glare as though she was saying ‘if I hear of this ordeal from your lips I will
kill you.’ Emeka was scared, very scared of Nkechi, the woman he had quickly
She had charmed him with her culinary skills, her bedmatics
dexterity which he had equaled to none and the fact that she was the perfect
wife material. Now he understood the meaning of ‘All that glitter is not gold’
as emphasized in the classic, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. He
suddenly recalled sitting in his class with other students at Kings College
Lagos and while his fellow students made loud noise and jumped from seat to
seat during break, his focus was on his Shakespearean play. Now, he wished he
could go back, he desperately wanted to take back the hands of time, he wanted
to go back to his youth, he wanted to fall innocently in love again and he
wanted Ade back. At that moment he realized the reasons a lot of men make
mistakes where marriage is concerned. Majority seek complete control, while
others look for comfort, many more run after shadows and mostimes, leave their
soul-mates behind in their pursuit for unrealities. There is nothing like the
perfect woman, there exists one thing however which is ‘a woman with many
flaws’. Who could be referred to as, Wife Material? How many women fit into
this description? Yes, the streets are filled with beautiful women, curvy
women, women whose mouth-watering meals could make you forget an important
appointment at work and whose expertise in bed is a whopping 200% (that’s if
such thing exists). But what better woman than that one who completes,
satisfies and makes a man crave her companionship? What better woman that the
one who knows all your buttons, who can tell your moods and who knows how well
to annoy you and the easy way to make you burst out in laughter. Ade was such
woman to Emeka, they could crack jokes and laugh like their lives depended on
it, they gossiped more than most housewives, they annoy each other to the
extent of destroying their relationship but in all, they were so happy
together. Emeka knew at that moment that he wanted Ade back, he didn’t care if
her tribe encouraged genuflecting one million times a day, he didn’t care if
she spoke a different language or the fact that she didn’t whip up good dishes
as Nkechi, or if her bedroom experience was worse than Nkechi’s, ‘we’ll manage’
he thought, ‘she completes me, I should have never let her leave in the first
eyed him briskly and placed the tray beside him on the bed.
anymore…I want you out of my life.” Emeka breathed.
around the small hospital room. “You want to get rid of me? After using me,
having sex repeatedly with me and eating my food, you want to get rid of me?
Hahahahahahaha…you’re dreaming boo. Wake up and smell the coffee, it’s
breakfast time. Hahahahahaha…”
weak and you’re strong right? All because you were trained to kill, you feel
you’re God, is that right?” Emeka said.
concerned, I am a god and there’s no way in hell that I’m ever letting you go.
We are stuck for life Emeka, till death do us part. It is over my dead body
that I’ll ever leave you, do you hear me?”
for a microphone, tell everyone that I beat you up and after that come back
into the room feeling good about yourself. Then, in a few days you’ll be
discharged and you’ll come home to me, that is when you’ll know that a tiger is
better left unmeddled with because I will break your bones, I will step on your
back so bad till I hear it crack, your spine will become useless. Go ahead
baby, the door’s all yours.” Nkechi said and bent to give him a wet kiss on the
forehead and walked out of the room and this time, she left the door open.
covered his face and sobbed.
lips and murmured.
of her palm.
closest business associates, he had come to their house with his family for
lunch. Ade and her parents had just returned from church and she had been
lounging on the sitting room sofa and flipping through an old album when he
walked in. They were quickly introduced and Ade was loving all the attention
she was getting from the charming young man who couldn’t take his eyes off her.
By the time they had walked to the dinning and lunch was served, he kept
throwing glances her way till she almost choked on her grilled fish.
yours.” Ade blurted out.
true.” Tony said to her. “And to think that my family has known yours for
almost thirty years and we have never met face to face.”
their tall water glasses and curiously dart their gaze at the two youngsters.
the two of us.” Tony smiled.
the staring atleast for now, I’d love to eat my food in peace.”
compound with Nduka by her side, he wasn’t interested in driving today so she
had taken the wheels instead. She remembered feeling strange as she drove into
the compound as well as the hairs on her neck standing as though she was on
towered above her in the sitting room.
comparing him with the old one. She had to admit, there was something about the
old Nduka that kept her love for him going strong but for this new man, No, he
was like a dying ember of fire. She saw the look in his eyes, filled with love
for her yet within that soft gaze was something dead and buried, there was
little or no life in his stare.
watched him disappear into the kitchen.
she saw the caller ID and shivered, it was Ken.
house for the past one hour and I’ve been asking around, Nduka is not your
housemate, he is your fiancée.” Ken said with an icy voice.
fully well that you were engaged to someone else? And yes, I was stalking you,
I didn’t want to take a chance.”
to say it…” Ngozi quickly darts her eyes around the sitting room and runs into
the guest toilet shutting the door firmly behind her. “Nduka and I are no more
together, he wants out of the relationship and I am tired too… we decided to
let each other go a long time ago but I haven’t have the chance to move out
of your gate. I’d love to be properly introduced to your ex-fiancé.” Ken said
and hung up.
bumped into Nduka who was holding up a tray of toast and fruit juice.
man is my new boss because I am on a contract with his company for now. He
hates working with married women and now he’s here to confirm that I am not
married. I’d like you to pretend as though we are no more together.”
intentions?” Nduka said as he quickly dropped the tray of food on a high stool
and faced her.
stand each other. I need this job desperately.”
gave it to you and yet you can’t resign from that office?”
You promised that you’ll always be there for me, why are you acting this way?”
Ngozi said choking on a sob.
never to bring up this topic again.” Nduka said hugging her affectionately.
suddenly went to the framed photographs of herself and Nduka together. She disentangled
herself from the embrace and hurried to the walls where she picked each
photograph and smashed them to the ground. Nduka stared at her with a shocked
look in his eyes. She hurried to the door and opened it, Ken stood at the
entrance with a scowl on his face.
miserable relationship! Out!” She cried and flung herself into his arms and
through Nduka’s mind as he sat in the kitchen listening to his love speak to a
in love with each other and soon, I’ll get her to resign from that stupid job.”
experiences with Nduka to Ken and she saw the genuine compassion in his eyes.
It was at that moment that she realized that the saying ‘a problem shared is a
problem solved’ was really true. She found herself remembering all the harsh
things Nduka had done to her before she had jazzed him and somehow, she
realized that she made a big mistake to try to fix their love.
to you.” Ken said sympathetically.
was going to work…little did I know that I couldn’t force love. So you see,
Nduka doesn’t love me anymore, he just tolerates me but I held on for so long
and I think it’s time to finally let go.” Ngozi said with a catch in her voice.
get out of here as soon as possible.”
those horrible things about him? As long as he could remember, he had always
loved her, she was his jewel, his sun, his life, why was she making up all
these stories?’ he asked himself, while sighing deeply.
side, she knew she had to take back everything that she had done. She had to
take back the hands of time and hopefully diffuse the charm that Jelia had
given her so that Nduka could return to his former state. Meeting Ken opened
her eyes to a lot of realities, there was no need to force love, it came as
naturally as the air she breathes. First thing tomorrow, she resolved, she
would go back to Jelia and undo the potion. She needed to be with Ken, he was
all that mattered to her now.
watched the bones rattle loudly and suddenly, one fell to the ground. She
picked it up and smiled to herself.
that chase after men so shamelessly. I’m sorry Ngozi, not in this lifetime, a
love spell can never be undone.” Hanging the bone which had fallen off, back on
the rack, she shouted in laughter, displaying her disarrayed set of teeth.