I had another bout of throwing up again from 8 am this morning. This time, I locked myself in my bathroom so that Mom won’t catch me unawares. She would immediately sniff the truth if she caught me throwing up again another day. Afterwards, I brushed my teeth thoroughly to kill the bile taste in my mouth. I do my usual skin ritual and had a warm bath. I went to the in built mirror on the wall beside my wardrobe to do a thorough check up of my body. I locked the door to my room first so no one would barge in on me.
My stomach was still flat but I noticed a slight bump like I had overfed my self or was I seeing double? I turned to my side to see if really I was growing a bump; it was there like it wasn’t there at all. I placed my hands on my breasts, feeling their weight. They were slightly heavy, not bigger than normal but just slightly heavy. My nipples were bigger and tender. All of a sudden, the consciousness that I was carrying another life inside of me overwhelmed me and I started trembling. I had a tornado of emotions running through me; I was angry, scared, sad and confused. I knew then that I had messed up real bad.
How I did I allow this happen? I had been so confident and sure that my pills were working. I had taken an injection to stop my monthly flow for a while and it was when the six months duration had expired that I consulted my doctor to put me on the pills. Is it possible that just missing the pill for once could cause this misfortune to happen to me?
“There’s only one way to this Lola. Get rid of it” I said to myself and started dressing up to go out. If I’m going to do this, I have to do this today.
I had just packed a bag with an extra cloth, undies, and my laptop. I unlocked the door and stepped out of the room but then, I forgot my car keys so I went back inside to get them. Just when I had picked them up, Tinu walked into my room teary eyed. She had probably cried herself to sleep as well. I was surprised when I saw her cos I hadn’t heard her open the door.
“Why didn’t you mention any of it to me Sister Lola?” she said tearfully
“Mention what?” I asked irritated. I was in a foul mood already. My predicament was giving me enough headache and Tinu wants to come and add hers.
She sniffed and said “That you dated Darey back in the University”
I answered impatiently “Well, as you said ‘back in the University’, that’s in the past”
“You think so? Oh my God! I can’t believe I’ve been married to someone who sees you when he looks at me.” she sniffed again
“What do you mean Tinu? Look I don’t have time for this. I’ve got an appointment somewhere.” I started walking towards the door but she stopped me midway.
“No sister Lola. You don’t get to leave. Look at you, your life is so perfect. You have it all, you’re beautiful and sexy, you don’t lack anything, you can have any man you want so why won’t Darey marry me? To be closer to you since he couldn’t have you even if you dumped him. So, I’m like the substitute that he gets to settle for!”
I was surprised and disappointed that she would interpret things that way so I lashed out at her.
“Shut the hell up Tinu! Shut your mouth before I shut it up for you! Jeez! you are so selfish! You always want everything to be about you. You think I dumped him because I wanted to? I had to hustle so that we could have a life. Dad was broke remember? And he kept on falling sick until he died. Mom couldn’t afford to give you an education so I had sex my way to Lebanon, sex my way to survive while there and also sex my way to pay for my Masters so that you too could have an education. I was tired of the lack we suffered Tinu.
I didn’t inform Darey that I was leaving cos he won’t understand and when I returned, he had married you. What was I to do then huh?! Yank him away from you?” I was shedding tears now. Tinu looked shocked but I didn’t stop, I continued. I just needed to purge myself off this anger burning in my chest.
“You’ve got no idea how hard it was to pleasure those greedy men so they could release their money.” I paused and looked at her then added, “Darey loves you Tinu. I’m a cold bitch and he knows it. I don’t love him, I don’t even think I can love any man anymore. Not even a baby. Everything I have now, is as a result of the tough decisions I had to make and I don’t regret any of it.”
I leaned against the door to catch my breath. I felt fatigue all of a sudden. Our voices had been loud as we shouted as each other but I didn’t care. Tinu took slow steps towards me and said carefully,
“I’m so sorry Sister Lola. I didn’t know you went through all of that for us but you’ve got to keep that baby inside you and love it cos it will bring you happiness”
“It’s none of your business Tinu. Stay out of this” I replied
At that point, Mom barged into the room with a dumbfounded expression on her face. She had probably heard the noise coming from my room and had come to check. I am done for.
“Which baby?” she asked
None of us spoke and she shouted,
Tinu quickly answered, “Lola is pregnant”
Mom jumped as she shouted again “Jesu! E seun o! (Jesus, thank you!)”
She put her hand on my breasts and after some seconds, she removed it and said smiling,
“it’s still young but it’s growing. Oh Ife mi! God bless you! You’ve made me so happy?”
“I’m not keeping it Mom. I’m getting rid of it” I said looking her straight in the eye.
Before I knew it, I felt a heavy slap on my face. It was so unexpected that I staggered and started crying. Mom started shouting furiously.
“Abi o nya were ni?!(Are you mad?) Do you think you are still a child? Do you know how many women are out there looking for children?! Lola if you do anything to that child I will disown you! Oponu!”
I heard the voices of Darey and Tinu pleading with Mom to calm down but she kept ranting. Then she shocked everyone. She called Bayo to bring the food she had prepared for me for breakfast, then she told everyone to go out, she locked me inside my room and went out with the key.
I ate the food and out of exhaustion, I fell into a deep sleep.
I’m under house arrest. I can’t even open the door to the room except Mom unlocks it which she didn’t. I saw my dinner of yam porridge with some fruit Salad on my dressing table and ate it soberly. I’m brooding on what to do but nothing comes to my head. All I feel now is fear.