**Hey guys, please note that the second part of ‘Endless Tears’ titled ‘Rebound’ commences 9th February, 2016. Thanks for your patience. Much love **

Frank just took a quick look at the text message
he had received from Leticia and quickly pushed
the phone back into his pocket in such a manner
that could be best described as ‘If you are
pregnant, what do I care?’. He quickly went back
to thinking about Rita and what was keeping her
from showing up for their date. He had already
started getting nervous and wondered if she was
going to accept his proposal of a life together as
man and wife. He was beginning to get extremely
nervous because he knew this was a lifelong
commitment and there was no turning back once
the ‘move’ was made. He stood in front of the
restaurant and took a look at his watch; time
seemed to be at standstill when one had to make
such decisions. He took consolation in the fact
that; both he and Rita were madly in love with
each other and felt comfortable around one
another. He had no doubt whatsoever in his mind
about the bold step he was about to take and in
that moment; just that moment alone, even the
love and good times he shared with Leticia were
relegated to the background. He could not wait
any longer so he picked his phone and dialled
Rita’s number. “God will punish you too, how
dare you talk to me that way”, Rita said as she
picked the phone. “Rita are you okay?”, an
alarmed Frank asked. “Hello, Frank, I am sorry for
keeping you waiting on me all this while”. “I am
almost there so don’t fret”. “What was that about
God punishing someone?”, Frank asked. “I will tell
you about it when I see you”. Approximately
twenty five minutes later, Rita turned up and it
was worth the wait for Frank because Rita was
looking ravishingly beautiful in her blue dress,
light make-up and an emerald necklace laced
with little pearls. The perfume she had on lingered
in the place they met and Frank, being a
gentleman and seeing the lady he intended to
spend the rest of his life with, he rose up from his
seat, walked up to her and ushered her to the
table he had had reserved for the evening. As
usual, they started with their usual chats and
Frank took the opportunity to find out why she
was ranting earlier. “Can you imagine, this rude
taxi driver who picked me up”, Rita said with
disgust on her face, “He wanted to cheat me by
charging an outrageous fare and when I
disagreed, he wanted to be abusive and I had to
show him that I was no pushover”. “Really”,
Frank said as he occasionally nodded his head in
agreement. He was actually nodding because he
was nervous and did not know how to propose to
Rita and Rita too would not ‘shut up’ about the
taxi incident. Frank did not want to jump the gun
so he was contemplating on postponing his
proposal till a later date. On second thoughts, he
decided to give it a go and not waste any more
time. “Rita, will you marry me?”, Frank said in a
shaky voice. Rita was sipping strawberry
smoothies. She quickly dropped the glass and
asked, “What did you just say?”, as if she did not
hear Frank the first time. “I said I want you to be
my wife, Rita”. “I want you to spend your eternity
with me”. “I love you so much”, Frank said as he
trembled trying to take Rita’s hand into his palm.
Rita appeared visibly shaken because she had not
expected this question from Frank this soon. She
began to tear up and stood up, stretched her head
across the table towards Frank and kissed him.
“Is that a yes?”, Frank asked nervously. “That is
more than a yes, Frank so stop shaking like a
leaf” “I will marry you, Frank”. “I realized that you
were behaving strangely and I knew there was
something on your mind but I didn’t know it was
this wonderful surprise”, Rita added. Frank was
so excited that Rita had accepted his proposal
and instantly he was not hungry anymore. He
smiled at Rita as she ate her food and refused
the numerous invitations she made for him to join
her. After the meal, Frank and Rita shared a
bottle of wine and Frank did the honourable thing
of dropping Rita off at her apartment in the
nurse’s quarters. “Would you care to come in?”,
Rita asked Frank as she disembarked from his
car. “No, thank you”, Frank said. “Okay, if you say
so”, Rita replied “But like we discussed, I will look
for a suitable time so we meet my parents”, Rita
added as she walked backwards to be able to
shut the door of Frank’s car. “Okay, that is fine,
take all the time you need to plan that”, Frank
said. He said his final farewell and sped off
towards his house. When he got to his gate, he
remembered the text from Leticia but he felt it
was probably too late into the night to call so he
decided to call her in the morning. He lay on his
bed thinking about the evening with Rita and soon
fell asleep with a smile on his face. The next
morning, he was running late for work and rushed
to the kitchen to grab his breakfast when he
received a call from Leticia, “Frank, did you see
my text message last night?”, Leticia queried.
“Yes, I did”, Frank said with his mouth full
because he was eating bread when the call came
through. “I was just about to call you because I
have good news to share with you”, Frank said.
“Just before I forget, Congratulations on your
pregnancy, I hope Gabriel comes out quickly to
see your parents before your baby bump starts to
show, you know if that happens, he would be
made to pay a penalty right?”, Frank explained.
“He is a lucky man and you are a wonderful lady,
Tish so don’t give him too much stress”, Frank
added. “What are you talking about, Frank?”,
Leticia asked. “I am carrying your baby, not
Gabriel’s”. “We have not made love in a long
while and you are the last person I have been
intimate with so you do the math”. There was
dead air for a while, then Frank spoke, “This
cannot be possible, Tish”. “No Tish, this cannot
be happening”. It cannot be true”. “I can’t believe
this”. “Not at this time”. Frank shot out. “What
has time got to do with me carrying your child?”.
“Leticia, I have asked Rita to marry me and she
has agreed”. “This pregnancy will therefore undo
all my efforts and I am not going to compromise
on that, trust me”, Frank said. “What is that
supposed to mean, Frank?”, Leticia asked. “It
means by accepting responsibility of this baby, I
would have to forfeit my proposal and lose Rita”.
“Do you understand that?”, Frank asked. “I don’t
care, Frank and I am not having an abortion if
you are even thinking of that”. “I know what you
are doing, Tish”. “You are bent on sabotaging my
happiness with this pregnancy”. “So if this is a
joke, cut it out because some jokes are pretty
much expensive”, Frank said. “You are just being
jealous”, Frank added. “You can think whatever
you want dear but the fact still remains that I am
pregnant and you are responsible”, Leticia said
and hang up the line. Frank appeared disoriented
after the phone conversation. He had done a
terrible mistake of not telling Rita of what had
happened between himself and Leticia. He did not
know how he was going to break the news to
Rita if it was established that he was truly the
father of Leticia’s unborn child. “What have I
done?” “How am I going to possibly explain this
to Rita if it turns out to be true?”, Frank asked
himself as he drove to work. He asked Leticia to
meet him in his hospital for a proper test to be
run since he did not believe in the potency of the
test kits that were sold outside. As they sat
outside waiting for the lab report, Leticia engaged
Frank, “Is that what you think of me?”, “I will
never want to see you unhappy and this
pregnancy is never a trap to sabotage or
blackmail you in any way”, Leticia said. “It is not
as if I knew you were going to ask that nurse to
marry you in the first place”, Leticia added. Frank
was about to speak when the lab technician
called him to come for the result slip. He opened
it with fear and trembling and it confirmed that
Leticia was indeed pregnant but there was still an
uncertainty hanging unresolved; was the baby for
Frank or Gabriel? Frank had to confront Rita and
confess to her, the same way, Leticia had to
inform Gabriel about the turn of events. Frank
called Rita immediately he closed from work and
asked her to meet him at his house. “Frank, is
everything okay?”. “You know I hate it when you
keep me in suspense”. “Can’t you just tell me
what the matter is?”, she pleaded. “No”, Frank
insisted. “Meet me and let us talk about it”. Rita
left what she was doing and dashed to Frank’s
house. “I am here now so tell me what you have
to tell me”, Rita said nervously. “I have a
confession to make”, Frank said. “What is it my
dear?” “Have you changed your mind?”, Rita
asked. “Far from that”, Frank said. “The thing is
that, Leticia is pregnant”. “Congrats to her, but
what has that got to do with us?”, Rita asked. “I
think I am responsible”. The second Frank
finished his submission; he received two slaps in
the face. “I knew you could not stay away from
your first love but I expected better from you,
Frank”, Rita said. “I am highly disappointed in
you, Frank”, Rita added. “What are we going to do
about it now?”, she asked. Frank, who was
rubbing his cheek after the slaps sheepishly said,
“I don’t know, Rita, I am just confused”. “I will
delve into how this happened later but for now,
do you still love her or you want to be with me?”,
Rita asked. “I want you, Rita, Frank answered
back, holding his check so as not to receive
further slaps. “Then you have nothing to worry
about”. “We will find a way of solving this issue”.
“If this girl thinks she can break me to leave you
for her, then she has another thing coming”, Rita
said. Meanwhile, Leticia was waiting on Gabriel to
return so she could break the news to him. She
was hopeful that he was going to take it in good
faith and accept responsibility as the unborn
child’s makeshift father. Immediately Leticia told
Gabriel about her pregnancy and who was
responsible, he shot at her, “I knew you would go
crawling back to that guy”. “I was actually
waiting for this day and true to my speculation,
you did not disappoint me”. “I have always had
my doubts about you and was waiting patiently
for something to go wrong and I am glad you
have proved my suspicions right”, Gabriel said.
“Gabriel, I am shocked”, Leticia said. “Does that
mean that you never trusted me all this while?”,
Leticia asked. “I did, but I had my doubts because
ladies cannot be trusted nowadays”. “My dear
lady, your chapter in my life has reached its
climax and it would be only prudent for you to
find the exit because I would not take upon
myself the burden of taking care of another
man’s child knowing full well of the repercussions
it might have in the future”, Gabriel added.
“Please pack your stuff and leave my house now”,
Gabriel added……

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