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Mfon and Teye began to push their
boxes to the center of the room,
just as I ordered them to do. It was
the easiest work their tiny hands could do.
"Mummy why are we packing?"
Teye asked.
"The day after tomorrow, we will be
leaving for the mainland." I said,
folding the clothes into a basket. "but mummy our school is on the
Island." Mfon said.
I nodded silently.
"yes I know. no more questions,
let's start packing. you both should
gather all your clothes, a truck will be here to start packing."
They continued to push the
drawers and their boxes with all
their might.
After few moments, the kids
paused. "mommy we are tired." Mfon said
weakly, giving a childish attitude.
"me too mummy." Teye said.
"Let's all rest a bit."
Teye laughed and blew an
exaggerated kiss back. Mfon and I joined in the laugh, it
was a meaningless laugh, Teye
made us happy.
My laughter subsided, but a wistful
smile was left on my face and then
we started singing. And then we had dinner.
That evening, we piled up the
corridor with packed properties
that we were going to take to our
new home at Surulere.
****** The next morning was hectic.
We woke up tired and stressed, I
made breakfast for the kids and
drove them quietly to school.
As they alighted from the car, I
heard a car door close just by my side, my eyes snapped open.
A masculine scent of a familiar
perfume hit me hard on the nose, it
was irritating as I felt like puking.
I had a feeling that it must be
someone very familiar, but I was afraid to look, I was trying to hide plus size prom dresses under $200
my pregnancy.
"Baby." He called out huskily.
I didn't turn, I sat comfortably on
my car seat and fastened the seat
belt. "please wait! Ekom I beg you, just
listen to me." suddenly I looked up,
our eyes connecting. He was right
in front of the car, kneeling down.
parents who came to drop their
kids stood to watch, passers by stood to watch.
I wanted to run him over. Kill him
and bear the consequences.
"Just listen to me baby please." He
lifted his hand waving at me, but I
didn't return the gesture. "look at me Ekom, just look at me."
He yelled in a baritone voice."
He looked like he had a lot to say to
me. His eyes were red, he was
sweating like a full bucket of water
was thrown at him. I was surprise he couldn't feel the
weight of my angry stare, he was
still there, not afraid. But I started
the car immediately and zoomed off
I wasn't sure if he drove after me, but I drove straight to Surulere,
where I rented my new house.

The kids looked out of the window
as we drove into our new
"Our new house is fine mommy." Teye whispered faintly.
"yes it is."
I loved that the house was far from
the main road. I loved that it was
far from all the bright lights and
noise, far from anyone who knew David. The estate securities were
excitedly sociable.
"Wehcome madam oh....yor shilren
are too bitifu." they said excitedly in
different tones as they opened the
main "thank you." I said calmly.
As we alighted from the car, the
sight of our new house was
peaceful and fascinating to look at.
The walls were made of brisks. And
they were coconut trees flanking on the front yard.
The kids and I began to pack out
our boxes and food stuffs from the
"mommy, this place is far from
school." Mfon broke the silence. "You won't be schooling there
anymore. I will register you and
your sister at a new school here on
the mainland." I said with a serious
face. I didn't look at their faces.
I knew that they were not happy to leave their former school, but it
didn't matter to me anymore. All I
wanted was a private new life.
The next morning, I woke up with a
headache, and a light fever. The air conditioner was on but I felt
warm and sticky, I was sweating
Switching on the bedside lamp I
looked at the other bed, the kids
were sleeping. I was about to go back to sleep
when my phone buzz under the
I tried to ignore the call and get
some more sleep. A sleepy sigh
floating up to the ceiling of the bedroom, but the phone rang
again, and when I reluctantly check
who the caller was, it turned out to
be Lizzy.
"Hello?" I said in low tone.
"Ekom, where have you been?" " I left the Island last evening."
" oh God. my nurses said you've not
been coming to the hospital for
your antenatal."
"Well, I was never comfortable
coming to your clinic for antenatal, I never want David or anyone who
knows me to see me with my baby
bump." I said girlishly.
Lizzy laughed out so loud over the
"Talking of David. He walked into my office with some bunch of holy
bishops yesterday and demanded
to see you. I told him that I am not
your keeper. but he didn't believe
me. He said that he went to the
house, and discovered that everywhere was empty and locked
up. I never knew you were
planning to leave, are you leaving
for America soon?
"not so soon. I will be planning for
my visa tomorrow. I should be leaving before my third trimester."
"I will see you before weekend
" okay dear. But please don't come
here with anyone."
Lizzy laughed and hung up the call. I couldn't go back to sleep
anymore. I thought of reporting
David to the police for publicly
harassing me, I wanted him to stay
off my life forever.

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