Jessica cleared the plates from the dinning, happy that she
had been able to prepare the breakfast. She had asked Ada
to stay off for the rest of the day because she wanted to
treat her husband the way any wife would. She cleaned up
the plates and walked to the room, still in her night gown.
She met Andy dressing up, preparing for work and she knew
that she would miss him terribly.
She put her hand softly on his arm as he buttoned up his
blue shirt. He smiled at her. “I would miss you today Mr.
Andy Williams. Can’t I persuade you to stay?” she stood up
on tip-toes and kissed him.
Andy’s brow shot up and his smile widened. “If you keep
doing that, you just might”. He pulled her against him until
she was standing glued to his front.
“Then maybe I should continue” she whispered in his ear and
he laughed. She frowned. “You really have to go right?”
Andy brushed away the hair playing at her face and kissed
her nose. “Hmm. I really do” he murmured with an
apologetic smile. “I have not been in the office for a while
but I must be there today.”
Jessica sighed and picked up Andy’s tie, placed it around his
neck and started knotting it. “I think I need a job now.
Staying at home would be just so pathetic”
Andy frowned. “I don’t want you working for someone”
“No buts honey” he breathed. Jessica was about to argue
but then decided against it. Sending out her resume might
actually be a bad idea since her reputation had been
effectively shattered. She discarded the terrible thought
and focused on what she was doing. She adjusted the tie and
relaxed the collar. She picked up his ash colored suit jacket
and held it out for him. Andy smiled and put his arms in.
“You pamper me. What would I do without you?”
He frowned. “Nothing”
Jessica smiled shyly. They walked to the car together,
Jessica tucked under Andy’s arm. “Enjoy your day OK?”
Jessica nodded. Andy bent and kissed her. “I love you”
“I love you too Andy. Do not stress yourself today at the
Jessica danced around the apartment to the sound of the
music from the sound system. She was feeling very happy.
She refused to think about her father-in-law, refused to
think about the situation at hand but focused on thinking
about this happiness. This happiness that was bubbling
inside her, all thanks to Andy. Being on-board ‘Lady Jess’,
sailing on the sea in the arms of her love, visiting museums
and tourist centers; all these things had made her extremely
happy, but all those things had been perfect because she
had been with Andy – the love of her life. She wanted to
scream, dance and cry tears of joy. What had she done to
deserve a man as loving as Andy? She had loved people but
never had she loved someone as deeply as she loved Andy.
She heard the ring tone of her phone and jumped to it. She
checked it and saw that Lizzy was on the phone. When Sonia
betrayed her, she had decided to put an end to all form of
friendship but could she do that? Yes, she has had two to
three betrayals from friends but could she cut out all her
friends because of the bad ones? Lizzy had been the one
who stuck up with her and ensured that she went back to
Andy when they had the initial fight; Lizzy had kept her
secret, the one that Sonia licked after overhearing their
conversation. Jessica knew without a doubt that she could
trust Lizzy and that Lizzy meant all the best for her. The
fact that she had encountered bad friends does not mean
that she can’t also find good ones.
She picked up. “Hey girl friend” she said loudly, her
happiness ringing out in her voice.
“Hmm, someone is really happy today. How are you babe?”
“I am better than fine Liz, although a little bit lonely here.
Andy is at work”
“Well, come over, let us have a splendid ladies’ time” Lizzy
Jessica smiled. “I would do just that. I would like a really
delicious meal when I get there”
“You are the chef baby, I am a fashion designer”
“Oh, that reminds me, I am bringing a material along. I need
to sew something really nice” Jessica grinned at the
thought. She had a really nice style in mind.
“Well, it would be my pleasure sweetheart; you know I am
the best you can find” pride oozed out of Lizzy’s voice.
“Flatter yourself” Jessica said, laughing.
Lizzy laughed. “Later babes”
Jessica hung up and ran off to dress up. It is refreshing to
leave the house because being home alone can be depressing.
She picked up her blackberry and typed a message to Andy
‘The house is looking really empty without you in it Drew, I
She dropped the phone on the bed and went to the wardrobe
to pull out black jeans trousers and a multicolored top. She
heard the sound of her phone and she jumped at it.
‘Oh baby, I have barely spent an hour in this office and I am
here wishing I had accepted your offer. We could have been
busy doing some naughty things right now’
Jessica grinned foolishly as she read Andy’s reply.
‘Well, you did not accept my offer so I guess those ‘naughty
things’ would have to wait till you get back’.
She pressed send and watched it change from the ‘D’ sign to
the ‘R’ sign. She saw that Andy was busy writing a message
and she lay on the bed, waiting for his reply, with a stupid
grin on her face.
‘You could come over to my office honey, that way, we
won’t have to wait. I have a really large table’
Jessica’s eyes popped open and her cheeks reddened. ‘Jeeez…
No dirty business in your office, husband. What would your
‘They would think we love each other so much, we can’t do
without each other for an hour’
Jessica laughed. ‘Well, control your dirty thoughts husband,
I already told Lizzy that I am coming over to her place’
‘Hmm, you are going to make me jealous of your friend
Jessica read the message and laughed. ‘Sorry papa.😉’ she
pressed send and picked up her clothes. After putting on the
clothes, she picked up the phone and opened Andy’s
‘Alright baby, have fun. Be careful and wave your left
fingers at any man who smiles at you’
Jessica snorted. “My darling possessive husband! Why do you
think any man that smiles at me wants something out of
the ordinary? It is obvious that ladies trip over you. I try
not to be jealous’. Jessica frowned. She hated it when
women had their eyes all over her husband. It was becoming
the order of the day now. Andy is just too good looking for
his own good.
‘Oh Jess, you don’t understand the effect you have on men.
They look at you like you are the route to heaven. Believe
me, you are. As for the women, they are way beneath you.’
Jessica laughed. Andy and his flattery! ‘Go back to work
husband, leave your wife alone’
‘I would never leave you sweetheart. You are MINE’ ‘Ask Mike
to drive you to Lizzy’s place’
Jessica frowned. ‘No Drew, I would take a bus, I hate being
‘NO. My wife would not be jumping from one public bus to
Jessica sighed. ‘Then I would drive myself’
‘Are you sure??? You would be careful, won’t you?’
Jessica sighed. ‘I can drive well Andy, I would be fine. Take
care. I love you’
‘Sighs… I love you too baby, be careful. Call me when you
‘I will. Kisses’
Jessica smiled and dropped her phone inside her bag. She
brushed her hair and decided that she would love a braid.
She picked a car key and headed out
Andy had waited one hour and still have not got a call from
Jessica. He was becoming worried. Lizzy’s house is not that
far, but he knew Lagos can be unpredictable, there might be
traffic. He was worried that if he called her, she might be
distracted, and that is not good, especially if she was still
on motion. But after waiting for some more time, his
anxiety got the better part of him and he called but the
phone rang and rang without any response.
‘She might still be driving’ a voice said but he shook it off
and dialed again but she did not pick. He called Lizzy and
after the first two rings, Lizzy picked up.
“Hey Mr. Williams” she said.
“Hello Lizzy, how are you doing?” He wanted to skip the
niceties but he did not want to appear too anxious.
“Well, I am great”
“Erm, Jessica said she was coming to your place, is she
“Nope, she is not here. Maybe she is on the way”
“She left about an hour ago now, I have called but she is
not picking up.” His concern showed in his voice.
“Oh?” Lizzy sounded surprised. “Probably, she is being held
up by traffic Andy, she should-”
Andy heard the beep sound of his phone and checked his
phone. He instantly sighed, greatly relieved. “Lizzy, don’t
worry. She is on the line now, got to go. Thanks.”
He hung up and quickly picked Jessica’s incoming call. “Oh
Jess, thank God”
Andy frowned and checked the caller’s name again. What is a
man doing with my wife’s phone? “Yes, who are you? And
what are you doing with my wife’s phone?”
“I am sorry sir, this is inspector Majid. Your wife was
involved in an accident. She has been rushed to Jackins
hospital in an ambulance. I saw her phone and…
The phone slipped from Andy’s hand and crashed against the
tiled floor. He stared ahead, shocked beyond words, with the
words of the Inspector re-echoing in his head.
‘No…’ He gasped out.
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