Thu. Feb 8th, 2024

Shantel was seating upright on her bed when her

parents

came into her room.

“Shantel. your mother told me that you have refused

to

eat since yesterday. why?” Mr. Richard asked. shantel

Stare at him in silence.

“He’s asking you shantel” Mrs. Doris said.

“I

heard him mum. I don’t want to eat” Shantel replied.

“Why?” Mr. Richard asked.

“We don’t eat to stay alive, we do stay alive to have

peace

and joy. without Austin I don’t have peace and joy

so

I won’t eat to stay alive” Shantel answered.

“Why

are you doing this to yourself” Mrs. Doris asked.

“Because

my parents do not care how their actions affect me.

is

it a crime that I’m your child?” Shantel shouted.

“Hey hey hey

look here let me tell you. If you think by not eating

will

blackmail me to allow you marry that idiot in thorns

then

you lie. Never” Mr. Richard shouted back at her.

“Then

I will not only refused your food but, I will also refused

the

car you bought for me. this is the keys” throwing it on

the floor.

“You can take it. I don’t need it. very soon I’m going to

move

out and stay on the street, then die there is better for

me” shantel said sorrowfully.

“Shanteeeeel, stop. stop all this NONSENSE.stop it.

look,

forget this criminal, this idiotic thorns, he will break

your

heart in future. He will. but, your mother and I, we don’t

want

anything like that to happen to you because, because

we

love you. we love you very very much” Mr. Richard said.

“Goodnight dad” shantel

said surprising mr. Richard. He turned to his wife

Mrs. Doris.

“Did you hear that? is it all she can say?” he asked

Mrs. Doris

who was speechless. He left followed by his wife.

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It was 9pm already. Darkness has already covered the

whole

building in which only the rays of light could be seen.

Mr. Richard

and his wife was seen seating beneath a tree outside

thinking

of next action to take.

“What do i do now? this idiot has refused to show up.

affter all

my effort to nail him out,ha!! I have to do something

and

fast. otherwise, I will loose my precious daughter” Mr. Richard said.

“My king. I plead, I suggest we let them get married” Mrs. Doris

said

faintly. Mr. richard turned to her with an angry look.

“What?

if I hear such rubbish again from you I swear, I will

divorce you.

nonsense” Mr. Richard said with a frown. Mrs. Doris

stare

at him feeling for her daughter shantel.

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The following day( # At_Lagos )

Austin was seen moving to and fro in the sitting room.

“What

am I doing here? hiding away and losing a woman

that

has become interior part of me? God forbid. I have

to

rise up, breaze up and face whatever storms and challenges

on

my way and claim that which is mine. Yes, no real

man

gives up in a fight. shantel is my right. I love her and

I

am going to fight for her. Let heavens fall, even mountains

” Austin said to himself.

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TBC.

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