Accidentally Knocked Up 28: Threesome

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September 2011

Standing between the men in my life, it felt like the ground should just open up and swallow me. Being caught in between Kese’s fury and Chuba’s surprise, I could barely stand on my two feet. Things had just taken a very complicated turn.

“I think you need to leave now!” Kese snapped at Chuba, glaring at him.

“Not until I’m sure that she’s safe.” Chuba answered firmly, walking past him to ring my door bell.

The speed with which Uche answered the door showed she must have been watching everything unfold from the window.

“Uche, please keep an eye on Ose. It’s late, and she needs to be in bed.” he’d said, before turning to me. “We’ll talk tomorrow.”

As he walked away, I felt my heart catch in my throat as I realised how disappointed he would be that I’d lied to him all this while.

In anger, I’d brushed past Kese and walked into my house. I heard Uche try to restrain him from coming in.

“Uche, you better get out of my way! You didn’t let me in when I got here. I waited for her for over four hours before she finally showed up. There is nothing that’s going to keep me from talking to her tonight. So you better get out of the way or I’m going to shove my way through!”

“What do you want, Kese?! Why are you even here?!” I exclaimed in frustration. “Who even told you?!”

Uche stepped aside to let him in, and he walked in like a wounded animal.

“Ose, how could you do this?! How could you hide something like this from me! Not when you know how much I love you! How much I want to be with you!!!” he had shouted, and I was shocked to see there were tears in his eyes.

Seeing his tears destabilised me, and I was suddenly rendered speechless.

“I’ll…I’ll be in my room if you need me.” Uche had said, quietly exiting the room.

Kese and I had stood there, staring at each other. By this time, the tears were streaming freely down his face, and I had no choice but to offer him a seat.

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That was when he told me how he had run into Ejeme at a wedding in London, just the day before. He had been happy to see her, only for her to confront him about his refusal to accept responsibility for my pregnancy. When he said he thought my current boyfriend was responsible for it, he had been shocked to hear that not only was he most surely responsible, my boyfriend and I had never had sex in the first place, so there was no question.

If Ejeme had been anywhere near me, I would have strangled her with my bare hands. How dare she!

“Ose, why would you do this?” he asked, after a few minutes of silence, his voice barely a whisper. “Why would you hurt me this way?”

“Because nothing good could have come from telling you!” I blurted. “We’re over, Kese. We don’t work, and you know it! Chuba and I work. He loves me…”

“Ose, I love you! I have loved you for 14 years!”

“And you really want me to give you a reminder about what those 14 years have been like?!” I yelled back.

“Is this what this is? Punishment for what I did to you?” he asked, pained.

I shook my head. “No, Kese. This is because my heart belongs to someone else now.”

He buried his face in his hands, and wept like a baby. I had never, ever seen him like this! I was torn between wanting to comfort him and just wanting him to go away!

After what seemed like forever, he rose to his feet. “I might have lost your love, Ose…but I want my child.”

“What?!” I exclaimed, surprised I was actually surprised by this obvious declaration.

“That’s my child you are carrying, and I’m going to be here every step of the way.” he said, his voice flat.

“Kese, there’s no need for that. I’m sorry I kept you in the dark, but going forward, I’ll be sure to update you of everything you need to know…”

“I don’t think you understand me, Ose!” Kese said, his blood-shot eyes blazing anger. “I got on a plane immediately I found out about the pregnancy. I’m here to stay, Ose! And whether lover boy likes it or not, I shall be there for every doctor’s appointment, there for every scan, there for everything! You’ve shut me out for at least half of your pregnancy. I’m not going to allow you do the same for the remaining half!”

After he had left, I just sat in the living room, wanting to literally pull my hair out, strand by strand. What kind of evil wind had blown this man my way”!

The next morning, as I approached Chuba’s car, the look on his face showed me that not only had he not gotten a wink of sleep that night, he was mad as hell.

“Why did you lie to me, Ose?” he asked, as soon as I got into the car.

“Because I knew this would happen! He would show up and mess up everything!” I answered, my own sleeplessness having heightened my own frustration.

“What does he want?” Chuba asked.

“He wants to be involved in everything. He wants to be a part of the baby’s life. This is what I was trying to avoid! It just complicates everything!”

The clench in Chuba’s jaw showed that he wasn’t happy about the situation either, but he had instead nodded. “He’s the father, after all. It’s his right. But just let him know that I’m not going anywhere. We’ll be a threesome at the doctor’s appointments if it has to come to that!”

For the first time since Kese’s emergence, I had cause to smile. I had hugged my Chuba fiercely, determined not to allow my baby daddy ruin my future.

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Later that day, I went to Nehita’s house and she was furious when I told her what had happened. Without missing a beat, she had called Ejeme to demand an explanation for her action. I hadn’t spoken to Ejeme yet, as I didn’t trust myself not to insult her. Considering our 8-year age difference, I was glad that I’d had the wisdom to refrain from that. However, Nehita had 2 years on Ejeme, and could tell her anything she darned well wanted.

“What do you mean why did I tell him? Why won’t a man be informed that he has a baby on the way?!” Ejeme had snapped right back.

“Can’t you see what mess you have caused now? What if it affects Ose and Chuba?!” Nehita had screamed.

“So what if it affects Ose and Chuba? Why are we even still calling Chuba’s name?! Isn’t it obvious that Ose should be with the father of her child? What kind of soap opera are you encouraging, Nehita!”

“How will you know anything about love, when you’re not even…” luckily, Nehita caught herself before she spoke the unspeakable.

Alas, it hadn’t been quick enough.

“Because I’m not even married, right?” Ejeme had quipped, with a bitter laugh. “Well, Nehita, just because I’m not married doesn’t mean I don’t have any common sense. This is not a TV love story. This is real life. I wonder if you would have been quick to rave and rant if your own kids hadn’t been fathered by Osas. I wonder how you would have liked it!”

Having my sisters at odds over my situation didn’t make me feel any better. In fact, it made me feel worse!

For the rest of that week, I didn’t hear from Kese. Rather than feel relieved, it almost felt like the calm before the storm, as I wondered what he was plotting and planning. I was soon to find out.

That weekend, my Aunty Angela had sent for me. I thought maybe Nehita had informed her of what was happening, and that she wanted to talk to me in private. If I had known I was walking into an ambush, I would have asked Chuba to accompany me, at the very least.

Alas, I didn’t, and I hadn’t.

On getting to my Aunt’s Surulere home, I was shocked to see Kese, his mother, older brother and two uncles in my living room. My mouth had hung open seeing the crowd. What was this?!!

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The look my Aunty had given me spoke a hundred fold. She was obviously furious that I hadn’t told her Kese was responsible for the pregnancy. But she had remained quiet, the persistent wag of her foot the only indication that she was angry.

“Ah, there she is! Our wife!” Kese’s older brother, Eyitemi, had said as he rose to his feet to embrace me.

Which wife?! I cast a panicked look at my Aunty, who had simply just looked away.

“I’m sorry…but there is some kind of misunderstanding.” I said, finally speaking out. “I’m not anybody’s wife. Kese and I are not involved…”

“Yet you are carrying his child in your stomach!” remarked one of his Uncles, obviously not very entertained about being there in the first place. “What kind of a girl is this?”

“Sir,” I answered, suddenly defiant. “What happened with Kese was a mistake. I am engaged to another man!”

The other Uncle laughed. “Wonders shall never end! Pregnant for one but ready to marry another!”

“Uncle Jasper, let’s not lose focus. That’s not why we are here.” Eyitemi said, steering the conversation back. “We are here to try to make amends on Kese’s behalf, so that we can win our wife back.”

I shook my head and laughed. “I don’t mean to be rude…I really don’t. But that’s never going to happen!”

This time, nobody responded. The room had been quiet for a few minutes, save for the barely audible humming from my Aunty Angela, a sound she only made when she was stark, raving mad. Ah, I knew I was done for when the visitors left.

Suddenly, Kese’s mom rose to her feet and smiled at me. “Ose sweetie. Can I talk with you alone?”

Taken aback, I had nodded. Even though I got along well with her in the past, we had never been close enough to have private conversations. I didn’t have the courage to turn her down.

Walking with her to the dining room, she had taken my hands as soon as we sat down.

“My dear Ose! I understand how you feel. Kese didn’t treat you well at all!” she said in her strong Trinidadian accent, taking me by surprise. “He was selfish and hurt you several times. I remember his 30th birthday, when he embarrassed you with that mixed-race young girl. I didn’t like any of the things he did to you. Not one bit!”

I nodded, happy that someone on their side was finally speaking some sense.

“But Ose, as foolish as he was then, I know how much he loved you. How much he has always loved you. When he introduced you to me for the first time, at his brother’s wedding in London, I had never seen him so besotted with anyone. You were all he could talk about. Everything that came out of his mouth was ‘Ose’, ‘Ose’, ‘Ose’!”

I laughed drily. “But yet he broke up with me…not once, but several times!”

“It took him a while to grow up, Ose. But now, he has. He’s a man now. He knows what he wants. And that’s you…and that’s this beautiful baby that is the perfect manifestation of your love!”

“But that’s the thing, Ma. I don’t love him. Not anymore…”

She smiled knowingly. “I understand you are seeing someone else. I also understand why you might think your love for this person is stronger that whatever you might feel for Kese. But not only is he your first love, he is the father of your baby. That supersedes every other thing.” then she had enveloped me in a hug. “We are very patient, Ose. We won’t give up.”

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She had left me in the dining room, and their group had departed shortly after. I’d heard Kese calling my name, but chose to stay well out of sight. After the conversation I’d just had with his mother, talking with him was the last thing I needed.

When I was sure they’d gone, I went back to the living room.

“Aunty…” I said tentatively.

“Why didn’t you tell me Kese is responsible for the pregnancy?” she had asked, looking at me.

“I didn’t want you to get his family involved…” was my weak response.

She had sighed, before rising to her feet. “Well, they are involved now!”

And with that, she had walked away…and I was left with a deep sense of foreboding.

The battle line had been drawn.

 

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To catch up on Ose’s story, click one of the following links:

  1. Accidentally Knocked Up 1: The Beginning
  2. Accidentally Knocked Up 2: Not Quite a Razz Girl
  3. Accidentally Knocked Up 3: Pharaoh’s Girl
  4. Accidentally Knocked Up 4: Inferiority Complex
  5. Accidentally Knocked Up 5: Making Room
  6. Accidentally Knocked Up 6: No Place In Her Home
  7. Accidentally Knocked Up 7: Be Happy
  8. Accidentally Knocked Up 8: Stuck
  9. Accidentally Knocked Up 9: Cloud 9
  10. Accidentally Knocked Up 10: The Passport
  11. Accidentally Knocked Up 11: The Real Deal
  12. Accidentally Knocked Up 12: Reluctant Virgin
  13. Accidentally Knocked Up 13: Hurricane Kese
  14. Accidentally Knocked Up 14: A Fool For You
  15. Accidentally Knocked Up 15: Still In Love
  16. Accidentally Knocked Up 16: An Official Item
  17. Accidentally Knocked Up 17: Joy…and Pain
  18. Accidentally Knocked Up 18: The Exes
  19. Accidentally Knocked Up 19: Mr. Americana
  20. Accidentally Knocked Up 20: Chuba
  21. Accidentally Knocked Up 21: Ocean Drive
  22. Accidentally Knocked Up 22: Fancy Seeing you here
  23. Accidentally Knocked Up 23: Done For
  24. Accidentally Knocked Up 24: Denial
  25. Accidentally Knocked Up 25: Pick Up The Pieces
  26. Accidentally Knocked Up 26: The Breakup 
  27. Accidentally Knocked Up 27: Complicated

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Shey i said it, Kese was back for good and wont give up. That’s how it plays out with such guys, they love so deeply and once they’ve realised their error they are quite persistent. Now there is a child in the mix, omo Ose you are in for a long emotional battle. Typical african mentality, we women will be asked what more could we wish for when the father of our kid wants a family not just the baby…..Girl, i can’t imagine how you must feel.

  2. Certainly not Kesse. U don’t walk out on people and expect them to save spots for u. Chuba has been there and doesn’t deserve to be shown the exit!

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