I stayed in the hospital for two days before I was discharged. Mummy decided for the first time I should go home with her.
My stay with mummy and daddy was beautiful as I was duely taken care of. Mummy gave me everything I nee-ded and I felt love. I stayed with my parents for almost three weeks. Daddy kept on asking about my husband and why he hasn’t come to see me and I told him that Isaiah had travelled for a one month tour outside the country.
My mother inlaw and sister inlaw [email protected]£ to see me in my parents place. They were nice and caring also. My mother inlaw couldn’t believe everything mummy and I told her. She was so pissed. She tried calling my husband but all his phones was switched off. Even my sister inlaw tried severally to reach him but all to no avail.
My mother inlaw begged me to plea-se be patient with her son. I could feel the pains she was feeling. She didnt un-derstand what was happening to her son. And she promised me that everything will be fine and that she won’t st©p calling him until he picks up. After spending two days at my parents house they left. When they left I also told my parents that it was time for me to go home.
Mummy wanted me to stay back until Isaiah come looking for me, but I told her I would be fine. For the first time since the marriage I felt mummy was angry. But she didnt argue with me. And so after I packed my bags and told daddy I was going, mummy held me and prayed with me, but she had something to say before I left.
Mummy: Daniella my child, I love that you are a strong woman and you are re-ady to fight for your marriage. But I have a message for your husband. You must tell your husband that I said he must never raise his hands on you ever again. I said nothing the first time, and then he repeated it and this time you lost a child, my grand child. And if not for the grace of God, you almost lost your life. You must tell Isaiah I said he should never raise his hand on you again. I will not tolerate it anymore.
As mummy was talking, I could feel her anger, something I have never seen in her and I knew she was really at her limit. I was unhappy but at the same time I was glad that at least someone was available to teach Isaiah a small lesson for me. I nodded to all mummy had said, gave her a hvg before leaving. I took a cab and left. As I was about getting to my house, I saw sister Sophia leaving. She was clearly leaving my house.
Sophia: Hey Dani, I was just leaving your place. Thank God I saw you.
Me: sister Sophia , oh really? I went to see my parents, am just coming now.
I opened the door and she helped me bring my bags in and she sat down.
Me: sorry about the dusty chairs, I was away for some time.
Sophia: its no problem Dani, where is your husband? He travelled too?
Me: Yes! He isn’t around for now.
Sophia: I [email protected]£ because I’ve not been seeing you in church for some time now. I hope all is well?
Me: yes Sophia, all is well. Thank you for checking on me. Like I said, I’ve been to my parents and I just returned now.
Sophia: I can see that. But we will start seeing you in church from now right?
Me: yeah, I will try.
Sophia: okay that’s good. Another reason I [email protected]£ is because I’ve been hearing some news flying around and so I decided to ask you because I dont want to believe them.
Me: what news?
Sophia: the story has been going around that brother Isaiah your husband has been floricking around with girls. Different girls and that he is currently staying with a member of our church. Sister Marvis to be precised. I also heard that even on your wedding night he was with her and that. ……
Me: erm sister Sophia (I quic-kly interrupted her) Sophia, those stories are from the pit of hell. My marriage is okay and I have no issues with my husband and wherever those stories are coming from they should learn to shut up and mind their businesses instead of peeping into the lives of others. My husband is not around now if not you would have seen him yourself and confirmed that we are at peace yourself
Sophia: oh praise God, I knew it, I knew they were just mere lies. I said it that brother Isaiah was too decent for that and that sister Marvis cannot do that. She may be a crazy girl but she can not go after a married man. Am happy to confirm that you are happy from you. Because I know I was the one who led you to say yes to him in church that day so I didnt want to feel I’ve led you into a big mess but now that you ve said it am at peace now.
Me: you have nothing to worry about Sophia
Sophia: oh thank God. (She stands) I will leave now so that you will have the time to arrange your stuff. Welcome home.
Me: thanks Sophia ( I hvgged her and led her to the door) bye and thanks for your concern.
I watched her leave and I felt h0t tears falling from my eyes. My story has begun to spre-ad round the church and soon the town. I will not let my name be the t©pic of discussion and mockery. God must change things before it gets out of hand. I went back inside the house and started praying and calling on God to do something in my home. .
I went into a three days dry fast praying for my husband to return home to me and God finally answered. On the third day, Isaiah [email protected]£ home. I have become so thin. When I heard a knock on the door, I thought it was one of the neighbours but I was surprised when I opened and I saw Isaiah walk into the house.
His beards were all grown and he was looking so rou-gh, as I was about to smile and welcome him home when i noticed he was not alone. A girl was with him. I looked at her if she was someone I knew but this girl I have never seen her in my whole life. She was practically dressed like a full-time prostitute. I looked at my husband and allowed him come inside. He held her hands and pu-ll-ed her in.
Me: welcome home Darling!
Isaiah: You wanted me home right? You went and called my mom and everyb©dy in the world that I abandoned you. Well I am home now.
Me: Baby, its not like that, I didnt call mummy, I was admitted in the Hosp…
Isaiah: I dont care, it doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is am home now, are you happy now?
I was silent because I really didnt know if I was happy to see him or not. I stood as I watched him drag a box inside the house, obviously the box belonged to the girl.
Isaiah: why are you standing there staring at me like an image, can’t you see I [email protected]£ home with a guest, instead of you to help me welcome her and bring her things inside the house you are there staring at me. My friend, come here and help me take this things to the room.
Me: Honey who is she plea-se?
Isaiah: (he made to [email protected] me but st©pped half way) you are very lucky I’m in a good mood today. And also because I respect my mom so much and I’ve promised her not to beat you. But that does not mean you should provoke me. Now take that bag inside and dont you ask me stupid questions.
I didnt say anything I went and I carried the bag inside the visitors room. The girl was eyeing me up and down and chewing gum anyhow. I had not finished dropping the bags before I heard my husband shouting my name. I quic-kly rushed to him.
Isaiah: plea-se get me and my chi chi, some food to eat. She says she is hungry and I am too. I turned and looked at them again and without saying a word I went over to the kitchen and prepared the food and set the dinning. I watched as he held her hand and took her over to the dinning to eat. A bite of the delicious jollof rice and plantain with chicken that I made and she squee-zed her face and shouted and then started coughing.
Isaiah: (rushing her a glas-s of water ) what is it? What is it? Are you okay?
Chi chi: Ah ah shay your wife will not kill me in this house o. See the pepper she put in this food. And it is very salty too.
Isaiah took a bite of the food and from his expression I could tell he liked the food, but because he wanted to plea-se her he responded without thinking.
Isaiah: Daniella what is this? Do you want to kill us.
Me: Am sorry baby plea-se forgive me.
Isaiah: is it that your rotten cry now that i will eat? This food is poison. You were the one crying I come home. I come now you want to poison me. From today I won’t eat your food. Thank God I am not alone in this house. Chi chi plea-se be cooking for me in this house. I dont want to die yet OK?
Chi chi: no problem dear.
Without saying a word I left them and went to the room and I la-id down on the be-d to rest.
Few minutes later, my husband [email protected]£ into the room with the Chi chi girl.
Isaiah: what are you doing?
Me: (the question was surprising to me) nothing am just resting.
Isaiah: where did you put the bags you brou-ght in?
Me: They are in the visitors room.
Isaiah: are you mad? My friend go and bring them here jhoor.
Me: But baby this is our room na. Will she sleep here with us?
Isaiah: who is us? Come on go and bring the bag here before I land you a dirty [email protected]
Once again I stood up and went to bring the bags to our room. I dropped the bag then I climbe-d back on the be-d.
Isaiah: what are you doing?
Me: honey am not feeling strong I just want to rest a bit.
Isaiah: my friend pack your things to the visitors room jare.
Me: what? visitors room? This is our room, why should I go to the visitors room, she is the visitor she should go.
Isaiah: you are stupid. This is my house and I decide who and who not to sleep in the visitors room and now I am saying move to the visitors room.
I kept quiet for sometime, but eventually I picked a few of my things and moved out of my matrimonial room to the visitors room. I wanted to call mummy, but then I changed my mind. This is my cross and I will bear it until God decides to save me from it.
And that is how a strange woman took over my home, cooking for my husband and slee-ping on my matrimonial be-d. To make things worse is that Isaiah gave her right to insult me. One evening I was in the sitting room watching a movie when they both walked in. This so called Chi Chi girl asked me to stand up from my seat. I just stared at her, because there were other seats in the house yet she insisted on taking mine.
Me: Chi Chi there are empty seats in this parlour, plea-se seat on any one of them.
Chi Chi: I saw them before I chose this one, so stand up I want to sit.
I took a look at my husband thinking and hoping he would say something. Of course he did say something.
Isaiah: you heard the lady, plea-se stand up and let her sit, we want to watch a program.
And without arguing I stood up and went to the visitors room which had now become my new room.
Few minutes later I heard my husband calling out for me, and I went to him.
Isaiah: I want you to take this money, go to that shop opposite this house and get us cold drinks. My baby and I are very thirsty.
I took another look at Isaiah, I still couldn’t believe its the same man I married that was doing all of this. However I collected the money and I went out to buy the drinks for them. When I [email protected]£ back I gave them the drinks and went back into my new room.
The sound of their loud laughter did not even let me rest. Few minutes later I heard them [email protected] ing and k!ssing. I had to press the pillow against my head. This was too much for me to bear. Isaiah was ma-king love to that w—e on our matrimonial be-d.
I picked a bag and i wanted to just pack my things and leave. But then I started remembering all that mummy told me on how to be a complete woman. I fell on my be-d, picked up my Bible and started re-ading. I cried as I re-ad throu-gh the book of psalms 24.
”Lord how they’ve increa-sed, that trouble me, many are those that rise up against me, many there be which say of my soul. There is no help for him in God, but thou oh Lord, art a shield for me, my glory. You lift my head”
Me: (crying) oh Lord enough of this pains, plea-se lift my head. Lift my head from this pain, from this shame. Lift my head oh Lord…..
I was still crying and praying when I heard him calling out my name. I quic-kly stood up. Wiped my tears and ran to him. They were both up from the be-d and she was tieing my wra-pper on her che-st. This is a new wra-pper that mummy bought for me and she was tieing it on. My husband was on bo-xers. I looked at them, and refused to let my tears fall before them.
Isaiah: plea-se dear, we messed up the sheets. Kindly pack them and wash it for us plea-se. I want it dried up so that we can use it at night. Thank u so much.
He bent and gave me a k!sson my cheeks then held her on her [email protected]!st and they both laughed out of the room. I turned and watched them walk away. I wanted to break down and cry, I wanted to end everything, I wanted to fall down. But I heard the small still voice telling me. ”Be strong” I immediately turned and packed up the sheets and went into the bathroom to wash them.
I soon [email protected]£ a slave in my own house. My own husband turned me into a slave. [email protected] from washing and cleaning the house for them. He sometimes invites me into the room to watch as he makes love to that strange woman. In all of this I remained calm and faithful and a good wife.
One evening, I heard them fighting.
Chi Chi: where do you think you are going? You think you will leave me now because she is back? You are going no where.
Isaiah: You are stupid. I told you before all of this that my woman is not around and that once she is back our deal is over, didnt I tell you?
Chi Chi: and so what if you told me that. Listen you go no where, our deal is supposed to last for one more week. So if you think you are gonna leave me for one crazy b—h then you obviously dont know who I am.
Isaiah: listen I will pay you off. I never knew she would return this early. I thought she would return next month, she was supposed to be away for six months but now that things are like this we have to reschedule.
Chi Chi: I dont even really care weather you go to her or not, but if you must go, you will pay me my full money as agreed. Dont you think because the deal ended you will cut my money no way.
Isaiah: Is that all? Dont worry I will pay you. But plea-se pack up and leave. I must hurry to my baby.
I just sat in my room and listened to all my husband was saying. Referring to another woman as baby. I know he was talking about Marvis. No wonder he [email protected]£ home, Marvis travelled. No wonder.
I [email protected]£ out of the room and sat on the dining chair. I watched as Chi Chi packed her things from my be-droom. I watched my husband count a whooping sum of 70,000 naira for that girl.
Isaiah: I hope we are good now?
Chi Chi: (smiling) of course we are.
As she made way to leave she suddenly turned faced me.
Chi Chi: I apologise for everything that happened this last few months, you must un-derstand that am only doing business, I nee-d the money to survive me and my younger ones. So whatever I did do not take it to heart. Its [email protected] of the job. Sorry….
Then she turned to isaiah,
Chi Chi: I wonder what you saw in that girl, what’s her name again, is it Marvis or what? You have a good wife, a very good one at that, you have a great family, but you are destroying it with your hands. You better realize yourself fast and st©p ma-king this good woman suffer.
Isaiah: get out jhoor, have I not paid you? See this pr©st!tût£want to advice me. Idiot.
Chi Chi: I don talk finish o.
She turned and left. Not long, Isaiah picked some clothes and the car keys and also left.
Can you tolerate all this as a woman in the name of been a good wife and perfect woman?
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Perfect woman Episode 11 & 12