I stood right there, at the entrance of Oyinade’s
office, staring in utter shock. I could not believe
my eyes. Oyinade was definitely oblivious of the
fact that I was in the office as she held on to
Richard like a lifeline. Richard tried to detach her
on sighting me but she clung to his shirt, too busy
crying. I had left my office for Richard’s, when I
saw Oyinade’s door open. I wanted to bypass it and
come back later to see her but a familiar shirt
stopped me. The alarm went off in my head as I
stepped closer and I instantly became convinced
that Richard was there. I did not remember
common courtesy which required me to knock before
entering, I just pushed the door wider and there,
before me was Richard holding a crying Oyinade to
his chest with his arms all over her.
Richard pushed Oyin away and her shock was evident
when she saw me. Tears filled my eyes to the brim
but I refused to give them the pleasure of seeing
me in tears. I ran out of the office which was
already chocking me. I heard Richard calling but I
ran out like a crazy love-struck teenager to the
amazement and shock of the staff. Thank God we
had a staff entrance and the patients could not
see me. I could not hold the tears as I ran, it
came cascading down without stopping. I could not
stop, no, I could not. I felt like throwing up, and I
did. Thank God no one was there.
I felt Richard’s approach even before I heard it. I
sprung to my feet, desperate to get as far away
from him as possible. He called me over and over
but I turned a deaf ear, wiping more tears from my
face but it didn’t stop.
Richard grabbed my hand fiercely from behind.
“What is wrong with you, Bell? Would you at least
let me explain” he yelled, looking angry.
I shook myself out of his grasp. “Let me go” I
“What you saw was nothing. I… she was going
through an emotional breakdown caused by her
fiancé and –”
“And what? And you decided to offer yourself as a
substitute?” I said with pure anger.
He looked outraged and pained. “What? You don’t
trust me? for how long have you had that doubt
honey?” he said folding his arms around his chest.
“That girl told me… she told me yesterday but I
did not believe her. I trusted you cos I thought
you loved me” I kept on lamenting, vibrating with
tears of anger and hurt.
“What nonsense are you saying? What girl? What
did she tell you?” I was confused.
I just could not stop my tears and even though
Richard was deeply angry and hurt, he could not
bare to see me cry. I saw it in his eyes. I became
very dizzy and everything rotated around me. I
felt Richard’s arms around me in an instant but I
still summoned strength to ask him to get his
filthy arms away from me. He did not seem to hear
because he never left me and I passed into a realm
Oyinade jubilated like she never had in her life. She
never expected things to turn out the way they
did. She had merely wanted to put ideas into
Richard’s mind by pressing herself to him. She
could not imagine anyone being immune to her
charms. She had also hoped that if luck shined on
her, she would have someone see them who could
carry the gossip to Belina.
She had planned on seeing Belina though, just to
taunt her with words but she doubted that they
would have very far known that she was a
psychologist and could deduce truth from lie with a
glance. A wide, evil grin spread across her face as
she dialed Ronke’s number to give her the good
Richard held Belina in his capable hands, racing
towards the hospital. His heart was pounding wildly
even though he knew that she just fainted and
would awaken soon.
“Bell… sweetie c’mon wake up” he kept on saying
as he carried her. He entered through the staff
side and some of the staff members were around
him in an instant. They placed Belina on the
stretcher and wheeled her into one of the rooms.
Richard was denied entrance and he stood outside
fuming in veiled anger which was just a camouflage
for the deep worry in him. He wanted to vex his
power and authority as the head and owner of the
hospital in order to enter but he knew that the
doctor was doing what he was paid to do. Apart
from that, he is not one to be found guilty of
pride. If he had been in a better state and if it
hadn’t been Belina, he would have guessed what
the matter was without waiting for the doctor’s
report. He would have guessed it right from the
start but some things just skips you when you are
with the one you love.
Doctor Felix approached with a smiling face. Even if
Belina were awake, Richard still could not see why
he should be smiling happily.
“She is alright sir but asleep now” he said still
Richard breathed deeply as a sign of relief, still
curious though. Doctor Felix was deeply happy for
the couple as he had been part of their waiting
period. He is a year older than Richard but he
respected him more than he could ever respect
someone five years older than him. Apart from
Richard being his boss, he had taught him
humility. He treated everyone equally and even
though he was probably the youngest millionaire in
Nigeria, he was not puffed up with pride. The same
goes for the ever beautiful Belina, he thought. The
relationship Richard shared with his wife was one
that he would wish to have if he finally found the
He held Richard’s gaze with a grin, wondering how
he could have missed that fact considering his
unequalled doctorate skills. “Congrats sir, you are
going to be a father”
Richard blinked and swallowed hard. “W… what
are… what are you talking about?” he stammered.
Kelvin expected this. “Your wife is pregnant sir”
Ronke dropped the phone with smiles all over her
face. It had been fun and interesting, using her
semi-tatafo voice to shake Belina’s trust in her
husband. She was very convinced that things were
falling in line. Luck even seemed to smile on them
because Belina walked in on Richard and Oyin,
making it look like a confirmation of what she had
She knew that money would be at her beck and call
if Oyin becomes the apple of Richard’s eyes. She
would be able to extort money from Oyinade as
much as she liked, but what if Oyin tried to prove
stubborn then? Blackmail would come in handy
then, she thought. Surely, she would not risk
having their secrets out in the open.
Richard entered the room Belina was with tears
clouding his sight. He was almost never moved to
tears but now, all he wanted to do was cry tears of
joy. He knew the news came at the wrong time but
uncontrollable joy was the only thing he could feel.
His heart was filled with pride and love. The one
you can only feel when you become a father. Even
though he could not see a child physically, he
could feel the child’s presence. He could not
believe he had skipped the fact that she might be
pregnant. He could have easily put one and one
together and arrive at this same conclusion. How
could he even assume she was when they had
believed God for the fruit of the womb for over
two years? He was sure that despite Belina’s
anxiety, she never suspected the possibility of her
He sat by his sleeping, marveling at her increasing
beauty. They had had a fight, a misunderstanding;
but even her distrust could not stop his heart from
beating wildly when she was near. He bent over and
kissed her forehead tenderly. She had mentioned a
girl, he remembered. Who was that? What did she
say? And why was it yesterday? All these went
through his mind within seconds but it was
overtaken by his heart felt joy. ‘you are going to
be a father’, this went through his mind again and
he wanted to scream. He placed his palm on
Belina’s tommy, feeling his child inside and the
tears he tried to hinder flowed down his face. He
wanted to explode. He had to tell someone. He left
the room in a hurry to make a few calls.
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Oyinade went about her duty with smiles of victory
on her face. She had successfully created a discord
in that house. Now, the only thing she had to do
was seduce him while putting fire in that house
continuously. She spotted doctor Felix, being more
lively and happy than usual. She had heard people
gossiping about Richard and Belina with long
worried faces but she had assumed that it was due
to the way and manner at which they both left her
office. She hadn’t noticed the whole drama where
Richard carried an unconscious Belina back to the
“Doctor?” she called curiously
“Miss Oyin, hope your day is going on well” doctor
felix faced Oyin.
“Very well” she said, meaning each word. “What is
going on? You look very happy today”.
Apart from being an exceptional doctor, Doctor felix
is not one to be trusted with a secret. Whenever
he is happy about something, he tells as many
people as possible. “Oh… I am very happy. Mrs
Branson was brought in by her husband after she
practically fainted” he paused for emphasis. This
delighted her. The shock had definitely taken its
toll on her. She knew though that Doctor Felix
could not be smiling because of this, so she pressed
on for the full gist.
“Oh my God…” she gasped feigning shock. “And?”
“After reviving her, I discovered the obvious. She
“What” she exclaimed, her blood draining from her
face, leaving her as white as snow.
Richard got to his office to pick up his phone and
call his dad, Tony, Prisca, everyone his mind could
think of; but reason took over him. His wife had to
know about her pregnancy before any other person.
Besides, she is pregnant person. He terribly wanted
to explode, so, he exploded to God by thanking him
and thanking him until he was sure God had
acknowledged his appreciations.
He made for BRP Hospitalto take everything Belina
had brought to the office. He would surely not
allow her lift a finger. As soon as she awakens, his
work for the day would be over because he would
take her home to take care of her properly even if
she wrestled with him due to their earlier fight,
Kelvin had been sitting in the mini reception room
preceding Belina’s office in BRP Hospitalfor over
thirty minutes. He had been waiting for Belina but
luck was definitely against him today. Even though
he hadn’t planned with Oyin and her accomplice to
meet with Belina today, he felt he had to rekindle
the fire of the love they had once shared hastily
before it was too late. Seeing Belina had erupted
emotions he had tried hard to bury and he had
vowed to claim her back. He had used his own
hands to destroy the wonderful love they had and
he intended on creating it back.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Richard said
through gritted teeth as he stared at the last
person he wanted to see.
Kelvin rose up and faced his adversary.