Short Stories

RESTITUTION EP. 9

Episode 9…

https://tobyland.blog/category/short-stories/  You can get Episode 1-8 here please.

RESTITUTION BY T21

Chidi watched as Saul collapsed on the chair with pain, horror and then compassion in his eyes. Chidi came to his senses and wondered what he had gotten himself into. He had just stabbed a man, something he had never thought he would do in his lifetime. He quickly went to the side of Saul and apologized. “I am sorry, I really allowed my anger get the best of me, I am so sorry” “You don’t have to be… I should be the one apologizing” Saul whispered amidst pain, “You are a good person and I ruined all that and I am paying for all my atrocities…. I am truly sorry for everything Chidi, I am sorry I hurt your family, I am sorry I changed the course of your life. You still have another chance Chidi, to make things right. You have another chance to be better than I was……………. Like Peter even after betraying Jesus, you can come back and find peace in Him. Do not act on the fear you feel, or the guilt just let go and let God in…” Saul labored to talk before passing out. Chidi was overcome with fear, he saw the knife still sticking out from the chest of Saul he had to make a decision and it was one he had to make quickly, and a voice came to him “END IT…. END IT ALL NOW!!!”.

He looked around and found a pen knife on the table of Saul. He stared at it for a moment and knew what he had to do. Immediately he picked it up and then cried out softly “Lord forgive me, I failed you and I failed my wife”. He then proceeded to forcefully stab himself.

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The secretary heard a noise from the office of the Pastor, she immediately stood up to find out if everything was alright and that was when she saw both men on the floor with blood all over the rug. She screamed her lung out and ran out to get member of the church to help. People ran in, called an ambulance and took them to the hospital immediately.

In the hospital treatments begun on both men to save their lives. They had lost so much blood with Saul worse off. The Doctor battled to save the lives of the men and when they were stable. They where moved to the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital.They both where in the same room beside each other.

Slowly Chidi began to wake up from the drugged sleep. The pain registering in gradually. He ran his hand down the heavily padded bandage over his chest and groaned slightly. The events began to run in his mind and the tears gathered in his face, “God what have I gotten myself into?” He cried out. “You are not too far gone Chi…….di”came the voice which sounded more like a whisper. Chidi looked to his side and saw Saul and fear gripped him, “don’t be scared Chidi……I totally understand the guilt going through your mind right now….. Just like I told you………. I forgive you from the depth of my heart” Saul continued talking laboriously, swallowing hard intermittently “but I warned you………… not to do anything drastic………… why did you want to kill yourself?” “I am sorry Saul, my hate for you consumed me.It had been building over the years and reached its peak when I saw you. I still feel resentment towards you, I cannot help it, but I am ashamed of the man I have become”, “Chidi I deserved it……. I have been reminded by what I did that night and I know I am wicked…………………… why Jesus even decided I was worth it I will never know…………… but the good thing is, you also are covered by that same grace” “Naaah Saul, I am too far gone, I don’t think I need redeeming at this point” Chidi said shaking his head and closing his eyes tight“You…..are…..never…too….far…..to…..find…..your…..way…back. I have done so many dastardly act……………… in my lifetime………… if there is anyone that deserves no mercy at all……… it should be me…. But look at me now?……… Asking you…………pleading with you to come back…………. to Him and let him change and turn things around for you.” “Even if I did and considered all that you have said, what of my wife she will still remain HIV positive, what of me I will still have to pay for what I just did”, “Everything…………will……. work…….out…. for…your…. good……..just…..believe”,Saul sounded weak, sweating profusely, “Should I call a doctor, you don’t sound so good Saul”, “naaah….I will be fine…. Just know that what happened now is not a punishment of the sins……. because a price has been paid on the cross for my sins but more like a disciplinary consequence………That is, they are related to the sin, and they reflect the displeasure of God for the sin…………but their aim is not retributive justice.They are not part of condemnation…………The aim of the consequences of forgiven sin is not to settle the accounts demanded by retributive justice………That’s what hell is for. There is a judgment whose purpose is to vindicate the right by paying back the wrong thus establishing equity in God’s kingdom of righteousness………… This is done on the cross for those who are in Christ………….and it is done in hell for those who are not…………. But the aim of God-sent consequences of forgiven sin is not to settle accounts……………… demanded by retributive justice……………… The aim of the God-sent consequences of forgiven sin are to demonstrate the exceeding evil of sin………………… to show that God does not take sin lightly even when he lays aside his punishment…………. also, to humble and sanctify the forgiven sinner……….David was forgiven when he took the wife of another man, but the child from such sin died………..I am forgiven of all my past sins and transgression but though I have conducted countless miracles I still live with HIV…….and now I am here injured too…….” Saul tries to chuckle, but the pain stops him short and he coughs dryly, Chidi watches on in regret, “Chidi I have lived in constant regret of my actions……………………. and I am glad I have come in contact with you……………It is also no coincidence we are in the same room now…………I have taken so much from you Chidi…………..but I would still want to ask for just one more?” Chidi looked at him and for the first time his resentment melted away, he saw Saul from another angle, “What else do you want from me Saul?”, “I want…you….to…give…God…back….your….heart…I beg you……If not for anything…..for your wife’s sake”, “I don’t know Saul, I really don’t know I feel too dirty for what you want from me, I have gone far away, I have treated her like dirt and I have been so close so many times in defiling my matrimonial bed. I have drunk,I have puffed, I have flirted, I have stabbed another man, almost to death.What would he want from me?” “He is looking for people like you……………… He does not call the qualified but qualifies the called………………. He died for those that are broken………… rejected………. Dirty………… horrible and………… terrible like me and now you. Give him a chance again Chidi………The discipline might be there………….but the peace of mind pays far more trust me I know……………. been there done that”Saul grins as much as he could. “I would have never believed I will be listening to someone that tried to kill me” Chidi said, “neither would I…………….have believed I would……………… be condemning that…………….. which at one point I took so much pleasure in” They both look to the ceiling and smile.

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“Doctor! Nurse!!……….. Somebody!!! Help He is dying… Is there anybody there!” Came the shout from Chidi as the Nurses rushed in followed by the Doctor on duty. They immediately went to Saul’s side as his breathing became ragged. “Get me the oxygen tank now and check his vitals!” The Doctor barked out the orders. Saul turned his head towards Chidi smiled and whispered, “Thank you….” We are losing him Doctor” One of the nurses shouted as they tried to resuscitate Saul, he turned his head and faced the ceiling and smiled and then he gently closed his eyes as the defibrillator was applied to no avail. “Nooooooooooooo!!!” Chidi cried out in pain, “No, you cannot die, not now Saul, I am so sorry” Chidi continued, trying to get up from the bed,immediately the nurses swept in and sedated him.

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After a day Chidi was moved to a private room to heal up and the Police came to question him about what really happened in the office of the Pastor. “Good afternoon Mr Chidi, my name is Inspector John and my colleague here is Nuru. We are here to ask you few questions if you are up to it that is” Chidi sighed “Yes I am” He eventually replied. “Can you tell us what happened on the day the Pastor was stabbed?” “before I speak with you two,can I briefly see my wife, she has not seen me since the day of the incidence. She will be worried” “No problem Mr Chidi, we will just be outside when you are done” Inspector John replied.

Shade walked in, it was evident she had been crying a whole lot, “Hey darl, how have you been?” Chidi asked and it confused Shade,“Come here and give me a hug, I am so sorry I have put your mind at a state of unrest” She approached him still wondering and then tentatively hugged him,“Chidi is everything alright?” She finally asked after a while, “It is now with you here” She quizzically looked him in the face looking for any clues as to why the sudden change of attitude, “Shade let me first apologize for the past few years, I have been somewhat irritable towards you, I was too deep in my hate about what happened I refused to see you were hurting also. I was selfish about my emotions and it caused a strain in our relationship and then everything went crashing down and it just got worse, though I cannot turn back the hands of time but the little time we have here I will do my best to make it up to you”, “What happened to you, I still do not understand Chidi let me understand, what happened from the time you left me in the Church to the Pastor’s office?” Shade asked still worried and concerned. Chidi sighed again and then closed his eyes praying for courage, “The Pastor that preached that day was the same man that raped you and almost killed us” Chidi finally said,Shades jaw dropped and she started to breathe fast, then the tears broke out and the event of the night began to play in her head followed by the words the same man preached, “It can’t be…. How can it?” she asked, to no one in particular, “It is darl, I am sorry” Chidi took her hand and drew her close,“But that is not all darl”, “FORGIVE!”“what else Chidi… what did you do?” Chidi put down his head and wept, “I went to his office in a rage and I stabbed him with a knife”, “Jesus! Chidi how can you, what did you do…How could you do this”, “I was consumed by rage, by bitterness, I wanted to kill him at that point but immediately I stabbed him I felt empty and I went ahead to stab myself”. Shade wept some more, she put her head on his chest and he did not mind the pain because what he felt in his heart as his wife held him broke him than any pain could. “why did he ever take this beautiful damsel from God for granted” He wondered to himself, “Tell me he is still alive Chidi, tell me he made it” Shade interrupted his thought, “I am afraid he did not Shade” and Shade went into an uncontrollable sob, hitting Chidi’s chest in the process, “Why? Why Chidi, why have you decided to finally ruin my life, why have you decided to end me. I love you Chidi from the depth of my heart. This is how you repay me” Shade went on, crying while Chidi just stared as his heart broke further, he was spent and empty and muttered the words “Let your grace be sufficient” “Look at me Shade… Look at me! You have to be strong a while longer and forgive completely”.

Immediately the door opened “Chidi you are under arrest for the death of Pastor Saul, anything you say or do will be used against you, you also have a right to a lawyer”

To be Continued….

I want to Thank Mr Funmi Ojo for the picture. He read the first episode of RESTITUTION and volunteered to do this for FREE. If you need to do designs just holla at me I will let him know (It is not for free oo lol). God bless you bro. Also we have TWO MORE EPISODES but my team have advised, I write it and convert it to a short eNovel for a certain price. I will let you all be the judge how much should I put it up since you all have followed me through the journey and this is my little way of saying thank you. I will be in the comment section then. Thank you all, you all have been amazing this past NINE WEEKS! It just went so fast. I love you… T21

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