Lara stared at me for a long moment. “Do you want to wait till another woman get pregnant for your husband?”
“Look Lara, i understand your concern.” I paused. “But i can’t bath with the soap, it will cause the death of my mother-in-law. It’s giving me so much concern.”
“What’s the pity.” Lara snapped. “She deserve no pity, she made you childless for seven years.”
I stared at Lara for a moment. “I had a terrible dream.” I pulled in a deep breath. “It made me change my mind. I don’t want to lose my marriage.”
Lara stared at me silently and sank back in her chair.
When i got home i met my mother-in-law in the living with a young woman sitting beside her. I knelt down in greeting. “Welcome mama.”
She tuned her face away and hissed. I stared at her without a word. I was about walking into room, the sound of Emeka’s car rolling into the compound drew me back.
“How are you sweetie?” Emeka dropped his briefcase on the chair and hugged me with a kiss.
“Mama you didn’t tell me you’re coming.” Emeka smiled and settled beside his mother. “Hope all is well?”
“Do i have to give notice before visiting my son.”
“Not like that mama, i was a little surprised to see you. How is everybody at home?”
“They are all fine. Your uncle sent you his greeting.”
Emeka stared at the young woman. “Who is this woman you brought along.”
My mother-in-law smiled softly. “She is the daughter of chief Ogbona. Her name is Ada.”
“Good evening sir.” Ada knelt in greeting. Feeling shy.
“I asked her father for her hand in marriage.” My mother-in law continue. “You know you are not getting younger Emeka. That’s why i brought Ada for you to be your wife.” She smiled. “As you can see, She’s a beautiful woman, she will born plenty plenty pikin for you that will call you daddy.” She laughed.
Emeka drew in a deep breath and rose to his feet. “Mama i do not tell you to bring me a wife.”
“Do you want to remain childless all your life.” My mother-in-law rose with anger.
“Mama, what makes you think my wife can not give me a child?” Emeka said in a low tone.
“Which wife?” Her voice rose with anger. “Is it this firewood you called a wife.” She turned her gaze towards me. “She can never have a child. Not in this house.”
My mother-in-law words hit me with a force of an unseen blow. I stared at her silently. Now i have no doubt she’s truly responsible for me not having a child.
“Enough mama.” Emeka said with annoyance. “I love my wife, and i am not marrying another.”
“Are you shouting on me Emeka? You are shouting on me because of this witch you called your wife.” She gave me an angry look.
“Emeka you must marry Ada, i am your mother, and you must do what i say.” She sank back in her chair. “Ada will stay in this house as your wife.”
Emeka stood up silently for a moment. “Mama i want you to take Ada back to the village. I will come over to see you.”
My mother-in-law pulled herself up. “Oh! You are sending me away Emeka.” She laughed a wicked laugh. “Okay. We shall see, Ada let us go.”
I watched her walking out of the living room with the young woman. Reality fills my mind, fear grips my heart like a tightening knot. Who knows what my mother-in-law would do next. I changed my mind and decided to start bathing with the black soap the herbalist gave me.
After four days of bathing with the soap, the following morning i was in the living room with Emeka.
“Oga one man dey for gate.” The gate man said.”He say he want to see you”
“Who is he?” Emeka asked.
“Oga he say he be ya uncle.”
“My uncle? Bring him in.” Emeka said sharply.
Within seconds the gate man lead him into the living room.
“Uncle.” Emeka rose to his feet. “You are welcome.”
I quickly went down on my kneel in greetings.
“Emeka my son.” His uncle said. “How is your work?”
“Fine uncle, we thank God o.” Emeka said. Smiling. “Sweetheart please go and prepare food for my uncle.”
“Ok honey.” I pulled myself up.
“No no, never mind my dear.” His uncle stopped me and turned his gaze to Emeka. “I came to inform you that your mother have been laying sick for the past three days.”
“My mother?” Emeka leaned forward. “She was here four days ago feeling healthy.”
“She had been seriously sick Emeka. She could not talk to anybody.”
“My mom.” Emeka slide his gaze to me.
“We have taken her to the chief priest.” He cleared his throat. “The priest said if we don’t act fast, she will die in the next three days.”
“It can’t be.” Emeka said. ” We are leaving to the village rigth now.”
Emeka turned his gaze to me. “Sweetie, let’s go see my mother.”
Fear grips my heart.
TO BE CONTINUED.