window. It had started to drizzle and the cool wind pushed her curtain further
above the curtain rails. Ego lay on her bed restless, the time chimed two am in
the morning and she hadn’t closed her eyes for once since she lay her head on
her bed at ten pm. Recounting the events which happened earlier yesterday, she
convinced that Queen is a good friend. That evening after Ego had been
confirmed pregnant by the doctor, Queen had stormed Mr. Nwabunor’s house with
Ego at her heels.
Mr. Nwabunor was not around and neither was his wife, the two
girls had no choice but to go back to their respective homes. Now as Ego
thought of her involvement with Mr. Nwabunor over the past months, she sighed;
it really wasn’t worth it. All the declarations of love, commitment were trash
and he made it known to her yesterday. Indeed, her eyes were clear, now she was
pregnant and in huge trouble, there seemed no way out to the mess she had
gotten herself into.
Whoever was in the house took long in answering but Queen persisted, minutes
later, the door opened and sister Gee peered at her.
a visit in a long while. Exams are not far away and I have been studying.”
still in her room.”
small sofa in view, sister Gee sat directly opposite her.
happy with myself after wrongly confirming you pregnant the last time you came to
visit.” Said Sister Gee.
sometimes…err… pregnancy is…” Queen started but was interrupted by Ego who
had chosen that moment to walk into the sitting room.
the slight misunderstanding, months ago.” Said sister Gee.
house just once, why are you making a big deal out of nothing.” Ego snapped at
her elder sister who was clearly very older than her young self.
Ego, I feel you’re becoming too disrespectful and I won’t take such attitude in
my house.” Said sister Gee, sounding upset.
by some mathematical problems in the tutorial school, I am sure that when jamb
is over, she would bounce back to her usual bubbly self.” Said Queen.
today so, I need all the sleep I can get.” Said Sister Gee and turning to Ego
she said “You’d better eat something before going for lectures today, you
skipped dinner last night and you look pale, I hope you aren’t coming down with
just realized that her sister would spot her pregnancy sooner than she had
imagined. As soon as sister Gee left them, they spoke in hushed tones.
life and university education.” Sighed Ego.
Nwabunor?” Asked Queen.
Said Ego in between sniffs.
provide a solution.”
Nwabunor but after not finding him at home, we had no choice but to leave.”
soup…” Cried Ego.
do so this morning before he leaves for tutorial school.”
join you soon.”
to appear. His wife had opened the door for them and from the look on her face,
they knew they weren’t welcome. Mr. Nwabunor did not come out of the room till
thirty minutes after they had been seated.
hatred oozing from his every pore.
Said Queen, amazed at her stable voice.
house?” Asked Mr Nwabunor again.
consequences alone.” Said Ego.
you? Look at this girl ooo… who do you think you are trying to snare? Where are
the young boys you have been dallying with?”
responsibility of this pregnancy. Haba! Mr. Nwabunor, you are a disgrace.”
look like your classroom?”
he must take full responsibility for her and the child. We are not leaving here
until he signs an agreement that he will do as we say.”
write your terms… wait for me.” Said Mrs. Nwabunor as she left the sitting
thundered, unrepentant of his actions.
for Mr.Nwabunor’s wife. Minutes later, Mrs. Nwabunor came out of the room like
an enraged animal, she held a bucket filled with liquid substance and not
minding that they were in the sitting room, she poured the contents of the
bucket on Ego and Queen.
lies. Don’t you dare come back here again or else.” Screamed Mrs. Nwabunor with
a threat filled promise.
unlatching it, they ran out of the compound smelling horribly of leftover water
from washed clothes.
students and the noise they made and she sincerely wished she was like them. So
carefree and untrapped in a mess like hers. After being bathed with dirty
water, she and Queen had returned to her house to dry off and change clothes,
luckily, her sister was still asleep. With much persuasion from Queen, Ego
decided to attend lectures even after the scene she had created yesterday with
Mr. Nwabunor. Her English textbook lay open infront of her, but she could
hardly see a word, her mind was a juggle of thoughts and she felt too weak to
learn anything new. Queen had gone to get some snacks from the canteen and Ego
sat like a robot and waited for her friend’s return, dreading the stares from
her tutorial school mates. She was interrupted from her reverie by a nudge on
her side, turning, she stared at a very dark complexioned girl.
at being sneaked upon and worse, angry with herself.
before, myself not excluded.”
was as flat as a draw board.
with Mr. Nwabunor and he got me pregnant but… I found my way out. My parents
would have disowned me if they knew about it but I am smarter than they ever
fun? Don’t let a child take away your fun Abeg… arrange yourself.”
want to be a teenage mother? Come to think of it, look at the women on the
street and markets, carrying babies and tending to them without paying much
attention to themselves. Babies are a burden especially to girls who aren’t
ready for it.”
the coffee. The society has no place for teenage mothers, this is Naija. A
place where teenage pregnancy is scoffed at, be realistic.”
thought.” Cried Ego.
you when they find out that you have caught the baby fever. It’s a horrible
trust me. Just pay five thousand naira and all will be taken care of.”
he giving you enough money? I dated the man, he throws money around.”
Ego asked, wanting to learn more about Ann’s story.
and I was left alone. That was the reason I failed Jamb last year and here I am
again, this year.”
I don’t have the money to get rid of the pregnancy.”
Ann said with a sound of warning.
immediately Ann sighted her, she said;
said and get back to me, remember, it’s your choice.”
by Ego’s side.
has never opened a book in her entire life.”
mess and get it sorted out.”
What do I do? My sister is a nurse, she will find out soon.” Said Ego with
tears in her eyes.
she has warned me about men?” Cried Ego, looking at Queen incredulously.
the truth. It’s a good thing that you only got pregnant, some other girls have
been plagued with syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, staphylococcus and other veneral
diseases.” Said Queen, trying to sound hopeful.
my shoe pinches and I am the only one who ever will. I thought you were my
friend and here you are, trying to rat me out to my sister… I am sorry to have
believed you really cared for my own good. If you think that I’ll tell any soul
about this pregnancy, then, think again because, you’ve got the wrong girl.”
Said Ego in anger as she rose up from her seat, packed her bag and walked out
of the class.
the two girls, as soon as Ego left the class, she followed closely behind.