ISOKENE (STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING) SEVENTEEN

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PART 17
ISOKENE
(STOP MY WIFE FROM SMILING)

By Opeyemi Akintunde

“Mum, what is happening? I heard my daughters saying as we were looking at a strange house that used to be ours and the new security man…

“I don’t know either” I said as I watched the new security man approaching us in the Taxi…

“Good Afternoon ma, please who are you here to see?” The security man said

I swallowed hard as I tried to say something…

“We are not here to see anyone, this is our house, who are you?” ….My first daughter, Gold had jumped down from the car to challenge the security man…

“Gold, stop it, we need to talk nicely to the man, he is only doing his job” I said with the little strength in me…

“Sir, please tell your boss, it is his wife and daughters that are at the door “I said very calmly

“His wife?” The security man asked very confused.

“I am sorry, maybe you are in the wrong house, this is Mr. and Mrs. Henry Majekodunmi’s house and The Mrs. Majekodunmi I know is upstairs…” He said…

My daughters were confused, my second daughter who is highly emotional was already crying….

“Mummy, Is Daddy married to another woman? Mum what is happening?” Gold, my first daughter said….Just then the security intercom rang and the security picked it in a rush, I saw him looking up at something, I followed his gaze, it was a CCTV camera that had just been installed.

Apparently the new Mrs. Majekodunmi had seen us. Instead of having to face the embarrassment, I beckoned on Gold and Emerald to get back into the taxi, but I was surprised when I heard,

“Ok ma, I have heard you ma, I will open up for them, Yes ma…”

The security man pressed a button to open the new automated gate…

“Hmm… So Henry had this kind of money to make all this kind of beautiful changes, and he never showed it” I thought silently as hatred filled my heart for my husband….

My children and I carefully walked into the compound as the taxi driver drove into the compound. Just then, a fair skinned beautiful lady walked out of the apartment with a beautiful smile, I could see that she was pregnant….

“Welcome Mama, Gold and Emerald welcome… Mama you didn’t inform us you will be back, I would have asked the driver to come pick you up…” she said smiling

I looked at her very strangely, my instincts told me she was Margaret, but I wanted to hear it from her….Finally she said it…

“Mama, I know you have not met me, Yes I am Margaret, it was Henry who told me you didn’t accept our terms and that you had relocated to America… I was the one who suggested we move into this place since he built it, rather than wasting money on rent where I was staying….” She said like she was giving a friendly chat

I was very speechless….

But my first daughter wasn’t….

“Sorry, please who are you? And what are you doing here?” Gold had asked

“ Gold, your dad told me you are very outspoken, I can see he is right… but I believe family matters should be discussed indoors, Why don’t we all step in” She said pointing towards the new door

We all followed the direction of her hand, but on stepping inside I wanted to run back, everything and I mean EVERYTHING had changed, my wedding pictures were no longer there, her pictures had replaced mine, and her two sons’ pictures had replaced my Children’s pictures.

“Where are all my pictures? “ Gold had screamed out….

“She has even replaced mum’s pictures with hers” Emerald said….

I just couldn’t say a word, but what kept ringing in my head was…

“God, when you knew all this had happened, why did you ask me to come back here?” I said as tears were dropping from my eyes

“See girls, I am not a devil, I am just Dad’s new wife, Your dad fell in love with me and he wanted to make me his second wife, but Mum was not willing to share Dad with me…!, Honestly I was not planning to take over, but I did when I felt Mum wasn’t interested any more… You see that’s a lesson for you girls, when you know you are not done with something, you don’t leave them where others can pick it up….” She said as she suddenly became the adviser, then she continued….

“But you see like I said I am a very nice person, if Mum is still ready to share, You guys are welcome back… All your stuffs have been neatly packed into your mum’s room…. Once again you are welcomed”…. She said smiling

I sat there crying as she walked away, but Gold was not through I heard Gold screaming at her…

“YOU ARE JUST A THIEF, A THIEF, A GOLD DIGGER, A PROSTITUTE”

I didn’t even have strength to stop her as we all were crying…. Margaret turned and walked back to us…

“No sweetheart, I am not, thank God you are a lady, and soon you will grow up and understand. Listen Gold, part of the truth your Mum may not tell you is that, she neglected your dad, and I was just passing by.

Unfortunately for your Mum, at that time I was hungry and desperate for a male figure in my life, and on seeing your loveless dad, I decided to pitch my tent with him.. Gold I want you to be very honest with me, if you are so hungry and famished and by chance see a chocolate that has been dropped by someone else who appears not to need it, won’t you pick it up to save yourself from dying of hunger?” She asked

And for the first time in my life I thanked God for training my children in the way of the lord….Gold gave an answer I never thought she had the wisdom to give…

“THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND I MA’AM WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ONLY A CHILD WHO WAS NOT WELL TRAINED OR PROBABLY DID NOT WAIT TO RECEIVE PROPER TRAINING FROM HER PARENTS WOULD TAKE WHAT DOES NOT BELONG TO HER, REGARDLESS OF HOW HUNGRY SHE IS. MA’AM, TO STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S CHOCOLATE BECAUSE OF HUNGER HAS NO OTHER NAME FOR IT THAN GLUTTONY, INDISCIPLINE AND THEFT… I WOULD NEVER STEAL OUT OF LACK. WHY, BECAUSE MY MOTHER DIDN’T TEACH ME THAT, MY GUESS MA IS THAT YOUR MUM DIDN’T TEACH YOU THAT TAKING ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND EVEN WHEN HE IS LONELY IS STILL CALL THEFT, OR MAYBE SHE TAUGHT YOU, YOU JUST DIDN’T LISTEN….”

The silence that rent the room was thick, Margaret stared at Gold who was staring back at her and I feared for my daughter. I stood up and pulled her back, but Gold pulled away from me and walked in…

On her way in, she stopped in her tracks and looked towards the door, she shook her head and ran up the stairs….She had seen her father….

“ Daddyyyyyy” Emerald said running towards the door, Margaret had been hit by Gold’s words as she ran upstairs too…

To be continued…

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