End Of The Road (Complete Story)

End Of The Road (Episode 1)

Have you ever lost someone you love with all your heart and can’t function properly without? It’s unimaginably painful and hard to say ‘goodbye’ to a person your heart beats for. Love can be sweet and sour at the same time but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a beautiful thing. Brace yourselves, because I’m about to give you the ride of a lifetime down the unfortunate love story of Anita and Marvin.

It all started years back, when Anita and Marvin answered the clarion call to serve their nation. They first met at NYSC camp and it was love at first sight. They bonded very fast and became almost inseparable that one would think that they already knew themselves before meeting in camp.

Marvin was a cool and gentle guy, while Anita was more of the hyper one. They were both from well to do families and didn’t lack the beautiful things of life. They loved each other dearly and didn’t hesitate to go with the flow and follow their hearts. Camp ended, but their love didn’t.

After camp, Anita was deployed to a primary school where she continued her NYSC obligations, while Marvin was held back and made to work at his dad’s firm. Anita wondered why Marvin was given such privilege and often made fun of him for being a ‘Big man’ son. Their relationship was beautiful and they always put each other first in everything they did. NYSC ended and they passed out joyfully.

Through Marvin dad’s connection, Anita was able to secure a good job at one of the respectable companies in her career field, while Marvin managed his dad’s company with his elder brother. Life was good because everything seemed to be going towards the right direction. They talked about everything and never kept secrets; well so we thought until some things began to seem unusual and didn’t add up.

As time went on, Anita noticed that Marvin always took secret trips to the hospital. At first she thought it was normal and nothing to worry about, until it became unbearable. Whenever she tried to inquire why he always visited the hospital, Marvin would hug her and tell her that everything was alright. Anita tried to inquire from his dad and elder brother as to why he was always rushed to the hospital, but they usually told her that there was nothing to worry about. “It’s just his normal medical checkup” Marvin’s dad said on one of those occasions.

With time, Anita felt relieved due to the positive answers she received whenever she inquired on what was wrong with Marvin and she never bothered asking anymore. She became used to his unusual hospital visits and never hesitated to show her support by being present whenever he returned. Marvin began to get slimmer by the day without any reasonable explanation as to what could be the cause of his constant weight loss.

Marvin was a partner to die for because he was everything Anita dreamed of in the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. It was just a matter of time before their parents knew about their relationship, as they were almost inseparable. Marvin’s parent loved and accepted Anita as their own, and same with Anita’s parent too. They loved Marvin equally.

In everything that was happening, Anita never had a clue that her beautiful love story was about to turn sour. She never knew that a day would come where she wouldn’t be able to see the man she dearly loved, she never knew that her heart was about to be shattered beyond repair, she never knew that her happiness was about to fade away. She didn’t know, so sad!

Everything went on as usual, with the truth ‘hidden’, until one fateful day. On that day, Anita made a surprise stop at Marvin’s house after work because she wanted to cook for him; as he had complained earlier that he missed home cooked meal. On arrival, Marvin was nowhere to be found so she called to know where he was. ”Hello baby” Anita greeted, “Hi my angel, where are you?”

Marvin asked, “I’m at your house but can’t find you” she said. Marvin immediately remembered that she was coming over, “Oh shoot! I forgot you were coming, hope you are with your keys because I locked the door” he said, “Yes I’m with my keys, matter of fact, I’m already inside the house” she said. Marvin assured her that he was already on his way home and ended the call.

With Marvin away, Anita hurriedly entered the kitchen to begin preparation of the meal she was to cook. As the food was still on fire, she went to Marvin’s bathroom to pee because she was pressed. When she was done peeing, she turned to look at herself in the bathroom mirror. After staring at herself for a while, she playfully stretched her hand and touch her reflection on the mirror; to her greatest surprise, the mirror gave way to a medicine cabinet.

For a moment she was shocked because she didn’t know that there was a medicine cabinet behind that mirror. “Why am I just finding out this cabinet for the first time and why are there so many drugs in it?” she confusingly asked herself. The medicines where in unique containers and had unfamiliar names.

Anita was dead confused and didn’t know what was going on and why Marvin had a cabinet filled with strange medicines. She tried to read the descriptions on the containers to know what they were for and suddenly remembered that the food she was cooking was on fire. She hurriedly closed the cabinet but took one of the medicine container with her. As she continued cooking, her mind wasn’t in what she was doing.

She was dead confused, shocked and scared at the same time, “What’s going on?” she kept asking herself but no reply was coming forth. She immediately brought her phone out and Google the name of the medicine she took with her, in order to know what it was for and to her greatest surprise, the medicine was for Leukemia patients.

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Have you ever lost someone you love with all your heart and can’t function properly without? It’s unimaginably painful and hard to say ‘goodbye’ to a person your heart beats for. Love can be sweet and sour at the same time but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a beautiful thing. Brace yourselves, because I’m about to give you the ride of a lifetime down the unfortunate love story of Anita and Marvin.

It all started years back, when Anita and Marvin answered the clarion call to serve their nation. They first met at NYSC camp and it was love at first sight. They bonded very fast and became almost inseparable that one would think that they already knew themselves before meeting in camp.

Marvin was a cool and gentle guy, while Anita was more of the hyper one. They were both from well to do families and didn’t lack the beautiful things of life. They loved each other dearly and didn’t hesitate to go with the flow and follow their hearts. Camp ended, but their love didn’t.

After camp, Anita was deployed to a primary school where she continued her NYSC obligations, while Marvin was held back and made to work at his dad’s firm. Anita wondered why Marvin was given such privilege and often made fun of him for being a ‘Big man’ son. Their relationship was beautiful and they always put each other first in everything they did. NYSC ended and they passed out joyfully.

Through Marvin dad’s connection, Anita was able to secure a good job at one of the respectable companies in her career field, while Marvin managed his dad’s company with his elder brother. Life was good because everything seemed to be going towards the right direction. They talked about everything and never kept secrets; well so we thought until some things began to seem unusual and didn’t add up.

As time went on, Anita noticed that Marvin always took secret trips to the hospital. At first she thought it was normal and nothing to worry about, until it became unbearable. Whenever she tried to inquire why he always visited the hospital, Marvin would hug her and tell her that everything was alright.

Anita tried to inquire from his dad and elder brother as to why he was always rushed to the hospital, but they usually told her that there was nothing to worry about. “It’s just his normal medical checkup” Marvin’s dad said on one of those occasions.

With time, Anita felt relieved due to the positive answers she received whenever she inquired on what was wrong with Marvin and she never bothered asking anymore. She became used to his unusual hospital visits and never hesitated to show her support by being present whenever he returned. Marvin began to get slimmer by the day without any reasonable explanation as to what could be the cause of his constant weight loss.

Marvin was a partner to die for because he was everything Anita dreamed of in the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. It was just a matter of time before their parents knew about their relationship, as they were almost inseparable. Marvin’s parent loved and accepted Anita as their own, and same with Anita’s parent too. They loved Marvin equally.

In everything that was happening, Anita never had a clue that her beautiful love story was about to turn sour. She never knew that a day would come where she wouldn’t be able to see the man she dearly loved, she never knew that her heart was about to be shattered beyond repair, she never knew that her happiness was about to fade away. She didn’t know, so sad!

Everything went on as usual, with the truth ‘hidden’, until one fateful day. On that day, Anita made a surprise stop at Marvin’s house after work because she wanted to cook for him; as he had complained earlier that he missed home cooked meal. On arrival, Marvin was nowhere to be found so she called to know where he was. ”Hello baby” Anita greeted, “Hi my angel, where are you?” Marvin asked, “I’m at your house but can’t find you” she said. Marvin immediately remembered that she was coming over, “Oh shoot! I forgot you were coming, hope you are with your keys because I locked the door” he said, “Yes I’m with my keys, matter of fact, I’m already inside the house” she said. Marvin assured her that he was already on his way home and ended the call.

With Marvin away, Anita hurriedly entered the kitchen to begin preparation of the meal she was to cook. As the food was still on fire, she went to Marvin’s bathroom to pee because she was pressed. When she was done peeing, she turned to look at herself in the bathroom mirror.

After staring at herself for a while, she playfully stretched her hand and touch her reflection on the mirror; to her greatest surprise, the mirror gave way to a medicine cabinet. For a moment she was shocked because she didn’t know that there was a medicine cabinet behind that mirror. “Why am I just finding out this cabinet for the first time and why are there so many drugs in it?” she confusingly asked herself. The medicines where in unique containers and had unfamiliar names.

Anita was dead confused and didn’t know what was going on and why Marvin had a cabinet filled with strange medicines. She tried to read the descriptions on the containers to know what they were for and suddenly remembered that the food she was cooking was on fire. She hurriedly closed the cabinet but took one of the medicine container with her.

As she continued cooking, her mind wasn’t in what she was doing. She was dead confused, shocked and scared at the same time, “What’s going on?” she kept asking herself but no reply was coming forth. She immediately brought her phone out and Google the name of the medicine she took with her, in order to know what it was for and to her greatest surprise, the medicine was for Leukemia patients.

“What! Why is a medicine for Leukemia patients in Marvin’s hidden medicine cabinet?” Anita asked herself in a shaky tone. Her world seemed as though it was coming to an end. Her heart kept racing, her hands ‘shaking’ and her palms ‘sweaty’. Anita had never been that scared all her life, as she kept imagining the reason as to why Marvin was harboring such drugs in his house.

After about 30 minutes of being completely numb, there was a knock on the door. Anita hurriedly rushed to the door with the medicine container in her hand to see who was knocking. “Marvin is that you?” she inquired with tears in her eyes, “Yes babe” he replied.

Immediately the door opened, the first thing Marvin sighted when he looked at her was the medicine container in her hand. He almost dropped dead when he saw it and looked at Anita, only to see the tears that kept falling off her cheeks. “Baby what’s going on? Please tell me these medicines are not for you” she said with tears in her eyes. Marvin couldn’t hold the emotions he had been concealing any longer and burst into tears. He looked into Anita’s eyes and said “I’m dying babe, I have Leukemia”.

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“What! Why is a medicine for Leukemia patients in Marvin’s hidden medicine cabinet?” Anita asked herself in a shaky tone. Her world seemed as though it was coming to an end. Her heart kept racing, her hands ‘shaking’ and her palms ‘sweaty’. Anita had never been that scared all her life, as she kept imagining the reason as to why Marvin was harboring such drugs in his house.

After about 30 minutes of being completely numb, there was a knock on the door. Anita hurriedly rushed to the door with the medicine container in her hand to see who was knocking. “Marvin is that you?” she inquired with tears in her eyes, “Yes babe” he replied.

Immediately the door opened, the first thing Marvin sighted when he looked at her was the medicine container in her hand. He almost dropped dead when he saw it and looked at Anita, only to see the tears that kept falling off her cheeks. “Baby what’s going on? Please tell me these medicines are not for you” she said with tears in her eyes. Marvin couldn’t hold the emotions he had been concealing any longer and burst into tears. He looked into Anita’s eyes and said “I’m dying babe, I have Leukemia”.

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End Of The Road (Episode 2)

There’s no news as heartbreaking as that of a loved one departing from you forever. Words are indeed not enough to describe the trauma and shock of knowing that someone you love dearly is dying slowly. Anita was shocked beyond explanation and found it hard to believe that the man she loved with all her heart was secretly suffering from Leukemia.

“Baby please tell me you’re joking, please I beg you” She said with tears falling off her eyes. Marvin was completely shattered due to the fact that Anita had found out about a battle he was secretly fighting for years. He purposely begged his family to keep the truth a secret and not reveal to Anita, because he didn’t want her to start giving more attention to his predicament than the beautiful moments they shared.

Marvin didn’t want Anita to pity him but rather, he wanted her undivided love and attention; at least for the little while he still had to spend on earth. Seeing those tears fall off her eyes broke his heart the more, he wanted her to always be happy and not sad. He was devastated!

“You’re still not saying anything, please tell me this is all a joke and that you didn’t mean what you said earlier” Anita said sobbing. Marvin walked closer and laid his head on her shoulder and they burst into uncontrollable tears. “I’m so sorry babe, I should have told you earlier but just couldn’t.

I didn’t want you to start pitying me more than loving me, I didn’t want to let you into my sinking world, I didn’t want you to join me in counting the number of days I still have on earth, I didn’t want you to feel hurt or sad because I want my last glance at you to be with a smile on your face and not tears.

You are the best thing that has happened to me of recent; you have been my life support, you have been my reason to want to live another day and you are the reason I’m still fighting. The cancer has spread and there’s no solution at this point. I’m so sorry that I wouldn’t be with you for too long and it kills me everyday” He said sobbing.

The more Marvin spoke, the more Anita broke down in tears. She was still in denial and didn’t want to accept the fact that the man she had imaginarily planned her future with was going to be absent from it. She didn’t want to accept the fact that the man she was crazily in love with was going to leave her soon. It was a tough truth but Anita wasn’t ready to accept or face it!

“No no no baby, you can’t leave me, you just can’t. I won’t have any reason to live again if you leave me; my world wouldn’t mean a thing anymore without you by my side. You just can’t go anywhere babe, please you can’t!” Anita said, with tears falling uncontrollably from her eyes.

Marvin didn’t know what to say or do anymore so he hugged her tightly. “Everything would be alright” he said to console her as he gently pat her back. Anita dropped the medicine container she was holding and wrapped her arms around him properly. They hugged for a while until Anita started perceiving burnt smell coming from the kitchen.

She immediately remember that she was cooking and rushed to attend to the food in the kitchen. Marvin followed her to see what was happening and helped her with whatever she needed.

After a little while, food was served and they ate together in the dinning. The atmosphere was tensed and quiet as they scooped each spoon of food. Tears occasionally fell from Anita’s eyes as she ate and every tears she shed broke and shattered Marvin’s heart into pieces. He was trying to be a man and control the situation but it was beyond him. Anita couldn’t go home again that day so she spent the night over.

They talked about the situation on ground over again but Anita was still in denial and didn’t want to accept the truth that laid right before her. It felt like a nightmare to her and she needed someone to wake her up.

All through that night, Anita shouldn’t sleep and kept staring at Marvin while he slept. “No wonder he lost so much weight a while ago” She thought to herself as tears fell off her eyes. “Why Marvin Lord? Please don’t take him away from me, Please God” she silently prayed and finally laid her head to rest because she was already heating up.

Morning came but the atmosphere was still tensed. Marvin had to step out because he had an important appointment to tend to at work. He left before Anita and kissed her goodbye before leaving. While he walked away, Anita felt scared and started imaging all sort of things that could happen to him as he went about his daily activities.

“Would he come back to me again? I hope today isn’t going to end without him by my side? What if he leaves me today? Oh! my heart hurts so bad” she muttered. For every second Marvin was away, Anita couldn’t take her mind off him.

This was the exact reason Marvin hid the truth from her; he didn’t want her to live in constant fear or worry. He felt the truth was better left hidden and not revealed.

Anita finally summoned strength and went to work. While at work that day, she thought about absolutely nothing else than Marvin. She surfed the internet and read over a thousand articles on Leukemia. Fear gripped her whenever she read each article because it occurred to her that Leukemia was almost incurable and often claimed the patient’s life. Her colleague who figured that something was up, approached her to inquire what the problem was but she told her colleague that everything was fine.

Anita secretly prayed to be able to get through that day without losing her mind completely. She called Marvin every now and then to check up on him. After work, she headed straight to his office so they could go home together. Immediately Marvin saw her, he could just tell that she had been worked up all day from excess thinking.

“My baby, I have missed you just this little while I was away” he said smiling. Anita was confused and tried to figure out why he was so relaxed and un-bothered despite his condition. “Baby why do you pretend as though all is fine when it clearly isn’t” she asked but Marvin hushed her. “Stop this babe, can we just live in the moment and stop worrying about what the outcome of tomorrow would be. I’m here now and that’s all that matters” he said and kissed her lips.

They kissed passionately for a while and had to stop when Marvin’s elder brother walked in. “Love birds, una own better” Marvin’s brother jokingly said and they laughed. “Baby I’m hungry, have you eaten yet?” Marvin asked, “No, I was actually thinking we would eat together” Anita replied.

In no time, they left the office and went to have dinner before heading home. Anita wanted to ask more questions about the situation of things with his health but didn’t want to ruin the nice time they were having. They arrived home, did the needful and retired to bed.

As Marvin slept, Anita couldn’t stop staring at him. She cried and touch his face occasionally but little did she know that was the last time she would ever see him that peaceful.

Few hours later, Marvin woke up and complained about the room being too cold. Anita turned off the air conditioner but he still complained that the cold was unbearable. “Please boil hot water and keep the bucket near me so the steam can warm my body” Marvin said shivering. Anita started panicking and did as he instructed.

After a while, the situation worsened and she had to call his brother to inform him on what was happening. In no time, Marvin’s brother arrived at his house and he was taken to the hospital afterwards. Anita was made to wait at the waiting room by the nurses, while Marvin and his brother went to run some tests. It turned out that Marvin’s health had diminished greatly and he needed to be transferred to a higher hospital with more advanced facilities. Marvin was admitted and his brother went to meet Anita at the waiting room.

Immediately Anita saw Marvin’s brother without him, her heart skipped several beats in fear. “Where’s Marvin?” She curiously asked, “Everything is fine” He replied. “Cut the crap please, I know about his sickness that you all were hiding from me. Where is Marvin?” Anita said with tears already failing off her eyes.

Marvin’s brother was surprised that she already knew. He took a deep breath with tears in his eyes and said “The cancer has spread, I’m scared Anita”.

TBC…

End Of The Road (Episode 3)

The words that lefts Marvin brother’s lips, shattered Anita’s heart into tiny pieces. It felt as though her whole world was coming to an end. It was one thing for her to be scared of the situation on ground and totally another thing for Marvin’s brother to confess that he was scared too. Anita’s fear doubled due to that effect and her whole body started shaking.

“This can’t be happening, please tell me everything would be alright because I wouldn’t be Ok if anything happens to Marvin” she said with tears flowing uncontrollably from her eyes. Marvin’s brother was short of words and didn’t know when he started tearing up too. “He has to be transferred to a better hospital” he said, “which hospital would that be?” Anita curiously asked, “I’m yet to find out but I know it’s in a different state” Marvin’s brother replied.

Anita was numb and was are the verge of going crazy. She was still trying to come to terms with the situation on ground and now, they are planning on taking the love of her life away from her to another state. “Do they have to take him away? What happened to treating him here” she inquired, “I guess it’s because Marvin’s situation has gotten worse so he needs to upgrade to a hospital with more advanced facilities” he replied.

While they were conversing, Marvin’s dad called so his brother had to excuse himself to answer the call. As he walked away, Anita started crying all over again.

After crying for a while, she walked up to the counter and asked the nurse to direct her to where Marvin was. The nurse directed her to his room and as Anita approached the room, her heart started beating faster than usual. She opened the door to the sight of her beloved Marvin lying helplessly on the hospital bed.

Seeing him in that condition broke her heart and that was when the reality on ground dawned on her; the reality that Marvin was slowly slipping away from her hands. It was a sad and bitter truth to accept!

“Hey baby, I’m here” Anita said in a shaky tone while still crying. Marvin’s eyes were closed due to weakness, but he could feel her presence there. “Baby is that you?” He asked, “Yes it’s me babe” she replied sobbing. Marvin smiled faintly and asked her to come closer. Anita didn’t hesitate and asked him to shift alittle so she could lay down with him on the bed. Immediately Anita’s head touched Marvin’s chest, she burst into tears and held him tightly.

Marvin kissed her head and wrapped his drip covered hands around her. She kept crying but Marvin couldn’t do much to console her because he was helpless. He barely had enough strength to breathe in and out, talk more of speaking. Few minutes later, Marvin’s brother walked into the room and almost broke into tears at the sight of them lying together on the bed. He knew indeed that Anita wouldn’t let go of Marvin without a good fight to keep him.

He felt sad that this was happening to their beautiful love story and wished things were different. “Anita should I drop you home?” Marvin’s brother asked but she remained silent and didn’t utter a word in response to his question. “We would be traveling first thing tomorrow, my dad has already made the arrangements for him to be transferred” he added but Anita still remain mute. Hi santus on+2348091756761 to be added to his story room to enjoy more of this .

Only if you could just feel the pain and heartache Anita was feeling at that moment, you’ll understand why it was hard for her to speak. She was numb and wasn’t herself at that moment at all. Marvin’s brother had to leave in order to prepare for their journey for the next day. He booked the flight tickets and drove down to Marvin’s apartment to get some few clothes he would be needing.

Anita slept at the hospital with Marvin till the next day and sadly had to part ways with him at the airport. “Promise me you won’t leave me and promise me you’ll be back” she said to Marvin with tears in her eyes, “I’ll see you soon babe, please don’t cry anymore, I’ll be fine and would be back” Marvin assured but wasn’t convinced in his heart that everything would be fine. He only wanted her to think and worry less while he was away.

It was time for them to board and Anita bid her last goodbye to him. That was the most painful ‘Goodbye’ she had ever said to anyone. Her heart was completely shattered as she watched them leave. She wished everything was just a big prank, she wished her beloved Marvin would tell her that it was all a joke, she wished things were back to being normal and she wished life was more fair to her.

As Anita walked out of the airport, anyone who can see could tell that she had been crying as her eyes were swollen and red. She couldn’t go to work that day and had to call in sick. Her world seemed empty and without meaning. She cared less about anything else and had to go to her parents house because she felt empty and lonely.

The news of Marvin’s health condition came as a Big surprise to Anita’s parents. They were heartbroken and immediately called Marvin’s parents to console and assure them that all would be fine. Anita grew slim under 2 days of Marvin’s absence due to starvation; she lost appetite for food.

At work, Anita preformed poorly despite her effort to try and put herself together and act professional. She was losing her mind and couldn’t function properly anymore.

It’s been over one week since Marvin left and Anita barely had access to him. According to his brother, Marvin was in an intensive care unit and was in a lot of paiin. She cried herself to sleep every night and always imagined the amount of pain Marvin was in. In one of those nights, she couldn’t take it any longer and decided to travel to where he was to see him.

“Mummy I have to go and see Marvin, I’m not ok and I think I might go crazy if I continue like this. I miss him so much and it hurts so bad. My mind is always with him, that’s why I can’t function or think properly. I just have to go mum” Anita said to her mum the next day. With no hesitation, her request was granted.

At work that day, she told her boss everything that had been going on in her personal life and begged for leave of absence. Her boss was empathic and granted her one month leave of absence to attend to the pressing issues in her life. Anita was overjoyed and happy because she would be seeing the love of her life soonest. She informed Marvin’s brother of her surprise visit and entered the next available flight to the state they were in. In less than 2 hours, she arrived and went straight to the hospital.

Marvin wasn’t aware of Anita’s visit. He had been fighting to stay alive so he could return to her but the battle was beyond him. He missed her badly and felt sad that there was nothing he could do about it. His brother received a call from Anita that she had arrived, he told her the room number and name of ward they were in.

After about five minutes, there was a knock on the hospital door, “Come in” a voice said and Anita majestically walked in. Marvin was asleep when she walked in so he didn’t see her. She greeted his mum and brother that were present in the room and sat beside Marvin’s bed afterwards.

She bent and kissed his forehead and Marvin opened his eyes. “Baby is that you?” He surprisingly asked and Anita smiled and said, “Yes it’s me babe and I’m never leaving you again”.

TBC…

End Of The Road (Episode 4)

Love is powerful and has the ability to give life to a dying soul. For a second, Marvin couldn’t believe that Anita was sitting beside him. It took a while for him to fully realize that his mind wasn’t playing games with him and that she was truly there. Marvin’s joy knew no bound and he didn’t let his critical health condition get in the way of expressing how he felt at that moment; he was happy to see her indeed.

“Babe how did you…, I mean, how where you able to pull this off? He asked stuttering and Anita smiled. “Did you think I would be able to stay away from you for much longer? I couldn’t bear it anymore and had to come down here to be with you” she said and kissed his forehand. Marvin summoned all the strength he had and wrapped his arms around her, “I miss you baby and I’m glad you are here.

You have no idea how much this means to me, I love you more than words can say” He said with tears in his eyes. Anita immediately noticed how skinny he had become and wanted to cry but had to be strong so as not to ruin their happy moment.

After hugging for a while, Marvin laid back to rest because he was already getting tired. While he slept, Anita inquired from his brother and mum of the situation on ground concerning his health and they told her that Marvin wasn’t getting any better despite the administered treatments. Anita suddenly became scared and heartbroken, she wanted to hear some good news but apparently, the reverse was the case.

Marvin’s brother had to leave shortly in order to attend to some urgent pressing issues at work, leaving Marvin to the care of his mum and Anita. While he was gone, Anita never left Marvin’s bedside and was present during every doctor’s appointment and treatment. She was Marvin’s knight in shinning armor and his strength in times of weakness.

It was heartbreaking for Anita to watch the man she loved, slowly fade away from her hands but she was hopeful and had learnt to be strong whenever she was with him. Unfortunately, Marvin’s health deteriorated the more and he started experiencing severe pains mostly at nights which made it difficult for him to sleep properly.

At first, they thought it was just a minor crisis that would fade with time but it persisted rather. Marvin would toss back and forth in severe pains and grew slimmer because he wasn’t sleeping at nights anymore. The doctors were called upon whenever it started and they usually administered treatments but nothing changed.

In one of those horrible nights, Anita had to leave the room when the doctor came in and went to the balcony to cry. She cried bitterly and released every emotion she had been bottling up in her heart. Anita felt helpless and it killed her to know that she couldn’t do anything to help the man she loved.

“Why Marvin of all people? What did he do wrong? Lord please give me some of his pains so I can carry his burden for him. He doesn’t deserve all this; he is a selfless and good man” she said sobbing.

It isn’t a pleasant experience to watch someone you love die slowly and you can’t do anything to save them; trust me when I say that’s the height of helplessness. Anita cleaned her eyes afterwards and went back to the hospital room. The late night pains continued, even after the doctor’s efforts to stop it.

Marvin’s mum contacted a specialist and an appointment was secured. She got an urgent call few days later from the specialist and was asked to come in place of Marvin (since he was under intense care). Without hesitating, she left to return the next day and left Marvin to the care of Anita. While she was gone, the couple were a bit happy because they finally had an alone time with just themselves.

“I’m your mum now” Anita jokingly said, “whatever you want, I’m at your service” she added laughing. Marvin smiled for the first time in days and Anita was astonished, “Is that a smile I see on your face? Thank you Jesus oh, thank you Lord” she said and started dancing. Marvin laughed more and was happy to see Anita in such a happy mood because it had been a while since they smiled or laughed.

“Come closer mummy” Marvin jokingly said and Anita laughed. “Of course I’ll come closer, shift so I can lie down too” she said and laid on the bed with him. It was a beautiful moment for them and they wished it would last forever. Marvin hugged her tightly with all the strength he had and didn’t want to let go of his grip.

“Are you scared?” he asked out of nowhere, “Scared for what” Anita replied, “scared that you might wake up someday without me by your side” he sadly said. Marvin’s words brought tears to Anita’s eyes.

She didn’t want to ever imagine her life without him in it, “I wake up each day hoping that this whole thing is just a big prank but get disappointed every time. I don’t think I’ll be the same again if anything ever happens to you. I miss seeing you healthy, I miss us and I miss your touch. I wish I could share your pains with you. I will give up anything just for you to be healthy again my love,

I’m hopeful that everything would be alright” she said with tears in her eyes. Marvin kissed her forehead over again and finally ended the kiss on her lips. They kissed passionately and Anita didn’t want to stop because she missed him more than words could say. She was careful not to press her body hardly on Marvin’s body because he wasn’t too strong.

After kissing for a while, they cuddled each other and wished that moment would last forever. It was there and then that Anita noticed how faint Marvin’s heartbeat was because her head was placed on his chest. She cried silently and held him even tighter.

A doctor came in shortly to check up on Marvin and smiled when she saw the cute couple all cuddled up. Anita had to get up afterwards so the doctor could do her work. As Anita stood and watched, her heart broke at the sight of Marvin lying helplessly on the hospital bed.

Her mind were occupied with thoughts and she was overshadowed with fear. When the doctor was done, Marvin laid back to rest so Anita followed the doctor to inquire on the situation on ground concerning Marvin’s health. “Hello doctor, please how’s he doing? Would everything be alright soon?” she curiously asked, “That’s a confidential information that I can’t disclose, unless you are related to him or his spouse” the doctor politely said.

Anita knew that she wasn’t related to Marvin neither was she married to him yet, so at this point, she didn’t know what else to say. “I took a leave of absence from my job just to be here to stay by his side, I haven’t been myself in a long while due to the emotional trauma and torture I’m going through, I’m dying slowly each day as I watch the man I love slip away form my hands. I’m scared of the outcome of what tomorrow would be; I’m scared every time he takes a nap, I’m scared that he might be gone anytime.

I beg you to just tell me what is going on, so I know what lies ahead of me” Anita said with tears already falling off her eyes. The doctor was touched, shook her head and said “Marvin might be gone anytime from now, I’m so sorry”

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End Of The Road (Episode 5)

No news is as shocking as that of a loved one departing from you forever. There’s no heart strong enough to accommodate such news without breaking down. The doctor’s revelation of Marvin’s fate, shattered Anita’s heart into tiny unfixable pieces. Her mouth was wide opened as she received the heartbreaking news from the doctor. At that moment, she was numb and her world seemed to be coming to an instant end.

“Doctor please tell me you’re talking about someone else and not Marvin, please just tell me you didn’t mean what you said earlier” Anita shockingly said with her hands on her chest. The doctor felt for her and wished there was a sweeter way to pass the unfortunate information across to her.

“I’m so sorry for how you might be feeling now but I suggest you go back into that room and make his last days on earth a beautiful one. Try not to cry in his presence because that would only stress him out the more and make his days shorter. I’m yet to inform his family about this tragic situation so you have an advantage to utilise this little time you have with him alone. It’s sad that this is happening and I sympathise with you” the doctor said and walked away.

As the doctor walked away, Anita just stood there without moving or expressing any emotions. She was dead in the inside and couldn’t utter a word or move from where she stood. After a while of being speechless, Anita began to mutter some words to herself as though she was going crazy.

She leaned on the hospital corridor with her hands folded. “It can’t be Marvin, I guess she was referring to someone else or was she referring to him?” She muttered to herself. After a while of acting crazy and being in disbelief, Anita burst into uncontrollable tears and ran outside the hospital. It was passed 7pm in the evening so it was a little dark outside.

Anita walked outside the hospital compound and kept moving without direction or destination. She cried as she wandered around the hospital territory. “Marvin can’t leave me, Lord please do something because I would follow him if anything happens. Life, what did I done wrong that you have decided to be unfair to me?

Lord take away any other thing from me but please leave Marvin because, there wouldn’t be any need to still stay in his world if he isn’t here with me. He is the only man I have ever truly loved, please don’t take him away from me I beg you. Please Lord please, I’m losing my mind and might die too if anything ever happens to Marvin” Anita said with tears flowing uncontrollably from her eyes as she wandered around.

After about an hour of being away, she finally retired back to the hospital. Immediately she entered Marvin’s room and caught a sight of him lying down, tears started flowing down her eyes again. She immediately wiped the tears away and moved closer to his bed. Marvin was asleep, so she quietly sat beside him and stared at him while he slept.

Anita stretched her hand and touched his dry face. She held his hand afterwards and prayed silently for a miracle. It’s sad that not every chapter of our lives end happily. Anita didn’t want to let go regardless of the truth that was before her. She was hopeful and couldn’t just imagine her life without the only man she had ever loved.

All through that night, she didn’t blink an eye, talk more of sleeping. She kept staring at Marvin as he slept, with tears dropping off her eyes at every gaze. It was a terrible night for Anita! Marvin’s mum arrived the next day and was informed by the doctors of the situation on ground. His mum was beyond shattered and inquired if he should be flown abroad for more advance treatment, but the doctors advised her that it would be a fruitless journey because his fate was certain. The specialist Marvin’s mum consulted said the same thing the doctors had said.

It was a trying time for Marvin’s family and they all grieved secretly and maintained a strong countenance whenever they were around him. Anita’s work leave was over but she cared less about anything that wasn’t pertaining to Marvin. Her parents called every now and then to inquire on how things were going, hoping to hear some good news but it was sad that there was none coming forth. Everyone resorted to prayers because that was the only place they saw hope.

Anita grew slimmer and began to look malnourished. Marvin’s brother had to returned back to the hospital to stay with them. It killed him slowly, to watch his younger brother suffer and in severe pains. If money could buy good health, Marvin’s family would have stopped at nothing till the bought it no matter how much it cost. It’s sad that all they could do at that point was to pray and hope for a miracle.

One evening, Marvin notified Anita that he couldn’t feel his body anymore. “Should I massage you?” She asked and he accepted. As Anita massaged his body, tears kept falling off her eyes and dropping on Marvin’s body. “Baby you have to stop crying, no matter where I go, I’ll always be with you.

I want you to put yourself together and stop crying. I’ll die a happy man, knowing that I spent a short while with an angel like you. Please stop crying, you deserve better than this constant heart ache you’re getting because of me. You deserve to be happy my love, I would love you till eternity. You have to let me go babe, I’m going through so much pain and I’m suffering here, please just let me go and stop fighting to keep me. I love you so much and it hurts to see you cry all the time” Marvin said with tears in his eyes.

“I would never let go, I must keep fighting because you aren’t going anywhere” Anita said and wiped the tears in his eyes. Marvin’s mum and brother who were watching broke down in tears. They could truly attest to the fact that Anita loved Marvin with all her heart. They wished these beautiful love birds didn’t have to go through such an unfortunate fate. Everyone came closer and hugged each other dearly. So heartbreaking!

Unknowingly to everyone, what they feared was about to go down that night. It was around passed 11pm when Anita woke up to pee. When she returned from the bathroom, she noticed that Marvin’s eyes were open but he wasn’t moving. She moved closer to his bed and touched his hand but he didn’t move nor blink an eye. Anita almost dropped dead and screamed “Marvin!”.

TBC…

End Of The Road (Episode 6)

Second- to- last episode Words would never be enough to describe the heartache, emotional trauma and the pain a person goes through when they lose a loved one; the worst of it all is if you were present the very moment your loved one was snatched by the cold hands of death. It’s impossible to fully express with words how heartbreaking it is to watch someone you love, fade away from your sight. Anita almost dropped dead when she realized that Marvin wasn’t responding to any attempt she made to get him to move or blink an eye.

Her body was instantly covered with goose bumps and her heart skipped several beats. “Marvin!” Anita screamed but he didn’t respond, neither did he move. “Oh God! This is not happening, Marvin please get up! please get up, I beg you” she pleaded with tears flowing uncontrollably from her eyes.

Anita’s loud voice woke Marvin’s mum and brother up, and they confusingly rushed to where she stood to know what was going on. “What is going on” Marvin’s brother asked in fear, “I don’t know! I went to pee and returned, just to find him like this. I have been trying to get him to move but all to no avail” Anita replied sobbing.

Immediately Anita was done explaining, Marvin’s brother rushed out of the room to call the doctors. While he was away, Anita kept shaking and calling Marvin but he still didn’t respond nor blink his eyes. The doctors arrived shortly and examined Marvin to know what was happening. They checked his blood pulse and heartbeat, only to discover that he was lifeless.

As the doctors carried out the examination, Marvin’s mum held Anita because she noticed that Marvin might have given up the battle. They cried as they all awaited the doctor’s report. After about 2 minutes, one of the doctors looked at Marvin’s mum, shook her head and said “I’m so sorry ma’am, Marvin is gone”.

Those words that left the doctor’s lips, hit Anita as though a huge trailer had knocked her off. She laughed hysterically for a while and immediately burst into tears afterwards. “No way! He is not dead, please just wake him up, do it now please” Anita said with tears falling off her eyes. Marvin’s brother held her but she knocked his hands off and refused to be consoled, “I said wake him up, you people should just wake him up please.

Marvin wake up! baby please wake up, please!” Anita added as she stamped her feet on the floor. Seeing Anita fall apart broke the heart of the two doctors that were present. They wished there was something they could have done to save Marvin, but it’s sad that there was none. “He is in a better place now, I’m sorry once again” One of the doctor’s said, “You are wrong!

There’s no better place he would rather be than with me, please just wake him up” Anita said, still crying. The doctors had to leave the grieving family because they had other patients to administer treatment to. Anita was still in disbelief and didn’t want to accept the reality on ground.

Marvin’s mum and brother were heartbroken and cried too, but not compared to that of Anita. I guess they saw it coming and had already accepted their fate, unlike Anita who refused to accept the truth all along. Everyone that was present tried to console her but it wasn’t working at all.

Shortly after, some hospital staffs came to cover Marvin’s corpse with a cloth. “What are you doing?” Anita screamed, “Don’t you dare lay a finger on him” she warned and hurriedly went to lie down with Marvin on the bed. She held his cold body and laid her head on his chest, “Baby you promised to stay with me, you promised to never let go of my hands and you promised to keep fighting and never give up.

They want to take you away from me so please wake up, please, please I beg you!” she said as she rested her head on Marvin’s cold chest. That sight was heartbreaking indeed and Marvin’s brother didn’t know when he burst into uncontrollable tears. They were initially trying to be strong but Anita’s action melted their hearts.

“My daughter please get up; you are breaking my heart the more” Marvin’s mum said with tears dropping off her eyes. “Mummy please just tell Marvin to get up, maybe he’ll listen to you. I’m going crazy and might join him because I don’t have any reason to carry on with life anymore.

I’m suffering too, my heart is bleeding, my feelings are hurt, my body is cold and my mind is messed up. Marvin is the love of my life and I don’t want to do without him, so please, just tell him to wake up” Anita said as she cried bitterly. It was sad that Marvin still had to be carried away, despite Anita’s effort to stop them.

As they covered his body, Anita cried bitterly and stamped her feet hardly on the floor. She was devastated and broken beyond words can say. Although they had come to the end of the road, Anita still didn’t want to let go; she was still in denial.

Marvin’s dad called and the unfortunate news was passed across to him. It was a sad and terrible moment for everyone and they wished it was all a bad dream. Anita still held Marvin’s cold fingers, since his body had been covered with cloth. She began to sing a song Marvin used to sing to her back in their NYSC days. Tears dropped from her eyes as she quietly sang the song.

After a little while, the hospital staffs retuned with a carrier to carry Marvin’s body away. “Are you people truly carrying him away?” she asked in exhaustion and they sadly nodded their heads. Anita kissed Marvin’s hand for the last time before finally letting go of it.

Marvin’s mum held her tightly as they gently carried Marvin away. Everything still felt unreal to Anita, she was still finding it hard to believe that Marvin was truly gone. “Oh no! My heart hurts mum, it’s so painful and I can’t bear it” Anita said as they took Marvin away. She stood at the door and watched them take each step farther away from her. Immediately they carried Marvin completely out of Anita’s sight, she collapsed!

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End Of The Road (Episode 7 Final)

There is a time for everything under the sun; a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time for peace and a time for war, a time for rejoicing and a time for mourning. These events are inevitable and can happen at anytime, but all we pray for is that it happens at the appointed and right time. It was clear that Marvin’s departure from Anita didn’t happen at the right time because they hadn’t even started their journey together as a couple.

Different times have different reactions for the same thing or event; Anita felt so broken and shattered because Marvin left her too soon. “Anita! Anita!” Marvin’s mum screamed immediately Anita fell on the floor. They rushed to where she laid, only to find out that she was breathing faster than normal.

The nurses who were around the scene rushed to where Anita laid and tried to revive her. Marvin’s mum kept screaming continuously and almost went insane. They jacked her up and laid her on the same bed Marvin departed from. The whole atmosphere was tensed as everyone was trying all they could to revive Anita.

“My daughter you can’t leave me too, please come back to me” Marvin’s mum said with tears flowing uncontrollably from her eyes. After some minutes of trying to revive Anita, her eyes opened with tears in it. Everyone sighed in relief and Marvin’s mum couldn’t help it but hug her afterwards. “Where do you think you’re going to? Please my child, don’t do this to me again, I can’t lose you too” Marvin’s mum said with tears in her eyes.

Anita laid her head on Marvin’s mum chest as she sobbed, “Mummy is Marvin back?” she asked in a low tone, with tears falling off her eyes. For a second, Marvin’s mum was confused on which reply to give Anita as she didn’t want her to collapse again. “It’s ok my daughter, lets leave this hospital and go to somewhere else, we’ll talk about Marvin when we get there” Marvin mum said and beckoned on her to get up so they could leave. They went to a hotel nearby to stay as they waited for day to break.

Marvin’s brother booked their flight tickets back home and made preparations for his brother’s body to be transported back to the state they resided in. All through their stay in the hotel, Anita didn’t blink an eyes, talk more of sleeping. She sobbed all through and her temperature went up due to the stress she was going through. The time scheduled for their flight came and they boarded and headed back home. Those few hours Anita sat on the plane were very traumatizing for her because the reality on ground started to dawn on her.

“Mummy why isn’t Marvin with us? Why did we leave him behind?” she sadly asked and Marvin’s mum told her that Marvin was in a good place. “I’m sure he would be so happy wherever he is, knowing that he loved a darling like you in his lifetime here on earth. It breaks my heart to see you suffer like this, try and find a place in your heart to accept that Marvin is in a good place now. I’m sure he would have wanted you to go with him but felt you still have a lot of wonderful things to accomplish here on earth.

If my son has just 50 seconds to come back on earth to see someone, I’m sure he would give up everything just to see your pretty face again. I’m sorry for not giving you a healthy man to love, I’m sorry for everything you had to pass through just because you opened your heart to my son.

I love you forever and would be your mum till the day I die. Everything I have is yours and my family will always be your family. We would support and love you till the very end and would always keep you in the sacred place of our hearts. My daughter, try and open your heart to love again; you can’t shut the doors to your heart and deny yourself a happy family, just because my son left you when you needed him most.

I pray you find another man who would love you like my son did and even more. You will always be the apple of my eyes my darling daughter, now clean your eyes and cry no more. Be grateful for the little time you spent with my son and appreciate every moment you both shared. The death of a loved one isn’t the end of the world, everything would be alright eventually and you would definitely find reasons to smile again” Marvin’s mum said and hugged her afterwards. Marvin’s mum words were like honey to Anita soul. It gave her the strength she never felt she had, it re-energized her and made her see life from another angle.

Oh! What a blessing it is if you have someone to comfort you in the time of grieve; someone with the right words, capable of bringing every pain to naught and giving you another good reason to smile or live again. “I’m glad he can look at me wherever he is and smile from a place of happiness and not from a place of pain” Anita said to Marvin’s mum and she nodded in agreement.

They finally arrived home and Anita’s parents were already at Marvin’s house with his dad. Marvin’s dad had informed Anita’s parents of Marvin’s demise, so they came to comfort and console them. Immediately Anita’s mum caught a sight of her daughter, she shed tears as she imagined all she might had gone through while she was with Marvin at the hospital. They noticed how slim and malnourished she had become and went to hug her. “May God bless you my daughter” Marvin’s dad said as he hugged Anita too.

She started crying all over again and everyone consoled her with tears in their eyes too. Evening came and Anita had to leave with her parents. They bid her goodbye as she left and it broke Marvin parents heart to watch her go as they wished she could be their child. “Such a remarkable and selfless young lady” Marvin’s mum complimented with tears flowing down her cheeks as she waved goodbye to Anita.

Days turned to weeks and weeks to months. Marvin’s burial day came and he was laid to rest amidst tears. Everyone took turns to give their tribute till it got to Anita’s turn. “It’s still hard to believe that you are gone and it would take a long time for me to finally come to terms that you aren’t here with me anymore.

You were my happiness, my joy, my peace and the love of my life. Life has been so lonely without you but I’m thankful that you are in a place where you can’t feel pains again. I’m glad to have met a man like you and I’m blessed to have loved you Marvin. I would always carry you in my heart because that’s where you belong forever. I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I’ll still love you tomorrow and forever. Sleep well my love, till I see you again” She said and dropped a rose on his coffin. It was hard but life had to move on!

Love the people in your life with all your heart and don’t ever hesitate to be there for them because one day, you’ll only have the memories you shared with them. Love hard, take care of your family members, give your last kobo to make someone happy, be selfless, treat and respect people well. Don’t ever live in regrets of why you didn’t do some certain things for some people while they were still here with you. Give your all to the person you love and stop living in fear. Love is the ultimate prize of life, don’t ever lose the race for not showing it. * *

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