In this scene, Nkem crept back into the house after a date with her new boyfriend while her ex-husband was staying as a guest in her house.
As you can see, Tunde wasn’t having it.
The audacity of some men eh! Should be sold in bottles ????
He should have left well enough alone, but he’d seemed incapable of doing so at the time.
Seeing her creeping back into the house in the darkness, without even bothering to switch on the light, had made him snap like a flimsy twig.
Something about Nkem taking off her shoes casually and tiptoeing towards the staircase, as if she didn’t want to wake him or anyone else up, had pushed him over the edge.
How on earth had she expected him to be asleep and unbothered about being out so late at night with another man? Did she not know him at all?
He closed his eyes, taking slow breaths in and out to regulate his respiration. He couldn’t carry on like this— living his life in a limbo and waiting for Nkem to make the next move for reconciliation. That seemed to be doing more harm than good, driving her farther and farther away from him.
If she could no longer predict his behaviour like she used to do easily, they’d been apart for far too long. It was time for him to put his big pants on, stop feeling sorry for himself and fix the family he broke.
Yes, he’d messed up. He deserved to be punished, would accept whatever penalty he needed to face so that he could heal their home, but whatever that meant, living apart and avoiding the upheaval battle of trying to gain back Nkem’s trust wouldn’t do.
He had to let her know that he had every intention of fighting to get her back. No more hiding behind his guilt.
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