Whatever It Takes is served…
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Esenam quickly went home after church service before the rest of her family returned.
She changed into her casual clothes and went to the kitchen to fix herself something to eat.
She cleaned up the kitchen and cooked lunch for the house.
And then she retired into the living-room with her Bible.
The sound of the gates opening and closing told her the rest of the family were back from church.
She sat reading her Bible when they walked in.
Her father had a surprised look on his face when he saw her but said nothing.
Yayra sat by her and pleaded for her to turn on the TV.
Esenam asked her to go and change into some house clothes first.
“Yes, go and change, spoilt brat!” Elorm added.
“Can’t you speak without adding insults?” Esenam questioned Elorm.[stextbox id=”alert” caption=”WARNING”]Exclusive Content to http://www.aaron-ansah-agyeman.com Do not copy or share on any other site. Do not share on any WhatsApp, Facebook or Social Media page. ONLY SHARE THE LINKS TO THE STORY[/stextbox]+
“Why? Have you finished with your fast and self-imposed incarceration? To tell you the truth I didn’t want you to come out ever again because I was getting a lot to eat in your absence from the table. Can’t you see I have put on some lovely weight in about a week?” Elorm teased.
“Elorm, why are you always picking fights with your sisters. If you continue like that they might end up not respecting you.” Mrs. Fiagbe chipped in.
“I am just playing with her, Mom. But I didn’t lie about the food. I am heading out to socialize with some guys. This house is dominated by women. The only guy here is not very friendly,” Elorm said sarcastically and headed for the door.
“Elorm, aren’t you staying for lunch?” Mrs. Fiagbe enquired.
“No, Mom. Will have lunch with my girlfriend.” Elorm teased.
“Don’t forget to bring her over some time.” Mrs. Fiagbe shot back frankly.
“Don’t pay any attention to him, Mom. I’m sure he’s going to the stadium with his friends and he doesn’t want Dad to know about it.” Esenam explained.
“Elorm! Are you going to …”
Elorm ran out before his Mom could complete her sentence.
Mrs. Fiagbe asked Esenam if she was sure he was headed for the stadium.
Esenam explained that he usually went to the stadium every Sunday and she knew his favourite team was playing that day.
Mrs. Fiagbe was worried that her husband would have a problem with that since he had warned his son never to go to the stadium.
She asked Esenam to keep it to herself.
Esenam assured her she had no intention of saying anything to their father since she knew how he was going to react to something like that.
Mrs. Fiagbe noticed Esenam was happy and relaxed.
She had been very worried when her daughter locked herself in.
“You are in a good mood today!” Mrs. Fiagbe teased.
“Yes, you can say that Mom. For some unknown reason, I feel good, excited to be precise.”
“That’s fine by me. I want you to be happy all the time. I feel a little tired I’m going to lie down for a while before lunch.”
Mrs. Fiagbe left for the bedroom just when Yayra came in.
Esenam kept her word and switched on the TV for her.
Yayra soon got lost in the cartoons that were showing at the time.
Esenam watched with her.
The doorbell rang and Esenam wondered who it could be.
She got up and opened the door to see Akwasi in the doorway.
Her mood took a dive to its lowest ebb when she saw him; she hadn’t expected him, and she was not happy to see him.
Akwasi was excited to see her up and about and kissed her on the cheeks. Esenam told him to stop doing that every time he saw her.
He followed her inside and pretended not to have heard her.
“You are not too happy to see me, are you?” Akwasi asked frankly.
“Why do you say that?” Esenam asked coldly.
“The look on your face, if I didn’t know better I would say you were expecting someone else. Anyway, that’s not why I’m here. I was worried about you because the last time I was here you wouldn’t talk to anyone, not even me, your darling prince. I must state that I’ve missed you a lot. Esenam, I still love you. I think I love you even more now.”
Esenam told herself that she was definitely not going down that road with Akwasi.
She had always hated the way he sweet-talked her out of their problems.
She was not going to encourage him into thinking she wanted to be with him.
Frantically, she searched in her mind for the nicest way of letting Akwasi know it was permanently over between them.
Akwasi, realizing the tension, tried to break the ice.
“Anyway, how is my love doing today?”
“I’m good by God’s grace. How about you?” Esenam replied.
“I’m not very fine because you are still holding a grudge against me. I’m truly sorry for my monstrous behaviour Esenam. I erred and I crave your forgiveness. I do love you. My love, I want things to go back to where they were. I miss those times. I miss us. Please give me a second chance to make it up to you.”
“I’m not holding any grudges, Akwasi. Just that so much has changed. For one thing, I’m not the same anymore. I am now very determined to serve God faithfully to the end. Look, I have to make adjustments in my life to ensure I earn God’s favour and you don’t agree with me on those adjustments. I know I would be very hurt if you cheat on me with someone else if we are together. I’ve still not gotten over what happened with Shirley.
Besides, not in the very distant past I could stick my neck out and say that I was in love with you; I can’t say the same thing now because I don’t even know what I feel for you. You’ve sorely disappointed me and I can’t trust you anymore. It’s not like I’m holding grudges, no, I just can’t seem to love you anymore. Something in me died that day. Believe me, I’ve tried to rekindle my feelings for you but I haven’t succeeded in doing that. I don’t want to lead you on Akwasi; I can’t pretend to be in love with you when I’m not. You don’t deserve that. Please understand.”
“Are you bringing Shirley back into our lives? I thought we crossed that bridge two years ago. She didn’t mean anything to me. It’s you I’m in love with.”
“It’s not like I’m finding excuses to throw at you. I have always wondered if you truly loved me. If you did, the fling with Shirley wouldn’t have happened in the first place. I never looked at another man when I was with you.”
“Esenam, can you honestly say that you don’t love me anymore? And do you expect me to believe that all that we shared is gone just like that? We were a great pair, you know. I need us back, please!” Akwasi stated sadly.
“I once loved you deeply. You were a dream come true. You were everything I lived for. But that was in the past. Things have changed. I’ve realized there is more to life than getting married, raising kids and traveling around the world. There is much more and that is life through Christ. Gaining God’s approval is my sole objective now. Learning about God’s ways and living in accordance with His rules is the best thing that a person can do and that is what I am striving to do now.
There is joy in the knowledge that God cares and loves all and He wants all to attain His favour. He especially takes delight in those who strive to serve Him faithfully no matter what it takes. There is so much joy in serving God and you can feel that joy too if only you avail yourself to be taught by God through His ministers on earth. And to crown it all, God promises His faithful followers everlasting glory. Don’t you want to live knowing you have God’s favour? Don’t you want to live feeling God’s love over you? Akwasi, don’t you want to live with a clear conscience?”
Akwasi stared at Esenam in total disbelief.
Somehow he did not find it fascinating when she went on like that.
It was as if something was wrong with her.
“Just look at you Esenam. I don’t even know you anymore. You sound like a total stranger. I want you the way you used to be–carefree, sweet, warm and loving me with passion. These days you’re too serious about everything. Stop this church nonsense for old time’s sake and let’s have a fruitful life together. We are meant to be together. Don’t you see the writing on the wall? You stand at losing almost everything you hold dear and for what? Look, Ese, you have to stop this before it lands you in deep torture.” Akwasi said, trying so hard to be polite.
“You don’t get it, do you? There is no way I’m quitting my service to God for any man or anything; I won’t do it for you, not for my father and not for anyone. Get that through your thick skull.” Esenam replied.
Akwasi’s anger peaked.
He was tired of trying to be nice.
He got to his feet and looked down on Esenam as if she had gone raving mad.
“Please yourself, Angel Esenam. I promise you’ll come crawling back and I would gladly wait for that day. I can’t accept that you don’t love me. It is simply not possible. Don’t wait too long though, because I won’t wait for you forever. You know I can get any woman I want just by snapping my fingers.” He said and stormed out of the house.
Esenam saw that Yayra had fallen asleep whilst watching the cartoons.
She carried her to her room and stayed with her for a while, and then she left for the sanctuary of the garden.
Somehow the flowers and all the green surroundings always had a way of lifting her spirits.
She always got depressed after her arguments with Akwasi.
She was, however, determined to serve God faithfully no matter what it took.
And she was ready to do whatever it took to be countered among God’s faithful followers.
She let the sweet fragrance of the flowers sweep over her, and gradually her stress slowly dissipated.
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