I MUST SACK MY HOUSEMAID
SHORT STORY BY AYODELE ADEOYE
Stella was given to me by my godmother after my wedding to go with me in order to help me in some domestic chores. She was 12 when she came to our house. She just finished her primary education and her parents couldn’t afford to send her to secondary school because of their financial constraint. My godmother pleaded with me to help train her in school and ensure she becomes a good woman.
Immediately we arrived Lagos after our wedding, I enrolled Stella in one of the best schools in the neighborhood. My friends were against my idea of putting her in such an expensive school since she was not related to me. My husband was neutral, he gave me full authority to do what I like with her.
We had delay in child bearing so I spent a lot taking care of Stella. I treated her like our own daughter since we are yet to have ours. She wore the best clothes we could afford, ate whatsoever she likes and decided what she wanted. I didn’t regret all I did for Stella because she’s really hard working. Since we have no children, work in the house were not much. Before I get up from bed she would have done almost every work at home and get breakfast ready. Her meals have some local scent that made my husband love her food. We both love her cooking so I left the kitchen for her. I only prepare momoi anytime my husband wants it.
At 18 Stella had become a complete woman with nice shape and gorgeous look. She is so sexy and attractive with or without make up. Before she got admission into the University, boys were all over her. Her beauty of course is unresistable.
I became worry when my husband began to pass some nice comments at her. Like – “you look beautiful”, ‘your dress is nice”, “you look sexy” etc. I held my patience so he won’t say I’m jealous but deep inside me I was not comfortable. Things grew worse as I have caught my husband stirring at Stella’s backside with wrap attention. On several occasions I barged on him trying to spy at her.
Last month Stella bent down while cleaning the house and my husband was carried away as he stirred at her and forgot himself. I was mad and I slapped him to bring him back to consciousness. Dear, Stella is your daughter, why looking at her lustfully? I challenged him, but he didn’t say a word as he walked out on me. At this juncture I knew it was time I do something fast before my husband lustfully fall into the seductive snare of Stella.
Stella may have some bad characters but she has been a good girl. On what basis will I tell her she has to go? What will I tell my godmother if I send Stella away? How do I tell our pastor that Stella must leave my house after she has becoming the most trusted and best choir member? But it is time for Stella to go!
I told my husband I want Stella to leave. In a gentle voice he asked why. I tried to explain but my reasons doesn’t even make sense to me myself. It was difficult for me to tell my husband I wanted Stella to leave because she’s becoming a threat to my marriage. But really she has become a big threat and my greatest worry in my marriage.
I began to mal-treat Stella for no cause. My husband insisted she’s not going anywhere. I picked up quarrel with my husband and that was the beginning of war in my home. My husband stopped eating my food, stop sleeping with me and began to keep malice with me. For over three months my husband has been relating with Stella like his wife while he detest me like an alien in my own house. I have called pastor to intervene but all to know avail. My husband is now a stranger to me because I brought a stranger into my house.
I won’t let Stella steal the heart of my husband from me. I will do everything to get rid of Stella to have my husband back.
Please advice me what to do so I don’t lose my husband to Stella. Stella is more beautiful than me, she’s young and attractive. Please help me.
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