Whatever It Takes…
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Esenam was disappointed.
It was not Boat at the door.
“Akwasi, what are you doing here at this time?”
She checked her clothes to see if she was okay. She had taken off her jacket when she got home. Esenam was still in her skirt and the sleeveless inner. She felt a little exposed but it was too late to do anything about it.
“I’m here to see you, my Princess. I know it’s late but we just got back from our hometown and I couldn’t wait to see you. Aren’t you going to at least ask me in?”
“Okay, come in but you can’t stay too long.”
Akwasi walked in and took a seat. Esenam sat across from him. He told Esenam how much he had missed her and the fact that he had come to the realization that she was the only woman for him.
“I’ve missed you Esenam. I know this might sound weird but I can’t unlove you. My feelings for you keep escalating and I don’t know what to do about it.” He said and waited for a reaction from Esenam but got none.
“Anyway, I’m here to tell you all is set for my trip to further my studies abroad. And I wanted you to be the first to know.”
“Congratulations! I wish you the very best.”
“Is that the best you can do? Can’t I at least get a kiss for that?”[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]
Esenam was silent. She was beginning to get angry.
Why was it that all the guys she met lately apart from Boat want something from her? Why did guys think that every girl was there for the taking?
“Can I ask you something?” Akwasi said desperately.
“Is there no chance, even if it’s slim, that you and I will get back together? I really miss us, you know. Just didn’t realize how lucky I was to have you. I want us back. I want you back in my life, Esenam. You are mine.”
“I think we’ve talked about this too many times. It’s not like I hate you or anything like that. There is no chance of us getting back together. I don’t think that’s God’s will for you and me. Just give yourself time, love will surely find you and make you the happiest man on earth. When that happens you would understand things better. We belong to the past. We shared some good times but that is gone and we can’t have it back. Lots have changed.”
“Esenam, I loved you once and God knows I love you very much now. I’ve tried so hard to let this feeling, this love I have for you die off but I’ve not succeeded in making it go away. I’ve done some very crazy things all in the name of forgetting you but they haven’t worked. I don’t want to live without you. I cannot live without you. Look, I have a few months before I leave for the States for my studies. Can we get married before I go?”
Esenam was very surprised he could ask that of her. It was clear she was not getting through to him. She loved someone else. There was no way she was going to marry another.
“You are asking me to marry you?”
“Yes, Esenam, marry me and make me the happiest man on earth. You said yes to my proposal once, remember?”
“But I can’t…”
“Please Esenam; do think about it. I’ll be good. I promise. Please marry me.”
“Why do you want to marry me, Akwasi?”
“Because I love you and want things to go back to how they were.”
They were both quiet for a while.
Esenam got to her feet and went to the fridge. She brought out a bottle of water and took a sip. She suddenly felt thirsty. It looked like she had a lot of convincing to do. Akwasi was losing it. She was aware it was typical of him. He did not like to lose and it was obvious he was fighting just to please his ego.
Akwasi got up and walked to her. He stood very close to her.
Esenam backed up.
He followed her and went in front of her. He looked deep into her eyes.
Esenam held his gaze and looked away. She had to find a way to get Akwasi to accept it was over between them.
“Akwasi, I want you to know that I’m not holding any grudges. I loved you once; at least that was what I believed. But so much has changed since then. Whatever I felt for you died a long time ago. Don’t think I’ve not tried to rekindle the love I had for you. You know, there was a time I’d have loved to hear you ask me to marry you but now it’s different. I don’t love you enough to settle down with you. I’m sorry I cannot marry you. We would both be very unhappy if we get married. I want you to be happy, and I know you’ll find someone to love you and make you very happy like I am now. Please understand me, I cannot marry you.” Esenam explained.
“Does all this have anything to do with the Boat guy?”
“To a large extent, yes.”
“You don’t want to hurt him, right? Esenam, I know he’s done so much for you and you must feel indebted to him. I can pay him back if you want but you can’t marry a man because you feel indebted to him.”
“Akwasi, you are missing the whole point. Yes, I don’t want to hurt Boat but it’s not because I feel indebted to him. I’m grateful he was there to help. I’m with him because I genuinely love him. In fact, I can’t imagine my life without him. I love him that much. I will cease to exist without him. Please understand me.”
“So you are saying we are history? I guess I’ll have to learn to live with that.”
Akwasi and Esenam were lost in their own thoughts for a while after that.
Esenam’s eyes fell on the wall clock and she realized quite suddenly that it was almost ten in the night.
“It’s late, Akwasi. I think you should leave now.”
“I think you are right. It’s about time I left. Can you promise me you hold no grudges against me and we could still be friends?”
“Okay, show me that you hold no grudges against me and that you don’t hate me by giving me a friendly hug, please?”
Esenam deliberated on the request for a while. She thought a hug would not hurt anyone.
“Alright. I must warn you not to pull any silly pranks, though. That would cancel the truce.”
Esenam walked over and hugged him.
Akwasi held on tight.
He had really missed holding her close even if it was just to smell her unique perfume. He is aware he messed up and his little angel was lost to him forever, yet a part of him was still in denial.
Meanwhile, Boat, who was driving a posh BMW, had pulled up a few meters from Esenam’s apartment with a smile on his face.
He got down and hurried to the door.
He had two surprises for Esenam and he thought it was best he sneaked up on her to make it more effective.
Boat turned the door handle and was grateful it was not locked.
He entered and stopped dead in his tracks. Right before his eyes was his queen in the arms of her ex-boyfriend.
Esenam’s back was to him, and she did not see him, but Akwasi, seeing how shocked Boat looked, felt the urge to make things even worse.
He pulled Esenam closer, tightened his grip on her waist and planted a kiss on both cheeks. He cupped Esenam’s head, making it impossible for her to break away.
“Thank you, my love, for a wonderful evening. I know this is the beginning of better things ahead.” He said and looked in Boat’s direction triumphantly, an act that alerted Esenam to the fact that they had company.
Esenam turned and saw a shock-stricken Boat standing in the doorway with his hand still on the door handle. She broke free from Akwasi who struggled to keep his grip on her and run to embrace Boat.
He avoided her.
With a long judgemental look at her and without uttering a word Boat rushed out, slamming the door behind him.
Esenam ran after him.
“Boat! Please, Boat wait. It’s not what you’re thinking. Please wait.”
Boat rushed on not heeding her calls. He got to his car, unlocked it hurriedly, got in and sped away, leaving Esenam standing inches away in the street staring after him.
Akwasi who had also come out smiled triumphantly at her.
“What was the meaning of all that, Akwasi? Why in heaven’s name did you do that?”
“The answer is simple, Esenam. You are mine. If I can’t have you no one else can. Let’s see how much your Prince Charming loves you.” Akwasi said, turned began walking to his car which he had intentionally parked several blocks from Esenam’s house.
Esenam realized too late that Akwasi had played a very expensive joke on her. She wondered how she was going to convince Boat that nothing happened between them.
She walked dejectedly into her apartment and sat on the sofa with hot tears streaming down her cheeks. For the umpteenth time, she wondered why Akwasi should pull something like that on her. She was convinced Akwasi never loved her.
When she was a bit calmer she picked her phone and called Boat.
The call went unanswered.
She waited a while and called again, still no response.
She looked at her watch and shook her head. It was past eleven. She wanted to go after Boat but it was late and dangerous. She waited for over an hour just to give Boat enough time to get home and called the house number. The phone rang unanswered.
“Damn you Akwasi, damn you. I hate you for doing this to me.”
Early the next morning, Esenam was at Boat’s door. She needed to make peace with him so her poor heart would find some relief.
She felt helpless without him. Indeed, she was heartbroken and she knew Boat felt worse under the circumstances.
She should never have believed Akwasi when he started acting nice. She should not have let him into her house in the first place. It was her fault she was suffering. She had acted naively by trusting Akwasi.
She rang the doorbell and waited, nothing happened. Then she called Boat on the phone, there was no response.
Esenam sat dejectedly on the stairs to Boat’s house with her chin in her hand very depressed.
She looked for a way to get to Boat and realized she did not have any. She knew his best friend Reggie but sadly she did not have his number or know where he lived.
In truth, She did not want to go to his mother’s to look for him and it would be awkward to go alone on the pretext she was paying a courtesy call looking at the time and the fact that she had never gone to Boat’s mother without him. Her phone rang. She picked it hurriedly.
“Princess, you promised to call me first thing today, remember?”
“Yes, I do. I was just about to call you.”
“Are you alright, Esenam? You sound a bit off.”
“Yes, I am fine.”
“You sound too down for my liking as if something is troubling you.”
“Everything is just fine.”
“Does that mean I’ll get to see you and Boat tonight?”
“No, we can’t make it to your place tonight. Something came up that needs my urgent attention. I’m sorry, Naana. Have a wonderful time with Eddy. You two deserve some quality time alone.”
“No, Esenam, you can’t do this to me. Can you come over briefly? There is something I need your opinion on?”
“Naana, I can’t come to your place today. Can’t whatever you want to wait? I really have to go now. I’ll see you later.”
“What’s the matter with you? Whatever it is that is tearing you up like that, deal with it quickly before it kills you and ruins your relationship with others.” Naana shot back and hung up before Esenam could say anything more.[stextbox id=”info” caption=”JOIN US ON WHATSAPP“]
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