It was an arranged marriage. He didn’t want her but he married her to obey his dad. He grew up in the the villages and he has been a very good boy. His parents never had trouble raising him. Many boys when they went to city to study, they abandoned their poor, old parents immediately when they found a job. But he came back to build them the biggest house never imagined and took good care of them. He was a modern man though, he did not believe in culture anymore. He had his girlfriend of five years whom he met at university. He hated his dad for planning him a marriage. He decided in his heart that he was going to torture his wife until she files for divorce.
“City girls corrupt our boys, have you seen how Duma behaves, he no longer has any respect for his parents. Children of today are trouble but you my son, you make me very proud” he said to him while they were sitting under a tree in the yard. He smiled, did all they told him just to make his father and mother happy. His younger brother, whom he was taking to the best university in the country was also looking up to him. He wanted to be like his older brother.
The wedding was out of this world. He planned things they had never seen before in the village and everybody spoke about it even after when years have passed. The young man took his wife to his house with family members ushering her in. It was a big house, many thought it was hotel, “hahaha it’s a house”, his father said as his friends seemed confused as to whether they were in a house or hotel. The family and friends who brought the bride to her house, slept over and went on their way the following day.
She had just finished her matric and her results showed she was a university material. She just wanted to go to school, she didn’t want a man yet but she was taught well in carrying out her duties as a wife. To a shock of her life, he sat her down and told her he didn’t love her and that he just married her just because it was an arranged marriage. He also let her know that there was a woman in his life and that she should not be surprised when she comes to the house. He asked her to move to a guest bedroom and she did not have a problem, she did not want him either. She never fought him and all the disrespect he and his girlfriend gave her, she was just happy to be going to school. She was a future doctor and had to put her energy in the seven years that she had to complete instead of two strangers she did not know.
Moments passed and what they did began to bug her. It was her house. It was her husband. The girlfriend did not belong there. It was wrong of her to wreck her home. She carried her duties in the house and made sure he was well taken care of. She always threw his girlfriend’s clothes outside and told her to go and wash them. The girlfriend was a thing. She had no morals and obviously had no respect. There was a time he was out on a business trip and she came to the house to throw her weight around but she found herself in jail because the wife had called the security company saying there was a thief in her house. The security knew the wife and not the girlfriend of seven years now. Hee husband yelled at her and these days it was so painful. She loved him and his words now hurt.
She sat down thinking and she got very angry. He was an adulterer. He cheated right on her face, he did not deserve her. He slept with her in their bedroom. She never wanted to sleep there ever or even with him. He was filthy. She stopped doing anything in the house except cooking and washing for herself. She left the dirty dishes on the sink and when they came back expecting to find food, they were welcomed by dirty dishes. Even though he was modern, he expected his love to do woman duties but his love believed in maids. That was the reason their relationship has been on and off for the past five years. The wife got cheeky when summoned to clean up after herself. She mentioned her education and walked out. The house became a mess that the wife wanted to clean up but it was not her house.
She cried every night as she wondered whether she will ever accept him in her life. She did not believe in divorce. The girlfriend did a good job in ruining their relationship by just struggling to wash dishes. He kicked her out and after hours of begging she got nowhere. Nobody was going to buy her fancy clothes, expensive jewellery and take her to luxurious vacation. She sobbed as she walked to catch a cab. Yes, she was told to keep the clothes and jewellery but leave the car behind. She was also told to find an apartment she can afford because he was no longer going to pay for the one he got her. He called an agency to arrange him cleaners and his house was a home after they touched it. He missed her but she only wanted money and not him.
He even forgot there was another woman in the house, his wife. She was always buried in her books and made sure not to spend most of her time in that house. He had never really set his eyes on her. In the midst of his darkest time on a rainy day, she came back from school. He looked at the door ready to kick out the person coming in because he forgot about his wife’s presence. She got in and their eyes met for the first time in their married life. He had never seen something so beautiful. She walked to her room and he was left amazed. He sat down and watched his TV but his mind was far away.
He scaled down his work and was able to see his wife when she left for school and when she came back. He did not know he disgusted her. She greeted him politely and he couldn’t even see the fury raging in her eyes. She was tidying up the house again, washed and cooked for him. He had missed her food. There was just a touch of her beautiful hands in the house and he felt warm. His colleagues were commenting on how he looked good again, his ex-girlfriend could not even iron well he only bought him crazy clothes that found their way out of the house as his wife took over again. She really suited everything about him and he realised that now. She slept in the guest bedroom and had no dream of going back to that bed,she was still hurt but never showed. She made him laugh, calmed him down when work threw him with lemons. He was known to be arrogant and hot tempered by his employees but he was different this days. She was not ready to go to that bedroom but she took good care of her husband.She was truly a good woman as he was planning to ask her to come back to their bed. The one she belong to, the one she never wanted to see herself sleeping in even he bought a new bed. She simply wanted a new house, a house for them and only them.