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They had dated for six years before finally getting married in grand style. They are often called â€˜The chosen coupleâ€™ amongst their family and friends; till now they are one hell of a happy couple.
Â August 23rd
She was in her sleeping robe browsing on the internet on her Ipad. Joshua was shaving for the night in the bathroom.
â€œJosh check out this house!â€
â€œIâ€™m shavingâ€ His voice echoed from the bathroom
â€œYou just have to see this!â€ She jumped down from the bed with the ipad in her hands and headed for the bathroom
â€œHad better be worth itâ€ Josh smirked and dropped the shaving stick
She excitedly showed him the ipad.
â€œGoodness!â€ He quickly snatched the ipad from her and headed for the bed, â€œThis is what Iâ€™m talking about babe.â€
â€œI knew youâ€™d love!â€ she sat on his laps as they both viewed the nicely constructed mansion
â€œWould this be our house in a couple of years?â€ Kemi looked into her husbandâ€™s eyes.
Josh gently stroked her hair softly, looking deep into her eyes, â€œI already have something more than a houseâ€
â€œHmmmm what?â€ Kemi rolled her eyes now
â€œYouâ€¦with you I have a homeâ€ He smiled now admiring his wifeâ€™s beauty.
â€œAww! You know I love you right? Like pieces.â€ She held his face now, still on his lap.
â€œI knowâ€ He leaned forward now.
They kissed passionately; Kemi slowly took the ipad from his hands and placed it on the bedâ€™s nearby drawer and kissed her husband deeper. Soon, her robe slid to the floorâ€¦
Â August 24th
They were at Jebel Ali beach. Kemi was on a nice orange bum short and white tan top while Josh felt comfortable in his shorts and bare chest that exposed the chain Kemi had given to him about four years ago. He never took it off. They were under a small tent; Kemi sat opposite him while they ate ham and orange juice.
â€œSo tell me, what do you like about Dubai?â€ Josh asked
â€œEverything but the Sun. You can have the last ham, Iâ€™m so full.â€
â€œBabe, how have I fared so far as your husband? Our big day is tomorrowâ€
Kemi smiled, â€œHorrible. Youâ€™re just horrible at being a bad husband; youâ€™ve been good to me Josh. Iâ€™ve literarily felt like weâ€™ve been married since the day we started dating. Maybe itâ€™s just me but I actually and honestly do think I have the best husband on earth, like seriously.â€
Josh smiled too, â€œOk enough of the good side. Tell me where Iâ€™m the bad guyâ€
â€œApart from our little fights and the fact that you annoyingly procastinate things, Iâ€™m good.â€ Kemi said, sipping her juice.
â€œWell no relationship is perfect, I guess arguments are welcome. As for me, I think that you should actually learn to weigh other peopleâ€™s opinions and not be so stubborn. Asides that, you are an amazing woman, my hommie for life.â€ He winked at her and took a big bite of ham while Kemi chuckled.
Kemi and Josh had hired a cab to drive them to a Chinese restaurant; it was their wedding anniversary. They both sat at the back of the cab, kemi resting on her husbandâ€™s chest while Josh just toyed with her hands.
â€œYour hands are sweatyâ€ Josh said
â€œIt feels like the first time Joshâ€¦itâ€™s been seven years with you and each time we have a date, I still have butterflies and sweaty palmsâ€¦â€ She looked up at him
There was a loud screeching sound. They both panicked as the truck coming in front of their cab in full speed looked like it had lost its brake.
It was too late to swerve and in seconds, the cab was crushedâ€¦
Â Itâ€™s been eight months after the accident. Kemi trudged slowly to the room and sat down beside her husband who lay helpless on the bed. They were back to Nigeria.
â€œI need to use the toiletâ€¦â€ Josh stuttered in his speech.
Kemi could feel the burning tears about to erupt. Josh was paralyzed in his arms and legs and sheâ€™d have to support him while he used the toiletâ€¦if she left him, heâ€™d fall to the floor helpless.
Kemi gently lifted him from the bedÂ to the will chair toilet. Josh couldnâ€™t help but cryâ€¦
â€œIâ€™m s..s..sorryâ€ he stuttered again as Kemi struggled to help him in a comfortable position
She gently lay him back on the bed after she had cleaned him up.
â€œIâ€™m sâ€¦sâ€¦sorryâ€ He stuttered again, crying as he observed how drained his once beautiful wife looked. She had grown so lean and they hardly spoke to each other.
â€œJoshâ€¦â€ Kemi burst out in tears, â€œI canâ€™t do this anymoreâ€¦.Iâ€™m sorry. I cannot live seeing you this wayâ€¦this is not the life I chose.â€
â€œThâ€¦the only reason â€¦Iâ€™m alive is because â€¦yâ€¦you are here. If you go, Iâ€™mâ€¦Iâ€™m going to die.â€ The tears poured more now down his cheeks.
Kemi cried harder.
â€œPleaseâ€¦â€ Josh begged, â€œYâ€¦you said nothing will come between usâ€
â€œHow do you expect me to live this way? You canâ€™t touch meâ€¦you canâ€™t do anything on your own anymore. Iâ€™m living my life for you Joshâ€¦â€ She cried
Josh tried to move, he struggled. â€œIf you were meâ€¦Iâ€™ll be by your sideâ€¦you know thatâ€¦I even shielded you in the car.â€
â€œIâ€™m sorry Josh,â€ she gently removed the wedding ring and placed it on the bed, â€œYou have a loving family who will help you always. Iâ€™m losing my mindâ€¦I just need to breathe again.â€
â€œWâ€¦without me?â€ Josh cried
â€œIâ€™d tryâ€ she placed a soft kiss on his head and left the room.
She had called Joshâ€™s sister to take over.
â€œMom why would life be so unfair? I have never imagined my life without Joshâ€¦I miss him so much mom. I miss my Joshâ€ She cried in her motherâ€™s arms.
Itâ€™s been three weeks since she left Josh.
â€œLet me show you something I love to watchâ€
Her mother stood to slot a cd into the DVD and It began to play.
â€œNoâ€¦â€ Kemi fell to the floor very weak.
It was she and Josh dancing really hard on their wedding day. She cried as she saw her once agile Josh, his once happy smile and their once burning love.
Her mother paused the video nowâ€¦
â€œBaby, Josh wanted to give you the best in life. As your mother, I know that man loves you more than his own life. What happened to him could have been you. Now imagine if he walked out on you? What then is the essence of this so called love you have been thriving on all these years?â€ Her mother tried not to cry as she stood by the plasma TV.
â€œMom, do you understand what youâ€™re saying? He canâ€™t move on his own! I would give up my remaining years living for himâ€¦this is hard mom, I have never felt pain this much mom. I wish we both diedâ€¦I wish momâ€¦â€ she broke down completely.
Kemiâ€™s mother gently sat on the floor with her daughter and took her in her arms.
â€œBaby, do you love his body or do you love the soul within?â€
â€œIâ€™m carrying his baby momâ€¦Iâ€™m eight weeks pregnant.â€
Three months after
Kemi rushed into the compound. She couldnâ€™t wait to tell Josh how much sheâ€™d missed him and would always be there for him! She couldnâ€™t wait to tell him that they would have a baby soon! She ran through the fleet of stairs.
â€œJosh!â€ she called as she ran
Â â€œJosh!â€ she burst into the room.
Her heart thumped loudly as the bed was empty.
â€œJosh?â€ she ran to the bathroom.
It was empty.
â€œJosh!â€ she called out louder
â€œHe passed on last monthâ€¦Josh is goneâ€ His sister, Loretta spoke from the door.
Kemi turned around sharply, the tears clouding her vision.
â€œNoâ€¦it canâ€™t be, he knew Iâ€™d come backâ€¦he knew I couldnâ€™t stay long without him!â€
Loretta just burst into tears and Kemi knew it was true; Josh was truly gone.
In shock, Kemi slowly trudged to the spot on the bed where Josh usually lay. She gently lay on the bed and squeezed the bed sheet to her chest. She shook so hard and wept loud.
Seven months afterâ€˜Dear Mom and Dad, Do not search for me. I am on my way to Kenya with little Josh to begin a new life. I am finding some peace as I see Josh in our babyâ€™s eyes. It gives me so much joy and I canâ€™t wait for him to grow up to be the second most amazing man I know, for his father was the first. I do not know if I can share my heart with another man as Josh still occupies it. I guess Love had a price and I just couldnâ€™t pay. For the first time in ten years, I truly need to breathe without Josh. See you soon. Kemi. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â the end
I wish we had control over our lives and as much as I love to write the happy fantasy ending, I love to snap into the other side of reality. The sad truth is life remains a mystery and so many people are going through pain, heart breaks and suffering. I have heard of situations like this and worse that I decided to put down to paper. I had to sit and put myself in Kemiâ€™s shoes, and I realize that the same fear that gripped her, would have gripped me or any woman. Most times, the show of love is not by feelings but by the decision to stick around when no one expects us to.
We need to learn to stick around our friends, parents and partners in their trying times. Sticking around when things are good is easy-Anyone can do that, but, sticking around in the worst of situations validates the true and strongest expression of love. Never forget that!
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