Yaayyy💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 It Crossroads o’clock 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 Who else is excited? All through the week, my phone won’t stop buzzing with “when are you putting up the next episode” So, here we are Episode 2 of Crossroads.
If this is your first time of reading this series, before you continue quickly catch up on the first episode here. Crossroads is the story of Anna and Ike, a couple who go through a difficult time in their marriage. Lack of communication, unforgiveness and ultimately betrayal create cracks on the walls of their marriage. Is their love strong enough to hold the walls from collapsing? or do they need something more than the memory of a feeling they once shared in the past? Well I guess we will have to find out… Enjoy! Please don’t forget to drop a comment below and let me and Tope know what you think.
“You should have told him the truth,” Anna’s sister, Kewe, said as she handed Anna a glass of white wine.
“What does it matter?” She said with a hint of bitterness. “It’s not going to change anything between us,” Anna replied as she took a sip from her glass.
They were in her sister’s service apartment alone after the other two ladies she shared the place with had volunteered to go get pizza and ice-cream to celebrate the addition of another year to Kewe’s years.
Except at the office where a birthday cake and drinks had been bought by the management to celebrate her, Kewe had no plans of making her birthday a big deal. For some reason, this year she was sober, thinking of what she really wanted for herself and what she wanted to do next especially with regards to her love life. She shoved the thought to a door in her mind she could open later as she gave her sister a disapproving look, taking a seat on the sofa across from her. “You still should have told him the truth.”
“He should have remembered,” Anna said upset.
“You are being unfair. I’m his sister-in-law, not his wife. He didn’t have to remember.”
“There was once a time he remembered everything about me and everyone close to me,” she said, tears gathering in her eyes. She sniffed, as she got to her feet and walked away from her sister’s sympathetic gaze. She sniffed again, trying to make sure she didn’t give in to the tears. “Today is not about me, it’s about you,” she said with a tremulous smile as she turned back to look at her sister refusing to let the sadness overwhelm her. “And I got you a gift,” she added as she walked back to the couch where she sat earlier and reached for her purse. She opened it, brought out a long velvet case and handed it to Kewe.
Kewe opened it and stared in awe at the beautiful bracelet. She lifted it from the case, a look of appreciation on her face as she examined it. The bracelet glittered under the light. “This would have cost a fortune,” she stated in awe, still examining it.
Anna shrugged in response, a smile on her face. “Nothing is too expensive for you.”
“You spoil me,” Kewe said, her tone filled with gratitude as she put the bracelet on her wrist.
“Let me help you with that,” Anna volunteered as she helped her clasp the bracelet.
Kewe examined the bracelet on her wrist, her face still filled with wonder while her sister had a sad, wistful smile. The bracelet was the last gift Ike had given her before their marriage started to go downhill. Letting it go was significant for her. It was an act that showed she didn’t believe their marriage could work anymore and it was time to move on.
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Ike stood at the balcony, brooding over the dark skyline dotted with various lights that was the city of Lagos, his thoughts jumbled and in different directions.
“You want to talk about it?” Wonu asked as she joined him, automatically refilling his wine glass. She dropped the bottle on a stool and sat down on one of the two chairs positioned there, stretching her legs to touch the railings. The action caused the flap of her robe to open, revealing a little of her smooth flesh.
Ike moved his gaze away and rested his left elbow on the railings while his right hand held the wine glass to his lips. He had dropped his suit in the car and rolled up the sleeves of his sky-blue shirt before knocking on Wonu’s door. Her place had been the last thing on his mind when he drove out of his house in anger but somehow, he had found himself at her door and she had not questioned him, just let him in, offered him a glass of wine and left him to his thoughts. He heaved a deep sigh as he turned back to look at her and shook his head in response to her question.
“No,” he answered, looking into the distance.
He felt rather than saw her as she stood and walked towards him. She put a comforting hand on his back and rubbed back and forth in a soothing manner. It eased some of the tension he felt but it did nothing to erase the ache in his heart. He turned to her and he couldn’t deny the look in her eyes. She wanted him and he found himself aroused at the thought.
It did something to his ego to know a beautiful woman wanted him, considering there had been no sexual relations between him and his wife for a long time. At the beginning, he had been counting but at some point, he had lost count with the realization that things were not going to change.
She leaned towards him and he found himself inexplicably drawn to the lips that sought his, to the scent of the woman he knew he shouldn’t touch but couldn’t resist. He was a man after all and men had needs. He bent his head and gave himself to the lust that gripped him.
(Continued in the next episode)
Quick one, Should I post this series once or twice weekly? let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
Till my next post; Lots of Love.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. Psalms 130:5