💥Episode 4 & 5✳
‘What?’ I asked in shock
She smiled as she sipped on her coffee and walked over to where I was.
‘You see Felicia, when people look at me on any platform all they see is the vice president, they see my husband’s wife. They will never look at me as Wane, it’s like my identity has been lost in everything I have built for my name, but that alone doesn’t mean I should lose myself in the fame and fortune.’ She said and went over to her wall of fame
‘Come here.’ She told me
I walked over to where she was standing and noticed that her eyes were fixed on one particular photo, it was her photo when she was very young. She was in a school uniform with spectacles on.
‘You see my dear, this right here was the peak of my life. I knew what I wanted in my twelfth grade and I worked towards that. I passed with distinctions and studied political science, many told me that I couldn’t make it in politics because it was a game only for the strong, for men but I wanted to prove them wrong. I do not believe in equity, I believe in equality and so I strived with every fiber in me to get to where I am.’ She said
I passed my fingers on the images, she was young and innocent with a vibrant smile.
‘Felicia you are still young and have a life ahead of you, do not allow matters of the state to change who you are. Pull out while you still can.’ She told me with a blink of sadness
‘But ma’am the rule is that…’
‘I will be here to back you up, no one will hurt a strand of hair on your head.’ She responded
‘I know too many state secrets, I could be taken down if I quit.’ I told her rubbing the tips of my fingers
‘You know nothing Felicia, I want you safe. It is getting dirtier here by the day, you deserve better.’ she told me
I couldn’t believe my ears, all I ever dreamt of was working for the state, yes I knew it wasn’t going to be rosy but little did I know the effect it would ever have on my life.
‘Away from that, did you find anything on that boy?’ she asked
‘No ma’am. Actually that is why I am here.’ I told her
‘Do not worry yourself, his body is already being shipped.’ She told me
‘What! How did you?’ I asked moving away from where she was standing
‘Felicia we are the state, the government. We execute the laws, your job as an executive officer is to implement them but when you can’t we take matters in our own hands.’ She told me perusing through some papers
‘That is not right, you execute we implement, there is a line between your job as the state and us as public administrators.’ I told her with hurt
‘He was the bread winner, the only good child of his parents.’ I had continued without realizing the hot tears that were now streaming down my face.
‘More reason why you need to get out my dear, this place is not suitable for you and it will get worse.’ She said dismissively
I walked out of her office with the weight of the world on my shoulders, I was depressed I won’t lie.
I got my phone and found missed calls from babe. I quickly called him back and he picked up on the first ring.
‘Babe.’ I told him
‘Mrs. Kunda.’ He responded
‘Sorry about missing your calls, I was in a meeting.’ I told him leaving out details
‘It is okay babe, you do not sound fine. Are you sure you do not want me to come over?’ he asked
‘No sweetheart I am fine.’ I lied
‘Alright wify, see you in a few hours.’ He told me
‘I love you.’
‘I love you more.’
I dropped the line and allowed the tears to fall, you see the other condition about the office I was working in was that no one – not even my spouse was supposed to know the nature of my job.
Lindile came into my office looking like it was a casual Friday.
‘And you?’ I asked
‘I need to go on a drinking spree with one of our targets, I need to get dirt on him but you know I have to pretend to like him.’ She responded
‘Lindile not that again.’ I told her
‘Hey, I love my job and everything that it comes with. Besides it’s not every day that I get huge tips.’ She responded
‘Lindile that could be someone’s husband you are messing with.’ I told her
‘If it’s my job and puts food on my table, cool.’ She answered
‘Not everyone is privileged enough to have a loving husband.’ She had continued crossing her legs on my table
I just looked at her and stared at the images on my PC once more, the email had just come in of the recent execution. I blinked back the tears and concentrated on Lindile who was busy with my pens now.
‘Do not tell me you are still sulking over a boy you had no connection to.’ She said blowing a gum in my face
‘Unlike you, I have a heart.’ I told her.
‘Boo with this kind of job you do not need a heart.’ She rebuked
‘And where do you expect me to leave my heart once I walk into this building?’ I asked her
‘I don’t know.’ She answered
‘Hey do not get worked up, you know I gat your back but these past days you are becoming too soft. Is it Justin? Or his mother again?’ she asked
I loved her with a passion but I wasn’t going to talk about my marital issues with her.
‘Your excellence.’ He responded
‘We are pushing her to quit.’
‘But she is good at her job.’ He told him
‘We know but we need you in full operation.’
‘She will never forgive me for this.’ He answered
‘You do not need her forgiveness, you need to serve the country.’
‘But she is my…’
‘Don’t forget we made it possible, we can take her down any minute.’
‘That won’t be necessary, I will see to it that she resigns.’ He said before hanging up
I had just gotten off the phone with the president and now more than ever I wanted to tell Felicia what it is I was really involved in. I have been scared of this day and I know it is against policy to tell her anything but how could I continue living with myself knowing that the state wanted me to push my wife into resigning.
She had no idea that I worked for the office of the president because I have always been an undercover agent but now more than ever the state wants me to be into full operation and that can only be achieved if Felicia is out.
I sighed as I thought about it.
My door opened and I didn’t bother to look up because I knew it was Mercy my secretary.
‘Good afternoon Mr. Kunda.’ She greeted politely
‘Good afternoon.’ I responded without even looking up
There was silence in the room and I was now wondering if she was still there.
‘Uhm, Sir.’ She began
I put the files that I was looking at down and lifted my head to face her.
‘Yes?’ I responded formally
‘I think your wife is cheating on you.’ She said whilst fidgeting
I wasn’t one for allowing people into my private life and now I was wondering what gave her the guts to talk to me about my marriage.
I looked at her as if signalling her to go on when in actual sense I was just getting irritated
‘Well you know our offices work hand in hand, and I wouldn’t get into your personal business if I didn’t believe it. I hear the PS has been asking her out and she has finally given in, well everyone is talking about it.’ She said her eyes beaming
Nothing went under my nose without me knowing about it, I knew the PS had been eying Felicia but I was just waiting for the day she would tell me about it. What I didn’t like now is that everyone was talking about it making it look like she was indeed cheating on me. And it is actually funny how people will come up with conclusions without getting the first hand information, I for one know my wife like the back of my palm and I know she would never cheat on me.
‘Make sure to lock up before leaving the office.’ I said and stood up to leave
‘But Sir…’ she protested
‘Mercy never forget your place, do not become too comfortable. I can easily replace you.’ I said with a smile
‘Justin are you threatening me?’ she asked her hands on her waist
‘Take it as you have received it.’ I responded and walked to the door.
‘And it’s Mr. Kunda.’ I said before banging the door behind me causing her to startle
The drive home was slow, it was a Monday and there was a traffic jam. I kept thinking of ways of telling my wife to resign, I don’t know if I had to push her into doing it or maybe tell her the truth.
I was awakened from my thoughts with the sound of my phone; it was a private call from state house.
‘Your excellency.’ I responded
‘We do not have time Justin.’
‘Sir, she does not know anything. So how do I tell her in a short pace of time?’ I asked almost sounding frustrated
‘I do not care about that.’ He answered firmly
‘She is my wife and I care about how she feels, I just can’t wake up and offload such news.’ I responded
‘You have a month to do that.’
‘Your excellence a month is not enough time, our anniversary is….’
‘Unless you want me to tell her that she is not the one with the problem.’ He threatened
‘That won’t be necessary Sir, thirty days it is.’ I responded feeling defeated
The line went dead and I cursed under my breath, I was young and naïve and I didn’t ever think that having a child was such a major thing until now. I saw how Felicia looked at her best friend’s kids, she wanted a baby of her own but how was I ever going to tell her what I did.
I drove into the yard and the first thing that welcomed me was the scent of her cooking, my stomach made a sound and I smiled to myself. I walked into the house and she was in the kitchen wearing a wrapper and one of my t-shirts with her house warmers.
I walked up to her and wrapped my hands around her waist slightly kissing her neck. She sighed, put her wooden spoon down and turned to face me our lips meeting. She wrapped her hands around my neck and we kissed for a few seconds.
What I loved the most about our marriage is that we always tried to live as if we just got married yesterday, we kept the fire burning and that is mostly because we never allowed a third party.
‘My food.’ She said, her lips still on mine
I smiled a little and allowed her to turn but my hands were still on her waist.
‘What’s cooking?’ I asked
‘It’s a surprise my baby.’ She responded
I moved a little away from her and gave her my back, whilst I took a photo.
‘I wonder why you never even use those photos that you continuously take.’ She told me
‘Well I keep them for the kids.’ I said without thinking through my words
There was an awkward silence between us.
‘You take your bath and meet me in the dining room in five minutes.’ She said breaking the ice
I felt a rigidness in my legs, I really wish I could be open with her.
‘Felicia?’ I called out before walking out
‘Yes, my love.’ She turned with a smile but I could see the sadness in her eyes
‘I love you.’ I told her with everything in me
‘I know Justin, you are all and more that I could ask for.’ She told me
I walked to the bedroom knowing that she meant every word she said, even if the world came crushing, I knew I would be safe with her by my side. What we had was so strong not even the state would break us apart.
HMM FOOD FOR THOUGHT
WHAT SECRET DO U THINK JUSTIN IS KEEPING FROM HIS WIFE 🤔🤔
To be continued