That Wednesday seemed to be the longest day of
my life. Everything had happened all at once. I
hadn’t spent one minute with Richard when he
left. I knew he wouldn’t let a man die, no matter
what the person had done. I hadn’t said anything
when he picked up his stethoscope and headed out.
I had said the only thing that came to my mouth:
‘I love you Richard, no one else but you’. He had
nodded and left without turning back.
I placed my hand on my belly, feeling the life
growing in me. I smiled and maybe the baby wanted
to confirm his presence because I had an instant
urge to throw up. I ran to Richard’s office toilet
and emptied my tummy. I started feeling dizzy and
I lay on the couch, feeling slightly light-headed. It
didn’t take long before I slipped into the wonderful
comfort of sleep, forgetting all the troubles around
Prisca watched closely as Oyinade shifted
uncomfortably from one foot to the other. She
knew that the lady before her hadn’t seen her in
the hotel when she was dressed like a whore. She
also hadn’t looked at her face when they bumped
into each other. She had been too furious to even
spare her a glance. Prisca wondered what her
function was in the hospital as she sat down
comfortably, intimidating the young lady with her
“How can I help you ma’am?” Oyinade asked,
gathering her shattered confidence. She had heard
many things about the woman who sat on the
chair, facing her. Her beauty has been a subject of
public debate, just like Belina; and having her sit
in her office should be a pleasure. One other thing
had been publicly acknowledged though: the fact
that Prisca ought to be a detective. She could draw
out the truth from you with only a glance. She
shared almost the same personality with Belina. One
thing is different though: Belina could pretend
that she possessed no emotions at all but you can
play on her emotions easily. You only need to touch
a vulnerable part of her; Richard to be precise, and
you have her in your grasp. Prisca, on the other
hand, knows how to keep emotions at bay and see
beyond the facial façade of her opponent. She can
be very dangerous if she sets out to be.
“Why don’t you sit down, you look like you might
fall over anytime now” Prisca said with a pleasant
smile playing on her face. Oyinade wanted to pursue
that statement but decided against it. She sat
down on her chair with charisma which made Prisca
laugh out, leaving Oyinade confused. Prisca sat the
tag on her suit.
“Oyinade right?” she asked and Oyin nodded.
“Great. I am sure you know who I am but if not, I
am Prisca Williams. I would go straight to the point
and I hope you would not waste my time. What is
your mission in the hospital?”
Oyinade was taken aback. “I don’t know what you
are talking about” she said feigning innocence.
Prisca smiled, stood up and paced slowly. “Nice try
dear. You know? it is not often that I get to see
harlots occupying the post of a doctor in a hospital
as big and highly organized as BRH; care to tell me
what you are really doing here?”
Oyinade shot up. “Are you insulting me ma’am?”
she asked angrily, her veins coming to view.
Prisca grinned. “For once, I thought you were
totally incapable of anger. To answer your question,
no. I was merely asking a question, but it seems I
struck a nerve, so tell me: are you a harlot?” Prisca
sat down back.
Oyinade was practically foaming. “I am afraid I
would have to ask you to leave ma’am. I would not
have you insult me in my office” she growled.
Prisca got up again and made for the door. “Thanks
for cooperating with me dear. The conversation you
had on the phone is so inspiring. I am sure you
would like to explain to your boss, why you hate
his wife so much” she said, holding the doorknob.
Oyinade gasped. “I… I d… don’t understand”
“Oh… don’t stammer my dear; it is not good for
your vocal cords. And don’t worry, I am sure you
would understand when I play the recording I have
with me to the hearing of your boss. I have your
voice recorded dear, so it is not your word against
mine” Prisca said in one breath, not for once,
taking away the pleasant infuriating smile she had
Oyinade was lost. She couldn’t believe everything
was falling apart in one day. She hadn’t even got
one day of complete victory.
“Please ma, I mean her no harm. Please believe
me”. She said in a hurry, stopping Prisca from
“You want me to believe you? Ok” she said, going
back to sit. She checked her wristwatch. “I have
just ten minutes. Spill it now and think twice
about lying to me. Trust me; I have got a mind’s
I woke up in the car, on our way home. I thought I
had had a dream of Richard carrying me in his arms
but it obviously isn’t. Richard looked at me, taking
his eyes away from the steering. He looked worried
and concerned about me. He put one hand on my
laps, controlling the wheels with the other.
“How are you feeling princess?” he asked
I nodded, too weak to open my mouth; I still felt
sleepy. He smiled faintly and moved his fingers
through my hair.
“Go back to sleep baby. C’mon” he whispered and I
went back to sleep.
I woke up fully in bed. I was in my underwear, no
clothes. I was covered with a blanket. Richard
came into the bedroom and smiled when he saw me
awake. My heart melted as I stared at his
He climbed in bed beside me and kissed me gently
on the lips. “How are you, my love?”
I smiled. “I feel better than before, thanks. Why
am I naked”?
Richard grinned. “Your temperature was so high; it
could boil a cup of water so I took your clothes out
of the way. Little Richard needs a very comfortable
environment to grow” he said, placing his hand on
My heartbeat skipped. Today had been a very long
day but I would demand to have this day and none
other, if only to feel the way I did when I heard
the news of my pregnancy. I looked at Richard
critically. “Are you sure you did not take off my
clothes for your advantage?” I asked cocking my
head at an awkward angle.
“Oh sweet, what are you insinuating?” He asked,
looking as innocent as possible. I laughed hard,
looking at him. Oh… I am so much in love with
this guy. Even though I saw the desire in his eyes
and written all over him, his concern for my health
and condition was more evident. He stopped my
laughter with his mouth, covering mine in a fierce,
demanding manner. We shared similar desire as I
held on to him, kissing him deeply. Something
flashed through my mind and I instantly became
still. Richard noticed this and stopped abruptly,
bringing his ragged breathing under control.
“What is wrong?” he breathed.
“Nothing. I… I remembered that I hadn’t asked
you how Kelvin is doing” I said slowly. Something
seemed to pass through his face within seconds.
“He is in a comma now; all we can do is pray that
he comes out alive”. I nodded and stared at
nothing in particular. He was silent; so was I.
“You told me to trust you. How can I do that if
you also don’t trust me?” I asked. He was silent;
he just stared into space. “What is between you
and your assistant?”
“We share only one relationship: working
relationship. There is nothing going on between us.
I know she sent a message at an ungodly hour but
she was just apologizing for her misconduct the
previous day” he assured.
“Which misconduct are you talking about?” I asked
intent on finding any loop holes.
Richard sighed. “She was dressed inappropriately.
Her body was on public display and I rebuked her
indecency. She felt guilty and decided to send a
message. She felt she couldn’t face me after what
“Oh…” I breathed. The pregnancy sickness took over
before I could think of anything. I ran into the
toilet to throw up. Richard rinsed my face and led
me back to bed. He was able to shove some food
down my throat before I used some drugs. It can
be upsetting to have a doctor as a husband
especially when you have to use drugs every now
and then. I lamented the irrelevance of drugs but
he did not rest until I had it down my throat. I
cuddled next to him and he had his arms around me
till I dozed off.
Oyinade drove her car so recklessly that she had
almost gotten herself killed by on-coming vehicles.
It is so early in the morning and no one should be
seen in such speed. She needed to see Ronke. She
could really use some advice.
The previous day is what you would term her worst
nightmare. She couldn’t believe she had actually
spilled the beans to that tormentor. She closed her
eyes briefly as she remembered the awkward
tension she felt in her own office.
“I love Richard ma” she had dropped immediately
Prisca stopped talking. Prisca’s facial expression did
not change one bit. You would assume that she
already knew it with the way she pasted that smile
on her face.
“I have seen him times without number on the
television and I decided to work here in BRH, hoping
that he would love me back” she said in one
“Oh… so you are trying to tell me that you never
knew he was married?” Prisca asked.
Oyinade sniffed and shook her head. “I never knew
until I got here. When I got here and discovered he
was married, I just wished I would have something
“You are a terrible liar. I am going to let that slide
though. I thought you denied being a whore; tell
me: what ‘plan’ did you put in place to ensure that
Richard leaves his beautiful bride?” Prisca asked
Oyinade looked at her. She had truly heard
everything she said to Ronke, she thought. She had
hoped that she didn’t hear everything; the ending
part particularly. “You would tell her ma’am. You
would tell them and my life would be shattered, I
would be jobless.” She had cried.
“No. I would not tell a single soul. I just want to
determine if you are the best person for me to use.
You see, Belina came into my family, taking away
my parents’ attention and drawing it to herself.
She became showered with all kinds of gifts and
my parents scolded me all the time because of her.
She became a peasant; a thorn in my flesh. I have
wanted to pay her back somehow, anyhow, but I
hadn’t got the chance till now. You taking Richard
would mean that I have my revenge and you also
have your man. What do you think?”
Oyinade was speechless. She had known from her
distant study of Prisca that she is dangerous and
unpredictable but she hadn’t expected her to be
that way with her sister. She knew how neglect
can make you do silly things having experienced it
first-hand with her parents.
“Ok ma. I tried to seduce him with my body but he
is too immune towards me. The only thing I did
and succeeded with was to create discord between
them. Maybe you can give me an advice as to how
to go about it though, I have not even had
twenty-four hours of complete victory.” Oyin said,
happy that she now had a formidable ally.
Prisca stood up, raising her phone in the air.
“Thanks for you sincerity my dear, it was most
helpful. For the record, I did not have your earlier
phone conversation recorded, it was just bait. Now,
I have your confessions recorded. Next time, think
twice about screwing with my family because
Richard and Belina are family. Chaos. MUAH” Prisca
blew her a kiss and waltzed out of the office with
a cool smile. All the blood flowing through
Oyinade’s veins seemed to freeze as she choked.
Oyinade parked her car in front of Ronke’s
compound. She had been too worn out to call her
last night but she could really use some advice
right now. She had rejected all of Ronke’s advices,
relying on her own ideas and impulses but presently,
she could not even think of a single line of action.
She knocked on the entrance door and Ronke came
out in her night gown to open. They greeted
normally and she sat down on the chair forcefully.
Ronke stared at Oyin, expecting her to begin her
blabbing about her stupidity and asking how they
were going to deal with Belina’s pregnancy but
instead, she just sat there, looking at her with her
head in her hands.
“I am finished Ronke. Totally screwed” Oyin said
after long silence.
“Yeah, I got it. The pretty wife is pregnant” she
said sarcastically, going to grab a bottle of water
even though she really wanted to drink something
“No. it is much worse than that” Oyin said,
catching Ronke’s attention with her grim face. She
narrated all that happened the previous day, right
from the very top where she had refused to see
Richard, making him feel guilty, to the very
bottom. Ronke just gaped at her when she finished
like she had ten heads.
“You are the most stupid idiot I have ever seen in
my life. Were you possessed or something?” she
“Don’t insult me, damn you. Let’s just find a way
to solve this problem, please” Oyin said.
“You must be crazy if you think that I am going to
help you with anything. The time I was there to
help, you did not listen to me. This is your problem
and you would solve it yourself. If I were you, I
would be more concerned about a bigger problem.”
She said, finally grabbing a drink.
Oyinade was confused and stricken. “What are you
“I can blow the whistle faster than any referee in
a football match. I know of all your plans,
everything you did just to get Richard and his
wealth to yourself. I also know of the two million
naira fraud you committed last year in your former
hospital before leaving”.
Oyinade blanched. “How do you know about that?”
she asked, shaken to her roots.
Ronke walked back to her seat, glass of whiskey in
one hand. “Unlike you, I am not so stupid. Now, if
I were you, I would be looking for five million
Naira. I give you two weeks; two weeks to get the
money, if not, you would be behind bars faster than
you can ever imagine” Ronke said, placed her glass
against her lips and took in a mouth-full of