THE RICH MAN’S WIFE: 1-2
THE RICH MAN’S WIFE
Susan had been happily married to Femi for over 5 years and they had two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. Femi was a very hardworking business man who always listened to his wife’s advice. Apart from being a wise wife, Susan was also a good woman, almost every week Susan would fast and pray for her husband’s success. Susan barely prays for herself, all her prayers were centered on her family, mostly she prayed for her husband.
Susan wanted her husband to be successful and no wonder she always dishes out good ideas and advice to her husband. Susan loved her husband so much, Femi was her first and last love and she could happily lay down her life for him.
Over few months, Susan had tried to talk her husband into venturing into other profitable deals that will make his business flourish but Femi had always declined. “I Don’t have enough money to run such deals and what if the deal fails? My business will go into bankruptcy” Femi had told His wife Susan but still she insisted that he should try it out. “My love, I can’t decieve you, if you had noticed, all the investment, I approved are always profitable and this time will not be different, trust me” Susan had added
Susan was her husband’s personal financial advisor, Every business investment Femi made, he would first discuss it with his wife and she would always give out good advice and sensible opinions about it and her advice always turn out to be a good one as Femi always saw progress in those investments susan approved that he can invest on.
The bad business investments Femi have made and saw loses on are the ones Susan had advised him not to invest on but he failed to listen and went ahead to invest in them, then from those mistakes Femi had learnt to always listen to his wife on the business investments she approves and declines.
Femi decided to take his wife’s advice and went ahead with the business deal and to his utmost surprise, he made it big. He became extremely Rich. Susan definitely has Femi’s best interest at heart and Susan thought Femi appreciated her. When the business deal was successful, Susan was the happiest woman on the planet, she danced for Joy. Femi praised her for her intelligence and wonderful ideas and she blushed.
Everything was going great, Susan and Femi were living thier lives until Femi’s parents suddenly got divorced. Femi’s whole sense of marriage and love died as his beloved mother was the guilty one, she left Femi’s father heart broken and she had flew to Europe with her lover with half of his father’s wealth. Femi was emotionally drained as he never believed that his mother could do all that to his father. And that was how Femi began to take out his anger and disappointment on his wife Susan.
“Women are dangerous, if my mother could do all that to my father after 35 years of marriage, then all women are not to be trusted, not even my wife” Femi had told himself. As time went by, Femi made sure Susan had no access to his wealth anymore, he stopped giving her money and the worst he stopped involving Susan in his business deals. Susan was shattered but she love her husband so much, that his money meant nothing to her.
Femi only provided the basic needs of the house like food and the children’s school fees but he stopped giving out his money to his wife and he stopped asking for her opinion or advice. In no time, Susan began to lack maintenance, her hair was always unkempt and her clothes were worn out but still Susan doesn’t mind as long as Femi was in her life as her husband, nothing else matters.
Soon everyone noticed that Susan was not looking good as she used to, gradually she became the talk of the Town and some concluded that she was just being simple.
Susan was constantly in lack as her husband had stopped giving her money to take care of her own needs. Susan decided to start her own business, so she could be getting little money to take care of her personal needs and send money to her parents as Femi had also stopped sending money to her aged parents.
She visited her best friend Anna with the hope she could lend her the capital needed for the business. Susan doesn’t mind starting small and she had already mapped out the kind of business she will go into but she got the biggest insult of her life instead.
“How can a RICH MAN’S WIFE be as miserable as you are? Susan you are always begging me money, when my husband is not as wealthy as yours, where do you want me to get 50 thousand naira from?, Susan I don’t have any money for you, go and meet your husband, he has money, and moreover, what kind of business, will you do with 50 thousand?, Your husband is a rich man, tell him to set you up with a big business and stop coming to me for any financial help, please, I have my own problems too” Anna, Susan’s Friend said bluntly and Susan was so embarrassed and ashamed.
She quietly left her friend’s house and she walked back home as she couldn’t even afford a cab. All through her walk home, she was in a deep thought, she wondered why her husband Femi stopped assisting her and her family financially.
“My husband knew that I’m the only child of my parents, why will he do this to them, He was the one who stopped me from taking a Job after our wedding and he promised to take care of my parents but now anytime I ask Femi to give me some money, he always tells me that he doesn’t have, when I know he worth over 30 million, and if I persist he will tell me that I’m so money conscious and that I want to ruin him, what have I done to him? Why is he treating me like this? This is so unfair. My friend Anna, who had been lending me money since two years now, has also decided to stop assisting me? How will I cope?
I think this is the perfect time to look for a job, I’m a graduate after all, I studied business administration and I know how my parents suffered to see me through the University, I refuse to be a liability and a beggar, when I know I could make my own money” Susan told herself.
THE RICH MAN’S WIFE
That evening, Susan told Femi about her plans. “My love, I want to start looking for a Job, so I could be productive”. Femi was mute and Susan wondered what was in his mind. “My husband say something” she added.
“So you want the whole world to call me an incompetent husband, Right?. I see, your plan is to ruin my good name, why do you want to work? Are you hungry? Are you the one paying for our children’s school fees? You contribute nothing in this house, so what’s your problem, our store is filled with food items, tell me what else you want? Or do you want an excuse to go out to visit your numerous lovers” Femi said at once,
“I beg your pardon,what do you mean by that, you know I have never cheated on you in this marriage, where is this coming from, the reason I want to take up a Job is majorly for my parent’s sake and I have my own personal needs too, which you had stopped taking care of and I need to help myself and my parent” Susan said at once.
“So you mean because of Money, you will not listen to me, right from day one, we agreed that you will never take up a job but all of a sudden you want to go against me because I stopped being your ATM, you see , you are just with me for the money” Femi entered and All Susan’s effort to make him understand was futile, he stood on his ground, he forbade Susan from taking a job and he walked out on Susan in anger.
As soon as Femi left she burst into tears, she wondered what has came over her husband. “Femi doesn’t listen to me anymore, He is just like a different person entirely, he is no longer the same man, I married years ago” Susan thought in tears. Susan decided to go on with her plans of getting a Job, with or without Femi’s approval with the hope that he will change his mind, when she gets the Job.
Four weeks later, Susan got a good Job and when Femi found out, he was so pissed. “So you went ahead to disobey me, you defied my order, you have just shown your true colors, I see that I can’t control you, you have no regard for me but let me tell you something, you have just dug your own grave, to the whole world, we are a married couple but to me, you are no longer my wife, it’s over between us hence I couldn’t tell you what to do, you are no more my wife, to hell with you, I don’t care what happens to you, from today, you are not related to me” Femi said in anger and all Susan’s effort to make him understand why she took the Job was futile.
Femi kept to his threats as he stopped eating Susan’s meals, he stopped sleeping in thier matrimonial room and gradually, he stopped returning home. Susan was so shattered, she involved people who her husband would listen to including her father in-law but still Femi’s heart was unmoved. For the sake of peace, Susan left the new Job but still Femi refused to return home. Susan was devasted and in a dilemma as she couldn’t understand what had went wrong in her marriage. The worst was that Femi wasn’t taking her calls.
One day, the worst happened when Susan got a call from her father that her mother was hospitalized. “My daughter, your mother is critically ill and we need 80, 000 naira before the doctor will commence treatment on her, you know your mother is also diabetic” Susan’s Father told her, She could sense fear in her father’s voice. When Susan ended the call, She became frustrated, she wondered how she was going to explain to her father that she couldn’t provide the money.
“I don’t have a dime on my account and the worst my husband who I would have asked for the money has not returned home for weeks, how will I get 80,000 naira now? Oh my God, who will I turn to? All my friends including Anna had mocked me because of my incessant begging, why is my life miserable, even though my Husband is wealthy, how can a Rich man’s wife like myself, be unable to afford 80,000 naira, life is so unfair. I will never forgive myself, if any thing bad happens to my mom” Susan thought sadly.
She decided to give her husband a call with the Hope that he would pick up, Susan called Femi severally with no luck. She went into thier bedroom and she turned thier wardrobe upside down, with the hope that her husband left money somewhere but she found no money, she was about to lose hope, when she saw her husband’s gold wrist watch, immediately she rushed to the pawn shop to pawn the wrist watch.
Unfortunately, She got 60,000 naira from selling her husband’s gold wrist watch instead of 80,000 she needed. Immediately she sent the money to her father for her mother’s treatment. “My daughter thank you so much but what about the 20 thousand naira balance, the doctor still insist I complete the payment, please my child” Susan’s Father entered calmly and Susan promised to complete the payment as soon as possible.
“How is Mom?” Susan threw in sadly
“She is here, we are expecting the doctor, I pray the doctor agrees to start your mother’s treatment, the doctor is so mean, I wonder if he has a heart, but don’t worry my child, your mother will be fine” Susan’s Father replied