Memoirs of A Repentant Slut ~ Episode 20

“Ha! Collins Do you want to kill me. My Lord will deal with you!”

“Woman, keep shut and stop ranting. Haven’t I told you to stop disgracing yourself all about? That’s what you and that your nincompoop of a child does! Always disgracing and bringing dent to my name. . . haven’t I tried for you both as a husband and a father?”

“What did you do? You will rot in hell. You’ve been cheating me and my daughter for a very long time. I couldn’t stand up for her nor defend her when she needed me and you think it’s gonna continue forever? Enough is enough Collins. You can’t solve our problems but add to it yet you don’t allow us free movement. All you do is monitor us about. What is your problem with my coming to church? Is it hurting you? Da mi lohun! (Answer me!)” The woman screamed.

“Woman! If you don’t shut your mouth now, I would be forced to shut it for you! You see those guards outside, I brought them for you. You better respect yourself or else, I will tell them to carry you, put you inside booth and I would make sure you don’t see the sun for three days.”

“Ha! Bastard like you! You will tell those riffraff’s to bundle me and put me inside booth? Wo o, dem no born you well. What am I even saying sef, do your worst, that’s all you can do! Shameless dog!”

I was so pissed at the way he was rough-handling the woman, and I couldn’t mind my business any longer. The whole environment of the church was silent. Guess the Reverend Fathers and Sisters were not around. I walked up to them having dropped my bag in the church. The woman was shouting on top of her voice with tears in her eyes and frustration written all over her voice. I was moved with pity and yet, I still couldn’t place the face.

“If anything happen to my daughter, the whole world will hear all that you’ve done and I promise you, you will spend the rest of your years in regrets, pain and sorrows behind bars!”

“You are threatening me Folake! It’s me o!”

He made for the woman’s neck to strangle her and I couldn’t help it again but to interfere this time.

“What the hell is wrong with you sir. Do you want to kill her? For crying out loud, this woman is your wife, the mother of your child and she is a woman for crying out loud!”

“And what is your business young lady? She’s my wife. I paid her bride price. I bought and gave yams and tons of money to her family and yes, I would treat her the way I like.”

“Oh No! You won’t.” I said with so much confidence like as if I be Jack Bauer.

“I’m not intimidated by a tiny thing like you so I would advise you mind your own business.”

“Or what?” I fired at him.

Then all of a sudden, he switched from his wife to me, I couldn’t breathe, he started choking me. The woman was screaming for help, hitting him, trying to get his grip out of my throats. All of a sudden, I heard a big blow to his head. I fell on the ground and I was picked up to the arms of Jide. I felt so safe. I never knew he never left.

“Chief Coker, you don’t treat my girlfriend like you treat your wife. I hope I made myself clear.” He asked in a stern voice.

I was so surprised he called me his girlfriend. My belle was ‘sweeting’ me like as if my prayer had been answered. One thing I love about Jide most is the fact that he is highly protective and defensive of his woman; can’t remember the first time a man ever stood up for me in my lifetime apart from Jide. The only person that had always been protective of me was Amaka.

I watched Chief Coker lying defeated on the ground and then I remembered he was the one the Doctor introduced to me as Amaka’s dad and the woman he was beating was Amaka’s mum, Mrs. Coker.

“I would be fine my son. You guys should go take care of yourself.” She replied Jide who had run to her side to find out if she was fine.

I never knew Jide was familiar with Chief Coker; maybe as a politician and not as Amaka’s dad cos he is a well-known political figure. Jide was so reluctant to leave Mrs. Coker there but he had to respect her wish. After all, he has been living with the the man for so many years and she had managed to survive till now.
Jide rushed to my side, held me tight and placed my head on his chest and he was caressing my hair.

“I’m so sorry you were hurt. I’m really so sorry. . .” he said with his voice so calm.

I never wanted to wake up if it was a dream but it was so real and I never wanted it to be short.



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