Endless tears Episode 31

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*EPISODE 31*

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*ENDLESS TEARS*

The slight noise I heard coming from the
sitting room the next day was enough to
rouse my attention and lift my eyes from
the book I was occupying myself with. I
had been advised by the hospital nurses
to get the book titled ‘Every Woman’ and
Tina had helped me purchase it from a
nearby bookshop. The book proved to
possess a lot of stunning information,
however, as I read it to divert my
depressing thoughts, the continuous
noise from the sitting room was proving
a strong distraction. I placed the book
on my bed, opened face down, in order
to know where I stopped. I opened the
door to my bedroom and walked
curiously down the stairs. Alex’s voice
became clear to me even before I got to
the stairs, and then I heard her voice.
“Oh no” I whispered. “Do I have to deal
with this witch again?” I asked, like
answers would come from the walls. I
got to the stairs and what I saw below
was enough to make me take the stairs
two at a time, without minding my
condition. There were boxes sprawled
everywhere almost enough to fill the
massive sitting room. I watched absently
as Alex monitored the movements of the
traveling boxes, looking overwhelmingly
tired. The driver was also there, with Tina
and Tola, carrying out the orders of Alex
and Lisa. Despite the exhausted
expressions of everyone there, Lisa, on
the other hand, looked like a magazine
model in her trouser gown. I did not have
the time to even envy her beauty as I
landed on solid ground and confronted
the rather confusing scene.
“What is going on here?” I interrupted
their subtle conversation.
Lisa smiled at me. “What does it look
like?” she asked with a satisfied superior
look on her face.
I cast a glance around. “It certainly looks
like someone is about to open a box
selling business. What I don’t know is if
this house would be the shop” I said
smugly.
“Well, I don’t blame your slow brain. You
never did go beyond secondary school
after all. Oh wait! You did not even finish
secondary school” she laughed heartily
and I felt my anger rise. I so wanted to
grab her weave-on and tear it off her
scalp. I forcefully looked beyond her at
Alex who was also looking at me.
“She is moving in Amara” he mouthed.
“Excuse me?”
Lisa grinned as she stared at my pale
face. “You heard him, or do you have ear
defects also? I am moving in. Just as
you can’t afford to have your bastard
child in your parent’s house, or hut, as
the case may be, I have no intention of
delivering my precious little angel…” she
rubbed her flat tummy. “… Outside the
father’s house” she smiled at Alex. “Our
wedding arrangements are ongoing and I
believe we would be married soon” she
declared.
The very ground rocked under my feet as
I stared unseeing at the pair in front of
me. I went rock still and Lisa, after
waiting fruitlessly for a response, turned
to Alex. “I think we should take these
bags upstairs now.”
“You are out of your mind if you think
you would be living here” I countered.
“Are you crazy?” I roared. “No,
correction. Are you both crazy? You
seem to think I am a fool, right?”
Alex looked angry but Lisa was quick to
talk. “No. I don’t think you are a fool, I
know you are. You think I won’t live
here?” she laughed. “Watch me” she
mouthed. I swallowed and blinked back
angry tears. It is times like this that I
wish I wasn’t so emotional. Why on
earth should I cry at this junction? Anger
at myself and the delectable two in front
of me almost ran me mad. Lisa pecked
Alex on the cheeks and played with top
button of his shirt, tracing his chest in
the process. “Am I going to be staying
in your room with you?” she asked with a
coy smile and my ears suddenly started
working perfectly.
Alex went still for a nanosecond, and
then shook his head. “These bags,
coupled with my own clothes would
make the room clumsy. You can choose
any room you want” he said. She looked
disappointed for some seconds, then she
seemed to brighten up like a fresh idea
had popped into her head.
“Any room?” she asked again and he
nodded.
I swallowed. He had said the same thing
to me. What the hell was going on here?
I had stated once that he was probably a
baby-making factory; I couldn’t have
been more accurate. I wondered how
many women would pour into the house,
claiming that Alex was breeding a new
life in their womb. Tears of hurt burned
in my eyes as Lisa ran upstairs like an
excited puppy. “I am going to choose
the best room, the best” she squealed
as she went.
I faced Alex who did not even spare me
a glance. He dismissed me like I was
not even relevant and my anger bubbled.
“Are you not going to offer an
explanation for what is going on here
Alex?” I bellowed as confused angry
tears rolled down my cold cheeks.
He looked bored when he turned to face
me. “What else is there to explain
again?” he sighed out. “Listen Amara, I
am really exhausted. There should be
nothing to worry about. This house is so
big; a thousand people would live here
conveniently. Luckily for you, you are
used to staying in your room, so I guess
it would be very easy to ignore her
presence in the house.”
My eyes widened. “Are you being
seriously vain or what? How dare you
disrespect me in such manner? No
matter the circumstances of our
marriage, the fact remains that we are
married and I would not have you drag
me in the mud by flaunting another
woman before me. I won’t allow it” I
yelled on top of my lungs. God! Where
is death when I really need it?
“Oh woman, would you stop yelling? You
don’t have the right to allow or disallow
anything in my house. I fail to see what
your problem is. I thought this issue was
over and done with.” He glared at me
and opened his mouth to speak and
suddenly realized that we had an
audience. He turned to glare at Tina,
Tola and the driver, Raman. He ordered
them to start packing the luggage
upstairs into any room that Lisa picked,
then he turned back to me. He reduced
his voice until it was a whisper. “We
have an agreement Amara. If I remember
correctly, we both have the liberty to do
whatsoever we so wished. This is my
house and I have the right to bring in
whoever I deem fit. Lisa has as much
rights as you have in this house, if not
more, because she is obviously more
sophisticated than you are and I don’t
need signed documents where she is
concerned. Stop making this hard on
yourself, just accept things the way they
are because if you push me, I would
make rash decisions, and trust me, no
amount of threat by my father would stop
me from kicking you out, together with
that thing you are carrying” he glared at
me, and all I could do was look at him.
He was practically grinding my heart
until it was as smooth as paste. My
heart ached painfully as I reeled from the
impact of his words.
“Baby” Lisa’s voice called from the top
of the stairs and Alex raised his eyes to
her.
“Have you found the room that suits you
Lisa?” Alex asked.
“I have” she said, with a smug
mischievous smile on her face. “But I
fear it is being occupied” she said.
“What do you mean?” Alex asked, not
quite following what was being said.
“Baby, Tola was kind enough to tell me
that the room is being occupied by that
thing beside you. That is the only room
that catches my fancy. It is ironic that
the dirty village girl has eyes for good
things” she said.
“You won’t dare” I challenged.
Alex must have noticed the strain
because he said, “Really dear? But that
room is small, not as big as the
remaining rooms. Besides, you always
told me that you liked the room beside
mine.”
She frowned and quickly smiled. “Yeah
baby, but you have to admit that when I
said that, I was not thinking of living
here. Now that I am made to choose,
only two rooms appeal to me; that room
and your room. So Alex, it is either I
have that room, or I stay with you” she
stated firmly.
I watched stupefied as Alex turned to me
with an apologetic look. He opened his
mouth but I was quick to silence him.
“Don’t you dare say what I think you are
about to say. Don’t you dare?”
“I am sorry” be began but his phone
interrupted. He picked instantly. My brain
was racing from the multiple things
happening all at once. What the hell was
going on? I felt like I had been going
round in circles for God knows how long.
The effect of it made me dizzy. Am I the
only one the devil has his eyes on?
Alex seemed to have ended his call and
he glanced at Lisa, not even looking at
me. “I have to get back to the office” he
said. “Get settled and feel at home
sweetheart” he said with a smile. One
that resembled the ones he used to
capture my heart back in the village. Lisa
walked down the steps, hugged him tight
and gave him a loud exaggerated kiss. I
felt like squeezing the life out of her.
“Be careful baby, don’t get yourself
worked up” she tugged on his collars
playfully. “And the room?” she asked,
knowing that either option would affect
me negatively, although I told myself that
I did not give a damn if she stayed with
Alex.
Alex nodded impatiently. “Ask the maids
to move her things into another room,
you can have her room”
“What?” I yelled.
“Look at it objectively Amara, you would
have a bigger room. What is so special
about that room, by the way?” he asked,
turning to leave.
I dragged him back. “I don’t need a
bigger room Alex. How dare you ask me
to leave my room because her?” I yelled
He turned with alarming anger. “If you
are not ok with it, you can as well go to
hell” he roared and stormed out of the
house before I could blink.
Lisa grinned satisfactorily at me. “Now,
that is what I call payback. Revenge is
best served cold. You had your time to
display stupidity when I first saw you
and now, it is my time to turn the tables.
Alex would always do what I want him to
do. Get used to it” She grinned and
walked up the stairs and I saw Tina
looking white-faced and shocked. Tola
looked…like she was trying hard not to
grin. I did not even try to blink; I let the
tears flow unhindered.
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