Three Strike Approach!

Elfrieda never thought that loneliness was this brutal. Her husband, David had always been there. What happens when she refuses to be flexible and stop her three-strike approach for the sake of her happiness?

Elfrieda never thought things through; she was always in a hurry to do things. Her life approach was a three-strike policy- she applied that approach to her affairs. Especially with work, the people under her supervision knew that she did not give more than three chances. 

Her mother would tell her to be less lenient with others. As a Christian, she should give more than a million chances to others because God would do the same.

She would always respond with, "I'm not Jesus or God."

She never abandoned her approach to anyone, even her then-husband, David Williams.

She had met David during NYSC camp ten years ago. It was an unlikely relationship that no one saw coming. She was a debutante who could easily attract the cream of society; instead, she spent her time with the son of a local mechanic and groomed him to be a great salesman.  

 Elfrieda and David hit it off immediately and loved each other greatly. Although years of union passed and David found other women worthy of his attention, love, and body. Hence he started giving Kate, Amaka, and Tosin everything he gave to Elfrieda. As a Lagos boy, he thought he would never be caught until she saw text messages from a certain "Olawunmi" Though betrayed, she forgave him but warned him that "Three strikes and that's it." She would threaten to leave, to take everything that he had. He would respond with many promises of not returning to his gutter-boy lifestyle. He would beat his chest and say, 'Never again".

 Never again turned to multiple times a month. He was skilled at hiding his lifestyle from Elfrieda- he would use "Eko hotels, diner with the boys, late-night golfing..." Everything. Enough was enough; the incident of finding her secretary in her bed threw her off. She could still remember every key detail about that morning- the chilly weather, the clothes she wore, what she ate that morning. She remembered the bed squeaking, their shameless bonking and sounds. She remembered the wrath she felt.

Right after she caught him, he stayed in bed with the quirky secretary, scared that if he made a move to escape, Elfrieda would kill him. She didn't touch him. Instead, she finally behaved like the banshee everyone always thought she was. She threw out every bit of his belongings outside the house. The estate neighbors, who had the idea that things were always A-okay between the couple, got a glimpse of their toxic lifestyle. She humiliated him, sending him and his lover out in their underwear. That night, she drafted the divorce papers and sent them off to him. He begged like every other time, cried, and promised he would never do it again. Elfrieda had enough. David eventually signed the divorce papers after three months of stalling. She was officially divorced. She was one of the women who couldn't keep her marriage or her man, according to her mother. 

Her mother castigated her for ending the marriage, saying, "You could not just hold on and pray more that he would be faithful; instead, you had to disgrace yourself and tell everyone that you're having problems with your marriage." Her mother threw the mistake in her face every day- for the entire 30 days that she had been divorced. Elfrieda understood what her mother was saying. She, too, wished that she had waited and prayed more; maybe if she had cried out to God more, he would have saved her marriage.

On the official day that David left her life, she celebrated that the cheating dog was out. The next morning, she woke up, hoping to feel his lips on her cheek or his hairy manly hands around her body. She woke up next to nobody, in a house with no one. The loneliness was impossible to ignore. She was accustomed to going home to David, his addiction to Nathaniel Bassey's music, his cooking, and his lovin'. Everything was gone. It was a house to herself. It became impossible to move on. She was either scared of history repeating itself or seeing David in every man she met.

No one talks about the loneliness and depression that comes with the end of a relationship.

On a typical Saturday, normally, she would be watching a television show, having a family feud with her man, and enjoying his fingers in her 4C natural hair. Instead, she was seated alone on the couch, staring at Steve Harvey, host of one of the best shows ever. Memories hit her from left to right about her entire life. From the moment she set eyes on 23-year-old him to the moment he walked out of her life. Everything juggled up in her head and eventually brought her to tears. Tears that she had been holding on to were finally released. She did not care about the aftermath of her intense sobbing or her neighbor's eavesdropping. 

That night, she slept with a thousand memories of her old lover and thought, "What might have been?" if she ever gave him more chances. Perhaps, she wouldn't be plagued by the thing called loneliness.  

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