Sons and Lovers. Series Finale

Sons and Lovers series.
Finale.

Today marks the long awaited end of our Sons and Lovers series. We do hope you’ve enjoyed the ride. We hope to bring you another exciting series soon.

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Ruth struggled to swallow the bites of the appetizer that had been served them and then cleaned her mouth with her napkin. It was time.
“Excuse me Dare, I need to go to the ladies.” She said hoping he wouldn’t argue with her.
“Oh. That’s fine darling,” he said smiling at her. “Take your time.” She got up and out of the corner of her eye she saw him wink at someone. That was when she noticed for the first time that one of his guys had followed them to the restaurant and now apparently he was going to follow her to the rest room. She took a deep breath and walked in the direction of the conveniences.

Tomiwa was in a hurry to park at the restaurant and the tires screeched on the pavement. Peter put a steadying hand on his arm. “Be cool man. We’re here.”
They were all thankful that one of the three guys that were sitting with Alex in the car knew exactly where Dare had taken Ruth.
“So we’ll go in together,” Alex said directing everyone with his hands. “Then we’ll spread out and look for them.”
At the entrance of the restaurant, Alex discreetly showed the security man his badge. “Nobody leaves the building,” he said in a low voice.
As soon as they entered the restaurant and looked around, Chidera pointed towards a guy in a white shirt backing them. “Over there. I think he’s the one.”
“But Ruth isn’t there,” Ruth murmured.
Tomiwa took giant strides towards the direction Remi was pointing just as Alex shouted: “Freeze! Police!” “Nobody moves,” Peter said in an authoritative tone as he walked behind Tomiwa. Fola grinned at him. “You’ve always wanted to say that, haven’t you?”
Peter nodded as Tomiwa jerked Dare up by the collar, anger giving him a boldness he never knew he had. “Where is she?” he shouted.
Dare feigned innocence. “Leave me alone man. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You better tell us where she is. We already have your men,” Peter said in a threatening tone as the whole of the restaurant watched in shocked silence.
Dare jerked free of Tomiwa’s hold. “If it’s Ruth you’re talking about, I don’t know where she is. She was here a while ago but she has left now.”
“Liar!” Tomiwa said taking hold of his arm again. “Where have you hidden her?”
“You’ll never find her!” Dare said suddenly, laughing loudly. As he did so, his eyes darted to and fro as if looking for someone. An idea struck Fola and he tapped Peter on the arm. “Just a minute Peter,” he said and they both walked in the direction of the rest rooms.

Ruth had checked through all the stalls but there was no way out. It seemed that people only escaped through the toilets in the movies. There were no windows in any of the stalls. She flushed the toilet bowl and decided to give up and come out. Perhaps God had another plan to save her and she did not want one of Dare’s henchmen to burst in on her and pull her out. After the sound of flushing stopped, she heard voices outside the door. Voices she recognized.
“Do you think we should go in and look for her?” Fola said.
“I’ve never entered a ladies rest room, have you?” Peter said, a little nervously.
“So you think we’ll be scarred for life? Come on dude,” Fola said jokingly.
Ruth could take it no longer and she burst out of the toilet.
“Finally!” she said surprising them. “It’s about time.”
They shrieked and hugged her and walked her towards where Tomiwa had Dare in a headlock, threatening to punch him until he gave up the information about Ruth’s whereabouts. As soon as he saw her, he dropped Dare like a ton of bricks as Ruth walked tentatively towards him. Their eyes met and misted for a moment and then their embrace spoke more than words could have said.

Richard tried to keep up with the gist that was going on around him as they sipped on soft drinks and dug their feet into the sand, but it was hard to piece the whole story together as everyone kept talking at the same time. They were having a small get-together at a nearby beach, thankful for all that had happened to them.
“I didn’t know Fola was so macho!” Chidera laughed punching her friend in the arm.
“Hey I’m macho too,” Richard said puffing out his chest.
“That you are,” Chidera said also giving him a playful punch.
“Hey I helped Fola too,” Remi added. “I was brave.”
“Yes. She was my wingman,” Fola said putting an arm around her. They had had no time to talk about what the dynamics of their relationship was but there was an understanding between them. They had definitely come out of the friend zone.
“You guys have forgotten the real hero in all this,” Peter said pulling Ize down on the sand beside him.
“Yes, if it weren’t for Ize we wouldn’t have been able to track Ruth sat all,” Chidera said gaily.
Ize got up from beside Peter and gave a mock curtsey as everybody laughed. “Glad to be of service.”
As if on cue, everyone’s heads turned in the direction of Tomiwa and Ruth who were holding hands seemingly lost in a world of their own.
“Oh, look at them,” Ize exclaimed. “They make an adorable pair.”
Peter looked round at the two other couples beside them. “So do we,” he said expansively.
Chidera was running towards the waves as the tide came in.
“Hey you guys, let’s try to catch this one,” she said excitedly. Her gay voice interrupted the lovebirds and everyone moved towards the shore grateful for the life and love that surrounded them.

Sons and Lovers. Episode 22.

Sons and Lovers. Episode 22.

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They got to the front of the building and it seemed shrouded in darkness.
“Are you sure this is the place?” Remi asked Ize.
“I’m sure,” she said. They crept stealthily towards the house with the plain clothes policeman in the lead. Two people were mandated to stay by the car to serve as backup.
“You guys are the ones with the visual problems,” Peter said pointing to Remi and Fola. “We don’t want either of you to trip over your glasses in the dark.”
“Very funny,” Fola said. “And I’m wearing contacts, not glasses,” Remi corrected him.
“We’ll stay,” Fola conceded.
If this was a lame attempt by Peter to draw them together then it wouldn’t work, Remi thought but she did not say anything.
“Alert us if you hear anything,” the policeman said.
The rest of them proceeded towards the house.
Peter was armed with a stick and the others grabbed whatever they could find. They were surprised to find that the house seemed eerily quiet. They saw no one and the policemen was able to pick the simple lock.
When they stepped into the house however an alarm went off. One really loud that they stopped in their tracks.
“Did you hear that?” Remi asked, her skin prickling at the loud noise, involuntarily moving closer to Fola.
“Don’t flip out,” he said putting an arm around her. She felt much safer though she didn’t want to admit it. “Let’s just keep our eyes and ears open.”
As if on cue, something moved behind them. Remi jumped. “What was that?” she asked.
Fola turned around but kept a grip on her arm. ‘I can’t see anything, can you?” he asked quietly.
“No,” she whispered. Then they both saw a hint of a shadow move in front of them.
“There’s someone there,” Fola said. “It may be Ruth. We have to find out. You know what? Ypu stay here and I’ll just go and find out.”
“No, no. I’m coming with you,” Remi said holding on to his arm. She was terrified.
“Ok,” he said. Fola began to move slowly in front of him headed towards the shadow.

Ruth could not believe they were in the restaurant and that she was actually sitting across from Dare in the purple dress he gave her. It seemed like a very bad dream. Totally unreal. But here she was. She really didn’t know how she was going to get out of this one.
“You know, you really look stunning,” Dare said smiling at her. “It would be so much easier for everyone if you could just see things my way.”
“I don’t know why you’re doing this to me Dare. I don’t want to have anything to do with you,” she said through gritted teeth.
“Oh you will Ruth. Especially after the night I have planned for you,” he said confidently.
He beckoned to the waiter. “Two glasses of wine please.”
Ruth said a prayer under her breath. Perhaps she should just ask to go to the ladies and then try to make a run for it. She would wait till after the first course was served.

The shadow was running and Fola tried his best to keep up in the bushes that surrounded the house. Remi was right behind him and they were both panting hard. Then it stopped suddenly and Fola waited. A figure emerged from the darkness brandishing a knife.
“Back off,” the man said in a guttural voice advancing towards them slowly. He came towards them with Remi cowering behind Fola. “I’m sure you don’t want to get hurt,” he said menacingly inches away from Fola’s face.
Fola held out his hands in a gesture of surrender and then in a gesture born out of pure instinct gave the man a kick to the groin. The man crumpled to the ground as Remi watched slack-jawed. She glanced at Fola who had wrested the knife from him. She knew she would never see him the same way again. Fola was her best friend, her rock, the shoulder to cry on. Today he had become her hero.

Alex the policeman who had been of such tremendous help to them, hereded the three men into his car. The three of them were sleeping in their rooms blissfully unaware obviously not expecting any visitors till the alarm woke them up. They had been able to catch two of them in their rooms even after the alarm went off but one had escaped through the windows. Fola’s quick thinking had made the capture of the third man possible, Alex said.
Peter clapped his friend on the back. “Who knew you were a regular John Wayne?” he said. Ize smiled and said: “Remind me to call you any time I need rescuing.”
Fola tried to look unaffected by all the compliments but he looked undoubtedly pleased when Remi threw her arms around him. “You were phenomenal,” she whispered.
Tomiwa nodded at their display. “Now it’s time to go get my girl back,” he said.
They broke away and headed towards the car.
“I’m taking the wheels this time,” Tomiwa said moving to the front. It was time to end this.

P.S: To all those who have been faithfully following the series, I have to say a big thank you. It has taken a very long time to get here but the finale of sons and lovers series comes up next week. If you have missed previous episodes then look under the Sons and Lovers series category at the bottom page of the blog.

Sons and Lovers. Episode 21

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Sons and Lovers. Episode 21.

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“Are you sure you can still find the way?” Peter asked once they were all settled in her car. She smiled at him, glad he wasn’t judging her. They had had a little talk away from the others and he had made her promise him that whenever she was having one of those cravings, she would contact him first. His concern for her was so apparent and real that she had to ask him: “Why are you so bothered about me Peter? Don’t tell me you’re my guardian angel.”
He had smiled at her and looked deep into her eyes and said seriously: “I care about you Ize. You mean so much to me.”
Her heart had soared with a high that she didn’t know existed at those words.
He pinched her chin and said: “Yep. The Lord and I have some work to do on you Ize.”
She didn’t know what he meant by ‘the Lord and I’ but she was willing to find out.
She drove slowly, enjoying the feel of Peter’s hand in hers as the rest of them snuggled together in the back. Fola had got the policeman who had proved to be an ally and he was following them in an unmarked car. Tomiwa’s head was bowed praying.
Fola sat next to Remi, a little stiffly. He tried not to let their shoulders touch in the crowded car. They had not had a chance to talk since they found out Ruth was missing. The silence between them was uncomfortably loud. Fola had decided that having Remi in his life as a friend was better than not having her in his life at all. But he still felt awkward, not knowing how to relate with her. They both watched Chidera as she pecked away on her phone giving Richard up to date information on the chase.
Chidera had pulled Remi aside just before they left and told her: “I’m sticking with Richard. I know he’s the one. It’s going to be rough but I’m glad I’ll have you and Ruth to hold my hand.”
Remi had told her how happy she was for her but inwardly wondered what was wrong with her own love life. Everyone around her seemed sure of what they wanted. She didn’t even know what that was anymore.
She stole a glance at Fola. Wonderful, dependable, steady, large-hearted Fola. He didn’t have half the swag of Tomiwa or the spontaneity of Peter but he was fun all the same. He had always been her friend and he knew her better than anyone. She wished she knew what to do. She sighed inwardly and let her thoughts stray to Ruth. She prayed she was safe and wondered what she was doing that very moment.

She could hear the sound of the door opening and instantly her heart was in her throat. It couldn’t be Dare. He had said he would give her till evening to think about it. It wasn’t even dark yet.
“God please,” she thought desperately. She had no means to defend herself. She did not want her friends to come and rescue her from Dare’s clutches when it was already too late. Where were they anyway?
Dare came into the room without ceremony holding a purple dress in his hand.
He dropped it on the rug. “Get dressed,” he said as she stared at it unbelievably.
“We’re going out!”
Ruth’s jaw dropped. This was not in the plan at all. Had dare somehow figured out what she had done?
“Start getting dressed Ruth. We don’t have all day. I’ll be back for you in five minutes,” and with that he left the room locking the door securely behind him.
Ruth stared at the dress searching desperately for an answer and a way out.