JEFF RETURNED IN THE MORNING WHILE SOPHIA WAS LYING DOWN ON THE SOFA, SEEMS SHE SLEPT THERE

SOPHIA

Good morning (no answer and went straight to his room. Sophia followed him to the room and she knelt down). Jeff, please I am sorry for stopping you last night when you were about going out, I wouldn’t have blocked your way. I am so sorry (he went into the bathroom to shower without paying attention to her, she stayed for a while and left the room to the dinning, took away the jellof rice she kept for him for dinner, on the table. Made some fried egg and tea for him as breakfast. She was setting the table when Jeff came out all dressed for work) I made you something for breakfast, please come and have some.

JEFF

You are just wasting your time here, the earlier you leave my life, the better for you (slammed the door behind him, his phone rang, it was his dad) hello! Good morning dad……I am fine sir……..Sophia is fine……everything is okay……..I am not with her right now, I’ve left to the office……… dad please, honeymoon can wait for now……..because I have a lot going on now in the office…….. dad, there are some projects that I initiated and I can’t leave them for someone else……….can we change this topic? I will go for honeymoon when I am free and ready, moreover, I think it’s high time I started taking care of my own issues…… yes…… Bye dad. (hung up, and drove off)


In case you missed the previous episodes, click here to read:

A PIECE OF ME (Episode 1)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 2)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 3)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 4)
A PIECE OF ME (Episode 5)

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SOPHIA WAS WATCHING THE TV WHEN JEFF RETURNED WITH A LADY, THEY WENT STRAIGHT TO THE ROOM KISSING AND ROMANCING. SHE RUSHED TO THEIR DOOR SCREAMING AND BANGING THE DOOR WITH HER TWO HANDS

SOPHIA

No!!! I can’t take this anymore. This is the height of it. Open this door now! Open this door!

JEFF

(opened the door, wearing only boxers) what is your problem? Why are you disturbing my peace? Have you gone mad?

SOPHIA

Yes oh, I am going crazy right now, in fact, I have gone mad. How dare you bring in another woman into our matrimonial home?

JEFF

(Gave her dirty slap) how dare you question me in my own house, are you crazy? (trying to beat her the more. The girl was standing by the door watching and smiling, tying only a towel)

ASHANTI

Baby please; it’s okay

JEFF

No. Leave me, let me teach this fool a lesson, since she was bent on making my life miserable.

ASHANTI

Baby, leave her. Let’s go. Don’t let her spoil our fun (dragged him inside)

SOPHIA

(went to her room and started packing her thing with a bruised face and torn mouth) no I can’t take this any longer, no, this is too much for me. God knows I’ve tried my best to make this marriage work (her phone rang, it was mum calling) hello ma

MRS BENSON

Sophia my dear, you’re now enjoying in your new home and forgot about me, not even a call from you. I just decided not to disturb your honeymoon, that’s why I didn’t call all these while. How are you my dear?

SOPHIA

Mum am not fine at all (crying) I can’t take this anymore, am leaving this house this minute.

MRS BENSON

Sophia! What’s going on there? You’re leaving which house? Talk to me, what’s wrong?

SOPHIA

Mum, it’s Jeffrey oh. He has turned me into his bunching bag, as we speak right now, he’s with a woman in his room

MRS BENSON

What!? A woman?  where? Doing what in his room? Hang on right there. I don’t want you to go anywhere, are you listening to me? I’m coming there now

SOPHIA

Okay ma. (Continued packing her things, crying) Nothing will make me spend one more night in this house, I’ve had enough.

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FEW MINUTES LATER MRS BENSON DROVE IN AND RUSHED INTO THE HOUSE, CALLING SOPHIA. SHE HEARD FROM HER ROOM AND CAME OUT TO THE SITTING ROOM

SOPHIA

Welcome mum.

MRS BENSON

Oh My Goodness! Look at you! You mean Jeff did this to you? And where is he by the way? (pushed Sophia away and rushed to the room, banged on the door) open this door!

JEFF

Is like you want to receive more beating, you better leave my door now (came out all sweaty and shocked to see his mum) mum, what are you doing here?

MRS BENSON

(she landed him a good slap)

JEFF

You slapped me mum?

MRS BENSON

And I will slap you over again. Jeff, when did you become like this? By the way, where is that girl?

JEFF

Which girl mum? There is no girl here (she pushed him aside and went into the room, saw the girl already dressing up, gave her a slap, she raised her hand to slap her back when Jeff held her hand) don’t you dare lay your hand on my mother

ASHANTI

But you watched her slap me

MRS BENSON

Oh you want to beat me (gave her another slap), now get out of this house and don’t you ever step your feet into this house again (she ran away, Sophia was standing by the door watching, Jeff was so ashamed to face his mum) and you, was this how you were raised? To beat a woman? You are a fool, a big one, you will surely hear from your father when he returns from his trip. Sophia, come here, you are not going anywhere. This is your home, and you are not leaving it for anybody. Why didn’t you tell me anything, what if I didn’t call you this night? Is it because Jenny your friend is out of the country? By the way, I can’t see anything that looks like a female belonging in this room, where are your things?

SOPHIA

In the other room ma

MRS BENSON

Which other room? You mean you sleep in different rooms, at this early stage of your marriage? How will you give me grand children? Now, go and bring your bag here right now. (she went and carried all her bags) you will be sleeping here from now on, and you Jeff, you must apologize to your wife and start treating her well, I don’t want to hear any nonsense again. I am going. (she left)                                                                                                                        ————————————————————————————————–

 

SOPHIA SET THE TABLE FOR BREAKFAST AND SAT DOWN ON THE SOFA WHEN JEFF CAME OUT DRESSED FOR WORK

SOPHIA

Good morning, your breakfast is ready

JEFF

Take that money, go to the clinic and treat yourself (dropped it on the table and left the house, she picked the money and went inside)       

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CHIEF BENSON WAS PACING UP AND DOWN, DIALING A NUMBER WHILE HIS WIFE WAS SEATED, WATCHING HIM.

CHIEF BENSON

Jeff, leave whatsoever you’re doing, I want to see you in my house right now. Do you hear me? Good. (Hung up, still pacing) what nonsense? He will tell me where he learnt how to beat a woman. (After a while, Jeff walked in)

JEFF

Good evening mum, good evening dad.

CHIEF BENSON

Now tell me, who taught you how to beat a woman, your wife at that? Where did you learn it from? Have you ever seen me lay a finger on your mother?

MRS BENSON

Honey, please calm down, remember you’re not too strong. Jeff, what you did was so wrong, no woman can take it. I can’t take it. Lying with another woman in your bedroom while your wife sleeps in the guest room

JEFF

Mum, dad, I’ve told you people time without number that I am not interested in this marriage, but you forced her on me. I don’t love her. I don’t want her

CHIEF BENSON

Shut that your mouth! Is that why you should beat her up? What if she makes a case out of this issue? Do you want to tarnish my name and spoil my political career? What happened to your brain? Can’t you think before you act? Whether you like it or not she is your legally married wife. The only thing you should be thinking right now is how to make your marriage work

JEFF

This is not fair. The only thing you think of is your political career, your name. Nobody thinks about me, or how I feel. How can you force a woman I do not love on me?

CHIEF BENSON

Now listen to me, I will disown you if you ever lay a finger on her again. I hope you know I mean it

JEFF

There you go again dad, that’s all I got to hear, disown you! Disown you!! Disown you!!! Fine, let it be. Disown me, dad. (angrily left the house)

MRS BENSON

Jeff come back here, I said come back here

CHIEF BENSON

Leave him, let him go. I’ve said it and that’s final (walked to the room)

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SOPHIA WAS WATCHING TV WEARING HER NIGHT GOWN WHEN JEFF WALKED IN, DINNER WAS SET ON THE TABLE. HE WALKED STRAIGHT TO THE BED ROOM, SHOWERED, PICKED THINGS HE WILL BE NEEDING AND MOVED TO ANOTHER ROOM. SOPHIA GOT TIRED AND WENT TO THE ROOM, DIDN’T FIND JEFF, DISCOVERED HE PICKED SOME STUFF, ANGRILY LAY ON THE BED BUT COULDN’T SLEEP, WAS ROLLING UP AND DOWN, LATER GOT UP, REARRANGED HER CLOTH TO BE MORE SEDUCTIVE, SPRAYED PERFUME, ROBBED LIPSTICK AND HEADED TO JEFF’S ROOM. GOT TO THE DOOR BUT WAS NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO KNOCK, SHE WENT BACK TO HER ROOM, SAT ON THE BED

SOPHIA

What’s wrong with me? After all he’s my husband (she went back to the door and knocked)

JEFF

Who’s there?

SOPHIA

It’s me

JEFF

What do you want?

SOPHIA

I want to talk to you, please.

JEFF

Speak I can hear you

SOPHIA

Can I come in please?

JEFF

The door is not locked (she entered), ehee what is it?

SOPHIA

Errm…I..I..erm….enn…errnnn….

JEFF

You mean you left your room to this place to come and do ermm…I…ermmm? Or have you suddenly gone dumb? Speak or you leave my room

SOPHIA

Please, can you come back to the room? (finding it difficult to speak)

JEFF

You can have the room to yourself, I’m okay here

SOPHIA

Okay. Can I sleep here with you, please?

JEFF

What for? Is that why you dressed like a prostitute? Ha ha, did you look at yourself in the mirror? You don’t know how much you disgust me; your presence makes me sick. Get out of my room. (she ran out of the room feeling so embarrassed, went back to her bed, crying) Look at her.

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SOPHIA WAS AVOIDING JEFF. SHE HIDES TO GO TO THE KITCHEN OR DO ANYTHING AT HOME. SHE ONLY COMES OUT FREELY WHEN JEFF IS OUT. SHE WAS AT THE SITTING ROOM, WATCHING HER PROGRAM WHEN SHE HEARD A KNOCK ON THE DOOR, SHE OPENED AND IT WAS JENNY, SHE SCREAMED AND HUGGED HER.

SOPHIA

You are so so welcome. You didn’t tell me you are back

JENNY

Yeah, I wanted to surprise you. So how are you doing?

SOPHIA

My sister, you’ve seen me now

JENNY

You are not looking good at all

SOPHIA

How can I look good with all the things I am going through in this house?

JENNY

What exactly happened? Tell me everything. You might be my sister in-law, but I take you as my own sister

SOPHIA

I’ve not known peace since the very day I got married to your brother. He beats me at will, he doesn’t eat my food, that’s the breakfast I made for him (pointing at the dinning), the worst of all, he has never touched me. I went to his room the other night to beg him if I can sleep in his room, he made mockery of me and chased me out of his room. I was so ashamed of myself. I am even ashamed to face him right now. My dear, a lot has happened…

JENNY

Hmm, first of all, I have to talk to dad to get you something in the office, so you can start working. You don’t have to be sitting at home all day, thank God you are a graduate. You have to take care of yourself first, gain back your self-confidence. If you don’t value yourself, nobody will value you. I know what you’re going through is not easy, but you have to be strong. My brother likes classic babes, girls with guts and confidence, you have to show him you’ve got some. You don’t have to be going up and down begging him, he won’t fall for that. So cheer up. Go and dress up, let’s go to my house, I got you some nice stuff; I know you will like them.

SOPHIA

Wow! That’s so nice, thank you sweetheart. But please, about the job, can you tell dad not to put me in the same office with Jeff?

JENNY

Sure. If that’s what you want. Dad has different offices in this town; he can put you in one of them. Is that okay? Oya, go and dress up let’s go. (she went to the room)

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JEFF WAS IN HIS OFFICE WHEN LLOYD WALKED IN AND THEY GREETED THEIR USUAL WAY.

JEFF

 Hey my man!

LLOYD

 Guy what’s up? (shook hands and exchanged pleasantries) didn’t see you yesterday as we discussed, even your number wasn’t going through, hope all is well?

JEFF

I have a lot on my head right now

LLOYD

 What happened? Is it your wife again?

JEFF

Which wife? ….. Ashanti is pregnant

LLOYD

What! Pregnant? Are you serious? Did she say it’s for you?

JEFF

What kind of questions are you asking me? Who else? Is she not my woman? Or is there something that I need to know?

LLOYD

No! Nothing. I’m sorry man. I am just a little bit surprised, so what are you going to do now?

JEFF

For now, I don’t know, but abortion is certainly not an option. I will be taking care of her until I decide on what to do

LLOYD

I’m just thinking of how your family will react when they hear about this. It’s not going to be easy you know?

JEFF

I don’t care; at least, let me take a decision for once in my life. It is even an opportunity to chase that Sophia out of my life for good because I know my parents will never support abortion.

LLOYD

Wow! This is going to be very interesting I can perceive it. Let me take my leave now, I will see you later.

JEFF

OK man, (shook hands) thanks for coming

LLOYD

(entered his car and made a phone call to an unknown person)

Hello … how are you?….I want to see you at blaze right now ….don’t keep me waiting

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JEFF WAS ABOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE WHEN SOPHIA RAN OUT ALL DRESSED TOO

SOPHIA

Jeff!

JEFF

Yes, what is it

SOPHIA

I will be going to work. Dad said I should start work today

JEFF

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JEFF CAME TO TELL HIS PARENTS HISS INTENTION CONCERNING ASHANTI

CHIEF BENSON

No! That cannot be. It will not happen

JEFF

Dad, you have to understand that this woman in question is carrying my baby, your grandchild and I won’t allow my first child to be born outside my home

MRS BENSON

But, can’t you take care of her in her house or better still get her an apartment and be taking care of her until she delivers the baby? How can you live with two women in one house? How do you think Sophia will feel; if you bring in that woman?

JEFF

There you go again mum with this your Sophia, must everything be about Sophia? What about me? In fact, I am bringing her into my house, period. Sophia can go to hell for all I care. (he left the house)

MRS BENSON

Oh poor Sophia, that girl has indeed suffered. I feel for her. And I am feeling so guilty for getting her into all these in the first place

CHIEF BENSON

You don’t have to feel guilty my dear; we wanted the best for our son. I will have to call her to calm her down, to let her know we’re by her side and we are here for whatsoever she might need, (brought out phone, dialing) that boy is a total disgrace to my name. Look woman! Are you sure that boy is really my son?

MRS BENSON

Chief! How could you say a thing like that? Of course, he’s your son and you know it

CHIEF BENSON

It’s okay. We shall see. (answered a call) Hello, Sophia my dear. How are you…?

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Writer’s note: As I always say, a temporary fulfillment can not sustain a long-term relationship.

We are products of all the choices we’ve made, good or bad. Every bad decision taken, whether by mistake or deliberately, has a price tag. Some are more severe than the others. Some are so negligible that we can easily shake it off, while some are so heavy.

Sophia’s marriage was bad right from the foundation. She married for the wrong reason and she is paying for it.

Also, read  WHY DO GIRLS MARRY GUYS THEY DON’T LOVE  to learn more

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