Christy has been shortchanged in her marriage. She married Ebube straight out of secondary school. Not that her friends didn’t warn her that she was making the wrong move. But Christy was in love with Ebube, he represented to her everything she didn’t see in her father’s relationship with her mother. Ebube was kind, affectionate and practically worshiped the floor she walked on. All he ever asked back from her was that she should love him back the way he did and always be faithful. That wasn’t going to be hard at all. Ebube worked in an oil company and was ready to give her everything she wanted. Why would she ever think of infidelity? Besides, he had promised that she could finish her education right from his house. What else can a girl ask for?
Fifteen years has passed. Christy now holds a degree in Mass Communication, two kids and a husband she loathes. Even before the euphoria of the honeymoon passed, Christy had felt the weight of Ebube’s fury as she endured beatings for things she often didn’t know anything about. Ebube was constantly on her case, monitoring her every move. Sometimes, he would cease her phone and keep it for the whole day, taking all the calls. If he sensed any foul play which he frequently did, Christy bore the brunt.
Ebube wanted Christy all to himself, literally, so she kept no friends neither was she allowed to work. She was never involved in the decision making process in the house, as Ebube often told her she didn’t have the intellectual capacity to make decisions. Worse still Christy couldn’t complain to her family as they were all blinded by Chris’ generosity and niceties when they were outside the house.
On the 15th year of their marriage, Ebube suffered a major setback as he lost his job. His savings quickly depleted and the kids were on the verge of being thrown out of school. It was at this point that Ebube allowed his wife to take a job.
Christy got a job in client services of an advertising agency. She was very efficient and soon her Executive Director saw the potentials in her and decided to send her on a course that would lead to her heading the department. It was on this course that she met Henry.
Henry was a perfect gentleman. When he first met Christy, he was attracted to her. He was just surviving a heart break and wasn’t exactly looking for ‘rebound guy’. He was more attracted to her intellect and her drive. Throughout the six weeks the training lasted, they shared ideas and worked together on various group projects and then just before they parted, on social night, Henry found that he was in love with Christy.
On her own part, Christy saw Henry’s company as a welcome development. Here was a man who saw her as human. Who genuinely enjoyed her company and who even took time to ask her what she wanted. He believed she had a functioning intellect! Christy fell in love with Henry.
Henry knew Christy was married. And for this reason he fought his feelings for her, but it was like the more he fought, the more he liked her. Three months later, he eventually revealed his feelings to her. Christy admitted fighting the same feelings to no avail. They were both in a complicated love affair.
What should Henry and Christy do?