There was a time in my life when I was so blinded by love that I was ready to take a loan to pay bail for the man I was with. We had been dating for 2 years and were even planning to get married. However, I didn’t realize that the guy was living a double life that would land him in prison. Money was always an issue in our relationship but he always had excuses why he didn’t have money yet he claimed to be a rich man.
James was a professional liar and our whole relationship was built on a lie. He sold me this dream life yet he never seemed to do anything that he promised. He promised me that we would go and visit his family, take me on holiday, and move me to a bigger house. We never did any of that. In fact, he ended up moving into my apartment and never moved out.
I paid rent every month since I didn’t want to be kicked out but he always promised he would pay me back. He never did. Despite the obvious lies, I still believed everything he told me.
“Business was bad last month but things are picking up.” He explained.
“Really? I’m sorry, babe. Things will be better.”
He kept giving me excuses until I started getting fed up. We had been dating for more than a year yet we had never gone on a date or celebrated any events together. He didn’t even show up to the birthday party I arranged for myself and didn’t buy me a gift.
Our relationship was hanging on by a thread then all of a sudden, he started showering me with expensive gifts and taking me to all the places I wanted to go.
“Where do you want to go?” He asked after he handed me a brand-new iPhone 13.
“Malindi,” I answered without hesitation.
The next weekend, we headed to Malindi where we spent a week in a luxurious hotel. He continued to treat me to lavish dates and expensive gifts for a couple of months and just when I thought things were going perfectly, the unexpected happened.
I didn’t think much about where all the money had suddenly come from. He had told me before that he was waiting for money that one of his clients owed him so I assumed that he had finally gotten it.
Then, I received a call from an unknown caller. After many attempts, I finally answered the call.
“Babe, it’s me,” James said frantically.
“Where are you?”
I hadn’t seen him for more than a week which was unusual.
“I was arrested. My client said I stole money from him.”
I thought that he was joking but as we continued talking, I realized he was serious.
“I need you to bring me my other phone.” He then instructed me where I would find it.
I followed his instructions but I was still in disbelief since I was starting to realize that I didn’t know much about the man I had spent two years of my life with.
Even after getting to the police station and confirming that he was arrested, I still couldn’t believe it. We talked for almost an hour before one of the officers told him to go back inside. After he left, I talked to the officer to know what was really happening.
“He stole money from one of his friends.” The officer said.
“Ksh 2 million.”
I wanted to help him but I didn’t have that kind of money. Additionally, his bail was Ksh 200,000 which I also didn’t have. All I could do was visit him from time to time and take him some food.
“Babe, I’m being transferred to the prison. Please try and raise my bail. I can’t survive here.”
He stayed in prison for almost 3 months as the court case proceeded and I looked for bail. I asked everyone including my parents to loan me some money.
I managed to raise the amount and I couldn’t wait to get him home. However, when I got to the prison so that I could pay his bail, the police officers started cautioning me.
“This guy is a criminal. He will escape and make you lose your money.” He said.
“No, he lives with me. I’ll make sure that he goes to all the court dates.”
“He lives with you and he has a wife.”
“Yes, a woman comes to visit him almost every day and she’s pregnant.”
Once again, I refused to believe even when the signs were so obvious. I paid his bail and the following day, I went to the prison to pick him up. The officers asked me to wait in the visitors’ area. There were other people there waiting to see their loved ones as usual so I went to the back where there was some space left.
James came out carrying his belongings in a small duffel bag that I had bought for him. Since it was a bit crowded he didn’t see me immediately and I tried to get his attention but he was facing the opposite direction. Then, a pregnant woman started walking towards him and embraced him.
My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw them embracing and the look of happiness on their faces. However, I kept my composure and approached them.
“What’s going on, James?” I asked
His smile quickly turned to a worried frown.
“Jane? What are you doing here?”
“I came to get you. Who is this?”
“I’m his wife and who are you?” She answered arrogantly.
I didn’t even bother to ask for any more explanation. It was pretty obvious that the police officer was telling me the truth. James had a wife and I was standing right next to her while holding a bag full of food that I had bought so James could eat on his way home.
“You’re the worst person I have ever met!” I exclaimed. “You used to call me every day when you were in prison and you didn’t think to tell me you have a wife.”
“I..I…I can…” he stuttered.
“I don’t care. I’m done with you. Enjoy your miserable life.”
He fled the country shortly after being released and just like that, I lost Ksh 200,000 but what hurt me the most was that the relationship ended. I still had feelings for this man who had lied to me for years. He tried to beg for my forgiveness and for a while, I considered getting back together with him. Thankfully, my friends and family talked me out of it.
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