Stigma episode 5

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One day, Francis had a business emergency to tend to and it involved him traveling out of the country. It was impromptu, he was so sad that he will be leaving his wife and daughter behind for two weeks but he promised to keep in touch with his wife everyday.

Few days later, Natasha went to the mall to get some groceries After she was done shopping, she was heading to the counter to pay, when she stumbled upon a man, “Oh sorry sir” Natasha said apologetically to the man she almost ran over with the shopping cart, she couldn’t catch a glimpse of the man’s face because he was backing her and then the man turned to her.

One look at themselves and they already recognized each other, “Ben” she said shockingly

“Natasha, where have you been?” the man said.

Natasha was speechless. Ben was one of the numerous men, Natasha slept with in the past, At the time Ben was a married man who also resided in Gowon Estate, Natasha’s former neighbourhood, Ben was so obsessed with Natasha that he divorced his wife just he could get a chance to be in a love relationship with Natasha, But still Natasha rejected his love proposal and moved away with her siblings.

For 10 minutes they stared at each helplessly, seeing Ben again, triggered alot of old memories that Natasha had tried so hard to forget all these years. She quietly left while Ben watched her leave.

Ben was so excited that she had met Natasha again, he quickly ran outside the mall to the parking lot and got into his car, Ben was glad when he saw Natasha get into her own car too, he took a deep breath and laid back on his car seat for a while, waiting for Natasha to start her car so he could trail her.

Natasha who was unaware that she was being watched by Ben, was about to start her car, when her phone rang, and she looked to see who was calling and it was her husband Francis.

“Good evening darling ” she greeted in a low voice

“How’s my wife doing?”Francis asked and she said

“Fine”. Francis noticed her voice was down and he thought she was missing him

“I’m so sorry honey, I didn’t plan to stay this long away from home , I will be back soon, I miss you so much” Francis said

“No worries, my love, ensure to take care of yourself” Natasha said

“How is my daughter?” Francis asked

“She is fine, Nicole is at home with her nanny, I’m at the shopping mall but I’m going home now” Natasha replied

“OK baby, take care of our daughter and your self, You are a good wife and I can’t thank God enough for giving me a good wife like you and a healthy daughter, I love you so much Natasha” Francis said excitedly before they hanged up and Natasha started the car,

Immediately she pulled out of the driveway and zoomed off to her way home, Ben who was bent on finding out where Natasha lived trailed her till she got home.

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In no time, Natasha arrived home. She spent time with her daughter Nicole and then went to the living room to cool her head. As she sat there, her mind travelled back to the phone conversation she had that evening with her husband and how Francis praised her, ‘I’m not a good wife, i hid my reckless past from my husband, I don’t deserve him, I pray that I don’t disappoint him, he is the best husband in the world” She told herself.

She tried to divert her mind from her fears of losing Francis but she ended up thinking about Ben and her reckless past instead, “God please what’s happening to me? why does my past keep haunting me?, why will the stigma of my past refuse to go away, seeing Ben again proves that God has not forgiven me, please God forgive me” she said to herself. As she got deeper in thoughts, she had to leave the living room to her bedroom, where she forced herself to sleep.

To be continued