"Did you kill him?" The detective asked again."I've already answered you like a thousand times... Yes, he was a monster. Yes, he beat me up a lot but I didn't do it. I didn't kill Jude!" Amanda replied."I'm sorry. I know what it's like to be a victim of abuse and all that, but you need to understand that murder is a serious case too. You'll have to forgive us for asking you continually it's just that you were the closest to him we've got here.""I wasn't. There was someone else he was seeing that knew a lot about him than I ever did," Amanda replied.*******The night was growing colder and the rains seemed to have agitated in full force. Amanda sat on one of the soft leather chairs that squeaked with her every move in the living room with tears in her eyes as she watched the rains drop on the floor forming small pools and waited for Jude to come back. She was worried sick about his whereabouts even though all his presence caused her were pain and more tears. The protruding bump on her stomach, made it quite difficult to move around at ease so she was stuck with calling his busied line while she watched the clock tick its way into the midnight mark.*****A heart rending story told differently. Stronger than Pain captures a dysfunctional Nigerian home where a callous man, beats his wife on a daily basis. Time flies and now he is dead. All the characters have a reason to kill him, but she's their number one suspect. The Question still remains, who pulled the trigger?View More
The residence of the Bellos were filled with cars trooping in and out and filling their driveway. Amanda and Jude had gone together to visit and pay their tributes to Bello who had passed on. The news came as a shock to everyone who had received it as it was unexpected for Bello who had no previous illness, to have just dropped dead at his residence while every other person were at work.Amanda opened the door to an even larger crowd that loomed the living room dressed in black some wailing while others remained silent. Tolu was in between the crowd that cried over his loss as she sat on the floor moping into thin air.Amanda rushed towards her and hugged her tight while mumbling consoling words into her ears. Tolu's eyes were bloodshot red you'd almost fear they had been stabbed by a sharp object and her teary face and soggy nose destroyed her graceful look."Amanda I'm sorry. I'm sorry I sent you away.. I know the truth
*********At the hospital, Angel found her way to sneak in putting on a beach hat and dark lensed sunglasses. She walked past the active doctors and nurses parading about in the hospital and since she already had an inside information about Junior, it wasn't hard locating his room which she found and met him lying face upwards, eyes closed and still unconscious.She brought with her a bag loaded with food and let it down on arrival to his room.Slowly turning the keys in the hole of the room towards the right, it gave off a click sound and the door was hence locked. She sat by the end of the bed and slowly rubbed his tiny feet. She sang all the melodious children songs and poems which was all she could think of doing to distract herself and noticed his fingers twitch after a while, bubbling back to life. She was tempted to call a doctor, but saw her perfect opportunity and wasn't willing to lose it."Hey Junior," she
They hurriedly took her car to the hospital and inquired about Junior's whereabouts then went up to his ward. Junior was lying still on the spring bed with an intravenous drip connected to the veins on his wrist. Amanda stared at the poor state of his appearance on his navy blue and sky blue uniform and sweat beads all over his pores. She kept rubbing her abdomen and pacing about worriedly until she decided to take a seat. She sat at the end of his bed while Jude took a seat close to the cupboard by the head. The only sound that diluted the air were those from the heart rate monitor and each beep gave off the affirmation that her son was still alive. She started the talk and chose to break the silence by asking if Jude really meant what he had told her earlier.
"I hate to say I told you so," Tolu started."It's a lie you love it just say it," Amanda replied."It's true, I love it and I told you so. I just can't believe you stayed with that man until things escalated to this point. Now he has brought another girl to the house where you belong! You should leave him entirely!" Tolu hit the glass table for emphasis. Amanda had always consoled herself with the fact that all marriages had their downs and this was hers. As though Tolu read her mind, she quickly added. "I know you are probably consoling yourself with the fact that all marriages have their ups and downs but this one is a major fall. I think only you know what's best.""Thank you Tolu. Honestly I never expected you to even talk to me after the last incident but you still did.""It's OK. What are friends for?" She adjusted herself on the seat and moved forward to say, "what was it you wanted to talk to me about in th
"I ran the tests as you requested, but nothing in it could have killed Bello. It's just a sex hormone enhancer not a poison," Tolu said."Well, I'm not a doctor but I learned there are awful side effects to these things. Why would Amanda keep such? You said it yourself that they weren't intimate anymore. Was she seeing someone else?""I guess you would have to ask her yourself Uju. You can't tell anyone about what I told you," Tolu pleaded slightly sobbing."Relax it's in my nature to be confidential. Where is the baby now?" Detective Uju asked."Dead. Bello would have killed me if he found out I was carrying another man's baby. I guess that's why God punished me by not giving me mine," Tolu said sobbing uncontrollably."Did Jude know it was his?" Uju asked again and Tolu nodded."I told him but he didn't take the news lightly," Tolu replied."I don't want to ask detailed questions about what happened but when did you tell him th
Amanda heard faint noises coming from the living room. The chatters and loud guttural laughs told her that someone had visited. They rarely had visitors as Jude always had a way of coming up with excuses whenever anyone wanted to stop by and it made her wonder even more who the guest was.She sat up as she had just woken up due to their loud chattering. She stared at the dressing mirror in front of her and noticed how thin and depreciated she had become. Her eye bags popped out and formed even more darker circles. There was an awkward swelling on her cheek bone that reminded her of the day before and the day before that. She sighed.None of her beauty treatment or facial creams were enough anymore to hide the scars but she kept applying them as she gracefully did that day. She attended to the wounds she had gotten from the previous day and just as she had poured out some drops of vaporizing liquid on another cotton ball, Jude barged in making her almost loose grip of the
She instructed Obi to lock the gate after she had left and told him not to tell anyone who by inference had to be Jude, that she had gone out. She promised to be back before 12pm even though she was not sure how long the treatment of the wound will last. He humbly obliged and rolled the gate after she drove out. She was driving to her only friend's hospital, where she worked with her husband. The duo were practically the only ones that visited and it was still strictly by invitation despite how close they seemed to have been. She rode past houses and overtook cars on her way to the hospital. The thought of Jude returning before she did crushed her. She'd be dead. She was in their hospital in no time and parked in one of the numerous lines drawn out for cars. The Hospital had fleet of cars parked in a similar fashion with a few ambulances at the end. 'Merciful hearts' in a green neon light, was right above the building. The surrounding had a couple of cleaners in their duty we
Did you kill him?" The detective asked again."I've already answered you like a thousand times... Yes, he was a monster. Yes, he beat me up a lot but I didn't do it. I didn't kill Jude!" Amanda replied."I'm sorry. I know what it's like to be a victim of abuse and all that, but you need to understand that murder is a serious case too. You'll have to forgive us for asking you continually it's just that you were the closest to him we've got here.""I wasn't. There was someone else he was seeing that knew a lot about him than I ever did," Amanda replied.*******The night was growing colder and the rains seemed to have agitated in full force. Amanda sat on one of the soft leather chairs that squeaked with her every move in the living room with tears in her eyes as she watched the rains drop on the floor forming small pools and waited for Jude to come back. She was worried sick about his whereabouts even though all his presence caused her were pain and more
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