Story: MY TREASURE Chapter 17
……. Goodday ma,I mean sir,I greeted stuttering…
What is your problem Mr Amadi,are you on a payroll not to do your job, it’s either you are sleeping or lost in thought,all the files that has been sent to your table for days have been left undone,I have warned you too many a time,but it’s obvious you are taking my gentility for stupidity,your suspension later would be sent to you,you are going on a three months suspension with immediate effect,I believe 90days is long enough for you to sought what ever your problem is,the GM said in anger….
Please sir, please sir,I am so sorry, it won’t happen again I promise sir, please sir,I pleaded…
That was what you said the first, second,third, fourth and so many other times,I am even kind enough to suspend you, don’t allow me call off your appointment, excuse me,he said and walked out…
Of a truth the GM had been kind to me,I had been negligent in my duties,my desk is always full of files unattended to,the GM had caught me several times sleeping during working hours, especially those time Ehi wouldn’t let me sleep at night,I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,life will be so difficult if I stay for three months without a job, especially having to spend more hours with iye and Ehi….
Soon my suspension letter was brought to me,and the news had spread round that I had been suspended….
Stan soon got wind of the information,he came to my office,,you know I have always told you to leave home at home when you are at work,now see,well thank God it’s only a suspension, staying without pay for Three months that will be the problem, Stan said…
Stan,are you saying I won’t be paid for these three months,I asked curious,,,
Am afraid, that’s what it is,he said….
I felt like my whole world was crumbling,I was speechless and at the same time worried about a lot of things….
What’s the problem man, Stan asked….
The loan,how do I sought it,how do I pay,how do I…..
It’s okay man, you’d be fine,I believe Ehi would be able to raise something,at least it’s 200k unlike the 500k ,he encouraged….
I was able to get myself a bit,then I cleared my desk and returned home,iye was at home watching the TV,I walked in and greeted her,,she answered me with a tone not so friendly…..
I ignored her,had my bath and slept off,I didn’t want to start thinking too hard….
Ehi came home at about 9pm,her mother had called her to inform her I had returned earlier than usual….
Oga good evening,I heard you came home earlier than usual,what happened,have you been sacked,she asked…
I wanted to tell her I was on suspension,but since she had already suggested it was a sack I decided to play along….
I was relieved of my duties today,I Said….
What did you do,I mean why,she asked rather unconcerned……
I have been neglecting my job, caught sleeping more than twice by the CEO’s son and all that,I explained….
Amadi,you are so confident explaining you were caught sleeping on duty more than once,what sought of irresponsibility is that,now see where it has landed you, you should be ashamed of yourself,she said..
The drama I go through in this house daily isn’t it enough to make me sleepy in the office,I asked…
Don’t you dare blame this on me,you were lazy and that’s it, you had better start looking for another job,and just pray you find one ASAP,she said angrily and went to the bathroom…
How fast can people change,or was she just pretending she loved me just so she could get all she wanted from me,life…
marriage is indeed not what one should rush into,one needs to be very careful in making the life long commitment, cause a wrong partner is the worse thing that can happen to anyone,to think I made her MY TREASURE in place of my father’s treasure and legacy,hmmmmmm…i thought
Well this will be an opportunity to know whether Ehi loves me genuinely from her heart,or she was in love with me because of the material things she benefited,I am going to play the fool’s game with her,I concluded..
The next day,I woke up and didn’t find Ehi besides me,I was wondering if she had woken up so early to prepare for work, trying to ease my curiosity,I got up and went to the rest room,she wasn’t there,I went to the kitchen,she wasn’t there either,I decided to see if she was in her mother’s room,about knocking at the door,when I heard voices, apparently the mother and daughter were discussing…
See Ehiwenma,you know I have always told you Amadi loves you so much,from the first time he followed you to Benin, even though he was saying he took you like a sister,I saw it in him how much he loves you,I know,I know I was the one who asked you to play along and pretend you loved him too,even when you were saying you weren’t sure of your feelings for him,I was leading you because I thought we had won a jackpot,you know,I suffered greatly,I have seen and tasted poverty, my child I thought when you marry Amadi I would be living in paradise you know,but unfortunately,things aren’t going the way I planned,first of all,his family disowned him and disinherited him, now he has lost the only job he has,see,Ehiiiiiiiiii…..
Mother what are you trying to say,I mean why taking me in the ride to memory lane, Ehi interrupted her..
My daughter,what I am saying is that, there’s no hope for Amadi as it is,I think it’s high time you divorced him,,,iye said..
I didn’t know how I survived that moment,as I thought i was going to die of a heart attack…..
What?????? iye how can you say a thing like this,my marriage is less than 10months,and you want me to divorce my husband, Ehi asked to my surprise….
What is what,what is wrong about a marriage of 10months hitting the rock, Haven’t you seen people whose marriages didn’t even last a month,is like I knew all these were going to happen that was why I asked you not to get pregnant in the first year of your marriage,so we can observe things, hope you are still taking those pills I gave you,make sure you don’t get pregnant ohh,unless you are ready to die in poverty like your father did,iye said…
Goodness gracious, Ehi has been taking contraceptive pills,,oh God,how do I deserve this,I thought
Iye,I know I agreed to all these at first,but trust me,I am getting tired already, Amadi is a good man,he doesn’t deserve any of these,I thinkkkkkkkkkk
Shut up your month,this is no time to be soft hearted,to be successful in life,one must be of a Stony heart,what is marriage without money,so my dear,it is time to leave this God forsaken house,and look for another man who is well loaded…..
At this point,I couldn’t take it anymore,as standing at that door with all I have heard may kill me,I staggered to our bedroom,and cried like I have never did all my life,oh it was so hurting knowing that my marriage and love was only but a game to iye and her daughter,,,
how cruel can the world be😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭…
To be continued……
Rejoice Igbinovia Aluyi