Today’s society has excused the acts of infidelity of some married men to be part of their natural makeup and instead required the women to insure to do whatever it took to keep their men at home. This added responsibility isn’t only unreasonable; it also induces women to do certain things which they normally wouldn’t do. In the end, it becomes a futile exercise as the man who has decided to cheat would do so regardless of how serviceable the wife is; and the woman sacrifices her self-worth for nothing.
This is what happened to Kate. After a string of unsuccessful relationships, she vowed to do whatever it took to keep her relationship with Anthony alive and she renewed that vow to herself when they got married after dating and courting for eighteen months. She worked as a customer service officer at a telecommunication company whiles Anthony was a budding entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. As he grew more popular, the invitations for him to speak at conferences increased which meant he would have to spend many couple of days outside of his matrimonial home.
Anthony was a fine gentleman to look at; he himself knew it and so did Kate. The fact that he always acknowledged his wife in his presentations and interviews did not deter female admirers on hitting on him whenever the opportunity availed itself. Anthony was very sensual and that worried Kate whenever he had to leave home. What if an attractive lady came across his gaze during such a moment?
Kate relayed her fears to her husband and he assured her that he wouldn’t cheat on her but it would really help the situation if she would send him nude photos of herself every now and then so as to make up for her physical absence. She wasn’t really comfortable about the idea since it would be humiliating if it ended up in the public space due to some sending error. But she was out of options and she had a great handsome husband to keep.
So she sent the first one, then a second one and the response from her husband was rewarding. So she grew more confident and started sending more racy photos. Soon, it began one of their special moments spent when away from each other. And whenever he returned from one of his trips, the welcome-back-home lovemaking session was incredibly amazing so it was a win-win for them. So even when the frequency of trips increased, Kate had no reason to be alarmed. She had her husband wrapped around her finger or was it her waist? Whichever it was, he was hooked onto her and she wasn’t letting him go.
Unknown to her, Anthony had a mistress called Steph who kept him company whenever he left home. Their affair had gone on for a while and she wanted more. She would bring up the idea of him leaving his wife for her but Anthony would shut it down every time. Steph believed that if his wife was doing a good job, then he wouldn’t be knocking on her door every other week.
So when she found nude photos of his wife on Anthony’s phone one night when Anthony was in the bathroom, she knew it was the universe handing him to her on a silver platter. She thought of a diabolical plan which would leave him no choice but to leave his wife. She decided to leak the photos online.
When Kate realized her photos had been leaked, she was furious. She couldn’t understand why her husband would embarrass her this way. Her company found out and suspended her indefinitely for bringing the company into disrepute.
When Anthony also realized that his wife’s photos were online, he accused Kate of infidelity and that her lover must have leaked the photos. She swore to him that he was the only one to whom she sent the photos but he wouldn’t hear of it. He threatened to divorce her since such a scandal would affect his brand and public profile.
After confiding in her friend about her predicament, her friend suggested that she hired the services of an investigator to find out who must have leaked the photos. Desperate to prove to her husband that she had always been a faithful wife, she agreed and took the contact number of an investigator her friend recommended.
All this time, Steph was glad that things were working in her favor. She could picture herself being Anthony’s main chick in the near future and she was already planning her wedding in her head. She couldn’t hide her excitement when Anthony informed her that he was going to throw his wife out of his house and invite her in. Her lucky stars had shone on her!
Anthony and Kate were in a middle of a heated argument when the investigator arrived with his findings. Kate begged him to listen to him and then make up his mind. He reluctantly agreed. The investigator informed them it was a lady who had created a pseudo account to leak them. But he was able to trace it to her and she went by the name Stephanie but her Facebook name was Lady Steph. Anthony was stunned. How was that possible? Her Facebook profile picture confirmed his fears.
Kate realized that Anthony was quiet. When she asked if he knew her, the shock of the revelation couldn’t make him lie to her. He confessed his relationship with her to Kate. Kate couldn’t believe her ears.
After all she had done so as to satisfy his cravings, he still went ahead to find himself a mistress? Anthony pleaded with her to forgive him and he promised to end things with Steph. She found his pleas unreasonable as he was ready to divorce her when he thought she was cheating. How could he be so heartless? What else did he want from her that she withheld from him? She was never the type to take nude photos of herself even for fun not to talk of sending them to someone else but she thought it was a compromise worth making for the sake of their marriage. But at what cost? Her future at her company was in the balance and she was stuck with a deceitful husband.
Although Anthony took the initiative to report the Steph to the police and she was arrested and dragged to court, Kate still didn’t think it was good enough to wipe the slate clean and continue to live with a man for whom she lost all trust, love and respect. She remembered how far she had come to get married and changing her status to a divorcee would make her life more pathetic. Anthony swore to be faithful if she would give their marriage another chance. Maybe she would give it one more try but she planned to be more cautious next time.
We live in an era where any activity done online leaves a digital imprint no matter what we do to delete them. One can never tell how and when it could come back to haunt him/her. Women of today should be smart in their actions and think of future repercussions before they do anything silly for the sake of love. Women will always be shamed for their mistakes where men would be let off the hook. So ladies, be wise.
© Josephine Amoako 2016