The Wife- An Episodic Fictional Story 2
Story of a young African girl who sold her life in marriage to get education, she found friendship and faith but met with a tragedy that changed her life forever. Start reading story from 3rd of March 2018.
Johnson sat on a chair at a bar facing his longtime friend Tunji. He rested his head on the back of the cushion and stared into space. He held the glass cup with one hand and swirled the content unconsciously.
‘Johnson, what is it?’ Tunji asked with his voice laced with concern.
‘I wish the old man will just die and leave me to live in peace. I thought he was going to die when he had that heart attack last year. It looks as if he is going to live for 100 years more’ he ran his hand through his stylish hair in frustration.
Tunji tried to suppress the laughter bubbling inside him, everyone close to Johnson knows he hates his father but only a few like him knows why. If he was in Johnson’s shoes he would have killed the old goat a long time ago. He wouldn’t mind doing it for his friend now.
‘Yeah, it looked as if he still has many years left. With the ruckus he is throwing with the media, I would say about 50 more years’ Tunji replied nonchalantly. He raised his cup to his lip to take a sip and made a face when he discovered the content was bitter.
Johnson sat up sharply and became alert immediately ‘what ruckus are you talking about?’
Tunji looked at his friend’s tense face and pitied him. It is obvious that it is not fun to be the only heir to an empire.
‘The boy will be here with the paper soon, I thought you have seen today’s paper and that was why you wanted to kill him’
Something very hard and dangerous passed across Johnson’s face. “He wants an heir soon; he is pushing me to get married’
Tunji chuckled and looked amused ‘what is so bad in that? You have a woman you are madly in love with, take her home and put a ring on her finger, it is that simple’
‘Linda is not ready, she said she won’t marry me until the old man dies and I can’t marry anybody else’ Johnson replied dejectedly.
A young man walked in holding a tabloid and handed it over to Tunji. Tunji gave the man a tip and send him away. He quickly opened the paper and pointed to a particular section.
‘This should solve the problem then, I am sure you will kill him after reading this’
Johnson collected the paper and scanned through, a headline caught his eyes and a furious look darkened his countenance. He dumped the tabloid and picked his car keys. He tried to look composed as he walked out of the bar.
Tunji picked the paper and read the headline aloud.
“HEIR TO FUMA EMPIRE IMPOTENT?”
The public has begun to speculate whether the only heir to FUMA empire Johnson Funsho Philips is impotent, this is due to the handsome man in his mid-thirties unattached state since he appeared on the scene seven years ago to claim his inheritance…
Tunji dropped the paper and drank the content of his cup at a gulp, he raised the cup in salute ‘to the soon-to-die old goat; you deserve it’
Linda Thomas is a beautiful lady in her late twenties, she waved at her friend from the balcony of her beautiful two- storey apartment as she made her way up. The two ladies hugged each other enthusiastically.
‘How’s your trip to Abuja girlfriend?’ Linda asked with a fond smile on her lips.
Tara swirled to show off her beautiful strapless gown and designer heels ‘as you can see, I almost died of enjoyment, that man knows how to handle a woman he…
Linda placed her right hand on Tara’s lips to silence her. She pointed to the two security guards within earshot and drew her friend into the sitting room.
‘Those guys will grow a second nose if they hear what you were about to say’ she moved into the beautifully set bar and poured her friend a drink. She poured herself one too and came to join Tara on the cushioned chair.
‘You don’t need to say it, you look it; I am sure you killed the poor old man on the bed’
Tara gave a devilish smile ‘oh, he is not dead yet but he might be if his wife found out that he was in Abuja and not in Canada on a business trip’
Linda laughed and gave her friend a high five ‘That’s why I love you, baby, you are a girl after my heart’
Tara dropped her cup and turned to her friend ‘how is your millionaire boyfriend doing?’
Linda smiled and rolled her eyes ‘he is not my boyfriend, he is my husband minus ring and wedding certificate’
Tara laughed and hit her friend playfully
‘You are so bad, you got him hooked anyway, the poor guy can die for you, I think he can even give up the whole empire for you’
Linda shook her head as she put her cup down and swallowed the wine she sipped ‘he must never do that, he will mean nothing to me without those empires, I was going to dump him you know? Before I miraculously found out that his father was that wealthy goat, then I discovered that I would die without him in my life’
Tara burst into an uncontrollable laughter ‘I think you are worse than me girl, like seriously the guy lost his heart and senses’ she tried to mimic Johnson ‘my poor innocent girl gave up everything for me, she even lost her virginity to send me to school. What will I do without angel Linda? I…
Both of them broke into a fitful laughter, Linda got choked and coughed repeatedly to clear her lungs ‘you won’t kill me, Tara, you missed something there” she got up and tried to mimic Johnson ‘she sold her body to send me to school, she became a hooker for me, my poor baby, she was just seventeen…’
Tara could not hold it anymore. She laughed hard again and held Linda’s two hands fondly. ‘let’s give up being a hooker and go into acting, both of us would make a good actress, we might even win some awards’
Linda snatched her hand away and walked up to the bar quietly to pour herself another drink. ‘You can go into acting all by yourself. I am going to become more popular when I get tired of having fun and decided to settle down; I am going to be the wife of one of the wealthiest man in the country’ she took a sip and turned to her friend. ‘Do you want to meet the wealthy Mrs. Funsho Johnson?’
Tara shook her head and pouted beautifully ‘I know her, she is my friend and she is beautiful’
The gateman opened the gate and Johnson drove into the gate like a madman, he alighted from the car with two of his bodyguards. The look on his face was a furious one; he was about entering the house when two housemaids rushed to meet him looking perplexed. One of the maids opened her mouth to speak but the look on Johnson’s face scared her into silence; the second girl drew her back and stepped forward
‘You have to go to the hospital now sir’ she couldn’t meet Johnson’s eyes.
Johnson moved closer to them and they both stepped back in fear.
‘Why do I have to go there? I command you to speak now if you still want to keep your job!’
‘It’s your… fath…er’ both of them spoke together
‘What happened to my father? Both of you are not making any sense!’ he shouted at them and both of them burst into tears.
One of the bodyguards received a call; he spoke into the phone for few minutes and walked towards Johnson.
‘We have to go to the hospital now sir, your father had another heart attack when you were not around. It is very serious. I am sorry’
END OF EPISODE TWO