Have Women turned to Commercial Products?




This isn’t a women’s day Post, Just so you know. the picture caught my attention.

This topic was inspired by a response I gave to a question when asked. Though I cant remember fully well what I was asked, my response I can remember quite clearly

Why should I expose any form of restricted flesh when I’m not selling anything. My friend burst into laughter at such a response. Though it was funny to the both of us at that time, it’s so true. Very true

Why wear a very revealing dress that is bound to show the secret parts of your body if you’re not selling anything. It’s a question we should ask ourselves as Women cos I do ask myself this question when it pops in.

Isn’t it disturbing if a full grown woman of age dresses up and decides to expose her breasts or reveal her backside? Why would you do that? It amazes me!! I just can’t comprehend the kind of Lust that the person is battling with if such a person is Sane. People say it’s to show endowment, and I’m like WTH?!! Seriously?!! Endowment for sale or for ogling so that the unfortunate man can fantasize and fulfill both your lusts?

Is there any reason why the tag, ‘Dress the way you want to be addressed’’ was coined sometime ago?

These days, it’s a risk allowing your child to sit before the Cable twenty four seven and don’t even bother asking “what about Local TV…, that one isn’t any better. Infact, I don’t even know which is worse in delivering unwanted messages to ourselves and our kids.

Music videos shown on  TV these days is an eyesore. Apart from the noise that springs out from such artistes who claim to be “in their right minds” or rather, claim to be of age, I find it disturbing that some are not even intelligent enough to compose Lyrics that will motivate or inspire or speak sincerely about their Love for a woman.

And then, there’s the unmasking of Video Vixens. I heard that’s what they’re called these days. Girls who want to feature in music videos and deem it fit to move shamelessly to songs rendered by irresponsible artistes who don’t even think of the coming generation.

They get paid no doubt, it’s a job now. And you let this “strange” man touch you without regard for Who You really are inside. Just because he says you have a body of a goddess doesn’t mean He’s telling the truth.

Who knows, a dozen others have been told the same lies. A child will do anything to get his Candy, so will a man who’s just interested in your body and in the money he’s bound to make just by putting yourself out there shamelessly.

And so, with the look of things, I see women are being seen as “Commercial Products.’’ Some people even go far by saying, What else are we useful for apart from sex and seduction.

I ask you this question young woman, Is that all you were made for? Are you not so much more than Sex and Seduction? Are you not a woman of integrity? Or would you rather be a commercial product?

Forget the story of a man marrying you if you keep your virtue or dignity, WHAT ABOUT YOU!! What do you want to achieve in Life? Do you think Life is all about shaking your “ass and boobs’’ for the screen? Don’t you want to be remembered for inspiring and motivating young girls like yourself in life? Don’t you want to be one of the greatest women who ever existed before God and man?

Or rather, you want to remain at the Auction room, where people pay a price for you and you return you so that another person can use again?

I believe God created us for so much more and I need not start giving examples before my point is passed across.

I refuse to be a commercial product. But I will stand against verbal abuse on women and young ladies out there who haven’t realized their worth yet or are too blind to see the treasure God has deposited inside them.

And I plead to women myself not excluded. “Do not expose anything you’re not selling.’’ Because revealing it only makes you feel insecure, cheaper and “not good enough’’

If anyone doesn’t like you that way, then “adios’ to the person. Never Let anyone make you compromise yourself.

YOU are NOT a COMMERCIAL PRODUCT!! Never Let anyone make you ‘that”

Don’t make yourself that either..

Let us all have a great Monday with that at the back of our minds..

Much love!!!xo

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The Liebster awards finally locates me

boy!!! am i glad #do the happy dance# Like i can dance….#laughs at self

egbon mi atata passed on the award and i say a big thank you. He writes stuff Here that i sometimes feel he does a better job than i do and makes me feel like i’ve been living with a legal alien all through my childhood.

Gosh! who ever knew he would finally confess that He was one..lool

And so, #wears shades and takes a chinese bow# it’s leibster babay!

Here’s what the Leibster Award is all about. It is an award for bloggers with less than 200 WordPress Followers. There are some basic rules and guidelines for this award which are:

The Rules

a. Thank the blogger that nominated you – Been there, done that!

b. List 11 random facts about yourself

–I’m a geh..in fact, a Lady! #just so you know# and don’t assume wrongly

–I Love God and i have him tattooed on my spirit(engraved should sound better i guess)

–I Love coffee and anything that contains caffeine in it! Man!! he who made that made something great and ADDICTIVE. Lord i thank you for delivering me from Coke addiction. Just the whoosh sound of Coke made me excited and jumpy at a time in my life..hehe

–I still believe in that perfect romance between God, man and woman.

–I Love writing and reading

–I Love Music and i mean GOOD MUSIC!! and not someone yelling into my ears about his Lust but rather, about something to think about. Owlcity, Leona Lewis, Daniel Beddingfield coupled with a little touch of jazz and christian rock and other classicals.

Now, you’ve got me swooning. i cant just imagine Life without music. Catastrophe!

–I love cartoons. yup! i maybe an adult who could go all the way to the cinemas just to watch a cartoon.i don’t care. Who’s coming with me?

–I Love the smell of fresh air down my lungs while communing with God in prayer or just being alone and thinking.

–I Love having fun which doesn’t exclude me playing Xbox 360, watching movies like Marvel’s superheroes in the cinemas while yelling “whoa!” and dancing to a random song in my head with anyone who cares to join me

–i Love having meaningful conversations. if we dont flow, then oops!

c. Answer the questions the blogger has asked you in the post you were nominated
 Okay. Lemmie do that

1.  What inspires you to write?

the fact that i can bring my imagination to Life on paper

2.   What would you change about you?

Silly habits#wont tell

3.   What’s your writing process like?

ummm…i’ll figure it out someday i guess

4.  Would you choose writing as a full-time job?


5.  Achieve World Peace or Eradicate World Hunger?


6.  What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?

You dont wanna know…hehehe

7.  Superman vs Flash: who wins?

Superman my sweetheart!!#biggrin

8.  What’s your favorite movie of all-time?

It would be selfish of me to do that  because i have so much but lemmie close my eyes and choose—Sound of Music/ A walk to remember

9.  Best movie one-liner ever?

In Jerry maguire

“shut up! just shut up!…You had me at hello” Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise with tears strolling down her cheeks and repeats. ‘You had me at hello!”

No other one liner can beat that i tell You!!Watch the movie and you’ll know what i mean

10. The worst decision you ever made?

Helping a crush out with a particular course whereas i was still bound to know the topic myself..a big SMH

11. If you were an animal, which would you be? Why?

i AM NOT an animal and will NEVER be an animal biko!! what kind of question is that?LOOL

d. Nominate 11 other people

They include

Worship and swag


the passion chronicles
Slyph diarist

Ruby’s place





perpermint and paisley



e. Ask the 11 nominees questions as well.

okay ooo, here are my questions, dear beloved ones….

1) Which do you prefer, fire or water? please prove your point. you can use superhero analysis if you like.

2) What part of your physical features define you and give reason

3)what part of your physical features exposes you to the world?

4) If you were to die today, what would be your death wish?

5)if your house was on fire and you were only allowed to pick three things, what would they be?

6)would you die for a cause you believe in?

7) where else in the world do you want to be apart from your current location?

8) what music defines you? and why?

9)Do you still believe in Love?

10) why do you blog?

f. Last and definitely least, let them know you nominated them

Okay!! Time for blog rounds #carries bell to announce


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Vote of Thanks, My intentions and Clarification of my first SERIES



Firstly, i want to thank everyone that got involved but not tangled up in my series which i’m quite grateful for because it was like You guys were part of my life one way or the other and you made writing sort of worthwhile.

The Be Careful What you Wish For Series had been in my head for a while and i just knew i had to download it one way or the other. i never intended it to come this far neither did i plan for a Season 2 but i’m grateful it worked out pretty well

Now, i’m moving unto things i’m more familiar with and i intend to teach something. Entertainment is one thing but trying to achieve something is another and thats what i intend doing.

Concerning my first series, i want to clarify somethings

— The part where the exchange took place between Rea and Susan’s body is Purely fiction and please dont take it in the literal SENSE! i tried to depict something in a way that would seem fun and would paint a picture of ourselves sometimes when we are not grateful.

i do not promote stories that include re-incarnation and ritual exchanges. I worship God and so i don’t do creepy stuffs like that or write about them. i just wanted to get across to my readers that Sometimes, wishing for something without knowing the deep repercussion of the whole exercise could get you into trouble and make one miserable

My POINT IS==One should be grateful

Secondly, I’m a Lady and a Writer. Don’t be afraid to criticize my work. Infact, i love constructive criticism but please, hit me nicely. I criticize people too if you give me the chance to. i’m ready to state out my points if you’ll listen and not give me ‘The EYE”

I believe in good relationships. in fact boy girl relationship isn’t a taboo or something i speak against but please don’t misinterpret the story. i wanted to paint a picture of reality although i know i faltered in some parts, i wrote some things on purpose and i excluded some parts on purpose. When i write, i consider so many things. Anybody can read what i’m writing and i dont want to achieve the opposite of what i proposed to achieve right from the beginning.

Teenagers are young at heart, so are some of us and the tendency to get carried away is great. I’m someone who believes that if you know you dont want to feed the dog, while dangle the bone before him?Why feed lust when you know you have weaknesses in that area? and so i tried to make it clear in my series. Sometimes, we feel some kind of relationships are the best for us, we feel we cant survive without “relationships with the opposite sex” and we stop seeing God as the priority.

Thats what i was trying to get across.

a boy and girl can be friends, no problem. But when you know you have the tendency to go beyond “just friends” and start doing things that you just know it doesn’t SIT WELL with God’s Spirit or rather, lets you start touching reserved parts of your body, then end the relationship and pray to God about it.

There’s no two way about Sex before marriage. It’s wrong. And Sex before marriage doesnt necessarily mean penetration. Pre-ambles and foreplays too are not excluded

The bible says. ‘ Flee all forms of sexual immorality.”

Lust and Sex begins in the heart and so, it was easy for Scarlett to fall so easily into Josh’s arms. That was just the physical manifestation

Let us guard our hearts with all diligence so that we might be able to stand before the great judge on the last day.

Please, feel free to send me an email or ask questions through rainbowbask@gmail.com.

And do follow @glowingscenes on twitter to get updates on each new posts of my next series. I promise to make it real just as it is.

and you can click on the button on my blog so as to get each new post as an email

My Vote of Thanks goes to My greatest Critic..Theresa!!! you’re such a clown and a beautiful one. reading my story through and through and pointing out almost every line

B’ba, Ema, Francine, Mstizzle, Oma, villebilengue persiux, sylph diarist, worship n swag, and so much more. you guys are the best.

three words i;m gonna say AGAIN Whether you like it or NOT..heheheh


and to everyone that even opened this page, scrolled through, to all my silent readers and voiced out ones, those who shared my post on fb…

je t’aime trop!!!

Life Afterwards(2)—EPISODE 20 THE FINAL ONE!!!


Gosh!!! if you know how happy i am that this has finally come to an end!!whoot whoot!!

give it up for glowingscenes people

My followers, contributors and readers, I love you. Dont worry, the vote of thanks and other stories come up in my next post AND another great exciting NEWS is that lots of fun things, Nigerian related stories(inspired by real life events),free health advice, reviews on movies to watch and what i’ve watched, and so much more

SO do watch out for this space. i promise it would even be more exciting than be careful what you wish for series.

So stay tuned

as for this post, lemmie leave you all to enjoy it

this one’s for you guys!!muah!!


“hey’’ someone tapped him and he looked up into a man’s unfamiliar face. He felt groggy and his vision was blurry. His air bag pushed against him almost suffocating him but the man extended his hand and helped him out.

He rubbed his forehead that was aching and felt the hot liquid against his head trickling down his face. ‘’thanks.’’

“you’re welcome.’’ He replied with a smile.

He suddenly felt weird and people came running towards him. ‘’hey man? You okay? How did you come out of there alive?’’

“all I know is I snapped out before this man came over to….’’ He turned to look at the man that helped him out of the suffocating air bag but he was gone.

He swiveled and kept looking awkwardly. ‘’there was a man here, in blue shirt and Jeans. He was the first person to come to my rescue.’’

People looked around and turned to look at him awkwardly. ‘’there was nobody here man. We saw the accident happen right in front of us and we called an ambulance immediately for fear that you might have gone into a coma with serious injury cos that truck crashed into the side of your car where you were sitting directly. Even the airbag wouldn’t have been enough to save you.’’

Josh shivered, the hair on his body stood out and he swallowed realizing the man’s analysis was true. His life would have been snuffed out just like that but somehow, a miracle had just happened to him.

He would have died, leaving Gavin, David, Scarlett and his family behind. He looked at his car and knew that no human could have survived the crash

But who was the man who had pulled him out? Where in the world was he?

Everything suddenly began to fix themselves together like puzzles and he trembled knowing this was much more than ordinary.

Something supernatural had just happened to him

His heart began to beat faster on the sudden realization of who the man was or might have been.

He was definitely not human. He was an angel.

The angel Gavin always prayed to God for.

Soon the paramedics came to his aid.


One week later

Scarlett was reading the paper in the kitchen while David sat in his walker with his cereal before him, his beeper and cheeks stained with food while he kept playing with his spoon and yelling happy sounds. His mother ignored him since it was the usual bantering noise he made when he ate and when he took a bath.

When he played with Grandpa, it was worse.

She saw an apartment that caught her attention and kept looking at it for a while glad that it was in the buzz of the city and she would get a nanny to look after her child once she went to work. Infact, it wasn’t even far from her current place of work unlike here where she had to drive to work everyday while her mother watched over David.

She had to leave her parents’ house soon. She had stayed long enough and she wasn’t getting any younger. She was 28 going to 29 and if Josh had decided to go a different path, she needed to go hers pretty soon and probably start dating again hopefully with the intention of giving her son a good father and a godly spouse.

No mistakes would be repeated.

God had taken her far for her to start seeing things his way and if he decided she would be a single mother till she died, then so be it.

Life wasn’t a do or die affair anymore for her.

‘’David, stop playing with your food.’’ She cautioned absent-mindedly while marking the one she was going to get a look at probably after cleaning up her son. She got the number of the agent and was about dialing the number when David squealed and pushed his plate on the floor.

She dropped the phone angrily and bent down to pick his plate and clean the floor.

“the next time you act silly, I’ll spank you real good.’’ She threatened and he stared at her quietly like he knew he had done something wrong.

The bell rang and she sighed removing her apron. She knew she had added so much weight when she delivered David but was losing some pounds already due to work and the stress of taking care of a baby.

Right now, she didn’t even have time to think of herself. David mattered most.

The bell rang again.

“I’m coming!’’ she wondered why her parents didn’t answer the door when it was their house. Jerking the door open, she almost fainted at the sight before her.


“hello Scarlett.’’ He held the flowers in his hand and for the first time she could remember, she thought he was a little nervous when he stood before her. He still looked the same after a year and some months.

And then she realized her prayers had been answered when he grabbed her to kiss her.

And she returned the kiss with the same fervor and passion he gave to her holding him tightly to her and hoping it won’t end.

“oh Josh.’’ She swallowed when they both broke free for air. The flowers were already mashed up but she didn’t care. she touched his face to assess his features as if taking it all in and then her hands went to his hair.

He embraced her this time. ‘’oh baby, I now see what you’ve been telling me all this while. What you and Demi and Gavin were doing for me. I was such an ungrateful fool who was living an empty life but now I see it all. I suddenly saw my life flashing before my eyes the day I had an accident and realized I didn’t own my life and would have died without doing much on earth. Even the little good I had done didn’t seem good enough at that moment and for the first time in my life, I witnessed a supernatural miracle in my life.’’

“oh Josh, thank God for you.’’ she was already crying. ‘’thank God my prayers have been answered.’’

“you were all praying for me. Gavin, Demi and you baby.’’ His tears joined hers when they kissed again.

Scarlett didn’t realize she had missed him so much till now and her body responded so easily to his till she trembled.

They both realized what was happening and parted embracing each other again.

“I love you.’’ he mumbled

“and I love you Joshua.’’ She replied as her hands strolled to his back.

“let’s get married soon.’’

She nodded glad that he understood their present feelings and the way sparks flew when they touched. When they kissed, it was fire.

She released him and held his hand leading him to the kitchen. ‘’David’s in the kitchen. Come be a daddy.’’

Josh laughed and slid his hands through her waist kissing her cheeks fondly while teasing her that she had added a little weight. They entered the kitchen together and Josh stopped when he saw David.

He was beautiful and the boy looked back at him before wiggling his hands that he wanted his mother’s attention.

The boy was so much more than what he saw in the pictures Scarlett sent. He had brown hair but took his eyes.

Hazel eyes.

He had thought the boy would take Scarlett’s eyes like Gavin did with his mum. But this boy was so identical to him and he could see the little features in his face.

Gavin was going to have a junior brother growing up with him.

‘’David here is a jealous one just like you.’’ Scarlett giggled when David held unto her like she was running away or rather, that she was giving someone else attention.

Josh laughed and touched his son’s cheeks slightly. ‘’hiya tiger! Say hi to Daddy.’’ He came close to Scarlett while she urged their son to greet his father.

David stared at him blankly

Josh stretched his hands towards him but the child recoiled. He felt rejected but Scarlett encouraged him further.

The second time, he went into his father’s arms and Josh felt a flood of relief wash over him when David stayed in his arms but without saying anything.

He was going to be patient and knew David would come to love him as a father after a while.

“you made a beautiful child. Won’t mind us having more when we get married’’ Josh looked into Scarlett’s eyes and lowered his lips to hers once more. They were so engrossed in each other they didn’t notice Alexandra walk in on them.

At first sight, she was taken aback but relaxed because she knew something most definitely had happened.

She just knew and at that moment, she was grateful. Not wanting to interrupt them, she quietly excused them and went back upstairs, waiting for Scarlett to call her and tell her about everything


Scarlett and Josh got married that weekend in Hawaii. A private wedding between family and friends like Sue and Andrea and everyone couldn’t be happier for them.

With the look on their face when they each said “I do” no one could think differently about them wanting to be together.

It was like they were made for each other.

They wanted to spend a couple of days in Hawaii and then, fly over to Paris afterwards before touring the United Arab Emirates just to have time to themselves and visit places they’ve never been to before.

A whole month to themselves was what they wanted and Josh had made arrangements to see that happen. Gavin and David were going to be staying with their grandparents and since David was no longer nursing, Scarlett had the chance to be free from motherhood for a while.

Everyone danced in excitement. Father and bride danced, bride and groom danced as both of them wore white. Josh was in white pants and shirt while Scarlett wore a long white gown that reached her feet with flowers on her hair that was already beginning to develop curls again. Josh had insisted she leave it as curls.

He loved her full curly hair and looking at her as they said their vows, she looked like a princess. His princess and he knew she would be his princess as long as he lived.

When they kissed, the sparks flew and people clapped and cheered, while Gavin teased his new parents to get a room when they kissed longer than usual.

David just squealed in excitement and played with every individual that carried him or danced with him as he moved his diaper butt or jumped on his feet as the songs played.

As for the Ruby’s and the Riley’s, their bond of friendship renewed that day and their blessings were offered unto their children as the two became one that day.

When they retired at night and Scarlett rested in her husband’s arms, she looked into his face and watched him stir in his sleep. She loved this man, no doubt. She had loved him ever since that night he came to her at the backyard and sat on the swing with her and although she had been foolish and made so many mistakes, hurting herself, her family and God in the way, she had grown to be matured and strong. That one year and seven months she had left him to seek God hoping he would do the same had made her who she was today. She had never known she would be strong enough to stay on her own without Josh but God had shown her she could and she had. Night and Day she prayed for Josh and Gavin, prayed that God would touch him and bring him to Christ and she prayed for her own heart so that God could mend it and make Jesus the priority in her Life. He was the lover of her soul and she would live for him no matter what.

Josh had shared his story and he was still growing but he grew progressively to God’s glory. Although he still had his old characters, she could tell he had come to Love and see God the way she did and displayed so much humility in prayer. Even when they had bible study, he was ever ready to learn from her.

But it was just in one week she noticed this and tonight marked the beginning of their real lives together

She pulled the sheet up to her bosom and was about standing up when his hands tightened on her waist.

“hey.’’ He greeted half sleepy. ‘’is it morning yet?’’

“no sweetie.’’ She smiled and leaned close to kiss him fully on the lips. He smiled and pulled her closer on top of him trying to get rid of the sheets.

“I have to use the bathroom.’’ She laughed and pushed him away when he released her.

“don’t stay long.’’

She shook her head and hurried to the bathroom locking the door behind her.

When she got inside and sat on the closet, she closed her eyes and thanked God once more.

For Josh, for her marriage to him, for forgiving them both, for her kids, for her family and most importantly, for how much Love he had shown her and was still showing her

Infact, for everything.


Life Afterwrds(2)—EPISODE 17



Scarlett packed her last box into the bonnet of her car and slammed it down hoping she wouldn’t change her mind at this last minute. The sun shining down on her reminded her that this period would have been her wedding but things had changed. She remembered going to see Gabe about two days ago in prison after testifying in court when Josh insisted that she should. She didn’t want to but she had to after she had been summoned.

Her mind flashed back to the conversation they had two days ago and how she felt completely responsible and guilty for the whole ordeal. When she sat down opposite him in the orange ward uniform, she tried not to cry. If she hadn’t cheated, he wouldn’t be here behind bars.

“hi.’’ She had greeted first


‘’I’m sorry about this…, about everything.’’

He was quiet.

“how are you faring?’’

‘’you should know. At least your boyfriend should be able to give you feedback on how well I’d be faring when he sent me to a place like this.’’


“I shouldn’t have hit you.’’ he sobered. ‘’and I’m sorry I let my anger take over me. I almost killed you and your baby. That innocent soul who I bet and pray is nothing like you.’’

Scarlett felt slapped in the face by that statement. ‘’I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.’’

“me neither but it has and we have to move on.’’

“I ask you to forgive me Gabe. I did you wrong and I’m sorry. I cheated on you and made you lose your job and so much more.’’

“that still isn’t an excuse for my violent act against you.’’ he paused and looked into her eyes. ‘’I’ve been referred to a psychiatrist and I’ll be checking in tomorrow.’’

She nodded. She knew about this already.

His hands went to his face and he held back the tears. ‘’I can’t believe I let you go so easily. I loved you Scarlett and you know I’d give anything for you but you just ripped my heart out and kept crushing it anytime I saw you with that Josh guy. Tell me what he had that I didn’t.’’

She inhaled deeply and repeated. ‘’I’m sorry.’’

She had left after they escorted him back to the cell and knew nothing was ever going to make her go back to that prison ever again.

In due time, he would be released and she hoped they never crossed paths.

Her colleague Mr. Chase had also apologized when she came over to the school to hand over her resignation letter and pack her things. He had confessed to be responsible for revealing her affair with Josh when he noticed. He apologized it was out of jealousy he snitched to Gabe and she could only thank and forgive him.

At least, that had led to the wake up call.

Rea’s voice disrupted her thoughts and she turned to see her bringing Bernie outside.

“I wish I could convince you not to leave, but I know you have to.’’

She nodded and tried not to cry. Instead she opened the door for her dog and watched him leap inside.

‘’don’t forget to keep calling.’’

“I wont.’’ She forced a smile and pulled Rea closer holding her tightly and kissing her briefly.

“I love you.’’ Scarlett mumbled finally when they released each other.

“I love you too.’’

“I don’t have the heart to tell Sue myself but please tell her for me. I hope Josh can make Gavin understand.’’

“with time, they both will.’’

Scarlett smiled again when her eyes strolled to her friend’s finger. “I’m so happy for you that Ryan finally proposed.’’

Rea’s eyes turned misty. ‘’things will work out for you Scarlett. Just have faith in God. We’re humans and that’s why we make mistakes.’’

“I guess so.’’ She threw on her shades and touched her friend’s cheeks. ‘’Call me for your wedding. Now that’s one thing I don’t wanna miss.’’

“in five months time.’’ Rea grinned like a child and Scarlett knew she had found her second half in Ryan. ‘’I wish you would reconsider being my chief bridesmaid Scarlett….’’

She shook her head. ‘’you and I both know that by the time you’ll be getting married, I’ll be looking like a balloon and my baby blip will be so conspicuous by that time. It’d be awkward of me to stand beside you in Church.’’

“God sees your heart…’’

“but not everyone is like God.’’ She smiled and leaned closer to kiss her cheeks. “I’ll call you when I get home.’’

“greet Mum and Dad.’’

“I will.’’

She leaned closer to Bernie and rubbed his head fondly hoping she wouldn’t miss him as much as she would miss Scarlett.

That would be double torture in a huge house like hers.

She waved at her friend and watched her drive off till she was out of sight hoping she could find sweet solace and be ready to forgive herself after settling down at home.


Scarlett watched Rea through her side mirror as she drove hoping she wouldn’t fall apart or rather change her mind and reverse. She didn’t realize how much she had missed Rea for those ten years she left Naperville and seeing her again had made her realize the power of friendship.

But she had ruined everything due to her foolishness.

Her mind flashed to Gavin and she wished there was a good explanation to give the boy before leaving. She thought about Josh and how much they’d shared, how she had given him her all and how he’d make her return back to square one.

She was leaving again.

She remembered how he’d pleaded with her to stay and how he would do anything to make her stay but she had remained adamant. Yes, she had to! She had been forgiven and she had to sit up and do as God would want her to.

She couldn’t let his Grace waste upon her life like Paul had said.

She thought of her baby blip and inhaled deeply. Two months were gone now and she still looked normal. In about four to five months more, she would be looking pregnant.

And then she would be a single mum.

“oh God.’’ She prayed as the tears strolled down. ‘’I know I did wrong and I’m sorry. But please tell me where to go from here cos I feel so lost and helpless. I don’t even know where to start and I’d appreciate you taking the wheels of my life right now.’’

Not long after, she felt a certain calmness come over her spirit as she drove and she was grateful for the presence of God that had suddenly filled her being making the fear of everything jump out of the window all at once.

She wasn’t afraid anymore.


When Scarlett drove right in front of her parent’s house, she prayed once more before getting down and stared at the door wondering if her parents were even home at that time.

She stepped out of the car and tucked her hair behind her ears absent minded moving slowly towards the door.

“Scarlett?’’ she heard her mum’s voice behind her

She turned immediately and saw the older woman carrying two bags of groceries in hand and looking at her awkwardly through her glasses.


“come here and help me with these will you?’’ there was a bantering tone in her voice and a smile that was so welcoming she hurriedly lifted the bags off her hands and headed into the house through the back door.

“my God!’’ she sighed exhaustively and shook her head once they stepped into the kitchen and Scarlett started unpacking the cereals, fruits and ingredients her mother had brought home. ‘’if you know the number of places I visited today before going to the store, you would think I was doing more than just horticulture.’’ She laughed and helped herself to a bottle of water from the fridge while Scarlett stood watching her.

‘’how are you?’’

“I’m doing great.’’ She smiled briefly and looked at Scarlett in the eyes. ‘’I should be asking you that same question.’’

‘’I’ll be fine…, I guess.’’

Her mother didn’t take her eyes away from her. ‘’you mind talking about it?’’

‘’I don’t even know where to start from.’’

Alexandra nodded.

“how’s Dad?’’

“he’s doing great I suppose.’’

“How did he take the news?’’

“well, not quite well. You know your father. He’s not very tolerant about that kind of news but we agreed not to say anything till we hear your side of the story.’’

“ there’s nothing much to say…’’Scarlett looked away. ‘’I’m not that innocent myself.’’

Mrs Ruby sighed “I find it hard to believe you would Cheat on Gabe although I know you two haven’t been married yet but it’s just not in my baby to hurt other people’s feelings.’’

“I saw Josh.’’

She saw the shock in her mother’s face but she remained quiet.

“I almost moved in with him since I had some of my things in his place and I spent my weekends there.’’

Alex closed her eyes painfully as her daughter continued. ‘’I had sex with him. not once, not twice.’’ Scarlett allowed her news to sink in before she spilled the final news. ‘’and I’m carrying his baby.’’

Her mother looked pale and raised her hands to her mouth. She removed her glasses and settled weakly on the wicker chair. She wished her daughter will burst out laughing that it was all a joke but the look on her face made her realize it was as real as it could get.

“I’m sorry I disappointed you.’’ her eyes rimmed with tears. ‘’and Dad. I’m sorry that I let all your efforts to make me forget Josh turn useless and I’m sorry about Gabe. I don’t know what his parents would have told you but I’m not innocent either. I just want you to know all this so that I can know if you want me to leave or go someplace else.’’

“you’re not going anywhere baby.’’ Alex stood up immediately to hug her daughter and Scarlett melted into her. This was what she needed right now. This was what she had been afraid to spill when driving.

She had pondered on where to stay if she wasn’t allowed to stay here and prayed God would intervene.

She suddenly saw herself as the Prodigal daughter and she was glad God had a hand in her mother taking her back.


When Scarlett woke up the next morning, she was hungry and stood up from the bed stretching while looking around.

Her room was still looking like a princess’s castle just the way her parents had adorned it before she went to college and finally moved out and she suddenly missed her childhood.

Not wanting to bask in the past, she pulled on her fluffy slipper and hurried downstairs just to see her Father in the kitchen serving himself a cup of coffee while looking at the morning paper. She hadn’t seen him before going to bed yesterday and now that she saw him, he suddenly looked older to her. the wrinkles on his face and his grey hair that displayed themselves gloriously on his temples and on some other areas of his hair.

Even in Jeans and T shirt, he still looked good and handsome and at that moment, she knew she wanted to have what her parents had. 26years of marriage and they were still together. she was their only child and he was content. All his years, she had never heard her mother complain that he cheated on her, he treated her well and respected her. if she ever heard them quarrel or disagree, it was in the solace of their bedroom and soon they were together, smooching and acting like they couldn’t do without each other.

But she didn’t think she had started well and she hoped she still had the chance to right her wrongs.

Even if she was a single mother, she hoped she would find a man that was godly and just like her father.

“Goodmorning Dad.’’

He turned to look at her and smiled. ‘’hey kiddo.’’

That smile made her come closer and embrace him. ‘’I miss you.’’

‘’I miss you too pumpkin.’’

“I’m sorry.’’

“hey, it’s okay.’’ He kissed her hair and bent to plant another one close to her lips. Same old Dad. He never stopped doing that. It was like a special bond between them and that was like ‘a welcome greeting’ that she could stay.

She knew her mother would have talked to him and inwardly she was grateful.


She grimaced.

‘’oh, I’m sorry. I almost forgot.’’ He dropped his paper and coffee mug and went over to pour her a glass of milk.

‘’thanks.’’ She gulped down the glass and helped herself to the cookie jar. ‘’I’m pretty hungry.’’ She laughed when her father’s eyebrows shot up at the way she gulped down the whole glass of milk.

“let me make you breakfast then.’’

She settled down and kept munching her cookies. ‘’where’s mum?’’

“early morning personal devotion and jogging.’’

She nodded silently remembering her mother’s habit and knew she would have to develop that habit soon herself.

“that big guy of yours is amazing. He acts like he’s known us years before now.’’

“you mean Bernie?’’

“yep. How long have you had him?’’

“just two years.’’

“you sure know how to pick animals.’’Her father passed her a plate of waffles and poured her another glass of milk.


She dug into her waffles and ate to satisfaction before her father settled down before her.

“I wouldn’t be doing my duty as your father if I pretend like everything’s okay when it isn’t.’’ he began looking into her eyes. ‘’but I wont judge you. I know you made a poor decision in life but and you’ve realized your mistakes, but I want to ask you is what next?’’

Scarlett bit her lip. She knew that was why her mother had left earlier than usual, So that they can have a heart to heart chat.

“well, I came back home because I needed to find God. I’ve gone so far away from God like David did and I need to know what he’s saying to me. what he wants me to do and I need to rededicate my life to him afresh.’’


She shrugged. ‘’I guess that’s the major aspect of me coming home.’’

“and Josh?’’

She looked away. ‘’he’s in my past.’’

“he’s the father of your baby. Are you ready to be a single mother?’’

“he proposed but I refused. I did wrong in the first place. Getting married to him would make things worse. I told him he needed to find God.’’

“and if he comes here looking for you?’’

“he wont. I told him not to.’’

“how far gone are you?’’

‘’two months.’’

‘’what about your job?’’

Scarlett grew sad. ‘’God will work something out for me. I blew the first one. I’m thinking of sending out my CV once more but how many schools would want to employ an unwed pregnant woman?’’

“you don’t look it…’’

“well for now I don’t but just wait till my fifth or sixth month and I’ll be looking like an elephant.’’

“well, I talked to Mr. Becker this morning if you could work for him again for the main time and he was more than willing to let you back. He even insisted he would pay you double of what he was paying you before you left. I guess he was scared you left because he couldn’t afford you.’’

Scarlett’s eyes widened. ‘’you did that for me?’’

“just the little I could do.’’

“oh Dad, you don’t know how much this means to me.’’ she knew the baby was responsible for her getting all mushy and she stood up to hug her father. ‘’ I love you so much.’’

‘’I love you too sweetheart.’’ He rubbed her back fondly.

She settled on his leg gently and looked into his eyes. ‘’you know the kind of man I always dreamed getting married to?’’

He smiled. ‘’I think I do.’’

They laughed together and she embraced him again. ‘’it’s someone who’s just like you Daddy. Exactly like you. who loves God and loves his family and receives me like the prodigal daughter that I am.’’ She wept into his neck.

“shhh..its okay sweetie. If Jesus can receive you, who am I to reject you?’’

She released him and wiped her face with her hands. ‘’will you help me get back on track with God? I think I lost my way a long time ago…’’

‘’I’m the best coach you could ever have kiddo!’’ he lifted her on her feet feigning a strict voice ‘’now go upstairs and clean up. Bible study starts now.’’

She giggled and rushed upstairs thanking God once more.

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