Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 68: Dim-Witted Brother!

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April 9th, 2013

I tossed and turned all night, livid about the fact that my brother and best friend have played me for a fool, all this while.

When morning came, I didn’t even bother calling Phillip, or Idara, to ask any questions. To be honest, I didn’t even care what nonsense they would say. Probably more lies! Even though I wouldn’t have taken Akunna’s words as gospel truth on a given day, I knew she wasn’t lying about this.

Once at work, I went to the ladies’ toilet, and made a long distance call to Diana. I wanted to know if the katakata had already burst.

After the initial pleasantries, and questions about how she was doing, how the shopping was going, hope she wasn’t stressing herself, blab bla bla, I had to come out with it.

“So, have you seen my friend? Has she come to get her stuff?” I asked, trying to sound casual.

“Oh, you mean Idara? Yes, she was here last night. Such a lovely lady!” Diana exclaimed.

I managed a strained laugh. “Oh, really?”

“We had such a good time yesterday! She had so many funny stories about Phillip!” Diana said, laughing as if remembering one of these so-called funny stories. “I didn’t know she’s been your friend for that long!”

Friend. Some friend!

Satisfied that there had been no bomb explosion, I wrapped up the call, and immediately called my brother. In a flat voice, I told him about the condition I had met Akunna in, and how she has agreed to the terms of our counter agreement, on the condition that he makes himself more present in her life.

“Is she a joker?!” my foolish brother retorted. “She doesn’t think I have better things to do than…”

“Look, can we end this stupidity, once and for all?!” I exclaimed, in a tone that shocked even me. “The girl has finally agreed. All she is asking is for a few hours of your time, a few days a week! It is not too much to ask! I think we have even gotten off easy! Even Diana would understand why Akunna, a pregnant woman, would want some form of support, especially now that she is so vulnerable! All hands have to be on deck, to make sure that your son isn’t born before he should!”

I heard the smile in Phillip’s voice. “My son?”

I had to smile, in spite of myself. “Congrats Daddy! It’s a boy!”

“I’ll make the hospital arrangements now.” Phillip said. “And…I’ll see her as soon as she’s moved there. Aint no way I’m going to Isolo!”

I rolled my eyes and hissed. Don’t be annoyed oh. Island boy! As if the Festac where you grew up isn’t more out-of-the-way than the Isolo.

“Meanwhile!” I just had to ask. “You and Idara?”

“What about Idara and I?” he asked, with a hint of defiance in his voice.

“Apparently, you two didn’t just have a brief fling?” I asked, half hoping he would deny it.

“That Akunna! Her mouth honestly needs a padlock!” he muttered.

I shook my head and laughed, humourlessly. “So, it’s true. And neither of you thought it wise to let me know!”

“There was nothing for you to know! We didn’t owe you…or anyone…any explanation!” he retorted. “We were two adults, with an amazing physical, emotional, and spiritual connection!”

I laughed again, and would have clapped my hands if I wasn’t in a work environment. “Spiritual fa? So, how come you kept her as your side chick? If the ‘connection’ was so strong, why didn’t you wife her? I know Mom would have loved the idea of having an Efik daughter-in-law! Why didn’t you make an honest woman of her?”

Phillip kept quiet for a while. “Anything beyond that would spoil what we have.”

It took a few seconds for it to dawn on me. “Have? Have??! Present tense??!”

“Look, I’m not cheating on Diana, if that’s what you’re thinking.” Phillip snapped. “But Idara is still my closest friend. She is still my prayer partner. I still talk to her everyday!”

I felt the blood drain from my face. “Are you kidding me right now?!” I shrieked. “So, you expect me to believe that you two aren’t sleeping with each other anymore?!”

“It’s hard to sleep with someone on another continent, isn’t it!” Phillip said, sarcastically.

“My friend, shut your mouth, and don’t try to be smart there!” I yelled, not caring about the occupants of the other toilet stalls. “So, what happens if you go to London, or if she comes to Nigeria? We should all hold our breath, and pray you two don’t reignite your ‘physical’ connection?!”

“Faith, I love Diana! I would never do that to her. She is my everything! I guess I didn’t love Akunna enough to be faithful to her, but I would never do that to my wife!”

“You don’t think she would be just as hurt about the fact that you are still having an emotional affair with Idara? That Idara is your ‘closest friend’ and ‘prayer partner’? You think she’ll be happy with that?”

He had no response for me, and, in anger, I terminated the call. I sat in the cubicle, for a few more minutes, wanting to call Idara, to give her a piece of my mind. But I decided against it. Her actions have shown that we’re not as close as I thought we were. So, there’s really no need, wasting my breath, with the ‘why did you’ or ‘why didn’t you’ conversation. I’ll just conserve my energy to make sure my dim-witted brother doesn’t spoil the good thing he has.

Men!

 

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Catch up on Faith’s story 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…and Pain
  18. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 18: Hostage
  19. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 19: Ammunition
  20. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 20: Famzing
  21. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 21: Stress Relief
  22. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 22: Diana
  23. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 23: Bestos
  24. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 24: The Miscarriage 
  25. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 25: In God’s Hands
  26. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 26: Crossing the line
  27. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 27: Last Minute Packing
  28. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 28: Ex-Girlfriend
  29. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 29: Not just friends
  30. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 30: Fight for him
  31. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 31: Faded Beauty
  32. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 32: Holiday Glow
  33. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 33: The Proposals 
  34. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 34: Baby Kicks
  35. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 35: Celebration Dinner
  36. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 36: Rainbow Baby
  37. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 37: Lunch with the girls
  38. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 38: Wedding Season
  39. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 39: Mama Patrick
  40. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 40: Misplaced Love
  41. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 41: Okafor’s Law
  42. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 42: Forgiveness
  43. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 43: Get it over with
  44. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 44: Family Meeting
  45. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 45: The Goof
  46. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 46: Worship
  47. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 47: Gender
  48. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 48: The Introduction
  49. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 49: Messy
  50. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 50: Passionate Love
  51. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 51: Instagram Drama
  52. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 52: 21 Weeks
  53. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 53: Oppressed
  54. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 54: Age is just a number
  55. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 55: Legally Together
  56. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 56: Monkey on my back
  57. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 57: Your secret is safe with me
  58. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 58: Spring in my step
  59. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 59: Level don change
  60. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 60: It’s my time
  61. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 61: Drama and Baby Kicks
  62. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 62: Love, Joy, Fear
  63. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 63: Owerri
  64. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 64: Untouchable
  65. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 65: Foot Soldiers
  66. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 66: Dem say, Dem say
  67. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 67: The Side Chick and the Fiancee

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