This Loving Heart Of Mine – Part 5

She picks up immediately with a frantic hello – like she had been expecting my call. Hearing her voice floods me with an indescribable joy; I know immediately that I am doing the right thing. I tell her it’s me and she starts crying again. She tells me that she is sorry, that she doesn’t know what came over her, that I was gone for so long without any word and she just lost it, that it is all her fault, that she is sorry again and that she loves me.

I shush her, tell her it is okay and that I forgive her. She asks me if I am sure and I can hear the doubt in her voice. I tell her that she won’t understand but that yes, I am sure. That I am coming home so we can talk it through and make up. She wants me to swear to her that I am speaking the truth and I smile. Bella knows I detest swearing but to reassure her, I do. I swear to her with my balls, an old joke of ours.

That cracks her up and I can’t describe the sheer joy of hearing that loud, sweet laughter again. I hold the phone tight against my ear and listen to my wife babble happily with a silly smile on my face. I am sure I have done the right thing. I only have to get home so I can hold her in my arms once again. But she isn’t finished yet. She tells me she’s going to make me my favorite meal. I tell her not to bother, only to get dressed and pack up because we will go on an impromptu vacation. She squeals in delight, says she loves me, and then asks what I want her to wear. I say anything, preferably nothing. She laughs again, calls me naughty and asks what I want packed. I tell her she knows best. She laughs again and says okay. I tell her I’ll see her in a jiffy and that I love her to pieces. She sounds tearful as she says that she loves me more. We make ‘kiss’ sounds and say later.

Signaling the call girl to hold on again – while her pout grew longer – I quickly tap in Osaze, my assistant’s number. I am due for some time off as compensation for all those months in Okirika but I am expected to report to the office for debriefing before that. I tell Osaze to smoothen things out for me because I won’t be coming. I can always be reached by phone, mail or fax so it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Osaze is not just my assistant, he is also a friend. So when he asks where I am going, I smile and say honeymoon part II. He laughs, asks me to extend his love to the madam then clicks off. I still have the Bella-induced goofy smile on my face when I finally put down the phone. The change I leave with the call girl is obviously worth all of her pouts because as I turn to leave, her sosong’o, sir is a little too loud.

I walk towards my car while fishing for my keys in my pocket. I can see Bella waiting up for me, her brown hair flowing freely unto her back, her eyes ever so brown and compelling, that wicked dimple dipping and taunting…I hear a blast of vehicle horns, people shouting and a split second later, I feel a solid impact in my right side. I feel weightless as I fly through space. Then I feel nothing.

She is seated at the dresser mirror with her back to me, running a comb through her luxurious brown hair. From the flush on her skin, I can see that she just came out of the shower. I meet her eyes in the mirror and she smiles at me. I smile back. She gets up and turns around; I open my arms to hold her in. She walks up to me…then right on through me! Startled, I turn and watch her walk to the wardrobe. She rummages in it for a while and comes up with the blue dress. It is the dress I bought her on the day of our one-year anniversary. She had worn it to dinner and afterwards, we had come home and done off with it. She knows how much I love the sight of her in it. The smile is still pasted on her face as she rubs the silky material against her cheek, and then lays it out with ever so much care on the bed. She straightens and looks at me again still smiling. She walks to me and once again, I stretch out my arms…but she walks through me again!

I turn around as she resumes her seat in front of the dresser mirror. I call her name but she doesn’t show any sign of hearing. She just has that goofy smile on her face and keeps running her comb through her hair, having it turn out in the long tumbling sheen I like to see it in. I call her again, “Bella!” but she can’t hear me. I reach out to touch her but just before I make contact, her phone rings on the bed where she placed it. At the sound of the ringing phone, her eyes light up with pure delight. Carelessly abandoning the comb, she scrambles off the seat and runs to the bed…again THROUGH me!

She picks the phone and says babe in a singsong voice, a full-blossomed grin plastered on her face. Who the hell is she calling babe, I’m right here!

Her expression changes. The grin immediately clears off, replaced by a pensive look. She says yes, this is she. The seconds go by and the pensive expression on her face transforms to what I can only describe as horror. Those brown eyes I know so well widen in pure terror; slowly, she shakes her head from side to side all the while saying No, no, no. Then the tears pool in her eyes and I can take it no longer.

I reach out to take the phone from her so I can teach whoever it is distressing my wife, some home truths. But I can’t move. I try again, but I don’t budge. Then as if on a roller-coaster, I feel myself sliding backwards. I struggle but this force is strong, so strong that it hardly seems physical. And it drags me farther and farther away from Bella. I can see that the phone has dropped out of her hand, the tears are pouring in torrents and she crumbles to the floor.

NO!!! I try again, fighting with all the strength in me but I can’t win. I give up, and give in to ‘it’ as well as the truth that is beginning to dawn on me. I’m sorry, Bella, I am not strong enough.

As I am dragged farther away, the crumpled image of my wife gets smaller and smaller, dimmer and dimmer. And my heart cracks wider and wider. I call out to her again and again…Bella! Bella!! Isabella!!!

56 thoughts on “This Loving Heart Of Mine – Part 5” by MCO II (@nitram27)

  1. Ah. This ending is somehow…

    It’s a cliche – I don’t know, maybe I expected too much of you sha.

    One thing is clear however – you can write.

    1. i don’t agree that it’s cliche oh…but shaa, thanks

  2. caspapa (@caspapa)

    This is a very good story, i really enjoy myself reading it, but i dont think he should just die like that, please can you do something about this?

    Is this the last part or there is more to come?

    1. it is ended oh, caspapa…no vex

  3. Puhlease!!…This is not a cliché jare..It would have been that, if he had gone home and made out or up with his wife.

    Killing him just after he has promised to come back home to her, adds a twisted twist to this. (i just suspected that U wld never leave them happy)..

    Poor Bella would mourn for a long long time whilst blaming herself..

    You did good with this series, and I like the tense used…Well Done!

    1. thank u, Bubbllinna…for following them both till the end. i’m glad u liked it…even though u would still have my head for ‘killing’ him

  4. Lawd!
    I expected this, still I am sweating in my office.
    I HATE this story.

  5. Am not disappointed in any way.

    good job!

    1. i’m glad, teewah…thanks

  6. I don’t like this ending o. I won’t commend you for any good job!

    1. chai, my sweet sweet Elektrika! don’t take it that way nawww…hehehe

  7. The ending is so aww! Poor Bella

    1. only Bella abi? the ‘poor’ guy nko?…thanks, dear

  8. MCO II never does happy endings; from much of what he’s put on here, there’s always plenty conflict and life’s peculiar twists and turns.
    No doubt though, he spins a mean tale.
    I like!

    1. ah ah, abby! don’t talk like that. i just have not done one yet on NS. ur jaw might drop at this but i am a hopeless romantic oh! but i admit too that there’s something about ‘life’s peculiar twists and turns’ that has me hooked. thanks for liking, shaa.

  9. I hate this story… I’ve always had a liking for tragic- unreal- stories but this just hurts me so much. I guess it took me unawares.
    I noticed little punctuation probs and though I just have to give it to you- you are a great writer…
    I still hate this story; and for the writer…mhn

    1. bikonu, nne…don’t hate me too. abeg. na just story oh!

  10. hendiourenz (@hendiourenz)

    This story is supposed to have a sweet ending na MCO II, you’re going to rewrite this part 5 o. I don’t lyk it joor. why did you kill him? What’s wrong with “… and they live happily ever after”? Good work though. I felt the suspense.

    1. rewrite ke? are u serious?! how do u suggest i resurrect him? we might be in the easter season but he’s not Jesus nah! thank u, btw

  11. @Nitram27, I’m not one for sugary stories, but this was one occasion where I would have loved a sweet ending. Still, you wrote the ending beautifully.

    Please accept 30 points for a story well-written.

    1. awww, thank u so much, Tola. REALLY!

  12. good!let the tears flow!hehehe

  13. Hmm! I knew you wouldn’t want them together but I didn’t expect this kind of twist, which although was fun for me.
    Your writing was superb, your imagination well imagined… Continua.

    1. thank u, bros. appreciate it

  14. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeew….. I don dey vex.

    Ummm, have you died before? Did this happen to you? Cause it felt so real. To me, he is just in a coma. He will come back for bella, I know. Trust me.

    Thankyou for completing this. You are just one hell of a writer. Please, don’t relent.

    1. my dear, a friend asked me the death question some days ago oh. me sef come dey fear. i’m glad u like shaa…thanks

  15. na waooo ,, the guy should have try harder not to give up,.

    you`re good writer.

  16. @iykewifey, u know it’s easier to play football when ur in the crowd…we can never really know how much he tried, i guess. thank u, sir

  17. bbtagoro (@bbtagoro)

    Mcheeeeew! I bet he’s in coma and can be revived at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Probably he came to after 3 months and lost his memory or whatever.

    Happy endings are far too better than tragic ones. As much as I like this story, I don’t like the ending.

    But you did a great job sha.

  18. bbtagoro (@bbtagoro)

    Mcheeeeew! I bet he’s in coma and can be revived at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Probably he came to after 3 months and lost his memory or whatever.

    Happy endings are far too better than tragic ones. As much as I like this story, I don’t like the ending.

    But you did a great job sha.

  19. don’t worry, bb…u’ll get over it soon Thanks for following through all the parts. it boosts, yno…

  20. Bros, wish levels na?!
    Why didst thou decide to murder a readers fragile heart? You dee nuh shatter it o, you murdered it! Beht why na?!
    Trust me, this was an entirely good read; just a little too heart breaking.
    In as much as I had a premonition of something awful to happen, I still felt a bit too hurt when I eventually read it from you.
    You are a writer! Please write on, but hurt me less! :D

  21. i’m sorry oh! abeg no vex. my mind dictated and my pen just did the bidding. I’ll work hard to be ‘sweeter’ next time. Thanks for following through, dr2103

  22. lalade (@lalade)

    Awwwwwww no Bella.
    I love this story, beautiful write up.

    1. thank u, lalade…

  23. nooooooooooooo, pls not what i’m thinking.

    1. i’m afraid it just might be that. hope u enjoyed the story though…

  24. why now? why did you kill him ?

    1. ah, maria! what can i say nah? it just happened…pele.

  25. Myne@Myne, i’m still waiting for you oh1

  26. I actually want to write an article about the ending you contrived here. Is it obvious that I’m not happy with it? Lol…

    1. LOL. oya now, i’m a patient man…most of the time.

  27. @MCO II I don’t want to nurse the thoughts crawling up into my mind.You’ll hurt me real good if he dies. Please let him live and make it up to his wife. Honestly,I love this story.

    1. ummm, i’m sorry to have to say this but the story has actually ended. He died. Please don’t hate me too much

  28. @MCO II when should we be expecting the other episodes? I can’t wait to read ’em all.

    1. e don end here oh…there’ll be more to come though. thanks

  29. haba! Y did you kill him?

  30. mschw…d thing dey vex me. I hate this story
    …..although your mastery of the art is commendable…
    I still hate the story..mschw

    1. gabbletalker, no vex life already is not fair, right?
      thank u so much for the compliment.

  31. IntheQuiet (@Inthequiet)

    There I was kuku enjoying a nice thanks that he decided to forgive her (although annoyed at her weakness) and then you killed him!?! Life isn’t fair already, but I don’t wanna read about the unfairness, I can just look out my window :( Please ressurect him? let it be a dream? or something..please..

    1. lol…i can certainly understand ur ‘pain’, it hurt me to see him die as well but what could i have done?!!!
      i’m glad to know u read and like. thanks

  32. i sooo love this……powerful emotions…. I love this….big ups bro

    1. thank u, Joecool…great words of encouragement, bro

  33. Chei chei chei…dis is not fair at all…..not fair…why why whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…..damn

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