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Old enough yet unmarried 12: Love, betrayal and health

Dr. O.

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Continued from episode 11.

I’m sure you’re wondering what I have to say, Is it true I’m dating a married man? The answer is Yes, Did I know he was married? The answer is No, I’m actually as shocked as you are.

I met Tolu about 6 months ago during a medical outreach, he’s a Doctor as well, he seemed like a really nice guy but the funny thing was I was never really interested at first, before the end of the outreach however, I found myself liking him, I’m not sure if it was his charm or his way with words that had me falling for him, all I know is that by the end of the program we were exchanging numbers, I’d like to point out that I don’t remember seeing any wedding band on his finger, he didn’t even wear as much as a fashion ring. We got talking on the phone for hours later that night, I asked him if he was single and these were his exact words “I’m single, searching and seriously praying you’ll be my last bus stop” of course I laughed at his sense of humor, he had succeeded in making me blush from the word “hello”, just out of curiosity, I asked why he was still single and that was when he confessed that he had been married once before for 6yrs but had just recently gotten divorced, he told me his wife left him and his 5 year old daughter alone to be with her lover who resided outside the country.

 

Foolish me! I believed him, I fell for all the lies, well I didn’t know they were lies till now, I made up my mind to become a mother figure to the poor little girl who had been abandoned by her mother, every time I visited I would bring her gifts, of course she fell in love with me although she seemed very fond of her mother, she always said nice things about her and kept hinting that her mother travelled and would be coming back soon with lots of gifts for her, all the while I kept feeling sorry for her because I assumed that was what she was told since she was too young to understand what was going on. In the short time we met, Tolu actually became a huge part of my life, we did everything together, even went on family outings with Dade, the funny thing was we were never really official, I’d never met any of his friends or family except Dade and he hadn’t met mine either, actually he was my best kept secret, the only person I told about him was Yemi and that was because she was my housemate and was around when he came visiting sometimes.

We shared intimate moments together, I can’t even count how many times we had mind blowing marathon sex, this only happened when Dade was away of course or at my place. Once, I wanted to ask him to define the relationship but I didn’t want to come off as desperate and I didn’t want to put pressure on him since he had just recently gotten divorced and probably needed time to recover so I dismissed the idea. I made up my mind to be there for him till he was ready to take things a step further.

I thought about all that had just happened in the supermarket, I was so confused, why did he lie to me? How long was he planning to hide the truth from me? Did he ever even plan to tell me?I got back home to my empty house with no food to eat, I was starving but after that embarrassing incident I was just happy I made it home in one piece and believe me I don’t plan to leave the house till tomorrow morning, who knows? that crazy woman might be waiting for me outside. If I wasn’t on call tomorrow I’d have called in sick and it wouldn’t be a lie, I’m truly sick but my sickness is just emotional.

About 2 hours later, there was a knock at my door, I wasn’t expecting any visitor so I was a bit afraid it might be Tolu’s crazy wife, I tiptoed to the door and peeped through the whole to see who it was only to find out it was the idiot himself, how dare he have the confidence to show up at my door step after everything? “Why are you here? I shouted without opening the door, “Tess please let me in I can explain, Sharon told me what happened, it’s not what you think” he said, “say what you have to say from out there” I shouted back, “common, you don’t want to air your dirty laundry in public do you? Please stop being childish and let’s talk”, on hearing that I hissed and walked away to have my seat then he started banging on the door really hard, I almost thought he was going to break it, “stop it” I shouted, “you’ll make the neighbours come out”, “well it would be my pleasure to see them come out, maybe they’d be able to talk some sense into your head” he said banging even louder, he knew he was getting to me, I hated to create scenes and the last thing I wanted was my neighbours all up in my business so I succumbed, I let him in and he locked the door behind him, “what do you want from me? Go back home to your wife, you LIAR” I screamed, “I didn’t lie to you Tess” he said walking towards me and holding my shoulders from behind, “I’ve divorced her, it’s just that she’s refusing to sign the divorce papers” he said, “you’re not making sense” I replied, “You told me you were divorced and she abandoned you and Dade for her lover overseas, why would she be refusing to sign papers if she has a lover? How can you even say you’re divorced when papers haven’t been signed?”

“You have to believe me” he said starting to kiss my neck, “I’d never lie to you” he said following the kisses down to my bosom”, “stop!” I said trying to push him away, my voice said stop but my body was saying otherwise, his kisses made me weak, I tried to gather the strength to resist him, His lips moved from my bosom down to the magic spot, he knew as well as I knew that it was the point of no return, it was my weakness and he used it against me,he pulled my clothes off and carried me to my room, the chemistry between us was perfect, I felt at home in his arms.

I let him have his way with me all the while feeling guilty that I was enjoying what was meant for another woman, but how was I so sure he wasn’t telling the truth? what if she was the one that truly didn’t want to let him go? I brushed the guilt of my mind and responded to his kisses with even more passionate ones, no point crying over spilt milk.I knew I was putting myself in a deep mess but I didn’t know how to stop myself, the battle line had been drawn he was going to have to choose either me or her, but one thing was for sure, I wasn’t letting him go without a fight.

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.