“Brian!” I called him again. His gaze was still fixed on the
newspaper in his hand. I wondered why he still preferred
reading this to reading news online.
“Are you just going to keep ignoring me Brian?”
“Woman shut up. You talk too much.”
“Is this how you’re supposed to be treating your wife”
“Did I just hear you say ‘wife’? Who married you?” He threw
the newspaper aside and faced me squarely.
“Ah ah Brian.”
“Madam shut up. I won’t take your nonsense again.”
“Who is taking who’s nonsense here ehn?” My voice was fast
“Did you just talk back to me?”
“Yes I did and I will do it again.”
“Okay. I’ll answer your question. I’m the one taking your
nonsense. You constantly nag and I’m on the brink of going
crazy. Number two,you’re always asking for money money
money. My goodness! Are you now a branch of a
“Now,you want to play smart with me abi. Let’s roll then. I
had you followed ostrich head.”
“Brian did you…”
“Shh. Yes, you have an ostrich brain. That day, I knew he
was telling the truth because my agent had tapped into your
calls and followed you everywhere. I thought you would say
the truth once he talked but you kept on playing innocent. I
sent him out thinking you would confess,you still refused.
After I sent him out,you didn’t even care to call him for a
single day. Is that how you’ll be a good second mother?”
“How dare you have me followed?”
“How dare I? Tessy when did you start behaving like a
“You wanna know? Ask google then and for your information
I’ve called Jason more than twice.”
“Wow!” He clapped his hands twice. “You’ve added lies to
your long list of sins abi?”
“I’m not lying. You can ask him yourself.”
“That’s the interesting part. I already asked him. Did you
think I would be stupid enough not to call my son because of
a daft thing like you.”
I shuddered. At this point,my bank of lies was blinking red.
This wasn’t the first time we argued but this was our hottest
“Theresa.” He called and moved slowly towards me. “Tell
me what I haven’t done for you.Look into my eyes and tell
me where I failed.”
I looked at him briefly before turning my gaze to my feet.
“I’ve given you my heart,my money, access to my house.
I’ve cherished you almost more than I cherished my first
wife. Initially,you were as gentle as a lamb but now,I
honestly don’t know what has come over you. I even went
as far as paying your bride price and sending some of your
family members to school but you’re not yet satisfied. Even
when I saw that you were becoming something else,I chose
to believe I was the one causing your change. I overlooked
many things and intensified my efforts to care for you so
that we could be in the same page before getting married.
Anyway,I’m happy that you didn’t wait till I married you
before showing me your true colour. That’s why I have come
to a conclusion Theresa.”
“No Brian,don’t say it.”
“I have to Tessy.There’s no way this is going to work out. I’m
calling off the engagement Tess. We can’t get married with
the way you are.”
“Brian,please. I’ll turn a new leaf,I beg of you. Don’t send me
away. I love you.” I fell to my knees.
“There’s no need Theresa.”
I clung to his legs,crying and begging but I could see his
mind was already made up. I didn’t want to be single again.
That in itself was a disaster.
“Let go of my legs Theresa,I want to go and rest now.”
“Brian,for the love of God…”
“Don’t bring God into this before an invisible hand disfigures
your face.”He removed my hands from his legs and walked
to the stairs but paused halfway through. I thought he was
reconsidering but I was wrong.”
“I also know you’re a perfect cheat. Your legs can’t stay one
place for a minute but I forgive you. Pack your things and
leave before 7pm. I don’t want to come out and see you in
my house. You can keep the ring,the car and everything else
I got you. I really don’t need them.”He turned to me for the
first time since he mounted the stairs “I never want to see
you near my family again. Goodbye Theresa.”