We had been quarreling for a while now.
Every little thing seemed to set us off. We were fighting ninety percent of the time these days.
Deola was starting to look like a good replacement..
Deola… Ah… ‘Dee’ as I loved to call her. Buxom. Nubian beauty. Bold and forthright. She had been hitting on me with a vengeance for months. She was promising me ‘heaven on earth’. She told me that she was game ‘whatever, wherever, whenever’, that all I had to do was ask.
Chika was nagging again. Her gratey voice snapped me out of my reverie.
Chikadibia… Sigh… So beautiful that it was not fair. As smart as starched military khakis too. Her mind is astronomical! It also helped that she was the only woman I knew via recent experiences that could handle me sexually.
That day we were arguing about a wedding she wanted to attend. I had told her that she could not go. She was livid. She was trying to make my life a living hell.
Throughout her tirade I was ‘sexting’ with Deola. Mild stuff.
Deola was starting to look like a good replacement.
Long story short, Chika defied my instructions and went for the wedding. (I am that sort of boyfriend, get over yourself. Thankfully, I am not dating you).
I was seated in my opulent den when she returned. She sashayed toward me, smiling like nothing was wrong. She bent over and leaned in and kissed my cheek and then sat down beside me.
Something inside my head snapped. Audibly I am sure.
I let loose a vile litany of invectives. I was well into giving her a piece of my mind when the corner of her mouth started twitching.
Little tics at first. Then sight tremors and finally that side of her mouth began to twitch.
But I was on a roll.
I had just begun cursing her out, (yes it is that sort of relationship, get over yourself. Thankfully, I am not dating you) when I perceived that all was not well.
My sick, twisted, wicked and premeditated words dried up instantly.
The second I saw the corner of her mouth droop just a fraction of an inch. I bolted out of the room.
By the time I returned with my car keys, she was slumped on the floor face down.
I had her in the hospital about thirteen minutes later. The nurses had her on oxygen and hooked up to a few machines. They were starting to check her blood pressure. They were also trying to get blood from her arm to run some tests.
Chika suddenly stiffened, and then started to stretch unnaturally. Then she seemed to crumple… Then stiffen… Then crumple. It was clearly a bizarre death dance.
Pandemonium broke out. It was grotesque sight. Her previously beautiful face was scrunched up in a series of revolting rictuses.
I was standing by the door. I am a big and tall man, the nurses needed all the space they could get. I had just closed my eyes to pray for her when I heard her start to convulse.
The seizures were so violent that the hospital bed was bouncing off the white tiles of the floor.
I forced the deepest calm I could muster and from within began to pray for her. Inaudibly I think. I did not want her to die. Not because I would have to explain what happened, but because I loved Chika.
I am not sure how long I prayed, but it can’t have been for more than a few seconds… When someone, something prompted me to open my eyes.
I saw a vertical plume of light slowly rise from Chika and slowly start to ascend. I darted forward and held the light.
Yes, you read that right. Until I did it I did not know it to be possible. But it felt like the only move I had. And it worked because I was now somehow holding Chika by the wrist.
On the bed, she had flatlined and the nurses were still struggling to resuscitate her.
Here, about a meter away I was holding on to her spirit.
“Baby-m… (term of endearment, ‘my baby’) please don’t go… Please baby don’t leave me” I begged her celestial version.
“It is time Igwe. My time has come.” She objectively reported.
“Chika, I am sorry!” I remember crying out audibly.
The nurses were practicing CPR on her earth suit at this point. One of the nurses had her hands on her head and was weeping quite loudly.
“Igwe I forgive you… Don’t worry… I am tired… Bye – bye…” She told me in a sad voice. Her guileless eyes held proof of forgiveness. Her entire visage was devoid of malice or ill will.
Never! Not on my watch!! So I employed the only strategy that I could. I uttered words that I knew would touch Chika’s spirit. A suggestion that was sincere. It would be tendered from my spirit to hers.
“Chikadibia, I want you to be my wife. I want you to give birth to children for us… I will go and see your parents tomorrow.”
Time froze for an instant.
She looked into my eyes for a while. Then she turned around and returned into her earth suit.
Then all of her as I knew it slowly sat up on the bed.
The nurses fled in terror when she sat up slowly. Hospital sheet sliding off to reveal her impossibly beautiful face. They ran because she had just been pronounced, ‘dead’.
We have been married for thirteen years now.
We have three children.
Two girls and a boy.