Beauty is overrated
The Asian Vine snake is a beauty to behold
Its venom would cause death to shudder
Poison could be packaged in a beautiful bottle
And unrefined gold might look unbecoming
Beauty is a trophy
Something to draw the attention of the crowd
Something to make a statement with
Something to boast about
He was determined to have one of those
A beautiful woman
All to himself
His strategy was very simple
He would go to the village, find the most beautiful young lady
Pay her bride price and bring her to the city
She would be his exclusive property
Unlike all these loose city girls
He would have his own Helen of Troy
The queen of his world
The mother of his children
He had studied and traveled and worked so hard
He had denied himself for so long
He needed to make a statement to the world
That when you work really hard and make money
Beauty of all types would be at your beck and call
You would be celebrated and feted by all and sundry
Ladies would come naked into your office, begging you to own them
What car wouldn’t you drive at will?
What luxury wouldn’t you command?
Money answers all questions!
He went to his village that December for the first time in twenty years
Only a handful of people knew of his impending arrival
He had built a palatial mansion with the assistance of his uncle
He had deployed his resources to command attention at every level
The day he arrived at the village
The local government chairman, the local king and his entire council came to visit
Money was extremely persuasive
He found the beautiful lady he dreamt of just the way he knew he would!
He sat at his luxurious sitting room watching cable news when he saw her in the CCTV system
She came with her father and his uncle
She was 25 years old
He liked what he saw!
The girl said all the right things
She was also a virgin
He was satisfied!
Six months later he married her
He practically fed about eight villages
They moved back to the city
She was a full housewife
He got her finishing school coaches
They taught her the ethics of royalty
She had diction training and leant how to host the high and the mighty
They had three girls
All the girls looked just like her
Beauty indeed begets beauty!
They travelled to the village every December
To keep in touch with their roots
They usually stay for a maximum of two weeks
On one of such trips, his meeting with some elders ended faster than he anticipated
He decided to pay his Uncle a visit
He got to his uncle’s house
Saw his wife’s car
His Uncle’s wife came to welcome him
He asked her where his uncle was
The wife laughed and led him to his uncle’s bedroom door
“Open”, she whispered as she snuck away
He opened and saw his wife
Straddling his uncle, riding a see saw
His wife looked back, their eyes met, He fainted!
He woke up in the hospital in Lagos
He had been in a coma for seven days
He fell awkwardly and injured his head badly
The hospital closest to their village rejected him
He was taken to the nearest city
His company organized the helicopter that flew him to the capital
He had been on a machine for four days
They were planning to fly him abroad
His wife had been beside him throughout
One look at her and his memory was refreshed
She saw the look in his eyes and walked out of the hospital
One of the nurses had compassion on him
She saw that he was all alone but for a few visitors from his office!
None of his family members came
His uncle’s wife came one morning
She explained that just before he returned to the country
His uncle was about to take a second wife because she (Uncle’s wife) had not borne any children for him in their 24 years of marriage
His uncle had come into some money which he gleaned from the contractors working on the luxurious mansion his uncle was supervising for him at the time.
When he arrived home and announced his intention to marry, his wife, who was by far the most beautiful woman in the village and the surrounding communities begged his uncle to take her to him. If he agreed to marry her, she would always be faithful to him (his uncle) and share his bed as often as possible and give birth to only his children. They swore an oath to that effect
The three children they have were his uncle’s children. He was the only one she slept with without using contraceptives
If they did DNA test, it would most likely match because they are relatives but she was sure those three girls are his uncle’s children
After the woman left, he felt sore all over!
How could people be this callous?
A month later he was discharged!
His wife and children were nowhere to be found!
The domestic staff were still on duty and his luxurious mansion and money were all intact. The only fund his wife had access to was the money in her own bank account!
He tried very hard to function but it was difficult
Pain and misery were his bed and blanket!
He couldn’t stop crying!
The nurse from the hospital came visiting the following Saturday! Even though he tried hard to mask it, she saw through his pain. She encouraged him to dress up and accompanied him to the park
The talked and talked some more
That night, she slept in the guest room and watched over him till the next day
He offered her a job, to be his private nurse at any amount she wanted
Yet she said she stayed
She went to work from his house because he was always on her mind and she wouldn’t want it to be seen as taking advantage of him in his vulnerable state
He needed her company badly.
It took him six months but he got back on his feet!
The nurse returned home
Everything was fine but for one thing
There was still a hollow in his heart! An emptiness!!
He called the nurse one Saturday
She was way off his specifications…
She wasn’t ugly, far from it but she was not the trophy type
She was two years shy of 40 (four years older than his ex-wife)
Yet without her, the light of his life went dim!
He proposed to her!
She said yes!
He married her a year later
PS: They have two boys
His Uncle, his former wife and three children relocated to Australia
He had not seen them since the event occurred in 2014