Despite everything, Arianne didn’t oppose Mark’s “preferred method”. For her, the reason was more straightforward — she was just worried that Smore’s midnight tantrums might disturb his daddy’s sleep. Arianne could replenish lost winks in the day, but Mark would have to go through work in a state of sleep deprivation, and that would be quite terrible.After washing up, Arianne tidied the bed for a bit and accidentally found an opened box of condoms. There were only three packets inside, but the packaging said there were originally twelve…She had no idea that the man had secretly prepared something like this. Stirred by this finding, Arianne did a quick count and realized that Mark had been letting his carnal desires run loose more and more often.Her phone suddenly rang. She looked down and was met with Tiffany’s name on the screen.“Hey, Tiffie. You’re back in the Capital?” she asked.Tiffany’s voice sounded a lot more despondent than usual. “Hey, Ari? Just calling to say I migh
Arianne nodded her head as a sign of understanding and proceeded to push the buggy into the office.Mark was drinking his tea. When his wife and son entered, he almost choked on his drink. “Cough! What the heck are you doing here? And why did you bring the baby? Did you come here alone?”She sneered. “Alone? What, your son doesn’t qualify as a person? It’s not raining today, so I brought him out for a walk. Later today, Tiffie will return from Ayashe, and I’m going to go meet her,” she replied. “The main point, though, is you. What did your ‘intense contemplation’ tell you, hmm? You promised me an answer today, and I’m not waiting until you come back home. I want you to tell me right now.”Mark put down the cup and rubbed his chin. “Hmm. My head’s blank. Answer tonight.’She knew it. She knew this jerk would use this obvious tactic, so she pushed the buggy closer to him. “Stop bullsh*tting me, Mark. If you don’t give me an answer now, I’ll leave our son right here and go on my own.
The representative proceeded to recite his piece as gingerly as possible while hoping that this meeting would end soon.Smore, meanwhile, appeared to be quite taken by his surroundings. Anytime anyone talked, he would stop drinking, listen, and resume his meal only when everyone was quiet. It went on for a while, melting his father’s heart. He cooed, “What’s that? Something interesting catch your fancy? D’aww, do you even understand what we’re saying? Hee hee. Come now, finish your milk quickly and then chill in your buggy. Dada has work to do.”The softness in Mark’s features right now was so overwhelming that it stunned everyone else in the room. Was their stonecold boss… actually radiating Big Daddy Energy?!Meanwhile, Arianne and Tiffany met up in a café without Tanya, who claimed that she was too tired to go on and returned earlier.Tiffany had ordered the most bitter coffee on the menu and refused to throw sugar into it. However, she almost passed out from a sip. “Urghh, this
A relieved smile finally shadowed Tiffany’s lips.“You know, I was wondering… Had my womb been just a little bit better when Jackson and I were trying to conceive a child, maybe our baby would have been born sometime not too far from now,” she said. “I really am an a**. I torment myself and drag him along the pain selfishly. I wonder if he would be mad at me for what happened last night. But I’ll wait. I’ll prep myself mentally tonight, and then in the morning, I’ll knock on his goddamn door after requesting work leave. Then, I’m gonna do it. Speaking of which, there’s other good news! All thanks to your wisdom, Ari. I think the Lord above is finally opening doors for me!”Arianne was very pleased. “I’m delighted just to hear you finally cheering up, Tiffie. What’s the good news?”Tiffany pulled out a fashion magazine from her bag and flashed it to her. “I’m within the top ten! Okay, I mean, I’m at the very tail end of the list, so my creation didn’t get to grace this magazine’s cov
Mark pushed Arianne into the corner and tilted her chin upward with his hand. His eyes penetrated hers.“What the hell am I doing? Well, for starters, I noticed that you have been challenging the line quite frequently lately. You came up with a prank to torment me a little, didn’t you? Now, if I don’t punish you right now for it, I’ll soon find out one day that I’m completely under your whims!” he hissed. “You want to go out to work? You should be the one pondering more deeply about me because work should not jeopardize your role in Smore’s life and mine. This is how we live now, Arianne. If you can fulfill our needs, I’ll let you work.”Arianne’s heart thumped wildly against her chest. Her eyes glided from his handsome face down to his Adam’s apple, then to his collarbones, then to his hardened, toned chest. Finally, that infatuation young girls got when a man first nabbed their hearts crashed onto Arianne like a deluge.She could not fathom why — despite the two of them already ha
Tiffany opened the door and froze. She found herself eyeball-to-eyeball with Tanya, the same Tanya who did not return home tonight.Before Tiffany could release a sigh of relief, the transient but palpable panic that zipped through Tanya’s eyes caused every muscle in her body to tense intuitively. She found herself murmuring, or rather, demanding, “What the hell are you doing here?”Tanya said nothing. She hung her head as she continued to clean the dishes and food off the dining table.Tiffany’s eyes wandered toward two emptied wine bottles and felt her legs turn wooden, as though they had turned to lead. Against her wishes, her attention began to magnify on Tanya’s matted hair and her haphazardly buttoned clothes. She dared not imagine what happened before she opened the door.But Tanya’s silence was deafening; it was pushing her to madness. Hysterical, Tiffany yelled, “Talk, Tanya! Talk, god-f**king-damn it! What the f**k were you doing here?!”Jackson hated having strangers in
With that, Tiffany turned around and went downstairs.Tanya’s gait was not normal — it was slow and awkward.Tiffany considered her from her spot on the couch and watched the woman inch toward her. Then, she gibed, “Can you be a tad bit more artful and not make it so obvious? I know you had sex with him, honey. No need for the visual reminder. We’re all women here. We all had our first time. What, you think only you know how much it hurts?”Tanya’s eyes met hers before she sat across the couch. “What’s your point?”The subtle change in her attitude was not lost on Tiffany. “Oho, not going to continue your innocent girl act now? So you weren’t joking with me back then. You changed your target from Eric to Jackson; you even put it to action. How ironic that I was the one who taught you, and now it’s backfired on me. I think I made it clear to you before — use all the wiles and tricks you have, but never cross the moral horizon. You knew he was my ex-fiance, Tanya, yet you did it anyw
With that, Tiffany rose to her feet and started toward the door. And then she stopped, her feet falling into place.“Do you know why I came here?” she said. “I didn’t come here because I thought Jackson was sticking his d**k into another woman’s coochie or whatever. I came here… because my best friend had not returned home despite the time, and I feared for her safety. I came here seeking help from Jackson. And in return for my kindness, you gave me this surprise... Heh.”Tanya’s pupils quivered before she willed them to stay still. Everything she had done up to this point would not brook a sliver of sympathy and guilt. Never again would she put herself in a spot to be gibed and mocked by others; she, too, wanted to be as radiant as all the cool girls in the city — the it-girl worthy of attention!Tiffany left, but Tanya chose to stay, busying herself with cleaning Jackson’s house till it was spotless. Then, when her chores were done, she laid down next to the slumbering man, exhaus