EPISODE 37 (SEMI-FINAL EPISODE): ANIKE
(A STORY BY: TOYIN TAIWO)
On Monday morning, I went to the hospital with Tinuke. I had another test and I was given the result. I went to her office, she had the drug test result with her already. She handed it over to me while I showed her the pregnancy test result.
“You are 8weeks pregnant. Must you travel for this while can’t you just talk to him over the phone. It’s not even good for your condition” she adviced.
“Have you forgotten he has explanation to give.”
“Please take things easy with him when you get to Abuja.”
“I just want to see his face when he denied that he has no hands in all this.”
“Let me get one of the hospital drivers to take you to the airport.”
“Don’t worry I’ll take a cab.”
I got to Abuja and called Prince’s PA.
“I’m at the airport, where is Prince presently?” I asked.
“At the office” he replied.
“Ok, please send a driver over to take me to his office.”
I got to the office and walked pass the secretary, I just greeted her briefly.
“Ma… good morning ma, please he’s in a meeting.”
“Do I look like a care, I’m going in and don’t try to stop me.”
She tried to block me. “You can’t go in ma, it’s an important meeting.”
“Ok, watch me” I brushed pass her and opened the door.
He was having a meeting with some high naval officers, but I care less.
I stood in front of him fuming with anger.
“If you’ll excuse me, we’ll continue this meeting later” he said and they all left and of course with some questioning look and like I said I don’t give a damn.
The secretary came in. “I’m sorry sir, I tried to stop her.”
“Just leave” he snapped at her.
“And you! Why did you choose to behave like a spoilt brat?”
“Since the day I discovered you change my pills into Bco.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Cut the crap, no need to deny I have proof” I throw the drug result on the table. He picks it up and read.
“Hold on” I threw another paper on his table. He looked through it, his eyes widened and he smiled.
“You are pregnant” he walked up to me smiling but I gave him a 7stars slap.
“What was that for” he said holding his cheeks.
“For fooling me and for fooling yourself, you think I will keep this baby?”
“You never strike me. You’re a self centered person Anike.”
“Prince I’d like it if you don’t refer to me as being selfish and unreasonable and I’ll also try as much as possible to refrain for calling you a manipulator, controller and deceptive.”
“I’m not keeping this pregnancy. I’m going to abort it” I took my bag from where I dumped it earlier.
“Anike wait, let me explain…”
I was already on my way out before he could complete his sentence.
“Don’t touch that pregnancy, don’t do what you’ll later regret” he said.
I opened the door and stormed out of his office.
I returned to Lagos that very day and put off my phone and it will remained like that for days. Prince was really driving me crazy. Tinuke came back from work and ask if I’ve mend things with Prince.
“I’m not mending anything with him” I told her.
“So you’re still bent on terminating the pregnancy? She asked.
“Yes, can you please help me out.”
“With what? She said pretending as if she doesn’t knows what I’m talking about.
“The evacuation nau…”
“God forbid! Never will I carry out the procedure. That’s suppose to be my God child for Christ sake.”
“Hold your peace, God mother Theresa. I’ll use another hospital.”
The next day, I went to another hospital. The doctor who attended to me said he has to run some test before considering having the evacuation. I went to the hospital lab and they took my blood sample. The doctor told me to come back the following day that the result will be ready by then.
The next day, I was already sitting opposite the doctor by 8am.
“Your results are out, but I need to enlighten you on some things and give my professional advice. Then you can decide what you want on your own” said the doctor.
“Alright Doctor, go ahead.”
“Firstly, we discovered some contraceptive drug residue in your blood. For how long I’ve you been on it?”
”For more than three years now” I replied.
“The pills had reduced your fertility. Although this is a rare case, but it does happen to some women when they take contraceptive pills over a long period of time.”
“Fertility in what sense?”
“What I’m trying to say is that your chances of getting pregnant again is very slim, like….20%. Terminating this pregnancy will ruin your chances of ever becoming a mother. Miss Anike you may not have children of your own in the future” he explained.
“I’m finished, what have I gotten myself into” I started crying.
“Take it easy, I know it’s not good news but all hope is not lost since you are with a child already.”
“Doctor you won’t understand.”
“It’s complicated” I said with tears flowing running down my face.
“Except the father of the child doesn’t want it and he doesn’t have to. From your look, I don’t think money is an issue here. Have the baby and take the responsibilities, the baby can bear your father’s name.
“Doctor, the father wants the baby and also want me to marry him. He tricked me doctor, he changed my pills and got me pregnant without my consent.”
“You should be grateful that he changed the drug, if you had continue the drug for another six months, you would have ended up barren.”
“He did you a great favor, but what I don’t understand is why you don’t want to marry him.”
“He’s old enough to be my father.”
“But you were sleeping with him!”
“It’s a long story.”
“Just pull yourself together and concentrate on how to deliver this baby safely. That’s the most important thing to do for now.”
“Thank you doctor, I really appreciate your concern.
“I’m doing my job, you can come back and register for ante natal.”
“Ok, thank you doctor, God bless you.” I thanked him and left the office.
I entered my car and wept for my life. I just pray I deliver this baby safely. Prince will have three children and I’ll have just one. The thought of having a child all through my life made me cry the more.
I got back home and locked myself in my room all day. Jedidiah tried to make me open the door but I didn’t open up. I was in the room brooding.
Tinuke came back from work and opened the door with the spare key.
“Do you want to kill yourself, I was told you’ve not eating anything since morning.”
I didn’t answer her, I was just looking at her.
“How far with the hospital you went to, have you succeeded with your plan?”
I started crying again I told her my new found discovery.
“Jesus Christ! Thank God you met a competent doctor, what if he had perform the procedure without carrying out those tests?”
“My life would have been ruined competely Tinuke.”
“Anike, Prince did you a favor while you take it for bad. Anike, I congratulate you, God really loves you.”
“He really loves me, if not I would have remained barren for the rest of my life” I added.
“Now, let’s get you something to eat” she said.
She told Jedidiah to prepare something for me to eat. He came in with a tray of Rice and chicken stew an hour later. I couldn’t eat, I lost my appetite, so he offered to feed me and I agreed.
Jedidiah was the caring type I know his wife will enjoy him and I wouldn’t mind to be his wife but that dream of marrying a young handsome man is no more.
Tinuke walked in on us and saw him feeding me.
“Why are you feeding her, he asked yanking the spoon from him.
“I’m sorry, I felt she would eat better if she’s being fed” he said with an apologetic face.
Tinuke, I couldn’t eat so I ask him to feed me” I said trying to defend him.
“Why can’t you call me, I’m right next to your room.”
“You just came back from work Tinuke.”
“Meet me outside, I’ll like to have a word with you” she said facing Jedidiah. She left the room and Jedidiah followed.
I stood up immediately they left the room to eavesdrop on them.
“Jedidiah I see how you look at my friend. I know you have feeling for her but have this at the back of your mind that you can’t have her. She may not be carrying a wedding band, but she’s another man’s property. In your best interest, I advice you stay away from her. Did you get that?”
“Don’t make her fall in love with you. “I advice you stay away from her.”
“Doc, although she’s not aware of my feelings but I really love her, I know she has someone, but I just want to be by her side.”
“Did you listen to yourself, you are in love with a woman carrying another man’s child. You’ll just get your heart broken, I mean shattered into pieces, Anike will never love you like he loves his man. I’m protecting the both of you here.”
“I’ve heard you doc.”
“Let me repeat myself, Jedidiah stay away from Anike.”
“Yes doc” he replied and bow.
I quickly lie down on the bed when I saw her coming. I realized why Jedidiah was so close to me, he’s in love with me. It’s a pity I can’t love him back.
The next morning, Tinuke came to my room and told me I have a visitor.
“By this time. Who is it” I asked.
“You’ll find out when you get to the sitting room. I was still on my pjamas but I followed her.
“Prince!” I called out wondering how he found me.
“Good morning Anike.”
“What are you doing here, how do you know this place?”
“Don’t worry about that, you know I’ll always find you” He faced Tinuke. “Thank you for taking care of her, Tinuke, the medical doctor right?”
“Yes sir, welcome sir..”
“I’ve heard so much about you” Prince said.
“Same here sir, please make yourself comfortable” she was going to leave the sitting room but Prince ask her to stay back.
“She’s getting late for work” I said.
“No problem Anike, I’ll stay.” We all settled down to listen to Prince who said he had something to tell us.
“First, I’ll like to apologize to Anike for what I did” he said.
“Apologize for trying to ruin me!” I said bluntly.
“You know I won’t do such a thing, I have my reasons for every step I took” He continued talking.
“Some months ago, I got a call from my personal doctor, Doctor Edward. He’s her doctor as well” he said pointing to me.
Tinuke and I adjusted on our seats. I was eager to hear what Prince had to say, same with her. He continued.
“We do go for medical check up monthly, so the doctor gave me a call after the check up. He told me he discover some residues in Anike’s blood stream.
(Tinuke and I looked at each other)
He said the residues are from the contraceptive pills she takes and if she didn’t stop using them, she may end up infertile.
I was really scared when I got the news, in fact I almost sued the doctor because he’s the one who prescribed the drug in the first place. But later I got to know cases like that do happen.
Days later when I was calm, I called him and told him I couldn’t bring myself to look Anike in the eye and tell her she had little chance of getting pregnant because of the drug I made her use.
Then I told the doctor to change the drug, since you already told me you want to go collect the drugs from Doctor Edward the following week that you’ll soon run out of the one you have.
So he change it to something that’s not harmful to the body.”
“Bcomplex” Tinuke and I chorused.
Anike, you can’t abort the pregnancy.
He continued. That was the reason why I told Anike to move into the house so we could have a higher chances of her getting pregnant. When she refused to move in with me, I devised another means. I told her I wanted a baby. I was just trying to prepare her mind that baby is coming” he explained.
“And you are just telling me now, what if I’ve done the abortion?”
“How am I suppose to reach you, you switched off your phones. Do you even know what I went through to locate this place!”
“I almost had the abortion, it was the doctor who told me about the fertility issue. That was why I didn’t go through with it anymore.
“In just three days? did you hate me that much that you wanted to have my baby out of you. You came to Abuja 3days ago. Anyways that’s not the issue now, thank God you didn’t abort it.”
“Prince Alawode, there’s something you don’t know. Anike had already made up her mind to marry you even before she found out she was pregnant” said Tinuke.
“She was actually coming to Abuja that very Monday to give you the good news, but she found out about the pregnancy on Sunday.”
“Come my princess, I always knew you’ll come back to me, I’m sorry for making your life like this, but everything I did was out of love” he said and hugged me.”
I inhaled his perfumed and it triggered me to vomit. And poo! Before I knew it, I threw up on his body before I could refrain from the hug.
“Welcome back to fatherhood” Tinuke said playfully.
“After twenty something years” he added and smiled. Looking at the mess on his clothes.
“Prince I’m sorry.”
“It’s OK, just show me the bathroom.”
I took him to my room and he wash up in the bathroom.
He came out and sat on the bed while I went in to brush my teeth.
I came out and sat with him while he’s busy staring at me.
“So what next?” I asked.
“Let’s have a small court wedding” he replied.
“I’ll inform my mum and get back at you.”
“Let’s go back to Abuja together, move in with me, then we can both nurture the pregnancy together.”
“No I’m, fine here, I’ll move in after the wedding.”
“If that’s what you want” He slipped his hand into his pocket and brought out a small box. He opened it, it’s an engagement ring.
“Marry me Anike Adams and become Anike Adams Alawode!”
He made to kneel but I stopped him by pulling him up.
“That sounds nice AAA” I smiled.
“Yes, I’ll marry you!” I replied and he kissed me.
“Congratulations!” We heard Tinukes voice.
“Thank you” We both replied her.
I went to see my Mum. I told her about the pregnancy and my decision to marry Prince. The next week Prince came to Lagos and he and my mum met one on one. There we started making plans for the wedding.
Olamilekan came back from the state. They held a welcome party for him but I did not attend. We met later at Tinukes place. We chatted briefly before he left. I don’t love him anymore, but I don’t think I’ll be free with him like before.
I decided to go back home to my family at least let me enjoy the comfort of my own home before moving to Abuja permanently.
Prince took me to his home town to see his father, Oba Adepoju Alawode III. We were given a warm reception in the palace. I thought his Father would frown at my age. But then he introduced his father’s last wife, it’s either we are age mate or I’m older than her. She’s fair and beautiful. I was like so marrying young girls runs in the family. Although I heard they give those young ladies as gifts to Oba. This particular lady is the high chief’s daughter. We spent two days at the palace.
He informed his children about the wedding and they promise to come home. Before the wedding, Prince and I rededicated our lives to God.
… to be Continued.