(An edited & longer version. Signed book)
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My uncle looked sad and worried, he held her tight. I can’t say I understand what they are actually saying or talking about so I just listened and watched them because their backs were turned on me.
“Nothing is going to happen to me, where’s your faith, Josephine. I have already paid the doctor so he would get blood donor from another source, we just have to pray he finds one quick”
I got my uncle’s name and his wife’s, Mark and Josephine. I have always known them as Uncle and Aunty, my mother calls her brother…Nna m, Ezinwanne or my brother, so I never knew his real name till today.
They talked quite strangely and in a low voice, my heart tightened because I felt afraid that they are really talking about Chris and his life is at stake but I wondered why they are not giving him a donor, what’s happening?
“What are we going to do about, Jenny? Your sister will…” My aunt started in a cool voice wiping her tears but my uncle cutted her off.
“When she fully recovers, then we will bring it up, for now, let’s face one problem at a time and Chris’s situation must be number one priority for us” he said to her and hugged her.
I wanted to keep quiet and pretend I didn’t hear anything but I guess my mouth couldn’t just snap shut, “What about me?” I asked quickly.
They turned sharply to look at me in awe, of course they didn’t know I had been awake and I heard half if not all of their conversation which they had thought it’s between them.
“Ummm…how are you feeling now, Jennifer?” My aunt cleared her throat and came to sit down beside me on the small bed.
“Aunt, please tell me what’s wrong with me and what is Chris’s situation, don’t hide it from me, I am alright now” I begged, informing her that I can withstand anything she tells me no matter how hard it is.
“You see, we were talking about your health actually, the doctor said you will be discharged tomorrow morning and…”
“Aunt! You and I know that’s not what you two were talking about, Uncle, please talk to me, I want to know what’s wrong with me and Chris, please?” I looked at my uncle then.
“I don’t think there’s a point in keeping this from you because you will still find out anyway, Jenny, you are pregnant and the doctor said it’s two weeks” my uncle said looking at me intently.
My mouth opened and closed, my eyes widened and I shivered. I saw this coming but I didn’t expect them to find out like this, I felt ashamed and I could only mope at him.
“If the pregnancy is two weeks old, that simply means you got it here, don’t lie to me, Jennifer, I won’t be hard on you, who is responsible?” My aunt said quietly, holding my hand.
I diverted my eyes to look at her dumbfounded because I didn’t expect her to still speak to me in such a manner. Now, what answer am I going to give her?
She has been so good to me and I never wanted or imagined that I would disappoint my parents or my uncle and aunt like this. What have I gotten myself into?
The last stroke that will break the camel’s back is when she knows who is responsible, will she ever forgive me?
Oh God! How did I get myself into this mess? What was wrong with me to mindlessly permit my cousin to commit incest with me and how will I be able to live with the shame? What would people think of me? Oh! How disappointed will my parents be?!
“Jen? Am talking to you, tell me the truth and I promise, I won’t be harsh, okay? You are old enough to have a boyfriend though I didn’t expect this from you but I understand” she said again.
“Don’t pressure her too much, she’s yet to recover fully from her bad experience, let her talk when she is ready” my uncle advised and held his wife.
She shrugged and stood up, they gave me one last look before they left me alone to wallow in self pity. This is it, Jen! What else were you expecting?
A nurse came in to check on me. I can’t tell what exactly she was doing because my mind had left my body. I thought about my poor parents.
My education and how my life changed in just three weeks and four days, I haven’t spent a full month here and I have gotten myself into trillion troubles.
I can’t even cry, the only thing I’m more worried about is Chris, nothing should happen to him because I can’t stand to lose him especially now that I need him the most.
I can’t make any decision on my own most especially since his parents already know about it, when my mind snapped back to reality, the nurse was already leaving so I called her back immediately.
“Please, tell me how my cousin is doing? I hope nothing serious is wrong with him?” I cried.
“Don’t worry dear, he is in safe hands, you can’t be like this on your condition, okay?” She advised and left.
I touched my stomach slightly and a chill ran through me. Something is growing inside me, another human being from the man I love. Why then am I not happy?
This love is forbidden, does it also mean that my baby is a forbidden fruit? God forbid! There must be hope for me and Chris, he will wake up and we will find a solution to this…
For now, what should I tell my aunt and uncle about who’s responsible for my pregnancy? Caleb is not even a choice because the last chaos we caused is still fresh in his memory.
I stood up slowly, my head did a merry-go-round and it felt too heavy for my neck to carry but I kept looking straight until my eyes focused.
One hand was plastered on the wall, the other on the bed. I pushed myself up and removed the wires from my hands and found my way out. I really want to see Chris, God please keep him safe for me.
I can’t live without him and he’s the father of the seed growing inside me. I don’t want to lose him; all these thoughts ran through my mind and I said silent prayers as I looked around the big hallway.
“Jesus Christ! What are you doing outside? How did you manage to stand up? Can’t you see you are not yet fit to walk around?!!” A nurse yelped and ran towards me when she got a glimpse of me.
She held me close and wanted to lead me back inside but I shook my head and refused to move, “I… I want to…see Chris, please” I begged her.
“He’s still unconscious, you can’t see him now and…”
“No! I must see him, it’s all my fault and I am the one that put him in that condition, let me just see him even if for a minute, please” I held the nurse tight on her arm.
“Oh doc! Thank God you are here” the nurse exhaled when the doctor appeared from one of the wards, surprise was written all over his face.
“What’s going on here, nurse?” He asked and looked from the nurse to me.
My legs became weak and buckled, my head started spinning like a rollercoaster and my eyes slid close, I went against the nurse and kept mumbling that they should take me to Chris…
Voices woke me up, I am on the bed again and wires fixed on my two arms, my aunt right beside me and Lisa too.
“Sister Jennifer?!” Nancy called me and struggled to climb up the bed but Lisa reached from behind and lifted her to her laps so she would be able to touch me.
“How are you doing, Jenny?” Lisa asked and wiped off prickly heats from my forehead, I looked at her and lifted my cheeks in an attempt to smile.
The door opened and the doctor came in followed by my uncle and one other man that I know nothing about, my aunt jumped to her feet immediately.
“What are you doing here?!” She barked at the man and almost hitted him if not for my uncle’s intervention.
“Calm down, Josephine,” my uncle held his wife. It sounded funny to hear my uncle call his wife by her name. But the situation didn’t call for laughter.
“How could you do this to me, Mark! This man killed my sister!! I told you that I don’t want to ever see his ugly face!!!” My aunt howled and lunged towards the man again but my uncle was stronger than her…
When I took a closer look at the man, I could see the resemblance and Chris’s features in him, his quiet and gentle nature. Gosh! His face is a replica of Chris’.
I wondered who he was so I looked from him to my aunt and her husband. I got curious because I’m confused just like the doctor and every other person in the room.
“Calm down, honey, this is not the time for all that drama, Chris must be alive first and then we will sit down and settle our differences amicably” my uncle began in his usual let-peace-reign manner.
My aunt jabbed him and pushed herself away from him. She’s really angry and she’s now crying as she pushed the man to leave the room.
“I will never forgive you! If anything happens to my son, I will make sure you spend the rest of your life behind closed doors!!” She kept asking the man out amidst tears.
The man stood and took all her pushes without flinching, the only words he stammered once was, “am… really sorry”
“Mmmm….” The doctor cleared his throat.
“Well, gentlemen and woman, this is a hospital and as you can see, you are disturbing my patients. Let’s behave like adults”
My aunt gave the man one last jerk and ran into her husband’s arms, that was quite a display of emotion and I felt sad for what is happening because it’s all my fault, after all.
It’s truly my fault but I guess I did the right thing, where would I and Chris be now? Isn’t it better that what happened is unfolding the truth and though it’s still confusing, I know I will still get the history from A-Z.
“Are you okay?” My uncle asked his wife worriedly and she nodded. Nancy came down from Lisa’s laps and ran to her parents.
“I… I will just give him the blood and…go, I know I will never make a good father, I won’t disturb your…peace after today… I… I am really sorry” the man stuttered and looked over at the doctor.
“Let’s go then, there’s not much time to waste” the doctor said, understandingly and they left together.
“Ehm…how are you doing, Jenny?” My uncle came to my side when my aunt calmed down.
I nodded and smiled painfully. “Who was…that man?” I asked curiously.
“He’s just an old friend, nothing to worry about and he’s going to give Chris blood, so Chris will be fine soon” He said bluntly.
“Have you called my mother? She must be really worried about me” I inquired, forgetting the man for a while.
“I talked to her, they don’t know about this yet but I gave them a good reason why you didn’t come home two days ago” he replied and I gave him a surprise look.
“Two days ago? Does that mean I have been unconscious for two whole days?!” My head hurts badly especially when I try to raise my voice.