The door opened and in came Richard and Prisca. I
hadn’t been able to compose myself ever since Oyin
left. My heart was shattered and seeing Prisca
after about a month did not even bring a smile to
“Leave”, I said bluntly and audibly even before
they made it to my side.
They both paused by my bed. The fact that I had
been crying was not lost on them. “You don’t want
me here? What’s wrong?” Prisca asked bewildered.
I raised my eyes to glare at Richard. “Please tell
him to leave Pric” I said with tears forming in my
Prisca was even more shocked than before as she
looked at me as if I had suddenly grown horns. I
saw it in the way she looked from me to Richard,
not understanding what was going on. She had
never seen us have a disagreement before; no one
had. Richard just stared at me blankly, not
portraying any emotions but he seemed angry. Why
should he be? I wondered. I am the only one
permitted to feel anger.
He left the room without uttering a word to me
but he whispered something to Prisca which
sounded like, ‘take care of her’. The tears I held
at bay tumbled down as I held on to Prisca. I
secretly wondered why my emotion was all over the
place. I used to have control over my emotions, not
crying or showing any signs of weakness but
recently, little things move me to tears. The
confusion was evident on Prisca’s face as she held
me in her arms but she kept quiet, allowing the
tears to flow ceaselessly.
“You were wrong to do that girl” she began after I
had gathered some form of composure. “Whatever
the matter might be, you shouldn’t have done
that, especially with someone around” she said.
I kept quiet knowing that there was an element of
truth in what she said even though I was not
looking for rebukes but approval; trust Prisca to
give you the undiluted truth always. I struck
Richard’s male ego with my actions; that I saw
very evidently written on his face.
“Are you going to tell me what the matter is?”
I opened my mouth to speak but was interrupted by
an intruder. Doctor Felix entered the room with a
smile on his face. Despite my inner turmoil, I found
his smile contagious. I smiled for the first time
that evening even though it did not reach my eyes.
He would have noticed I had been crying a while
ago if he was as observant as Richard but thank
God he isn’t.
“It is good you are awake ma’am, how are you
feeling?” he asked with that funny smile still
playing on his face.
“I am fine, thank you doctor” I lied and I could
imagine Prisca rolling her eyes. I maintained my
smile though, not letting out any pain.
“You need to rest, especially now. You would have
to rest a lot, eat lots of fruits and avoid stress.
You would also come for Antenatal classes regularly,
so that you can be monitored. Congrats ma” I would
have pursued the ‘ma’ issue but I was already too
confused and dumbfounded to do that. Prisca also
seemed dumbstruck as she stared at Doctor Felix
with open mouth.
“What are you saying?” I managed.
“Oh… I see your husband hasn’t told you. You are
pregnant; one month, two weeks gone”. His grin
My breath caught as I gasped at the revelation.
Richard sat down forcefully and his chair squealed
from his harsh approach. He could not fathom what
was actually going on. He had been in perfect
harmony with Belina, barely four days ago and now,
they were not even seeing eye to eye. The side of
Belina he saw today is a part he had never seen
before. He almost could not recognize her. He
hadn’t had a cause to question her faithfulness
until he got that weird message. He had been able
to dismiss it, only for that son of a bitch to show
up in her office today, looking so calm and sure
that he would be given audience. It would have
been manageable if the doubt was on his side only
but hearing Belina’s words made it obvious that she
also had doubts. A pile developed in his throat as
he remembered the words she spoke out of anger
and spite. He opened the weird message again,
resisting the urge to delete it.
He ran his palm through his hair in deep worry. His
study of women, long before he got married to
Belina had paid off. He would have done so many
things out of anger if he hadn’t studied the
behaviors of women and why they act the way they
do at times. He had also taken his time to study
Belina. Her earlier action hurt terribly but he knew
she must be hurting terribly. He couldn’t see her
behaving that way just because of a mere hug. She
had seen him hug so many people without acting
up. Now, there’s the girl she had mentioned. Who
the hell could that be? He pondered.
The door opened. He didn’t know if the person had
forgotten the courtesy of a knock or if he simply
did not hear it.
“Is everything alright sir?” he recognized the voice
as Oyinade’s. What does she want now? He
“Yes. Leave” he said as gently as possible, raising
his head; his face blank.
“But sir, you look-” she was saying when Richard’s
glare made her memory go blank.
“I said, leave” he said loud enough to be heard by
a deaf man and Oyin vanished from sight within
seconds. He did not feel sorry for yelling at her.
She is part of the reasons why he is having
Prisca left Belina at the entrance of Richard’s
office after much persuasion. She hadn’t heard the
cause of their discord because they had been too
busy jubilating. The jubilation of being an
expectant mother had taken over the dull moment.
Belina’s face had transformed from the sad angry
one to a joyous one within the space of seconds.
She had jumped out of the bed instantly, jumping
up and down like a little kid at the sight if a
wrapped gift. Doctor Felix had to calm her down,
reminding her of her condition. Prisca had held on
to Belina, very happy that God had finally answered
their prayers at last.
After a while she had carefully explained how
wrong Belina was to have talked to Richard the way
she did earlier in their happiest moment. The fact
that Richard already knew she is pregnant was
Prisca’s basis for argument. She refused to hear
any of Belina’s attempts at justifying her actions.
She told her that she would hear of it after she
had made peace with Richard.
Prisca’s excitement knew no bounds as she bounced
expectantly, waiting for Tony to pick up her call.
He finally picked.
“Hello honey” she said and turned on motion
suddenly due to over-excitement, bumping into
someone. Her phone left her grasp, falling into
ruins on the floor.
The lady she bumped into was busy ranting her
need for a glasses; she was obviously very angry
even though it was not her phone that was
smashed. She busied herself with picking up her
phone but looked up just in time to catch a
glimpse of the person she bumped into before she
left. The face she saw looked familiar but she
couldn’t place it. She looked like a doctor with the
way she was dressed but something was odd about
it. She tried desperately to recollect exactly where
she had seen that face and after a few seconds,
she opened her mouth slightly in remembrance,
wondering what that lady could be doing in BRH.
THREE WEEKS AGO
Prisca had left the boutique to meet a long lost
college friend in Da Queens Hotel. Patience, her
friend, had traveled abroad immediately after their
time in college and had called unexpectedly,
announcing her arrival in Nigeria. Prisca had left to
meet her excitedly in the hotel she was lodged in
order to get re-acquainted with her. They were
called the P by everyone because they went
She arrived at Da Queens Hotel, had a long chit
chat with her friend and they were both on their
way out when they saw two ladies. Patience had
seen them first and whistled silently. Prisca was
also taken aback when she saw the ladies. They
were almost naked. One of them wore a bum short
knicker which stood the risk of tearing due to her
large bums with a tube top. The other, which was
the most bizarre of them, wore a micro-mini skirt
which almost could not do justice to covering her
extra large bums; she had on a see-me-through top
which exposed the largest part of her double sized
boobs. They looked financially comfortable and
Prisca could only imagine them in one profession –
Patience said she thought that was only done in
America and other white countries and Prisca had
agreed with her.
Prisca opened her mouth, not really understanding
what that harlot was doing in BRP. And in a
doctor’s uniform? Belina should be able to explain
I stood outside Richard’s office seconds after
Prisca left, not really sure I should go in. Richard’s
secretary looked at me curiously but I engaged my
thoughts. I pressed the door knob and went in.
Richard’s head was on the table, I had no idea if
he was sleeping or thinking. Seeing him still made
my heart beat quicken. I coughed slightly and his
head shot up.
“I should not have behaved the way I did; I am
sorry”. I blurted looking directly at him. He just
looked at me, not believing a word I said. He stood
up slowly and came over to stand in front of me. I
could see what other women saw in him: he has a
presence which beats others. His gaze can make a
woman’s knees turn to jelly and make you feel like
the most beautiful woman on earth.
He took my hand without a word and led me to the
long couch in his office. He gently pushed me to a
sitting position, looking into my eyes
“How are you feeling now?” his gentle question
made me feel small due to the way I had behaved.
The reason for my anger faded out of my memory
as I looked into his blue eyes.
“Why did you not tell me we were expecting a
baby?” I asked instead of answering him with tears
gathering in my eyes.
He smiled genuinely. “You did not allow me to,
baby” he said with his eyes unusually bright. I
noticed a tear drop almost escaping his eyes and I
was instantly overtaken by emotions. This is not
what I want. We need to settle our issues.
“How can I allow you when-”
“Shhhh…”he said, silencing me with his finger
against my lips. “Let me just hold you now, sweet.
C’mon” he said, pulling me into his arm. All I
wanted to say fled as his hands enclosed around
me. His fast and steady heartbeat pounded in my
ear as I placed my head on his chest. We remained
in this position for a very long time.
“You remember the first time I kissed you? The
very first time I held you in my arms as I feasted
on your sweet honeyed lips?” he asked as he
caressed my lips with his thumb, making me go
crazy with desire. How could I not remember such
an unforgettable experience? “It was then I vowed
not to ever have anything to do with another
woman sexually till death do us part. You represent
everything I have ever wanted in a woman. You
should trust me honey. Better than you are doing
now”. He pulled back to gaze into my eyes. The
disappointment that was evident in his voice and
face tore at my heart and being. I was confused;
totally confused. I did not know what to do or say
so I did what I had been wishing he would do.
I kissed him hard on his lips, trying to erase the
pain I saw. He held me gently but closely and
kissed me hungrily, taking full control. I held on to
him as we basked in each others’ hands. The
kissing grew fierce as his mouth strayed from mine
and his hands brought goose bumps to my body.
Something else would have happened right there, if
we hadn’t been interrupted by an insistent knock on
the office door.
Richard disengaged from me slowly and reluctantly,
irritated that we were being disturbed. I smiled.
The reaction of what we started was evident on
him; on us both.
I stood up and pulled Richard out of the couch, I
sat on the office chair, adjusting my tussled hair
while Richard crossed over to his seat asking his
secretary to come in.
Richard’s secretary came in and gave a report of a
patient who was rushed into the hospital. Two
doctors were already with the patient but they
were requesting Richard’s presence because the
patient has internal bleeding and might require
Richard’s skills if he stood a chance of survival.
This made Richard jump out of his seat. He kissed
me, asked me to take care of myself and was out
in a flash.
I smiled, feeling a bit better even though we still
had a lot of things to settle. I picked up Richard’s
phone and took it out of standby. The first image
that propped up nearly made my eyes pop out of
their sockets. It was a picture of Kelvin and I in
what seemed like… a hug?