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The Trinity-Episode 5

Michael was waiting at the reception. He was running up to her when he paused in shock as he saw a man beside her. He was not surprised that Sophie was with a different guy but this guy in question was his estranged elder brother.
Jason was unhappy also to see Michael. On Michael’s part, the feeling was mutual.
“What are you doing with my woman, shouldn’t you be with your wife? Michael asked Jason.
Sophie was surprised that that they knew each other. She was even more surprised at Michael’s reaction seeing that he had ignored her for almost two weeks.
“Do you guys know each other? “ she asked Michael
“Oh yes, very well my love, very, very well.” Michael said.
He actually called Sophie his love just to intimidate his brother.
Sophie however was more concerned about her sister and didn’t have time to dwell on the coincidence or the fact that Michael had mentioned something about Jason having a wife.
“Where is Nicky? What really happened to her?” Sophie asked Michael.
“Well, she came looking for you at the office. All of a sudden she started complaining of abdominal pains so I rushed her here.” Michael lied.
“She is being attended to right now, but she is in emergency.” he continued.
Sophie became more agitated upon hearing of her sister’s condition. It was quite unlike Nicky to come over to the office without first calling her up. That was quite uncharacteristic.
Sophie knew her sister very well. She also knew Michael and it was obvious to her that Michael was lying. She knew he was hiding something from her and she became determined that whatever that thing was, she would get to the root of it eventually.
Jason found Michael’s presence annoying. He didn’t feel comfortable around him. They had a history of bad blood between them.
Michael and Jason were brothers. Michael was the older sibling. Their parents had t----t them into intensive sibling rivalry. Right from their childhood, they had always competed intensely against each other. Everything to them was a competition. One always wanted to be ahead of the other; either in school, at home or even in fun games.
Things got particularly intense back in high school after Jason met his first love.
Everything was perfect between Jason and his girlfriend until Michael showed up. He soon succeeded in getting Jason’s girlfriend’s attention by making Jason look like an uncaring boyfriend.
Not long after, Michael started dating this same girl and they disliked each other right from that time.
Life went well for Jason. He successfully completed his education, got a good job and eventually rose up the ranks to a top managerial position.
He never lacked anything and in no time, he found love and eventually got married.
Jason was however facing challenges at the homefront that was taking a toll on him. This was the position he was in when he had the fateful encounter with Sophie.
Having found that Sophie and Michael seemed to be in some sort of relationship, Jason called Sophie aside, gave her his contact details and left the hospital in a haste. He uncharacteristically didn’t even wait to find out the state of her sister.
Sophie had gotten to like Jason in the short period they had met. She felt comfortable around him and didn’t want him to leave. Not long after he left, she felt something was missing. For the first time, she didn’t like the idea of being left alone with Michael.
Michael had noticed some form of closeness between his brother and Sophie. He didn’t like this at all and was determined to tear apart whatever was forming between them.
As soon as he saw that Jason had left, he decided to take advantage of the moment. He felt he needed to do something, especially now he saw that there seemed to be something brewing between his brother and Sophie.
“Michael, who is Jason? How do you know him?” Sophie asked.
“Is that really important? He is just an irresponsible man who doesn’t take care of his wife.” Michael asked.
“Oh, he is married?” Sophie asked.
“…So he conveniently didn’t mention it to you? I see he wants to have his usual way with you as with his string of mistresses.” Michael said.
“Michael, he is married!” Sophie repeated.
” Yes, and not just married, he has a young son” Michael said.
To be continued

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