Maggie found out that her husband was cheating on her and if that was not enough, the lady claimed she was pregnant. She was heartbroken. She had been married for 7 years and they did not have a child. The problem had always been… him. Daniel, her husband was from a wealthy family and if he left her and they did not have kids, she would lose everything.
Her sister Pauline had convinced her that her husband needed to die in order for her to inherit his wealth. But first, she had to pretend that she was pregnant. But she didn’t know if she could murder her husband. Here is where the story starts – Regrets Are For The Weak, Only The Strong Survive And Thrive – Part 1. Part 2 is here.
In her heart of hearts, Maggie was a good person. She did not want to murder the love of her life but yet again she could not see herself going back to the kind of life she used to live in the past. Dan might not be a bad person, but her mother-in-law was a witch out of hell. If Dan divorced her, her mother-in-law would make sure that she did not receive a penny. She wished there was a way she could bring Dan to her side and make him see that she was the one he loved.
Maggie met with Pauline outside in the garden. It was important to be careful and not have their conversations recorded. They both switched off their phones as they sipped their tea and discussed what needed to be done. When considering what needed to be done one thing kept coming up – that Dan was a diabetic and this could be the route to his final destination. They discussed whether they should tamper with his medication or whether they could cause an insulin spike.
Pauline offered to consult a pharmacist that she knew who might help them. Of course, they would have to pay for his silence and his expertise. Pauline also wanted to negotiate her own cut of the money. Pauline had always looked out for herself, and this was no different. She wanted to leave her husband and she needed money to start over. After an intense debate, they agreed that Pauline would get 50% of the insurance money Maggie would get so that she could keep her mouth shut. After all, she was the mastermind of the plan. She had also talked to a nurse who was crucial for the other part of the plan.
Pauline took the time to plan the party. She wanted it to be a spectacular event and she wanted it to appear that she was the perfect wife. She planned both for the birthday as well as the surprise announcement that they were going to have a baby. She even bought a new outfit.
5 days before the birthday Pauline called her over to her house. She had gotten what she needed. She had something that would spike Martin’s insulin levels a little bit every day and would eventually cause a heart attack. It needed to be timed well. Daniel usually had a physical every year around his birthday, but he had been so busy (probably with his mistress) he was going to get it after the party.
On the day of the party, the house was decorated and looked very colourful. Maggie had contacted a décor company and they had set up a huge tent in the garden. 10 tables had been set up with gold-plated plates, and fancy silverware. The theme was gold and blue and there were beautiful rose centrepieces at every table.
Maggie was a ball of nerves for many reasons. Today was the day her husband was supposed to die in front of witnesses. Also, her mother-in-law was coming, and they despised each other. She would have to act like she had never acted before. In addition to the poison Pauline had gotten Maggie some medicine that would make her nauseous so that she could keep acting like her stomach was upset. It would make it convincing that Maggie was pregnant.
Like she did every morning she woke up and made her husband some black coffee, pancakes, and some bacon. She added the drops of the medicine to the coffee like she had the last couple of days but this time she added triple the amount. The poison was a slow-acting one which would work in 12 hours so that gave her time to plan her alibi. Daniel was in good spirits because it was his 35th birthday. He even took time to snuggle after some birthday sex.
Maggie could feel the guilt eating at her, but she hardened her heart especially because last night while he was in the shower, she had seen a message from his mistress asking when he was going to tell everyone she was having his baby. Daniel told her he would deal with it and get a divorce after Maggie’s baby was born because he wanted to give the baby his name officially. His mistress asked what about her child – was her child not important? Daniel deserved everything that was coming to him.
Maggie was supposed to shower while Daniel went on his daily morning run, but she had something she needed to do first. Maggie made sure to rinse out the cup she used and even used a little bleach. She emptied the small bottle she had been given with the poison and soaked it in water and detergent. Then she put in a little bleach as well to clear out anything else that might be in it and then she filled the bottle with one of her aromatherapy oils. Leaving it in plain sight. She didn’t have a lot of time, so she took a quick shower, dressed, and went to coordinate with the party planner.
Maggie was busy. Looking at her she looked the perfect picture of a loving beautiful wife. At around 3 the guests started arriving for the late lunch they were having. Many brought expensive gifts for Daniel and some even brought her a gift. At 4:30 PM her mother-in-law arrived. Like the queen she thought she was everything had to stop when she arrived. Maggie rushed out to greet her but as usual was met with the cold disdain of her mother-in-law. But this time she seemed happy to see Maggie.
The servants helped Maggie carry the gifts from her mother-in-law into the house. Agnes, her mother-in-law held Maggie’s arm tightly when she wanted to pick up some gifts.
“Leave the gifts, Maggie. Honestly, you have been married in this family for a long time and yet you still want to act like you don’t have servants. Now especially that you are carrying my son’s child you should not extend yourself too much.”
Agnes started to grill her on how far along she was and where she was planning to go for prenatal clinics. Agnes insisted that Maggie should go to the OB/GYM who had delivered Daniel and his sisters. Maggie tried to insist that she had her own doctor but realized that if she resisted it might raise questions later so she agreed that she would make an appointment the next week to see the doctor her mother-in-law recommended.
Daniel was the life of the party. He was hanging out with a group of friends drinking and laughing and having some nyama choma. At around 5:30 PM, it was time to cut the cake. Maggie helped Daniel cut the cake and they took some cute photos cutting the cake. Everyone wished him a happy birthday by singing and everyone was happy. Maggie made sure the drinks were flowing for everyone and even though she liked wine she made it a point to drink only juice.
After this Agnes stood up and made a speech about how she was proud of her first-born son. She praised his accomplishments and then announced that she had bought him a beach house in Nyali for his birthday. Everyone was cheering and congratulating Martin.
“I am very proud of my son Daniel and his accomplishments. I know his father would be very proud of what he has accomplished. I am also proud to announce that I am going to be a grandmother in a few months. My daughter-in-law is pregnant.” Agnes did not even mention her name. It was still clear to everyone that her mother-in-law did not like her.
Everyone was stunned because this was something they were not expecting. The couple had been trying for several years and people were starting to think that they would never have a child. Everyone was shouting congratulations and people were hugging Maggie.
Daniel and his friends decided to play a game of basketball on their floodlight court like they always did during their parties. The game was going well. Everyone was having a good time. The kids were inside playing video games. The women were in different groups. There was a big group around Agnes – listening to her as she held court. Maggie was seated with Pauline and some of their cousins who were excited to be at such a grand party and who were also excited that Maggie was having a baby. Martin’s sisters were in another group of sophisticated women who all went to the same elite schools and universities. Earlier on in her marriage, Maggie had tried to bond with Martin’s sisters but they treated her like she did not belong. Maybe because she did not understand their inside jokes, or she did not like to shop like they did.
Maggie and Pauline were on high alert not sure if the poison was going to work and how things would play out. They were looking at the basketball game while trying not to be too obvious. Daniel was running to make a jump shot when he crumbled and fell to the ground. The other guys rushed to see what was going on. Daniel was breathing heavily and clutching his chest. One of the guys shouted “Something is wrong with Martin. We need a doctor.”
Maggie stood up and ran to the court with people running behind her as well. One of the family friends was a doctor and he rushed over. “I think Daniel is having a heart attack. We need to get him to the hospital.”
The doctor started first aid. Martin’s mother volunteered her car to take Daniel to the hospital but by the time they got to the emergency room, Daniel was having difficulty breathing and was in a diabetic coma. The doctors tried to resuscitate him, but it was already too late. Daniel died in the emergency room.
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