***MR LECTURER S2***
I finally picked up myself after some minutes, headed to the sitting room and pretended as if i was just waking up. My wife faked a smile on seeing me while my mother in law greeted me pleasantly..
“mum said she had a very strange dream last night and so had to rush over to see me. She’s also spending the night here with us” my wife said sweetly as i sat beside her. I instantly thanked her mother over and over.
We spent some time together before I finally headed to Comfort’s home for the great task ahead. Yea the time was exactly 12nøon when i left my house and headed out of town.
Gosh i was so nervous and shaken. I definitely was oblivious of what to expect. I prayed hard as i drove, begging God to be by my side.
1:35pm, Comfort’s home
I parked my car in front of the quiet compound, made the sign of the cross before alighting from my car. I nervously made my way into the compound, missing few steps as i sighted Comfort’s father standing on the veranda.
“d–n old man” i cursed as i remembered the great scene he created in my office which led to my suspension.
He grew serious on sighting me while i boldly walked towards him, greeting politely when i got close to him. He responded a bit coldly.
“please sir i really wish to speak with Comfort and it’s kind of urgent” i begged after exchanging pleasantries with him. He studied me for some seconds before shrugging.
“she went to the hospital but here she is” he answered, pointing towards the gate. I turned to see Comfort coming with a sweet smile on her face. She looked way better than the last time i saw her.
“wow, good afternoon, can you imagine i dreamt about you last night. You never informed me you were coming, why?” she giggled happily while i shrugged, saying nothing. Her father stared at us for some seconds, shook his head and left us to be alone.
“fine, i know all isn’t well, let’s sit here and talk” she added, pointing to a small bench close by. I obeyed, sat down with her on the bench, faced her and breathed deeply.
“well i guess you already have heard that i lost my job due to the mess your parents created for me, but i still have a small window of opportunity in getting it back and i do need your help in it. All you have to do is simply to come out publicly and collaborate my story. You know till now that you are yet to make any statement concerning our relationship and i have powerful friends who are willing to help if you as much as come out in public to defend me” i explained solemnly. Her eyes instantly lighted up. I stared at her hopefully.
“you ruined my life and left me in the village, my parents ruined yours and left you jobless. You are now here begging me to help you fix your life back without any consideration for my own life. Anyway i will help but my demand still remains the same. I deserve the same right, privilege and respect your wife enjoys. My bride price will also be paid and a decent apartment arranged for me and my baby. Of course you don’t expect me to defend you publicly from my father’s house?” she demanded seriously, igniting my temper with her words. I felt like strangling her that moment but controlled myself as i weighed the options before.
“of course you know your demands are very unrealistic. Supposing i even wish to pay your bride price where do i get the money from?. I’m already broke and jobless, moreover my wife won’t take this s–t” i breathed.
“your wife, your wife, your wife?. What am i then?. In case you don’t know, i’m going to be the mother of your first son, better start planning ahead. As for your job, i will help you get it back and equally take all the shame, fall and blame if you just fulfill my demands. That’s my final word. Infact do you think it will be easy for an expectant mother like me to come out openly and bail you out with all the curse and nasty comments the public will throw at me. If you are ready, just do the right thing” she breathed, got up and headed inside the house, leaving me totally ripped apart….
Yes i was totally crestfallen. The two sides to my position was as deep as grave. The options before me were totally unimaginable. I just couldn’t live being jobless and i equally couldn’t live letting my wife down over again.
What do i do?
To be continued
Written by Valentine Nkemjika