While wondering and thinking deeply on how my life will turn out, then I started realizing something, I have met with Promise about three times and I didn’t see or notice any wedding ring on her finger. Could it be that she lied to me? Why would she lie to me? After all, she’s supposed to be married by now. I just set my mind to investigate if she’s truly married or not.
I think of Mirabel every day, all the good memories about her and all we shared, all she did to get me and my family to a higher level. Who would’ve thought she’d die like that? Two years of marriage is just too soon. Of course I can’t question God because he knows the best. Why would God punish me after all the favours I’ve been getting from Him since I gave my life fully to him? It’s not possible! The plan of God over His people is always of good and not of evil. So… the question now is what is God’s plan on my life now?
I stayed in my Father’s other house as a single Dad, I made sure I took care and spend quality time with Vanessa even with my tight schedule as I’ve started my business operations in Nigeria and it wasn’t easy, it takes time and efforts to get a new company established. I was too busy and focused on establishing my company that I couldn’t look at any woman, and that means I’m not re-marrying any sooner especially if Promise is truly married.
I was just seated in my office one afternoon resting and cooling my mind with a cool hollandia yoghurt when Nancy called me and she sounded so happy…
Nancy: Hello Bro
Me: Nancy how you doing?
Nancy: I’m super fine!
Me: That’s good… how’s Dad and Mum?
Nancy: Their Fine too…. Bro guess what?
Nancy: Guess na, shebi you’re good at guessing?
Me: Okay uhmmm… you got promoted?
Nancy: No nah…
Me: Is it just about you or the Family?
Nancy: It’s about the entire Families
Me: I dunno, just tell me
Nancy: Both Families have approved our marriage!!
Me: Surprised Whoa… that’s good, how did it happen?
Nancy: Well, ermm… since Mirabel, you know uhmm… yea, and having being discovered as not the biological daughter of the President, Vincent went around convincing both families and made his points known to them, so they agreed and approve our marriage
Nancy: So Vincent and his Family will be coming to the house in two days for introduction and to fix the date for the wedding, and you know that you have to be there
Me: Yea… no problem, good thing it will be on a Saturday
Me: Alright till then, I’m very happy for you
Nancy: Thanks bro,,, kiss Vanessa for me please…
Me: No I won’t this time
Nancy: Hahahaha… why na?
Me: You know why
Nancy: I’m sorry… but you know its work that has been hindering my visit
Me: Always using work as an excuse, can’t you make your own time?
Nancy: Ok on Sunday I promise
Me: Don’t make a promise you can’t keep, bye-bye I have work to do
Nancy: I will come by God’s grace; I miss my little cutie so much
Me: I’m hanging up
Nancy: Okay bye… see you on Saturday
Me: Alright hangs up
Nancy started working at our Dad’s company after she completed her NYSC, she got qualified to be a Chartered Accountant after she passed the ICAN exams while under our Father.
Vincent has officially started his ministry to be a Pastor, he built his own Church and it’s growing pretty well.
Saturday came as both Families meet at my Father’s house, discussions were made and we reached an agreement for the wedding to take place in three weeks’ time and all preparations starts from now. There’s money, so no time to waste.
The day of the traditional marriage came and everything went so well and successful with many elites of the country in attendance. The white wedding was also great; Vincent honoured me during his speech at the reception. How I watched over Nancy and made sure no guy messed around with her until the destined one came along. I also felt proud of myself, all my efforts in protecting my sister turned out great and fruitful. It’s my joy for my sister to get married a virgin and to the right man.
I was happy to see Promise at the wedding; I went closer to her and had a chat with her. I observed her finger till I saw a ring on it. I got sad… she wasn’t lying after all, but I still want to see that husband of hers, because she’s never said something about him whenever we have a chat. All she talks about is work, work and work.
I carried on with plans of getting to know the husband of Promise, I asked her many times to let me visit her house, but she kept giving one excuse or the other, she boldly refused to give her house address and these kept rising my suspicion that she’s not really married, what’s confusing me is the wedding ring on her finger.
My background check on her proves my suspicion right, she’s definitely not married and she’s successful and also living alone. She’s been lying to me that she’s married which made me to think that she doesn’t have feelings for me anymore and she don’t want to get involved with me.
I started thinking of what to do to win her, my thinking led me to meet with a close friend of hers who should know what’s going on in her life. I got in touch with someone close to her, I was able to persuade her to answer my questions and she told me everything after I told her my intensions. She said, Promise has been in a relationship with a man for over a year now and he hasn’t said anything about marriage, she said she doesn’t trust the guy at all, that she doesn’t think the man is serious with Promise.
That gave me lots of hope, I felt very happy inside me.
From all the information about her, I prepared myself to pay her an unannounced visit in the evening. She opened her door and was surprised to see me.
Promise: How did you get to know where I live?
Me: I just did a little background check, can I come in?
She quietly let me in.
Surprisingly, she offered me hollandia yoghurt… then from one talk led to another, I started talking to her to marry me. I told her I’m aware that she isn’t married, I talked to her about the past, the present and the future till she got emotional and tears started dripping down from her eyes. I went down on my knees before her and started giving her promises which I’m very ready to fulfill. I begged and begged her to agree to marry me, that I’ll start arrangement to marry her in one month or maybe less once she agrees to marry me. I reach my hand into my pocket and brought out the ring I came with; she started crying immediately I presented to her, I took her hand and she didn’t withdraw her hand till I successfully placed the ring on her finger. Before I knew what was happening, she flung herself on me in a tight embrace.
Me: What about your boyfriend?
Promise: He has lost me… he’s not ready to marry me, even though I’ve been pressuring him to, I was ready to sponsor the wedding out of desperation to get married. Yet he kept giving one excuse or the other.
Me: That’s fate wanting us to end up together
Promise: How’d you know about him?
Promise: That girl! I should’ve known it was her
Me: Hope you’re not gonna scold her?
Promise: No, of course not
We talked and stared at each other for a while before I left feeling happy.
We got married months later in a simple traditional marriage and a court wedding with only close family members in attendance. Although, I made the President and the first lady aware of my marriage, they understood and gave me their blessings but couldn’t attend; I didn’t want them to attend anyway since I wanted the wedding to be on a low-key. They said I’m too young to remain a widower and I need someone to take care of Vanessa.
Before we got married, I made a discovery which is one of the reasons that made me rushed the wedding. Because… when we were discussing (that’s before we got married) I found out she was born in the same hospital where Mirabel was also born. Although I know they shared the same birth date which was one of the reasons why Mirabel got to like her so much back then. I suspected something and did a DNA test without her knowledge and it was positive. I was shocked and dumbfounded immediately I saw it, so I kept it a secret and rushed our wedding so it won’t be disapproved if they find out the truth. So my plan is to tell them the truth months after the wedding.
Just a week after the wedding, the President invited me to come with my new wife to the Presidential villa; I honoured his invitation by going there at the expected time.
After a while there, The President started talking about Mirabel not being his real daughter, how the investigation of finding his child has been going, he then handed a paper to me. I looked at it and it’s exactly the same as the DNA test result of Promise I did secretly.
I asked surprisingly like I didn’t know…
Me: So… what does this mean?
President: Promise is my daughter
Me: What? How is that possible?
He explained how it all happened.
What happened was that, a lady gave birth to a stillborn and she really needs a child for her husband and his family that has been pressuring her to give birth. So she connived with a nurse there to get her a child. The nurse took baby Promise and gave her to the woman, when she learned about whose child the baby was, (The President wasn’t the President then, but he is very influential) she couldn’t return baby Promise to them because she didn’t have the chance, so she took a random baby and gave to the first lady which was Mirabel and gave the stillborn to Mirabel’s real mother.
Promise: (crying) my mother did that? Is this true?
First lady: It is my dear, we’re your true family; I gave birth to you (crying)
Promise couldn’t believe the woman the thought was her mother did such kind of evil, and the woman loved her so much as her only child.
Promise accepted her true parents and pleaded with them not to let her supposed-mother to suffer for her mistakes because she took care of her like her own child. Her wish was granted and the woman was spared, but her supposed father refused to spare her as he sent her packing from his house. The Nurse was dealt with a little before they let her go after disgracing her. Everyone was surprised about this whole thing.
The President threw a party for the return of his lost daughter and I was also honoured, I stood by her as her husband; so I remained the President’s in-law.
TEN YEARS LATER
My dreams came true as I built my business empire and became one of African’s richest. My business operations were all over the continent with my headquarters in Nigeria. I had three children with Promise while Vanessa make them four; two boys and two girls, and they grow up to join the Vames Empire.