The normal feelings of jitteriness and awkwardness that normally assail two people after the first time they have had sex did not manifest itself in the dealings of Emeka and Cassie. After that night had ended and they each rushed off to their respective homes, the next day at work started and ended with business as usual.
If anything, their adulterous fling only made them a better team because they now had no secrets from each other. The heat that passed through them at work and in was more than visible to them but the only person that seemed to have the slightest inkling of what was going on was Janet, Emeka’s perceptive assistant. She passed this knowledge through snide remarks and unfriendly looks whenever Cassie was in the vicinity.
“Janet, why do you dislike Cassie so much? Has she offended you?” Emeka asked when he was tired of the way she was acting.
“Not directly but I suspect she has bad intentions for you.”
“Bad intentions? The woman has been nothing but amazing since I hired her.”
“Do you remember the day of her interview?”
“How could I forget, she was the only candidate worth a lick of salt.”
“That day I told you that she would be trouble and you agreed with me. I stand firmly by my initial assessment of that woman. She is just too good to be true.”
“Janet, you sound like a hater.” Emeka chuckled in an attempt to hide his discomfort.
“I could care less sir, I will get to the bottom of this.”
“I think you should leave the poor woman alone but if you insist on investigating then don’t allow it to interfere with your work.”
“Don’t worry about that, I am a superwoman remember?”
Emeka made no response as he turned his back on her and walked into his office. After this brief exchange, Emeka and Cassie became less overt about their budding affair by reducing their interactions at the office when it was possible. They went on with their fling for a few weeks, each of them thinking that they were well under the radar. It was not long before, like with all things done in secret, Emeka received the first shock of many that his poor decision would bring him.
“Mr. Jones, may I talk to you for a moment?” Janet asked as she slipped into his office and closed the door behind her.
“Of course Janet, what is the problem?”
“Yes, you have been having an affair with Cassie.”
The blood drained from Emeka’s face as he heard his assistant utter those words. He opened and closed his mouth several times before he could form a coherent reply.
“I have to admit sir, you two were careful but everything that is done in the dark must come to the light.” She replied while taking a seat on the other side of his desk.
“How? how did you find out?” The president finally uttered.
“You think that when I say I am a superwoman I am joking? Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me and to be honest, I was not sure until you confirmed it just now.”
“So I told on myself?”
“So, what is it that you want Janet?”
“I want you to stop; stop betraying your wife, stop betraying your children, and stop betraying GOD.”
Emeka did not answer as he slumped in his chair and covered his face with his hands. It was the first time that anyone had confronted him about the situation and he knew that every word she said was right.
I am pathetic, I have been having sex with a woman outside of my house for weeks when I have a beautiful, Loving, Caring woman at home who wants to do nothing more that please me.
“Mr. Jones, Emeka, now is not the time to feel sorry for yourself; at this point, I am probably the only one who knows what is happening. In order to keep it that way, you need to break it off today. Otherwise your career and your life will be turned upside down.”
“Janet, I am sorry.”
“Why are you apologizing to me?”
“Because I have been underestimating you for all of these years.”
“I like it that way, it allows me to get what would otherwise be out of my reach but now is not the time for that, now is the time for action!”
“You are right, you are right, how should I do it? What is the best way to break it off.” Emeka asked helplessly because for the first time in a very long time he was at a complete loss.
“Emeka, just go to her and tell her the truth, tell her that what you all are doing is against everything that is right in the world and that it needs to end before you both end up where you do not want to be.”
“You’re right, I’ll do just that.” Emeka replied slowly, still unsure of himself.
“Sir, it’s going to be OK, just make sure you do this today.” Janet said as she stood to leave.
“Thank you.” He whispered at her disappearing back.
Emeka decided that he would wait for the work day to end before he confronted Cassie, thoughts of what he would tell her and how she would react kept rushing through his mind. He finally decided to just tell her point blank that it was over, after all she was dating his friend and it would not come as too much of a shock for her.
When he saw the sun finally slipping over the horizon, he steeled himself to do something that he had not had the opportunity of doing for at least a decade; break up with a woman. He strolled through the empty office building, it had to be around seven o’clock, he knew that Cassie would still be working because she had the same work ethic as him.
He took more time than was necessary to reach her door, rehashing what he would tell her all through his long walk to freedom. Outside her door, he took a last deep breath and knocked, hoping against hope that she would have gone home early.
“Yes, come in.” Came her soft clear voice. “Oh, Emeka, what a pleasant surprise.” She said when he opened her door and stepped in.
“Hello Cassie,” he began gravely. “Can I talk to you for a moment?”
“Sure Emeka, have a seat.” She said as she moved to perch on the corner of her desk so that they would be able to touch each other while talking.
Why does this woman have to be so damn alluring? This is going to be harder than I thought.
“Now, what do you want to talk about?”
“What about us?”
“Cassie, we need to break up.”
“Were we ever dating?” Cassie chuckled. “No, Emeka, we are just fucking but I can understand where you’re coming from. Your conscience must be pricking you.” She said as looked into his eyes and slid her hand up his inner thigh. Emeka’s body reacted instantly, every nerve ending becoming electrified at once.
“Stop it Cassie, I am serious.” He said, slapping her hand away.
“So am I Emeka, I am not some star struck girl who felt as if she would make you leave your wife and children, I would never want anything like that. You are an extremely attractive man and I knew what I was getting into when we started this fling.”
“This is not how I expected this conversation to go.” Emeka replied.
“Did you expect me to cry or put up a fight, no, I respect your decision more than you can ever know but.” She finished dropping to her knees in front of him and quickly untucking the front of his shirt.
“Cassie, what are you doing?”
“I’m getting one last taste for the road, now sit back and enjoy it.” She said as she unbuckled his trousers and pulled out his bulging manhood.
“Oh Cassie.” Emeka whispered as he put his hands in her hair and lost himself.
Once his body was activated, true to form, Emeka took full control of the situation. He lifted her from her knees and turned her around so that her back was to him in one fluid motion. As they stood like that, he quickly undid the zip on the side of her green skin tight dress and let it pool to the floor. He only took a moment to admire her body, a body that he had ravaged multiple times before but never lost its beauty.
He did not even bother to remove her panties but instead shifted them to the side and rammed into her without preamble.
“Emeka.” She whimpered as he forced his way deeper and deeper inside of her. He bent her over her own desk and pushed her face into the stack of papers she had been working on before he came and had his way with her. Low groans escaped her lips as she slowly but surely began to build to a crescendo.
They were not making love, they were fucking, and both of them were losing themselves to carnal their desires. The pace Emeka set was grueling and before long they both came and he collapsed on top of her glistening back.
“Was that good enough gift for the road?” He whispered as he bit her ear playfully.
“Better than you know.” She replied hoarsely.
They dressed in silence and Emeka knew in the back of his mind that the affair was not yet over, on the contrary it had just become more intense.
As he drove home that night, he cursed himself for his weakness and felt guiltier than ever for his illicit actions. He was meant to be an exemplary man, a leader in his community, a loving husband, and a good father. Right now, he felt like he was a scam, he knew that he was falling short of all these ideals.
He got home and the first thing that his wife did was bring up the topic of going back to work.
“Welcome home dear, I want to talk to you about something when you have had a chance to eat and rest.”
“Alright.” He said, not really in the mood to discuss much of anything with anyone.
When he had settled down at home, played with his children, eaten, and finally laid down for the night, his wife quickly launched into her spiel.
“Honey, I want to go back to work, remember what you said when we talked about this the last time right? Phoebe is now one year old and she can go to daycare when I am at the office.”
“Why do you want to work so badly? Most people would be happy staying at home and relaxing.”
“Firstly, taking care of three children no matter how fun it may be is not relaxing and secondly, you did not marry as an unemployed youth. I was gainfully employed for a number of years and I do not want to lose my skill as a lawyer.”
“I can understand you dear, it just that I don’t want you to stress yourself unnecessarily.”
“I can handle myself, you married a strong woman.”
“If you only knew.” He replied vaguely.
“What do you say Emeka? I cannot go back to work without my husband’s blessing because it is with is blessing that I left work.”
“l will think about it, I am just too tired to process it right now.”
“I think I know what you need.” Hadija said seductively while rubbing his chest.
“Baby, not tonight, I just want to sleep.” Emeka said, not wanting to make love to his wife after having defiled himself with Cassie.
“Oh.” She replied crestfallen. “Goodnight then.” She said as she rolled over on the bed and allowed her back to face him.
I’m sorry dear, I am not as strong as you think I am. He thought to himself as he closed his eyes to sleep.