We walked into her ward and she was just
there, seated on her bed and was biting the
hell out of her lips, her hands on her waist. I
was live on Nollywood. “Maybe she broke her
hips on the floor,” I thought to myself. I
hadn’t even considered the baby in her belly.
How naive of me that was. I wasn’t
inconsiderate or insensitive. I was just too
small to know any ish about a pregnant
woman, forget that I wasn’t too small to put
it in there in the first place. Then there was a
rumor about an impending labor and then
Naza pissed herself. It was so obvious, the
water tickling down the bedspread and
Naza’s restlessness increasing by the
minute. I walked up to her, I was guessing
she was in so much pain to bear a malice
with me. I held her hand but I was wrong.
She brushed my hands off and stood on the
“I’m Forked,” I muttered under my breath
and moved back to stare from afar.
It wasn’t a pretty sight and I just stared from
a distance with Willie and the two father’s
with us. Shape was no where to be found.
Naza would scream her head off if she dared
“She fainted in your room?” My father asked
me in a pitiful tone. I nodded.
“Your room?” he repeated and I got the gist
“We were as in. I went to collect some things
and she and we.. ” I stammered incoherently
and he kept giving me that dehumanizing
“Was the party at your lodge or William’s
lodge?” he asked me.
A lot of explanations followed. We didn’t get
to conclude before preliminaries were done
and Naza was bundled into the labor room.
Things dragged on for a long while, a very
long space of time in which I said my first
prayer for months. I prayed she make it out
of that freaking room alive. I wasn’t scared of
what her folks would say or do, I was just
scared for myself. What I would do should
anything happen to her. I was going to jump
off the second floor of that hospital building.
Yes, that was what I intended doing.
To be continued
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