THE SMILE OF TERROR
A month had passed and Tom had
grown so fond of Cathy. He felt great when people started
speculating that they were seeing
However he could see that Cathy had
surrounded herself with a strong wall
that seemed hard to penetrate “You are a man and you have to tell
her how you feel” his friend had
However it wasn’t that easy with
Tom, he had never proposed love to
a woman before, what if she turned his proposal down and come to hate
him, what if it would cost their
friendship, he couldn’t imagine losing
Just when the guys had finished
pushing him to take a step, there was a knock on the door.
It was Cathy. His heart beat very fast
upon seeing her.
“I didn’t expect you here” he said
ushering her in
“Does that mean am not welcome? ” “No it means am very happy” he said
“Well I have come to invite you for a
movie this evening” she said.
He looked at her in disbelief
“I hope you can stay away from
books for just an hour” she added This was the time, his friends had
told him to utilise it.
He started preparing himself three
hours before the appointed time.
He wore his favourite blue jean and a
white T-shirt with white sneakers. Cathy wore her pink birthday dress.
“Oh my you look so handsome, I
can’t believe I ve been hanging
around such a handsome man,
nowonder every girl has their eyes
on you, its not just your brains but your looks too” said Cathy and she
Tom had nothing to say, hearing
those words from the woman of his
life was the best thing to have ever
happened to him. He simply smiled and said thank you.
He had such a bright smile.
Cathy feared that she was falling for
him. They watched the movie and
Cathy could not take her hand off his
arm and Tom froze through out the movie. His mind was just on the
hand that had held his arm so well.
After the movie he gathered the
courage and told her what he felt for
“I’m very sorry Tom if I was giving you any hope. I had no idea you felt
that for me. I would have loved to be
with you but I have a boyfriend” she
Tom had never asked if she had a
boyfriend or not and allowed himself to blindly fall for her. He blamed
himself for that.
They walked without talking for some
minutes, then Tom started narratiminutes, then Tom started narrating
how interesting the movie was.
“Next time its me to invite you also. We still friends right? ” He asked
Cathy smiled and nodded her head
and they parted ways after he
escoted her to her hostel.
There is no doubt that she felt
something strong for him. She wished she was single, Tom didn’t
drink while Alfred did, Tom was
committed at church while Alfred was
not and Tom would never cheat while
Alfred had cheated on her.
The character of Tom seemed to outweigh that of Alfred but she had
to be loyal and faithful to Alfred
Around 11 pm Alfred called Cathy but
the phone went unanswered. He
called again and there was no response. That was very unlike her.
When he called for the third time, he
sighed when she picked up , all the
anger had vanished and instead he
felt very happy but his happiness
was short lived. It wasnt Cathy answering but a man.
“Sorry Cathy left her phone in my
room” said Tom hoping it wasnt her
Alfred hang up and went to the
nearest bar. Cathy must have had unknowingly
put her phone in Tom’s front pocket
of the T-shirt at the movie and he
had not felt it.
“My oh my, is this how prayers are
answered. Before I could even put to effect my plan B” said Isabelle when
she saw Alfred entering the bar.
He came to sit right next to her
though he didn’t recognise her
“Wooh what a face” shouted Isabelle
against the high sound of the music He looked at his right and saw her,
he quickly stood to leave but she
pulled him back
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to chase
you” she said “about last time ,
please forgive me, such a thing will never happen again” she added
He ordered for some beer and he
finished four bottles within minutes.
He then turned to Isabelle and said
“Do all women do that? Do they all
leave their phones in men’s bedrooms”
Isabelle had no idea what he was
talking about but she was sure it was
in reference to Cathy
“Taking your frustrations on the
bottles won’t help. You need to calm and call her tomorrow, Cathy is a
good woman and you should not be
too quick to conclude on things you
have little information about” said
Alfred looked at her for some moments and then laughed out loud.
“You are very funny” he finally spoke
“On whose side are you? ”
But she simply smiled
He drank as much as he could until
he could not even open his eye lids. “I can’t believe I wanted to commit
my life to a drunkard like you” said
Isabelle walking Alfred back to his
house, with her hand around his
shoulder to support him.
They reached home with difficult, she searched his pockets and found the
keys, she opened the door and led
him to his bedroom.
“A man who finds solace in the bottle
is not good for a husband. Mum
always told me that” she told him but he was already snoring.
She went to the other bedroom and
The following morning, Alfred could
not remember much from the
previous night. “You forced yourself on me, if I fall
pregnant be ready to be a father” said
Suddenly Alfred was filled with
panick, he forced himself to
remember but all he could remember was that he was at a bar drinking
and sitting next to Isabelle. He had
an idea that Isabelle had taken him
home but it wasn’t vivid. whatever
happened afterwards he couldn’t
remember . Everything was like a story told in sleep.
“I’m joking” she said “I could have
raped you though if I wanted to. You
were a mess yesterday. What exactly
happened to you? ”
Alfred narrated how a guy had picked Cathy’s phone the previous night .
Isabelle laughed at his jealousy and
told him that it could have been
something other than her cheating.
Just then he received a call from
Cathy apologising and explaining how she had forgotten her phone in
However she was careful not to
mention about the movie.
Even though it wasn’t convincing
enough, he decided to accept the story
A couple of weeks later Tom and
Cathy were having some snacks in
the school park when Tom burst into
a very wide smile which shocked
Cathy. “What’s that? ” asked Cathy
“I think I have found someone who is
similar to you Cathy” said Tom. “I
have a girlfriend now” he said
“Oh really? So quick, congrats buddy” said Cathy.
She couldn’t hide the
disappointment. For some reason,
she had some hope that they would
“She liked me but I always ignored her. I decided to give it a try and she
is awesome” he said now sounding
like a school boy who just got
everything correct for the first time.
Cathy smiled but it was a smile of
hurt. She knew she had fallen hard in love with him.
“You have Alfred be happy for Tom,
you have Alfred be happy for him”
was ringing in her head but she
couldn’t help feeling sad.
“Escort me back to the hostel, I think I have forgotten my phone again” she
When she got back she found a lot of
WhatsApp messages from a strange
number with loads of pictures.
“This network can make you commit suicide” she complained bitterly as
she tried to download the photos but
the network was bad. Finally she
managed to download them and she
wished she had not, she wished her
phone had gotten lost and she wished that she wasn’t on WhatsApp.
To Be Continued