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Daphne finished her margarita and signaled the barman for another one. A man came to sit beside her.
“Hey pretty, partying solo or is your man around the corner?” She smiled tipsily at him.
“Solo but I’m up for it if you want us to tango tonight,” she said with a wink. He smiled. The barman set Daphne’s drink in front of her.
“Put that on my tab,” he said.
“I’m Kwesi,” He said, offering a hand.
“And she is a Mrs.,” a voice said behind them. Daphne rolled her eyes and let out a sigh.
“Um…I’m sorry,” he said apologetically as he got up.
“Thanks for being such a gentleman,” Tasha said with a thin smile. The guy walked away. Tasha sat in his place.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing, Daph? Is this why you called me to come on this getaway with you, to drink your head off and get laid by strangers? If you’re having problems with your husband, this isn’t how to resolve them.”
“I can’t believe you’re going to be the voice of reason out here. I asked you to come for a reason and so far, you’re failing at the mission.” She took the cocktail glass to sip but Tasha snatched it out of her hands.
“I know I’m not the kind of friend a married woman keeps around her but I love you as a sister and I don’t want you destroying your marriage…not on my watch. I’m surprised I’m here and Del isn’t.”
“She’s part of the reason why I’m here,” Daphne said and took the glass back. She sipped.
“Is she? What did she do this time?” Tasha asked curiously.
Kobby opened the door. His face broke into a smile.
“Hi…I hope I’m not interrupting anything. I’ve been calling Daph but she’s not picking up. Is she okay?”
“So I’m not the only one,” he said, giving her way to enter. He closed the door.
“Why, what happened?”
“I don’t know…the day after that night with your parents, she woke up and said she was getting away by herself to clear her head. She took off and I haven’t heard from her since. She ignores my calls and texts. I just have to believe she’s fine. I’m surprised she hasn’t reached out to you.”
“Wow…that’s so unlike her. As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t offended her so I don’t know why she’s ignoring me too. She said she was going by herself?”
“That’s what she said. If she was having a getaway, who would she go with apart from you?” Delphine thought for a minute. She closed her eyes and sighed.
“Her bridesmaid?” Delphine nodded. What was going on with her sister?
“You don’t like her much, do you?”
“At all. Since childhood, she has always tried to come between Daph and me. She would keep putting stupid ideas in her head that I was taking what was hers. She being with her is not a good thing. Did you two have another argument with my name popping up?”
“Okay. I needed to speak with her but I guess I have to wait for her to return.”
“Speak to her about what? I can also hear you out.”
“I don’t know…”
“Come on, I’ve a listening ear too.” He held her hand and led her to the sofa. They both sat.
“Do you want something to drink?”
“I know my way to the kitchen, Kobby. I’m no guest.”
“That’s true. You’re my wife’s look alike.”
“Okay…so this is about Robert. I know you are no fan of his but try to keep an open mind, okay?”
“That would be hard but I’ll try.”
She told him about the text and what happened that night when she confronted him.
“Well, I’ve heard funny stories of what goes on in spas. Stuff happens.”
“Like what?” Delphine asked, curiosity evident in her eyes. Kobby smiled and tapped her hands.
“Don’t bother your head about things like that, Del.”
“But I can’t help it. I do like him very much but I must admit, this threatens everything. He didn’t even make the effort to deny it. He just got defensive and took off. I haven’t heard from him since.”
“So you want someone to tell you to work it out or break things off?”
“I know I can’t count on you since you’re already biased against him.” She covered her face with her palm.
“Maybe but I know he makes you happy and for me, that’s good enough.” She looked at him.
“I know…I’m surprised at my own words but as much as I like you, the closest we can get is like this…as in-laws. As much as I hate to admit it, I’d rather have a passionate guy like him take care of you than someone else.” Delphine smiled.
“So nice to know that. Thank you.” He brushed the back of his index finger against her cheek. He smiled.
“My pleasure.” They spent the next minute staring at each other. He reached out and touched her face.
“I think I should go,” Delphine said weakly, her tone unconvincing.
He felt her soft face and smiled when he sensed her hesitance. When he leaned forward, Del startled.
“I’m not Daphne.” Her voice had fallen into a whisper. He kissed her forehead.
“I know,” he whispered back, looking into her eyes.
Oh no, he’s going to kiss me…she thought helplessly. He kissed her cheek and got up and pulled his T shirt over his jeans and offered his hand.
“I’ll see you out.” She almost gaped in surprise. He covered her hand with his when she took his hand and got up. They smiled at each other, leaving a lot unsaid but their hearts got the message.
When they got to the door, Kobby turned.
“If you believe he’s the one for you, then don’t lose him,” he said.
“Who?” Del asked, confused. It took a moment for her to remember she had a boyfriend in hiatus called Robert.
“Oh yeah…” Kobby chuckled.
“Sorry, have I confused you?” She blushed.
“Goodbye, sister-in-law,” he said. He found the words heavy on his tongue. Why did the right words feel so wrong saying them?
Del stepped outside towards her new car. At the end, her daddy had taken time to check out her car of interest before she paid for it.
“So Daddy Coleman beat all of us to it, huh?” He said, opening the car door for her after she had unlocked it.
“Yep.” She sat in the car.
“Drive safe, beautiful.” He closed the door and pocketed his hands. She started the car and waved at him. He smiled back and she drove away. He sighed.
“Do you suspect your husband and sister are doing something behind your back?” Tasha asked.
“I don’t know…I know Del won’t betray me like that but Kobby…who knows?”
“Why don’t you find out? Offer yourself under the guise of your sister and see if he’ll take the bait.”
“You want me to seduce my own husband with my sister’s identity?” Tasha smiled knowingly.
“I know you brought me here to give you bad advice. And that’s exactly what I’m giving you. If you can’t take their word for it, then you might as well find out for yourself.”
“And if he takes the bait?” Daphne asked.
“Then it’s up to you to do what you think is best. I’ll advise you to tread cautiously, my dear friend. If you do take my advice, you might not be able to control the consequences.” Daphne chewed on her lower lip as she pondered over her friend’s words.
“Thank you, Tash. I knew I could always count on you,” she said and finished her drink.
“Let’s go dance our hearts out, what do you say?”
Delphine was contemplating whether to call Robert when her phone rang. It was a call from Daphne. She quickly picked it.
“Hey, where have you been? I’ve been trying to reach you for two days.”
“Sorry about that. Had to get away for some time. What’s up?”
“Wanted to speak with you about my situation with Robert. Thought you were even ill so I passed by your house…”
“Oh okay…so was Kobby home?”
“Oh yeah, we talked and surprisingly, he said he thought Robert was good for me.”
“He did…interesting. So what have you decided on?”
“I still don’t know.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll be home soon and we’ll talk, alright?”
“Okay. Are you alone or is Tasha with you?” Daphne hesitated.
“I’m alone.” Why did she lie?
“Okay. Take care, sis. See you soon.”
“Yeah…love you.” She ended the call.
“Why didn’t you tell her I’m here with you?” She shrugged and entered the bathroom.
Tasha raised a brow when she saw her friend dressed up.
“Uh huh…I’m going to see my brother-in-law.”
“Del isn’t married. Oh…” she said, when it finally dawned on her what she meant.
“How do I look? Do I look Del-ish enough?”
“Your finger.” Daphne looked at her ring finger. She took the rings off and put them on the surface in front of the TV. Tasha gave her a thumbs up.
“Okay…wish me luck,” she said and walked to the door, with her bag under her arm.
“Daph…” She waited for her to turn, “you don’t really have to do this, you know.”
“I know but I choose to. See ya,” she said and walked out of the room. Tasha shook her head and munched on some potato chips.
Kobby was on his second glass of red wine as he watched Ray Donovan. He needed to sleep off what had aroused in him when Del came over. He was contemplating whether to finish watching the episode or pause it and continue the next day when the doorbell rang. He checked the time. 7:25pm.
He got up and opened the door.
“Hey…I’m back,” she said with a sweet smile.
“I can see that.”
“May I come in?” “Sure.” She entered and he closed the door.
She noticed the red wine on the side table. She couldn’t have come at a better time.
They both sat down.
“I know you told me to reconsider things with Robert but I also felt like we left some things unfinished…”
“Like what?” She scooted closer to him and kissed him softly on the lips. Kobby looked at her, puzzled.
“He isn’t here…neither is Daphne. We’ve both wanted this for a long time, Kobby. Maybe if we got it over with, the tension we always feel would subside.”
“I don’t want you regretting and resenting me tomorrow…”
“We only live once. Now is all we have, tomorrow isn’t promised.” She kissed him again. It took some seconds for him to warm into the kiss. He pulled away abruptly, looking into her eyes.
Oh no, he knows, she thought in panic. He brought her face close and kissed her making her sigh in relief into the kiss. He pushed her back onto the sofa. They were at a point of no return.
(c) Josephine Amoako 2017
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