Pamela’s mum: “I care about your happiness my daughter but things are not just done that way. Don’t forget how you threatened to kill yourself if I didn’t take you to your husband’s house.”
Pamela: “Oh please mum! Didn’t you wait to think about how abnormal that was? You should have tied me down with a rope. Just look at the way you stood for Odinaka and now she’s in school studying medicine. How I wish I also had someone to really encourage me.” She sniffed back the tears threatening to choke her.
Pamela’s mum: “I’m sorry my dear, find a place in your heart to forgive me. I was just being cowardly.” She pleaded. Pamela took one look at her mum and started feeling sorry for her. She knew at the back of her mind that it was mostly her fault.
Pamela: “It’s okay mum, there’s no need for you to be pleading like that. Let’s let bygones be bygones. Hope Odinaka is not finding things difficult in school?”
Pamela’s mum: “Thanks my daughter. Odinaka is doing just fine. Doctor Ndubuisi is sponsoring her education at the moment.”
Pamela: “Ehn ehn? That’s awesome. May God bless him for us o.”
Pamela’s mum: “Amen. That reminds me… why have you not conceived since you got married? What exactly is going on? Rumor mongers have started wagging their tongues like bulldogs.”
Pamela: “See mum, leave that story for some other time. Besides nothing is wrong we are just not ready for children yet.”
Pamela’s mum: “Na wa o, how can you say that so easily? I need to carry my grandchildren before I join my husband. If I leave like this, what will I tell him his grandchildren look like?”
Pamela: “Tell him they look like him. Exactly like him.” She winked at her mum who just shook her head and smiled.
Pamela’s mum: “All I know is hurry up, there isn’t much time left. Don’t make yourself an object of ridicule in this village and hope you are not doing anything that would jeopardize your marriage?”
Pamela: “Not at all ma.” She replied looking away.
Mama Nkechi who was eavesdropping on their conversation from her room which was somewhat close to Pamela’s mum’s was more than overjoyed to know Pamela was not ready to have an issue yet. “Good, good, please don’t ever be ready to have a child, my daughter will have it all on your behalf. That dumb girl, I hope she is doing what I sent her to Lagos to do. She must not come back to this village empty handed otherwise I’d roast her alive.” She thought to herself and giggled wickedly.
Nkechi and Ikenna had the whole house to themselves. They made love everywhere they found themselves in the house. Ikenna stopped going to work just to be with her for the period of two weeks his wife was to be in the village. Meanwhile, Tunde had decided to go calling at her house while she was away. He had begged her several times to introduce him to her husband but she had flatly refused each time he brought the topic up. He was so curious to know who the husband of the girl he loved was.
He knocked at the door but no one answered, it was a Sunday afternoon so he knew someone must be home. He turned the handle of the door, he was surprised to find it unlocked. He pushed it open and was rooted to the spot. On the floor laid two naked tangled bodies both oblivious to their surroundings. The man was moaning and groaning while the lady wept for him to go deeper inside her. The whole sitting room stunk with the odor of their love making. He wanted to turn back but changed his mind.
Tunde: “Hello peeps in this house.” But no one answered him. He cleared his throat and tried again, this time a bit louder. Ikenna and Nkechi jumped and fidgeted for something to cover themselves with. He looked at the ugly man struggling to put on his boxers and shook his head. “Please I’m here for Pamela’s husband but I think I have the wrong house, sorry for disturbing you. Carry on please” he said and made to leave.
Ikenna: “I am Pamela’s husband, who are you?”
Tunde: “You are Pamela’s Husband? You?” he wanted to be sure he did not imagine hearing what he heard.
Ikenna: “Yes na, please what do you….” Before he could finish what he was saying, a blow came flying his way which sent him staggering across the sitting room. He was dazed for a minute or two. “Wh…at was that for?” he stammered.
Tunde: “That is for cheating on your wife who is my friend son of a bitch. I will make sure she divorces you before this month runs out.” He fumed.
Ikenna: “Wait, you’ve gotten some things wrong. I love my wife and I wouldn’t have done this if she hadn’t denied me sex for close to a year now. I am married yet unmarried. Put yourself in my shoes Mr.”
Tunde: “Bastard, you could have found a way to make her yours again, rather than raping and molesting her. There simply is no justification to your barbaric acts. You are done for.”
Ikenna: “How is this any of your business? And what are you doing here by the way?” he shot back.
Tunde: “Bastard, you even have the guts to talk back?” he said incredulously.
Ikenna: “Wait, I smell foul play here. Are you probably in love with my wife? Are you?”
Tunde: “I am feeling sorry for you, very soon you will take back everything you just said to me”
Nkechi heard their battle of words and came out angrily.
Nkechi: “And who do you think you are to interfere in what is none of your business Mr. Tush? Please get out already. Go and do your freaking worst because we don’t fucking care.” She shot back at him.
Ikenna: “Nkechi please go back to the room, let me handle this.”
Nkechi: “No way! I won’t, I know you will only be pleading cowardly. You are just too soft for my liking. So I’m here and I’d treat his fuckup.”
Tunde: “But wait… miss, aren’t you the Nkechi she keeps telling me about? That you are her only friend and confidant in Lagos state? Wait aren’t you the one she brought from the village to stay with her?”
Nkechi: “I am all that and more. Now that you know, can you please pick up your phone and call her already? Tell her everything and see how grateful to you she’d be. Do it now or get out!”
Tunde looked at Ikenna furiously and walked out at last.
Ikenna: “Why did you do that? You should have just allowed me to handle everything myself. Now you’ve made an already bad situation worse.”
Nkechi: “I thought you’d be thanking me now?”
Ikenna: “Thank you for? You shouldn’t have talked to him like that”
Nkechi: “And were you talking to him any better than I did? The son of a bitch hit you and you could not retaliate. You disappoint me IK.”
Ikenna: “Why did you come fight him on my behalf then since you are all that?
Nkechi: “That is your headache. Besides there is something I need to tell you…
Question: Was Tunde’s reaction to what he saw justifiable? What do you think Nkechi would tell Ikenna?
… Stay tuned for Episode 12 (You don’t want to miss this!)
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