Sequel to A SECOND BEGINNING
“She went to be an intern for her uncle
Just a little hustle before she go to law school
But Uncle Peter Agbaya, alai’nitiju
One late night he came back into the sitting room
Uncle, please stop
Uncle didn’t stop till he broke the hymen.
I don become a child of the world.” – Falz (Child of the World)
“I was 19 when it happened” she started, with tears in her eyes. “It was after our 100 Level second semester exams when I went to visit my cousin, Ope, who was in his final year at Unilag. He introduced me to his friend, Dave, who was a really nice guy. We exchanged contact and became friends during the weeks that followed.” Tayo kept staring into open space. She continued.
“The week before we were to resume 200 Level, he asked me out on a date. He took me to Tantalizers and we had a good time. After the date, he told me that he forgot a parting gift that he wanted to give me before I returned to school, so we went to his house together. Usually, at least one of his flatmates would be around, but that day it was different. Also, as we entered, he turned on the surround system and started playing music. He said he wanted to keep me entertained. Looking back, I should have realized that something but wrong, but I didn’t. I just felt those things were coincidences” Tayo looked on like he had seen a ghost.
“Long story short…He raped me. I still remember the demented look in his eyes as he forcefully took what I had kept for close to two decades. Those twenty minutes were the death of me. I screamed but no one came to my rescue, not even God. At a point, I lost the will to shout. It was useless. I was useless. After the beast was satisfied, he got off the bed. The barbaric act was over, but my heart was wounded.”
She glanced at her husband who had tears streaming down his eyes. She wanted to stop but she had to continue. “I cried till I literally could not cry again. The fool said it was the devil that pushed him. He said he really loved me and he didn’t know what came over him. The worst part came when the idiot said that he had bought a condom earlier that day, and he used it because he didn’t want to get me pregnant. I swear if I had a knife, I would have stabbed him. But I didn’t, so I couldn’t. Tayo, I was dejected and demoralized. I didn’t know what to do” She placed her hand on Tayo’s back. He shrugged it off. “Ife mi, that was the craziest period of my life. I was so depressed and suicidal. My mind was made up never to get married or even have a relationship because I could not trust men again.”
“You came around and despite my silly behavior, you stuck with me. I tried everything to get you away from me, but you stuck with me. You stood by me. Adetayo Oluwagbotemi Fadipe…you showed me what love truly means. You…” Tayo cut in. “Stop. Lara, just stop this nonsense. Look at my body, just because I tried to sleep with my wife, I have scratch marks all over.” “Sir, I didn’t mean to. It was just that the memories of that sad night came to me and the flashback made it seem as if it was happening again. I’m sorry, my dear.”
Tayo blew his top. “Lara. You are a murderer! No. You are worse. We courted for two years and you never for once deemed it fit to tell me about this.” “I wanted to, Tayo. God knows I wanted to. Remember our date night at Eko Hotel and Suites? You said I was moody and I told you there was something I wanted to tell you. This was it. But I couldn’t bring myself to say it because of the fear that you would leave me.” She moved closer to him and tried to hold his hand, he pushed her away. “Tayo, I love you so much that I can’t imagine life without you. Please forgive me. Ade ori mi, please”
“Forgive? Iru isokuso wo niyen? What kind of nonsense are you saying? All through our period of courtship, the furthest you allowed me was a hug. Every other thing, mba. You were shouting Sexual Purity all over the place. It was not as if I was an unbeliever o” Lara tried to interject, but a look at his face and she knew better than to talk. “Lara, any small thing, you will be quoting 1 Thessalonians 4:3. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality. You quoted it so much, it became an anthem. If only I knew that you weren’t living what you preached. Bloody hypocrite!”
At the mention of that word, Lara caught fire. “Whaaat did you just say? Did you just call me a hypocrite!? Hehehe. See me see trouble o. Okay, I agree I was wrong. I should have told you, but I didn’t and I have apologized. Ki gan ni. Ahahn. What is your problem? You now have the guts to call me a hypocrite. Tayo. You. You dare call me a hypocrite. Was I the one whose elder brother helped to write his GCE? Ehn. If you are so perfect, why did you not go to WAEC office and tell them the truth? Who knows whether you even attended university as you claimed or you paid to get the first class.”
That moment, Tayo lost control and did something he swore he would never do. He beat his wife.
Oya oo. This is getting interesting.
- Do you think Lara could have done anything to prevent the rape?
- What would you have encouraged her to do if you met her the evening of the incident?
- Was Lara right not to disclose the fact that she was raped?
- Does being a perpetrator or victim of sexual abuse stop a person from being a promoter of sexual purity?
- Tayo lost control and beat his wife. 😦 … what do you think about domestic violence?
Coming soon… 🙂
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