ISOKENE Part 27
(STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING)
Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“I Want you to be honest with me mum. Where were you?” Gold had asked for the umpteenth time as she sat on the bed after cleaning up herself, but I couldn’t summon up the courage to say where I was...
“You were with Mr. Gbesan?” Gold asked. I burst into tears knowing I had made my angel lose the most important thing she had, her virginity.
“I knew it…So you let him have his way with you?” Gold was tearing up seriously
“No…NO…we only kissed”… I said at least to save my face…
“That was all?” Gold asked and I nodded affirmatively
“Then I forgive you, let’s see this as just an evil along the way, a distraction … let’s focus back on getting Dad back” She said wiping her tears even though the tears was flowing on its own...
And that broke me….Her words broke me, She forgave me after being the cause of her been raped. I stared at her amidst tears asking myself , “Who was this girl I called my daughter?”
“Who are you ? Where is my daughter?, you can’t be human and be like this?” All she did was stare at me blankly and she said the following words I have never recovered from till date
“ Life’s too short to dwell on bad happenings when there are countless opportunities to experience goodness in the nearest future if we push forward” Gold had said
We both heard the beep, a text from Henry, I actually thought it was from Mr. Gbesan who had been bombarding my phone with apology text messages for coming into my life and disrupting my life even more… It wasn’t his fault, I was the one who got carried away
“Mum, Your phone, Dad just sent you a text?” ....I was not in the mood to hear from Henry, he was the least I wanted to hear from, but Just to make Gold happy, I read the text
“Margaret just had a baby boy, I am so happy, We have a son Betty, Thanks for your prayers, you are a good wife”
I didn’t know why my own life turned out this way, Henry was committing adultery and God gave him exactly what he wanted; a SON, but I TRIED to commit adultery just once and my precious angel was Raped…
Gold took the phone from me, on seeing the text, she shouted in joy forgetting her pains
“ Thank you Jesus, Thank You for giving mummy and Daddy a son, thank you Jesus!”
Another text came in…This time Gold read it loud…
“Betty, I will love to have you and the kids back home…I have missed you so much, Margaret is right, we can work things out, please consider it , so I can come over to pick you back home”…
Gold started crying...
“ It has happened, God has done it...We are going back home” She was all over the place
But as for me, I just laid on the bed wondering IF I WAS meant to be happy or sad?, I didn’t just know how to feel….
Gold sent ä reply to Henry impersonating me..
“Praise be to God, I am so happy to hear the good news, we will definitely love to come home to see both mother and Child, I miss you as well, Congratulations my sunshine..”
I didn’t even have the strength to tell her not to send the text as she read it loud to my hearing, but almost immediately Henry replied
“Thank you my Heart”…
“My Heart”....That was what Henry used to call me when things were still good….
Gold slept off much later…..
I couldn’t sleep, a lot had happened that day, I had fallen like a park of cards, which resulted in my daughter being raped.
It dawned on me, I was just as human as Henry and Margaret who were being controlled by their emotions and desire…
Now I believe the popular saying, that “You can’t say you can never fall until you are faced with serious temptations behind closed door” . I wondered if Mr. Gbesan had not applied the brakes, I would have committed adultery, which would have made me no less better than Margaret and Henry…
“God! Is it your will for my husband to have two wives, is this a cross I have to bear?”
And for the first time in my life, I heard the voice of God Audibly
“Go back home and play the fool just like Isokene Did, and do all I have asked you to do´
I cried and cried all through the night and I Forgave my husband and Margaret wholeheartedly knowing they were not evil but also human like me. I just needed to set them aright....
The question in my heart was “ How was I going to get full ownership of my matrimonial home and get the mistress her own home...”
Follow the simple but complex journey I had to go through...
To be continued....
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Written by Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde