Kylie was preparing a bath for the baby when she heard Samuel’s car drive in. She looked at the clock and it was too early for him to be home,maybe he forgot something or came back to eat,he usually did that sometimes. She
focused her attention on little Samuel as she bath him and then dressed him. Lifting him up she said “My little prince is ready for his bottle now” and all she got from him was a discontented squawk. “Okay,Mr hungry man
let’s go get your bottle” she rocked him on her hip as she walked down the stairs to the kitchen to get his bottle. As soon as she retrieved the
bottle from the microwave and sat down on kitchen stool by the counter,she fed him. Sam took the Tips of the bottle into his mouth,sucking greedily while his feet were drumming against her forearm. Samuel staggered in reeking of alcohol “did you not hear me when I called you earlier?” he screamed at her “I have been home for half an hour now and you still haven’t given me my food,do you expect to starve or something” he continued
“Well as you can see,am taking care of little Sam and will attend to you as soon as am finished”
“So am suppose to wait for you to take your time your Majesty before I can eat in my own house?”
“Look don’t put words in my mouth,I had a really stressful day at the office and if you are really that hungry you can as well dish your food, after all your hands function too”
“Are you speaking back at me?”
“Well since little Sam is not capable of understanding all I have been saying that leaves just one other person here don’t you think?”
“Are you talking to me in that tone woman?” He said as he walked towards her and gripped her arms and started twisting it while she struggled and winced in pains “I don’t hear your sharp mouth anymore,I guess you are just a loud mouth with an empty brain” he dropped her suddenly and knocked off the bottle from little Sam’s mouth to the ground “now you can clean that up” and walked away. Little Sam let out a loud wail and she began to rock him while she gentle murmured to him and soon he was settled and fast asleep. She carried him to his nursery and placed him in his cot and sat
beside him while she sobbed quietly.
After she cleaned the messed in the kitchen,she went upstairs and found Samuel fast asleep on the chair,she wanted to wake so he will move to the bed but decided against and went to bed.
Samuel woke up with hangover,he had is bath and went downstairs for breakfast. He found Kylie in the kitchen fussing over the baby,which seem to be the only thing she does these days. He ignored her and prepared a cup
of tea for himself, leaning on the counter and sipping his tea slowly he spoke to no one in particular “I got fired from work yesterday.”
Kylie stared at him disbelief “what did you do?” She asked
“I got married to you” he replied
Chuckling she continued “and what has that got to do with you getting fired”
“Well if you must know a lot of clients no longer want me to have anything to do with their accounts and some even went as far as threatening to dump the company if they don’t let go of me”
“But that is like working in your favour right? You already starting your own firm maybe this is just the push you needed”
“Can’t read the handwriting on the wall? Nobody wants to work with me, if they can’t stand me now that am under someone and there is a bunch of people on the team,how do you expect them to work with just me,huh tell me.Am screwed both ways…” he placed his empty mug on the counter “and to think that just a year ago I had the perfect life but then comes Eve to mess everything up”
“Don’t you think its a little to late to play the whole victim card,I never once went after you and don’t try to pretend that you weren’t chasing up and down so please wear your big boy shorts on and think about ways you can
provide for your family and stop this pity party baby thing, you are a man so start acting like one,you better go out there and get a job or don’t come back to this house or else……”
“Or else what will happen” he said as he approached her “tell me what will happen woman?” he pulled the stool she was sitting on and both her and the baby landed on the floor and little Sam started to cry “do you see what you have done to your son? Don’t take your anger on us no one asked you to act a fool and lose your job,just because you think….” he didn’t let her finish the sentence as he kicked her on her ribs “yes,go on woman” and
continued to kick her and when she tried to use the child to cover herself,he hit her at the other side that was free “you don’t have anything to say? Huh?”
Kylie laid there while he kept hitting her, she was done trying to cover herself because that just made him hit her someplace else. She was done screaming too,she just laid there numb as he executed his blows on her. She heard little Sam screaming his little lungs out but she just laid there. He must have gotten tired and left her alone but it was all blurry to her and little Sam must have gotten tired of crying because he was sleeping quietly beside her. Seeing his little angelic face just released all the tears that she had been holding back,she just laid there and sobbed until she fell asleep but was was woken up by cries from the baby.
Adanna was at Stories with Adams,Susan,Thomas and a model he introduced to them as Zee. It was Thomas last night in Nigeria so they all went out to celebrate and it was also Susan’s birthday so it was a double celebration. They were all having fun and chatting amongst themselves when Susan’s phone rang and excused herself from the group
“Hey,lil sis wassap?”
“Happy birthday sweetheart”
“Thanks a lot dear”
“Mehn,where are you its noisy”
“Am at a club,you know Stories right? am here with the whole gang. You know what,you should come on over,I mean I hardly ever see you now that you are mummy. Speaking of which,how is my nephew?”
“He is fine,he is asleep tho”
“Then what’s stopping you. Head over here now. After all you now have hired help that will take care of him if he wakes up”
“But I don’t think I can leave him alone”
“Common sis,do this for me. Its my birthday I deserve to be selfish today”
“Alright you win,I will be there in an hour tops”
“Okay,I will keep a slice of cake for you”
“Alright,till I get there”
“Me too” Susan ended call and went back to join the rest.
Kylie dropped the phone on the bed and placing her hands on her hips,thinking about what to wear. She moved to her closet and started selecting different items. She finally decided on one. She quick shower and
changed into her party clothes and was doing her makeup when Samuel staggered in. For the past month that seem to be his MO,he leaves the house
in the morning and comes back drunk,sometimes he is so drunk,he falls asleep almost immediately he touches the bed and other times he picked a fight with her and ends up using her as his punching bag like he was
preparing for a boxing match or something. She ignored him and continued with her makeup
“Where are going dressed like that?” She heard behind her
“Out, to Susan’s birthday”
“Wow, okay” he replied and sat down on the bed.
She was surprised, he did not try to start a fight or something, she paused waiting for him to begin but since it wasn’t forthcoming she continued with
her makeup and soon she was done. As she stood up to go out,he also stood up
“Errm,is there a problem?” She asked
“Then what is it?”
“Nothing, you said you were going to your sister’s birthday party since am your husband it makes me family do we might as well proceed”
She stared at him with so much hate but he didn’t flinch,she hissed and stormed out and he was right behind her. As soon as she got into her car he
was already at the passenger side knocking and she had no choice but to open the door for him and he entered grinning at her like a kid who just got a present. They drove in silence and there were moments when she wanted to turn the car around and head back home but the promise she made to her sister was the only thing holding her back. She parked the car and they
came down then proceeded to the building. As soon as she stepped in VIP section she was greeted with a lot of cheers and giggles from her pals. She had even forgotten a lot of these ladies existed,she forced herself to smile
“Hi girls,long time” she said and got chorused answers from them with some nodding their heads in agreement.
“Yeah that’s true, I see you came with your husband”said Essie Of course that fool will be the one to speak first,she forced a smile on her face and replied ” actually am not here to hangout with you girls today, its my sisters birthday and we are here to celebrate with her
“Oh my bad,I saw her earlier,she is at the other end with your husband’s ex wife. To be honest I never you guys were in talking terms especially with all the media brouhaha and all that”
“There is a lot of things you don’t know about my family” and turning to the other girls “goodnight ladies,I will see you some other time” and walk away. She could not believe her sister was with Adanna and did not mention.
She was about to turn around and leave when her eyes got her sister’s and she waved at her. She had no choice but to walk over to them and Samuel was behind her like a bodyguard. “Hello guys” she said as she to their table.
She sat beside her sister and Samuel sat beside her. Everyone just became quiet and stared at them and they stared back. It seemed people from the other tables noticed too because of everyone was looking at them.
“This is really awkward”Samuel said and pick a bottle of champagne from the table and started drinking from it.
” What’s awkward is you showing your face here,who even invited you” said Adams
“I invited myself,last time I checked it was my sister in law’s birthday and not yours so mister shut up” he slurred his words in response
“You know what am done,I can’t sit with this thing” he said and stood up
“Where are you going to Daddy’s boy,now that you can’t have your daddy do your dirty work you want to runaway like the fool you are”
Adams who was already leaving turned around and threw a punch at Samuel who in turn returned the favour and a tussle began and soon bottles were flying and Thomas and some other guys were trying to break the fight,everything was just happening so fast and the security men came and they were asked to leave.
As soon as they got outside,Kylie dragged Samuel towards her and they left while the rest of them entered Adam’s car.
“Adams give me the keys,I don’t think you can drive in the mood you are in” Thomas said,reaching out for the keys and climbed into the driver’s seat while Adams walked over to the passenger seat and buckled himself in.
“The worst birthday party ever” Susan laughed a tight little laugh and look around at everyone in the car
“Am so sorry,I let my emotions got the best of me” Adams turned around to face them “just seeing him there,just brought back all those memories and
couldn’t control myself”
“He had a lot of nerves coming there truth be told” Thomas chipped in
“Adanna,how are you holding up,you have been quiet the whole time”
Susan placed an arm around her shoulders “see me being selfish talking about my birthday forgetting all about you,am sorry, I never should have invited Kylie,I didn’t even think about how you will feel sef”
“Am okay,like for real I am”
“I would give you a piece of my cake now but it seems like we forgot it at the club” laughed Susan
“Seeing him today,I don’t know why but I didn’t feel anything at all. Its like…like..I don’t know what I expected to feel or something but I was just blank” she paused as everybody turned and was staring at her “for real,I mean it am fine”.
“Yeah you better be” Thomas said
“Thomas watch out” Zee screamed. They all turned their attention to the road and saw a truck heading towards them at full speed and everything went dark.
…to be continued