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Angela’s mother was happy that her daughter agreed to give Richard a chance in her life,….
She woke up very early and prepared breakfast for her daughter,…. Angela woke up late because of the drugs she took the previous night,…. She helped her siblings with the remaining chores and bathed,……
Her mother came into her room and met her arranging what Richard bought for her and her unborn baby,…… She couldn’t stop exclaiming how Richard tried by buying those things,…….
“So Richard bought all these for you?,….. “she asked admiring the wears and toys
” Yes mama,…. He even promised to buy more for the baby,….. ”
” You see why i told you to allow him take care of you,….. Who would’ve bought all these things for you,….. You should count yourself lucky to have a man that still looks at you not minding your condition,….. ”
She gave her mother an annoying look,..
” I’m sorry,…. I don’t mean to be rude,….. But you see, no man in his right senses will look at you considering your condition,….. I’m scared of what people will think of your baby, ….. In this village, when a lady gives birth to a child in her parent’ s house without a husband,.. That child is considered a b—–d,…. . The child will be seen as an outcast,….. He’ll not partake in anything the villagers are doing,…. He wont be recognized as a son of the soil,….. My daughter i dont want this to happen to my first grandchild,….. ”
Angela dropped the baby clothes on the bed,….. She saw meaning in what her mother told her,… She had witnessed it happen in her village,….
” But mama, since this my pregnancy is a mystery,…. I dont have any other option than to deliver it in my father’s compound and he shall bear my father’s name,….. ”
” Chaiiiiiiii, wipe away your mouth!!!!!!,….. Such will never happen,…. ”
” So do you expect me to go and force a man to marry me,…. Mama you’re not helping me at all,… How can you call my unborn baby a b—–d,…. If that is the case, i’ll run away to a far away city and deliver this baby,….. ”
” run away?,…. Dont even think of doing that,… Because you’ll end up regretting it,… ”
” Then i’ll kill myself and save my baby and the family shame!!!, ”
” Taaaaaaaa, shut up!!,dont ever think of committing suicide again,…… ”
” Then what else am I to do? “she asked helplessly
” Let’s leave everything to God,.. He is the only one that makes the impossible possible,….. Wipe your tears,.. My God will not put our family to shame,…[b] “her mother consoled her
” Thank you mama,….. “she thanked her mother feeling a bit relieved
She went back to arranging her baby’s clothes,…. Her phone rang,…. She checked and it was Richard calling her,….
” Hello,….. “came his voice
” Hello, good morning sir,… “she greeted him
” how’re you and the baby doing,..? ”
” I’m better today,…. ”
” Your mum and siblings, hope they’re fine”
“Yes sir”she answered politely
“Pls stop using that word “SIR”, just call me by my name,…. ”
” OK sir,…. Sorry,…. Emmm,… Richard,… “she chuckled
” good,… I called to check on you and the baby,… I’ll call you back later in the day,.. Have a nice day,… “he said cutting the phone abruptly
She stared at her phone, and wondered why he suddenly cut the call,…..
” Who was that?, “her mother asked her smiling inwardly pretending not to know the caller
” It was Richard,….. “she said smiling
” Hmmmmm,…… Why are you smiling? “her mother asked her
” I dont know, i’m just happy with myself,….. I dont know why i felt comfortable when i was around him yesterday,…. I feel like it’s been ages i’ve known him,…. “she explained to her mother
” Hmmmm,…. Errrmmm,….. When did he say he will visit us again?,…. ”
” He didnt tell me, he said he would call back later,… ”
Her mother helped her to arrange her baby things,…. Before they went to the sitting room to peel melon seed,…….
Richard dropped the call and nearly smashed his phone on the wall,…he has been moody since he entered his office,… His workers wondered why he wore a sunglass in his office and barely answered their greetings or even looked at their faces,,….. .
He has been crying since last night,….. He woke up as early as 2a.m in the morning and started sulking ,…. He wished a miracle will just occur and his girlfriend would remember who he is,…… He wanted to marry her and bring her home,…. He needs to take care of her and their unborn baby,…. Imagine his Angel calling him “Sir”,….. This is just too much for him,…… He decided to inform his father and sister about the scan result,……
He managed to go through the files on his table, he cancelled all his appointments for the day and left to see his step mother,…..
Mrs Johnson was fuming with anger in her office, her legal practitioner had just called to inform her that her court hearing would be next week,…. She had to cancel all her travelling plans,… She was talking to her secretary when Richard walked into her office, ….
“Helloooo mum,….. “he mocked her
Mrs Johnson was surprised to see Richard, she understood his pranks and played along,….
“Good day son,…. What an unexpected visit,…. So why the sudden visit,…. “she asked him, signaling him to seat,…. She asked the Secretary to excuse them,….
” Ooh no need for that,… I’ll soon be on my way out,… I came to sympathize with you for what happened to your Almighty hotel”he said
Mrs Johnson felt like giving him a hot slap,…. But she controlled her anger
“Are you this jobless that you abandoned your office work to come here to say this rubbish,…. Now i know that you’re insane,… You’re mad,….. “she charged at him
” Oh,… Oh… Oh,…. Calm down,… Take a chill,…. I only came to sympathize with you,….. Anyway,… Can i have my phone if you’re done with it,…… ”
” I knew it,…. I knew it was you,… How dare you!!!!!, ”
” Ohhhh pls stop!,…. I should be the one angry here not you,…. First you stole my phone and now you’re throwing words at me,….. “he yelled at her standing up, then continued
” You’ll pay for all the pains you’re making me go through right now,…. This is the genesis of your problems,….. Your evils will catch up with you,….. “he said bluntly
” It’s not your fault,…. You’re biting the finger that fed you,… You’re daring a tigress,… I’ll deal with you,…. ”
” I’m gladly waiting for you,…. Have a nice day,… “he said storming out of the office
Richard entered Desmond’s office looking gloomy in his sun glasses on,……
” Guy what happened to your eyes that you’re wearing sun glasses inside the office,…. “Desmond asked his friend
Richard sat down and ordered for coffee,…..
His order was brought almost immediately,… He removed his glasses and his friend saw that his eyes were red and swollen,….
” Guy what have you been doing to yourself,…. Look at your face,… You look horrible,…. What is it?,….. Dont tell me it’s about Angela and the baby,….
“I’m confused,…. I dont even know what else to do,…. Just try and put yourself in my shoes,…. Imagine Nancy not remembering you, …. Imagine her carrying your baby and you cant get close to her,… Imagine her seeing you as a friend,…. Imagine admiring your woman secretly,….. “he lamented wiping away the tears that has gathered in his eyes
” Guy, you’re the man here,…. Cheer up,.. You need to be in charge, i feel your pains,… Pls dont cry like a baby,.. . Angela needs you now,.and you cant achieve anything behaving like this…. ”
” Each time i look a her,… I could see the look of helplessness written all over her face,…. She’s struggling to remember how she got pregnant,…. I need my girl and my baby,…. I cant take this anymore,….Desmond cant i be happy for once in my life,… Look at how shattered my family is,…. My father suffered in his marriage,…. Now it’s me,…. Pls i need my Angel back in my life”
” OK since you want her so much,… I think i have an idea,…. But you need to exercise a little patience,…… You stick to being a family friend,… Give her time to get close to you then propose to her,…… “Desmond advised him
” And you think she’ll just say yes to my proposal,…. It will make her hate me more,…she’ll think i’m trying to take advantage of her condition,…. ”
” you wont make it seem like that,….. Just let her know you’re doing it for the sake of her unborn child,. You want to give her child a name,….. No woman in her present condition will reject such offer,….. But you’ll give her time,…. ”
” That’s a nice idea,.. I’ll work towards that”
Richard cheered up after listening to his friend’s advise,….
Angela was about dozing off when Tope walked into her room,…..
“Angela,….. How ‘re you today? “Tope asked
” I’ m fine”Angela answered lazily fighting with the sleep that almost engulfed her
She sat up on her bed, while her friend relaxed on the chair in the room,….
She offered her friend soft drink,..
“So how’s your mother,..? “”Angela asked Tope
” she’s fine, she sent her regards,”
After some minutes of silence,… Tope spoke up
“So which hospital did Richard took you to yesterday? ,… “Tope asked
” i cant remember the name oo, “she said scratching her head to remember it
” so why did you agree to follow him to Asaba?,…. Are there no better hospitals in your village where you would’ve registered for your ante natal care,..? .. ”
” There are many good hospitals here, but Richard insisted i follow him to Asaba,…. ”
” And you followed him?,…
“Yes, i had no other option,… My mum trusts him so much,… ”
” So because your mother trusts him,.. You followed him,…. “Tope asked her friend bluntly
” Why are you sounding as if you dont like Richard,.. Or is there something you’re hiding from me?, “Angela threw at her
” Not really, just that i dont trust that guy,…. He flirts alot,.. Remember i stay in Asaba and i know most of these big boys,…. I just hope he’s not trying to take advantage of your condition,… You must be careful with the way you get close to him,… To avoid story that touches the heart,..”Tope advised her
“thanks for your advise,…. “Angela thanked her
” Make sure you always inform me anytime he asks to take you out,… At least i can be your Guardian for now,…. ”
” I’ll do just that,…i forgot to show you all he bought for me… . He bought alot of things for me yesterday,……….. . He looks harmless,.. And i love the way he takes care of me,… I always feel comfortable around him,……. I don’t want to condemn him yet,…. I’ll just be watchful, remember i’m no longer a baby,.. Ever since i returned everyone has been treating me like a child,… I dont want that again,… “Angela lamented
” Just be careful, “Tope said
Tope was feeling uncomfortable since Angela has refused listening to her,…. She just hoped Angela will think about what she just told her about Richard
They talked about other things before Tope announced her departure,….. Angela escorted her to the gate and went back,…..
Tope walked down the road to get a bike to the park,…she waited under the scorching sun to no avail……
. Someone tapped her from the back,… she turned to see Angela’s mother staring angrily at her
*******”Ah,… Mama,. What are you doing here,… Angela told me you were busy in the kitchen,…. “Tope asked looking surprised to see Angela’s mother”
Angela’s mother ignored her question,….
“What do you think you’re doing? ”
.” Mama i’m on my way home na,… ”
” Shut up, you know what i’m talking about,….. Why are you turning your friend against her boyfriend,….. ”
” Me,?,….. How? ”
” You’re a green snake in a green grass,….. I confided in you as my daughter’s best friend and you’re doing this to her,…. Why are advising her against Richard,… When you know how hard we’re fighting to bring them back together especially for the sake of their unborn baby”
Tope moved back a little
“Their baby,….. How’re you sure that the baby belongs to Richard,….. Mama wait ooooo,…. Why did you suddenly change,….. You were the one that told me how much you hated Richard,…. You even accused him of using your daughter for ritual,….. Now your daughter is back with another man’s baby, you want to force the pregnancy on the poor guy,… Are you this wretched?,…… I cant believe you’re this cheap as to plan to push your mentally retarded daughter to that poor guy just because he loved your daughter,…… ”
Angela’s mother slapped her hard on the chic,…. She held her chic in shock as ahe was not expecting it,…..
” So you slapped me? ,…. ”
” And i’ll slap you again and again if that will bring back your senses,….. How dare you say your best friend is mentally retarded,….., i dont blame you,…. I blame my senseless daughter,…. The truth is right before her yet she cant see it,….. I now know your plans,…. Eric warned me about you, but i didn’t believe him,… Chaiiii,… Angela my daughter, you need to hear what you’re best friend is saying about you,…. . “she said sobbing clapping her hands,…. People have began to gather at the scene
” mama pls stop,…. All of you are being selfish in this matter,… You have been stressing that guy alot,… He has suffered alot in the hands of your so called daughter, he deserves to be happy with a better person,….. ”
” And who’s that better person,….. ”
” Mama you’re trying to put words into my mouth oo, i only gave Angela my candid advise,…. She shouldn’t allow Richard to take advantage of her condition,…. Is there anything wrong with what i said,….. Is that why you followed me not minding the hot weather,…. You’re now fighting for Richard,… Are you fighting for Richard’s money or his love? “Tope threw at her
Tears rolled down Angela mother’s eyes,……
” I pray you dont experience my daughter’s predicament,…. Because i dont think you will survive it”
Bike came their way, Tope stopped him and left the poor woman behind …
People were consoling her,…..
“you will die the day you step your foot in my house again. ,….. “Angela’s mother cursed her
Richard was chatting on skype with his father and sister,….
” This is a very serious matter,. “his father said
” How do you mean dad? ”
” I’m from a royal family,…. It’s a taboo for us to have a child out of wedlock,….. It will bring calamity upon us,…. “his dad revealed to him
” What?,….. And you never told me that,… What if i have made such mistake,…. “He queried his dad
” I’m sorry son, i know i’ve failed in most of duties to you because of my poor condition of health,… You must marry that girl before she puts to bed,…. “his dad told him
” What will i do now? ,…. I don’t know how i’ll do this,… ”
” you need my relative’s help,…. You will travel down to the village and tell them about this,….. You need to make acquaintance with them, so that they will accompany you to Angela’s village for the marriage rites when she finally agrees to marry you .. ”
” What? “…. Dad have you forgotten i’m not close to either of them,…. You dont allow me go out anytime we were opportuned to travel to the village,… I cant face them,…..”[/b] Richard explained to him
“I understand,… I’m sorry for all i need,… That was why they all ran away from me when my wife almost turned me to an imbecile, nobody came to fight for me because i never wanted to have anything to do with them,… I dont want that to happen to you,…… ”
” So daddy what will i do?,…. “Richard asked
” Calm down, i’ll think of something,… “his dad assured him
” Vanessa you’re not talking,…. Say something
“Richard told his sister who have beeen quiet throughout his conversation with his dad
” I’m feeling sorry for Angela, i can’t imagine what she’s going through,… I wish i could help,… ”
” The same here,…. I dont want to wallow in self pity anymore, i need to act fast,….. ”
They chatted for hours and his daddy encouraged him to be close to Angela to win her love back,…… He promised to call him when he finds a solution to his problem,……
To Be Continued
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