Stephen is a young man in his late thirties, a successful banker,Christian and humble man. He was the type who would open doors for strangers, he did not like too much attention and often loved to give surprises anonymously. He was also a good writer. He wrote poems when he was stressed. It was his getaway place, he often prayed for a woman who would love his writing or possibly be a writer too.
Stephen was at the office wondering why he just could not find the right woman. His father had once told him never to try to understand a woman,just love her! He never quite understood that and still did not. Why was love so complicated? He had dated several beautiful women ,been married once and in the end ,all he could say is, perhaps he did not show them love as his father advised.
What does it mean to love a woman? He kept pondering. He thought about Yinka,the woman he just walked out on. He left because he was tired. He was sure she did not love him but he loved her: He did everything in his power to show her he did but she just could not say ” I love you” .She told him once that she was only ever going to tell him when she meant it and that when she did it was going to be forever. However,he lost his patience. He just was not going to sit around and beg for her love when there are plenty fish. He decided to quit,he felt she would not be hurt,she was a very attractive girl and any man would die for her. He knew she would be fine and eventually she was. He just heard that she got married but it got him upset. He was curious to know why she chose Tunde and not him. Akin his brother had told him not to go down that path” Just let it go,forgive Yinka and pray God brings someone along your way”.
So Stephen decided to pray. He prayed hard. Read several books on preparing for marriage and dating. He watched videos and listened to tapes. He was ready and just as Akin promised someone came along his way..Sarah.
Sarah was at home checking her calendar, hmm..5 years had already gone by since Segun had cheated on her and moved away with Franca her childhood friend. She still remembered the pain. It hurt so badly. What only seemed to happen in the movies happened to her. That year was the most difficult year of her life and over time she concluded that all men were the same. There was no need to try.She decided to focus on God and her career. She was a successful business woman: she started her company from scratch.
Sarah smiled as she remembered Stephen, although she just met him 2 weeks ago,she felt that there could be more. There was no magic or fireworks as her dear friend Mary would say but he was special. She double checked her list on the qualities she desired in a man and prayed. She had been celibate all these years and hoped the next man would be her last.Going through her list again she realized she had to talk to Stephen,she wrote the list after her breakup and knew why she did. She was hurt. How was she going to know that Stephen was not going to hurt her ?God! it was hard.
Stephen knew right away that he could spend the rest of his life with Sarah. He could not place a finger as to why but he just knew and he was not going to miss this chance. He could tell she had gone through pain and vowed to show her that all men are not the same . He was going to love her until she wept because of his love. He vowed not to mess this one up. She was just right for him, everything he wanted and much more. If only she would accept him. He was a little worried that she might not take him seriously considering she was richer. That was not to say he did not have financial security..he had a good job. He worked at a bank, but she was so independent and had several millions stashed away. He prayed she would not think he was there for her money. He really did like her a lot and he was sure it was going to grow. As his mind wandered,his phone rang. It was Sarah, he became nervous. It had been a long time he felt that way about a woman! She invited him for drinks ,he was excited. That was the beginning of their love relationship.
As life happens,all relationships go through a test. Segun who broke Sarah’s heart was back. Apparently the relationship between him and Franca did not work and he had dated several women after Franca but he never felt the same. He came to apologise to her , or so he claimed. Stephen did not like the idea of him back in her life. Segun was a multi-millionaire, dangerously handsome and seemed like a better match for her. He was no competition. Their relationship was about 7 months now and he had just bought her ring. Getting her ring size was the main culprit, he just did not know how to measure her finger but thanks to her light head,he succeeded one night when she fell asleep in his apartment. So there he was planning a surprise engagement party with her family and friends when Sarah called. She sounded upset over the phone, he was so worried. He hated it when she was upset or she cried. Upon getting to her apartment,she smiled but could not look at him in the eyes. She told him,she needed a break from the relationship. She did not know why God brought Segun back in her life. She did love Segun deeply in the past and seeing him again brought back all those feelings,but that does not mean she did not love Stephen. Stephen did not know if he should cry, yell or just walk away.
He had been in possession of the ring for a while,just waiting for the right moment and although this did not seem like the right time and did not fit the plan,he had to do it ,she had to know he did not want to lose her,going down on both knees ,he calls her attention,she turns around and sees him on both knees, Stephen says ” There is no woman I would rather spend the rest of my life with ,will you marry me Sarah?”.. Sarah was speechless, what a pleasant surprise,her heart screamed “yes” but her head said ‘”not now”. So she asked him to get up and told him she would love to spend the rest of her life with him as well but needed time. Stephen did not know what to say but was glad because she did not say no. She did not want to take the ring either; she asked him to keep it until a time she was going to wear it. He left her apartment with mixed feelings .
To his dismay he did not hear from Sarah again in two months. Two long months,no calls, no text, no emails, she vanished. He went to her office and her apartment but all he was told,was she was on a business trip and was ok. He worried about her but was upset, she disrespected their relationship by going on the trip without letting him know. He did not know what to make of this. Was it over? It seemed it was happening all again. He was going to get hurt. Just when he had finally found someone to love, he did everything his dad told him. He prayed and loved her especially when she was just being a woman! Gosh he loved her. He respected her wishes. They even had not had sex, she said no and he had stayed committed to her for 9 months, this was the first time he had given 100%. Gosh!
He buried his head in the pillow and just then, he heard someone open his front door, he figured it was Grace his kid sister stopping by with lunch or checking on him. He called out her name and no response, as he walked out the door, Sarah stood there smiling. He was mixed with joy and anger and he asked her why she was here. Sarah said ” to spend the rest of my life with you” that was the most beautiful thing he had heard. All of a sudden he forgot all the pain she had caused, why she disappeared. She was saying how sorry she was and explaining everything when he just kissed her. At last his lonely nights were over…