She needed to convince him that she was for real. She gave him a demure smile as she let him in; he perused her body with hungry lust and didn’t say a word as he made a dive for her and began to kiss her.
And for the first time ever, Ethel felt nauseous. That was when it dawned on her that his hold over her was broken. She could never let him touch her again.
“Easy, champion,” she chided as she pulled away, not wanting to show resistance.
“God, you look so sexy!” he mumbled, running his hand over her breasts.
She stiffened in disgust which he mistook for desire because with one hand he drew her to him, nuzzling.
“Look, I have something special planned for you. Something you’d like,” she winked at him, pecking him lightly on the lips.
“What made you change your mind, Thelia?” he asked, breathing in the scent of her skin. Good thing she’d dabbed perfume on her body before he arrived.
“I realised how much I missed you,” she purred. “Besides if we do this, you stop hounding me, so come…follow me.”
“I want you here. Let’s do it here, then we…”
“No,” the single word rang out like a threat. Ethel felt her façade begin to slip. “I mean…I want you to see what I had in mind. It’s exactly what you used to like.”
Fall for it, you idiot!
“Can’t we do that later? You’re so hot I think I’m gonna burst in my pants,” he groaned, pressing her to himself.
By all means, do.
“No, it has to be my way, honey. I promise you’ll like it. I haven’t forgotten how to take care of you; she disentangled from him and began leading him to the bedroom.
“This better be good. I could eat you, you know,” his eyes were burning with a passion she’d once shared but not anymore.
He followed her this time, touching her at every opportunity he got.
The cuffs were in plain sight and caught his eyes like she knew they would. He stared at her like a puppy that’d just been told he could have the largest bone.
“Really? That’s what you have in mind? To…play?” his eyes shone.
“Yes. I’ve missed it,” she said, casually picking up the cuffs.
“How do you want it? You want to…should I cuff you?”
“I was thinking I could cuff you first. Later, you can do me,” this was the part she needed to really put her acting skills to practice.
Charles might be horny but he wasn’t stupid. Any false step and he might smell a trap.
“Wow. You sure are in the mood. Didn’t think getting you into bed would be this…” he smirked.
He’d wanted to say ‘easy’. She could bet her last breath on it.
“Get into bed Charlie. It’s play time,” that was the phrase they used whenever they wanted to go kinky.
He obeyed, pausing for a second to unzip his fly.
Her revenge was so close she could taste it. She didn’t realise she was sweating as she cuffed his hands to the bedposts.
“I will take off your pants and do with you as I please,” she promptly replied.
And take off his pants she did. She stripped him to the very last until she bared his bulk. Looking at it, she recalled times that she’d lived for the pleasure it brought her. Not today. Not anymore.
Smiling, she walked over to her wardrobe and took out her camera.
“What…what are you doing?” he asked as he saw the camera trained on him.
“I want to see the look on your face as I strip you of the thing that makes you a man,” she spoke in a cold voice.
“What? What is this? What are you talking about? Put away the camera Ethel. This wasn’t the plan. No tapes…”
“Shut up! Shut up you murderer! You thought you would get away with it, right? You thought you’d kill my babies and go scot free?”
“What? What is this…God, what is this?” he was beginning to shake. This wasn’t just kinky sex anymore, he gathered. “Please, for God’s sake just put away the damn camera and let’s talk about this. And please uncuff me.”
“You didn’t think about God when you took away my babies. You didn’t think about me when you drugged me time and time again, you bastard! You know what? Say cheese to the camera and let’s catch your pretty face. We will show this to your precious daughters when you’re gone.”
“Ethel please, please don’t do this. Please let’s talk about this!”
“Yes, beg me. Cry. I wanna see it,” she grinned as she clicked away on the camera.
He wasn’t crying yet but she was pretty sure he soon would. She went to her wardrobe again and this time took out the kitchen knife.
“See, isn’t it beautiful?”
“Blood of Jesus!”
“His blood didn’t save you before. It won’t now. Any last words, honey?” she stroked the shiny blade with an insane glint in her eyes.
“You’re mad. Ethel you’re not well. You want to kill me? You will go to hell! You will go to prison! Ethel, think about it! Are you ready to have my blood on your hands?”
“How did you live with the blood of our babies on your hands all these years?”
“I am sorry! I didn’t mean to! Please! It was…”
“Don’t you dare blame the devil for this! This was you!”
“Forgive please!” he was blubbering now as he struggled to move, to cover his nakedness.
His erection was still there. The treacherous thing hadn’t given up even at the sight of the knife.
“I want you to call your daughters and tell them everything.”
“What? I can’t do that! You will have to kill me first!” he spat.
“Watch me,” she moved closer to him and lashed out with the knife.
It was his face she aimed for. That handsome face that had charmed so many a woman. She dragged the knife deftly over his face watching the blood ooze out with satisfaction as he twisted from side to side.
“Please. No…please…” he was crying now and bleeding. A bad combination as the salty tears fell into the open cut.
“Will you call them now?” she asked again.
“I…can’t. They’re my life. Please…don’t…do…this. God, no.”
“Why am I asking? I can easily get your phone and send the pictures to your precious daughters. That would be good huh?” she slashed his face again, anger boiling within her.
This man that’d damaged her! He deserved this!
“Nooo!” he screamed.
“Then make the call. Or I go to your balls. How would you feel if I cut that off, huh?”
“Jesus Christ!” he was weeping profusely now, tired of struggling.
“Make the call,” she moved away and began searching the pockets of his discarded trouser.
“Bingo!” she smiled, waving it in the air, “Now, what’s the name of the older one? And don’t mess with me Charlie. I still have my friend here,” she used the knife to poke his bulk.
“Please forgive me. Don’t do this. Please…I will do anything.”
“Oh. Can you bring back my babies? Or make me pregnant again? The name, Charlie! Don’t waste my time!”
“Sh…Sh..Sheila. Please don’t.”
“Ah Sheila. What a beautiful name. It would’ve been lovely for our daughter, don’t you think?”
“Why, Charles? Why did you do it? Wasn’t I good enough?” she couldn’t hold back her tears any longer.
“I’m sorry. Please forgive me. You…you were the best thing that happened to me…I…”
“Don’t. Don’t lie any more. It would only make your situation worse. Besides we have a phone call to make to Sheila honey.”
She punched in the letters and the name popped up.
And then she dialled.
to be continued next week…
by Mimi Adebayo