DELICATE BOND: SEMI FINAL
Lucy was still crying when her phone rang, she picked up her phone to see who it was, she quickly wiped her tears and stopped crying, She was glad when she discovered that the caller was no other but Richard, she had not heard from him for days.
“Hey Richie” She said
“Hello Mrs Lucy” Richard said calmly at the other end of the phone, Lucy wondered why Richard was being formal with her but she kept mute.
She was mute for a while until Richard added
“How are you today? I’m sorry about the other day, I hurriedly left you and your husband at the restaurant just like that, everything was awkward and uncomfortable with your husband staring at both of us like criminals, Lucy, I hope I didn’t get you into trouble”
“Everything is fine, my husband doesn’t care” Lucy said calmly
Richard sensed that her voice was down and enquired if something was wrong, But Lucy insisted that she was fine, Finally Richard promised to visit Lucy at noon, so they could talk better.
At Noon, Richard paid Lucy a visit at her matrimonial home as he promised, Richard was glad to see Lucy, they sat on the couch in the living room, “your home is beautiful” Richard told Lucy. He became uncomfortable when he looked around and saw their wedding portrait.
“I hope my visit to your home won’t upset your husband, if he finds out? “Richard asked
“Of course not, my husband is not like that, he doesn’t care about all that, he trust me and moreover we are not doing something wrong, you are my friend and it’s not wrong you came over to visit me” Lucy said,
“Lucy, I’m sorry for the numerous questions” Richard said. and Lucy told him it was fine, ” you can feel comfortable, what do you want to drink? ” She asked. The way Lucy politely communicated with him melted his heart, his mind relaxed a bit and he told her, “Anything, wine or champagne!”.
Just like Nathan and Lucy, Richard also came from a well to do family. He studied abroad and he is an entrepreneur and a successful one at that. Without wasting further time, they started talking and it dawned on Richard that Lucy was not happy in her marriage with Nathan. There’s sadness in Lucy’s voice each time she talked about her husband or her life.
Lucy found her mind swaying back to her sad situation and loveless marriage. Richard noticed something wasn’t right so he asked her what the problem was but Lucy said she was ok, “you are my friend, so feel free to talk to me” he said. There was no way Lucy was going to tell the man she occasionally fantasized about that she was tired of her marriage and that her husband doesn’t love her, No way!
Richard figured she was resistant, so he respected her privacy and shut the conversation down. There was a little silence afterwards and Richard broke the silent by asking how long she had been married
“For 2 years now” Lucy replied, “Wow! Thats good to know” he said smiling and Lucy smiled too
Richard couldn’t help but admire how beautiful Lucy was as she smiled, he quickly remembered she was married and called himself back to order.
“I pray I get married to someone like you because you are so beautiful and you are so down to earth, I cherish every moment I spend with you, your husband is a lucky man” he said and Lucy smiled more, “Well fortunately, he doesn’t appreciate what he has” she said still smiling
Richard was surprised and shocked at the same time, “So you mean your husband doesn’t appreciate you?” he asked and Lucy nodded “Yes”.
“But you both love each other?” Richard asked
“My husband is the love of my life, I honestly can’t imagine being with someone else”. Lucy replied, Richard smiled and asked “Another meaning for love Is appreciation, How can you be so sure you married the love of your life, when your husband doesn’t appreciate you?”. That question hit Lucy , she was mute and couldn’t find the right words to give as an answer.
There was grave silence and Richard figured he went too far with his question. He apologized and he told Lucy “I will be leaving now, thank you for having me over, Thank you so much, my regards to your husband”
Lucy bid him goodbye as she walked him to his car outside.
She was consumed with thoughts and couldn’t get Richard’s question off her mind.
She kept telling herself “Nathan is not the love of my life, he never loved me, he always told me that he was incapable of loving anyone and I stupidly agreed to marry him, it’s all my fault not his, I thought he Will one-day fall in love with me, I was so wrong”
Richard ’s harmless words became a torn on Lucy’s flesh “another meaning of love is appreciation” she was having a hard time getting her mind off it. The scary part of the whole thing was that she doesn’t feel anything for Nathan anymore. Richard’s words kept replaying in her mind and it was evident that she was wallowing in confusion and regrets, she wished she could turn back time to make everything right.
That day, Lucy decided to ask Nathan for a divorce, before they bring in innocent children into thier loveless marriage.
That evening, Nathan did not return home, he called Lucy to inform her that he was going to spend his night at his mother’s place, before he could give his reasons, the call ended, she tried calling him back but the phone was switched off “That’s strange” Lucy thought.
The next day, Lucy’s day began with Richard’s phone call. “How are you doing my good friend” Richard said at the other end of the phone “I’m good” Lucy said calmly
“I’m at your gate” Richard said
“At my gate? Why?” Lucy said shockingly
“I came around your neighbourhood this morning and I decided to see you briefly today but if it’s not the right time, I can go”Richard said at once
“no Richard, there’s never a wrong time for friends to see each other, come in!”Lucy said
Richard arrived in no time, the two friends were sighted sitting on the couch in the sitting room , conversing, Lucy laughed so hard at Richard jokes, it seems as if she had decided to get rid of her sorrows.
as their little conversation was going on, Lucy countenance suddenly changed immediately Richard asked about her husband Nathan.”I hope your husband was not upset about my visit yesterday?”
she was mute and immediately Richard figure she was sad, “I hope my question doesn’t upset you?, I’m sorry” he said and Lucy gave a faint smile, “You said nothing wrong, it’s just that I have so much going on now and little things tend to trigger some sad emotions” she said as few drops of tears fell off her eyes.
Richard stretched his hand and cleaned the tears that fell off her eyes, “Please stop crying, you are beautiful and deserve to be happy” he said. Lucy closed her eyes and thought of how her husband keeps neglecting her and broke down in tears the more. Richard became emotional too, he moved closer to her and rested her head on his chest.
“My Husband did not return home yesterday and today he is not back yet and this is 10:30am already and till now no call from him, I don’t know why he treats me like I don’t matter to him, I know he doesn’t love me but must he rub that to my face all the time? “Lucy said, she was in tears, she opened up all the emotions she had been bottling up for more than two years.
The atmosphere became intoxicated with emotions.
Richard held Lucy tightly and his grip caused her body to shake and made her heart beat faster. Before they knew what was happening, Richard looked into her eyes and planted a hot passionate kiss on her lips. Lucy knew deep down that what she was doing was wrong but she didn’t have the power to stop it, it has been long since she had made love with her husband.
They kissed for a long time, Richard laid Lucy down on the couch in thier sitting room and placed his hot body on her soft body, he was burning and ready to devour Lucy. “You are beautiful and I love you so much” he whispered to her ears and she rolled her eyes in pleasure. Richard pulled her clothes off and kissed every part of her body,
Lucy moaned in great pleasure.
After about thirty minutes of intense pleasure, they both tiredly laid on each other on the couch, trying to catch their breath when Lucy sight wandered to the unlocked door, she almost died due to shock when she saw her husband Nathan staring at them. “How did he get in and when did he get in” were the thoughts running through her mind. She shamefully told Richard that her husband was there. They untangled themselves immediately.
Lucy was dying of guilt but didn’t
Know what to do or say, They got up afterwards and Shamefully stared at Nathan who was already in tears, “Oh No!” he screamed and walked away crying, Nathan was shattered, he remembered what happened on his 10th birthday and now he understood how his mother felt that day. The pain triggered ugly memories and he wept bitterly.
Final Episode coming soon