“I think I should leave.” Camille reached for her purse quickly.
“Oh, no! You are going to stay right here until I get some answers. What the hell is going on, Salim?” Aubrey’s eyes were wild and her fists were clenched. Anger boiled beneath her skin and she was ready to unleash havoc on her husband and his ex-fiancée. No words could express how she was feeling at this very moment. But she knew it wasn’t going to turn out good.
“Aubrey, calm down.” He moved towards his wife cautiously with his arms spread out in case Aubrey decided to pounce on Camille. He was scared. He feared what could possibly happen next and could only pray that it didn’t result in him losing his wife.
“Calm down? No. You tell me what the hell is going on now!” Aubrey threw her purse down. The contents of it spilled across the floor from the force.
“Aubrey, I simply came by to speak to Salim.” Camille finally found the courage to talk. She stood up straight and faced Aubrey.
Salim’s heart dropped. That was the last thing that was needed. He knew all too well that Camille could be a snake. “Camille, leave.” He stated firmly.
All of the emotions within Aubrey finally came to a head and she exploded. “I didn’t ask you to open your mouth, Camille. I was talking to my husband.”
“I don’t need your permission.” Camille sucked her teeth. This was her first time meeting Salim’s wife. She was extremely attractive although she was mad. Camille smirked. She still had something that she didn’t; Salim’s firstborn son.
Aubrey rushed to wrap her fingers around Camille’s slender neck to stop her airflow, but Salim was quicker and held her back. Aubrey kicked and screamed curses like a woman possessed by an evil spirit. Her husband held her tightly to keep her from causing bodily damage to Camille.
“Get out now, Camille!” Salim barked.
“We’ll talk soon, Salim.” She rolled her eyes at Aubrey and left the office.
Aubrey spit out a few more curses before she eventually found Salim’s cheek with her fist. He released her from the shock and held his face. “This is what you do to me? This is how you treat the woman that has stood beside you even at your weakest moment? I am your wife!” Aubrey screamed as tears streamed down her face. The anger that burned within wasn’t greater than the hurt that ripped at her insides. “Of all the people you could’ve been caught with, you chose Camille; the same conniving bitch that left you to pursue her career years ago.”
Salim was still rubbing his throbbing face. His wife could throw a punch like a professional boxer. “It was nothing. I wasn’t cheating. We were only talking.”
“You were holding her, Salim!” Aubrey ran her hands through her hair roughly. She didn’t mean to hit her husband and she didn’t want to do it again.
“She was crying.”
“I don’t give a damn!” She yelled.
Salim wanted to tell her the reason why Camille had been there but he knew that would only infuriate Aubrey more. He didn’t know what to say. He sat down and tried to gather his thoughts. They said nothing to each other for what seemed like an eternity. The silence was occasionally interrupted by Aubrey’s sobs.
Aubrey was confused. She was full of mixed emotions. She didn’t know what to do. Salim couldn’t even spend time with his nephew, but he could disappear off to meet his ex and hold her. Was he having an affair? If so, how long had it been going on? Her cries shook her body uncontrollably and she dropped to the floor. She loved Salim more than the air she breathed and would do anything for him. Her loyalty had been repaid with betrayal. She rocked back and forth and placed her hands in her hair. It had been a habit since childhood. Whenever she was distraught she would massage her scalp with her fingers in staccato movements. She didn’t know what to do next. Should she stay and talk to her husband? Would she believe anything that came from his mouth?
Salim hesitantly walked over to his wife. Nothing pained him more than to see her like this. He crouched beside her and wrapped his arms around her and held her tightly. At first she struggled, but he wouldn’t loosen his grip. “I love you. Only you. I would never betray you.” He whispered into her ear. That only caused her to moan louder but she didn’t attempt to move away from his hold. Tears silently rolled down Salim’s face. They sat there rocking back and forth crying together. Salim would have lied if he said his wife was the sole reason for his tears. He had been harboring his emotions for months and his heart was beginning to ache.
Aubrey inhaled deeply. She wanted to go home. Her body was exhausted from the emotional strain. She still loved Salim, and she wasn’t quite sure whether he was telling the truth about his meeting with Camille, but she knew she wasn’t leaving. At least, not yet. She wiped her face roughly with her palms and aggressively maneuvered herself from her husband’s grasp. He said nothing as she slowly rose to her feet and straightened the hem of her skirt. She calmly picked up her purse and replaced its spilled contents. After a quick glance around Salim’s office, she inhaled again. She straightened her poise and looked at her husband. He was sitting on the floor with his face damp from crying. His look was saddened and resembled a puppy dog. Aubrey fixed her gaze on his eyes. “I’m going home. You might want to pick up something to eat on your way.” She stated stiffly.
“Okay. I’ll be home once I straighten up here.” Salim bowed his head.
Aubrey said nothing as she turned and left.