One afternoon, Derrick came to see Devan but, he was not home. With Mrs Adams, my landlady. I was in pain with the bruises. He was sympathetic. He said, 'Doomed is the man who is wicked and dishonest. You, Cedar, are better than those of others. What enjoyment does he receive to oppress you? After a while, he held me by my cheeks and pulled me close and said, 'Listen, send him away from your life, come with me. I will take you to the place where we will be happy.' I pushed him away and asked him to leave. But he pulled me close and hugged me tight and said, 'My heart is crushed, looking at your bruised face, Cedar. I am trembling, he is unfaithful to you. I have caught him cheating on you, and I cannot let you stay here with him. Furthermore, I cannot let him hurt you.' Mrs Adams threatened him to leave and, he left. Not once I thought of what he said was true I brushed it off my mind, my love, for Devan was blind enough not to see the red flag. But even if I would think of it, I could not have any guts to question Devan.
After a few days, Devan went to his hometown to see his ill mother and, he could not attend Derrick's birthday party. So, he asked me to go to the party. Derrick was very welcoming. I was having a good time and, I lost track of time, which made Devan angry. He ranged me and started abusing me. He was like, 'What are you wearing? Why are your hands bare? Don't you know you are supposed to be covered? Don't you have any shame, wearing Sleeveless dresses and moving around shamelessly?
And so much more, which I cannot say verbally to you. And at this point, I could not hold back my tears. Derrick saw me crying and, he called off the party. He sat close to me and, I wanted someone to console me so, I put my head on his shoulder and cried. The next minute we were kissing. But Derrick did not take advantage of me. He hugged me and said that he would take care of me. And, I thought to myself that God has, given me a second chance. I stayed with Derrick a week but, I did not call off with Devan. I was so scared to tell Devan that I was with Derrick. Maybe, because, I was not in love with Derrick, and, I only ever loved was Devan alone. And all this week, Devan thought I was only angry at him as I was not taking the calls. And was guilty about it, I thought I was doing wrong to Derrick and I decided to go away from Derrick and Devan. So I moved away from Derrick without giving him any reason, I just asked him to forgive me. He tried to reach me but, I did not respond. But a week later Devan came home, he apologised and hugged me and, it did not take me a second to hug him back. But I did not want Devan to know about Derrick. So, I secretly met Derrick at his place. I asked him sorry for everything and asked him to forget what had happened between us and move on. I requested him to keep it a secret because I did not want to ruin my relationship with Devan. He was very furious after learning that I was back with Devan, he felt betrayed too. But he cried to me to be with him. I denied. He said that he would call Devan and ask him to come so that we can discuss everything clearly, and I was scared to death when he said that I requested him not to do it I begged him, but he would not listen. And he got up to find his phone on the table I went after him pleading, he picked his phone and I did not understand what to do, and I found a golf bat to my right I pulled it and hit him on his head.'
'Is he hurt Cedar? Where have you hid him?'
'He is dead.' She cried.