Akweley was still breathing hard, but deep in the depth of her eyes lurked a scream of uneasiness. She licked her lips and moved to the window where she stood gazing out for a long time, and then she turned and dropped into a chair.
“It seems to me you know what really happened. Maybe he told you why he did it!” she said coldly. “Fine, sit down, and tell me what the catalyst for his madness was!”
Maa Abena shook her head, staring at Akweley with disdain and disbelief.
“Really?” she asked tightly.
“Please, Abena, allow me,” Ato said, and sat down on the settee next to Akweley, and then he began to speak fast, narrating in detail everything that had happened to Kofi.
Akweley sat quietly for a long time when Ato finished speaking. She looked suspiciously from Ato to Maa Abena, and it was quite evident that she found it hard believing them.
“And you’re telling me this man, this Bobo whatever, decided to keep Kofi there because he feels affronted by Kofi’s supposed seduction of his late wife?” she asked softly. “You expect me to believe that?”
Ato got to his feet warily, his face cold as he looked at Akweley.
“I don’t expect you to believe it, Ak,” he said coldly. “I told you what went down, and you have two choices here: either believe your man, or don’t.”
Akweley got to her feet and looked at him with fury.
“You sick b—–d!” she grated out with uncontrollable fury. “You sicken me! I gave that b—–d everything! Everything! My life and my soul, and he was cheating on me with numerous girls?”
“Yes, he was, Akweley, because deep down he’s always been the boy whose parents died in an accident, and he had to struggle through life from one foster home to the next! I’m not trying to justify his actions, far from it, and I know you got really hurt by what Kofi did, but we all learnt a lesson from what happened! I haven’t slept with any girl since! I can’t even sleep in my own bedroom now because of some scary s–t happening in there, but my womanizing days are over. I want to fall in love, and marry! My playing days are over! This has changed Kofi too, and made him a better man! If you can forgive him, and help him to come out, you’ll have yourself a handsome, young husband devoted only to you! But, like I said, the decision is all yours, Akweley!”
Akweley laughed scornfully and looked at Maa Abena.
“Well, thanks for being here, but I possibly can’t forgive him for all the crap his selfish behaviour has brought my way,” she said icily. “I gave him my life, and he treated it with scorn! He exposed me to the worst form of public ridicule and humiliation. I’ve lived through hell! Now, my life is open ahead of me, and I have a man who will care for me. Kofi made his bed, and he can lie in it! He means nothing to me now. I hate him, and he disgusts me! Go and tell him that. It’s over, and I don’t ever want to see him again!”
She left the room in a huff, leaving Maa Abena staring at the closed glass door with shock and disbelief.
Ato sighed miserably and rubbed his forehead.
“Well, that’s it,” he said sadly. “Listen, is there any way you can arrange for me to see Kofi?”
Maa Abena placed a hand on her shoulder.
“Not now, Ato,” she said kindly. “The Director has put a total slammer on all visits to the inmates at D-Block, especially to Kofi. We don’t want to do anything to alarm him or make him aware that we know what’s going down. I’ll speak to Miss Elsie and see our next line of action, okay? And then maybe we can work something out.”
Ato leaned back and sighed heavily.
“Well, then at least just smuggle a phone in there, okay, so that I can speak to him for a few minutes, please. I miss him so much!”
“I’ll try, Ato,” she said gently. “There are CCTV cameras all over the place, but I’ll see what I can do. Now, I really have to go. I must admit that Akweley’s behaviour has put a damper on my mood. Rain cheque?”
He smiled at her, although it was evident he was very disappointed.
“No sweat, gem,” Ato said gently. “For, you, anything. But come, my shift is totally washed out by that encounter. I’ll drive you as far as my break-time will allow.”
He took her hand as they walked to the elevator, and she smiled nervously.
To be continued..