Domestic Violence “Debbie”; Episode 7
Two Weeks Later..
“Are you sure about this?” She asked looking intensely at me
“Of course she is, why else is she here if she isn’t?” Judith asked sharply eyeing the lawyer.
“I’m sorry but this is divorce we are talking about, and I want her to be certain about this decision” barrister Cindy said matching her glare with Judith’s.
It’s been two weeks now, I was discharged four days ago and until now Henry hadn’t deem it fit to visit me, not even once. I have been staying with Judith for the past few days and I’ve come to see reasons with her, especially after what the doctor said. I was hoping that Henry would walk through the door at the hospital to check how I was faring, everyday I found myself staring at the door expectantly, but as the days rolled by that hope began to quench and I found myself hating Henry for not even caring a bit. Judith was right after all, my Henry was gone, and he’s never gonna come back.
So instead of killing myself for nothing, I’ve decided to pick my pieces back together.. And this divorce is the first step to achieving that. My skin was already clear of the scars and bruises, courtesy of the cream Judith ordered, it’s an expensive cream but it was worth it, I’ve been applying it mixing it with honey for the past weeks and my skin was already back to the once smooth and spotless state it was.
“I’m very sure Cindy.. I want a divorce” I stated and she nodded..
“Alright then, give me a minute” she mumbled moving to her system.
After Henry’s fight with Luke, he didn’t visit me even after I was discharged. Daniel had been the one getting info to Henry from Judith, who keeps calling Henry a coward but he couldn’t bring myself to face her. Judith is a no nonsense lady, very straight forward.
“What would she think of me? How was I going to tell her that Luke was behind everything? That I had abused her for years because I was so foolish to take the advice of a friend, instead of solving the issue between myself and my wife, how can I face her knowing that I had punched our forth miracle from her womb?!…And now she has filed for divorce, she gave up on me after all. She had finally had enough, I can’t believe I ruined my marriage, I can’t even blame Luke because he never forced me to do it, I am fully at fault, if I had heard Debbie’s part of the story, or better still hired a private investigator this wouldn’t have happened”… I was supposed to meet Debbie and the lawyer, to sign the papers that would officially break our marriage, of course I don’t want to do it, but that would only be selfish of me. I’ve hurt her enough, it’s only fair if I let her go, so she could heal if not physically but emotionally”…Henry whirled in thoughts.
“Thanks ..” I mumbled stepping out of the car, Daniel had offered to drive Henry, since he thought that Henry won’t be in the right state of mind.
“I’ll be outside here waiting for you?” Daniel said
“Don’t worry Daniel, I’ll be okay.. You can leave, you’ve done enough already” Henry mumbled
“I’m not leaving, now let’s go so you can get this over with” he said patting Henry’s back, as they made way into the complex.
After meeting the receptionist and getting directions, they both walked to the elevator and Henry took deep breaths as they moved to the 13th floor.
“Are you nervous?” Daniel asked after few minutes”
This is the first time I’m going to see her after that day, of course I’m nervous” Henry admitted and Daniel squeezed his shoulder in assurance.
The doors opened with a ding and they stepped out, Henry almost choked when he saw two ladies sitting in the waiting area beside a door. Henry could tell the brown skinned lady was Judith, but the lady with fair spotless skin, clad in skinny black trousers, Ankara top and black heels, he couldn’t tell if she was his wife or not, she tucked the long human hair covering her face from view behind her ears, Judith whispered something to her and she instantly turned to look at me.
Henry gasped as he stared back at Me. I looked so different, like the woman he dated and wedded five years ago, but I was more matured now, something flashed in my eyes but I couldn’t tell what it was. It was until Henry felt Daniel shove him gently that he knew he had been standing.
Henry glanced at Daniel and slowly made his way over to the ladies.. Judith stood up instantly smiling at Daniel, she hugged him and exchanged pleasantries, meanwhile Henry kept staring at me. I didn’t cower or squirm under his gaze like I used to. I didn’t even react to his presence, no goosebumps appeared on my fair skin.. I smiled genuinely as Daniel gave me a brief hug and I could tell, Henry almost felt jealous.
I glanced at Henry and my smiles was replaced with a frown, I eyed him briefly and looked away…
“She definitely hates me now”… Henry thought.
The door opened and a lady dressed in black and white walked out she smiled when she saw Henry and stretched her hand for a shake
“You must be Mr Henry” she said and he nodded
“Yes” Henry breathed glancing briefly at me.
“I’m barrister Cindy” she said withdrawing her hand.
“Now that you’re here, let’s get started” Cindy said turning to the door.
“I will wait outside here with Judith okay” Daniel said and Henry nodded and walked in after me, he was trying not to stare at my hips and b**t.
“What?!” I yelled not believing my ears
“It’s just for three months Debbie..” Cindy said and Henry kept quiet watching my reaction
“Just?!.. You’re asking me to spend three months not even 1 day with him in one house under one roof?!.. Do you want to kill me?!” I asked angrily.
“That’s usually our procedures here, it’s just like giving you guys another shot at the relationship, after that three months you’ll both come back here and confirm whether or not you still want to carry on with the divorce, because divorce last a lifetime and we want to be sure you both are ready for it” the lawyer explained and Henry watched as I bite her acrylic nails.
“No.. I can’t okay?, he has hurt me for years and that’s enough, I’m not going to let him destroy my life just when I’m starting a new life okay?!.. Let’s just sign these papers right here and now! If I wasn’t ready for the force I wouldn’t have come here!!!” I stated.
“She’s right let’s just sign the papers” Henry said for the first time since we stepped into the office.
I didn’t even glance at him.
“You heard the man, he’s tired as well, just let us sign and have our freedom please” I said and the lawyer sighed.
“I’m sorry but that’s the procedure” she said and I deflated like a balloon.
“He’s going to kill me, I can’t do this” I mumbled almost at the verge of tears.
“Trust me on this Debbie, you both don’t need to act like couples if you don’t want to, you’re both free to do whatever you want individually, all you have to do is stay in the same house and try if you can make the relationship work out, you might be surprised at the results” Cindy said looking at me with a smile.
“So you’re saying we are still couples, but we are free to act like we aren’t?” I asked and Cindy nodded
“We can live like flatmates right?” I asked and Cindy nodded again
“I agree as long as I can sue him if he touches me” I said and Cindy nodded again.
“Will that be okay with you Mr. Henry?” Cindy asked looking at Henry and as he opened his mouth to speak…
“Of course, he should be okay with that. If not I’m not staying under same roof with him” I snapped before he could talk,
“Okay then.. You guys have to sign this paper, it’s for your agreement, the divorce papers would be ready when next you come” Cindy said pushing a paper towards Henry..
Henry reached for a pen and I snapped the paper from his hand and signed hastily after running my eyes through the contents. I frowned and stood up before marching out of the office, he signed and stood up.
“I hope you do the right thing Henry” Cindy said taking the paper from his hands
“I will.. Thanks a lot Cindy” he said and she nodded.
Henry walked out of the office and saw me talking angrily with Judith.. She glanced at
him and glared poisonously before looking back at me.
“Is it done?” Daniel asked,
“We were asked to stay together for three months, to see if we can give the relationship another chance” Henry summarized
“Well Debbie doesn’t seem too happy about that” Daniel said glancing at me…”She was obviously complaining to Judith.
“So it seems” Henry mumbled. Judith walked over to Henry…
“She said She’ll come directly to your house after she gets her stuffs from my house” Judith said simply
“Okay” Henry mumbled still staring at me…
I eyed him and disappeared into the elevator with Judith..
Henry turned to look at Daniel and he smiled
“Is it just me or is she acting the same way she did when you were wooing her?” He asked staring at the metal doors in amusement.