Yet he heard nothing from whoever it was. This continued for another twenty minutes and then out of fear, he decided to leave the house. He almost collided with Pamela on his way out…
Ikenna: “You scared the shit out of me woman. Have you been the one hiding in the shadows trying to play cheap pranks on me?” he asked following her into the house. She uttered no word to him and just went straight to her closet, took the spacious handbag she hung on the wall and started packing some of her cloths. “What are you doing? Are you going somewhere? Aren’t you the one I am talking to?” he yelled when he realized she was purposely ignoring him.
Pamela: “Why on earth are you making noise? And where is your new wife?” she asked sarcastically without even looking up from what she was doing.
Ikenna: “What new wife?”
Pamela: “You know who I am talking about so stop feigning ignorance”
Ikenna: “Where are you going?” he repeated.
Pamela: “It’s none of your business, just stay away from me. You have a real wife now so what I do or where I go is no longer your business.” She retorted.
Ikenna: “As long as you are still my wife, I still have every say in your goings and doings. Besides, where did you crash last night? I was expecting you to come back last night so I could apologize but you never showed up.”
Pamela: “Oh really! Yesterday was the only day you could tender an apology I guess?”
Ikenna: “I did not say that”
Pamela: “I don’t even need your apology, it’s pointless and will not be of use. So keep it for someone else. I am done here.” She carried her bag and made to walk away from him but he pulled her back.
Ikenna: “Where did you sleep last night and where are you going to now with your clothes?” he was becoming aggressive and desperate.
Pamela: “I don’t want to fight sir so please just let go of me”
Ikenna: “I should let go of you so you can disappear from my life?”
Pamela: “Who made that call? Am I disappearing because I want to? Remember this is a house I paid for with my sweat?”
Ikenna: “Go on and remind me how incapable I am”
Pamela: “I am not leaving forever. I am only going away to clear my head, come to terms with what you did and maybe decide what to do with your whore”
Ikenna: “Don’t call her that” he warned
Pamela: “I smell love in the air. Now will you unhand me? And if you try anything funny, I’d call the police on you. You cannot eat your cake and have it. I will be back but probably not in a good way.”
Ikenna: “You cannot leave me, no you can’t. I will not let you leave me, without you I am nothing. So just stay with me and forget the past, I will send Nkechi away so it can remain just us, we can be husband and wife again just give me another chance. It’s remaining a little time for you to be fully mine so I can’t let you leave.” He said shaking his head frantically looking like a hopeless teenager.
Pamela: “When you knew you didn’t want to lose me, why did you do what you did? Please let me go!” she snapped snatching her hand forcefully from his tight grip and walked quickly out of the door.
He stood hopelessly watching her go. He knew he was in a great trouble. Then all of sudden he remembered the silhouette of a man he kept seeing that noon and seemed to understand what it entailed.
Pamela: “You were right… the shameless thing did not want me to leave. He was just speaking gibberish.” She said as soon as she stepped into Tunde’s ward.
Tunde: “Well it’s understandable, no man would want to lose an amazing woman like you.” He said winking seductively at her.
Pamela: “Very funny. That reminds me- he said something that was kind of suspicious but I did not give any thought to it till now.”
Tunde: “What was it?” he asked sitting up curiously.
Pamela: “He said I should give him another chance that it’s remaining a little while and I’d fully become his. Don’t you think that utterance is somewhat suspicious?”
Tunde: “I don’t see anything suspicious about it, it’s just the ranting of a desperate man. Discard it.” He said in a matter- of- fact way.
Pamela: “Are you sure? My gut tells me something is up with that man”
Tunde: “Of course something is up with him- his fuckup is being treated and he seems to be losing his wife. So yeah, he will do or say anything to make you stay”
Pamela: “Okay then. So you are getting discharged tomorrow?”
Tunde: “That’s what Stanley said. I’d be coming around for dressing every two days.”
Pamela: “Good one. So I guess I’d be going home tomorrow then?” she asked trying so hard to hide her disappointment.
Tunde: “No way! You are not leaving me just yet. Don’t forget I am still a patient, I need someone to be taking care of me and you are my best candidate for that”
Pamela: “Seriously? I have to go back home dear. You can ask your houseboy to stay with you for some time rather than coming from home.”
Tunde: “No! It’s you I want. You are the only one I want to be seeing and that will make my healing speedier. Can you do that for this unwell me?” he asked feigning innocence.
Pamela: “Okay I have heard you, stop pretending to be so sick when you are not. Shameless guy.” She said, threw a pillow at him jokingly and strutted out into the corridor apparently to go see Stanley.
Tunde: “What’s with you and Stanley these days madam? The two of you are always whispering behind my back, are you two dating or what?” he shouted after her.
Pamela: “Oh yes! He is my newest concubine in town. You are outdated already.” She shouted back.
Tunde: “Omoge mi ati padi mi, won ti se mi nkan ti o da…” He sang to himself and smiled broadly. “I don’t think I have ever been this happy before in my entire life yet here I am, on a hospital bed. God! Am I probably going crazy?” he thought and chuckled puerilely.
On her way back from the market, she overheard the woman selling provisions in front of their compound and her friend talking. She slowed down a bit just to know what they were really talking about in such hushed tones and looking towards her direction awkwardly.
First Woman: “Hmmmmmm! My dear sister, I feel sorry for that poor wife of his, I heard this one sent her out of the house. It’s terrible.” She said shaking her head.
Second Woman: “She is an ingrate. A nonentity, she is not even aware that the man she is clamoring so much for is nothing but a pauper. We know how they were before Pamela got this job she is doing now. She will soon be sent back to the slum. Shameless girl.” She said looking towards her disgustingly.
First Woman: “Look at her, she seems to be pregnant o.”
Second Woman: “She will be pregnant na. Do you know how much she makes sleep elude us in the house with her disgusting moaning all day long? She is carrying a bastard of course. Who knows if the man is even the owner of the pregnancy? I hate women who try reaping where they did not sow. Women who want nothing but someone else’s husband. These bunch of women are nothing but a disgrace to us. And the men who patronize them are the worst. These men won’t ever know what they have until they’ve lost it. It’s a shame.” She lowered her voice as Nkechi approached them slowly.
Second Woman: “It’s okay o, I don’t want her trouble. She’s quite the troublemaker.” She said as Nkechi made to walk pass them but turned back.
Nkechi: “What did you people say?”
First Woman: “We said nothing and even if we did it’s none of your business.
Nkechi: “Is that so?” she said dropping the foodstuffs she had in her hand.
Second Woman: “Please just go inside, we don’t want any trouble.
Nkechi: “You are mad for saying you don’t want any trouble after asking me to brew some for you. How dare you call my husband a pauper? How dare you say my child is a bastard? You this jobless gossip mongers with no iota of shame in you. Its your sons that will be paupers for the rest of their lives and your daughters will bear only bastards even in their husbands houses” she raved pointing menacingly the shop owner who when she could not stand it anymore pushed her roughly. Nkechi staggered to the back and landed on her buttocks with a thud. She rolled her eyes and fell back unmoving.
Question: Do you think it is okay for Pamela to stay with Tunde while he recovers or should she go back to her husband’s house? What do you think Ikenna meant when he said it’s remaining just a little while then she’d become his?
… Stay tuned for Episode 19 (You don’t want to miss this!)
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