Bleeding Petals - Episode 2

PIcking up the Pieces

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“Hey Tee!”

I turned around as I heard someone called my name, it was Rose.  I signaled to her to hurry up as I took my seat beside my other Co-workers.

It was already some minutes past four and like we always did, we would meet at the cafeteria and gist about ridiculous things for about an hour before we would all go home in our different cars.

I worked for a Telecommunication Company at Victoria Island and there was no much time to chit-chat for ladies so we always did that after closing period. The Cafeteria was noisy as always , while others were busy getting their bags from the lockers, some like us were busy catching up with our friends.

“Hey, look at you, I could barely recognize you this morning” Rose said, embracing me after we both took our seats.

“Your wedding was beautiful, God! I am so happy I didn’t miss it!” Laura declared as she stuffed her mouth full with doughnut.

I smiled. “I would have killed you had it been you missed it” I replied jokingly.

“So how is Henry?’ asked Cynthia.

“He is fine” I replied , switching on my phone. I noticed the both exchanged glances. “What was that about?”

Rose scoffed. “Girl, do we need to spell it out for you? You know how we always do this thing at least, you started it. we don’t understand why you have been avoiding it.”

“You always seem somehow whenever it comes to this.” Laura continued for her.

  “Comes to what?” I snapped.

“The details babe! Your first night…we want to know everything. It’s been more than two weeks  and it’s like you don’t want to talk about it. You remember how you kept telling us you wanted your first night to be special? Now that you are no longer a nun, please tell us everything” Laura begged excitedly.

“Did you scream? Did it hurt? How was Henry? Is he good you know…stuffs like that.” Rose completed for her.

I was quiet for a while and I know my eyes must have probably frozen over. My inside was damp all of a sudden  and I     had to bit my lips to stop me from crying.

I looked at their faces lit with excitements. I wanted to say something but I couldn’t. I was the one who started this .When Rosa got married, I made sure she told us everything right from their leaving the reception, the same thing with Cynthia and it became a tradition. I was the only virgin amongst them before I got married, I told them I needed their experiences for my wedding night.

“Was it that bad?” Cynthia asked with a little show of concern.

“Urm,,,” I started with a shaky voice. “Er..urm. It was okay..nothing special” I replied weakly as I tried effortlessly to push the bad memory back inside.

“Just okay?!”  Laura demanded, a little bit angry. “ We need all the juices Tola. You remember you made us promise to always do this!”

Sharp pain lanced through my head at her sudden demand .

“Look! It is my life okay ! it is none of your businesses!” I lashed out, hurriedly picked my bag and rushed out of the Cafeteria, ignoring their looks of surprises at my over-reaction.

Getting into my car, I dropped my bag on the other seat while I rested my head against the steering for a while, with my eyes closed. Colorful spots flashed in front of my eyes, it felt like my whole body had been beaten and every movement caused some muscle or bone to ache. Regardless , I needed to get out of here. I turned on the ignition key , maybe Henry was right, I wasn’t ready to come to work…

By the time I got home, it was already some minutes past 7pm, the traffic was always crazy on Fridays.

Having stepped out of the car, I pulled off my shoes and held them in my hand. I could see Henry’s car beside mine, in the Garage. He got home sooner today, I wondered why , because it was a Friday night and normally  he would be at the club with Moses and the rest of their crew.

I inserted my key into the Key-hole and turned it, pulling the door open. It was a little dark and soft music seemed to be playing from somewhere in the house.

“There was power, so why were all the lights turned off?” I asked myself. I walked to the switch…

“Babe!” Henry’s voice came astoundingly, almost giving me a heart attack. I turned around and saw him behind me.

“… Do not turn on the light” He said softly.

“Henry! What the hell is happening, you are scaring me” I whispered and he chuckled, kissing me on the lips.

“Come with me. I have a surprise.” He ordered, taking my bag from me while holding me by the waist.

It was a romantic dinner with the candles and all. That was why he put off the lights. It was fried rice and chicken with my favorite Red wine.

“Did you cook this?” I teased and he gave me the look which always made me laugh.

“I wish” He replied. “So how was work ?”

I shook my head. “I don’t want to talk about it”
“Are they still asking  you stuffs”

I nodded.

“You can quit and we can start a supermarket for you” He said, lifting my hand to his lips.

“Thank you darling” I replied with a smile.

“I want to do anything that would make you happy”

Henry had been so supportive ever since that terrible incident of three months ago he was doing everything to make me forget it…he was trying so hard. Had taken me for checkups at all the best hospitals in town and thankfully, I was okay. Then he had hired a cleaner and a maid so I wouldn’t have to stress myself. He also got me a therapist. Now, he planned a romantic dinner just as he had done several times since we got back to Lagos.  Just that, I knew he was doing all these out of sheer pity for me. Assuming that hadn’t happened, would he do all these for me too? I sometimes wondered…



It was some minutes past 10pm. I was busy reading the book Moving On with life which the therapist has given me. My back was turned towards  Henry  who was busy fast asleep or so I thought until I felt his hand caressing me.

I flinched at first because it was so sudden but then I relaxed. It was just a normal Caress, no big deal. I read on..he moved closer, pressing his body fully against me… Then he raised his head and placed it on my cheeks, breathing hot ear into my ears…

“Henry Honey, stop that. Go back to bed” I said sternly.

I tried to be calm at first but then he brought his hand into my night gown, reaching for my thighs but I immediately yanked his hand off.

He sighed in frustration.

“Babe…please!” He pleaded

“You know I can’t do this Henry! Why do you keep stressing us!” I was beginning to get angry.

“It has been three months. I have done everything needful, when am I ever going to have sex with my wife. This is not fair!” He shouted. “ I am human, I have urges! Would you prefer me going to the street?”

“I am human too and I am still healing!” I snapped back at him.

Now we were both sitting down, arms akimbo and backs against the wall.

“This is not fair Tola. What else do you want me to do for you?” He asked softly.

“I want you to understand what happened to me destroyed me Henry! I don’t want to  have sex okay! Not yet!”

“Until when?I planned a romantic dinner, fixed you for a therapist, I am changing your work for you . What else do I do? Are those not enough for you?”

“What happened to me Henry, wasn’t a matter of the tommy,  you got me your own therapist and not the one I wanted. She keeps telling you to woo me and buy me beautiful things but that is not what I want!”

“So what do you want!”

“I want to talk about it!” I shouted. “If we do not talk about it, there is no way we are moving past it.”

He calmed down. “You want to talk about it?” He asked, a little surprised.

“Yes” I replied.

“Okay, I am listening” He replied, squeezing and rubbing my hand.

I sighed and shut my eyes as the memories came back to me  and the unsettling feeling began to well inside me again, so I held my tommy.

“I am listening babe."

I opened my eyes and was looking at him.  All the sincerity and love that I knew was all I could I tell him that I thought that....that I heard that.............
I sighed. This would ruin us and I didn't want that. Maybe I should just let it be like he had said.

"Henry, I'm sorry, let's just sleep please. I am sorry..."

He smiled and carressed my cheek before kissing me on the lips.

"It's okay darling. Just know that I am here for you."


Hmmmmm....what a sad couple.

Do you think Tola is being unfair? What about Henry? Do you think he's doing the necessary things for his wife?

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  • Esther Yeboah picture
    Esther Yeboah
    Hmm this I will never wish for any woman
  • Abigail Amande picture
    Abigail Amande
    Tola is being unfair, too much self. That is not Henry's fault, she should know that!!!. Nice one dear. Next please...
  • Olaleye Adedamola picture
    Olaleye Adedamola
    I can't judge anybody now perhaps I can't blame Tola for her reaction at all bcoz d man u didn't love disvirgin. what Henry is doing is necessary bcoz he want her too happy and forget d incident. Pls next episode
  • Olaleye Adedamola picture
    Olaleye Adedamola
    I can't judge anybody now perhaps I can't blame Tola for her reaction at all bcoz d man u didn't love disvirgin. what
  • Bimpe picture
    I can't blame anybody now ooo. Tobi stories u can't predict what will come next.... Just following for now
  • Tobi Loba picture
  • Ufot - Nse B Rebecca picture
    Ufot - Nse B Rebecca
    She is not unfair. It takes time for a victim to get healed.
  • Favour Abhatue picture
    Favour Abhatue
    I can feel Tola's pain
  • Ediugho patience picture
    Ediugho patience
    Touching next episode please
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  • Gracious Grace picture
    Gracious Grace
    Wellllll. Tola should just stalk about whatever it is she wants to. It isn't her fault and for now, it isn't Henry's. Henry is a guy, married one at that so he isn't at fault either. Hmmhmm, next sha
  • Abiona Oluwatoyin picture
    Abiona Oluwatoyin
    Hmmmmm next first before comment. Tobi story I don't conclude
  • Chinenye Innocent picture
    Chinenye Innocent
    Painful and interesting
  • Onyii Akanno picture
    Onyii Akanno
    Awwwwww.. Its a painful experience 4 this young couple to go through
  • Pat Osas picture
    Pat Osas
    Hmmmm,I can't predict now pls next
  • olynelly picture
    Tobi ooooo.!!!! Nobody is unfair here. Next pls
  • Ruth Onyemauwa picture
    Ruth Onyemauwa
    My instinct is telling that Henry may be guity of his wife's rape. Tobi lola u've started with this your one,one episode,plsss release 5episode at a time now and heal my bleeding petals
  • Tochi Enyinnayah picture
    Tochi Enyinnayah
    Hmm episode oo.
  • Oluwadare Mojisola picture
    Oluwadare Mojisola
    With time tola will let go of her hurt
  • lavender onyango picture
    lavender onyango
    Wow waiting for the next
  • Vicky Anaberry picture
    Vicky Anaberry
    as much as she went through that,she has to let her husband have what it wants because I know at the end he may want to get it from outside
  • Precious jewel picture
    Precious jewel
    Nt judging yet! Let's see how d story unfolds
  • carmen picture
    I don't tink anyone is being unfair, they're just reacting as they shud
  • Prince Andy picture
    Prince Andy
    Hnmmm... Tola is really not being fair. Henry is doing his possible best to get her off the memory. She needed to have done better. Anyway, it's possible she(Tola) is holding on to something. #Nice_one_dear. Next episode please!!!
  • Happy Godfirst picture
    Happy Godfirst
    I can't predict for now
  • Ekine Prudence picture
    Ekine Prudence
    So sorry for her oooo, what happened has killed her urge for sex even with her man, so he should give her more time
  • Cynthia spiffy picture
    Cynthia spiffy
    Henry might have been d one behind that rape incident. Maybe he wanted to be sure she was a virgin & now he's regretting d whole thing.
  • Feeya picture
    So sad
  • Justice Gathoni picture
    Justice Gathoni
    thats unfair...Henry is man ....and three months...??
  • Felix Blessing picture
    Felix Blessing
    Indeed sad couples
  • spicy picture
    Poor Henry.. 3mnths of marriage wid out s*x, can't imagine it
  • Tobi Loba picture
    Tobi Loba
    heheh, Spicy, you are here as well, good job
  • Georgina Bestway picture
    Georgina Bestway
    if i blame tola nw, shey Tb would come 2morrow n tell hw henry was d reason she got raped. me n my household wnt contribute to this. *spreads mat n read on*
  • Tobi Loba picture
    Tobi Loba
    lols, i feel you sis
  • Ucheoma Rufus picture
    Ucheoma Rufus
    The earlier they talk about the better so that they can heal their marriage. Good one tobi
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  • Zainab Mohammed picture
    Zainab Mohammed
    Honestly, Henry is really trying, 'cos it's not everyman that his woman will be raped in his presence will still love her like he's doing. Tola is making things difficult for him.
  • Tobi Loba picture
    Tobi Loba
  • Lasisi Olushola picture
    Lasisi Olushola
    Tola is being unfair for now.. If we are to talk of the one in greater pains now is Henry. When you have your food eaten by your enemy in your presence; it is injuriously painful..
  • Amiesiefa Daniel picture
    Amiesiefa Daniel
    Menn! This guy is trying, not all men are the same o.
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