“A minute please,” Zainab said and went to her while I stood still wondering.
What could be the relationship between both of them? Why did Zainab’s reaction turn moody? But she is the first and the last in her family which means Sophiat can’t be her sister, so why was she afraid? I was engrossed in my thoughts when I heard an elongated hiss from Sophiat which caught my attention. She looked down on me from afar and walked out on Zainab.
I suspected she has poisoned her (Zainab) mind because I was expecting her to join me, but she was only standing still looking sober, depressed and helpless. I walked up to her and asked her what the problem was.
“Dear, what’s the problem?” I asked with a great concern written all over my face.
“Baby, to be sincere I couldn’t get myself right for now. I’m very sorry I will not be able to tell you anything for now. Let’s go home please,” she replied.
I was short of words, so I didn’t bother to disturb her further until when we got home.
“Zainab, look at my face,” I said and she did. “Who is Sophiat to you?” I asked inquisitively while staring at her.
She was shocked. “She is my cousin and we stayed together before I was offered admission into this school. Do you know her before or how did you get to know her name?” she explained and asked anxiously. Then, she started gaining her lost courage and freedom.
“Yeah, very well. She was my secondary school mate and a companion then, but suddenly turned to a foe just because she loved me and wanted us to take our friendship beyond, which I rejected,” I replied.
“But why didn’t you go into relationship with her, if I may ask?” she stylishly asked.
“It was due to the fact that I didn’t love her, and also, I was in love with my studies and didn’t want to get involved in any love affair, which could distract my attentions. In addition to that, she was rude and people complained about her a lot,” I explained.
“That’s serious! No wonder! Now, I get it!”, she exclaimed and shook her head in affirmation to what I said.
“No wonder what?” I asked anxiously.
“Don’t worry about that dear. All I know is that, what God has joined together, no one dare put asunder. Therefore, let’s move on with our life and forget about her issue,” she said daringly.
I could deduce what Sophiat has told her from her words, but since she has assured me of her feelings, then, I succumbed to what she said and we started living as a couple.
Our love became the talk of the campus. We even won the best couple of the year in our department.
All of a sudden, my academic performance started dropping and my CGPA dropped drastically and as a result of that, I lost the opportunity of becoming a scholar which could have earned me a lot of benefits.
Some days after convocation, we both went to our various homes.
I woke up following the call of my love one fateful Saturday. She told me she threw up a day before that day and when she went for test, it was discovered that she was pregnant.
It was a big slap on my face when I had what she said.
“Are you joking or what?” I inquired.
“C’mon ! How do you expect me to joke with serious issue such as this?” she questioned.
I took a deep breath.
“Where did you carry out the test?” I gently asked.
“I conducted it myself when I couldn’t see my period and it was positive,” she replied.
I was lost and confused.
“So, what are we gonna do now?” I asked.
“That’s why I’m calling you to seek your opinion,” she replied.
“Have you informed your Dad?” I asked.
“My dad? You want him to kill me. He must not hear about this except you want me dead,” she replied, visibly irritated.
“Where did you carry out the test?” I asked, out of tension I’d forgotten that I have asked her before.
She was so furious about my reaction towards the issue.
“Are your ears not functioning again or how many times will I tell you I did it myself?” she replied angrily.
“Be calm nah! At least you brought this issue to me because I am involved and you have believe in my words, so why lashing out on me with such words?” I fired back.
She became calm and almost cried on phone. “I’m sorry for that. I didn’t mean to throw such words to you, but I was frustrated. So, your opinion?” she apologized and requested for the way out.
“To be sincere, I didn’t know what to say since you said your Dad must not hear about it,” I said, while expecting her to decide.
“I can’t leave it. I will find solution to it myself. It’s just that I have to get you informed before going into it,” she said boldly.
I was shocked and can’t just believe what I heard from her. So, I needed to confirm it.
“Are you trying to say you’re going abort it?” I asked with a tremble in my voice.
“I don’t have any other alternative than that,” she affirmed her stand.
“Did you even think of the danger of what you want to embark on? We have to see each other and discuss because I am not in support of that your decision,” I confessed.
“I’m ready for the worst, so no need to discuss anything my dear. Be good and stay out of worry. I’m gonna be fine,” she said and tried to console me.
I knew there was nothing I could say to convince her. That’s the only fault she had; once she decides on a particular thing, only death can stop her from doing it.
“But, I am still interested in seeing you,” I said in sober mood.
“My dad is around for now, so I’ll give you a call to tell you about any new developments later,” she replied and hung up the call.
I wiped my face to confirm if it was a dream, but it was a reality. I stood up from the bed and started wandering in the room thinking on what could be the outcome of her decision.
I was physically and emotionally disturbed when I waited for her call but didn’t see anything, and then decided to call her while she refused to pick it up.
When it was around 8:55pm that very day, my phone started ringing and quickly looked at the screen to check if it was her, but it was an unknown number.
To be continued…
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