This is the concluding part of the story of Vero who is in an entwined relationship with both father and son.
On his return, Chris started working in his father’s company. In fact, he became a member of the board of trustees. He too started spoiling me with money and gifts. When I told my mother about Chris, she quietly said, “I warned you not to date Chief but you thought I was old school. Vero, you alone will face the consequences of whatever you are doing. I have washed my hands off you since the day you moved out of this house.”
I made sure I never took Chris to the apartment Chief rented for me the three weeks he was away. Instead, I took him to my mother’s place and pleaded with them to pretend as if I live there with them. Any day Chris and I have a date, I leave my house early to my mother’s place to wait for him. We had beautiful time together until Chief came back from his trip.
My attention immediately shifted back to Chief but my heart was with is son, Chris. Chief was so excited to see me. He made up for those three weeks he was away with loads of gifts and money. He started spending most of his mornings at my place because he could not lie to his wife about embarking on another business trip immediately.
I hardly had time for Chris and he became worried. Whenever we fix dates, I end up standing him up; the worse was that I couldn’t even call him because Chief monitored my every move.
I was home alone one afternoon when I heard a knock on the door. I knew it was not chief because he has his own key to the apartment. However, I rushed to open the door. Guess who I saw? Chris. I was shocked and it was written all over my face. “Chris, what are you doing here? Who gave you this address?” I asked confused.
“Vero, what is happening? You completely changed overnight, what is the matter? You don’t pick my calls, you manage to reply my messages and you stand me up whenever we have a date. Did I do something wrong? Please tell me and I will apologise,” he pleaded. Shaking I said, “That is not what I asked you. How did you get this address?” “Won’t you allow me in,” he asked. I quietly opened the door wide for him to come in.
He then explained to me that he went to my ‘supposed house’ to look for me, only to be told by my mother that I don’t live with them. When he insisted on my whereabouts, my younger sister gave him this house address and assured him that he would meet me there. “What else did they tell you,” I asked. “Absolutely nothing,” he replied. And then the interrogation began as I expected.
“Vero, who owns this apartment? Don’t lie to me,” he pleaded. “It is my uncle’s place. I stay here with him,” I lied. “So why didn’t you tell me this before?” he queried angrily. “Well that is because he does not want any man coming to look for me in his house. He would have embarrassed you if he was at home. Please leave, he could come at any time and I don’t want any trouble for us. I will see you tomorrow,” I promised him. He assured me that he understood gave me a long kiss before taking his leave.
One Saturday morning, Aunty Emilia insisted that I go shopping with her because she was expecting some family friends that evening. After the shopping and cooking, while I was talking with her in the kitchen, Chris walked in, went down on one knee and proposed to me. I said yes and he slipped a lovely diamond ring into my finger. “I think we should start the marriage preparations immediately,” Aunty Emilia happily said. We both unanimously chorused “yes, ma.” I was happy and sad at the same time. I knew Chris and I love each other but what would Chief do if he heard that I am engaged to his son? That really scared me.
I left almost immediately and headed straight to my mother’s place to inform them of the good news. “Mum, I will be getting married soon. He finally proposed,” I screamed. My mother looked at me for a while, shook her head and asked, “So, who finally proposed? Is it the father, son or both of them? Vero, you think you are smart, but don’t worry you have my shoulders to cry on when your world come crashing down on you.”
The next day, Chief rushed to my apartment screaming my name. “Vero, Vero where are you? What do you think you are doing accepting to marry my son? You better forget Chris because you will never marry him as long as I live,” he threatened. “Chief, I think you are forgetting something. We can never get married so why not allow me marry Chris? If you oppose our union, then, you must have a good explanation for your wife and son. What will you tell them, Chief?” He immediately dashed out of the apartment without giving me answers.
Chris and I were always together at their place and this annoyed Chief. I decided to be fully committed to Chris whom I have come to love so much. When Chief sensed that Chris was visiting me at the apartment, he asked me to vacate the place and also seized my car he bought for me. When Chris asked me, I lied to him that my uncle had to sell off everything to travel abroad to join his family and that he would be away for a very long time, so I had to go back to my mother’s house.
One Sunday evening when we went out together, Chief sent thugs to beat up Chris. He thought that would stop me from seeing his son but, instead, it strengthened our love. The next day I went to see him in his office. “Chief I know you sent those thugs to beat up your son. So, you want to kill your only son because of a woman? What a shame,” I told him. “I only told them to beat him up because he is my son, but next time, he may join his ancestors if you don’t stop seeing him,” he threatened.
When preparation for our wedding was in top gear and Aunty Emilia was so excited that her son would soon get married to a ‘good woman’, Chief told them Chris cannot marry me. “Vero cannot marry Chris. She is not as innocent as she appears. I have seen her with various men at different times. She is not suitable for my son. I’m convinced she will not make my son happy” I was not shocked but I had to defend myself before Aunty Emilia and Chris.
From all indications, Chief is serious about Chris not marrying me. Should I tell Aunty Emilia the truth? Gosh! That will break her heart because she trusted me so much and I betrayed that trust.
What about Chris, should I tell him I have been sleeping with his father even before we met? How will he react? How will he look at me? Will he understand and forgive me? I have come to truly love him and don’t want to lose him. What do I do?