Saturday, 9 June 2018

MARRIED Episode 11-12

One hour later, Andy was still in the sitting room. He had asked Ada to go for the day; he wanted to prepare dinner with his wife. He pulled off his top and put it on the chair. He heard the doorbell and went there, expecting to see Jess but when he opened the door, he saw someone else.
“Sonia”, he exclaimed. “It is good to see you. Come in” he murmured. She was earlier than Jessie had said she would be.
“Hello Andy” she cooed. “It is really good to see you”. She eyed Andy stylishly as he closed the door. “Where is my friend?”
“She is at the saloon. She should be here in a few minutes.” He picked up his shirt. “Please have your seat”
“Why don’t you leave it?” she asked.
“Leave what?”
“The shirt” she held the shirt in his hand. “You look so sexy. I wonder what you saw in my S.U friend”
“Excuse me?” Andy was sure he was not hearing properly. She snatched the top in his hand and threw it. “I think you should leave” he murmured as she advanced towards him. She adjusted her top until the larger part of her chest was left open.
“I can give you what my friend can’t give”
“Well, I don’t want it. Please leave before I harass you.” Immediately he said this, she leapt on him, throwing him off balance. He fell on the chair with her on top of him.
“Bloody hell” he gasped out. “Get off me” he roared but she would not bulge. He struggled and rose and turned until he was off the chair and she was sitting. She had her fingers locked around his belt buckle and as he tried to remove her hands, the door opened.
Jessica entered and gasped.
*****
Andy jerked Sonia’s hands away with so much force that her hands hurt. He stood up looking totally confused and alarmed.
“Jess, it is not what you think” he managed to put the words together though he was totally devastated and confused. Jessica was not sure she could hear anything that was being said.
The scene before her was so frightening and she was hearing loud screaming in her head. She was not sure what was going on.
Sonia adjusted her cloth and jumped up. “Yes, it is what you think Jessica. Your womanizing husband here was trying to rape me”
“What?” Andy’s head rotated.
Jess was just frozen to the spot.
“I came in looking for you and all of a sudden he grabbed me” she made a teary face.
“You are insane woman; what the hell is your game here?” Andy was roaring and he wished he could beat the living daylight out of the woman. He faced Jessica. “Jess, you have to trust me. I can never do this to you; never”
“Oh yeah? Then tell me, why did he contract you for a one year marriage then?” Jess gasped, now listening attentively. How did Sonia know? Andy was bewildered. “You did not want to marry the woman brought by your father because you can’t bear being tied to a woman. You like the idea of sampling every skirt that comes your way and that is why you chose gentle and unappealing Jessica, while you go on with your escapades with other girls”
“If you don’t cut this bull s--t, I surely would lay my hands on you”
“Oh, just like you were about doing before Jessica entered?” Jessica felt this cold chill that would not go away. Her blood seemed to freeze. “Tell me, is that not the reason why you don’t stay in the house? You go out very early and come back very late using work as a pretense, is that not because you have concubines all over the country? You were with a woman at Convy Hotel some days back, what were you both doing? It must be the wild thing right?”
“What is all these? She is one of our major contractors” Andy saw red at the infidelity accusation.
“Oh, really? I came majorly to talk with Jessica about this but it is no longer necessary. Now I see that Jessica has her eyes open and tries to dress appealingly so I would not be surprised if you have gotten into her pants already”. Andy did what he had never done before; he swung his hand and slapped Sonia’s face so hard.
Jessica could take no more; she turned and fled the house.
“Jess… Jessica” Andy ran after her with his heart racing with dread. He caught up with her and held her hand.
“Leave my hand” she yelled, snatching her hand forcefully. He held her shoulders, forcing her to listen to him.
“Believe me Jess; I don’t know what is going on here. Sonia came and-”
“And what? Jumped on you?” she laughed sarcastically. “You know what Andy, I am done” the tears that she had been guarding against started coming and she started rubbing t hem away furiously. “I knew from the start that this was a huge mistake. Yesterday, last night, this morning; everything was a huge mistake. A stupid, irredeemable mistake, but it is fine.”
“Jess please, don’t say that. Don’t do this” Andy pleaded and his heart bled when he saw her furiously wipe away her tears again.
“Don’t worry, I would not do anything or take anything. The 20 million; I don’t need it”
“Jess…”
Jessica started walking away, and then started running. The waves of the hair she had just curled bounced after her. Andy was about to run after her when he remembered that Sonia was still in the house. The anger that bubbled in him was so intense that he charged into the house smashing the flower vase that stood in his way. He searched the entire house but did not see Sonia. She must have sneaked out while they were arguing. He swallowed hard, still trying to come to terms with what had just occurred. For the first time in years, something new occurred in his life that brought joy to his heart and now, it was shattered before it even begun. He grabbed his car keys and his shirt and left in search of Jessica.

Jessica walked by the side of the road as rain poured down. She was moving like a robot. She was not even sure if her brain was working at all anymore. Events of the past just replayed in her head like the clips of a movie’s advert. This was not the first time that she would find her man with her best friend. The first man she ever dated cheated on her with her best friend. The horrifying scene of catching them in the act flashed through her mind as she walked, oblivious to the rain that had glued her cloth to her skin. Being left at the altar and the death of her entire family still remained the most horrifying of her entire life until this evening but as she walked the sad road, she could not remember ever feeling this broken in her entire life. Sonia’s words kept coming and coming until she felt she was going to go crazy but she just kept on walking. No part of her body felt alive as she walked on the darkened and wet road; not even the legs that carried her.
She did not know if she should put the blame on Sonia. She had come visiting and almost got raped in the process. Tears rolled down her cheeks ceaselessly but no one would have noticed since the salty rain water was all over her face. Her purse which she took to the saloon was clutched in her hand as she held it like a weapon at her side. She had no idea where she was going but she just went wherever her feet led her, she was content knowing that it was far away from Andy.
“Jessica”
Jessica heard her name being called and tensed but she did not even think of answering. She just went her way. Andy came out of the car, leaving it at the middle of the road. He had been searching for some time, moving the car slowly in order not to miss her and had become apprehensive and terribly worried when the rain had started.
“Jessica, Oh my God” he murmured as he ran after her in the rain. Within seconds, he was also wet due to the velocity of the heavy rain. He got to her in no time but she would not stop walking. It was as if she could neither see nor hear him. “Jessica please, for the Love of God, stop this. Don’t hurt yourself like this” Jessica was shivering as she walked but she did not even seem to notice that she was shivering.
“I am so sorry Jess but please, let me take you home” he held her hand. “Please”
She turned her head sharply as his hand touched hers. “Get your filthy hands off me this minute” Andy did not let her go. “Home?” she asked. “Which home? I have no home” she shivered. “Especially not in your house”.
“Please Jess, even if you are going to hate me, I would not leave you out here like this.”
“Well, it is not in your place to make decisions for me, you don’t have the right and you never will” she fought to keep her clattering teeth in place. “Why can’t you leave me alone? What did I ever do to offend the world” she cried furiously. The cars were busy blasting horns and raining curses as they bypassed Andy’s car but Andy did not hear any of it.
“Sweetheart I…” he paused. “Jess, please, I know it is hard for you to trust me now but please let me get you out of this rain, please…”
“No… I said no”
Andy breathed deep and scooped her into his arms. She started fussing and yelling and the passing cars started looking suspiciously at them. He took her straight to the car, holding her effortlessly but firmly through her struggles. When they got to the car, he put her down and stared straight at her. “I would take you anywhere you want to go Jess but I can’t leave you here. It is either you go with me or we both stay here in the rain. Please”
Jessica contemplated the situation, staring impassively at him. The chill was getting to her bones and she was not sure she could stand for more than a few seconds. She had expended all her energy. Swallowing hard and tamping down the feeling of defeat, she opened the door and entered. Andy held out the door for her and closed it immediately she got in. When Andy got behind the wheels, she looked outside her window, moving as far away from him as possible. “Take me to Lizzy’s place.”
Andy breathed deeply and started the engine. His heart ached terribly as he saw her shivering uncontrollably. There was no cloth at all in the car that he could use to cover her. He was cold too but he knew that he could handle himself. He turned up the heater to the highest and turned the fans in Jess’ direction. He quenched every desire to talk and explain things. He did not want to upset her more. He was greatly relieved when her shivering reduced a bit. Silence reigned in the car as Andy drove to Lizzy’s house. He kept on glancing at her all the way but Jessica’s eyes were glued to a distance beyond the window. On getting there, Jessica did not even give room for any discussion. She said ‘thanks’, alighted and hurried into the house in the rain which was no longer as heavy as it was before. She pounded Lizzy’s door, waiting for the door to open. She heard Lizzy murmuring something inside and her anger grew. The door opened and Lizzy’s expression changed to extreme surprise.
“What? Jessie, what are you-” Lizzy squealed in surprise.
Jessica’s fist swung and connected with Lizzy’s face.
“Ouch!” Lizzy moaned.
“How could you?” Jessica barked. “I trusted in you because you were smart enough to detect that something was not right between Andy and I. I opened up and told you everything, how could you then tell Sonia about this? I thought you promised never to tell anyone.” Jessie’s eyes shot fire.
“Whoa Jessie” the slap still stunned her but she pulled Jessica inside and slammed the door. “You are speaking Chinese. I did not tell anyone anything”
“Oh great. Now the world is full of liars”
“Now Jessie, I am serious. I cross my heart. If I weren’t a good Christian, I would have sworn. I did not tell anyone anything”
“But Sonia knows” Jessica knew Lizzy was not lying but she had no idea how else Sonia would have known about the contract. Lizzy was someone who was very transparent and anyone would see through her if she was lying.
“She must have found out somehow or from someone but definitely not from me” Lizzy was alarmed. “What is going on Jessie? You are really scaring me. You look like a terrified dripping cat”
Just want to sleep Lizzy. I want to sleep so that my head can stop spinning” Jessica swallowed, not willing to cry. Lizzy looked at her critically and decided to wait till the next day before she found out what really happened.
“OK. Come and get rid of this cloth. Did I mention that you are looking very sexy in this dress?” Lizzy said, trying to make Jessica smile a bit but when Jessica fought back tears instead of smiling, she knew that something was terribly wrong with her and all her instincts pointed at Andy.
*****
Jessica lay on Lizzy’s bed feeling shattered. Her life just seemed to go from one point of disaster to the other. She wondered why this occurrence seemed to be more painful, compared to the other problems that she had had to face in her life. Her head ached terrifyingly and she groaned. Tears kept coming and coming. She had been able to maintain a ‘no crying’ stance for a long time but in just one night, she had cried immensely. The tears came but she had no strength to wipe it off.
She had surrendered her most precious gift to Andy, something that she had treasured, something that she had refused to give her past lovers. Thinking of how everything had shattered was so alarming. Everything had been a charade. Just a surface charade to get past her pants. But even though Jessica wanted to make herself believe that it had also been a charade for her and that she did not have feelings for Andy, she knew that it was a lie. Andy had been part of her every thought ever since she met him, which was one of the reasons why she detested him. She had detested him for the mere fact that he was a man and had used her hate or dislike to her advantage but his late nights always got to her, terribly. She always found herself wondering what he was doing and with whom. He almost did not notice her and it hurt her feminine ego. Dressing differently yesterday had almost nothing to do with Andy’s father, but had everything to do with Andy; she had only used her father-in-law as an excuse. When she had gone to bed with him, it hadn’t been because she was married to him, it was because she really wanted to give him that gift. She had wanted him to have it, but now, it turned out to be the worst mistake she ever made. Why did she always have to develop feelings for the wrong people? Why was life so unfair? Why did she have to cry over and over again?
Lizzy entered with a plate of hot rice and stew and Jessica quickly wiped her face but Lizzy did not miss it. Lizzy was now terribly worried. She could not pinpoint ever seeing Jessica cry. She noticed that the hot tea she had given to Jessica earlier was barely touched.
“Jessie, please tell me what is wrong? You are scaring me o” Lizzy said as she sat on the bed.
Jessie smiled faintly and intentionally digressed. “Are you not sleeping yet?”
“You look famished so I decided to fix you something. Come on, get up”
Jessie shook her head slowly. “I am not sure I can take anything”
“You don’t have to be sure; just try. You would feel better after eating”
“I am not sure if I would be better Liz” Jessie blinked severally.
Lizzy was touched deeply, seeing Jessie struggle with threatening tears. She dropped the food. “You can cry Jessie, it eases the pain. Come here” she pulled Jessie into her arms and Jessica could not hold back her tears any longer. She cried her heart out.
“I just want to die Lizzy…” she cried. “I want to die… Life is worthless”
“Oh sweetie” Lizzy breathed almost moved to tears by Jessica’s pain. It was now that Lizzy wished that Paulina was there. Paulina would have used her motherly attitude to handle this situation. It was obvious to Lizzy that Andy and Sonia were involved in whatever was wrong but she also had a feeling that Jessica had developed feelings for Andy. She knew a woman in love when she saw one.
*****
Andy felt like he was going crazy. He stood up from the bed and sat on the small chair in the room. This was the third time he was standing up from the bed after fruitlessly trying to sleep. He had been terribly devastated ever since he dropped off Jessica. He still could not believe that it had all happened so fast. Despite being hungry, he had lost his appetite but his thought that his anger would go down as time went by was totally wrong because, with each passing minute, his frustration increased a notch. Sleeping on the bed was the worst part of it all. He kept remembering all that he and Jessie had done and shared on the bed; their intimacy, laughter, jokes, emotional tears and even their breakfast. The masters’ bedroom held far too many memories, all derived from one day, but the joy and fulfillment he felt within twenty four hours had evaporated just like that.
He could not bear to think of the look of betrayal and hurt he saw in her eyes. He sighed and stood up. If he had been told years back that one day, he would care about the feelings of a woman; he would have laughed the person to scorn. But here he was, unable to sleep because of a woman. He had only been in love once in his life but the experience was too traumatic.
He checked the time on the wall clock as he entered the sitting room and noticed it was some minutes to three. He had expected that it would be around five or something like that. He sighed and switched on the TV, collapsing on the chair, hoping beyond hope that he would be able to focus on the TV.

To be continued…

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