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    ***NEW INTERESTING STORY***

    A BED OF TRIALS

    By Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 1
    The foundation of many relationships today is sadly built on shallow grounds and decked with a low tendency to weather the trials that life might throw at them. It’s sad that so many people go into relationships with zero tolerance for bad times and that’s why most love stories go from sweet to sour in just few years of the couple being together. Have you ever just looked at your partner and ask yourself this critical but sincere question; “if he/she loses everything they have today, will I still be by their side supporting them through the bad times or will I take the back door out?”. It’s one thing to confess something with your mouth and another thing entirely to back it up with accurate actions. No one wishes for bad times but that’s unfortunately an inherent part of life and this and more was the fate of a selfless couple by name ‘Olivia’ and ‘Edward’.

    Few years back, two beautiful and amazing individuals found love at a conference hosted by a foreign company that had just began operation in the country. Olivia happened to be a partner with this new company, while Edward came to the conference as a representative of his firm which was at the verge of closing a huge deal with this new company at the time. When they first set their eyes on each other at the conference, it was a love at first sight for Edward because he was mesmerized by the smart pretty damsel and her fluent diction.

    Initially, Olivia seemed intimidating with her personality because she came off as a successful outspoken lady in her prime. On the other hand, Edward didn’t feel threatened in anyway because he was also a ‘Spec’. He occupied a high position in the firm he worked for and earned money in good figures. This knowledge about himself gave him the confidence he needed to approach a high class lady like Olivia.

    The seminar lasted for about six hours before it came to an end. As everyone took their leave one after the other, Edward hastened up every minor meeting he had so as to be able to approach the pretty damsel before she leaves. Immediately he was done greeting few important personalities, he hurried out of the building and stood in front of his black G-wagon that was parked not too far from the conference hall entrance. After about ten minutes of waiting, Olivia finally came out from the building and majestically walked towards her car that was parked not too far from his. Without wasting another second, he knew it was time to make a fast move on her.

    “Hello Miss, can I speak to you for few minutes please?” Edward asked as he walked towards Olivia. Immediately she looked and saw him walking towards her direction, she smiled faintly because
    she had also admired him back at the conference. She stood still and waited for him to get closer to her and when he eventually did, her face Lit up with a smile. “Hi, how are you doing?” Olivia asked as she fondled her car keys, “I am doing good and you” Edward responded and she replied “I’m fine, thanks!”.

    As they stood there staring at each other, Edward broke the awkward silence immediately because he didn’t want to lose any opportunity of getting Olivia’s number that evening at least. Without hesitating, he continued the conversation. “You were really amazing in there and aced your speech as well. You surprisingly made the business gurus at the conference pick up their handouts to go through the policies and agenda over again, just because of the magnitude of wisdom you were spitting. I was blown away and couldn’t help but get to know you better. I know this is a bit unexpected so pardon my zealous attitude” he said with a sense of humour and Olivia smiled hard. She began to blush as she couldn’t conceal the fact that she was flattered by what Edward had said. It was such a random encounter she didn’t plan on experiencing that evening but deep down, it felt good and she was happy it happened.

    When Edward was done flattering the pretty damsel with his constructive sense of humour, Olivia had no option than to bring down her guards and interact briefly with him. They spoke for a while before he asked for her number. Olivia refused giving her number to him and asked for his card instead. “Give me your card or your number, I will call you instead” she said with a smile on her face but Edward wasn’t sure it was the best decision to make for he was a bit scared that she won’t call nor reach out to him. “How am I sure you won’t toss my card away the very minute you drive out of this place?” he jokingly inquired and she assured him that it won’t be the case. “Don’t worry, I won’t do as you fear” she said with a smile on her face. In order not to stress the matter, Edward agreed and gave his card to her, since she bluntly refused to give hers out. Briefly after the card was given, they said ‘Goodbye’ to each other and parted ways.

    That day was the beginning of something beautiful between both parties. Olivia finally surprised Edward with a phone call after over two weeks of waiting. He almost gave up hope that she would ever call him after every attempt to locate her social media handle or accounts failed woefully. It was as though Olivia wasn’t a part of this earth because there was no single trace of her anywhere. She was truly a rare gem and it took him only two weeks to realise that fact.

    End of episode 1 😉

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    A BED OF TRIALS

    By Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 2

    One cozy evening, as Edward sat in his balcony sipping a glass of wine, his phone rang and immediately he looked at the number, his instincts told him it was Olivia calling. However, still unsure, he picked up but didn’t say a word. “Hi Edward, this is Olivia speaking. Just thought about you and decided to put a call through; trust you have been?” she calmly said and instantly, his doubts were cancelled. Happy and excited to hear from his runaway crush who had abandoned him for weeks, he responded almost immediately she was done speaking. “I must be dreaming because you were the last person I thought would surprise me with a phone call today. I have been trying to find you for the past two weeks since you weren’t bothered to call me all these while. Today must be a lucky day for me and I am so happy to hear from you finally” he happily said.

    On seeing the excitement in Edward’s voice, Olivia felt a bit guilty for not calling sooner but at the same time, she was happy to have called finally. They spoke at length that evening and didn’t want to get off the phone. Surprisingly, they found out that they enjoyed talking to each other. Their vibes were alike and they seemed compatible. The fact that they were both business gurus with the same work ethics, mindset and standards took their compatibility to a whole different level. As a result of this, they became extremely close in no time.

    As the friendship between Olivia and Edward graduated into something bigger, they figured they were gradually falling for each other. However, Olivia played tough and hard-to-get as long as she could before Edward finally gained complete access into her heart. The fact that they stayed as friends for a long time before becoming lovers, made them value their relationship even more. Despite their busy schedules as top business personnels, they still made out time for each other.

    It’s been seven months since Edward and Olivia went from ‘friends’ to ‘lovers’ and with a good intention for the future of their relationship, he felt it was time to make things official with her and what better way to do so than to propose. As at that time, Edward was in his late 30s while Olivia was in her early 30s. They were mature adults that knew what they wanted from each other and didn’t want to go beating around the bush. Edward knew it was time to make things official and after series of planning to give Olivia the perfect proposal, he finally popped the question one fateful day in his living room.

    Being a reserved and quiet man, Edward didn’t want to make a big show so he invited Olivia’s family members and also few of her friends to witness the special day. A decor artist was hired to decorate the whole living room to make it more special for the occasion. With everyone present and the mood set, Edward phoned Olivia to inquire how close to his house she was as they had discussed about her visiting prior to that moment. Edward had tricked Olivia into believing that he wanted to spend some quality time with her because he missed her dearly during the week. She had no idea that her man had a cute proposal surprise up his sleeves.

    After about 20 minutes of waiting, Olivia finally drove into the estate but couldn’t sense anything suspicious because everyone that was present had parked their cars several blocks away from Edward’s house. It was when she opened the door and saw the decor and her ‘beau’ with one knee down that it dawned on her that she was getting proposed to. After a heartfelt proposal speech, Edward finally popped the golden question; “will you marry me” and Olivia screamed “yes”. Immediately the ring was inserted into her finger, everyone came out from hiding with their cameras all out and Olivia’s excitement tripled when she saw her parents, siblings and close friends. She was all shades of happy and couldn’t have wished for a better proposal than what she got.

    A week after their engagement, wedding preparations began. With the help of a good wedding planner, they were able to organize a classy wedding ceremony with less than 200 guests. Most attendees were business associates and friends of the couple from all over the world. The wedding was Lit and lasted in the memory of those that attended.

    It was such a beautiful day to remember as the couple danced slowly to their wedding song. They held on to each other and cried whenever they couldn’t hold their emotions together. That night when the couple retired to their hotel room for their wedding night, they didn’t rush to take their clothes off and be in each other’s arms, but rather, they sat on the bed after taking their shower to speak deep positive words into their marriage.

    As Edward sat in front of his wife who was almost n@ked, he held her hands and looked into her soothing eyes. He took a deep breath and began to reaffirm his vows to her. “Baby, this is the beginning of another chapter of our lives and I couldn’t be more happy to be going down this path with any other person than you. I know tomorrow is unknown but I promise to never disappoint you. I promise to never let you or our marriage down. I promise to love you unconditionally till the day I take my last breathe and I promise to make you the happiest woman in the world. I love you baby and can’t wait to grow old with you” he calmly said.

    Immediately Edward was done with his heartfelt vow, Olivia dropped a tear and looked into his eyes too. She leaned forward and kissed his forehead. “Baby, I want you to know that whatever happens in this life, I have got your back forever. I will never disappoint you too and I promise to be the best wife that I can be to you. I love you so much and I am so happy to be going down this path with you. You can always count on me for anything just like I know I can always count on you. I love you so much and can’t wait to grow old with you too” she said with tears flowing down her eyes. At that moment, emotions were on the high and that was when they finally gave their bodies to each other. What a remarkable wedding night to remember!

    With each passing day, life was nothing but blissful for the newly wedded couple. They loved each other unconditionally and made each other happy. It felt as though the whole universe was smiling towards their marriage because it was truly a bed of roses. Despite being prepared for challenges, they weren’t having any and it made them extremely happy knowing that they were a problem-free couple. Things went on perfectly well till a horrible news came knocking one fateful day that changed everything.

    It happened that there was an issue at the top hierarchy where Edward worked and he was unfortunately implicated which led to him being fired from the firm he worked in. It was a devastating news for the young man who wasn’t even up to a year old in marriage. The courage to break such news to Olivia wasn’t present at all because he didn’t know how she was going to react; especially since that was one aspect of his life that made them extremely compatible. It was a nightmare in broad day light.

    As Edward drove back home that night with his sack letter lying on the passenger section of the car, he felt empty and like a failure. The only thoughts running through his mind was how he was going to inform his wife that he no longer had a job. This was a position he never imagined himself to be in but sadly it was his reality.

    Unknown to Edward, Olivia just found out that day that she was pregnant and could wait to break to the good news to her husband. She prepared his favourite meal to set the mood for the good news she was about to tell him. What a sad coincidence!

    After a 30 minutes drive, Edward finally arrived home and walked towards the entrance door. Immediately he opened the door, Olivia ran and gave him a tight hug. “Baby you are welcome; how was work today? I made your favourite meal” she happily said as she held his hand to guide him into the house. However, before Edward could step one foot into his house, he didn’t know when he broke the sad news to his wife. “I got fired today: I have lost my job” he soberly said.

    Confused and shocked to the brim, Olivia screamed “You said what?”

    Watch out for Episode 3.

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    ***A BED OF TRIALS***

    by Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 3

    You never know how blessed you are if you have just one loyal person in your life that you can always count on no matter the situation or circvmstance you face. Loyalty is very scarce and can be equated to diamonds. If you are fortunate enough to have a partner that holds you down no matter the situation,

    count yourself as the luckiest man/woman on earth because what you have is what most people might never have nor experience in their lifetime. The sad test that Edward and Olivia’s marriage was about to go through would determine the extent to which they meant every vows said to each other on their wedding day. Losing a source of livelihood can be extremely frustrating and depressing so it’s safe to say that Edward was about to hit the lowest point of his life. At this point, all we can do is hope that Olivia stays faithful, supportive and loyal to her beloved husband through the bad times. This was a test in their marriage and one thing is certain: they can either come out victorious or defeated. Fingers crossed!

    Immediately Edward broke the sad news about losing his job to his dear wife, she was utterly dumbfounded and completely shattered. The only thing Olivia found herself doing at that moment was ask questions that Edward had no answers to. The tension in the atmosphere was enough to neutralize every joy the ‘once happy’ Olivia had when she found out earlier that same day that she was pregnant. The happiness that initially eluded their living room instantly died down due to the tragic news.

    After taking few minutes to process everything, Olivia was finally able to put her emotions together and lower the tension she was feeling. She gave Edward a tight hug afterwards and guided his head down to her shoulder. Due to the emotional rush Edward was feeling at that moment, he began to sob bitterly. Without hesitating, Olivia ran her fingers through his hairs and patted his back lightly to calm his nerves a bit. She lifted his head up and looked into his teary eyes. “Baby, you don’t have to shed another tear because everything is going to be alright. I am your strength when you are weak and your greatest cheerleader when no one is there to support or cheer you on. Is this news a tough one for me to bear? Yes it certainly is but I won’t let it break me nor you. We are in this together so there’s no need to feel miserable. I am equal to any financial task till you can get back on your feet and I believe we can look for a good business to invest your savings on till you can find another befitting job again. Let’s not let the decision of a mere human steal our joy and happiness away. I still love you the same way I did when you had a job and don’t plan on loving you any less. We gat this babe and just so you know, I am pregnant with our bundle of joy. I just found out today that we have an addition on the way. Let’s focus more light on our blessings and pay less attention to our problems. I love you so so much my husband” she soberly said.

    Olivia’s pregnancy news instantly eradicated every sadness Edward was feeling at that moment. The speed at which his mood Lit up for good when she revealed that they had an addition on the way was truly heartwarming. Every sadness suddenly turned to joy as the couple began to shed tears of joy. Edward carried Olivia like a baby in his hands and planted several kisses on her cheeks. She wrapped her arms around his neck with smiles all over her face. A night that started with tension ended with rejoicing. The couple forgot about their problems and just dwelled in the moment.

    After that day, Edward began to send his resume(cv) to many companies he had connections in but every job application came back with a sad reply. “We are currently not hiring” became an anthem in the lips of every employer he contacted. Initially, he wasn’t too bothered about the rejection he was getting but as time went on, he began to get frustrated and scared. It’s been three months since he was fired but still no fruitful outcome in his job search. At that time, Olivia’s baby bump had began to show and the thought of not having a job to support his family was a nightmare to him.

    While Edward was busy with his job hunts, Olivia financially ran the household and paid all the bills. She didn’t want her husband to spend the money he had saved up over the years because he was at the verge of starting up a business since no one wanted to employ him. Edward planned on opening a real estate agency and a cafe since he had little experience in both areas. He used to work at a cafe back in school and also had friends that were thriving

    in the real estate world. With all this on check, he invested all his life savings in both businesses but they came crashing barely few months after they were set up.

    The cafe was situated in an area with low customer turnout and this affected daily sales. The money they made off sales a day wasn’t even able to cover up the daily expenses the business needed to thrive. On the other hand, the real estate wasn’t doing any better either because they weren’t selling any property. Despite having two self-owned businesses, Edward couldn’t boost of any money in his bank account and due to this sad fate, Olivia was still in charge of running the household expenses despite almost due for delivery. Everything was becoming extremely frustrating for both parties and in no time, Edwards fell into depression.

    The simple reason why Edward failed in business was because he had no first-hand knowledge or experience of what it meant to be a business man. He was used to the safety and security he got from working in a system that guaranteed a paycheck (salary) at the end of the month. He wasn’t mentally a businessman even though he was physically one. This negatively affected his approach to business and in-turn yielded fruitless results. It was such a trying period for the couple and just when it seemed as though they had seen it all, more was coming and they sadly wasn’t prepared for it.

    Due to the stress Olivia had been going through as the new breadwinner of the family, she hardly had time to do the domestic duties in the house. Edward took it upon himself to do the domestic house chores since he was mostly at home. He was understanding and didn’t want his wife to feel unappreciated, hence the reason he took it upon himself to wash the dishes, tidy the house and cook. They used to have a domestic staff but had to lay her off after they realized that it was unwise to put anyone on salary when they had limited source of income and a baby on the way whose future depended on them too. Olivia was able to save money by cutting unnecessary expenses off.

    Finally, it was nine months and the sound of a bouncing baby girl was heard in their family. The joy their beautiful daughter brought to their lives was unexplainable. Olivia was on maternity leave to takecare of her baby and Edward was there to help all the way. For a while, they forgot about their problems and just focused on the arrival of their bundle of joy.

    With Olivia at home, Edward had to put in double effort to takecare of his wife and new born baby. Olivia’s mother stayed with them for a while to help her daughter through the early stages of motherhood. They all lived like a happy family till something happened one evening that pierced Edward’s soul.

    End of episode 3😉

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    ***A BED OF TRIALS***

    By Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 4

    It happened one evening that the couple got into a big argument because Edward had transferred a huge amount of money to a scammer who disguised himself as an investor that promised 50% ROI (return on investment) to those willing to invest in his Ponzi scheme. After a brief research, Edward blindly fell for the trap and transferred a huge sum of Olivia’s money that was in his account to the scammer. He was hoping to get the money back with an additional 50% interest so he could successfully replace his wife’s money and use his share to get some baby items and household needs. His intention behind the investment was pure and genuine but all things fell apart when the scammer disappeared with the money. He tried reaching the scammer but all to no avail and that was when he had to come clean to Olivia about what had happen to her money. It was when he broke the unfortunate news to her that all hell broke loose.

    “How could you fall for such a cheap trap? I thought you were smarter than this. How could you use my money for such a thing and didn’t even bother telling me first. I am highly disappointed in you. Why would you throw away money when we are dearly in need of it in this house. This is totally annoying and I don’t feel like looking at you right now. How many more things will I do to keep this marriage together? I pay the bills, takecare of our needs, provide for our baby and now I have to babysit you too? Oh please! Now I can’t trust you anymore with my money. How can I blame you when you didn’t work for it. If only you worked for it then you would have thought twice before falling for such a cheap scam. Nonsense!!” Olivia angrily said and stormed out of the living room. All those while the couple were arguing, Olivia’s mum was at one corner watching the manner at which her daughter spoke to Edward. It was such a humiliating thing to witness and it instantly broke her heart to know that Olivia would use her husband’s condition against him in such manner just because he made a mistake. Too bad!!

    When Olivia entered her baby’s room and banged the door, her mum followed her into the room while Edward sat on a couch in the living room with his head bowed downwards. Immediately Olivia saw her mum’s countenance, she instantly knew her mum was disappointed in her. The elderly woman sat down close to Olivia and began to speak wisdom into her. “My daughter, I never thought I would see the day you would speak to my son-in-law in such a manner. That man doesn’t deserve all the cruel things you said to him. Imagine if he uses any of your weakness against you, how would that make you feel? That man is going through a lot already and the last thing he needs is to be called a failure by his own wife who is supposed to be his peace, supporter and friend. We both know that Edward is a good man and very hardworking too. It’s just sad that life chose to torture him this way but I know it won’t be for long. Since I came to this house, Edward is usually the first to wake up and make food for everyone. He sleeps last but wakes up before everyone. He is always with the baby because he wants you to rest. I have never seen such a selfless man like this all my life. Don’t lose a good man because he is going through a difficult time now. Tomorrow might change everything and have the tables turning. This is the only time you might ever have to show your husband that you meant every word when you said ‘for better and for worst’ on the altar. Be his source and sustainer without making him feel like a failure. This is only temporary and not forever. Be wise my daughter” the elderly woman said and walked away.

    With the door shut, Olivia began to cry bitterly because her conscience started pricking her. She got up and walked back to the living room in hopes that her husband was still there and fortunately he was still seated on the couch with his head bent downwards.

    Immediately Olivia got to where Edward was seated, she knelt down on the floor with tears falling down her eyes and soberly said; “Baby I am so sorry”.

    To be continued…

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    *** BED OF TRIALS***
    By Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 5
    The fastest way to kill a person emotionally is to rub their weakness to their face and constantly remind them of their failures. No one wants to be reminded of a pain they are already aware of and secretly battle with on a daily basis; especially if this mockery is coming from someone in their inner circle that ought to comfort and lessen the pain.

    Olivia crossed the line when she reminded her husband that he was jobless, only because he made a mistake no one was above making. It’s understandable that she was upset due to the fact that Edward lost her money but that wasn’t enough to unleash such derogatory words on him. Without knowing, she had successfully worsened his depression and had created a loophole in their marriage for the devil to come in. However, it’s refreshing to see that she was now remorseful of her actions but saying “sorry” doesn’t automatically erase the wound her words had inflicted on her husband. Too bad!

    As Olivia apologised to Edward with tears flowing from her eyes, he lifted up his head and looked into her eyes. It was at that moment that she realised that there was tears in his eye too, and on seeing his teary eyes, her heart dropped. “Baby I didn’t mean anything I said to you earlier, I was just angry at the moment and wasn’t aware that I had crossed the line. I take back everything I said and beg you to forgive me. Please babe, don’t cry because my heart can’t stand to see those tears in your eyes” she soberly said.

    Without utterly a word, Edward stretched forth his hands and gave Olivia a tight hug. Immediately his arms wrapped around her shoulders, she burst into tears and locked her arms behind him back. They both knelt on the floor as they sobbed uncontrollably. Edward tried to console and assure her that everything was OK but that didn’t help to calm her disrupted emotions. Unable to get her to stop crying, he held on to her tightly and shed a few tears too. It was such an emotional moment for the couple as they reminisced on all they were going through. However, it’s a relief that Edward forgave Olivia but the sad truth is that it was hard for him to forget all the demeaning things she said to him earlier while they were arguing. The nail had been removed but it sadly left a hole in his heart. This is why words are powerful and should be thoroughly checked before it leaves your lips.

    After that day, the couple became extremely careful with their words and actions. Olivia tried to make it up to Edward by treating him

    to a sumptuous meal and it worked because they happily ate together and talked about the good old days. As time went on, Edward slowly began to let go of every hurt he harbored in his heart for Olivia and prayed to God to help him forget about the negative memories that lingered in his mind. Despite still being slightly depressed, he began to look at life from a new place of gratitude. Whenever he was down, he remembered that a living dog is better than a dead lion and this inspired hope in him.

    It’s been a while since

    Olivia’s mother came to stay with them and it was sadly time for her to leave. Edward rallied around to raise money to buy her some gift as a token of his appreciation for the immerse help and assistance she had rendered to them since the birth of their daughter. It was such a delight for the elderly woman to receive the send-off gifts from her son-in-law and she blessed him from the depths of her heart before saying “Goodbye” to the couple.

    With Olivia’s mum gone, all hands were now on deck to fill in the void she left. They were still not financially ready to get a helper so that meant Edward had to work even harder to ensure that his wife and baby were stress-free and well taken care of. Luckily, they had a washing machine so it was easy to do the laundry. He would tidy the house and help Olivia in the kitchen every day. Despite going through a tough time, they still managed to be happy, contented and in-love.

    After about six month later, Olivia had to return back to work so that meant Edward spent most of his time babysitting. He loved it because it gave him enough time to bond with his daughter. While Edward stayed home babysitting, Olivia was doing all she could to ensure that she secured a good job for him. She pulled all the strings she could and exhausted all her connections but it seemed as though the whole universe was against Edward getting a job that was befitting to his standards and qualifications. Everything began to get tiring but she wasn’t ready to back down anytime soon.

    To be continued…

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    *** A BED OF TRIALS***
    by Sonia Okehie

    EPISODE 6

    “Baby how did it go?” Edward asked one evening his Olivia returned from work. She took a deep breath and sighed

    in disappointment; “I just don’t know what’s happening. I don’t know why securing a good job with all my powerful connections just seems impossible all of a sudden because it’s my husband who needs it. Honestly babe, I am getting tired and don’t know what to do anymore. The agent you rented the real estate agency office and cafe space from just called to inform me that your rent will be due soon. I don’t see how you can pay to retain the space when you haven’t even profited a dime for those businesses. Everything is just happening at once and it’s a bit frustrating” she sadly said.

    When Olivia was done talking, Edward was silence for few seconds then broke it. “Babe I think it’s time for me to come down from my high horse and accept these less qualifying offers. At this point, I see no reason why I should continue waiting for a befitting job offer that might never come. I can’t keep on letting you carry these weight alone so it’s time I put a stop to this joblessness” he said. When he was done talking, Oliva’s eyes opened and she suddenly became interested to know what job he wanted to settle for. “Babe which job offer do you intend accepting?” She curiously asked, “the only one available now is my friend’s fish farm business. He owns a big fish pond and has been asking me to come work with him. I have always declined but I don’t think I have a choice anymore” he revealed.

    Immediately Olivia heard that her almighty corporate business husband was about to work in a fish pond, she lost it. “Baby I can’t support such job. No no no!! Babe please don’t stoop so low from your level, I know I am sounding spoilt but it’s because I don’t know how to accept this news” she said. Despite understanding where Oliva was headed with her disapproval, he didn’t let that get in the way of his decision. “Babe don’t sound this way, fish farming is a very lucrative business and even pays more than those that put on suit and tie every day. Most of these fish farms make a lot of profit and I stand a chance of getting paid handsomely. I can’t continue to sit home and wait for a high class job when I can soil my hands and make good money. This joblessness can’t continue now our daughters is here. Whenever God decides to hear my cry and come to my aid, then fine but till then, I have to do something” he calmly said.

    It was when Edward finished schooling Olivia properly that she began to see things from a different light. Deep down in her heart, she was low-key happy that her husband was taking such a bold step and it made her heart glad. She got up and planted a soft kiss on his lips with a smile on her face; “I trust you” she said and pecked his forehead. That kiss was enough to ginger Edward to conquer the world. He was glad she wasn’t against his decisions and was now on his team. “I love you so much that it hurts” he said and reciprocated the kiss. “I love you more” Olivia replied and locked her lips with his.

    They kissed passionately for as long as they wanted and began to caress each other. Olivia smiled as Edward touched her and it suddenly dawned on them that they had been so caught up with their problems to the extent that they forgot how much they missed each other intimately. Actually, Edward hadn’t touched his wife since she gave birth and also few months before then. He missed and wanted every bit of Olivia; some with her.

    From kissing to caressing and finally to taking each other’s clothes off. Olivia held Edward extremely tight with her arms and locked her legs behind his waist. He sucked and held her bre@sts that were heavy due to bre@st milk but no one cared. Olivia m0aned in excitement as she ran her fingers through his hairs. They made love like they hadn’t done in a long time before the cry of their daughter brought them back from cloud nine. However, the little moment they shared together was priceless and it seemed as though it was a sign from God that the fish farm work would bring good fortune and blessing.

    Few days after the couple spoke about the job offer, Edward resumed work in the fish farm. To balance their new lifestyle and make it work, Olivia had to hire a nanny since her husband was now working. She managed to take out some money from the household expenses to fund the nanny. Everything suddenly felt as though it was going to get better and that hope kept them happy despite the hurdles they encountered on the way.

    Back at the fish farm, Edward was doing great and was picking up fast. He began to fall in love with the business and usually looked forward to going to work every day. The change in Edward’s attitude made Olivia’s heart glad and gradually restored the spark in their marriage. However, Olivia’s happiness knew no bound one fateful day she returned home to a surprise.

    It happened that Edward made some money after a month of working in the farm. The joy he felt when he collected his paycheck was next to none. The first thing he did was divide the money into three: one for savings, one for buying his wife and baby a gift and the other for buying food items for the house. On his way back from work, he drove to the grocery store and bought the food items they were lacking at home. When he arrived home that day, the smile on his face beamed as he carried the items into the house. Olivia wasn’t home yet so it gave him some time to surprise her.

    Few minutes after Edward returned home, Olivia’s car drove in and she was glad to see her husband’s car parked in their compound. As she walked towards the door, she was only expecting to see her family and had no idea that her husband had done something he hasn’t been able to do since he lost his former job. Immediately she entered into the house, the first thing she received was an unexpected kiss from Edward. It was surprising especially when she saw the smile on his face too. “Babe why are you so happy?” She happily inquired and Edward gave a her nice shopping bag to open. When she opened the bag and saw a nice dress, her face instantly Lit up. “Awwn, babe you shouldn’t have” she said as she blushed. Without uttering a single word, he guided her to the kitchen and immediately her eyes saw the food items, she jumped for joy. “What!! Babe what’s going on?” She happily inquired as she looked through the bag of groceries. It wasn’t too much to cover the house for a month but it was the thoughtful gesture that mattered.

    Mesmerized and grateful, Olivia gave Edward a big hug and happily said; “Thank you so much babe, I am grateful”.

    End of episode 6😉

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