PRINCE OF PERSIA

They just finished having dinner in one of the cozy restaurants in town.

It was a stone's throw from her house and so they walked home holding each other's hands.

People walked pass them and wowed.

What a lovely couple.

They have been dating for five years and are inseparable. He works in a different state but makes out time to visit her anytime he can.

There is no going back baby, this is endless he whispered to her ears.

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She smiled and gave him a tight hug. She can remember vividly when they started dating, a lot of people including their parents frowned against the relationship.

Chioma knew that he was going to propose to her tonight. She had dreamt about it the previous week and every dreams of her's always materialised. So when he gave her a call that he was coming over earlier ahead of the time he was supposed to come, she didn't any other soothsayer to confirm that her engagement was near.

Her friend who was a makeup artist worked perfectly on her face and she wore the silk gown she purchased for this special day.

The night was quiet and the moon dancing graciously in the sky. Everything was perfect. She was expecting to see an engagement ring inside her champagne but i wasn't there.

Oh maybe it's inside the food

But it wasn't there neither. She smiled deeply as she tried to figure out whatever way Chidi had planned to engaged her tonight. She looked around but all the waiters were all busy and none looked as if they were paid to perform a little drama for her engagement.

Chidi can be so unpredictable

She started feeling a little disturbed as they walked home but was good enough to hide it from him. So when he whispered into her ears, she got relieved immediately.

thank God, everything is still oncourse

They were almost at the entrance of her apartment when his phone started vibrating inside his pocket. He ignored it and gave her a deep kiss. When he finally let go of her , he excused himself

I think I dropped my wallet

He walked farther away from her and Chioma watched him suspiciously. Something was off and she knew it. He noticed that Chidi was in call and she was infuriated.

Did he just lied to me just to take that call?

She walked up to him and Chidi can see her expression all painted furious.

put that call on speaker

Chidi knew that it was too late to lie that he wasnt answering any call. So he did as he was told and Chioma heard the voice of a woman speaking on the other end of the line.

who is she?

Chioma couldn't wait for an answer as she turned back and walked inside her apartment. If he had to sneak out to answer a call then he was cheating on her.

Chidi dismissed the person he was talking to and ran inside to meet his girlfriend. He held both her hands and spoke to her softly.

she is my business partner baby, if I am dating her I wouldn't have put the call on speaker for you to hear

He pulled her into his arms and assured her that he will never hurt her. Chioma believed him and apologised for her actions. She hated herself for not trusting the man she love.

In the morning before he travelled back to his city, chioma took that particular number that called the previous night.

let it go chioma a voice said

She stared at the number over and over again as if expecting the numbers to give her the answer she sort.

Chidi didn't propose as she thought he would which left her perturbed. She knew something was not right.

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the engagement was meant to happen as it was shown to me

She thought that something was hanging her engagements from manifesting just as the Prince of Persia delayed Daniel's prayers from being answered.

Something very sure inside of her knew that the answer she seek lies in those numbers she copied from Chidi'a phone.

After two days of sleepless nights, she summoned courage and dailed the number.

On the second ring the person answered. It was a child that picked the call.

She was relieved.

maybe it was his business partner afterall

She was about to drop the call when a woman's voice came through

Bibi what are you doing? give me that phone immediately

hello who is this?

Chioma recognised the voice, it was that woman from two days ago.

Who is this? the woman repeated.

Chioma cleared her throat that was already blocked with nervousness.

Hmmm, please I am chioma, do you know one Chidi Collins? is this his residence ?

The woman was distracted as she kept struggling with her baby who was jumping up and down the sofa but she managed to say...

Yes, He is not at home presently but you can leave a message for him. I am his wife .. or you can call back.

Hope to see you in my next post😀



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At first, I thought there would be a twist here. For example, when the woman called the number that made her unable to sleep, it turned out that the one who picked up was the waitress at the jewelry store, who answered, hello Miss Chioma, we are from jewelry store A, thank you for calling. Soon we will deliver the engagement ring that has been ordered by Mr. Chidi.😁. Good story.

I can't wait to read the next episode.

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   Yes, He is not at home presently but you can leave a message for him. I am his wife .. or you can call back.

Hahahaha, wife kwa, okokobioko
Plenty wahala for Chioma😀

Next episode please!!!

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Ouch, what a way to find out that not only was her boyfriend cheating on her, he was actually already married. Men can be such idiots. So did Chioma let the wife know about her cheating husband??

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Hi, @amiableamara, your way of ending the story indicates that this story will continue.
I invite you to read the rules for posting in our community. You will find them on our homepage. In them it is clear that we don't cure unfinished stories.
We invite you to continue writing short stories and to continue to consider @theinkwell for publication.

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oohhhhh , this is a short story and I don't intend continuing. Must I end it with a happily ever after? or should I just add the end to indicate that that it's actually the end ?

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Hello, @amiableamara!

I hope you have a good day. I must say that when I read your ending I had an ambiguous impression about the ending of the story. I ratified the impression of an open ending below with the answer you gave to @blueeyes.

blueeyes 20 hours ago

Ouch, what a way to find out that not only was her boyfriend cheating on her, he was actually already married. Men can be such idiots. So did Chioma let the wife know about her cheating husband??

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amiableamara5320 hours ago

@blueeyes8960 You would have to read my next post then

Do you need answers to your questions about happy ending and add express content to indicate the ending... or are they rhetorical questions?

My indication corresponds to my reading of your text, on the one hand, and of the answer you give to your colleague. Just that.

I look forward to continue reading your stories in the community.

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Just to add to the discussion here... @amiableamara, thank you for clarifying that this is a short story. I think it was just a misunderstanding. We have had many "to be continued" entries lately, and we are always trying to ensure that our community members know we only accept and support short stories in The Ink Well.

You don't need a happy ending or "The End" at the end of your story. Please don't worry about it! Looking forward to reading your next story.

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Women really need to trust their intuition. We were given that gift for a reason! She followed her hunch, even though she was worried that she was just being jealous, and was able to get to the truth, even though it was devastating! This story is well told and the suspense builds nicely!

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Oh my heavens. What a story. At first I thought Chioma was an obsessive, possessive woman. Waiting for him to 'pop the question'. Looking for an engagement ring. I thought, How silly. Why doesn't she ask him. Aren't we past the day when women have to wait? But then, her suspicions turned out to be grounded in reality.

What a horrible twist--and how real. This happens all too often, I think. Which is why it's great for women to take control and ask the question instead of being passive. At least, that's my view.

You did a good job here. I obviously was involved and annoyed. You caught my attention and held it. I think we all know how this one ends. My only hope is that Chioma tells the wife exactly what is going on. The wife deserves to know, if nothing else for her physical health. It's really important to know if your mate has multiple partners.

Keep writing!

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This is an effective narrative. You create a character with a conflict that is resolved in a way that is surprising and yet believable.

Thank you for sharing this story with the community.Have you read and commented on the work of at least two other writers this week? (See The Ink Well community rules on our home page.) This helps our community thrive, and also makes you eligible to be chosen for a spotlight in our weekly highlights magazine. Thank you!

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