I wept bitterly. God, where do I find Esi? Please show me the way, I don’t want to die. I prayed.
When I got home, I narrated everything to my useless wife.
Meshac, why in God’s name have you put me into all these troubles? Why? She asked.
Shantel, the least thing I need from you right now is pressure. I only informed you to be aware of what I am about to do. I have to travel almost everyday in search of Esi, and that is not an easy task. I responded angrily.
What money are you going to use for this nonsense? Don’t tell me the little money we have in this house is what you are going to use. She angrily asked.
Shantel, I regret marrying you everyday of my life.
Issue concerning my life, you are here calling it nonsense. Anyway, I don’t have your time. I am going to where she used to stay to find out from the tenants if they know her whereabouts. I responded and walked out of the house.
I inquired from Esi’s co-tenants and I was informed that, she now stays in a town called Asemmra. Four hours drive from the city.
I hurried back to the house and packed up my clothes.
Shantel, please take care of yourself, I will be back soon after I find her. I stated in haste and began my journey.
Finally, I was in Asemmra. A big cocoa farming district capital.
There were lots of strangers from various towns trading there.
I made so many enquiries and I was directed to someone.
My brother, there is a mechanic at the outskirts of the town, the person you are looking for stays with him. He responded and showed me to the mechanic.
Mensa! Is this you? I screamed.
Yes Meshac, this is me. He responded coldly.
Mensa, what happened in the past is gone, please let it remain there. I pleaded.
I hold nothing against you Meshac, I should rather be apologizing, not you.
I am only not happy about how you treated Esi back in the city after all the stress you made her go through. He responded unhappily.
That is why I am here my brother. I am here to apologise to her. I responded.
Apologize to her and take her back as your wife or what? He asked.
No Mensa, I am a married man now.
I need her to forgive me in order to survive. I said.
Mensa, as I speak to you, my life is in a total mess. No job, no child, no erection. All because I have offended Esi. Please call her for me to apologize to her. I narrated.
Well Meshac, it is unfortunate Esi has moved out from this town for the past six months and I also don’t know her whereabouts. He responded sadly.
What do you mean by she has moved out? I screamed in tears.
Mensa, if you don’t help me find Esi, my life will end within three months. I explained in tears still.
Meshac, I wish I could help you find her but I can’t.
Esi might have traveled far from this town, because, she is mentally unstable now. She is a drunkard now, due to the emotional stress she has been through.
I one day went to the market and I saw some kids making fun of her.
That was when I forcefully brought her here to stay with me.
When she was almost withdrawing from alcohol, she packed and sneaked out from this house. I have searched the entire town, and she is nowhere to be found. Mensa narrated.
Mensa please don’t watch me die. I need you now than ever. I pleaded.
The next day, we began traveling to the surrounding villages in search of Esi.
We searched for a full month, but there was no sign of her.
The money on me got finished and I traveled back to the city to plan with Shantel on how best we could solve the problem.
When I got to the gate, there was a security guard at the entrance.
Who are you and why are you here? I asked.
I am the security guard of this house. He responded.
And who are you too? He asked.
I am the owner of this house. I responded confidently.
You must be dreaming! The owner of this house is a banker and not a wretch like you. He responded with insults.
How dare you insult me! Give me way and let me enter my house. I screamed and forced my way into the house.
Suddenly, a man came out from the room.
Gentleman, what do you want? He asked.
I should be asking you this question. This is my house, I traveled but I’m back.
Where is my wife Shantel? I asked whiles trying to enter the room.
No gentleman, you can’t go in there.
The Shantel you just talked about sold this house to me.
She said she needed money to fly back to her country. He explained.
If you doubt me, let me show you the papers. He continued and walked into the room to bring the papers.
Instantly, I saw my body slowly moving down to the ground.
To be continued…