© Kemiliz Aiyemo Omotayo
She became scared. The longer the hug, the more wetness she felt and the more difficult to let go Ben
Then she understood that she has a problem, a sexually related one.
Ben felt the longer embrace rather unusual. He even noticed Esther was pressing her breast on him, some how rubbing them on her chest.
Or could it be his imagination that is running weird.
” The last time we saw each other was over two years, she only missed me but expressed it funnily” he concluded in his thought.
Esther became lost in the embrace and it took a practical effort from Ben to release himself off her.
She entertained him with a seat and her mother’s goods which was snacks and drink.
Her siblings and mother were very happy to see him, but her mom became more happy when he willingly paid for what Esther had offered him even when he was asked not to.
“This young lad is gradually becoming a responsible adult” Mrs Aduragbemi thought and smiled as she envisioned their future together.
“Why are you smiling mum?” Esther asked her mother jolting her to reality.
” I’m only glad seeing Ben after this long and also seeing you too together and happy.” She replied.
Ben didn’t leave until they all left the shop together.
The next day, Esther didn’t go to shop with her mother but rather left for Ben’s family house later in the day.
Her mother understood and was even glad the two are heading where she wanted.
Esther found herself consciously preparing way too much than usual in going to Ben’s place.
She even applied “wet lips”, the only make up she had used during the valedictory Service.
She checked out herself over a million times in the mirror sometimes doubting if she’s beautiful enough to see the now Lagos big Ben.
She finally left to Ben’s place.
They had the whole house to themselves much later as the maid left for the market not long that Esther arrived.
They spoke at length; about almost everything but more on campus life. She was thrilled to learn from Ben and was glad she would soon join him in school as she made Unilag her first choice.
During the talk, when Ben’s hand touched her, she felt the pulse again. She hoped silently that he would touch her more, maybe she would understand her body then.
Later on, Ben placed his hand on her lap appreciating her effort on being determined to live a righteous life still unlike most girls in the village.
This touch sent an electric wave all over her. She couldn’t control herself anymore as she placed her hand on top of his and begin to rub it sexually, directing it to her upper thigh where the feelings were greater.
Ben surprised, looked up into Esther’s face who had her eyes half closed. Ben was disappointed at her. He removed his hand and left for his room.
Esther became conscious of what she’s doing when Ben disengaged from her.
She felt embarrassed and couldn’t stand the shame of seeing him again. She left without saying goodbye.
Ben understood what had happened as he returned to see that she has left. Even as a Christian, he had had series of seduction from females on campus. It took the grace God for him to overcome the temptations and flee from every of its appearances.
“What in God’s name has happened to his Esther?” He thought
Esther got home, locked herself in and cried bitterly. After a long time of cry, she often stop to ask herself the reason for her cry.
She prayed and prayed, before she finally slept off.
Ben decided to let her be, it’s obvious he doesn’t really know her anymore and he won’t allow her lead him into temptation.
Later in the day, Ben became restless and he felt the need to speak with her.
” Who am I to condemn her when I can allow God to use me as an instrument of her change?” He thought and left to see her.
It took several minutes before she opened her door for him.
Ben spoke to her greatly on why she should abstain from any form of sexual sin and she promised to change.
She wanted to tell him how it all started when he asked, but she remembered her mother’s words as keeping it a secret.
Things went back being normal again, or so she thought.
Her results came out great and she went to Lagos for her Post Utme through the help of Ben’s parents.
Her stay in Lagos was awesome, as Ben took her to amazing places.
All through her stay in Lagos, Ben left his room for her as he slept in his neighbor’s room all in the bid to avoid temptation.
Esther was so thrilled with some of the expensive outfits of most of the ladies she met on campus. Some part of her wished to be like those ladies, but not those once that are scarcely dressed.
Ben made her stay in Lagos a wonderful experience. They were never alone in a room together except when they wants to study the word and pray. All these arrangements were done by Ben.
Her joy of being in Lagos was cut short when she checked her results only to be below the cut off mark. She became troubled.
It took a whole lot of effort from Ben to make her return to her base in one piece.
She had already pictured herself as one of the Unilag undergraduate, and so she determined not to try out on polytechnic as suggested by her parents.
” It’s Unilag or no other school!” She said aggressively as she walked out on her parents.
She became a shadow of herself as she would not relate with anyone. She even stopped church activities for a while.
She tried again the second and third year but still denied admission. Most of her classmates, even those on average level had gotten admission into various higher institution. Yet, a one time brilliant head girl has been denied, not even once.
“It seems I’m cursed. How can my life just begin to decelerate like this?” She asked herself more than a few times
She related her thoughts on being cursed to her mother who wouldn’t hear anything of such.
” You are a child of God and therefore you’re blessed beyond curse.” Her mother had encouraged
“Mummy, but do you remember what we did to the man of God then? Who knows maybe he had placed a curse on me.” Esther reminded
Her mother continued: ” the word of God said in Numbers chapter 23 verse 23 that there’s no enchantment against Jacob and neither is there is there divination against Israel…as a descendant of Jacob, you should always remember this. Even if the evangelist had placed a curse on you, remember Galatians 3: 13; that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. I don’t want you to ever think of being cursed neither your encounter with the evangelist. You need to rededicate yourself to Christ and be more consistent in church, it will surely get better” Mrs Aduragbemi encouraged.
She keyed in to her mother’s words and rededicated her life to Christ. She began to see things as a test of Faith and believing God she would overcome.
When she was denied admission for the fourth time, she reluctantly opted for Federal Polytechnic, Ibadan through inspiration from Ben.
Yes Ben, as they were still in touch.
She didn’t like the thought of polytechnic but it’s better than another year at home while her some of her mates were almost graduating.
Before leaving for school, she made a commitment never to indulge in immoral sin as common to students on campus.
Although going to school wasn’t as intriguing as she thought it would be if it was Unilag, but she went anyways.
Her admission process went smoothly and she soon became a bonafide student of the institution while Ben was serving the country already.
She joined the campus fellowship where she served God diligently in the choir department.
Everything was going fluently has she had no issues although she didn’t put her all into her academics as it would have been if it was her dream school.
Towards the end oft the second semester, it was announced in the fellowship that a sister was in dire need of an accommodation.
Esther knew this sister as a very responsible, respectful and religious sister so she decided to help.
She was already feeling lonely and bored as she stays alone in one room self contained, with no other activities apart from studies and fellowship, not even close friends.
She was happy she could be of help to sister Gladis who is even more reserved than she is.
Sister Gladis would always make sure the house is neat and comfortable for both of them, she would always insist to do the cooking.
Although she is older than sister Gladis, she respected and treated her like a friend.
One thing she observed in less than two weeks of there stay together was that sister Gladis stays longer than necessary in the bathroom.
Most times, she had to wake up early just to use the bathroom before Gladis else she’ll be delayed for lecture.
One day, she woke up late as she did night reading and Gladis was already in the bathroom. She called on her to hasten up, yet Gladis was not out even after five minutes or so.
With the mindset of being a lady like herself, Esther barged into the bathroom to behold an unimaginable and unholy sight
What in god’s name are you doing sister Gladis?” Esther asked with her eyeballs almost popping out of their sockets.
To be continued…