The minister tried to speak again, but this time it was Tunji’s mother that interrupted him. “Hold it there”! She roared. The silence that followed was deafening. I wanted to speak but I knew it would escalate the situation. I saw my mother’s lips move and my father gave her a warning stare, so she remained quiet. All eyes were on me…and Tunji, but mostly me.
This was a defining moment. This moment would either validate my decision to end the relationship in the first place, or confirm if starting a new life as Tunji’s wife was the right thing to do. All of it was dependent on Tunji’s reaction to the situation at hand.
It was as though he read my mind, because he was the next person to speak;
“Mum, we are getting married today whether you give your permission or not”. Tunji said to his mother.
“Tunji, I just want you to…….” She was saying when Tunji cut her off.
“I know what I am doing. I love you mum, but I want to marry Adesewa and that is not going to change”. Tunji said.
I didn’t want to get married to him with his mother mad at us. I was glad Tunji had defended our relationship but I wanted his mother to share in our joy. I took a step towards her, Tunji reached out and tried to pull me back.
“It’s ok babe.” I said to him. He let go of my hand and I walked slowly towards her. My heart was pounding, because I had absolutely no idea what her reaction would be. She stood there watching me and when I was close enough to whisper, I spoke:
“I know when I called off the wedding, I hurt not only Tunji but his entire family and I am sorry. If you would give me a second chance I promise to be the kind of wife you prayed your son would have. Please your blessing means the world to me”.
She was quiet for a few seconds and then she smiled and said out loud;
“What are you guys waiting for? Let’s get married”!
I turned around and the smile on Tunji’s face melted my heart. I knew I had done the right thing.
Now it was time for my fairytale to really begin…
….to be continued.
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