Love Beyond Reason (by Maggie Smart)
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December 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm #1145525
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Nice reunion. The remaining thing is to heal Ugochi’s wounded heartDecember 14, 2017 at 8:59 am #1145758
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That week, Fredrick spent most of his time with his parents. It was a period of learning and getting to know one another. They had a lot of catching up to do so they found a way to get it done. They tried to stuff many years of absence into a little bit of time.
Nkechi called Ikem home for a family dinner the day after Fredrick came home. Ikem sent a message that he couldn’t make it. Nkechi was crushed and shared her concerns with Fredrick. It was then her told her about all the drama with Ugochi and everything that had happened between him and his twin. He left out the fact that Ikem was abusive though as he didn’t want that to come between a mother and her son. Their mother was very disappointed in Ikem but she didn’t give up. She kept inviting him until he gave in and decided to come almost a week after Fredrick came home.
Nkechi was very excited and told Fredrick about it. She decided to use the opportunity to introduce their newly found son to their family and friends. It was going to be a party like they’ve never had.
Fredrick knew it would be an opportunity to make amends with his twin. He didn’t want the animosity between them to fester until it becomes something that will be difficult to get beyond or to handle. He needed to clear the air with Ikem about Ugochi. He however, couldn’t get beyond the fact that Ikem felt it was okay to beat up a woman. He simply couldn’t wrap his head around the realization that his twin was abusive. He knew he had to deal with it if there was going to be any kind of relationship between Ikem and himself.
The day of the party arrived and Fredrick was feeling very conspicuous. He had thought of inviting Ugochi but he knew that would only add fuel to the fire that was already burning; he didn’t want it to become an inferno. Ugochi’s presence would have calmed him and made him feel less alone.
Family and friends started arriving and he was introduced to them all. He watched his parents talk about him to their friends with so much pride and he was humbled by how easily they accepted him into their family. Through the whirlwind of introductions and discussions though, he was on the look-out for only one person and he knew the exact time Ikem arrived.
A hush fell over the crowd and people started commenting on how alike both of them looked. There were murmurings and whispers all around. Fredrick was not fazed by all that. He waited for Ikem to finish his round of greetings before he approached him. As soon as he saw him move towards the bar, he went after him.
“Good to see you here Ikem.” Fredrick said, offering his hand for a handshake.
“I wish I could say the same.” Ikem eyed his outstretched hand carefully before clasping it. It was obvious he shook his twin because he wanted to avoid speculations from any onlooker.
“Can we go somewhere private and talk?”
“What about?” Ikem was still as deviant as ever.
“I think you’ll agree we have a lot to talk about?”
“Can’t it wait? I mean, I’m trying to enjoy a drink here.”
“No, it can’t and feel free to bring your drink along. I’m thinking the backyard will do?” Fredrick didn’t wait for his reply before walking away.
Ikem grudgingly followed him to the garden at the backyard. Fredrick was seated on a bench by the time he got there. Ikem sat beside him and put his head in his hands. There was no drink in sight. They sat quiet for a few moments, each lost in his own thoughts.
“Man, I’m sorry I’ve been acting all crazy. I don’t think you deserve that.” Ikem said, finally breaking the ice.
Fredrick was surprised. He hadn’t expected his twin to own up to his own stupidity. “It’s understandable, I think.”
“My head has just been so messed up. I was filled with so much jealousy I ended up treating you and Ugochi horrendously. You both didn’t deserve that. I’m sorry.”
“That’s okay Ikem. I really want us to move past this and try to be friends if not brothers. I’ll like a relationship with you.”
“I think we can work on that.”
“I’ll like to clear the air about Ugochi though. You deserve an explanation.”
Ikem nodded. “I’m listening.”
“I approached Ugochi because I thought it would be a lot easier to get in touch with you through her. I was able to track you through the information I got from that horrible doctor. He gave me the name of you and our parents. I found you on Facebook, saw all the posts about you and Ugochi, and connected with her. I had no designs on her and there has been nothing between us but friendship. I’m really sorry to have caused you any pain.”
Ikem was silent for a few seconds. He finally looked at Fredrick and smiled. “Don’t sweat it bro. I made a lot of mistakes myself. I should have trusted her more.”
“Yes, you should have. And you never should have laid your hands on her.”
“True. I regret that the most. I guess it’s too late now?” he looked at Fredrick.
Fredrick couldn’t answer. His chest suddenly felt constricted at the thought of Ugochi and Ikem back together. He turned and stared into the distance.
P.S: I’m sorry this is coming a day late. It was due to circumstances beyond my control.
I need your help with the continuation of this story. I’m stuck and I don’t know where it should go from here. What would you like to see happen between the characters? I welcome any and all suggestions. Let’s do this together!December 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm #1145897
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hmmm nice write up I must say…
I actually would want to throw something in but I don’t like the idea of me knowing how the story eventually unfolded, because curiosity must be the mind of the reader before he finds any write up interesting…December 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm #1145904
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but since you asked I should put my little tiny idea in which cannot be compared with other great writers. I would suggest to see Ikem beg back Ugochie and Fedrick will be jealous to the point that the relationship he wanted with brother would gradually turn to rivalry… and Ugochie would not know who to choose because Ikem has abuse her (the love can never remain the same)and yet Fedrick seems to be a gentleman who would never lay his hands on a Lady… and she will eventually choose one of them Maybe Fedrick or Ikem or maybe a total stranger for peace to reign because their parent are thinking if the reunion that was suppose to be a blessing to their family is literally changing to their family downfall (I don’t want to know who she choose so that some amount of curiosity will still remain in me if you choose to follow this suggestion).December 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm #1146141
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I would love to see Ugochi Back with Ikem and Fred find his half, because Frederick’s relationship with Ugochi will cause more harm than goodDecember 15, 2017 at 1:37 am #1146249December 15, 2017 at 7:42 am #1146333
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Fredrick knew he needed to act fast after his discussion with Ikem.
It was obvious Ikem was thinking of going back to Ugochi, and he wasn’t so certain the kind of reception he is likely to receive. Although, Ugochi had been very emphatic about not getting back together with Ikem, one can never be sure as love is a very funny business.
He had called her immediately after the party and scheduled a lunch date with her. Her time is much more valuable now that she’s gone back to work. He didn’t want to waste time, he would have preferred a dinner date instead. Well, he has to work with what he has.
Ugochi was waiting for him by the time he got to the restaurant at Ring Road. They hugged and sat down.
“It’s good to see you, Fredrick.”
“Good to see you too. I have missed you.”
“Yeah, you know that cannot be avoided. What have you been up to?”
“Nothing much. Just settling in with the folks. Getting to know them better.”
“That’s great. I’m happy for you.”
“And Ikem? Have you been able to settle your differences?”
“Yeah. We spoke at length at my welcoming party.”
“Oh, that’s great news. I’ll hate to see you guys drift apart.”
“I’m not sure we can have a very good relationship. Not after the way he treated you.”
“Come on Fredrick. Anybody can make a mistake. If I can forgive him, I’m sure you can too.”
“Are you saying you’ve forgiven him?”
“Sure. I have to if I want to move on.”
“That’s very selfless of you.”
“It’s not about being selfless. It’s just self-preservation. I don’t want to hold so much hate in my heart.”
“So, it’s not because you still love him?”
“Fredrick, you must remember that I was with Ikem for more than three years and in those three years, he never once maltreated me. It would be difficult to forget all the good times because of one bad incident.”
“I can’t believe you, Ugochi. You know once a beater, always a beater right?”
“I don’t believe that. At least not where Ikem is concerned.”
“Really? I can’t believe this.”
“Fredrick, why are you so dead set against your twin?”
“I just hate women beaters, regardless of the fact that he’s my tin or not.”
“I understand you but I assure you Ikem is not like that. I don’t get your antagonism.”
“Maybe it stemmed from the fact that I like you. You must know that, don’t you?”
“Yes, I do.” Ugochi sighed. “But what do you imagine will come out of that?”
“I imagine you’ll at least give me a chance?”
“I can’t do that, Fredrick. I’ve been with Ikem, I can’t be with you too.”
“Why? I don’t think it’s that big a deal.”
“To me it is. I just can’t.” she looked away
“So, that’s a no?”
Ugochi looked at him sadly. “Yes, it is. I’m sorry.”
He shrugged. “It’s okay. For what it’s worth, I think Ikem will come back to grovel very soon.”
Ugochi just smiled. Their conversation became stilted after that and after a few minutes, they parted ways.
Ugochi was not sure what will happen between them after that but she wished the friendship can continue. She valued Fredrick’s friendship too much to lose it over something as trivial as a failed attempt at love.
The next day, the last thing she thought would happen was a visit from Ikem. But alas, there he was at the door to Dawn’s house. Ugochi was dumbfounded.
He had in his hands a beautiful bouquet of red roses, and his face showed his deep remorse. Ugochi wasn’t about to be appeased with just a bunch of flowers and a sorry look though.
“What are you doing here, Ikem?” she asked rudely. Fortunately, Dawn was not home or she would have walked him out immediately.
“Can I come in, Ugochi? Please?”
“What for?” she frowned
She reluctantly opened the door wider and allowed him come in. She indicated a chair that was a bit far from the sofa she chose to sit in. Ikem sat with a contrite look on his face. Ugochi simply ignored him and stared at her phone.
“Ugochi, these are for you.” He said indicating the flowers.
“What for?” she asked, without looking up.
“Just a small token to say I’m sorry.”
“A little too late, don’t you think?”
“Ugochi, look at me, please.”
She looked up. “Yes?”
“I know I messed up. I know, and I’m so sorry. You know me baby, you know I’m not that guy.”
Ugochi just stared at him, tears trickling down her face.
Ikem went to kneel down in front of her and took her hand. “Please, baby? You know we had a good thing going before I messed it up with my jealousy. There’s no excuse whatsoever for my actions and I’ll not try to give you one. The only thing I can do is promise to spend the rest of my life treating you like the queen you are. I’m really really sorry.”
Ugochi snatched her hand from his and stood up. She walked to the window and stared out, seeing nothing. Finally, she turned back to him. He was still on his knees.
“The only question I have for you is why now? We’ve been apart for weeks with no word from you. Why did you suddenly feel you can come back now?”
Ikem looked down. “Because of Fredrick. He made me realize I’ve been a fool all the while.”
“I can’t believe this.” Ugochi shook her head. “Because of Fredrick? So, if Fredrick had not convinced you there had been nothing between us all along, what would have happened?”
“I don’t know baby. That’s why I said I’m a fool. My irrational jealousy made this happen between us.”
“And what will happen the next time you feel irrationally jealous? What happens then?”
“I promise to listen to you first before taking any action.”
“And that’s supposed to reassure me?”
“Yes, Ugochi. We’ve been together for a number of years and you’ve provoked me many times without it resulting in laying my hands on you. I don’t know what came over me but I will make amends even if I die trying.”
“Don’t you get it, Ikem? It’s not the act itself that has me so bothered. It’s the fact that you stayed away for weeks on end, never contacting me for once. How do you think that made me feel?”
Ikem hung his head. “I don’t know what to say.”
“I guess we are at an impasse. Before we can go on, I have to be absolutely sure that such will never happen again. Until then, you’re on probation.”
“How long of a probation?”
She shrugged. “We’ll see.”
“Oh babe, that’s harsh.”
“I guess. But that’s what it’s going to be.”
“Okay then. We can work with that.”
Ugochi knew she can never be sure what the future holds. She also knew her friends would be disappointed in her for the choice she’s making, but her heart is still with Ikem and we can’t help who we love.
Sometimes, love can be beyond reason.
THE END.December 15, 2017 at 10:30 am #1146439