By AMAH’S h£ART.
h£ drove home that same even!ng and met Luc!nda ©vtside.
$h£ was sitt!ng !n front of th£ir apartment, look!ng so worried.
Jerome parked and gently walked up to h£r.
“Why are you ©vtside, Silaz asked you not to come !n? You can come over to my side if that’s th£ case….”
Luc!nda did not reply, h£ looked @r0vnd th£ compound before turn!ng towards Luc!nda aga!n.
“…h¡s car, is not !n th£ compound. What happened… hope h£ did not touch you? I’m ready to get h¡m arrested if h£ [email protected] a f!ng£r on you. Talk to me Lucy…?
Luc!nda [email protected] ©vt and said “h£ left. h£ told me that h£ does not want to have anyth!ng to do with me aga!n. h£ said I should stay off h¡s way…”
“Th£re’s noth!ng to worry over th£n, Lucy you know that I will always be h£re for you right?
“That’s not th£ issue now Jerome. I want my husband not you. I’m hop!ng h£ will f!nd a place !n h¡s h£art to forgive me. All of th¡s was your fault, you were impatient and greedy. You want to have me all that’s greed!ness and you were not patient to see if I will eventually be yours and you weren’t wise enough to apply wisdom know!ng fvlly well that I’m a legally married woman. You want to ru!n my life and marriage j√$t because of your selfish desires…”
Jerome sigh£d h£avily before say!ng. ” I’m impatient, foolish, greedy, selfish and a home wrecker…I get it. I don’t mean for any of th¡s to happen. I only wanted your happ!ness and thought I could give you everyth!ng money can buy so that !n return you will give me your h£art. Well, is obvious that I made a mess ©vt of it but I’m not any of those th!ngs you said that I am Lucy. I’m a honest, lov!ng and car!ng man and that shouldn’t be a crime. I will leave you to decide exactly what you want. You know th£ road to my apartment wh£never you are ready for real talk.”
h£ turned and started walk!ng.
Luc!nda went |ns!de h£r apartment and stayed.
Jerome tried ch£ck!ng up on h£r th£ follow!ng morn!ng but $h£ didn’t respond
h£ Left for work and all through th£ day h¡s wife kept try!ng to reach h¡m.
Maria called severally, s£nt messages and emails even had to go through th£ office managers to reach h¡m.
Jerome f!nally decided to call [email protected]¢k because h£ Saw h£ can no longer hide or avoid h£r
“What is go!ng on, you haven’t been attend!ng to my emails, chats or tak!ng any of my calls for th£ past two weeks. Can you please expla!n what exactly is go!ng on?
“Noth!ng, only that I haven’t been well. I have been critically ill all th¡s days after I had a serious accident and was even admitted !n th£ hospital. Sometimes I’m not even with my phone and wh£n I am, doctors will warn me not to answer call. I was !n coma for five days and managed to visit office after I was discharged. It haven’t been easy Maria but I’m gett!ng better gradually..”
Maria was quiet and didn’t say a word immediately.
“… your silent eith£r means you don’t believe what your husband is say!ng or you’re try!ng to digest it all. Don’t you believe me Maria? I can get a picture and s£nd to you as an evidence…”
“I’m not doubt!ng neith£r did I believe. You had critical accident and admitted !n a hospital and get discharged with!n two weeks, you were !n coma for a week yet you’re always onl!ne? None of th£ managers mentioned that to me, you haven’t called to !nform me all th¡s while. You took ©vt over 300 million from th£ office account crippl!ng a wh0l£ company. I’m sorry to doubts but I’m not yet conv!nce with those path£tic stories of yours. I will like to verify th£ story but my major concern now is what exactly did you use such an amount of money for or you also want to tell me that you spent it all on hospital bills.? How am I supposed to survive ove h£r with Jasm!ne with©vt money? How are we go!ng to pay all our staffs with©vt money, how is th£ company go!ng to keep runn!ng with©vt money. Few months from now my PhD program will be over and i will be home. All I’m do!ng is to better our lives, you have done th¡s before and I’m angry because you’re do!ng it aga!n. how am I supposed to do my wh0l£ clearance and return home with©vt money Je? Before th£ 300 millions was taken, you have been tak!ng millions for purposes that I don’t know yet. You took 158 million before th¡s last one and you lied that you re!nvested it but refused to give details on wh£re exactly or with whom you !nvested it on. You refused to give me any details on what th£ turn up will be at th£ end. alot of money have been fly!ng ©vt with no real explanation. You avoided my calls and no reasonable accountability. Now you’re tell!ng me a path£tic story of hav!ng a critical accident that s£nt you to coma. Je, I give you two days to tell me exactly wh£re all th¡s money went to…”
Jerome picked offense and replied angrily “I told you how much pa!n I went through after my accident, none of that even matter to you, all you’re after is money.. only money. I’m deeply hurt and disappo!nted !n you Maria. I know you don’t ¢ar£ or love me, maybe you are even ch£at!ng on me over th£re, you’re see!ng anoth£r man and does not ¢ar£ ab©vt me anym©r£ or believe what your husband is tell!ng you. I’m your husband Maria and you should believe whatever I tell you not doubt. Th£ company is equally m!ne and not yours alone. I have been th£ one foresee!ng th!ngs h£re ever s!nce you left. I make sure th£ company m©v£s forward. I put !n my time, efforts and bra!n !nto work!ng for th¡s same company. Every time you make it seems like is j√$t yours, don’t I have fvll right to it like you do? I know your late Mom [email protected] th£ company over to you and you built up to a great standard before we met and got married, have you forgotten that !n marriage..what belongs to th£ wife also belongs to th£ husband. Whatever you owe is m!ne Maria because you’re married to me. Stop disrespect!ng me because of money. I have equal rights same as you. I know th£ only explanation to all of th¡s disrespect is because you are hav!ng an affair, you’re gett!ng entangled with anoth£r man and now you feel you can talk to me any how and doubts whatever I tell you. You will rath£r choose to believe an ©vtsider than your own husband. Oth£r women like you will be cry!ng and pray!ng for th£ir husband to get well, th£y will tell h¡m to do whatever it will take to bounce [email protected]¢k to h£alth, any amount it requires h£ should use to get well because life and h£alth is far m©r£ important than money but !nstead all you’re after is some stupid amount of money that is even vanity at th£ end…”
Maria giggled sadly and said.
“You called Millions of “our” [email protected] earned money that disappeared with no good accountability “stupid amount”..? I don’t have much to say to you Je. Don’t forget that you have two days to give a good explanation on what exactly you did with th£ said amount. Also, I want to see th£ hospital reports, every details ab©vt th£ said accident !n picture as prove. Don’t s£nd a fake or doctored pictures to me because you know I will f!nds ©vt th£ truth. My late Mom will be so disappo!nted !n me if at th£ end th¡s company $h£ started with sweat and blood goes d©wΠ !n dra!ned. I put !n everyth!ng to raise th¡s company, I was do!ng well and runn!ng it f!ne and also plann!ng to go for my PhD wh£n we met and got married. I gave you signatory to th£ company’s account and made you co boss. Each time you keep disappo!nt!ng. Th¡s isn’t th£ first time but th¡s time is far h*g£ and will bankcrupt us if noth!ng is done soon. I will wait for your call and if I don’t get it, I will call on th£ third day for th£ results. Th!ngs can’t cont!nue th¡s way Je, if you take th¡s company as yours we won’t be hav!ng th¡s conversation aga!n
. is high time you start giv!ng account for every dime you spend before everyth!ng crumples to th£ ground. Accountability is very important !n all situation and I will await for it…”
$h£ ended th£ call before Jerome will say any oth£r th!ng.
h£ hit h¡s [email protected] [email protected] on a desk angrily.
h£ didn’t wait for th£ work!ng hours to be over h£ drove ©vt to an exclusive bar to chill ©vt.
h£ ordered for expensive w!ne and drank to forget h¡s sadness.
h£ stayed th£re untill late hour before driv!ng [email protected]¢k home.
h£ went straight to b£d after tak!ng h¡s bath.
Th£ follow!ng day h£ did not go anywh£re, h£ stayed [email protected]¢k home.
!n th£ afternoon th£re was a knock on th£ door and it was Luc!nda.
“h£y, you didn’t go to work today?
“Yeah. h£ replied while still stand!ng by th£ door.
“Are you not go!ng to let me !n? j√$t need someone to talk to..?
Jerome left th£ road and $h£ came !n.
“Silaz had refused to pick my calls or tell me wh£re h£ was. h£ s£nt a message that I will h£ar from h¡s lawyer, I’m afraid that h£ maybe ask!ng for divorce. It was unfair of me to have blame it all on you wh£n I know part of it was also my fault. I’m sorry ab©vt that…”
$h£ went over to Jerome and hugged h¡m before sitt!ng d©wΠ beside h¡m.
“…I know you’re angry with me, I was actually very angry with you yesterday but th£ truth is that if Silaz love me th£n th¡s is someth!ng we can sort ©vt amicably. It does not supposed to get to th¡s or h¡m mak!ng big deal ©vt of it. Maybe h£ doesn’t truly love me like h£ claims. I have cried my eyes ©vt s!nce yesterday. I’m done cry!ng and I will get ready for whatever h£ wants…”
“I’m glad that you are beg!nn!ng to see all th£ th!ngs I have been say!ng all th¡s while Lucy. Maybe you don’t get to understand fvlly th£ big mess that I am currently !n due to th£ wh0l£ miss!ng fund !n my company…”
“But is your company, you can get @r0vnd it right and sort it ©vt. I’m sorry if th£ challenges are all because of me but it was fvlly your choice. I never forced any of those th!ngs on you. You decided on your own to spoil me with lots of expensive gifts !n cash and k!nd…”
Jerome turned to h£r and said with all seriousness
“S!nce Silaz maybe ask!ng for a divorce, can you hasten h¡m up with it. So that at end we will f!nally be togeth£r…”
Luc!nda laugh£d ©vt sarcastically “what are you talk!ng ab©vt? You want us to get married or what exactly do you mean?
“I’m not talk!ng ab©vt marriage, I’m j√$t say!ng that we can be fvlly togeth£r. You won’t be under Silaz anym©r£.
“Well, let me th!nk ab©vt that. One at a time please. Divorce is noth!ng to rush on. I’m not say!ng no to your offer j√$t give me time. I want to repa!nt my car please, Silaz Left a big scratch on it, h£ almost vandalized it but I can fix th£ rest. I j√$t need little cash for th£ pa!nt!ng… Ab©vt 500k, can you do that…if you can’t, I total understand”
Jerome quickly agreed to give h£r th£ required money, h£ said it with©vt even th!nk!ng ab©vt it.
All h£ asked is little time to f!nd a way to get It.
Luc!nda later left with a peck on Jerome’s ch£ek.