Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 92: This Evil Family

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May 4th, 2013

Waking up with a sudden burst of energy, I decided to go to the market, to shop for foodstuff, and possibly even cook for my husband…for the first time in weeks (if not months sef!). So, I drove to the market near my neighborhood, and literally shopped till I dropped, buying baskets of tomatoes, onions, and enough foodstuff to stock in my freezer till I drop this baby. Midway through, I started feeling a bit achy, and worried if I’d perhaps overdone it. But all it took to get me back to my normal self was a cold bottle of malt drink. Aaaaah! One of my best parts of coming to the market.

When I got home, I immediately got to work in the kitchen, washing meat and chicken, cutting vegetables, and bagging anything I wouldn’t immediately need. Before long, I had pots of stew, edikang ikong soup, and jollof rice brewing. The look of ecstasy on my husband’s face more than made up for all the stress and wahala. I’d forgotten how good it feels to cook for my man.

After I’d dished his meal, I set about to do something I knew I had to do. Yes, my brother is now married, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon the woman also carrying his baby….

So, after a quickshower, I dished a little of everything into small coolers, and set off to the hospital Akunna was admitted in. I didn’t want to drag Patrick through any potentially ugly situation, so I decided to go alone.

Getting there, after a timid knock, I opened the door gently to let myself in. The curtains were drawn, and the lights and TV were off. The room looked dreary…to say the least.

“Akunna…” I called out tentatively.

She was lying on her bed, and didn’t stir at first. I couldn’t even see well enough to decipher if she was sleeping or awake. I half walked, half tiptoed into the room, and as I was putting the food basket on the floor, she sat up.

“Faith?!” she exclaimed “What do you want?!”

“Hi Akunna…how are you?” I asked nervously. “I…I brought you some food. I finally got the strength to cook, so I thought you might like to eat something different, for a change?”

She grunted. “Why this sudden act of kindness? Is this pity or what?!”

I didn’t even know how to answer that question.

“What did you bring?” she asked.

“Some pounded yam and editing ikong soup…as well as jollof rice…just in case you don’t feel like swallowing…”

“Let me have the pounded yam,” she muttered.

“Can I turn the lights on?” I asked, almost afraid of what the answer would be.

“Suit yourself,” she muttered, lying down again.

“Where’s your Mom?” I asked, as I dished the food, grateful I’d had the presence of mind to bring plates and cutlery from home. The last thing I wanted to do was to have to ask her for anything more.

“Home, I suppose. She said I’m depressing her…” she answered drily.

I stole a glance at her. I’ve seen a number of sides of Akunna…annoying, arrogant, condescending, saucy, rude, scheming, conniving…but I have never seen her so deadpan and melancholy.

“So…” she said, with forced enthusiasm which I later realized was sarcasm. “My baby daddy finally married his sugar mummy!”

I set the food down in front of her, determined not to lose my cool. It was understandable for her to be angry, so I decided not to take her comment to heart.

“You’re keeping quiet?” she said, taunting me. “Tell me how it went na! You that lied at work, so you could attend the wedding!”

I inhaled deeply. “It went very well.”

“But is that how it was doing them? Were they so desperate to marry that they couldn’t wait till after her discharge from hospital? Getting married in a common room though!” she remarked, as she ate the food. “Or were they so scared of what danger I could pose? Was she scared that I would win Phillip back?”

I had to bite my tongue from telling her that she was the least of all the considerations that had led to the rushed wedding.

“And there you were…laughing like a clown!” she retorted, giving me a dirty look. “Faith, you are the real definition of slow poison! You’ll be acting all nice and friendly with me, but killing me behind!”

This time, I couldn’t keep silent.

“Why wouldn’t I laugh and be happy at my brother’s wedding?” I asked angrily. “Have I ever given you the impression that I’m anything of supportive of his relationship with Diana? I am showing you love and friendship because you are going to be the mother of his child…not because I’m in your corner in this love triangle. So please…don’t get it twisted!”

“What is going on here?!” came a voice from the door.

My eyes widened, as I recognised that voice. The last thing I needed was yet another confrontation with Akunna’s mom.

“What are you doing? Who brought you that food you’re eating??!” she shrieked at her daughter.

“Faith did…”

Akunna had barely answered the question, when her Mom grabbed the plates, and emptied their contents into the bin.

“You are a big fool! So you mean if I hadn’t come here now, you would have eaten food from this evil family?! Do you know if they are trying to poison you?! Don’t you think they’ll want you out of the way?!!” she screamed.

Akunna licked her fingers. “Mom, you didn’t have to throw the food away! That soup made plenty of sense!”

The woman spouted a few choice words in Ibo, which I assumed were insults directed at her daughter, before she turned to me.

“You better get out of here, before I throw you out!” she shouted. “And carry the rest of your rotten food with you!”

I gently rose to my feet, and made to carry my basket. I kuku don’t know who sent me.

“And tell your brother that we are discharging ourselves from this useless hospital! We don’t need any handouts from your family!”

In unison, Akunna and I exclaimed, “What??!”

The older woman turned to her daughter. “Yes! Your father and I have decided, and it’s final! We don’t need to take anything from this family. Since they feel it is fine for their son to marry another woman, then so be it! We will take care of you ourselves! You are moving back to your Uncle’s hospital!”

“In Isolo?!” I heard myself exclaim.

“What are you still doing here?! Or do you want to take Akunna’s place on that hospital bed?”

I quickly scampered out of the room.

In the car, I sent Phillip a text to tell him what Akunna’s family is planning to do. I hope, for her sake, that they won’t carry out that threat.

 

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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
  90. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 90: The Witch Hunt
  91. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 91: Bump Envy

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