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FOREVER YOUR LOVE
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Bernard let go of her hand. He had never heard her speak in that tone of voice to him. There was hatred in her voice. And the look in Nana Ekua’s eyes made him very sad. Nana Ekua got to her feet and made the final step down. She felt pain in her ankle and limped along slowly.
I’m sorry, Ekua, please don’t walk away from what we share because of one silly mistake. I love you, believe me. It’s just that I didn’t have a choice,” he said, pleadingly.
Nana Ekua stopped and turned.
“Did I hear you right, you didn’t have a choice? What are you talking about? Are you trying to justify your actions? Please, spare me that I love you parable. I think I have had enough for tonight.”
“I didn’t have a choice, believe me,” Bernard said, dejectedly.
Nana Ekua looked at Bernard and almost felt sorry for him. She could see his anguish and pain. Nana Ekua felt an urge to take him in her arms and console him but fought against it.
“What exactly do you mean by you didn’t have a choice?” Nana Ekua asked, confused.
“It’s just that you wouldn’t understand. I didn’t want to lose you. I did it to make sure nothing comes between us.” Bernard explained uncomfortably.
Nana Ekua stood gaping at Bernard in astonishment and then broke into a hearty laugh.
“Oh please, stop kidding me, would you? Are you saying you secure your hold on someone you love by sleeping with another person? You are pathetic, Bernard Krampah, you are very pathetic. What do you take me for, a fool?” she snapped.
“Please, do believe me when I say that I did it to make sure no one bothers you. I did it to ensure no one interrupts our wedding.” Bernard said shamefully.
“If that were the case, why didn’t you just tell me what you intended doing for my love. That way I would have been here right from the beginning to watch you make love to another woman to show my gratitude to you for loving me that much,” Nana Ekua stated, ironically.
“I know you are hurt. I know what I have done is unforgivable but can you please give me a few minutes to explain myself?” Bernard pleaded.
“What is there to explain, Bernard? Everything is clear. The fact that you failed to tell me anything about her convinces me very much that you knew exactly what you were doing. You knew she was coming and most importantly you knew why she was coming. Why, in the name of God didn’t you tell me? And from what I saw, you enjoyed every minute you spent with your Alberta Nana Aikins. What is there to explain again? That, somehow, she blackmailed you into this and you couldn’t tell me? That simply won’t wash with me!”
“You mean you know her? How did you know about her? Who told you about her?”
“Do you really want to know?” Nana Ekua asked.
“Of course, I want to know who has been feeding your mind with filth about me.”
“Filth? You call this filth? How convenient for you. Yes, I know all I need to know about your precious lover. And since you are so anxious to know how I got to know about her why don’t you go to your bedroom, turn over your bed and look between your mattress and the wooden structure of the bed, you’ll find the answer to your ridiculous question,” Nana Ekua supplied.
“You saw the letter?” Bernard asked, confused.
Nana Ekua smiled and nodded.
“Yes, but I wasn’t supposed to see it, was I?”
“And you didn’t confront me with it?” Bernard asked, very shocked.
“Why should I do a thing like that? I don’t think you wanted me to see it. Otherwise you wouldn’t have taken all that trouble to conceal the letter. I didn’t think it was necessary to get all worked up about nothing, so I kept quiet hoping you would confide in me. Then your attitude changed when she came to town. I followed you to the airport.
I am not proud to say this but under the circumstances it was prudent to spy on you. You picked her up and took her to her house. I had to pretend I was lost or something to get the gateman to tell me who lived in that apartment. You were with her for over two hours and …”
“Jesus Christ, Nana Ekua, you were spying on me?” Bernard said, irritated.
“Call it whatever you want, Bernard, that’s not what we are discussing here,” Nana Ekua replied.
“Why didn’t you just come forward to confront me? If you didn’t trust me, you could have just said so,” Bernard said, running his hands through his hair in confusion.
“This has nothing to do with trust. I trusted you with my life. You have been unfaithful and that’s what we are talking about so don’t try changing the subject. I knew it was bad following you around like that but I needed to know exactly what you were up to,” Nana Ekua explained.
“And you spied on me today too?” Bernard asked.
“You never cease to amaze me, do you know that? You have wronged me in the worst way possible and all you can think of is me spying on you. Are you trying to make me feel guilty or something? You are something else, Bernard. I guess there were a lot of things I took for granted. I came here tonight to deliver a note from the marriage counsellor.
He asked me to treat it as urgent so I decided to leave it on your bed so that you wouldn’t miss it when you came home,” Nana Ekua said, reaching into her handbag for the note from the counsellor and handing it to him. “Here, take it.”
Bernard scanned through the note and looked up at her without uttering a word.
“Are you satisfied now?” Nana Ekua asked.
“I’m sorry.” Bernard said, shamefully.
“I really thought I meant something to you. Oh, I believed deep down in my heart that you loved me and would never hurt me. I guess I have been very wrong believing that. God knows what else I have been wrong about,” Nana Ekua said with sarcasm.
“Please, Nana Ekua, stop talking like that. You mean the world to me and that is why I did what I did. All I wanted was for you to be happy,” Bernard explained.
“You wanted me to be happy by cheating on me with another woman? I think I should also get laid by some guy because that way you’ll know just how much I love you. After all, that is the best way to show your love, right?”
“You weren’t supposed to know. It was just for this one time so that I can be free of her. I did it because she was blackmailing me,”
“Blackmailing you? What does she have on you Bernard Mensah Krampah? What do you have hidden in your cupboard that no one is supposed to find out?” Ekua asked.
Bernard looked round him, “Can we sit under the mango tree over there so we can iron this out?” he suggested.
‘If you have something to say, do so. I prefer standing,” she said.
Bernard run his hands through the scanty hair on his head and looked uncomfortably at Nana Ekua.
“You see, several years ago, Alberta and I were in a relationship. But her parents were not thrilled about her getting serious with me. I was from a very poor family and they were very rich. They didn’t understand why their daughter should get involved with a guy like…”
“Please spare me all that detail, would you? Just be brief about what she was blackmailing you about. I haven’t got all day to listen to that crap,” Nana Ekua interrupted him.
“Please hear me out, would you? I want you to hear everything I have to say so that you can at least understand me,” Bernard paused and looked straight in her eyes.
Nana Ekua folded her arms in front of her and looked uninterestingly at him.
“Somewhere along the line she got pregnant and we decided to terminate it since we were still in school. Besides, my family could hardly make ends meet so I thought it would be very unfair on my part to add another burden to what they were already faced with. Three days later, Alberta came to tell me the abortion was successful and that I shouldn’t lose any more sleep over the pregnancy.
We continued seeing each other despite the persistent opposition from her parents. One time I had to spend a night in jail for allegedly kidnapping her because she got angry with her parents for something they said about me and left the house. It was later found out that she spent the night with a family friend and I was released.
We stopped seeing each other for a while but reunited again and grew closer than ever. We made plans to run away so that we could live our lives the way we wanted. That plan was to take effect during our National Service. Then, two months after the abortion Alberta came to my place in tears. She told me she came to say goodbye because she was leaving for the U.S. that night.
She told me there was no other choice. I tried to get her to explain the sudden change in events. She promised to get in touch and assured me nothing could come between us. I asked for explanations but she gave me none and rather left my house hurriedly. That was the last time I saw or heard from her,”
Bernard paused and asked Ekua if she still wanted to stand since he wanted her to know everything which meant it would take a while. She answered in the affirmative and Bernard continued his explanation.
“For years I didn’t hear a thing from her,” Bernard continued. “I finally accepted the fact that I might not see her again, and so I moved on with my life. Then I met you. I fell in love with you. And when you accepted to be my wife, my joy was limitless. I had since gone to bed visualising what you would look like in a long wedding dress walking down the aisle to me on your proud father’s arms.
I lived everyday thinking about making love to you whenever we wanted. Honey, I had imagined taking a bath with you amid caresses and kisses every day of our lives. I had thought of holding your breasts as we sleep. I looked forward to waking up every morning beside you. My darling, I wanted you in my house; in my arms for as long as we both lived.
You are the best thing that happened to me. I love you Ekua. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Then, out of the blue, I received a letter from her, and you already know the contents. I was furious but didn’t give it any thought. It was you I wanted. It is you I love so I tossed it somewhere in the room.
Then I heard you come up the driveway that afternoon full of smiles and felt the strongest urge to protect you. I didn’t want to ruin anything since the wedding preparations and all its joys had brought us closer than ever. I didn’t want any doubts springing up. So, the first thing I thought of was to hide the letter. I lifted the mattress and stacked it there.
I was waiting for the right opportunity to tell you, Ekua. Sadly, I never found one. Besides, what was there to tell? I didn’t want anything to upset you so I kept quiet. Then on the day of her arrival I received a fax. The message was simple, “if you value your relationship with your Miss Goodie Goodie, you would meet me at the airport.” I thought she was bluffing so I ignored it.
Then another fax came. She said that if I didn’t come, there was something she was going to tell you and she knew that will break us up for good. I was very confused and scared. I didn’t confide in you because I feared losing you. My love, I weighed matters and decided to meet her at the airport. I picked her up and took her straight to their home.
Her parents were out of the country. Their old housekeeper and a little boy welcomed us. I wanted to leave immediately but she insisted I stayed because there was something she needed me to know.”
Bernard stopped and begged Nana Ekua to sit down with him under the mango tree.
She obliged and they walked in silence to the garden chairs under the mango tree.
“She said a whole lot that day. Honey, she told me she didn’t get in touch with me because she stood to be disinherited if she did. She said when she tried to deceive them, the letter she had written and dispatched was returned to her when her father came to see her. She told me she never forgot me and that she still loved me.
And she decided to come back when she heard that I was getting married just to be sure I didn’t love her anymore. I found all that unimportant and I told her I was in love with you and that you mean the world to me. She was furious and told me so many things and what surprised me most was her claim that the little boy in the house was mine.
She told me she never had the abortion and the pregnancy was the reason she was forced to go to the States. According to her, her Mom found out about the pregnancy and warned her against an abortion.
Her Mom and Dad decided it was best to send her abroad to save them the embarrassment of their only daughter becoming an unwed mother. It was agreed that she would send the child back to Ghana after delivery to be handed to me. Her parents, however, decided to keep the boy when they saw him.”
“So, you didn’t want me to know about the boy? Was that what she was blackmailing you with?” Nana Ekua asked sadly.
“No, that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t sure she was telling the truth about the boy. I wanted to be sure before I told you anything. She challenged me to a DNA test. The test confirmed the boy was indeed mine. Then there was the question of the timing. We were scheduled to be married in a few weeks and I was afraid telling you would ruin everything.
I feared you wouldn’t believe me when I told you I didn’t know about the boy. I decided it was best I left it until after the wedding because – and this is the gospel truth – I didn’t want to lose you, Nana Ekua. Somehow, Alberta managed to get your phone number and your home address. She threatened to tell you and also add that I knew all these years about the boy.
I couldn’t let that happen for there was no way I could prove to you otherwise. I stopped her from coming to my house. One day, Alberta called and told me she was on her way to your house and that nothing was going to stop her from telling you about the boy. I left everything I was doing that day and drove like a wounded lion to your house.
Fortunately, you were not home. Alberta was parked outside your gate waiting for you to come home. We had an exchange of words and amid tears she asked me for one thing. Something I had to do if I didn’t want you to hear about the child until I was ready to let you know. She said if I really meant what I said about having fallen out of love with her I should prove it by getting together with her.
She wanted me to have sex with her and after that she promised never to bother us again. I found all that to be nonsensical. I told her there was no way I was doing that. Then she started calling you. You remember the mystery calls, don’t you?” Bernard asked.
“You knew who the mystery caller was? Why didn’t you tell me, Bernard?” Nana Ekua asked.
Bernard was silent.
“You knew how those calls affected me. I was scared to death and you could have ended it right then. Why didn’t you take a chance with me? You helped in recruiting more security personnel for me. Why didn’t you tell me what was going on? Why, in the name of God, didn’t you at least try me?” she cried in anguish.
“I love you, Ekua, that was why I couldn’t broach it, not then, not when the probability of losing you was at stake. I desperately wanted you to be my wife. My love, I didn’t want you to have the slightest doubt when you walked down the aisle with me. So eventually I was left with only one choice.
And the rest of the story you know. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I only wanted to secure my future with you. Yes, I know I have committed the most unpardonable of sins on earth but I urge you to please tamper justice with mercy and love. Do find a place in your heart to forgive me, for I will be helpless without you,” Bernard ended, tearfully.
Nana Ekua was quiet for a long time. Tears streamed down her cheeks. She was hurt, but in the midst of all that pain she felt relieved. She wondered if it was God’s way of preventing something that wasn’t meant to be. Maybe they, or better still, she, needed time to really examine her true feelings for this man who was to be her husband in a few days. She got up and tottered to her car which was parked outside the gate. A misery-stricken Bernard followed her.
Nana Ekua walked on for a while then stopped and turned to come face to face with Bernard who was so beset with misery. One long look at him made her feel sorry for him. She wished there was something she could do to wipe his pain away. She wanted to tell him she understood him but a part of her drew back.
And she was more confused than she had ever been about what she really felt for this man standing eye to eye with her. She was supposed to be angry in these circumstances but she was rather relieved. She was supposed to be embittered but she felt no bitterness at all. Indeed she was supposed to be breaking down inside but she found out she was calm, so calm it shocked her to the bones.
Was it that she never loved Bernard in the true sense of the word? Was it that she had mistaken something she felt for Bernard for love? She liked Bernard, that went without saying, but was she in love with him to the extent that she would want to spend the rest of her life with him? If so, why didn’t she feel anything except the fact that her pride had been hurt under these circumstances?
“Nana Ekua,” Bernard’s voice cut into her thoughts.
She looked up at him as if she didn’t know where she was and what had happened.
“I know you are very hurt and I am sorry. Please, my love, I didn’t mean to hurt you like this,” Bernard said earnestly.
“I am all cut up inside, Bernard. Seriously, I think we took a lot of things for granted and I suggest we talk about them. What do you feel about all this? The boy, Alberta and me?”
“I’m not proud of what I’ve done. I am angry with Alberta for what she’s made me do to you. About the boy, I’m happy I have a son but I don’t feel anything towards him yet. Maybe I need more time to adjust to things. When it comes to you, Nana Ekua, I know I love you and I’ll always do. I, however, can’t expect you to carry my mess as a burden for the rest of your life. The choice is yours Nana Ekua. Will you still marry me now that you know everything? I think we can still make it together and I’m ready to give it a try. What do you feel about all of this anyway?”
“Well, I’m confused. I suggest we call off the wedding till we are both very sure we want to tie the knot. Let’s give ourselves some time to absorb all that had happened. We need to be very honest with each other though. When you feel that you still love her don’t hesitate to let me know.
You can’t love two people at the same time, you know, and from what I saw I think whether you admit it or not you are still tied to that woman’s apron. You are still in love with her. So, I suggest you take your time and sort out your feelings. I have to warn you though, don’t come back to me out of pity, I don’t need that,” Nana Ekua said, opened her car door, got behind the steering and locked the car doors.
Bernard stood rooted to the spot for a while. He went back inside the house feeling dejected.
Triumphant, Alberta pretended to be angry when a misery-stricken Bernard walked in.
Bernard sank onto the bed, holding his chin in deep thought.
Alberta grabbed him from behind and tried to make him lie down with her but he fought it.
Alberta traced a line on his earlobes with her tongue but she got no reaction from him.
Bernard got to his feet and walked to the window. He was just in time to see Nana Ekua’s car pull out. He looked on sadly and muttered to himself,
“I’ve lost her! I’ve lost her and it’s all my fault.”
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