The sight threw him off emotional balance that he stood dumbstruck and confused for a few milliseconds before he finally decided to turn back. He furiously jammed the door behind him which must have alerted the two naked lovers on the sofa.
He heard his wife shouting his name probably in a bid to plead but he was already out into the street.
“It’s not my fault, He paid for it,” he heard her screaming at a distance till her voice faded.
A million thoughts raced to and fro his puzzled mind, of which suicide and murder are more prevalent.
He knew he would machete his wife and perhaps himself inclusive if he didn’t leave his house at that moment. This would have actualized the bad nightmares he had the night before.
He knew that his wife would have been cheating on him in his absence long before now, probably to earn extra income. He was only fortunate to catch her in the adulterous act that obnoxious afternoon.
Courtesy of his forgetfulness that morning, he had unusually returned home around noon to retrieve the workshop tools he forgot to carry along with him when he was leaving for work.
The open air scenario animistically created by his nagging wife earlier that morning in his house was a big emotional juggernaut that severely wrote off his manly ego as the head of the family, throwing him into an emotional and psyhcological disarray.
But his pleas were just gibberish to his wife, who had already gathered spectators from the neighborhood.
The best thing to do was to return to his place of work as if nothing had happened.
The intense heat of the fierce african sun hungrily ate into his flesh as he trod down the rough terrain leading to his small workshop ruminating over the his predicaments.
As his body was ladened with the weighty bag on his shoulder, so was his heart heavily ladened for his incapabilities to provide a luxurious life for his wife and six kids.
This might have caused the negative reactions of his wife, he remembered how respectful she was in the first few years of their marriage when he was still financially buoyant.
He was working with the Nigerian coal industry and earning fat salary, enough to make him live like a king. Only if he had known that that fortune will not smile at him forever.
Since he had gotten his western education in a polytechnic school as a mechanical engineer, he decided to venture into menial tasks of repairing both small and large sized machine tools and engines when he could not further his academic pursuit due to inadequate funds.
But he determined to make money the right way and make life better for his family.
He got to his shop and dropped his tools set to work, he must work harder and smarter to earn back his wife respect and submissiveness and offer his family a luxurious life…
He is an epitome of strength and diligence
His strength goes beyond his muscular body, it is fully resident in his mind.
He does not scare away from the fierce African sun, as long as he makes money for his household.
He sacrificed the handsomeness of his youth for the future of his children
He conceals the knife stabs on his back to care for the blade cut of his wife.