“What’s the matter, Ife?” Toshiro asked. He could tell that something was wrong.
“I found out yesterday that Damba, my ex-husband was killed in a road accident.”
“I’m sorry to hear that, Ife. Is there anything I can do for you?”
She shook her head. “No, there isn’t.”
“When is the funeral?”
“It’s on Friday. My manager gave me the entire day off.”
“That was very thoughtful.”
“Yes. I’m very grateful to him.”
“How is Miremba doing?”
“She’s devastated. He was her Dad and she loved him.”
“What about you? How are you holding up?”
“It’s hard. We knew each other from childhood and were married for ten years. I can’t believe that he’s gone.”
“How old was he?”
“The same age as me. Did you love him?”
Ife shook her head. “No, I didn’t love him but I cared about him. We got married because I was pregnant.”
“You know I would understand if you want to go home and be with Miremba now.”
She got up from the chair and walked over to the window. “No, I don’t have to leave right now. Miremba is with her uncle and his family. It helps her to be with her cousins right now.”
Toshiro went up behind her and pulled her against him. “I know this is hard for you, Ife. Although you didn’t love him, he was still a big part of your life.”
Ife relaxed in his arms as she stared out the window. “Yes, he was.”
He turned her around to face him, his eyes searching hers. “We don’t have to do anything, you know. We could just talk if you like.”
Ife shook her head. “No, I don’t want to talk right now. Maybe later.” She moved away from him and walked towards the bedroom.
He followed her and after closing the door behind him, he went over to where she stood beside the bed. His heated gaze met hers before he took her in his arms.
“You can stay here for as long as you like,” he told her some time later as she lay on her side with her head resting on his chest. He had his arm around her, holding her close.
“Thank you,” she mumbled. She wished they could remain like this forever.
“I wish I could come to funeral just to give you my support but, unfortunately, I have a very important meeting.”
“I understand,” Ife replied. She was really touched that he wanted to go to the funeral for her sake. It sparked hope inside her that he was developing feelings for her.
“Although I will be absent from you in body, I will be present with you in spirit.”
“Where’s the funeral going to be held?”
“At my church.”
“What time is the service?”
“It’s at 11 after the viewing which is at the funeral home and it ends around noon. After the graveside service and burial, there is a repast at the church.”
“I’ll understand if you would rather be with your family instead of coming here.”
“No, I’m still going to come–at the usual time.”
“When you come, we can just talk if you like.”
“I would like to send flowers to the funeral home. Before you leave, could you give me the address?”
“Yes, I will. That’s very kind of you to want to send flowers.”
Toshiro closed his eyes in despair. He wanted to tell her that it had nothing to do with kindness but would she believe him?
Next up is The Conflict.
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