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    Sweet Forbidden – 11

    That tiny bit of doubt continued to prey on Benny’s mind. He’d had a bad night because of it. And when he’d woken up he’d even been more disturbed.

    He wanted to stop doubting her. He’d promised her he would never again doubt her. He’d never had to doubt her before. But the thing with seeds was once they were planted, they start to form roots. And once rooted, hurling them out was always near impossible. A seed of doubt had been planted and unfortunately, it had taken root. And that seed, intent on sprouting up, was seeking nutrients to give it life.

    If you go a-fishing, you will surely catch a fish.

    That was one of his father’s keep-life-simple maxims. And that became his reality when that seed of doubt began to find its nutrients in almost anything.

    They haven’t made love in the last two weekends. That was the first thing his suspicious, irrational mind reminded him. She had resisted all of his overtures; she was exhausted and stressed, she’d claimed. And last weekend, which had ended with the Valentine’s day, she’d begged off with a stomach cramp due to too much sweets and drinks.

    They hadn’t meant anything to him at the time—except a mild disappointment, mostly from his dissatisfied male member. They didn’t have sex every weekend they spent together, so he’d swallowed his disappointment and gotten over it.

    That was until now.

    Nora enjoyed sex. She was not apologetic or coy about it. She was adventurous in bed and she possessed a high libido to match her recurrent crave for sex. He loved that about her—her uninhabited passion. It can be a little shocking the kinky ideas she came up with, but they were always a pleasure and they never failed to drive him wild.

    But rejecting sex two weekends consecutively didn’t quite prove anything, Benny rationalised. Neither did the fact that last night she’d claimed fatigue again and had only curled into his arms and slept off. She probably was over worked. After all things have been more hectic at the bank lately.

    Benny sighed and tried to nudge aside the crazy thoughts, but instead another one popped up—Nnamdi had thought he saw her car at Bloomsdale Hotel.

    The second that thought hit, Benny muttered a curse and banished it. Now he was being paranoid. Dear God, he was going to drive himself crazy stressing over something that had been resolved. They were getting married in two months for heaven’s sake!

    He was done with these insane thoughts. He loved Nora and he trusted her—completely. Benny reached for his phone and tapped open the Messaging App. He started to type her a romantic message but his fingers suddenly froze.

    The answers she’d given him last night hadn’t correlated.

    When he’d first cynically made mention of her hectic day, she’d said that the Branch Manager had called for a compulsory meeting as they were all getting set to close. It hadn’t been that they’d closed for the day and she was already gone… that had been her second explanation when he’d slammed her with what Maureen had said.

    It could just be a manner of expression, one part of his mind chimed. But Benny found his finger backspacing and deleting the words he’d already typed. Something just didn’t feel right. The doubts returned and with them, a heightened disquiet.

    Benny had tried to talk himself out of tailing her but no matter the number of sane counsels his heart came up with, his head rejected them all. He’d left the hospital and gone back home to drop of his car and then he’d taken a taxi to her bank. He figured that it would be less conspicuous if he followed her in a cab and not in his car.

    She came through the gates and joined the moving traffic. Benny flagged down a taxi and called out an eatery along the Nnebisi road. If she branched off the road, he would have the driver change directions too. But when she only turned on her trafficator when she neared the road that led into her street, Benny knew he was acting like a demented fool and he cursed himself.

    For heaven’s sake, what the heck was wrong with him? he repeatedly queried himself as he redirected the cab driver to drive him home. He was acting insane. This was his fiancée—the woman he’d known for two years for Christ’s sake!

    Two years and she’d never proved herself untrustworthy and now he was going crazy because her goddamn responses hadn’t correlated?

    Benny muttered another curse under his breath and told himself he was so making it up to her. She might not have known—and would never know—that he’d tailed her this evening but he was going to make up for his insane actions. He was buying her a special, obscenely-expensive gift tomorrow and he was making her a meal that will keep her mouth watering for years to come.

    That was his penance and he was doing it not only with a sense of remorse but also with complete repentance.

    He decided that the Gucci bracelet plus the Samsung phone he’d already bought were going to make the perfect I’m-never-distrusting-you gift, and satisfied with his choice he walked to the counter with it.

    “Hey look, it’s the iPhone-man.” Benny sent an affable smile to the man in jeans and blazer paying for his own purchase.

    Tim was momentarily shocked to see Nora’s fiancé, but he quickly covered his shock. “Blackberry-man, still convinced that’s the only way to go?” He grinned and offered his hand.

    “There is no other route for me.” Benny eyed the Michael Kors jewellery set being wrapped for him. “I see you’re aiming to spoil your lady as I am.”

    Tim tossed a glance at the gift he planned on giving Sharon as a silent apology for his mistake. “That’s why we are their men, right? To spoil them rotten.” He said with an easy smile, then grimaced at the swift burn on his chest. “Damn, if only I can find a magic cure for this.” He muttered, rubbing a hand just underneath his breastbone.

    “Heartburn?” Benny hazarded a guess.

    “Yeah. Been there since lunch and massively discomforting too.” Tim eyed him curiously. “How’d you guess, you a doctor?” He and Nora never talk about their partners. He supposed the reason would be because it was easier on their consciences pretending they didn’t exist for the time they were together.

    Benny nodded. “Yes, Obstetrician though. But I recommend Gascol. It will work the magic you’re looking for.”

    “Wow, thanks.” So she was going to end up a doctor’s wife? Nice. “I’m into business. Presently a hotelier. I own Bloomsdale Hotel, right after the government’s house.”

    “Really?” Benny’s brain went on a major riot. “That’s nice. I hear it’s an amazing place.”

    For the briefest second Tim wondered where’d he’d heard it from. “It is. You and your fiancée must pay us a visit. I’m promising a discount.” He picked his package and gave him a smile. “Thanks for the free diagnosis and recommendation, doctor. Have a great evening.”

    “And you too.”

    But Benny’s smile vanished the  moment his back turned. He owned Bloomsdale Hotel?

    The fancy business card had had the name of the hotel on it… only he hadn’t paid attention to the card owner’s name that night. And they had both been talking in low tones that day at the Konwea Plaza before his fiancée—Sharon—had walked up to them.

    Benny felt the slow hum of disquiet slid back in. Nora hadn’t said anything about knowing who owned the business card. She’d in fact dismissed it as customers turning them into their advertising agency. And at the Plaza she’d also dismissed Tim as an old friend, with no mention of the connection between him and the Bloomsdale business card.

    No, he hadn’t been acting like a fool because of his suspicions, he was being treated like a fool because of his trusting and carefree ways.

    Fury slammed into Benny and lodged itself beside the ball of pain that had taken precedence.

    Nora allowed a smile into her voice when the call was picked. “Hey, baby. How are you? You home yet?”

    “I definitely am. And you, are you on your way back?” Benny’s cheerful voice came through the line.

    “I should be as soon as we round up here. We’ll be closing soon, I’m sure. See you in a bit, okay?”

    “No qualms. See you later, sweets.”

    Nora ended the call and dropped back the phone into her handbag. She started the car and pulled back into the highway. But she didn’t notice the blue-and-white painted cab that pulled into the road immediately after she did.

    She walked straight to the hotel’s restaurant where she’d asked Tim to meet her. He was at a private table and quickly beckoned on her upon catching sight of her.

    “I don’t want to waste time here, Tim. My fiancé is waiting for me and I don’t want him getting worried.” She began as soon as she sat down. “I want us to end whatever this is that has been happening between us. It should not have happened…” She bit her lip and forced back the tears. “My God, we cheated on our partners, Tim! I don’t know what we were thinking… I don’t know what I was thinking. Benny is ten times the man you are and will ever be. And I don’t mean that as an insult… I am just stating the truth, which I’m sure you know.”

    “I know that he is a better man for you.” Tim said quietly. He was feeling too relieved to care about the insult of her statement. “I am sorry I brought us to this place. I take full responsibility for everything that happened. If I hadn’t come after you and hounded you, you wouldn’t have had to cheat on your fiancé.”

    “No, I blame myself for my own senseless choices and actions.” Nora didn’t want to hide from what was glaring. “If I wasn’t a fool who still believed herself in love with her ex, I wouldn’t have fallen for your sugar-coated lies.”

    “They weren’t entirely lies, Nora.”

    “I don’t care.” Nora snapped. “I don’t care anymore. I wish I never even allowed myself to start caring again. I had a good man and I treated him unfairly because I allowed myself to start believing that you might truly love me this time. You were right when you said that you were unworthy of me… because you are. You never deserved me, and you know what, neither of us deserve the people we are engaged to.”

    “I am sorry, Nora.” There was nothing more he could say.

    “So am I.” Nora retorted, bitterness and regret etched in her voice. “I never want to see you again. Keep away from me and never ever again contact me. And finally, this dies with us. You hear me, Tim? I don’t care if you decide to be born again in future or have a vision of Christ reaching for your soul… this dies with us. No one else must hear of it. Not a single soul!”

    “Oh God, we’re finished!” The words stuttered out of Tim’s lips even as his eyes widened with horror.

    “What?” Nora gaped at him.

    But her own eyes nearly popped as Benny stopped at their table and slipped his hands casually into his pockets, regarding them with cynical eyes. “Hey, sweets. Let me guess, your BM arranged this impromptu meeting, hmm?” His voice rang with utter disgust.

    The ground beneath Nora collapsed and her entire life shattered before her eyes.

    *** ~~~***



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  • Reply Tee February 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    first to comment yay! lemme goan read it. I’m sure it would be wonderful.

  • Reply sabelle concepts February 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Ghen ghen..pls update o..cant wait to see bennys reaction

  • Reply jeffreyjamez February 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Very Good!!!!!!!!!!!….. see as belle dey sweet me!!!!……..I just love the Calm way Benny entered!!….. hahaha!!

    • Reply treasure February 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      hey Mr Jeffrey, good day.. You make beautiful comments on this blog.I like that. If you don’t mind,I want Your Facebook name,I want to send you a friend request.

      • Reply TM David-West February 19, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        **TM grinning from ear to ear**

      • Reply jeffreyjamez February 20, 2016 at 12:09 am

        My facebook name is Jeffrey Jamez

        • Reply treasure February 20, 2016 at 11:33 am

          hey ma, nothing intended o…Wea z d grinning coming from? by the way,Jeffrey thank you.

        • Reply treasure February 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

          Actally, Treasure is tired of searching for d Jeffrey Jamez.she’s only seeing Jeffrey James all over the place.would you mind helping please?

          • TM David-West February 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

            E don do. See link…. https://www.facebook.com/swagg.j.daddy
            Oya, carry go ****LS joining peeps since 1648****

          • VictorA February 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

            I feel so ashamed for both of them right now. Ma’am T.M. the match-maker, a very good morning to you.

          • TM David-West February 22, 2016 at 10:43 am

            You feel so ashamed for who and who? And I wasn’t match-making… simply joking please.


            Absolutely nothing here to bring shame… if your comment is in reference to Treasure and Jeffrey. Let’s try and get into the 21st century… please Nigerians!

          • treasure March 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

            “Treasure ain’t interested I n the name anymore”. lolz.the info came late. I’m going over to the next person… TM, your assistance will still be needed if she or he starts forming ninja.

            as for Victor, I will be here watching you with one eye…

          • TM David-West March 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

            Oh my sweet Treasure is back. Thought she ran out on me and started feeling a lil ‘consciency’, hahaha. Choi, lost interest, did you? **wonders why?** Lol

  • Reply iyke david February 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I love that Tim’s exclamation *we are finished*, yes from my own standpoint THEY are totally finished!
    Is like Benny read my last comment and acted fast!
    Eheee jare, TM am expecting to hear from you on the NLYG book, av’ already made a payment.

  • Reply Patience Bassey February 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Aha, pls give us anoda tomorow! Nice one

  • Reply favouriteshades February 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    So I decided to comment before reading……

    I purchased and read NLYG n for better for worse yesterday and it was totally worth my money,time and effort. From Tobi/Anwuli to Lara/Perry & Stan/Melvina characters….i was held spellbound.What else can I say? if you haven’t purchased these books…..you are on a looooong thing

    And no TM didn’t pay me for advertising.

    TM….you rock….Always

    • Reply TM David-West February 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Sweetie, if I paid you sef you wouldn’t have done a better job. Thanks for the amazing review. Abeg help me transfer an to our eBook review page, inugo? Hehehe

      • Reply Ego February 18, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        TM abeg check ur mail, I sent u my payment slip for NLYG yesterday, am yet to get d e- book

        • Reply TM David-West February 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

          Chineke me! Ego, believe me when I tell you that i was replying your message as soon as it entered. I got the alert, minutes later, your message came in and I started replying. Only for me to unknowingly leave as a draft and started on other things. Biko, I’ve sent it now. God bless you

    • Reply treasure March 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

      favouriteshades,hi,can we be friends on Facebook?

      • Reply TM David-West March 4, 2016 at 10:10 am

        **don’t you dare say nothing, TM. Don’t you dare!**

  • Reply bola February 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Gben gben action movie. So Nora what lies r u going to say now? Benny Mac u better leave dat cheater & liar. Tim & Nora fit each other.

  • Reply Sylvia February 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    chai see action film

  • Reply favouriteshades February 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm


    Nora oh

    Can this be repaired?


  • Reply favouriteshades February 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm


    I sure will

  • Reply Mariemummy February 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    We say in igbo ‘ukwu na aga wara wara, anya na aga wara wara na ahu ya’ that is leg wey dey waka anyhow,eye wey dey look anyhow dey see am. Sharon pele o. Am out

  • Reply Ego February 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Shebi I said it, karma is usually a bitch. Nora oya o, it yaff hapened, take over

  • Reply Joan February 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    This is the devil’s handwork

  • Reply Toyenlon February 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Ghen ghen, yes the truth has come out finally…waiting to see how it plays out. Nice one TM.

  • Reply Tosin February 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    When you have a good thing going yet you spoil it. I feel like spanking Nora.

  • Reply Roselyn February 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmm! Nora, I told youuuuuuuuu!

  • Reply Vimlady February 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    @ last God don catch Nora…..I feel bad for Benny

  • Reply Adefunke February 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Yeah, I love this, serves her right

  • Reply Paula February 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Benny your heart will heal, good you followed your instincts.

  • Reply Joan February 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    It’s time for some more action Benny, you are doing fine.
    TM you rock

    • Reply Joan February 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      TM you have two Joans here now.
      I feel so special having my namesake here.
      Welcome to the family Joan!

  • Reply Foluke February 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Omo, see suspense! Wat is gonna happen next. Thanks TM

  • Reply Pacesetter February 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Nora, u are in soup

  • Reply Gloria February 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Wat can I say, Nora it’s tym u dance 2 ur music. TM pls is it dsame price if I want 2 pay directly 2 ur bank account

  • Reply Exceptionalstar February 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I hope Benny overhead their conversations too.

  • Reply munatm February 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    YES! serve her right

  • Reply munatm February 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    first time commenter

    • Reply TM David-West February 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Welcome, Muna. let’s keeping seeing you *wink*

  • Reply Aramide February 19, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Yokolu yokolu ko a tan bi iyawo gboko sanle oko yo kee’meaning it is finish the wife has injured the husband’ Nora :p:p:p for you. Benny pele ooooo

  • Reply Teewhy February 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Yes! They are sooo finished!! TM thanks for the update..

  • Reply Mystiq18 February 19, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I saw this day coming, even though in my head it was so dramatic (caught in d act)…I luv Benny’s cool demeanor. Thumps T.M can’t wait for d nxt

  • Reply biodun February 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

    …the righteous shall not die in position of the wicked…Time to move on Benny!

    • Reply TM David-West February 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      No ‘we’ cannot dies in place of the wicked ni o… hahaha

  • Reply kul February 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

    In Asa’s voice “there is fire on the mountain ……..” Am speechless. I for 1 will forgv but neva trust her again n d wedding will be called off. But its ur call Benny do as u please. Tanx ma but u can still try n drop somtin small tomorrow nah *winks*

  • Reply damisky February 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Oh my gosh dis suspence is kilin me!Go benny! Go benny!I dey u back gidibga dat nora is d most foolish gal of d highest order I av ever known…

  • Reply kemmy February 19, 2016 at 11:51 am

    hmmmmm caught in the act is a bad experience o. great work

  • Reply Nykky February 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Comment mode activated. Tm been with you since alifedairy but no comment you are a great writer i must commend. Asfor Nora and her type fidelity pays no when to say no to illicit affairs.

    • Reply TM David-West February 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you for putting on your visibility cloak, Nykky…. toss aside that Harry’s coat *wink*

      • Reply Nykky February 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        please I’ve not been able to purchase the book through internet. am asking if I pay to d first bank account through internet transfer how do I proof d payment so I can obtain my copy

        • Reply TM David-West February 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

          Okay. Just email me your account name; to match the bank alert report.

  • Reply Fsf February 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    OK,omo see gobe gobe

  • Reply Izyyblaze February 20, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Hmm…things are getting more interesting and hitted up. I feel sad for my benny mac and my dearly sharon

  • Reply Feyisola February 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Wow!nora and tim u’re finished.weldne TM

  • Reply Feyisola February 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Wow!nora and tim u’re finished.weldone TM

  • Reply mamie February 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Na wow ooo. See local trouble ooo

  • Reply horllybee February 21, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    at last the secret is out!

  • Reply Gannie_perrie February 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Awwwwnnn, wat is nora going 2 du naw??????? Lust!!!!

  • Reply treasure March 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

    lolz.hey ma! U r actually talking naughty here. who talked abt “conscience”
    I didn’t say Vic is the next person o. *actually lying low for now*

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