After offering her seat in her well-furnished living room, Mrs Gelu used up twenty minutes of Stephenie’ s time talking about her dogs.
“I’ve not seen dogs like these two. They’re super watchdogs. I have no regrets. No burglar looks at my territory. If reincarnation happened, I would surely come back with these two” she said as she entered her kitchen leaving Stephanie under the watch of the two calm but fierce animals.
She returned and handed Stephanie a cup of coffee.”You know, I believe that when you take good care of your dogs, they perform their duties well.” Stephanie looked at her watch not knowing how else to change the topic to serve the purpose of her visit.
“I’m boring you, right?. You hate dogs, right?”
“Oh No! No! I love them. They’re my favourite.”
“Oh! I love dogs to heaven and back. Lucky is pregnant. It’s a cute breed. Both of them are. Well behaved and smart. I promise to give you a puppy when they arrive.”
“That’s very kind of you.” Stephanie knew she didn’t want to keep a dog. Neither in her first nor second life. “I’ll be only glad. ” she heard herself say.
“Consider it done.”
“Actually, I’m here to…..”
“Are you alright?” she interfered again looking closely at her face.
“Yes, I am.”
“You don’t look alright. I’m sure you’re finding it very hard, but you know, its always good to associate yourself with people with more experience than you. You need an experienced woman. She must have some tricks to share. The woman who started cooking before another has more cooking utensils. Be open to another. Don’t keep your situation to yourself. You don’t cover up a disgraceful sickness.”
“Of course,” Stephanie said not sure where Mrs Gelu was heading to.
“What and what have you done to conceive?”
Oh no! Not this topic. Not now!
“Children are gifts from God auntie. Please let’s leave that for another day.”
“I know how hard it is for you to dwell on that. Everything will be fine.”
Stephanie knew she dared not tell her she had been on contraceptive from the onset and that it had been Clement’s idea.
“Thanks for caring. Actually, I’m here to seek your motherly advice on an issue that is a threat to the peaceful co-existence between me and my husband.”
Stephanie briefly told her story.
“Really? Part of it?”
“Whole of it!”
“For two years you said?”
“Yes. I stopped and he’s making a big deal out of it.
“Hypnosis is real.”
“I don’t understand.”
“He hypnotised you. He made you do it like a sheep.”
Stephanie laughed hard.
“There’s no such thing. I willingly gave it to him, to please and obey him for peace to reign.”
“Internal peace is necessary for the external peace.”
“You may be right there.”
“You’re a sheep right?”
“How? I’m not.”
“You must be a sheep. Human sheep are ‘yes’ ‘okay’ people – maximum obedience, zero resistance. You must be a sheep, my dear.” Stephanie laughed again.
“That’s the reason why you were able to give him a whole of your salary for two years. Two years! Anyway, let’s not waste any more of your time. I personally, hate it when a man tries to control it all under the roof.”
“What do you suggest I do auntie?”
“Well, the worst thing you can do now is pretend everything is okay when it’s not. Go home, apologise for your disobedience and many of them yet to come because sweetheart you’ll continue to say no him in that aspect.”
“Thank you so much for your honest answer.”
“One more thing. Open a joint account with him. Deposit twenty per cent of your salary in there every month and he should deposit thirty per cent of his. Help with the expenses whenever you can. Know that your salary is your right. Don’t give it to another and go empty-handed. The future can be difficult without some savings and investments.”
“Thanks so much. I’m glad I talked to you about it. I have to leave to work..
“Okay my dear. Let me know how you’re faring. Take care.”
“Thank you, auntie. I will.”