THE PERFECT WOMAN
The service was beautiful, once in a while I took a glance at my husband and I caught him severally smiling as papa blasted on the topic ”LOVE”.
At the end of the service, different members of the choir came to shake hands with us. I saw sister Marvis walking up to shake hands too but I quickly blocked her way.
Me: what do you want?
Marvis: I only wanted to welcome you guys back to church.
I looked at her and imagined what could have given her such guts to be able to approach me
Me: sister Marvis, thank u so much for welcoming us back to church. You can now go.
Marvis: Let me at least shake hands with brother Isaiah.
The way she said the brother Isaiah drew out all the anger in me and I felt like tearing her to pieces. But I remembered what mummy taught me that sometimes silence is the best punishment to offer. And so I kept silent, but my looks said it all, and sister Marvis turned and walked away, raising her hands in surrender!
I was filled with anger as I watched sister Marvis walking away, I wanted to run to her and tear her into pieces but I couldn’t. I turned to find my husband so we can go home, but I met him talking with papa and mama so i sat and waited for him.
Sister Sophia my only friend in the church walked up to me, since she encouraged me to accept Isaiah as my husband I have learnt to respect her specially. She was holding some tom tom in her hands and she offered me some before sitting with me.
Sophia: Dani my friend am so happy you are back to church. I really missed you.
Me: thank you Sophia, I missed you too.
Sophia: Gist me girl (she giggles) how was the honeymoon?
Me: (smiling) what is there to gist? Nothing to gist jare.
Sophia: Nor do o, gist me jare.
Me: Don’t worry, I will gist you, but not today.
Me: I promise
I stood up because my husband was already signalling me to come. I quickly hugged Sophia and told her bye. Then I ran to my husband and together we told mama and papa bye.
Isaiah took the only tom tom left of the 4 I collected from Sophia, and then he asked me if I saw Marvis .
Me: (shocked) why? Did I come to church to look for Marvis?
Isaiah: hey! Easy babe, am just asking
Me: you just wanna spoil my mood
Isaiah: its okay babe, its OK. Am not saying anything again.
Me: please dont say. Let’s just go home in peace.
And the rest of the journey was silent.
That evening, I asked Isaiah if he still felt like leaving the church.
Isaiah: With a message like that? No way, I am going no where.
I bursted out laughing
Me: but I told you so.
And just then his phone rang, I sat up to listen. Ever since my wedding night incident I get alert whenever I hear his phone ring.
Isaiah: Hello, yes, you are onto Isaiah, who is this please? Really? (He was smiling) okay! No problem. I’d be there.
At the sound of I’d be there my mood and expression changed.
Me: Honey who was that?
Isaiah: Babe God is good.
Me: All the time, but what is it?
Isaiah: Our music was shortlisted among the 10best gospel songs for 2018. And we have to join the competition to win a grand award of 10million naira and a chance to record abroad with popular gospel artist TRAVIS GREENE!
Me: oh my God! (I started jumping and shouting, and then I noticed he was putting on his trousers and shirt. I quickly stopped) Babes, are you going out?
Isaiah: yes but not far! Just our junction here. I need to rush out to pick the letter of our short listing.
Me: Bu bu bu…..
Isaiah felt the fear in my voice and then he placed his hands on my shoulders.
Isaiah: Don’t worry babe. I will be back before you know it.
Me: But can’t I go with you?
Isaiah: sweetie, relax, I will be back soon okay!
I nodded sadly, I was scared again. I watched as he walked away and only one prayer was in my heart.
”Lord bring him home safely to me”
Minutes turned into hours and that was how I waited till 12midnight for my husband to return home to me. I called and called but he kept on cutting the calls until finally I slept off.
It was the sound of someone hitting on the door that woke me up. I grabbed my phone and I checked the time it was some minutes pass 2am. I was scared to the brim as I listened again for the knocking.
Who could be knocking at this time of the night when my husband was not home. I was shivering, not until I heard him.
Isaiah: Daniella open this door. Open it.
It was my husband, and so I jumped quickly to the door and opened it. The relief I felt when I saw him was overwhelming. I tried to hug him but he just walked passed me without saying a word. I quickly locked the door and ran to him.
Me: Honey welcome. How was your movement? Why did you come home so late? Why weren’t you picking my calls? Did you get the papers?
I found myself vomiting all of the questions for him at the same time, I didnt realize what I was doing until he screamed at the top of his voice.
Isaiah: Oh oh oh! What kind of question is all of this na? Didnt i tell you where I was going?
Me: you told me but……
Isaiah: but what? But you slept off abi?
I was surprised at the way he was sounding, looking and what he was saying.
Me: Baby are you okay? (I asked trying to touch him)
Isaiah: Dont touch me, and dont you ask me stupid question. You slept off. Your husband left the house and didnt come back on time and what you could do is slept off.
Me: Honey no, I was sitting waiting for you and I didnt know the time I slept off.
Isaiah; of course na, how would you know? Why won’t you sleep? Go ahead and sleep.
Me: okay dear, am sorry dont be angry with me please. (I was trying to hold him and apologise again)
Isaiah: I said dont you ever touch me. You not only slept off you even locked me out. So that armed robbers will wait me here and kill me right?
Me: no what? How can u say that?
Isaiah: how can I not say that. u locked me outside but for the grace of God…….., abeg Daniella. I want to go and sleep o. I dont want disturbance.
He left me and marched into the bed room. Leaving me staring at him. I was confused! What could be wrong with him?