Amos Bani 1 year ago
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The Bastard (chapter Five)

P.S: The' father's ' love letter is an excerpt from the book, "Revealing Heaven" by kat keer

Rida was going home from the clinic behind the market after her pregnancy test. The test results confirmed her suspicion. "You're two weeks pregnant." The nurse had said and moved on to attend to others, leaving her speechless. The news shattered her whole world. She wanted the ground to open up and swallow her. Different questions kept running through her mind. How will she live with the shame? What will members of her parent's church think of her? What about school? She couldn't control the tears streaming down her face as the questions gnawed at her broken heart. She felt like giving up, to just end her miserable life once and for all, to save her parents from the shame of her actions. She was walking on the highway, eyes blinded by tears, wishing to be knocked down by any vehicle. It was the only relief she sought; cars blared their horns and sped past her, some throwing obscenities at her, but she didn't care. 

Suddenly, she heard her name. Fear gripped her, thinking it was her Mum. She rubbed the tears off her eyes with a handkerchief and turned around towards the voice. It came from inside a car that was pulling up towards her. A girl alighted from the car and ran towards her, followed by a middle-aged woman. She was a little relieved to see Sàsà. "What happened? Are you okay? What are you doing in the middle of the highway?" Sàsà kept asking her questions, but she couldn't answer as she burst into tears again. "Why don't we get off the road." The woman said and hushed Sàsà. They tried to know what was wrong, but she kept mute, desperate to get home before her parents returned from work. She was able to direct them to her house. "Why don't you come over to our house tomorrow, say by 8 am? So we can talk," Sàsà's Mum said. "I'll think about it," She replied."Take this," Sàsà said, handing her a folded piece of paper. "Try and read it. I hope you come tomorrow; our address is behind the paper" "Thanks for everything," she said and got off the car. Rida walked into the house, grateful that her parents weren't home yet. She tried to sleep but sleep eluded her. She decided to read the paper Sàsà gave her. It was titled 'THE FATHER'S LOVE LETTER' 'MY child....' it began.

'You don't know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise. (Psalm 139:2). I am familiar with your ways. (Psalm 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:30). For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27). In me, you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28). For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28). I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5). I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:4). You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in the book. (Psalm 139:16). I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26). You're fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13), and brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6). I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. (John 8:41-44). I am not distant and angry, but I'm the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16). And I desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1), simply because you are my child and I am your father. (1 John 3:1). I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11). For I am the perfect father. (Matthew 5:48).

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17). For I'm your provider, and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33). My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11). Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3). My thoughts towards you are as countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18). And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17). I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40). For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5). I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41). And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3). If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29). Delight in me, and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4). For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13). I can do more for you than you could imagine. (Ephesians 3:20). For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). I'm also the father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). When you're brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18). As a shepherd carries a Lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11).

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4). And I will take away all the pain you've ever suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4). I am your father, and I love you even as I love my son Jesus. (John 17:23). For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26). He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3). He came to demonstrate that I am for you and not against you. (Romans 8:31). And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10). I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32). If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23). And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39). Come home, and I will throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7). I have always been a father and will always be the father. (Ephesians 3:14-15). My question is... Will you be my child? (John 1:13-13)? I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32). Love, Your Dad.'

As she finished reading it, Rida couldn't help the tears running down her cheeks. She had been looking for this kind of love for a long time. It had always been there, but all she'd done was look for it somewhere else, only to be disappointed. She thought of all the times Bani said he loved her, realizing they were just words. She looked forward to visiting Sàsà the next day. ❤❤❤ "I'm sorry, Dad, but I won't be going to church with you guys today.", Rida informed her parents on Sunday morning. They were all dressed up for the Sunday service. "Why is that?" He asked. Sipping coffee to stay awake during the service, having worked all night. "A friend invited me over to their house."

" What for?" Her Mum asked, applying mascara. "For...for.." she couldn't think of what to tell them. She didn't dare tell them she was pregnant. How could they not understand that she needed them? All they cared about was their work and reputation. "Yes?" They both said in unison, interrupting her thoughts. "To their church." she lied.

"You're free to go." her dad replied. "Our pastor is beginning to bore me with his long sermons; maybe we can consider changing Churches. Her Mum was looking at her oddly, making her uncomfortable. Does she know? Rida thought. "Let's go, Naomi," he said to her mother, picking up his car key from the table. "Go ahead; I'll be with you in a minute." her Mum replied. "Be fast about it; we're late already," he said, glancing at his wristwatch. He turned to Rida, "Will you please time the sermon at your friend's church for me." It was more a statement than a question. "We might pay a visit next week." He added, hurrying out. "Are you alright?" Her Mum asked as soon as her father was out of earshot. "Ye...Ye...Yes,". She stammered. "Are you sure? She asked, moving closer."Are you sick or something?" "I'm feeling fine, Mum," she answered. "You know you can talk to me about anything, right?" Rida never knew her Mum could be this compassionate concerning her. She wanted to tell her that she needed to be loved, to be cared for. That she was pregnant and her life was in shambles, but all she said was, "Yes, I know, Mum." "Alright, see you then," she replied and hurried out to join her father. She looked up at the family clock, 7:30 am. She had thirty minutes to prepare herself before going to Sàsà's house ❤❤❤ "So what's going on?" Ene asked as she settled herself on the sofa. "Good morning, aunt." Sàsà greeted her as she offered her a drink. "Morning, how's today?" "Fine."

"Where's your Mum?" "I'm on my way," Aso replied from inside her room. "How's my little savior doing today?" she asked, walking into the living room. "Fine. Forget the pleasantries and fill me in." Aso had called her the previous day, insisting that she come over today. "What's so important that made you insist I miss church today? I can't bear it when I miss the choir ministration, not even for a Sunday, so it better be important." "It is important," Aso replied, sitting beside her friend. "We're expecting a visitor today." "A visitor?" Ene asked, perplexed, "What does that have to do with me?" "Rida is coming over, and Mum thought it would be good to have you around," Sàsà replied. "You mean the girl that stole your boyfriend?" she joked. "He's not my boyfriend." Sàsà objected, pouting. "I was joking." She said, laughing. "So what happened this time around?". "I think she's pregnant," Aso said. "Oh God!" she replied, shaking her head. "What's wrong with kids nowadays? How come?"

Sàsà recounted everything that had happened up until the present. "I gave her a copy of mum's God's love letter" "What letter?" She asked, looking at Aso. "Remember that book you gave me? Revealing Heaven by kat Kerr?" Aso asked. "I remember. That's a nice move," she replied. "If she reads it, then she'll be prepared when she comes." "She should be here any moment," Sàsà said, glancing at the wall clock. "But I'm worried" "Why?" Ene asked. "Do you think her parents will let her come?" "I don't think it will be a problem considering the kind of parents they are?" Aso replied. "But what if.." she wanted to add, but a knock at the gate interrupted her. "I guess that answers your questions?" Ene replied as Sàsà stood up to answer the door.❤❤❤

Rida stood anxiously at the brown-colored gate, feeling dreadful at the outcome of the meeting. She stretched out her hand to knock again, but the gate opened, revealing Sàsà. "Hey," she said awkwardly. "Come in," Sàsà replied, opening the door wide. "I'm glad you came." She thought she was meeting with only Sàsà and her Mum; she didn't expect to see a third person. "Good morning," she said politely. "Morning." The two women answered in unison. Sàsà made the introductions, "How are you?" Her aunt asked. "Am fine, ma." Sàsà could see fear in her friend's eyes. "Don't worry," she assured her. "Everything's going to be fine." "So, may we begin?" Her Mum said.❤❤❤

Ene saw the Bible clutched in the girl's hand and was glad. The girl was prepared, all she had to do was say the right words, and the rest was up to God. She silently prayed for guidance. "I want you to feel free." she began. "We're not going to condemn you. I want you to trust us and tell us everything. Can you do that?"

"Yes, ma," she answered, feeling oddly at home. "So." Ene continued, "Sàsà has already told us what she knows about your relationship with Bani." She noticed as the girl relaxed. Was it the knowledge that she didn't have to narrate her ordeal over again, or was it something else?" What we don't know is what you were doing, walking on the highway like you were yesterday?" Seeing her up again, she quickly added. "As I said, you don't have to be afraid. I believe you've read the letter Sàsà gave you?" "Yes." "So, what do you think about it?" She asked. Maybe if she asked about the letter, they could go around answering the previous question. "Well...." Rida hesitated, wondering why she had asked the question. Shouldn't they be talking about her condition? She decided to go ahead and see what would happen. "I used to think I know all there is about love. But now I know better, I thought I found it with him, but now I know he just wanted what I had to make an offer." She didn't have to say who the 'him' was.

"What about your parents? couldn't you tell them how you were feeling?" Aso asked. "My parents?" She smirked. "All they care about is their work and reputation, nothing more. I'm just an afterthought of their marriage, relegated to the background." "Will you tell us why you were at the market yesterday?" "I went to the clinic to carry out a pregnancy test." She replied, looking down. "I'm pregnant," she said, sobbing quietly. Ene was beside her immediately, enfolding her in her arms. "It's okay." she whispered, "Everything's going to be fine" "I don't know what to do," she said between tears. "Do your parents know?" Aso asked. "No, they don't. I almost told my mom," she said. "Why didn't you?" Ene asked.

"All they're going to think is how I've disgraced them and what people will say." "Do you believe the love you've discovered? The one from God?" "Yes, I think I do?" "I want you to give all to him. Accept his offer, be his child. Can you do that?" "Yes, I can." "Okay, let's pray," Ene said, gesturing to Aso and Sàsà to join them. Together, they prayed for her, and she surrendered herself to Jesus. Rida felt peace like she had never felt before overwhelm her. They had lunch together, and she thanked them for everything. "Before you go, will you do something for me?" Ene said to her, "What?" she asked. "I want you to talk to your parents. Tell them about your condition".

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