Ayoko sits at the far end of Mercy’s sofa, cross-legged, her right hand in a fist supporting her jaw, sighing. Mercy asks what is wrong with her.
I’m very worried. My goods might get destroyed. You know some of these footwears can peel off when the heat becomes unbearable. They cost me so much and I owe the bank. How do I pay if that happens? In these times I feel you’re lucky you’re a house wife
Mercy thinks about it for the first time and realizes she really is in a different situation from that of her friend. Prior to the lock down, she thought she was going to lose her husband. She felt the presence of a third party. She felt the affection of her husband waning day by day. He kept coming home late, sometimes not sleeping home and sometimes getting home so distracted. He could go for weeks without touching her. And when she tried to initiate, he gave many excuses. There were times she could hear him murmer sweet words in his sleep. On several occasions, she had caught him jumpy with his phone. But after the lockdown, things began to normalize.
During the first few days, he tried to sit in the parlor, away from her. She tried her best to serve him with his best meals. Then he got angry for no reason. It seemed he was fighting with a force which was not present and he took it out on her. Those times were not easy for her because she was a teacher before she got married. Her husband forced her to stop teaching because he needed a full time wife, that meant a housewife, one he woke up to and came home to. At first she refused but both families called her out. Her husband being a Chartered Accountant and working with a big Telecommunication Network could afford everything. So she heeded. He gave her all the money she needed but couldn’t afford to give her his time.
Kofi initially mostly came home tired, ate, took a bath and slept. Still, he found a little bit of time to make love to her before doing his bathroom rituals and getting ready to start another day. But all that stopped barely a year into their marriage. After two weeks of his tantrums in the lockdown, she was laying their bed when she felt his arms around her. What started sweet ended up as brutal sex. It was the first time he had seen the beast in her husband. It was painful at a point but for the first time in their relationship, she orgasmed. Her screams and moans filled the room and she saw the delight in his eyes. Since then, they’ve tried several positions, in different parts of the house. He even went as far as tying her up and giving it to her in a way she never thought possible. Then they began to talk. He started helping her in house chores. It has been blissful since then. But how can she tell Ayoko this when she is in such a bad mood?
Ayoko is in a dire situation because the world is changing due to a virus which no one knows how to kill or cure. But she gained back a friend, a lover and a helper. She even feels she has taken seed and is yet to confirm. Right now her husband is out in their garden pruning flowers. Ayoko’s house is just opposite hers, a single parent to a high school boy, she works so hard to earn her keep and she can see Ayoko is very afraid.
It’ll be well. Government will give relief loans. Mercy manages to say.
You know those ones will compound on the already existing loan. How can I survive? My rent is also due in few months. I barely have enough saved to take us through the two months of lock down. Mercy… Her voice breaks into a painful gasp.
I can loan you some money. Ayoko looks gratefully at her, nods and says: You’re lucky your husband has a steady job. I miss us at the shore.
Mercy gives her a knowing smile Yes, we always have had fun at the shore.
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Pics