“My mum has been pestering me to tell him the truth and that's why she called again.”
“Lizzy, she’s right. What if he finds out after marriage? What do you think would happen? Have you thought about it?” I asked. “Or do you think he’ll never find out? There is no secret under heaven, my dear. The best thing is to open up.”
“I can’t! He won’t marry me if I tell him. I’ve heard him say a couple of times that he can’t marry someone who has a child.”
“You can’t be so sure; he might not mean it that way. Do you know I almost loss my relationship because of something similar?”
I opened up and summarised my personal experience to her.
“Really? You mean all these happened between you and Daniel?”
“My saving grace was that, he heard it from me first and not from an outsider.”
“Daniella, I don’t know what to do.”
“Can you trust me and let me handle it”?
“Yes!” she nodded.
I took my phone from my bag and placed a call.
“Hi babe, how’s the shopping going?”
“We are through with the shopping. We are coming over to your place.”
“When did you plan that?”
“Just now. It’s urgent, we have to see you.”
“Yeah! Lizzy and I.”
“Hope all is well?”
“All is well. I’ll see you soon, bye.” I said.
“Did you just call Daniel?” Lizzy asked.
“That’s the only person who can help us out. You know how highly your fiancé regards him; let’s make use of the person he would listen to.”
“I know Paul respects him, but are you sure this plan will work out?”
“Lizzy, let’s remain positive and commit Paul's heart into God hands. The Bible says the heart of chiefs are in His hands and He turns it as the course of water. I’m sure God will intervene.”
“Daniella, I’m scared.”
“I’m scared too, because I know Daniel won’t take it lightly; but he’s the only option we’ve got.”
Lizzy drove us to the island. Forty-five minutes later, we were at Daniel’s place. He opened the door and gave both of us a hug as we stepped in.
“What can I offer you?” he asked.
“We are okay. We ate not quite long,” I replied.
“So what’s the urgent matter that brought both of you here?” he asked.
Lizzy and I exchanged glances. She signaled me to do the talking.
I coughed out, “Erm… erm… Li…zzy…”
“This must be serious. My girlfriend now stammers!” Daniel said, standing akimbo.
I gathered all the strength in me to spill it out.
“Lizzy has a child and Paul doesn’t know about it,” I said with my eyes closed.
“What!?” He screamed. “You guys are joking right!”
“Daniel, I have a son.” Lizzy said with her face bowed.
“Lizzy! You dated a guy for two good years and you hid something this big from him?”
“I never meant to hide this from him initially, but I did because he once told me that he can’t marry a single mother.”
“Still, you should have told him. It’s up to him to decide if he wants to continue with the relationship or not.”
“What do we do now?” I asked him.
“Sincerely, I don’t know what to do.” He asked me, “Do you have anything in mind?”
“Em... my plan is that, you should help us talk to…”
“Excuse me! What did you just say? There is no way I will go to him and tell him such a thing.”
“Daniel please…” I tried to plead with him after he cut me off.
“Lizzy!” He called out facing her. “Do you want my candid advice?”
“Yes,” she nodded.
“Where is your fiancé now?”
“He should be in his house.”
“Good, then go to him right now and tell him everything. I know it’s hard but you have to do it yourself.”
“Daniel, I can’t... I’m scared. What if he calls off the wedding?” she asked with fresh tears streaming from her eyes.
“Trust me; it’s better if he hears it from you.”
“Daniel, I can’t do this alone,” Lizzy pleaded with him.
“I feel he will forgive her once you are involved, Daniel.” I said.
“I know he respects me and all that, but the fact still remains that it’s not in my place to tell him. He loves her and that should give her an edge in this. So Lizzy, please do him the honours of telling him yourself,” he said calmly, facing me.
He stood in front of Lizzy and held her shoulders.
“Hearing things like this from an outsider is embarrassing; you’ll make him look like a fool. Imagine someone who thinks he knows everything about you only to realise he knows nothing about you, but an outsider does!”
“Thank you very much Daniel. I’ll go now and tell him everything,” she said and stood up crying and wiping the tears at the same time.
I stood up and hugged her.
“Thank you!” she said to me.
I really felt her pain.
“Can I go with her?”
“Woman!” Daniel shouted at me.
“I’m sorry,” I apologised hurriedly.
Daniel gave me a wicked look. I only said that out of pity. I can’t just watch her go to Paul’s place all by herself in this state.
“It’s okay, I will go alone,” she said and carried her hand bag.
“Call me later and let me know how things go, then I’ll know when to come in,” Daniel said to her as she was about to step out of the living room.
“I’ll call you,” I mouthed and gestured with my hands.
For about ten minutes after she left, we didn’t talk to each other. He stood up from where he sat and paced up and down the living room.
“I pray Paul tamper justice with mercy,” he said.
“So he was worried for her after all,” I thought.
“When are you going home so I could drop you off?” he asked.
“I think I’ll wait till she calls you,” I said. “I can only be calm here.”
“Relax, things might not look good tonight, that’s a certainty. But I believe he will come around with time.”
“Did you just say time? The wedding is just two Saturdays away, Dee! You have to do something about it.”
“I’ll try my best.”
Two hours later, she called Daniel. He picked up the call and put it on loud speaker.
“Daniel, he threw me out of his house and said he’s canceling the wedding,” she said, weeping bitterly.
We looked at each other.
“Canceling the wedding!?” We both chorused.
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