Daphne opened her eyes. Kobby was sound asleep. A few seconds later, she remembered why she was in her husband’s arms. She got up from bed and quietly put on her dress. She took her shoes and bag and left the house.
On her way back to where Tasha was, she found herself crying. What had she done?
Kobby moved his hand hoping to find a body to grope. He opened his eyes when he felt nothing beside him. He looked around. He sat up. What had happened last night? He took his phone to check for messages. None from Del but one from Daphne informing him she would be home today. Memories from the night before were fuzzy on his mind. He entered the bathroom and washed his face.
Did he just cheat on his wife with her sister? He swore. He had messed up big time. But why had Del left like that? As if she were some woman he had picked up for a one nightstand. He called her number. No answer.
Damn it. She was surely regretting it and hating him and herself. Why did she really come back? It was unlike her…he should have been the bigger person to refuse her. But the damage had been done thanks to the wine. What if Daph found out? He had to make sure Del was okay. He called her number again. No answer. This was bad.
Delphine served her father his breakfast. She turned to leave when he called her. He asked her to sit down. She obeyed.
“I know you’re still upset about dinner on Sunday. I didn’t mean to embarrass you or ignore your choice. I just want what is best for you.”
“How do you know that Robert isn’t best for me, daddy?”
“I can’t…explain it. It’s not that I don’t like him but something just didn’t feel right.”
“Is it because he works at a spa?”
“But how can you trust a guy who works on women wrapped in towels twenty four seven?”
“He’s working on an MBA, dad. He will get a better job.”
“So you’re telling me, you don’t have any reservations?” he asked. She hesitated. George took her hand and covered it with his.
“Listen…there’s no rush. I know your sister is married and your mum keeps making suggestions but you don’t have to settle for just anyone.”
“I’m not settling.” She felt her emotions begin to overwhelm her. She paused to compose herself.
“I’ll think about it, dad.” He nodded. “That’s my girl.”
“How did it go?” Tasha asked anxiously when Daphne burst into the room. It seemed she had been crying. Daphne threw her bag on the bed and sat down, sobbing. Tasha was by her side the next second, her arm around her shoulders.
“Did he find you out? Did you two have a fight?” She shook her head.
“What happened, Daph?”
“We did it…my husband…it was different.” Tasha looked at her, confusion drawn on her face.
“He made love to me…her in a way he’s never done to me before. He was passionate…he was in love. When he mentioned her name, it was like the one thing that he has been living for. My heart literally broke at the sound of my sister’s name on his lips at his moment of ecstasy. I wish I hadn’t gone there…I wish I could forget it but I can’t. I can’t, Tasha.”
“I told you it was a bad idea. What are you going to do now?”
“I don’t know. But I’m going back home. I want to look him in the eye and see if he will have a flicker of guilt in it.”
“If there is, would you forgive him if he comes clean? What if he doesn’t?”
Delphine saw the missed call from Kobby. She tapped on ‘Call Back’ but was informed that she didn’t have credit to make the call. She realized to her dismay that her data bundle had also been exhausted.
“Oh, how broke can I be?” She asked herself and put the phone down. She couldn’t even purchase credit from her banking app. She settled on the sofa in the living room and slept.
She was moaning in pleasure. When she opened her eyes and her sight cleared up from the daze, she saw his face.
“Del,” he said with a satisfied smile.
She woke up with a start. Her heart was pounding madly. She placed her hand on her chest in a futile attempt to slow it down. What sort of dream was that? She walked to the kitchen to wash her face. She shook her head to remove the image from her head. It wasn’t working.
Maybe it would be a better idea to stay away from her brother-in-law for a while.
Daphne entered her matrimonial home. The living room was quiet and empty. She heard the familiar whistle coming out from the kitchen. She left her mini traveling bag in the middle of the living room and headed to the kitchen. Kobby’s back was to the door. Her fragrance filled the room in a second because he turned before she could say a word.
“Hi,” she greeted softly.
“Hey. You’re back. Hope you had a good time out.”
“I did.” He nodded. “Welcome home.”
“Thank you.” She walked to him. “It smells good.” He smiled his thanks. She rubbed his back.
“I missed you,” she said in a suggestive tone. He glanced at her and she could tell he was thinking of whether to take the offer. He brought the wooden spoon to her lips to taste. She licked it lightly. She gave him a thumbs up. He smiled. He lowered the flame and put the napkin down.
“Let’s take your bag to your room,” he said.
“So what happened whiles I was away? Did anyone pass by?”
“Yeah, your sister did.”
“She said you weren’t picking her calls so she came to check in.” He picked up her bag.
“Yeah and we talked about her Robert guy a bit. Then she left. That was it.”
“I see.” They stared at each other for a moment, each hiding his thoughts from showing in the eyes. He started towards the bedroom. Daphne sighed.
She followed him into their bedroom. She walked up to him after he had dropped her bag. She wrapped her arms around him.
“Why don’t we reconnect in the way we know best? The days have been lonely without you and the nights terribly long and cold.” She leaned in for a kiss but he drew back, searching her eyes.
“You just came back from wherever. I don’t know where you’ve up to and who you were with. I think you should take a shower to wash away any traces, don’t you think so too?” Daphne raised a brow.
“I’ve a meal on fire to check up on,” he continued and removed her hands from around his neck. He walked out of the room. Daphne gasped. Was he angry with her?
How was he going to handle this? How did he end up this way? He never cheated. He wasn’t that kind of guy. But here he was, having cheated on his wife with none other than his twin sister! He felt disgusted. He loathed himself right now. He and Del had to talk. Why was she going MIA on him now? Father, forgive me for I am screwed, he muttered.
Delphine shut down her laptop and called it a day. Today had been a report filing day. Gosh, she hated writing reports. Her eyes, shoulders and fingertips hurt. She couldn’t wait to get home and let the TV show Insecure put her to sweet sleep. She came out of the premises and found Robert leaning on his car with arms folded. He unfolded his arms and approached her.
“Would you please spare me a few minutes to talk?”
“Ok,” she said with a nod. He thanked her and led her to his car. He opened the car door for her to sit down. He closed the door after she had settled in and sat inside. He drove to a nearby restaurant. Del ordered for a glass of sparkling water and he ordered the same.
“So how are you?”
“Cool,” she said with a shrug.
“I quit the spa.” Del only stared at him.
“I’m sorry for how I reacted the last time at your parents’ house. I shouldn’t have flipped like that. You didn’t deserve that. You mean a lot to me and I want to be a better person for you. My work at the spa…had its challenges. I was okay with it as a single guy but I knew I had to make some changes if I was going to be someone’s man…your man. That’s why I left. I love you, Delphine…” he said, reaching out for her hand and squeezing it.
“I need you to give me a second chance. I will prove to your family that I’m a good guy…responsible enough to take care of their precious daughter. Hey, I’ll be buddies with your brother-in-law as a cherry on top.” The last statement made Del chuckle. That gave him some relief. That was the smile he had been waiting for. He had missed that smile.
“So…will you give us another chance?”
“Am I allowed to ask what Barbs meant in that text?” Robert closed his eyes for a moment. He was wishing she wouldn’t ask that.
“May I plead with you to let that go?” Del searched his face for a while. Robert’s heart beat hard, praying for the best.
“Okay.” Oh, thank you God! She took her hand from his and took her glass. She sipped and put it down.
“Unless you have something else to say, I’d like to go home now.”
“Sure thing! I wouldn’t want your parents to think I’ve kidnapped you, would I?” Del didn’t smile to that. He paid for the water and they stepped outside. Del told him he didn’t have to take her home but he insisted.
They chatted casually on the way till they arrived at the Coleman’s.
“Thank you for bringing me home. Let’s talk later, yeah?” She said, opening the door.
“Would you mind me coming in to greet your parents?”
“Are you trying to score points?”
“Yep; I want to prove to them that I’m no quitter. My intentions should be that obvious, right?” She chuckled and got out of the car. He followed suit and locked the doors.
Del opened the door.
“Good evening,” Del greeted when she entered. “See who’s here.”
Daphne’s head lay on Kobby’s chest, both watching TV in bed; Kobby was staring at the screen absentmindedly whiles Daphne was thinking hard of getting his attention. Kobby’s phone vibrated and he took it. He put it back down when he saw it was a new email alert. Daphne wondered what he was waiting for and from whom. He contemplated on asking Daphne whether she had heard from her sister but decided against it.
“Honey?” He made a throaty sound in reply. He stared down at her.
“Are you okay? You seem to have a lot on your mind.” He forced a smile.
“I’m fine. Don’t worry about it. I’m glad to have you back in my arms.” He kissed her forehead.
She held his face and kissed him. A lot of tongue but so little of heart, she could tell. She had to correct yesterday’s mistake and the only way she could think of was reclaiming her husband’s passion for her. This has to work, she thought as her hand wandered down Kobby’s chest.
“I’m so sorry…this hasn’t…I don’t know why…” His voice trailed off and he got out of bed. He entered the bathroom and the door slammed behind him. His breathing was heavy and his hands were trembling. What had just happened? He had never experienced it before even in his bachelor days. He thought he had the Del issue under control but clearly he didn’t. Daphne would know something was wrong with him. She wouldn’t understand…damn it, he didn’t understand it himself. Was this a one-time thing or was it going to plague him till he got some closure? He had to talk to Del ASAP.
Daphne startled when the bathroom door slammed. She covered her mouth with her trembling hand. What had she done? Just 20 hours ago, he was as hard as a rock and passionate like she’s never seen before and now, he couldn’t even get it up? Oh no, was he guilt tripping? Was this going to go on until she came clean? Had she scarred him forever?
She took her hand away from her mouth and the bathroom door opened and he entered the room. He got into bed and sighed.
“I’m so sorry, Daph. I guess I’m just mentally stressed.”
“It’s okay. It happens sometimes. But nothing stops us from trying again. We have all night,” she said huskily and kissed his neck. Kobby closed his eyes, willing his body to feel something.
“Shush…we can do this.” He shook his head.
“I don’t think so. Not tonight. Not now.”
“I’m sorry.” He gently pushed her hands away and laid down. Daphne threw her head on her pillow and sighed. She shook her head in unbelief.
“What are you thinking about, Kobby? Or is it a who?”
“It’s nothing. You just said it happens, right? Let it go.” He put off his bedside lamp. She folded her arms across her chest. She was angry. But at who, exactly?
(c) Josephine Amoako 2017