I had just finished bathing and walked into the dining room, dinner had already been served and I was now waiting for Felicia to come and sit with me.
‘Babe!’ I called out
‘Yes, my love.’ She responded from the kitchen
‘We are waiting for you.’ I screamed back
‘We?’ she asked surprised
‘Yes, I and my hunger.’ I responded
She couldn’t help but laugh, that beautiful laugh that I still couldn’t get used to.
‘You know I could never get used to your beautiful laugh.’ I told her as she settled in her chair
She smiled shyly and helped me wash my hands, we said grace and I quickly opened the serving pots anxious to see what she had prepared.
‘Oh my God aren’t you just the best?’ I asked starring at the beef trotters in beans, okra and well-shaped lumps of nshima
‘The second way to get a man is through his stomach.’ She responded proudly knowing she had impressed me
‘And the first way?’ I asked her now feasting on my food
‘His heart.’ She said making a heart sign with her hands
‘Are you sure?’ I asked her with a raised eyebrow
‘Mr. Kunda you are one naughty man.’ She said that and we both laughed
We continued eating and talking, trust me the food tasted like a piece of heaven. When we finished, I dished out and we did the dishes together.
‘How about a movie.’ I asked her after drying and packing the dishes
‘I get to pick right.’ She asked excited
‘Babe your movie choice is awful.’ I told her sipping on some wine
‘Babe.’ She said making an angry face
‘Stop doing that, you look like a clown.’ I said whilst laughing
‘How about fifty shades darker?’ she asked as we headed to the living room
‘Nop, so that I listen to your fantasies about Christian Grey.’ I told her
‘But babe, you honestly can’t be jealous of him.’ She said putting her legs on my laps
‘How about Salt?’ I asked
‘Babe that movie is outdated, besides I do not like Angelina Jolie.’ She told me handing me the Sing cartoon
‘Why don’t you like her again?’ I asked her
‘Well I liked her better with Brad Pitt, now I don’t like them both. They killed the respect I had towards forever.’ She told me her words cutting deeper than they should have
I kissed her forehead before standing to put the disk in the DVD player.
‘babe you know you are so old fashioned; we are supposed to be watching movies on hard drives or flash discs but you insist on CDs.’ I told her before pressing play
‘Old is gold, its vintage and it moves my soul.’ She said sounding like a poet
I couldn’t help but laugh, we sat cozy and watched the cartoon whilst bursting into laughter here and there. Our happy moment was disturbed when I heard a knock at the door. Felicia looked at the wall clock which read 08:30pm.
‘Who could it be this time?’ she asked
‘I will get it.’ I told her
I walked to the door and was surprised to meet my mother with another girl standing there, their bags on the door step.
‘Mum?’ I asked surprised
‘Will you just stand there or will you invite us in?’ she asked
I noticed from the tone of her voice that she came prepared for whatever war she came with.
I opened the door widely signalling them to come in as I helped with their bags. My wife was also surprised to see them.
‘Mum why didn’t you call us to pick you up from the station?’ Felicia asked
My mother looked at her and gave her an evil stare
‘Justin, since you and this man you live with can’t give me children. I brought you a woman who will help you out.’ She said pointing at the girl she came with
‘Help me? I do not get you.’ I responded
‘She is going to be your house help – for now. But take time to look at her, I know she can make a good wife.’ She told me with a smile on her face making sure to emphasis on the word wife as if trying to get to Felicia.
‘I will show you to your room mother, tomorrow we can talk about this.’ I told her not wanting to hear more.
‘I know my way around this house, unless maybe you are expecting and have turned the guest room into a nursery.’ She said with mockery
We both kept quiet.
‘I thought so.’ She said
‘My dear, this way. Feel at home.’ She said as they carried their bags
I felt numb in my legs, my throat was dry and it felt like something had stuck and it was hard to swallow. Never in my life had I been insulted, I was taught to respect my elders and treat my mother in law as my own mother but now I was beginning to question those teachings. Maybe if my mother was alive today, she would know what to do but death was no one’s companion. I loved Justin and I knew he did me too but she is his mother and sooner or later he would have to come to terms with her.
I walked to the bedroom after they had disappeared into the guest room. I removed my house warmers, wrapper and put on a legging leaving Justin’s shirt on. I tucked in under the sheets and blinked back the tears that were threatening to fall.
Minutes later I heard the door open and close and I knew he had come in. he didn’t switch on the light but got in the beddings using his phone touch for light.
‘Felicia.’ he began.
I couldn’t hold it back, I poured my heart out. I cried because my mother wasn’t here to protect me from a cruel world, I cried because I had failed my mother in law, I cried because I denied her the joy of being a grandmother, I cried because I turned her into a bitter person that she wasn’t, I cried because I had failed my husband, I cried because I had denied him the joy of being a father. I cried because I was a failure as a woman and wife.
AWWN DIS IS HEARTBREAKING 😭😭😭😭 I AM FEELING FOR FELICIA
‘Shii.’ He said as he held me close
‘Justin I have failed you.’ I said in between sobs
‘No babe you haven’t, we are not the only couple that do not have children.’ He told me with a lump on his throat
‘How long have we been married, Justin we are good to people. We are good people. We live right. But why should we suffer at the hands of nature?’ I asked him my voice breaking
‘Shii.’ He said patting my back
I do not know how I slept but I was woken up with the smell of chamomile tea. I slowly opened my eyes and there stood Justin holding a tray with what looked like food.
‘Good morning babe.’ He greeted
‘Good morning.’ I responded blinking out
‘Breakfast in bed for the special lady.’ He said handing me the tray.
‘Thank you.’ I said as I sat up
I drank the tea reluctantly and had a bit of the cornflakes that were also on the tray.
‘Thank you.’ I said handing him the tray
‘You are welcome.’ He said kissing my forehead
‘Now go and take a bath whilst I make the bed.’ He told me
I was in no mood of talking so I just did as told and walked to the shower. I allowed the water to pour on my skin as hot tears streamed down my cheeks.
‘This is your home Felicia, the only person capable of bringing you down is yourself. As long as you still have your husband on your side you can take charge.’ My inner goddess screamed out
I smiled as I wiped off the last drops with water.
‘This is my home.’ I said under my breath
I walked out of the shower wearing absolutely nothing. Justin was on the phone when I got out, I saw how his jaw dropped when he looked at me.
‘Let me call you back.’ He said
‘Babe really?’ he asked
‘It’s my bedroom after all.’ I responded with a smirk on my face
‘Felicia we do not have time.’ he told me
‘I am almost done, hubby.’ I told him teasingly knowing what was on his mind
He came closer to me and as he was about to hold my waist, I quickly moved away and grabbed my under wear and bra from the closet.
‘Babe really?’ he asked again
‘I thought you said we are running late.’ I asked him now fastening my dress
‘Have your way.’ He told me
‘Help me with the zip.’ I told him moving closer to where he was
He zipped it up and just when I was about to move away he unzipped it again sending a cold chill to my spine
‘Babe.’ I told him my voice failing me
He kissed my neck slowly, as if letting me know who I belonged to. He moved to my ear lobe then slowly kissed my shoulders. I was about to turn around when he zipped up my dress again. For a moment I was lost in passion and I knew he had really gotten back at me this time.
I heard him laugh out when I couldn’t move from my position.
‘Can we leave Mrs. Kunda?’ he asked mockingly
I turned to look at him as if I were a child begging for candy.
‘Poor girl, your husband is starving you?’ he asked mockingly
I couldn’t help but laugh, he came closer and we kissed then I quickly did my makeup and we walked out of the bedroom hand in hand.
‘Where do you think you are going on an empty stomach?’ my mother in law asked looking at Justin
‘Who said I am hungry?’ he asked her
‘I didn’t see you have your breakfast.’ She told him
‘Mum there are many ways in which a wife satisfies her husband.’ He told her pecking her cheek
‘Good morning mum.’ I greeted
She just looked at me without saying a word
‘We will see you later.’ He told her
We walked out and the pain was starting to build up again when he pulled me closer.
‘Hey, listen to me.’ He said lifting my chin
‘As long as we have each other nothing will come between us.’ He had continued
I just nodded my head in acceptance
‘Babe?’ I told him
‘Yes love.’ He said
‘Can you drive me to work?’ I asked
‘Anything for my lady.’ He said as he opened the passenger seat
We drove in silence until we got to my work place.
‘What do you think about the lady mum brought?’ I finally managed to ask
‘I do not want to talk about it babe, at least not now.’ He responded
‘But you know we cannot run away from it forever.’ I told him
‘I know.’ He responded
‘You have a good day.’ He said kissing my hand
‘You too.’ I said as I walked out of the vehicle
I looked at the work environment feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders
‘The Mafinga MP is exporting goods out of the country without our knowledge.’
‘I want you to look him up and make sure this case doesn’t go public but make sure to put a stop to it.’
‘What if the source is not telling the truth?’
‘Why would he lie to me; the head of state?’
‘Maybe for favors or something.’
‘That is where you come in Justin, find out all you can about the MP. You have forty two hours.’
To BE CONTINUED