SHADOWS OF ROMANCE EPISODE 30

“you guys should quickly hide under the pews” Peter said quietly, pulled out his pistol,
cocked and held it at ready. “don’t tell me you plan shooting inside a chapel?” Irene asked, annoying me with the question.
“for goodness sake, keep quiet. This man is trying his best to save our lives. Do you think what he’s doing is easy?” i quickly cautioned and silenced her. But luckily the
thugs moved away after taking a look at the church. We all heaved a sigh of relief.
“thank God they are gone” Jay breathed. “we wait here till dawn, then I’ll go get help” Peter added softly “thank you bro. I owe you a lot” i said to him with all my heart. “now it’s time we fully settle our quarrels and make peace with each other. God gave us a second chance to live, and there won’t be a problem giving each other a second chance by forgiving and forgetting our past mistakes and fights. We are in the house of God. A very good place to settle everything” Irene suddenly said, while i scoffed.
“not again ” i breathed. She ignored my comment, faced Jay and kept quiet for some seconds. “i’m sorry for everything i did to you, please forgive me. Erase the bad feelings you have for me from your heart. I beg of you” she pleaded meekly. Jay cleared his throat.
“Irene all that happened between us is now a thing of the past. You can’t imagine how happy i’m being alive. You can’t imagine how lucky i’m right now. That guy would have slit my throat over what happened in Europe he never got to understand. Of course i forgive, i also forgive my pig head brother Emma. I have nothing against anybody. I’m so glad to be alive” he answered seriously, leaving me with guilt which forced me to say something.
“I don’t know what to say Jay, believe me it wasn’t easy being without a friend and
brother like you. I won’t apologize right here but will do it in a big way when we get out of this jungle” i said to him with respect. Joe and the chief simply listened, saying nothing to us…
By 6am, we all ran to the parish house where a very shocked priest received and entertained us before driving us back to Ktown city with the parish bus.
Oh we were lucky to be alive, lucky to escape from the pit of hell. It was a terrible experience. But we weren’t still safe because our captor knew a lot about us and was still free out there probably looking for a means to get us back….
On getting to Ktown city, we headed straight to the police station where we narrated our ordeal to DSP Ato. He quickly swung into action by contacting his colleagues on the Borders.
Chief Awudi and Irene went to hospital afterwards, while the police, Jay, Peter and I headed back to the village where we were held captive after getting enough details from the priest who declined going with us for his own safety. Unfortunately we never found my car nor got any of the thugs when we arrived at the village. We searched everywhere but got nothing.
That was how I lost my Tanker and car in just few weeks, but thank God i still had my life to live. I was given a second opportunity to live a very clean Christian life.
Peter became much more than a bodyguard to me from that day. We became so close like family. He became the brother i never had. My close ally and everything.
As for Francis, he was never caught. A situation which made all of us very scared, because he had the means and power to strike back at any time. His sojourn in Europe really made him a master of crime.
I hosted a big get together at my house, three days after our miraculous escape from captivity. I organised a big party for my townsmen, using the opportunity to apologize to everyone especially Jay who hugged me at the end of the day. It was just so wonderful.
Finally, Irene and I got married two months later in a quiet ceremony. We rushed everything because she found out she was pregnant four weeks after the terrible adventure, but unfortunately she lost the baby four days after our wedding. A situation that broke our hearts and prompted a very hasty decision from me. I decided to move out of Ktown city with her. I quickly made plans and arrangements.
A month later, we arrived at South Africa to start a new life, leaving behind my two gas
stations and house under Peter’s care.
Irene had difficulty getting pregnant again, but we were finally blessed with a cute baby boy through surgery a year later. However it came with a big price. She will never conceive again, but I still do love her. I do love my family. They are all i got.
Love is a beautiful thing but sometimes it comes with great price and complications.
We are in Africa, please love reasonably………..
Sorry to tell you this story was a dream i had some couple of days after i started with the episode one about all the characters  in the story.
Thanks for making out time to read this story.
God bless you.

 

THE END.

© PEMTSIKATA STORIES

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