By authoress Anna(favour)


    Growing up I had heard stories of women being violated, I’ve watched and seen cases of domestic violence. And I PRAYED, WISHED and HOPED, that I would never be a victim of such..

    And God answered my prayers and gave me a good man who loved and treated me with tender loving care.. Or so I thought.


    My first two years in marriage was blissful and I couldn’t have wished for anything more, I was a model and had my very own brand/fashion line, one of the biggest in the country actually and as the only child of my late parents I inherited all their wealths, Henry was also from a wealthy family so we lacked nothing, we were financially stable, and we lived in our own private house in banana island, although we didn’t have a child yet, there was love and peace in our home.

    But everything changed suddenly and I was made a victim of the one thing I feared and hated..

    My name is Debbie ifeoluwa Henry and this is my story..


    Episode 1

    “Deb.. Debbie.. Wake up..Debbie” I groaned and willed my eyes to open, only to see kiki my best friend staring back at me..

    “Hey what’s..”

    “Hurry, it’s past 6pm” she said cutting me took some moment for the information to actually sink in, and when it did, I jerked up from the couch I was resting on

    “You say?!” I exclaimed picking my bag and key from the table..

    “I told you to wake me up by 4:pm na.. I’m dead oo” I muttered rushing towards her door with my heels and bag in my hands

    “I’m sorry, I slept off as well.. I just woke up and saw the time.. I’m so sorry” she said as I slipped into my car..

    “I have to go abeg.. I’ll call you later” I said starting the car

    “Okay, but please drive safely okay? And please call me if something happens” I nodded frantically and drove out of her compound.. And couldn’t help but have this crazy feeling that I was forgetting something important.

    I reached into my bag with my right hand whilst driving with the other.. I brought out my phone and sighed in relief when I didn’t see any message or missed call.. I guess he’s not back yet.. God please help me oo..

    “It’s all because of the pregnancy oo, I would have woken up since.. What am I even saying? I should have set an alarm or something, kiki has killed me..” I wiped my cheeks and stepped on the accelerator..



    I drove speedily into my compound almost hitting Rufus my gateman..

    I stepped out after parking the car along with the others in the garage. I almost collapsed when I saw the white range rover sport parked beside mine..

    Rufus rushed towards me breathing heavily

    “Maram you have filish oo” he said stopping right in front of me

    “I know” I mumbled as fresh tears began to fall from my eyes

    “Oga have came, and the way I take see ham, he be like person wey take bitter mericine oo.. He face stone like this” he said putting on what looks like a stern face

    “Eeei, I’m dead o.. ” I muttered with my hands on my head

    “No maram, dead body nor dey cry.. You nova die, na only filish you filish” he said with a small smile..

    “What is the difference?.. Abeg leave me alone” I brushed past him and slowly made my way to the house..

    I opened the door gently and peeked my head in, the lights were on and the television was on and currently on super sports 12,.. I slowly stepped into the house and closed the door as quietly as I could before tip toeing to the stairs, when I didn’t see him in the living room.. Thank goodness

    “Where are you coming from” I froze automatically as his voice echoed in the living room..

    “I’m not talking to myself am I?” He asked and I slowly turned to see Henry leaning on the doorframe of the kitchen.. His eyes trained on me like a predator watching his prey.. His muscles flexed underneath the tight grey polo.. He was wearing a black combat short, which certainly means he came back hours ago.. Even before 6pm.

    Despite the Air-Con I found myself myself sweating.

    “Debbie..” He called pushing himself from the doorframe as he took a step closer, on instinct I took one back

    He noticed and sighed tucking his hands in his pockets

    “Did you bite your tongue or what?” He asked calmly

    “I.. I.. I..” I stuttered as tears kept falling from my eyes.. Debbie you’ll kill yourself if you don’t talk, I thought to myself

    “I.. Good evening s-sir” I stuttered

    He stared at me for what seemed like hours which was actually just seconds.

    “Evening, now tell me where you are coming from by to seven in the evening” he stated

    “I..” I choked out and burst into tears, I am finished..

    He raised his brows and took a step closer, I took one back and he sighed

    “Seriously? I didn’t even touch you, why are you crying now?” He asked looking genuinely confused

    Because I know you’re going to hit me, and just the thought of your hands on me is overwhelming, I can’t bear the pain you’ll inflict on me..

    But instead of saying those words, I shook my head holding my heels and bag closer to my chest.

    “Baby I’m not going to hit you okay?, besides kiki called and told me you were already on your way..” He said moving closer to me.. I stood still as he cupped my face and wiped my tears, only for more to come out..

    He sighed and hugged me

    “I’m sorry if I scared you, okay?” He asked and I nodded against his chest..

    He pulled back and wiped my face..

    “Come, let’s go get you cleaned up” he mumbled holding my arm, I winced and snapped my hand from his hold..

    He furrowed his brows in confusion

    “’s not healed yet” I mumbled.. He nodded taking hold of my hand instead before leading me up the stairs..

    “Don’t worry, let me make your dinner first” I said stopping to look at him

    “No..don’t worry about that, I’ve already eaten” he stated moving up the stairs.. What?! He never makes his own food, in fact he has never gone into the kitchen to serve anything since he started hitting me..

    He pulled me into our bed room and took my bag and heels placing them on the bed..

    Okay, he’s acting really strange, I walked into the bathroom when he walked into the closet.. I slowly took off my floor length gown and carefully slipped my hands out of the long sleeves and my undies.. I examined the week old bruises scattered around my hands and thighs along with the old ones.. He hasn’t hit me for a week now and he’s acting like the old Henry, it’s really strange but I think God has finally heard my prayers.. After all he works in mysterious ways..

    I stepped into the shower stand and switched it on.. I sighed as the hot water fell on my aching muscles..

    Minutes later I felt hands slip around my waist.. I froze as henry peppered kisses on my neckline..




    I breathed heavily thinking of what to do.. He turned me to face him and took my lips in his..

    We pulled back for breaths and I almost whimpered, I can’t remember the last time he kissed me so passionately

    “I want you Debbie” I shuddered as he whispered biting on my ear lobe.. Before connecting our lips again..

    He held my thighs and raised me up so I could wrap my legs around him , he switched off the shower without breaking the kiss and carried me out into our bedroom.




    Next morning*

    I woke up with a smile on my face, looking over to Henry’s part of the bed I saw that it was empty, but the indent there showed that he probably woke up minutes ago.. Last night was like magic, he was so gentle and loving unlike the previous times, where he always went rough with me..

    I heard the shower running and stood up to head downstairs, although, I felt really tired and wanted to go back to sleep.. Maybe because of the baby, I was just a month old pregnant and my husband wasn’t even aware, I found out just two days ago and I’ve been looking for the perfect way to break the news to him.. And I think this is the right time.. I smiled and made my way to the door..

    Just then the door to the bathroom opened and my husband walked out with a white towel hanging on his waist..

    I was tall but Henry.. Was taller, his brown skin was so spotless and although he was currently 31 years old he was still very handsome..

    “Good morning sir” I greeted standing timidly beside the door, he might be changing but I’m honestly not going to take any risk.

    “Morning, how was your night?” He asked and I couldn’t bite back the smile that formed on my lips,

    “It was okay” I mumbled and he glanced at me and smiled. Oh my God! He smiled at me when last did he do that willingly?

    “Oh uhm.. Debbie did you get the clothes from the dry cleaners? I have a very important appointment today and I need to..” He trailed off and I almost peed on myself..

    I said it!.. I knew I was forgetting something at kiki’s house..

    “Debbie?” He called snapping me from my thoughts

    “S-sir” I stuttered

    “Where are the clothes?” He asked

    “I.. I uhm, I ..well” I fumbled

    “You didn’t collect them?” He asked slowly flaring up

    “I did.. I did” I rushed out

    “Then where are they?” He asked

    “In.. Ehm”

    “Where Debbie?” He asked

    “At kiki’s house” I mumbled

    “What?” He asked

    “I forgot them at kiki’s house” I explained praying to God and all the angels of heaven to have mercy on me.

    “You forgot my clothes at kiki’s house?” He asked staring at me and I nodded slowly

    “Come here” he mumbled under his breath

    “Sir?” I asked moving back slowly . he closed his eyes and breathed deeply

    “Come here Debbie!” He snapped and I flinched

    He made his way towards me and I ran for the door, just as my fingers grazed the handle.. I was pulled back and thrown to the bed.. I tried to rush out of the bed, only to fall back as his palm collided with my cheek..

    I yelped and covered my face with my hands, protecting my face from the multiple punches he threw at me.. I shrieked as he held my legs and pulled me down from the bed.. I scrambled to my feet and ran away from him

    “Please .. I’m sorry, please.. I’ll go and get it now, please don’t hit me” I cried out as I tried to get away from him, he pulled me back and slapped me hard sending me to the floor

    “You know, I really wanted to stop hitting you” he said as he picked his belt from the side table.. I whimpered as he made his way to me

    “But you’re just so stubborn” he said and I screamed when I felt the belt on my bare thighs..

    “You know sometimes I wonder what kind of powers you used on me, that made me marry someone like you, a prostitute!” He said and leaned down.. I thought he was going to slap me so I covered my face..only to feel his hands on my nightie.. My eyes widened as he tore it from my body and started flogging every part of my nude body

    “I’m sorry.. Please, stop!” Were the only words I could say amidst screams and tears

    “You should be happy I didn’t divorce you after I found out about your infdelity.. You should be grateful Debbie, not stubborn!” He yelled kicking my stomach.. I screamed as pain shot through my body.

    “Stop!.. No.. Stop,! Please stop!” I pleaded doubling over to hold my stomach..he’s going to kill my baby…

    “You are lucky I have a meeting to attend, you would have died today, nonsense!” He said kicking me one last time before disappearing into the closet, I felt wetness trailing down my thighs and instantly knew that I’ve lost my baby.. Again.

    Episode 2



    I winced as I crawled to the bathroom leaving a trail of blood behind me on the shiny tiles. Henry had left few moments ago without even sparing a glance at me.

    I breathed heavily as I leaned on the door, I reached for the handle and used it to pull my self up, it wasn’t easy but I was able to stand and lean on the door for support.. My whole body was on fire..

    Steadily I walked into the bathroom and moved to the left side of the room, where there was a cabinet for toiletries and a wall length mirror.

    Staring back at me was a fair skinned lady with blackish scars and bruises from months/weeks ago, along with red/pinkish fresh bruises scattered all over her once spotless skin on her slim body.. Blood trailed down her thighs to her ankles, dropping as a small puddle between her feet. Her once short and silk shoulder length hair laid matted and disheveled on her forehead.. Her soft baby face looked tired and the hand marks from the slap was evident on her cheek.. And her once joyful and cheerful eyes looked so lifeless and depressed.. That lady is me.. Debbie.

    A tear slid down my cheek as I stared at my stomach, I had hoped this one would stay.. Four.. This is the fourth pregnancy and it’s gone just like the others.. Why didn’t you stay with me baby?.. Why didn’t you hold on to mummy? I thought as I sank to the floor hugging my knees..

    Memories of how it all started flashed in my head and I cried even more.





    Three years ago..

    “Oh my God! You cheated!” Henry exclaimed dropping the wireless pad on the table.

    “Look at him o, I won fair and square babe, you can’t deny it.. You are just sad that you lost to your wife” I bragged sticking out my tongue

    “It’s because I decided to let you win love, but I’ll let you brag anyway” he shrugged with a smile.. I scoffed turning to face him on the couch

    “Don’t flatter yourself Henry.. You lost to your wife face it” I said with a smirk and he smiled

    “Fine, I lost to my very sexy and smart wife, now baby stop the bragging and kiss me” he said reaching over to hold me.. I smiled and sat on his laps, pulling him into a kiss.. He reciprocated and deepened the kiss Caressing my exposed thighs.. He pulled back and pecked my lips.

    “Let’s not forget we have visitors coming over soon,” he mumbled standing up with me, he held me as I wrapped my legs around his waist with my hands on his neck..

    “One of the joys of marrying a model, you’re so light even when you eat practically everything in the house including me” he teased sitting me on the counter as he moved in the store.

    “I do not eat much!” I exclaimed

    “Sure you don’t” he said sarcastically and I gasped faking a frown whilst crossing my hands.

    “But I’m not complaining especially when I can bend and carry you easily for different positions without getting tired easily” he said pecking my lips before moving to the gas.

    “You’re so perverted” I chuckled

    “Only for you love” he said and I smiled

    “So what are we making?” I asked

    “We?.. No, I’m making jollof rice and assorted meat, you angel.. Your work is to sit back and watch your darling husband prepare dinner for our friends. ” he said joggling the Onion and pepper

    “, let me do something, I can’t just sit here without helping you” I said trying to jump down from the counter.. He moved me back down and shook his head

    “No Debbie, if you really want to do anything then just sing or talk about your upcoming fashion line or anything funny.. I’ll listen, besides you’ll only spoil my recipe if you come here” he smiled washing a pot

    “Okay na.. Mister chef, do your thing” I said smiling..


    Few hours later

    Our friends already arrived and we were all currently sitting in the dinning room..

    “So tell me when am I becoming a God father?” Daniel Henry’s best friend asked.. My husband smiled and took a sip of his juice

    “Uhm.. We aren’t ready yet” he replied

    “You guys have been married for two years..and you’re still not ready?, is it that you’re not tired of eating yourselves up yet or what?” Kiki asked causing everyone to laugh except Luke, Henry’s other friend.. I never really liked him since he had been hitting on me since I started dating his friend about a year before our marriage, the idiot even had the guts to ask me out just few days to my marriage with his Friend.

    If not for one thing, I’d say he was against my marriage with his friend, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Speaking of the devil, his eyes met with mine and I looked away

    “You aren’t ready yet or because Debbie doesn’t want to get pregnant because of her career?” He blurted out picking on his food

    I felt Henry’s gaze on me.. He took my hand on the table and smiled

    “That’s not the reason, but even if it was then I don’t see any problem with it, besides we have forever to make as many babies as we want right honey?” He asked smiling at me

    “’re right” I mumbled forcing a small smile on my face.

    “Yes.. You’re both right, I mean it’s not necessary for couples to start popping out babies just two years into marriage right?” Daniel asked.

    “Yes.. Besides these two are the most romantic couple I’ve ever seen, awwn.. I can’t wait to get married” kiki said dreamily and I heard Daniel and henry laugh

    “Well Daniel is available” henry teased and I zoned out of their conversation.

    I looked at Luke and found him glaring at my hand in Henry’s, what is wrong with him?.. He met my gaze and I gave him my best death glare.. He only smirked and licked his lips.

    After dinner, kiki helped me clear the table as well as tidy the dishes..

    She later excused herself to use the restroom, just as she left I continued with the dishes and suddenly felt hands snaking around my waist, I flinched out of the hold on instinct and turned to see Luke staring at me..

    “Jesus.. Luke what the hell?!” I snapped cleaning my hands on the towel

    “Oh come on deb.. We are just the only ones here, just let me hold you even if it’s for few minutes” he said reaching to hold my hand.. I moved back with my mouth open

    “I don’t remember adding alcohol in that juice, so what exactly is wrong with you? And when did that stupid nickname start?” I asked

    “Oooh!.. Why can’t you understand.. We both know I’ve been nursing feelings for you even before you married Henry, why can’t you just give me a chance.. What does henry have that I don’t?” He asked frowning

    “Henry is my husband and your friend, and I love him, there’s absolutely no way I’ll cheat on him.. I didn’t do it when we were dating and I won’t start now, with you for that matter, besides I’m your friend’s wife..if you can’t respect me at least respect your friendship with my husband” I said,

    “Please leave, I’m busy” I added and turned to continue with the plates

    “Well if you’re not going to give me what I want the easy way, I’m going to get it the hard way..” He said and I felt his hands on my waist, I turned and slapped him angrily.. He held his cheek in shock as he stared at me

    “If you dare touch me again, i swear to God I’ll smash your head with that pestle” I spat pointing to the pestle placed beside the counter .. He clenched his teeth and glared at me

    “Don’t worry, very soon you’ll come running to me for help and I’ll make sure to have my fill with you” he stated and matched out of the kitchen bumping into kiki on his way out

    I sighed and continued with my work

    “Ahahn, what’s wrong with that one na?” Kiki asked taking her position beside me..

    “Forget that fool abeg” I mumbled.





    Next day..

    I walked out of the super market with my grocery bags, I opened my trunk and placed everything in, before moving to the drivers seat after locking the trunk shut.

    I was about stepping in when a voice called me

    “Sister Debbie” I turned and looked around when I didn’t see any familiar faces around

    “Sister Debbie.. I’m the one calling you” a young man said walking towards me with a smile.

    “Good evening ma” he greeted, from his face i figured he should be in his late 20’s or early 30’s..

    “Good evening..” I replied unsure of who he was

    “I assume you’re wondering who I am?” He asked

    “Uhm.. Yes, I don’t think I’ve seen you around before” I admitted

    “I thought as much, well my name is Samson, we attend the same Church.. Fountain of hope ministries” he said and I gasped

    “Really?!, I’m so sorry.. I haven’t seen you in church” I said

    “It’s actually a big church.. So I understand, but it’s nice to finally meet you in person sister Debbie” he said and I smiled, but before I could reply, he pulled me into a hug ..this is really awkward.. I patted his back and pulled back, faking a smile.

    “Nice to meet you too, brother Samson.. ” I trailed off

    “I actually want to thank you for the charity work you and your husband have been doing in the church.. May god continue to replenish you both..”

    “Amen.. Amen, so uhm, I have to be on my way now.. It was nice meeting you..”

    “ want to leave now?” He asked and I nodded trying not to frown..what is his deal now? I don’t even know him, and I don’t feel comfortable with him at all..

    “Yes.. My husband is probably waiting for me” I said opening my door to step in.

    “In that case let me join you” he said

    “Ehn?!” I asked and watched in amusement as he moved to the passenger seat, he opened the door and stepped in..

    “How do you know if I’m heading your way?” I asked staring at him

    “I’m actually heading to dubic hotel, we have a youth conference there, its along the express.. I don’t have transport so that’s why I’m hoping you can drop me there, I would really appreciate, but if you’re not heading that way I can come down and think of something” he said slowly..

    I stared at him Briefly and sighed,

    “I’m actually Heading that way, I’ll just drop you off” I stated despite myself and drove out..

    We both sat in silence all through the ride..

    “Okay, drive in, so you can park well” he said when we got to the gate of the hotel.

    “No, just come down here, so I can just drive straight” I said slowing down

    “No ma.. Those agberos will hold you here o, and they won’t leave until you pay a huge sum of money, just drive in and park well so you don’t face any stress” he said

    “Are you serious?” I asked and he nodded

    I sighed and drove into the hotel compound.. I parked and he removed his seatbelt.

    “Why don’t you come in?” He asked

    “For what na?” I asked glaring at him

    “Don’t you want to see how the youth conference is?” He asked

    “No thank you” I said

    “You have helped me sister Debbie, I insist you come with me.. I’d like to introduce to the youth president and others” he said and I almost screamed

    If it means getting rid of you then fine! I thought to myself and removed my key from the car, I stepped out and slammed the door shut.

    He smiled and led the way, he opened the glass door to the hotel and gestured for me to go in.. I frowned and walked in.. He led me to an empty hall and looked around..

    “So where are the youths?” I asked impatiently

    “I don’t know, they are probably running late… Wait today is Saturday right?” He asked

    “Yes” I deadpanned with my hands crossed on my chest

    “Ughh!!.. The conference was actually yesterday” he said palming his head

    “So you mean to tell Me that you wasted my time for nothing?!, you’re so unbelievable!.. Now that I even think about it where are your books and Bible?” I asked and he swallowed

    “I forgot them at home” he said and I shook my head

    “You must be joking” I muttered and walked out

    I stepped back into my car and started the engine..he rushed out of the hotel and knocked at my window,

    “What?” I asked when it slipped down

    “Please take me to the supermarket you saw me, I don’t have transport” he said and I hissed slipping the window back up.

    I ignored him and drove out of the hotel and straight for my house

    Can you imagine, arrant nonsense!!.. I thought to myself.


    *Hours later*


    I leaned closer to henry as we watched a movie together in the living room.

    There was a knock on the door before Rufus walked in

    “Good evening oga and maram” he greeted

    Henry sighed and looked up at Rufus

    “It’s madam Rufus, what is maram?” He asked and I laughed

    “Okay sir, maram” Rufus repeated and henry sighed in defeat ..

    “Honey please leave him alone.. Evening Rufus, do you need anything?” I asked with a smile

    “Somebori is here to saw you” he said and henry laughed

    “Who?” I asked

    “He nor call he name, he say he want to see oga” he said and I nodded

    “Okay let him in” I said and he walked out after muttering an okay

    “Are you expecting someone?” I asked looking up at henry

    “No, I wonder who it is” he mumbled and a knocked sounded at the door..

    “Come in” henry yelled and the door opened.. I looked at the lobby and frowned when I saw Samson walk into the living room.

    “What the hell are you doing here?” I asked sitting up .

    “Uhm babe do you know him?” Henry asked and I sighed

    “Of course she does, she’s my lover after all” Samson said before I could respond.

    Wait what did he just say?

    “Ehn?!” I asked unsure of what I just heard

    “Come on ife.. Stop pretending” how did he know my middle name and what does he think he’s doing

    “Uhh, what is going on here?” Henry asked looking at me

    “I don’t.. I don’t understand, Samson what the hell is wrong with you?!” I asked standing up to face the idiot

    “Look baby I’m tired of hiding this okay, he deserves to know the truth..” Samson said looking straight into my eyes

    “Which truth na?” I asked confused

    He ignored me and turned to face my husband

    “Sir you must be wondering why it took so long for your wife to return from the supermarket this afternoon, she was actually with me at dubic hotel.. Here are the pictures for verification” he said placing a brown envelope on the table..

    What the hell is happening!.. What is he saying?!.

    I watched as Henry slowly took the envelope and brought out the pictures.. I rushed over to see what the content was and almost fainted.. The first picture was the taken when he forced me into a hug, the second was the two of us in my car, the next was when he opened the door at the hotel for me and the last was when he asked me to low my window.. The way they took the picture made it seem like he was kissing me.!..

    “Ehh!” I yelled looking at Samson

    “I’m sure she must have cooked a stupid story for you already because I threatened to tell you everything, but the truth of the matter is that I and your wife have been having an affair for the past one year now” he said and I almost fainted

    “Samson? Why?!” I asked pushing him back as hot tears fell from my eyes

    “Why.. Why are you lying?.. What will you achieve by doing this?! Why do you want to destroy my marriage na?!” I asked

    “Please tell him the truth, I don’t know what or who manipulated you to do this.. But please have a conscience and say the truth!” I choked out looking back at Henry who was still staring hard at the pictures in his hands

    “I’m finished oh, God!.. What did I do to you?!” I yelled pushing Samson back.

    “Is it because I didn’t take you back to the supermarket?” I asked and he shook his head

    “Baby stop all these drama, he already knows the truth” he said looking at me

    “What truth?!” I yelled

    “That you’re my woman and..” I yelped as he fell backwards holding his cheek.

    I looked to my side and saw Henry shaking in rage

    “Rufus!” He yelled and the gateman rushed in few minutes later..

    “Sir?” Rufus answered staring between me and Samson

    “Take that idiot outside, don’t let him leave until I come out, if he escapes you’re dead” he said and Rufus nodded dragging Samson out. I turned to look at henry who was already staring at Me.

    “Are these pictures real?” He asked and I slowly went on my knees

    ” did you go to the hotel with him?” He asked and I started sobbing

    “It’s not what you think..” I trailed off

    “Yes or no Debbie” he yelled at me and I flinched .. This is the first time he has ever raised his voice at me.

    “Yes.. But we didn’t do anything, I swear.. He said it was youth conference and I.. ” I stopped as he walked out of the house angrily.. I ran after him and saw him drive out with Samson in his car..

    “God please help me o” I cried pacing in front of the gate

    “Maram wetin happen?” Rufus asked as I sat on the floor crying

    “Person die?” He asked only making me wail louder ..

    Hours passed before henry drove back into the compound.. And for the first time he hit me, and that was how it all started..

    Flashback ends💡


    Back to the present..

    I cause the day I met Samson, he’ll never find peace or happiness until he comes back and say the truth.. Joy will be far from his home, my God will punish him for what he did.

    Episode 3



    “Are you done with those files I gave you?” I asked

    “Yes sir, they’ve all been filled and photocopied.. They just need your signature and we’ll be done with it” Sharon my secretary replied

    “Oh.. Alright, bring them then” I mumbled and switched off the intercom..

    Minutes later a knock sounded at the door and I called her in

    “Good morning sir” she greeted placing the files on my table..

    I sighed and sat up

    “Morning.. Is this all of them?” I asked reaching for the files

    “Yes sir” she replied

    “Okay.. You can leave” I muttered going through the first one

    “Uhm sir.. Sorry to ask but are you alright?” She asked and I looked up at her

    “Uhm.. Why do you think I’m not fine?” I asked crossing my fingers on the table

    “Because you seem a little bothered since you came in this morning and I couldn’t help but notice it” she said and I sighed..

    She’s right though, I haven’t been my self since I stepped out of my bedroom with Debbie sprawled on the floor, I don’t know if it’s because of the blood I saw.. It looks too much to come from a small cut

    “Well you’re right, I’m not really okay.. ” I admitted

    “Why if I may ask?”

    “If I’m going to tell you then you have to sit down..I think i need an advice from someone who isn’t related with me” I said gesturing to the chair opposite mine.. She smiled and took a seat.

    “So uhm.. Is it right for a husband to hit his wife because of infedility?” I asked and she took in a deep breath

    “No.. I don’t think it is, no matter what a woman does in her marriage, domestic violence should not be applied.. Divorce is a better option” she replied and I bit my lip

    “Personally I think any man who involves in such is the devil himself, he deserves to rot in jail that’s if the wife is bold enough to sue him though, God knows I cannot take such rubbish from any man, because I’ll kill him myself” she added and I swallowed

    “But sir why are you asking such questions?” She asked and I blinked

    “Uhm.. My friend’s brother ..he well, caught his wife cheating three years ago..since he still had feelings for her he kicked against divorce and went to seek advice from his friend, who advised him to strip his wife off her job and manhandle her, because according him that is the best way to tame a woman” I muttered looking at my fingers.

    “Best way to tame a woman?! Where the hell did he get that?!” She exclaimed

    “That friend is a devil o, to me he’s a demon in Human clothing.. How can you advise a man to manhandle his wife all in the name of taming, sir.. Please tell your friend to tell his brother that he should stop what he’s doing o, cause it’s not good, he’s only scaring her emotionally and physically, as a husband he should know how to handle his wife without hitting her, my husband for example whenever He’s angry with me he gives me the silent treatment and trust me sir that is the worst punishment so far, or better still involve in dialogue and that’s why most times we don’t sleep until we settle our dispute, and everything has been going fine for us.. You said he found out three years ago?” She asked

    “Y-yes” I stuttered going through her words

    “So he has been abusing for three years now?” She asked and I nodded

    “Ah!.. That woman is strong though, I know many women who wouldn’t even tolerate one slap, not to talk of full beating, please sir ask your friend to talk to his brother, before things gets worse, I know what she did is bad.. And probably made the man hate her, it’s not easy but he should try to forgive her, she has suffered enough, a woman should find comfort in her home not depression and I suggest they see their pastor for prayers, one of the key to a happy marriage is being spiritually enforced” she concluded and I took a deep breath

    “I’ve heard you..thank you so much, I’ll let him know” I said and she smiled

    “Alright sir” she said and walked out.. The minute the door closed I stood up and pushed my chair backwards…




    Three years ago..

    I called Luke since Daniel was out of the country and his line was not reachable.. He picked on the second ring and I asked him to meet me at a pub.

    “Everything I said is true and nothing but the truth sir” Samson said for the thousandth time after narrating everything to Luke.

    “I still can’t believe it.. This is a woman I disvirgined on our wedding night and you’re telling me she started an affair with you a year after our wedding? And you expect me to believe because you brought these nonsense pictures as evidence?” I asked glaring at the fool

    “Calm down Henry.. Let’s ask him some vital questions, mister man, you said you have been having an affair with Debbie over a year now right?” Luke asked staring at Samson

    “Yes sir” he replied

    “What other evidence do you have aside from these pictures?, mind you if you can’t give us any reasonable answer you’ll sleep in jail” he asked

    “Uhm.. There’s a birthmark on her waistline” Samson said looking from Luke to me

    I scoffed and leaned back on my chair with my hands crossed

    “Debbie’s a model, she’s constantly in front of the camera” I stated

    “Yes but they do cover marks with a nude tape right?” Luke asked

    “Blemishes yes, birthmarks maybe.. Her previous commercial for chi-vita, she was asked to wear a bikini because the shoot was taken at the beach and trust me that mark was very visible so please that’s not an evidence” I said with a frown

    “Ohk.. So do you have another evidence, like what’s her favorite sex position?” Luke asked Staring at Samson, I sat up and looked at Samson, this is where I’ll find out the truth

    “Her favourite sex position is…” He paused glancing at me..

    “I said it, he doesn’t know..”

    “Reverse cowgirl” he said confidently cutting me off.

    I froze automatically..

    He was right, but how?.. Does this mean he’s saying the truth? But I don’t remember telling anyone about my sex life with my wife, so how?..

    “From the look on your face I guess he got it Right.. Uhm, Samson thank you for coming out clean to my friend, you can leave now but please stay away from Debbie from now on, okay?” I heard Luke say and minutes passed before he opened his mouth to speak

    “So?, what are you going to do Now?” He asked and I shook my head in denial

    “Debbie can’t.. There’s no way Debbie would cheat on me, I trust her.. I know my wife Luke, we have been together for three years now.. Two years in marriage and a year of dating, there’s no way she.. God no, I have to go home.. I need to talk this over with Debbie” I said picking my key from the table

    “Wait Henry, wait.. I know you’re having doubts which is good, but I thought you knew this by now.. Women with careers like Debbie aren’t to be trusted” he said

    “How do you mean?” I asked eyeing him

    “OK let me explain” he said adjusting on his chair

    “Models and actresses are like prostitutes, but of a higher grade they cannot be trusted. Mind you I’m not insulting your wife, I’m just saying the truth, in their industry if you don’t give what you have, you can’t get what you want, and for supermodels like Debbie, I can only imagine how many men might have gone that way..” He said

    “Do I need to remind you that Debbie was a supermodel even before I married her, so if she was doing those things how did she remain a virgin till we got married?” I asked glaring daggers at him

    “Ehn.. Well, I don’t know.. We just heard what that man said before he left, and I believe him totally.. ” he said and I sighed

    “So what do you advise me to do now?” I asked tiredly, I just want to wake up from this nightmare

    “For me o.. It’s best if you divorce her” he said


    “That’s what I think.. ” he mumbled looking away from me

    “I can’t do that na, Debbie is my wife and we vowed to stick together for better or worse and I’m not going to abandon her now, besides you and I both know that I’m all she has left .. I can’t divorce her” I stated and he stared at me

    “Ehehn(is that so).. .. Okay then tame her properly like a man” he said

    “How?” I asked

    “See the best way to handle a woman is to be able to control her, from what I’m seeing, the cause of everything is her job.. Ask her to quit that job and handle her properly”

    “I don’t understand”

    “Handle her na.. I mean handle her like a man if she misbehaves deal with her properly, you’ll see everything will change for your good, show her you are the man of the house.. By the time you continue doing it, she’ll be scared to even stand close to another man” he said

    “You want me to manhandle my wife?”

    “That’s the only way to contain her.. Just try it out and see how it will work out, just trust me on this one” he said

    “Let’s just have few drinks before you leave..” He said and called the waiter..

    Should I follow his advise?.. I think I should, but I’ve never hit a woman I want to start it on my wife?…

    “Bro what will you have?” Luke asked snapping me out of my thought.

    “Just give me any soft drink” I muttered and he stared quizzically at me

    “Which soft drink?.. Please two bottles of hero for him, chilled ones o” he said ignoring my glare.

    Flashback ends💡

    What have I done?.. I palmed my face and grabbed my car keys..

    I picked my phone and dialed Henry’s number..


    Debbie’s POV..

    “Thank you” I mumbled to the driver and slowly walked to the gate.. I knocked and waited for the gateman to open.. He open the small hole on the small gate and looked out to see who it was, when his eyes landed on me he smiled.

    “Oh aunty.. Sorry” he said and opened the gate for me to step into the compound

    “No problem is kiki in?” I asked and he nodded

    “Yes ma” he replied

    “OK” I mumbled and winced as I continued walking, almost leaping towards the door.

    I got to the door and pressed the door bell.. The door opened and kiki smiled at me..

    “Oh my goodness Debbie, I was about coming to your house.. You forgot Henry’s cloths here” she said pulling me into a hug.

    I yelped in pain and she moved back sharply

    “What’s wrong why are you even wearing sunglasses and this long coat” she asked looking worried

    “Please help me inside, I’m thirsty..” I said tiredly..

    She nodded and took my bag and slowly led me to her living room. She placed me on the couch and rushed to the kitchen to get water..

    I gulped down the whole content, and sighed in relief..

    “What happened? Why aren’t you saying anything?” She asked worriedly sitting on the loveseat beside me.

    “Can you please help me take off this coat, my body is on fire” I croaked out and she quickly came to my side and carefully slipped the coat from my body

    “Jesus!” She screamed and I flinched

    “What is it?” I asked confused as she sat beside me with her eyes wide and mouth open. Her eyes began to water and I looked around .

    ” kiki What’s the problem?!”I half yelled

    “W-what.. Oh my goodness.. Wait, I need to breath” she mumbled slowly moving to her former seat.. She took in deep breaths and looked back at me.. Tears fell from her eyes and I stared on confused..

    “What happened to you, why are those ugly scars and bruises on your skin?” She asked wiping her eyes.

    Realization dawned on me and I swallowed the lump forming in my throat.. Now that the coat was off, you could see my shoulders and hands since I was just clad in a straight black gown with tiny hands, leaving the scars and bruises open to the eyes,

    “It’s nothing.. Really” I muttered blinking back the tears, I took off the glasses and she gasped

    “Nothing?!.. Debbie this is too much!!.. Why? What did you do to him, that made him do this to you?.. What?!” She yelled standing up

    “His work clothes, I forgot them here and he got angry, you’re seeing the result of that anger” I said calmly

    “Henry is mad o!.. Henry is insane! How can he beat you up because of clothes?!.. A pregnant woman for that matter, hope nothing happened to the baby o?” She asked and tears fell from my eyes

    “Wait.. Don’t tell me.. You lost it didn’t, didn’t you?” She asked quietly with her hands on her waist

    I nodded as tears kept rushing out of my eyes

    “This is the height of it!.. I’m calling the police whether you like it or not” she said grabbing her phone

    “No!..” I yelled standing up to grab the phone from her only to fall as pain shot through my legs to my stomach

    “Debbie are you okay?!” She asked dropping her phone on the table.. She tried to lift me up but I shook my head

    “I’m fine, don’t call anybody please..” I begged looking up at her

    “No woman deserves this Debbie, you’ve been experiencing this for the past three years in your five years of marriage and I’ve only kept quiet because you believed he would change, but why can’t you see.. Henry is far gone, he can never change.. Why can’t you file for divorce?, he stopped you from working as a model, employed people to work as heads in your companies, You Debbie ifeoluwa the once no non sense woman, with beauty and brains, you have billions you have companies you inherited from your father, you have houses, cars and so much more… Yet you decide to let a man break you down, just because of one idiot that claimed you were having an affair with him .. Why?!”

    “I love him kiki.. Because I love him, I believe he will change, okay? I’m not giving up on him. Marriage is for better or for worse..”

    “Is it by force, will you kill yourself because of marriage?!” She asked cutting me off

    “I can’t file for divorce, I won’t.. Henry will come back to me I know he will..God will not let Samson and his accomplice win.. I’ll stay with henry if he wants to kill me then let him kill me.. He’s the only one I have after all” I said wiping my tears.. coolval stories I feel so dizzy

    I shook my head but it only made it worse..

    “Can you please help me up?” I asked reaching my hands out for kiki..

    She sighed and helped me to my feet.. A pang of pain shot through my stomach and I screamed as I fell to the ground .. I clutched my stomach, doubling over and zoning out of whatever kiki was saying.. I yelled as unbearable pain shot through every part of my body I tried to pry my eyes open,but every thing was getting dark.. I heard voices sounding very distant and instantly blacked out.

    Episode 4


    Henry’s POV


    “Hello.. Where are you?” I asked walking to the car park

    “I’m at home why?” He replied

    “I’m on my way” I state simply and stepped into my Car.. Dropping my phone on the passenger seat.. I drove out of the company grounds heading straight for Luke’s house..

    I couldn’t help but reel back to my discussion with Sharon..


    Am I really a monster?.. But I was just trying to contain my wife, I admit I still love her or I think I do anyway, I’ve tried to get over everything for the past three years.. But every time I see Debbie, everything comes flashing back, the idea that she slept with another man alone drives me crazy that I can’t stop myself for hating her.

    What do I do now? Thank goodness I’m just few minutes away from Luke’s house, we’ll have to think of something else..

    The sound of my phone ringing snapped me from my thoughts and I glanced at the phone, reaching for it with my right hand with my gaze fixed back on the road.

    I answered without looking at the ID

    “Hello” I answered slowing down for the red light

    “Henry!.. Where are you?!, you have to come fast.. ” I furrowed my brows as I recognized the voice as kiki’s.

    “Hey hold on.. What’s wrong? What happened?” I asked as calmly as I could

    “Debbie is in the hospital, she’s unconscious and the doctors are saying…”

    “Give me the address”I half yelled cutting her crying voice off..

    She gave me the address and I took a U turn stepping on the gas.


    I rushed into the room a nurse directed me to..

    ” oh my God!” I gasped out when I saw my wife laying unconscious on the bed. I moved closer ignoring kiki as she stood up.




    I stood beside Debbie and frowned angrily at the multi coloured scars on her bare hands and shoulders, her skin was pale and a pink hand mark was on her cheek.. That is my hand print.

    I can’t believe I never noticed these scars and bruises, not that I didn’t see them every now and then especially when I have sex with her, I just didn’t pay close attention.. but now that I do, I can’t bring myself to believe I did this.. I almost couldn’t recognise her once, fair smooth and spotless skin, she looked almost lifeless, if the marks were this evident, then I can only imagine the kind of pain she’s in.

    And I’m certain the marks on her thighs would be worse.. The black gown she wore revealed every single mark, pink, red, black, brown or purple, a white sheet was used to covered her waist I couldn’t see her legs.

    “I’m talking to you beast!!” I turned to see kiki glaring at me, if looks could kill I’d be fifty five ft, under.

    “W-what happened?” I stuttered and she stared at me like I had grown two heads

    “You’re asking me?!, this is all your fault Henry.. This Is the result of your handiwork!” She screamed with so much hatred

    “Look, kiki I know you hate me so much, but please can you put that hatred aside and tell me what happened to my wife?” I pleaded

    “Oh now she’s your wife?!.. In case I haven’t told you, you are a demon, a demented beast and you deserve to rot in jail if not hell!” She screamed as tears fell down her eyes..

    “I know, okay!.. ” I screamed back and she opened her mouth to speak but was cut off by the door swinging open

    We both turned to see a female doctor looking at us skeptically.

    She turned to look at me and I noticed the scowl forming on her face.. She glared at me briefly before facing kiki

    “I believe he’s her husband right?” She asked and kiki nodded

    “Doctor please …how is my wife doing, is she okay?” I asked hoping for a positive reply

    She glanced at me and look away with what looked like disgust on her face

    “I haven’t met you before Mr Henry, but your wife has been my patient for a while now.. Her situation is really bad, she’s up with a high fever and the pains from the ..’bruises’ aren’t helping either, some are minor bruises but most of them are really serious especially the ones on her thighs and backs, she fractured a few ribs, and I’m afraid it might take sometime for her to heal ‘physically’, we’ve given her all the help we can and sedated her, she should be up by evening.” She said and I didn’t miss her emphasis on the physically and bruises.. I completely understand, I bet she feels like stabbing me with one of her surgery knifes, and I honestly don’t blame her, she’s right to feel that way, I sighed palming my face

    “And another thing, she almost lost her womb, I believe that if she becomes pregnant again and losses the baby the same way she lost this one and the previous ones, her womb would be totally damaged” she said and I froze..

    “W-what?” I asked almost inaudibly.. Pregnancy, previous ones? What is she talking about?!

    “You didn’t know your wife was pregnant?” The doctor asked sharply

    “Debbie was pregnant?, how? when?” I stuttered and she glanced at kiki before looking back at me

    “Well.. Mr henry your wife was a month pregnant, she lost the baby just like she lost the three others” she stated


    “This is the fourth miscarriage she’s had, well her vitals appear to be okay, I have to check on my other patients now, I’ll be in my office if you need me.. And Mr henry, there are some papers I’ll like you to sign” she said professionally and walked out.

    “Just pray nothing happens to her henry or I swear to God I’ll kill you myself.. I wonder why Debbie thought you’d change, I can’t even look at you” kiki hissed and walked back to her seat beside Debbie..

    While I stared straight at the ground.

    She was pregnant, four good times and I punched, kicked and slapped the babies ,-our babies- out.. Why didn’t she tell me?.. How could she even tell me when i always shun her with a slap whenever she tries to talk to me?What have I done, not only have I abused my wife but I’ve also killed my children!..

    Slowly I walked out of the room, I couldn’t bring myself to even glance at debbie before leaving..

    I met the nurse at the front desk and signed everything they asked me to, before paying for her treatments..

    I walked briskly to my car and drove out with one place on my mind.





    “Hey man!” Luke greeted as he opened the door to let me in..

    He moved in for a handshake and I side stepped him and walked into his sitting room..

    I saw Daniel sitting on the couch and if it was on normal days I’d give him a hug or a handshake, I thought he was in port Harcourt for some contract, when did he even get back to Lagos.

    “Henry henry!” He hailed standing up to hug me.


    I pulled away from the hug and started pacing the room

    “Bro what’s wrong, you didn’t even respond to my greeting” Luke said sitting on the couch where Daniel was seated previously

    “Hey.. Sorry if I didn’t call you, I came into lagos last night.. I called Luke to meet up and he said you were coming over, so I decided to surprise you, but from what I’m seeing you don’t look elated to see me like I had expected” Daniel said confused as he took his seat as well..

    They both watched as I paced about scratching my hair in frustration and self hatred.

    “Luke you said it would work!.. You said it would help me tame and contain her, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past three years, but look where it landed me.. Not only is she at the hospital suffering in pains but she has lost four pregnancies four!.. And it’s all because of your stupid advise!” I yelled and he swallowed glancing at Daniel who looked genuinely confused

    “What are you talking about?” Daniel asked glancing at Luke before facing me

    “Uhm.. Henry, let’s talk privately” Luke muttered standing up

    “So it has gotten to the point where you hide things from me right?” Daniel asked looking at me

    “Henry let’s go upstairs” Luke said trying to drag me out, I snapped my hands from his grip and faced Daniel.

    “Daniel has every right to know okay, and I’m going to tell him everything” I said

    “No na, you’ll only confuse him besides the story is very long, how will you explain?” Luke asked irritated.

    “Daniel for the past three years I’ve hitting and abusing Debbie”

    “What?!” He yelled standing up with shock written all over him. Then I told him everything right from when Samson came to the house to how Luke interrogated him to Luke’s advice and finally what the doctor told me at the hospital.

    All the while I ignored Luke who was pacing around angrily.


    Daniel stared at me quietly for almost a minute before raising his hand, and I was honestly not surprised when he slapped me across the face.

    “How can you be so stupid?!” He barked grabbing my collar..

    “A man advised you to manhandle your wife and you did!.. You are a bigger fool than I thought” he said pushing me away,

    “I’m highly disappointed in you Henry, I thought you were smart!.. But it turns out i was wrong, because Luke has been using you to get his revenge on your wife!” He stated glaring at Luke who stood nervously by the side

    “What are you talking about?” I asked confused.. Noting how Luke begged Daniel to stay silent with his eyes.

    “Well I’m honestly still surprised by the fact that you don’t know Luke has been having feelings for Debbie.. Right from the very day you introduced her to us as your girlfriend, and that’s why she has always despised him. At first I thought it was just fondness and nothing more but I was proved wrong when I caught him hitting on your wife two years after your marriage, don’t you remember that day we had dinner together?, after eating kiki and debbie left to take care of the dishes, luke had said he was going to get a glass of water in the kitchen whilst we were watching match, do you remember when I said I was going to check on him since he was taking too long?” He asked and I nodded since I couldn’t form any word.

    “Let me announce to you that I found him holding your wife’s waist after saying he was going to take her by force!, I was going to step in for Debbie, but I stopped when she slapped him and threatened to smash his head with the pestle if he dared touch her again,then this foolish monkey promised to have his revenge on her” he said pointing to Luke and I almost fell from the Revelation

    “Now you’ve done exactly what he wanted, he manipulated you and you let him use you like a pawn, you have damaged your home and your wife. For your information I think.. What am I even saying? I know that it was Luke who sent this so called Samson to frame Debbie up.. And as for that evidence of sex position.. I still remember how he asked you during one of our night out together, and you spilled it out drunkily, i strongly believe debbie never cheated on you, she was framed and instead of you to trust her you fell for this madman’s trick..what I don’t understand is why you didn’t tell me about this for the past three years!, to be honest I am highly disappointed in you!” He stated glaring at me..

    “So it was you?!” I pointed at Luke surprised..

    He frowned and rolled his eyes

    “Yes it was me! Okay?.. The deed has been done already, let’s just forget about all this ” he muttered walking towards the bar. I felt rage seeping through every pore on my skin and I charged at him, knocking him to the ground. I was going to kill him for everything he caused.

    Episode 5

    2 weeks later..

    “Are you sure about this?” She asked looking intensely at me

    “Of course she is, why else is she here if she isn’t?” Kiki asked sharply eyeing the lawyer.

    “I’m sorry but this is divorce we are talking about, and I want her to be certain about this decision”barrister Cindy said matching her glare with kiki’s.

    It’s been two weeks now, I was discharged four days ago and until now Henry hadn’t deem it fit to visit me, not even once. I have been staying with kiki for the past few days and I’ve come to see reasons with her, especially after what the doctor said, I was hoping that henry would walk through the door at the hospital to check how I was faring, everyday I found myself staring at the door expectantly, but as the days rolled by that hope began to quench and I found myself hating Henry for not even caring a bit. Kiki was right after all my henry was gone, and he’s never gonna come back.


    So instead of killing myself for nothing, I’ve decided to pick my pieces back together.. And this divorce is the first step to achieving that. My skin was already clear of the scars and bruises, courtesy of the cream kiki ordered, it’s an expensive cream but it was worth it, I’ve been applying it for the past weeks and my skin was already back to the once smooth and spotless state it was. coolval stories

    “I’m very sure Cindy.. I want a divorce” I stated and she nodded..

    “Alright then, give me a minute” she mumbled moving to her system.



    Next day


    I haven’t visited Debbie since after my fight with Luke, Daniel had been the one getting info from kiki, call me a coward but I couldn’t bring myself to face her, what would she think of me? How was I going to tell her that Luke was behind everything? That I had Abused her for years because I was so foolish to take the advice of a friend, instead of solving the issue between myself and my wife, how can I face her knowing that I had punched our forth miracle from her womb?!..




    And now she has filed for divorce, she gave up on me after all. She had finally had enough, I can’t believe I ruined my marriage, I can’t even blame Luke because he never forced me to do it, I am fully at fault, if I had heard Debbie’s part of the story, or better still hired a private investigator this wouldn’t have happened.

    “We are here” Daniel mumbled looking ahead.

    I was supposed to meet Debbie and the lawyer here, we were to sign the papers that would officially break our marriage, of course I didn’t want to do it, but that would only be selfish of me. I’ve hurt her enough, it’s only fair if I let her go, so she could heal if not physically but emotionally.

    “Thanks ..” I mumbled stepping out of the car, he had offered to drive me here, since he thought that I was not in the right state of mind.


    I heard the car beep and I turned to see Daniel walking up to me..

    “I’m going to wait, did you think I would leave you here?” He asked and I sighed

    “Don’t worry Daniel, I’ll be okay.. You can leave, you’ve done enough already” I mumbled

    “I’m not leaving, now let’s go so you can get this over with” he said patting my back, as we made our way into the complex.



    After meeting the receptionist and getting directions, we walked to the elevator and I took deep breaths as we moved to the 13th floor.

    “Are you nervous?” He asked after few minutes

    “This is the first time I’m going to see her after that day, of course I’m nervous” I admitted and he squeezed my shoulder in assurance.


    The doors opened with a ding and we stepped out, I almost choked when I saw two ladies sitting in the waiting area beside a door.

    I could tell the brown skinned lady was kiki, but the lady with fair spotless skin, clad in skinny black trousers, Ankara top and black heels, I couldn’t tell if she was my wife or not, she tucked the long human hair covering her face from view behind her ears, kiki whispered something to her and she instantly turned to look at me. I gasped as I stared back at Debbie, she looked so different, like the woman I dated and wedded five years ago, but she was more matured now, something flashed in her eyes but I couldn’t tell what it was. It was until I felt Daniel shove me gently that I knew i had been standing.




    I glanced at Daniel and slowly made my way over to the ladies.. Kiki stood up instantly smiling at Daniel, she hugged him and exchanged pleasantries, meanwhile I kept staring at Debbie, she didn’t cower or squirm under my gaze like she used to, she didn’t even react to my presence, since no goosebumps appeared on her fair skin.. She smiled genuinely as Daniel gave her a brief hug and I almost felt jealous.

    She glanced at me and her smile was replaced with a frown, she eyed me briefly and looked away. She definitely hates me now.

    The door opened and a lady dressed in black and white walked out she smiled when she saw me and stretched her hand for a shake

    “You must be Mr Henry” she said and I nodded

    “Yes” i breathed glancing briefly at Debbie, who looked like she wanted nothing more than to do what she came here for and leave ASAP.

    “I’m barrister Cindy” she said withdrawing her hand.

    “Now that you’re here, let’s get started” Cindy said turning to the door.

    “I will wait here with kiki okay” Daniel said and I nodded and walked in after Debbie trying not to stare at her hips.



    “What?!” Debbie yelled not believing her ears

    “It’s just for three months Debbie..” Cindy said and I kept quiet watching Debbie’s reaction

    “Just?!.. You’re asking me to spend three months not even 1 day with him in one house under one roof?!.. Do you want to kill me?!” She asked angrily

    “That’s usually our procedures here, it’s just like giving you guys another shot at the relationship, after that three months you’ll both come back here and confirm whether or not you still want to carry on with the divorce” the lawyer explained and I watched as Debbie bit her acrylic nails.

    “No.. I can’t okay?, he has hurt me for years and that’s enough, I’m not going to let him destroy my life just when I’m starting a new life okay?!.. Let’s just sign these papers right here and now!” She stated and I swallowed at the pain her voice held.

    “She’s right let’s just sign the papers” I said for the first time since we stepped into the office.

    Debbie didn’t Even glance at me

    “You heard the man, he’s tired as well, just let us sign and have our freedom please” Debbie said and the lawyer sighed

    “I’m sorry but that’s the procedure” she said and Debbie deflated like a balloon

    “He’s going to kill me, I can’t do this” she mumbled almost at the verge of tears.

    “Trust me on this Debbie, you both don’t need to act like couples if you don’t want to, you’re both free to do whatever you want individually, all you have to do is stay in the same house and try if you can make the relationship work out, you might be surprised at the results” Cindy said looking at me with a smile.

    “So you’re saying we are still couples, but we are free to act like we aren’t?” Debbie asked and Cindy nodded

    “We can live like flatmates?” Debbie asked and Cindy nodded again

    “I agree as long as I can sue him if he touches me” Debbie said and I swallowed

    “Is that okay with you?” Cindy asked looking at me and I opened my mouth to speak

    “Of course he is, if he isn’t then I’m not doing this!” Debbie snapped before I could talk,

    “Okay then.. You guys have to sign this paper, it’s for your agreement, the divorce papers would be ready when next you come” Cindy said pushing a paper towards Me.. I reached for a pen and Debbie snapped the paper from my hand and signed hastily after running her eyes through the contents.

    She frowned and stood up before marching out of the office, I signed and stood up.

    “I hope you do the right thing Henry” Cindy said taking the paper from my hands

    “I will.. Thanks a lot Cindy” I said and he nodded.

    I walked out of the office and saw Debbie talking angrily with kiki.. She glanced at me and glared at me poisonously before looking back at kiki who was saying something.

    “Is it done?” Daniel asked,

    “We were asked to stay together for three months, to see if we can give the relationship another chance” I summarized

    “Well Debbie doesn’t seem too happy about that” he said glancing at my wife. She was obviously complaining to kiki.

    “So it seems” I mumbled as kiki walked over to me

    “She said She’ll come directly to your house after she gets her stuffs from my house” she said simply

    “Okay” I mumbled staring at Debbie…

    She eyed me and disappeared into the elevator with kiki ..

    I turned to look at Daniel and he smiled

    “Is it just me or is she acting the same way she did when you were wooing her?” He asked staring at the metal doors in amusement.

    Episode 6


    Hours later* 5:30pm

    “So what do you think?” Kiki asked with a wide grin on her face

    “Uh.. I.. I don’t know, seriously I don’t think I can do it” I admitted noticing her excitement go down a bit

    “Debbie stop na.. This is a big deal we are talking about, and you have several offers at your feet, commercials, advertisements, runway and so many.. Even Pepsi is offering you so much just for the shoot,” she whined

    “I have several models signed into my agency, I’m sure we can pick anyone to go instead” I stated staring at the TV.

    “No.. We can’t! Ugh! Come on woman this is the perfect time to make a comeback! It’s been three years, three years! since your last photoshoot.. You belong in front of the camera Debbie and I’m not just saying that because I was -and still am- your manager” she stated staring down at me with hopeful eyes

    “No thanks” I mumbled taking a sip from the orange juice before placing it back on the table

    “Oh d--n it!.. ” she yelled frustratedly before slumping next to me on the couch,

    “I give up” she sighed taking my glass and gulped down all the juice, I chuckled and sat up.

    “Fine, get all the details and forward them to my email, I might reconsider” I said standing up to my full height, I stretched and winced at the slight pain in my ribs, it hasn’t healed completely but I’m good as long as I don’t do anything too stressful to worsen it.

    “Meanwhile, I’ve got a ‘husband’ to deal with” I said and she smiled knowingly

    “You’re going to make him suffer aren’t you?” She asked and I blinked. Is that even a question

    “Of course I will, why else did I accept this whole three months rubbish?” I asked slipping into my heels

    “Nice” she said smiling lightly, she licked her lips and stared up at me

    “Say it, and don’t ask me what?, because I know that look very well you want to say something” I rushed out raising a brow and she gave a small laugh

    “Fine, you caught me” she said mockingly raising her hands

    “So.. What is it?” I asked with my hands on my hips

    “Are you sure you won’t fall in the process? If what Daniel said is true about the whole Luke stuff, and that henry already found out the truth, then I doubt if he’s not going to try to make you love him again, that’s if he’s still the henry I used to know” she said and I swallowed. Copied from coolval stories


    When kiki told me that it was all Luke’s plan from the beginning to the end, I had not been surprised, I expected nothing less from him.. He was going to pay, according to kiki Daniel said he was currently hospitalized as a result of Henry’s attack, and despite myself I kinda felt proud that he did know how to use his fists on his fellow man. And not only on me, once Luke is discharged I’ll attend to his case,for now I need to focus on not falling for my so called husband. I honestly don’t see myself falling, because as far as i know, there’s nothing filled in my heart for him anymore aside from hate.

    “Debbie?” Kiki called snapping me from my thoughts.

    “I won’t fall, don’t worry.. Just send me the right details for the offers and I’ll get back to you, I have to leave now” I said picking my handbag from the couch. She smiled lightly and stood up..

    “Let me see you out” she said taking hold of my box, rolling it out behind me.

    We walked to my car, which I had bought just recently, I didn’t want something too extravagant so I settled for a white Venza, although I had several cars back at the house, but I just wanted to bye something new.. It’s been too long since I did.

    After placing the bag in the trunk I locked it and moved to the driver’s side.

    “Do take care honey, I’m going to miss you” kiki said hugging me and I couldn’t help rolling my eyes

    “My house is just an hour’s drive from here kiki” I pointed out pulling back from the hug.

    “I know, but I’ve been with you throughout this week and last, I’ve gotten so used to seeing you once I turn.. It’s gonna be hard not to miss you” she said and I laughed..

    “Whatever floats your boat kiki, besides I’m sure Daniel is more than ready to stay with you” I mumbled stepping into the car, she laughed and smacked my arm gently.

    “Bye,” she said and I waved back before reversing and driving out of her compound.





    It only took about 45 minutes for me to get to my estate gate, since there was thankfully no traffic jam like I’d expected..

    I drove into the estate and sighed when I spotted my house.. Blaring the horn I watched as the gate slid open, revealing my matrimonial home.. Well it wouldn’t be a home, anymore since there was no love or any of those things that made up a home. So I guess it was just a house? Or mansion rather.

    I eased into the compound and drove smoothly into the garage, I parked the car and stepped out opening the trunk to get my box, before beeping it close.

    “Ah.. Maram, rong time oo, I happy to saw you” (madam long time oo.. I am happy to see you).

    Rufus said smiling as he took the box from me

    “I’m happy to see you too Rufus, how are you?” I asked walking into the house as he trailed behind me

    “Very fine especially now that you come..” he said and I laughed…

    “Thank you Rufus, you can go back to your post now” I said taking the handle of the box from him

    “Okay ma, welcome back” he said and walked out closing the door behind him.. I sighed and walked towards the living room, the light’s were switched on and the TV was currently on mnet movies zone..


    There was an indent on the couch but henry was no where to be seen, I turned to the stairs and almost shrieked, he had been standing at the top all along looking down at me. I frowned and headed up the stairs dragging my bag behind me totally Avoiding his face, thankfully the stairs was wide enough to have about five people walking up or down at the same time.. Without acknowledging him I moved straight to the room next to the one opposite ours, it was the last room in that hall and it’s as big as my older room itself, just empty, aside from the queen seized bed, TV and a couch.

    I moved over to the huge expensive curtains and pulled the drapes, exposing the huge window over looking the pool, there were three doors in the room, two glass doors with one wooden door.

    The wooden door led to my closet, the glass doors led to the bathroom and balcony which overlooked the garden and the gate leading into the compound.

    I turned on the AC and walked out of the room still in my clothes and heels, and moved straight into my old room which I used to share with Henry.

    This room is filled with so many bad memories as well as good ones, my eyes automatically went to our wedding portraits and other pictures of us hanging on different part of the walls, I had thought then that he would be my first and last, that he was the right one.. I was really so wrong and stupid.

    I frowned and walked into the closet packing all my clothes from my side of the closet.. And walked out moving to my new room and threw the clothes on the bed, I walked back to the room and packed my other clothes, I heard footsteps approaching and as I walked out and headed for my room I saw henry standing beside the door, staring at me with his mouth slightly open.. I do hope flies go in and die there.

    “ what are you doing?” He asked trailing behind me like a lost puppy

    I threw the clothes on my bed and matched back to his room

    “What does it look like?” I mumbled without glancing at him as I emptied all the drawers, packing my undies and remaining clothes before heading back to my room

    “You’re moving out of our room” he answered

    “Good to see you Haven’t lost your sight” I muttered throwing all my shoes, bags and accessories in my empty boxes.. Zipping them close before dragging them out.

    “Baby you don’t have to..” He said holding one of the handles.. I stared at him before moving my gaze to his hand on my box, he quickly retrieved his hand and I matched on to my room.

    “Debbie, please I know I’m a jerk and you totally hate me now, I probably don’t deserve your forgiveness but please don’t move out of our room, you can have it to yourself, I don’t mind packing out.. I can even have it renovated if you want, but please don’t move out of that room” he rambled as I arranged my clothes on the bed

    “I’m not staying in that room and that’s final, if you want to stay in peace in this house for the next three months then please stay away from me!.. Cindy said I can do whatever I want and that’s exactly what I’m doing now, you always complained that my clothes were occupying too much space, now that I’ve given you the space you desired you’re complaining, I honestly don’t know what your problem is” I said without looking at him.

    “..I didn’t mean that, okay.. I never meant that, Debbie I’m sorry for everything I put you through.. I’m..”

    “Get out” I mumbled cutting him off


    “I said get out!” I screamed glaring daggers at him, he had a painful expression on his face and I almost scoffed.

    “Debbie.. Please just..”

    “Ooooh!” I whined and stomped towards him, I held the door open and gestured for him to leave

    “Henry don’t get me upset, I said leave!” I snapped watching as he slowly advanced towards me.

    He opened his mouth to say something

    “Leave!” I snapped cutting him off.

    He walked out and turned to face me looking like he would cry any moment from now.

    He turned to Leave and I spoke up

    “And I don’t want to see you anywhere close to this room again!” I said eyeing him before banging the door shut at his face..

    I exhaled and pushed my hair back.. I feel so bad, he’s still my husband even if we are going to divorce in three months, and I feel bad for talking to him like this but I must admit, it kinda felt good.



    Next day..

    Henry’s POV

    This is the worst punishment ever but I deserve it, I almost cried when she threw me out of her room yesterday and banged the door at my face.

    I had waited in the living room downstairs hoping she’d come down to maybe eat or anything but I gave up around to 1 early this morning when I didn’t see her.

    And even this morning I didn’t set my eyes on her, well until I was ready to leave for work, she was making her way to her room with a cup of tea. I greeted her and she didn’t even blink at me,

    I sighed as I walked out of my office and into the elevator, heading for the last floor.




    It opened with a ding and I stepped out only to hear gasps and murmurs, I followed the direction and froze when I saw her catwalking towards me.

    She was clad in a white jump suit, it was sleeveless and had two long ropes like scarf, tied at her left side around her neck, to keep the top of her suit from falling, although I doubt if it would anyway seeing that the outfit clung to her body like a magnet, thereby exposing her smooth spotless fair shoulders and hands, her weavon was packed in a ponytail swaying behind her, her white penciled heels clicked as she made her way majestically towards me swaying her hips, I can’t believe I had forgotten how breathtaking Debbie was for the past three years.. Even though she isn’t wearing makeup.


    I rolled my eyes to her face which held a stern but elegant look, looking at her now I could see the old Debbie I fell in love with, the Debbie who carried herself with so much pride, dignity, confidence and self esteem.

    She came to a stop right in front of me and rolled her eyes.

    “Are you done gawking?, close your mouth before it falls off” she said meeting my eyes and I quickly closed my mouth.

    I looked at the my staffs who openly stared at us

    “Get back to work” I said glaring at them before turning to my beautiful wife.

    “Debbie?.. What..what are you doing here?” I stuttered and she licked her lips.

    “I want all the heads you placed in my companies dropped, starting from today.. I’ll be the CEO of each and every one of my companies, I’ll hire whoever I want to head my companies for me by myself, and do tell them to make their accounts of how they’ve been running my company for the past three years, what they’ve achieved, added or subtracted from the companies.. And if I find any of their accounts good enough to satisfy my taste, they’ll continue as the heads, but do well to let them know that I’m the rightful owner of each companies, oh and I’ll be having a meeting with each of them on different days, that’s after I’ve gone through their accounts” she said going straight to the point.

    “Okay, I’ll ask someone to do that right away, is there something else?, why don’t we talk in my office?” I asked pointing to the elevator…Hi Gift on 09020348099 to be added for more interesting stories.

    “That will be all, oh and they have until Friday to submit their accounts,” she stated glancing down before leaning closer to whisper in my ears

    “You should do something to that man down there, it would be embarrassing to walk around with that bulge, wouldn’t it?” She asked and moved back with a smirk on her lips, before putting on her sunglasses which I didn’t even notice. I discreetly looked down and sure enough she was right.


    She smiled mockingly and turned on her heels walking out, with her phone pressed on her ears as she called someone.

    I quickly turned and stepped into the elevator, it closed with a ding and I exhaled, looking down at my trousers again.

    God! This is so embarrassing.

    Episode 7


    A month!… It’s been a whole month and I’m already fed up, Henry has been pestering my life, always trying to take me to dinners, asking me out on dates, and so many other annoying things that I don’t even want to talk about..

    He uses every little chance he gets to apologize and it’s already sounding like a broken record. Besides if he thinks I’ll just forgive him like this after hurting me for years then he’s dreaming.

    “Debbie are you listening?” I reeled out of my thoughts and shook my head

    “Ugh! Seriously?.. I’ve been talking for hours Debbie” kiki groaned and I bit back a smile at her frustration.


    My agency has been doing well, despite my absence kiki had found a way to make it more better, now I had about 35 new models signed into my agency and have several offers/contracts piling on our desk.

    “Sorry, what were you saying?” I asked and she glared at me

    “I was giving you details about your next commercial, which is for a new brand ” prestige”, but there’s no need.. Since the founder of the company is here” she said gesturing to the door.. Leading into my complex.

    I turned and swallowed a gasp, the man making his way towards me was honestly handsome, very handsome, he’s fair in complexion, really tall, should be about the same height as henry, he has a great body build and his face was sculptured to perfection..

    “D--n he’s fine” kiki mused quietly beside me..

    “I know” I agreed, okay it’s not like I’m falling or anything, it’s just that I’m a kind of person that admires good things when she sees them, and this man was indeed a good thing made by God. But henry was way more handsome than he.. Shut up Debbie

    “Hello.. You must be Debbie” he said stretching his hand for a shake, with a smile that showcased his perfect straight teeth.

    “Yes.. And you are?” I asked taking his hands..

    “Wow, I’m surprised you don’t know me, I am David gabs” he replied

    “It’s nice to meet you Mr gabs” I smiled pulling back from the shake.

    “Please call me David, so I believe your manager has told you about our offer?” He asked moving straight to the point, I glanced at kiki and almost cried when I saw her glares

    “Yes, but.. There are some bits I don’t understand” I lied

    “Alright, I believe I can give you a brief explanation of everything, if you don’t mind?” He asked and I nodded

    “Sure, let’s talk in my office, right this way please” I said and he mumbled and OK.. Before trailing behind me and kiki.



    Hours later*




    “So that will be all” David said as we walked down the stairs.

    “Alright, thank you so much.. I’ll be there first thing tomorrow morning” I said as I walked him to the main hall leading to the exit..


    I replied the greetings of some staffs who walked around, rounding up the days work.

    “No problem, I’ve seen your works and I must admit you’re great at it.” He said and I smiled brightly

    We stopped in front of the reception and I faced him properly

    “Thanks for the briefing Mr gabs, it was nice meeting you in person” I said and he smiled shaking his head slightly.

    “The pleasure is mine, after all I get to meet you face to face, you are more beautiful than the media portrays,” he said and I smiled

    “Of course she is” I turned and couldn’t help but frown as henry made his way over to me.

    What is he doing here?!

    He smiled as he stood beside me pecking my lips before snaking his hands around my waist!.,

    This man wants to die oo, I fought the urge to slap his hand from my waist and exhaled

    David raised his brows and I opened my mouth to speak, but henry beat Me to it

    “I thought I was the only one who noticed it.. My WIFE is indeed more beautiful than the media portrays” henry said smiling at David and I watched his eyes widen a bit

    “Wife?” He asked looking at me

    “Yes, wife” henry said still smiling like a freak as he raised my left hand showing David the wedding ring on my finger.

    I rolled my eyes and snapped my hand gently from his grip

    “Yes.. Mr gabs meet Henry Lawson, my husband, Henry David gabs my client” I said smiling up at henry.. With murder showing in my eyes..

    He seemed to get the message because he swallowed and smiled nervously .. They exchanged handshakes and David spoke up

    “Wow, that’s nice.. You both look perfect together, so uhm Debbie.. I’ll take my leave now,” David said

    “Alright, bye” I muttered and watched him exit before pulling away from Henry.. I glared at him and he swallowed

    “What are you doing here henry? And what was that about?” I asked as quietly as I could not wanting to gain attention.

    “I .. I.. Wanted to drive you home , since it’s almost closing hours” he stuttered looking anywhere else but me..

    I sighed and rubbed my temple..

    “Fine, but don’t touch me without my consent again, ” I mumbled walking towards my office to get my bag.

    “What?” He asked surprised by my response.

    “I never requested for a driver, but since you’re insisting.. I’ll let you drive me, but only for today.. And please stop asking me questions unless you want me to change my mind” I muttered walking up the stairs.. I could tell he had a huge grin on his face even if he was trailing up the stairs behind me.





    After asking one of the security guards to bring my car home, I stepped into Henry’s car and rolled my eyes at the everlasting grin on his face as he drove us home.

    “So what do you want for dinner?” He asked trying to start a conversation

    “Please don’t start” I mumbled closing my eyes as I leaned back on the seat

    “Okay” I heard him mumble.. Before silence enveloped us..



    I rushed up to my room and locked the door before walking into the closet.

    After having a well deserved bath I decided to head down for dinner.


    Henry’s POV..

    “Wow!.. That’s good, you’re progressing, if she let you drive her home, then it certainly means she’s thinking about giving you another chance” Daniel said and I smiled

    “I pray so, although she hasn’t spoken to me since, the moment I drove into the garage, she rushed into the house and locked herself in her room.. ” I muttered glancing up at the stairs

    “Don’t worry she’ll come around, just give her time, okay?”

    “I will.. We’ll chat later on WhatsApp, I think she’s coming”

    “Alright, bye, don’t do anything stupid o” he warned and hanged up..

    I watched as Debbie walked down the stairs and groaned internally.. This is hell, for the past 1 month she has been punishing me especially with her night wears..


    If she isn’t wearing a skimpy nightie, it would be transparent, if it’s not transparent it would be body hugging.. Now she’s wearing a black bum short and a pink crop top that doesn’t help the case by revealing most part of her stomach and waist.. And the worse part is that she knows everything about her especially her voice and body turns me on!.

    At least it didn’t reveal her bare shoulders and bust like the other ones, but it’s still tempting, why do i get the feeling that she’s doing this on purpose?.. I should probably look away so things don’t get worst for me, I can already feel my boxers tightening.

    I watched as she cat walked into the kitchen and I breath a sign of relief before facing the TV,

    After few minutes she walked back into the living room with a plate of cookies and ice cream

    She settled in the chair close to the couch I was sitting on and despite my self, I found myself glancing at her every now and again.. I love how her lips move when she chews, and how moist they become when she scoops cream into her mouth.. It’s been long I tasted those lips, I almost whined when she let out a moan after scooping the cream into her mouth..


    Control yourself Henry! Don’t do anything stupid.. I said mentally and faced the television.

    My eyes caught shuffling and I glanced at Debbie only to see her looking at me, she looked away instantly, and slipped her white legs into her flip flops, she picked her phone and moved towards the TV. Standing right in front of me with her back facing me, she picked a Cord without squatting and moved her hips slowly and painfully as she hummed, now I know she’s doing this on purpose.. Because there are several sockets in this living room and Debbie doesn’t like plugging her phone in that spot she’s in.


    She suddenly squat and moved her waist like she was tweaking, look away, look away!.. I thought mentally but glued my eyes on her every move.. My boxers were getting uncomfortable .. What is this woman doing to me?!

    She stood up slowly and made her way back to the chair without plugging her phone, I watched as she picked the plate of cookie and ice cream before walking up the stairs with a smile on her face.

    This woman is wicked, very wicked.

    Episode 8


    It’s been weeks after that little drama with henry and I just have two more weeks before we can finally sign the divorce papers.. Yay!!.

    Speaking of the devil.. Henry stood at the foot of the stairs with confusion written all over him as he stared up at me.

    “Where are you going?”he asked as I walked down the stairs with my hand bag and phone

    ” what’s that supposed to mean?” I asked calmly without glancing at him,

    “It means what it means, where are you going at this time of the day? It’s few minutes to 8pm, a married woman shouldn’t be out by this time” he said

    “Excuse you.. The last time I checked I was- and still am- free to do whatever I want, and don’t tell me you’ve forgotten about our divorce coming up in the next two weeks” I said pausing on the last stair to look at him. The look on his face almost made me laugh.

    “Wait oo.. Oh!, you think I’ll change my mind?, aww, sorry to inform you hubby, but there’s nothing that’s going to change my mind about you” I assured with a smile and moved past him only to have him follow me to the living room

    “Debbie? Ife.. Ife wait” he called but I ignored him

    “Baby please listen to me please” he said holding my arm

    “Look I have a dinner date and I honestly don’t want to be late” I muttered lazily without looking back at him.

    “Dinner date with who?” He asked and I could tell he was already jealous

    “With someone who knows and appreciates my presence in their life, someone who cares about my feelings and would never raise their hands to hit me and punch me like a boxing bag, someone who wouldn’t kick my babies out of my womb!” I screamed staring into his eyes. He flinched at my words and looked down at the tiled floor ignoring my gaze.. Good he should be ashamed

    “Now please let go of me I don’t want to be late” I said quietly and pulled my arm from his grip.


    I walked towards the door heading for the lobby when I felt him pull me back and pin me to the grey/white Wall beside the door, I breathed heavily and blinked, since I was caught off guard.. He placed his two hands beside me caging me in the process.

    “Wh-what do you think you’re doing?” I stuttered as he stared intensely into my eyes.. What was he thinking? I don’t know.. But I could see several emotions in his eyes, and the one that stood out more was remorse and shame.

    “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry Debbie, i know there’s no excuse that can justify my actions , I know I don’t deserve your forgiveness or you. For the past years you’ve been a wonderful wife a blessing from God himself and i..” He paused and swallowed looking down in shame

    “And all I’ve done is be mean to you, instead of showing you love, instead of protecting you, I ended up hurting you myself, I was so stupid to have gone to someone else for advice.. I should have listened to your part of the story and involve in dialogue or any other thing..but I didn’t, now I’ve broken your trust, broken our marriage, our once perfect home and punched out our miracles” he said looking at my stomach for a brief second before locking eyes at me. And when I saw tears rolling down his eyes I couldn’t hold back the tears I held from biting my lips any longer, the first drop fell then the second followed by many more.

    “I don’t deserve another chance baby, I know you hate me so much now and you’re right to, but please my love just give me another chance, one please” he said holding out his index finger.

    “I promise I’ll never let you down, I promise to be the same man you married five years ago, the same guy you met at the fashion fest 6 years ago.. I promise to make our marriage worth it, ifemi please.. I’m sorry for hurting you, I’m sorry for hurting our babies, I’m sorry for those three years I wasted hitting you instead of making you feel loved.. I’m so sorry” he said and I took in a deep breath wiping my eyes with the back of my palm, thank goodness I didn’t put on make up.




    “I can’t do this anymore Henry, I can’t,” I mumbled looking down at my fingers.

    “If you had told me this a year or five months ago then I wouldn’t have hesitated to forgive you, because for the past three years that’s what I kept praying for, and now that my prayer has been answered.. I don’t, I don’t think I can do it anymore, the pain is still deep in my heart, the scars and bruises are still fresh in my mind, I need space.. I need to heal not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well,” I stated, then he cupped my cheeks making me meet his eyes

    “I’ll wait baby, I’ll..” He trailed off

    “No, no.. I can’t do it anymore okay, I’m done, this- ” gesturing between us

    “-you and I, we can’t work anymore, I guess we weren’t meant to be, maybe this is life giving us another chance at love, but not together this time. even if we do get back together, I’d always remember everything and the pain that comes along with it, and I can’t bear another pain now, you love me right?” I asked and he nodded wiping my cheeks with his thumb

    “So very much” he mumbled

    “Then let me go” I muttered and he froze for a millisecond before shaking his head negatively

    “Let me go Henry, if truly you love me and want me to be happy, then let me go” I said and he stared at me for a second before locking his lips with mine.. Then I did the one thing I promised my self I wouldn’t do.. I kissed him back just as feverishly as he did..

    He bit my bottom lip and I gasped, he took that point to slip his tongue into my mouth and I moaned unable to stop my self.

    I felt his hands on my thighs as he carried me up, I instinctively wrapped my legs around his torso dropping my bag and phone in the process, as he pressed me to the wall..

    “I love you” he said trailing kisses down my neck, and I moaned as he nipped on my pulse..

    “I love you so d--n much” he said,I felt his hands pushing the strand of my dress down as he peppered kisses on my bare shoulders, before taking my lips.

    ****memories of how he made love to me months ago only to have him beat me the next day, flooded my vision and I whimpered****

    “No! No I can’t” I yelled pushing him away from me.

    “Stay away from me okay, st-stay away!,” I stuttered moving away from him, I quickly picked my bag and phone before rushing to the door and into the lobby fixing my dress along the way.

    “Debbie what’s wrong, did I..” He asked confused rushing after me..

    “If you come close to me I’ll call the police, don’t forget our agreement” I warned cutting him off.

    I ran out of the house and headed for the garage..

    I beeped my car breathing heavily, I stepped in and drove down the driveway honking for Rufus to open the gate.. Once he did, I zoomed out of the compound leaving a confused henry and Rufus behind.

    My phone started ringing and I stared at the Id to see kiki’s name.

    I sighed and switched it off, what just happened?.. For a moment there I wanted to submit to my husband not because I was expected to but because I wanted to, only to have those hurtful memories rushing back into my head.







    “Babes what’s up? I called, but you switched off your phone..” Kiki asked the minute she saw me walking to their table.

    “It’s a long story, good evening, sorry I’m late” I sighed easing into the empty chair beside kiki

    “Hi Daniel,” I waved giving a small smile

    “Mrs Lawson or should i say henry, what’s up now? how’s your husband?” He asked with a huge grin on his face, laughing heartily when I sent him a playful glare.

    “Why didn’t you guys order anything now? ” I asked looking at the empty table.

    “We were waiting for you, besides we only came few minutes ago” kiki replied

    “Okay, please signal the waiter or waitress I need a drink” I breathed out leaning back on my chair, with my eyes closed as Daniel called the waiter.


    I took a long gulp of the orange juice and sighed placing it on the table.

    “So what’s wrong?” Kiki asked looking at me,

    “Nothing why?” I asked

    “Because.. You have been sighing since you came and you seem to be zoning in and out” Daniel pointed out

    “What’s wrong, is it about Henry?” Kiki asked.

    I opened my mouth to speak but closed it back when nothing came out.

    “Nothing, it’s nothing.. I’m just stressed I guess” I lied staring down at my acrylic nails.

    “Babe, come on I am your best friend, Daniel might be your husband’s best friend but he’s your friend too..” Kiki said squeezing my hand softly

    “It’s nothing really, I’m just tired from all the meetings, work, shoots and all” I mumbled

    “So what’s up with you both?, why did you invite a married woman to a restaurant at this time of the day?” I asked playfully,

    It was obvious they both knew I was changing the topic but didn’t point it out.

    “Oh uhm.. No special reasons” kiki said with a goofy smile as she tucked her blonde weavon behind her ears with her left hand.. The glint of the engagement ring on her finger didn’t go unnoticed

    “Seriously?” I asked playing along, we’ll see who gets tired first

    “Yes.. gosh the heat here is too much” she mubbled fanning her face with her left hand.

    “Kiki” I called blankly

    “Ore mi (my friend) what’s up?” She asked with a smile still fanning herself

    “There are goosebumps on your skin, which means you’re cold” I deadpanned and Daniel started laughing.

    She opened and closed her mouth like a fish before sighing dramatically .

    “Fine you win!.. ” she mumbled and I chuckled

    “We are engaged!” She announced and I let out the squeal I had been holding back.

    “Oh my goodness! Girl I’m so happy for you” I admitted hugging her tightly

    “Me too” she said excitedly

    “Aww, congratulations Daniel” I moved over to give him a brief hug not minding the attention we were all getting.

    When I finally sat back down I wiped my eyes and grinned at my best friend

    “Baby why are you crying?” She asked confused and I smiled wiping my eyes

    “I’m just so happy kiki!, you’re gonna get married bes!.. I’m so happy, ” I said hugging her again

    “Awwn .. Thank you so much, I love you” she mumbled

    “I love you too” I said pulling back

    “Duhh.. I’m still here guys” Daniel snapped playfully

    I rolled my eyes and swat his right arm



    Minutes later when we started eating, kiki excused herself to go use the bathroom and Daniel started making small conversations making me laugh, until he changed the topic

    “So tell me, how are you for real?”he asked looking intensely at me

    ” I’m fine” I shrugged

    “Debbie.. I know your marriage is your personal business and all, but at least let me say this” he said with pleading eyes and i nodded for him to continue

    “What henry did was bad, very bad and should be severely punished for it, no doubt about that, but Debbie we both know the real Henry Ayomide Lawson the man you got married to. He was manipulated to do those things he did, which is not a good excuse, I know it’s hard, but on behalf on him I’m sorry, he was stupid to have followed the advice from a third party, it’s not an excuse to justify how and why he treated you the way he did, but please forgive him.. He is my best friend and I know him inside out, he’s a changed man Debbie, I’m sure you can see that too. it’s hard especially after suffering so much pain for years, but please forgive him and give him one last chance, I’m not going to force you, -even though I honestly can’t- it’s your decision not mine. Your relationship is one of the best I’ve ever come across, well, that was before all this happened. I have never believed in soulmates, but seeing you guys together as a married couple changed that. The way you both look at each other with so much love, the way you both stand up for each other, how you know what the other is thinking just by a look, how you stick out in a crowd, everything about you both is just so amazing and it would be really bad if such a once wonderful relationship comes to an end. But it’s totally up to you, whether or not you’re willing to end this, or give your husband another chance to prove himself ” he smiled and took a sip of his wine.

    I exhaled and blinked rapidly..

    “I’m back, what did I miss?” Kiki asked and I smiled at her

    “Nothing much” Daniel smiled looking at me. I took a deep breath and picked my glass.





    I still don’t understand what happened last night, God I can’t believe I’ve made her hate me this much!.

    How could I have been so stupid?!, for a moment there I thought, that maybe I would be given a chance, but instead I made things much worse.. The look she gave me when she opened her eyes, it tore me apart, i would give anything and everything not to see that look ever again.

    I palmed my face and groaned, I’ve f----d up big time, big time!

    She didn’t even glance at me last night, when she came back from the dinner date with Daniel and kiki, he had texted to tell me she was with them about an hour after she left yesterday.


    Sighing, I rolled out of the bed and made for the door, I walked out just in time to see her closing her door behind her.. She was clad in black sweats, and her hair was still in her net, which meant she woke up not quite long ago.

    She paused when she locked eyes with me and I felt my heart racing.

    “Good morning” I greeted, she hummed and walked past me and down the hall..

    I followed closely behind her, she glanced back at me and raised her perfectly carved brow.

    “I want to make coffee” I explained and she rolled her eyes, walking slowly down the stairs.. With me Keeping my eyes on her figure

    “Can you stop drilling holes in my back?” She snapped and I blinked

    “Sorry” I muttered

    “Keep it, I don’t need it” she retorted making her way to the kitchen..

    “Uhm, how was your night?” I asked lamely, she scoffed and turned to look at me

    “Can you stop speaking to me?” She asked tiredly

    “You’re my wife I can speak to you whenever I want” I replied earning a glare from her

    “Oh really now?” She asked crossing her hands

    “Yes really” I replied mocking her tone and crossing my hands too

    “Well I won’t be in the next two weeks” she said and I sighed

    “Whatever, but for now you’re still my wife and you’ve got to do what wives are supposed to do” I stated and she huffed

    “If you expect me to cook for you then sorry!,”

    “I can cook so there’s no problem with that” I shrugged and she frowned

    “So what do you want me to do? greet you?, fine! good morning your highness” she said prostrating on the floor mockingly

    I bit back a smile at her antics

    “That’s not the only thing a wife should do, I mean I have needs don’t I? At least satisfy those needs until you leave, besides I know you want me too, stop fighting this” she gaped at me for a second before laughing

    “What’s funny?” I asked confused

    “You henry! You’re very funny, me! Debbie ifeoluwa, want you?,” she asked pointing at me

    “As what?, please speak for yourself” she hissed and turned to walk away, I pulled her back gently and gripped her hips

    “Tell me you don’t want me” I said looking at her face

    “I don’t want or need you henry” she said trying to pull my hands away

    “Then why can’t you look me in the eyes when saying it?” I asked quietly.

    She met my eyes and parted her lips but nothing came out,she swallowed and licked her lips unconsciously and I couldn’t stop myself from smashing my lips with hers.. I pulled her closer and deepened the kiss, she responded and moved her hands to my chest before moving to my hair and kissing me feverishly.. I let my hands roam her sides and just as I was about to cup her ass, the door opened and she jumped back from my hold before looking at the intruder.

    I froze when I saw the woman standing at doorway with the brightest smile on her face.


    Episode 9


    Oh my goodness!..

    No no no, this cannot be happening anyone but her,

    Mrs Jenny Lawson my mother-in-law, stood by the doorway with the brightest smile on her face.

    “Oh don’t stop on my accord lovebirds” she said walking fully into the living room, I would have blushed if I wasn’t still in shock.. How did she even gain access into the estate, the guards at the gate always called whenever we have visitors. Don’t get me wrong Mrs Lawson is a good mother in law, and has been a mother figure since my parents died last two years ago. I love her as a daughter should and I couldn’t have wished for any other woman to be my mother in law.

    But her timing Now is wrong, why now when it’s just two weeks to my freedom.

    “Mom when, how.. How did you get here?” Henry stuttered

    “I came to visit a friend, she lives just few blocks from here, so I decided to check on my favorite couple, and from your faces I guess I’m not welcomed” she sighed dramatically and turned to leave.

    “Ah, mummy no, please come in.. Don’t mind my husband, I guess he’s just surprised, right baby?” I asked looking at Henry’s eyes, I guess he got the signal and smiled moving on from his shock by my words

    “Yes, yes.. I was just surprised to see you this early Mom, you could have called, so we can prepare your room and some special dishes for you” he said with a small smile as I led mom to the couch.

    “It’s to 11am in the morning Ayo, how’s it early?” She asked looking at her son who shuffled to sit beside her,

    “Really?” He asked looking at the wall clock and she was right.

    “Thank god it’s Saturday, I didn’t even realize the time has gone so far” he breathed out

    “Of course you didn’t, anyways for your question earlier, I didn’t call because, like I said I wanted to surprise you both and I’m not staying over, your neices and nephews are over at the house for the holiday, so I can’t leave them there alone with your dad.”

    “Really, how’s maxwell and the others?” I asked referring to Henry’s junior brother and siblings

    “Maxwell is fine, he keeps asking why you both don’t visit any longer, same with lily, pelumi and David came into the country last week, he said he called you, didn’t he?” She asked looking at henry

    “Yes he did..” He replied with a smile

    “So how have you two been?” She asked

    “We.. We are good” henry trailed off reaching his hand out to me and I hesitantly took it, he pulled me to sit on his lap and I frowned mentally as he snaked his hands around my waist.

    “My wife is the best!, she has been taking care of me and I couldn’t have wished for more” he said looking at my face.

    I plastered a fake smile on my face slipping my hand around his shoulders and discreetly pinched him..

    He flinched and I smiled sweetly at him pinching him again.

    “Anyways, sorry for our manners mum, let me quickly fix something for you” I said standing up

    “No need honey, i should be on my way now, can I talk to you in private?” She asked and I swallowed..



    “How have you been Debbie?, be honest with me” she asked

    “I’ve been great ma” I replied

    “Debbie…okay let me rephrase the question, how has your marriage been?” She asked looking at me with knowing eyes.

    I broke the gaze and looked around the balcony we were currently sitting in.

    I fixed my gaze on the pool and listened to the song playing softly around the house, henry had turned it on minutes ago.. Ayo by simi was currently playing.

    I was cut out of my daze when I felt my hands in hers..

    “Ayomide (henry)has told me everything, don’t lie to me.. ” she mumbled softly

    And I sighed

    “It’s been …bad, really really bad” I admitted, she squeezed my hands softly for me to continue

    “The first two years was amazing, everything was okay, it was my ideal type of marriage, but the past three years was.. Something else” I looked down at our hands fixing my gaze on my wedding ring, wondering why I still have it on.

    “Luke sent someone who claimed I was having an affair with him, I guess Ayo has told you that part already?” I asked looking at her for confirmation, when she nodded I Continued

    “That night, when he came back, he didn’t even ask for my part of the story, he hit me and beat me up, and that was how it all started, whenever I disobeyed him or didn’t do some things, or wronged him he would pounce on me and hit the living daylight out of me, it was the first month when he started hitting that I lost the first pregnancy, then the next year I lost two and I lost the last one just few months ago, but I didn’t give up on him, I kept praying hoping that he would change, become the man I got married to.. But he didn’t” I sniffed blinking the tears away as they rolled down my cheeks.




    “I decided it was enough when my doctor told me about the possibility of my womb being damaged, if something like that happens again. can you believe I was admitted in the hospital for two weeks and my husband didn’t bother visiting Me?, he only came the first day I was unconscious to pay the bills and left, kiki insisted I sue him for domestic violence, I had all the evidences on my body, my ribs were broken, and the doctors report, but ..I kicked against it. I filed for divorce instead, because I loved him so much, God! I still do and I can’t bear the thought of him suffering in jail, he deserve it despite his reasons, whether he was manipulated or not, but I couldn’t do it.. Mom if you’re here to tell me to stop the divorce, then I’m sorry I can’t.. I’ve never disobeyed you, so please try to understand me.. Our marriage is broken already, it’s already a lost course, and I am too broken to repair it, I’m sorry” I cried

    “I’m not here to make you stop your divorce Debbie, that’s completely up to you, it’s your choice to make not mine.. When ayomide came to the house last week to tell me everything, I had been really mad, he was lucky his father wasn’t around then. I had slapped him severally, because I didn’t train him to hit a woman for whatever reason, I raised him the eldest of my children and the younger ones to have good morals and values. I was so mad when he said everything, despite the fact that he was crying, I didn’t hesitate to point out his wrongs. But what I don’t understand is why you didn’t come to me Debbie,” she exclaimed

    “I may not be your biological mother, but I’m still your mother, I became your mum the same day you got married to my son, why didn’t you tell me what was going on?, for three years, three years! You endured the beating, you couldn’t tell me!, you couldn’t confide in me.. Honestly I’m disappointed that you don’t see me as someone you can talk to” she said sadly

    “I thought he would change, I thought he would change mum, I’m so sorry” I apologized sniffling and taking deep breaths

    “It’s okay, but Ayo loves you, you know that right?” She asked and I nodded

    “But the decision is yours to make darling, and whichever choice you make, remember I’m always with you.. Okay?” She asked and I nodded

    “Yes ma” I muttered.

    “Come here” I rushed into her embrace, relishing the familiar warmth and feeling of a mother’s hug.





    One week later**



    “Are you sure about this?” Daniel asked and I nodded

    “So you’re just going to give up?” He asked and I stared at him blankly.

    “You’re seriously not asking me that, are you?” I trailed off sitting up on the couch

    “For the past two months and three weeks I’ve been doing everything and anything I can to make this woman forgive me, but she’s adamant on signing this divorce what else do you want me to do, and I honestly can’t hold her against her wish by not signing the papers, I love her okay and I’m going to let her go as long as she’s happy” I ranted and he made a smug sound.

    I sighed and focused on the movie (the originals) playing on the TV.

    “Fine then,you can do whatever you want, it’s your decision not mine” he mumbled getting comfortable on the sofa.

    “Thank you” I muttered and he hissed.

    “Did you just hiss?” I asking laughing.

    “Abeg watch your film..” He said smiling

    “But this Nicklaus is something else o, very manipulative, I just hate the guy, I prefer Elijah to him” he said referring to the movie

    “Wetin this one dey talk?(what is he saying?”), Nicklaus is the main thing in this movie, if he’s not present then forget it” I said matter of factly.

    “But their sister though, she’s hot.. Look at those legs d--n” he said and I laughed.

    “Idiot.. It’s like you’ve forgotten who you’re engaged to oo, kiki will bury you alive” I teased

    “I know na, thank goodness she’s not here” he said laughing as well..

    I heard the gate open and the sound of a car driving into the compound.

    “Chairlady is here o” he said and I shook my head.

    Minutes later, I heard the door to the lobby open, before footsteps walking towards the living room,

    “Baby, I’ve got a surprise for you” Debbie said smiling sweetly as she walked into the room.

    I glanced at Daniel and he snickered.

    “Look who we have here..” She continued staring at the lobby

    “Come on out honey, don’t be shy” she said to whoever was standing there.

    When he stepped out I jerked out of my seat and lounged for him.. But Debbie was quick to stand in front of him with her hands crossed.

    “Back off” she said meeting my gaze.




    I glanced at the idiot cowering behind her and clenched my fist

    “I said.. Back off” she repeated and I frowned taking two steps back, she rolled her eyes dramatically and smiled at Daniel who was already beside me staring at the scene in utter confusion

    “Hi Daniel” she greeted

    “Hi” he breathed out

    “Anyways, pumpkin you are obviously wondering what Samson is doing here, well he has something nice to say, no need to get all riled up, but this time there would be no need for advice and I won’t be the one getting hit at the end of it” she stated smiling at me before turning to Samson, who slowly went on his knees.. The hell?!

    “Go on, tell him what you told me moments ago” she said looking at him

    “I’m sorry sir, I came to ask for your forgiveness, I’m sorry for the troubles I caused you and your wife sir, it was oga Luke that made me do it, he paid me to frame your wife and he was also the one who told me everything about her, like the birthmark and the others, sir since that day, my life has never been the same, everything has turned upside down even those who used to help me has turned their backs on me, please forgive me sir, it was the work of the devil.. I didn’t mean to do it.. I..” Hi Gift on 09020348099 to be added for more interesting stories.

    “But you did!” I snapped

    “You ruined everything, my home, my marriage! Everything!.. And now you have the guts, the audacity to step into this Same house you destroyed years ago.. And for what?!, forgiveness!.. When I am still battling and fighting for my wife to forgive me!, do you know the pains you allowed yourself to cause, do you know?!” I asked lounging at him

    This time, no body was in my way, I punched, slap, kicked and decked him, for every pain I caused my wife, for every pregnancy that was lost for everything I could think off.. His face was already bloody and I honestly didn’t know if it was from my knuckles or from his face.


    I felt Daniel pulling me back and away from him..

    “Leave me Daniel, let me kill this bastard!” I yelled trying to free myself from Daniel’s tight grip

    “Please keep quiet!” Debbie said sharply eyeing me.

    “Leave you, so you can do what.. Kill him?” She asked pointing to Samson who was groaning in pains on the floor

    “So that when you commit murder, I’ll be labelled as a murderer’s wife abi?(right), you better wait for the divorce before you commit whatever crime you want to commit, I don’t want to be called names” she said walking towards the stairs

    “Debbie” Daniel called

    “What?, won’t you let him go?, in case you don’t know you’re only making him feel fly, superfly.. Boosting his Mora by holding him, leave him alone, if he like, let him be forming Brock lesnar, and hulk Horgan.. Just make sure he doesn’t kill that man in my living room” she said and continued on her way.

    Episode 10 [Final]

    ..three days to divorce..


    “Oga welome o” Rufus greeted and I nodded..

    “Thank you, is Debbie around?” I asked, I had noticed her cars were all in the garage, but I just had to ask.

    “Yes, maram no comot today(madam, didn’t go out today)”. He said

    “Okay is she with someone?” I asked

    “No Sir” he replied

    “Alright take” I said handing him a shoprite bag,

    “I know you’ve probably ate something, I thought I’d buy some for you as well” I explained as he peeked through the content..

    “Ahh!.. Thank you sir, thank you” he exclaimed and I hummed before heading into the house.

    The first thing I noticed the moment I stepped into the house was a mouth watering scent.. I can recognize that scent from anywhere..


    I moved straight to the kitchen and I was right.. My favorite soup was boiling on the gas and a medium bag of wheat was placed on the counter..

    I looked around and saw Debbie standing at the far end of the kitchen.. With her apple laptop on the glass table.. She looked really busy as she typed away, her googles was perched on her nose and her hair was in a messy bun..

    She glanced up from the laptop and gave a small smile, despite the tiny beads of sweat on her forehead.. Good thing we placed an AC in the kitchen. I noticed she was just in a cream off shoulder top, that stopped some inches past her mid thighs, I took my eyes off her long slender fair legs to look back at her face.

    “Good evening” she smiled glancing briefly at her laptop before closing it and placing her glasses on it.

    “Good evening” I mumbled unsure of why she looked pleased to see me today.

    “Uhm.. Why don’t you go take a bath?, your dinner should be set by the time you get back” she smiled moving over to the pot.. Picking her spoon to steer the soup.

    “Uhh?” I asked lamely, I don’t think I heard right.

    “Honey I said you should go take your bath, I’m sure you’re very tired and famished, go on now, you stink” she said shuuing me with the spoon.

    “What did you call me?” I ask totally dumbfounded

    “Uhm.. Honey?, is it bad to call my husband pet names?” She asked

    “ it’s not, I’ll leave now..” I said slowly backing out of the kitchen..

    “Okay, ” she said switching off the gas before moving to the wheat on the counter..

    Okay?.. I think I’m just imagining things, this can’t be real.. Debbie can’t be the one calling me pet names and preparing my favourite food.. I glanced down the stairs for a minute and continued walking up to my room..

    I don’t trust this woman, anytime she acts sweet there’s always an agenda behind it.




    I got to my room, the one I had moved into after she packed out of our room.

    I hesitantly opened the door and pushed it wide open without entering.. When nothing happened, I stuck my head in and looked around, everything looks the same.. And not out of place.. I walked in and dropped my suit jacket and suitcase on the bed.

    I walked to the bathroom and peeked around, but saw nothing unusual..

    Hmm.. But I still don’t trust that woman, anything can happen as long as she’s Debbie.



    I quickly took my bath and slipped into a black jogger and black shirt before walking down the stairs with my phone in my hand..

    I walked into the kitchen and saw Debbie walking with a tray to the dinning hall through the side door.

    Everything was back in it’s rightful place, and the kitchen didn’t look like someone had cooked in it moments ago. I glanced at the counter and saw a bowl of fruits and juice on a tray, I picked it and walked towards the dinning hall..

    Meeting Debbie halfway, she smiled and reached to take it from me..

    “Don’t worry, I got it” I smiled softly and moved to the table placing it properly beside the tray she had brought in earlier.

    “Thank you” she mumbled pecking my lips and I froze.

    Did she.. Did she just peck me?, is this Debbie?!.

    “Sit babe, the food will get cold, and let’s not forget you hate eating cold food” she said setting the plates and started serving.. I slowly sat in my chair and watched as she served the dishes, I couldn’t take my eyes away from her face as she concentrated.. She caught my eyes and I didn’t bother to look away,.. She smiled and raised her brow.

    “Is something wrong” she asked and I blinked.. Looking away from her face

    “Debbie, are.. Are you alright?” I asked calmly

    She looked at me like I’ve asked the most ridiculous thing

    “Yes, I am, why?” She asked taking her seat beside me..

    “You’re being nice”I said bluntly and she chuckled

    “So? Is it a bad thing” She asked washing her hands..

    “No.. It’s not, it’s just kind of a little weird?” I muttered looking at her face..

    “Okay henry I know, I’ve been acting bitchy for the past months and I’m sorry- please let me finish” she almost whined when I opened my mouth to speak

    “I know you’re going to say I wasn’t bitchy, but I know I was.. And honestly I should have been a better wife, you know.. I mean you’re still my husband even if we are divorcing in few days, but you still have rights and needs to be met. And I should have been submissive as I should be, I know it’s too late, but I want to be a good wife to you for the next three days we have together, so please no more questions, let’s just enjoy the rest of the days we have together.. Okay?” She asked and I just nodded.. Even if I had a lot to say.

    “Thank you” she smiled and started eating.. I looked down at the well garnished plate of egusi soup. Well I’ll deal with the topic later for now, I have some digging to do.





    After cleaning up..

    We both moved to the living room, I sat on the loveseat and picked the remote, going through the news channel for a bit before settling on Nickelodeon.. Debbie’s favorite channel. After plugging her laptop, she moved from her chair and shuffled towards me, before flopping down on the empty space beside me.

    I’ve made a decision, since I couldn’t change her mind about the divorce, then I might as well just enjoy the few days I get to spend with her like she suggested.

    “Baby.. Baby are you listening to me?” Debbie’s voice snapped me from my thoughts and I glanced to the side, to look at her.

    “Sorry, what did you say?” I asked softly

    “I was offered a new contract” she said excitedly.. Reminding me of how she acts each time she got a new job years ago.

    “Really? What kind?” I asked really interested

    “For a new cream, it’s in new York and it’s going to last for six months, the pay is absolutely good. Plus my feeding, flight, accommodation and all will be sponsored by the company itself” she gushed out laying her head on my lap, dangling her legs from the armrest of the chair.

    “Wow, that’s huge.. I’m happy for you” and I meant it.

    “Yeah me too, but I didn’t accept it” she said and I snapped my head down to stare at her in disbelief

    “Why?” I asked

    She just shrugged.

    “Debbie, why didn’t you accept it?” I asked caressing her cheek with my thumb, when did my hand even get to her face?!.

    “It’s time to get a break Henry, I’ve Been into modelling for over ten years now, it’s time to get a break and focus on more important things” she simply stated

    “Like?” I couldn’t stop myself from asking.. She just shrugged her shoulder and focused on the TV.

    I don’t understand what she means, this is a woman that started modelling at a young age, she loves being in front of a camera, either at shows, events, photoshoots, music videos, runway, beauty pageants, talk shows, commercials and so on.. Along the years she had won several awards, and competitions, acted as a guest star in movies, and has been a judge for several competitions, she’s good very good at what she does and would never turn down a good contract.. So now I’m really confused.



    Next day.


    “Good morning hubby” Debbie greeted the minute I walked down the stairs..

    “Good morning wiffy” I grinned moving towards the fridge.. She let out a snort and I’m sure I’d catch her rolling her eyes if I looked.

    “There’s no such word as wiffy” she stated and I smiled.. Taking a large gulp from the bottled water.. Before closing the fridge.

    “Oh there is ‘wiffy'” I argued leaning against the wall as she bit into her red apple

    “Whatever floats your boat” she mumbled with an eyeroll.. Chewing her apple.

    I took the opportunity to look at her outfit.. She wore her pink baggy oversized bear sweater.. The ears were a furry white, and so were the paws that covered her fingers.

    “What’s with the bear?” I asked throwing the empty bottle in the trash, before taking a seat beside the counter

    “Was cold last night” she said simply.. Moving her legs to the soft song playing around the house.

    “How was your night?” I asked, remembering last night, we had watched movies till some minutes past eleven, before Debbie left to sleep.

    “It was okay, how ’bout you?” She asked picking her phone from the table to increase the volume of the song a little

    “Same” I replied and she nodded, singing along to the song ‘dusk till dawn’ by zayn ft sia.

    I listened to the lyrics and licked my lips..

    “What do you want for breakfast?” She asked.. Shouting over the music..

    “Uhm… ” I drawed moving over to her, I took her hand that wasn’t holding the apple and twirled her softly, she smiled and shook her head as I held her waist swaying her slowly to the music, I let her go as she pretended to sing with her phone as the Mic.

    I laughed and hugged her to myself, she tried to push up the sleeves of the sweater that practically swallowed her fingers.

    She pouted when she failed and I quickly pecked her pink lips. She rolled her eyes but smiled anyway.

    The song switched to another one and I moved to the store room.. Bringing out ripe plantains before moving back into the kitchen, she raised her brows in question, and I smiled innocently.. Moving to the freezer, where most of our chicken, beer and fish were stored.. After contemplating for a minute, I settled for iced fish.. I brought out two big piece, placing them in a bowl of water to defrost.. Then I walked to the fridge to get fresh tomatoes, paper and garden egg.

    Debbie walked into the store and came back out, with vegetable oil, and onion..

    “I guess it’s my favorite then, ripe plantain and garden egg sauce, cheesy” she said with a grin.

    “Whatever” I said moving to wash the plantains before slicing them..




    As he placed the pot on the gas, I couldn’t help but think if what I did was a good idea, so far he hasn’t hurt me.. Does he really deserve another chance?, what if he goes back to hitting me again? I wouldn’t be able to survive it, that’s for sure.

    He started cutting the fish into bits, and I picked a knife and chopping board to slice the onion.. The garden egg, tomato and paper were already boiling slowly.

    I set the onion aside when I was done and washed my hands.. Henry was already through and was checking on the plantain, how he moves smoothly in the kitchen still baffles me, even though I’ve seen him cook so many times, either alone or with me.. And no matter how much I try to chase him from the kitchen, he would always come back to help.

    “Hey, what are you thinking?” He asked sitting beside me

    “Nothing really” I lied looking at his hair, holding myself from pushing my fingers through the curls, his virgin hair is really full, and soft and sometimes I find my self getting jealous, the sides that were lowered still looked neat and so was the edge.

    “What do you want to do today?” He suddenly asked.

    “Uhm.. Aren’t you going to work?” I asked today is Thursday, which meant we would be signing the papers on Saturday. The day after tomorrow.

    “No.. I called my secretary to cancel all my meetings for today and tomorrow, so I’m all yours” he said cockily and I shook my head..

    “We could go to the beach?” I suggested, it’s been long we both did

    “Sounds, good.. So after breakfast, we’ll hit the beach in the afternoon, right?” He asked and I nodded

    “Great” he muttered moving to check on the pot.





    The beach was fun, well partly, since “my wife” decided to torture me with her two piece swimsuit.

    I had to constantly glare at both young and old men to look away, which was hard. I could tell she had a good time too and that’s all that matters right?.


    The image of her in that suit, is still in my mind and is making me really restless even after I took a cold shower.. I rolled on my bed and sat up frustratedly, glancing down at the tent in my shorts. I sighed and stood up then walked out of the room, I need a cold drink.




    Getting to the kitchen the light was on and the moment I stepped in I almost died.

    Debbie was bent, reaching into the fridge for something, causing her short black nightie to jump further up exposing her fair smooth thighs.

    She stood up and closed the fridge revealing a carton of ice cream in her hand, she must have sensed me because , she turned to look at me with furrowed brows

    “Are you okay?” She asked

    I groaned in reply and moved towards the fridge bringing out a chilled canned coke. I quickly opened it and took a long sip.

    Before releasing an ‘ahh’.

    I looked to my left to see Debbie still staring at me with curiosity

    “Are you OK?” She asked again

    “Yes” I breathed out.. Before moving to take a seat..

    She sat beside me and opened the carton, then started eating directly from it with a spoon..

    I was about to ask her why she was eating ice cream by this time, but the cream decided to fall from the spoon, into her…

    My eyes widened as the strawberry cream slipped down her boobs Which was a little exposed, I swallowed and almost whined in disappointment when she wiped it with a paper towel.

    “Henry?, are you OK?” She asked making me move my gaze to her face..

    “You’re sweating” she said touching my forehead.. Of course I’m sweating, who wouldn’t in this situation?!

    “I.. I’m.. I’m okay, I’m good” I stuttered, glancing at her lips briefly.

    “Are you sure” she asked worriedly

    “Yeah” I mumbled…

    “Okay, then, goodnight” she said and leaned down to peck my cheek.. I don’t know how it all happened.. I think I’d cupped her cheeks and kissed her senseless, then placed her on the counter and had a good make out session with her.. Things was about to get really serious, but I had forced myself to pull back.. And rushed to my room, there’s no way I’ll have her against her wish.. No way, but I only made my restlessness worse!..


    I woke up to the sound of thunder rumbling and checked the time to see that it was some minutes past 1am.. I moved to the window and looked out to see that it was raining cat and dogs, I locked my windows as another thunder sounded and moved back to my bed, only to jerk back up.. Thunder is striking!.. Debbie is afraid of thunder!..

    I rushed out of my room and practically ran into Debbie’s room without knocking.. I panicked when I didn’t see her in bed,

    “Debbie!, baby where are you?!” I yelled since the sound of the rain pounding on the roof was so loud.


    Another thunder sounded and I heard her scream, I looked to the far end of the room and saw her coiled into a ball..

    I quickly rushed over to her and knelt down to hold her shaking form

    “Baby, it’s okay, alright? I’m here.. ” I mumbled as she rushed into my arms, breathing heavily..

    “It’s okay, I got you now.. Stay calm, you’re safe” I said picking her bridal style and walked towards her bed, I placed her under the sheets and turned, only to feel her grab my wrist..

    “Don’t leave me” she cried.

    “I’m not leaving, I just want to turn off the lights” I stated but she didn’t burge.. Her doe like eyes suddenly became watery and And i leaned down to peck her forehead

    “I promise I won’t leave, okay?” I said and she nodded before hesitantly releasing my wrist, she gripped the sheets and I quickly turned off the lights, leaving just the bedside lamp.. I moved to the bed and under the covers, Debbie quickly wrapped her hands around me and i let out a small laugh..

    “It’s okay kitten, I won’t leave” I said holding her waist, it felt good to hold her again.. To sleep with her in my arms again, this might be the last time, so I’m going to relish in this wonderful warmth and feeling of having her cuddled up in my arms.

    “I love you henry” she suddenly said and I smiled

    “I love you more” and I mean it.

    “But you hurt me, so much it stills hurts to think about it Ayo” she sobbed calling me by my native name.

    “I know and I’m sorry, it’s doesn’t change anything I know, sorry can’t take away the pains I caused you.. But I’m so sorry” I mumbled caressing her arms..

    “And I know I’ve been saying it for almost three months now, that it sounds like a broken record like you said” I added and she sniffed

    “Three years isn’t three months henry, it’s hard really hard, the pains I felt most especially when I had miscarriages, I always felt Like dying then.” She said releasing a shaky breath

    “But I still love you” she said moving up to look down at me.. She stared at me for some seconds as I wiped the tears from her cheeks, before leaning down to press her lips against mine.. I responded and kissed her passionately.. She slowly pulled back and leaned down to my ears

    “I want you Henry” she whispered before looking back at me

    “Are you sure?” I asked as quietly as I could,

    “Yes, and I want you now” she said and i grabbed her head gently, smashing my lips with hers..

    I was going to show her how much I loved her, I was going to make her feel so loved and by the time I’m done, she would be screaming my name off the roof.






    A year after…




    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very important contract, and this programming is totally different from all the others, we’ve done in the past months.. So we all have to work hard” I said before moving to the projector

    “This is what I’m talking-” I paused when the door to the meeting room opened and Sharon peeked her head in.. Her eyes met mine, and she raised a finger.. Indicating one minute

    “Please excuse me” I said before walking out of the room and closed the door gently, then faced Sharon my secretary

    “Sorry for disturbing you sir, but your wife called, she said you should give her a call,” she said and I nodded..

    “Okay, I’ll call her after the meeting, thank you” I muttered turning to head back to the meeting

    “No sir, she said it’s an emergency, and that it’s really important” she rushed out and I sighed

    “Fine, I’ll call her now, you can go back to your post” I mumbled and dipped my hand in my pockets..

    My eyes bulged out when I saw 11 missed calls and several text messages..

    God! I hope it’s not what I’m thinking, I hope her water hasn’t broken yet, what am I even thinking, she’s just 8 months pregnant, but still.. I quickly dialled her number whilst pacing in the hall.. She picked after the second ring and I quickly blurted out questions

    “What is it baby? Are you okay? Did your water break?, are you feeling pains?, what’s wrong? Talk to me Debbie” I pleaded

    “How am I supposed to answer all those questions at once?, please come home, I need your help seriously” she said and I sighed in relief

    “Help with what?” I asked more calmly

    “Stop asking questions and come home” she said sharply and hung up. I stared at my screen before inhaling..

    I walked back to the room and looked at my staffs,

    “I’m sorry for that, unfortunately there’s an emergency at home, and it’s very important I go check it out. Michael please head the meeting and give me feedbacks, do have a nice day” I said and walked out as they all replied back.



    I took a sip of my yoghurt and continued watching the TV.. I heard Henry’s car driving into the compound and smiled..

    I knew he would come, I quickly placed my glass on the coffee table beside the arm of the couch I was laid on and arranged my shirt properly to cover my oversized belly.

    I heard the door open and footsteps approaching the living room..

    “Debbie?, baby?” He called

    “I’m here” I mumbled weakly.

    “Hey, how are you?” He asked smiling as he leaned down to kiss me briefly

    “I’m not fine” I grumbled looking up at him..

    “Why?, what’s wrong?” He asked worriedly as he raised my head up so he could sit and place my head on his thighs.. I shifted slightly to get comfortable.

    “My legs are aching me” I blurted out acting like I would cry any second.

    “Again?” He asked and I nodded

    “Can you please massage it?” I asked putting on a puppy face. He blinked and shook his head,

    “Is this the emergency?” He asked not getting angry but amused.

    “Is it not enough to be an emergency?, I’m pregnant with your child, that you implanted in me, of course it’s an emergency, don’t you know I could fall if I walk around with painful legs? and only God knows what will happen to just me but our baby if that happens” I said

    “Nothing bad will happen in Jesus name, you’ll not even fall, stop thinking such negative things please.” he stated and stood up .. Placing my head gently on the couch and moved to my legs, I smiled as he started massaging my bare legs..

    Ahh, one of the joys of being pregnant.. I rubbed my stomach as he continued..

    “Leave that spot, massage here, softly please” I mumbled glancing at him to see him smiling.


    “I’m hungry oo” I complained minutes later.

    “OK, what do you want to eat?” He asked

    “Uhm.. I’ve already ate pizza, spaghetti and cake.. I don’t want to swallow anything.. So I’ll just manage, party jollof rice” I said and he gaped at me.

    He Still hasn’t gotten used to me eating much..

    “Uh.. Okay, let me go and quickly make it” he said standing up.

    “No o!” I said quickly stopping him in his tracks.

    “What?” He asked

    “I mean original party jollof rice” I said

    “Which one is original party jollof rice again?” He asked confused

    “I mean the ones they share at parties, that’s the one I want o” I grumbled

    “But baby today is Thursday, they don’t do parties on Thursday ” he stated matter of factly

    “So are you saying you won’t get it for me?” I asked as tears gathered my eyes, he swallowed and nodded.

    “Yes I will, I’ll just check around to see if there’s an occasion going on” he said and I smiled

    “Thank you.. I love you”

    “I love you too” he said looking like he would faint as he turned to leave

    “Love aren’t you forgetting something?” I asked sitting up.

    “What?” He asked

    “Go and get a cooler from the kitchen now,” I said and he stared at me for a second, without saying anything he walked into the kitchen and came back out with a lunch flask.

    “Bye, drove safely” I mumbled and he nodded.. Before leaving.



    There’s absolutely no way I’m going to look for an ongoing party because of jollof rice.. Something I can buy at a restaurant or even shop rite.. He he,

    After buying two plates of rice and beef I walked back to my car and opened the lunch flask, before transferring the rice In the plate into it.. I covered it properly and placed it back in the nylon.

    I’m so smart, there’s no way She’ll suspect I bought it.

    I drove out of the parking lot with a smile as I headed straight for home.



    I watched as Debbie hurriedly opened the flask, the moment I stepped into the house, she had jacked the cooler from my hands, although she was surprised I had found a place so easily..

    She took a spoonful and served it on her plate, I noticed her pause for a bit, inhaling the air around her. She furrowed her brows and took a spoonful into her mouth.. She chewed it and frowned.

    “What is it?, don’t you like it?” I asked

    “Where did you buy this food?” She asked glaring at the plate and flask

    “Buy?.. I- I didn’t..”

    “You did henry!” She snapped placing the flask on the table.. She looked at me and her lips started trembling..

    Ohmygod.. No no no..

    “It doesn’t have the scent of a party jollof rice and it doesn’t taste like one either!” She said

    “Is there a specific scent for it?” I asked quietly… I didn’t know there was a scent oo..

    “You promised to get me what I want.. And you thought you could trick me right?” She asked as her eyes filled with tears.

    “No.. No.. No baby.. It’s not like..”

    She burst into tears and cried heavily..

    My God, why does she always have to cry about any little thing?..

    “Shh.. It’s okay honey, I’ll go and look for it.. Party jollof rice abi? (Right?), I’ll try my best to get, just stop crying now” I pleaded hugging her.. She sniffed and raised her face to look at me, I wiped her cheeks and her eyes

    “Promise?” She mumbled and I nodded

    “I promise” I said before pecking her lips.

    She smiled and nodded

    “Okay, go”..





    ” hey, guy what’s up?” Daniel asked after he picked up

    “Daniel, please are there any occasion in your area?” I asked looking at the road


    ” yes”

    “No why?” He asked andi hissed

    “Guy, it’s Debbie oo.. She said she wants to eat party jollof, and I’ve been drinking around Lagos for the three hours, still nothing!” I exclaimed.

    “I don’t understand, then go buy from a restaurant then” he said and I laughed softly

    “That’s exactly what I did the first time, she caught me red handed” I replied and he snorted

    “How?” He asked

    “She said it didn’t have the scent of a party jollof and didn’t have the taste as well” I explained and he exclaimed

    “Your own good o, at least it’s party jollof, anyhow anyhow .. You can get it, can you believe kiki has been craving for cherry since yesterday?” He asked

    “Cherry?” I asked confused

    “Yes na, agbalumor! (Cherry).. And it’s not the season yet, how am I supposed to get something that won’t cone out until the ending/beginning of the year?!” He asked

    “I don’t understand this women, that was how chairlady (debbie) asked for amala last night, she just woke up in the middle of the night and started with her cravings” I said frustratedly

    “My guy, your own is good, at least you haven’t cooked with firewood yet, my prayer is that this nine months should end fast, let her deliver safely so I can rest.. If not I will run oo” he said and I chuckled

    “I’m telling you I’ll just run and come back after she delivers” I joked.

    “Don’t let her hear you o, anyways what about your mom.. She’s a really good caterer right?, I’m sure she can make what Debbie wants” he suggested

    “Yes! That’s a good idea, I just pray she’s at home.. Let me call her”

    “Alright, later then” he said.

    “Yeah” I mumbled and hung up before dialing my mother’s line.

    Look at the stress this woman is putting me through, I’m not complaining though, who am I to complain?..

    After all this is what I signed for..



    Day of divorce..


    “Are you sure about this Debbie?” Lawyer Cindy asked after we took our seats

    “Yes I am” Debbie replied and I breathed in

    This is it then.. I’m going to loose my wife forever.

    Cindy nodded curtly and brought out two files, placing one each in front of me and Debbie..

    “Who’s signing first?” She asked

    I exchanged glances with Debbie and took the pen from Cindy, without going through the paper I signed and Debbie took the pen,before signing on hers.. She smiled back at Cindy who had a grin on her face.

    Debbie started laughing and I looked between the two women confused.

    “He didn’t even bother going through the paper, and neither did he object to signing it.. Is that how much you’re tired of me?” Debbie asked looking at me.

    “I don’t understand,” I admitted

    “Of course you don’t.. Read the paper you just signed” she said and I hesitantly picked up the paper..

    Skimming through it..


    I sat up as I read the words..


    ‘I Debbie ifeoluwa henry, has forgiven Henry Ayomide Lawson and will only get back with him if he signs this agreement and does the following;


    1) court me again for a month

    2) renew our wedding vows by getting married again

    3)promise to never hurt/hit me till death do us part, and will be punished if he does

    4) agrees to make me happy always

    5) always try to make sure we both involve in dialogue whenever we have a misunderstanding,

    6)promise to never let us sleep with a grudge.


    Another list will be added after the second wedding.’

    I stopped reading and stared unbelievably at Debbie she smiled and stood up.. She stood in front of me and hugged me.

    “I gave you another Chance, because it was the right thing to do, for the past three months you had proved to be the man I fell in love with,my Henry.. You proved to be a changed man, and worthy of a second chance, I’m happy you didn’t give up on me, I’m happy you realized your mistake and wrongs.. I forgive you already, but you still have to do those things in printed on the paper okay?” She said looking down at me.. I smiled and nodded before standing up to hug her

    “Thank you so much Debbie, for not giving up on us, on me” I said and Cindy smiled giving me a thumbs up.


    End of flashback🕑


    Copied from Coolval stories. I smiled at the memory, I still don’t know what I did to deserve a woman like her, although she’s a little bit annoying now, but I understand it’s because of the pregnancy hormones.. But I love her either way, and even though I don’t admit it, I like seeing her round with our baby..



    Hours later**

    I walked into the house with the big cooler, with Rufus dragging the other behind me.

    I walked into the sitting room to see Debbie sleeping,.

    I placed the big cooler beside the table, Rufus placed the one he was dragging beside it and left to go back to his post. I walked into the kitchen and moved back to the living room with a breakable plate, spoon and water

    I softly tapped Debbie to wake up and she groaned tiredly.

    “What now?” She grumbled

    “I’ve brought the rice o, come and eat” I said opening the cooler.. I must admit my mom did a good job.. The whole house was engulfed in the scent of the food..

    “Jesus!, how did you get two big coolers of jollof rice and beef?” She asked with her eyes wide as I filled her plate with rice and beef, I had specifically asked mom to prepare this much.. Because, there’s nothing that’s going to make Me drive out this night because of jollof rice.. I know Debbie, she must request for it in the night.. And maybe tomorrow.

    “That’s not important, take eat,” I said placing the plate in front of her.

    “Thank you, but I’m no longer hungry,” she said and I laughed

    “Baby, you be joking” I said, she better be because I know how I suffered before I got this two big coolers of party jollof rice, something I can always cook at home here for her.. She asked me to move around Lagos for it and now that I’ve gotten it she’s telling me what I don’t even want to understand

    “No I’m not.. I’m not hungry” she said adjusting in the chair.


    I looked at her for a second and started unbuttoning my shirt.. I pulled it off, then removed my trousers, all the while she looked at me confused

    “Uhh.. What are you doing?” She asked as I kicked my shoes to the side, now left in my singlet and boxers

    “If you think you can make me suffer my self for nothing, you’re wrong, think again o.” I said as i sat on the glass table, caging her legs in between mine.. I picked the plate and scooped a spoonful.

    “You see this rice, Debbie you must eat it today and now!” I said smiling at her

    “I don’t want to eat, leave me alone” she said as tears gathered her eyes.

    “You like cry, baby this two cooler you’ll finish them.. Whether you like it or not, open your mouth for me… I’ll bite you o” I threatened and forced the spoon in her mouth.. I rolled her eyes as she chewed on the food

    “Oya fast fast, hurry.. You still have two more coolers to go” I said putting another spoonful in her mouth, she eyed me but continued eating anyway.

    At the end of the day she ate almost half of one cooler.. And didn’t bother waking up in the night, to request for more.

    The End


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