That faithful afternoon, Edirin came to the beach with her husband, Otuke, and their two children, Voke(boy) and Ese (girl). They were 6 and 7 years old respectively.
On getting to the beach, Otuke quickly dropped his things and took excuse to see a bosom friend. Knowing her husband mostly had time for friends, she accepted his excuse and let him be.
"Okay my honeys," she said to her children as soon as they were settled. "Take out your swim suits so that I'll find somewhere for you to change."
Even though they were kids and could easily change into their swim suit right were they where, their mother didn't want it. She had always taught them never to get naked in presence of strangers, especially Ese. She didn't want those child abusers taking advantage of her little ones.
Excited about the fact they were going to have their first swimming lesson, they grabbed their swim suit and ran off into one of the sharks some distance away.
Edirin tried to run after them but her buldging stomach didn't grant her permission. She was heavily pregnant with her third child. To reduce the risk of complications, the doctors warned her not to do anything stressful. Remembering the doctor's instructions, she decided to take things easy and walk instead of run.
Along the way, she saw some friends and stopped briefly to greet. After a while longer, she got close to the shark where her kids disappear into some minutes back. Edirin's brows squeezed and curiosity took over as she started to imagine all sorts of things due to the moaning sounds she was hearing. She moved quickly to the shark and pulled the curtain aside before stepping in. Her voice caught in her throat as surprise took over. Seeing what was in front of her, she became over whelmed with emotions.
Her children had run into the shark unannounced but at the same time, their father, or so they taught, was too busy with his intimate activities to even notice that his little children where around, watching him. It was after Edirin pulled the curtains aside that he turned for the first time and saw them standing there.
"So this is the friend you so much wanted to say hi to?" Edirin asked as she pointed at the dark, slim lady who was still trying helplessly to put on her bikini.
"What is the meaning of this?" He asked frowning as he quickly disengaged from the woman and drew up his beach shorts. Edirin watched the man she called her husband looking so angry and shocked.
"You have the nerve to ask such question?" She asked as she eyed both of them.
"Yes he has the right to." The other lady replied as soon as she finished putting on her bikini. "Don't you have any regard for someone else's privacy?"
"Privacy my foot." Edirin said in anger before moving forward and landing a hot slap on the lady's cheeks. In return, the lady slapped her back twice. A fight would have ensued but then, some people who had heard the exchage of words came in.
"What's the problem here." The woman amongst them asked.
"My shameless husband is having an affair." Edirin answered without hesitation.
"I am not your husband." The man denied.
"Oh! So its that bad now ba? You are even denying me? How dare you? After everything I have sacrificed for you?"
"Woman get it clear." The man repeated. "I am not a married man so I am not your husband." That said, he took his girl friend's hand and led her out of the shark.
Edirin was too stunned to move from her spot. Otuke just denied her flat and walked out with another woman. She wanted to go after them, to teach both of them a lesson and also humiliate them. Instead, she found herself feeling dazed and gradually falling until she hit the floor and blanked out.
To be continued...
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