Ruth left me in a precarious state with Sandra. I couldn’t look her in the face so I buried my face in my hands less concerned of my nudity. Sandra remained in her standing position with her hands folded across her breasts. She suddenly sat on the armrest of the couch beside me. I raised my head slightly and turned to her. Our eyes met and I quickly looked away.
“Mike!” she called.
I remained motionless.
”What have you to say concerning this?” her voice sounding strained and low.
I looked pitifully at her and tried to speak up but was constrained by my low self esteem.
“Mike, I’m talking to you,” she said.
I nodded and faced the floor.
“how can you be nodding?! speak up, will you?!” she yelled.
I shook at the sound of her voice and said, “yes, she is.”
Sandra stood up and walked silently to the window looking outside. Then she asked in a low subtle tone, “…and about last night, did you keep me stranded just because you wanted to sleep with Ruth? I want the truth please,” her eyes were still looking out.
I didn’t know what to say so I kept mute looking behind Sandra.
“please answer me,” she begged with her voice depicting hurt.
I felt crushed inside and couldn’t find a lie to defend myself so I remained quiet.
“Mike, will you please answer me?” she said again in a low tone.
I caught her wiping off tears from her eyes. This broke my heart so I stood up and went to her slowly, not minding that I was naked.
“It’s you I love baby, It’s you I want to be with. I only did what I did out of pity for Ruth. I knew her long before I met you. She has been supportive to my family all the while you were absent. Please I’m sorry,” I said, kneeling and wrapping my arms around her waist.
“Mike!” she called.
I looked up and was expecting a two edged sword to precede my anticipated statement from her.
“let go of me,” she said slowly.
I refused and fastened my grip on her.
“Let go of me!” she yelled and sprung up with her hands struggling to break free from my grip.
She succeeded in breaking free and moved away from me. I noticed she had tears lodged in her eyes. I slowly stood up facing her. She looked at me for a while and started crying. I made to hold her but she restrained me with a hand.
“To think I was going to break the news to you after sex,” she said.
I looked stunned and gave her a questioning look.
“It doesn’t matter anymore, just get out of my house,” she said coldly.
I made to move closer to her but she went to the door and opened it, avoiding my eyes.
“Please put on your clothes, your nakedness disgusts me,” she said, still avoiding eye contact.
I sluggishly went to get my clothes and put them on slowly.
“Please hurry up!” she said.
I was already done and went closer to her.
“I’m deeply sorry. Please forgive me.” I said.
She looked me in the face with so much hate and disgust.
“Mike, you are an opportunist and a gold digger! You don’t deserve my type. I was only charmed by your good looks and foolishly thought I had a future with you. But for you to ignore my call and oblige another woman while I am waiting shows where your heart lies. Get out and never cross my path. If I ever see you around my house I will send my boys after you,” she said in a cold tone.
“I’m sorry” I apologized.
She pushed me out and was about to close the door before she extended her hands. I looked at her puzzled and wondering what she means.
“The keys,” she said.
I pitifully handed it to her. She snatched it from me and banged the door in my face.
At home Ruth was absent. I searched the whole house but she wasn’t there. So, I dialed her number in anger, it rang and she didn’t pick up. Just then mum walked in and saw the look on my face.
“Mike, whats it?” mum asked.
I looked maliciously at her then walked out on her to my room. She followed me and asked again.
“Mike, I said whats the problem?”
“Both of you have succeeded in spoiling my dream. Both of you have succeeded in sending Sandra away. Now you can go ahead and get married to your best daughter in-law because I am not interested anymore. I’m going to send her all the money she has spent on us.” I raked.
Mum’s face was lightened up with a note of excitement and this greatly puzzled me.
“that a good news,” she said with a grin.
To be continued…