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“How na? How could they be so careless ni? Oluwa ooh” mama kunle exclaimed 

“We have all been waiting for the day Dr Desmond would find love and finally get married. It has finally happened and one stupid hospital rule will now come and pit a stop to it. Mtcheeewww. ” Mary spoke 

” Where are they now? ” Mary asked

” They are at the boss’ office. I guess he’s going to fire Dr Desmond now” Moses said sadly 

“what is going on here? ” Dr Festus asked entering the ward

” where is Dr Desmond? ” he asked

“He’s at the boss’ office with Rukevwe” Moses replied 

“Doing what? “

“He caught them together last night.” 

“OH man! This is not good”

”””””””’

“I warned you Desmond “

” I know sir but I couldn’t… I can’t stay away from her. I don’t know the charm she used on me but… 

“Charm? Des? “

” I meant that in a good way Rukky. I like what you do to me. It’s amazing… 

“I’m still here Desmond “

” I’m sorry sir”

“You do know I have to let you go. Right? “

” Sir please. It’s my fault. I’ll transfer to another hospital. Just don’t fire him” Rukky pleaded 

“It doesn’t change the fact that he defaulted. He broke a rule and has to suffer the consequences for it’

“sir please have pity. How do I start looking for a job over again. I’m the only child of my mother. She will be devastated to hear this. Please sir”

“You should have thought of all these before doing what you did “

” Sir, it’s not my fault I fell in love with her. I can’t tell my heart what to do. Sir I beg of you”

“Sir please. I won’t be able to live with the fact that he got fired because of me. I promise to keep my distance. Don’t fire him…. 

“Keep your distance? How do you expect me to cope with that? ” Desmond asked Rukky 

” It’s the only choice we have. I can’t allow you loose your job”

“And I don’t want to loose you either. Sir please. Don’t do this to us. “

His boss sighed

“So you love her?” 

“Very much sir” he said smiling at Rukky 

“And you Rukky? Do you love him? “

” I do sir. I love him” she said grinning from ear to ear

“Where is her file I asked for? “

Desmond handed the file to him. 

He flipped through it. 

” Desmond, you know I take you as my son. For years I’ve been looking forward to the day you will bring a woman to me as the one! It is one thing every father wants and looks forward to. I wouldn’t want to be the one to hinder your happiness. 

He sighed then continued. 

“In her file here, it shows that she has less than two weeks to spend here. She can complete her treatment from home. So how about we do this. I write her discharge note. If she is not a patient, then you’re not breaking any rule. It’s the best I can do for you”

The duo almost shouted for joy. 

“Thank you. Thank you so much sir. Thank you” they kept saying as they left the office 

They opened the door and found Festus and Moses standing outside, smiling broadly. 

“Were you both eavesdropping? “

” Congrats man! ” Festus said spreading his hands for a hug

Moses ran back to the ward joyfully. 

“They are good to go” he shouted. 

“yeeesss” they all screamed. 

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Desmond stood in front of her house waiting for her to come out. It’s been six months after her discharge and in those six months, he had come to love her more and more. He knew deep in his heart that she was the woman for him and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.

“As she come out ehn just kneel down make you position your body well ooh. And make sure say…. 

“Mom I know what to do. You’re making me more nervous “

” Orh! Sorry ooh”

After a moment of silence, she spoke again 

“See your collar no de well, Make I help you do am… 

“Mommy calm down na.. Choii “

*silence*

” remember to compliment her when she… 

“For crying out loud”

Just then Rukky came out with her mother. 

“Sorry I delayed. You know how my mother can be with dressing “

“It’s okay. You look gorgeous” he said

“Thank you. And you don’t look bad yourself”

“Thanks “

” Desmond, do this thing na. No waste time”

“Mommy wetin be your problem na. You for stay house ooh”

“Do what? What’s she talking about? “

Rukky’s mother being aware, smiled broadly 

” Mommy I no like this your smile ooh. Des, what’s going on? “

Desmond went on one knee. 

” You know I’m not a man of many words. Rukky, from the first time we met I felt this strong attraction to you. We tried severally to annul it but we forget that the heart wants what it wants. In this case it wants you. Will you do me the honor of being my wife and the mother of my unborn children? “

Rukky covered her mother in surprise. She knew this day would come but wasn’t expecting it so soon. 

” Rukevwe, mouth de pain you? Say yes na” her mother said

“You, do your knee well and carry your hand go up Make she see the ring well”

They burst into laughter at both their mothers behaviour. They were acting like they were the ones doing the proposal. 

 

“yes Desmond. I will happily be your wife”

 

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