Hasty decision Episode 4

*******HASTY DECISION********
My head ached terribly it was someone was hitting my head against an armored tank. My heart was beating ra-pidly and my arm hurt. My vision was blurry but I could s-en-se that I was still bound.
I could hear Henry’s occasional whimper and one of the men, talking to him, pointing a gun at him. I turned my head slowly, it was like watching a movie in a slow motion and zooming in and out. I could see the movement of the man’sl-ips as they c@m£ together slowly, and then p@rted a little before opening even wi-der as if he was saying……Benita!
“She’s awake!” The other man shouted and the first man left Henry and was now walking towards me. His face wasn’t so clear, p@rt of the effect of the drug I was given…
I felt him entered me in one full thrû-st and the agony and pain I felt that day, started building up in me, shattering me inside out and j£rking me back to consciousness.
I was covered in sweat and I could hear my heart still beating so loudly. I felt a t©uçh beside me and I screamed, yanking the hand off before I realized it was my husband who quic-kly put on the light.
“Baby, it’s me.” He said before pu-lling me into his arms, comforting me.
I rested against his che-st as I tried to calm down.
“You are okay love. You are okay.” He was patting me on the back as I relaxed more….
“Do you want to talk about it?” He asked.
I thought for a while, talk about the name he had mentioned with Felix earlier today, magically showing up in my dream.
“No.” I replied, pu-lling the blanket over me.
“Should we go to the thera-pist today?”
I nodded.
. “Yes plea-se.”
I was sitting down beside Henry in front of Kate, my thera-pist. She was sitting down all dressed in red suit, her large glas-ses pressed on her tiny nose while she scribbled something down in the note on her l@p.
“So, how are we doing today? “ Kate asked
“Fine.” I replied, abs£nt-mindedly.
“Do you think we are ma-king progress at all?” She asked again, directly at Henry who nodded.
“So are you saying that your wife is improving se-xually and emotionally?”
Henry hesitated for a while but later nodded.
“You don’t nee-d to lie Henry, we both know I’m not.” I blurted.
“I believe she still nee-ds more time.” Henry explained, holding my hand.
“I do not think I do Henry, I think I am not ma-king progress at all” I said sharply. I had no idea why I was feeling so irritated when he was being nothing but nice.
“plea-se let us all calm down.” Kate said calmly. “I am s-en-sing some tension here and I nee-d to know what is going on.”
“What is going on here is that my wife will not accept that she nee-ds more time.” Henry replied, gently.
“But I do not!” I shouted. Now facing him. “ I do not un-derstand what is going on Henry. Maybe I nee-d time, maybe I do not. I don’t know. I still don’t know why you refused to report the incidence to the police, since all these days!”
“But honey, I thought it’s for your own good. You agreed to this!” Henry sighed and buried his face in his hands.
“Well, Mr. and Mrs. James, may I know what is actually going on? Because I do not un-derstand this sudden outbur-st from the two of you.”
We were both quiet. I realized I was acting as a result of my own doubts or suspicion and he was acting out of his own fear, maybe I should just apologize or better still, remain quiet.
“My wife had a nightmare last night, she refused to share it and I respect her choice. I am not going to f0rç£ her into anything she doesn’t want to do. I just want her to know whatever she is going throu-gh, I am here for her.”
I looked at Henry, he was being sincere but that was just not enough for me, I nee-ded so much more, yet I was so afraid I might end up being an ingrate and then ruin our marriage, I didn’t want that.
“Madam, is there anything that is ma-king you afraid?” Kate asked.
I sighed. “Maybe.”
“Like what?”
“I don’t know.” I replied.
The two exchanged glances and Henry held my other hand to hisl-ips.
“Love, you nee-d time to heal, I will buy you anything you want, take you out of the country if you want, just tell me what you nee-d me to do.”
“Who is Benita?” I finally asked, looking into his eyes.
I could have sworn that he flin-ched but he maintained his position…or maybe it was my thought.
“Who is Benita?” He asked again and I nodded.
“I don’t know what you are talking about.” He replied.
“That day I was bound, I heard the guy mention a name, now, I heard same name yesterday, who is she?”
The two exchanged glances again.
“Tee, you were drugged that day, you remember? You cannot trust whatever you think you may have heard or seen.”
I thought for a while maybe he was right, maybe this was a mistake…God I was losing my mind.
“But….” I started but st©pped. “Okay, I am sorry. I think I nee-d to go lie down.” I replied.
We later left the thera-pist that day and after Henry left for work, I s£nt a message to Felix, he must definitely have something to tell me….
3hrs later
“How stupid was I to have let such a beautiful woman like you leave my life?”
I smiled as I heard Felix’ voice behind me. He must have parked outside the gate because I didn’t hear him drive in and I haven’t heard his footsteps either. I was behind the house, in a pink flowing go-wn and a hat to prevent the sun while I watered the flowers.
I s-en-sed him move behind me and I stood up straight to give us some space before facing him.
He was in his Monday suits, and I was sure he had left the office to come see me. I held the watering can in my hand as I surveyed him with my eyes. The Fendi sunglas-ses he was wearing made him even more handsome.
“You like what you see?” He asked but I chuckled.
“Not bad.” I replied as I continued my work . flir-ting with him had always been fun for me. Even though we were no longer together and he was my husband’s best friend, nothing changed. I was the one that got away, when I caught him cheating on me, few months later, I had met Henry, unfortunately, they ended up serving in the same place and that was how they got close until he introduced me and he realized his friend’s fiancé, was his ex.
He had travelled out shortly after and then by the time he got back, we were alre-ady married.
“You know you could have waited for us to patch things up.” He continued as I walked towards the entrance of the house while he followed me, I was smiling all the way, like I said, it was fun.
“Is my friend ma-king you happy?”
He asked when I handed him a cu-p of wine, I was avoiding his gaze all the while so I just nodded.
When I turned around, he held my hand and took the wine from me. Then he faced me so we were looking at each other.
“I know I was a fool to have cheated on you when I did. There is no day that I don’t regret that. The next day, I got my posting letter; I sought for you and didn’t see you. It to-re my heart ap@rt when I discovered you both are together. Leaving for UK was beyond my control either, you know I had set that plan in motion since our three hundred level days, and now I am back, I know it is too late but I still love you…”
I wanted to protest but he continued….
“You don’t nee-d to say anything. I will never ask you to leave him for me. What I want is for you to answer me…. Adetola, are you happy in this marriage?”
I had no idea why or what had caused it the next thing was that I was crying and he was hvgging me ti-ghtly, comforting me….
“You were r@ped on the night of your wedding?” He asked again, finding it so ha-rd to believe.
I nodded.
We were sitting down now after I have calmed down.
“Did you tell the police?”
I shook my head negatively.
“Why not?”
“He said the deed has been done alre-ady and he didn’t want me to keep reliving it with police’s problem.”
“Bullsh!t!” He snapped angrily, standing up and now pacing with arms akimbo. “So something this terrible happened to you and he was just sitting down there without doing anything?”
“He was tied up too.” I replied in Henry’s defense.
“Oh my God! I wouldn’t have minded getting sh0t in the process of trying to rescue you Tola, what happened to you was cruel!” He c@m£ closer to me and went on his knees, holding my hands and looking into my eyes.
“My darling, I am sorry beyond words. I wish I was there to do something.”
I said nothing but just gave a weak smile.
“Who else knows about this?”
“Just my thera-pist.” I replied.
“You told no one?”
I nodded.
He sighed and then continued. “Why did you decide to tell me?”
Well, I was waiting for that …
“Because I nee-d your help Felix.”
“I will do anything for you my love.” He replied. ‘s£nd me.”
“Who is Benita and how is she related to Henry?”
He looked surprised. “The girl we spoke about?”
I nodded.
He gave a sharp breath before sitting down beside me.
“Are you sure that was the name you heard ?”
I nodded. “Yes and for some reason, I have not asked my husband. I just don’t know why I have this fear of confronting him.”
Felix thought for a while I waited eagerly.
To be Continued…..