His eyes had gone wild as usual, the kids made an observation and her anger had mounted on seeing such an act that had become a habit.
There were times when she had a great urge to punch both of his eyes instantly in public but he had always jerked back quick enough to hold her hand tenderly.
Sarah had seen Mike a good number of times eyeing other women, right under her nose, in a very bad, bad way- deeply immersed in lust. She had used different means to make him behave. But it’s hard to change him. Was she not good looking? She was! He only liked committing ‘lookery’.
She even took him for checks and he was perfectly okay. Just being a man in the wrong way.
And then he did the worst the day Sarah had gone out with him for a quick lunch at an open-air restaurant.
They were sitting comfortably when pretty young ladies began to troop by in tens. Sarah wondered why that should happen at the wrong time.
Mike kept a fixed gaze on each one of those girls and that made Sarah feel she had gone ‘extinct’.
“Hello!,” she had whispered and had waved her palm across his face to get his attention. He had smiled, held her hand as usual but had gone back to business within few seconds.
She became very much offended but had to excuse herself at that point to distant herself before she would do something drastic.
When she was walking back to their table after calming her nerves, she saw this very pretty young lady come along.
Sarah increased her pace towards Mike. It was a move to save him, not to possess him. She knew what would happen if she didn’t act fast.
She saw heads turn as did Mark’s. But unfortunately, he forgot himself when others didn’t and with his mouth left slightly open, he followed the pretty girl before she could make it, lusting.
Sarah quickly followed to take his hand to walk him away because she knew that was one heck of his illness. But it was too late, he had lost control again.
The girl turned a couple of times to warn him to stop following her around. He didn’t come back to his right senses.
Then something happened…..Two macho men, tall and huge appeared from nowhere to give him the beating of a lifetime while Sarah looked on. The lady in question stood aside and enjoyed the intervention while onlookers thought it was inhuman to beat a man because he had an interest in someone.
When Mike opened his eyes and saw his wife like the tower of Babel by his side and he, lying flat on the ground, face down with hands and legs stretched in different directions, he knew he had been punished for all his sins.
He looked at Sarah, her face was not so good. Traces of bitter anger and shame and more were there.
He looked at the people gathered around and moaned. He tried to get up but couldn’t without a hand. He touched his lips, corners bled and he spat out blood and sand. It’s like they pushed a handful of sand into his mouth.
Why didn’t Sarah alert the police or at least call an emergency? He thought.
When stood up, his head ached too– like hell. He reached hopelessly for Sarah, she reached for his hand and helped him up.
She felt better- if only he could learn his lesson and turn a new leaf after that.
“What just happened Sarah?” He asked. Sarah smiled.
“You tripped and fell,” She said sarcastically and smiled again as her heart began to clap for the second time for the mean bodyguards.
“Ouch!” Mark moaned and touched the corner of his lips again. He could perceive the mock in her speech.
“Then got trashed by the stampede.” She completed.
“Ouch,” he held his head in both hands. and hastened to the car while legs and eyes followed like Sarah’s.