Waiters

This portrays a short write-up of two friends. They are morally upright and industrious in their chosen field of career. Little did they know what the future has in store for them. Who are the waiters, what are they actually waiting for, and for how long do they wait? Happy reading!!

Clara and Justina were best of friends that were academically good and morally upright. Their friendship made their parents' to be stronger than they were more of a family than friends. They were of the same family background, not too rich nor poor either. Both friends do most things in common, and we're brought up in the way of God. They are fondly called JustinaClara by their colleagues in school. They are serious with their academics, and later on, their efforts were crowned with success. They both got admission into their chosen field of their career but at different universities. Justina was admitted into Obafemi Awolowo University to study Accounting, while Clara got admitted into the University of Ilorin to study Banking and Finance. It took Clara four years to bag her first degree and proceed after for professional certification. Meanwhile, back then, in school, they called each other and used social handles to communicate, so they did not lose contact. Sometimes, when Ife students are on prolonged compulsory break known as the strike, Justina will travel to Unilorin to spend some weeks before returning home. She maximizes most of her time while on this compulsory and prolonged break to add value to herself. After six years, she bagged her BSc in Accounting and proceeded to attain her professional certification. At this time, Clara was done with her youth service corps, had attained her Professional certificate from authorized bodies of her profession, and was now in a serious marital relationship. At this time, she is twenty-one plus and had gotten an offer as a bursar in a private university.

Everything seems to go on well with Clara. The road was so smooth and hitch-free. As for Justina, she went for her youth service corps and was posted to Isi- Uzo Local Government of Enugu State. By the time she was through with her youth service corps, Clara and her fiancee had intended to get married known to their family and friends. The date for the wedding ceremony was fixed, and preparations were made thereafter. In fact, the ceremony was with pop and pageantry- the talk of the town. Justina was her chief bridesmaid and had the longest bride train ever. She danced and danced and her friend was very happy for her and also praying such to happen soonest too for her.

Two years later, it seems as if things are not going too well for Justina. She had barely received any positive response from the various firms he had submitted to. She had lost count on the number of firms to which she had submitted her resumé. Seeing that nothing was coming forth out of many moves to get a white-collar job, she motivated herself to set up her mini business. She started turning her skills in fashion into cool cash. At a time, she had no money to rent a shop but sewed most of her clients' dresses at home. She's so honed in the skill that most people in her neighborhood, church, or family will give some clothes to sew for trial. They make her their choice when they see how perfect the cut she made for them is out of her fabric. From there, she was able to rise on her feet with little help from benevolent people in her church and get a shop.

Tough times don't last, but tough people do. Five years later, her cousin, younger than her, found a suitor who wanted her hand in marriage. The man was a well-to-do person and couldn't see anything to waste time on since both parties were in love with each other. They fixed a date for the wedding, and the ceremony was done in the traditional way, and some pastors were called to pray for the intending couples. All this while, Clara had been with her hubby in Abuja for almost seven years without the fruit of the womb. She had been so concerned about it even though her husband's love for her increased every day.

On the other hand, Justina had been struggling to make ends meet as she paid most of her bills by herself. She was steadfast in her faith as a Christian lady despite all odds. She had grown lean that Clara almost did not recognize when they met at Justina's niece's wedding ceremony. "Is this you, Justina? You looked so lean and unfit," retorted Clara to Justina. She explained her ordeal in getting a job all to no avail and how she had been making ends meet through her fashion business and her need for huge capital if it were to grow big also; her parents tried their best, but just that she still had younger ones in school as she also knew. And that now, she had just recovered from a broken relationship as a result of incompatibility in both character and genotype. She hoped God would do the best soon and asked after her hubby and the kids. Clara told her that, as for her husband, he's doing fine but has no kids yet. Justina consoled her and encouraged her to wait on God for the fruit of the womb.

Years of waiting could be tiring and burdensome, but it has an expiry date if handled wisely. Justina's years of waiting ended after much patience and prayers to God. A book of remembrance was opened, and he found a man who was ready to love her the way she was. Her years of waiting had built in her a godly virtue- patience. He wouldn't have recognized the man as her divine partner due to the fact that she's more educationally qualified than him. After a year of courtship, they ended it in a holy matrimonial beginning at twenty- nine. After two months of being a wife, she received a mail that she should resume the following week for the position she had long applied for in a reputable firm. Not quite long, she was promoted within six months of working with the organization. God of wonders is really at work! Nine-month later after the wedding, she gave birth to twins- a boy and a girl. Her secret tears were wiped away, and it was a glamorous one for the first arrival of a baby- twins at that. The christening was elaborate. 

What about Clara? She had been desperate to have a child at all costs. One fateful day, she met an old-time friend at an eatery. She went there that fateful afternoon to get lunch while away some time as her husband was on an official trip to Lagos and was in her " downstate" to do anything for herself. She ordered assorted meat with soft drinks. Just about to enter her car, she saw a figure walking towards where she was, it was Dapo, an old-time friend back in her college days. They hugged each other, and he requested he should spare her some hours if she never minds going down memory lane again at the bar beside the eatery. They laughed and chatted for two hours. Later, she requested she needed to be on her way, so Dapo teased that there should be a time for a reunion for every student of his set and that she ought to know his house, which is the forty-minute drive to the bar place. After much persuasion, she agreed and got into his residence. "What good and beautiful architectural designs you've got here," said Clara to Dapo, who in response said, " I'm the architect behind these ...do contact me for such ..here is my business card", he giggled. Clara received the card and put it in her purse while Dapo ushered her into the living room. She was attracted to the beautiful designs and portraits while Dapo went in and came back with a bottle of wine. He noticed she was still standing and admiring the portraits of the buildings he had in his living room. "Please, Clara, make yourself comfortable by sitting, and as you can see, I'm the only one in here," Clara asked if he hasn't married and why the delay?. He told her he had suffered a lot from ladies who are not wife material, and this is his fifth relationship, and he is now in his middle 30s.

They discussed and watched operas on television till they were carried away. 

It was now late at night- nine PM. Meanwhile, there had been restrictions on movement from the hour of six in the morning to seven in the evening declared before now. This will continue till the following week to ensure peace and security back in the town after much chaos. She had no other means than to sleepover for the night. He led her to the guest room and bid her good night. At dusk, around 4:30 a.m., he woke up to have his bath to set for the day's work when he began to have unusual feelings. He couldn't control his body chemistry as he was sexually erected. He knocked and opened the knob of the door to the guest room; seeing it wasn't locked, he entered and lay with Clara, who was not fully awake. When she was fully awake, coming to her conscious state, Dapo had been on top of her for a few minutes, and she suddenly pushed him away, seeing him on top of her. She was bitterly angry with herself and quickly got her purse and rushed out. She had to take a bike to where her car was and drove back home being dejected. Two days later, Dapo sent her a message that he was sorry and that he couldn't know what came over him. She was embittered that he didn't reply to any of his texts and calls from Dapo. She blamed herself for not being cautious and for always being depressed. Her depressed state had eaten her up that she could not pray and fast to wait on God. She kept the incident away from her husband but little did she know that it had developed into flesh and blood. 

To be continued...

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