Betrayals and Funerals – 25

Things started going a lot smoother for us after the incident. We didn’t spend nearly as much time together as we used to…but every minute was worth it.

It was like we were dating all over again. We arranged dates and behaved like two teenagers in love for the first time. It was simply amazing.
Yes, there were times I couldn’t seem to wipe away the picture of Mo and Ruby together but it was easier to deal with it.

And just when I thought my life was getting back together, something happened that was to change the course of my life again.
It was one of my counselling sessions with Pastor B, this wasn’t about my marriage so Mo wasn’t present.
“When are you going to tell Mo?” Pastor B asked as I was about leaving.
“Tell Mo what?” I asked, surprised.
“About the baby.” He was smiling at me.
“What? What baby?” I plopped back into the seat…astonished.
He searched my face, bewildered. “It’s okay if you want to keep it a secret from me, Kemi. But I’m happy for you.”
I opened my mouth to speak, no words came out. What was he talking about?
“What are you talking about Pastor?” I asked finally.
“You don’t know?” He stared at me. “Oh my…you really don’t know.”
“Are you implying I’m pregnant?” The most stupid question of the century, I know.
“I’m no doctor but I believe the Holy Spirit doesn’t lie. Visit the hospital and confirm it.”
“I…it can’t be true.” I said lamely.
“Why not? It’s a blessing. God’s gift. You should be pleased.”
“It’s not true Pastor. You must be mistaken. I’m…”
Even as I protested, I could hear the doubt in my words. Hadn’t I been feeling dizzy and weak recently? Come to think of it, I’d had two bouts of nausea which I’d dismissed as a stomach flu.

“Go to the hospital. Confirm it. Tell Mo.” Pastor B issued his ever-wise counsel.
“No!” I yelled. “No! Please don’t tell Mo. Please…I…I have to be sure.”
“It’s your responsibility to do that Kems. Just don’t do anything rash, okay?”
“Rash? Of course not.”
I exited the office in a zombie like state. It couldn’t be. I didn’t want a baby. At least not now.
Shirley had been gone only seven months and I was still hurting from the loss, how could I bring another child into this world? I wasn’t sure I was capable of loving another baby the way I’d loved Shirley. I’d used up all the motherly love I could possibly exhibit. Every motherly instinct I had, had died with Shirley.
These were the thoughts running through my head as I drove. It wasn’t until I was there did I realise that I’d driven to the hospital.
I would do the test and get it over with. Pastor B had to be wrong. What Holy Spirit would give him such precise information?

As soon as I got to the hospital, I realised it was a stupid idea. Why do a pregnancy test based on…what? That’s what I kept telling myself as I strolled into the hospital and headed straight for my doctor’s office. I wasn’t pregnant. I was sure of that; I just needed to convince Pastor B of that.

I couldn’t be pregnant. I was on the pill. This could not be happening to me. No! I couldn’t handle that now.
“Kemi!” My doctor, Doctor Bala received me enthusiastically.

I’d always had undenied access to him at the hospital. We’d known each other for years. He’d even birthed Shirley.

“Hey handsome doc.” I returned his greeting as heartily as possible.
He laughed boisterously. “Come, sit and tell me how you are. You’re lucky I’m not on call now.”
I didn’t want to talk; I wanted to get this test over with. But I couldn’t tell him that so I chatted with him a little.
“S, what brings you here?” He asked ten minutes later.
“I want you to run some tests on me please.”
“Why? Something wrong?”
I blinked. Was something wrong with me?
“Er…no. Just regular check-up. I need to know how my health is.”
He eyed me. “You sure that’s all?”
I nodded. “Just run every possible test on me, Doc. Been feeling a little woozy lately.”
“Alrighty then. Get on that bed. I’ll be with you in a bit.”

An hour later I walked out of the hospital, still trembling. My results would be ready the next day, he’d said.

Somehow I couldn’t wait. The suspense was killing me. I wanted to rush to the nearest mall and get the manual pregnancy test thing. Although they weren’t reliable all the time, I could get my answer within minutes.

I willed myself to go home. I was nervous over nothing.
Mo called just as I got home. I still didn’t understand his need to punish himself and earn my trust again. I’d forgiven him and I wanted him back home. I’d told him that countless times but he’d simply shaken his head while insisting on his penance.

Forgiveness is one of the easiest things to do when you look beyond the crime of the person and see the things that made you love that person in the first place. If anyone had told me weeks ago that Mo and I would be back together as lovey dovey as before…I’d have tagged the person as insane.
It still awed me. That good feeling you get when you forgive a crime so huge. It’s a lot easier to forgive than to hate. Takes less stress anyway.
“Hi, babe.” I answered the call.
“You busy?” He asked.
“Nah…just getting home. What’s up?”
“Nothing much. Missing you is all. You were out?”
“Yes, I…” I stopped. I’d been about to tell him I went to the hospital. “I went for a drive. You?”
“Hmmm…nice. Well, I had an event to cover this morning. I just got back.”
“Sounds interesting. What kinda event?”
“A Hollywood thingy. I needed a date but it was such short notice that I couldn’t ask you.”
“Oh. Had fun?”
“It was work mostly. Met some important people, though. We still up for tomorrow?”
The next day was Sunday and we’d decided to go for Karaoke night at a club. It was my first in a long time and I was seriously looking forward to it.
“Sure. Why not? Except you have somewhere else to be…” I teased.
“Actually, my mum asked me to dinner but I took a rain check because I’d rather be with you. The things men do for love.”
I laughed, feeling good all of a sudden. Everything was going to be alright.
Or so I thought…

Doctor Bala called me Sunday afternoon to tell me my test results were ready and asked me if I wanted to get them immediately or if I could wait till the weekend was over. Are you kidding me?? I couldn’t wait. I drove straight from church to the hospital.
I needed to set my heart at rest and hear the good news of my un-pregnant state.

He welcomed me heartily when I entered his office. And somehow he sensed my impatience because he went straight to business…
“So, is everything okay?” I asked.
“Yes. Much more than okay in fact.”
That could only mean one thing. I wasn’t pregnant. Yes!
“May I see the results?” I asked, not like I would understand it anyways.
He handed it to me. “You’re fine. Nothing wrong with you. Have no fear.”
I smiled, thinking…take that Pastor! Did you hear that? I’m fine…
“Except, you’re pregnant.”
I’d been too busy gloating that I’d blocked out the rest of Doctor Bala’s words. The word ‘pregnant’ jolted me back to reality.
“What? I’m sorry what did you say?” I asked.
“Congratulations Kemi. You’re pregnant. You and Mo should be very happy.”


44 thoughts on “Betrayals and Funerals – 25” by Mimiadebayo (@Mimiadebayo)

  1. Is Kemi okay?She should be happy jor. She has her husband back and a baby on the way.

  2. @Borry Yes!!! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  3. @frances Ask her oo! But you never know… people are different and she’s Kemi after all.
    Thanks for reading!

  4. I wonda y she’s sad… according to d story,she thinks she cant love d baby just like d way she loves shirley,coz she said all her motherly love was burried wit shirley,nd dat its just 7 month she lost shirley………hmmmmm,sista mimi,welldone

  5. Ghan, Ghan, Ghan, Ghan,……… Ghan!!!
    It’s getting better everyday, on this beat. I like, I like, I like.
    Well done again.Looking forward to the next installment.

  6. I think it is just that she hasn’t yet adjusted properly to losing Shirley as well as the Issh with Mo a la Ruby. One feels overwhelmed when even good things happen out of season.

    Sweeri Mimiiiiii, here s to ya. Two thumbs up.

    1. @hymar stop with all these “sweerie” and “dear ” things abeg…u wan give the poor girl diabetes ni? lol

      Make una carry una lovey lovey things away from public jor…it’s distracting us..

      1. Doctor @Topazo, Werrin I do na? No be de Good Book say make we loaf one another? Choi, which diabetes? Leaf me and my Mimiiiiii alone joor. .

        1. @topazo Ah ah! Am not complaining na.
          You dey distracted?
          Oya come let’s talk na. Lovey -dovey things.Hehehehe.
          No make @Hymar hear oo. Lol.

  7. Thanks for stopping by @Nkemmercy. And I appreciate the comment.Please do keep reading. Thank you!

  8. @LEROY Thanks for liking dear. Next installment coming up soon.

  9. well, am quite sure you’re right, @Hymar Thanks darl for the thumbs!

  10. I understand her concerns tho..but she should tell MO and they will sort it out together..

    Kisses to you Mimi

  11. Everyone does not get this lucky…….that baby might have been in some other woman’s womb.

    I’ll continue reading……

  12. Kisses to you @schatzilein Thank you for always reading and commenting.

  13. @namdi very true. I hope she understands that. Thanks for dropping by.

  14. So far so good…but I’m not counting my eggs yet, I don’t so much trust Kemi. Things may yet twist.
    Well done Mimi, you got me glued

  15. i didn’t read this from the scratch so i don’t know what happened between Kemi and her husband. But i still like it.

    1. Thanks for liking @bunmiril you can check out previous episodes.

  16. @Mimi you can write o! Got me from the start of this episode to d end, your languge flows easily. Great story too! Kudos!

  17. Okay, that should’ve been *language*/writing style :)

  18. Just like fine wine B n F only gets better by the day. I may just drop my pen in positive protest. Lol. Well done Mimi.

    1. @segunegbeyinka, Hope you have voted for my short story yet? Click here: Your vote is so precious to me.
      Thank you. Get your friends to just vote once please. Multiple voting by one person have been cancelled.

  19. Dancing here. I guessed right!

  20. @Mimi Ummh! This christian girl! This better turn out to be a novel o.
    Weldone dear, u always keep me glued.

  21. Readjustment, she would fall in line, hopefully.
    Nice one, Mimi. Well done, $ß.

  22. Still waiting. Am sure there is a part yet to unfold, “Ruby plot”. Enjoyed ur story, it keeps me coming for more.

  23. Thank you @Chime221. Remain glued.

  24. Thank you @Chime221. Remain

    1. Really funny; the idea of remaining glued…but I think I’d skip and come back when the next part is out. Lol

  25. @chymdiinma Thanks a mil dearie. I appreciate you stopping by.

  26. Positive protest! Lol! @segunEGBEYINKA Your words crack me up But Thank you for sticking with me.

  27. Yes you did @Nalongo You’re good! Thank you for reading!!!

  28. @Rowzlyn a novel,when y’all have read it!! Nah… don’t think so. But Thank you trendy! I appreciate you reading.

  29. Yes hopefully @sibbylwhyte Thank you dear for dropping by.

  30. Am sure there is a part for that too. @jayrume welcome to NS. And am mighty glad you enjoyed this!

  31. So happy for them. Hoping they are gonna be fine soon.
    Good work Mimi.

  32. #Smiling# You are welcome dear.

  33. Finally, the glue that will hold the broken pieces together…now isn’t God just good?

    Well done

  34. @topazo Yes he is.Thanks dear.

  35. she should be happy I guess???

  36. @Fadehan she has her reasons na. Lol. Thanks for reading.

  37. I’ve really discovered some great work here

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