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TWELVE

I switched for a Morrocan visa which was granted to me  without delay,  if Steph was indeed in Dubai, going there will only be a damper on my expeditions, I want to experience everything I  can now, exploit a bit before the end of my five years break.

From Marrakesh to Rabat then right straight to the streets and shops of Milan I couldn’t get over the immense euphoria I  felt especially when I go skydiving or sightseeing  and then the ultimate of them all SHOPPING. 

I bought just about everything and nothing from expensive jewelleries to the cheapest crinkets and charms, everything was a snap of a finger away creating my very own paradise right on earth.
  The five star hotel was an addendum, room service was immaculate,  and the in-house masseuse I  could call up was quite incredible.  I had my mini spa treatment right in my room without going out.  

Living the rich luxurious life I could never imagine much less dream of cos there was no way I’d have even a  flash of this life in my dream when I’ve never thought of  it. 

It also came with a huge casino and club downstairs at the ground floor Monaco was indeed a city worth living. The clubs and  hotels were literally places you could die for I’d never regret spending my last dime in this place. 

I went downstairs dressed in a dark mid thigh body con with my 6 inches high heels, my make up was over the notch,  I decided to go for a bold red lips to go with my bright makeup.

I went  straight to the  jackpot immediately I  entered the club,  I’m still yet to try the cards, who knows,  I could be lucky like I was at Vienna City.
 This one seems to be more complicated than Vienna’s jackpots though it was much  sophisticated,  I rolled my eyes when I finally figured where the slot was and slotted my money  through.  My head turned  with all the rumblings it made after I’d pressed on almost every button on it then it pinged,  the reels were mismatched,  that meant I didn’t win anything I rolled my eyes tsking at how annoying the whole experience had been. 

I had wasted my precious time and money I could have just danced and gone back upstairs with totally no harm done. 
 I left the area and walked over to the bar, I gently placed my purse on the cabinet  and sighed before hoisting  up the long stool. I ordered for  tequila shots with lime.  I swiped my  tongue around the salty sugary powder coated on the rim of the glass before shoving the drink down my throat.  I closed my eyes at the burn in my throat which had me feeling warm all over then went out to the dance floor.  
I felt someone behind me “You are such a good dancer”a voice appraised behind me as he started grinding on me,  I stiffened and pulled away,   “Sorry if I came onto you like that I was captivated by your beauty” he apologized in his thick accent,  “I’m Timone” he said holding his palm  to his chest, “Please let me treat you to a drink” I smiled a bit and nodded, I didn’t miss the sigh that skipped his mouth,   We went over to the bar  and ordered drinks. 

I laughed at Timone’s attempt to  translate  the names of the drinks in English, I made a note to try the “volcano” he  recommended. 

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My head felt like it had been plucked from my head then bounced to and fro a wall,  it might probably erupt anytime soon,  what’s happening ? I slowly opened my closed lids but it felt like huge boulders were placed on it, I rolled to my side and closed my eyes scared I might burst an eye if I shut it too tightly. 

After what felt like days I woke up with a throbbing head. 

A man in his shorts laid sprawled on the farthest part of the bed,  I blinked trying to clear off the fog that had clogged my mind, but he just won’t  disappear,  WHAT THE HELL DID I DO?  and not fully clothed too,  this is not happening, I’m I really capable of acting this way, all I remember is asking for a Volcano,  why was T- I closed my eyes again what the hell was his name,  why was he in the same bed with me?. 

I held my head as the thud increased this time along with my tummy,  bile filled my mouth, I forced myself to rise from the bed,  but didn’t make it to the bathroom,  I emptied everything on the tiled floor of the room. 

Whathas Casse got herself into? Did she really sleep with Timone, let me know what you think 😉.

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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. 

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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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Let’s take a moment to appreciate our parents especially our moms for being the superwomen they are and supporting us in everything we do. 

And please guys let’s appreciate the pple around us we can never tell  the last time we might see them. 

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Six 💕

I felt cold sweat ran down my spine as we made our  way to the airport, Steph  has been eerily quite, I felt somewhat scared to ask him what the problem was, was the old woman’s words getting to him?.  Her words seemed to have gotten to me and manifested itself into a scary dream I shivered from just  remembering  it. 

I was somewhat relieved when we started descending the stairs of the plane, I forced a smile on my face and held his hand as we walked to the luggage section. No matter how scared I  was I was never going to give up on Steph, never, and nothing was going to  change my mind,  what would an old lady know anyways.  She’s probably one of those bitter old women who were never smart to utilize their youthfulness and beauty  and now  envy young girls who seem to have it all,  I just don’t care there was no way I was ever going to give up Steph or his money, who knows I might even learn to love him. I shook my head at the thought love was not part of the equation it’s nothing but a  disgusting feeling people use to hold each other down,  who needs love when they had money. Love was for teenagers no sensible grown woman needs love,  no,  a woman needs to be pampered and well taken care of enjoying all the luxury of the world without lifting a finger.  She’s suppose to be treated like a queen. 

I squeezed his hand and smiled when he turned his eyes to me, he smiled back and went for our luggage. We didn’t keep long after that there was no bustle at the airport and  had no problem picking our luggage. 

Then we’re cleared to go,  I looked around when we got outside I seemed preoccupied when we were inside so I didn’t ask if he had asked anyone to come pick us I looked around the parking lot ifvi could spot any familiar face but there was none,  “Steph who did you ask to come pick us up?” I asked as I automatically scrunched my face. He was looking down at his phone I couldn’t tell if he had heard me or not. “Steph?” I called again shaking his hand a bit “Could you please be quiet with the whining Casse I’m trying to concentrate here” he snapped  as he typed furiously on his phone “Besides we are taking a taxi” he added he voice rising as he spoke,  I looked around and quite a few people were looking at us I clenched my hand and started counting in my head praying to God not to lose it. He was so dead I hate taking public transport and he was forcing it down on me whiles shouting,  “Cool down Cassie” I started repeating the mantra in my head I looked around at the people around and then at Steph who seemed to be totally oblivious at what was happening maybe he was upset about something, maybe it was just business. 
“Can we please get a rental car I’m getting tired here” I requested as calmly as I could manage without letting him in on how annoyed I was. 

He nodded and led the way to the taxi stop where lots of taxis stationed just adjacent the airport “Steph I don’t like public transports,  they are too degrading let’s take a  rental you can have one of your boys bring it back” he looked back at me with surprise written all over his face and a scowl “This is much easier than a rental Casse” my breath hitched  as my anger escalated I looked at the car disgustingly,  Steph was going to pay for this this was so humiliating did he know how much I’ve gone through to build the Cassie Yawson he has made marry,  he was going to pay so dearly. 

If we were taking a  taxi today next he’ll be asking me to board a trotro (ovan) and who knows what will be next okada or mahama kambu (tricycle). Let’s see how this game will end,  a little ruffle from his past and he’s acting all moody.  I entered the car as graciously as I could covering my eyes with my Gucci sunshades.
The ride home was very quiet,  Steph thinking of whatever was eating him up and I brooding on how disgraceful it will be for our neighbors to see us arriving in a taxi. I practically jumped out of the car when we got home inhaling the fresh air deeply,  there were no nosy although some do pry, I nodded at the security guy who was welcoming me and walked inside the house hurriedly, it was time to strategise how to make Steph pay for embarrassing me. 

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Five 💕

I couldn’t decipher what was happening to me so I decided to enjoy  whatever fun Steph had planned,  maybe letting this be a real honeymoon will ease the pressure  on the both of us,  for heaven knows I’d never remarry : enjoying this one to the fullest is my only option. 

Today’s tour was nothing short of amazing and sad,  seeing the prisons and everything had a little damper on my mood but I lightened up when we joined the carnival. Steph bought the huge feather crown and tutu for me,  I looked funny when I wore it, I had to pull my dress up tying the ends so I  could dance freely. We took lots of pictures and videos.  “Let’s go over there Steph” I uttered pulling him to a tent, there was a long queue but I was curious to know what was going on.  “Why are we still standing here when we can be having fun” he asked trying to pull me away, I shook my head and wrapped his hand around my body “We’ll know when we get there”I watched as couples walked away smiling, and others with frowns. 

I didn’t believe in this but it would be fun to  see how people make up lies about your life and tell you the impossible would come to pass. 
I smiled and kissed Steph whenever he tsked I was getting  impatient myself but my curiosity was at its peak. 

We waited patiently as the girl before us rose from the woman’s chair with a wide smile on he face. 

I almost bellowed in laughter at Steph’s scrunched face as he took his seat he looked like he a child that had been denied his favorite candy.  “Aww poor baby stop sulking” I cooed pouting my lips a bit then turned to the lady.  “Ah I can see you two are newly weds” the old lady said in her thick South African accent as she placed her stack of cards close to her, I almost rolled my eyes we were definitely newly weds our wedding bands were brand new even a blind man could tell we were newly married. 

“Give me your hand” I thrusted my hand into her wrinkled ones and waited for her to speak “Ah” she began with a wide smile then frowned as her smile dropped just as it came “I can see so much bitterness” she began in a voice so small I wouldn’t  have heard if I wasn’t so attentive, then crossed a look at Steph,  I didn’t miss the glint of  sadness that crossed her face. She forced a smile  and asked Steph for his hand, he frowned in confusion as he gave her his hand “You are a brave one” she said looking up after she had studied the lines in his hand, there was some kind of message that transpired between them when their eyes locked. 

“What you will go through is going to  hurt more than what you’ve been through but you are a brave one” she volubled.

“We are charactarised by different motions,  we choose which one to depict us” she said quickly looking into my eyes I couldn’t avoid the loud thumping of my heart as fear set into my veins seeping into my blood and bone. My breath became shallow as I  shivered from the sudden chill that engulfed me. 

My brain was  shouting run but my limbs were too weak to comply. What was happening,  I blinked rapidly when my eye met Steph’s did he catch on what the woman told me?.  I forced a smile at his worried face but even I could tell it wasn’t convincing.  “I doubt what she said is e-e-ver going to come to pass” he assured but the little waver in his voice was enough to tell me even he wasn’t sure of what he was saying maybe we were two disturbed souls who have only come together to ruin each other. 

But even if I was to be ruined there was no way I’d be miserable like my mom,  this only  certified that my future actions will be totally necessary, ‘I’ll never end up miserable’ I repeated the mantra as I shook my head sideways.