My eyes dilated with surprise.
“Nothing!” I said, shaking my head vehemently.
He stared at me for minutes that seemed like eternity.
He turned back swiftly, heading for the bedroom.
“Mike” I called.
“Mike” Mama called out too.
Guilt started stabbing my heart, that was not the Lola he has known me to be.
Everything I displayed seemed like a nollywood movie before them.
I fell on the chair. My tummy rumbled, causing me a backache.
I haven’t tell him I was pregnant, his present situation has erased the thought of telling him.
Does he even understand what pregnancy is?
I wiped the sweat away from my face, my throat patched, my tummy rumbled again.
I was very hungry. I caressed my protruding stomach. Since the Doctor confirmed it, I haven’t registered for ante-natal, not to talk of visiting ante-natal.
I reclined on the chair, reminiscing about the day.
Kens really displayed affection today and I welcomed him.
I brought out my diary from the shelf.
Everyday has always been a normal day, but today was a special day.
The day seemed like an hectic one when your Mother-in-law tried someone funny, but crazy today.
It turned into a lovely one when a colleagues offered to help, even though you were adamant at first.
He found your ring, and I still didn’t know where he saw it.
I must confess that I overreacted, Mama trampled on my gentility.
I regretted ever doing it, but couldn’t withstand the tension that overwhelmed.
Mike is fairing, he just acted a scene I know to be in Nollywood.
My dear, the foetus is bouncing, kicking, and protruding every now and then.
To say I’m tired, is a gross understatement.
I look forward to writing to you soon!
Mama was standing right before me, I met Mama’s eye. That moment, I felt for her. Her face looked melancholic.
She looked away and left the sitting room.
I did not bother to call her back. I’ve had enough, I needed some rest badly.
“Whatever…whatever…whatever…” The voice was chanting.
I jumped to my feet, staggering to gain my stand.
I rubbed my eye with the side of my hand, that was when I realised I slept off in the sitting room.
The voice kept on repeating the word and some other words that was not audible enough for me to hear.
I traced the voice to Mike’s room. Fear gripped my hands when I was about knocking the door.
I ran to Mama’s room to confirm her presence there.
She wasn’t there. Definitely, she must the one.
“Whatever I say today…” I heard the voice, and those words clearly.
“What is she doing in our room?” I asked myself.
I eavesdropped behind the door.
“Lick it” Mama said.
I was already going haywire.
“Not like that, fold it here” She said again.
“Put this under your armpit” She said again.
I wasn’t comfortable with all she was saying.
“Force the door open” My inner said.
I rubbed my palm together, defusing my tension.
I eavesdropped on her again.
“Lick it now!” She exclaimed!
By then, sweat was pouring off me. I removed my suit, I loosened my skirt. I was about putting off my shoe when I mistakenly hit my hand on the door.
I froze with terror, letting my hands shake terribly.
I eavesdropped again!
She didn’t hear the sound, probably because it was a slight knock.
“Is the dispenser working? Let me get you some water.” She was mute for a while, then continued. “Bow your head and say after me”.
“Bow kini? You have failed. He is not bowing anything.” I banged in.
Immediately I dashed in, she dropped the water she collected from the water dispenser and a kind of juju alike of a thing on the floor.
I was so speechless that I could only open my mouth agape.
I was totally bewildered by Mike’s state. Saliva was dripping down his mouth, his scleras revolved around in their socket.
“What have you done to him?” I screamed.
Her lips, hands, trembled with fear.
“Mama, I need you to tell me everything that happened in this room” I whispered gently.
I was pacing the whole room, expecting an answer from her.
“Tell the truth” I snarled, tugging at her nightdress.
She gasped for breath, and I let go of her.
I reached out his denim jacket and balaclava. I wore it for him in a twinkling of an eye.
I was so weak and began to whimper.
After five minutes, he calmed down.
“Lola” He said.
“S.s.s.s..she” He stammered.
“Ehn! When did he become a stammerer?” I faced Mama.
I’ve always envied her beauty whenever I looked into her eyes, but I did not give a damn about it now.
“S..sh..she..gah..gi..gave” He stuttered the more.
Tears welled up in my eyes. Before I could fight back the tears, I burst into tears.
“Damn it! This was not the man I married. The man I married don’t stammer, neither…” I stopped what I was saying when I sighted a pill on the table.
I can recognise it, I took one when I was ill sometime ago.
Our family doctor gave it to me when it seemed as if I couldn’t sleep myself.
“You gave him a hypnotic pill?” I furrowed my eyebrow.
Her facial expression was ruthless, she wasn’t sober like she was before.
“Whatever I say today…” She started chanting some incantations.
I watched her keenly. She brought out a white paper from her armpit.
She whispered some words I didn’t hear to the powder and blew it all over the room.
Watch out for Episode 5.