FOR BETTER FOR BEST 

Value what you have now, for you never know when you might lose it. 

ELEVEN. 

I heaved a sigh when I got home and there was no sign of Steph,  then frowned remembering what Steve had told me,  for all I know he only knew two people in this country Steph and me, and I could quite remember him promising to do business with Steph, so if Steph is not home why the hell is Steve here.  I ran to his home office and he was not there,  then checked every other  room in the house which also turned futile,  maybe he’s just not back yet and Steve was playing games with me.  He could definitely pull such a stunt, the man practically had no inkling of seriousness in him,  this was just a figment of his character I know he’s much worse. 
I rolled my eyes and did my nightly routine knocking out immediately I laid my head on my pillow. 

I was surprised when I opened my eyes to see Steph lying behind me with his hand draped over my body,  I blinked numerously then touched his face to  see if I was hallucinating,  I was caught off guard with the tug at both ends of my  my lips and the kiss I planted on his face, maybe I missed him more than I let on.

 I think I might have awakened  him with my touches, when just a touch wasn’t enough,  I felt his hand tighten   around my body then a trail of  wet kisses followed.

I closed my eyes losing myself to  the euphoria only he could take me. 

I woke up early in the morning and there was totally no trace of him,  I blinked several times trying to decipher  if all that I had experienced was indeed  a dream.  I bathed and dressed in one of my loose clothes,  a white knee length dress,  then went downstairs in search for breakfast. 

The house was very quiet, it was apparent Awura Abena was still not back and I was a bit amazed when I felt a bit lonely, the house was clean though. 

 I went into the kitchen and opened the fridge taking the bowl of fruits out, I washed  it with fresh water before taking a  seat on one of the long stools eating it as I  sliced it. 

I thought on how I was going to  spend the day. 

I called Nora but it went straight to voicemail,  I threw the phone on the kitchen island huffing in frustration,who knew  marriage could be so boring , I really needed to go on a vacation , I  ran back upstairs for my bag and phone,  ‘maybe I could find an interesting site to visit’, I noticed a note sticked to the side of the dressing mirror, I frowned in confusion as I  looked at it,  was I so lost in thought before that I didn’t notice it even though the mirror is the first thing I  looked at after waking up. 
I removed it from the  mirror and read the message that was obviously written by Steph 

I missed you honey wanted to surprise you with breakfast but I had an urgent call at the office I  promise to make it up to you when I get home”

Lots of love,

Steph xo


I sighed in both  relief and frustration,  last night felt so real I was a bit disappointed when I woke up to an empty bed,  this only meant he was really here, but what boggles my mind is the fact that I didn’t see him after I came from the club, was he at home then?,  I shook my head and shoved the paper and phone in my purse,  I’ll just have to find out when we meet. 

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Steph really made it up to me after we met later that day, he took me to a newly opened italian restaurant then treated me to a spa the following morning but yet again he had to leave later that day. 

I couldn’t be more proud of him and myself, married to a young affluent man who came from virtually nothing and treated me like a queen,  living a life that most ladies in my circle envied, was definitely a life worth living with pride. 
2 weeks on

I met up with Nora today and she looked much better than the last time I saw her,  she was wearing a white   midi dress with a white coat over it,  I frowned a bit at her cherry red lips and red pumps,  “See who’s here, the ultimate snubber” I said as I made my way to her meeting her halfway. The girl has only picked two of my calls in the last two or three weeks,  I hugged her tightly kissing her cheek then pulled away quickly before she could stain my face with her lipstick.

“You look beautiful” I said sincerely she smiled widely and nodded looking away a bit “I’m sorry for snubbing you” she said rolling her eyes a bit as we walked back to the couch “But I’ve been very busy with work and you know with the kind of progress we are making we work twice as hard” “I kind of understand I mean Steph is barely in the country I can’t imagine the kind of pressure you undergo each day” as if on cue her phone tinged, “excuse me” she said as she looked at  the screen smiling widely at whatever was written on her screen, I wonder if she was back with that her good for nothing boyfriend “So?” I asked when she turned her gaze back to me her already widened lips widened if possible, I bet  she would  have been a watt too bright if she was a bulb “Well I met this guy last week at work and I think I’m falling for him”  I forced a smile on my face though I wasn’t a huge fan of this supposed “LOVE”I still had to support her “Ok” I said a bit enthusiastic to hide the doubt I really felt “Can’t wait to meet him,  what’s he like” that was the opening she needed the real Nora (Miss animated chatterbox)  made an appearance and I  somehow wished I could plunge my head in the deep sea.
“So what do you do now? I mean I really know you Casse, you can hardly stay at  a place for long not to talk of being a  full-time housewife” I sighed dropping the charade I put up when she started talking about her new found love “I’ll be leaving for Dubai tomorrow” I replied, her eyes widened in surprise then she squinted them, as if I was up to some mischief “Are you going to  meet up with Steph there?,  he’s there to secure a deal you naughty girl” she gasped and widened her eyes again fanning her face “You are pregnant right?” I frowned and shook my head,  I was getting annoyed with all these pregnancy issue,  why does everything I do has evolve around  pregnancy. 

FOR BETTER FOR BEST 

TEN 💕

Since our return from the honeymoon Steph seemed to be having a breakthrough with his company, he was opening branches in even francophone West African countries,  so I rarely saw him,  he was seldom in the country and even when he came back from his trips  he’s mostly at work  before I wake up, the annoying part is he works on weekends. My fear of dropping the IUD or complicating things hindered my plans but it’s been 3 months now and the implant has somehow made my irregular monthly discharge normal. Unearthing my old self prodded  my mind the more as each day passed.

Finally its Saturday night,  my body felt rejuvenated  from the week long pampering, I dressed in a  midi backless  body con which fitted like a glove, I had given Awura Abena the day off so I had the house to myself with the exception of the 2 guards. I locked up and took one of the luxurious  cars  Steph had added to his collection in the past months.  I had lots of options but tonight going to Vienna City held a lot of intrigue, I might be lucky with their jackpots or even try out the casino. 

One thing I loved about the place is it’s not utterly packed, though  Saturdays are  an exemption,  I walked into the club knowing I’d garner as little attention as I could cos my clothing was modest compared to others I walked straight to the bar and ordered my drink,  I nodded in appreciation when the tender  placed my cold drink in front of me, then turned to the dance floor were bodies were swamped swaying to the rhythm,  I could feel the rhythm pounding through my system the heat emanated by the  cold drink only added to the rhythmic pound,  the last time I’d been at a club was in Joburg and this place as much rivalled with the club I went.  My eyes moved upstairs to where the casino was, maybe I should try my luck with the slot machines then I can have   party really hard.

I looked at the people lined up in front of the machines and frowned in confusion then watched the guy adjacent me mimicking his actions, I pulled the handle when I saw him do same and sat up in my chair watching the reels rumble.  ‘What in God’s name have I just done’ I  wondered staring cluelessly at the reels.  I was surprised when I  saw money come out of the machine,  the guy beside me turned and smiled at me, I nodded back and happily took the money, it wasn’t quite the jackpot but I made 500 cedis and considering I  earned it with a much lesser amount it was worth it. 

“Would you like to try the table?” I heard a voice ask behind me,  I turned and it was probably a croupier dressed in a white long sleeved shirt with a bow tie and black pants,  out to convince me to join the game.  I shook my head and  stacked the money in my purse as I made my way to the dance floor,  I closed my eyes as I stood under the dim disco lights swaying  to  Rihanna’s ‘WORK’ .  

“I can tell your beautiful  body from a room stacked with like beauties who can’t surpass you” I stiffened at the familiar voice racking my brain of where I’d heard it.  He splayed his hands on my tummy thrusting  his body behind  me forcing me to move “Go on beauty I’d like to continue what we started in SA before your husband interrupted” I turned abruptly hitting his mouth in the process. My eyes widened when I saw  Steve,  I opened my mouth then clamped it shut again “What are you doing here?”  I finally managed to ask looking around like someone who’d been caught red-handed he cocked his head to the bar smirking as he removed his hand from his lip. 

I watched him warily as I walked with him to the bar,  then did a double check looking around to see if Steph will pop out from somewhere “What are you doing here?” I asked again frowning at the permanent smirk he seemed to have developed.  “The same thing you came here to do” 
  I rolled my eyes and squinted my eyes watching him carefully he signalled for the tender to bring us drinks then turned to me with the annoying smirk again “I’m here for business and I didn’t see anything wrong with topping it with a  bit of pleasure” he retorted looking me up and licking his lips, I shook my head sympathetically the guy will definitely get an A+ in flirting,  “And is this deal in anyway related to my husband?” I asked turning my ring so he could remember I was wedded. I didn’t miss the sudden movement of his eye to my fingers and the stupid grin making a reappearance, then he nodded.  That had me worried Steph never told me he was coming back,  there was going to be a launch party though I don’t really know what it’s about all I knew was it was making waves in the media was it why Steve was here?. I shook my head and drifted my eyes back to him,  forcing  a smile on my face. 

“I have  to go Steve see you later” he nodded then stood up too I frowned when he walked to me and held my arm gently guarding me to  the door, “Let  me escort you to your car” he whispered in my ears when he  noticed my resistance.

I managed to pull from his hold and sprinted to my car when we got outside leaving a surprised Steve by the entrance. 

Steve is back and Steph is making more money hope Cassie doesn’t fret, I mean Steph is making big bucks,  what’s ur take do u think she can be lured money and the gambling too😣

For Better For Best 

This page is in memory of these amazing souls Aisha Abdullahi Idris, Bariyat and Mufeeda  May Allah grant u the highest level of Jannah and forgive all your sins, along with all our departed souls. 
Aameen

Nine 💕

Mom was ecstatic when she saw me,  “Come see my daughter” she bellowed to her workers as I entered the shop,  “she’s the prettiest and smartest”, I widened my already tugged lips baring almost every tooth.  My eyes widened in shock when she pulled me into a tight embrace, I relaxed as bit and rested my head on her shoulder. “Welcome back home my daughter” she whispered as she pulled away from the hug. I cringed inwardly at how her eyes skimmed over my body,  I felt like my body was under an X-ray machine,  then shook her head. 

“How was your trip?” she asked as  we walked farther into the shop,  “Cynthia please be more attentive I’ll be inside if you need me” she ordered one of her workers as she ushered me to her office, I looked around impressed with how organized the place was, “I’m impressed” I uttered looking back at her,  she nodded smiling widely. My eyes came back to the huge desk which had pictures of her, Steph and I at the wedding and other childhood pictures of mine.

I cringed at the sudden fall of her smile  replaced with a small frown, “Cassie how are things going?” she asked looking at me worriedly, “everything is cool” I answered smiling a bit,  “When will you start working?” she asked again, this meant I  was going to be getting an earful of another long lecture, mom just doesn’t understand that not all women are career driven “I’m still working on it” I replied knowing answering was better than keeping mute, mom was just one of those women who never age,  she sometimes treated me like I was a teen all over again, she shook her head disapprovingly. “Are you pregnant?” she asked again looking into my eyes I wished I could vanish into thin air then,  mom is so anti contraceptives,  she complained that she was the only one her mom gave birth to and she counted herself lucky she was even able to have me. 
I swallowed hard feeling like she could see what I  did, I bet mom could have made it to the top security service in the country,  “No,  I don’t think so” I stuttered, she nodded “Mom I feel pressured by Steph already please don’t pressure me too” she nodded tightening her hold on my hand,  “I’m very proud of you Cassie, but I’d really like for you to work,  or is Steph the one preventing you from doing so?” she added  her voice taking on a worried note,  I shook my head in response “it’s not that mom,  you really know I hate working for someone and I don’t want to start now,  Steph is already pressuring me on this pregnancy thing so I want to  have a child or two then start something later on” she opened her mouth then clamped it shut and nodded, “I hope you really know what you are doing” she muttered, I slowly pulled my hands from hers and checked the face of  my wrist watch,  “I might ran late mom I want to go ran some errands before going home” I widened my eye when I  felt her hands tightly clasped around my body then relaxed in her touch again,  I can’t count on  even one hand the number of times mom has hugged me since I reached puberty, maybe my graduation and wedding,  she was too busy being strict and warning me of getting pregnant. “Take care of yourself and your husband Cassie, I’d have really liked for you to work but I’d rather you give me grand babies now so I can spoil them rotten”

I smiled feeling more fake than ever,  here I am a graduate only 23 who should be out there working like every other 23 year old girl  who is likely partying I missed that part,  I should be partying living the life a real 23 year old  is suppose to be living, partying, travelling dating handsome men who have lots of money to spend on me,  mom, I only married for you to get off my back and Steph was too good for me to give up,  sorry to burst your bubble mom  but I’m not ready for a baby yet. 
She escorted me to my car, I looked at her through the rearview mirror, she was still standing at the gate of the shop waving at me,  I smiled and bit appreciating the  strength of the woman who birthed me,  she might have been strict on me,  and I might still have a  bit of dislike for the way I was brought up but I can’t deny that she’s a woman with the spine of steel who has wanted nothing but the best for me. 
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And please guys let’s appreciate the pple around us we can never tell  the last time we might see them. 

FOR BETTER FOR BEST 

Happy Independence Day fellow country men and women, we shall forever set the pace for other African countries to follow 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭. Long live Gh🇬🇭💕

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I want to say a big shout out to all women across the globe, you are the reason the the world is rotating keep on being the best version of yourself 

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EIGHT 💕

I hated that I  couldn’t see Nora,  I drove directly home,  stressing myself about  the implant, could my body at any point resist the implant?  I didn’t know that for sure but I  don’t plan to see it either. 

The help was bent on the dinning table probably arranging the dishes, I tsked and walked away she hurriedly turned around and greeted me, I nodded in reply and stood for a bit when a pang of pain hit through my abdomen “Your supper is ready ma’am” she added politely I hissed a bit then tsked walking to my room. 

I wonder what she thought I was, maybe I looked like a glutton to her,  the foolish girl expected me to eat supper after all the snacks I’d consumed, I’d probably turn into a hippo by next week. 

 I sighed and threw my bag on the floor,  then lied on the bed as slowly as I could. 

It felt like a breeze had blown some of the pain away. Steph was home late that day justifying my actions the more when he didn’t seek me out,  he locked himself up in his study the whole night and I’m a very light sleeper a creak of the door would have awakened me. 

I woke up   in the morning more grumpier than the day before, the house help I could tell was calling me all sought of names in her head cos I’d snarl at the slightest provocation, I knew what I was doing wasn’t right but she had to be a part of my vengeance. 

I called Nora when it was midday and couldn’t hide my joy when I met up with her at the spa,  she looked prettier but seemed to have added on a little weight,  I shrieked in joy and launched myself at her raining kisses on her face. “I really missed you Nora” I uttered repeatedly in between kisses, she pulled herself and looked me over then her squeal exclamations started “Casse do you really see yourself!, you look radiant and are you pregnant? You are glowing” she added making me frown a bit, then roared in a bout of laughter “No I’m not pregnant silly” I replied holding out my bent arm for her to cuff her hands in.  I smiled at her and walked into the spa listening to her chatter about how boring her life had been when I was away and her break up with her on and off boyfriend,  I knew better than to tell her to leave him cos she will go right back to him when he comes back. 
“So how is marriage life?” she asked as we lied face down on the massage bed I huffed and closed my eyes reveling in the relaxing touch of the masseuse,  “Well it’s fun” I replied simply. She was quiet for a bit which had me amazed cos Nora is one to ask subsequent questions and those subsequents could go on forever. “I want to start working,  I mean I don’t want my degree to go to waste” she said hurriedly, I was shocked at her revelation all we’ve ever talked about was traveling the world what happened to that.  “Wow” I encouraged in forced cheeriness, what happened to our voyage to every nook and cranny we could go, I wanted to retort but kept mute. And what did she need the job for she was well off, an only child too so all her parents fortune was going to her did she really need to work?. 

I sighed and shook my head as  if that would clear all those thoughts from my mind,  what was the point of having lots of wealth if you can’t spend it, money is made to be spent and I would not have  left a dime unspent if I were in her position. 
We went shopping after that and I was happy to  know she still enjoyed going shopping she was more of a shoe and bag person, she’d wear an  African print which mostly doesn’t cost over a hundred cedis but the bags had to be expensive,  she’d go all the way for a giuseppe shoe and bag or Louboutin or any of  the designer brands whiles I prefer  going  all the way from my clothes, bags, shoes downright to accessories had to be designer. 

Nora’s mouth was wide agape with some of the choices I made “Don’t you think this is a bit too short I mean it has lots of cut offs the fabric left can barely hold your body together” she complained when I took a YSL cut off dress from the rack “Ama don’t be ridiculous” I complained using her native name “Being married doesn’t mean I don’t get to do as I want or that brings an end to my youthful years ‘No’ it means I should dress up the more so my husband’s eyes won’t wander anywhere” I added lowering my voice when I realized we had caught the attention of some of the shoppers.

We ate a late lunch before going back to my house discussing  everything and nothing,  “I’ll go see mom tomorrow” I announced cringing when she shoved a huge spoonful of ice cream in her mouth.  I wonder when Nora turned into this she was already a bit fat eating all this extra calories was just going to  make her gain more  weight. I shook my head and sipped my green leaf smoothie, “You really have to, she missed you a lot” I rolled my eyes, knowing mom, she was probably too busy with her shop, the old lady had worked enough whiles raising me,  selling everything she could in the scorching sun,  but she never gave up on me, gave me the best of education and when I asked her to stop working she stopped talking to me all together. It was a bit embarrassing when mom did her petty tradings  when I was in school but there was no way she’d take money from me when I was still in school, she said I didn’t work and I somehow think she knew about my lifestyle. I shook my head to ward off the thought. 

All that mattered was mom was now in her huge super market and that kept her occupied and satisfied. We were not poor anymore and we’ll never be.