WASTED LOVE 1-5
Caleb was an hardworking, well cultured, kind hearted and very respectful young man. He always gave his best in anything he does and He was the only child of his late parents. Caleb was just two years old, when he lost his Father and he was in his early twenties when he lost his sweet mother, who had raised him with some much love. He wished his mother stayed alive a little longer to enjoy the fruit of her labour.
Growing up, Caleb was so close to his late mother, He loved his mother so much, and almost died of sorrow when his beloved mother died after a brief illness, as she was the only parent he knew and had. Caleb was properly raised by his late mother, who singlehandedly brought him up ever since his father died.
Caleb was in his final year in the university when he lost his beloved mother and it took him a year to recover from the shock. life wasn’t easy for him when he lost his beloved mother, by the time he fully recovered from the pain and shock caused by his mother’s sudden death, he was already rounding up with his NYSC program.
Due to Caleb’s good up bringing, he kept less friends because he didn’t want to be led astray. Life was mostly lonely for him till one day, he ran out of luck, when he met a very beautiful girl named Laura. Laura and Caleb were classmates during thier secondary school days. So it happened that when they wrote thier WAEC they both scattered into different directions. They lost track of each other untill they ran into each other at a busiest bus stop in Lagos. From that day, they got talking and Caleb felt bad when he found out that Laura didn’t further her education, ever since they left secondary school as her parents couldn’t afford a University education.
Caleb had always had a soft spot for Laura and after they met again, Caleb’s feelings for Laura became stronger and he thought Laura would bring him happiness. There was just something about her that drives Caleb crazy, ever since he reconnected with Laura, he was drawn to her, his loneliness and the void his late parents left was not helping Caleb reason properly. Caleb had a crush on her during thier secondary school days and seeing each other again after many years trigger those feeling of love to return. After the excitement of reconnecting with each other settled, Caleb went straight to ask her out and she accepted.
With the look of things, Laura could tell that Caleb was above her league as he was a graduate while she had no plan of furthering her education because her parent had told her countless times that they couldn’t afford it. Laura didn’t hesitate to accept him into her life, because she had been crushing on Caleb for a long time, before he approached her. When they started dating, everyone knew about their love affair even Laura’s parents, thier relationship was enviable and very beautiful. Caleb came into Laura’s life and he changed her life positively. He taught her so much about life and even supported her in anyway possible.
A year into their relationship, Caleb got a job and the first thing he did was to get his beloved Laura admitted into a prestigious University for her to further her education. All to Laura’s utmost suprise. Laura’s parents were so glad when they found out, They couldn’t believe their ears when Laura told them that Caleb had also bought all the required textbooks, a new smartphone, new clothes and given her some cash to buy other things she would need in school.
For the past one year, Even though Caleb’s salary was very meager he always got Laura everything she needed and supported her in anyway possible. Caleb knew that things were so tough for Laura and her parents and for the past one year, he would stylishly give Laura some cash knowing she would give it to her parents. Caleb was so thoughtful and generous to Laura and her family and with time Laura’s parents began to see him as their divine helper, sent by God to save them. Laura’s parents felt bad, when they got to know that he was an orphan. As they had liked him so much because of all he does for thier family.
During the four years Laura spent at the University, Caleb put it on himself to pay her bills and when he was low on cash, he would take up a loan to met up with Laura’s school bills. Not that he earned much, most times Laura had seen him starve after making sacrifices for her and her family. He always ensured that Laura was not broke as he always send her money.
Caleb sacrificed Everything For her girlfriend’s Future and he never thought that one day all his sacrifices especially his genuine love for Laura would be a WASTED LOVE. Caleb trusted Laura more than anyone in this world. After Laura graduated from the University and completed her NYSC Program, things changed drastically between the love birds.
One day, words came to Caleb that Laura had gotten a good Job, all thanks to the young man she was dating. “That man is a very wealthy man and very connected too. His name is Reuben” Chike, a nosy neighbor told Him. Caleb didn’t believe him and Laura also managed to convince him that the news was fake.” My uncle got the job for me, no one else, Caleb, I love you so much and I can’t hurt you not after everything you have done for me and my parents” Laura told him and he believed her, in a short while, Laura resumed her duties in her new place of work and Caleb was genuinely happy that Laura was now independent but still he never stopped caring for Laura.
To Be Continue
Few months later, Caleb received the biggest shock of his life, when he told Laura that they should make thier relationship official, he proposed to Laura “Let’s get married my love” but she turned him down.
“Caleb I can’t marry you, how can we survive with your little salary, don’t Tell me you expect me to support you and myself with my salary, because that’s impossible, my first and only responsibility are to my parents, please arrange your life first, before we start talking about marriage” Laura said at once and Caleb felt bad, but he reasoned with Laura and he decided to look for a better Job and make his Laura happy. Laura had forgotten that from that little salary, Caleb had seen her through the University and provided all her needs.
Few months after, Caleb got a better Job and the first person he shared the good news to was his beloved Laura, he gave her the good news over the phone as they barely got to see each other.
“My love, we can now plan for our wedding” Caleb said excitedly and there Laura opened up.
“I’m so sorry Caleb, I don’t think I can marry you, as I love someone else, I’m in a relationship with someone else, we never talked about marriage from day one, i thought we are just dating and that’s all”Laura finally admitted. Caleb was devasted.
Caleb could not believe that all the news he heard about Laura and her new lover Reuben was actually true.
“For how long, have you been decieving me? I thought we love each other so much” Caleb managed to ask
Laura refused to respond to his question. Caleb tried everything to convince her that he loves her so dearly.
“all I did for you all these years was out of love, how could it not be love? I love you so much and I can give my life for you, All these years I always dreamed about the day we will finally tie the knot and you will be officially called my wife, please don’t do this to me” Caleb said calmly
“What did you do for me, that no one has ever done?, I never knew you were being so nice to me because you want to marry me”Laura said sharply “Laura, I love you, what are saying, I thought we love each other so much, you told you love me many times and how you can’t wait to become my wife, we were so in love with each other” Caleb added
But all he said went in vain, just like his love and sacrifices as Laura didn’t listen to him any further, she hanged up immediately.
Few days later, Caleb tried not to contact Laura but he was overcome by his emotions and feelings for her and he called her again but she didn’t take his calls. Laura called him back after 20 days, asking him if he was doing okay. “Laura, how can I be okay, when you bluntly told me that you don’t love me and won’t marry me and for the past one month you refused to take my calls” Caleb responded. Laura didn’t utter a word in response and she then hanged up
That same day, Caleb visited Laura’s parents hoping that they would help repair his relationship with thier daughter. But he was shocked at how they handled the situation, He became a joke in front of Laura’s parents as they continued to make a mockery out of him.
“My son you never told me you wanted to marry my daughter, I thought both of you were just friends, Love is not by force, next time, if you see a girl you love, you should be specific” Laura’s parents told Caleb, He left Laura’s house feeling worse.
Unknown to Caleb, Laura had been seeing a very wealthy young man named Reuben, Laura met Reuben when she was posted for her NYSC Program and Caleb was a fool to think that Laura loved him. Laura was just an opportunist and a social climber who was just interested in money and material things. when Reuben came into her life and he showered her with expensive gifts, lots of cash and got her a good job, She discarded Caleb instantly. The worst was that her parents were solidly behind her every decision of putting Caleb away.
“Reuben is our ticket to a good life and affluence, please don’t allow that Caleb to spoil things for us, what has he done for you that no one has ever done” her parents had told her and no wonder they made mockery of his love instead of being fair to Caleb
Caleb wept all his way home, he recalled how he would ask laura to study hard and stay focused and how he always proved his love to her.
One Saturday morning, Caleb was doing his laundry when Chike his neighbor came with a disheartening news.
“Guy, guess who I saw at that classic bar beside Trust bank?” Chike said sharply.
“Chike, I’m busy oh, I don’t have time to gossip like a girl” Caleb replied
“I saw your girlfriend with that Rich man, Reuben, they are still at the bar, kissing and cuddling, go and see things for yourself, I don’t gossip but I speak facts, that your babe is decieving you oh” Chike entered at once, with the look on Chike’s
Face, Caleb could tell that he was angry because he called him a gossip.
‘Guy are you sure?” Caleb asked
” Caleb go and see things for yourself”Chike added when he noticed that Caleb believed him this time
Caleb rushed down to the Bar and lo and behold, Chike was right, Caleb didn’t make a scene, he waited till Reuben was gone before he confronted Laura and she was not remorseful. “it was good you found out by yourself, Caleb I appreciate everything you have done for me and my family but if you want a refund, I can as well repay you for every single dime you spent on me, my Fiance is a wealthy man and he can easily repay all you spent on me” Laura said at once.
Caleb doesn’t need a soothsayer to tell him that Laura never loved him that he was with him only for the ‘help’ he had given her. Caleb’s sacrifices, his love, all of his efforts were to help her be the best version of herself. Laura and her family used him like hell, Caleb couldn’t believe he wasted 6 years of his life, his genuine love and sacrifices on a heartless person like Laura. He quietly walked away from Laura’s presence.
From that day Caleb was depressed, he doesn’t know how to concentrate at work and how to get back his life. But one night he prayed ” God, if karma exists, I want justice. How can having a good and pure heart be a crime in this world? What Laura did to me is not justified, and a good human being cannot do this. The worst is that i Still love her. Still, I can go to any length for her, I don’t regret any thing I did for her because I did everything out of love but it’s breaking me. Lord, I’m dying inside and I can’t tell this to anyone. I just hope I get better. I’m waiting for a miracle to happen. Help me to recover, you are the only one I have, please don’t forsake me Lord” Caleb prayed in tears.
Few years later, Caleb had picked himself up like an hero, he had realized that he had no one that can ever join those broken pieces for him. He gathered his broken heart by himself and moved on. He channeled his energy into his job and engrossed himself in hobbies that help him smile.
To Be Continued
Caleb had vowed never to fall in love with any lady ever again. He had not fully recovered from the pain and shock from his past relationship with Laura. That relationship left him seriously heartbroken but he was doing everything he can to be happy and move on like nothing happened.
But one day, something magical happened, Caleb closed from work, there was a certain new female colleague that just joined the company where Caleb worked, her name was Kate, She was very beautiful and then there was an instance for a conversation between Caleb and her new colleague. Caleb gave him an audience as Kate wanted Caleb to put him through some work related issues.
When they spoke, Kate’s gentle nature and soft words melt his heart and slowly broke his walls, Kate seemed to be a very nice person and Caleb felt comfortable telling her anything she wanted to know about the company. from that day, Caleb and Kate got to know each other’s names and thier respective duties in the company, but they didn’t even exchange numbers. They saw each other Everyday but no deep conversation.
One day, it was during lunch break, Caleb was on his way to get food, when Kate bumped into him at the canteen, Kate had came to get food too and one thing led to another, Laura ended up sitting closely with Caleb at the canteen.
Caleb swallowed his saliva continuously and started sweating under air condition.
With the look of things, Caleb could tell that he was beginning to fall for Kate but still he was doing everything possible to fight off his feelings. The lunch break ended and everyone went back to their various offices but his thoughts was still glued to her. Caleb was silently going crazy as he kept thinking of what he would do
“What is wrong with me? How can I possibly fall for this new girl after everything I passed through in the hands of Laura? Kate is as beautiful as Laura and These kind of girls doesn’t know what love is, all they care about is money, I can’t afford to be used again” He thought to himself.
After much deliberation, caleb finally decided to shun every thought about Kate and focus on his work. No matter how much he tried to ignore the thought of Kate, he just couldn’t. Caleb was in his middle thirties and obviously needed to be in a serious relationship with a good woman that he could settle down with.
It was after the end of another work day. That Fate brought Kate and Caleb together as they were paired by the company’s managing director on a official assignment and they had to exchange phone numbers and from that day a beautiful friendship began between Kate and Caleb.
They started chatting on WhatsApp. Kate would often invite Caleb out but for a while he didn’t bite as he wasn’t interested in anything then.
One warm Saturday morning, Caleb got a call from Kate, She had called to invite him for her upcoming birthday party. And to Kate’s utmost surprise, Caleb accepted the invitation and promised to try and show up. They talked for a while about issues related to thier company before they bid ‘Goodbye’ to each other and ended the call
The scheduled day for Kate’s party finally came and Caleb arrived few hours late. Kindly hi ishmeal on+233544142683 to be added to storybaze , storyline,fresh story kingdom,sweet and nice story room to enjoy reading more this. Kate was happy to see him, As the party went on, everyone were having fun except Caleb . He was fighting off his thoughts and feelings for Kate. As the party went on, Caleb noticed that Kate seemed as though she was so into him too, as she was seen smiling at Caleb at any chance she got. Kate’s beautiful smiles always melted Caleb’s heart.
Caleb and Kate were already in love but were hiding under the pretense of friendship. Kate was scared of letting her feelings out because she didn’t want to ruin their friendship or be tagged “Cheap and desperate” while Caleb was scared of falling in love and commitment, he felt his feelings for Kate were better left unexpressed and suppressed
The party got more exciting as the celebrant Kate was called upon to show off her dancing skills, everyone was happily staring at the beautiful celebrant as she walked into the dance floor and she started dancing, Caleb’s attention was drawn to her, no doubt Kate was cheerful and very beautiful too, The sight of Kate dancing was angelic and Caleb was mesmerized, his heart raced uncontrollably. There was just something about her that distinguished Kate from other women, she was special
Kate had the fun of her life as she happily danced with most of her friends and colleague. The party lasted for a little longer till it finally came to an end.
Everyone took turns to give Kate gifts they came along with, Kate received lots of gifts that day and she was not expecting a gift from Caleb but he managed to surprise her with a lovely gift and Kate was so appreciative.
To Be Continued
After that birthday party Caleb and Kate gradually got more closer, they started visiting each other, they started going out on dates, occasions, even wedding parties. Whenever they went out together , people always addressed them like they were a couple, Caleb and Kate didn’t actually realise that they were dating until the news was circulated among thier colleagues that they were in a relationship.
And that was when it dawned on Caleb to officially ask Kate out, he had found out that Kate was a good woman with a good heart, Kate didn’t hesitate, she accepted to be Caleb’s girlfriend and that was how Caleb found himself in a serious relationship despite his vow.
Things got even more serious to the extent where Caleb met Kate’s parents and Kate also met few of Caleb’s close relatives. Thier relationship was beautiful and each day they fell in love more with each other
A year into thier relationship, God smiled on Caleb as he got promoted to the post of a Senior Manager, in his place of work, he was entitled to an official car, he became the highest paid staff and he got other mouth watering entitlements. Caleb was so excited and in two years, he became a wealthy man, he could afford a Five rooms duplex and other personal investment properties.
Caleb had observed that Kate was very special, ever since he started seeing Kate, only good things happens to him and all he wanted was to settle down with her, another thing he admired about Kate was the fact that she was a hardworking lady who was doing everything she could to be successful in life and that was a quality they both had in common. She was not interested in Caleb’s wealth or how much he had and she doesn’t depend on Caleb for anything.
Caleb was certain that Kate love him more than life itself, there’s no better satisfaction than being financially secured on your own without depending on anyone; Kate had a good job and she had a side business that she often attend to, during weekends, no wonder she was not depending on Caleb for anything, She hardly get excited about material things, she was contented and successful in her own way, although Caleb always surprises her with lovely and expensive gifts without her demanding.
One Sunday evening, Caleb invited Kate out for dinner at a cozy restaurant, they both arrived on time, Caleb was happy to see Kate and they smiled at the sight of each other. “Hey baby, how have you been?” He asked “I’ve been good dear, how about you?” She replied and Caleb said “I’m okay!”.One look at Kate, Caleb smiled “my love you are looking good” he complimented and Kate smiled, “Thanks alot dear” she said. In few minutes they were both seated and They got talking, They ordered food and ate with so much gladness.
After they were done eating, Caleb went on one knee and stared at Kate affectionately as he knelt with a gold engagement ring in his hands, He was truly in love, Caleb took a deep breath and said “Kate,You are a virtuous woman, and I’m so happy you are in my life, but I want you to be my wife, will you marry me?… please marry me” Caleb said calmly, Kate was just staring at him, it was obvious that she was surprised, she didn’t see that coming, she and Caleb had dated for 3 years and she never expected that Caleb would ever pop that question, everyone at the restaurant was staring at them speechlessly as they wondered if Kate would accept Caleb’s proposal or not.
“Kate,you are a priceless jewel and someone I would love to have in my life as a partner, I love you and want you in my life, would you please let me be your husband?”Caleb added, Kate was smiling at the same time, she was in tears, a tears of Joy, none of her past relationship had been this fruitful, she was always left heartbroken.
Caleb heartfelt marriage proposal was unexpected. Kate was so surprised and she didn’t believe their little love story would turn out this way. She kept staring at him and didn’t know what to say. “Would you let me be your husband?” Caleb repeated, looking right into her eyes.
Kate looked into his eyes and said a big “YES, I will marry you, Caleb I love you so much!”
And then the people who had been staring at them, the whole time, gave them a round of applause. Some of them yelled “Congratulations”, while some came closer to wish them well.
That same evening, they set the date for thier upcoming wedding and from that day they started making plans for thier upcoming wedding which was scheduled to take place in two months times. Kate was the happiest person on Earth as she flaunt her engagement ring to her colleague and close friends, they were so happy for her and they wished for a good man like Caleb who would take them out of singlehood.
Kate and Caleb’s wedding preparations was at it’s full speed, the wedding was to be the biggest wedding of the year. Caleb was a wealthy man and he could afford a big wedding.
As Caleb was having the best season of his life, his ex Laura was passing through the worst days of her life, it turned out that Reuben was a married man and when his wife found out about her, she sent thugs to beat the living hell out of her and ever since then she had not heard a single word from Reuben, She was sacked from her Job, it happened that the Managing Director of the Company where she works was related to Reuben’s wife.
Laura was more heartbroken when she found out also, that her father had absconded with his lover, a younger woman, leaving her mother heartbroken, the worst was that her father absconded with all her savings that she left in his care.
For the past few weeks, Kate had been everywhere for a job with no luck .
Just as life became extremely fulfilling and great for Caleb, Life was harsh on Laura and her mother, her father’s betrayal made thier life worst. They had to move out from the apartment, Reuben got for them to a one room apartment because Reuben’s wife had sent her lawyer to throw them out, Reuben was a nobody who was living off his wife’s wealth, all the money he spent on Laura and her family was his wife’s money and the worst was that Laura was unaware that he was married, the whole time as Reuben’s wife and two children based abroad
To Be Continued
On day, Laura went Job hunting and was on her way home but she didn’t have enough money to pay for a commercial taxi to take her home. She trekked all the way and was almost approaching home, when she became exhausted and decided to rest.
Laura stood on the main road for almost an hour to catch her breath, She leaned on a pole beside the bus stop, Unknowingly to her, Caleb droved through that route in order to beat traffic, he was heading to the airport to pick up Kate, who had travelled to Dubai to purchase her wedding gown and other necessary things for thier upcoming wedding. As Laura stood there helplessly, Caleb looked through the car window and saw Laura leaning on a pole beside the bus stop. At first, he thought she wasn’t the one but he looked closely only to be fully convinced that she was the one.
“Isn’t that Laura? What’s she doing at the road side” Caleb wondered, he wanted to drive off because of his horrible past with Laura but on a second thought, he looked closely at Laura, she looked quite exhausted.”There’s no need to hold on to the past, what has happened has happened” Caleb thought and stopped the car, close to where Laura was standing.
“Hey Laura”He called out as soon as he was close enough and Laura stared at him for few seconds before she recognized him.
Laura walked closer to Caleb’s car and Caleb wind down his car window, so they could see each clearly, as the car window was tinted, Laura was shocked to the brim and her heart skipped several beats.
She stood there lost in thoughts and shockingly she said in shame “Caleb is that you?”
Caleb ignored the question with a smile and he threw in instead ” where are you going to?”
“ho..me… Home!” She Stammered, Caleb noticed that Laura was ashamed as she barely looked him in the eyes and she stammered each time she tried to respond to his question.
“Come in let me drop you home” Caleb finally said and Laura entered the car and he drove off. There was a big silence in the car, The sight of Caleb in a cute luxury car, almost gave Laura a heart attack. She wouldn’t have believed that Caleb was going to be that successful, although she knew he was hardworking.
Laura had thought that Caleb, would only be able to earn a few cash to support himself. Never in her dreams did she imagine him with a big luxury car. She was shocked beyond words could say.
Laura was quiet but was talking to herself with in, she was in deep thought, Caleb brought her into reality when he asked for directions to her house,
and Laura directed him till they arrived at the gate leading to the one room apartment, she lived with her mother.
“Thank you” Laura finally said as she got down from the car. Laura’s mother was outside packing up clothes she had spreaded outside to dry, at the sight of her daughter coming down from a flashy car, she smiled as she had thought the driver was Reuben, maybe they had sorted out thier issues, she had thought.
The Flashy car drove off and Laura walked closer to the direction where her mother stood.
” Reuben couldn’t wait to say hello to me?, Didn’t you tell him about the insults we received from his silly wife?”Laura’s mother said sharply
“mom, that’s not Reuben but Caleb” Laura said calmly
At the mention of “Caleb”, Laura’s mother lost words and when she got her voice back, she asked.
“Caleb owns that huge expensive car?” .
“Yes Mom, It’ looks like Caleb had made it big, he looked very nice, I couldn’t believe my sight, when I saw him at the bus stop, Caleb is very rich now” Laura said at once
Laura’s mother smiled faintly, and said
“If we had known that Reuben was useless, you would had sticked with Caleb but it’s not too late, you can skim your way back into his life, did you at least get his phone number”
“I managed to get his business card from his car without his knowledge, here it is” Laura said handing over Caleb’s business card, Laura’s mother smiled and said ” You are smart, you are indeed my child” and Laura blushed
“Mom, seeing Caleb again made me realize my mistakes, I shouldn’t have left him but I’m not going to make the same mistake again, Caleb is mine and that is why our path crossed again after 5 Years, I’m not going to back down, Caleb is my destiny” Laura said smiling faintly.
Days later and Laura was still hanging on with her supposed believe of getting back with Caleb, her mother had raised her hopes when she told her that Caleb was still in love with her. “If he didn’t love you, he would have not offered to drop you off after everything that happened between you two” Laura’s mother had said.
On the other hand, Caleb and Kate will be getting married in four weeks time and Caleb was tremendously happy that he had even forgotten all about meeting Laura again, his thought revolved around his wife to be, Kate, he bought her a new car after she agreed to resign from the Company where they both worked together all these years. It was tough for Caleb to convince Kate to resign but when she finally accepted, Caleb surprised her with a brand new sophiscated car and showered her with lots of expensive gifts.
Kate was so appreciative.
“My love, you have done enough already, you paid all my expenses for the trip to Dubai and gave me 2 million to shop for my wedding gown and for my parents, and I still have 1 million left from the 2 million and now you bought me this expensive car, oh my love, Thank you so much, I love you”
“I love you so much, My darling, you deserve it, After our wedding, I’m going to set up a big business for you” Caleb promised and Kate was excited and so appreciative.
If only Laura looked beyond Caleb’s present situation and accepted him for the hardworking man that he was, if only Laura was contented with the love he had shown her, then she would have been in Kate’s place, she would have gotten the lifestyle of comfort, and the plenty money she always dreamed of and also have a man that would love her forever.
It’s so sad she allowed her money conscious parents to ruin her life, Laura will be shocked when she finds out about Caleb’s upcoming wedding as it was still unknown to her.
One night, Laura laid on her bed thinking, she began to regret everything wrong she did to Caleb starting from how she looked down on him and dumped him for Reuben, after everything he had done for her and her family. At that point, she felt like dying, “would Caleb ever take me back after everything I put him through?” She thought
Every scene of her life since the day she met Caleb started replaying in her mind. She felt double pain when she remembered how Caleb got her admitted into the university and shouldered all expenses for 4 years and how he always supported her parents “Caleb really loved me, how could I have made such a big mistake? Going back to him now will make me look like a gold-digger but I guess I’ll give it a try, I will first plead for his forgiveness and see how everything goes, mom says Caleb is still in love with me that’s why he offered to drop me off at home instead of ignoring me” she thought to herself.
To Be Continued