Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 127: Well and Truly Free!

June 29th, 2013

I woke up to the shocking news of the death of Akunna’s mother. Phillip’s call came just when I was still trying to pull myself out of bed, but my eyes had popped right open at the news. He had received a message from Akunna’s sister just this morning, and had just gotten off the phone with her, to confirm the news. Apparently, she had complained of a bad headache on Thursday morning, had seemed better by evening, but had slumped suddenly on Friday, yesterday. By the time they got to a nearby hospital, she had died.

I moaned sadly, my heart breaking for Akunna! How on earth would she handle this news, coming so soon after her own devastating loss?! As much as her mother wasn’t one of my favourite people in the world, I would never have wished death on her. This was a terrible, terrible thing to hear.

The first thing that came to my head was to get dressed and dash to their house in Yaba, but my husband had given me a dirty look when I’d mentioned it.

“But it won’t be right for us not to go and commiserate with them!” I lamented. “We were almost family!”

“Your Mom and I will go and see them…maybe your brothers, if they feel up to it.” Patrick answered, matter-of-factly. “But you, my dear wife, are going nowhere!”

With my shoulders slumped, I listened to him make plans with my Mother, to visit their family tomorrow. I felt so left out, but I know it’s for the best. I didn’t even bother trying to convince my Mom for me to join them. Knowing her, she would even feel more strongly about keeping me away from a potentially hostile situation, especially in my condition.

I felt so helpless! That was when I realized I didn’t even have any contact details for Akunna…none at all! Apart from her Nigerian phone number, which she no longer used, I didn’t have her American number or her e-mail address. We weren’t even friends on Facebook. Such a shame really, because I really wanted to convey my condolences to her.

Then I remembered my ED, Akunna’s Aunty Josephine, sister to her late mother. I briefly contemplated calling her, but knew I didn’t have the words, or even the courage, for that call. So, I decided on a text message instead;

I’m so sorry for your loss, Ma. May your sister’s soul rest in peace. If it’s okay, I would appreciate Akunna’s phone number, so I can commiserate with her.

I hit the send button, full of nerves and apprehension. But I knew it was the best thing to do. Less than five minutes later, my phone buzzed with her reply.

Thank you, Faith. Don’t worry about Akunna. She is fine. I’ll pass on your message.

I couldn’t help but raise a brow. Ooookay oh! As long as she sha gets the message.

Later that afternoon, I had managed to push the news to the back of my mind, and was luxuriating on my bed, watching marathon episodes of Breaking Bad, when I got a surprise visit from Ebika.

After our exchange of pleasantries, she gave me a knowing look. “Faiiiiiiith! Emeka told me you went to see him earlier in the week! You’re just a case!”

“I couldn’t help myself. It hurt knowing you might have lost a good guy!” I answered. “Did he come to see you?”

She nodded. “Yes, he did. He came to see me yesterday, and we had a long, long talk! He wants us to get back together.”

I squealed in delight. “That’s wonderful! Oh, I’m so happy for you!!!”

She smiled sadly. “But I told him no,” she answered, wiping the grin off my phone.

“You what?!”

She sighed deeply. “Faith, for the last 15 years, I have been entwined with a man who really didn’t deserve me. Whether I admit it or not, that experience didn’t do my psyche, my emotions, and even my self confidence any favours. This isn’t the time for me to be starting a new relationship. I need some time for myself. I need to heal. I need to learn how to be me again.”

Awww! As much as it hurt to hear it, deep inside I knew it was the wisest thing for her to do.

“What did Emeka say?” I asked.

She smiled. “He totally understood…and even agreed that it was the best thing for me to do. And he said he’d be waiting for me…”

I clutched my chest, my heart feeling like it would burst. This was so, so romantic, and absolutely the best outcome…better than anything I could have imagined!

Finally, my friend is well and truly free!

 

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Catch up on Faith’s Pregnancy Diary here:

  1. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 1: BFP
  2. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 2: Lukewarm Response
  3. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 3: The Struggle
  4. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 4: Tricked
  5. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 5: Keeping Her Man
  6. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 6: Men are so Annoying!
  7. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 7: Bleeding
  8. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 8: The 9-Week Mark
  9. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 9: Festive
  10. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 10: The Holiday
  11. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 11: This Thing Called Love
  12. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 12: The Pregnancy Glow
  13. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 13: The Baby & The Bobo
  14. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 14: Wahala
  15. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 15: The Abortion
  16. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 16: A Good Man
  17. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 17: Joy & Pain
  18. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 18: Hostage
  19. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 19: Ammunition
  20. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 21: Famzing
  21. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 22: Stress Relief
  22. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 23: Diana
  23. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 24: Bestos
  24. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 25: The Miscarriage
  25. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 26: In God’s Hands
  26. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 27: Crossing the line
  27. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 28: Last Minute Packing
  28. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 29: Ex-Girlfriend
  29. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 30: Not Just Friends
  30. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 31: Fight For Him
  31. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 32: Faded Beauty
  32. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 33: Holiday Glow
  33. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 34: The Proposals
  34. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 35: Baby Kicks
  35. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 36: Celebration Dinner
  36. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 37: Rainbow Baby
  37. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 38: Lunch with the Girls
  38. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 39: Wedding Season
  39. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 40: Mama Patrick
  40. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 41: Misplaced Love
  41. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 42: Okafor’s Law
  42. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 43: Forgiveness
  43. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 44: Get it over with
  44. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 45: Family Meeting
  45. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 46: The Goof
  46. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 47: Worship
  47. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 48: Gender
  48. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 49: The Introduction
  49. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 50: Messy
  50. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 51: Passionate Love
  51. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 52: Instagram Drama
  52. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 53: 21 Weeks
  53. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 54: Oppressed
  54. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 55: Age is just a number
  55. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 56: Legally Together
  56. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 57: Monkey on my back
  57. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 58: Your secret is safe with me
  58. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 59: Spring in my step
  59. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 60: Level don change
  60. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 61: It’s my time
  61. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 62: Drama & Baby Kicks
  62. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 63: Love, Joy, Fear
  63. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 64: Owerri
  64. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 65: Untouchable
  65. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 66: Foot Soldiers
  66. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 67: Dem Say, Dem Say
  67. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 68: The Side Chick & The Fiancé
  68. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 69: Dim-Witted Brother
  69. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 70: Day from hell
  70. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 71: A Cancelled Wedding & a Kept Woman
  71. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 72: From Bad to Worst!
  72. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 73: The Confrontation
  73. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 74: Away we go!
  74. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 75: Birthday Girl
  75. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 76: Caught Red-Handed
  76. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 77: Played by a Master Manipulator
  77. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 78: Showdown
  78. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 79: Sad Tears, Happy Tears
  79. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 80: Not the forever kind of love
  80. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 81: My Sacred Vow to you
  81. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 82: Facebook Likes
  82. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 83: Pregnancy Queue
  83. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 84: Braxton Hicks
  84. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 85: The Verdict
  85. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 86: Home Sweet Home
  86. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 87: The Bridal Shower
  87. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 88: The Scare
  88. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 89: Nwando’s Wedding
  89. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 90: Time To Face The Music
  90. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 91: The Witch Hunt
  91. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 92: Bump Envy
  92. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 93: This Evil Family
  93. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 94: Thankful
  94. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 95: People Watching
  95. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 96: New Beginnings
  96. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 97: Dispassionately
  97. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 98: Old Woman
  98. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 99: The Premonition
  99. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 100: The Girl is Fine!
  100. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 101: Three Weeks From Now
  101. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 102: Diana & Akunna
  102. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 103: Of Daughters and Honeymoons
  103. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 104: Practice Run
  104. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 105: Cold Revenge
  105. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 106: Absolutely Nothing
  106. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 107: Selfish
  107. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 108: Back and Forth
  108. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 109: Chief Mourner
  109. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 110: He Will Never Be Mine
  110. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 111: The Showers
  111. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 112: Baby Mama
  112. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 113: Counting
  113. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 114: Soul Searching
  114. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 115: My Baby Girl
  115. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 116: Deep Sense of Knowing
  116. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 117: Judgemental
  117. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 118: The Preeclampsia Scare & The Big Lie
  118. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 119: Malice Keeper
  119. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 120: Idara
  120. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 121: The End of an Era!
  121. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 122: Rooting for Love!
  122. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 123: Unconditional Love…and Baggage!

  123. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 124: A Deep Love!

  124. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 125: Six Feet Under
  125. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 126: Omugwo Loading!

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