Mum gave me the look that always sent shivers down my
spine. My mother was one of the most powerful women I’ve
“Gloria,let’s go prepare food.”
“OK mum. Hunger is already knocking at the door of my belly.”
Jamille sat across me with legs crossed and her eyes fixed on
the tiles as if she was seeing it for the first time. Her toes
were curled and I knew immediately she was nervous. She
only curled her toes when nervous.
“Mille.” I called out to her.
“I’m right before you.”
“The thing is…” i paused.
“Jathniel say whatever you want to say. I need to help your
mum in the kitchen.”
“I don’t want you as my best friend anymore. I’m…”
Her phone rang. She picked it out from her bag. When she
checked who was calling,I could swear she froze on her seat.
“Hello mum.” She sat quiet for a while. Apparently,her mum
was giving a long sermon.
“I’m sorry mum. I knew all along.” She stood up and headed
outside. She probably didn’t want me to listen to their
“What did you just say Mille?” Mum yelled over the phone.
“I was the first one she told. Believe me,I tried to tell her to let
you know but she refused. That night she told you about the
fashion stuff was the night I asked her to tell you. Didn’t you
notice I didn’t say a word that night?”
“I trusted you more than this Mille.”
“Mum,there was nothing I could do. I can’t go announcing it
for her. It’s her child not mine. That would have been totally
unfair to her.”
“Mille,this isn’t about fairness. Now,she’s run off to Abuja.
Who will take care of her? It’s her first pregnancy.”
“She just wanted to save you the embarrassment mum. She
did it for you and somewhat for herself.”
“So that’s why you refused to sleep over last night huh?”
“Something like that mum.”
“I’ve just spoken with Rachel. I would have told you to come
home but I know you’ll just come up with a story this instant.
I’m worse than mad at Kara as I speak with you and this must
never be heard of in my house again. Do you get it?”
“I didn’t care this much for you all to just watch some humans
get y’all pregnant outside of wedlock. I don’t breed baby
mamas or whatever you call it.”
“I’m sorry mum. It was just a mistake mum. Kara would never
have chosen to carry a child outside wedlock.”
“I know it was a mistake. It’s always a mistake.” She was
“Little mistakes like this can cost a lot. I know what I’m saying.
Don’t get me wrong,I wish her all the best as her mother. It’s
just that I never thought that this would happen around me
“Never mind Mille. Enjoy the rest of the day.”
“You too mum.” I hung up and walked back inside the house.
Niel was seated at the exact spot I left him but this time,he
was laughing really hard over the phone. I went into the room
to drop my bag. I was about heading to the kitchen when I
changed my mind. Niel’s mum would probably chew me alive. I
went back to the living room. He was done with his call
“Niel, were we done with our discussion?”.
“No Mille. Truth is I wanted to wait till your eighteenth birthday
to tell you.”
“Oh! To tell me that you no longer want me as your best
“Isn’t that a cruel thing to tell a young girl on her birthday?”
He laughed. “Let me finish Mille. I want you to play a role
that’s larger than being my best friend. Do you get my point?”
“Niel what are you saying?” I was a bit sober than before.
“You know what I’m saying Mille. I don’t want any answer yet
till your birthday next year. I’ll be patient till then. If you have
an answer before then,I’ll be happy to hear it. OK?”
“My uncle Don knows about it. He asked me to tell you to
come see him when I finally let the cat out of the bag. I want
everything right from step one.”
“Alright. I’ll go see him tomorrow.” My eyes were still on the
“Good. I guess we’re done.”
“Why have you been ignoring my calls? You’ve refused to
speak with me or even see me for a while now.”
“I’m awful sorry about it. I needed answers to some questions
before taking the step I just took.”
“Pray for your birthday to come quickly Mille.” He left me in
the living room.
I pinched myself to be sure I wasn’t dreaming. I couldn’t
believe Niel actually said those words to me.