Ndidiamaka tried to stifle a smile, but she was ecstatic and it showed despite her attempts to hide it.
The ruling had been in her favour, she was the happiest she had been in a very long time. She looked over at her husband downcast and almost in tears, she felt a flash of sympathy towards him but it disappeared as quickly as it had come. In truth, she did feel bad for him but she was happier for herself. Inspite of everything she had always felt responsible for her misfortune, it was only in this moment that she had finally let herself be free of all the guilt.
Looking back now she would never had believed that a day would come when she would put her own feelings before his.
But the day had finally come and she couldn’t be happier.
Ndidiamaka had met her husband 17 years ago at the wedding of mutual friend, the sparks had flown instantly and from that day they became inseparable. Two years later they got married, it was to be the beginning of a wonderful fairy tale life for her.
But the first blow came only a few years into the marriage, Ndidi and her husband Obi were returning from the wedding anniversary celebration of an old friend from school, her husband had been drinking like he normally did. She had tried to convince him that it would be better if she drove home, she was in the first trimester of her pregnancy and as such hadn’t been drinking. He had laughed it off and called her an overbearing “man-wife” Against her better judgement she had let him drive, they had suffered a head on collision with a food truck after her husband had spun into oncoming traffic that night.
She woke up at the hospital to find that she had lost the pregnancy and her husband had signed off on an emergency hysterectomy to save her life.
Ndidi was heartbroken, she spent many nights in tears and on her knees in prayer, hoping for a miracle but nothing changed.
Distraught and desperate for a child she pleaded with her husband to consider other possible alternatives to child bearing but he refused them all.
Ndidi was deeply in love with her husband and accepted her fate always hoping that he would someday come around.
By the time they were to celebrate their 10th year anniversary they had become two strangers living under the same room. She was constantly miserable, doing everything she could to get his attention and to get a feel of the love they had lost. Nothing seemed to work, he seemed to retreat further and further away from her.
One day everything changed, he suddenly seized to be faceless ghost. He started to dress better, and be more present. He would come home from work early and proceed to go out for a run. On one occasion on his way out Ndidi caught a whiff of cologne on him.
It was clear something was changing, there was little change in his attitude towards her so she was certain she wasn’t the reason for the change. She tried to talk to him about it but he dismissed her without any answers. She instinctively knew there was another woman in the picture. It took very little digging to confirm her suspicion, he was doing much to hide it.
Desperate to fight for her marriage she stayed on, even when his escapades became glaring she knew then that there was no hope. She threw herself into her work and tried to work the pain away.
One day he returned home distraught and close to tears, he confessed that he had gotten a girl pregnant earlier, he had planned to hide it from her to spare her feelings. But barely a week after the birth of the child, the mother had decided that she didn’t want the baby anymore.
“I don’t know what to do, what do I do with a new born child Ndidi, please help me raise him”
She did not hesitate in accepting to help him raise the child, they met with the birth mother and she signed the documents and handed the baby over to them.
The child felt like hers the minute she held him in her hands, she knew in that instant that her life was about to change forever. Her prayers had been answered.
Her husband suddenly became devout, even more than he had been in the beginning. She didn’t need to work hard to get a smile from him. He became a changed man. It seemed like her family was going to make it out of the deep dungeon It had been flung into years ago.
Everyone was finally happy.
Six months after she had assumed the role of the child’s mother her husband Obi got to the office to find that his wife had filed for divorce. The papers were sitting on his desks.
Confused and in shock he left the office and headed straight home to find that Ndidi had temporarily moved in with her sister. She had left him a note, it read
My heart only had
Despite all, in spite of all…
All my heart ever wanted was you.
For showing me how wrong I was
For giving me so much more.
Getting the judge to rule in her favour was easy, Emeka had been careless with his affairs. Today the preceding was concluded, she was awarded total custody of the child.
Her sister led her out of the courtroom, she smiled at her son sleeping soundly in her sister’s arms.