She was able to pull herself together after three more hours of crying. She hadn’t seen Connor since then and he hadn’t even stepped into the room ever since he left. She sniffed and took the last of the tissue to dry her already swollen eyes. She stood up in shaky legs and rushed out, down the stairs. Connor had been sitting at the bar, sipping a drink and he stood up when he saw he come down with her keys, running to the door.
He ran towards her. “Don’t you dare!” She said to him drawing out her hand to stop him. His eyes darted in shock to the small pocket knife she had in her hand.
He looked up at her. “Kendra where are you going? Don’t tell me you’re Leaving.” “Get away from me, you devil. Before I do something I’ll regret.”
“I’m not scared of death, Kendra. And I’m telling you if you leave me, I’ll die. You know I’m not kidding. I don’t have much to lose if you leave me.”
“Stay away from me!” She snapped. “I swear, Connor I’m going to kill you if you come closer.” He watched tears roll down her eyes.
“If you think you’re bipolar, I’m the one who’s tripolar.” She said and he charged for her, they both struggled on the floor and she slashed him on the cheek with the pocket knife. He screamed in pain. Kendra found that as a chance to escape him. She ran off and tried opening her car but when she saw that it won’t budge, perhaps because she was desperate and scared, she dropped the keys and ran out of the house. She made her way fine to the raid where she boarded a cab, gave him the address and pleaded with him to hurry before her husband gets to her.
The taxi stopped her at the gate and she paid him. “Keep the balance.” She said in a hurry to go into the compound. She pounded her fists at the gate repeatedly until the security opened and was smiling at her to welcome her but she pushed her way into his surprise and rushed to the door. After persistently pressing the doorbell and knocking so hard her hands were almost bruised, the door opened and she expected to see Alex. But she saw Janice instead. Janice smiled at her and she stared back at her in shock. The young lady wasn’t supposed to be in his house at that hour and she wasn’t supposed to be in one of Alex’s shirts!
“Hi, Kendra. Its been a while.”. Janice obviously didn’t know the situation right now because she was smiling at Kendra. She saw Alex appear behind Janice and he looked surprised to see her.
” Kendra. What’s the matter?” He said but instead, she turned and ran off. Before she could get to the gate, strong hands of Alex held her back and she turned around, hitting him hard with her fist and screaming like a madwoman.
“Hey, calm down. He said, holding her hands, looking surprised at her outburst. “Don’t tell me to calm down! What is Ben’s sister doing in your shirt?!” Did she snap?
“What the hell are you doing with her?! Answer me, Alex!” Alex was shocked. This wasn’t the Kendra he knew. She looked like a madwoman and he was beginning to wonder what had happened to her.
“Answer me!” She snapped. He saw her eyes. Pain. Deep pain. And she looked like she had been crying.
“Is she your girlfriend?” She screamed. “What? No, she isn’t. Listen, I met her on the way, calm down. Her car broke down and it was already late. So I brought her here. She just took my shirt to change hers. Nothing happened.”
But he saw that she wasn’t buying it. “Kendra look at me.”. He said and lifted her face to his.” Have I ever lied to you?”
After a while, she broke down in tears again. Crying and wailing. He held her close and consoled her but he was at a loss as to the reason she was crying. But he knew it had something to do with her husband.
“Alex, my life is over.” She said in between cries. “What? Don’t say that.” “I lost the baby, Alex. I lost it.” “What baby?” But she kept crying louder against his chest.
“Connor killed my baby. I hate him, Alex.” “Calm down. It’ss okay.” He was confused. What baby was she talking about? Had she been pregnant? But she couldn’t have a child…
It seemed like an eternity before she was able to calm down and he took her inside, she told him the story that had happened. Alex was devastated. His own baby. The bd had gone too far. Janice had gone into her room and lefth of them alone.
Kendra felt like a deranged woman. “I was a fool, Alex. I thought I could still love him but he doesn’t deserve to be loved. He destroyed my dream of ever becoming a mother. Of having a child of my own someday. He made me feel like a barren woman. He killed my baby.” She was crying again. He brought her head to his lips and kissed it, placing back on his chest.
“It’s okay.” “I want a divorce, Alex. I want to leave that bd.” Alex sat up and made her face him. “It can still be done, Kendra. Do you still have the evidence that you were pregnant?” She nodded.
“Now I want you to think about this question very carefully before you answer me. Can you testify against him in court?” She stared at him. “What if the evidence isn’tsolid?”
“He hit you, K Kendra. He rapes you. And he killed your baby. Now can you do it?”
“It’s his word against mine, Alex. I have no evidence that he has been hitting me.”
“Kendra, listen to me. You have to toughen up on this. He might try to frustrate this plan but I want you to be strong as you’ve always been. If he wants to testify against you I’ll be the one to tell the story. I saw those marks, Kendra and I know what I saw. Aliyah has been with you for years she can say something.”
She nodded. He stood up and went upstairs, came down with his laptop and opened it. He turned it to her so she could see what he had. She stared at it and then looked at him.
“Alex.” She was surprised. “It was Lisa’s idea. I thought it was stupid at first because you and I weren’t talking much but she went ahead and took pictures of you in your beaten state. I wanted to show you but I was waiting for you to recover well before I did it.”
She looked again. That was enough evidence. This was her lying unconscious almost dead with blood all over her and marks of beatings. She still had the scars although they were a bit faint.
“Now answer me, Kendra. Will you testify against Connor in court?” Tears rolled down her eyes as she looked at him. She nodded.
“I’ll do it. God help me but I’ll do it.” She jumped in him in a tight hug, crying and thanking him. Then she kissed him full on the mouth. Being a man, he didn’t object. He pulled her closer for more.
The court case was hectic and it took days and almost weeks. Connor had been shocked when he was informed that he was to appear in court for a hearing. He had threatened Alex and Kendra to frustrate them and he had been doing it quite well until a day came and Nina, one of Kendra’s Maids in the house had appeared at Alex’s door to speak with Kendra. And the lady had offered to testify against her boss. She had been Kendra’s maid for three years and she had been the one to treat her wounds whenever she was beaten up so bad. Nina had been the one to tell the court the whole story.
“She’s my madam. I’ve worked for her for three years. I came in when she just married our master. And it didn’t take long for him to start hitting her. Some times he used his belt on her, He even has a long whip in his bedroom which he uses on her every time. We always heard the voice of our mistress up in the bedroom where he beats her sometimes to coma. But no one would do anything, we were all scared of losing our jobs so we kept quiet. Until I’ll see him leave the house and then go up to her. She always has blood on her body. She’s a strong lady. I’m surprised she hadn’t died since then.”
Nina spoke with tears in her eyes and her gaze fully on Kendra who smiled her, giving her a silent thank you. Nina’s testimony and the pictures were strong evidence against Connor. The divorce happened like a dream come true. Kendra was free.
Her relationship with Alex improved and she got happier than ever. She didn’t want to rush as she did with Connor so it took her a year to finally say yes to Alex.
Two weeks after the divorce, The news carried it that Connor had been found dead on his bathroom floor in a pool if his own blood. He had taken a bullet through his head. Kendra felt sorry for him though he had made her the benefactor of his company. She still wished he had stayed alive to see her carrying her baby.
She smiled with Alex beside her in the scan room when the doctor showed her the baby in her womb. She looked up at Alex and he looked happy and impressed. She was seven months gone.
Two more months to be called a mother, she couldn’t wait. She smiled at the screen, watching her son. “Its okay, little one. I’m always here waiting for you.”
She said to the screen and smiled up at Alex. He bent and took her lips in his, kissing her hard while the female doctor grinned at them like an idiot.
She had seen Connor as her weakness and so he did all those things to her and she couldn’t fight back. But Alex was different. She was right when she said her mother would be great friends with Alex mother. Both women just couldn’t get enough of each other’s company. Her life was finally in place.
She had seen hell at a very young age. And she had also started her Paradise at a very young age too. She knew that if she had waited she wouldn’t have seen hell and she would probably have met Alex earlier.
She opened a blog two months after her divorce, on broken women. She wrote two books on her life story which were already best selling. She went for shows and motivational talk on women affairs because people wanted to hear her story. And her story had impacted a lot into the lives of billions of people. She wanted to pull a lot of women out of the pit they found themselves and encouraged others too.
Alex wasn’t just her husband, he was her strength. And she did everything possible to be his strength as well. She trusted him, he would never hurt her. Even if he did, he never did it on purpose. Many people said there was the magic behind weddings and she never believed until now. She had met her husband at a wedding both first and second.
She smiled at herself two days after the scan as she stood at the balcony of her house with Alex and thought of the day they first met. Who would have known that he was an angel sent to help her and that day she had hated him like crazy. She laughed within her. He was her.
ANGEL… her DOCTOR…. Her HEALER…
The Original Story By Chinoso Charles.
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