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It was a beautiful morning.
Maya and Prince had left at dawn on the famous trip to Sekondi.
It was the day Maya rolled back sixteen years since the betrayal of the only family she knew.
Prince was his jovial self and Maya loved him for always trying to put a smile on her face.
He gave his all and Maya found it comforting and very charming.
Prince turned the trip into an excursion of some sort just to get Maya to relax her nerves.
They stopped at Winneba to check out the Sir Charles and Royal Beach Resorts.
The view was awesome and they made a mental note to go back someday for a family vacation.
The air they breathed was pure and fresh.
Prince forced Maya to go on the walkway at Kakum Park which was suspended 30 meters above the ground when they stopped over.
The Walkway provided a treetop view of the forest that hosted endangered animals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes and primates like monkeys.
The park was also rich in butterflies and birds including African grey parrots and hornbills.
They learnt that the Kakum River originated within the park hence the park was named after the river.
They also visited the Cape Coast and Elimina Castles that day.
Finally, they made it to Sekondi.
Prince knocked on the door and a lady in a white uniform answered.
“How may I help you?” she asked.
“Good afternoon, we are here to see Pastor….” Maya replied.
“Oh ok. Please come in.”
The young woman made way for them to enter the living room and that was when Maya and Prince saw Uncle Fii.
He was confined to a wheelchair.
Maya was particularly shocked at how much his health had deteriorated.
He looked unkempt and had lost a lot of weight.
His hair was bushy with a lot of grey in it.
That was not how Maya remembered her uncle.
He was always a strong energetic man.
He paid so much attention to his looks that they nicknamed him the ‘snowman’ in the neighbourhood.
The young lady, not sure what was going on since the strangers were just staring at her patient, cleared her throat and asked if they would care for some water.
“No, we are okay. thank you,” Prince said as he watched Maya glower at her Uncle with tears in her eyes.
All the hatred she felt for the one man who betrayed her in the worst way possible was gone in a second.
“Uncle Fii, what happened to you?”
Uncle Fii could not speak.
Tears streamed down his dark face.
“Maya, please forgive me for my sins. I wronged you. I did you harm. Please forgive me.”
“Uncle Fii, why are you like this. What happened? Where’s everybody?”
“Just tell me you have forgiven me and let this poor heart of mine rest. I have done everything to get this guilt from my conscience and my heart but to no avail. Three days after you left, I confessed my wrong deeds to the church council. I couldn’t sleep over what I did. I allowed Serwaa to manipulate me.
You know I loved her too much and when she told me she would leave if you stayed, I panicked and didn’t think straight. The fact of the matter was that I was barely four years old when I left the village with your Mom and Dad. They raised me as their own. Because I was very young when I left the village, I completely forgot my roots. I don’t remember even the name of the town we came from because it was forbidden in the house to talk about where we migrated from.
Your parents had resolved never to go back. I didn’t really understand what happened but I was coincidentally there when they planned their escape from the village that night. By the time they knew I had followed them, they had come too far to go back. There were a lot of things I could have done but I gave in to my selfishness. Please, find it in your heart to forgive this poor man who failed at his calling as a man of God and behaved like a complete jerk.”
“There is nothing to forgive, uncle. I did wrong too. I brought shame to you and tarnished your reputation when all you did was love me. Please forgive me too.” Maya countered unable to hold back her tears.
“By the way, meet Prince, the father of my Child.”
“Oh, thank God you found him. I was so worried I came to Accra three times in search of you after you left. I realized with dismay that one could just vanish into thin air in the city because I combed high and low and went the length and breadth of Accra but I never found you. Oh Lord, I was very sad indeed. As punishment for what I did to you I was stripped of some privileges and transferred to the Northern region.”
Prince and Maya exchanged glances as if deciding who should tell him the truth.
“As a matter of fact, we found each other a couple of months ago. Maya was on her own all this while but I believe there’s a reason for everything that happens under the sun. You should forgive each other and move on. Life is too short to keep all the pain and frustrations bottled up. If unchecked, those feelings of guilt and anger will consume you and rob you of happiness.” Prince explained.
Uncle Fii really looked perplexed.
“Oh my God. What did I do to you. How did you survive? Oh, please forgive me.”
“Uncle Fii, I was very hurt when you didn’t want me to stay but all that is in the past now. I was lucky God watched over me. That experience helped in making me a better person. I’ve come to believe as Prince rightly said that everything in life happens for a reason. I have learnt my lessons and I’m sure you have learnt yours. Let’s forgive ourselves and move on. I let you down, you let me down. Let it end here and now so we can start afresh. What happened to you? Why are you in a wheelchair?”
“Hmmm, how did I get to this stage? I was asleep one night when Serwaa woke me that she thought there was an intruder in the house. I was very tired from travelling through ten or more towns in the Northern Region for a research I was conducting for the church. And I didn’t want to get up, honestly, but you know Serwaa, she would not rest until she got what she wanted.
I got up and headed for the kitchen since she said she heard something from there. I think the kids mistakenly forgot to close the fridge after use so water had spread all over the kitchen floor. And I slipped before I got to the switch in the kitchen and broke my back in the process. We moved from one hospital to another and then finally I was retired and we came home. That was five years ago.”
“And where is Aunty Serwaa and the kids?”
“The church gave her some capital for trading so she goes to the market early and come back late. This nice nurse takes care of my needs when she is not here. I’m sure she has regretted marrying me but sees no way out. Things are really bad between us. We don’t even talk anymore. We have three girls now, two are housekeepers for some friends of hers since we are a little low on funds. I did not touch your inheritance. You have to know that. No matter what she did, I did not touch it and I’m sure it’s part of the reason she is so angry with me. The last girl is with her now.”
“Any way, sir, as custom demands, I’m here to report myself for impregnating your niece so many years ago. I love her. I have always loved her and I think it is proper we do things the right way since she has also expressed that she loves me too. We came all the way from Accra today so I can ask you for her hand in marriage. I promise I will treat her right.”
Uncle Fii gladly gave his blessing when he confirmed from Maya that was what she wanted.
He told them Maya’s parents would be so proud of her.
He asked the nurse to bring out a small briefcase in his wardrobe and handed it to Maya. There was a key and some documents inside it.
Maya scanned through the documents and saw a handwritten letter from her Dad.
It was addressed to her.
She read it amidst tears.
“Maya, my dearest. You are reading this because we are no more. So sorry about that, it was always our hope that we would be there for you always. We wish you the very best in life.”
The letter mentioned a key that opened a safe deposit box, land title documents for four plots of land, documents for two houses they owned in Accra and a map.
Her Dad had painstakingly drawn a map to their hometown and respective homes.
Her father had told their story.
In reality, her father and mother came from the same town.
The letter explained that her Dad was from the royal family of the town but her Mom was the daughter of a slave in the King’s palace.
Marriage was forbidden between the two families.
He explained that when they met, it was love at first sight but the two families, especially his, were vehemently opposed to it.
They did all they could to break them up but they did not give in.
For disobeying them, Maya’s Mom was to be banished from the village.
They would hold a ceremony to that effect and give her forty lashes for ever setting her eyes on the King’s son.
Then, they would escort her out of the village at midnight. They had paid the hired killer of the village to go after her and finish her off.
That was when her Dad decided to elope with her.
The night before the ceremony, the Prince already had a plan.
A plan he had discussed with the love of his life.
He would wait at the outskirts of the village at midnight and wait for his love.
Things went as planned and they travelled all the way to Takoradi from the Eastern Region.
The only one who knew about their plan was Prince’s grandmother.
She gave him the gold bars that he kept in the safe deposit box of a bank.
He used some of the money to further his education and buy the house at Sekondi where her Uncle lives.
The letter mentioned he had an educational fund for her should he leave the world early so she wouldn’t be found wanting. There was also a bank account that was in her name but her Mother or Uncle, would run it until she was of age.
Maya could not check her tears, they just fell in torrents.
The thought that she had money and houses all the while made her very sad.
She had gone through so much suffering for nothing.
She had gone hungry and slept at obscured places for nothing.
Worst, she had slept on the streets when she had houses that were hers to keep.
She could not believe her eyes.
She was however glad that she could build something of her own from nothing.
As for the residence her Uncle was using, she told him to keep it.
Prince took her in his arms and comforted her as her tears fell unchecked.
He assured her he loved her.
He loved her for who she was.
This Episode is dedicated to Grace Nana Yaa Kontoh of the Klever Sizzling Romance PAID Platform.
Happy Birthday Grace…from all of us at the Klever Team. God Bless You!
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