“The lady is not far from you,” Lennox said.
Owen raised his brow and wished he could hold the man and ask him as many questions as possible, but he couldn’t.
“Well, I have to start going before Mary comes,” Lennox said and took a step forward, but Owen stood up from the bed and signalled to him not to leave. Lennox stayed and watched Owen
Owen searched around looking for a pen and a paper, he saw one on the locker beside the bed he was lying. He grabbed it at once and wrote:
“Please, don’t go, I have a lot of questions to ask you.”
“Ask,” Lennox said.
Owen wrote again: “Please, I want to speak. Who is the right lady? What is her name?where do you live? Give me your mobile number.”
Lennox smiled when he read what Owen typed.
“My name is Lennox, you shall speak if you meet the right lady. I do not have a mobile number, I can’t tell you more than that” Lennox said and checked his wrist watch.
“How will I know the right lady when she comes?” Owen wrote and gave it to Lennox like he had being doing.
Owen collected the sheet of paper and frowned. “The lady shall come at the right time,” Lennox said.
Owen felt bad because Lennox was not giving him the answer he wanted.
“Is the right lady Mary?” Owen wrote.
The man parted his lips and opened his mouth to talk but the door opened at that moment. Mary hurriedly entered and ignored Lennox and went to Owen.
Mary noticed a letter on the bed, she ignored it and faced Owen. “Why are you standing?” Mary asked facing Owen.
Owen neglected her and faced Lennox.
Owen was really expecting an answer from the man, it pained him when Mary entered when he was about to receive answer from Lennox.
“What is happening here” Mary said when she noticed that Owen kept looking at the doctor.
“Nothing serious, I will take my leave,” Lennox said. Lennox stepped out to leave and Owen tried to speak but he couldn’t.
Owen hopped painfully to catch up with Lennox but Lennox did not look back.
“Why are you following the doctor?” Mary said from behind.
Mary did not understand how pained Owen was; she did not see that the only person that can make Owen speak was going right in front of him.
Owen yelled but words couldn’t come out as he watched Lennox walk off till he went out of sight.
“Please, don’t go,” Lennox thought and cried.
He sunk to his knees to the floor and tears dropped from his eyes. He cried bitterly.
Mary rushed to him and noticed he was crying.
“Did the doctor do something harmful to him?” Mary thought.
“What did he do to you?” Mary said pitifully.
She remembered that Owen could not speak, she walked hurriedly to the bed to bring the note and pen she saw.
While she was bringing it, she scanned through it and what she saw caught her attention.
She read through the writings and arched her brow at what she saw.
She didn’t understand the meaning of what she read, but she knew Owen wrote it to the doctor.
“What did he mean by ‘am I the right woman?’ He even wrote my name. Who is this doctor?” she thought as she moved towards where Owen was.
“Write your answer here,” Mary said and stretched the sheet of paper to Owen.
Owen noticed that she must have read it and snatched it from her.
“Go away from me,” Owen shouted in his heart but Mary could not here.
The door opened and Mary’s father entered. He saw Mary standing and Owen kneeling and sobbing.
“What is going on here?” Mary’s father asked.
He did not wait for Mary to reply, he helped Owen up and helped him to the bed.
“Young man, take it easy, by the way..” he said and noticed Owen.
Owen’s face looked familiar to Mary’s father. Mary’s father remembered who Owen was immediately.
“His name is Owen, he cannot speak right?” Mary’s father asked.
“What! How did u know?” Mary arched her brow and said.
“You are my first love, I love you,” Star said.
“I love you, I know that I’m going on a far distance to further my education, I also wish to stay here in America, but Dad has insisted that he wanted to me school in Germany,” Seven said with tears forming in his eyes.
“You should not cry, I should be the one crying, please do not forget me, be calling me often,” Star said.
Seven said nothing but nodded his head.
Seven, who is now Mary’s father, was a young student some years ago, he dated Star, who is now Owen’s mother.
Seven and Star dated since their second year at high school till their last days at high school.
Seven loved Star so much that every student thought that that were going to marry in the future. Seven and Star were the best of friends.
They always went to many paces together, and their parents approved of their friendship.
Everything took a turn the night that Seven and Star stood in Love Garden in Los Angeles.
After Seven had said he was travelling to Germany because his dad wanted him to study there, he promised Mary that he would never date anyone till he finished his education.
They promised themselves that they were going marry themselves in the future.
Star cried the more and confessed that she felt as if she would die if Seven left.
Star made a suggestion that they should visit a temple in Miami so they would make a covenant.
Seven didn’t think twice because he was not a religious somebody and he is was sure of his love for Star, a convenant was the least thing he could have done for their love.
Seven agreed to Star’s request and they both went the following morning to Miami.
They entered the Temple. Star had heard that there were sorceresses and seers in that Temple, she had never gone there but she heard that the Temple was very popular.
Star and Seven entered and they saw some ladies putting on red and standing opposite each other.
Star and Seven became scared, but someone who was standing at the pulpit signalled for them to come towards the pulpit.
They obliged and went to the pulpit where the priest of the Temple was standing.
His head was covered with a black towel excluding his eyes that was left open.
“My children, what did you want?” the priest asked.
“I’m Star, this is my boyfriend , Seven, I don’t want him to leave me. He is furthering his education in Germany, we want to make a covenant that will be a deal between the two of us, and in case we are tempted to betray ourselves with another person by sleeping with another person, we would remember what will happen if we dared to and we will stop,” Mary said.
“That is a simple task my children, I will not tell you the consequence of what will happen to you if you betray one another, but if anyone you breaks the covenant, the consequence will be worst than death,” the priest said and smirked.
“We are ready,” Star said and looked at Seven.
The man took them to a room and performed the covenant on them.
Seven wondered why the man had refused to open his face. He traced the man with his eye from head to toe and noticed that the man’s body was all covered in his priestly regalia except his arms and feet.
He took a closer look at the man’s arm and saw a name boldly written on it ‘LENNOX’.
“What are you looking at young man?” the priest said facing Seven when he realized that he was staring at him.
“Erm… Nothing sir” he said and turned his head elsewhere.
The priest nodded and led them outside.
Seven travelled to Germany and remained faithful to Star, always calling her on the phone until after a year when Star started giving Seven the cold attitude.
Star didn’t pick call any longer, it was becoming hard for Seven to speak to Star, he sometimes sent her messages but she would not reply.
Seven tried to get the attention of Star for another two years but it was futile.
Seven moved on with his life but he never dated another girl. He promised himself never to date another lady because he loved Star so much and he is also scared of the covenant.
Star was tired of the long distance relationship after a year that Seven had left.
Star went back to the priest that she wanted to break the covenant between she and Seven.
“Long distance relationship sucks,” she said to the priest.
“My daughter, it is impossible to break the covenant you had made with Seven,” the priest replied.
“Make this possible and nothing must happen to me,” Mary said.
The priest sighed and took Mary to a room, he performed some spiritual stuffs on her and led her out of the room.
“Am I free now?” Star asked.
“Yes, you are, but not totally,” the priest replied.
“What did you mean by not totally?” Star questioned.
“I mean that nothing will happen to you, but I’m scared that your seed may bear the consequence,” the priest said.
“My seed? You mean my children?” Star questioned.
“Yeah,” the priest said.
“Well, I’m still young, I wanna have fun, till then,” Star said, carried her bag and left the temple.
Many years later after Seven had finished schooling, he came back to his home country, America. He rested in his house the first day he arrived and stayed and had fun with his family and long time friends.
He went the following day to Star’s house. He requested to see Star. Star’s parents remembered him and they welcomed him, but with a gloomy face.
He wondered why they were sad, they were supposed to be happy for seeing him after so many years.
“Seven, I’m sorry to say this, Star has gotten engaged with another man,” Star’s father said while Star’s mother lowered her head.
It was as though Seven was dreaming, he arched his brow, his heart ached and he felt bad.
He looked at their faces to see if they were playing a prank on him or not, but their facial expression depicts that were serious
Seven walked away with a painful heart, he remembered the covenant they made at the temple.
“Star broke up with me and got engaged with another man, it simply means the convenant is fake,” he thought.
It took Seven another one year to recover from his love that betrayed him.
He prayed in his heart never to see Star again but he saw Star with a young boy at an event center. Star told Seven the boy’s name to be Owen and that he was dumb during the middle of their long conversation.
Seven moved on with his life and got engaged to Mary’s mother.
“Yes, I know him,” Seven, the father of Mary, replied Mary.
“How, where?” Mary asked.
“What is that in your hand?” Seven asked and stretched his hand to collect the sheet of paper in Mary’s hand.
Mary handed it to her father and he read through it.
Owen has been wondering on the bed that he lay about how a stranger, who he assumed to be Mary’s father know his name.
“Could this man be of help to my dumbness?” Owen thought.
“Whom did you write this letter to?” Seven said after he had read what was written in the sheet of paper.
Owen sat right and collected the shit of paper and wrote:
His name is Lennox, my mother said he appeared to her in her dream shortly after my birth, he said I can only speak if I have my first kiss with the right lady.
Seven read the letter and remembered that he saw LENNOX written boldly on the priest’s hand many years ago when he and Star went to the temple to make covenant.
“I know Lennox,” Seven said and Owen stood up from the bed in shock.
He opened his mouth like he would speak but he couldn’t. He collected the shit of paper and wrote:
Please, take me to him, he has the solution to my dumbness, he can help me speak by telling me the right lady to kiss.
“Lets go,” Seven said and led them out of the hospital to the Temple.
- Feathers is a story writer and a scriptwriter. He loves reading and writing romance stories.