by Daniel Nkado
‘Why do you like me?’ she asked.
She often asked me that question—why I like her. Why anyone could like her.
‘You are beautiful, Elizabeth,’ I told her. I wanted to touch her cheek and she shied away.
‘I have to go now,’ she said. ‘I will see you tomorrow.’
‘Wait!’ I held her arm. ‘Will you marry me?’ I asked her.
Her eyes froze on my face. My chest pounded from anxiety.
‘Please,’ I said, when the silence dragged on.
She shook her head and ran away.
The night of our wedding, she cried on the bed. ‘Thank you,’ she was saying. ‘Thank you for marrying me. I never dreamt this.’
I was smiling. I held her face and kissed her. ‘I should be the one thanking you instead,’ I said to her.
‘But I’m afraid,’ she said, turning away from me.
I smiled at her. ‘You have no reason to be, my love.’
That night, it was hard to finally be with her. It was her first time ever. I was careful; I wouldn’t want to hurt her.
I looked at her face often, checking to see any sign of strain so that I would quickly withdraw.
But she endured. She loved me.
But I later hurt her.
That afternoon she caught me with Kate, all she could mutter was ‘Why?’
I was too ashamed to speak, to even look at her.
She ran to the kitchen and I didn’t follow her. I was scared. I couldn’t believe I did that to her.
I never imagined a day like that.
‘Leave now!’ I barked at Kate.
She got up quietly and wore her clothes.
Quietly, one shameful step after another, I entered the kitchen.
There my wife lay, stiff-still on the tiled floor, the kitchen knife standing on her belly.
A piece of paper was beside her. I picked it. On it she had written just three words.
‘I told you.’
She told me. She did.
They say now that I am insane, but I still remember how it all happened.
She told me.
Daniel Nkado is a Nigerian writer and journalist, the founder of DNBStories.Com.
13 Comments on “Flash Story: Elizabeth”
You are a murderer,a killer! What does kate have that she don't have? Some time i sit down and think,why are some of us men cheat on our ever loyal wives? is it impossible for us to always keep whatever brought us together in the first place intact? Thank God that for my 18 years of my marriage, the thought of sleeping with another woman have never crossed my mind and i pray that it will never cross to my mind!
18 years? Whoa! U blessed, man! Kip it up
Yes 18,excluding 4 yrs of courtship! Anyone can do better!
Amen and Amen bro. God bless u as u stick to dat.
But please, what did she tell him. Don't seem to understand that. Pls explain. Nice one though.
Pam, she told him she was afraid. And he replied, 'You have no reason to be.'
Amen to your prayer.may God support ur course.
Some men are callous, heartless. I don't no if v****a has different flavor. #a colleague's word
Men.. May God help us
Such is life
Iyke that's a wonderful testimony! Your wife is blessed! God bless you and Amen to your prayer! You are a model and a proof that men of integrity still exist on this side of the divide!
I won't shed my blood for any man, no man is worth dying for! Elizabeth dear I dare say that wasn't a smart move!