Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 90: The Witch-Hunt

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May 2nd, 2013

I’m not sure how I found the strength to follow Juliet to my ED’s office. But somehow, I’d managed to. Walking behind her, I kept repeating in my head, everything Patrick had told me this morning. I had to find a way to believe that everything I’d worked for, all the years I’d put into the company, would not go up in a ball of flames, no thanks to my not being able to reign in my emotions, and keep my mouth shut!

We finally got to her office, and for the first time since that awful evening at the hospital, three weeks ago, there we were, my ED and I, face to face.

“Good…mor…good afternoon Ma.” I stuttered, realizing it was past noon now.

As she looked at me, I couldn’t even decipher if she was looking at me with hatred, vindictiveness, anger…nothing. It was the best poker face I’d even seen on anybody.

“Leave us,” she said to Juliet.

When we were alone, she said nothing at first. She didn’t offer me a seat, and I didn’t ask for one. So, she’d sat, and I’d stood there…in silence.

“I’m told you were asked to be on bed rest,” she finally said, with what I could clearly detect was sarcasm.

“Y…yes Ma!” I answered nervously.

“I didn’t know bedrest involved you hopping all over the world. We saw pictures of your brother’s wedding…and there you were in more than a few shots,” she added, with a sly smile.

Ye! Ye! Ye! Ye! What was I thinking, allowing Phillip and Diana tag me in their Facebook pictures, especially when I’d lied at work about the reason for my extended absence??! But wait a second! I suddenly realized I was losing point of the conversation here! Was it the fact that I’d lied about my trip, or the fact that Phillip is now married to ‘the other woman’.

“Well? Wasn’t that you in the pictures? You sure didn’t look like you were on bedrest to me!” she insisted.

At this point, I knew I had to just throw away all the fear, and be as truthful as I could be.

“Well? You’re not answering? I take it you were not on bedrest then?” she asked again.

“No, Ma.” I answered, staring straight ahead.

“I know it wasn’t coincidental that your request came only a day after our…discussion at the hospital that evening.”

I cleared my throat. “No, it wasn’t Ma”. There was no more need to lie. At this point, I was ready for anything. Whatever would be, would be!

“With all the bravado with which you spoke to me, I’m actually surprised you ran away like a scared mouse! I was actually ready for you the next day,” she remarked.

When I didn’t answer, she motioned for me to sit down. If we weren’t alone in the office, I would have looked around, to be sure that she was talking to the right person. But, as it was just us two, I slowly found my way to her visitor’s chair.

“Look…you should have known better than to accuse me of trying to witch hunt or bully you. In all the months that have followed the revelation of you as the sister of the man who impregnated my niece, have I done anything to directly give you that impression?” she asked.

I was momentarily taken aback, before finding the voice to answer, “But Akunna’s Mom said…”

“Forget what my sister said. She was…and still is…very angry about the whole thing, and would say pretty much anything!” she answered. “But I expected you to know better than to accuse me of using something from both our personal lives to penalize you here at work. Do you honestly think I would jeopardise my stellar career, of almost 30 years, for something so…so trivial?”

Trivial?!

“Don’t get me wrong, I am very angry about the whole situation! I do not like the fact that a man strung my niece on for so long, tied her down, prevented her from meeting other people, and abandoned her in the blink of an eye, with a baby in her stomach! And yes, seeing you reminds me of the situation, which is why I might have appeared angry more than a few times,” she leaned forward. “But I have worked too hard to lose my head over what is clearly a family issue.”

I stared at her in shock, not quite knowing what to make of what I was hearing.

“For as long as you continue working hard here, you have nothing to worry about. We will just have to find a way to…to peacefully coexist here,” my ED concluded. “So, no need to run away under false pretext next time.”

“Y…yes Ma. Thank you, Ma!” I said, scrambling to my feet, eager to get out of the office before she changed her mind.

“So, they got married? Jacob’s sister and your brother?” she asked, as I stood up.

I nodded, and she smiled sadly. “Akunna found the pictures on Facebook…by chance. Seeing those pictures broke her. She cried for days. I think she still nursed hope for a reconciliation, but the wedding pretty much killed any hope for that. My niece might be an airhead and a schemer…but it hurts me to see her so broken…”

To my surprise, I actually felt a rising feeling of pity for the Akunna. I can’t imagine how she must have felt, seeing those pictures on Facebook. Poor girl.

“Anyway…I guess congratulations are in order,” my ED said, with a stiff smile. “I wish them all the happiness.”

I think I even curtsied. “Thank you, Ma!”

“And that is the last time we will have this discussion here in the office!” my ED declared. “But when we are outside the walls of this company, I would advice you cross the road when you see me!” and then, she had given a very creepy smile.

I smiled back nervously, and quickly scampered out of her office, not believing the size of the bullet I’d just dodged.

So, I live to fight, and be employed, another day!

 

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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
  68. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 68: Dim-Witted Brother
  69. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 69: Day from hell
  70. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 70: A Cancelled Wedding & a Kept Woman
  71. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 71: From Bad to Worst
  72. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 72: The Confrontation
  73. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 73: Away we go!
  74. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 74: Birthday Girl
  75. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 75: Caught Red-Handed
  76. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 76: Played by a Master Manipulator
  77. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 77: Showdown
  78. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 78: Sad Tears, Happy Tears
  79. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 79: Not the forever kind of love
  80. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 80: My Sacred Vow to You
  81. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 81: Facebook Likes
  82. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 82: Pregnancy Queue
  83. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 83: Braxton Hicks
  84. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 84: The Verdict
  85. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 85: Home Sweet Home
  86. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 86: The Bridal Shower
  87. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 87: The Scare
  88. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 88: Nwando’s Wedding
  89. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 89: Time to face the music

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I knew Aunt Josephine knew she was in london for the wedding. She seems to know everything but honestly, her reaction shocked me. She is being really professional about this. Either that or @faith‘s comments at the hospital really got her thinking.

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