Story: “The Devil You Know” (Episode 6)

    He laid her gently on the bed and covered her up with the duvet. Jasmine stood at the door way looking even more confused than ever.

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    What is going on? Why is he paying so much attention to her when I am the one he is supposed to be doing that for? Did the charm work in reverse or what? What am I supposed to do at this moment now? She thought worriedly.

    Jasmine: “Honey leave her to me. I will take care of her” she said walking over to them “and besides shouldn’t she be taken to her room rather than ours?”

    Williams: “You want us to go and dump her in her room with no one to take care of her right? No don’t bother yourself, she will stay here and I will keep watch over her. you should be in the kitchen supervising the cook and the other rest of them. Should I be the one to tell you what your job is now?”

    Jasmine: “Since when did I ever have to supervise the house maids?” she looked at him quizzically.

    Williams: “Since today. Or do you want to be dictating to me in my own home now? Go to the kitchen my friend” he barked at her, holding Miranda tenderly.

    Jasmine: “Hmmmm you definitely need deliverance Will” she murmured and stepped out of the room.

    He left the house few minutes later to meet a client. Miranda stepped out of the room then, beaming with smiles she tried so hard to hide but couldn’t.

    Miranda: “Hey babez!” she went over and sat on the arm of her chair.

    Jasmine: “There is enough space on this chair. Why don’t you find somewhere else to sit other than that place” she said hostilely.

    Miranda: “I want to sit close to my friend. Is that a crime now?”

    Jasmine: “I guess you are enjoying yourself right?”

    Miranda: “Enjoying myself with what?”

    Jasmine: “Why is my husband unable to keep his hands off you immediately he finished that drink? Do you think I am an idiot?”

    Miranda: “I don’t understand what you are talking about. I presumed you have spoken to him and he has taken to your words. What is my fault here?”

    Jasmine: “Didnt you notice how he was all over you? You did not notice how he has suddenly turned hostile towards me?” she looked up at her.

    Miranda: “I cant believe you are talking like this just because your husband showed me a little care. So you liked the way he has been behaving towards me right? I thought you were my friend” she stood up and folded her arms across her midsection, looking hurt.

    Jasmine; “It is not like that na. I think I was just overreacting. Sorry about that. besides he seems not to mind you staying as long as you want anymore” she announced apologetically.

    Miranda: “That is good to know. Now we can both stay together without fear of undue separation. God be praised”
    ==RepNaija StOries==
    On reaching home, she met her mother getting ready for school since she was a teacher at a private secondary school at Mainland.

    Bambi: “Good morning Mrs Orimogunje” she greeted her mum nonchalantly.

    Bambi’s Mum: “How many times will I ever warn you not to call me that? all your mates call their mothers mother so why is your own different? Besides where are you coming from and why do you look so downcast?” she dropped the mirror she was holding and faced her daughter.

    Bambi: “That is not important now mum” she managed to say.

    Bambi’s Mum: “It is very important o. I know you are coming from Maxwell’s place so tell me, when is he coming to pay your bride price? It has been five years now and you told us he got a job two years ago. We have been expecting him to show up but there has been no sign of him yet. What is going on?”

    Bambi: “Arent you going to work Mrs Orimogunje? Please go to work and leave me alone” she turned her face away from her mum and concentrated on rummaging through her handbag for her phone.

    Bambi’s Mum: “Ah! I said it. I said it that you have been wasting your time and beauty on that guy. Don’t you know some guys change once they become successful? You are my daughter and I bore you in my womb for nine good months. I watched you grow up so I know when something is wrong. He is changing, isn’t he? You are confused and regretting, aren’t you? What an elder sees sitting down, a youngster will not see it even if she climbs the highest tree. I warned you o” she pointed her index finger at her daughter who was becoming irritated.

    Bambi: “Nothing is going wrong. Please leave me alone, I am already in a bad mood don’t make me even madder than I already am” she stood up, scooped her bag up and headed angrily for the one room they all shared.

    Bambi’s Mum: “If nothing is wrong then why are you in a bad mood? You this girl will not put me to disgrace in this neighbourhood. All the girls you grew up with in this place are all married but you decided to waste your time waiting for some unknown guy. It is well o” she shouted after her.
    ==RepNaija StOries==
    He had taken up his phone almost a hundred times to call or chat her up but he ended up dropping it again. He wondered if he was doing the right thing. Marriage was not part of his priority yet and he had made her understand that the first time she had asked after he had gotten the job. He sat in his office, unable to concentrate much on the pile of files waiting to be attended to on the desk. He heard a soft knock on the door.

    Maxwell: “Come in”

    The door opened and she stepped. Her stiletto heels making holes in the rug as she walked over to his desk.

    Gloria: “I have something urgent I need to discuss with you” she took the seat opposite him.

    Maxwell: “Hmmmm… that sounds quite serious. Well, I am all ears”

    Gloria: I have given this a lot of thoughts. I have decided to divorce my husband and get married to you instead”

    Maxwell: “What? That is impossible. Do you know the implication of what you are carelessly spouting out like that?” his eyes almost popped out of their sockets.

    Gloria: “Are you saying you don’t even feel anything for me at all? We’ve been at this for two years now and you don’t want me all for yourself?” she looked downcast.

    Maxwell: “I have someone I love”

    Gloria: “You always have someone you love. has it ever passed that level? I know you like me. I know you haven’t married her yet because of me. I love you and I don’t think I can sit by and watch another woman take you from me. Let’s get married” she persisted.

    Maxwell: “Place yourself in Bambi’s shoes. How will you feel if a guy does something like this to you? How?”

    Gloria: “Shit like this happen all the time and people get over it and move on. She will get over it too so what are you saying?”

    Maxwell: “What I am saying is that it is not possible. I shall not marry you”

    Gloria: “You have no say in this matter. When I am done with the divorce, I will let you know. But if you decide to be stubborn then it will mean you have gotten another job. Choose between me and your job or Bambi and wretchedness. I have spoken and so shall it be” she rose to her feet and with a smirk on her face, walked out of the office.

    Maxwell: “You cannot do that. you can’t just give me such ultimatum, it is unfair” he said under his breath, afraid someone might hear him…..








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