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|The Greatest Heartbreak by graceola001(f): 6:59pm On Sep 02|
THE GREATEST HEARTBREAK
© OLAYEMI GRACE
“I’m tired of your constant cheatings, insults and complaints, if you want to break up with me then just do it and stop putting me through all these emotional trials. If you are done then I’m done,” I said and stormed out of my boyfriend’s house.
We had been together for more than ten years and I couldn’t tolerate his excesses anymore.
“I think we both need a break,” I said to myself as I entered my car and drove off.
The ride home that night was full of pain as I couldn’t get my head off all the hardship I had been through since I started going out with Justin.
I parked my car in my garage and went into my house with eyes swollen from all the tears I have been shedding since the news of what Justin did again got to me.
I couldn’t bring myself to think of anything else and when I remembered all that I’ve done for him it just made my head want to pop.
I sat on my couch that afternoon and let my mind wander on how I began this miserable journey ten years ago.
I was only fifteen and was in secondary school when my family had to move from the province to the big city. It was not an easy task for me because I was not the type that liked travelling, going out or meeting new people but then I had to live that town where I had lived all my life to a new place.
The thought of not having friends, being lonely filled my head and soon tears began to flow freely from my eyes as I carried my bag into the truck.
My mom held my hands and was trying to comfort me but I just refused to be comforted. I was leaving my best friend behind, my best school, best house, best room and everything I held dear to me would be left in that province.
When the news of my dad’s promotion and transfer got to us, everyone was happy and even my friends in school were excited and some were jealous when they heard that we would be relocating to the nation’s capital city.
The journey from the province to the city was smooth and we soon arrived in the biggest city in the nation. I was amazed with all the big structures I saw, the nice road and everything was just so good to be true. I had seen the city in movies but had never imagined that I would get there not to talk more of having to live there.
The sight of all the beautiful things around suddenly gave me a new sense of hope and I had a feeling that I was going to have the best time of my life in that city.
Settling down however was not easy. We had a lot of things to arrange and to get to the right place, but mom made it fun and we had a little assistance from someone who was our new neighbour in the beautiful estate that was now our new home.
I was the only child of my parents and even though they never planned to have just a child, circumstances made it so and they had since accepted their fate and put all they had into making sure that I never lacked anything in life.
After so many hours of running around and carrying things, we were finally done and our beautiful apartment was now looking like paradise.
I excused myself from the living room where my mom was appreciating the woman who came to help which I later found out was Mrs. Smith. I went into my room and jumped happily on the bed letting my skin feel the softness of the mattress. The room was bigger and more beautiful than my previous room and as I was admiring my new room, I heard a knock at the door and rose to open it.
As I opened the door, I saw a fair looking boy that should not be older than me looking at me and smiling. I stood there still holding the door expecting him to talk but he just kept smiling and I became annoyed. I left him at the entrance of my room and ran downstairs to ask my mom how a stranger got access into the house. I later got to know that he was sent to call me so we could go and eat dinner in their house since we were yet to have groceries and other essential things we needed to make a meal.
That evening we had dinner at the Smiths and I finally found out that the guy that came to my room earlier was Justin, the only son of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and we would also be attending the same school.
He was in his final year in the secondary school while I was in my penultimate year. He was the senior prefect and was always on top of his class right from kindergarten and he made sure that I settled well in school and was always there in case I needed anything.
One thing led to the other and we became best of friends while our parents also became best of friends. We were always together and if he wasn’t at our house then I would be at theirs.
We continued as friends until he finished his final exams and graduated from the secondary school with the best result. His dad was so happy and he organized a party for him to celebrate his graduation. The party was well-attended by friends and well-wishers and I was happy for my twin (as we called each other).
After the party, we were both seated in his room looking at the videos and pictures from the party and we laughed at all the silly faces people made in some of the pictures. After a while, I noticed that Justin was no longer smiling so I decide to ask him what was wrong with him.
“Hey twin wassup, what’s with the silence?” I asked him but he just stood up from the chair where we were seated and went to sit on the bed.
I went to join him there and was beginning to become worried myself. I asked him again, but this time he just drew me closer to himself and started kissing me and before I could even think straight he had had his way with me and we both laid on the bed staring at the stained sheet.
I had always seen Justin as a brother and we did virtually everything together but not once have I ever had any reason to suspect that he had such an intention towards me.
I wanted to get angry and scream at him for taking my innocence, dignity and pride without my consent but I couldn’t do it. I found myself feeling happy and wanting him to continue. I kept looking at him and we were both lost in the heat of the moment that we did most of our communications without words.
That was the beginning of my relationship with Justin. I was on holiday at that time and Justin was waiting for his admission into the university and we had a lot of time to be with each other. We did a lot of things together and I could say that those moments were the happiest moments in my life as Justin continually made me feel like a woman.
Our parents didn’t suspect anything and when Justin gained admission into a university outside the city, I almost cried myself to death. My mom said I was wailing like a woman who just lost her husband but I didn’t mind. I could not imagine life without Justin and even the mere thought of it was like I was going to choke to death. Justin also did his best to comfort me and promised he was always going to call me and that he would never abandon me.
“But you are already abandoning me,” I said to him that night after we had fun with each other’s body as a way of satisfying ourselves to fill the vacuum that would be created once he left.
“I’m going to study dear. You would also finish secondary school soon and you would join me in the university”, Justin said to me soothingly and I felt at ease.
I bade him farewell the next day and nothing important happened in my life afterwards.
I faced my studies squarely and even though I had a lot of admirers due to my big stature that made me look like I was in my twenties even though I was just sixteen. I did my best and also passed my final exams. I was always excited to talk to Justin and that was what we did most of the times and sometimes we just got naughty on the phone to satisfy our emotional desires. He was also happy for me and I prayed earnestly that I would be admitted into Justin’s school.
My parents wanted me to study abroad but I refused, telling them that I won’t be happy if I was far away.
I finally got admitted into the university and I was very happy, my parents were happy and Justin was happy (or so I thought). I left the city that day with so much joy and enthusiasm. Even though I was not that thrilled because of my studies but the thought of being with Justin again made me happy about going to the university. I had begged my parents to let me live in an apartment off campus because I knew it would be difficult for Justin to visit and spend time with me if I was living in the school hostel.
Justin was around with a colleague of his, Tim, and they both helped me settle in school. I was happy to see Justin again and we chatted for hours catching up and after which we went out to eat and I returned to my room to rest.
School was not fun at all and I was constantly regretting my decision of going there in the first place. I had always wanted to start a business right after my secondary school but ever since Justin came along, I could do anything to be close to him. The lectures, assignments, tests and practicals were becoming so much and it was choking me. I had little time to spend with Justin and even when we were together, he was always ready to leave for lectures or tutorials.
After about two months in school, I was extremely tired and I had gotten to my breaking point- I could not do it anymore. I sat in my room that night trying to find a way out of the mess I had gotten myself into.
It was a Friday and I had not set my eyes on Justin the whole week and we hardly spoke on Phone. It was like ever since I got to the school he became more distant.
I brought out my phone and placed a call through to him and the call went through but there was no answer. I sighed heavily as I dropped my phone on the bed.
I had been calling Justin throughout that day and he was not picking nor returning the calls and that was not his first time of doing such and most times when I asked him he would just give a flimsy excuse and brush it aside.
I thought of how I could get closer to Justin and came up with a plan. I took my bath hurriedly and got ready to go and give Justin a surprise visit which he had warned me against.
Justin was also staying off campus though not in the same environment as where I stayed. I got to Justin’s apartment that night and caught him red-handed with another girl. I could not believe my eyes and I got the greatest shock of my life when Justin ordered me to get out and never visit his house without calling. I was so devastated and went to my room that night drenched with tears. I could not believe Justin was cheating and not only that, he didn’t even care that I was hurt and all he could say were harsh words.
I told Lizzy, the only friend I had made on campus all that happened and she felt sorry for me. I tried to forgive Justin and I secretly wished he would come and apologize so we could patch things up and move on but he didn’t.
To be continued...
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|Re: The Greatest Heartbreak by graceola001(f): 10:03pm On Sep 03|
THE GREATEST HEARTBREAK
© OLAYEMI GRACE
For over two weeks, I didn’t hear from him and I missed him badly and though my friends advised me against chasing after him, I could not give up on my love for Justin. I told them that I would fight for my love and that nothing good comes easy.
I called Justin the following morning to hear his voice and give him a chance to apologize but I received another shock.
“Who I’m I speaking to?” Came the husky voice of Justin from the other end of the line.
I was silent for a minute as I thought he was playing pranks with me and I decided to play along.
“This is Ego, the girl you met at the club last night,” I answered and Justin was quiet for a while and I felt he was confused since he doesn’t go to clubs and just as I wanted to save him from the stress of racking his brain he responded and my heart almost jumped out of my chest.
“I thought you said your name was Debby and now it is Ego and maybe tomorrow it will be Ngozi,” he said and laughed.
At that point I could not hold back my tears as I allowed them to flow freely and I drowned my sorrow in them. There was I, thinking that Justin was only afraid of coming to me to apologize not knowing that he was practically flirting with anything in skirt.
“Why are you crying my dear?” Justin asked with worry and concern in his voice and that further broke my already shattered heart.
“It is Jemima not Ego,” I said amidst tears and he went silent again.
‘I’m sorry you just called a wrong number,” he said after a brief silence and ended the call.
I felt my whole world crashing and I just begged God to take my life. I was only seventeen at the time and was already experiencing such cruelty from a man I felt loved me genuinely.
I vowed to move on and I stopped calling or texting Justin and he didn’t even bother to call me either. The semester came to an end and I was happy to go home and be with my loving parents.
I was tired of the school already and had no intentions of returning after the break. I got home that day to a sumptuous meal and for once I was able to forget Justin and I had a wonderful night rest without thoughts of Justin.
My mom noticed I was looking lean and unkempt but I ascribed it to the stress of school and she said she understood but deep down I knew it was the emotional trauma I was going through that was responsible for my haggard look because I was always absent-minded and lost in thought of Justin and I missed many lectures and tests and was already sure I would fail a lot of courses that semester but I really didn’t care.
I woke up the following morning with a pounding headache- it was like a party was going on in my head and the pain was excruciating. I screamed while holding my head and my mom came to my rescue. She was asking me what the problem was but I could not explain as I was blacking out. I heard faint cries of my mom and dad but I was too weak to even open my eyes.
I was in the hospital for days and my mom and dad with our neighbours- the Smiths, were always visiting. At that time, I made up my mind to forget Justin and as I was encouraging myself that I could do it, Justin walked in with a bouquet in his hands smiling.
I wanted to be angry with him but his smiles made me handicapped. I watched him put the bouquet on my bed and sat on the chair opposite my bed staring at me. I had always known Justin to be a very out-spoken and lively person but one thing about him was that he loved to communicate with actions more than words when it comes to our relationship.
We kept on looking at each other until I slept off and when I woke up he was still there smiling at me. All the anger in me had melted and I was just staring at the man I loved so dearly and I wanted to be with every minute of my life.
I was discharged from the hospital days later and Justin was always by my side cracking jokes and telling me stories. He spent the night with me in my ward and when my parents insisted he went home, he didn’t oblige to them and he insisted on staying with me.
Days after I got discharged were like heaven on earth for me. Justin was always at my service, making sure that I didn’t stress myself. I forgave him and accepted him back even though he didn’t ask for forgiveness and he didn’t say anything about all that happened in school and I didn’t bring it up either because I was afraid he might get pissed off. We resumed our relationship fully and we were making out again.
School would be resuming soon and I was scared of losing Justin again. I asked my friend, Lizzy for advice and she was angry that I accepted Justin back after all he had done to me. She ended the call without even advising me and I was left to devise a plan myself.
I thought it would be best if I and Justin would live together in school. That way I would be able to monitor him and be there for him so he would not have any reason to look elsewhere. I told Justin about it and he disagreed initially but after much persuasion, he agreed and once again I was looking forward to going back to school.
To be continued...
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