I slumped hard on the sofa on getting
home sighing heavily with a weak
composure, chioma wore a gloomy look as
she sat next to me, the way things ended
had been worse than we both anticipated.
“Sky what happened between you and my
aunty Nancy ” she asked peering into my
face with question ladened eyes and her
face still smeared with that gloomy look
My mouth fell open and words tried coming
out but always failed, all i did was look just
like i did in Chioma’s house not to long
I couldn’t believe my eyes when i watched
as Amanda matched majestically side by
side with Chioma’s mother who had a
shouty snear on.
I had to blink several times to make sure it
wasn’t an optical illusion or maybe i was
Chioma couldn’t hold back her surprise and
“what is she doing here?” her eyes moving
from her father to her mother with an
“You remember your Aunty Nancy?”
Chioma’s mother intoned.
Amanda winked slightly at me at the
mention of the name Nancy.
My escapade with Nancy Amanda’s friend
5years ago flashed through my memory
which has been one of the numerous
actions i regret in my life. I can give
anything not to remember.
If i ever was to make a list of the things i
regret in life, Nancy would be second to
Amanda’s in the list for sure.
“this lady here, Amanda was your aunty’s
bossom friend, i have known her for more
than 5years now and as you already know
happens to be the mother of your fiance’s
My mouth felt dry like i have been on a
desert far too long, the house closed in all
around me threatening to crush me in.
“But mum she was the one that seduced
him, this woman is a devil!!! ” chioma
shrieked pointing at Amanda who did
nothing but smile, her gaze fixed on me
showing little interest to what transpired
between chioma and her parents.
“Sweety, i am a senior pastor/evangelist in
church, a nationwide renowned christian
leader and preacher. I wouldn’t go down
the pot of scandal by having my daughter
marry a man who already have a child by
another, what would the world think, what
would God think, what would the church
think of me- that i am a leader that doesn’t
lead by example? -Chioma i won’t allow
I fidgeted where i stood while chioma’s
mother recounted her reasons for
objecting. Church, God and the people.
“And am sure he didn’t tell you he was the
one that broke your aunty Nancy’s
marriage” Chioma’s mum cursed on loudly,
her husband doing occasional adjustment
of both his bold medicated crystal eye
glass to his whole frame resting on the
sofa looking on at his wife, but never failed
to nod as she spoke on.
“What happened to Nancy’s marriage?
And what has it got to do with me? ”
My mind snapped but i wouldn’t dare ask,
seems everything i say or do made matters
worse than they were in the first place.
Like the police always asserts; “whatever
you say will be used against you in the
court of law.
That was exactly the position i found my
I could notice chioma’s gazed shifted from
her mum to me, it wasn’t the look of anger
and frustration she had anymore but an
innate curiosity and confused eyes ladened
in swirling questions.
Little did she know that even i was even
more confused than her as things stood.
“Excuse me ma, but i have no idea what
you are talking about here” i tried
mustering up some defence, its obvious
Amanda have fed them some glaring lies
they find too hard to deny.
“I said shut up and don’t bring that lying
tongue up here again” she countered
almost immediately inducing another
wicked sneer from Amanda.
“I am tired of all this” Chioma yelled out
stamping her feet many times of the
ground, her face turned almost as red as
the rose designs on her top.
“common lets get out of here sky” she
intoned dragging me by the hand making
for the door.
“And where do you think you are going
young lady” her father said standing up
taking a couple of steps towards us.
“Don’t you dare step out of this house with
him” her mum chipped in pointing furiously
“I am going with him and nothing you say
can stop me, i won’t stand here i watch
you ruin my happiness”
She sang back to her mother, the teary
mark on her face showing a pale track
through her make-up but none dropped
“If you leave this house, don’t come back
here again ” her mum chipped in throwing
a stern look at me instead of her, could see
chioma’s dad take a sharp look at his wife
who seemed more interested in her threat
than any other thing that went on around.
“For your information mum, since you
haven’t noticed – i am carrying his child”
I watched as chioma’s mother’s face grew
pale, her father’s mouth dropped open and
Amanda’s eyes widened hard.
“what? – is that why you have been
avoiding me all in this house all this while”
she asked in surprise, her pointing fingers
already dropped and was now open like the
congregation saying ‘our lord’s prayer’
Chioma scoffed hard, rolled her eyes and
turned towards me again.
“Common baby lets get out of here”
I followed her glancing back just in time to
see her mum slumping her weight down
into a sofa with her hands on her head.
Chioma’s breathe grazed my cheek, my
face was buried deep in my palms and her
hands across my shoulder.
“Sky please tell me, what happened with
aunty nancy, what is mum talking about?
“Honestly i have no idea what they are
i sounded throaty and confused. “It’s true i
had some runnings with a friend of
Amanda’s named nancy but i was young
and foolish then. Cant believe how much
my past naive mistakes is destroying my
life” I moaned to almost to myself.
“Don’t worry my love, i know God will see
us through” she muttered coldly.
“Where are you going sky? ” she blurted
out as sprang up from the seat picking my
car keys immediately.
“sky, what is it?” she asked again jolting up
herself to grab my arms.
“Going to do what i should have done a
long time ago” i retorted before she even
finished. “i will be right back”
I strode out of the house with speedy long
thumping strides, literally jumping into my
car driving off immediately heading to
Papa sat outside seating on a lone back
chair, a plate of groundnuts and holandia
yoghurt was on a little side stool beside
him as he flipped through the pages of a
news paper, his glasses hanging loosely on
his nose making him look something near
a 1940 professor.
He was gaining more weight by the day and
his pale skin looking more better than
“Nnam how are you” he called after me as i
greeted him and made my way into the
“My am fine” i sang back not stopping a
“what is wrong” he called after me
dropping the newspaper to follow me with
“Nothing papa i just need to get something
from my room” i yelled behind me
disappearing into the house.
Making my way through the stairs, a
picture of mama and papa hung on a far
side of the wall, the sharp smile on mama’s
face cut through me..
“This wouldn’t have been happening if you
were here” i cursed under my breath
sustained a lone drop of a teary crystal.
The house was empty, just like i have
presumed. Heading towards Amanda’s
room, a pale reddish wooden door stood
clearly in front refusing to bulge open after
i yanked the handle many times trying to
get it open.
With a sharp t—-t of my body weight under
a kicking foot, the door barged open with a
huge bang bringing the room into view.
Clothes lay carelessly on the bed, mostly
Ryan’s.. I flung the drawers on the bed
open, tearing through piles of primary
school Rhymes, little shoes.
The second drawer joined, it was a pile of
magazine’s neatly arranged even the
I singled out every magazine in the drawer,
what i was looking for i had no idea but am
sure they must be something, anything,
anything at all.
The third drawer house a large collection of
toys in it, i moved to the other side which
only had one drawer on it. Yanked it open
it had a huge pile of medicines most of
them with pictures of women and children
on them. I hissed heavily but what is this?
My hand delve into the pile of medicines
and retrieved a small round container,
identical with the one jessy took from
papa’s medications. Those yellowish little
tablets lay still inside.
I looked at it for some minutes, smelt it a
bit but am sure i really have no idea which
smell i should be expecting.
I slid the small container at the back of my
trouser, closed the drawer again and
resumed search now more intently.
The ward rope was just a pile of clothes,
and so was the space above it. Only a few
shoes could be seen under the bed. I was
not sure anything was there anymore, she
was cleaner than i anticipated or always
had her tracks covered.
Their was one more place i need to search,
yes yes i think their is. I lifted the mattress
up in one full swing taking it clearly out
from the bed.
It was blank and empty except for one little
brown envelop, neat and crisp lay lazily.
I picked it, could swear it was the second
copy of the DNA test the doctor gave to
Opening it amidst scrambling groans made
by the envelop as i retrieved the neatly
folded white sheet in it.
The name Ryan Williams was all i could
make out from the jibberish that passed as
the doctor’s handwriting. I have never
understood any doctor’s writing before, i
dont know if they are given special classes
in school on how to have bad handwritings,
I don’t understand what was written on it
but i could swear it is not the same thing
written on the one the doctor gave us in
“This was supposed to be the same result..
” I muttered to myself, my heart pounding
faster than usual.
I slipped the paper into my pocket, dropped
the envelope to its previous position and
placed the mattress back to it’s place.
Jessy really need to see these result and
pills to check what they really are
I left the room closing the door behind me,
locked or not, its not my problem.
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