Nothing hurts more than taking a decision when those whom you did it for, gets hurt in the end. Its like commiting suicide when you are subjected to be hanged at the same time.
I went home and could not stop thinking about my incident with with Dami. It wore me out gradually and Kate noticed the tension in my voice and behaviour . I could have chose to hide it, but it was there. I became disgusted with the food on the table. Nothing felt right , nothing seemed in place .
I barely ate the macroni and fresh fish which my wife prepared . Somehow my taste bud was defaulted .
“Love, you barely ate anything, something wrong? Kate asked while she fondled her fork on the plate. I made no attempts to answer , but somehow I was obliged to
” Nothing, my Love. Its just work. I’m stressed out”
“OK then, maybe you should eat a little and go take a good shower. After that I’m sure you will be fine” Kate continued ” Love , but tell me , is there something I should know?
“Uh? What? Its nothing really” I said , feeling guilty that I lied to my wife. Dave , being a happy fellow like always encouraged me to eat. (Imagine , my own child treating me like a baby, hmm how sweet)
“You better eat. Dad its good for you. Our teacher says “a balanced diet makes the body grow” He said
“Oh I see! So you want daddy to grow bigger than this? I joked about it , with my hands placed few inches above my head. The laughter on his face was awesome.
” You are funny. That’s not what I meant,You are already big , tall and handsome. All you need is to eat healthy”
” That’s alright, son eat up. The left over will be put into the fridge for tomorrow” Kate interrupted us. *
I came out of the shower, feeling fresh and energetic as ever. The pillows on the bed had flowers designs on them- Damilola came to mind. Kate is beautiful , but even more when she starts combing her hair in front of the mirror. I hanged my towel to dry . With only knickers on, went under the sheets.
“Gabriel? Tell me something ‘ Kate began.’ What happened today? Why are you so moody? I felt a shock running down my legs. Then I was forced to reply
“Uhm .. My friend Tayo..’
‘Yes what about him? She asked
“You see, Tayo has a friend who…. Kate what do you know about “DADDY FOR HIRE? I asked her without thinking twice. Her face gave a surprising look. She dropped the comb, turned and looked at me .
” what? Daddy for hire? What stupid work is that? ” she was surprised indeed
” I know about Nanny for hire, but “daddy for hire”? That’s stupid and absurd” I swallowed my saliva and it didn’t go down well though.
” Well , you see..’ I began ” Tayo has a friend , whom a lady hired as a daddy for her daughter. According to him, the lady wants him to pretend like a her child’s father. Just for a year”
‘ That’s crazy. So what’s he going to be doing? Wipe out diper or babby -sit her child?. I don’t believe you Gabriel’
“Not that , Love. The little girl is six. Besides no man in his right senses would be a nanny” I said. Feeling deep guilt and disgust.
Kate put off her night gown cover, remaining her lingerie. What a sight to behold. How sexy and beautiful she is. She came to bed with me, wrapped herself under my arms with her nose under my ampit.
” hmmmmm… Smells like trouble” she said , with the most beautiful smile ever. I grasped her firmly and looked deep into her brown eyes. I was not sure what I felt but I knew one thing : I did all I had to do for her.
” To be honest love, I don’t think its wise . What if he falls in love with the woman? Kate asked
‘what can I say ? I replied.
Kate suddenly noticed something. Pushed me in a serious but funny manner
‘ Hey ! Are you sure its not you? If I find out you have another woman and you just using this as an excuse…..’
“No love, I’ m not and besides I will never set eyes upon another woman ‘ I said ‘ but only you’ At this point ,the guilt enveloped me. The more I tried to hide it, the more it became obvious. I turned to the other side and I could see through the reflecting glass on our cupboard . My wife raised her arms like she would punch me or something , bit her lower lip then said
” You better not , because if you do that.. You will get it from me’ It really made me laugh… *
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The guy waited for me to say something . The speakers were a bit loud but I could still hear my heart beat fast. The club was deem lighted with red rolling bulbs. It seemed like everyone there was red in complexion. A glass of Martini and grape fruit slice stare back at me, my eyes were down . I can’t look at him, No! How am i going to say this?
Tayo’s blue jacket complimented his brown chinos trousers, he just got a new hair cut.
‘ Bro ? Gabz? …. What is it man? ‘ Tayo asked after being so impatient ‘ Its been ages you put your head down and you are not saying anything’ I raised an eyebrow ,
” Bro I’ m confused ‘
“I am all ears ‘ He said , while crossing his arms.
” Tayo , am in deep pepper soup” He gave out a hysterical laughter and coughed before looking at me again.
” how deep? Eat all the meat and drink the soup. I am sure you will survive
’ You think this is funny? I asked , feeling nerdy and drunk.
‘ OK am sorry..what is it ? My back rested upon the leather cushion. I sighed a deep relief but still not looking at his face.
‘ Bro , I’m in love with another woman.’ I shook my head in regret.
” That’s impossible. You are not the womanizer amongst us.. Maxwel is not , rather I’m the Kingpin in that field. So how come? He looked really surprised.
‘ Tayo, The worst part is that she doesn’t know and now she even offered me a job’ I paused and took another gulp of matini.
‘ what kinda job?. Go on, I’m listening ‘
” She wants me to pretend I’m her child’s father. Kate doesn’t even know abut this. I lied to her for the first time in my life, that it was your friend who got the job.” I looked at him for a moment and assimilated the fact that he would understand.
‘ Man this is complicated ‘ he began ‘ So what do you intend to do? Will you take the job?
“Of course I will. I need the money ” I ejected the feeling right away.
” what about the kid? So you will lie to her too? And Kate ,what happens if she get to know about this eventually?
“Honestly bro, I don’t know’……
When Love Dies Episode 11