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Daphne opened her eyes. She blinked as her eyes adjusted to the morning sun’s rays touching her face. She turned when she heard some movement. Kobby stood in front of the wardrobe, bare-chested, looking for a shirt to wear. She bit her lower lip as she admired her husband’s back. It had been a while since they touched. She got out of bed and walked behind him. She touched his back lightly and he startled as he turned to look at her.
“Hey, good morning.”
“Yeah; taking the lawyer to go meet your sister,” he replied as he wore a white shirt.
“I missed you,” she said, softly with her hand on his chest, stopping him from buttoning down. He paused and stared into her pretty eyes. He saw the need in his wife’s eyes and sighed.
“I’ve got to go.”
“Give me just five minutes,” she said softly. She touched his face and waited for him to push her hand away and when he didn’t, she leaned forward and kissed him. She pulled him towards the bed with her without breaking from the kiss. When her back touched the bed, Kobby propped himself up on his arms so his weight wouldn’t fall on her.
“I’m sorry; I’ve to go.” Daphne propped up on an elbow.
“I asked for five minutes. I think I’ve about four left.” She held his collar and drew him to her and kissed him. How could he say no to her when she wore Del’s face? She felt particularly grateful for being a twin at this moment. Thanks, Del! She thought as she smiled into the kiss.
Kobby’s phone buzzed in his pocket. Kobby took it out of his pocket and stopped kissing Daphne when he looked at the caller ID.
“It’s Del,” he said, swiping the screen. Daphne took the phone out of his hand and put it on speaker. She put the phone on the bed. They exchanged a look.
“Hey. Good morning. When did you say the lawyer would be coming over?” They heard her voice over the phone.
“Let’s say in an hour and half. You sound stressed. Did you get some sleep?”
“How could I? I struggled the whole night and when I finally was able to, I dreamt of being in a cell with a bully. I’m scared to death, Kobby.”
“You’ll be fine. We’ll be there soon.”
“Okay; my boss called and said I shouldn’t come to work until all this is resolved.”
“Don’t worry; things will work out fine.”
“I hope so. So a little heads up, I called Robert yesterday so he’ll be here soon.” Daphne searched her husband’s face. If he felt anything, he did well to hide it from his face.
“Alright. Thanks for the heads up.”
“Sure. How’s she doing?”
“She’s fine.” The couple glanced at each other. Aww, she still cares about me, Daphne thought happily.
“Okay. See you soon.”
“You too, dear. Bye.” The call ended.
“She asked about me. Isn’t that cute?” Daphne asked girlishly.
“Of course she did. She’s sweet like that. And what you did might put her behind bars.”
“You forget I might end up there as well.”
“Society will be grateful.” She hit him with a pillow. He chuckled and stood up and started buttoning down his shirt.
“Hey, my five minutes’ is not up. Del stole like two minutes.”
“And whose fault is that?”
“I’m sorry, Kobby. I really am.”
“That will only count if Del gets out of trouble. I’ll see you later.”
“What do you want for dinner?” He looked at her.
“You’ll be cooking?”
“I’m home, right?” He smiled.
“Whatever you can come up with.”
“See you later.”
“Stay out of trouble.”
“I’ll try,” she said with a chuckle. Kobby left.
So she had a chance of killing off the divorce threat. Hallelujah! She had one thing to do to make sure her marriage was safe.
Del’s boss raised his head when he heard his door open. He put his pen down when he saw her.
“Delphine, I thought I made myself clear when I said…”
“I’m not Delphine.” He paused.
“You’re her twin.” He said in a tone of unbelief. She nodded with a tight smile.
“Nice to meet you, sir. I understand I’ve caused a little trouble for my sister with what I did. I wish to remedy that.”
“I don’t see how you can. I advise you also lawyer up.”
“What if we can avoid all that?”
“Why not talk? Not here, somewhere…private.” He narrowed his eyes wondering what she could be up to. Although she looked exactly like Delphine, this one had a strong and somewhat alluring presence.
“What do you say? Movenpick Hotel good enough for you?” As he was still trying to decipher what she had in mind, she said, “Good. Meet you in the lobby in an hour. Nice meeting you again, sir.”
She walked out. He loosened his tie. The girl was hot. He glanced at his wife’s framed photo on his desk. Today would change everything. He could feel it.
Kobby and the lawyer arrived at the Coleman’s residence at ten minutes past ten. Robert was sitting beside Delphine. Kobby apologized for the lateness and blamed it on traffic. Robert got up and shook his hand.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for Del.”
“Don’t mention. She’s family, remember?” He nodded. Kobby looked in Del’s direction and they smiled when their eyes met. That was enough to communicate whatever they needed to.
“Your parents have left?”
“Yeah, they couldn’t stay. I’ll call them after the meeting.” They all sat and introductions were made.
They went straight to business.
As the lawyer described how the case would look like, Kobby’s attention drifted away as his gaze locked on Delphine’s face; watching her facial expressions change from worry, relief to panic. Robert had put his arm around her shoulder and would rub her arm whenever the lawyer mentioned something scary. It was either Del was too engrossed in the lawyer’s words to notice her boyfriend’s attempts at comforting her or he was just not doing a good job. He caught himself smirking at the thought.
The meeting ended with the lawyer requesting to meet Daphne as well. Delphine escorted Kobby and the lawyer outside.
“Thank you so much for everything you’re doing for me, Kobby. I can’t think of anyone else who would go as far as you have to help.”
“Of course; there’s only one of me in the world.” She smiled in spite of the dull headache she was having.
“I can’t find the words to describe why I feel so comfortable with you seeing this side of me, you know? The weak, vulnerable side of me.”
“You’re not weak, Delphine. Don’t ever believe that about yourself.” She nodded.
“We only met because of my sister but it feels like we’ve known ourselves forever. I don’t know if you feel the same way…”
“I do and I think the word you’re looking for is soulmate.”
“Soulmate? You think so?” He nodded.
“What else could you call it?”
“But you’re also my sister’s husband.”
“Unfortunately, sometimes soulmates don’t end up together. One of life’s little tragedies.” She hugged him.
“Hey, Robert is here, remember?”
“I don’t care.” He chuckled and hugged her back.
“You’re not going to prison, Del. Akoto is a good lawyer. We’ll do our best to make sure you don’t step foot there.”
“I’ve got to go. Lawyers bill by the hour, remember?”
“Let me know the fee.”
“Yep.” He pinched her cheek and rushed to his car. They drove away. Delphine went back into the house.
Daphne arrived home and took off her shoes. She quickly stripped and got into the shower. She increased the pressure to drown the voices in her head saying she had gone too far. When she couldn’t hear them anymore, she turned off the shower. She wiped herself dry and stared at herself in the mirror.
“Everything is fine now. Everyone’s going to be okay,” she told the one in the mirror. Did she believe so? For everyone’s sakes, she had to.
Later that evening, Delphine received a text from her boss, asking her to come to work. Not sure what that meant, she called Kobby and told him.
“What do you think that means? That it’s over? He’s dropping everything?”
“I’ve no idea. Let me call the attorney. He might have an idea.”
“Alright. Thanks.” She ended the call.
“Was it Del?” Daphne asked.
“Yeah, apparently her boss texted her asking her to resume work.”
“That’s good news, isn’t it?”
“Yeah, maybe.” Soon, this episode will be over, she thought.
“After all this is over, are we going to be okay?” He stared at her for a moment and turned back to watch TV.
“I don’t know. Let’s see.”
The following morning, the lawyer called Delphine informing her that the case had been dropped. It was all over. She sighed in relief. Her parents were equally relieved to hear the news but they were still upset about the whole incident. She called Kobby to tell her the good news. The lawyer had already informed him but he was glad to hear her telling him in excitement.
Delphine arrived at work and went to her boss’ office.
He tried putting on a happy face, seeing her back but it looked strained. Delphine apologized for her sister’s actions and promised that it wouldn’t happen again. He nodded and told her to get back to work. He looked at his wife’s framed photo and shook his head.
Later in the day, the boss called for a meeting with the marketing team and Delphine caught him looking at her…in a different way. She suddenly felt awkward although she didn’t have a reason why. Was he seeing her differently after what happened? Did he not trust her anymore?
She decided to talk to him after the meeting but he said he was busy. Delphine could feel something was wrong. Things were never going to be as they were.
“Are you sure you’re not just imagining it?” Robert asked when she told him of her suspicions.
“I’m not, Rob. The way he looked at me today, it communicated a lot of things. I have a bad feeling about this. What if he fires me?”
“He won’t and even if he does, you will find a better job so don’t worry.”
“I wish I could tell you that makes me feel better but it doesn’t. I’m almost due for promotion and if lose my job, all my hard work would have been for nothing.”
“Worrying isn’t going to solve the problem, Del. You should probably pray about it.”
“Yeah, I should. God knows I’ve been missing out on some prayers lately. Thanks for hearing me out, Rob.”
“My pleasure, sweetie. Try and get some rest. You have work tomorrow.”
“Sure, goodnight.” She ended the call. A WhatsApp message from Kobby brought a smile to her face.
“Hey…how was work today?”
“Fine but awkward.”
“That’s to be expected. At least the prison scare is behind us now.”
“Yeah. My boss was looking at me strangely today.”
“Yep. It gave off mixed vibes. Made me very uncomfortable. I’ve a feeling my days are numbered.”
“Don’t think like that. Things will go back to normal.”
“And if it doesn’t?”
“We’ll find a way. We always do.” Delphine smiled.
“I liked the sound of ‘we’. ”
“We’re soulmates, remember?”
“Yes, we are. How are things between you and Daph?”
“We’re okay. She’s desperate for things to get back to normal.”
“Are you considering it?”
“Not really. What she did…”
“I know but you were also wrong. Why don’t you give yourselves a second chance?”
“Will think about it.”
“Ayt. Goodnight brother-in-law.”
“Goodnight, soulmate. ”
The following day, Delphine went to the office in the morning and was about to leave to meet a client when she called to her boss’ office. He got up when she entered.
“Miss Coleman, um…there’s no softer way to say this but I’m sorry you can’t work here anymore.”
“What do you mean?”
“You’re a smart woman, very diligent in your work and it has been my pleasure working with you but I can’t do this.”
“Do what? I’m sorry for what happened…”
“I know you are but after your sister and I talked…”
“You spoke with my sister?!” Delphine asked in shock.
“Yeah, I thought I could but I’m sorry. I can’t look at you and work with you the same way anymore.”
“What happened with your talk?”
“I can’t tell you about that.”
“But I deserve to know if she came to talk about me.”
“Perhaps but I reserve the right not to share it. Listen, let’s not make this more difficult than it needs to be. Whenever you need a referral, you can count on me anytime. I will vouch for you any day but this is where the road ends for us.”
“I was…was going to meet a client.”
“Serwa will handle your clients from today.” Tears filled Delphine’s eyes.
“I’m begging you, sir. I really love my job.”
“I know you do, Delphine. I know that very well. I hope you won’t be suing us for wrongful termination because I promise to make it up to you. I’ll find you a better job, I assure you.”
“Thank you.” She turned and left the office. She took her bag and exited the premises.
Del sat in her car and burst into tears. Her life was indeed ruined.
© Josephine Amoako 2017