I stared at the phone still wondering what was going on. I was beside myself with rage. The girl sounded sincere but I couldn’t see myself believing a word she said. I remembered that I had felt an instant dislike towards that Oyinade girl when I saw her over a week ago but I could not place my finger on what the problem was. I had told Richard what I felt but he had defended her saying that her work had been impeccable since she entered BRH.
I knew my instinct was almost always right but could my earlier anxiety have anything to do with Richard. He hadn’t given me any reason to doubt him and his love for me since I met him so why should I doubt him now? Could he cheat on me?
Richard got to BRP Hospital and on getting to Belina’s office; he was informed that she was already out. He knew that the cloth she wore was the same with the one in the picture but he could not imagine her seeing that despicable guy for whatever reason.
He knew calling her would be bad because he might accuse her, which would be unfair since she hadn’t given him cause to doubt her love for him. He knew she could not cheat on him especially with that guy but he could not understand this; plus he was her first love.
He rubbed the back of his palm against his forehead. Who even sent it? He wondered since there was no I.D. He went back to the office and saw Tony waiting for him. He invited him in without the usual hugs and funny guy to guy chats.
“What’s eating you bro? You look distant and pale” Tony asked immediately they were on seat. Richard sighed.
“Its… personal” he replied.
“Personal” Tony repeated and laughed. “Since when did you start having personal issues that I can’t hear about?” Richard stared for a while then stretched his phone towards Tony. Tony scrolled through and saw a message with the words, “check this out”. Below it, he saw a photo of Belina and a guy in what seemed to be a hug.
“Oh… I see… Jealousy is eating you up. It is just a hug man, nothing more. He must be her friend. You know Belina better than that” Tony said confidently.
“Yes. It is just a hug, only he is not her friend. That is Kelvin. Her ex. Her first love” Richard lamented.
“Ok, calm down” Tony said, looking at the picture again.
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“I don’t get it. I know she despises him, so what is she doing with him?” Richard said standing up. “Well, since you know her, you should not doubt her faithfulness. It would be unfair to accuse her wrongly pal, she may never forgive you. If you ask me, this does not look like a proper hug”. He said inspecting the picture again.
“But it is definitely something, right?” he retorted.
“Who sent it? Or are you keeping tabs on her?”
“definitely not. I also don’t know who sent it. The number is hidden” Tony stood up and went to meet Richard where he was, by the window, looking outside.
“You guys have come a long way. You are married. Not just a new couple but you are two years into the marriage. You should know that people are jealous of the relationship and love you have both maintained till now and they want to destroy it. Don’t allow them. I would advice you to take this out of your mind. I am very sure that Belina loves you and would not hurt your feelings this way. I can vouch for her” Tony said. Richard smiled faintly.
“Thanks man” he said honestly, feeling better. “Not a word of this to Prisca, please” he said as an afterthought and Tony nodded.
To be continued