and Clara had left together as daddy dropped Clara off at her lessons while
Aunty Carol didn’t want to stay home so she opted to stay with her brother at his clinic.
shouted as she walked into the sitting room. “Whoever cooked the meals in this
house is either inexperienced or stupid.”
years now and she doesn’t burn the pots. I’m so sure that it’s no one else but
that woman your father brought into this house.”
for trying to ruin my home.”
throw up so she stopped.
tummy without feeling the urge to throw up. Mom, I am officially tired. Is
this how pregnancy is? Am I going to feel this uncomfortable till the baby
took her hand in hers and looking into her eyes she said.
overjoyed if this would all go away.”
when I was a teenager too…”
the baby because I wasn’t ready to have a child at that age. Do you know what
teenage motherhood brings? So many responsibilities, scorn from your mates who
used to respect you, and a stigma that you can never outgrow because as long as
you look at that child, you’ll feel incomplete.”
stories of abortions and many people who go ahead for the procedure have
difficulties in giving birth in future.”
of kids, it never affects your fertility unless the doctors are not skilled at
what they are doing.”
through the knife and come out unscathed while a few others …..” She trailed
off. “But you know what? If your mother could do it and come out unscathed, why
not you? Aren’t you the true daughter of your mother?”
but not a mother at his age, at least not now.”
where abortions are done. Just go and have your bath and she’ll take us there. The
procedure will be done today and you’ll come home as though nothing happened.”
say that you were bleeding and that you miscarried. We’ll definitely find a way
around it. You see, men never understand anything about this. How can he tell
you to have the baby at this age when he’s never been pregnant before? He doesn’t know how
challenging a pregnancy can be.”
much mom. You’re the best.” She said and sprinted off to her room.
the sitting room and gave him a terrible beating. James thought he’d die, everyone
begged on his behalf. Uncle W, came out of his room when he heard the commotion
and begged his brother-in-law to stop the beatings, his mother screamed as she
tried fighting off her husband to no avail, Raymond cried because he knew how
painful his father’s whips could be.
him to the chair.
know what you might have put that girl through?” His father shouted.
promise…” James cried.
with me to Kaduna, I have made a mistake of leaving my family in Lagos without
me. If we had been together, I’d have instilled discipline into you.” His
and I won’t allow this sort of mistake ever rear its ugly head again.” His
wished he hadn’t done anything. He wished he had just let the girl be and
forgot about the bet, now he was going to leave Lagos for good and head to
stay here. It was because of your bank job that you never relocated with me to
the north but now that you are an entrepreneur, you can take your business to
anywhere in Nigeria, you can even have a branch in Lagos and have someone
manage it for you.” Her husband said, throwing the whip he had just used on
James onto the sitting room sofa.
needs to apologise and stand up for what he did.” Their father said.
them to the girl’s house and the whole family entered the car as they headed to
mother with her mother and aunt. She could hear her mother’s whispers of doubt
to her sister.
bigger clinics in town?”
each other. If we are to register her in one of the big clinics, they would ask
for her name and I don’t want them linking it to him. If they tell him that his
child is about to risk an abortion, he’ll rush down there before we say jack.
Besides, the women here are good, they are like midwives and they have helped
with a lot of flushing…”
clinics…” Kendra’s mother said.
to the woman.
as parents to help fix it.” To Kendra she said. “Come with me darling.”
aunt, she was quite scared but happy that everything would be over soon.
revising with them on all he had taught and her mind was far away, she wanted
to go home. She wanted to stay with Kendra and cheer her up. She took an excuse
and left the class, calling Kendra’s phone but there was no answer as the phone
was switched off.
informed at the gate that there was no one at home. Despite the situation at
hand, his mother looked around, hoping that Rose would come out so that she can
see her again.
will see them.” James’s father said.
done, she thought of the years to come and how she’ll never let any boy close
to her ever again. She was wide awake while the procedure was being performed and had been
promised little pain by the woman who performed the procedure. She’d been
given some pills before it all started.
standing up to walk to the door where Kendra had been taken to.
Is she the one to perform the procedure?”
open the door where Kendra had been taken to. Her sister was closely behind and
as soon as she opened it, they stepped into an empty corridor.
if she knew where the procedure was taking place.
available. They aren’t here till tomorrow…” The cleaner said.
my daughter to follow her.” Kendra’s mother shouted, nearly hysterical.
at the reception, she’s not a certified nurse but she works here and attends to
finish, they ran from room to room, shouting Kendra’s name. They finally opened
a room door and saw Kendra lying on the bed alone, around her on the bed were
cotton wool soaked in blood and blood was everywhere.
the midwives…” Kendra said weakly.
Aunt Dumebi screamed.
hospital, she was wearing the clinic gown and it was soaked in blood. Kendra
was placed at the back of the car and her mother was with her while aunt Dumebi
jumped in the driver’s seat.
sue…”Kendra’s mother cried as she screamed at the cleaner who stared at her
my God! My baby…Kendra….oh my God!” Kendra’s mother cried.
him I’m sorry too…tell Clara, Zika and Em’ that…I love them and will always
Her mother said as her aunt sped dangerously down the road.
She was gone.
Her mother saw that her daughter’s body had grown still, she shook her gently at first.
“Kendra…” She called out. “Dumebi, she’s not moving!”
“That’s not true, you’re just being paranoid.” Her sister said from the driver’s seat.
Kendra didn’t budge.
Kendra! Kendra don’t do this to me please, Kendraaaaaaaaa!” Her mother screamed as she
shook her daughter’s lifeless body.