Things She Did For Love [Final Episode]


When Charles left Akosua’s end into the dark night as his eyes flowed uncontrollably with tears, his thoughts were messed up to the extent that he nearly greeted a goat which was roaming ‘Good evening’. His heart has been broken by a loved one he never dated, a wife he never married. Life has never been crueller to him than this moment he caught a yet-to-be friend cheating in their relationship.

When he left, Akosua in disappointment asked Prof. Amuzu to walk out. She has never been this raged at him that he offered to do whatever it takes to please her. Prof. Amuzu was the first to utter a word.

Prof. Amuzu: What at all can that boy, Charles, offer you that I can’t? I even do more than he can try to do.

Akosua: It’s not just things that must keep me happy. I must be in love with anyone who loves me.

Prof. Amuzu: so are you saying you don’t love me? I even take care of you as if you were my own daughter.

Akosua: you see that’s the point. ‘As if I’m your own daughter’….so tell me, would you sleep with your own daughter?

Prof. Amuazu: what? Where is this coming from?

Akosua: yes, tell me, would you sleep with your own daughter? Don’t get me wrong. I like you, but not in a way that I will be your concubine, but in a way a daughter will be to his father. Now please get up and walk out and don’t ever come close to me again.

The bad, shameless, grown, grey-bearded, bald old man with a stern look walked out of the room smashing the door, as he walked out. Akosua locked the door and burst into tears like a child who has lost her toffee. With mixed up emotions, she gingered herself, opened the door and ran out, chasing after her love. Her senses didn’t sense she was in her nightgown but only powered her legs to run after Charles who was perching under a tree wiping his tears.

When she noticed Charles from a distance, she called out his name and he turned in slow motion not sure if the voice he heard was that of Akosua or of the angel who spoke to Joseph in the dream to get back to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Time stood still as they stared at themselves twenty feet apart. Akosua was the first to speak saying “I’m sorry”. And as if watching a telenova, they ran towards each other. Charles hugged her and lifted her up into the night sky tempted to taste the lips of the virgin girl, but Prof. Amuzu’s lips was all he saw. The rain started to drizzle and they drew closer to each other and their lips even closer. But then something happened.

Prof. Amuzu wasn’t gone for he does not give up easily. He drove his car right to where the couple were having their ‘quite time’. He got out and threatened Akosua but Charles was more muscular than he and only dared him to lay a finger on her. Feeling intimidated by the physical structure of Charles he walked away with his tail in-between his legs. He went away in his shameless state and never dared again.

As the relationship with Charles progressed steadily, Akosua introduced him to her mom. She was sceptical at first but later accepted him into the family for he was a gentleman. Charles had made known to Akosua that he will not ‘touch’ her until they marry. He defined the sort of relationship he wanted from the onset and this helped them as they went forward.

Two years after they graduated, they arranged for their wedding at the beach. It was a sight that all wanted to see. Many had come to see the man who ‘stole’ Akosua’s heart without being called a thief. Akosua’s mom was very happy, for her prayers has been answered.

They exchanged vows and it got to the most important part that Charles had waited all his life for. Then the priest said it. He said to Charles, “you may kiss the bride”. Remembering that night under the tree where he wished he had done it but didn’t because of principle, he loosened his tie and gathered momentum. He held Akosua’s waist and leaned towards her as he dropped her slightly to the ground with his other hand on her neck. With that move, everyone applauded the fine-looking gentleman though he had not yet kissed the bride.

Just then, a white dove, as if sent by the gods, which hovered on top of their heads released two drops of droppings and by divine intervention landed exactly on the page where I was writing. So I looked up and smiled. There and then, I realised I had to stop, for people who are underage may be reading.

My name is Kotey. Thank you for reading.

The End.

Oh, but then they lived not happily ever after, but learnt to endure happy and sad moments thereafter.


Things She Did for Love [Eps. 5]

picHer tailored dress held tightly and tightened her physique to tell a tale of a tactfully trimmed and tremendous yet terrific figure with the trepidation of tactically tantalising toddlers. Her face, smoothened not from the application of makeup, but from the use of her grandmother’s powder, which was gotten not from the colonial masters sealed the microscopic pores on her face making it perfect like polished furniture. Her smile which puffed up her cheek as she stood in front of her mirror gave her hope, not letting the confrontation with Charles spoil her mood for the day.

As the day grew older by the second, she had three calls from Prof. Amuzu always calling to check upon her and asking how lectures had gone. This created within her a sense of acceptance and care and realised Prof. Amuzu was very caring. He made the effort to arrange lunch for her and got her a ride back to her room after lectures. This soon became a norm between them.

A week later, the lecturer-student relationship had graduated to become a more casual association between the two pals. They frequented parties and attended occasions like they were groom and bride. But Prof. Amuzu was a professional and knew that their relationship should be carried out not on campus or during lectures.

In the meantime, Charles had not been forgotten but he has not been seen by Akosua. She tried all the places she hoped to find him but didn’t see him. She felt too ashamed to go to his room and find him. Her zeal to continue looking for him went down gradually and was eventually quenched as for over month now she has not set eyes on him to apologise.

But to Charles she can’t be forgotten. Charles had given up on hope but prayed for a miracle to turn her loved one’s heart around. He got to know of her birthday for it was public knowledge and everyone was getting ready.

During her birthday on October 6, she was treated like a prom queen by almost every guy who had come in contact with her. Her gifts were more than she could take and she had to literally place some on her bed. Prof. Amuzu was the last killer and indeed he had hoped to kill it in the last-minute, and that he did. His gift proved that he earned an income, a descent one indeed.

With courage Charles left his room to Akosua’s end. As Charles knocked on the door, it swung wide open for it was neither closed nor shut. He saw at that moment the lips of Prof. Amuzu intertwined in that of Akosua. Akosua’s eyes met his and like a thief caught in the act she was disappointed in herself. Charles stood there in shock holding the birthday card which he had borrowed money to buy for his loved one. Obviously, his heart has been put on the tip of a sharp blade and Prof. Amuzu is pushing it down making it bleed with the sufferings of love. He placed the card at the door and walked away into the night made darker by the forming clouds and the rain began to fall not from the sky but from his eyes.

To be continued….