© Kefas Lorrenta
Tare couldn’t understand why she found pearl’s nanny so interesting to be with’…surprisingly her little angel had gotten pretty comfortable with just spending 2hours with her.Sarah as she had earlier introduced herself was a calm and lovable person, though she wasn’t a talkative and her poems seemed to be outdated’ but something seemed to be familiar about her’..”her eyes”.Those big brown beautiful eyes had the look of husband’s. .she couldn’t forget them because they were one of the charms that attracted her to Richard’.
Hi love’…Richard said distracting her thoughts.
Sweatie pie…you are back already?
She said sweatly.
Richard had left earlier to see his mum..
Yes…had to leave mum to get some rest, she’ll be leaving for Dubai tomorrow’
Our old man is fine. ..how’s pearl adjusting to her nanny?
They are getting along pretty well,pearl seem to love her’
That nice,I got a ticket for us, let’s go watch a movie’
Wow…that’ll be awesome.
Get dressed let’s get moving’…don’t spend less than an hour oo he said after her…
Tare winked at him…as she gigled happily’
.While he settled on the sofa playing with the tv stations’
That’s bad. …so what happened to tortoise? Pearl asked trying to fight the sleep in her eyes’
I told you how cunning he is right?
Pearl noded in affirmative.
Okay..so he decieved the dog into showing him were he hid all his goods’
Ahhh,that’s so bad of him..so what happened?
dearie…you’v yawned thrice already,you need to get some sleep’
ha…but I don’t go to bed with an incomplete story’ she said frowning
please dearie, I’ll complete it tomorrow’
Pearl brought out her middle finger and asked sarah to do same.
And what’s this for? sarah asked confused.
it’s a deal nanny’…this means no one backs out.
Really’..she asked suprised by the little girl’s intelligence.
yes nanny”..now I can go to bed now. .
Alright”…she said pulling the blanket over her.
Goodnight baby pearl’
she was forced to open the door when the sobbing grew louder..
This time Mitchell cried in her arms..
What’s going on with you?…she asked concerned.
Am a bad daughter, and most expecially a bad wife’…I realised I have never been fair to people in my life, have only thought of myself. Am selfish, I guess Vannesa changed because I pushed her to it…I was never a good daughter, I abandoned my mother because I never wanted my name dragged in the mud….and my husband, I left him when he needed me most.I hate myself…but I hate life more”
please …don’t say that, it’s never too late to make ammends.
it’s ….would frey ever accept me back?
Betty couldn’t understand why she found herself checking Richard Ayiba-emi’s pictures repeatedly on Facebook..she envied his wife,she wasn’t even pretty enough to deserve such god’…his killer looks made her shivered.She remembered when things had been good for her, when her parents hadn’t died…she would use her weekly pocket money to buy his paintings”…but things were different now,they were more expensive that she couldn’t afford buying even one. .maybe it wasn’t all about pleasing V’..she had fallen for him.
Tare emptied her bowels, she readjusted her brown skirt and made for the door only to see an angry husband in her office’
Richard? She asked suprised.Is there a problem? When did you come back?
Richard had left the previous day for Abuja..seeing him in her office got her quite surprised.
How long has this been going on? He said throwing the envelope at her.All the contents fell…sending fear into her system.
Tell me…Richard yelled.
All her life, she had never seen him that angry..he scolded her on rare occasions propably for her own safety’
Have you suddenly lost your ability to speak…come on you’v been cheating on me all this while and have been too blind to see..no wonder you convinced me to leave so you could have freedom with your lover…
He could see tears trickle down her eyes but he didn’t care’..she had hurt him..After all the trust he had for her…Tare stood motionless and mute.Maybe she had lost her ability to speak..her tears fell at ease as she watched her husband accuse her fasely’.
She saw him walk towards the door’..he was leaving without even hearing from her’
Ri…ch..ard she stammered’
Without taking a glance at her he opened the door and left’.She slumped into her seat as she sobbed loudly’
Mummy”…pearl screamed and ran into Tare’s arms.
Baby how was school?
Fine mum, nanny made my favourite. …and am all full.
Okay love, mummy have to rest okay.
Mummy are you crying?
Pearl asked when tears trickled down Tare’
No baby,something entered my eyes’….an insect.
What?? pearl shouted frightened’
yes. ..mummy have to rest now, take care my love.She said planting a kiss on her forehead’
she made for her room and colasped on the bed.
Mitchell held the doorbell, as her hands quiver against her wish…
Mama,she managed to whisper in between tears’
My daughter”…you made the right decision. She said pulling her to herself’
It’s okay dear…stop crying”
Mitchell sniffed louder.
Am sorry mama’…I was confused, it was unreasonable of me to leave my husband at the time he needed me most”
My child, you don’t have to cry, many women in your predicament would have done worse.
Mitchell cleaned her tears with her hanky before asking about frey’
Is my husband in?
Yes, in his room. Go and talk to him, he has been a shadow of himself’..and all my effort to bring him back to his normal self have been invain….mitch stole a glance at the woman who had been there for her all these years”…even when she had no family present on her wedding day, she still acccepted her.she was a rare mother inlaw”
Frey’…she said breaking into tears.He hadn’t taken note of her presence, she saw him doing something he had never done. ..except their wedding day”..his eyes engrossed in what he was reading.The “bible”
Chel’….have you come for a divorce?
No no..no my husband”..she ran into his arms as she sobbed even louder than when she was with his mother’
Am sorry..am so sorry..I said everything out of pain, I was hurt..am sorry my husband”
He kissed her hair before saying”
Am guilty here, not you..am sorry for not telling you before you found out.You deserve someone better my dear, someone that can give you children”
Honey please don’t say that…we can adopt okay? we are married and I want to grow old with you’…that someone is you..Please.she held him tighter”
Are you sure? he asked in his husky voice.
Am very sure love”..I promise not to freak out again.You are my only family…I don’t ever want to loose you.
He placed soft kisses on her neck…
Thank you”…baby he muttered.
what do expect me to believe? should I act like nothing is wrong after seeing such picture. .come on, she’s human and things are bound to happen.
Am suprise you are talking this way…I mean you knew your wife for ages before wedding her….you can’t just believe anything you see.
so what are you trying to say?I shouldn’t believe what I saw?
Ask her first, let her explain. Your wife look to innocent to cheat on you.”
Richard thought for a while before saying
“have got loads of work on my desk, let’s talk later”
man …don’t forget family comes first”
“noted”..he said ending the call.
After the incident at her office, he had taken the next available flight to Abuja…he just couldn’t believe his wife had betrayed him.Yet he couldn’t concentrate at work…thoughts of her kissing another man was like a pill to an early grave to him.What if she had slept with him”….he was been tormented emotionally, and he couldn’t help it”.
What…am..sorry, he stammered.
Am sorry sir, but have been here for sometime calling for your attention…is anything the matter?
no..not at all.
okay sir.please you need to sign here, for the approval of this contract”.
While he glanced through it…she busied herself with wondering how would be like on bed.She had heard of cases of cute guys…that couldn’t do well”
She gave out a little moan…still deep in her world of fantasy”
what? Richard asked quite surprised”
nothing sir…she said rather embarrassed.
He had too many problems already not to be bother about someone who couldn’t get over her boyfriend’s touch of the previous night”…so he thought.
Tare glanced at the wall clock for the umpteenth time, she couldn’t believe Richard hadn’t show up..she had left the office earlier to prepare his favourite. .wear the most seductive nightie she had ever seen”..maybe after an hot romance session,she would explain everything to him and apologise” .After sitting for what seemed like hours’,she started having doubt if things would work out as planned”
Mummy,is daddy not coming again?pearl asked in her angelic voice”
He is baby…his at the airport now she lied.
Pearl jumped to her feet happily’…she couldn’t wait to see her daddy.
Did you tell him about my foreign biscuit?
Yes I did”..truth be told, she hadn’t spoken to Richard after the incident at the office’…he never picked any of her calls. Pearl pestered her with her endless questions till she fell asleep”..Tare sighed and carried her to her room . Unfortunately for her, her baby’s nanny was off on Friday’s”.After waiting for what seemed like ages, she went to her bedroom with an heavy heart as tears streamed down her eyes ruining her makeup”.
Why are you still here? Richard asked Betty”..who seemed to be busy faking crocodile tears”.
Oh my God, you are crying? What’s wrong? He asked concerned.
I lost my mother.
What??Richard asked alarmed.what happened? When? Why didn’t you informe me earlier”
I just got the call not too long, It like am loosing my mind..I can’t bear this pain.
She cried out..
Am sorry about your loss.he said sitting beside her”
I hate myself, before mum died. I had issues with her, I couldn’t even pay her a visit at the hospital”..and now,I feel terrible.
it’s okay…shh.he felt pity for her and drew her closer to himself.
she placed her head on his chest as she soaked his shirt with her tears’
Betty smiled inwardly,she had finally succeded in getting his sympathy.It wouldn’t be long before she warmed his bed.
Richard had offered to drop her considering her state…she looked pale and sick.Her makeup was a mess already’..her eyes were all swollen.
No thanks,you’v offered so much help already”
no I insist, I can’t let you go home yourself.Besides you don’t have a car, let me drop you okay?
she gave him a weak smile”
okay sir..I really do appreciate. she said and broke into fresh tears”
I told you not to cry..Please don’t. He pulled her to himself again.she inhaled his cologne, placing her head on his shoulders”..she wished they could be that way forever”
your mother is gone but you don’t have to blame yourself’..there’s a reason for everything.
Richard pulled up in front of where she had described as her house’
please don’t hurt yourself, he said to her when he had put the car to an halt.
I won’t be at work tomorrow,I’ll be going to my family house at delta state.
Take all your time, and please don’t think it your fault.
Good night sir’
wow…bae.,that act was great.you are such a drama queen. Vanessa said licking her lips.
Well he got to believe me…am just happy things are working as plan..she said closing her eyes’
I hope you aren’t falling for him? Vanessa said tapping her gently’
no….why should I? I mean you told me not to.
good girl’…Thanks alot betty.she said giving her a bear hug.
To be continued