That was his own way of telling me he was no longer going to discuss that issue with me.
“Ah! Anita, are you not ready yet?” she’d thrown at me before only realizing MD was in the room, seated on the chair.
“Oh! I see, no wonder! You’re welcome, sir!” she greeted MD cheerfully, stepping into the living room to meet him.
“How are you, my dear?” MD responded warmly.
“I’m fine, sir. And how’s business?”
“Well, we thank God, but it could be better, “said MD, at his warmest best.
“So, Anita, this means we may not be able to make our outing today, now that Oga is here, right?” she’d turned to me.
“Yes, Aunty,” I was just coming over to your place to tell you when you came in. I wouldn’t want to leave the house now that my husband is here,” I said to her, using my eyes to communicate to her as I had my back turned to MD while we were talking. I was trying to tell her with my eyes to try and help out with the situation and get MD to allow me go out with her. Wasn’t sure if she got the message I was trying to pass to her, but I just kept on trying anyway.
“It’s okay, dear. I understand,” the only problem now is that if we don’t go today, the woman we’re going to see will be travelling out of the country early tomorrow morning and may be away for a while. And it’s important you meet her today to put you in her plans when she’s buying things on her trip. We will have to wait till next time.”
I let out an exasperated sigh and wore a sad look on my face that showed clearly that I wasn’t happy with the situation. Aunty Maggie bade MD goodbye and took her leave with the promise that she’d see me later. Immediately I closed the door after she’d left, I made for my room and slumped on the bed and remained there. I knew that, if MD still cared about me like I knew he did, he would come and meet me in the room, knowing I was unhappy. And exactly four minutes later, I heard the bedroom door open, it was MD!
Immediately I heard his footstep, I shut my eyes tight and remained almost motionless on the bed. I heard him come closer, then, he stopped. I could tell he was standing right close to me by the bed. I could almost hear his heart beating.
“Anita, why did you leave me in the living room and came here to stay all by yourself?” MD asked. Slowly, I opened my eyes. I was sure that he could see it in my eyes that I was not happy.
“Nothing, MD,” I’d answered.
“Nothing? What do you mean by nothing?” he’d thrown back.
“I’m okay, MD. I just needed to come and lie down for a while.”
“And you expect me to believe that?” the man fired back.
I sat up on the bed, looking away from him.
He sat down beside me. “Is it because of this business outing you want to go with your neighbour?”
I didn’t say anything. Let him ask the questions and proffer the answers himself.
“Is it really important you go today?”
“You heard what Aunt Maggie said. The lady will be travelling tomorrow. But I also don’t like the idea of leaving you alone in the house when you actually came here to spend time with me.”
MD was silent for a while before he finally let out a sigh. “Okay, then, if it’s really important for you to then go and see this woman you’re talking about and come back in time, I will be right here waiting for you.”
A faint smile appeared on my face but I quickly let it go, I didn’t want the man to suspect I was extremely happy to leave him and sort myself out. I had to get the baby forming inside my womb out of the place as soon as possible.
“Darling, are you sure? Or are you angry with me and you just want to let me have my way?” I’d asked him, feigning reluctance to get up and leave.
“No, I’m not angry, dear. I can see this outing is really important to you. I know you have always been talking about doing some business by the side and I don’t want you to miss the opportunity,” he assured me. I didn’t need a soothsayer to tell me he was sincerely letting me go.
“Oh, thank you so much, darling,” I hugged him, smiling gratefully.
“You’re welcome, sweetheart, but there’s one more thing..?”
“And what could that be, dear, I will be glad to do oblige you anything you request of me,” I returned excitedly.
“Yes, dear, sure, I will.”
“Good. Now, you must promise me you will give me a great time tonight. I came here to make love to you all through the night!”
…to be continued