Kevin, there’s something I have to tell you!
“I was born in 1931 and no, I never lied to you, I am 23. But I’ve been 23 since the year 1954.”
I know…, I know. It’s impossible, yea? No one lives forever… But sometimes they do.
In 1953, I got married. A few weeks after the wedding, I suddenly fell ill. My husband took me to a hospital. I was there for almost a week. I was in so much pain and no one, not even the doctor, nor the lab result could say what was actually wrong.
One night, in the hospital, a stranger came to see me. He told me, “Chinny, you’re going to die tomorrow.”
That was my name then, the name I was born with.
This man, the stranger, he offered me a chance to live forever. “Meaning i could stay young forever!”
Well, of course, my first thought was, the devil has come to tempt me. But he wasn’t the devil. And of course, I don’t believe in the devil. They’re powerful beings on this earth, far beyond a mere mind can fathom. My point is, this man offered me a chance to live, and I took it.
I will live forever. I will never age. I cannot be harmed, not physically. I can’t be hurt by bullets, or knives, or fire, or even Boko Haram explosions. I can’t be hurt by disease – In fact, I can’t even catch a cold.
When my husband was 45, he died in a fire accident. At his funeral, the stranger came to see me again. He asked me if I wanted to… give up my gift, and… die.
I thought about it. But I said, No. I wasn’t ready. I knew there was more for me. I have centuries and centuries ahead ahead of me. These first hundred years, are like a drop in the ocean. Moreover, it feels good to be supernatural.
My husband never knew about me, and I don’t have a choice. I don’t want to go through that again. I don’t want to fall in love again for twenty years. ’20 years is gone in the blink of an eye’ and I’m looking for someone to love forever.
Most people, when they say Forever, they mean… well, they don’t really mean forever. But I do.
“I’m in love with you, Kevin. And I’m asking you to share forever with me.
You should meet ‘the stranger’ also, so we can both share our forever for ever.“
Kevin looked straight into my eyes in a confused state. I lowered my eyes and then snapped out of my Imagination 😔
Special thanks to my crazy friend Faith Chisom Ogbonna for this beautiful piece!
Your imagination is out of this world.