It is said that some people come into your life like a tsunami. They come with a mighty force and leave wreckage on their way out. Almost a year after his breakup with Shiko, George could still feel the effects. A monster in him had been awakened, and it was so challenging to shed him off. He was holding his phone, ready to text Shiko.
George had met Shiko a while back when he was hanging out with his boys. They exchanged numbers and talked every once in a while. One time when George and his friends went for a holiday at the coast, he decided to put up photos on social media.
“Oh, you’re here too?” Shiko responded.
“Sounds like you’re around. Where are you at? “George asked.
Shiko had also taken a five-day vacation with her girlfriends. They were supposed to leave the following day. After chatting with George, they decided to meet us that evening.
There was a beach party, and happiness was in the air. George and Shiko had an adventurous night. They seemed like a match made in heaven. Both loved trying out new stuff and were wild. So their night was filled with trying out different drinks and many games. At some point, they left the beach party and took the party to George’s room.
By morning, it was decided that Shiko wouldn’t travel back to Nairobi with her friends. She would extend her stay for a couple more days. So George accompanied her to check out and helped her carry her luggage to the apartment he had rented out for his stay.
A few extra days turned into a whole week. They were having so much fun. Both knew how to enjoy themselves, and it felt like they had known each other for years. So just like that, George’s holiday ended with him having a girlfriend.
Shiko’s job was unstable, and she wasn’t always sure of her next gig. By the second month of her relationship with George, he had already offered to pay her rent. They were together most of the time, and she was technically living at George’s house, but she kept her place.
Shiko was everything George had been looking for. She was fun and outgoing yet submissive. They would have a good time outside, but Shiko would treat her man like a king once they got back home. She ensured his house was in order and cooked anything he wanted. Soon enough, George was giving her a small allowance to take care of needs like hair, nails, and other needs.
Both felt they were a perfect match. In the fourth month, trouble hit this paradise. George argued with Shiko, but they didn’t resolve it before leaving the house. It was a Friday night, and they were going out. So after a few drinks, Shiko’s emotions run high. Her anger due to the argument led her to act without thinking it through.
George was seemingly distracted by a bunch of ladies at the club. Angry that he wasn’t giving her attention, Shiko shouted,
“Why would you be looking at other women and you have no money to spoil them because of your debts.”
George was also in the company of his friends, so he wasn’t going to let a woman disrespect him in public. As soon as Shiko finished speaking, a slap landed on her face.
As she processed the stinging feeling on her face, she also felt herself sober up. A few people called out George for hitting her, but most people pretended to be minding their business.
At the end of the night, they each went to their houses. After a day of not talking to each other, Shiko went back to ask for forgiveness for embarrassing him in front of his friends. As they made up, she confessed that while talking to her friends about their boyfriends, she realized that she had a good boyfriend who gave her everything. She even offered to cook dinner for his friends.
A couple of weeks later, they decided to go to an out-of-town event in the bush. Shiko was in a beautiful wig that George had bought her. As they indulged in alcohol, an argument ensued, and in anger, George pulled out her wig and threw it away somewhere in the bush. So there Shiko was in the middle of an event looking for her wig, hoping that she could still find it. Since the event was out of town, the party revellers had to have made accommodation plans. George had made plans for them, but everybody went separate ways now that they had gotten into the fight.
George went to look for more drinks while Shiko looked for someone she could talk to after the embarrassing incident. Unfortunately, Shiko’s phone went off. It was time to go to bed. They couldn’t find each other, so George left without Shiko. With no phone and money, Shiko had to find a way to get accommodation. The interesting thing about small towns is that they have popular motels recommended to out-of-town visitors.
Shiko and George found themselves in the same motel as fate would have it. George saw Shiko as she was going to buy something, and he was outside smoking.
“Babe, I see you’re also here,” Shiko said to George.
“Yeah, how did you end up here?” George asked.
“Once you left me I found a good Samaritan,” Shiko responded.
It was evident that Shiko had come to the motel with another man. However, she insisted that he had just helped her. It was time to go back to the city, and so Shiko joined George on the way back.
“Babe, you can’t ask me about this again; you left me, and you knew my phone battery was out,” Shiko told George with finality. They even proceeded to discuss how George had to buy her another wig now that he had thrown away the other one.
By the time they got to the city, they were okay. The dynamics of their relationship had now changed. The fights had increased, and the physical assaults had escalated. An argument would lead to both throwing punches and whatnot. One time, in the middle of a hot sunny day in January, George was walking around in a sweater, and even with all the teasing from his friends, he couldn’t remove it. Later on, he would confess that he couldn’t remove the sweater since he used it to cover bruises sustained during a fight with Shiko. She had thrown an object at him, and he got cuts.
Besides arguments, there was a lot of infidelity between them. After a while, George decided to end things with Shiko.
“I don’t think we can continue this way. We need to go our separate ways.”
“That’s okay but you can’t just kick me out. I need time to look for money to move out,” Shiko said.
“I’ll give you a month,” George said.
Shiko had officially moved in with George less than six months into the relationship instead of paying rent twice since she was always at his place anyway. Shiko, who hardly worked since she met George, now had to look for cash to move out. She decided that the easiest way to get the funds was to get “assistance” from her many suitors. Many times, a number of her “suitors” would drop her at George’s place after their rendezvous, unknown to them that this was her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend’s home.
George would sometimes see her leave the car, and he couldn’t help but feel jealous. He asked Shiko if she had made any progress. Shiko responded that she almost had the target amount. George promised to give her a certain amount to speed up the process. Shiko had enough to move a couple of days later, so she moved out, but she reminded George that he had promised her the money.
Although they had broken up, they were still communicating. About two months after the breakup, Shiko asked George about the money he had promised her, even claiming that she had made a down payment on a house item. She had intended to use this money to pay off the remainder. She suggested that she should come over to talk about it.
On a Saturday afternoon, Shiko went to George’s place. As they had gotten accustomed to it, they had a few drinks, and one thing led to another, and they got intimate. Shiko seemed determined to make George keep his promise, and she kept asking him about the money. Finally, Shiko stood up, angry since George was not honouring his word.
“George, you need to give me that money; otherwise, I will go to the police and claim that you have raped me,” Shiko said angrily. Before George could respond, Shiko had thrown something and broken his glass coffee table. She was hurling insults at him and throwing objects at him. She then picked up her things and left.
About an hour later, George got a phone call from a friend who was a cop.
“Bro, I shouldn’t be doing this but your girlfriend is here claiming that you sexually assaulted her,” George’s cop friend said.
George could feel the chill in his spine as the cop uttered those words. In their relationship, they had done hurtful things to each other, but he didn’t see this one coming. George needed to figure this out before this escalated further and ruined his life. He made calls to his lawyer friends to get advice. Meanwhile, he documented the state of his house and went to file a counter-report of the damage Shiko caused in his home.
After hours in the police station, both Shiko and George were free to go, but it took a lot of questioning, favours, and money to settle the issue. This seemed to be the nail in the coffin for them until the next time they would suffer from selective amnesia and send those risky texts again. It would seem that they both couldn’t pull themselves out of the web of toxicity that they had woven around their interactions.
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