“Jesus!”, Frank yelled as he rushed in a frantic
effort to prevent Leticia from slipping and falling
into the cesspit. He was too late to prevent the
inevitable from happening but he was fast enough
to avoid the unthinkable from happening. Leticia
had slipped and fallen into the cesspit but only
one of her legs entered the pit. She held the baby
tightly with both hands and was also held tightly
by Frank who was scared to death at what would
have happened should she have fallen into the
cesspit. “I told you to stay put”, Frank yelled at
Leticia as he forcibly took the baby from Leticia.
He held the baby tightly in one hand and helped
Leticia out of the pit with the other hand. He went
into the room and got Leticia a bucket of water,
sponge and soap to thoroughly wash down after
that unfortunate incident. “Leticia, please hear me
out”, Frank started to speak after Leticia had
taken her bath and changed her clothes. “In my
heart of hearts, I know that you would love for us
to be together”, Frank continued. “I always had
that in mind too from the first day we met but
things didn’t go the way I planned”. “I would not
want us to play the blame game here as to who
is to blame for our relationship hitting the rocks”.
“We would be doing ourselves a great disservice
which would lead nowhere”. “We have grown out
of it and thank God that I would always have a
piece of you always in my life and in my heart in
the form of our lovely daughter, Bridget”. Leticia
knew from the way Frank spoke and from the way
he constantly paused as he spoke to take a look
at the wedding ring he had on his finger that his
mind was made up; he was in love with Rita and
didn’t want to jeopardize their union. He had
chosen Rita and that decision would not be
altered. “How would I possibly explain myself to
this little girl that her daddy cannot live with us
but has to live elsewhere?”, Leticia asked Frank
with tears in her eyes. “You know that I need a
man to keep me company in these times that I
feel like breaking down”. “I grew up with both
parents till they separated, but my daughter won’t
even so much as have that chance of waking up
to see her mummy and daddy together, having
breakfast together and helping her with her
homework”, Leticia said with tears rolling down
her cheeks. “I believe I can’t win your love back
but please whenever I call upon you with issues
relating to this innocent child, please do not
disappoint me”, Leticia said. Frank promised to
give his best possible in ensuring that their
daughter got the best in life. That Saturday night,
he got home late due to the incident at Leticia’s
house. When he got home, he tried to explain
himself to Rita and it seemed she was beginning
to get fed up with his ‘frequent Saturday visits’.
“Frank, how do you expect me to also get
pregnant and bear our own children if you have to
spend all your time with Leticia and her
daughter?”, Rita asked. “What is that supposed
to mean, Rita”, Frank asked while taking off his
shirt. “I thought we agreed on this”, Frank, who
was sensing jealousy asked. “We discussed this
and…”, Frank wanted to explain. “We discussed
this but is that what you agreed on?”, Rita cut in.
“You told me that I am your priority but it turns
out your daughter is far more important to you
than me now.” “I just hope you don’t end up
getting her mother pregnant again”. “Frank, I
swear to God, if that happens, you would come
back home to meet an empty house, trust me”. “I
am not a trophy, I am a woman, I want to carry
my own children, please stay home and fulfil your
part of this deal”, Rita complained. Frank walked
up to where Rita was sitting, held her up and
pressed his chest against hers and put his hands
firmly around her waist. “From the day I decided
to commit my future to you, nothing has changed
about it”. “My mind is made up and I have no
doubt whatsoever as to having mixed feelings for
you because my love for you today is still fresh
like the first time we met”, Frank said and kissed
her. “Get off me”, Rita said and pushed Frank
away. “You only come here and give me your
words and assurances and then you leave me
hanging”. “We live in a society where these things
really matter and I would not want to be put up
for discussion by some people and tagged for the
wrong reasons”. Frank looked at Rita and said to
her, “Babe, no need to worry, you would carry
your baby soon”. “You know what that means
don’t you?”, Frank asked. That very minute Frank
passed the comment, Rita took to her heels and
Frank chased her around the hall a couple of
times. He finally caught her in the middle of the
hall, in front of their giant LED TV. “I am closed
for business tonight”, Rita said while trying to
catch her breath. “We need to make babies”,
Frank whispered into her ears. “No, for credit,
come tomorrow”, Rita replied and they both
laughed uncontrollably. In the midst of the
laughter, Frank grabbed Rita, carried her in his
arms and marched towards their bedroom. “This
is my house and I will not take no for an answer”,
Frank said jokingly and shut their bedroom door.
Leticia managed to pass out of law school and
got called to the Bar almost immediately. She
joined one of the top-tier law firms in the country
and started making enough money to take care of
her siblings. Rose was now in Senior High school
and Augustus; their father had retired from active
teaching. Leticia managed to rent a 2-bedroom
apartment and moved out of the house in which
she was born. After they left, they received
occasional visits from the other occupants of the
house. She had met a guy; Maxwell, a senior
associate at her firm. He was a divorced man and
had managed to win the custody of his two
children after a fierce legal battle with his ex-wife.
Even though he was ripe in age as compared to
Leticia, he was very gentle and humble. He
appeared to be very responsible and started a
relationship with Leticia. Soon, he proposed to
her and a marriage ceremony followed. Leticia
and Bridget moved in to stay with Maxwell and
his children in their estate mansion. Frank and
Rita were at the wedding ceremony of Leticia
which was organised in grand style. It had been
two years since the night Frank chased Rita
around the hall and yet, children were not
forthcoming. It was in the third year of that event
that Rita finally took seed and to everyone’s
amazement, Rita gave birth to twins and named
them Edwin and Edwina. Frank continued to visit
Bridget at Maxwell’s house and made sure she
enjoyed the very best of everything life could
offer. Gabriel got married to his childhood
sweetheart. Rejoice was still hopping from one
man to another…………..
Life offers so many experiences if we will simply
take time to ponder over some of the things we
go through personally. I believe many of us can
relate either with or to this story. I would not
want to argue for guys to make the whole thing
seem bias but I believe that our women are
fragile and need to be treated as such. I realized
that for some strange reason, women are
attracted to “fresh attention” or fresh feelings or
new people and would jump at any given
opportunity to experience fresh feeling from these
new people. I asked a lady friend of mine and she
compared it to buying a new shoe. “You would
treat the new one better”, she said. But should
that always be the case? Sometimes, we seem to
blame many factors for our shortcomings but one
lesson I learnt from a very good friend is
that, “Karma can’t always be blamed. You have
to learn to believe in yourself and love yourself
before you can genuinely love or share your being
with another individual. Slow but steady always
wins the race”. Some guys are troublesome. They
may not be ready for commitment like Gabriel and
would only want to play around with the feelings
of others. It is hard to tell these signs if you
asked me. We all need patience and forecast to
tell these things. To everyone in a relationship,
any kind of relationship we should “Cherish your
significant other like you cherish your appearance,
know your significant other and own them like a
treasure you will never sell. Above all, nourish
your love for each other only if you believe they
will nourish us as well”. There are more lessons
to be learnt because sometimes, when you have
not really fallen flat on your face, you won’t know
how it hurts treating a lip wound. Experiences are
good only when they teach valuable lessons .

**Big thanks to Edwin for gracing Inspy’s World with this lovely piece and to you guys for encouraging him with your thoughtful comments. Love you all. Endless Tears 2 (Rebound) commences 9th February, 2016 as was stated earlier. If you have not downloaded Belina, please click here. Love you all**

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