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WHATEVER IT TAKES
Esenam bit into her chicken with ravenous passion.
She was really enjoying the food especially her chicken.
It was one of the things she loved about her family.
It was an unwritten routine that the family ate together every evening of the working days.
And it was an opportunity for their parents to check on how their day had been. It also offered an equal opportunity for the kids to find answers to their questions on life, school and love. Yes, they practically talked about everything at dinner.
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Elorm and Yayra, her younger brother and sister, were also indulging in their food.
But this particular evening, no one was talking. There was an immense tension around. One could sense some friction between Mr. and Mrs. Fiagbe, their parents.
Esenam’s Dad raised his eyes through his thick lenses and cleared his throat.
“What is this I hear about you joining another church and as a result ending your long-standing relationship with Akwasi, your fiancé?” Mr. Fiagbe asked, setting down his fork.
Esenam was caught off-guard.
She had not told anyone about her decision to end her relationship with Akwasi, her childhood sweetheart.
“Dad, it’s not like…” Esenam tried to explain herself but her Dad was in the dictatorship mood and wouldn’t let her finish.
“Oh shut up, you ungrateful fool. Must you disgrace me now? The Amegashies and our family have been friends for centuries, and the thought that our long-standing friendship was going to be permanently sealed with you marrying their son was very welcoming. We were all so happy when you two fell in love naturally without interference from any of us.
We’ve all grown used to the fact that our much-awaited wish was finally coming true. And I have to hear this atrocity you have committed. Do you know what your stupidity could do to the Amegashies and our family? Must you just throw away a beautiful relationship because you are a so-called born-again Christian? Or there is some bastard in the picture you are not telling?”
“There is no one else, Dad. If you could only give me a few minutes, I would tell you what actually happened.”
“Shut up young lady, and listen really good. Akwasi told me exactly what happened. He had never lied to me and I know he is not lying now. You should go and reconcile with him as soon as dinner is over. Let me warn you, if you don’t do that and stop your church nonsense, I will disown you and I will make your life such a living hell that you would regret ever being born. You don’t have the faintest idea what I can do to you.”
“But Alfred, you are not being fair, why don’t you listen to her side of the story? She is your flesh and blood, you know.” Mrs. Fiabge cut in, distraught.
Everyone had stopped eating now.
Mr. Fiagbe wiped his mouth hurriedly and left the table very angry.
That was typical of him. He always had the final say.
Esenam had suddenly lost her appetite and was fuming with rage. She had never liked her Dad’s unruly behaviour of getting the final say on everything.
Granted, he was older than everyone in their household but that did not mean they all had to tow his line on everything. This was her life they were talking about and felt she should have a say in it, at least.
Esenam left the table and went straight to her room slamming the door behind her.
She threw herself on the bed with tears in her eyes. It was not like it was easy for her to break up with someone she had known practically all your life. What was getting to her was the fact that her father would not even listen to her reasons for the break up. She was hurting as it was.
Akwasi was her first love and she still loved him.
It was just that she had come to know that some things they did were not right and that was what she was talking about. That was what she wanted changed.
She adored Akwasi like no other and she had always had a wonderful time with him.
Akwasi had always been nice to her in the past and she had grown to love him deeply.
Esenam remembered all the fun trips they had taken to beaches, museums, theatres and the magic they had shared.
She thought of how fond Akwasi’s parents were of her and the numerous wonderful weekends she had spent with them.
Sweet memories of her life with Akwasi flooded back as tears of frustration coursed down her cheeks.
One particular memory Esenam dwelt on was a day Akwasi had insisted they took the bus to Koforidua. That would be Esenam’s and Akwasi’s first time of using public transport.
He had told her he was going to check on something for his Dad and wanted her to come with him.
Esenam had agreed, but she had been reluctant because she was used to travelling in luxurious vehicles.
They had gotten on the bus and waited patiently for it to fill up.
Akwasi made the waiting worthwhile by telling her jokes that cracked her up.
The bus had finally taken off after an hour of waiting.
When they had travelled for about twenty minutes, Akwasi had gotten to his feet and asked for everybody’s attention.
Esenam was at a loss what he was doing.
Akwasi talked about how long he had known the lady beside him and how much he loved her. He pulled out a bottle of Esenam’s favourite gum from his pocket and gave it to her as a token of his love for her.
Everyone in the bus laughed and cheered.
Akwasi insisted she took the first bite to show she loved his thoughtfulness and very kind gesture.
Esenam obliged and saw a tightly wrapped paper when she opened the lid of the bottle.
She had never seen anything like that in any bottle of gum she had purchased over the years.
She took it out and asked Akwasi what it was.
Akwasi pretended he did not know it was there and challenged her to see for herself.
Esenam set aside the gum bottle and unwrapped the paper cautiously.
Her eyes lit up when she saw what was inside the coloured soft paper.
She couldn’t believe her eyes.
Esenam was speechless.
The Lady who was sitting beside her exclaimed and asked her to tell everyone what it was.
Akwasi pulled her to her feet, took her left hand in his and knelt before her in the bus.
“Will you do me the honour of becoming my wife and the mother of my children for as long as we both shall live?”
Tears of joy had filled Esenam’s eyes.
All the emotions she felt flooded her face and made her blush.
She felt so happy her emotions choked her.
She was overwhelmed with so much happiness she could not find her voice.
Esenam looked at the diamond-studded ring in awe and looked down at Akwasi with tears of joy in her eyes.
“Yes!” she managed to whisper at last.
The guys in the bus chorused that they did not hear what she said so she should shout her answer.
Akwasi nodded to show he supported them with a smile on his face.
She knew they were just teasing her but she gave them what they wanted anyway.
“Yes, Akwasi, I will be more than honoured to be your wife and the mother of our children.” Esenam said loudly.
Akwasi had gotten to his feet quickly and kissed her passionately drawing cheers from the younger generation and curses from the older folks in the bus who found it disrespectful to kiss in public.
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