Two months into the wedding and Jessica was already feeling extremely
frustrated. Ever since they left the beach after the pathetic
honeymoon, Andy had gone worse, leaving the house at seven and
arriving a little before midnight when she would have been fast asleep.
At first, it did not bother her because she was overtaken by the
massive and tastefully furnished house but after spending a week in
the house and was already used to its beauty, the house bored her. The
maid and the gateman in the house were the only people she talked
with; asides that, she talked with herself alone. When she had said
‘Yes’ to Andy, she never imagined it would be this bad.
The way Andy had been behaving, it was like he could not even stand
one second of being in her company; he even always looked for one
reason or the other to go out on Sundays. Somehow, she wondered if
her stay would have been worse that it already was if Andy had stayed
home more. It was a Saturday and Andy was obviously at work so
Jessica decided to spend the time with her friends. The three women
decided they would all come over to Jessica’s house since they hadn’t
visited her since she got married. Jessica was happy about a little fun
even if it would last for just a few hours.
She entered the kitchen feeling some level of excitement. “Well done
Ada” she greeted the maid.
“Thanks ma” the young girl responded, smiling.
“uhmmmmnn… I love this aroma”
The girl grinned. “It must be the chicken” she said.
“I think it is the combination of rice and chicken. What is yet to be
done?” Jessica asked, needing something to busy herself with.
Ada looked critically at everything. “I think the only thing left undone
is your appearance ma” she smiled. She had become friends with
Jessica and now she felt comfortable chatting with her madam the way
she would normally chat with her friend.
Jessica frowned. “What is wrong with my appearance?”
“You need to look like the hostess ma. You are not dressed yet”
Jessica put her hands on her hips. “Now you sound like Lizzy. What is
wrong with what I am putting on? I am not going anywhere”
Ada let her eyes roam over the body of her boss and tried hard not to
grimace. The gown Jessica was putting on was specifically for someone
who was twice her size and Ada wondered why Jessica was always
trying hard to look unattractive when it was not even working. Despite
the shabby dresses Jessica wore, she still looked exceptionally
outstanding with her spotless round face with a lengthy hair to die
“Anything would look good on you ma’am” Ada said.
“Hmmm, why the change of tone now? Don’t worry, I would change
Two hours later, Jessica was waltzing down the staircase in a beautiful
but similarly big gown. She sat in the sitting room and put on the TV,
relaxing her back as she waited for her friends. She was hungry but she
wanted to eat with her friends, so that they won’t be eating and she
would be looking due to an already filled stomach.
She heard the doorbell and went there happily before Ada could even
think of leaving the kitchen.
“Open this heavenly door Jessie” she heard Lizzy say and she smiled.
Paulina’s ‘Comport yourself’ was not lost on her too as she opened the
door with a big smile on her face.
The ladies screamed and cooed in delight as they fussed over Jessie.
“See this small babe of yesterday ooo, your face is so fresh and your
cheeks are fuller” Lizzy said with delight.
“Oh please” Jessica giggled.
Sonia kissed Jessica’s cheek. “I have missed you honey”
“Me too dear” Jessica said truthfully and stared at Paulina. “It is only
proper that I greet the mummy of the house last right? I have her to
thank for making the rest of you look so dashing”
“If I don’t take care of them, who will?” Paulina asked dramatically.
“We are old enough to take care of ourselves mummy” Lizzy and Sonia
chorused and they all laughed.
“Well, get your little butts inside” Jessica said and they all left the
“Oh my God, this house is dynamite” Paulina exclaimed as they all
murmured one thing or the other about the house.
“Comport Yourself” Lizzy said to her and Sonia laughed at them.
“Babe, you are enjoying ooo, this house is amazing. You are the luckiest
babe on earth” Sonia said.
“Lucky” Jessica muttered silently as they all sat down.
Ada came to the sitting room and greeted everyone before whispering
something into her boss’ ear. Jessica nodded and Ada left.
“Well ladies, let’s eat first before we have a nice chat or we do both
at the same time”
“Neglecting your table manners?” Paulina asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Maybe. How does fried rice, salad and fried chicken sound to you
Everyone jumped out of their seats and headed for the dinning. “I
think we can forfeit the table manners for today” Paulina said.
They had all eaten and were busy sipping drinks. The food had been so
delicious that they all ate their fill and even more. As they sat in the
sitting room, the talked about everything that came to their minds.
“How is life as a married woman” Paulina asked after some time.
Jessica swallowed slightly. “Life is beautiful. You should all get
“Yeah, we are working on it” Sonia said, focusing her eyes on the
decorations on the wall.
Lizzy was in thought and Jessica was curious as to what she would say.
Lizzy was the one who always saw deep into things and people; that
was one of the reasons why Jessica always tried not to spend so much
time with her alone, especially when she had something to hide.
“How are you coping with Andy’s work schedule?” Lizzy asked pointedly.
Jessica swallowed. “It is my cross but I am coping. It can be hard not
to have him around most of the time but it is fine, we understand
each other” Jessica said with a smile.
“I only wonder why he has to go to work every time. I mean, he is the
owner of that money-making company which spread across the country,
why should he work himself half to death when he has more than
enough employees?” Lizzy continued.
Like I have not asked myself the same question, Jessica thought. “He
has shareholders to answer to and he is already used to the office, you
can’t blame him”
“Well, to me, if his going to the office is what brought about this
beautiful house, he should continue his workaholic routine” Sonia said.
“Sonia” Paulina called. “Money would not kill you. Banker”
“Is it easy?” she retorted.
“Jessie, are we expecting Andy junior?”
Jessica choked on her drink at Paulina’s question. She coughed as the
drink clung to her throat and made it impossible to talk. The ladies
muttered apologies until she became calm but she caught Lizzy’s
curious look. “Most times I forget the type of friends I have” thinking
of a way of escape, she faced Lizzy. “Liz, have you settled your
dispute with Alex?” It worked because everyone started talking at
“Don’t mind this stubborn girl, she refused to apologize to him o”
“Why should I apologize when he is clearly at fault? He did not
remember my birthday and he wants me to just forgive him when he
has not begged properly? Abeg free me jare” Lizzy said and hissed.
“I agree with her, the guy should take off his pride and apologize”
“I think Sonia should apologize nonetheless, I mean, men are scarce
these days, we should hold on to ours firmly” Paulina pointed out.
“She is right” Sonia said again.
Jessica heaved a sigh, happy that she was not the subject matter
Andy sat on the chair in his office the next day doing absolutely
nothing. He should have gone home hours back when there was almost
nothing for him to do but he could not imagine going home. Although
Jessica always dressed like a saint who was still living in the era of his
forefathers, he felt drawn towards her. That day in the kitchen during
their honeymoon was a day he had desperately tried to get out of his
mind. Standing so close to her that day had made him aware of her
perfume which was totally feminine. He had always known that she was
beautiful because he would never have picked someone less beautiful to
be his wife for a day but that day, he had come to the full realization
of her exquisite beauty. He had noticed that she did not have black
pupils but instead had dark grey. The realization had stunned him. But
most of all, he had been thrown off balance by how slim her waist
He could not remember how his hands had managed to get to her waist
but he couldn’t have been more surprised when he noticed the slim
waist she had. The dresses she always wore were big enough to hide
her waist and hips but ever since that day, he kept on imagining what
was beneath that cloth. His eyes had never even seen her legs before.
He had decided to use work as a good distraction and it worked to a
His phone rang and he frowned when he saw the caller. His dad? The
number proved that he was already in Nigeria.
“Dad?” he said immediately he picked up.
“Yes son, how are you doing?”
“Are you in Nigeria?” Andy stood up from his chair.
“Yes I am. Get ready to receive me in your house tonight because I
would be having dinner with you today”
The alarm sounded in Andy’s head. Trust his father to always put them
on the spot. “What? I mean… why didn’t you tell me you have arrived
Nigeria? When did you arrive?” Andy was pacing.
“This afternoon. I would be at your house in three hours time. I need
to see my daughter in law face to face and not some unclear picture,
although she looked stunning in those wedding pictures”
His dad ended the call and Andy stared at the phone in agitation. Three
hours! The words echoed in his head. How was he going to convince his
ever-suspicious father that he and Jessica were in love? Jessica was a
strong headed girl, how was he going to convince her to act like a
loving wife, perfectly enough to convince his father? Does she even
know how loving wives behaved? He wondered. He took his car keys and
his suit jacket and left the office instantly. He dialed his best friend
and assistant to tell him that the office was in his care. He had a
feeling that he was in for a long night.
Jessica lay on the chair, reading a novel. One thing she loves about the
house was the study which was filled with all kinds of books. She had
found a novel which looked interesting and occupied herself with it.
She was surprised when she heard Andy’s car horn. He never arrived
around six and she knew that something was out of place. She stayed
where she was, even though she was curious.
Andy entered and she lifted her head with a nonchalant look on her
eyes but the look faded when she saw him. His suit jacket was in his
hand, along with a nylon bag and his car keys were on the other hand.
His shirt which her eyes focused on was buttoned halfway down,
leaving his muscled chest partly visible. She swallowed and looked at
“Good evening Drew. You are early”
“It is necessary. My dad would be here soon”
“Your dad” she muttered as the realization slowly dawned on her. Her
eyes slowly widened and Andy fought back an amused smile. “He is
He nodded with a faint smile. “My dad is one man who can’t be fooled
easily. I don’t know if you can act like a love-struck woman.”
Jessica frowned. “I believe I can be or do anything if I decide to. The
question is, ‘can you act a man in love’?” she smiled slightly.
“We don’t have enough time to act a proper rehearsal so I guess we
would both find out the hard way. It is either we are both poor actors
or we are both meant to be in the movie industry”. He smiled and
remembered what he was holding. “I got you a befitting gown” he said
and stretched the nylon to her.
“Befitting” she muttered, hating the word.
Well, you refused to go shopping every time I mentioned it and I can’t
have you meet my father in one of those gowns you always put on.
She collected the nylon and removed the cloth inside. It was a
multicolored gown which had expensive written all over it. She removed
the nylon that was used to cover the gown and let it fall to the
“I noticed that you love clothes that goes all the way down to your
feet so I got this which has a long hand to go with it, but it is still
elegant and speaks of class” he explained nervously as she quietly
scrutinized the cloth.
The cloth was beautiful, very beautiful, she admitted to herself. “It is
beautiful, but I can’t put it on”
“What? We are not going to argue about this again”
“I don’t mean to be rude but your dad is going to know that something
is fishing if I put this on. This cloth is meant for an important event
and not just an indoor dinner. What I need to put on is something
simple but also classy.”
“Well, we don’t have time, let’s go for it. My dad would be here any
“I have what I need. I would go and freshen up. Tell Ada to make the
food ready for three” she turned and left Andy standing there.
Andy grimaced at the thought of what Jessica would put on. After an
hour, Andy still did not see Jessica. He wanted to inspect the cloth she
would put on to see if it was fit. Even though he did not really think
much of classy dressing and the likes, he knew that his father would
expect his daughter-in-law to dress like a William. He wondered which
oversized dress Jessica would choose to put on. The car horn he heard
almost made him jump. He called Jessica’s name but heard no response.
Knowing that he was doomed, he went to the door and opened it.
Seeing his father after more than five months shouldn’t make him
nervous but he was not sure how the evening would turn out. He saw
his father step out of the car and he walked up to the elderly man
with a cool smile.
“Dad” he called.
Mr. Williams turned with smiles. “Son.” He hugged Andy. “I have
missed you. How is Nigeria?”
“Nigeria is still the same old busy place. Why didn’t you inform me of
your arrival? I could have picked you up”
“That is why I have a driver. Where is my daughter-in-law?”
The door opened and he turned. When he saw the person at the
doorway, he blinked and froze.