© Amah 

James smile and his smile suddenly turned into a frown as he looked ahead at nothing
Mirabel looked at him and new he was worried about something.
She has being the one talking none st©p.
trying to keep the environment lively but despite James was nodding and smiling all throu-gh the conversation his mind was far and Mirabel noticed his discomfort.
She stretched her hands across the table and t©uçhed James.
Mirabel r0m@nç£d James hands gently.
James return his gaze to her before withdrawing his hands from Mirabel.
He re-moved his hand from the table, relaxed back. He checked the time before breathing heavily.
“James, what’s troubling you… what is the problem, don’t you like me or is it the environment, talk to me…we can go to my place…I will fix up something for you…
“I’m fine Mirabel…I nee-d to start going home…my wife may…
Mirabel quic-kly interrupted him.
“Your wife… plea-se st©p bringing her into our cool evening … can’t we have a good time without mentioning your wife… don’t you want me… I’m not hiding my feelings for you…I know you are married but to be sincere I have always admire you way back in school…we almost cli-ck up but it didn’t work out until I met Cole and you sl!poff…I love Cole but he is a cheat… and I walked away from him. I didn’t even plan to be with another man until our path cross again… and is unfortunately you were alre-ady hooked, I met you again as a married man but I can’t just get you off my mind ever since we met at the mall…I can’t. I’m sorry to nuture this feeling but I just can’t help it James… I’m very plain and straight forward…I hate to hide my feelings if I like someone…it may not go down well with you but I still have to express myself anyway…
James breathed down again and sat properly.
He allowed Mirabel to boldly express herself.
He likes her boldness, not many people have such, he admire her greatly.
She was beautiful, smart and outspoken.
Most importantly she was so friendly.
“Mimi, I admire you greatly, you have always posses this bold nature… you are beautiful, your word is quiet enticing and I feel so attra-cted right now. Forgive me because I still have to bring my wife into this…I have never cheated on her even while d@t!ng, when we couldn’t get inti-mate. k!ss!ngand hvgging was not included during my relationsh!pwith Michelle but even with all this restriction I did not cheat on her… now I’m married to her, I truly love her and i try to un-derstand her real personality. Sitting out here with you makes me feel like I’m alre-ady having an extra Marita affair…I feel guilty sitting here with another woman who is not my wife. This is the third time I will be hanging out with you…I really do not want to start what I can’t finish…I don’t want to hurt you or my wife but at same time I do not want to go home to an empty house, a home with Just me and myself because Michelle is either busy or out…I love Michelle and is a normal thing for couples to disagree or not un-derstand each other at the first stage of marriage but sincerely speaking I nee-d a friend in my wife…but I don’t get it…I have never spoken out my marital troubles to anyone before except you because I really do want you to un-derstand why I hang out here with you…since we are open to each other I do not want to also paint words or pretend as if all is well or I’m really having fun here because I’m not.. maybe I my find happiness in this outing later but I’m yet to do that…I don’t even know if I’m ma-king any s-en-se to you but just leave the nons-en-se in all that I said and hold unto the reasonable ones…
“I totally un-derstand James, I’m sorry for whatever you maybe pas-sing throu-gh and I respect you…I will also respect the fact that you nee-d ordinary friend and not inti-mate friend…I will be your friend and listen to all your troubles anytime you feel like sharing… I’m sorry for anything taking joy away from your finel-ips…i will never want to wreck your home or wors£n the pres£nt situation at hand…I will try to control my feelings which is alre-ady running Wilde for you…but also Forgive me if I decided to nurture it…
They had another cool evening in the open eatery, talking until James stood up to go.
He dropped Mirabel off at her bust©p and went home.
Michelle was sitting in the living room watching a gospel television programme.
She was shouting “Amen” on t©p of her voice as the television preacher preached on.
She told James welcome as he stepped into the house and continued with her television programme
James went to have his bath by the time he c@m£ out his food was alre-ady waiting for him on the dining.
He sat to eat, he has always enjoyed Michelle’s cooking today was no different.
It was a new delicacy and it taste great.
Michelle went back to her gospel programme and kept shouting Amen.
James called her and she c@m£ to stand beside him.
James had a long face on.
“James, don’tn’t you like the food…
“I do, it taste great…I don’t think you have made this before…
“No, I haven’t, a sister in the Lord thought me. I met her during that revival, and when we were conversing she told me about the delicacy so I decided to try it out… I’m glad you like it.
James nodded and went on eating without a word. Michelle left him to her television.
James went to work the following day, he got a message from Mirabel asking him how his day was going.
He replied immediately the message c@m£ into his phone.
He asked her “hope you is not offended from what i said yesterday”
and Mirabel as-sured him that she was not.
James called her when he was about to close from work and they hanged out that evening again.
Mirabel was wearing a short ti-ght go-wn which revealed her th!ghs and shape.
She wore little make up and applied redl-ipstick.
She also sprayed a fine cologne and James loves the fragrance.
He complimented her as he drove down to drop her off.
“You smell nice…I love the sweet fragrance…
“Really, is a gift from a friend… thank you James…
Mirabel went on talking until she got to where she will come down.
She looked at James who smile before looking down at her expo-sed th!gh.
James quic-kly looked away.
Mirabel then said
“I want to do something…I know is crazy but I don’t want you to be mad at me…
Before James could ask what it was Mirabel lockedl-ips with him.
She k!$$£d him, James returned the k!sspas-sionately without resistance and got himself together when his phone started ringing, he gently pushed Mirabel away.
He was breathing heavily and checked the caller and it was his wife. He couldn’t pick the call as he looked at Mirabel
“Mi.. Mirabel… We shouldn’t have done that…I..
“I know James… I’m sorry, just couldn’t help myself on how much of a gentle man you have being…I asked you not to be mad at me plea-se…
James nodded and watch her as she quietly went down from the car.
James held his head in his hand after Mirabel left the car.
He wish he can rewind the k!sswith Mirabel and delete it completely from his memory.
He felt bad that he forgot himself and got carried away with Mirabel.
He could have resisted the urge to k!ssher back but he didn’t fight it but held her in his arms and k!ssher as if he has never k!$$£d a woman before.
James drove off to the house. When he got home Michelle was slee-ping on the sofa right in the parlour.
The television was showing a church programme.
He wanted to quietly walk past but Michelle woke up and greeted him.
She stood up from the sofa and checked the time it was almost 10pm.
She went to James who was going into the room.
“James what happened… you c@m£ back late from work yesterday and today again…I called you but you didn’t pick up… was there a emergency at work?
“Yea, something like that… I got things that kept me busy…I was busy when you called…
Michelle was about going to set his food on the dining when she noticed something.
“Is that a paint or blood on yourl-ips and shi-t…
James thought within him Mirabel might have stained him with her redl-ipstick when they k!$$£d and he did not check the mirror.
He started using his hands to clean up the mark.
Michelle went close and check hisl-ips, she noticed that it looks like a redl-ipstick.
“James…is that a l-ips tick.. how come… how do you get it to yourl-ips and shi-t…?
“I…I can’t remember how al-ipstick or whatever it might be got to my face and shi-t…is either from what I ate, it might have come from anywhere…let me go and refresh… I’m so tired…
He walked away, Michelle waved the negative ideas off her head as she warm up his food and set it out for him.
She was done setting out her husband food but James did not come out to eat.
She waited and when she did not see him she went inside and met him lying down.
His eyes were shut as he l@yface up.
“James what’s happening… what is wrong…are you not eating… your food is on the dining…
James opened his eyes and looked at her.
“I’m not hungry Michelle…I just want to sleep… I’m tired from today’s work load…
“Sorry about that, I’m working on securing a good job so that I can less£n the burden on you… I have sta..
James interrupted her.
“Michelle…we have talked about this before… I don’t like repeating myself…I told you before that I do not want you to work… what are you going to be working for…my pay is enough for both of us and even to cover far more expenses than the pres£nt ones… plea-se let’s not start another argument on that because I’m too tired…I want to sleep.
“James today is Friday, you have tomorrow and next to sleep… did anyb©dy offend you at work today…
James ignored her and shut his eyes again.
Michelle left him to arrange things before coming back to the be-d.
She re-ad her Bible and prayed that night before slee-ping.
The next day Saturday, she did the laundry and clean up the house while James watch television and iron cloths.
She made food and they ate but James did not converse much during the day.
In the night he l@yon the be-d browsing with his phone.
He was chatting with Mirabel who was apologizing for what happened between them in his car yesterday.
After their chat James dropped his phone and sle-pt off.
Michelle after doing her night prayer quietly lie down beside her husband.
She was surprised that James who always looked out for every weekend intim-acy with her sle-pt off.
Michelle went moved closer to James and try tou-ching him but James told her that he wasn’t in such mood.
“James… what is wrong with you…I have being asking you this same question but you said you are fine but act differently..
“Michelle, when I said I was fine I meant it… I’m not in for this weekend love ma-king anymore…if you fixed our intim-acy only on weekends is high time you reamend it.. because I’m no more interested in it.. I’m alre-ady use to not even getting it at all.. so let’s remain that way since that’s what you signed… plea-se allow me sleep in peace.
Michelle was shocked that James was turning her down.
James that can’t wait each weekend to have her is now turning her down.
She quietly l@yon the be-d staring at the ceiling and wondering what was wrong with her husband.
“Why the sudden change…What could be the problem with James”
Michelle thought within herself as she l@yawake most p@rt of the night wondering.
She later decided to pray against whatever that maybe troubling James.
James stood up and left the room for her with his phone as Michelle began to fire prayer none st©p.
Michelle was troubled, she couldn’t concentrate while praying for her husband.

To be continued

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