It was a beautiful day, with bright skies and birds chirping, Clara loved the way the sun rays filtered through the Windows at the office, at that moment she tried to hide a smile as memories of Ben flooded her mind. She remembered the first time she saw him and couldn’t believe it when he smiled at her, and then came over to talk with her. He was a smooth talker. “I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I agreed to start dating him,” Clara thought to herself.
But these days, she couldn’t shake off an uneasy feeling about him. Clara didn’t know exactly what it was but, she knew she couldn’t ignore it.
“Is it because these days he comes up with lots of excuses why he wouldn’t attend church services?” She asked herself and, immediately dismissed the idea.
“I think he’s hiding something from me.” Clara muttered under her breath and exhaled deeply.
She raised her head to look at his cubicle and was surprised that he wasn’t there. “That’s odd,” she thought to herself. “I just left him at his desk a minute ago.” “Where would he go to without telling me”, she muttered?
“Hey, Clara! Are you Okay?” Stella asked, her eyes wide open with concern.
“I’m fine Stella, why did you ask?” “Well, you’ve been talking to yourself for one and gazing into thin air.” Stella said.
“Oh dear! Have I been speaking out loud?” Clara muttered without thinking.
“Yes dear! You have.” Stella promptly replied, getting up from her seat and moved closer to Clara. “Hope it’s not the Ben issue again?” Stella asked, concerned about her friend and has been since Clara opened up about her uncertain feelings towards Ben. Clara wasn’t the type to be uncertain about any thought and not do anything about it.
“Hey Clara! You’ll be fine.” Stella said putting her hand on Clara’s shoulder as a lost expression came back to her face. “Did you call that organization I told you about? The One that helps people?” Stella asked?
“The1Habitat? Yes I did, thank you for the connect dear. They were really helpful. In fact, I told them I was open for a follow up,” Clara said.
“The way you’re looking, I think you’re due for one now.” Stella said and smiled at her friend but immediately stopped when Clara did not smile back. “Look Clara, I’ve found out that talking with someone really helps and is therapeutic. If you won’t share your private concerns with me, do try and reach out to them, please? Stella said in a very soft tone.
Clara knew Stella won’t let up so she caved in. “Alright! Alright!! I’ll call right now, Clara said. She rolled her eyes and smiled at her friend, who now looked somewhat satisfied. She smiled back and promptly returned to her desk.
Clara picked up her phone and made her way to the restroom hoping she could get some privacy for a heart to heart phone conversation. She had barely gotten to the restroom when her phone started to ring.
It was Dupe. “That’s odd, she never calls me.” Clara said to herself, and picked the call, cautiously bringing the phone to her ear. She asked, “what’s wrong Dupe? Are you Okay? Because you never call….”
“Look Clara I’m sorry but, I have something to tell you.” Dupe said abruptly and, without waiting for a response from Clara, she went on. “Ben and I have been having sex, as recent as last night!
Dupe started to sob. “He’s been lying to you and me too. And I cant take it anymore…. I can’t!
Dupe, now choking on her tears could barely be heard.
Clara was frozen to a spot, she couldn’t believe what she just heard. She struggled to breathe. After a few seconds of gathering herself, she found her voice and spoke. “Dupe tell me everything!”
How will Clara handle things?
Does this spell the end for Clara and Ben?
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