When I got home, Sandra was done with making lunch and was cleaning the kitchen up. My heart was racing as I joined her. She wanted to set the dining for me to eat but I wasn’t hungry and told her I will eat later. I noticed that her facial expression changed after I said that. After tidying the kitchen up she started walking out with a kitchen napkin which she was using to wipe her wet hands. She threw the napkin carelessly on the dining table and I knew she was angry. I rushed to her.
“My love what is it…did I do anything wrong?
She pulled away from my arms and said.
“I should be asking you that. Ever since yesterday you have been acting strange. I got tired of asking you what the problem was. I know something is bothering but you have refused to open up. Did I do anything wrong bye coming down to see you? Why can’t you open up on what exactly is eating at you. You picked at your breakfast this morning and did not eat much, I quickly made lunch hoping you will eat whenever you return but here you are again telling that you are not hungry. I should have stayed back in my father’s house instead of coming down here. Any time I start a conversation you will be absent minded and hardly give me the attention I crave for. I’m leaving…I’m going back home. Whenever you are ready to open up, you know where to find me. I will not spend another night here in this house with you…I can’t cope with your troubled mood. Maybe I should be serious with my plans on visiting the embassy with my dad and getting the required documents for my traveling out to Canada instead of been where I’m not wanted.
She turned and started walking away, I held her and she kept struggling. I was almost crying like a child. I was really going through a lot and I do not want it to affect Sandra, I felt so sad that Sandra was dragged into my mess. How do I even tell her that I’m expecting a child with Ireti. Sandra will never forgive me this time, not after what I did to her. But for how long do I intend to live like this. Ireti was making my life miserable and I don’t know how to escape from it. My only problem is I don’t want to see Sandra sad. I held her and did not let her go. A tear dropped from my eyes to her shoulder and she straightened and looked at me. I lowered my saddened face. She took me to a sit and I sat down. Sandra brought a box of tissue and handed over to me. She sat beside me and grabbed my hands into hers. She was indeed treating me like a child and it made me want to cry the more because Sandra deserve a better man not somebody like me. I don’t deserve her kind heart.
“Mart, what is it? Talk to me…I wish to know please. You are getting me worried.
I wiped another tear, swallowed hard and looked up at her.
“I’m afraid, I don’t want you to leave me. My life will be in shamble if you leave me. I love you so much and I can’t function well without you. That is why I can’t open up my trouble to you because you may never forgive me….. But I won’t blame you if you chose not to forgive. I wish…I wish you will.
She was quiet, she squeezed my hands gently, bent over and kissed my forehead before saying.
“Trust me first and tell me what it is. I don’t know what my reaction will be and I’m not promising I will be all nice at whatever you have to say but let me hear first before concluding. I love you too Mart and you should stop hiding stuffs from me. I hate secrets. Did you kill anybody?…what happened?
I swallowed hard again, bent my head and try to arrange the words in my mind. I breathed out and said.
“It’s Ireti. I lied…I lied to you about calling it quit with her. It all started when I couldn’t get to you after what happened back then, Ireti came back pleading for a second chance or she will kill herself. I didn’t want to give her a chance after what happened but eventually I did. I notice she was still in contact with her Papi but I waved it off until I heard Musa one day talking to you over the phone. I urged him to get your address and when he did I came searching for you. After I found you, I try to end it all with Ireti but she won’t let me be. She comes up with different threats and almost stabbed herself one day with my kitchen knife after i told her it was over between us. She was blackmailing me emotionally and in every way possible. I got drunk one night and can’t remember touching her but when I woke up my clothes were off and Ireti was naked. She said I made love to her without condom and I have never done that before. After few weeks she told me that she was pregnant and it was a product of that night. She was the same person that kept calling yesterday and I lied that it was my Mum, I lied…my love. I’m sorry. I never meant for any of this to happen. She kept banging at the gate yesterday and I have to go out to dismiss her. Today I actually went to see her and to settle on how to go on with the pregnancy but she is still making everything difficult and kept threatening me. Please don’t leave me. I know I don’t deserve you…please stay. My life will never be the same if you leave me….please….
I pleaded and went on my knee pleading. I didn’t even care as tears dropped from my eyes. I kept begging Sandra not to leave and to forgive me. She pulled me up and remained quiet and every of her silent makes me feel like I was going to choke to death. She didn’t say anything for a while and I guess she was trying to decide if she should walk away or to forgive me and stay. All through her silent period I did not stop pleading. It was a horrible mistake and I know not many ladies will condone such from their man but I kept praying and hoping Sandra will forgive me and stay.
“Have you confirmed if the pregnant is truly yours?
She shocked me by asking that. I pretend not to hear her.
“eeeh?…sorry, i didn’t hear you clearly.
I said amid tears and try to grab another tissue to wipe my eyes.
“You told me that Ireti‘s Papi was her lover before and he was the same person she took the burgundy shoe and aquarium to. right? She asked with a straight face. I nodded like agama lizard, continuously while wiping a tear from my eyes. I sat properly to understand what Sandra was getting at. Anything that will save my relationship and make Sandra to stay I’m ready to do it. She continued talking
“…good. What if the pregnancy is for Papi and she tries to paint it on you so that you won’t leave her. And what if Ireti is not even pregnant? Have you consider all this things before. Ireti is capable of anything and it shouldn’t surprise you if one of the things I mentioned is true. But if the baby is yours then is fine but you have to be wise and handle her with strong hands and not with levity. If you keep romancing her words and getting scared anytime she threatens, Ireti will keep using you and you will be stuck with her for a very long time. Mart, I love you and I need you to be a man and handle Ireti. You have to stop creating the room for her to feel she got you where she wants you to be. I will even love to handle her myself. My father did not raise me to be stupid or weakling but he didn’t raise me to be violent either. I hate it when people glorify what is wrong.
I kept nodding to her every word and did not stop even though it appears funny.
“…stop nodding like that and get to work right away while I’m still here.
She said while trying to get up. I held her hands thinking she was going to pick up her bag.
“Please forgive me. I’m ready to do anything you want me to do. My love please don’t leave…please.
She sighed in a funny way and said.
“Who said I was leaving? I’m here and I will love if you take Ireti to another hospital to run new pregnancy test and if she is pregnant then we will do the DNA test to ascertain who the father is and if the pregnancy is yours then we will decide on what to do concerning that. I can handle Ireti…she is not a big deal like she appears to be Mart.
She pulled back her hands and started walking away and I shouted behind her.
“Does this means that you have forgiven me?
I said holding my sweating wrist tight. She turned back, looked at me for some time before saying.
“I never said I have forgiven you Mart. forgiveness doesn’t work like magic. I’m very angry with you right now for lying to me. Very angry that you slept with Ireti even after reconciling with me and revealing your full intentions for to my father. I can’t believe you still went ahead to cheat on me with Ireti. Hmmm! I just hope we will get around this at the end. I haven’t forgiven you Mart because forgiveness is not a cheap word to be thrown carelessly. Let’s focus on the task ahead first and unravel Ireti…
I nodded as she walked inside. She slept in the second master bedroom and I respected her privacy just as she wanted. I slept in my bedroom and couldn’t sleep through out that night and I went to the sitting room to sleep instead. Sandra’s father called Sandra because she was supposed to go back that day but Sandra told her Dad that she will spend few more days before leaving. We ate breakfast in silent and I kept staring at her and begging her not to punish me away for my past wrong but Sandra was a very strong will person. She asked me to stop the continues kneeling and pleading and invite Ireti over.
I did, I called Ireti to come over so that we can stay together and talk. Ireti said she was not at her place and will come the following day. She was talking in a place that echoes in my ears, a place like bathroom and it seems like she was whispering. Ireti said she was carrying my child and shouldn’t be on the road all the time stressing herself. She also added that she needed money to register for check up in her private hospital and I told her that I will give her all she want whenever she comes.
She didn’t come that day and Sandra was still cold towards me. She did not allow me close to her except when we eat on the dining together or watch television. My eyes was on her and I wish to hold her, feel her warm body, kiss her like the first night we had and have a long gist filled with laughter. I wanted many thing but I was running ahead of myself and I prayed that she will forgive me at the end. The fourth day was the day Ireti came. Sandra was in her own master bedroom and didn’t want to be bothered. Immediately Ireti walks in, she came straight to hug and to kiss me but I pushed her off.
“Mart you really need to be nice and stop pushing me away every time. You have to start doing everything I ask of you. If I want you to make love to me for three straight hours you have no choice than to do it because is part of doctor’s prescription for me. you know I’m carrying your child, you need to treat me well. You have to do everything I want to avoid the news getting into the ears of your former maid. If your Sandra hears of this…hahahaha. You will be doomed for life. She will never trust you again or smell near you. I have the key to your happiness right now so treat me well or I will unlock the secret. I will tell Sandra that I’m pregnant for you and we have been together every day because you can’t stay a day with enjoying my sexual prowess. Hahahaha, Ooh! you are scared. You are scared of me telling Sandra…hahahaha. That is more reason you should be very nice to me otherwise I will leak your secret to her.
Ireti laugh as she talks. She felt like she had me where she want me and had this undeniable air of authority on her shoulders. She was still talking when Sandra came out from the room Ireti became shock and looked from me to Sandra.
“You didn’t tell me that your maid was around. I hope she did not hear our little secret…hahahahaha.
Sandra smile and said.
“Ireti is nice meeting you again. Please, what secret are you talking about…?
Ireti sat on a cushion, crossed her legs like boss of the moment. she replied.
“Well…Well…your prince charming did not tell you? You are actually wasting your time here because you don’t have a place at all. I remain the only queen of his heart and even more especially now that I carry what he treasures most. If I tell you what it is you will disappear like a bolt of lightning and never smell near here again.
Sandra looked at me and curved a smile. I sensed she wanted me to play along with the drama queen and I did. I turned to Ireti and said.
“Ireti, please don’t say anything…. leave Sandra out of this whole drama. I’m begging you.
Ireti began to laugh so hard and I almost laugh too because she fell for the whole thing. I saw Sandra’s face and composed myself. Ireti later said.
“uuhhh! Our baby boy is begging me not to tell you. He is afraid and I can feel his fear. I won’t tell you Miss Sandra because is a bond between me and Mart and I know if I leave here later, you will start fighting him to tell you but he won’t. if he tries to talk it will be all a lie to cover up the main hidden truth. Our fine boy is shivering in fear. Hahahaha…I’m enjoying this. I have everything right in my control. If you really want to know the truth then search me out and I will be glad to fill you up. Mart is not your real prince charming…but to avoid heart break is better not to know. I will advise you not to bother knowing what the secret is to avoid taking poison or committing suicide….hahahahaha!
Sandra sat down on the same cushion with me but she kept some distance between us. She looked up at Ireti and said
“Is there another secret aside claiming to be pregnant for Mart? Well, he told me himself and it wasn’t a big deal at all. And I’m glad that you are here because we will take you to a different hospitals to confirm for ourselves.
Ireti’s laughing face turned into shock. She looks from me who was smiling from ear to ear. I beat her to her own game. She looks at Sandra and was speechless. Sandra continued.
“….if the secret is about the pregnancy then is no more a secret. Congratulations anyway. But Ireti, You were hitting on two men at almost same time. Mart and your Papi were in the picture. But since you said the pregnancy is for Mart then is a good thing, I love babies and Mart can’t wait to be a Dad. But first of all, we will like to confirm if you are truly pregnant and if you are, we will find out who the child belongs to through the help of a DNA test. So, are you ready…let’s go? Mart will drive us to the hospital and more hospitals to get more confirmation.
Ireti stood angrily and said.
“I’m not going anywhere. I will not allow you to step in and spoil my plans. I’m pregnant for Mart and that’s final. If I will even go anywhere it will be to my hospital and use my doctor. If not, then I am not stepping an inch to any other hospital. I will not let you destroy my plans or come between me and Mart. You are a scumbag, a lazy maid who is trying to eat where she did not sow, you want to hang your cloth among the rich and famous, I will destroy your sorry ass and give you a seat you belong. I will deal with you first before you will pour sand into my streams of fresh water. Foolish girl. I’m not going anywhere except to my own hospital…”
Ireti was fuming angrily, Sandra really got her hard. I began to wonder within me why I haven’t I thought of the possibility of Ireti trying to feign me up. Sandra said
“Okay Ireti, you can leave and carry your pregnancy all by yourself since you are not ready to go to another hospital for a test. Mart will not send you a dime again, I will make sure I destroy your fresh stream of water. The only solution for you to keep enjoying yourself is to follow us to another hospital for a clear test but if you don’t…hmmm! I will make sure you don’t smell near this house again because it will be intruding in Mart’s private property. I will also make sure he gets you arrested if you are seen close to his house again…
Ireti rushed at Sandra suddenly, she was boiling and threw her shoe at her but Sandra was fast enough to dodge it. Ireti charged Sandra for a serious fight but Sandra gave her two heavy slap and she fell back to the ground and pretend to faint. Sandra asked me not to interfere and I obeyed. She went to the fridge and brought chilled water. I was panicking within me and hoping that Ireti did not faint for real. I try to remain calm and did not move from my seat. I was watching Ireti’s body and saw when she readjusted herself on the ground and continue to pretend as if she passed out. Sandra brought the water and poured all over Iret’s body. She stood angrily like a witch and try to charge at Sandra again, who used her hand to dodged her blow. Ireti was applying all her strength into fight but Sandra stood watching her jump up and down like a crazy woman. Another slap from Sandra sent her crashing on the chair. Ireti is a weak tigress, she wasn’t ready to give up but Sandra was fully ready for her drama. I didn’t even interfere between the two of them. I did exactly what Sandra asked me to do. I remained seated and kept watching as if it was a movie. Well, it was like a live show between ant and elephant and I wish I can record the funny moment and laugh over it later. The drama queen was running her mouth, kept threatening and pulling weak muscles at Sandra who was too strong for her. I wonder why Ireti was still trying to fight somebody who was obviously stronger than she was. Sandra asked Ireti to leave but the witch was not ready to give up. She resulted to running her mouth and all I did was to listen and laugh silently with my mouth covered. I’m still here wondering why I never thought that Ireti may be trying to scam me like she did with my Burgundy shoe. Taking original and replacing it with fake.
Why didn’t I ever thought of that before now? I’m happy and relaxed that Sandra was here to handle her because I couldn’t have done that on my own.