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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Deadly Mistake (1)

(A young man who specialised in dating older women for money and gifts got more than he bargained for when he met and married Rachel, a wealthy businesswoman)
Dani met Rachel, a woman in her early forties at his friend’s brother’s wedding. They hooked up and started dating. Within three months of their relationship, Dani took advantage of Rachel's situation and asked her to marry him as she seemed desperate to get married due to her age.
He was in his late twenties which made Rachel think he was joking when he asked her to marry him. 
“Rachel, will you marry me?” he asked her one evening at her house over dinner.
“Marry you? What do you think people will say because of my age?” she queried.
“Forget about what people will say. We love each other and that’s what matters most!” he stated.      
 “I don’t know what to say,” she said, pretending to be in a confused state of mind, but inside, she was happy and flattered because she didn’t believe that someone this young could ask for her hand in marriage. 
“Let me think about it,” she said.
"There is nothing to think about if you love me,” “Dani told her.
“Okay, I will marry you,” she accepted his proposal.  
Dating older women has for years, been Dani's way of life. It was the life he chose to live, disdainful and shameful as it is. 
Later that day, at a drinking spot where he usually hung out with his friends Mike and Paul, he revealed his intentions towards Rachel to them: 
“I will be getting married to that woman very soon,” he announced. 
“I don’t understand,” said Mike, who did not know that Dani was referring to Rachel. 
“Who in particular are you talking about?” Mike asked because he knew marriage was the last thing on his friend's mind.

“So you don’t know who?” Paul asked Mike sarcastically. 
“Would I have asked if I knew who he was referring to?” Mike retorted with a frown.
“It’s that ATM Card of mine,” Dani hinted, before stating:
"It’s Rachel."
“What? O boy na wa for you oh! you wan marry that babe? You no see her age, abi you wan die before your time!” Paul asked him.

“Paul, you mean his mother?” Mike asked. “Because that woman cannot be called babe but mother. In fact, Dani, you can call her aunty if you can’t call her mother," he stated jokingly, and they both laughed at the joke. Dani didn’t laugh with them because he did not find the joke funny.
 “Who cares about her age? The woman has over 100 million naira in one of her bank accounts and you are there talking about age. I don’t care about her age. As far as I am concerned, I want to be in charge of that account, directly or indirectly,” he boasted, adding: “And the only way I can be in charge of the account is by getting married to her in order to have full control of her and that account of hers,” he explained. 
 Paul and Mike, best friends since their childhood warned him of the consequences of getting married to an older woman, but he insisted that he would marry Rachel because her money was way too much for him to resist.
 About two months later Dani and Rachel got married. The wedding was the talk of the town; people from all walks of life attended it because Amanda was highly connected in society.
 Before their wedding day, Dani started taking local medicines which would make him unable to get Rachel pregnant. 
 He had other plans in store. She was not worried when she did not get pregnant, six months into their marriage; she felt it would not be easy due to her age. After the wedding, Dani kept seeing other women. He knew he had no feelings for Rachel; he was in her life just for the purpose of relieving her of her huge fortune and this he did judiciously. 
 He dated both old and young women, spent his time in beer parlours, nightclubs and many a time he brought more than one woman to their home when Rachel was on business trips and spent the night with them on their matrimonial bed.
 The second wife
 Thirteen months after the wedding, Dani got a lady in her early twenties pregnant and married her secretly in the court. He kept the new wife, Joyce, in another part of the country and supplied her all her needs with Rachel's money. He lied to Joyce that his work took him to many places which would make it hard for him to stay home with her most of the time. In other words, he lied to her so that his life with Joyce would not interfere with the life he was having with Rachel. With time, his secret marriage to Joyce produced three boys.

  “Women are so gullible and most of them have nothing in their heads. In fact, my brothers, I can’t spend my life labouring for them simply because I am a man. The way I am leading my life is the best thing that could ever happen to any man; I get money from the 'old hag', use it to train my children while I enjoy myself without working,” he told his friends who disapproved of the sort of life he was living. 
 “Dani, you’re keeping one woman outside and you’re living together as a married couple, with another; what do you think will happen if Rachel finds out that you are fooling around with her?” Paul asked him at their new drinking place.
 “She will never find out unless you tell her or are you planning to do so?” Dani asked him.
 “How do you mean? I will not be the one to expose you. But you have to consider that woman because she has invested so much in you, physically, emotionally and financially and you’re treating her this way,” Paul said. “You know age is no longer on her side and it will be better if you told her the truth before she finds out on her own.” 
 “Don’t mind him Dani," Mike said, adding: "He’s talking like a woman. So, you want our friend to keep waiting for that woman who has aborted all the children in her body?” Mike asked.
 “What are you saying, was it not his choice? He chose to marry her because of her money and the woman can’t give birth to children for him and he’s now running away. I am not part of this wicked act because we warned him not to marry her but he insisted on marrying her,” Paul pointed out.
 “You people are just taking paracetamol for my headache," said Dani who saw nothing wrong with the way he was treating Rachel. “I have solved my problem and everybody is happywhy the noise about women and children?” My darling Joyce has given me three handsome and healthy boys which I will forever be thankful to her for the honour,” he proclaimed.

  “That is not what we are sayingnothing is hidden under the sun. I am just being concerned about you because women like Rachel can go the extra mile to destroy you if you ever mess with them,” Paul asserted.
 “Relax Paulwhy are you always pessimistic? I have told you that the woman loves me with her life and she will never find outshe can’t do anything even if she finds out,” Dani insisted. 
 “How long do you think this black life of yours will last without either of the women finding out about your double life?” Paul asked.
 “Don’t worry yourself, my house in Lekki Phase ll is almost completed and if she finds out that I’m married to another woman, I will simply leave her. Anyway, by then I would have completed the house and I will move in. I have already opened a shop for my wife and very soon I will start working on my travel documents. Trust me she won’t find out,” he said.
 “If you say so,” they both replied.
Dani started laughing in a mischievous way which baffled his friends. 
“What is it?” Paul asked.
 “Well, I’m laughing because less than ten million Naira is what is left in that woman's bank account, the one I have access to, ” he told them. 
“Bad boy! You mean you have drained her bank account like this?” Mike asked him.
 “She doesn’t know anything; she didn’t know that she entered 'one chance'. She wanted a husband and I wanted money, after all they say nothing goes for nothing. We both have what we want from each other, so, we have nothing to lose,” he maintained.
Dani thought he could accomplish his goals just as he had planned, but the unexpected happened, catching him unawares...

Names have been changed to protect Rachel's identity and other individuals in the story.

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