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MARRIED TO A STRANGER 17: Health and Marriage

Dr. O.

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continued from episode 16

Lola looked around her, she had been surrounded, there was no escaping for her; she was as frightened as a mouse in a mousetrap and there was no point trying to run because she knew she would only get caught and possibly killed. If only she hadn’t spent so much time eating and talking to Bimbo, maybe the messengers wouldn’t have caught up with her.

About half an hour later, Deji joined them along with two other cult members following behind him, they all saluted him in their usual manner and made way for him to walk down to meet Lola.

“Well! well! Who do we have here?” He said, walking round Lola in circles, “the runaway girlfriend herself ” he added with an evil laugh, “did you think you could hide from me?” he asked in a suddenly sounding more serious, “haven’t I warned you in the past about trying to run away from your shadow?” he asked Lola while she stared at the ground with her head hung in shame; she couldn’t look him in the eyes because she was afraid, moreover, she knew she had betrayed him.

“Why have you refused to see me or take my calls?” he asked suddenly stopping in front of her and raising her head by the chin, “I’m talking to you” he screamed in her face when he wasn’t getting a response, “are you tired of me or is there someone else?” he asked giving her a stern look, “answer me” he screamed pushing her out of his way, causing her to lose her balance and fall to the ground, “there’s no one else” Lola stammered, “I’ve just been really busy with exams” she added, “too busy to attend to meee?” Deji asked widening his eyes in surprise, “No” Lola replied shaking her head, “I’ve been taking care of my sister’s daughter as well, she was admitted in the hospital for mumps” Lola replied, “mumps?” Deji asked, “yes! mumps, a viral infection affecting the the salivary glands” Lola explained, “hmm” Deji said looking confused, he clearly had no idea what mumps was but he didn’t want to look ignorant so he just waived it off.

 

Mumps is a viral infection affecting the parotid glands which are the salivary glands located on the upper jaw on both sides of the face. It may cause swelling of the glands, fever, headaches, pain while swallowing, weakness and fatigue. It is caused by mumps virus which can be spread through infected saliva that can be contracted via coughing, sneezing or sharing utensils. It usually goes away on it’s own after about two weeks and it can be prevented by taking the vaccine against it.

“I’ll let you go this time” Deji replied, “but if I ever find out that any other man has tasted from my honeypot, I’m going to make sure he doesn’t live to tell the story…and that’s a promise.” he warned Lola, ordering his boys to release her.

By the time Lola reached home, that evening, she was totally frightened, but what was even more frightening was the fact that the door to the house was left wide open when she got there, “that’s strange” she thought looking puzzled, “why would Jeff leave the door wide open?”, she entered and closed the door behind her calling out to Jeff that she was home but there was no response, “or could he be sleeping?” She wondered as she ran upstairs to knock on the door to his room but it was locked, “he can’t be that careless” she debated in her mind, trying to convince herself that Jeff couldn’t have intentionally left the house without making sure the door was locked.

 

Eventually, she gave up the search and walked towards the kitchen to get a glass of water only to be greeted with a most horrifying sight, broken plates and mugs with a bloodied knife on the floor littered with even more blood; the kitchen looked like a hurricane had just occurred inside some minutes earlier, there had obviously been some fight or struggle before she returned home. The smell of fresh blood was so strong that it was nauseating, She couldn’t seem to make sense of what was staring her in the face, “what is happening here?” She thought to herself stepping back slowly, suddenly the flash back of the threat Deji had made some minutes earlier suddenly came to mind, “could he have been trying to tell me what he had already done?” She thought, “has he found out about Jeff and I already?”

“Noo!” She screamed running out of the house at the thought of Deji being responsible for what she had just seen, “if Deji was behind this, then my life is in serious danger”…

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.