He killed her. Jide, one of the best medical doctors in town succeeded in killing his lovely wife of three years whom he claimed to love so dearly with his body and spirit. He is the cause of her death no matter what he says, his conscience will continue to prick him and the ghost of his wife will not stop haunting him day and night in his sleep and consciousness for the rest of his life.
They met exactly three years ago at a mall around Orile Iganmu in Lagos. It was love at first sight for Jide when he saw the beautiful young woman, so full of life, tossing her natural black long hair and laughing heartily with her friends over some jokes. He couldn’t take his eyes off her and so went closer to her and stands transfixed taking delight in staring at her twinkling soulful eyes and her graceful body. All of a sudden, the lady turned to him and says “Hello bro, you want to hear one of my jokes?, he was taken back by her outburst and frankness and could only nod his head with a shy smile. Then she continued cracking the jokes and they all kept on laughing as they buy things. When they are through, Jide paid the bills to the attendant and offered to give them a lift in his car but they refused except the beautiful lady because her friends are living only in a stone throw from the mall. Jide thanked his stars silently that he will be able to talk to the lady. On the way, in the car they made necessary introductions and exchanged phone numbers. By the time the lady got down from the car she was already in love and giddy with excitement. The rest is an history of the best of love stories which turned sour.
The lady, her name was Bimpe, she was a graduate of Marketing from the University of Lagos who had started working in Shells Company before she met Jide. She was a beautiful, lively, energetic, nice and down to earth person whom everyone finds easy to love and gets along with. Her courtship of two years with Jide was once in a million of Ferdinand and Miranda’s and their marriage was done in a very elaborate manner that became the talk of the town even few months after the wedding.
The love between them continue to wax stronger and they had a blissful marriage in the first two years but Bimpe couldn’t conceive a baby and so she began to receive many problems from her inlaws in her third year of marriage. Matters came to an head when Jide’s mother visited and began to unleash hell and terror on her for her inability to have a child. Jide, who loves his wife so dearly protected her and refused to marry another wife stating it clearly to everyone that “God’s time is the best and He alone gives children”.
Strange things happen in this strange world of human beings. Jide, being a medical doctor himself refused to take any step in running any test or going to the hospital and this usually leads to dispute between him and Bimpe. He usually ends every fight of theirs on bed with ” Don’t worry sweetheart, all is well”. Problems continue arising as a result of the childlessness until Bimpe took ill.
She had just returned from her place of work to their home when she felt pangs of acute pains in her stomach. She screamed and slumped on the sofa in the sitting room, clutching her stomach with her shaking hands. At this time, Jide had sent his troublesome mother back to the village and she was the only one at home with no help since Jide was still at the hospital.
It was there Jide met her when he returned writhing in agony and pain. Scared to his bones, he carried her to the bedroom and administered the first aid treatment to her which subsided the pain. Bimpe suggested she should be taken to the hospital but Jide as usual refused and assured her that it is nothing to worry about.
Alas! It is a very serious thing to worry about because the pains came back the very next day more severe than before. For months, the sickness continued to take a toll on her and Jide didn’t take her to the hospital rather he continued treating her giving her drugs and injections which only made matters worse. He turned the house to a prison and cut her off her long distant families and friends alike.
Gradually, Bimpe became a shadow of herself, she became so lean and tiny like a yardstick, her once rosy cheeks sagging like an old woman’s, her soulful eyes became so big and dead filled with the most intense misery and anguish one could think of. Jide kept on taking care of her at home and did not yield to her silent pleas to take her to the hospital. He bathes her, cooks for her, rushes to work and comes back early to take care of her. He cries with her and lulls her to sleep on every of her sleepless nights.
Dear Reader, many thoughts would have been running through your mind with WHY? ringing in your head. Life is just full of surprises and mysteries for every inhabitant. There is a Yoruba adage which says “Bi iro ba lo fun ogun odun ojo kan Ni otito ma ba” which implies that no matter what one goes through in life, the truth prevails and the breeze will eventually blow to show the anus of a fowl.
A flash fiction by BABATUNDE SODIQ OLAMILEKAN aka NEBU……
Watch out for part 2…….but before that tell me why you think Jide is acting like that……..Thanks for reading again….