“A moment or two and you ended up sleeping with her almost thirty times! You can stand here and lie to my face but I know that your sex with Zainab wasn’t consensual! You raped her! You always drugged her so that you could rape her as many times as you could after she had grown to trust you!” I fired.
The priest swallowed hard, looking so guilty. “Okay, yes I raped her but I’ve already asked God for forgiveness. He’s a merciful God and I have promised that this was the last time that I would get Zainab pregnant! You should understand these things, brother Chike. I’m a man and even though I work for the Lord, a man has his needs. Zainab was just available at the right time that was why I couldn’t resist the devil. That girl is such a sweet girl.”
“May you burn in hell for this!” Chike cursed him. “May the wrath of God visit you for betraying my trust and also taking advantage of an innocent girl! Kalu, you’ll know no peace! Woe betide you! You shall perish in sorrow and may you never rest till justice is metted on you.”
“C’mon, Chike, enough with the curses already. I’m God’s annointed, remember and that means that I’ve more grace than the common man. I have made a grievous mistake and it’s between my Maker and I to settle it. You as a mere man shouldn’t be interfering. I understand how important Zainab is to you but after waiting for years, I thought that you’ll never return.”
“Well, here I’m now and I will make sure you never hurt her anymore. What I want to know right now is what you did with the babies of her previous pregnancies!”
Father Kaka slowly averted his gaze. I could see the distress on his face. “I’m sorry Chike, but that’s confidential. Telling you will be putting the reputation of my clients at risk.”
“Clients!” I snapped. “So you have been selling her babies?!” I took a step towards him and he quickly moved backwards..
“Yes but they are safe!” He quickly said. “They are just with very wealthy people who can’t have their own children.”
“And lemme guess, there’s a client waiting for this baby too? Is that why you have come to check up on Zainab, to find out how close she’s to giving birth? For my mother’s sake, I won’t lay a hand on you again, but let me sound this warning to you: I don’t want to ever see you around here again. I don’t care whom your client is but if anything happens to this baby, I’ll be coming for your ass would everything that I’ve got!”
Swallowing hard again, Father Kalu quickly went around Chike and hurried to his car. Immediately, he drove off, Chike heard Zainab’s sudden scream. Rushing into the building, he realized that her water had broken and she was about to put to bed. Quickly helping her to the car, I started driving as fast I could towards the hospital while she kept screaming in pain, breathing heavily and hitting the back of my seat, asking me to hurry up. As I drove past my house and as if recognizing it, she began to ask me to stop. When I told her that that was my house not a hospital, she screamed even more and insisted that I stopped the car.
To be continued…
© Angela Okoduwa