She woke up with so much pains; at a point, she thought she was going to pass out. She curled into a ball and bit at her pillow. Tears ran down her face like a broken dam. She had no idea how long the pain was going to last. She had ran out of the medication Doctor Femi had given her.
She had no desire to return to the hospital and request for more. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with Keshinro and his family doctor again. He was the reason she was in her present state. He had tried calling her on several occassion, but she had ignored his calls. Whenever he came to visit, her doors were always locked. She wanted him out of her life for good.
She had not been able to resume work since she was discharged from the hospital. Her colleagues were worried about her and they had wished her quick recovery. She had lied to them when they called that she was recovering from food poisoning. What else was she supposed to tell them? Hence, Maimuna informed her that their boss had given her two weeks sick leave.
‘Oh God! Oh God! Help me! I cannot bear this pains any longer.’
Kabira stood at the door looking frustrated. She had been knocking at the door and pressing the door bell for quite some time. She knew Promise was home, but she doesn’t know why she had refused to open her door. She had also tried calling, but her phone was switched off.
‘What is wrong with this girl? At times she just acts like she is loco or something.’
“Hi Kabira, how are you doing?”
She turned towards the voice and came face to face with Keshinro.
“Good day sir.”
“Is Promise home?”
A frown replaced her smile, “Yes sir. But, she has refused to open her door.”
Keshinro sighed, “She is on sick leave, I was in the area and I thought I should check up on her.”
Kabira nodded, “You are a good boss. But, I am worried about her.”
“Have you tried calling her?”
“Yes sir, but her phone is switched off.”
He dailed her number, but the network operator informed him that the number had been switched off.
“Sir, I am afraid. What if something is wrong with her? You know she had just been discharged from the hospital.”
His heart rate increased. Her friend could be right. But, Doctor Femi had assured him that the operation was successful.
“I will get someone to break down the door,” he headed back to his car.
Kabira heaved a sigh of relief. She couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something was wrong with her friend. She hoped her boss would return soon. She decided to call an ambulance just in case her friend was in a bad shape.
Keshinro returned with a haggard looking man thirty minutes later. He brought out his tools from his bag and started working on the door. Kabira paced and prayed. She hoped her friend was all right. The men that came with the ambulance followed them in immediately the door was opened. They all spread out and started looking for Promise.
Kabira found her in the bedroom, unconscious and soaked in a pool of blood. Her screams alerted everyone else. Promise was lifted and carried into the ambulance. Keshinro directed them to Redemption Hospital.
“Doctor Femi what happened? You told me that the operation was successful.”
The doctor nodded, “Yes, I did. I was shocked when she was brought here this afternoon.”
“What happened? What went wrong?”
“I don’t understand how, but, there are still pieces of the placenta in her uterus. She is experiencing severe pains and she has lost a lot of blood. We have vaccumed her uterus once again and I am sure there are no left overs. She is been transfused at the moment. I am going to do all I can, she will survive.”
“But how come? You have always been careful.”
He sighed, “True. Don’t worry, she is in good hands.”
Keshinro eyed him. He wondered why Promise’s case was different. Every other girl Doctor Femi had operated on had no complication. He settled back on the chair. He cared a lot about her, he would go crazy if her situation wasn’t retified.
“Have I ever failed you Keshinro?”
He met the doctor’s tired gaze and shook his head.
“It seems you are emotionally attached to this one. She is special to you, isn’t she?”
He nodded and leaned back into the chair. If it was possible to take a second wife, he wouldn’t hesistate to marry her. But, his religion won’t allow him to take another wife.
“Will you like to see her now?”
“Yes, yes,” he rose.
“She has a good friend, the girl has refused to go home and rest even though she needed it.”
“Oh… Kabira is her best friend,” he followed the doctor out of the office.
Blessing joined her husband in the master bedroom. She noticed that he was still awake.
“Sweet heart, why haven’t you slept? You’ve been in bed for over an hour.”
He turned on his side and faced her, “I couldn’t sleep.”
He nodded, “When was the last time you spoke with Promise?”
“Hmmm… ” She narrowed her gaze, “It’s being a while.”
“I can’t place what I am feeling, we need to pray for her and call her tonight.”
She shuddered and drew close to him. She had also had a nagging feeling and an urge to interceed for her daughter. She would have called, but, she procrastinated and forgot.
“Are you okay?”
“Not really, please, let’s pray for her right now.”
They both held hands and bowed their heads.
Keshinro convinced Kabira to go home and rest. She called Abubakar. When he arrived, they both said goodbye to Promise and left.
She closed her eyes when he walked into the ward. She wished he would go home to his precious family and stay out of her life. He had caused her enough trouble.
“How are you feeling?”
She didn’t respond.
“Doctor Femi said that you will be discharged tomorrow evening. You won’t experience any kind of bleeding or excruciating pain anymore.”
She opened her eyes and glared at him. He drew out a chair and sat by the bedside.
“I am so sorry for everything, really I am.”
She turned her face away.
“I never meant for things to plunge down this path. I… I… I hope you will forgive me. I hope you won’t use this situation as a yardstick to leave me.”
She parted her lips, then closed them. It was better not to speak.
“Promise… Promise I love you. I need you in my life. I promise to make this up to you. You will never go through this again. I will make sure of that.”
She ignored him. She didn’t believe a word he said. Even if he meant it, she was through with him, this time for good. There was no turning back. She needed to return to the lover of her soul and mend their relationship. Her saviour’s hands were always opened wide. He had promised never to leave her nor forsake her. She would rather stick with Jesus than live a life of sin. A life that nothing was guaranteed. Keshinro could go to the ends of the earth for all she cared. She was finished with him.
“Promise my love, my darling. Please talk to me.”
She would move out of the apartment immediately she was discharged. She had already told Kabira to book her a ticket to Lagos. She would be home soon. Keshinro can have his car and apartment. She doesn’t need it. Her service year would be ending in two months time. She doubt if she would ever return to Yellow Tube; even if they offered her the world, she doesn’t want to have anything to do with what reminded her of him.
Her phone began to ring. She turned and saw it on the cabinet beside the bed. She picked it up and pressed the answer key.
“Dad?” She tried to sit up.
Keshinro sighed heavily. He got up and walked out.
“How are you doing?”
“Daddy,” she wondered why he was calling. She had not heard from her parents in a while.
“How are you doing Promise?” She noticed the concern in his voice.
She swallowed hard, “Daddy, I have not been feeling fine.”
“Really? What happened? Are you sick? Have you been to the hospital?”
“Yes, dad. I… I… ” She couldn’t possibly tell him that she had just had an abortion, “I think it was food poisoning.”
She closed her eyes. She doesn’t like lying to her parents, but, their heart would break if they knew what had truly happened to her.
“I will be home the day after tomorrow.”
“Okay, good. Hope you have been treated.”
“Your mother and I have been worried about you.”
“Did you pray for me?”
“Yes, love. We both did.”
Tears stung her eyes, “Daddy thanks,” she sniffled, “Tell mum thanks too.”
“Baby are you okay?”
“I will be perfectly fine once I am home.”
“All right. May the peace of the Lord be with you.”
“See you soon love.”
“Night, night,” he hung up.
Promise began to sob. She had not expected him to call but she was glad he did. She missed her parents and siblings. She missed home and the security it offered. It would be so good to be finally home.
‘God help me. I need you now.’