TWO HOMES TO NONE (I) SHORT STORY

Intro:
This is a story of a love affair, or rather what was dubbed love. It’s a story of family life, human weakness and giving free rein to one’s negative proclivities. Read to see how the life of the major character was affected by the latter and do join in the discussion at the end. You are blessed!

TWO HOMES TO NONE

Ekene smiled as he ended the call. He had been speaking with his secondary school classmate, Ifeoma, for the past 90 minutes. Although they hadn’t been close in school, they had become inseparable since they met at a wedding two months back. This in spite of the fact that they were both married.

Ifeoma’s husband promised to take her back to the US where he was based after their wedding three years earlier but for some reason, he hadn’t done so. He came home occasionally though which explained the two children they had.

Ekene, on his part, was married to a girl of his parents’ choice right after secondary school because he was their only son. The emotional distance between him and his wife only widened with the passage of time and the birth of their five kids. Ekene had always been a spoilt child and didn’t work because he had a more than generous allowance from his parents.

When his wife saw that he had no intention of doing anything meaningful with his life, she convinced her parents-in-law to set up a supermarket for her and through prudent management, she grew the business to three shops in five years. She had nothing but scorn for her husband and kept her children as far away from him as she could by packing into a rented flat while Ekene preferred to remain in his parents’ mansion and spent time with his family when he chose to.

This arrangement gave him extra impetus to bring his lovers home, something his parents were unperturbed about. Ifeoma was the rave of the moment. Free from the responsibilities of paid employment, he was at her beck and call day and night – helping with her kids, paying bills, arranging for carpentry, electrical and plumbing jobs as occasion demanded. He saw his family less and less and Ifeoma’s kids, young as they were, began to call him “Daddy”.

At first, he tried to correct them but Ifeoma told him they were only kids and it didn’t matter. But the strangest thing began to happen. Ifeoma joined her kids to call him “Daddy”. He found it bewildering at first, but when she nuzzled his neck and whispered it into his ear, he felt there could be no better name for her to call him.

Shortly after that, Ifeoma announced her rent was due and her husband hadn’t sent the money for it. Ekene, her knight in shining armour, swooped in to rescue her. He offered to pay the 200,000 naira rent but Ifeoma wouldn’t hear of it. She had another idea, though, of how he could help. He could let her move in with him.

“What about your kids?” Ekene asked through his befuddlement.

“Don’t be silly! What about them?” came the swift response.

“I mean, where will they stay?”

“With me, of course! With us!”

Ifeoma started peppering him with kisses which effectively ended the discussion. Three days later, they began to settle into the Ezuluike family house. Pa Ezuluike, Ekene’s father, summoned him to express his displeasure.

“Are you out of your mind?”

“I can assure you that I clearly told her this would be a temporary arrangement,” Ekene lied.

“One week! If she’s not out of here by one week, I’ll do something you will not like!”

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Ekene was squirming under his father’s steely gaze, not knowing that Ifeoma had eavesdropped on the exchange. She decided to take the matter out of Ekene’s hands by contriving a means to gain Pa Ezuluike’s sympathy.

That evening, about 6:30 p.m. when she was sure Pa Ezuluike was relaxing at the porch adjoining Ekene’s wing of the house, she let out a chilling scream, followed by heart-rending sobs and howls. The whole house was stirred and everyone came running.

Ifeoma would not say a word in response to their questions but pointed to a printed sheet of paper. It was an email from one Mr Harrington, purported to be the landlord to Bright Chikwendu, Ifeoma’s husband. The letter explained that Bright, along with three other tenants, had died in a fire incident resulting from a gas leak one week back. His remains had been interred at the Atlanta city cemetery, the letter continued, because of how horribly he had been burnt and it had taken a while to salvage information with which to reach her.

As everyone was expressing sympathy and trying to calm Ifeoma down, only Ekene remained aloof. His first instinct had been to hold her and do the needful like others but a voice deep within him had said after they read the mail:

“How convenient! How very convenient!”

He didn’t know where the voice came from but it persisted:

“What a tall tale! If you believe that, you can believe anything!”

But Ekene pushed down the voice and went through the motions of comforting Ifeoma. Ekene’s parents did their best to ease her pain but Ekene was becoming more distant. Ifeoma, who was revelling in the attention her theatrics had earned her, however, did not notice this.

About a week later, Ekene went to visit his family and was impressed with how Adanna, his wife, was taking care of things. For the first time in months, he took a close look at her and found that she was looking rather well. He decided to spend the night but just couldn’t get to sleep. Adanna joined him in the living room after the kids had slept.

“Is everything alright?”

I’m not sure you’ll like what I have to say.”

“Well, say it anyway.”

“You know how I mess around with the ladies. You know it doesn’t mean anything, right? Well, there’s this current one, Ifeoma. I think she’s up to something but I just don’t know what.”

“Why don’t you tell me the whole thing from the beginning?”

Ekene told the whole story as Adanna requested – how they met, how the relationship grew, how she moved in …. By the time he was through, Adanna calmly told him to leave and never come back until he had got rid of ifeoma. He couldn’t believe his ears but while he was sitting in shock, she pulled him up by the collar and began to push him towards the door.

“I’ve had enough of your philandering, you hear me! It’s time for you to grow up or I swear I will leave you for good!”

“Keep your voice down,” Ekene whispered. “You’ll wake the children or attract the neighbours.”

“So you care what people think or say. But I’m not doing anything for your benefit, not anymore! Now, get out of here before I break your head!”
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

Two quick questions here:
Wasn’t Emeka justified in cheating on his wife since she was not chosen by him but by his parents? Similarly, in Ifeoma’s case, was she not right to get a lover since her husband failed to,take her abroad as planned?
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118 thoughts on “TWO HOMES TO NONE (I) SHORT STORY

  1. To an extent Emeka’s cheating could be excused because Adanna was already chosen for him by the parents but cheating is not right when one is married.

    • Emeka is not justified at all. So far he married Ifeoma, he is to remain faithful to her. No excuse unless they divorce.
      For Ifeoma’s case, there is always a norm guiding this kind of situation. She should have gone to her in-laws and tell them that what is happening between her and her husband. If she doesn’t want the union to continue, she will follow the procedures for during so. So she is wrong. No matter how she puts it, she is cheating on her husband.

    • Both parties were wrong. Ekene had every opportunity to work hard and make his own decisions, marriage is not a do or die affair. Ifeoma on the other hand ought to have talked things out with her husband. Cheating cannot, under any circumstance, be justified

    • Thank you, Annette, you’re right. The enemy often tries to keep us trapped in our sins by getting us to justify them but the truth will always set free those who embrace it.

  2. in Emekas’ case there’s no justification cos it clearly states dat he’s a philanderer and even comfortable telling his wife about d shameful act without remorse….on d womans part she cud be justified to an xtent,the neglect she suffered + xtra marital affairs frm her husband is unbearable.

  3. Is not really good for parents to choose for their children who to marry but that does not justify people to cheat. When your parents choose for you stand on your ground and tell them NO!!

  4. there is no justification for cheating ….unfaithfulness is never an option in marriage there better ways to sort things out

  5. Infidelity is forbidden by God no matter the unreasonable reasons that may be given for such actions.Need some more!

  6. Boundaries are crossed when once as in all relationships fleshly gratification is placed over the excellency of the cross.Man’s fleeting emotions run wild outside the blood lines.tHE MAN HAD THE COURAGE TO REVEAL A LOOMING ENEMY but could have overcome the challenge of the temptation if he had seen himself differently as an instrument of grace like David to Mephibosheth and not as a Nicholaitan or Abimelech to Diana. It comes to every man and woman and even marriage may not be the ultimate defense against infidelity but it does help as Paul said “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”(1 Corinthians 7:2). But what if they have none and they seem to burn as a result,are they excusable for their lecherous tendencies?As believers, we ought to see ourselves as dead like Christ to sin and alive in resurrection to God through the same Christ. The flesh(that can never be born again or really control the believer) must be seen as crucified in Christ and taken over by Christ through The Holy Spirit of God as in “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” In this grace mindset of the Spirit-led life, every Christian will excel above the temptation to sell the Lord for a piece of the flesh, or trade eternity for a transient deception that locks in hell, or looking for honor at the gate of hell.Another way to win this irreplaceable war is when Christ takes the spotlight in our lives and we are willing to project him instead of ourselves or our successes or power or wealth-and we are willing to surrender what we have as His instead of bragging with it as though we gave ourselves those things. The scriptures asks “What do you have that you did not receive?”(1 Corinthians 4:7).Again, Thus saith the LORD, Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.… (Jeremiah 9:23-4). Christ through death and resurrection has won the war, it is up to us to win the battle or not.We win the battle when He is the subject and object or the Bread of our lives(communication, relationship and interactions,etc), we lose it cap in hand when we allow anything else to come between us and him to displace or replace his will with the enemy’s will. What do we do?-know and confess Christ and make him known. That name is a standing rebuke to the christian’s tripartite enemies of Flesh, Satan and the World and just like the work or school place protocols, nobody gets promoted to the next level until he passes the necessary exams or trainings etc.Similarly, in this mind battle or Spirit-to-spirit contests, nobody wins the battle on his own efforts until Holy Spirit of Christ takes the lead. There is nothing too fatal for the couple in this context-they have not crossed the threshold of the blood of Jesus-they have a fighting chance with their battle.Mutual Love/forgiveness is the answer. Faith is the key. Repentance is indispensable. Santification and rededication to Christ is a must.Continued trust in his name is essential because as he is so we are in tis present world(1 John 4:17).Moreover,it is written “Casting all your care(including sexual) upon him; for he careth for you.”1 Peter 5:7.“God is in the midst of her(ie you); she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”
    (Psalm 46:5).Trust in Him at all times, you people, pour out your heart before Him; God(and not man or woman anywhere under heaven)is a refuge for us(Ps.62:8).

  7. …. Faithfulness was the promise made to each other on wedding day… For it strengthens every marriage or home

  8. In all,Ekene’s parents cannot be exonerated. They contributed heavily in Ekene’s moral bankruptcy. The fact that he is the only child should not have made his parents to overlook his infidelity even to the point of bringing his female friend to his home. Parents are duty-bound to teach their children moral values and direct them as they grow up. On the other part, Adanna’s reaction is justifiable and the fact that she did not pour hot water on Ekene during his exasperating narration portrays her as a virtuous woman.

  9. Ekene’s parents should not have chosen a wife for him because he is the only son. Young people should be given the privilege of choosing their desired partners.

  10. there is no reason to justify ifeoma and Ekene to cheat.It is wrong on both sides even considering the fact that Emeka’s wife was chosen for him after secondary school and Ifeoma’s husband is not around

  11. Absolutely not! on Ekene’s part, there is no good way to tell a bad story,cheating is cheating. If he were a real man, his parents would not be the one to get him a wife. On Ifeoma’s part, two wrongs don’t make a right.

  12. Ekene has no justification for cheating and ifeoma looks like one who has never told a single truth

  13. I do not believe that is sufficient reason to for him to cheat. I have begun to reflect more on marriage as I near the matrimonial institution and I have come to realize that our parents and their parents enjoyed and are still enjoying a robust marriage; lasting for life.
    I believe his personality, upbringing and general attitude is to blame.
    As usual, thanks for wowing our intellectual taste buds.

  14. In a relationship where there is no love, there is bound to be unfaithfulness. Am in a real suspense here, cant wait to see Ekene and Ifeoma’s end!

  15. there is no justification for anyone who tries to cheat in marriage.. Ifeoma is wrong, Ekene is equally wrong.

  16. some marriages are just not meant to be. although am not in support of him cheating,i believe he wont have gone to this extent if he was allowed to marry anyone he chose

  17. There is no justification in cheating once joined as husband and wife. waiting for the next episode.

  18. THIS IS AN INTERESTING STORY AND FOR THOSE MEN WHO CAN NOT MARRY THE WIFE OF THEIR CHOICE BUT THEIR PARENTS CHOICE SHOULD LEARN AND ADOPT THE KNOWLEDGE TO MARRY THE WOMAN OF THEIR CHOICE AND CARE FOR THEM IN OTHER TO MAINTAIN PEACE IN THE FAMILY.

  19. Their actions are so wrong. Ekene needs to really grow up, how could a married man feel comfortable living and misbehaving in his father’s house. He is really a spoilt brat.

  20. They re both wrong, Ekene should learn to love his wife and Ifeoma should also be faithful to her husband no matter what.so the were both wrong, woow! very interesting I can’t wait to continue reading d story.

  21. Adanna has every right even to smash ekene”s head.. puting my self in adanna’s shoes, i cant endure ekene’s deeds

  22. This is a nice story worth learning from by those whose families are in rumble. On the part of the questions, the bible said, what God has joined together, let no man put asunder, i believe that Ekene had all it takes to have not married the girl, despite any reason of being helpless at that time to withstand his parents, haven married the girl brought to him by his parents, nothing justifies his escapades and on the side of ifeoma, the story tells it all that it was because of some circustances that have made her not to travel to be with her husband,so, nothing justifies her actions too. keep doing the work ma.

  23. neither Ekene nor Ifeoma is justified in their actions. i like that Adanna is an independent woman and did the right thing by protecting her children from n irresponsible father.

  24. He’s not justified. When a man says ‘I do’, he says that wholly irrespective of who found the woman for him.

  25. well the both parties are wrong,Ifeoma wouldn’t had stuck to a married man and Emeka didn’t have to cheat on his wife, their reasons for flouting the faithfulness rule was so irrational.

  26. They should have both cut the cord on their respective relationships if they were not happy in them. No form of justification. Ifeoma moving in With Ekene was the climax. Can’t wait for part two.

  27. Love is a strong bond in the sense dat love that grew during the secondary level wants to destroy a marriage.

  28. this is captivating and interesting! Emaka was spoiled by his parents and he decided to summit himself to laziness. he did not work so he will not be able to value things. parents should train their children in the right way. a woman who is wise shall build her home and keeps growing in abundance. a lazy woman looks for cheap opportunity like Ifeoma in the story.

    • He deserved what he got. And I agree that she was even mild in her treatment of him. Some people may not agree, though, esp guys.

  29. Ekene, you really messed up ooo, you have such a lovely wife in Adanna and you are still looking outside na wa ooo. In fact Adanna had pity on you by informing you first on what her actions will be. Man, really need to grow up and fix this big mess cus you called It upon urself

  30. There is no excuse for infidelity in a marriage. Ekene and Ifeoma are definitely on the wrong track.

  31. There is no justification for cheating. Emeka could have chosen to not marry Adanna and got another wife for himself rather than get married to her and engage in extra-marital affairs. In the case of Ifeoma, she would have convinced her husband on how needful it was for them to be together. Even if that did not work, she should know that a distant spouse is not a license to practise ‘polyandry’. This is a nice one, ma.

  32. Oh poor Ada, such a hard working woman, how could you have spoilt every thing because of anger? Your husband was tired of cheating and that was why he told you about Ifeoma, but instead you ordered him out of the house, you would have cuddled your husband and told him how important his presence is to the family.hmmmm Emeka should be very careful now because a woman that can lie that the husband died can as well kill her husband or Emeka’s parents too to gain ground. Faithfulness and love is the key in every relationship,there is no reason to cheat on your partner whatsoever the case maybe, let love lead.

  33. Some women will really stop at nothing. Ifeoma and Emeka shouldn’t be that close in the first place (they’re both married). But I hope God opens their eyes to see that our human body is the temple of the holy spirit and should not to defiled by extra material sex. God help them both

  34. Chai…women and desperation …nawaooo… But men sef some Na dog oo.. .Anyway Ekene needs divine intervention at this point .

  35. Hmm… Men and women really have problems especially when it comes to marriage. Both Ekene and Ifeoma are wrong for living a promiscuous life just because their spouse are not there with them. It shouldn’t create avenue for cheating and for Ekene, whatever Ifeoma planned for him or whatever would be the outcome serves him right as well as his wife chasing him away from the house.

  36. Ifeoma is suffering from loneliness and bearing a heavy burden of raising her kids alone as a result of her husbands absence and she is using Ekene as a means to an end, with all the drama going on she definitely has a hidden agenda . As for Ekene, he his just a spoilt child running away from his responsibilities, although his parents shouldn’t have made the choice of a life partner for him or force him into marriage especially at an early age, but that is no excuse as he got a good woman for a wife. Ifeoma and Ekene shouldn’t let their personal interest and weaknesses destroy their homes.

  37. It is not right for Emeka to bring another woman to his house whether he loves his wife or not, whether she is his choice or his parents choice. Also it is not right for Ifeoma as a married woman with kids to pack into another man’s house.

  38. Ekene has no right to cheat on his wife whether he was forced by his parent or not, so long as he went on with the marriage he should be faithful to her, Ifeoma on the other hand should have know that things will change when she decided to marry an abroad based husband, Dre is no justification for cheating, once you are in for marriage you are in, is for better for force.. thank you?

  39. Emeka has no right whatsoever to cheat on Adanna cause if he catch Adanna doing same he won’t be happy believe me. Its true he was forced marry her but the knot has already being tied, and just like he took vows to be faithful to her, he should keep to it. Same thing goes for Adanna

  40. Adanna’s absence wasn’t supposed to be a reason for Ekene to cheat with Ifeoma. Ekene’s actions showed that he’s not a trustworthy man and I feel he deserves what Adanna did to him

  41. I believe Ekene is wrong to cheat on his wife, even though the parents made the the choice for him, still is not enough reason . I don’t blame ifeoma who decided to make good use of her opportunity on Ekene,who have left her wife adanna and children for no body.Ekene has a lot to do. Let see how the story goes .

  42. Hmmmmmm…. what some people will do just to get what they want. Imagine lying about the death of your husband just to sleep with another man who is also married. Some women are just evil.
    First and foremost did ifeoma marry her husband just because he had promised to take her abroad? If so then she is as stupid as anything and also an obvious gold digger. And no matter what her reasons are, cheating on yous husband is bad for crying out loud.
    As for ekene, it’s his parents I blame. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Just cus he’s the only male they spoilt him and see where it it’s leading to. The guy doesn’t have anything doing for heavens sake. And he is comfortable being a burden and a nuisance
    I admire adannas strength of character; to make something out of her life and see her kids through with or without their father. I also love how she is still there for him despite his wandering and how he can still go to her after everything. It actually shows that he respects and values her opinion.

  43. Emeka is not justified in cheating on his wife just because his wife was not his choice but his parents. Now,see the kind of hot soup he is into(that ifeoma is really devilish, getting what she wants by all means including faking her husband’s death). On the other hand, it is not right that ifeoma went to indulge in adultery with emeka because her husband failed to take her to abroad as promised. The nemesis of what they are doing(adultery) will surely come, and both will get their own piece of cake from it

  44. Running away from a particular problem isn’t the best way solving it. In every situation, let’s keep calm and figure out the best way of handling our critical moments. Adanna sending Ekene out of her house isn’t the best of handling their existing issues. Remember, whatever that affects the eyes still affects the entire body. So, she shouldn’t feel nonchalant and reckless about the problem.

  45. The parents were wrong not to have allowed him marry the person of his choice but that does not grant him the license to mess around because that is what a call it “messing around”. He was not afraid to discuss his love affairs with his wife and a see that two as a disrespect. Some main and especially those who do not respect the sanctity of marriage need to change because such lifestyle does not profit any thing aside destruction. The Igbos say that “what sweets the flesh kills” and it is true.
    Ifeoma on her part is also wrong. The husband may have been making other plans which could be for their benefit but she does not know and even if the husband isn’t making such arrangement, that does not justify her action. Marriage vows ought to be respected to the core.

  46. Parents should allow their kids settle down with whom they love not the other way round.

    However, there’s no justification to Ekene’s promiscuity. Since he already accepted the wife and they both had kids, common sense should have told him to stick to the mother of his kids.
    If he was responsible enough, his parents wouldn’t have made a choice for him.

    Ifeoma on the other should have stayed away from her fellow woman’s husband. I understand that loneliness and all of that might have pushed her into Ekene’s arms but then she should have considered Ekene’s wife.

    On the part of Ekene’s parents, they failed woefully as parents. How can you get a wife for your son and still allow him cheat on the same woman you chose for him? Smh

  47. Emeka and Adanna’s marriage was just to manufacture children obviously for his parents. The parents should have allowed him to marry a woman of his choice after his academics. I don’t even think that Adanna loves Emeka, anyway, she is really trying because she cares for the children and tolerates Emeka’s infidelity and thinks like a human being unlike Emeka. However, this marriage is interesting o, after cheating, you will boldly tell your partner about it and even seek for advice on the issues you encountered during your journey of infidelity.

  48. Both were forced to take a decision that was not based on their heart. Well Ifeoma’s own wasn’t but Ekene was. Ifeoma is either plotting something cause if she loved Ekene, there is no need for the lying she did. I hope it doesn’t comes to bite her back. Ekene has no right to cheat on Adanna, if he didn’t want the marriage he would have called it off.

  49. First of all, Ifeoma is a drama queen. Her lies ehn… na wa.

    The fact that Emeka’s marriage was planned or his wife was chosen by his parents does not give him the room to philander with several women. The same way he spent time with those women, he should have tried to do the same to his wife. Love grows. It’s obvious he is just an overgrown baby.
    Ifeoma’s husband didn’t take her to abroad as planned and the best thing to do is to follow another married man and even devise a means to park into his house . What a big shame! I pray she meets her Waterloo at the end.

  50. Emeka’s cheating can never be justified, because he knew what he was doing is wrong but kept doing it instead of trying to love his wife/family even though it means disciplining himself.
    As for Ifeoma she is not a good mother, a mom no matter what,l sees her children as solace when her husband is not around or far from her. In her own case, her husband comes back but there are many women out there whose husbands travelled out didn’t set their eyes on them again but they remained faithful, but she is looking for a home to destroy.

  51. That his wife was chosen for him does not excuse his promiscuity. But wait oooo Ifeoma is a drama queen. That her husband did not fulfil his promise is not the reason to take another person’s husband. In as much as it is advices that parents should allow their children to choose their spouse what Ekene did is wrong. I love the way Adanna handled the issue, it shoes she us a mature woman.

  52. what is Ifeoma upto. The fact that her husband is not staying with her is not an excuse for her to leave her matrimonial home for another. Ekene’s parents are to be blamed for having over pampered him as the only son, has made him an responsible husband

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