Tanure stared at Richard bringing down the luggage from the boot.They were back home and she was greatly missing London already.As Richard had promised,it was indeed an unforgettable experience for her.
“Are you okay?”Tanure asked,he had been so quiet since they got on the plane, and that was unusual.
“Yes, I’m just tired”He replied walking into the house with the luggage.
Tanure tossed from side to side on her bed.She knew something was wrong with him and she was upset that he wouldn’t tell her about it.
She felt thirsty and headed downstairs to the kitchen,there, she saw Richard searching for something in the cabinets.
“What are you looking for?”She asked, curiously.
He frozed,she was supposed to be asleep.”No…nothing”He replied without turning to face her.
She walked up to him, and turned him around to face her.He looked so pale.
“What’s wrong, Richard?”She asked, concerned.
He sighed.”I have running stomach”He confessed.
“See, when I told you to stop eating creme this creme that, you didn’t listen”
“They were irresistible and this is not the time to scold me,you know”He replied slumping on a stool in the breakfast bar.
“How many times have you gone to the toilet?”
Richard gulped.”I’m not telling you that”
“There’s nothing to be ashamed of, how many times?”She pressed on.
“I’ve gone to the toilet but I’m not telling you how many times”
She chuckled.”Was it up to twenty times?”She joked.
Richard’s jaw dropped.”Aha,you want me to excrete my intestines too”
She grinned, even as pale as he looked,he still had his sense of humor.She stopped kidding around when she saw how uncomfortable he seem,he was no longer sitting on the stool but was pacing around then he leaned against the wall.
“I…. I can’t find any drugs,I thought I had some in this….”
“They’re upstairs, but first,you have to eat something”She cut in, softly.
“I don’t think I can eat anything right now”
“C’mon, I can make some pap, lie down flatly on the couch, It’ll be ready before you know it”She urged.
He nodded weakly and walked away.
Few minutes later, Tanure sat in front of him and fed him with the pap that she had prepared.
“There’s no sugar”He complained.
“You are still looking for sugar in your condition”She snapped.
Richard felt his stomach jerked,his eyes widened knowing what was going to happen next.
“Tanure,I need water”He choked out.
She brought out a bottle of water behind her.
“No.Not that one.”
She frowned. “What’s wrong with this one?”
Richard glared at her, couldn’t she just get the sign that he didn’t want her to witness the most embarrassing moment of his life.
“It’s not pure”
Tanure stared at the bottle of water highly confused,it looked perfectly clean to her.
As much as he tried to fight against it, he felt something big in his throat then he threw up.
Tanure quickly opened the water and wiped his face at the same time rubbing her other hand on his back.
“I have mercilessly humiliated myself”He croaked out, shaking his head.
“Don’t be such a man”
“I just threw up in front of….”
“Your wife”She cut in.
Richard grinned.”My wife”
“You’re never going to eat those creme whatever again”She declared.
Richard lay down to sleep after taking some pills, Tanure got on the bed too.
“You want to sleep here tonight?”He asked, surprised.
“Yes.In case you need anything.”
A smile lit up his face.”Then I should fall sick often”He joked.
Tanure eyed him.”Do you want me to die of anxiety?”
He held her hand.”It means so much to me that you care about me, Tanure”He muttered and snuggled up into her arms.
Tanure stared at him admiring his face,was it possible to still look so cute and at the same time pale.Memories flashed into her head of when he would always escort her to the market in the village,most of the village girls had become her enemies then because city boy had chosen her and then she thought she was lucky.
Tanure sighed sadly,she didn’t want to think about the past, but right now, she couldn’t help but feel so scared, Richard was making her more happy than she ever thought possible and if it ends up the same way as before,it would……
“I love you,Tanure”He whispered.
Their eyes locked for a fervent moment.
Richard slowly closed his eyes feeling an ache inside his chest, that was the first time he had truly meant those words,he knew he shouldn’t have hoped to hear the same words from her but he couldn’t help it.
His eyes opened,he slowly sat up feeling a whole lot better, he glanced at the wall clock.10:24am.Damn! He couldn’t believe he slept that long but it was worth it since he felt so energetic.
He’d have to call in sick for work today.He smiled at the thought of staying home all day with Tanure.He really wanted to be inside of her again and again….. every single day.
He stood up and walked out of the room.Hurriedly,he made his way down the stairs and heard a sound from the kitchen.
He sauntered in to find her bringing out a flatware from the microwave.
Richard’s eyes skimmed her head-turning body.She was wearing a brown flared skirt and white cotton T-shirt.Should he lift up the skirt and take her?No! After waiting for so long,he would want to take her first in his bed,then after that, anywhere in the house would be fine.
Tanure turned around and saw him.She heaved a sigh of relief seeing that he wasn’t looking pale anymore.
“I was coming to wake you up, how are you feeling?”She asked.
“Much better”He replied.
“You should eat something and take your drugs”She said gesturing at the flatware.
“Well, right now, food is the least of my concern”He said walking up to her.
He stood in front of her, he was about to make his move then noticed she was fidgeting again.Richard’s teeth clenched.Day after day,he tries assure himself that she was his but a voice inside his head always tells him to dream on,he had ruined everything and she could never be his.He didn’t want to agree with that,he wanted to hold on to a glimpse of hope that she would forgive him….. that she would give him another chance but the look on her face right now broke his insides apart.
“You still don’t trust me, do you?”He asked, sadly.
Tanure looked stared at him, hating the sadness in his voice.
“I love you,why can’t you just believe that?”
“When I did,what did you do?”She asked, calmly.
Richard looked away from her wishing he could turn back time.
“I’m not that guy anymore. I don’t know what else to do to make you believe me…to make you see that I would never hurt you again, I’m so confused, I’m losing my mind, I love you so much but you just can’t keep treating me like this!”He yelled.
Seeing the startled look on her face suddenly made him mad at himself for raising his voice at her.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to yell at you… I just…..”He stuttered.
Damn it!he couldn’t even get angry at her.He walked out of the kitchen.
“Richard”She called but he didn’t answer and hurried out of the house.He just needed to clear his head and regroup his mind.
Tanure stared at the wall clock,it had been almost an hour since he left and it was raining heavily,she had tried calling him just to discover that he left his phone at home.
The saddened look on his face before he left the house made her feel so guilty.
“I’m Richard Boyowa, I’m not that city boy anymore, I’m Tanure’s husband and I want to be with just you”
“She’s Tanure, the most beautiful lady I’ve ever seen”
“I could give anything to keep seeing this forever”
“No, what kind of man will I be if I can’t carry my own wife”
Memories reeled through her mind as she stared at the window impatiently, she had been hurting him by rejecting him.She wouldn’t do that anymore, Richard loves her.He won’t hurt her ever again.All doubts fled.She buried the fear in her heart.It was okay to be happy with Richard.It won’t end the same way.
She wanted to talk to him badly but she had no idea where he had gone to.
A sound came from the main door,she hurried towards there to find him walking into the house completely drenched by the rain.
“Where have you been?”She asked, curiously.
“I just wanted to take a walk”He replied calmly.
“You should have took cover from the…..”
“I’m fine, Tanure, I’ll just get changed”He cut in as he intended to walk pass her, she held his arm.
“I’m sorry”She muttered.
Richard sighed.Well,he just had to look for more ways to prove to her that…..
“I was just scared.I’m so happy being with you….more than before and I was scared that pain was lurking at the end.”
Richard turned to face her.
“I’m not going to fight this anymore, I love you”She confessed.
His heart gladdened.”You what?”
“I… I love you”She drawled.
He smiled happily,he wanted to hug her right now but his clothes were wet,she moved closer to him and hugged him.
“It doesn’t matter. I just want you to know that I love and trust you”She cut in softly.
Richard slowly ran his hand through her hair.This wasn’t how he had planned to spend this day but it had turned out great and he wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”I love you more, Tanure.And my love for you doesn’t have an end, you’re my forever”
It had been two days,two long days and Richard haven’t made love to her.Why? Just why?She admitted her love for him, right?Then why was he holding back now that she desperately wanted him.
Tanure sighed.She was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the company.He had just taken her to see the land he purchased for her restaurant and after that, they met up with an architect.Now,she was waiting in his car because he quickly stopped by to take some paperwork.She didn’t know how to describe this happiness which keeps filling her heart but then he still wouldn’t take her.
She stared at some artworks and in an attempt to stop wondering when Richard would finally make love to her,she got down from the car.
Richard hurriedly headed towards an elevator.
“Ex- friend”Lanre called walking up to him.
Richard laughed walking into the elevator with Lanre.
“Is this what marriage has done to you? Yesterday, I called you but you didn’t want to hang out with me, how fair is that?”
“Lanre,I told you that I can’t go to clubs anymore”
“Aha, you were just going to tag along with me,you would have told the hot young chicks that you’re married.”
Richard shook his head,if only he knew how Tanure’s jealousy was like.
“And what would I have told my wife?”
Lanre laughed.”Faithful husband”He teased.
“You won’t believe what I heard this morning”
Richard sighed.”Sometimes, I think your job in this company is to spread rumours”
“It’s not my fault that I’m always the first person to receive information nah”
“What did you hear?”
Lanre eyed him.
“Tafia! Anyway,I heard Christine took a leave and it might be permanent.”
Richard frowned.”When did she start working that she’s already going on a leave?”
“Perks for having the CEO wrapped around her fingers, she’s so complicated.”Lanre commented.
Relief washed over Richard, maybe she had finally realized that he would never leave Tanure,she made a good decision.
As they strode into the parking lot,he saw Tanure staring at some art carvings.She looked so gorgeous in a maroon dress.Since the past two days,she had been giving him the ‘make love to me’ look,he didn’t just want those looks,he wanted her to come for him ardently,he wanted her to say what she wants.What was taking her so long?If she wouldn’t come for him tonight,he wouldn’t wait any longer.
She turned around and smiled,a moment of clarity began to dawn on him that this woman had managed to become the focus of his entire universe, without her,he didn’t know how he would exist.
“Stop smiling sheepishly and take her home already”Lanre whispered.
Richard smacked him on the arm playfully.
“If you have a suitable location for us to meet up,I promise to be there”He assured.
“Married man”Lanre teased.”Let me now go and greet my Ololufe”He laughed seeing Richard’s eyes flashed with anger.
“Don’t call her that” He warned.
Tanure paced up and down her bedroom, it had been hours since they got home and Richard still didn’t touch her.
“Ugh!” She exclaimed sitting on the bed. Since he wasn’t making the first move again.She knew she had to do it but how?
“Richard, make love to me” She said to herself.
She quickly shook her head. Too straightforward.
“I want you, Richard”
Still too straightforward. She buried her face on a pillow.
Richard was her husband so seducing him should be a piece of cake.
She stood up and walked towards her closet, opening it, she brought out a camisole and smiled.