting unnecessarily excited.” Continue reading “CAB 19”

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CAB 18

He who works deceit shall not dwell in my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

Psalm 101:7

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He tapped the steering wheel impatiently. A sudden sense of urgency had fallen upon him. He just didn’t know how to explain it. He felt like he needed to see his wife. He shook his head. He was just overreacting to what Beyonce and Solange had said. For all of their wahala, they actually had good hearts.

He reached out for his phone at the same time Monica got into the car. He dropped the phone immediately. Monica smiled expectantly at him. He looked at his wristwatch. It was around noon. Continue reading “CAB 18”

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CAB 17

“Hello ma. Hello! Hello!”

She threw her hands up in frustration. She had to do something. His mother sounded a little bit emotional. But the network was very horrible! She tried calling her husband without success. She looked at her wristwatch. She really had this feeling of urgency. She tried calling his mother back.

“Hello ma?”

“Deji is not back from work yet?”

She swallowed. “No ma. Mama, I will tell him as soon as he comes back this evening. He will call you.”

Mama stayed silent for a while before she heaved a sigh and said, “He has to come and see me right away. Tell him I said so.”

“Okay ma.”

“You should also come with him.”

“Yes Mama.”

She stayed silent again. Then she sniffed. “Please tell him to come and see me.”

“Yes Mama.”

She ended the call and sent him a text.

Please call me asap.

He hated being hounded with calls. They had a rule. Once you called a couple of times and there was no response. The next thing was to send a text. She called twice again. She could not help the sense of urgency that she felt. She had often heard that when elderly people started making weird requests, it would usually mean that they perceived that they were going to die soon. She needed to tell Deji immediately. It was a day’s trip to go and see his mother. He also needed to give them enough notice to enable him obtain the necessary permissions to be absent. If she got there to his office in time, he would be able to quickly seek the necessary permissions and they could make arrangements for their stay. By her calculations, they would not come back immediately. If it was as she feared, they would be planning a funeral shortly.

It would take her another thirty minutes to get to the busstop. She would have to rely on one of these ride hailing applications to get to her destination. She called him again. There was still no response. She launched a ride hailing application on her phone. She felt a little nudge to take her hospital bag, that one they had been told to have ready during antenatal class in case of labour. Her EDD was like two weeks away. She sent a message to Abbey.

Please pray for us. Deji’s mother just called me. I cannot seem to reach Deji.”

She called the driver who accepted her request and began to direct him to their address. She went to pick up the bag, crosschecking the contents. She put her idcards and atm cards into her purse. She crammed her purse, with her antenatal cards, her phone and her charger with her bible into a medium-sized cross body bag. She trudged into the kitchen and grabbed some fruits into a plastic bowl with covering. Her phone rang.

“Hello? You are here? Please wait right in front of the gate. I will be with you shortly.”

She took one long look around the house and grabbed everything she had packed.

This was it.

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CAB 16

“Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

Acts 6:11

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Solange unbuckled her seat belt. “Uncle Deji, please tell her quickly. I have a bad feeling about this.”

Beyonce poked her head through the window with a sad face. “The last time Solange had a bad feeling, Leke, my ex, turned out to be a gambler.” She patted her hair. “Let us not even talk about the other times. Please. Tell her today.”

Solange turned to look at him. He nodded. ”Once I get home tonight, I will tell her.” Solange got out of the car, and the twins went to the boot to get their travelling bags. “Uncle Deji, you are not coming inside?” He shook his head. He had to go and pick up Monica. He did not want her sharp tongue. Continue reading “CAB 16”