She turned the envelope around in her hand for some minutes, nervous and curious at the same time.
Patience: “Aren’t you going to open it?” she asked when she realised her sister was not making any attempt to open the envelope but kept turning it over and over in her hands.
Abigail: “Something tells me not to open it. That it is trouble”
Patience: “Well I never said it isn’t trouble. Infact, it is a confirmation of what I have been preaching all along, just open it and see or should I open it for you?” she reached for the envelope but she refused to hand it over to her.
Abigail: “Don’t worry, I will open it myself” she said, tore the envelope open and pictures went spilling to the ground, she bent down and picked them all up one after the other. By the time she finally stood up, she had tears in her eyes. “This is Henry”
Patience: “Yes that is Henry with a lady on his laps, and guess what they were doing on his wheelchair? They were having sex, hot sex. She rode him like a he-goat would ride his mate. I told you men cannot be trusted. He finally got the opportunity to do whatever he wanted after frustrating you out of that house. He probably staged the whole robbery stuff so you wouldn’t know he still has money, maybe the money was transferred to another account you know nothing of. Now he is going to spend all that money on her after selling your only daughter off. Don’t be surprised if he starts walking soon. I feel for you dear sister” she said almost in one breath.
Abigail: “I don’t believe this, where did you get these pictures from?” she asked with a look of scepticism on her face.
Patience: “I had a friend monitor the house. You know me very well, I try to prove my points with facts, true facts. I told you I can’t stand you being cheated on like this. Ada was my favourite niece but he sold her off, how do you even still feel for such a man? As for me, I hate him and I will keep hating him. if you want more facts, I will get them for you” she said with the expertise of an orator.
Abigail: “No need, I think I have seen and heard enough”
He sat on his wheelchair, remembering what had happened the previous day. Two guys had stormed his house, pointed a gun at him, asked the lady to remove his clothes and he should pretend like he was enjoying what she was doing. She had removed his clothes and hers, climbed on top of him imitating a cowgirl stance while the second guy took pictures.
“I wonder what they want to gain from what they did? Who are they taking the pictures to? Abuchi, I know this must be your doing too. You are looking for ways to destroy me right? I will pay you back in your own coin someday. I have to get out of this chair soon, I cannot remain like this” he reflected and that was how he started trying hard to get up, he refused to give up no matter how painful it was. His doctor occasionally went visiting to treat him in the house and help massage his lifeless legs.
Dave: “Good! Then you tell dad you no longer want to marry her then?”
Richmond: “But I still want to marry her” he said sadly.
Dave: “Uhhhnnn!: he blew into the air exasperatedly. “Don’t you get it Richie? You just said now that you want her to be happy. See she almost got killed because of you. Do you want her to die?”
Richmond: “She will not die, I will protect her from now on”
Dave: “Yes you will but as your sister in law right?”
Dave: “Yes! sister. So go and tell dad now” he held his hand to drag him up.
Richmond: “She is my wife not yours. I will tell my dad you want to collect my wife from me” he said and snatched his hand from his brother’s.
Dave: “God call me a bastard if I didn’t kill this idiot soon. I wonder why you decided to give me a brother like him” he thought angrily.
“Okay then, since you have refused. I will let you think about it still. I am going to bring her back from the hospital. I guess you can’t even do that much for your wife since you are useless” he muttered under his breath and left the room feeling like a failure.
She stormed into the house with an envelope in hand, she saw him sitting on a settee instead of the wheel chair and that confirmed one of the things her sister had said the day she showed her the pictures.
Abigail: “So it is true. Has she started living with you then? I am disappointed in you Henry. After all these years of marriage, you decided to do this to me?” she stood hand akimbo in front of him, fuming.
Henry: “What did I do? It was you who abandoned me here, remember?” his mind could not comprehend why she was so angry.
Abigail: “I am disappointed in you and I won’t let this keep happening. I am divorcing you, you should sign these papers when you are free and send it to the same address enclosed within it”
Henry: “Divorce? I guess she was right then? She did say you were going to send the divorce papers soon” he said with hurt in his eyes.
Abigail: “Ah! You even have the guts to talk about her in my presence? Good! Have a good life with her and I am glad to see you have improved considerably well” she said looking at his legs before walking out of the house with tears almost blinding her.
Henry: “Women sure are wicked, women can never be trusted. After all these years of marriage, she had to abandon me when I need her the most? I am going to surprise her” he said and started thinking of how to avenge himself on Mr Nwokolo whom he always referred to as Abuchi.
Immediately his brother left, one of the drivers went into his room with his head bowed…
Driver: “I heard what your brother said from the hall way Mr Richmond”
Richmond: “What did he say?” he asked looking up lazily.
Driver: “He said you are useless and wouldn’t even be able to go bring your own wife from the hospital. I think you need to do something as soon as possible. He might end up snatching your wife sir judging from how close the two of them are”
Richmond: “My brother will never do a thing like that. I trust him” he said innocently.
Driver: “Well I don’t blame you for not seeing anything wrong with him. I just feel you should come with me so I can take you to the hospital. We will all come back together and that way, she will start seeing you as a responsible husband” he said, still unable to look him in the eye. He could not believe what he was about to do.
Richmond: “Really? Do you think she really will? I feel so happy. Thank you Mr” he jumped out of the bed and quickly dressed up. “Let’s go!”
Some hours after Ada arrived back home from the hospital with her mother-in-law who never left her side.
She was with some of the servants, fearing she might run away if left alone for even one minute or could bribe the servants to let her go if left alone with them, they noticed Richmond was nowhere to be found. At first Ada thought he was at the attic which was his usual hideout but when he didn’t come out, they had to go search for him there but it was empty.
They searched every nook and cranny of the house but still couldn’t find him…
Question: Has he been kidnapped and who do you think ordered it? Did Abigail and Henry do the right thing by deciding to separate?
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