By Toyin Taiwo
“How will I explain all this to my wife, I guess I’m in trouble” he said to himself.



He checked his broken phone again, he tried to put it on it but to no avail.

He thought of ways to reach her, people don’t run call centers again. He decided to go to one of his neighbor, there is this young guy next door. He checked on the guy but unfortunately he’s not in.

He felt bad that he won’t get to speak with his wife that evening. He’s very sure his wife will be trying his line by now.

“How will I reach Wemmy this night” he thought within himself.

He went back to his room, laid on his bed. Flashes of the drama that happened earlier kept on coming unconsciously. Scenes of his phone been smashed against the wall, Thessy’s slaps and all, kept on replaying in his head.

He never imagined he could found himself in such an awkward situation. That’s one of the disadvantages of living separately with one’s spouse. One thing is sure, Sewa can’t have the effrontery to come to his matrimonial home to pull all those stunts she pulled earlier”. He just hope she forget about him and changed for better.

****
Wemmy has been trying her husband’s line, but it’s not connecting, she decided to call Thessy since she told her she’ll be visiting him that very day.

Hello Thessy, I’m sorry to disturb you. Were you able to make it to Feranmi’s place today?”

“Yes I left few hours ago, any problem?” Thessy watched her words trying not to slip.

“I’ve been trying his line, but its not connecting”

“That’s true his phone is kind of faulty”

How come, we still talked in the afternoon”

“You know all this smart phones, once they drop on the floor they start developing faults, don’t worry he’s fine ehn”

“Alright, thanks. How’s honorable doing, I mean your KB” she said teasingly.

“My KB is fine o, thanks.

“Good night sis, have a good night rest”

“You too sweetheart, good night”

She ended the call and her mother in-law’s call came through. She asked after her and the baby, she also spoke with her Father in-law too. She thanked them for checking on her.

The next Morning, Wemmy was already running late for her antenatal clinic, she overslept. She dressed up hurriedly and left the house.

Luckily for her Nurse Angel was on duty.

“Good morning my wife”

“Good morning sister in-law”

“Hope you slept well”

“Sure I did, how’s family?”

“We bless God, hope you are hearing from your hubby”

“Yes, he’s doing great, thanks.

After exchanging pleasantries. Nurse Angel settled down to take Wemmy’s vital signs. While she was at it her phone rang.

“Please excuse me, let me pick this call”

“No problem”

“That’s my husband who called, he’s on his way here, he has fever and needs to see a doctor”

“Are you not a nurse? Why can’t you treat him at home”

“Its against the ethics of our job, we can’t treat our families, especially our dear ones”

“Is that so?”

“Yes, I don’t even treat my son, I can only give first aid, then bring him to see a doctor afterwards”

“And why is that?”

“Medically it is believed that emotions can make you make the wrong calls in the course of treating your loved ones”

“I think I agree to that”

“Here he comes” Nurse Angel stood up to acknowledge her husband’s presence.

“I can’t believe this, is this your husband?” Wemmy asked

“Yes he is, you know him?”

“Wemmy!

“Yes we know each other”

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The next day Wemmy went  to the hospital. A beautiful Nurse in her late twenties attended to her. She’s popularly called Nurse Angel in the hospital. Wemmy explained everything to the nurse as she took her vital signs.

“You are a first time mom right?” Nurse Angel asked.

“Yes” she replied

“ It happens like that once in a while, I experience something like this during my first pregnancy too”

“Is that so”

“Don’t worry, the doctor will attend to you very soon”

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The doctor attended to her some minutes later. She took an ultrasound scan to check the baby’s condition.

“As you can see from the monitor, your baby is doing fine. Just eat well and stay hydrated”

“Thank you doctor, I was scared to death last night. Thank you very much”

“You are welcome, have a nice day”

“You too doc”

She went to the Nurses’s station and thank the friendly Nurse she met earlier.

She called her husband and explained to him that their baby is fine.

****
Feranmi came back from work around 7pm, he was in his kitchen preparing his dinner when he had a knock on his door.

He was not expecting anyone, maybe its one of his neighbors he guessed.

He answered the door and beheld her Ex, radiating in all her glory, dressed seductively.

“Wont you let me in?”

“I wasn’t expecting you”

“Do I need to call before coming, please stop been formal with me”

“Come in”

“I came to check a friend who lives very close to this place and I decided to check on you”

“Thanks for checking on me”

“But I’m kind of busy now”

“No problem, like I said I’m just passing by, I’ll see you some other time” she said and took her leave.

“What exactly does she want from me for God sake, if she thinks I’m going to have anything to do with her, then she’s joking.

If I could overcome the temptations I face during my service year or even stayed for two years and five months without sex then I bet I can never give in to your seductions Sewa” he said to himself and returned back to his cooking.

****

Days later, Wemmy went for her antenatal clinic, she met Nurse Angel she was on duty too. She thanked her for the other time.

 After the clinic she sat at the reception waiting for the sun to go down a bit before going home.

Nurse Angel’s shift was over. She was about leaving when she sighted her patient Wemmy.

“You are still around? Or you want to see the doctor” Nurse angel asked.

“No I want this sun to go down a bit before leaving”

“ You didn’t come with your car?”

“Yes, my car developed fault this morning, so I took a cab down here” she explained.

“I’m through with my shift, can I give you a ride?”

“No you don’t have to do that, after a long day? Thanks for the offer all the same”

“You did not ask but I’m willing to help”

“I don’t want to stress you”

“Stress me, she said and pulled her up from the sit gently”

They got to the parking lot and she was surprised at her car.

“Is this your car?” Wemmy asked

“Yes, it’s mine”

“I never knew Nurses are this rich, Toyota Rav4 2015 model?”

“Actually it’s a gift from my husband, He got it for me on my last birthday”

“That’s nice, I hope the other Nurses don’t envy you much”

“You can say that again”

They entered into the car and she zoomed out of the hospital premises.

On there way to Wemmy’s house they talked and get to know little about each other.

Wemmy told her that her husband is not in town that she staying alone for now, although she’s now used to it.

Nurse Angel too informed her that her husband and his family doesn’t what her to work, they believed she did not need the money since she has everything she  needed at her disposal, but she can’t quit her job because of the passion she has for Nursing.

Wemmy adviced her not too quit her job, she explained that no matter how rich the husband is, every woman must work.

Women should be an asset not a liability. Women too should pursue their dreams and be successful in their various fields.

How can a good and competent Nurse like her just quit, society needs people like her in our health system.

After all their discussions in the car, Nurse Angel liked her more.

She dropped her off in front of her house, they exchanged phone numbers before she left.

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Wemmy called Nurse Angel in the evening.

“Hello Nurse Angel”

“Hello, I was about calling you too”

“I called to say thank you for the ride, that was so kind of you”

“You are welcome”

“Seriously I don’t know a nurse can be so nice to a patient like this”

“Nurses are nice and you are one patient that doesn’t look down on Nurses too, I see the way you relate warmly to other nurses too and that actually drawn me to you”

“Really so some patient are rude”

 “Yes especially the rich once they look down on nurses, they only respect the doctors”

“That’s bad”

“So hope you are not feeling lonely?”

“Not really”

“Has your car been fixed?”

“Not yet, is still in the mechanic workshop, but he promised to bring it back in two days time.

“Ok, Have you eaten?”

“Yes I have, thanks. Everybody calls you Nurse angel, is that your real name?”

“No, one of my patients gave me that name, and the name has stucked ever since then, before I knew it everybody in the hospital now calls me Nurse Angel” she explained.

“That’s sweet”

“My name is Praise, I’m Delta but I married Yoruba”

“Really, that means you are my wife then”

“Yes o,  sister inlaw” they both laughed.

 “In fact I told my husband about you, Nurse Angel”

“Really, Me too” she smiled.

“I have to go now, good night my wife”

“Good night sister in-law, its fun speaking with you”

“Same here, see you next clinic” She ended the call.

I don’t know why I just love her” Nurse Angel said to her husband.

“Your patient has now turn to your sister law? Women!”

“She’s Yoruba, she called me her wife”

“So every Yoruba woman is now your sister in-law, you are funny”

“No o, she’s just different”

“Anyway I love the way you relates with your patients, I love your kind heart and that’s why I love you” he said with a kiss.

“I love you too darling. Its time to go to bed”

“Ok, I’ll join you shortly”
_________________

Two weeks later, Sewa showed up again at Feranmi’s apartment. He was actually expecting Thessy, she had called earlier that she will stop by in the evening.

“Sewa, I’m expecting someone, you can’t show up at my door steps anytime you feel like. Courtesy demands you inform me first”

“Leave all this formalities, Moreover I thought you’ll need company since you are new around here” she stood up and walk up to him seductively trying to kiss him.

“Sewa! What’s the meaning of this, please you need to leave, like right now”

“I still love you”

“Love my foot, Sewa leave before I throw you out” he said firmly.

“Feranmi remember where we are coming from” she said with pleading eyes. How we started, I gave you my all, my everything, my virginity….

“Stop!  Don’t you dare play that card with me, you gave me your virginity to tie me down, while you went around sleeping with other guys. The good news is that we are even, cos you took my virginity too if there is anything like that for a guy” he spat

“Feranmi I….

He raised his ring finger to her face. “I think you are forgetting something here”

“That you are married?”

“Yes happily married”

“I’m not asking you to leave your wife, at least she’s not here, I can just fill her gap or don’t you miss having a woman around you”

“Sewa I can’t do it, don’t you get it”

“She won’t find out, she can be the Lagos wife and I’ll be here for you in pH”

Feranmi laughed “Sewa you are funny, hold on a sec. Do you have to stoop so low. You want to be the other woman?”

“I don’t mind as long as I have you”

“I’m very sorry, you got the wrong guy. I’m my father’s son and we don’t do two women.

Sewa I won’t commit adultery with you, you want to know why? I love God, I love my wife and I love myself because he who commit adultery sin against his own body”

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“Really, is that how you want to play it” She pushed him hard and he landed on the bed. Before he could say Jack, She had already pounced on him, this caught him unaware, he continued struggling just to break free from her.
“Sewa stop, don’t make me hurt you, just let go of me”

Thessy heard voices in the room, she knocked, but no one heard her knock, due to the argument going on. She wanted to wait outside for a while but curiosity got the better part of her. She flung the door open and met a lady on top of Feranmi.

“What’s going on here?”

“Thessy please its not what you think, he said  pushing Sewa away from him forcefully.

“ Feranmi who is this?”

She’s my ex, but trust me there’s nothing between us”

“Wait! I know this face in UI- Sewa!”

“Thessy what’s up” she said eyeing her

“You know her?” Feranmi asked

Yes, she’s a friend to one of my room mates in 300level” Thessy replied

“So you are his mistress?” Sewa asked facing Thessy.

“Oh you even knows he’s married, so why are you here? home wrecker”

“Did you just call me a home wrecker?”

Feranmi’s phone rang, Sewa took it and smashed it against the wall out of annoyance.

“Sewa do you have to do this? He checked the phone and it was broken.
 She ignored him and faced Thessy.

“I’m here to get back what belong to me”

“If you think he’ll leave his wife for you, then you are more delusional than I thought”

“Thessy, stay out of this, its non of your business”

“Do you just say its non of my business. F-Y-I, He’s my best friend’s husband”

“And so, we should now run away?”

Thessy moved closer to her and gave her two resounding slaps that threw Sewa off balance.

“You really have no damn shame, do you?

Feranmi tried to stop her but it was too late.

“The first slap is for you trying to seduce him and the second is for my best friend”

She carried her bag and headed towards the door.

“Thessy!” Feranmi called out.

I’ll be waiting outside, you think I’ll leave this thing here, no way. I will come in when she leaves” she replied and dashed out of the room.

“Sewa, when did you become like this? See what the bad company you kept back then has turned you into.

 I warned you then but you never listened and that was the reason why I left. Sewa see your life, you need help, at your age you are not even think of settling down.

What can that Senator offer you, order than money, highest you’ll end up been his baby mama. Can money buy you a good man, happy home and kids.

Think Sewa, think and forsake this bad ways of yours. Stop going after other people’s husband, you are beautiful enough for any guy to notice you.

I can’t offer you anything, I’m happily married and expecting a child soon. I’m saying all these for old times sake, please think about it and change your ways.
 I want to see you in the nearest future and be happy”

She carried her bag in tears and left without saying a word.

Thessy came in immediately she left.

“Feranmi call your wife and tell her everything that happened here today, please don’t make me do it for you”

“Trust me Thessy, I’ll tell her everything but not over the phone. You know her condition”

“Fine, I agree”

“Thank you”
“Do you remember what I told you when you started dating my friend?”

“I remember”

“And I mean it, if you hurt Wemmy, be prepare to answer to me”

“Thessy don’t you believe me, there nothing between me and Sewa”

“I believe you, but be more careful next time, girls like that can be dangerous”

“I will, I promise”

Thessy left and Feranmi was all alone again.

… To be continued

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