His tiny chest was soaked in sweat again, wiping it off was futile. A tear drop joined the little pond on his chest, luckily he hadn’t noticed. He was deep in sleep just like her other children, she turned to see their condition. They were more stable than him, she noticed Tabitha was awake. She instantly wiped away her tears before her last born turned to glance at her.
Tabitha gave her a very weak smile, she tried to smile in return but all she could feel was a tiny twitch of her flesh which she knew made no display on her tired face. But it didn’t matter, because Tabitha had gone back to sleep. She still couldn’t figure her daughter out, she was the only one of her three children that always remained joyful. Although, the moments of pain never overlooked her. It made her scream, roll and cry till she had no strength left.
A scratch on the window made her resume her nursing duty, she didn’t need to glance at the window. She already knew it was one of the numerous lizards that roamed the area. She cleaned Samson’s chest once again, then kissed his forehead. Standing up took alot of energy from her, she had been squatting for over three hours now. She finally stood on her feet and was struck by a great dizziness, she nearly collapsed but managed to stand still. She leaned on the wall for about three minutes before she could finally see clearly again.
She sighed, she had forgotten to eat again. Not eating had become a routine for the past months. But she knew her husband would soon step in through the door with her dinner. He had remained a source of strength and a firm hand, he had made the statement ‘Am not going to loose my whole family to this sickness’ stick to her mind. Her prediction of his arrival was perfect, she heard his car engine in the garage.
Today was not the best of days at work, but it was also not the worst day. He didn’t need to look into any of the car’s mirror to know his face looked worn-out. He picked up his bag and the food packs for him and his wife, he knew she certainly had not eaten. He missed the days he brought snacks for his whole family, and when they all ran to meet him at the car. His children were on a strict diet and his wife was…. He couldn’t think of the right or any word to describe to explain why his wife never ate.
He got out of the car and headed straight to the door, it was open so he stepped in. His wife was already waiting on the sitting room, she looked pale.
“Am not going to complain today or say anything.” He said as he walked towards her, he planted a kiss on her lips. He dropped the bags on the cushion and carried her, she tried to push him off but he knew she didn’t have the strength to.
“How was work?” She asked as she placed her hands around his neck. He stared into those eyes that still worked its charm on him even after seven years of marriage.
“Nothing to talk about.” he replied, he sat on the cushion and placed her in his laps.
“Wont you ask about the children?” She asked with a sad look on her face. The sad look was the reason he had stopped asking her about their children’s health, and he was sure she was aware of it.
“You know why I don’t ask. And I would also check them once am done feeding us breakfast.” He replied as he pulled the food packs closer to them.
He fed her and chatted with her a little about random things till she fell asleep in his arms. He proceeded to take her to bed and finish every work she had left out. Lastly, before he headed to bed, he checked on his kids. Samson was deep asleep but Tabitha and Joshua were awake, he could see their smiles as he stepped in. He chatted with them a little and told them jokes that made them laugh so hard till they coughed and he had to stop. He kissed them all goodnight including the ‘sleeping Samson’, as they had nicknamed him few minutes back.
He sat in front of the TV and tried to relax, but thoughts filled his mind. He kept wondering if his children would survive this sickness, only five percent of people ever survived it and he really hoped they all fell amongst that percentage. He knew he was beginning to worry, so he pushed away the thoughts and switched off the TV.
Moments later, he was in his bedroom beside his wife. Her body felt so warm and weak, she had never been fat but she had once had a bigger body. She turned to face him, they looked into eachothers eyes for a while. They knew what they both needed, a passionate and brief intimate moment. But he was scared she was worn-out from caring for the kids, but she surprised him when she pressed her lips to his. He had only started kissing her when Samson’s scream pulled them apart. Another of his crisis had begun.
His kiss was very deep and long, she appreciated it but could not allow him be late for work. She pushed him back and smiled. She felt renewed and stronger, she had managed to rest well. Yesterday, Samson’s crisis had been handled well by her husband, he had not allowed her to leave the bed.
“Oh she doesn’t love me.” She heard her husband say with a pretense sad face. She smiled.
“I love you too.” Her thoughts hadn’t let her hear his usual ‘I love you’ but she knew he would never miss a day without saying it.
“Would be back early today.” He said as he dashed out for work, she winked her “OK”. She missed their romantic era, it had all faded slowly with the ailment of their kids. She even missed their wonderful sexs, they still had it once in a while but it couldn’t be compared to the old days. She stood and reflected on their early moments of love and of marriage.
“Mummy!” She heard Joshua call her name, she turned to see her nightmare come true. He was exhibiting the signs of the last stage of their sickness, he bled from his ears and nose.
“Jesus!” She yelled and ran to him.
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