Sammy: “Ehn? So you think I am dumb? I know what it is of course: you were doing with a lady what you are supposed to be doing with my dad. What did my social studies teacher call it again o…”he put his second finger on his lips trying to recollect what he learnt in a social studies class. “Choi! I can’t remember now, but she said it’s an abomination and infact it has been banned in Nigeria, any lady caught doing it will be sent to kirikiri prison. Sebi you came to replace my mum! Sebi all you do is shout at me in this house. You will be going to prison very soon” he said giving her a tongue out.
She thought for some time and remembered how he had used his sister’s disappearance against him several times and decided to see if it will work again.
Ophelia: “Have you forgotten so soon?” she said in a whisper, sitting down gently beside him.
Sammy: “Forgotten what?”
Ophelia: “Have you forgotten that Annie’s disappearance was your fault? I am going to your school tomorrow, I will tell everyone in your class what a terrible brother you are. How you could not even take care of one tiny baby. I will also tell your dad about it so he can start blaming you too just the same way everyone in school will blame you. You will no longer have any friend and people will start running away from you. You know I can do it right?”
Sammy: “Aunty I am sorry, I will not tell dad what I saw so don’t tell anyone this please?”
Ophelia: “Then from now on you will start doing everything I ask you to do without complaining to anyone? Just imagine how much Annie must be suffering now because of how terrible a brother you are? She might even be dead. God I pity poor Annie” she said pretending to be very sad.
Sammy: “Don’t ever say she is dead again!” he yelled on top of his voice.
Ophelia: “Hey! No screaming at me from now on no matter what I say to you otherwise the whole world will hear about how cowardly you are. Do you get me?”
Sammy: “Yes but please don’t say she might be dead, I know she is not dead, I am praying very hard for her” his voice quivered with sadness.
Ophelia: “I guess we have a deal now. That’s my boy!” she said patting his head. “Gloria you can now come out, we are good now” she called out to her friend who remained in the room so she could take care of the situation. She came out clutching her bag in front of her.
Gloria: “I have to go now. I have something I need to tell you so come by the house whenever you are free okay?”
Ophelia: “Okay! Take care of yourself for me” she said winking at her embarrassed friend as Sammy scrutinized her from head to toe.
Sammy: “I can’t believe she is pregnant and still doing that abominable thing. As far as my teacher taught me, women cannot get women pregnant. Hmmmm! My dad is in trouble” he thought to himself and shook his head in disgust.
The next day, she prepared and went to Gloria’s place. She met her husband who was preparing to go out. He eyed her suspiciously when he saw her, the memory and doubts of that day still lingered on in his mind. He was never comfortable with her, he thought it was because she was too beautiful but now he wasn’t so sure anymore.
Gloria made signs to her to wait for her husband to leave so she sat down quietly watching music videos on Hiptv. She sprang up as soon as Johnson had left and went to meet her friend, hugged her at arm’s length because of her pregnancy and place a light kiss on her lips.
Ophelia: “So you said you wanted to see me? Here I am” she said spreading her arms.
Gloria: “Yes I said I wanted to see you. I don’t know how you will take it but I still have to let it out” she said looking downcast.
OphelIa: “Hmmmmm! What is it?”
Gloria: “Please don’t take it the wrong way. I want you to know this is breaking my heart too but I don’t know how to keep it up. I want us to stop what we are doing right away. I want to be a good mum to my child and a good wife to my husband”
Ophelia: “What are we doing that needs to be stopped? What are you talking about? It’s not like I am stopping you from being a good mum and wife to whoever you want so what are you talking about?”
Gloria: “I want us to put an end to this relationship”
Ophelia: “What? What are you talking about? If it’s a joke please stop it cos it’s not funny” she sobered up immediately.
Gloria: “I am serious dear. I really am. I can’t do this anymore. Let’s break up, you should face your new home too and find a way to start loving your husband too. I know how much I made mine suffer, Richard is a nice guy, and so please be a good wife to him”
Ophelia: “Breaking up with me is one thing but don’t ever lecture me about how to run my own marriage. How can you break up with me now that I need you the most? How can you?”
Gloria: “I am sorry dear”
Ophelia: “you promised me your husband will not get in the way of our love, have you forgotten so soon? Have you forgotten all the moments we share? I don’t think I can live a sane life without you. Please reconsider your decision? If you want me to wait till you give birth, I will but don’t tell me we are breaking up okay?”
Gloria: “Well I mean it. We are over from now on. We can be friends but nothing more. If that is not okay by you then I will have no other option but to cut all relations with you”
Ophelia: “I swear you will regret this. You will regret this” she said, picked up her bag and dashed out of the house blindly.
Richard noticed that his wife was even more withdrawn than ever. She acted like someone who was heartbroken and he could not remember ever doing anything wrong to her. Each time he tried talking to her about it she’d shun him down but one thing he could not still fathom was why she was so rigid on bed. All she did was lie down while he worked his guts out, he could not remember the last time he enjoyed making love to her. That night after a bout of boring and unsatisfying love making, he rolled to his side of the bed, looked at her and realised she had turned her back to him…
Richard: “Honey! What exactly is happening between us? I can’t seem to remember ever doing anything to warrant this kind of treatment from you. What is going on? Please talk to me, your silence is killing”
Ophelia: “You don’t know what you did? Your offence is not letting me be, I hate having sex with you, I hate your stupid hard body, I miss Gloria” she thought to herself as tears flowed down her face. “Aren’t you satisfied with the one you just did now? Should we go again?” she asked unemotionally.
Richard: “You are getting me wrong baby. The sex is one of it but what I am mostly alarmed at is your attitude towards me. Did I unknowingly do something wrong to you?”
Ophelia: “Yes you did! I lost my heart because of you and that Johnson, I hate you two with passion” she thought but ignored his question. He was becoming more annoying with each passing minute.
Richard: “Aren’t you the one I am talking to madam?”
Ophelia: “Richie you did nothing wrong to me. Can we just sleep now?”
Richard: “Fine then! Just know that this is really frustrating, put yourself in my shoes and you will know how terrible I feel these days” he said feeling so disappointed and forlorn. She said nothing even though in her mind, she felt sorry for him but she just was too heartbroken herself to meet anybody’s expectation of her at that moment.
Some weeks later, she sat in front of the mirror in her room, thinking of how to get another lover to satisfy her sexual needs since no matter how hard she tried, or how hard Richard tried, he just wasn’t getting her there. The whole thing disgusted her especially since he could not give her orals the way Gloria used to. She heard the door open and heard footsteps approaching the corridor which led to Sammy’s room and knew he was back. She went and stood by the door waiting for him to show up.
Ophelia: “Hey Sammy Come here!” she ordered as soon as she sighted him.
Sammy: “Good afternoon aunty” he said wearily.
Ophelia: “Nothing good about this afternoon, just come here now” she said, turned and walked back to the bed while he followed her. “How old did you say you are again?”
Sammy: “I am seven year plus. Hope there is no problem?”
Ophelia: “Not at all but I want you to do something for me. Come closer…”
…WATCH OUT FOR PART 17