to see two young girls at their door.
Rose Lily. We are here to see James, can we come in?” Clara said.
what her friend was trying to achieve by visiting Kendra’s supposed ex-boyfriend’s
that James leaves so early for school. I actually came to see James
first…then, you….” Clara said to James’s mother. “Since I recently learnt
that you are my maternal aunt.”
you…you know, her mother hates you. According to her, you destroyed their
family when you came in when you were little…” James said determined to make
Clara feel bad.
self-consciously as she couldn’t figure out why James’s mother kept staring at
her. “We are here to make you talk! You have to say the truth and shame the
devil! You dated Kendra and got her pregnant and I can attest to the fact that
you both were a couple because I remember that Clara and I saw you at the
cinema with her.”
you think I don’t know where you came from? You moved into the estate and suddenly feel on top of the world…” James started.
screamed at him.
said then turning to James, she said. “My dad is going to punish Kendra all
because you don’t want to say the truth. If you at least say that you dated
her, her punishment might not be as heavy as it would be now that you deny it…”
deaf? I didn’t get your dumb sister pregnant. I have never slept with anyone in
my entire life. Have you checked my age? I am just fifteen for pete’s sake!”
your name and give it to my parents. There’s something you’re not telling me
and I’m getting to the root of this.” Clara said.
spat. Turning to his mom, he said “Mom, are you taking us to school or not?”
James and Raymond.
err…Clara and Rose briefly.” She said.
left, their mother turned to regard the girls.
girl who didn’t want to go to her daddy’s house because you were so scared of
the change….” She said quietly.
but your grandma asks of you very often. I saw her the last time I travelled
and she asked that I…err…look for you and send you her love.”
family.” Clara said.
twelve years old when you were born.” James’s mother said.
the right side of the sitting room and looked up at James’s mother.
is a big liar….so in order words, your cousin is a big liar. I definitely don’t envy you. I’d hate to be related to
that…that…devilish boy.” Rose said passionately.
hates being lied to. I gave birth to him and I nurtured him from childhood, he
is not a bad boy.” His mother defended.
eyes. I know what I see…that boy is not to be trusted. I can feel it…” Rose
stay here with you. Now, I’m telling you what I think and you’re telling me to
calm down. Didn’t I tell you from the very beginning that he looks like a
player? He is a player, Clara…and I am sorry you’re related to him.” Rose
said in a no-nonsense tone.
with the way James’s mother looked at her and called out her name.
“No, please wait…Clara, you need an explanation as to everything that happened. I’m sure you might be bitter at my little sister for giving you up to your dad but it was not her fault. She had a choice to make, it was either she kept you or become a single mother and she was too young for that.”
“I thought…I thought she was dead…” Clara said quietly.
“Dead? No…now way…she’s alive but she’s been away for so long…it’s a long story but we’ll have to talk about it another time.”
Clara was surprised. Her mother was alive? Where did Kendra’s mother get the false news that her mother was dead?’ She thought. She held her face with her palms and breathed deeply.
“I had no..idea…I thought she was dead…”
“Who told you that?” James’s mother asked. “She’s alive…”
Rose stood up to leave. “I know this is an emotional subject but I really have to go…I have somewhere to be at.”
James’s mother asked quickly.
this city and I recently upgraded to live in this area. So, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered you in my life..” Rose said. Then addressing Clara she said. “Let’s go Clara…you’ll have another day for family reunions, I have a ten o’clock class today and I need to get ready.”
“You are welcome to come here any time you want. This is your home also.”
tell her the truth…” She cried.
“She’s still angry with us…with you especially and daddy even though he’s gone.”
“What do you expect? We made her give up her daughter in exchange for a foreign education. Sometimes I wonder if I’m paying the price for separating my sister from her daughter by losing Preye.” She sniffed. “You know, I should have stood by our sister and let her fight for her daughter but I refused to…I was very mean to her.”
“It’s all in the past…” Wekpe consoled her. “At least now, she’s very successful and since we’ve seen her daughter, she might actually forgive you…”
“I remember waking up the morning after Michael had come to take Clara to find that Preye too was gone. Her father had come to take her without my knowledge because he was trying to pay me back for leaving him for James’s father. It wasn’t my fault, Wekpe, I tried to condone his bullying and his beatings but I could not anymore…so I ran away from him and came home. I met James’s father shortly after I left Rose’s father and we started a relationship and he was ready to love Preye like his own.” She wiped her tears. “I asked for a divorce and while we were at it, Rose’s father found out that I had met James’s father, so he came to the house and…took my daughter without my knowledge…” She cried. “And I’ve never seen her since then…and it’s been fifteen years…”
brought your daughter and our niece to know us. Now, the next step is to find
out the truth about that pregnancy and see if James is involved or not.”
dare suspect that he got that girl pregnant.” His sister shouted. “He can’t get that girl pregnant!”
Kendra? Haven’t you stopped to think that it
could have been Clara? That would have given us cause for serious thinking
because they are related by blood.”
“You are very stupid for insinuating that!” She shouted and stormed off from the sitting room.
James whistled as he buckled his shoes.
That poor Kendra who is pregnant because of you.” Ray spat.
moved away from each other.
soon as the door was shut, he quickly hurried to take his phone from the
drawer. He scrolled to the videos section and played a video. The video opened and he saw two familiar faces indulge in a very wrong act. As he watched
it, his facial expression was grim, it was the video his brother had sent to
the boys in school. Some weeks ago, he had taken his brother’s phone and copied the video from there
while he was asleep. Now, his phone was the only device which had the truth in
it and something told him to provide it as evidence.