“hmmmm what do i want?” Stella’s brother repeated and scoffed.
“you used my sister, got her pregnant, made her unmarriageable, abandoned and broke her heart, I kept quiet and never for a day challenged you.” “when my parents managed to fetch you for talks, you showed up, claimed responsibility and disappeared like a ghost, i still never bothered you”, “I took care of my sister without complaining, but i guess because of our soft nature and the way we handled everything, you thought you could do as you like, thereby further insulting my family by inviting the innocent girl to your house, so as to beat her up and snatch her baby” he poured out calmly, while Mike nervously watched him like a rat watching a friendly cat.
“what do you expect me to ask for eeh?” he asked Mike, who simply shrugged silently.
“I can’t force you to marry my sister, neither can i allow you to walk away from your responsibility over her and the little girl” he added seriously.
“but this isn’t a case settled in the police station, can’t we do it elsewhere, like in your house or village?” Mike asked pleadingly,
“oh yes, but i don’t trust you, moreover my sister is the person pressing charges and i fear you might spend more time here with us” he replied with an evil smile.
“oh goodness me! i beg of you, don’t do this to me, i can’t afford to skip work even for a day, please” Mike begged nervously, while i nodded in support.
“alright, but there is still one more thing you have to do, if i’m to allow you guys to leave” the young officer added and licked his lips.
“you have to sign some papers, it’s just like an undertaking which you have to accept, before i let you have your freedom” he added as he brought out two envelopes, which he placed before Mike.
“all you have to do is just to sign both of them, you go with one copy, i keep the second copy for myself” he explained as Mike went through the papers.
“you don’t expect me to sign this cra.p do you?” i soon heard Mike ask with a raised tone.
“how do you expect me to suspend my upcoming wedding, till i settle issues with your sister?” he asked angrily.
“oooh so the wedding rumours are true??,” “yes sir, my request is very resonable, because that’s what any sane man will do. For the sake of my family’s pride and for the sake of tradition, you have every reason to sit down and settle with us, before rushing into another marriage, moreover which church will wed you when you are yet to resolve your problems eeh?, my friend you better sign the two papers, because it’s that or nothing” the young officer sprang up and barked loudly, hitting the table with his fist. My heart skipped a hundred times over.
It just looked as if someone was blowing an air of misfortune towards my happiness.