Adire 29

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Chapter 16.

Ndidi was in Ijeoma’s house. Already, she had heard all that went down at the hospital and was still clucking her tongue at the incredulity of it all. It was a Sunday afternoon and Magnus was out. Her children and Ijeoma’s were playing outside, supervised by Mofo, her Nanny.

“Has Pastor Shedrack called you?”, She asked.

“Not yet”, Ijeoma replied. “The meeting was to hold after service. I guess they are still there or have just concluded”

“Na wa O! Even in the house of God! What excuse will this girl give for her behaviour? ”

“The devil, of course. The devil made her do it”, Ij mocked.

“Ara gbachikwa ya nti, if she says that!”, Ndidi cursed. “And to think that Ekene and Miriam knew all this while!”

“People are mean! You see women? They can be so evil! How could they be friends with us and condone such a thing? “, Ijeoma snapped her fingers.

“Particularly Ekene who is so ‘spiro'”, Ndidi added.

“Don’t mind that girl! She even put up a picture of her engagement ring as her blackberry display picture yesterday. Does she think it will be well with her marriage? “, Ijeoma spat.

“I was really fooled”, Ndidi mourned.

“He will get the divorce Regina was hoping on. Then she can marry him and see the other side of him. Nonsense! ”

“She probably sees him as an angel”

“Yeah. A few days of marriage will take the wool off her eyes. She will see how indolent, undisciplined, and stingy he is”

“The grass always looks greener on the other side”

“Uh huh. Till u get bitten by the green snakes in the grass. Hahaha”, Ijeoma laughed bitterly.

They settled back to watch the programme on TV but neither woman’s thoughts were on the show.

***************************************************

Pastor Shedrack had several meetings that Sunday afternoon. It was 3pm before he asked that Magnus and Regina be shown in. They had sat in a pregnant silence in the reception. Even when they had to communicate, they sent texts. Neither of them wanted to give ammunition to any onlookers. Besides, the office had CCTV cameras.

Pastor Shedrack was seated, sipping from a glass of orange juice. His secretary let them in and shut the door behind them. They stepped forward gingerly, keeping a wide distance between each other.

“Good afternoon, Pastor”, both greeted.

He responded warmly and offered them seats. “Did you get some lunch yet? I’m sorry you waited so long”, he rose to join them on the sofa chairs where they were seated.

“I had a snack”, Magnus replied.

“I’m not hungry”,Regina said

“Okay, then. Let’s get to it”, Pastor Shedrack reached for the remote to adjust the temperature of the air conditioning. “Bro. Magnus, your wife alleged that you and Sis. Regina here are having an affair. What do you have to say about that? ”

Magnus squirmed in his seat. “Pastor……..”, he stuttered.

Pastor Shedrack leaned forward, gazing at him intently. Regina’s eyes were cast down as she fidddled with her purse.

“Sir, she is fond of jumping to conclusions. Regina and I are just friends”, he mumbled.

“What sort of friends?”, he raised an eyebrow.

“Very close friends. We have to chat a lot because of work”

“Regina is not a lawyer….”

“I represent the firm she works at”

“Really? Interesting”, he nodded and turned to Regina. “What say you?”

“Pastor, Magnus is my soul mate. He understands me. I don’t see why she is reading meanings into nothing ” Regina protested.

“Is this an emotional affair that generated into a sexual thing?” Pastor Shedrack pinned them with his gaze.

“No!”, they protested simultaneously.

“We are not having sex”, Regina added, waving her hands frantically.

“Magnus, have you ever spent the night in Regina’s house?” he asked directly.

Magnus hesitated.

“Yes, or No?”

“I have, Sir”, he averted his gaze.

“What happened? ”

“We were discussing some work. It was too late to go home, so I stayed”, he explained.

“Of course you called your wife to explain? ”

Magnus bit his lip.

“You spent the night in the guest room?”,Pastor dug deeper.

Magnus was silent.

“You prayed all night?”, he wasn’t letting up.

Magnus crossed his arms over his chest, hanging his head.

“Sis. Regina, how many times have you had sex with this man?”, he turned to her.

She looked away.

“Answer me before I lose my temper!”, he raised his voice slightly.

“Sir…….”, she stammered. “We have never gone all the way”

“What does that mean, exactly? How far is too far?” he spat angrily.

The duo kept mum. Pastor Shedrack rose and rang for his associate pastor. It was obvious that he needed to have a witness in the room. Besides, he could feel his composure slipping and needed that interlude to cool off.

****************************************************

Ekene and Miriam were in Miriam’s house. They were waiting for Regina to text them that her meeting was over. It dampened the mood which should have been upbeat, following the proposal the day before. They had waited in church till she asked them to leave. Both ladies wanted to be together as the tension tied their stomachs up in knots.

“Somehow, I feel more tense than when I had to tell Pastor that I was pregnant”, Miriam was hugging her knees as she huddled on the sofa with Ekene.

“This is just nerve racking”, Ekene agreed.

“Why, why, why,didnt that girl listen to me? Pastor will now be waiting for you to come to him with your own sob story”, Miriam complained

“God forbid!”Ekene snapped her fingers.

“Imagine what Ndidi and Ijeoma are thinking of us right now”

“Should we have told them?”

“I doubt it was our secret to tell”, Miriam shook her head.

“What a sticky mess!”Ekene sighed.

“Do you think Ndidi will forgive us?” Miriam wondered.

“It was doomed from the onset. We chose to be loyal to our friend even in her error. No way we get to eat our cake and have it”

“I really liked her. She was telling me of her dreams of owning a school, Ndidi I mean. I hoped to come in as a silent partner”, Miriam murmured.

“Nne forget that one. She won’t trust us after this” Ekene shook her head.

“Not that I blame her”Miriam murmured.

“Not that I blame her dear. We did what we had to do”

****************************************************

Pastor Ekpiken entered Pastor Shedrack’s office. Mrs. Shedrack was the last to arrive. She was a buxom woman in her 40s, pleasant and maternal. Today, however, she was not inclined to be friendly. “Bro. Magnus and Sis. Regina, you know Mrs. Shedrack and Pastor Ekpiken. They are here to lend their wisdom to us, so we can resolve the matter at hand”, Pastor Shedrack began. Everyone took a seat on the sofa chairs. His secretary served drinks and pasteries. No one reached out to take any. Magnus and Regina were squirming in their seats, darting anxious eyes about the room.

“Pastor Ekpiken and Mrs. Shedrack, these 2 were reported by Bro. Magnus ‘ wife for having an affair. Their defence is that they are ‘soul mates’. Also, they have not gone ‘all the way’. So we should let them be”, he went on, sarcastically.

“What is the meaning of ‘soul mates’?”, Mrs. Shedrack asked.

They turned to Magnus to explain. He looked up guiltily, then cleared his throat.

“We just understand each other. Our thoughts and opinions on issues are usually the same. Sometimes, we finish each other’s sentences. I can tell her mood even over the phone. She just gets me”, Magnus waxed philosophical.

“Clap for yourself”, Mrs. Shedrack mocked, clapping her hands. “The one you married and kept at home, what is she?”

“Ma, she is a nag. No matter what I do, she is not impressed. I have been there for her but she calls me names in front of the kids and constantly puts me down. We are headed for divorce, the way things are going”, he defended.

“Marriage is not like a car that you sell when it develops faults. In fact, you try to fix the car until it is irredeemable. How can you acquire another soul mate while your wife is alive?”, Pastor Ekpiken.

“All this soul mate talk is thrash. You are the one who turned that woman into a shrew. If you were treating her the way you treat this girl, she would have reciprocated”, Mrs. Shedrack scolded.

“So, if I come home from church and madam is upset about something, I should go to the choir and select a ‘soul mate’?”, Pastor Shedrack asked.

“Ntefi soul mate or is it soul meat!”, Pastor Ekpiken made a hissing noise.

“In the body of christ, there is no such thing. You should have come for counselling when you noticed issues in your marriage that threatened it. To go so far as having an affair……”Pastor Shedrack went on.

“Pastor, we did not have an affair”, Regina cut in.

“Eh eh?”, his wife leaned forward eagerly. “What exactly were you having?”

“Magnus and I are in love and we want to get married. We decided to wait till after his divorce, so we have never gone all the way”, she stated calmly.

“What!”, the three pastors exclaimed simultaneously, mouths hanging open.

She crossed her arms over her breasts defiantly. Magnus lowered his head into his hands. No one could speak for a full 60 seconds. Her boldness had floored them. Finally, Pastor Shedrack spoke.

“Magnus, are you in on this plan?”

“Sir, I can’t continue with the marriage. I believe I missed the original bone of my bones. Regina is my missing rib”, he insisted.

“Huh?”, was all Mrs. Shedrack could manage.

“Besides, Ijeoma is having an affair. Just call her and ask her about Chike, her supervisor at work”, Magnus brought out his joker.

“It gets worse and worse”, Pastor Ekpiken cried.

“Such should not be heard in the body of Chrst. Believers are meant to judge the world. Just look at the rubbish you are vomiting! “, Pastor Shedrack protested.

“These 2 are hardened. I don’t see them listening to us”, Mrs. Shedrack shook her head sadly.

There was silence for a long while. Then Pastor Shedrack arrived at a decision.

“Sis. Regina, you are hereby relieved of your position as a leader. If you can’t lead yourself, I don’t see how you will lead others. Magnus, you and Sis. Ijeoma should see me in my office, tomorrow at 6pm. We will unravel the mystery of whether she is cheating or not. Did I make myself clear?”.

They both responded that he was understood. His wife led them in a short prayer, asking for God to show them the error of their ways and enable reconciliation between Ijeoma and Magnus. As the duo left, the pastors stayed back to discuss the issue and decide on the next course of action.

******************************************

*Ara gbachikwa ya nti: Curse; Be stricken mad.

TO BE CONTINUED.

Dear silent readers, this extra long post is to move you to drop a comment. Just click on the title. Feel free to go anonymous. Cheers, Dr. N.

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70 thoughts on “Adire 29

    0molade said:
    October 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for this post Dr N! I hope the next episode is as long or even longer. From one of your silent readers😄😄😄

    0molade said:
    October 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the long post Dr N. I hope the next one will be longer😉, as a silent reader who has decided to drop a line i hope my comment will quicken the next post😄😄

    nikeaduke said:
    October 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Soul mates?!?! Ijeoma has suffered o. I hope Magnus comes back to his senses soon. Well done, Dr. N. How’s the baby doing?

    nehemastories said:
    October 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Nice one Dr N

    cc said:
    October 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Nice,enjoyed reading this

    LYNDA said:
    October 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Feel sorry for Regina soul mate kor soul mate ni.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Have u eva been in love? Lol

    Silent reader said:
    October 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Guilty silent reader here. And this post was just what I needed to comment!
    Regina sha…….that girl’s got some boldness!
    *sighing here*
    I understand her a bit though. When you seem to be more connected to other guys, espescially when you’ve been friends with them for ages, than with the one you are going to get married to.
    I’m looking forward to the next one. The counselling from the Pastors to Ijeoma & Magnus shd help me also.
    Thanks Dr N. Kisses to the little one.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      This your comment, hmm. Deeper gist there. Let’s leave it, lol. I understand
      Smallie is fine

    hrh7 said:
    October 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Tendrils.

    hrh7 said:
    October 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Very nice one.
    I hope that the baby is being good?
    As well as the other children? May God bless you all.
    P.s- I see the prompting for silent readers. Are we allowed to add our own prompts?

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Hahaha! Sure. We’re doing great, thanks

    Dew said:
    October 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Kai! But why Magnus…just when I thought he was going to reconcile. “Soul mate or is it soul meat” was hilarious! Hi Dr N, hi baby, well done Dr N 🙂 #drnfan

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Soul meat, O! Thanks Dew

    niki said:
    October 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Lol. These people are stubborn sha. No shame. Anyhow im so looking forward to the conclusion. Xx

    blogaddict said:
    October 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Dr N, I love the twist u are giving to this story. when you think the gist is about to end it takes a different turn. Oh well nice one, just hope u can make each post longer or more frequent (thank you). My heart goes out to miriam n ekene, this loyalty thing can be overrated a times. Regards to ur fam.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 13, 2014 at 6:38 am

      U think they shd have spilked? K.

        niki said:
        October 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

        Not really, but i think they should have avoided them and not built a relationship (like going out with them)

        drnsmusings responded:
        October 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

        Ok

        adaeze said:
        October 14, 2014 at 5:16 am

        while i respect their loyalty, i’d definitely feel betrayed esp Ndidi who was getting close to Ekene. if it were me, i think i’d have found a way for Ndidi to know sha. it really is a messy business.

        drnsmusings responded:
        October 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

        Lik anonymous tip?

        bloaddict said:
        October 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Yes I think they should have. This kind of thing is what makes unbelievers look down on christians and baby christians backslide. We are expected to be like Christ and if in our bid to be loyal to “friends” we fail to represent Christ we end up making a caricature of Christianity.

        drnsmusings responded:
        October 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        That’s a perspective. Perhaps they shd hv reported to d pastor

    Anonymous Chick said:
    October 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    My dearest Dr N! I sincerely hope this comment will show. Your last sentence has made me comment again.

    Firstly, huge congrats on the birth of your baby! I have been reading and following your amazing stories but stopped commenting as for some reason any time I try to comment it just never went through as I’ll be asked to log in and since I use a pseudo email add to comment I’ve been unable and after so many tries I just became used to reading only. I was even tempted to send you an email sef with my real email add but ermmm… it didn’t happen.

    On this story… what struck me most is how the errors of a friend can rub off on one’s character. See how Ekene and Miriam are now seen as hypocrites by their Bible study friends. We need to be very selective of our friends, their shortcomings also will make one loo bad.

    God Bless you real good and kiss baby for me. Much love. (comment pls go through)

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Sorry about d comment hiccups. Missed ya. Yeah, if u notice, d 3 met in school as room mates. Now loyalty is becoming a weight

    sandy said:
    October 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hi,
    Another silent reader.
    A lot of salient issues here.
    I believe when you have gone off tangent you can justify anything because you are so far off course that you dont know your way back.
    Ij and Magnus issues are very complicated because of them assuming the intent of each others actions and not talking about what they feel.

    Regina on the other hand is just fed up and taking what landed on her lap and forcing it to be what she wants it to be. Its the kind of thing that happens when you wait for one thing for so long you have images of what it will look like when it arrives that when it does you miss it and latch of to ‘smokescreen’

    About the counselling hmmm, I’m not sure every pastor is equipped to handle this type of issues. I would suggest that each individual meet with one leader(be it pastor or otherwise) separately to get where each person is coming from Then meet with them in twos and finally all three.

    Lastly, I’m at a loss on what ekene and miriam could have done differently because i doubt ndidi and ijeoma would have seen them any different if they had initally told them.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Very true. I agree wt u

    elsieisy said:
    October 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Dear doctor N, weldone ma’am. Been scanning your web for your email address. please can you help me with that? thank you

    Fola said:
    October 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Such a stain on Ekene!

    Frances Okoro said:
    October 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I feel really bad that Ekene and Miriam will now be seen as backstabbing friends by ijeoma and Ndidi.too bad..
    +imagine the guts that Regina has.kai! Is this a reprobate mind or what?*clucking my tongue*

    Torera said:
    October 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Dr N, you succeeded in making me comment again! Regina has got some nerves mehn! Saying to her pastor’s face that a married man is her soulmate! I hope she comes back to her senses pretty soon, before they ‘go all the way’. Smh for Magnus… That was a nice update! Thanks ma’am.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Nerves indeed. #alldway#

    Pam said:
    October 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    more more……

    Folu said:
    October 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Good evening, please i will like to get your email address if that’s fine with you. Thanks

    adaeze said:
    October 14, 2014 at 5:20 am

    regina has gone far oo, this one is more than liver. soul meat indeed. unfortunately, the grass isnt always greener. she thinks they’re soulmates abi? as independent and assertive as she is, i doubt she’ll even stay married to Magnus for a year.
    and i dont like how this has put Ekene n Miriam in bad light at all. evil communication…

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Corrupts good manners

    dnddyon said:
    October 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    wow!

    Hardethaewoh said:
    October 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    First time on your site…& no regrets! I like your writing style. Its captivating…so real like I’m watching the events happen live

    And Pastor Shedrack? With those sarcastic words?… He’s a special character

    …Weldone Dr N…I’ll surely be back 4 more!

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Welcome. Bros, pastors are human too, lol. Thanks for d thumbs up

    kaycee said:
    October 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Dr N I haven’t commented because of the difficulty in posting… Hmmm Regina and Magnus gave room to the devil. We forget sin takes us longer than we intend to go. Even Ijeoma. Redemption? The holy spirit’s touch.. But I’m learning that in marriage frictions come but what we do about them matters a lot!! Following keenly- superb job ma

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Hmm, this posting diff, be gone O! Yeah, it creeps in on us if we don’t shut d door

    kaycee said:
    October 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    And yet I wonder, when we are so keen on having our way we forget God has a better plan. I remember there have been two guys out for Regina but she didn’t give them chance because of lust? Lol… More please! Dr N congrats on your baby’s safe arrival, more strength ma!

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Diff to notice others when u’ve met your ‘soul mate’ tho. Thanks again

    jcsgrl said:
    October 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Ha ha ha…been on sabbatical but silently reading. Loving the interesting twists. Cant wait for the ending then I will give my full editorial piece. ..lol

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Can’t wait. I tell ya

    tessadoghor said:
    October 19, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Hmmm

    I see a lot of judgmental comments.

    Being an evangelical christian, I believe in saving all the souls in the matter rather than declaring who is right, who is wrong, who is to be punished and keeping up with appearances instead of asking what God would do.

    If I were the pastor, (and I don’t want to be a pastor) my job would be to genuinely care about each soul as if they were the only one.

    I would call them one by one and counsel (not tell them as if it wasn’t my business). I would start by telling them how much God loves them and how He wants the best for them. I would remind them of God’s word and how pleasing God should be their priority. I would remind them of the sanctity of marriage and the purpose of God for their life and their eternal destiny. I would then pray God’s will for each of them that the Holy Ghost should guide and lead them right.

    Then I would implore all the pastors to start praying for all of them because as much as the pastors are God’s shepherd, God is the owner of the sheep. God is the owner of the sheep and He wants the sheep cared for and He has entrusted the shepherd with the responsibility of caring for the sheep.

    I am also aware that a lot of church leaders are judgmental instead of loving. They call discipline and judgment love. Their call is to pray for God to restore their marriage and change the hearts of the couple involved and also to pray that God will heal Ekene’s heart and allow her see not all those men that are vying for her attention but to see God’s desire for her.

    That is what it means to walk by faith and to walk in love. Our goal is to win souls not win battles.

    BUT I am not a pastor and do not intend to become one. I intend though to represent God as a daughter of the king wherever I am.
    To win souls via prayer and live God’s word as much as the Holy Ghost will help me.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Discipline is a task pastors hate but find themselves saddled with. Unfortunately, if not done others get d impression that anything goes. Whom God loves He chastizes

        E' said:
        July 28, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        Lekwa okwu biko?
        Now there is a way Jesus would have spoken to Peter. There is a way he would have talked to say another random person who followed him for fish roll (fish and bread) even tho the matters are same. Peter is a grown man and should know better. Tz baby Christians we do these senrenren for. But of course tz all in love. No need preaching to the choir. Or do we say Ushers.

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

        How right u r!
        Bia, u still dey awake? Lol

      Bellaoma said:
      October 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      brilliant comment!!

    adwoa said:
    October 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Lovely read as usual. I did not expect Regina to take that stance. Somehow, i was hoping she would realise the folly of her ways and ask for forgiveness. I must say i’m a bit disappointed in her.
    Dr N. you are doing such a great job. Kudos. Lots of love to baby boy.

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Regina has been through a lot

    Feyi's Dairy said:
    October 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Real sticky mess! I’m eager to know what happens next.

    Bellaoma said:
    October 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It beats me how IJ and Magnus would ever move past this……*sits back to find out*

      drnsmusings responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      It’s complicated, as they say

    E' said:
    July 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Dr N I am beefing you

    So you took me from that outta d world proposal to these jokers???

    Soul mates ko. Bedmates ni. Pls let’s have my couple of the year. Hehehe.

    I love how Miriam and Ekene accepted their fate with Ij and Ndidi. Tz sad tho.

    And biko Ij ga nodiala. Ekene’s marriage will suceed n’aha Jisos. Amen

    Oh, tz fiction!!! Lol

    Well done mama. Well done

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Yes, tz fiction. Lol
      Holeeeet

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