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Chioma was so worried that she insisted on speaking with Mary’s sister. I tried my best to stop her, but she kept insisting to the extent that it almost brought a little misunderstanding between us. I was forced to do her bidding against my wish, and so on the second Saturday of the month of November, I took her to see Mary’s sister who was extremely surprised to see us, most especially Chioma who she eyed annoyingly. Seriously i hated that moment, i hated myself for doing Chioma’s bidding. I felt it was a very wrong idea. I was extremely nervous as i watched the two ladies exchange glances.
I wasn’t comfortable at all. Surprisingly, Chioma was calm as ever, smiling pleasantly as if she was a diplomat on an official duty. She returned the old Lady’s furious look with a very cheerful smile, playing down my tension with her behaviour. “so Mr Ken what’s up with this surprising visit?. You came to show me your fiancee or what?” Mary’s sister asked coldly. “Actually i’m the person behind it all” Chioma quickly replied before i could say anything, drawing the older lady’s attention back to her. “of course you have been the person behind everything from the beginning. My loving younger sister isn’t here with me thanks to you. So you better shut the fu.ck up unless you want me to help you do it” she barked at Chioma who shook with surprise, smiled and stood up. “please can we speak privately. I believe you are an enlightened respectable lady. I know you will do the right thing. Please let’s talk privately” she begged her politely. Mary’s sister stared at me for a while before turning her attention back to Chioma. Breathing deeply, she stood up. “very well, let’s go to the bedroom” she said a bit coldly, leading the way, while Chioma calmly followed her. I was left all alone in the sitting room to battle with my thoughts.
I nervously waited for them, unable to figure out what was being discussed. A long wait it was, they spent nearly an hour locked up in the bedroom discussing seriously. They finally came out when i was almost dying with boredom, Chioma’s face as gloomy as ever. “let’s go”, she commanded and headed out of the house while I quickly followed her with my heart furiously pounding. I knew something was wrong. I imagined the worst…. “so when are you telling me what you discussed with Mary’s Sister or aren’t you going to tell me anything?” i asked Chioma as we settled down for dinner.
My eyes all over her with expectation. After the seemingly long discussion with Mary’s sister earlier in the day, Chioma had dragged me home without saying much to me. She kept everything to herself while i died of curiousity and worry. It was the fifth time i was asking of what transpired between she and the lady. I was desperate as ever and equally wasn’t finding her silence funny at all. Chioma breathed deeply and stared at me. I focused all my attention to her, my heart furiously pounding. “Mary never left the country. Infact she’s still in this city” she revealed slowly.
I gasped with shock, unable to believe my ears. “actually it took me quite an effort to get this surprising piece of information. Mary never left town my dear” she confirmed seriously. I dropped my spoon on the table, folded my hands and stared at Chioma with an open mouth. “so where is she hiding?” i asked anxiously. She breathed deeply again and shook her head. “she isn’t hiding my love. She’s at the General hospital. She’s in a very pathetic condition” she slowly informed me, sending my nerves flying high with the revelation. “she has been sick all these period but we never knew. Seriously i feel very guilty” she cried. I swallowed hard with worry. I was very clueless on what to do. “she promised to talk to Mary on my behalf. If Mary agrees to see me, i’ll try my best to see how she’s doing” Chioma added calmly. I couldn’t believe my ears.
All i did was shrug silently….. Days slowly passed by with Chioma surprisingly refusing to get out of the depression she threw herself. She felt responsible for Mary’s sickness and it almost affected our relationship which almost collasped. Finally another Saturday approached with Mary’s sister inviting us to the General hospital. We all went there with our hopes up and eventually got the shock of our lives when we saw what remained of Mary. She was nothing but a breathing skeleton. She was so thin and pale. “you wanted to see my sister, here she is” her elder sister said to Chioma with sadness in her eyes, avoiding our questions. I couldn’t believe the person lying before us was Mary. It was very difficult to believe. “it looks like she’s down with HIV Aids. What do you think?” Chioma whispered into my ear, almost sending me to my grave with the fearful words… HIV/Aids?
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