Whatever It Takes…
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Boat and Naana arrived a while later.
Boat was alarmed when he realized the door to his house was locked.
He had hoped Esenam would be back by the time they got back.
Naana had insisted to come with him to convince Esenan she was more than willing to host her.
Boat used his key to get into the house.
“The talk today was very powerful and inspiring to me. What do you think?” Naana said, trying to distract him.
“Yes, it was a powerful speech. It gave me the needed motivation to do more in God’s service. Looks like Esenam is not back from the meeting with her Dad yet. I wonder what happened. I hope her father would change his mind and allow her to go back home. She is so unhappy and I hate seeing her hurt like that.” Boat stated absentmindedly.
Naana was jealous.
She wondered why Esenam was always in their conversations. She wondered why Boat could not see that she loved him and pay a little attention to her.
Boat stood still when he heard something like a sob coming from the guestroom.
He asked Naana if she heard it too.
“Heard what?” Naana shot back angrily.
“I don’t know but I think I heard some sobbing sounds coming from the guestroom.”
“I didn’t hear a thing. But to satisfy your curiosity let’s find out.”
They walked briskly to the guestroom door.
It was locked.
Boat knocked on it but no one answered.
Naana stressed that Esenam was not back and asked that Boat sat with her to discuss something of immense importance to both of them.
They walked back to the living-room and sat down.
Naana went to the fridge and brought out a bottle of water for herself.
Boat was still disturbed.
He could still hear the sobs.
He walked back to the door and knocked on it harder.
“Esenam, I know you are in there. Open the door please.” Boat begged.
After what seemed like forever, Esenam unlocked the door and went back to lie on the bed face down.
Esenam’s cries became louder.
Boat sat beside her and turned her head slowly to face him.
“What happened, Esenam? Please talk to me. Why are you like this?” Boat could not bear to see her so broken.
Esenam sat up beside Boat and looked at him with her eyes all puffy from crying.
Boat pulled her close, forcing her to a sitting position.
He embraced her tightly to assure her he would always be there for her.
Esenam placed her head on his broad shoulder and cried her heart out.
Every sound she made from her pain tore at Boat’s heart with so much force he felt weak.
He could not bear to see Esenam in so much pain.
He felt so helpless and useless.
“Esenam, please talk to me. I really hate to see you in so much pain. It’s killing me inside. Please talk to me. A burden shared is always lighter to carry. Talk to me please.”
Esenam pulled herself from his embrace when she was calmer and told him between sobs that her Dad asked her to strike out her name from his Will.
“Oh no! That is so uncool. You must be very heartbroken.” Boat said, aghast.
Naana, who had followed Boat and watched as he comforted Esenam all the while, rushed to Esenam’s side.
“Oh, I’m so sorry Esenam. I’m sorry you are suffering like this. Stop crying and don’t worry, for even in your greatest despair the God we serve will not forsake you. Remember Job; he suffered so much but in the end, God made him smile. He overcame his pain and God will do the same for you. It’s just a matter of time. Give yourself time but you’ll surely get over this rejection from the one person you love most.” Naana said and left for the kitchen to make coffee.
Esenam still sobbed.
Boat pulled her closer as she rested her head on his shoulder.
He stroked her hair gently as she sobbed and assured her he would be with her every step of the way in her trying moments.
“You can count on me for anything. I wish I knew how I could take your pain away. God will do it better for you. Just trust Him, okay.” Boat stated.
Esenam realized her tears had wet his shirt and pulled away suddenly.
She apologized for wetting his shirt.
“That’s not a problem. I am worried about you. Are you sure you’ll be all right?” Boat asked with his heart in his eyes.
“Yes, I will be all right with God’s help. I just needed to get the initial pain from my Dad’s rejection out of my system. It will take some time to get used to the idea that I don’t have a family anymore.”
“Oh, don’t say that. It’s not your whole family that’s against you. It’s your father and you should think of ways of getting to see the other members of your family without upsetting your Dad. Just know that you can count on me for anything, okay?”
“I will keep that in mind. Thanks so much for lifting my spirits, Boat. The world would surely be a better place if there were just a handful of people like you in it.”
“You are also special, Esenam. There ain’t many like you. Your husband would be one lucky man.”
A long silence ensued between Boat and Esenam.
Boat could not bear to see her eyes so inflamed from crying so much.
It was really tearing him up to see her in so much pain.
He wondered what he could do to lift her spirit a bit.
“I would like to take you out before you leave for school.” Boat stated. “Just think about it and let me know when you will be ready. I have to warn you of my weakness though; I hate waiting for too long. So, if you don’t give me a date soon I will have to force it out of you.” Boat added playfully.
Esenam’s face lit up and Boat was glad he could make her smile a bit.
“I still stand by my promise to check on you every day until you get tired of seeing my ugly face.” Boat added.
“You know that is not possible. I will never get tired of seeing you. You always have a way of making me feel special.” Esenam responded.
“Oh, you are special, Esenam. You are a true gem.”
Naana came back with three cups of coffee on a tray.
She gave one to Boat and another to Esenam.
They sipped their coffee in silence.
Afterward, Naana told a story about a missionary who braced all the odds in his work in God’s service until Esenam fell asleep.
Boat covered her with a cloth and pulled Naana out of the room.
Naana could see the magnitude of Boat’s love for Esenam in his eyes and actions.
She tried to get him out of the house with her to grab a bite but Boat would not budge.
“I don’t think it would be advisable to leave Esenam alone in her present state.” Boat responded to Naana’s request.
“She is sleeping. Besides, we won’t go far. We should be back before she wakes.” Naana insisted.
Boat offered to get her something from his kitchen if she was that hungry but Naana declined the offer and asked to leave.
“Wasn’t I supposed to leave with Esenam?” Naana asked.
“Yes, you were. But since she is asleep and it looks like you can’t wait a minute longer, I suggest you take the lead. I will bring Esenam over later in the evening.” Boat replied.
“It looks like you have it all planned, right. Let me throw caution to the wind though. You should be very careful and alert. The devil is powerful and can use circumstances like these to trap us.” Naana said and picked her bag.
Boat was losing his cool with Naana.
He wondered why she always had negative thoughts about everything.
All he was trying to do was help a friend and there she was judging him.
He knew for a fact that he was attracted to Esenam but did that mean he was stupid enough to ruin that by hitting on her especially now that she was suffering so much?
He walked with her to the roadside and chit-chatted with her for a while when he realized she was downhearted too.
Yaw Boat stopped a taxi, opened the car door for her and paid the fare.
Naana still left with a heavy heart.
It was clear to her that Boat had strong feelings for Esenam but she was not going to give up hope just yet. For Boat’s sake, she was going to be extremely nice to Esenam. She was sure that was the only way to win him over. She wished there was a way of letting him know she was in love with him without confessing it to him.
Boat went straight to the kitchen when he got back.
He was whistling a love song while he fixed lunch for himself and his guest.
Esenam stood in the doorway to the kitchen and admired the way he was carrying on.
She cleared her throat to draw his attention.
Boat turned and smiled at her.
“Sleeping beauty is wide awake now. Hope the Prince was as handsome as you wished.” He declared and Esenam smiled.
“You must be famished by now. Lunch would be served in a jiffy.”
Esenam told him she wasn’t that hungry.
Boat frowned immediately and told her not to make his toil go to waste.
He jokingly told her he had burned his fingers in the process of getting lunch ready and if she did not eat, he was sure his fingers would go for arbitration on a charge of undue abuse.
Esenam smiled again.
Boat was glad he could make her smile in her moments of despair.[stextbox id=”info” caption=”JOIN US ON WHATSAPP“]
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