The Congruence XVI

We sat in the car while our room was being cleaned…I told her some of the things that Captain said and how he seemed to want the baby and was even ready to go see my mum after our exams.

This was like the most serious discussion I had ever had with Deola

“Wow! This is huge…

Do you really like him though?”

I nodded but it was obvious I was afraid of something

“With what I know about Captain, he’s a straightforward guy….at least, his friends say that behind his back. And if he is promising all these things, it seems he’s planning a future with you in it.

Chief confided in me that he was one of those that advised and persuaded Captain to find a good, young girl and live his life so he doesn’t die in loneliness

You like him and he seems to like you too…

Sweetheart, not every girl gets that lucky

Most of us didn’t get in the game to find love or a husband…we went all in for the money

Let me be frank with you, even with all the money we make and the opportunity  to roll with the people of affluence…deep down, every girl, including those that ‘form’ big girls, hopes for a good future with a good man

So if this is for real, then I can’t help but be happy for you. 

Don’t worry about the details, they will sort themselves out”

Deola’s words were so comforting and eased many of my fears…I hugged and thanked her for always being there for me.

She advised me to visit home as soon as possible since they knew the strike had been called off. That way I could use my exams to buy some time and then work on how to go back with Captain.

“The older the pregnancy gets, the easier it is to spot. So do it before suspicion sets in”

I picked up my phone and informed my mum I would be coming over the next day.

Deola went with me and drove ‘my’ car but we had to pretend it was hers.

My mum was so happy to see me, likewise Sister Grace. Even my brothers were around to welcome me. They begged us to pass the night but we quickly flashed the exam card.

“Or is it because we don’t have Air Conditioner here?” my mum asked jokingly

Sister Grace then insisted that since we would not be sleeping over, we had to stay with them till evening before leaving and we obliged

I had divided the stuff Captain bought for me into two and brought them one portion (it was a lot)…I also gave them some money; I had a little something for everyone. My mum could not hide her feelings; she prayed for me and also prayed for Deola…who she claimed changed our lives for good. 

We ate lunch and watched some home videos while we shared stories and experiences from our supposed internship. It was fun to be with my family…it had been a while.

As we were about to leave, Sister Grace called me into her room and asked if I was fine. She said I looked tired and a little different.

I blamed in on the strenuous months of internship and promised to come home as soon as I was done with my exams so I could rest.

She looked at me again, hugged me and told me to keep being good; that it was almost over.

We got back to school and preparations were in top gear. As promised, I went to see Captain that weekend, but I had to leave that same day. To surprise me, he had bought a bassinet and it was so cute…I told him I would like to inform my folks as soon as I was done with my exams. I didn’t like the way my sister was looking at me and I was sure she would figure things out by the time I returned home. Captain was cool with this and promised to start making arrangements.

He took me out for lunch and we stopped at a photo studio for me to snap some passport photographs. Evidently, he was already working on my International Passport…everything was taking shape but deep down, I could not shake the strong feeling that something was wrong. It had been there right from the start but there were times it went into hibernation mode.

I was going to visit Captain the following weekend but he called on Thursday evening and told me not to come…that he had to travel. 

I was glad he said that because I had a lot to do academically, coupled with the way I felt every morning. He sent some money to me that week but I didn’t really need money; I had a lot stashed already.

I kind of knew Captain’s work routine and as a rule, we didn’t spend a lot of time on the phone during work hours. My exams even made things worse as we reduced the talk time some more. We would only exchange a couple of text messages during the day.These, and not seeing Captain that weekend made me miss him so much. I just wanted to be with him, spend time with him and couldn’t wait to see him the following weekend. I was actually planning to spend a night. Unfortunately, he cancelled on me…he had to travel again.

He could tell, over the phone, that I wasn’t happy with the development. He said he was sorry and promised to come see me in school on Friday before leaving for the trip. At least, that was better than nothing.

When a military car pulled up to our BQ that Friday, I rushed out only to see that it was one of Captain’s orderly and the maid at the house.

The maid informed me Captain had been trying to reach me all day but the service was really poor. He could not make it as promised; his meeting at Abuja was rescheduled for an earlier time so he left for the airport sooner than he had planned. 

They brought me Egusi soup because I had told Captain I was craving it. The maid helped to bring the things inside.She could tell I wasn’t very happy…but what could I do? Work called and knowing the nature of Captain’s job, I had to cope somehow. As she was about to leave, I gave her some money, I also gave her some of my clothes that I had stopped wearing…I had always done this from the time I moved into Captain’s house. This was one of the things I learnt from Deola.

She thanked me and as she was about to step out, she paused for a moment…it was as if she wanted to tell me something. I asked if there was a problem

“Auntie…you have been really nice to me and my conscience will not let me rest if I see something that could hurt you and don’t tell you

I don’t want to lose my job either because this is how I take care of my younger ones”

The confusion on my face could not be hidden but then the orderly showed up at the door to check on her and remind her of heavy traffic they could experience if they didn’t leave soon.

“Don’t worry ma, I will see you when you come to the house” she said as she hurried out of our room

Continues in episode 17
-Lanre Olagbaju

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