The Trinity Episodes 17&18
She didn’t hesitate to pick the phone call.
Sophie: “Hello Jason”
Helena: “Hi, this isn’t Jason. I am his wife”
Sophie: “Oh so sorry. Please, is Jason available? I would like to talk to him”
Helena: “No, he is not, you can leave a message for him”
Sophie: “Thank you very much. There is really no need for that. Please tell him to kindly call me back”
Helena: “You sound uncomfortable, can you tell me what the problem is?”
Sophie: “It’s nothing I would want to involve you in Madam”
Helena: “Look, Jason has told me so much about you and how caring you have been with him. Trust me, I really appreciate what you have done for us. You sound quite agitated. Could you share the problem with me, I really want to help. “
Sophie: “Thank you very much for your kindness but I prefer I talk to your husband instead”
Helena: “Well, even if you talk to him, he will surely tell me. I am insisting and I would like to be your friend too, ok?”
Sophie: “Hmmmn. I guess I have no other option. It might also be good for me to get a woman’s perspective on this. However, this matter can’t be discussed on the phone. Could we meet somewhere?”
Helena: “I am free anytime, please let me know where you would like us to meet. How about your place? I think that would be the most private place for us to meet.”
Sophie: “Ok, I will text the address to Jason’s phone as soon as we are done talking”
Helena: “That is fine by me. When would you like us to meet? You seem as if this matter is quite heavy on your mind. I am also anxious to meet with you. What do you say to us meeting tonight?
Sophie thought to herself that this was a bit awkward. There was something faintly familiar about the voice on the other side. She however was quite anxious to discuss the matter with someone.
“Yes” said Sophie “I am free this evening. You could come over.“
Helena: “Ok, I will be there.”
This was exactly what Helena wanted. She was getting an opportunity to meet with this mysterious lady who had gotten such a firm place in her husband’s mind. She knew that there was nothing sexual between Sophie and Jason. She was just curious to know her.
Sophie on the other hand didn’t like the idea of involving Jason’s wife. However, Helena had been very persuasive over the phone and she really had nothing to hide. Sophie also felt that since Helena was Jason’s wife, she could also use the opportunity of the meeting to know the relationship between Jason and Michael.
The note Amah had pressed into Jason’s hand hinted at telling him of something he needed to know in a more private setting. She had asked for a meeting and had included in the note, a time and venue.
Jason thought initially of informing Helena of her friend’s plans. However there was something mysterious and compelling about Amah and her moves. He was also suspicious of the assumed friendship. He had been married to Helena for a while and he had never heard of or seen Amah until she showed up strangely at their door.
Additionally, he had noted in hindsight that his wife seemed rather anxious and fidgety during the period Amah was at the house. They thought he hadn’t noticed it but there seemed to be some coldness during the period. He decided that it would be in his best interest to keep the date, which was also for that evening.
Back at the office, Joe the HR manager believed he had succeeded in scaring Michael. He however wanted to press his advantage further and decided to recruit Amah in his plan.
Later that afternoon, he called Amah into his office for a talk.
“Amah there is something I want to discuss with you.” Joe said
“Go on, sir” Amah replied.
“I know what is something going on between you and Michael and you know….” Suddenly he was interrupted by Amah
“Sir, with all due respect, our relationship here is quite professional but whatever goes on outside the company’s gate is personal and none of the company’s business” Amah said hotly.
“Easy girl, you should allow me finish, that’s not what I meant.” He said “I know the look you gave Michael when we went to visit Sophie, all I am asking for is a big favor.” He continued.
“Favor? What favor sir? Amah asked
“I want you to hold on to your man Michael. Be possessive of him enough to persuade him to stay away from Sophie.” Joe said.
“Sir, Do you love Sophie or something? Amah asked.
“That is not your business.“ Joe said haughtily “Just do as I have said and you will be rewarded accordingly,” said Joe.
Amah laughed out loud at the absurdity of the whole matter. She was willing to cooperate since her bread was going to be buttered in two directions. She reassured Joe that it was okay and assured him that everything was under control.
They bantered a bit and then she left him to get back to her office.
Michael tried seeing Amah but she somehow managed to avoid him. She however came around now and then and managed to keep him in suspense.
The workday finally came to an end and Michael found himself home. He got himself a drink and was in his bedroom going over the issues of the past few days. He suddenly remembered the SMS warning him about Nikky.
He got up from where he was and walked over to where he had kept the herbal concoction. He was shocked to find the drug wasn’t there. He wondered to himself who could have taken it. The only person that had access to his house was Sophie and he knew she would have called him or waited for him to come home.
“I should have thrown that thing away since” he said to himself. He had been avoiding Sophie since the incident with Amah and Joe and hadn’t called her once. The only time he took her call, he had hastily cut it off. However, he curiously called her to find out if she had come to his house.
The phone rang out twice without Sophie picking it up. Michael wasn’t so disturbed. He felt safe. If Sophia had seen the drug, she would likely have called him about it. Maybe he had gotten rid of it without realizing, he thought to himself. He made a mental note to check up on Sophie on his way to work the next morning.
Amah had gotten to the rendezvous point ahead of Jason and was already sitted. She had chosen a fine restaurant halfway between her office and Jason’s house.
She was halfway into her cocktail when Jason showed up and joined her at the table.
They were in between chitchats when the waiter appeared to take Jason’s order.
She ordered a gin and tonic for him
“I really don’t want any alcohol, a soft drink will do.“ Jason said.
“You think so? Trust me, you will need the gin and tonic for what I’m about to tell you” Amah said.
Her words freaked Jason out completely.
Sophie had been waiting for Jason’s wife to arrive. It was getting late; she assumed that Helena would have come earlier. Sophie took a look at her wristwatch, noted the time and started doubting if the visit was going to happen. She put on a movie and soon drifted off to sleep while watching. In the middle of her doze, she was suddenly awakened by the sharp sound of her doorbell.
“Finally, she is here.” Sophie said to herself and stood up from the couch to go open the door.
She walked towards the door not really knowing what to expect. The woman on the other side had sounded pleasant. She was suddenly curious to know what Jason’s wife would look like.
Helena on the other side of the door was suddenly apprehensive. She had looked forward to seeing this woman and now the time had finally come.
Sophie opened the door just about the same time that Helena was looking up at the door. Their eyes met and they both simultaneously froze in shock.
Sophie’s face was filled with shock as she saw Helena. They had both been inseparable childhood friends. Their friendship had lasted all the way through secondary school. They only lost touch after Sophie’s family relocated.
Initially, they had tried to keep in touch but after a while, it become very difficult and they stopped. For over 10 years, they hadn’t been touch. They were not just ordinary friends. They did everything together to the point that several people thought they were sisters. Sophie had in fact been closer to Helena than she was to her sister Nicky.
The two long-lost friends starred at each other now, not believing what they were seeing. This was most unexpected.
Helena was the first to speak “Is this you Sophie? I can’t believe this! Is this really you?”
Sophie couldn’t hold it anymore, she grabbed Helena and embraced her tight.
“Come in, I miss you so much!” She said.
Because of their reunion, they quickly forgot the motive of the meeting. They were just so happy to see each other again.
“Are you the same Helena I spoke to?” Sophie finally asked.
“I can’t believe this whole thing. I am the one Sophie, Jason’s wife.” Helena confirmed.
“Where have you been all this while? After your family relocated, I didn’t get to hear of you again,” Helena continued
“Things became difficult. We moved severally until we finally settled. I lost my phone and and eventually got a new number. I lost all the numbers on the old phone. I tried severally to contact you but you know you didn’t have that many friends I could relate with so it was difficult.” said Sophie.
“Along the line, I met this guy, who actually made me very happy with his love until I found out that he was cheating on me.” Sophie said and she started telling her everything she had been through.
“I hope you haven’t broken our chastity promise?” Helena asked.
“No Helena, I’m still a virgin” Sophie said.
“Good, I guess this guy must be very understanding then” Helena assumed.
“That’s what I thought initially. But you’re married now to Jason, I hope you also kept your promise?” Sophie asked.
Helena and Sophie had always been sincere with each other. Their friendship was such that they could tell each other anything. Ten years later, that hadn’t changed. Helena wasn’t about to start lying.
“Hmmmn Sophie, I couldn’t. I don’t know what happened to me. I guess I found myself in certain circumstances beyond my control. I am a changed person now. I have been very bad Sophie and I’m currently in a tough situation. I wish I knew how to correct things but I am thinking it might just be too late.” Helena confessed.
“Whatever happened dear, there is nothing too late for God. I am sure we can patch up and fix whatever it is.” Sophie answered.
“I’ll tell you about it but you tell me first, are you really dating my husband? Now that I know it’s you, I have my doubts.” Helena said.
“Haba Helena, you know I can’t do such a thing. He told me a lot about what was going on in his marriage. I guess this is the best time to talk to me as your sister. We can figure things out Helena.” Sophie said.
They then began to talk.
On the other side of town, Amah and Jason were deep in conversation at the restaurant.
“I believe it’s time for you to tell me what is really going on with my brother.” Jason said.
“Ok. Let me properly introduce myself to you. I know it has been a long time but can you remember Gloria your ex?” Amah asked.
“Of course I do, everything was perfect between us until Michael my brother came along. How is she? How do you know her by the way?” Jason asked.
“Hmm, She died three years ago.” Amah revealed.
“What?! Gloria is dead? What happened to her?” Jason asked in shock.
“Suicide Jason, she committed suicide out of disappointment and a broken heart.” Amah said with tears in her eyes.
You could tell that she had been really hurt by that.
“Gloria is my biological sister and your brother broke her heart when she needed him most. He abandoned her and left. She couldn’t bear it and she committed suicide.“ Amah said.
“Oh no! Gloria was your sister? She always spoke about you but we never got the opportunity to meet. But why are you blaming Michael for this? It was her choice to follow him.” Jason said.
“You still don’t get it, do you? There’s a note she wrote before she committed suicide. Michael and Gloria had agreed to get married in court. On that day, we were all gathered for the occasion. After several hours, it became apparent that Michael wasn’t going to show up. We tried reaching him severally; we called his phone and sent him messages – all in vain. Finally, he sent her a text that he never intended marrying her – it was just a game for him.” Amah revealed.
It was now apparent that Amah’s motive in her relationship with Michael was to exert revenge for her sister’s death. Jason saw the tears in Amah’s eyes and felt the depth of her hurt.
“Hmmmn. Michael really did that?” Jason was shocked. He knew Michael’s capacity but he didn’t know he could be that evil. He was however in for more shock as Amah was just warming up.
“That’s not all… Your wife is not who you think she is, Jason.” Amah went on.
“What are you insinuating?” Jason asked. He was getting furious with the direction the conversation was taking. He got up as if to take his leave.
To be continued....