Stories

BROKEN – by Gazelle (Chapter 5 & 6)

After John felt satisfied with whatever he was doing he turned to say something to Leslie and immediately her cell phone started ringing. He noticed the massive smile spread all over her face he felt like stealing the smile with a kiss, but he got uncontrollably jealous when Leslie called the person’s name. After what felt like forever to John Leslie ended the call.
Leslie had forgotten she was with John, as soon as she ended the call she was gonna sleep off when John interrupted.
John: Leslie so the guy who you helped out now calls you at night? when it’s almost midnight a guy who is suppose to be with his girlfriend, and he was so sweet that you kept laughing uncontrollably and wouldn’t stop saying thank you, tell me Leslie are you that cheap? How much has he promised you? How much recharge card is he promising you? When was the last time you even thanked me like that?

Leslie was shocked she could feel the sharp piercing anger from John’s voice, she couldn’t even hold it in anymore especially as John called her cheap. She had been faithful and was even a virgin she had never let any man touch her not even John even though she had passed the night on few occasions at his place and even visited him she had never given in and John was always gentle too, he never pushed.

Leslie: John? How could you even think that? Richard was only really thanking me for helping him out because his girlfriend really liked the teddy plus I was saying thank you because that’s what you say when someone passes a polite compliment. I can’t remember the last that you did so. For all I know you’ve been all over your phone it’s like I’m not even here thank God someone at least noticed me.
John was taken aback by Leslie’s reply, he couldn’t believe she had just told him that to his face. John got so furious he couldn’t control the anger he felt, it was like a beast had been let loose. Leslie wouldn’t stop giving John that “oh yeah I just said that look”, John couldn’t hold it anymore he didn’t know when he gave Leslie a hard slap on the cheek, Leslie you can either choose to watch what you say or not talk at all.

Leslie was shocked to her bones she always knew John had this hard anger but not such that could push him to hit her. Leslie didn’t say a word she simply picked up her phone went to the wardrobe picked her bag left to the other empty bedroom and locked herself up.
John was just there surprised, he wasn’t sure if it was him that had hit Leslie or it was someone else, he just stood there staring at his palms the same palms he had used to slap her…


CHAPTER SIX
…present day…


Leslie had been crying since she got home and haven’t had any breakfast she had been on the front porch for more than 4hours and it was getting late through the afternoon already.
John was in his house doing totally fine, he felt Leslie was totally overreacting but he certainly wouldn’t go begging; besides he was older than her, everything more than Leslie he couldn’t bring himself so low. Although deep down John feared to lose Leslie, he wasn’t ready to go after her. John knew how much Leslie loved him and how much she was gonna do anything to keep him. But John hadn’t realized that Leslie was beyond feeble and weak she could throw off anything for how much she loved him but never would she give her self-respect. Leslie could lose anything but wouldn’t let off even a tiny bit off her self-respect go.
Down evening that Monday Leslie decided to get over herself. She cleaned up and went into the kitchen to make some dinner. She succeeded in making a decent bowl of plain noodles then she returned to the parlour, turned on the television and fed both her eyes and stomach.

Leslie had been crying since she got home and haven’t had any breakfast she had been on the front porch for more than 4hours and it was getting late through the afternoon already.
John was in his house doing totally fine, he felt Leslie was totally overreacting but he certainly wouldn’t go begging; besides he was older than her, everything more than Leslie he couldn’t bring himself so low. Although deep down John feared to lose Leslie, he wasn’t ready to go after her. John knew how much Leslie loved him and how much she was gonna do anything to keep him. But John hadn’t realized that Leslie was beyond feeble and weak she could throw off anything for how much she loved him but never would she give her self-respect. Leslie could lose anything but wouldn’t let off even a tiny bit off her self-respect go.
Down evening that Monday Leslie decided to get over herself. She cleaned up and went into the kitchen to make some dinner. She succeeded in making a decent bowl of plain noodles then she returned to the parlour, turned on the television and fed both her eyes and stomach.

At about 8.30pm Mrs Zaki (Leslie’s mom) called through the house telephone.
Leslie: Hello! good evening mummy
Mrs Zaki: yeah my baby how are you?
Leslie: I’m fine MA how’s work?
Mrs Zaki: work is fine, I hope you’re fine? And you’re not scared? If you are you could go to your aunt’s place at Masaka oh
Leslie: no mummy I’m okay, and I’m not scared.
Mrs Zaki: alright then bye, take care
Leslie: thank you Ma, all the best. Bye, good night.

While Leslie continued watching television she was hoping somewhere in the corners of her heart that John calls and say sorry.
John continued working in his bedroom but couldn’t concentrate he thought of calling Leslie but his ego wouldn’t give way finally he decided to send a short text around 10 pm. He simply wrote, “I’m sorry I never expected we’d take things pretty far, sorry for being a goose.”
Leslie who had been taking side glances at her phone hoping to get a call from John quickly jumped at her phone the moment she heard her the message beep. It took her very few seconds to read the message. Leslie decided at least to play hard and not reply or call till the next day.
John waited the whole night for Leslie’s reply, at least he had asked for forgiveness. A few days ago he’d never had believed he’d suffer so much heartache simply because of Leslie or any other lady.

Leslie slept soundly with a proud smile plastered on her face, she was gonna call John tomorrow and she was not gonna change her mind.

The next morning as soon as Leslie woke up, she wanted to call John back to tell him she had seen his text but decided to delay till late morning. She cleaned the house, had her bath and fixed a really nice breakfast for herself. But was almost impossible for her to eat, she was thinking of John the whole time and could only eat so little. Although it felt like time was literally crawling, Leslie had enough patience to wait for it to crawl as it so desired.

Finally, it was 11 o’clock am, Leslie felt it was the right time to call, she called the first time but John didn’t pick up. Leslie thought it was only decent to call again, so she did and when it felt like it was gonna stop ringing the call was answered.

Hello, Leslie said, Hello! she received coldly from the other end. Leslie was shocked John was not the type to let any random person use his phone more so a lady!
Sorry, Uhmmmm Leslie stammered, my name is Leslie I’m trying to reach Mr Ayobami I’ve got something I want to talk to him about. (Leslie had decided not to use John’s first name besides she didn’t know who the other person was so first name basis would not be so proper). Sorry John is busy, has been in the conference room having a meeting, so busy he has to make even I his girlfriend wait more than an hour in his personal office maybe later you could call him and please after office hours we’d be going out I wouldn’t want him taking calls and he wouldn’t turn off his phone or put it on flight mode either so please call a little much later.
Leslie was shocked to her spine, she could feel her body gradually run outta fluid. She just managed to reply “alright thank you ” then she hung up

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