I felt so down after meeting with Ruth. I didn’t know how to break the story to Sandra who obviously wouldn’t see it as the best news ever. So, I took a long walk in the evening of the next day to clear my head. I got home later that evening to find Ruth discussing with mum in a very serious manner. I walked in circumspectly, cautious of every note on their faces that would give me a clue on what was going on.
“Mike! you’re home. Ruth has been waiting for you,” mum said with an expressionless face.
I nodded a greeting to Ruth and sat beside her. She gave me a suspicious look that sent chills down my marrow.
“Aren’t you happy to see me, Mr man?” she said, smiling.
I returned a fake smile and waited for mum who stood the moment I sat in to leave, then I turned abruptly to Ruth.
“what have you been discussing with mum?” I wholeheartedly inquired from Ruth.
She smiled and sat comfortably on the chair looking at me from the corner of her eyes. I was suddenly uncomfortable with her visit and a cold sweat ran down my spine.
“Are you scared to see me Mike?” she said, still maintaining her relaxed position.
I suddenly became cautious of my apprehension and decided to relax a little. Ruth seemed to feel in control and was obviously enjoying my tension. I was going to say another word when my phone stopped me. It was from Sandra. I looked at Ruth from the side of my eyes and answered the call.
“hello!” I said, trying to sound casual.
“you are where?” I asked, looking at Ruth who was concerned to know who I was talking with.
“okay. I’m coming,” I said and hung up.
I stood up looking at Ruth, thinking of what to say to her.
“what’s it Mike?” Ruth asked, interrupting my thinking.
“erm…lemme…erm…see someone downstairs,” I stuttered.
She looked suspiciously at me then focused on her phone. I immediately walked out, conscious of her eyes behind me.
Sandra stood in front of a black SUV with dark shades on. She wore a pink jumpsuit. She glowed in her usual boisterous smile the moment she spotted me coming.
“My Mr Handsome,” she said and made to hug me.
I turned to look at the window upstairs to check if Ruth was watching. But I was too late to spot anything before Sandra grabbed me and landed a kiss on my lips.
“I got this ride today,” she said excitedly, still clinging to my neck.
I became aware of the car and gently broke loose from her grip and looked at it admiringly while Sandra displayed a wide grin.
“can we take a ride?” she asked, tossing the car key to me and entering the front passenger sit without waiting for my response.
I looked at the window expecting to catch Ruth peeping but found it closed.
“Sweetie!” Sandra screamed from inside the SUV.
I immediately joined her and engaged the engine. We drove round the town while I contentiously checked my time, reminding Sandra once in a while of my intention of going home to finish a chore but she nodded and said nothing about it.
We finally ended up at the beach which was quite a distance from home. Sandra immediately ran out of the car towards the water while I turned off the engine and followed after her, still worried about Ruth waiting for me at home.
Sandra had a great time. At least I pretended to, so as not to hurt her feelings. I insisted on going home so she asked me to drop her off at her place. I smelt another crazy idea brewing but i yielded all the same.
We arrived her place, I stopped the engine and made to come out of the car so I can meet up with Ruth who had left me two missed calls.
“where are you rushing to?” Sandra asked, looking steadily at me.
“I told you I have got something to do at home,” I said in a hash tone.
She smiled and handed me a file. I looked at her suspiciously. She smiled and nodded her approval for me to go on. I Opened the file to find car documents in my name. I opened my eyes in surprise. She smiled at me and started alighting.
“Now you have a car. Rush home and finish your chores.” she said and walked in.
To be continued…