Dieko turned her back and left the room, she couldnt say anything about what she had just seen. She headed back upstairs to the bedroom feeling very disappointed in herself. She didn't bother to go searching for her husband anymore.
'How could I have thought it was Mide in there with Vicky? How in God's name did that thought creep into my mind? Mide is a good man and the best husband any woman could ever wish for' Dieko leaned against the wall, talking to herself.
She went on her knees and continued soliloquizing
'He has never given me cause to doubt him so……..oh! God just forgive me, I’m so sorry for allowing the devil play my mind like this. Please forgive me Lord, I promise never to doubt my husband or even think bad of him again.’
She prayed silently. She climbed back into bed and tried to sleep but she couldn’t, The whole scenario kept replaying in her mind. It was Vicky her house help huddled all up with James their security guard on the bed. She was dumbfounded at the sight. She couldn’t believe they were caught in the act in her house right under her nose. They were so riveted in the nonsense they were doing that they didn’t hear her open the door until they both saw her standing there before they disengaged from each other’s arms.
She was very disappointed in Vicky because she had worked with them for a long time and Dieko had never had any reason to think the girl could do anything of that sort. Her head was throbbing, it was 4:00 am already and she had to sleep,
Tomide was deep in thought on the couch where he was seated when he heard the scurrying sound along the corridor. He wasn’t sure what or who it was and he wasn’t ready to be disturbed but his instinct told him to go check. Immediately he got to the entrance of the corridor, he saw Vicky trying to run to the door leading to the backyard. James was behind her and he had only his boxers on and his clothes in his hands, trying to push her off the way. Obviously he wasn’t aware of ‘oga's’ presence until he looked up and stood still too.
‘’What in heaven is happening here!’’ Mide ordered
‘’erm……erm….oga abeg no be like so na Vicky say make I come help her’’ answered James,
Vicky was shaking with a fright.
"Help her with what and at what time are you helping eachother?' he yelled.
"Are you alright? Just get out of here the both of you, we’ll solve this tomorrow." Tomide said and left the corridor then headed back to sitting room. They both hurried to the door, James ran out and Vicky closed the door and went back to her room sobbing.
Tomide couldn’t place what just happened now although he knew it was something very silly and wasn’t ready to be bothered about it. That was the least of his problems. He had disturbing issues that had to be solved immediately before they went out of hand. He just didn’t know how to solve them. All he knew was that telling his wife was the paramount thing to do but he didn’t know when he was going to tell her about it. He picked his phone from the side table, checked the time saw it was 4:30 am then he headed for their room upstairs.
When he got to the room he saw his wife was still sleeping peacefully where he left her and silently thanked God she didn’t have to witness what he saw concerning Vicky and James. He had to talk to her about it later in the morning. He had always known there was something creepy about that boy James. Right now he just wanted to get into bed and cuddle his wife though she was asleep but that would calm him a little bit. Climbing into bed beside his wife he pecked her.
"I must tell her before it gets out of hand" he muttered to himself "and I love my wife dearly so I owe her that".
Just as he was settling to sleep, the scriptures that has been ringing in his head for the past few days came to his mind again.
"Do not desire her beauty in your heart and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes………can a man carry fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?"
It was morning already. Tomide and Dieko were up having their morning devotion. They had always had their devotion together as a couple in their bedroom in the four years they'd been married, Dieko always said a family that prayed together stayed together. The joint devotion was usually after they had both had their individual quiet times. Dieko rounded up the devotion by praying while Tomide shared the grace.
"Good morning my love, How was your night?" said Tomide pecking his wife on the forehead.
Stifling a yawn, Dieko replied poking him playfully in the side "Hello Mr Tomide Williams, a good morning to you too. My night was fine and yours? By the way where was your honourable highness yesternight?"
"Why did I get the feeling that you were not going to notice I wasn’t beside you" Tomide said laughing and strolling towards the bathroom.
"We are one in spirit my dear husband, I feel what you feel and I felt it when you left the room’’ She was also laughing
‘’Hmmmm Dee Dee! The feeler or is it the seer, you felt it indeed. You were so fast asleep when I left the room, you didn’t even hear me open or close the door.’’
"Haha that’s not nice’ she said pouting playfully "at least I woke up later to find out you were out of bed. Why were you out of bed? It’s unlike you, was anything wrong?’
"Yea, I couldn’t sleep so I just decided to get some air downstairs..."
Moving close to where he was standing, she asked with her face turning into a slight frown
"Are you sure there’s nothing wrong?"
"Nah…. Trust me there’s absolutely nothing wrong." He covered her mouth with a kiss.
"Hmm" She pulled away. "You’ve not brushed your teeth" she said hitting him on the hand "Please hurry up we’re running late already"
Tomide winked at her with a grin on his face "Yes ma’am" he said bowing slightly and entering the bathroom.
"Lest I forget Dee, I need to talk to you about Vicky and James’’ Tomide was saying from the bathroom.
"Yes…..I was going to say the same thing. They have started misbehaving o, We’ll talk about it after work today." She replied.
In no time, they were both dressed for work and ready to go.
Tomide ran an event planning and decorating firm that was thriving well. Dieko on the other hand was a Public Relations Officer working with an advertising agency,
They both got the gifts they wanted and went to pay. Tomide insisted on paying for the gift Dieko got but she appeared as a force to be reckoned. After much persuasion that was abortive, Tomide let her pay for the gift. They bade themselves good bye and left.
The most silly thing and grievous mistake he had ever committed in his entire life was not asking for her telephone number. She didn’t look like one who was going to give a stranger her number but he would have tried his best to get it. The brief moment they spent together at the shopping mall made him feel like they had known each other for a while. Another thing was that there was something about her he couldn’t place his hand on, she looked very familiar to him. Their meeting was like a déjà vu.
All through the week Mide wasn’t himself and it was very unlike him. He couldn’t concentrate at work, He kept thinking about her. There was something striking about her but he still didn’t know whatever it was and now he might never even know because he stupidly didn’t get her number. Facebook couldn’t even do the trick of searching for her because he couldn’t remember her surname only her first name and that was not going to be helpful, He wasn’t ready to start checking out all the Diekolooreoluwasimi that was going to appear on Facebook.
The week passed and even his niece’s 4th birthday party couldn’t do anything to stop him from thinking about the ‘mystery lady’. He started calling her that because he still couldn’t figure out what was it about her that was making him jittery. The birthday party reminded him more of her because his niece – Anjolaoluwa would not stop carrying the Barbie doll he got her with the help of the ‘mystery lady. She even insisted on strapping the doll to her back. The Barbie doll gift from her dear uncle made him win her love back. His elder sister Folake, Anjolaoluwa’s mom noticed he wasn’t flowing with the children at the party knowing his love for kids. She asked him but he couldn’t tell her what the whole thing was all about, not just yet even if he was going to tell her.
He wondered if his sister would be of any help if he told her.. He didn’t tell his best friend, Olumide, too. He had to find out what this thing was about her. Tomide decided what he was going to do. He had no power of his own, he would take it to the Lord in prayer. Lol.
PING! PING!! The vibration of his phone cut rudely into his thoughts. He hissed. He picked up the phone and checked the BBM message that just came in, It was from ‘mystery lady’herself. Diekolooreoluwasimi his darling wife. She had sent some messages to him before the two pings that alerted him came in. He smiled while reading the message:
Hello my prince charming,
How is work going and hope you’re good? You don’t need to reply if you’re busy just checking on my love. See you at home. Love you to the moon and back.
He couldn’t help but smile again, thinking how she was the best thing that had ever happened to him. He replied her message:
Thanks my love. I love you to bits...
and ended it with the hug and kiss smiley too.
He thought about how things had changed for him real good since he met his wife and remembered the scripture that says He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.
Indeed he had found a good thing from the Lord and he was still obtaining favour from him. He would never take that for granted. Never!
Tomide has always been a lover of God and his family. He never joked with the things of God. However, lately, he had been questioning his faith in God. These doubts about his spirituality started when he started having what seemed like attractions that were not harmful at first to his long-time friend Adesola whom he just met few weeks ago.
Tomide and Adesola were very close right from their secondary school days till they got to the University. They were branded the best couple in school despite the fact that they had nothing going on between them. They were best of friends. They however lost each other’s contacts when Tomide traveled out of the country for his Masters degree until they met again through one of Tomide's clients recently. He couldn’t say his meeting with her again was for good. He knew he had to avoid her by all means! This was the time he had to take heed to the scripture that says "And by the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil."
Seated in her office, Dieko was still thinking about the whole scenario of Vicky and James. She still felt bad about the way she concluded it was her husband. Maybe if she hadn’t behaved like someone whose husband was kidnapped in the middle of the night she wouldn’t be having the silly thought.
She had just sent a message to her husband and was still fiddling with her phone when her best friend Tolu entered into her office and crashed her very pregnant self into the chair in front of Dieko’s desk. Tolu was expecting her second child.
With a grin on her swollen face and rolling her eyes, she asked, "Aren’t you going for lunch? Let’s go o, I’m so hungry and I’m tired of sitting I need to stretch my legs.’’
She noticed Dieko was not looking her usual self
"Dieko, what’s wrong?" Tolu asked.
"I don’t just feel happy today" answered Dieko
"What is it about?"
Tolu was not someone Dieko would keep anything away from, They'd been friends from childhood days. Dieko sat upstraight and then narrated everything to her.
"So what is your stress in all what you’ve told me now? Because I don’t seem to understand the reason behind the headache you’re giving yourself.’’ Tolu hissed.
“You don’t understand. I just told you I’m feeling guilty for thinking it was my husband”
“And I am telling you too that I don’t see the reason why you should be feeling guilty. The thought you had was very normal, no matter who your husband is even if he is a pastor, The thought will still creep in because he is the only man in the main house and it doesn't mean you don't trust him. So baby girl cheer up. Please stop making yourself guilty over nothing. As for those two without any shame, you should deal with them, I’m sure that’s not their first time. Only God knows what they do when you’re not home.”
“Abi o! God save us from all these things o”
“So are you cool now?” Tolu asked trying to stand up from the chair
“Yes I am, Thanks to you I would have killed myself with guilt.” She said smiling “Careful o iya ibeji I no fit carry you if you fall because you’re already ten times bigger than me’’
“Haba ten times ke pity me now’’ Tolu laughed. "Are we good to go for lunch now?”
“Yes we are. You too like food sef I don’t blame you sha, It’s like you are eating for extra two people”
“Abeg o which kain two people, Na only one o.” They both laughed and left Dieko’s office.
Dieko felt more relieved and she knew one of the blessings she had in addition to a best friend was a good husband...
*Written by Fisayo Akanbi
*Photo credit Bossip.com