For two days now I have try to indirectly warned Bisi from associating herself with Abena but she want to know why before she will take the advice.
Today again, as we lay in bed, I asked Bisi how her day went and she went like.
“Nothing unusual, everything went fine except Abena called and asked if I was less busy so that I will take her to the shopping plaza during her break period. We went to the plaza together and I also picked something there for the house. I was home in time for the kids and she returned back to the office. She was gone for almost three hours. When I asked her that hope it won’t mean trouble for her been away for 3hours from work, she said she took permission from you and there was nothing much to do in the office except some minor paper work…
I was quiet for a long time. Boiling angrily that Bisi is still associating with Abena.
“Honey… I don’t buy into this idea of you and Abena sudden friendship. Please listen to me and keep your distance from her. I have said it more than twice and still saying it. Why can’t you listen to me? Abena is not the type of lady you should associate yourself with…
“Why…she is your junior colleague and looks harmless. She has only few month to spend here in Lagos. All she want is a friend and somebody to show her round. Why are you feeling indifference about it Don? Give me your reasons and not just tell me to do things like a robot. I need to know why so that I will have something solid to hold against her because to me she appears to be innocent and harmless. So I don’t know why you are eaten up by Abena. I thought you will be happy that I’m helping her out…or is there something more to Abena that you are not saying…
She was staring at me suspiciously after saying those last word.
Maybe I was pushing too hard and making my guilt obvious. I have to be wise in all of this in other not to get my hands burnt.
“What are you insulating Bisi? How can you even ask me such question if there is something going on with me and Abena? Do you think I’m having an affair with Abena? What has gotten into you…what is wrong with you?
I was barking angrily so that Bisi will not suspect me or even entertain such idea on her head.
“Calm down Don, is an innocent question that does not supposed to warrant any form of anger. All this is unnecessary. Is a simple yes or no answer that’s all? I’m not saying you are having anything to do with Abena….i know you can’t do such darling. I trust you with all my heart and I can swear that you can never cheat on me but you reacting this way over a simple thing makes it suspicious. Maybe I should be the one asking you what is going on.
I swallowed hard, Bisi was right. My reaction clearly shows that I am guilty of something which I try to cover up.
Bisi is not fooled. Is high time I stop acting so fast and let her be. I know Abena will be going back soon. I can’t watch Bisi freely moving with her. I will find a way to send Abena back to Abuja. Within next week.
I try to talk calmly this time with Bisi.
“Honey, I only want you to be careful that’s all. You hardly keep friends except maybe few distance ones. I don’t have any bosom friend except Aram who you are aware of. Abena maybe working with me but I don’t know her character outside the office environment and that was why I want you to be careful with her. I can never have anything to do with another woman. They don’t even exist to me. Honey, I treasure you and nothing can move me in any other woman’s body. You give me all that I need so what should I be looking out for again? When I’m not an unfortunate human being. All I ask is for you to be careful and don’t let anyone deceive you or make you think otherwise about me. Don’t even listen to mere gossip or home breakers. All that matters is that I love and cherish you and can never ever be with another woman. Even their charms cannot catch me….I’m too strong for that.
Busy laugh and I joined her. She was happy hearing me say those words. I wish they were all true but what is done is done. I can only try to remedy it before it gets out of hand.
My happiness is that Bisi believed every word that I said to her.
Three days later Abena was at my office again.
“Isn’t it time for you to return to Abuja? What exactly are you doing here in Lagos Abena?
I asked her as she was trying again to play around with my senses by touching every part of her body and walking around the table to where I sat.
I cautioned her to behave herself and return to her sit or I will send her out of my office.
“You don’t need to be harsh Don. Is obvious you desire me but fighting so hard to resist the urge. I have invited you to my hotel room for us to have some fun but you turned it down. Your office is not safe or conducive for us to get down but I wouldn’t mind if you chose to unleash the man in you out. I don’t mind anywhere as far as is you. I’m here because I want to get to know more about Lagos. I wish you will just come around and let’s have one more night together before I go back to Abuja. I promise to go if only you will stop holding back and have me to your satisfaction. I cannot go back with all this hotness for you. Don, only you have the key to make it right, the right water to quench my taste. Looking at things, I’m beginning to get acquainted with your lovely wife. She is so naive and do not know what is going on. She really sees you as a saint…a man with no sin. Such thing makes me laugh so hard. You should be grateful that I saved your ass the other lady from getting whopped by your wife. I will give you from now till Friday. Which is four days from today to come and meet me in my hotel room. I will be waiting for you sweetie…
She blew me a kiss, picked up her bag and cat walked out.
My hands turned into a fist which I hit so hard on the table.
I met Aram that evening at the bar and told him about Abena troubling my life and what she was asking of me.
“Don’t tell me you are considering her offer. Don, don’t do it…because she will not leave you alone like you said. Rather you will get deeper and deeper into the act and it will be hard for you turn back. Were you thinking of going to meet her in her hotel?
Aram asked me as he took a sip from his beer.
“Aram, I don’t really have a choice. If that will make her leave me alone then I’m ready to do it. Since she wants me that is fine. I will give her what she wants so that she will be on her way to Abuja. I don’t want Bisi to find out any of this and I want Abena to be far gone….very far from me. I have been thinking of it all day and couldn’t conclude on what exactly I want to do.
“Don’t be a fool Don. That girl is using your weakness against you and you are letting her do that. Now she has gotten to know your wife and they are gradually striking friendship which is very abnormal. Things are going to get pretty worse if you don’t do the right thing. I know you are afraid of confessing to Bisi because of the outcome but isn’t it better to right your wrong now rather than to allow things get out of hands? Think man…think. Don’t allow Abena or whatever her name is to destroy your home. Except if you also want whatever she is offering…maybe you are not ready to let her go. You are enjoy seeing her around and watching her get into your head. If you really want her out of your life then stop petting words or playing around with a snake. Either you confess to Bisi because Abena knows you are afraid to tell your wife and will use that edge on you. So is either you tell Bisi or you find a better way and kick Abena out. Don’t even allow her to get to know your home…that will be dangerous. Don’t think of going to see her in her hotel room, have one or two night fun and think she will ever let you go. It will come to a time that when you are with your wife in bed, your mind will be occupied with the fun you usually have with Abena. Don’t ask me how I got to know all this. Don, it would have been very good avoiding getting involve with another woman who is not your wife. Because for some people once you are in… it will be hard to turn back. At least you have a friend to tell you the real truth Don. Abena is eating deeply into your life and gradually penetrating into your home. Be a man and don’t let such happen…
I listened to Aram before driving home that day.
I changed my mind from going to meet Abena in her hotel. Aram has succeeded in making me change my mind.
I called her within the week to tell her that she should stay away from both my office and stop calling my wife’s number. I asked her how much she needs so that she can travel back to Abuja.
Abena said she doesn’t need my money, all she want is all of me.
I ended the call because we couldn’t agree on a thing. I was really tempted to go over and see her but I stopped myself from doing such as Aram’s words came pouring into my mind.
Within the week I try to concentrate at work. If Abena wait and did not see me, she will get tired and will go back to her base.
I have already told the office security never to let her in again. She was not allowed in my office.
Even if Abena calls Bisi to tell her what I did. Bisi will never believe her because she trust me and knows what I’m capable of doing.
Friday finally came and I closed from work and drove to our usual spot. Had some beer, gist about football.
Aram asked me what I finally did with Abena and I told him that she probably went back to Abuja because I did not hear from her for days after threatening her to keep away from me and my wife and also asked the office security never to let her in.
Aram nodded without much word except what I did was the right thing.
We had our other normal soccer gist, who is winning and who is losing in the football game.
We went into our different cars and drove off to our respective homes.
Bisi was at the door to welcome me. The children were awake and was watching an animation in their room.
Bisi whispered to my ears that we have a visitor. I was about to ask her who could be that when I saw Abena.
Yes, Abena is in my home.
I was shock and almost dropped what I have in my hands as she stood in the centre of my living room smiling and even greeted me cheerfully.
I looked from Bisi to Abena before pretending to forgot something in my car.
I rushed out and called Aram on the phone.
“Hello Aram. I’m in serious trouble! Abena is in my home….
After the call with Aram, I went back inside to face my fate.