The Church Scandal (Episode 8)

By Ikenga Chronicles April 8, 2018

The Church Scandal (Episode 8)

On the night of the graduation, Just after the ordination, a gospel party was thrown at the school auditorium for the graduates.

Uduak, Mfon, Inibehe and Eno were seated on the same table. They had a sip of the heavens wine over again, until it finished and they demanded for another one.

“This doesn’t taste like the Nigerian table wine.” Eno said to Mfon.

“Of course not. My daddy used to buy a lot of this when he visited here.” Uduak said.

Eno stared at her meanly and said, “I wasn’t talking to you. I am talking to my husband.”

Mfon was already tired of trying to stop the bicker between his wife and Uduak, he just gave a loud sigh and shook his head.

Inibehe was searching for Nduke with his eyes in the crowd.

When he finally caught a glimpse of her in the crowd trying to walk herself out of the door, he got up and followed her.

She went to have a sip of the dark rum she’d used in baking her birthday cake.

She gulped down the last sip of it and threw the bottle on the sandy floor. He was right behind her, but she wasn’t aware. A sudden cold wind gusted on her. She held herself together and strolled toward the school beach side. It was lonely and cold, but the dark rum kept her warm.

She couldn’t think of anything else but Inibehe, the picture of him appeared in her head.

She stared at the waters, the way it unfold itself and scattered into the sands, running toward her. She was not aware that Inibehe was right behind him.

“Nduke….” He called out her name so gently she felt an inexplicable need to cry. She knew it was him, the sound of his voice skipped her heart. He looked like a man ready for a confrontation.

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“I won’t let you go, I promise. Don’t be sad.”

His voice ran like a caress over nerves stretched too tight. She fought an urge to throw herself into his arms.

“There’s a storm coming in, you have to stand with me. You have to stand with me in this storm, because there will be no umbrella.”

He hugged her backwardly, her scented body lotion thrilled the moment.

Her hand lifted to stop him, but he held them tight and began to kiss her again.

Inibehe knew it might be the last time he was going to kiss her that way, so he kissed her even deeper and more passionately that she felt the impact when he released her lips and took it back like he was never going to let it go.

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As they sank into the white sand by the beach side, She told herself that she was going to forsake her ego and be with the love of her life. His presence still managed to take a lot of hurts and sad feelings away at the moment.

He cried when she took his hands to her chest. “Make love to me for the last time.” She said. He flashed her grin and her heart stood still. How was it possible to feel so enervated, yet so completely aware all at that same time?

“I won’t make love to you. Let’s get married here and now.”

“How? No pastor to bless us.”

“We are pastors, we were ordained today. God is here already. Let’s make vows. look…” He brought out a necklace that had a picture of him inside a tiny frame. And showed her the one that had a picture of her inside a closed tiny frame too.

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Ridiculous tears stung her eyes.

Inibehe hung the necklace that had his picture on it on her neck. It was gold necklace with a diamond pendant of their faces in it. He took her hands and cut her fingers with a tiny blade.

“Ouch!” She exclaimed painfully. He licked the blood in her hands without seeking for her permission. He then cut his hands with the blade and she licked his blood too without hesitation.

“I will love you forever.” He said with so much passion.

“I will love you forever too.” He withdrew his hand slowly, trailing it over her skin. It began to rain softly, and then wind driven rain began to beat them. He began to giggle, while she laughed. But there were still sadness in her eyes.

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“I can’t believe I did this.” He said. “I just wanna prove to you that I can’t ever love someone else.” He said, staring at her as if he were trying to see past her words, to read her thoughts.

They didn’t make love. He couldn’t just do it. He felt he was taking advantage of her body simply because she would let him.

They hugged themselves in the rain until the icy cold ran through their spines.

He’d dreamed about her, her remarkable eyes, but he’d only pictured them filled with sadness that nearly matched his own.

®Vicky Bon