The Choice (chapter 13)

Sarah sat across Femi, her hands folded. It had been two weeks since she spoke with her sister, Esther.

Sarah's mother was beginning to ask why the date for the family introduction hadn't been set. And all Sarah could do was tell her mum to be a little more patient with her. Femi's parents didn't show any concern that it was over two months already since Femi had been beseeching them to allow him to marry Sarah his own way. They insisted it had to be their way or nothing. Femi, on the other hand, drew farther from Sarah daily.

He was getting tired of waiting. He wanted Sarah to comply with his parent's instructions. Sarah glanced at Femi. His usual excitement on meeting her was absent. It was obvious he had reached his breaking point. Femi stared at Sarah in silence. Sarah had told him over the phone that she had thought of a solution to the issue on their hands. He was here to listen to the solution. Nothing else would have brought him to her house. Sarah cleared her throat. "Er. I think there's something we can do about what is on the ground now," she said, breaking the awkward silence. "Yeah, you said that. And what is that?" Femi said.

"Sarah moved forward in her seat. "Let's do a quiet court wedding," she said. Femi raised a brow. "I don't get you. You already know the stance of my parents." "Listen to me first. This is it. We can go to the registry and have a small wedding with about five to ten guests. Thereafter, we visit your parents for a traditional wedding when I get pregnant. Doing that at least will allow a guilt-free—" she trailed off and sighed. Femi adjusted in his seat. "Are you saying I should go ahead with a wedding without my parent's consent?" "Not exactly," Sarah said. "If I understand you very well, you're saying I should do a secret wedding with you." "Not exactly a secret wedding. We will inform my parents and pastor. We'll get one or two of your friends or persons you'd like to have with us.

We can do the elaborate version afterward. I just want us to do it right." "That is not the way to do it right, my dear. It is even worse. I should sidetrack my parents. That's not possible. What will I tell them when they find out? I can't do that. Please raise another suggestion," Femi said. Sarah tried fruitlessly to convince Femi that a court wedding in this sense was a good idea. Her efforts were like kindling a matchstick in the rain. Femi saw no reason why Sarah's parents should have the honor to be part of the court wedding, and his own parents denied the same. It had to be all or none. There was no other way to it. Sarah heaved a sigh after some minutes of silence. She was tired. She stared into Femi's eyes. "I give in. Let's try your way," Sarah said."

Femi blinked, checking with himself to be sure he heard her correctly. "I don't understand you," he said. The words felt heavy in Sarah's throat. She cleared her throat awkwardly. "Let's give your parents' advice a shot. Only one shot," she said and dropped her gaze. Femi stole a quick smile.

Relief washed over him. Sarah finally saw things from his perspective. She was finally showing some understanding, he thought. Femi rose to his feet and walked to Sarah's side. He sat beside her and patted her shoulder. "Thank you, sweetheart. I know you're doing this because of your love for me. You don't even have to mention it. I know, and I appreciate it," Femi said. Sarah nodded, her lips too heavy to part. Femi nuzzled her. "Let's be on our way to my house," he said. Sarah jerked. "What is it again?" Femi said, unsure if Sarah meant her word. "Nothing. It's true I've agreed, but we can't have it at your place?" Femi pulled in the corner of his eyes. "What's wrong with my house? Why can't we have it at my place?" "Am I not going to live in your house after the wedding? I don't want the bed violated." "Alright. How about a hotel?" Femi said. "No, we can't use a hotel. Wouldn't it become a problem if someone saw us arriving or leaving the hotel? I don't want to have to answer any questions."

Femi paused for some seconds. "I think your room is the only option left," he said and sighed. Sarah shook her head. "God lives right here in my room. How could it be suitable for sin?" she said. Femi frowned. "Don't get on my nerves, Sarah. What's that supposed to mean? I'm not here to joke or waste my precious time." "That's harsh," Sarah said. "I'm sorry. It's just that I didn't like what you were saying. We already agreed, so why drag things again?" "Alright then. Sorry." Femi straightened and pulled Sarah to her feet. "Now could be the best chance," he said. He walked Sarah to her bed in the right corner of the room. He sat on the bed. Sarah did the same, a war going on in her mind. Femi shot Sarah a smile. "I'm just seeing your face clearly since I came. You're beautiful," he said. He patted Sarah's hair and drew her into his arms before running his hands over her back. Sarah swallowed. "Let's pray before we—" Femi interrupted. "Pray? Prayer should come after, not before. Do we want to invite the host of angels to come and witness what we are about to do? Who knows how fierce the angels are? What if they cut us into pieces in anger? Please let's leave the prayer until we're through. Then, we can ask God for forgiveness and His blessing." Sarah drew a long breath. She needed to douse the heat of her ablaze mind. She shut her eyes and lay on the bed, ready for Femi to undress her."

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