she wanted to get out of Paul’s house but she was helpless. What if after their meeting this morning, that woman had rushed to tell her husband something? She thought. But, Paul promised that no one who
knew her secret. What if Eloise contacted her husband and told him stories of
how she’d seen her in her brother’s house? She was confused.
spine as she pondered on what next to do. Should she go home and see if Chike had heard any news about her? Should she stay
here till the end of day? She brought out her phone to call her husband, at
least to be certain that everything was alright and that the stalker woman
hadn’t found a way to contact him and tell him rubbish about her.
was fixing a puzzle and wasn’t even looking at her. Paul had gone to work and
he’d left her to figure out the duties of a nanny. Boma’s heart ached, she found that she wanted
the little boy to smile at her but he didn’t, he was engrossed and caught up in
his own world.
instead, he shook his head and continued fixing his puzzle.
again and was impressed, Paul was a good father, the boy had everything he
needed, he was also very respectful and well-brought up even though he was a
bit edgy and standoffish, something she was sure was instilled into him by his
father especially as there was no mother’s touch. She watched him fix his puzzle and her heart ached,
he was such a sweet and handsome young boy.
What had possessed her to deny him
in the first place? She thought. She remembered how she had hidden the pregnancy for the
first five months from her friends and family and how Paul had arranged for her
to travel to a different location to have her baby. She recalled how she’d handed
her baby over to Paul and had cut off all ties with him. Now, as she stared at
him while he played, she knew he felt no love for her and she blamed herself
number and heard it ring till it finally stopped ringing. She called it again
and her heart beat fast, ‘has he heard something?’ she thought in a panic and
dialed the number again. This time he picked.
sounding like he was trying to catch his breath.
children’s laughter at the background.
can I hear kids’ laughter at the background?”
to the Water Park with his kids…he begged me so I had to accept.” He said.
fine…she’s here…lying on the bed and hooked to machines.” Boma lied turning to
stare at her son still fixing his puzzles.
recovery…” He said.
said in gratitude. “Babe…”
this evening, would you?”
presence is helping her a lot and that I should increase my visits to at least
four times a week.”
for your friend and honestly, I have a lot of business stuff to do as well.”
took a break so that we could spend time together …”
new businesses have come up and I have to be involved.” He said.
when she heard a loud shriek from a child who shouted ‘Daddy come see!’
are under two years of age and can’t really talk…”
take good care of your friend.” Chike said and hung up.
in worry, was her husband lying to her? There was only one way to find out, she
thought as she pushed the phone into her pocket and walked up to Junior and
bit…I’ll be right back!”
Chike’s matrimonial home and entered the bedroom he shared with his wife.
spitefully as she walked over to sit at the edge of the bed. “I wonder what
side she sleeps on? I wonder what side they make love…” She started then chided
herself. “Oh stop it! Stop it Eloise! You’re only going to hurt yourself with
these thoughts. She’s not worth it, is she?” She said as she lay on the bed and
pictured herself lying in Chike’s arms and being referred to as his wife.
her pocket and took a selfie while lying on the bed, then stood up and took a
selfie right beside the window, and in the bathroom and in front of the
dressing mirror. She opened the wardrobe and took a selfie with Boma’s clothes.
all these very cheap clothing.” She said as she quickly stopped taking pictures
and slipped the phone into the pocket of her trouser.
by the horns because from the looks of it, Chike had feelings for his wife and
he was trying so desperately to hide the fact from her. She wondered how Boma’s
face would be when she shows her the selfies she’d taken in her house. If Chike
hasn’t told his wife the truth about her and the kids, she was going to do it.
here?” Chike asked, stepping into the room.
found myself in here. Any problem?” She asked.
pulled him towards her.
over and over again…” She said seductively.
the bed but he wouldn’t budge.
are lots of room in this house that we can use.”
that?” Chike asked.
get to it on this bed…” She insisted.
looked at the bed.
bed huh? That’s the point right? You respect your marriage to that woman, you
respect her a whole lot more than you’ll ever respect me…” Eloise said with
tears in her eyes.
not what you think.” He said.
house pressing her bell over and over again. She hadn’t taken her keys and
according to the gate man, Oga was around.
looked at her.
already?” She asked walking into the house and looking around.
Boma, are you okay?” Chike asked.
said as she sprinted up the stairs to their bedroom.
room, opening and closing them and when she was finally satisfied that no one
else was in the house, she turned to face her husband.
my house or isn’t it my house too?”
suspecting me of something?” Chike asked.
to spend the whole day at the hospital.” He said.
because I’ll be there tomorrow…” She smiled.
said as he pulled her into his arms.
was pissed over Chike’s attitude. Fancy that! He couldn’t make love to her on
his bed because he had respect for that pig of a wife. They had been arguing
when the doorbell rang and Chike had gone to answer it. Eloise went downstairs
and gathered her kids and headed towards the door. At the door was the gate man who came to inform his Oga that the generator repairer was around. Eloise had
taken that opportunity and left the house with her kids.
taxi at the gate to her brother’s place, she was so mad. Chike had so much
explaining to do as regards what happened in his house. How can he claim that
he’d divorce his wife in no time and still respect her and their union at the same
with her kids and Junior came running up to meet them.
asked, ready to show that woman the stuff she’s made of.
nanny and should stay with you the whole day.”
arrangement but she called somebody while she was here and she told me she had
to leave.” Junior said innocently.
question for you but you mustn’t tell daddy…” Eloise smiled as she stooped low
to be at eye level with him.
nanny? Has she been your nanny for long?”
Could it mean, that Boma was one of her brother’s women? How could she accept a
nanny job after getting married to a wealthy man? Something didn’t add up, she
thought. Paul was hiding something and Boma was too and she bet on her life
that Chike knew nothing about it. He’d mentioned that his wife went to see a
sick friend and that’s it. Eloise knew she had to set up Chike’s wife and make
sure she falls into her trap. Instincts told her that Boma had something going
on with Paul.
tomorrow?” Eloise pressed.
her secret and that if she doesn’t come as often as she should, he’ll tell her
husband.” Junior said and turned to smile at Cherish.
watched the kids run off to play and her eyes stood wide as saucers.
could it be?”