“Mille please don’t tell me you’re on mum’s side. I’m not
calling that good for nothing Eric.” She was home for the
weekend as usual and trying to persuade me to let Tristan’s
dad see him. Gloria was with us in the room but she was
busy plating with Tristan. My son could smile for Africa. He
had the exact smile of his father.
“I’m tired of talking. You’ll regret this decision you’ve made
“You both have made this angel cry now.” Gloria said and
carried Tristan from the bed. He was probably hungry.
“Bring him,let me breastfeed him.” She brought him to me
and he struggled to open my blouse with his little fingers.
We laughed at his little stunt and he cried more.
“Sorry darling. Mummy and aunties are sorry okay?” I said to
him as I brought his source of food to his waiting lips.
“Isn’t he so adorable?” Gloria smiled. If there’s anyone who
taught my baby to play non-stop,she was the one. Mille
specialized in making him stop crying and rocking him to
sleep whenever she came home. During the week when
Rachel and Mille weren’t around,dad,mum and I took turns
carrying him. Going back to Abuja wouldn’t be easy for me
at all. I was seriously reconsidering. In Abuja,I would be
stuck with him and wouldn’t be able to do anything else.
“Kara,are you listening to me at all?” Mille asked.
“Sorry,I got lost in thought for a moment.”
“I was saying that mum is seriously attached to Tristan. I
mean she barely ever lets him out of her sight. Rachel had to
argue with her before she allowed her bring him upstairs.”
“She’s his grandmother Mille,don’t be silly. It’s her first
grandchild for that matter,how else would you expect her to
“They’re right Rachel,there’s something more to it.” Mum
stepped into the room and we were all momentarily quiet.
Sensing our reluctance to speak further, she said “It’s
actually okay to talk about your mum.I was just passing and
I heard you talking.”
I looked at Tristan when I noticed he wasn’t sucking
anymore. He was fast asleep. “Rachel,straighten out his bed
so I can lay him down. She set to work and I laid him
carefully on the bed. I went back to where I was sitting.
“I think it’s time to tell you my story ladies.”
“Your story? We know everything about your life already.”
“Yes,you know everything except the reason why my womb
“Your womb was removed?” We asked almost at the same
“Yes dear.” She wiped a stray tear from her right eye. “It was
all my fault.In my family right now,anyone can tell you that
I’m the most gentle person they’ve ever met. Well, I wasn’t
always like that. Life humbled me. I used to be a very wild
person. I was the black sheep of my family. My own mum
didn’t even care for me. My dad was worse off. Only my
maternal grandparents believed there was nothing wrong
with me. Back then,we lived in Calabar.
I wanted to change at a point but they constantly made me
feel very bad so I thought “Why should I be nice when
everybody doesn’t want me to be?” I just kept on doing nasty
things only at home and outside. I was an angel to my
grandparents so they never believed my parents each time
they came to report me. I kept on being the party animal I
was. I was never hooked to a particular guy. Today could be
Chuks, tomorrow Ronald, next tomorrow Stephen. My best
friend called me rainbow because of that. It was during that
time I met Liam. He has always been a calm person. We
became friends through Stella,my bestfriend then. I wasn’t
interested in him at first because he delighted in telling me
the bitter truth I never wanted to hear. I don’t know how he
knew that I was wild on the outside but a lonely person on
the inside and he always haunted me with it. Gradually,the
time I spent with him paid off. I was becoming saner and
falling for him at the same time. I confided in Stella not
knowing she had an unquenchable desire for Liam. I never
realized my mistake until later when she dealt with me
I was diagnosed with a fibroid some weeks later. As usual,I
told Stella. I had made up my mind to go for a surgery. I
intended getting money from my grandparents but Stella
kicked against the idea. She said she knew a doctor who
could handle my case and she would pay for me. I thought
she was doing it because we were best friends. I never knew
she had other plans. She took me to the clinic. The place
looked somehow to me but I still followed her. The doctor
was a young man and he seemed really fond of Stella so I
was at ease. The surgery was scheduled and all plans were
in motion. Liam was always around to reassure me that
everything would be fine. After the surgery,I was still in so
much pains. I informed my grandparents of my condition.
They moved me to another hospital and there it was
discovered that the last doctor did a terrible job. My womb
was terribly battered and the only thing they could do to
save me was removing my womb. I wept bitterly but that
couldn’t change my fate. My grandparents were so angry
and they got the doctor who performed the surgery arrested.
I didn’t see Stella as I did before,only Liam was there for
me. I don’t know how my grandparents did it but the doctor
confessed. He claimed Stella paid him to leave damages on
me. I could hardly believe my ears. I was shocked to the
bone marrow that my so-called best friend could do such a
thing to me. She was arrested too and she claimed that I
stole her man from her. That was when it started making
sense to me. She went to the extent of almost killing me just
because of Liam. Looking back,I wish I wasn’t so blind. She
went to jail though and I never cared about what became of
“Mum,I’m so sorry.” Mille hugged her and we followed suit.
“I’ve learned to live with it. I thought I would never get
married but God surprised me. Liam and I got really close
and from there,we have the result you all see today.”
“Aww. That’s so nice.”Rachel said.
“We love you mama.” I put in
“I love you all so much too. You’ve been the best daughters I
could ever hope for and that’s why I want you to make the
right decisions.” She turned to me.
“Alright mum. I’ve heard you. Let me think about it some
more.” I replied. Tristan interrupted the moment with his ear-