It was a beautiful day, the sky was bright, the air was cool and four girls sat in a hotel suite chatting excitedly, barely able to sit still as their hair and makeup were done to perfection. Today was a day none of them would ever forget. Today three of them were getting married and they’d all decided to have just one bridesmaid cater to all three of them. Tayo didn’t mind being a bridesmaid, she just couldn’t believe they were all getting their fairy tale endings.
“Earth to Tayo! Thinking about Ahmedy-bobo again abi?”
“Don’t call him that!”
They all burst out laughing. When Sheila had jokingly called Ahmed that the first time they were introduced, it had stuck and now that was his standard nickname, one Tayo absolutely detested. She preferred to call him Philip but she knew that the more she protested the more her friends would keep teasing her. Philip didn’t seem to mind so it was all good. She loved his sense of humor.
“She has that dreamy look in her eyes again. EARTH TO TAYO!”
They burst out laughing again. Prompting the hair stylists to caution them to hold still.
“I wasn’t thinking about Philip, ok not directly anyway. I just can’t believe we got everything we ever dreamed of…God is so merciful.”
“Yes He is”
They all chorused.
Amaka: “But mehn see all the drama we got caught up in all untop ring matter. If I could advise single babes I’d tell them to just chill, that things always work out in the end.”
Aisha: “Yes oh! Imagine if you had married Ehis before he sorted out his past? Maybe they would have killed you in the process!”
Amaka: “God forbid! But you have a point. Waiting for your man to propose can be such a long thing. The men always have excuses and I won’t even begin to tell you girls what naughty schemes I delved into just because I wanted him to put a ring on it!”
Aisha: “We all had our dramas. Imagine if Tanto was actually carrying Tosin’s child? Where would I have started from? After bearing so much sh*t from that man for so long! But the new Tosin is such a dream. Sometimes drama is good!”
Aisha blushed and the girls giggled loudly.
Sheila: “Not all drama is good oh. It took me almost getting raped and being scared out of my wits that I had HIV for Chinedu to decide he was never gonna let me out of his life ever again. But I can tell you girls that sincerely I could have done without that drama!”
Tayo: “Something good did come out of that drama dear, you retired! We all knew the Sheila of before!!!”
Sheila: “Hey!!! Old things have passed away and behold all things have become new joor! Don’t wanna be a player no more…”
Aisha: “What even happened to Richie? Did you guys press charges? Did he finally see a psychologist? How’s he coping?”
Sheila: “After I got over the trauma, I started feeling really sorry for him. He is on his HIV meds and sees a psychologist every Thursday. We didn’t press charges. On the contrary you won’t believe that he is one of Chinedu’s groomsmen!”
The other girls chorused.
Sheila: “Yep. People with HIV shouldn’t be stigmatized girls. If you make them outcasts they get bitter because somebody else is always responsible for giving them the infection and they want to lash out at anyone for the rejection. I was almost a victim because of this and y’all know if I got HIV I’d personally infect all my girls because I’d wanna share the love!”
They all burst out laughing.
Amaka: “You are not serious. Remind me not to touch anything Richie touches at the wedding in case his personal vendetta isn’t over yet!”
Sheila: “Amaka!!! HIV is not spread by touching or kissing or sneezing or sharing toilets joor. It’s spread by sexual contact and blood! With all these gadgets around you, I wonder why basic info still passes you by!”
Amaka: “Don’t blame me girl, my blackberry is for pinging Ehis and my Ipad is for planning our fabulous wedding!”
The girls giggled again.
Sheila: “Besides Richie met someone at his clinic. They are dating and she’s very beautiful.”
Amaka: “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”
Aisha: “Does she have HIV too?”
Sheila: “No she doesn’t! She accompanied her elder sister who has been living with HIV for seven years now to the clinic and she and Richie got talking and that was it!”
Tayo: “Doesn’t she mind that Richie has HIV?”
Amaka: “Isn’t she scared that she’ll get infected? Hian!”
Sheila: “The doctor told them there were ways that they could go about it that she and even their children- if they chose to get married would be HIV negative and as long as Richie kept taking his drugs, there’s nothing stopping him from living a long and fruitful life. He really digs this babe oh and she loves him die!”
The four girls were silent for a while. Each thinking about life and how God always had a way of making things alright in the end. There was a knock on the door.
Ahmed: “Ladies you all look exquisite! It’s time!”
It was the most beautiful wedding any of them had ever seen. The three brides were radiant and the air was full of promise and laced with genuine love. It was a beautiful gathering of friends and family and each couple had written their vows to each other. They had all passed through hard times but true love had prevailed. The men were more mature, the women wiser. Their ideas of marriage had evolved and as they listened to the pastor preach a moving sermon. Each person was lost in thought…
Tosin…I will never cheat on you Aisha. As long as I live, I promise you.
Aisha…God keep my home and keep Tosin and I faithful to each other
Chinedu…Thank you Lord for giving me this precious gift. Heal the wounds of her past and give me the capacity to love her always regardless of her flaws.
Sheila…Thank you, thank you, thank you. Lord I’m so grateful.
Ehis…God I’m gonna make you proud. I’m gonna be the best husband Amaka could ever have and I’ll never keep a secret from her ever again.
Amaka…I’m finally getting married! (((SCREAM)))
The reception was fun. The first dance brought tears to the eyes of all who watched. Never had there been such a romantic wedding. The months put into planning this wedding really paid off.
“You look exceptionally beautiful today babe!”
“Thanks Philip, you look very handsome too.”
“You didn’t catch the bouquet.”
“Naaaah. Too old for the whole bouquet war. Wouldn’t you have laughed if you saw me fighting for a bunch of flowers on the dance floor?”
“That would have been funny but you don’t need to actually.”
“Why? Because I have you?”
“Yes you have me. Now and always…”
And with that Philip went on one knee and whisked out a box from his pocket.
“Marry me Tayo. Make me the luckiest man on earth.”
“Philip, baby we’ve only been together for a couple of months. Are you sure?”
“Surer than I’ve ever been of anything or anyone in my life. Please marry me baby.”
“Yes, yes, yes I’ll marry you!”
And right there, in a little corner in the huge tent amidst the wedding noises and with only a few people observing them, Tayo agreed to be married to her lover and her best friend.
“Sometimes when it’s right, it’s right.”
Hey Chutzpah fam. The curtain finally falls for the Wedding Chronicles. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m a sucker for happy endings! 😉 😉
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