Waking up, l extended my hand to touch Ackim, but my hand fall on a blank space. I opened my eyes to look at my side he wasnt there . l turned to look at the watch on the table besides the bed , it was 05 am. I sat up and peeped through the bathroom door which was slightly open , he wasn`t there.
“where is this man ?” l whispered wrapping the gown on myself as l went out of the bedroom .
” In the kids bedroom.” l thought to myself when l found the sitting room empty.
He was deeply asleep, his phone in his hands , l shook my head . Something was really up with him . l had noticed how sad he looked the previous night though he pretended to be calm ,
“maybe he knows l went to see Jay ” l thought but then how could he have known ?
I took his phone which was almost sliding down and as l thought of putting it aside the screen opened , showing some picture file . with shock l slid through the photos and l was shocked , my heart skipped ..
“what ? who sent this?” l spoke up , waking Ackim who was asleep . He woke up and looked at me opening his eyes slightly. without a word he watched me for a couple of seconds and stood up.
“Ackim what is this ?” I asked him,
“whats what ?” He asked seriously looking at me.
“I was hoping you would tell me Paula” he answered. I could see the pain in his eyes , he was hurting and now l understood his behavior the previous night .
“Oh babe am…. am sorry but this is not what you think l just um… ” I stammered , l had no words to tell him . How would l tell him l went to console my ex boyfriend who was so drunk and he pushed me around trying to convince me to get back to him? How would l tell him l fought him when he tried to kiss me and make me remember what we had ? I felt hopeless , my heart broken too . l knew l should have not trusted Serah and Jay. I definitely knew it was Serah , otherwise no one except the two of us and Jay knew about our meeting the previous day.
“Don’t take me for a fool Paula” l heard Ackim tell me his voice with so much firmness and sad that l felt shivers on my body.
“Someone sent me that yesterday and it so happens at the same time you were supposed to be with Serah God knows where. Am not man enough for you Paula?” He asked his eyes wet .
“How could you do this to me? we are not even a month old in marriage and you fall back in the hands of that man. Is that why you called him here so that you dump me weeks after our wedding ?” He snapped angrily.
“Ackim , please don’t say that, please you have to trust me l didn’t do anything please understand.” l cried holding his face .
” l love you so much and l swear l can never cheat on you. I don’t love Jay and l have no reason whatsoever to get back with him , we have kids together Ackim and have been through a lot together. How could you accuse me of cheating ? ” I asked tears running down my face.
“Accuse you ?” He asked looking away,
“am now accusing uh? tell me one thing Paula, did you or did you not go to that man`s hotel room ?” He asked sternly . The look in his eyes was killing me . He dropped my hands and stepped back, he didn’t look like my Ackim. Clearly he didn’t trust me and was so angry .
“Babe, please calm down” l said instead of answering his question , and he walked out leaving me standing . l followed him but he banged the door behind him in my face , l startled .
“Babe come back here please!” l ran after him as he grabbed the keys to the range rover and went out .
I sat down in the couch powerless.
“Oh God what have l done now ?” I cried so much. I had hurt the man who l didn’t just love but he was everything to me. I wished l had not listened to Serah and my life would have been different .
I had no idea the hotel room Jay was in and Serah told me the room number. We went there at Protea hotel where Jay was booked in and Serah insisted l went in alone . “Come on Serah, how will people look at me if i go into the hotel room alone ?” I asked her shaking my head.
” Hey don’t tell me married people cannot walk into hotels , come on , Paula stop acting like a child . Go in and do what we came for here. Stop that man from killing himself” she pushed me out of the car . l gave her a look and walked away to the entrance .
I found Jay`s room slightly open and from the entrance l saw bottles of beer on the floor. I pushed the door and found him laying back on the bed a bottle of wine in his hands .
“Jay what is happening here ?” I asked him standing next to him .
“Paula” he sighed looking at me and smiling widely .
“Wow ! Heavens are real for sure , it has brought back my woman” he added sitting up .
“Excuse me dear am not here to entertain you , don`t be silly Jay you have to understand l am not coming back to you . Not today, not tomorrow and not ever.” l told him firmly.
” Am married and l love my man with everything that l am. So whatever you plan of doing here is all in vain. Instead of thinking of killing yourself start thinking of going back to Australia, go back home Jay.”
“mmmmmmmmh l see ” he said smiling,
” if you did love him that much you wouldn’t be here right now, come on baby, you and me are meant to be, remember we were together for 5 years ,there is no way you can just throw away what we had.” he added standing up and facing me.
“We were happy Paula. You and me..”
“Hmm , l see you are lost Jay am not lying when l tell you l love Ackim, and you are right l shouldn`t be here, and for your own information those 5 years were not happy for me , you were always cheating with other women remember?” I told him and brushed off his hand .
“That idiot has spoiled you Paula” he doesn’t deserve you.
“Just dump him and leave the babies with him, then you and me can fly back to Austrilia.” he said moving close to me .
“I can’t believe this, here l am thinking something serious was going on, and that you wanted to kill yourself or something. Now l know you and Serah are idiots who are here to make my life difficult , am out of here Jay and please don’t you dare come back to my home and text me in the night like you have been doing , go back to your country already!” l added as l turned away to leave.
He pulled me back and forced a kiss on me .
“What the hell Jay !” l snapped slapping him hard . He staggered and stepped back and grabbed me back pushing me to the bed, he came on top of me whispering ,
“please Paula don’t do this to me” he pleaded trying to place his lips on me .
“Leave me now Jay or l will scream” l said kicking him hard on his groins. He winced in pain and sat up and l took off after hitting him twice in the face leaving him wearing a stupid smile as l left for the door .
” Don’t you dare come near me again you jerk! ” l shouted angrily.
I found Serah seated calmly scrolling something on her phone. “You b***h! you set me up with that fool of a man!” l shouted at her.
“What now ?” She responded innocently .
“So this was your plan uh? you lied Jay was about to do something stupid and l fall for the lie meanwhile you had something else in mind ? Get out of my car!” l screamed opening the passenger seat
” and let me tell you Serah, as of today you are out of my house!” l added as l got into the driver`s seat.
” Just come for your things tomorrow and go to the airport first thing in the morning, your business here is over!” l added and took off.
I was so upset l parked in town for some few minutes to calm down. I thought of telling Ackim what happened but knowing his temper l knew he would react bad and he would kill him . l composed myself wiped my face and walked to the house.
Ackim wasn’t around and checking his closet l noticed his gym clothes werent in there , l assumed he had gone to the gym like he did most of the afternoons. l felt relieved cause facing him right that moment could have given me away. I watched a documentary on TV with the twins for an hour and decided to help the maid prepare supper..
He walked in an hour later and his look was sad , l didn`t want to push it that night asking him things when l had something burning up as well , all l wanted was being in his arms and l slept happy knowing l had him close enough .
I sighed coming back to the present,
“so Serah set me up. l thought she ended on wasting my time . Little did l know the whole thing was a scam to capture photos and send to Ackim , my God what have l done?” l cried.
The maid came to ask me if she could help me with anything and l asked her to sit down.
“Come here , take care of the babies I might delay coming back. make sure they are okey” l added walking to the bedroom .
l changed into a dress and flat sleepers. I had to find Ackim l thought to myself. He was hurting and he could end up doing something crazy. I had to explain everything as it was and save my marriage,
“l swear you will get to hear me Serah!” l whispered as l joined the road from the yard.
To be continued