Read Chapter 35 here.
When Daphne woke up the next morning, Kobby had already left for work. She checked her phone for the time. 6:53a.m. She had to be at a TV studio to make up a presenter this morning and had wanted Kobby to drop her there on his way to work. She had to settle for Uber now. Was he avoiding her? Yeah, last night was awkward but it didn’t mean he should run off like that. It happens, right?!
She had to talk to someone about her dilemma. She took her phone and reflexively searched for Del’s number. She caught herself before calling the number. Del would explode if she told her what she had done. The other alternative was Tasha. It was her damn bad advice that had landed her in her present predicament. But she hadn’t held any gun at her head to take it. She chose it because she wanted to. Ah well, who is down fears no fall, she consoled herself as she called Tasha.
“Hi girl, what’s up? How was it patching things up with hubby?”
“Terrible, Tash. Just terrible.”
“You guys had another fight?”
“He…couldn’t…get it up.” There was silence on the line for a little while.
“I don’t know…guilt? Distraction? Whatever it is, I have this awful feeling that it’s not going away until I fix what I did and I don’t know how to do that without having my husband and sister getting mad at me.”
“Your husband would want to have the ‘talk’ with Del after their supposedly abominable act. If he finds out from her and he realizes what you’ve done…”
“So I should make sure they don’t see each other?”
“Well, it would be better if you controlled how the big reveal comes out. If you don’t…”
“Kobby will leave me. I know. I’d have to think of something. Thanks, hun.”
“Don’t thank me, Daph. I gave you the stupid advice, right? I have to help fix it.”
“Yep. Talk to you later, bye.” She ended the call. Now how does she tie the loose end of her sister finding out?
Delphine arrived home to find her sister chatting with their father and watching TV.
“Hey…long time no see.” She pulled her hair making her look up at her. They smiled and blew a kiss at each other.
“Good evening, dad.”
“Good evening, Kakra.” Del excused herself to change out of her work clothes. Daphne called her.
“May I please use your phone for a minute? I’m out of data.” Del took out her phone from her bag and handed it to her and went to her room. George got up and entered his bedroom. She tapped the phone in her palm as her thoughts raced. To call or to text?
Texting was a safer choice. He would not suspect anything unlike the voice call where he would be able to detect who he was talking to. She opened WhatsApp and found Kobby.
He had sent a message: ‘Hey…can we talk?’ about 30 minutes ago.
She sucked in breath through her teeth and began to type.
Hey, Kobby came online almost immediately. She didn’t know whether to be excited or worried about that.
Hey…how are you holding up?
Same. About the other night, I want to apologize for what happened. I can’t imagine how you’re feeling and I’m sorry for putting you in that position.
It’s okay. I came over, remember? I do feel bad about what we did but a part of me is also glad it happened. It was a special moment.
Glad to know the feeling is mutual. So we’re good?
Yeah. Hopefully my sister will never find out.
Yeah…our little secret to the grave. Thank you for not being angry with me, Del.
I’ve no right to be angry. I have to apologize for luring you into it. Forgive me.
Forgiven lol. Take care of yourself, yeah.
You too, brother-in-law.
You too, sweet sister-in-law.
Daphne sighed. It was done. She selected the chat and deleted it. Gone. Whew. She was safe. For now.
She had dinner with her father and sister and her mother joined them. She then went back to her matrimonial home.
Delphine gave out a sigh of relief after settling in under the bedcovers. The nights had been terribly cold for some time now. It seems like it was the universe’s way of reminding single people like her that it was not good for one to be alone. She shivered lightly and picked up her phone. She had just remembered seeing a text from Kobby with a ‘Hey…can we talk?’ She wondered what was wrong.
She opened WhatsApp and surprisingly found no unread message from Kobby with those words. Ah, had she imagined that message? He was online an hour ago. She was having dinner with her parents and sister at the time. She was very sure she had seen that message. Or was she missing him so much that she was hallucinating?
Should she text him? It wasn’t too late. She began to text. A vivid memory of that uncomfortable dream flashed in her mind which made her fingers freeze. Goosebumps covered her arms in an instant. She quickly deleted her text after the moment passed and put the phone down. She rubbed her arms to get rid of the bumps and she laid down on the bed. She closed her eyes and prayed to God to forgive her for having such sinful thoughts about her brother-in-law.
Kobby arrived home whistling. Daphne was in the kitchen. She smiled to herself when she heard him. He sounded happy, relieved. He has had this ‘closure’ with Del.
“Hey,” he greeted and held her from behind when he entered the kitchen. He kissed her neck and Daphne giggled. She turned to face him and wrapped her arms around his neck. Kobby’s arms tightened around her waist.
“You must have had a great day.”
“Yeah, I did. A proposal I was working just got the green light and I’m excited, Daph! Things are about to get better.” She squealed in delight.
“Can’t wait!” They kissed. He lifted her making her wrap her legs around his waist. She smiled into the kiss. Ah, she had missed her husband.
Robert invited Delphine out for dinner to celebrate his new job as an administrative assistant at a real estate firm. He raised his glass of wine for a toast.
“To a better life…with you.”
“To a better life with you.” Delphine repeated with a smile.
“Congratulations, Rob. I’m really happy for you.”
“I’m happy that you’re happy for me.” He held her hand and rubbed the back with his thumb.
“I’m excited about the future and what it holds for us. It might be uncertain but if I were to have a wonderful woman like you as a partner and with God by our side, I know we will have a happy ending.”
“What are you saying?”
“Will you marry me, Del?” She gasped. Her first instinct was to take her hand from his to cover her mouth but he held on to it.
“Will you be mine to hold and to cherish through thick and thin till death do us part?” She nodded, tears filling her eyes.
“I need to hear you say it.”
“Yes.” He grinned and kissed the back of her hand. He finally let go of it and brought out the ring box. He opened it and took it out. Del covered her mouth as he took her left hand and slipped the finger on a finger.
“Perfect fit. Hope you like it.”
“I love it. Thank you, Robert.”
“Thank you for saying yes.” He leaned forward and kissed her.
“I can’t wait to spend my forever with you.”
“Hey, where are you? I’ve something to tell you.”
“I’m at home. You seem excited. What’s up?” Daphne asked and munched on an apple. It was a video call.
Delphine showed her the ring. Daphne gasped. “Is that what I think it is?”
Delphine nodded excitedly. “Mum couldn’t stop screaming.” They both chuckled.
“Congratulations, sis. I can’t wait to plan your wedding!”
“Not so fast, Daph. We may still have a long way to go.”
“Oh come on, don’t go all typical Delphine on me now. Tomorrow, I’m coming over and mum and I are going to start planning.”
“Then you’d be too late to the party, hun. Mum is already browsing Pinterest.”
“Ei…this woman! Tell her to hold her horses. We’ll start tomorrow. Congratulations again, sweetie. Can’t wait to see you in white.”
“Thanks, sis. I’ll be out of town till Sunday so you might not see me tomorrow.”
“Oh…will you go with your car?”
“Nah, would you like to use it?”
“Sure…and spare Kobby the trouble of having to fit me into his schedule.”
“Oh okay…then I’ll leave the key with mum. You can come and pick it up.”
“Yay…thanks, sis. I appreciate that.”
“Just take care of it like you do with your dear phone.” Daphne laughed.
“I hear you. Have you told Kobby or should I?”
“No, don’t. I’ll tell him when I get back.”
“Okay, no problem. Forgive me in advance in case I’m not able to keep my mouth shut.”
“Not forgiven. Goodnight, Daph.”
“Goodnight, Del. Safe trip tomorrow.”
“Thanks. Night.” She ended the call.
Kobby’s tired eyes lit up when he saw Del’s car parked on his compound. He killed the engine and got out of his car. He locked the doors and entered the house.
“Is Del here?”
Daphne was seated in the living room, reading a magazine.
“Take a wild guess.”
“l’ll take that as a no? Why’s her car here?”
“She’s going on a work trip so I asked to have it. This way, you don’t have to wait for me in the morning.”
“I see. Good evening,” he said and kissed her forehead.
“Welcome home.” He took her hand and pulled her up.
“I need a massage.”
“Robert is always available…” She paused when he gave her a stern look. She stifled a laugh. They entered the bedroom.
Kobby kissed his wife goodbye and stepped out of the house. He sat in his car and tried to start the engine. It didn’t respond. He tried again. And again.
“Not today,” he sighed in despair. He was running late for a morning meeting at the office. What was he going to do? He noticed Del’s car. He got out of his car and rushed inside the house.
“Sorry love but I’ve to go with you.”
“Huh?” Daphne asked, pausing her makeup session.
“My car wouldn’t start.”
“No kidding. Coincidence or what?”
“Terrible one at that. Okay, I’m running late so you have to be in the car in the next two minutes,” Kobby said, checking his watch.
“What? I just started with my face. It will take me at least 15 minutes to finish.”
“You can always do it in the car. I know you’re pro like that.”
“I can’t believe this is happening. I was so happy I had Del’s car so I wouldn’t have to rush through anything.”
Kobby drove Del’s car out of the house five minutes later.
“I had plans today…I had rounds to make,” Daphne said, pouting.
“I’m sorry about that, honey. I’ll make it up to you.” The car pulled up to a halt. She got out with her makeup bag.
“I’ll find you later, okay? Smile for me. Ah, that’s my girl. Take care, yeah.”
“You too. Love you.”
“Love you more,” he said with a smile and drove off.
Robert whistled as he drove. He had closed from work early to run a few errands. Something familiar caught his eye making him pause his whistling.
“Isn’t that…?” He pulled over and got out of the car. He took a better look at the car’s number. That was Del’s car for sure. She said she was going out of town. What was her car doing here at a mart? He entered the mart. It wasn’t very busy inside. He glanced around as he strolled but saw no sign of Del. He came out of the mart and heard a familiar voice.
“Yeah, it’s not easy but we are managing.”
“Ei, you’ve got yourself a new car?”
“Oh nah, not yet. This is my wife’s car.” Robert stiffened upon hearing it. How dare he call his fiancée his wife? Kobby shook hands with his friend and he unlocked the car doors. He sat inside Del’s car and drove off.
He went to sit in his car and called Del.
“Hey…guess who I saw driving your car.”
“Daph? Yeah, she asked for it so I told her to use it till I got back.”
“Well, it wasn’t your sister. It was you-know-who.”
“Who, Kobby? I see…well, I don’t know why he’s not driving his own but it’s no big deal.”
“Should it be? He’s married to my sister. Please don’t tell me you feel jealous about this.”
“Oh of course not. I’m just wondering if you would have…”
“Would have what, given you my car? Seriously, Rob? If you are in the mood for an argument, I’m not, okay? I gave it to Daphne and if for some reason, her husband is driving it, what’s wrong with that? I know Kobby will take care of it so I’m not bothered.”
“It’s fine.” Delphine rolled her eyes muttering ‘unbelievable.’
“I’ve to go. I was in a meeting. Talk to you later,” Del said and hung up.
She was upset, he could tell. He shouldn’t have called her. It made him look whiny, jealous and petty. He regretted it. But it was too late.
Delphine was contemplating on whether to call Kobby to inform him about Rob’s proposal but she didn’t feel like it anymore. For how long was this silly thing between Kobby and Rob going to continue? She missed chatting with Kobby. She tapped on his DP on WhatsApp and traced his face with her thumb, smiling. She closed the app and sighed. Get over yourself, she scolded herself.