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Tokunbo stormed out of the room as she tried to explain.
She knew she had hurt him deeply. She wanted to tell him at first when they started dating but he had assumed she was a virgin like everyone else who saw her as the innocent Reverend’s daughter. She had spoken to her sister about her decision to tell Tokunbo when their relationship was getting more serious and she remembered her sister’s reaction.
‘You want to tell him WHAT???’
Sola shouted in disbelief.
‘Yes you heard me; I want to tell TJ about the incidence cos he believes I’m a virgin. I feel horrible for lying to him and –
‘My little NAIVE sister, you CANNOT tell him oh. For what now??? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. Shey you guys have decided not to have sex till you get married. That’s good enough already and I commend you both, going by the things I see these days.’
She had taken her sister’s advice. Really what was the point in telling him about something that happened when she was thirteen? Something nobody talked about in the family. How would she tell him she was raped by a fellow pastor’s son when she went to spend her summer holidays with them in Jos. The images from that horrible afternoon came flashing back. Memories that she had long buried and had gathered dust in the deepest part of her soul.
Her sister and brother had gone out with the pastor and his wife and they left her at home because she was sleeping. Unknown to her, their seventeen year old son, David didn’t go with them. She thought she heard a knock on the room door and asked him to come in. David came in to the room and asked her if she was okay, told her everyone else had gone out but he didn’t go with them because he had a headache. She noticed he acted funny as he spoke but didn’t read much meaning into it. She expected him to leave the room after talking to her but he lingered on and sat at the edge of the bed.
‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ he asked
Of course she didn’t. Why would she have a boyfriend at her age? Her mother would just chop off her head. He went on to brag about how he had several girlfriends and they all liked him. She got bored and was hoping he would leave but then he reached up to her and brushed his fingers against her cheeks.
‘I really like you Tinuke.’
Alarm bells went off in her head because of the way he said it and the look in his eyes. She immediately told him she was going to the kitchen to get water. She had barely made it out of the bed when he pinned her down and raped her. She had begged him in the name of God, fought him with all the strength she had and screamed at the top of her lungs.
She shuddered at the memory. She remembered feeling so dirty after and scrubbing her body with hot water to rid her body of his smell. She had locked herself up in the bathroom afterwards and cried till there were no more tears to shed. Her sister came back to find her on the floor in the bathroom and asked her what was wrong; Sola responded with a heart wrenching cry and stormed out of the bathroom to tell David’s parents. Tinuke later found out that David’s mother had abused her and called her all sort of names like Jezebel and Delilah. The following day, Sola gathered Tinuke and their younger brother, Ife and boarded a bus back to Lagos.
When their parents learnt what happened, they called the Jaiyeolas but they didn’t answer their phone calls. They never heard from them after that. Her mother took her to a hospital for pregnancy test and HIV test and to everyone’s relieve they were negative. Her parents warned them never to tell anyone and pretend it never happened. They never spoke about it. Even when they knew it was the reason why Atinuke became withdrawn and didn’t socialize with anyone and her grades started dropping.
Tokunbo couldn’t believe what his wife just said.
He couldn’t stay in the same room with her. He found his way to his black Honda Accord parked in the car park. The ‘Newlyweds’ sticker that covered the car’s plate number was still there. He yanked it off and cut it into shreds. He yanked off the ribbons that had been used to decorate the car and kicked at the tyre. The pain he felt stopped him from kicking further as he realized he had left the room without his shoes. His appearance was the last thing on his mind as he stormed out of the room. He was only wearing a vest; thankfully he hadn’t forgotten to put on his trousers.
He sat in the driver’s seat with his head on the steering. Tinuke wasn’t a virgin; she had lied to him. He remembered her clearly saying he was the only man she had dated. Clearly he wasn’t! He spat out of the window. Only God knew how many men she had slept with. His thoughts traveled to the first time he saw her.
He had just moved to Lagos from Abuja after changing jobs. He was looking for a new church to worship and had tried New Covenant Baptist church on the recommendation of his friend. That was the first time he set his eyes on her; she led the choir in an angelic voice and he was hooked. He later decided to make New Covenant Baptist Church his church because enjoyed the sermon and he definitely wanted to hear more of that voice. He later learned that she was the Reverend’s daughter.
The vibration of his phone interrupted his thoughts. He glanced at the screen, saw Atinuke’s picture, hissed and put the phone down.
Tokunbo didn’t return to the room till the early hours of morning. His worried wife had slept off after trying to reach him but to no avail. He stormed into the room without even saying hello and told her they were checking out of the hotel today. Atinuke mumbled okay in reply even though she thought he had booked it for 3 nights.
The journey to church was uncomfortably quiet. He didn’t even say a word to her. She changed her profile picture on BBM to a picture of both of them someone had taken yesterday. The comments flooded in immediately:
‘awwww, you guys look lovely’
‘Congratulations Mrs Williams’
‘You look so beautiful Tinu’
‘How was your wedding night? *wink*’
She smiled despite the reality, if only they knew what was happening. They got to church just in time. Tinuke was shocked as Tokunbo reached for her hand as they walked into church. Of course he had to put up a show for everyone. They only just got married yesterday for goodness sake. They were greeted cheerfully by everyone, someone even said she was glowing; maybe she was glowing from betrayal, she wanted to laugh out aloud.
The sermon her dad preached was on forgiveness, it was so apt for their situation and she prayed that Tokunbo would forgive her for lying to him.
‘Dear brothers and sisters, you have to forgive whoever has offended you. Jesus told Peter, he should forgive seventy times seven times. I don’t think anybody can offend you that much in a day. Please forgive, if you want your prayers to be answered by God and also want to make it to heaven. Remember, God forgave you for all your sins…’
She was glad when the service came to an end because she was tired of pretending, her cheeks hurt from smiling too much.