-By Elton Nana Amoah
Episode Five (5) – “Shallow Conflict”
That freaked me out, what did she mean by that? “If she was really mine”, what was she trying to insinuate. It got me thinking, before I could ask why she made that statement, my wife joined in.
“Baby what’s going on here? My wife inquired.
“Apparently, your friend here was having a bad moment” I answered. There wasn’t much to tell. As far as I remember, we all got to bed without any fuss.
Eugene a very good friend of mine, he was actually my best man on my wedding day. I got to know him not long ago though but you know how we guys are, we bond quickly. He came by that morning as he normally did during weekends. Personally I thought it was wise that he got himself a wife as he was even older than me.
Maybe I should hook him up with Mary or something. Well I will agree that I don’t really know Mary but hey, it was worth a try. It wasn’t like she had a ring on her finger or something. Even if she was dating, it wouldn’t change anything. I also go by this saying that “You’re single until you get married”. Well that’s me.
So Eugene and I had a moment. My wife and daughter were not around, I was left with Eugene and Mary, who was by then stuck in the guest room. Eugene had already noticed when he arrived early on and throughout our conversation I noticed he was interested in finding out who Mary really was.
That seemed cool to me because my agenda was to get them hooked up and with the way things were going, I was so sure that I was in for an easy job. (For more stories Download “Tales of Elton” App on Google Play or visit. www.thetalesofe
“How come your wife never told you about her, was she overseas or what?” Eugene asked.
“And how come you keep talking about her since you came here, are you interested in her or what?” I asked him. The smile across his face when I asked him that question was enough for me to know that he already liked her.
So I had a plan. I excused myself, went to knock on Mary’s door and asked her to serve us some wine. I knew what I was doing, and I knew it was definitely going to work. I then joined Eugene and patiently waited for Mary to return with the wine.
Just after some couple of minutes, she came in with the wine. Now it was time for me to move on to the next plan. I intentionally pretended that I had a call so I excused them and went to my room. Then secretly I began to eavesdrop on them.
To my surprise, it didn’t go as expected, something weird was going on. I could hardly hear them but I noticed that tempers were high. How it happened, I really had no idea.
“Oh yeah, you think I don’t know you, I hate you Eugene, you are evil!” Mary shouted out.
This was getting out of hand so I went in to settle it and to at least get to know what was really the problem between them.
“Mary, why are you talking to my friend like that?” I asked her.
“You call this a friend! you have no idea Selorm. You have no idea. Excuse me.” She said angrily and just walked out on me and went to the guest room.
I was just stunned and surprised by her actions. “What just happened here Eugene” I asked.
Eugene on the other hand too was just looking upset. “Why ask me, What did you tell her about me” Eugene asked.
“Nothing, she was just supposed to bring wine, would you tell me what’s going on” I desperately asked.
“Never mind, I have to go. See you” Eugene said and also walked out on me despite my effort to stop him.
I was just lost, I had no idea of what just happened. Just then, the wall clock fell off from its holder to the ground, damaging it completely. It scared the hell out of me. The clock had been on the wall since I moved into the house and it was hung so firmly. The clock was actually a gift from Eugene on my wedding day.
I went closer to it and then suddenly I began to smell the perfume of Emefa all over again. It was so strong. Before I knew it, Mary was standing behind me. I never saw the guest room door open, neither did I see her come out of the room. There was no way I couldn’t have seen her if she really came out of the room. I quickly jumped aside as she stood behind me in tears.
-By Elton Nana Amoah
Episode Six (6) – “The Rings”
There was no way I couldn’t have seen her if she really came out of the room. I quickly jumped aside as she stood behind me in tears.
I was so afraid; her face even looked pale as she started crying. It was as if something had been harbored in her heart for long. I knew there was something not right about this girl and the thought of that alone made me very scared. How the hell did she get to know my wife? No wonder I never knew her till now.
Speaking of my wife, she came to my rescue. I felt relieved as soon as she came back. Just then Mary began wiping off her tears so my wife didn’t even notice. Emefa as usual came rushing towards me with a hug, I carried her and left Mary and my wife there in the sitting room where the clock fell. From where I was I could hear them talk.
“What happened to this wall clock” My wife asked her.
“There is no use of it anyway, who needs time when your time is limited.” Emefa said as I heard her walk away. Ah! what is it with this girl, she speaks and acts strangely. I needed to know how she got to know my wife and the only way to do that was to find out from my wife herself.
My wife came to the kitchen where I was and right there and then I began interrogating her. “For how long did you say you know this girl? I asked her.
“Why that question, she is my friend, why, don’t you want her here anymore?” She said yelling. I couldn’t believe her, what did I even say that got her mad in the first place and the worst of it all was she was able to just walk out on me without answering me.
That was a behavior I had never witnessed in my wife before. Perhaps she had a bad day when she went out so then I just decided to overlook things and leave it as they are.
My only consolation was to hang around my daughter Emefa. For that whole moment, she took away the memories of what had happened in the day, talking of Eugene and Emefa’s confrontation, the falling wall clock and my wife’s outburst.
It had been three days since Mary came in. Well I knew it hadn’t been long though, but I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with her stay. She hardly looked me in the eyes and even my wife who claimed her as a friend barely spoke a word to her.
Like I said, it’d been just three days since she came to stay under my roof and since that time, my wife hardly stayed home. I didn’t really know where she went to but she always made me think that she had something to do at the market. Food stuffmades were in abundance so that didn’t have to be her excuse.
During one of her absence, I decided to engage in a friendly conversation with Mary again. I knew it would be difficult but I decided to go ahead with it anyway.
We found ourselves both in the kitchen. She stood closer to the fridge and poured some juice for herself. Before I began talking, it seemed she already knew what I wanted to say.
“Before you begin to talk about me, I would like you to this question? She said. I just looked at her and wondered how she knew what I was thinking but I had to keep my composure. I didn’t want her to know I was a bit scared of her.
“Interesting, hmm what question do you have for me” I asked.
“Why do you keep thinking of Emefa” She asked. “What is wrong with me thinking of my daughter all the time” I asked back .
I could tell from her looks that she wasn’t happy about what I said. “Don’t try to play smart with me Selorm, your daughter indeed! I’m referring to Emefa, may her soul rest in peace” She said.
Now something about her kept irritating me, she had this weird way of relating with my daughter. Anyway, she was right, I never stopped thinking about Emefa. I couldn’t answer her question but i had to just stay there and listen to her.
“I know you miss her, she misses you too though. But have you even wondered where your wife is at this moment?” She asked.
I didn’t answer, i was getting upset because I felt she was going beyond her boundaries. “I don’t care if you are upset or not, but know that this very moment as your wife approaches, she is not wearing the wedding ring you placed on her finger” She said.
Like a prophet! I heard the door open and to be surprise my wife came in with my daughter. I quickly watched her hand from where I stood and just as Mary had said, there was no ring on her finger.
To be continued.