At last Shola found her voice and she cried out,
Shola: “Help!” Shola tried lifting him as Blessing went to call for neighbours and he was rushed to a clinic nearby.
It was Henry, he had collapsed in front of Shola. After been released he didn’t have anywhere else to go and besides the first person he wanted to see was Shola. He had learnt that she had come to see him at the station. The loud mouthed Kadija told him time before one of the everyday torture session,
Kadija: “ Your babe come find you but we no gree you see em cos na di instruction be dat! But you sef why yhu go do dat kin tin. Which kin Ogbomosho igbo you smoke wey no gree get sense eh? You no see wetin to do but na to try rape your madam! Na wa oo. Di jazz way dem use for your head strong sha. You for beg em na make una run sugar mummy parol!”
He knew Shola would literally kill herself because of worry. Throughout his stay in cell he kept thinking of her. It was her thought that preoccupied his mind even he was tortured. Chairman was responsible for his release, Henry was surprised himself. He had bowed to the pressure of Bola. He wasn’t ready to lose her. That morning he had called the DPO,
DPO: “Good morning honourable, “he giggled, “Thank you my oga I just received an alert. I’m so grateful!”
Chairman: “ Noo. It’s nothing at all.”
DPO: “I’m so grateful, my oga,”he bowed as if he was talking to the Chairman face to face.
Chairman: “It’s just for all the stress you’ve gone through. I want you to release that Henry boy my driver.”
DPO surprised by request,
DPO:”Are you sure about it,sir?”
Chairman: “Yes. My wife and I have decided to let him go!”
DPO: “ Ah, my oga you’re a good man ooo! I really wanted to teach him a lesson of his life.”
Chairman: “Nah,just let him go!”
That was how Henry was released on the day he was to be transferred to the jail at Kuje.
Henry was giving a bed. Doctor talking to Shola after cross examining Henry,
Doctor: “who is he to you?”
Shola: “My boyfriend!”
Doctor shook his head,
Doctor: “I won’t lie to you but he is in a very bad shape. He has lost a whole lot of blood!”
Shola: “Doctor just do anything you can to help him. I am ready to pay anything.”
Doctor: “was he involved in an accident?”
She shook her head,
Shola: “No sir, “tears trickled down her cheeks.
Doctor: “stop crying madam. Take it easy.”
She wiped her eyes and continued her narration.
Shola: “he was arrested and brutalized by police officers!”
Doctor: “for what crime? Is he a criminal?” he looked agitated.
She quickly jumped to his defense because she could sense fear in the voice of the Doctor- who wouldn’t want to get himself involved in anything shady.
Shola: “Noooo. He didn’t do anything!”she started crying, “he is just the victim of a wicked rich man who wanted to show off his power and affluence.”
Doctor stood up from his seat and came to where she was sitting calmed her down,
Doctor: “it’s okay,madam! We would do our best please. He would be fine!”he handed her a face wipe and she wiped her tears with it. He returned back to his seat after some minutes of silence he said,
‘Doesn’t he have any family relation around?”
Shola: “his mother and brother,”she said bemused.
Why was the Doctor asking? Was Henry not going to survive?
Doctor: “Do they stay around here?”
Shola: “Not really. In the village in Niger state.”
Doctor: “I’d advise you get them informed.”
She was really worried. The Doctor sounded as if he was indirectly telling her Henry wouldn’t make it,
Shola: “Doctor,please talk to me. What’s happening? Isn’t Henry going to be make it,”she said in a crying tone.
Doctor shook his head,
Doctor: “I never said so. I’m just saying it’s good to have family around!”
She nodded and excused herself, brought out a phone and dialed a number “mama -1”that was Henry’s mother.
Chairman came into the room looking exhausted. He yawned a countless time. First Lady had just come out of the bathroom, she sat close to her make up mirror with just a towel on,
First Lady: “Welcome,sweerie!”she stood and went to him.
Chairman: “How’s my angel doing,” he dropped the suitcase and held her by the waist and planted a kiss on her lips.
First Lady said as she helped him undress,
First Lady: “how was the meeting?”
Chairman: “fine!”he lurched himself to the bed as he was down to boxers, “I’m so tired. All I need now is a very sound and good sleep!”he yawned again.
She followed him to the bed and she sat on him and was stroking with his hairy chest. He gave her a smile,
“Felicia, I’m tired!”he said that knowing what she wanted.
First Lady: “That’s the more reason why we should do it. Science has proven that the best time for sex is when one is tired. During orgasm an enzyme in the body secretes and helps the body relax ,”she pouted her lips at him but he was unresponsive-he was truly tired as Bola had left no fight in him- he was drained.
Chairman: “abeg, I don’t have that strength for now!” he turned and she fall on the other side of the bed,
First Lady: “what’s wrong with you? What have I done wrong?” she feigned a cry, “are you seeing someone else?” he didn’t respond all she could hear was snores, she hissed and turned to the other side of the bed sulking,
“I know he is seeing someone else. I’ll find out soon, “she looked at him as he slept happily, “wicked man, how would he starve me of my marital right for more than three months, eh?”
Mama, Henry’s mother and Shola sat beside Henry. He has been talking to them for close to thirty minutes,
Henry: “You’ll shouldn’t worry. I’ll be fine soon. I’ll be alright!”he tried to smile with his battered face but his head ached instead, “ ah!”they both rushed towards him.
Mama: “what’s wrong again?”
Henry: “my head! My head aches!!”he started tossing on the bed.
Shola ran out to call the Doctor and he came in with a nurse following. Henry was still tossing on the bed in pains when Doctor asked the nurse to quickly get an injection for him. Before she could return Henry had stopped tossing, he was calm but his eyes were shut. Mama and shola exchanged glances and they both started sobbing. The Doctor heaved and turned to them,
Mama: “what’s wrong doctor?”she said sobbing,
Shola was shaking Henry’s body,
Henry: “baby! Baby! Baby!! Please! Please!”
Doctor had tears in his eyes. He shook his head,
Doctor: “He is gone!”
The nurse in tears covered a cloth over his body.
Mama broke down in tears, crying bitterly while Shola passed out and was rushed to an emergency ward by the Doctor and nurses.
Mama stood by Henry’s bed wailing,
Mama: “Henry this was not how it was supposed to be ooo. I was supposed to be buried by you not the other way round. How would I cope eh?”she shook him, “are you truly gone? My husband, my first of my sweat. Where are the grand children you promised me? Don’t I have the right to rejoice like the women of my age? Eh, don’t I? I didn’t ask for too much from the lord ooo. Just two and he gave me two handsome men even though the one has decided to go his own way and you that have been the reason why I am alive and happy want to leave me?” she shook her head and started shaking the body, “Henry come back! You can’t leave me!”
A nurse came in and held her as she struggled to be free refusing to be consoled,
Nurse: “mama,please! Take heart!”She dragged her to the side of the room,
Mama: “I want to die with my son! Please let me die!”she flung herself to the ground crying.
Shola had revived but she was tossing on the bed yelling,
Shola: “Henry, baby! Don’t go please! Stay with me. Promise you’ll! Please, promise!”
The doctor injected her with sedate her. A nurse ran in,
Nurse: “Doctor, the patient is moving. He blinked his lashes!”
Doctor: “Matron Come and help out here,” he handed over to him and ran out. As he entered Henry’s room he saw Mama sitting by her son rubbing his head. He was breathing very fast,
Mama: “I know he wouldn’t break my heart and leave me all alone in this world!”
Doctor smiled back at her,
Doctor: “Mama let’s quickly attend to him!” she excused them.
Doctor and the nurses around attended to Henry as his health began to stabilize.
Bridget and First Lady were in their favourite hideout hanging out,
First Lady spoke in a moody tone,
First Lady: “I really don’t know what’s wrong with my husband!”
Bridget: “why do you say so?”
First Lady: “for months he has refused to look at me not to talk of touching me!”
Bridget: “Na wa ooooo! Why now?”
First Lady stood up flaunting herself,
First Lady: “am I losing my groove. I know set again? Babe check me out now.”
Bridget: “You set die, babes! See as front dey standard, “she turned her back, “ah ah, see as back set!”
First Lady giggled and they did a hi-five as she sat,
First Lady: “I really don’t know why he has avoided me. I wear that nightie we bought from Dubai most times he is around but he is always coming back tired and sleepy!”
Bridget took a gulp of the wine and made a sound with her lips,
First Lady: “what?” she poured some of wine into her cup.
Bridget: “Can’t you see the hand writing on the wall? It’s boldly written!”
First Lady turned around but could see nothing,
First Lady: “Where’s it written? I can’t see anything”
Bridget: “I mean your husband has a mistress. A young one for that matter.”
First Lady: “Really? How do you know? Have you heard anything?”
Bridget: “Nooo but from what you’re complaining of it’s obvious. That’s the reason why he is starving you. That’s why I always tell you to look for a very fine and strong smallie that can always tickle you when it’s needed,” she smiled and drank from her cup.
First Lady sighed,
First Lady: “Can’t you see how it went with Henry?”
Bridget: “Well, try another. He isn’t the only small boy around!
First Lady: “Babe, you know as e dey do me ooo! I just can’t get my mind off him.”
Bridget: “My first lady is in love oooo!”
First Lady: “Go joor!”
Bridget: “How’s the poor boy doing?”
First Lady sighed,
First Lady: “He should be fine! Most times I feel like checking up on him but you know it’d be suspicious in a way!”
Bridget: “Don’t even think of it ooo!” she poured more wine and gulped it at once, “so, what do you wanna do?”
First Lady: “Do as in?”
Bridget: “Your husband now!”
First Lady: “what’s your suggestion?”
Bridget: “I think you should go and demand for your right and if he refuses bring hell down to your house!”
First Lady smiled. Bridget had given her the solution to the problem.
First Lady quickly had her shower and put on her expensive nightie. It was a do or die affair that night,
First Lady: “He must have me this night,” she quickly ran to the bed and sprawled her legs exposing her curvaceous thighs as she heard his voice from down steers.
“Welcome,baby!” she gave him a seductive smile.
Chairman was taken aback, he grunted, and his eyes ran down her seductive body but he was in no mood,
Questions: Do you blame first lady cheating on her husband? How can she win back her husband’s attention?
To be continued…