We did all we could", the Doctortor said. "What do you mean, Doctor?
Juliet asked. "I'm afraid, we just lost him" the Doctortor declared.
"What!!!!!!!!! Juliet shouted "I'm afraid, we just lost him" the
"What!!!!!!!!! Juliet shouted "Doctor, please tell me it's a lie. How?
She continued as Ben held her by the shoulder to console her. "We
tried all we could. I'm really sorry for your loss" the Doctor
confirmed and left
Ben with her at the OPD. Juliet cried her heart out… She couldn't help
herself… She was inconsolable. There was nothing Ben could do to
comfort her. He waited patiently till she was ready to go and drove
James and his mother were already home. Despite the mischief they had
been up to earlier, they were reading and sharing from the bible
together. Ben and Juliet met them in the living room. Juliet who was
still crying ran into her room leaving Ben behind and locked herself
That got the attention of James and his mother. "What is wrong with
that girl, has she lost her manners or what? How could she walk pass
me without greeting", Mrs. Johnson complained. "Mum, please don't
blame her. She is in pain, she just lost her friend Mike, the one we
saw at church the other day" Ben intervened.
"Oh sorry for her, but it still does not justify her actions. I am the
one taking care of her. Even the bible says "let the dead burry their
dead' " Mrs. Johnson responded. "What! Mum, did you just say that?
Come on, the girl is really hurt!" Ben said and walked away, leaving
his mother with James who refused to utter a word.
Juliet stayed in her room all day weeping. Ben brought her food to her
but she refused to eat. Somehow, she blamed herself for Mike's death.
She figured that if Mike hadn't driven her home, he'd still be alive.
It was out of his kind gesture that this tragedy had happened. Maybe
her foster mother was right, she thought. She should have stayed away
from Mike. At least, he'd still be alive.
Juliet blamed herself. She knelt down beside her bed at that moment,
looked up to her roof and began praying with tears in her eyes. "God,
why am I going through this. Forgive my sins, I beg of you. I pray
that you grant Mike rest with you. Forgive me father for I know I'm
the cause of this, forgive me." She prayed.
Time ran fast and soon it was 6:30PM. Juliet had forgotten she had a
prayer meeting that evening. As head of the prayer group, her presence
was required in church. It had completely skipped Juliet due to the
current situation she was in. Grace called her to ask if she was going
to make it. On phone:
Grace: "Hello Juliet, where are you? We are here waiting for you."
Juliet: "I'm sorry Grace, I can't make it. Please let someone stand in for me"
Grace: "Why? What's wrong? This is very unusual of you.
Juliet: "We'll talk about it later. Just kindly do me that favor, ok.
Let someone take over".
Grace: "You really surprise me but fair enough, will do just that. You take care
now, I'll call you later."
Grace hung up and immediately called Mrs. Johnson to tell her about
the conversation with Juliet.
Mrs. Johnson got upset. She stormed into Juliet's room. "Young lady,
what are you still doing here when you are supposed to be at church?
She aggressively asked.
"Mum, I'm sorry but I can't make it today" Juliet answered. "Look, you
better dress up and get ready for church before I pounce on you. Have
you lost it? What do you think I have been bringing you up for?" she
Juliet quickly got up and began dressing. Mrs. Johnson was leaving
Juliet's room when she remembered that she had left her purse in her
room. She asked Juliet to fetch it for her while she left and waited
in the living room. Juliet brought the purse to her and returned to
her room to finish dressing up. Mrs. Johnson opened her purse and her
facial expression changed. It appeared that she had lost her money.
She immediately called Juliet back to ask her.
"Hey! Where is the N5,000 I kept in the purse?" she asked. Juliet was
clueless "Mum, I …" she started saying, but before she could finish
speaking, Mrs. Johnson landed a heavy slap on her face. "Where is the
money?" she asked again, looking furious.
To be continued