I sat on our bed and watched as Chris dressed up. It was a Friday and so I knew I wouldn’t see him that night.
I stood up and sat in front of the mirrow putting my make up kit on the table, getting to it as I hummed to a song.
” so where are you going this time of the day?” I heard him ask. For a minute I ignored him until I felt his hand touching my shoulders roughly. ” hey am talking to you Stella” he scolded loudly.
” touch me that rough again and I swear am gonna sue you.” I snarled angrily. ” the last time I checked you and I do what we please in this house so there is no need for you to start questioning me like that. It’s Friday Chris, or have you forgotten?” I sighed patting my face with powder.
” i am a man Stella, don’t you dare compare yourself to me. Your are a damn woman” he crawled angrily.
I kept quite. I wasn’t going to let him spoil my night. I had a date with James and I wasn’t going to spoil it with getting upset.
James had given me a call the following day after our meeting at the pool. I definitely knew he would call. His lustful look was so evident the time I was leaving him. Since then I had met him for more than a couple of days.
I took one last look at my eye brows, satisfied I looked Good, I stood up and pulled down my short skirt and placed the heels on my feet.
All the time Chris had sat down watching me.
” if you are tired of this marriage, you go ahead and divorce me” I smiled and before I walked away he held my hand and pulled me towards him.
” if that’s your wish so that you can go out with your silly boyfriends then you are wrong Stella. Am never going to give you that pleasure.” He snapped
I smiled and sighed calmly. ” Good, suit yourself, everything you decide works for me” I shrugged.
” let go of my hand Chris am going to be late. And I bet you should be going too. Patty must be waiting ” I mentioned the name of the girl who used to call me and insult me. Telling me that I sucked in bed no wonder my husband left me for her. I saw Chris’s face frown and he let me go.
As I drove my small car, a Toyota IST which I got from my savings since I never used my salary for either food( Chris catered for that) nor clothes and other items which I had other guys take care of.
My mind wild back to how it all started.
Chris had gone out on his usual outings. Like a good wife I then sat in the living room waiting for him to return home. I kept on glancing at the watch as time clocked from minute, to hours and i noticed it was past 03 am. I tried his line but it was off.
Getting worried sick I paced around the house.
” oh God we have been married for only a year, please don’t let anything bad happen to my dear husband” I said a prayer.
I was starting to loose hope and thinking of going to report to the police just in case Chris was involved in some kind of accident or maybe robbed.
The sound of the hard knock on the door startled me and I ran to the door my heart racing.
Opening the door, I found Chris so drunk holding some bottles of beer in his hands. He couldn’t walk properly.
I helped him in inside and he smiled holding on to me. ” Stella honey, you still awake” he murmured as he struggled to keep his eyes Open. I wondered how he drove back home.
” Chris what is the meaning of this?” I asked when he was sober. ” You have started coming home late, no in the morning what is going on?” I asked calmly.
” every sane man needs some time out, you don’t have to go all fusy with all this. Just get used to the idea that I will not stay in doors like a slave dog. Am a man and I find pleasure in having some time out with friends. You know, catching up and sharing ideas” he added.
I tried to reason with him to at least to be becoming back early. ” it is not only good for a married man Chris but also dangerous. You have no idea how sick worried I was yesterday just to have you coming back at 05 in the morning.”
From that day things had changed, he never reasoned with me on anything concerning his social life. I started washing off ladies powders and lipsticks from his shirts. He would receive mid night calls and texts from different women.
I had tried to complain to some of his aunties and they all encouraged me to stay he would change. I had to make him grow, but I started losing patience over time.
He was taking my trying to help him do the right thing as nagging.
My best friend Susan encouraged me to be committed to God. We went for church prayers, entered into prayer and fasting but it was like the more I tried to make him and pray for his change, the more he went further away from me.
The fact that I wasn’t giving him a child made every thing worse as my husband told me point blank he had nothing to stay home for. All his friends had kids and blamed me for being barren.
I was lost in thoughts thinking about my life when I spotted Jame’ s range rover. He had parked outside Villa Excetive lodge.
I sighed and took a quick look at my face before I moved out of my car.
As I passed the reception I spotted him seated in the corner with a glass of wine in front of him.
” HI!” He called me out standing and pulling the chair for me to sit in.
” sorry am late” I faked a smile. I wasn’t so much in the mood that night but I had to get myself going.
” it’s fine dear I understand obviously ladies take longer to finish Preparing themselves.” He chuckled.
” so, James tell me something about your wife” I cut in after some minutes of talking about nothing in particular.
He sat up looking at me. I don’t get you Stella, even last time we talked about my family. Why do you insist on knowing about my family? He asked placing down his glass of wine.
” well I want to understand why a man of your status, with 3 beautiful children and a wife is out here at this time of the day with me” I calmly explained seeing his face drop down the table.
” what kind of woman do you have for a wife James. Please if you care about me let’s chat a little more about this” I smiled rubbing his hand with mine gently as I kept my eyes at him.
He seemed uncomfortable but after a few minutes he sat back and relaxed.
” My wife,” he started
” she’s so nice, we have been married for over 15 years and she has never burdened me with anything. She manages out money well, she goes an extra mile for my family members to educate them and help them here and there. Our children are well mannered I bet it’s all her doing.”
I watched in silence as James talked about how wonderful his wife was. Tears running down my face as I saw his face brighten up. It was like he didn’t even realise it till then what he was losing.
He finished talking and I saw him frown sadly. ” she’s an Angel but all I have done is eye other women. I don’t know what is wrong with me Stella.” He whispered desperately looking at me his eyes with sincerity.
I wiped the tear from my eyes. Took a deep breath and looked back at him. ” tell me one more thing James. If you found your wife with another man somewhere. Let’s say taking some drinks like we are doing. How would you feel? And what would you do?” I paused deliberately waiting for him to digest my question.
” I..i..i am ..i don’t know how I would react but I surely will be disappointed and maybe divorce her.”
” good” I sat back looking at him.
He then looked sharply at me realising my point. ” who are you?” He made some wrinkles on his face as he stared at me.
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I smiled slightly “Let’s just say am a married-single woman who got tired of living the kind of life that you are subjecting your wife to.”
” imagine I was your wife and you another man. Holding and touching you like this,” I bent forward my hand going down his thighs.
” imagine James, I was your wife and I am rubbing another man so gently as his face turned with desire to lay with me, Imagine your wife laying down the bed as another man pushes himself slowly and gently inside her making her cry some soft moans of pleasure. Imagine her shouting another man’s name as she closes her eyes. Appreciating another man’s body, comparing it to yours and thinking the guy before her is just what she needs and not you, imagine……….”
I couldn’t finish my sentence and James stood up abruptly pushing the table.
” stop it damn it! Who sent you to me? Huh? tell me, did my wife send you to seduce me and later on tell me all this staff. I swear if I find out she planned all this I will make you both pay!” He snapped his face full of fury.
I stood up slowly facing him.
” you are one damn stupid and selfish man James, you have denied your family some time and your wife sits there waiting for you to return home and yet you spend all your money on women you don’t even know. You are an idiot James. I don’t care how educated you think you are but this your behaviour makes you a fool instead of a man.” I said my heart out despising his stupid look.
” If you are man enough James, go back home to your wife, apologise for what you have done. Try to make up for the lost time. I can assure you no woman is different. We are all the same and am pretty sure the way you lust for me that’s how another man out there lusts for your wife.
And if you don’t change and man up am pretty sure she will seek for what you cannot give her” I added and grabbed my handbag leaving Jame standing like a monument his mouth open.
I bet he had not seen that coming. I had met up with him several times before getting to know him better and letting him shower me with his money and all my demands. Every time he would ask for sex I would give an excuse and postponed the act to another day.
That night I had assured him of a great time and I was so sure he was ready for me.
Seeing him all fumed and shocked made me feel so damn good I almost jumped with pleasure.
I unlocked my car and then decided to just give him one more detail. So I walked back in the lodge and found him now seated his hands holding his head as he looked down the floor.
” by the way, I used up about K15 000 of your money for nothing. I wouldn’t give you my body cause you are a damn selfish b******.
Your wife could have given you what you wanted from me for free!” I added patting his back.
” Thank you for everything James. And all the best in your marriage” I added and walked out my head held high.
Sitting in my car I held the steering and sobbed silently. The pain of my own failed marriage striking at me harshly.
I was still trying to get hold of myself when my phone rung. Checking the caller ID, I shook my head.
The only married man that I couldn’t deal with was calling me. My ex boyfriend. For him everything was so complicated I didn’t even know how I was going to work things out.
” Mike!” I responded composing myself.
” yes love, I missed you and am outside your house. I need to speak to you and if you don’t come out soon enough I will call your stupid husband and tell him am here for you” he threatened and I could hear his voice so calm. He was probably smiling knowing I would ran to him.
I knew what I was doing but the last thing i wanted was to have some family drama with Chris. I was sure if he knew of any man with me he would tell the entire family and hold meetings to shame me. That was the last thing I needed so I was trying by all means to play it cool.
” you are insane you idiot, how dare you. Am not home right now” I responded
” yeah I love you too you know, that’s why am giving you 10 minutes to get your beautiful self back here” he shouted and cut the line. .
” what a b******!” I cursed putting the key in the ignition. I had to see him before it was too late.