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The Other Woman (Episode 1) by Storymack: 12:15pm On Dec 08, 2023
“Come on Joe, don’t be like this! It’s not even easy for me to do this, but it’s just what has to be done. Please don’t keep saying no!” Nkem told her husband who was looking at her àngrily.

“Nkem, I’ve told you before and I’m saying it again. Don’t you dare pull that kind of stunt with me again, you won’t like how I’ll react to it!

“How can you ask me to do something as prepòsterous as sleeping with another woman, how much more Farida your friend’s daughter. Are you okay Nkem?” Joe asked his wife, his face burning hot with ràge.

“I know it sounds crãzy, I know you feel so bad about me right now, but think about it, what other options do we have? Do I sit back and wait until your mother succeeds in forcing one of those despêrate women she keeps bringing here into staying for real?” Nkem asked, crying.

“You know better than anyone else does that my mother would never be able to make me do that shît.

"If I was despêrate, if I didn't know that God will give us our own child in his own time, if I didn't know that the reason we got married wasn't just to bear children, then I would have bowed to my mother's pressure all along, and I'd have had a good reason to call you one night to tell you that I'm taking a new wife because I got someone pregnant.

“Twenty years Nkem, twenty freàking years and you think I’ve not bowed to pressure to get another wife, only to do so now?

“I’ve told you before, I won’t have anything to do with any other woman because we haven’t been blessed with a child yet, I won’t do it Nkem!” he said with an air of finality.

"Oh please stop with the unnecessary hopes already! What do you mean "yet" as if we're having one tomorrow?

"I've had enough of all these empty hopes that has kept me sitting on edges all through these twenty years of waiting, and I'm done waiting. I know you must take another woman to make us children, but all I'm asking is that , you let that other woman be Farida.

"Someone that knows and understands why I'm doing this, and someone who won't be in the way of the love we share" Nkem tried to convince her husband again.

"Nkem, if that love means anything to you, if this marriage means a dãmn thing to you, never bring up this topic. Please don't ever present another woman to me, or I'll have to choose her and send you away" he told her before he strode out of the sitting room in ãnger.

“What kind of problem is this? How can he still insist on not doing a thing as simple as taking Farida for a wife and saving us from this tròuble that is looming?

“How am I supposed to carry on if his mother makes good her threàt and brings another woman home at the end of the month?” Nkem thought as she sat looking very worried.

Her friend Mandy had suggested getting a young girl for her husband herself, to ensure she had perfect control over her home, even after the girl got pregnant for him.

According to the plan, the girl would most certainly take in as soon as she got married to Chief Joe, and keep her mother in-law from troubling her home with the different women she kept trying to force on her husband.

“Nkem, that’s the best thing you can do in the circumstance. When you get a girl that respects you, she will remain loyal to you, and you won’t even notice that someone was even added to your home” Mandy had told her.

“I know Mandy, but what if the girl turns bad? You know how the girls of these days are. What if the girl tries to push me aside the very moment she gets pregnant and tries to take all I've laboured for with my husband away from me?” Nkem asked her friend.

“Oh please Nkem, you know that can’t happen in this lifetime! I’ll help you scout for a good girl that will understand her position with you.

“And even if the girl we find chooses to be bad, your husband that we know, won’t let that happen! The force of the love between you two will certainly overcome whatever storm the side girl can raise” Mandy argued.

“Forget all these plans Nkem, I still insist that adopting a child is your best bet now. How can you bring problem into your own house by yourself just because your mother in-law is troubling you, when your husband is standing firmly by your sides, something he has been doing for twenty good years” Jackie their friend countered, making Mandy very furious.

“Can you hear yourself Jackie? You want her to adopt when you know so well that her mother in-law is cråzy about getting a grandchild from her only son!

“If you were in her shoes, would you agree for a child that has no blōõd relationship with your son be raised as his, when he could actually have his?” Mandy asked, making Nkem hug herself with tears burning in her eyes.

Jackie didn’t have an answer for Mandy’s question and Nkem became more convinced that she needed to do something. She couldn't agree less that every woman deserved to hold a child they know shares their blòodline for a grandchild.

Three days of planning and making contacts and Nkem ended up choosing her friend’s daughter, Farida, as a candidate, because she didn't get a better option.

She had been so sure that her husband would readily accept her plans, seeing that she had taken measures to ensure that their marriage won’t be experiencing any turbulence as a result of the plans, but not only had he refused to do her biddings, he had been very màd with her, and stayed àngry for some days.

“Hello Nkem, how is it going with the plans? I heard your mother in-law just arrived this morning. I hope she didn’t come with another woman this time?” Mandy asked Nkem some weeks later, over the phone.

“My sister, she did! And this time, the woman isn’t ready to budge. My husband has been threatêning fire and brimstone since morning, but she insists she’s only leaving after she sees me pregnant!” Nkem cried.

“I don’t know Nkem, but it seems to me that your waiting until these despêrate woman who want nothing but to get their hands on your husband’s wealth take him away from you in totality before you act!” Mandy told her.

“What do I do again my friend? I’m so tired and confused. I’ve been crying since morning!” Nkem complained.

“Now isn’t the time to cry my friend. It’s the time to act. I don’t know how I’ll be able to convince my daughter to do this, but I’ll see what I can do about it, and I’ll give you a perfect plan tomorrow.

“I can’t sit by and watch a stranger take over my friend’s home, while I can do something” Mandy said.

Nkem seemed happy to know that Mandy was ready to help her. From the plans, she'll make her husband impregnate Farida, and marry her, just for the sake of the child’s legitimacy.

Then when the child is weaned, Farida would leave the child for Nkem to adopt officially and travel abroad with a good sum of money Nkem agreed to settle her with.

“She’ll find a good husband with her beauty and the money she’ll be having then“ Mandy had said, and the two friends laughed over how it was going to be a win win for everyone.

“But how will I make my husband agree to make love to her when the mere mention of it, nearly made him chase me out of his house?” Nkem asked her friend, but she asked her to trust her, and wait for the perfect plan the next day.

TO Be Continued

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