I HAD A P.I. COME IN FROM THE STATES TO JOIN THE ONE HERE WE’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR HER FOR ALMOST THREE MONTHS AND EVERY EVIDENCE WE HAD LED us to a dead end I closed my eyes and cracked my knuckles thinking of the next place to start looking from we had posters of her at almost every corner of the country with a whooping prize for whoever was able to find her but all the calls we had were either pranks or wrong identification, if she had been kidnapped her abductors would have contacted us already and if she’s in hiding what scared her?, was someone threatening her.I pulled out my phone from my side pocket as soon as I felt it vibrate and answered without looking at the screen “Hello” there was silence at the other end so I removed it from my ear and studied the number carefully it looked different I wonder which country it is? It could be fraudsters or Liyah’s abductors. “Hello……,who I’m I speaking to please”. The call was ended abruptly. My phone rang again just after the call ended.




“WE HAVE A LEAD JAMAL” DR. AMIN SAID HURRIEDLY, I LEFT THE OFFICE AS QUICKLY AS I COULD AND CALLED JEFF THE P.I ¬†I CALLED IN TO JOIN ME AT THE HOUSE. I studied the sheet Dr Amin gave me and marvelled at the exorbitant amount that was withdrawn from the account I shook my head trying very hard to shake off the anger that was building inside me, why didn’t I think of this. “So when was this done the amount left is chicken change” I said annoyed at how a prominent bank could allow such a transaction to be made without the consent of the kin of the person. “Calm down Jamal, I know everything will come to an end pretty soon”.

“I wonder why the manager never contacted me before giving out such an amount, it’s the money she had from her mum’s inheritance, and I should never have given her total control of that account we had an agreement she would not misuse that money” he said looking through the papers again. He called the manager but he said she had full control on the money so he couldn’t convince her although he tried doing so.

“Now we need to get the CCTV footage of that date we want to study her body language it can tell a lot or if she was with someone” Jeff said as Dr Amin spoke with the manager. “I had a call from a strange number I don’t know if it’s worth looking into, but I think we should give it a try” I said shoving the phone into Jeff’s hand.




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I met with Dr Amin and Jeff with the other P.I whose name I still don’t recall.


“So I checked the number but I can’t trace it I’m still trying to break through, whoever did this is a computer genius” I shook my head and started walking to the door “But we tried the major airports and spotted her at the KIA (KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) that was three days after she went missing we checked the flights that left the country that day since we couldn’t make out the exact flight she took, the officials are tight lipped about it. Here are the list of flights


LONDON _12am.









“Which schools did she apply to?” Jeff asked looking at me “I only know of Yale, and Cambridge I think I’m not certain but it seems she applied to one of those British schools, and the Ghanaian schools too, but judging from how futile search seems ¬†I don’t think she’s in any of the schools over here”.


Jeff nodded and jotted ¬†something down, “So the best ¬†bet is which of the schools ¬†she went to and if she has indeed been scared away she’ll go for a low-key school so she won’t bring attention to herself, I think we’ll have to hack into her email and social media accounts so we can see if she had anyone threatening her, then we can decide which of the countries she fled to”. I nodded as a plan started forming in my head.

I DIDN’T WANT TO DELAY EVEN A SECOND LONG WHEN I HAVE PROVE SHE’S OUT THERE SOMEWHERE, MY BEST BET IS SHE MIGHT BE IN LONDON OR SYDNEY, I’M SO CONFUSED, I KNOW SHE’s bilingual and could be in any of these countries I just had to try my luck and I pray it’s where she is I don’t have any intention of giving up on her anytime soon.


I started making arrangements to leave the country I told Dr Amin I had a very important meeting to attend to, we couldn’t really rely on what we’ve been given so this was the only choice we had plus I couldn’t even tell where to start searching from, my only luck will be all the countries I targeted are advanced so I could find her easily which I pray I do cos I couldn’t keep on living like this she had my whole life in a mess and it could only be righted by her “Princess, I really need you I could have beared with you being far from me but the thought that I could see you even if it was from a distance always soothed me, but not knowing where you are at all freaks me out, Ya Allah please help me find her, I’ve learnt my lessons”.

I travel a lot mostly for business trips and I was usually content with the results I had but this particular trip scares me I’m afraid of the results “will I find her, how would she react when she sees me, will she be happy someone finally found her?” I huffed and leaned my head on the small plane that was flying me to Melbourne, I’ve been in Sydney for the past two days and all search proved futile, I chose Melbourne cos there might be a chance she went there and it was a large city.”We’re sorry Sir but no one by this name came into this country on that date or all the days that followed but I do pray you find her” she said softly when she saw how distressed I was “But it can only be possible if she came in illegally or by another name, we can leave her picture with the police in case they find someone who looks like her” I smiled sadly and rose gently from the chair.

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I drummed my thumb and middle finger on the desk as I waited for her to give me an answer it’s always frightening when you wait to be given a life changing answer, her answer could wreck and unwreck me, she squinted her eyes and bit her forefinger. “No one by that name came in from Ghana or any African country” I swallowed hard and huffed closing my eye tightly “then what of European countries she could have made a transit” she shook her head in disapproval “I can’t do that for you sir I’ve already broken too many rules but I pray you do find your wife” “I understand, thanks for the help” I said sharply and left the office. I was tiring of all these answers but I’m grateful to the immigration officers they all had their jobs on the line but still ¬†chose to ¬†help me .


I drove around when I left the office where should I go next, it’s been almost 14 hours since I stepped from the Lufthansa airplane at Heathrow airport I just had a few hours of soundless sleep and I’ve now began my hunt again ¬†which seems to be fruitless so far.

I drove to the ¬†London Eye I didn’t even notice how far I had ¬†driven to, I stopped ¬†and watched as the Ferris wheel spun and how the people seemed excited my body tinged and I looked back but didn’t see anyone if there’s one thing I’ve learnt to ¬†trust it’s my instincts I looked around again and saw a lady in a black and white stripe maxi dress, I couldn’t see her face but found myself following her, I hurried to join her climb the Ferris wheel but I was a bit late and I got to see her profile it was Liyah, I wanted to join her but I didn’t want to freak her out so I just waited for her to come out no need to rush things although I felt like carrying her home.

I waited for her at the exit and pulled her away when it was her turn to come out, she was startled at first but didn’t make a fuss when she saw my face she just looked at me and followed behind, I opened the side door and shoved her in then hurriedly entered the car and drove away “Stop the car Jamal” she said coldly as I drove on. I drove to the apartment I lived and parked at the garage, I turned to her and she looked more beautiful than ever I looked away and went out opening the door for her, “Follow me upstairs Liyah and please stop nagging I want us to resolve everything now”. She blinked sharply and nodded.

“There’s no need to go inside Jamal let’s talk here” she said pulling the front of her dress, ¬†my eyes were drawn there and I looked her over she looked much prettier and matured I looked around and there was no one around, I tried hugging her but she pushed me away shaking her head. “Liyah you’ve put me through enough, not only me even your dad Liyah we thought something bad happened to you and look” I said pointing at her “You look more ok than ever” She looked away and wiped her face “Liyah” I said softly “please come ¬†with me let’s go home your dad is worried sick about you” she shook her head and shutted ¬†her eyes tightly “Jamal I just wanted time away from everything but don’t use your guilt tactics on me, I just wanted to free my mind and find a way to get over you and thank God I finally did so” she said quickly looking away.

“Liyah I want you to look into my eyes and repeat those words you just uttered”. “You know what, I really need to go now I’m wasting time I’m really needed I’ve already wasted ¬†enough time”. She said turning and walking away I hurried and caught ¬†up with her “Liyah I don’t know what you mean by getting over me cos I don’t care whoever you are with you are mine and I’m not making you move an inch without me” she rolled her eyes and shook her head walking out of the garage. I followed behind as she stood a taxi and quickly joined her right after she entered.

“So ¬†you mean to tell me you’ve found someone else ?” she just nodded and told the driver to drive to the London Eye.




I blinked back the tears that had welled in my eyes “I wish Jamal was here to see the wonderful gift we’ve created together”. There was a knock on the door. She opened the door and slightly peeked in “Can we come in Mama” I smiled and nodded for her to join me. Elena came in with her parents and Clayton, with flowers and balloons in the hands of each of them. ¬† ¬† ¬†I was very happy they really made me feel loved, Jordan couldn’t make it but this was all that I needed.

We were discharged and went home the day after. And the most amazing thing of all is baby Abdul and I never wanted for anything he had everyone wrapped around his little fingers the little sound he makes has everyone fussing especially Elena like a mother hen.

3 MONTHS Later…..

“You can’t just come to London and always be at home we need to go out right?” she asked baby Abdul who gooed ¬†in agreement “I told you even the little man agrees” the kid was ¬†growing older each day. I smiled at how she held him everyone was now a baby expert in the house I ¬†used to be scared whenever she held him I wasn’t better at holding him myself but I was way better than her, she took the baby strap and walked to the door “We’ll be waiting for you in the sitting room” . I chose a black and white stripe maxi dress which was a bit tight at the bust and loose from the waist down and tied my headscarf. I looked at my reflection and smiled having Abdul had made me a bit fuller my bust region was full and I was breastfeeding him. I took a handbag and went out to join them. “Look at mom Abdul is she not beautiful?” I ¬†rolled my eyes and shook my head there was no one at home so we went out. Elena showed me most parts of central London we visited shops at Soho and the Buckingham Palace. And I saw the Big Ben I saw more of London than I’ve ever had. We made our final stop at the London Eye and I watched the Ferris wheel spin them around.

“Aaliyah I’ll be at the restaurant over there I’m scared of heights” she said walking to the restaurant. I climbed in and had much fun than I’ve ever had I took pictures with the little camera I had seeing London from up there was so amazing how all the skyscrapers looked small from the top. I couldn’t keep the smile from my face I was pulled away immediately ¬†I came down I was startled a bit but got over it when I saw Jamal how did he know I was here I just followed him like I always do. I only found back my words when he drove us away. “Stop the car Jamal” I knew he won’t comply but I was scared ¬†he might find Abdul I wanted to confront him and dad myself when I was ready but it seems nature had it’s own plans for us. He parked the car at the garage of the building, I hated being alone with him he could break all the fences I’ve built up with just a look, he was already weakening my resolve, I sometimes feel stupid when I remember why I left him but I couldn’t just forget the kind of crime he had tagged on dad.

I told him I was going home when he was done with his long speeches of how I made him and dad worried sick, my poor dad I ¬†felt so sorry for him, I asked the driver for his phone to make a call but Jamal stopped him and passed his to me. ¬†I’m lucky I had memorised Elena’s number she answered on the second ring “Hello ” she started bombarding me with questions when she heard my voice “Take a chill pill how’s my man doing?” I heard a little growl from Jamal but looked away I could hear his gooey sounds the kid was such an angel ¬†“Are you still at the restaurant?” “Yea”

“OK Tell him mo-” I clamped my mouth shut and began again “Tell him ¬†I really love him” “Tell him yourself” I think she held the phone to his ear cos his baby sounds were more audible “Yeah babe I love you”. The phone was pulled away I just smiled and shrugged “God Liyah I could only take that much does he ¬†know you’re married?” he said in a voice a little higher than a whisper “Please Jamal let’s not do this” I ¬†replied in a whisper.

We were at the restaurant in less than 15 minutes Elena sat on a table with a guy I ¬†only saw his back but I presumed it was Clayton she still had Abdul strapped to her but more loose her eyes widened when she spotted me with him, I smiled back nervously and walked to the table with him, I cleared my throat and smiled at Clayton “Hey Clayton” “Aaliyah” he said surprisingly looking from me to Jamal, he nodded and looked to Elena I introduced them to Jamal “Elena, Clayton meet Jamal” but the funny part is how I’ll introduce Jamal to them I couldn’t lie cos Abdul was a replica of him “Elena, Clayton meet my uh” “Husband” Jamal added coolly smiling at them ¬†and giving Clayton his hand to shake Abdul gave out a loud shriek just then good heavens the child wants to be introduced too.

I looked from Elena to Clayton as Elena unstrapped him and handed him to me. “Holy crap” Jamal muttered a bit loudly when he saw Abdul I sucked my mouth in as I took Abdul. I was very nervous Jamal walked the little distance and stretched his hands to take him I shook my head but he was persistent, I ¬†looked at Elena as the child continued to cry, resisting my hold even as I tried to hush him up. ¬†I gave him to Jamal cos I was drawing people’s attention to us and he hushed up like he had not been crying just a few seconds ago.











I LAUGHED HYSTERICALLY WHEN HE UTTERED THOSE WORDS “Please come again I don’t believe I heard you right” “I said you are 12 weeks pregnant, that’s what the results say” I instinctively touched my tummy and whispered Jamal’s name silently “Aye, so you should make an appointment with your doctor or should I recommend one for you”.

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I left the doctor’s office I’ve met with the gynaecologist who would now take over from the doctor and I was very happy when she turned out to be female, I sighed as I stopped a cab to take me back to the hostel, I don’t know how Elena is going to react when she finds out, the doctor she called the other day couldn’t make it and I felt better so I didn’t see any need to go see a doctor again, But I’d been noticing the weird changes in body lately like the late arrival of my menses, my menses never delayed not even for a day, so it was weird at first, and then the eating problem I ate too much, I could eat a whole chicken and not be full, I first blamed it on the weather maybe it’s all a change of weather, but I started freaking out on the second month but never mustered the courage to see a doctor, I was afraid this would be the results and now look, what I suspected finally turned out to be true.

I am three months pregnant, I had a life growing inside me the fruit of my love with Jamal “Oh Jamal” I whispered into the air touching my tummy again I groaned when my back ached and pushed myself into the chair “Are you ok ma’am” the cabbie asked in his thick Scottish accent crooking the rearview mirror to see me well “I’m alright sir thank you”. I alighted at the hostel when we got to ¬†campus, I had two options now, hold on with my schooling for now and resume after I have given birth or school whiles I’m pregnant, I couldn’t just stop schooling no way so I had to school while I was pregnant.

Elena was not yet back from her expedition or whatever it was she said she was going to I wondered if I should tell her about my pregnancy, Hmm I looked at the ceiling like it could give me an answer, I had an evening lecture today, but it seems that will be going down in the drain cos my head is all jumbled and I don’t know if I’ll understand anything the lecturer teaches so that meant no lectures today.


I was awoke by the endless sounds from the kitchen “Elena… ” I groaned out and the sound magically stopped “Aaliyah you’ve been sleeping for over three hours since I arrived” she proclaimed widening her eye like it was the most mysterious thing to ever happen, I liked how she behaved it sometimes made me miss being a child I was never really a child, I had to learn to be an adult or should I say act like an adult before I even turned into one.

I told her about my pregnancy after I had prayed and had dinner and she was pretty amazed “You mean to tell me you are pregnant?” she asked widening her eyes like saucers. I told her half truths about Jamal and me. “Aw I’m so sad about how your story ends but I hope he sees reason to come back to you” I just smiled and begged her to stop talking about it cos I hurted whenever I remember what happened.


My pregnancy was luckily a smooth one I had no morning sickness and it was not so revealing even as  I entered my last trimester, I just gained lots of weight and my curves filled out  so I wore more loose clothes and Elena was very supportive we were not course mates but she helped me get notes  whenever I felt lazy to go for lectures, we only shared psychology class she studied computer science and psychology whiles I did (business management and psychology) and she was a genius at it I bet she will be the next best female programmer she is one of the best computer science students in Aberdeen which was a world class school.

I closed my eye really hard and pushed the book I had on my study desk away I pushed the chair back and went to stand by the window putting a hand on my small bump, all I craved now was to be held tightly by Jamal listening to his ever soothing voice sooth me to sleep I missed him so much and daddy too, I pulled out my cell phone but I stopped midway as I was dialling his number and used the land-line phone downstairs Elena has programmed it like a phone booth so calls couldn’t be traced she did it to pull prank on people the phone was answered on the second ring “Hello” I closed my eyes as his voice wash over me I really missed him “Hello” he said again “Please who’s on the line” I slammed the phone back on the dialler, and placed my hand on my chest as I willed my heart to regulate it’s beating, my heart pounded like it was going to come out of my chest.

I knew I will never be able to get over Jamal his love was tattooed onto my heart, so permanent I can’t ¬†forget him even if I ¬†willed myself to do so.


We were done with the exam within two weeks, I was very happy when we were given a long break. The doctor was very happy with my progress, things were running smoothly, my investment was paying off quite well and the baby will be arriving soon.

“So what do you say will you go with me?” she asked giving me a pleading look, “Ugh Lena I know your parents are very nice but I don’t want to be a burden on you guys, with this thing I have in front of me” I said pointing to my tummy. She looked annoyed when I said that “You didn’t have to insult my godson and he’ll never be a burden on me” the baby kicked like it knew what we were talking about I smiled and soothed my tummy as I made way to go lie on the bed. She opened the closet and took the trolley at the entrance of the walk in closet, she brought the luggage out and started stuffing my clothes in the bag, “Elena…” I groaned “stop that” “No Lil missy you’re going with me and you have no say in this” I rolled my eyes and closed my eyes I was asleep in a few minutes.






I bit my lip in pain but smiled nervously when Elena looked my way we’ve been in London for the past two weeks and I was very happy with the kind of reception her parents gave me she had two older brothers and they were all super friendly and tolerant, they didn’t mind that I was a Muslim and pregnant all that mattered to them was I was a good friend of Elena and automatically a member of the family, Mr and Mrs Banks treated me like a daughter and their sons Clayton and Jordan were my big brothers I really loved them.


She raised an eyebrow questioningly but I swallowed and smiled again I held the fork tightly and nervously chewed on the side of my lip, I winced and rubbed my hand on my waist what was happening to me I felt a cool liquid on my thigh and widened my eyes then screamed.


I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT, I OPENED MY EYES, and blinked them repeatedly trying to remember what happened I instinctively touched my tummy and it was a little flat, did I have a miscarriage was my baby dead? I closed my eyes tightly and shook my head gingerly this couldn’t happen to us, a nurse entered the room and that was when I studied my room it was a private room I think cos I was the only one in the room.


She checked the needle and water that hanged on the metal pole, “how do you feel?” she asked coolly with a soft smile on her face “the doctor will join us soon” she added when I only nodded.


My throat felt too dry to speak, I wanted to ask about my baby, I was scared of the answer they might give me “M-my” my voice was so silent she wouldn’t have known I was trying to speak if she hadn’t been watching me, the doctor joined us just then.










I BUSIED MYSELF WITH PAPERWORKS THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED, I was very distressed after the short conversation we had on phone, I didn’t want to be easily convinced plus he knew he had dad’s support so I had to be fast before he spoilt everything for me, I held my bag tightly and breathed in a large gulp of air when I reached the entrance of the bank, I have only three days left to go on this journey less than three days actually since I had a little over 48 hours to leave everything behind. I smiled at the security guard who was giving me a suspicious look and entered the bank. I went straight to the receptionist who was wearing ¬†her ever welcoming smile “Welcome ma’am how can I help you?” “I want to empty my account” I said in my utmost serious tone” she asked me what I was using the money for when she saw the exuberant amount in the account “Are you really sure you want to withdraw all ¬†these she asked once again “I’m investing it” I said when she was too complative “OK” she muttered as she handed me the withdrawal slip. I sighed when she was done, that was a close one I sat on one of the waiting chairs and as I waited for my turn.


Dad was seldom at home these days ¬†and I have not contacted any of my friends since I came I really missed them, but I had to go to Accra tomorrow I didn’t want to waste anytime. I didn’t even want to tell dad so I called his office ¬†after he had left for office knowing very clearly he might be in a meeting and asked his assistant to inform him I was leaving for Accra for the final part of my paperwork. I gave my room a once over look, God I missed the place already, the last time I left the house like this was when I left with Jamal, my husband to go start a new life, which ended just as it had began, I swear I sometimes think it was all a dream, I quickly wiped the lone tear that trickled down my face,”no more tears princess” I whispered to myself I smiled sadly when I used the pet name he called me. And today here I am leaving this house all over again and this time around I wonder when I will be coming back.

I ¬†took a taxi to the bus ¬†station, I wanted to see more of Kumasi, which might also be the last, for only God ¬†knows when I will be back so driving in a commercial vehicle will be a whole lot better, I’ve already transferred all the money I had withdrawn to a new account and invested a reasonable amount in ¬†a promising business, ¬†the bank was world acclaimed and had branches worldwide so I wouldn’t have any cash problems.

I was very lucky I had the window seat , I leaned my head on the glass as I remembered all the things we did when we were together.I was so lost in thought I didn’t know when we reached our destination, I alighted and went for my luggage, I schooled here so I had lots of friends here, but I had to do this alone I lodged into a hotel a bit far from the airport area, ¬†I didn’t want to leave ¬†any trail behind.


I had my ticket, luggage and everything in check I threw my sim card in the dustbin and pulled my bag away. It really hurted going away leaving everything that has ever been dear to me behind.


IT’S BEEN THREE DAYS since I came down here I’m already done with my registration and everything and I have a very cheerful and friendly roommate, a white British girl Elena she could talk hours non stop ¬†without getting tired, I didn’t want to be ¬†friendly when we first met but I could not ignore her ¬†humble friendship request ¬†and be bitchy everytime when she was just trying to be nice, she was the only friend I had though, ¬† she actually reminded me of Yanick I wonder how she reacted to Jamal’s ¬†confession, did she already know of his plans or was kept in the dark as us all.

I’VE BEEN NAUSEOUS SINCE YESTERNIGHT I vomited almost everything I tried to chew on, Elena has been bugging me to see a doctor but I saw no reason to do so since all the necessary test that needed to be done were done when I was enrolled into school “IT might be the pizza we ate in the morning”, I said when she complained for the hundredth time for me to see a doctor “Aaliyah you mean to tell me a pizza with pineapple topping makes you vomit for almost ¬†12 hours” she asked giving me a confused look “Y-yes” I said innocently pulling the blanket tighter over me “I’m calling in a doctor then” she said pulling out her phone from her side pocket.





I ALMOST WENT CRAZY WHEN DR. AMIN CALLED TO TELL ME LIYAH WAS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND “I’ll find out from the school if she has checked in” I told him when I realised the tension in his voice. ¬†I was scared myself where is she? Where has she gone to? Is she OK?. Those were the questions I ¬†repeatedly asked myself it was late at night and there was nothing I could do at this time, I opened my laptop on the small coffee table and powered it up.

I reserved an online ticket to Connecticut, I just pray I’m not so late and that she’s really in school even if she wasn’t willing to see me, and I pray she does forgive me, I know I shouldn’t have lied to her but I’m only human, I’ve given her enough ¬†time to get over it cos I knew I was at fault but judging from how she’s acting I don’t think she’ll ever forgive me, it’s now time to invade her space and seek for forgiveness, I did my late night prayer but couldn’t sleep afterwards I had a very bad feeling I just prayed what ¬†I felt was just a feeling or my mind playing tricks on me, I wanted to call Jamal but he had a game tomorrow and I didn’t want to disturb him I took my phone and started looking through the pictures we took at the resort God Liyah I really miss you and it really hurts you don’t believe in our love, seeing you this happy and then remembering the day you left really hurts cos you believed me with the ever trusting faith of a child and I ruined everything with just one ¬†lie “Please come back to me my love” I whispered to the pic and kissed it softly.

I didn’t get a good night sleep cos I was in the chair the whole night my body ached a bit when I woke up cos I was unaccustomed to the sleeping posture but I still had to go to the school today, Dr Amin called me in the morning, he said none of her friends knew of her whereabouts I wished I had Sumy’s number Liyah doesn’t do a thing without consulting her she might know her whereabouts, ¬†I told ¬†him to probe ¬†Sumy and Lisa they might know something, these are times I regret not buying a private jet, I could have gone to the school ¬†the very minute I was told she had gone missing.

THERE WAS NO ONE BY LIYAH’S NAME THAT HAD ENROLLED, “YOU MEAN TO TELL ME NO ONE BY THE NAME OF AALIYAH AMIN has been enrolled this year”, “Let me check again” she typed some “She was granted admission but she never paid her tuition” I just nodded and rose from my seat and walked slowly out of the office “Are you alright sir?” she asked when I stumbled a bit, “I’m ok” I replied in a stiff voice. Where did she go I didn’t want to stress her dad my phone rang and it was him “Jamal did you find her?” I was mute “Uhm” “You’ve not found her right?” I was quiet again “I’m so sorry sir but I’ll find her in Shaa Allah” he sighed “Jamal I trust you to find her, she is all I have, I have a PI investigating into the matter, I don’t like this feeling one bit, my business associates could use her against me, she had no reason to leave home, there is a mining company I am buying but it seems the children of the man are not happy he wants to sell the company, I hate doing things without proof ¬†but I suspect his sons are the ones behind this” my brain stopped working when he said that, What is happening to her? Is she OK? ¬†“Son are you there?” I was startled, I ¬†was so lost in thought I had forgotten I was talking to him “I’m listening sir, ¬†I’ll be coming down there today I can’t be here whiles she’s out there, I’ll call my grandparents to find out if she has contacted them” I was more nervous after my phone call with him ¬†I would never forgive myself if anything was to happen to her. I took a flight back to Los Angeles and chartered a flight to Ghana, I first went home and my grandparents were not around I tried calling their phone but it was not going through, granny told me they will be visiting Nzulezu so I was not worried much cos the area had a poor network connection, I took another flight to Ksi that very day I couldn’t waste time, it was all I needed, I had to face her dad and seek for her forgiveness, I could forgive her dad, I could give her anything ¬†she wanted, finding her right now and confessing the kinda love I had for her was all that mattered.

Security was very tight at the house Adam came out to meet me, we shook hands as he led me inside “So how has the investigation been so far” he sighed and gave me a sad look “We didn’t want to involve police but the PI had already started with his investigations and we’ve called the main suspect for questioning, he denies being involved but we’re watching his movements and actions that’s all I know for now the boss is over there” he muttered pointing to the garden,¬†Adam looked sad he was Liyah’s favorite guard.

The old man’s posture was slump, I cleared my throat but he didn’t turn he seemed so deep in thought “Sir” I called silently he turned around sharply and what I saw nearly knocked me down “Jamal” he said sadly “you finally got here” he sighed sadly, he looked older than his age, I looked away when our eyes met.


“I’m so sorry Sir ¬†I am to blame for all these, I made her lose trust in us and I also had your support which irked her the more” I was quiet again ¬†“Jamal I’ve never blamed you for Aaliyah’s disappearance I’ve never doubted the love you have for her even for one second, I rather blame myself I should never have ¬†joked with her security like that I should have known better” he massaged his temple and looked at me again “I think we have to talk about your parents” I shook my head as he spoke “No son you have to know what happened, Liyah told me it was the reason why she left you, she.. ” “Uhm Sir sorry to interrupt but I really loved your daughter, I fell for her before we met and I never intended to use her against you never, but regarding my parents death I have already forgiven you if indeed you are responsible” “I’m not responsible for your parents death, Jamal I wanted us to talk this through the moment I heard about it but you weren’t in the country and now we have Liyah’s disappearance to deal with” he told me how close he was to dad and what really happened before he went on a peace keeping mission, I also told him what happened to us and everything they told dad before killing him.

“I’m so sorry I believed the worst of you I should have told you upfront what I really knew, because seeing you made me doubt what I’ve always known, I really trust my instincts and I liked you from the very first time I saw you, even when I thought you were behind my parents death”.

“It was all meant to happen son the most important thing is finding Liyah, then we can be a happy family as we’re suppose to”.

Now I’ve found half of ¬†the peace ¬†I’ve always wanted to have I didn’t need to be shown any prove but I believed this man, he has always wanted the best for me, he knew how Liyah and I felt about each other and urged me to pursue her even when he knew I was at fault, he possessed ¬†everything I could ever wished for in a dad. “I’m so grateful sir I’ve faulted you in many ways yet you still support me, thanks for everything” “You are my son even if you still don’t see it like that, and you deserve better”.

My phone chimed just then I answered from my Bluetooth headset “Jamal you’re back why didn’t you call us”. I swallowed hard and asked the question I was afraid to ask “Granny is Liyah with you?” I asked without even asking her how they were doing “What do you mean Liyah is with us isn’t she with her dad?” she asked in a surprised voice. The light that was building inside me died an early death when when she uttered those words.









“JAMAL MY SON how are you doing?” I stopped dead in my tracks when I heard that “You know we have to talk” he chuckled and continued “Liyah is doing well, but you have to be here we have to talk things through” he was quiet again listening to whatever the bastard ¬†had to say I didn’t believe Dad could degrade himself to Jamal like that, I know Jamal was hurt but dad had to also consider my feelings ¬†I’m his daughter for crying out loud, ¬†I wanted to barge into the ¬†office but I stayed behind the door and listened on “Promise me you’ll be here next week as you’ve promised, ¬†I’ll be expecting you ¬†son”

I retraced my steps and went back upstairs I had to hasten my admission process I won’t let dad convince me to go back to Jamal, there was no future for us ¬†maybe more heartbreaks cos it was going to take a lot for him to accept that dad had nothing to do with his family’s death the thing was encraved in his mind, and no matter how much he claims to love me he would still see me as the daughter of a murderer and what if we were to have a family together how would he treat our kids?

Would he love them as every dad was suppose to love his kids or hate them for being the grandchildren of his family’s murderer thinking about it made me sick, ¬†my head throbbed really hard, I tried to regulate my breath and ¬† on my bed facedown, I hated the posture but I was tired of everything, Dad would by all means want me to go back to Jamal and I could never say no to dad so I had to leave the country by any means ¬†before Jamal comes down.


Dad was ready for the office and had already reached the ¬†door as I descended the stairs “Daddy” I called out “wait a minute please, I have something really important to tell you, he came back in and stood near one of the long flower vase. ¬†I forced a smile on my face “Liyah I didn’t want to disturb you” he said with a wide smile “You look splendid, I like how you are recoporating” I widened my smile and shrugged “So what did you want to talk about?” he asked walking back to the study “Uhm dad uh I had admission to Yale so I’ll be leaving for the embassy early tomorrow morning” I said looking deep into his eyes. ¬†He nodded “I’m really proud of you Liyah but does Jamal know about this ¬†you’re still married to him and need to seek his permission in things like this” my mouth was agape when dad uttered those words “Dad” I said startled at how he said it so easily I know I shouldn’t be surprised by his response I cleared my throat and shutted my eye “Dad Jamal lives in the US and Yale happens to be there besides he knew I would continue ¬†schooling before ¬†we got married so I don’t think I need to ask for any permission” I finished my voice a little ¬†higher than necessary, ¬†I drew in a gulp of air and breathed out heavily ¬†“I’m sorry I overreacted dad but he already knew ¬†all these before we got married so ¬†I thought I could go but since you say so I’ll call him and tell him tonight” his face lit up when I said that I forced a smile and rose from the chair “I’ll call him now and inform him I don’t want to delay I want to be in school already” he raised my head with his fore finger and thumb to meet his gaze “Liyah, I trust Jamal” he sighed and shook his head to whatever he had remembered ¬†“upon all that’s happened I know you ¬†feel betrayed but he would have never married you if he didn’t love you, don’t let what he had against me come between the two of you” I nodded and willed the tears that had started to well in my eyes away. I just nodded and rushed out of the study.




I LIKED HOW DR. AMIN still wanted me to be with his daughter I know I have wronged her in more ways than I would like to count for but it was already done and I didn’t regret that I ¬†ever sought for vengeance cos it brought me to Liyah, her dad had told me she had h admission to Yale, I’m glad she’s finally coming to the states, I couldn’t rush the work I had here I needed to be part of every single decision that would be made at this point cos Jamal was busy with the playoffs, I wanted to call and listen to her voice but I had to wait, I massaged my temple and looked intently at the sketches on the tablet.


My phone chimed at the side of my laptop I answered from my Bluetooth headset without even looking at the screen “Bossman speaking who am I speaking to?” there was silence at the other end “Who am I speaking to?” I asked again in an irritative voice “Uhm Jamal I -” “Liya-h ” I said surprised when I heard her voice “Princess is that really you?” I asked when she was quite “Jamal I wanted to ¬†tell you I have gained admission to Yale and will be leaving for school next week” I feigned ignorance “I’m so happy for you princess I’ll be waiting for you” I heard her swallow and closed my eye “Jamal I still want a divorce I can’t go on living in this lies, promise me you’ll grant me one” I was speechless I wanted to smash everything because of the rage I felt deep inside. “Liyah stop saying that ” I said trying very hard to control my temper she ended the call without even a goodbye I called back but she didn’t answer so I threw the phone on the sofa and walked to the other end of the room I leaned my head on the window hitted the glass with my fist it really hurted but I wish that was the pain I felt in my heart, I wish it could subside like the pain in my fist.y phone rang continuously but I ¬†didn’t make a move for it.

I couldn’t give the designers my final say on the designs they had brought I knew I was delaying our I couldn’t think of anything but Liyah ¬†she had me all wrapped around her little finger I’ll find ways to convince her to come back to me she still loved me at least I had that to my advantage.










I couldn’t bear the pain I felt in my heart, Dad couldn’t have done that, he won’t even kill an innocent fly not to talk of human I kept saying repeatedly maybe I might believe it if I repeat it more often I leaned into the seat and showed the driver the route that led to my house. I closed my eye when the driver honked at the gate, ¬†a security guard came out and checked the car before opening the gate, if he was surprised to see me he was good to hide it. The car drove to the end of the walkway I heaved a sigh and pulled out my bag, “Thank you” I said giving him a sad smile I pulled the bag with me as I walked to the door, my heart beat very fast as I walked into the house what shall be the outcome?


The door of the study was ajar when I entered the house, ¬†I left my bag at the end of the staircase and went there I peeped in and dad had his head bent down looking through some files, I cleared my throat and lightly knocked the door, he raised his head, his eyes were wide when he saw me at the door, that meant his guards haven’t informed him about my arrival yet “Liyah….! ” he said in a surprised voice I burst into tears as I entered the office, I’ve kept my emotions in check since leaving the hotel I just couldn’t hold on anymore I felt dad embrace me and lead me to a sofa he rested my head on his shoulder and patted my back when we were seated. “What happened Liyah did anything happen to Jamal?” I sniffed and wiped the lone tear that fell as I opened my mouth “D-a-ad did you have a hand in the murder of Jamal’s family”. He looked away “D-a-ad” I said again my voice much weaker this time, my heart hurts does his silence means he really had a hand in their murder. “Liyah, ¬†Parry was a very good friend of mine we were more like brothers, he called me some days before his murder, I had no idea of the questions he ¬†asked me and volunteered to ask others who knew about it but my name was among the list of those who were recruited to Lebanon I couldn’t even call to tell him what was happening” I heaved a heavy sigh.


“Did Jamal tell you I was the one who killed his parents?” he asked worriedly “Yes dad, he married me to avenge the murder of his parents” he leaned me on the sofa and went to his desk he took his mobile phone punched some keys and held the phone to his ear he tsked and turned to me “He’s not answering his phone” he muttered and turned back again, he nodded and held the phone to his ear again” . “Dad please don’t call him I’ve been through enough today, I’m going upstairs ¬†now, I still have to check my emails ¬†my ¬†admissions are out.


He nodded and smiled sadly, I hated ¬†Jamal for using me, but dad doesn’t seemed offended I lifted my bag and walked to my room I gave the house a once over look and closed my eyes never in my wildest dream would I have thought I would be leaving Jamal I still hurt but ¬†it was meant to be, I placed my bag near my closet and went to sit on my study desk at the far end of the room, I powered up my laptop and I had lots of new messages, I didn’t know which one to open first, there were lots of facebook messages I hissed and started scrolling through, I saw Yale University and closed my eyes punching the button to open the message, I have gained admission ¬†I felt like screaming at the top of my voice at least some things were going right in my life, then I remembered it was in the states my mood dampened then what should I do, I want to be as far away from Jamal as I can not even close to his shadow.


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I also had a message from Aberdeen that actually made my day my heart was more drawn to the Yale but I had to choose Aberdeen, I’ve never been to the place and I liked to explore this will give me a chance, but should I inform dad? I drummed my forehead ¬†with my hand as I thought it through.




AALIYAH, I ¬†TOOK MY PHONE AND CALLED MIKE, ¬†“Buddy she left me” I uttered when he answered there was silence at the other end of the line, ¬†“I’m really sorry man, how did she find out?” I closed my eyes this shouldn’t have happened, I relayed what happened to him, I knew he couldn’t help me through this one but he might help with an advice or two, “How are things going with the old man?” I asked he was hesitant “Mike why are you quiet, how are things going?”

“Jamal I think he knows you are behind all these he is yet to sign the papers and keeps on asking me questions about my childhood, I think you should just be upfront with the man he seems to like you and might understand why you did what you did” “Yeah I thought about that too I’m going to give up on this vengeance thing, I promised not to go after her but it seems I’ll have to break my promise anyways” I wanted to call her dad back after I had finished speaking with Mike but I wanted to talk tonhis in person, I packed the few things I had brought and called the reception to get me a cab I went out and waited for the cab to arrive I couldn’t stand living in the room anymore.

The hotel bill had already been prepaid ¬†so there was no need to settle bills. I smiled sadly as the car drove out of ¬†the place its one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and holds the most beautiful memories of my life, we were in Accra in less than an hour.

“You know what just take me home” I gave him the address and lied back on the seat ¬†I don’t know what stopped me from going to the airport ¬†but I had to stop I promised her not to go after her ¬†and will have to fulfill that even if it’s for a ¬†week, I’ll have to let her have sometime to herself maybe that will prompt her to come back to me.

My grandparents were not at home when I arrived, they were probably at the beach or a tourist site, I’m glad they were not even around granny would have bit my ears off with her numerous questions and keep on reminding me of what a fool ¬†I have been to make my wife leave me that easily.

I freshened up and prayed then took my laptop to access the sketches of the sneakers we were adding to our ¬†shoe line I couldn’t even concentrate “Princess” I whispered to myself and took my phone, she looked so beautiful on the screen, smiling widely like she had no care in the world I kissed the screen “I really love you, you know” I kissed it once more and held the phone to my chest.