AT THE VILLAGE.
Mr. Williams and Austin were seating on a long bench
with their parents.
“Papa, Mama, since that day that man came to my house
threatened him before me, I tried all I could to make him
this girl for good but he will not listen. that is why I brought
here, for you to talk to him too. perhaps, he will listen to
you” Mrs. Williams complained.
“Austin” Mazi Ikem Austin’s father called.
“Papa” Austin answered
“What is it in this girl that is making you risk your life
her again and again” Mr. Ikem asked.
“Love papa. I love shantel” Replied Austin.
so called love blinded your eyes? the parents of the girl
N.O. No, tell me, do you want to die?” Mrs. loveth asked
and Austin turned to her.
“Mama, I’m destined to die because of shantel, Nobody
can stop me” Austin replied.
“Odinma” Mrs. loveth said in Igbo adjusting her wrapper.
“This is not time of sounding philosophical. This is time
face REALITY. I will advice you to drop this foolish dream
yours please, please oo oh” Mr. William pleaded.
if we allow you to go on with your plans, what makes you
that chief Richard will allow you to marry his daughter?
around you and tell me what you see. A family surrounded
poverty. you came from a world far different from their
This plan of yours will not work” Mazi Ikem said.
believe in destiny papa” Austin replied.
It was night already when shantel walked into her
room putting on a night gown.
“I’m sorry to disturb. But I will like us to talk” Shantel said
standing by the door side.
“what about?” Mr. Richard asked.
“About my life” Shantel replied. mr. Richard went an
sat on a cushion.
“Alright seat down” He said and shantel sat close to him
one could see Mrs. Doris seating up on the bed.
“Okay. we’re listening”
“Sorry if I sound rude but, were both of you in love before
got married?” Asked shantel looking from her mum to
“Shantel, you said you want to talk to us, so please, if
want to talk, talk and stop asking questions” Mrs. Doris
“Okay. since last two weeks, I conducted a research on
of you and from my findings, dad was already a billionaire
before he got married to you.
came from a family that could barely feed. Both of you
from two different social backgrounds but love brought
together as husband and wife. what I’m asking is that,
is my own case and that of yours so different that you’re
at all cost to stop it” shantel asked as tears kept dropping
down from her eyes.
difference is that, Austin is a rapist, I am not. Austin is
gold digger, I am not. Austin was your diver, your main
your mum was not. For this reasons, Austin can never
allowed to marry you” mr. Richard said and shantel
went on her kneels.
I want to marry him. I love him” Shantel begged with
“Shantel goodnight” Mr. Richard said. shantel stare at
a while and quietly stood up.
“OK daddy” She replied and cried out running to her
Austin was buying something from a store when a Benz
beside the store and three gun men came out. they pointed
gun at Austin, making him to raised up his hands. they
beat him and
him inside the booth of their car after which they speed
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