Love Lies And Divorce - episode 14 & 15


LOVE, LIES AND DIVORCE
EPISODE 14

‘Shake five members before you go, God bless you all…’ the preacher smiled and the grace was said…
‘Are you going to refuse me now’? Omale smiled and offered his hand.
‘I thought she was married? Where is your husband? Meanwhile I love your gown, it suits you perfectly.’ June observed the gloom that spread on Omale’s face, had she said something bad?

‘Uhmmm… Not really.’ Edima forced the pain that clogged her throat. Had he really believed she was married?
‘it’s okay, you don’t have to answer that. June here is my bestfriend and she could be very blunt at times.’ Omale looked from June to Edima.
‘Sister Edima, I can’t believe this… How have you been?’ Mrs Shola walked briskly towards them…she was the pastors’s wife and head of the women fellowship.

‘Good day Madam,’ Edima rose to acknowledge her.
‘Mummy good afternoon…’ June flashed the woman her sweetest smile.
‘Ah, my daughter June, Brother Omale, it seems you three know each other.’ The woman was super excited that Edima had returned to church.
‘Yes it seems so…’ Omale replied cheerfully. So Edima had worshipped here before? Well, he had recently started worshipping with the ‘Grace Arena’ church for a year now, it was June that cajoled him to leave his church for hers and he liked it there.
‘Edima I’ll see you later, before you leave. Have fun.’ She waved the trio goodbye.
‘Wow! So you’ve worshipped here before? How come I know nothing about you?’ June was curious.
‘I haven’t been to church for three years now,’ Edima replied wondering why June was so nosy…
‘You look beautiful,’ Omale complimented her…
‘You too,’ she smiled shyly.
‘I really have to go now as June had rightly said, my elder sister is having a party and we cannot be late so here’s my card or better still let’s exchange contacts, I’ll call you.’ He handed her his complimentary card.
‘It’s okay’ she dialed her number into his cell phone.
‘Hurry will you?’ June stamped her feet like an over-pampered child.
‘Patience is a virtue,’Omale winked at her.
‘Here it is’ She handed him the phone.
‘Edima, what’s the meaning of your name? I know you’re from Akwa-Ibom or Cross River, we share some boundaries’ he aked.
‘Edima means ‘my love or my beloved’ whichever one. Where are you from?’ she returned his question.
‘Benue. I think I would store your name as ‘my love’ he stared intently into her eyes to see her reaction.
‘Oh, that sounds nice,’ she fiddled with her scarf.
‘Okay my love, let me go for that party. I would call you and text you everyday, is that okay?’ He asked as he joined the impatient June.
‘Yes, ofcourse.’ her insides tingled with excitement and hope.
‘Bye dear….’ He waved at her and walked off with June who didn’t spare her a glance.
‘Bye…’ she whispered softly and pressed her palm to her beating chest. Why did he have to be so sweet? And what was June to him? She’d observed the way he related with her, they were platonic friends but she still wasn’t comfortable.
She glanced briefly at the card and smiled…this one was a Doctor eh? He was an Optic surgeon who owned a hospital.
She concluded right there, that Omale Ibrahim was one of the most humble men she’d come across, she couldn’t wait to see the girls and tell them about this.
The yellow Sunday sun had receded to a dull orange colour and it became evening for many. Some decided to stay home with their family while some decided to hang out with their friends. Sundays were always special.
‘I hope she’s okay…’ Amaka checked her phone for the ninth time, still no message or call from Lola. She needed to get in touch with her friend.
The house was abnormally quiet, yes, things had changed now since the day he confessed having a torrid affair with his secretary, nothing was ever going to be the same.

Thankfully, his cousin Benson had gone out. His presence had made her feel self conscious in a weird way. She’d only felt that way in their early days of marriage.
Benson was trouble and she decided to keep her distance, he was an angel and sometimes during meals she found his eyes straying to her breasts. Was she being paranoid? But she began to relish it.
She’d forced herself to come watch t.v because she was struggling to focus on other things save for Ben. She didn’t know what had gotten into her but she assured herself it was nothing harmful, how could she think of another man who wasn’t her husband? And there she was punishing Sly for his sins.
Gladly, Benson would be vacating to the hotel he booked, that would save from tension and keep her relaxed for her next photoshoot for MODA MAGAZINE, a magazine for young wives and mothers. One of her hairdressers had given her information about the photoshoot and being well placed in the fashion industry, she meandered her way to being the only selected mother for the shoot.
Sundays had always been fun before Sly ruined everything with his cheating ways, usually they bathed the baby and put him to sleep, then they would spend the whole evening playing their favorite game, Scrabble and making love to each other…
She turned off the television angrily. Why did he have to cheat? Those feelings of inadequacy filled her once again and she hated him the more. How could he hurt her this way?
‘Baby….’ Sly walked into the living room determined to win his wife back….
She spared him a glance and riveted her eyes back to the phone in her hands…
What did he want now?
‘Amy please talk to me. How long would you ignore me, I am still your husband,’ he pleaded and sat beside her on the cushion but she shifted away angrily.
‘Can’t you stay on your own Sly? Why do you have to be in and about my business?’ she hissed loudly. Thank Goodness Odinaka was soundly asleep.
‘I can’t Amy, your silence is killing me, I love you baby, I miss you so much.’ He shifted close to her.
‘Oh, come off it! I know how you act when you’re horny. If that’s what you want you should’ve just said it instead of lying to my face.’ She watched his face.
‘I am deeply sorry I hurt you Amy, I would never cheat on you again. Have this…’ he handed her some papers he’d gotten from his doctor.
‘What’s this’? She was hesitant.
‘test papers…I don’t have any S.T.D….i am clean Amy…I made a mistake and I promise never to repeat it again.’ He knelt before her.
‘if you want to have sex with me, just grab your condom. Remember our deal?’ She threw the papers to his face and walked deeper to the room…
She stopped and stared at the mirror…was she ready to do this?
‘Amy….’ Sly walked towards her and tried pulling her into his arms but she resisted.
She fell into the bed and supported her waist with a pillow.
‘What are you doing’? he asked bewildered by her actions.
‘Come and do it. Hurry!’ She spread her legs apart and beckoned to him impatiently.
‘Do what? What’s this Amy?’
‘What Doyin gave to you, just get done with it,’ she fixed her eyes to the wall.
‘Amaka, I don’t believe this’ he climbed the bed and reached her…

‘Don’t lay those hands on me…’ she jerked away

EPISODE 15
‘Amaka, I don’t believe this’ he climbed the bed and reached her…

‘Don’t lay those hands on me…’ she jerked away
‘I can never take you like this, you’re my wife…my heart…queen of my world…I can never disrespect your body…it’s okay if you don’t wanna make love with me…I’ll be fine…I’ll prove to you that I cannot make the same mistake twice…I love you Amy and I have a gift for you…’ he still remembered she had a photo shoot with some magazine, so he had decided to get her something special…
‘Amy’? he took her hands as tears streamed down her cheeks…
She brushed the tears away and quickly regained composure, no, he couldn’t see her like this, she was broken and vulnerable…
‘ I am so sorry…please forgive me…’ regret evident in his voice…
Without thinking, she pulled him closer and pressed her lips to his, he looked up at her dazed…was she sure of this?
She didn’t wait for his reply, she slid her wet tongue into his mouth and he fed hungrily on it…his hands pressed her soft body against his solid chest…
Her hands roamed all over him and she knew she couldn’t resist this passion…she unbuttoned his chest hurriedly and bit his ears lightly….
‘I love you Amy’ he breathed as he caressed her bare throat…. She was so beautiful to look at…her lips were swollen from kissing and her eyes lit with fire….

She didn’t say a word…she got out of her clothes eagerly and settled on the bed waiting for him to take her….
‘are you sure about this? We can wait till we settle our issues…’ he paused as he cowered over her…
‘go ahead…’ she was getting impatient….his hands caressed her breasts and glided down to her lower abdomen…she went wild in ecstasy as she writhed underneath him….then he kissed her very slowly and settled comfortable between her tender laps…
His thrusts were maddening and she groaned savoring each thrust….how could he share something like that with another woman? Their special moment…
Her head spun round as the moment where lovers melted into one drew near…….Sly smiled as he fell beside her…he hoped Amaka had forgiven him….
He’d never made love to her in that manner….all he gave her that evening was from his heart….his only desire was to please her…
‘I want only you…’ he kissed her cheeks and reached for the pocket of his trouser which was strewn across the floor haphazardly
‘what’s this…’? she eyed the little box he handed her…all her hatred and resentment had returned…Sly had cheated on her with another woman…he’d made another woman moan for him …
‘I bought you new earrings for your photo shoot…there’re diamonds…open it…’ he smiled while watching her….he wished they could be happy again…
‘I don’t remember asking you for earrings…you can go give them to your secretary …I know she needs it better than i…’ she bit her lip and raised the duvet to her chest…
‘how could you do something like this? Please don’t reject it…I bought is specially for you…’ his heart was breaking…he felt hurt by her rejection…
‘get out of my room Sly….i need to be alone…’ she ordered him out, hands akimbo…

She had to hurt him the way he’d hurt her…he had to feel the pain of being lied to…that was the beginning…
‘Amy…’ he reached out for her but she pushed him away….
Her rejection felt like a blade that had pierced his heart….how on earth would he survive without her love?
He had returned very late on Saturday night….but she didn’t want to bother him because he was also taking the kids back to school as the celebration was over…
‘is my Aisha asleep’? Abdul smiled as he walked out from the bathroom….his older kids had returned to the boarding house…only Aisha was left with them…
‘yes dear…’ Zainab replied …and searched her phone for messages from Lola but she hadn’t seen none…
‘you don’t look well my Zainabu….’he pecked her softly and settled beside her in the big bed….
‘I am fine…it’s just Lola…I think she’s hiding something from me…’ Zainab dropped her phone and faced the man she was in love with….
‘oh, what do you think she’s hiding’? Abdul sat up quickly hoping Lola hadn’t told Zainab about their liason the night before…
‘that’s what I am saying…I feel she’s avoiding me and the girls…I wonder what Femi had done to her to wreck that emotionally…that guy is a devil, I feel he doesn’t deserve a woman like Lola….don’t you think’? she peered at her husband….
‘of course, he doesn’t deserve her….but Lola is strong, she’ll pull through….now let’s talk about us…’ he felt greatly relieved ….

He wondered if she had made up her mind about him, they were both sexually attracted to each other and they had to explore that attraction…. He was willing to care for her…to love her like no man had ever done…but they had to play safe…
‘that reminds me, a young lady came looking for you…’ Zainab almost forgot about that disturbing visit…
‘A young lady’? he raised his brows….
‘Yes, she said she was your secretary …Farida….that was what she called herself…’ Zainab gazed upon his face intently…but she found it hard to read Abdul…
‘Oh, my sweetheart, I forgot to tell you about Farida Ahmad…she’s my new secretary and the niece of Mallam Abdulmajid Ahmad….you remember the man? He was my business associate for almost seven years before his untimely demise’? he hoped his wife bought this story…anger bubbled inside of him…what was that fool thinking coming over to his house like that?
He had to put Farida in her place like the cheap whore that she was…. He couldn’t let such a wayward girl cause trouble in his marriage.
‘Oh, I see…so how was your work with Alhaji Tanko….?’ Zainab believed him totally but she wasn’t comfortable with her husband having such a beautiful secretary…
‘Very fine my love, Allah granted me utmost favor…do you know he introduced me to some of his wealthy friends? And they said I should work for them’? he reached for her mane of silky dark hair…
‘Marsha Allah! Praise to him….I love you completely Abdul…’ she pecked his cheeks softly…
‘I am planning a vacation….just me and you and Aisha…we should get to relax and spend more time together…’ he tried to please her…
Zainab was no fool, she must have felt uncomfortable by Farida’s unannounced visit

‘where would we go my love?’ she was thrilled by the idea….
‘Anywhere you want…I could buy the whole world for you…you are very special to me…and nothing can change that…’ he sealed his promise with a light peck on her forehead…
‘when I grow older….would you marry another wife?’ she sat up briefly and gazed at him like the answer was written on his face…
‘no…I’ve promised you that before now…I’ll not bring another woman into this house…it’s just me and you and our lovely children….why would you even think that’? he knew Farida’s presence had caused her to think along that line…
‘nothing…would you make love to me tonight’? she rested her head on his chest…
‘not tonight my dear…I am fatigued, my muscles ache all over…we can do it in the morning eh’? he winked at her
He wasn’t being honest, gradually he was losing interest in Zainab’s body besides she complained most of the times he had asked them to try something different in the bedroom… …he needed something adventurous…he needed to tread on new grounds…
‘Alright, I am tired too…sleep well my husband….’ She squeezed his hands as he rose from the bed.
‘I would be in the living room working on some papers in case you need me….’ He yawned and rose to his feet happy for that sweet escape…
‘I won’t need you Abdul…just try and take some rest eh?’ she admired the strength he had…the love that drove him to work extra hard to provide for her and her children…
‘I will be back soon…’ he closed the door gently and walked into the parlor…
He made himself a warm cup of tea and gulped from the mug still trying to figure out how he’ll deal with his obstinate girlfriend…why was Farida this rebellious?

Some minutes later, his phone buzzed and his heart stilled as he saw the caller identity…
Instinctively, he glanced around hoping Zee was safely asleep before he answered the call from her friend…
Had she finally accepted his proposal? Had she finally agreed to go out with him?

…. To Be Continued.

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