THAT NIGHT IN ROOM 401 PART 25


©Opeyemi Akintunde Ojerinde
I formally introduced Pastor James and Joyce to Daniel my husband, and they became really close. Daniel was always visiting me three times a week. He settled the woman his mother had married for him, the woman insisted on taking the children. Daniel was not disturbed, rather Daniel relocated to few blocks away from the prison where I was serving term.
He became friends with the Chief Warder and asked to always see me every day after the close of work. I was growing in love every day. He always told me about his day, and what he planned to do the next day…
I begged Daniel to adopt a son, who could continue bearing his name after we are gone, but he declined saying he had a plan he was working on. He refused to disclose this plan to me…
God really showed me Grace with the officers at the prison, there were days Daniel would not leave me till 11pm at night, but always with a kiss. I was hoping for a day when I could lie down beside Daniel and be his wife in the real sense of the word…my wish came through in the seventh year of being in Prison…
Daniel had come into the Prison very excited, he was seated in the Chief Warder's office, the moment he saw me, he carried me up and started screaming…
“I did it, I did it.., My Grace, I told you...” he said kissing my face, I noticed the chief warder was happy and smiling
“What?”
“I had been writing to the president to use his good office to please grant you a presidential pardon to make you have three free weekends in a year, to spend with me as I was not planning to remarry. For the past two years , he never answered, so just last night I received a phone call from him, saying that he just had time to read your book that I sent with the letter, and he was really moved by your boldness to restitute your ways. He asked for my email address and here is the letter he sent from his office.
“We have also received our copy, from the office of the president…Congratulations Sis Grace… Your name really speaks for you” the Chief Warder said…
I sank into the chair in the Chief Warder's office, was I dreaming? I suddenly remembered the Scripture that states that “when the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, they were like them that dreamed... I was in shock as I heard Daniel saying to the Warder…
“Our first three days starts today, I am taking my wife out of here now...” He said while laughing in excitedly…
“Congrats Mr. Daniel, and thank you for being a good husband, you are one of a kind...”
Daniel had brought me a change of clothes, he brought a turquoise blue dress. He had not forgotten that turquoise was my best color.
I changed my dress and as I was going out of the prison door for the first time in a dress unlike my prison uniform I wore for studio sessions…. I took off the shoes he brought for me, as I wanted my legs to feel the sand of the outside world, I kept jumping and screaming, I started running, Daniel and the police officer (that had been attached to us to keep watch over me) started running after me to catch up with me…I was over the Moon…


To be Continued.......
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