Bossladies Nest 16: Living together but apart

Juliet Bumah Dr. Hassan had a heart to heart with Jay. He just had to. He couldn’t continue to keep Jay in his clinic. “Jay, I’ve done every test I should, and honestly, I found nothing that could keep you a minute longer in the hospital. I could keep you here for the next one week and have you pay N50,000.00 per day for bed space, but I won’t. You need to get back to work, though, I know you’ve been working even on the hospital bed,” he told Jay.…

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Bossladies Nest 16: Business, banter and her first squirt

Juliet Bumah   As Adele turned off the street to the major road, she swore. Vehicles snaked as far as her eyes could go. She wondered what caused such traffic at that time of the night. Anytime she sighted hawkers in traffic, she knew it was serious. She made a sign of the cross as she joined the long line of vehicle. How she misled Bolan drove behind her today! Bolan! She smiled and touched her lips where he had brushed his lips briefly. She saw a young man appear…

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Bossladies Nest 15: When fowl fouls the air

Juliet Bumah Adele ignored the text messages. They would wait. Her mind raced to the happenings of the previous day and she sighed. Jay! It was drizzling. She wondered how bad the streets would be today. Not much was done yesterday in the office because of the flood. As she engaged the gear, her phone rang. She glanced at it: Jay! She ignored it. What manner of a hubby would spend a night with his mistress after being caught by his wife? Anger welled up inside her and she took…

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Bossladies Nest 14: Honey, please call my wife

Juliet Bumah   His heart palpitated. He was shocked beyond words. Oh heck! He couldn’t fathom what she could be doing in a mall on a working day and in such inclement weather. They stared at each other. He looked haunted, like he would take flight any moment. His eyes darted everywhere, looking for a way of escape. Adele smiled sweetly at him and said, “You’re such a lucky man. Your wife is so beautiful”. The lady beamed with smiles and said, “Thanks ma’am. You’re so beautiful too. I pray…

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Bossladies Nest 13: Deafening silence

Juliet Bumah Adele watched as her husband advanced towards her. She didn’t move. He climbed the bed and dragged her. She resisted and he whacked her right cheek. Stunned, Adele stared at him. “I said you should leave my room this very moment,” Jay snarled. Adele didn’t know what got into her. Her cheek was smarting. She rubbed it and sat up. “Sweetheart, I won’t tell anyone that you slapped me. I won’t even cry. I’ll pretend it didn’t happen. Be rest assured that when next this happens, I won’t…

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Bossladies Nest 12: Woman, leave my room!

Juliet Bumah Yeah, she finally made her choice. Adele chose to be happy. She’d mourned enough. After years of trying to give Jay joy, she finally made up her mind to do things that would make her happy. She had mourned a living hubby enough! Ed Sheeran’s, ‘Thinking of you’, which she had on auto repeat, washed over her for a few more minutes, then she switched off her phone. The sudden calm was magic. She felt so at peace. She smiled because she knew she was going to sleep…

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Bossladies Nest 11: Marriage is no cure for loneliness

Juliet Bumah Bolan engaged the gear and joined the light traffic. Adele reclined her seat and made herself comfortable. They didn’t talk much. The silence was comforting. Adele dozed at intervals. The fizz had weakened her nerves. Bolan had to prod her at intervals for direction to her house. He had a good opportunity to observe her…at her most vulnerable. Gawd, was she beautiful! He didn’t feel the aura of a man around her. The vibes he was getting from her was that of a lonely woman in need of…

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Bossladies Nest 10: Widow with living husband

Fathers’ Day celebration on Sunday came with pain for Adele. She had woken up early, prepared Jay’s favourite meal and went to wake him up so they could attend the 8am church service. Jay was livid. She had woken him up from his relaxing sleep, he had thundered. Adele’s apologies fell on deaf ears. Not even her Fathers’ Day good wish could assuage his anger. They were not acknowledged. She went back to her room dejected. At a point, she had to pep herself up. If Jay wouldn’t give her…

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Bossladies Nest 9: My friend, my friend!

  Adele would rather not get entangled in another woman’s marital issue. She had enough on her hands already. Moreover, she didn’t feel she was the right person to counsel Ken and Tracy on this matter. Her marriage was almost caving in on her and someone was approaching her to help sort out his. She smiled. It occurred to her that beneath the smiles plastered on many people’s faces were tears, anguish and pain. She smiled again because no one would believe the degree of heartache she lugs about, beneath…

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Bossladies Nest 8: It’s not what it is

Adele was happy. She hadn’t felt this way in a long while. She could feel the gentle rise and fall of Jay’s chest as she snuggled her head on his shoulder. She had given herself to him in total abandon and had felt them reconnect. She experienced peace, yes the peace that had eluded her for years. She would do all within her power to make this peace enduring. She said a silent prayer for her bestie, Blossom, for encouraging her to nurture a Sambisa Forest down there and to…

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