May 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm #1213828
Synopsis: When love seems like a bed of roses until the past hits you so hard that your vows are the only thing you could hold on to.May 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm #1213829
Copyright © 2018 by Loudest Thoughts
‘Yes I Do’, he replied with a grin.
He’s tall, slender with bears. Dressed in a white suit while his soon to be wife was fully clad in her beautiful white gown adorned with diamond stones.
Her heels gave her an extra height, as she is the petite type with a beautiful face. Her red lips and round hips are her best features.
While her husband had brown eyes she had blue eyes which could light a whole room of darkness. They always teased each other about their features and made fun of who was taller and shorter.
‘Grissel do you take this man as your lawful wedded husband’ the priest asked again for the second time.
Grissel was deep in thoughts.
“Babes are you okay?” Tom her husband to be asked with a shoulder tap.
He was every lady’s dream but that morning he belonged to his shy and gentle heartthrob.
“Huh!” she exclaimed.
‘The priest asked a question’ he announced with a frown.
‘I’m sorry’ she apologized to no one in particular.
Among the crowd were murmurings as to why she was so lost in her thoughts.
“We can continue”, she quietly announced to the old priest reading the vows.
They wrote their own vows but Grissel told him that morning when she sat beside him during the service that she had forgotten what she memorized.
Tom didn’t want to sound angry on his long awaited happy day so he quickly arranged for the church vows.
Tom glanced at her with an expression that informed her she’s in for a lot of trouble. She was already having troubles picturing their honeymoon as she’s not sure what to expect.
She was still in her thoughts when the smooth voice of the priest jerked her out.
‘Do you take this man as your law…..?’ The priest was cut short.
Her red small lips went apart quickly. “Yes I do.”
Soon enough the church came to an end and the second part began. She found it difficult to blend in as her husband was giving her faces.
Like earlier on the dance floor, he totally ignored her when she asked what he was doing he could only manage a sigh.
‘Were you having second thoughts.’ he finally asked when they retired to their chair.
The noise and cheers from friends and family gave her headaches, she managed a frown.
‘That’s what I thought’, he concluded for her.
‘No I wasn’t Tom’, I just wa….’
‘Tom can you tell us how you met this Angel.’ The M.C asked while the crowd cheered.
He hesitated for a while but Grissel gave him a slight touch on the thighs and he feigned a smile.
‘Don’t do this to me?’ She whispered.
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Tom picked up the microphone and cleared his throat. ‘So there was this day my car broke down in the middle of nowhere. I called up my family and friends who were all far from where I was. Then Austin’s call came in.’
The crowd murmured. ‘Smile Tom.’ Grissel whispered.
‘Okay my wife just whispered I love you.’ Everyone laughed and as usual the boys in the far corner were making noise.
Tom was lucky to have both American and African friends, so his normal day as a man full of dreams who had lots of girls flocking around him wasn’t boring.
‘Go on.’ The MC encouraged.
‘Austin said he had a friend who was closer so he was going to send the person to pick me. He forgot to mention it was a female.’ He paused and feigned a smile. ‘About some thirty minutes, this black beauty with her shades on pulled up and asked me to join her ride. I bluntly told her I wasn’t waiting for an escort then she mentioned Austin sent her.’
‘So at first sight you thought she was a call girl.’ The MC interrupted.
‘Yes, I mean she wasn’t dressed as one but she was a beauty.’
‘And you assumed every escort is a beauty.’ The MC scoffed this time.
‘Aren’t they all beautiful?’ There was distance laughter from within the crowd.
‘But mind you, my wife is the prettiest.’ He feigned a smile at her and looked straight at the MC who was standing in front of his table.
‘So what happened after that?’
‘The drive home was quiet and I figured she was the quiet type.’ Tom grinned. ‘I’m not sure if she noticed I was stealing glances and was sweating. I felt ready for marriage that very moment, you could call it love at first sight.’
‘Love at first sight huh.’ The MC stressed.
‘When i alighted, I had to apologize for thinking she was an escort. She just smiled and drove off.’ Tom grinned at this point. ‘I remember calling my aunty about this girl giving me sleepless night, she just laughed knowing how flirtatious I can be.
She didn’t believe me when I told her this one is for real.’
‘So you had a lot of girls huh.’
‘Trust me, more than you can think of but all that changed in Grissel’s car. I was attracted to her and wasn’t sure if it was her beauty because she didn’t speak a word in there with me.’
‘And you didn’t take her number Tom?’
‘I knew I would meet her again and luckily some few weeks after, Austin invited her for one of our usual drink ups.’
‘And there you got your moment.’
‘You should have seen me that day. I told Austin look man, I hope this girl isn’t your wife. He replied with a smile and my world fell apart.’
‘You thought you lost her?’ He asked.
‘Yes, he should have just given me an answer to my question. I finally had to talk to him again and he said she’s all mine but I wouldn’t like what I see.’
‘What does he mean you wouldn’t like what you see? Was Grissel some sort of hard nut to crack?’
‘A very tough one, it took me two years and here we are today. It turned out she’s just the gentle and stubborn type who probably have met some blockheaded men along the line so she chose to be reserved.’
Tom hadn’t noticed Grissel was pushing her tears back at that moment.
‘So how do you feel today?’ The MC and everyone’s eyes were fixated on him.
He looked around confused.
‘Tom, how do you feel after cracking the nut?’
‘Wait for it. I’m looking for the right word.’ He laughed.
‘Listen everyone, I think the man of the moment has something up his sleeves.’ The crowd cheered.
‘I can call you Danny right?’ He asked the MC.
‘Yeah sure.’ He replied
‘When you were a child you always wanted a toy right?’
‘Yes at some point.’ Danny replied and wasn’t sure where Tom was going with that.
‘Do you always get your toys that easily?’ Tom looked Danny straight in the eyes probably to find out if he was telling lies.
‘Not a chance, it takes a miracle to get my desired toys.’
‘How do you feel any time your parents deny your request?’ Tom asked again.
‘I cry and make a scene.’
‘Great, and now that you are of age how do you feel?’
‘Gosh I can get the whole d--n world if I so wish.’ Danny responded smiling.
‘There you have your answer. Not to say my wife is a toy but I used to cherish my toys back then. My family can attest to that.’ He glanced at his family.
Julia and Melisa smiled from the front where they sat. ‘That’s true.’ Julia shouted out.
‘I can buy the whole dam world with Grissel by my side.’ He turned to Grissel who had supported her jaw with her hands watching Tom speak.
‘Aww, that’s a nice one.’ Danny blushed.
‘And wait. This is to Austin, I would cherish this toy you brought into my life and I promise never to make her cry so you can stop doing due diligence anytime you and I quarrel.’
‘I will boss.’ He shouted from the far right corner while everyone else laughed.
‘Grissel do you have anything to say. I mean your husband just promised you the whole d--n world.’
She just broke down with tears. Tom wasn’t sure if he should hug her at that moment because aside the nice things he said which were from his heart he was still confused about her reaction in the church auditorium.
‘OMG, he just made her cry when he promised earlier never to make her cry.’ Danny teased.
He knew Grissel wasn’t the Public display affection type so he wiped her eyes with the back of his hands and held onto her tightly.
‘Austin, don’t come for my head yet, that wasn’t me. I guess she meant to say I love you.’ Tom made everyone laugh with tears at that point.
‘Now, isn’t that Love.’ That came from someone from the crowd.
‘Grissel congratulations,’ her elder sister came hugging her.
That was the last time they spoke before the party came to an end.
***TBCMay 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm #1213837~BryteeMember
….May 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm #1213843Chukwubike EdwardMember
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The drive to their matrimonial home was quiet as it seems Tom was still angry over her wife’s reaction in church.
Tom and Grissel never had a thing for honeymoons out of town. They both agreed on a night in their new home.
The movers brought their things in two weeks to their wedding while they both supervised the interior decorator who worked on the arrangements.
They had the bedroom decorated specially for the wedding night where they both stayed away from before the wedding. She did a good work with the shades of blue in the room.
Soon they arrived at their gate where their driver for that day got down to open up the gate.
On other days, Tom would have rushed to open the door for her to get down but he just got out of the car and walked into the house but it almost seemed as if something else was bothering him.
Grissel shook her head while walking briskly to meet him inside on his way up.
‘You practically tried to hurt my lips with that violence kiss.’ She said when the door closed behind them.
‘What are you driving at Grissel?’
‘All I’m saying is you tried to hurt me back there in church.’
‘Okay, I’m sorry.’
‘What else do you want me to say Grissel.’
‘You can start with the reason why you hurt my lips.’
‘After all the nice things I said out there from my heart all you could think of right now is hurt lips.’
‘Yes, it’s equally important and I want to know why you hurt me.’
‘Maybe you can start with why you forgot our vows when you told me last night you memorized it.’
‘It just happened Tom but right now we are not talking about that but my lips.’
Tom turned and looked at her standing in the middle of the hall as if she was glued to that spot. He realized her constant mention of hurting her lips wasn’t the problem but walking upstairs. His wife was scared.
He walked closer to her and reached out for her lips. Tom had always been the first to say sorry since he had anger issues like his dad. So that moment wasn’t different as he’s been trying so hard over the years not to become like his dad.
‘Look it’s true I hurt your lips. Forgive me.’ He held her head and brought his lips onto hers and gave her a passionate kiss just the way she liked it.
Tom broke the kiss after a few minutes. ‘There you go, does that make up for what I did.’
She nodded coyly and still stood at the point she was since they came in.
He watched her fumbled with her hands and the next thing she knew Tom had carried her climbing the stairs. He dropped her at the entrance of the door and locked up.
‘Why do you have to carry me here?’
‘Because that is what newlyweds do and this is your room now.’
‘Aah okay, I forgot.’ She feigned a smile.
‘Now you know so can you freshen up, I will be waiting for you.’
Tom winked giving her a clue.
‘What for?’ She asked naively.
‘Our wedding night.’
‘Please I’m tired, can’t we postpone?’ She asked with fear lacing her voice..
‘That wasn’t what we agreed on Grissel.’
‘I know I said no sex before marriage and now we are married but I’m tired tonight.’
Tom shook his head, watching his wife of twelve hours ago undress herself shyly while hiding her body alongside. He decided to let it go as she’s worth the wait.
He has tried initiating sex for as far as he could remember during courtship but his wife wouldn’t agree to it. Tom loves and adores Grissel so he had to let her win all the time like he was about to do now.
‘Alright, I can wait one more night Grissel.’
‘Thank you Tom, I know it’s selfish of me but you are the best.’ She smiled happily.
He gave her a sad look, took off his wears and walked to the bathroom in his boxers bare chested.
‘Love, you have a call.’ Grissel shouted out to him minutes after.
‘Okay, just a minute,’ he came out with drops of water on his face, picked up his phone and hit the recall button.
‘Hello,’ he said to the other caller. The rest was him nodding his head and then hanged up.
‘Why didn’t I do this sooner,’ he whispered to himself with an expression her wife couldn’t read.
‘Tom is everything okay’, Grissel asked when she saw how he sat abruptly on the bed.
‘Yeah, just work.’
But he felt an adrenaline surge through his body and he couldn’t wait any longer. He closed his eyes, opened it immediately and tried to walk closer to her.
She turned around and got startled.
‘Jeez Tom, you scared me.’ She said with her hand across her chest as she wasn’t done undressing and she didn’t want to seem like she was so shy about her body.
‘I’m sorry about church, I should have paid attention last night when you were fidgeting over how your first night would be like.’
‘Yeah you should have, maybe I wouldn’t have gone to church today thinking about it.’ She replied with fear.
‘Forgive me, can we take it slow now?’ he said caressing her hands which he held earlier when she got startled.
He always had a way with his words. Grissel always found solace in his words since they met.
But she realized he seemed worked out and angry even when he meant to sweet talk her.
‘Tom I’m sorry, you just have to wait for tomorrow. I thought you agreed earlier to let it go for tonight.’
‘Come on Grissel this is so childish, we are married for heaven’s sake.’
She ignored his ranting’s and walked away into the washroom.
Grissel came back in her long red night gown and sat on their bed.
Tom has a thing for Red’s. At that moment he wasn’t thinking right, he walked closer to his wife who was about to pray.
Grissel was caught off guard, all she realized was her night gown getting ripped off, her strength giving her away slowly and Tom on top of her doing his own press up.
She yelled to him to reconsider. She cried loudly and tried throwing tantrums. He seemed to have heard her pleas so he paused at a point and took it slow while still pinning her down.
The room went dark, as if her yells had the ability to turn off the power but she just hadn’t noticed her hands hit the external light switch.
She tried to push him away but his strength was much more than hers.
Her sobbing’s filled the room, her tears soiled her face. She has no idea what else soiled the bed but she could feel it so wet.
At a point he released the grip on her and Grissel had a perfect chance to get away but she looked into his eyes through her teary eyes and their gazes met.
She saw pure lust in his eyes but there was a certain feeling running through her body at that moment she felt she wasn’t a victim anymore.
Tom looked away and forgot he released his grip earlier. He kissed her slowly from the neck region to her chest.
She thought for a moment what she has to lose when he hasn’t complained for the past minutes. Seems what she was afraid of didn’t matter to Tom at all.
Grissel moaned away through her sobbing’s, though in pain but responded to every touch and t----t.
He gave his final t----t and collapsed on her.
She pushed him off with a certain force and gathered the sheet to cover herself.
She was in a semi sitting position while her husband pushed up his pants and sat at the edge of the bed with his hands on his head.
‘Are you satisfied,’ she managed to ask after a long sigh and tears.
She picked herself up from the bed gently, struggled through her walking to the bathroom unclad.
She spent almost the rest of the evening in the bath tub.
‘Did I just get defiled by my husband?’ She forced a smile. She wasn’t so sure why she smiled that way when she was in tears earlier.
Grissel shook her head then her eyes fell on the medicine bottle on the washroom shelf. She got out of the tab and picked it up reading the inscription on it carefully.
Her eyes lit with joy as she took out three capsules and drop them in her mouth. Getting herself back into the tub, she fetched the running water into her mouth and swallowed so hard.
After a few minutes of trying to wash the sweat off her body she got out and wiped herself dry. With her towel wrapped around her body, she came out still struggling to walk.
Grissel realized Tom had already changed the sheets and was fast asleep. That made her wonder how long she spent in the bathroom.
She let out a heavy sigh and picked up her pillow heading out of her room then she remembered Tom hadn’t said anything since the act. He just slept off.
Grissel looked back at her husband coiled under the duvet and walked back. ‘I can’t let two years of hard work go down the drain.’ She muttered painfully.
She stood at her side of the bed and glared at him then laid herself gently beside him.
“Forgive Grissel, you were at fault too.’ She murmured to herself and pulled the duvet over her head.
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Grissel woke up late for the first time she slept over.
‘Gosh my body hurts’, she complained to herself yawning. It was just as if she forgot herself and the events of last night.
‘Tom are you in the study?’
She called out and walked out of bed and her legs hit her torn night gown on the floor. She looked down and as if the same force from last night pushed her wedding night into her brain.
Grissel walked back slowly to the bed and had a seat.
As if her tears were sent a special invite, they flowed freely.
‘Tom I hate you. This is not how to start.’
She stood up and paced around.
‘Okay get it together, he is your husband now and the man you love.’ She murmured to herself while picking up a blouse and slipped it on.
He located her blue flip flops on the rack and the next thing was the sound of the door banging.
Tom was seated in his office on a Sunday which was supposed to be their thanksgiving.
His office door flung open which startled him.
‘Aunty wh…at are you do…ing here,’ he asked stuttering.
She gave him a look which explains she knows something.
‘Mike called you didn’t he?’
‘What were you thinking Tom?’
‘I’m sorry Aunty, I didn….’
‘Hold it, tell that to your wife when you get home.’
I can’t go back to that house.’
‘Oh you will, pack up your stuff now.’ His Aunt yelled.
‘I’m not going with you besides I can’t look her in the face.’
‘You will when I drag you there.’
‘What exactly did Mike tell you?’
Tom called Mike when he sneaked out to his office and narrated the events of last night to him, hoping he would keep his mouth shut.
“What is wrong with you?” Julia was fuming with anger. “Did I not raise you well enough?”
‘Aunty this is not about raising me well.’
‘Should it be about defiling your innocent wife of just twelve hours and then hide in this office when you should be home ashamed of yourself?’
‘Innocent indeed.’ He murmured to himself.
“What did you just say?”
“Nothing, I just coughed.”
“Stupid boy, get yourself in your car now.”
“What if I don’t want to go Aunty?’
‘You want a harassment case filed by your wife right.’
‘She dare not do that.’ He raised his voice with fear. ‘That’s not even possible and besides she has no proof.’
‘I guess you are forgetting where she works Tom. Just get yourself out into the car already.’
‘Okay,’ he said with a skipped heart and picked up his car keys.’
“I will drive behind you.’ His Aunty said.
‘We would have to pass by KFC.’
“What for Tom.”
‘It’s almost lunch time, I want to get some food for us.’
‘That’s not important now, Grissel will make lunch.’
‘How sure are you,’ he said and frowned.
‘I know Grissel, she knows her responsibility even in difficult times.’
‘But I’m hungry now, I didn’t get to eat breakfast because she was fast asleep.’ Tom feigned hunger. ‘What makes you think she would be up getting lunch?’
‘And whose fault was that.’
‘Okay, let’s not go there. I can still get back to KFC in case your instincts fail you.’ He announced quickly.
‘Trust your wife, she loves you.’
‘Love.’ He mentioned and smiled.
‘Looks like you are not happy about that news.’
‘Oh I am, I get to eat home meal then,’ he feigned a smile.
‘Let’s get going.’ Her Aunt announced.
They both walked out and got into their cars.
Julia, who took over her sister’s responsibility since she died giving birth to Tom feels she over pampered him. She did everything like her sister asked. Because of Tom and her sister she never got married and never given birth as young as she was then.
She accepted Grissel when he brought her home and treated her like her own. She just loved the girl.
Grissel is the gentle type. Hardly talks about what’s bothering her which Tom seemed not to have a problem with. She was certain they loved each other after a year of being friends and another year of dating. But his demeanor earlier gave her second thoughts.
‘Was he fooling them all this while just to destroy Grissel like he did to the other women.’
Julia was still in her thoughts when her phone rang.
‘Mike, yes I got him. We are on our way home though I planned leaving him at the gate.’
‘Thanks a lot Aunty.’ Mike responded at the other end of the call.
‘I should be thanking you. Let’s talk when I get home.’ She said and hanged up.
In no time they were packing in front of the house.
‘I messed up and I’m sorry. No, she won’t believe that.’
He shook his head.
‘I love you and I didn’t mean to hurt you. Which love?’
Tom who was rehearsing how to apologize to his wife stopped when his Aunt knocked on his glass.
He opened it reluctantly.
Julia sat down and gave him a scornful look.
‘Now you will get in there and apologize to Grissel.’
‘Wait, you are not coming in with me?’ He asked hoping for a positive answer.’
No I am not.’
‘Why, I thought you will help me out in case she sends me packing.’
‘It seems you don’t know your wife at all.’
‘I do, just that this is a different case and I wished I had some one accompanying me.’
‘Really, who was there when you jumped on her like an animal?’ Julia yelled. ‘Just get in there and tell her whatever comes to your mind.’
‘I can’t do this.’
‘You can, look that lady loves you more than you even do yourself.’
‘How do you know that?’ Tom knew he was wrong about last night but it seems something else is worrying him.
‘I know everything Tom, from your escapes down to Amy’s abortion.’
‘Huh!’ He exclaimed.
‘Oh yeah, Seattle new Hospital.’
‘Don’t Aunty me.’
‘How di… d yo.. u..’
‘Imagine I know, who else knows.’
Tom gave her a weird look.
‘Yeah she knows son and hasn’t said anything about it.’
Tom looked so ashamed of himself and kept his head down on the steering.
‘You are ashamed, I get that Tom but your wife wasn’t ashamed. She freaked out when she found out but I intervened.’
‘Do you know what she said?’
Tom shook his head again.
‘Look at me son.’
He raised his head slowly unable to look Julia in her eyes.
‘She forgive you Tom.’
‘You think so?’ He asked.
‘Yeah, she knew about Amy and then went ahead with this marriage.’ Julia reassured him.
‘I don’t trust that forgiveness.’ He whispered.
‘Would you have preferred she confronted you and cancelled the wedding because I don’t see how that would have solved anything?’
‘But she could be planning something evil Aunty.’
‘Shut up you ingrate. I stopped her from confronting you.’
‘Thank you.’ That’s all he managed to say at that point realizing there is sense in what Julia was talking about.
‘Now you will go in there and clean up your mess.’
‘I thought I had reasons for what I did last night Aunty but it’s so clear Grissel is my wife now.’
‘Reasons?’ She asked raising her brows.
‘But it’s all cleared now.’ He said.
‘I know first nights can be overwhelming and you keep thinking whatever goes wrong and right had reasons but son it’s all in your head.’ She advised. ‘Get over yourself because you are married now.’
‘Though your advice is late but I have no other choice than to take it.’ He managed a sigh while Julia got out without looking back.
She walked into her car, got on her steering and drove off. Tom got out reluctantly.
‘She will forgive me, I know but would I be able to forgive her. What am I even saying.’ he hit his head so hard and decided to sneak in first before driving in.
He opened the gate slowly and entered. He was glad he hasn’t got that security yet. The door was just as he left it. He entered and the aroma froze him in front of the door.
He knew where that was coming from so he walked towards the kitchen so as not to make lots of noise.
He stood at the entrance watching through the curtain.
Grissel who was so tired after just two sauces, a pack of fries and one cartoon of chicken leaned against the wooden table that the kitchen appliances were connected to.
She never gets tired but she’s not so sure why she’s so tired that afternoon.
Tom kept peeping. ‘I love this lady.’ He thought.
He walked into the kitchen and Grissel didn’t even notice she got company.
‘Enough for two?’
She jumped up.
‘Sorry I startled you,’ he walked over standing in front of her.
Grissel looked up from where she kept her face when she got startled.
‘This chicken tastes amazing.’ He said leaning against the table closer to his wife.
He looked her in the face and wondered why she was smiling.
‘What?’ He asked sheepishly.
‘Nothing, just the way you are munching the chicken reminds me of the fi…..
‘The first time I told you I love the fried chicken you made.’
‘Yeah.’ She responded with a smile.
There was a cold wave that introduced itself into the room and silence engulfed them.
‘I’m sure you must be hungry, let me just get the table set.’
She announced out of the blue and was walking away when he held her back.
‘Do you think we could talk later?’
‘Okay, let me just get your food ready.’
‘Get some rest Grissel. I will set up the table.’
‘Huh’, she exclaimed with a surprise grin on.
‘Oh don’t give me that look. I know how to do that at least.’ He grinned and walked away fetching plates.
‘Alright, I will wait in the dinning.’ Grissel walked out while constantly looking back.
***TBCMay 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm #1213944Aishat Bint SanusiMember
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