I thought about mum’s preposition again and I decided Eric
deserved to know I had his baby. I picked my phone and
dialed his number with the line I was sure he didn’t have. He
picked up just when I thought he wouldn’t.
“Hello.” He said weakly.
“Hello good evening.”
“Evening to you too. May I know who I’m speaking with?”
“Holy!” He exclaimed and ended the call. I almost cried.
Mum came into my room.
“Kara honey,it’s time for dinner.”
“Mum,I told you but you wouldn’t listen. He doesn’t want
anything to do with me.”
“Aww sweetheart” She hugged me. “Then why is your phone
ringing again. I pulled out from the hug and grabbed my
phone from the bed.
“Kara,I’m sorry. I just needed to be sure I wasn’t dreaming.”
“A pinch would help you out.”
“My goodness! It’s good to hear from you. I’m deeply sorry
about what went down between us. I…”
“I know Eric Bassey. We need to talk and it can’t be done
over the phone.”
“Alright. Are you still in Calabar?”
“No.I’m in Uyo at the moment. Fix a date and time. If you
need time,you can text me later.”
“I’m in Uyo too. Let’s meet tomorrow by 2pm. Crunchies
“Alright.I’ll see you tomorrow. Enjoy your evening.” I cut the
“And my baby isn’t taking it easy this time around.” Mum
“Mum,you’ll come with me to see him tomorrow.”
“No baby. I think you have to do this on your own.”
“I know. It’s just that I’ll be carrying Tristan with me so I
need your help.”
“Alright then. Your father is gonna come up here soon if we
don’t meet him at the table now.” I giggled and we went
downstairs hand in hand.
After dinner,I had a tough time getting sleep even when
Tristan fell asleep. I was so anxious about the next day. I
ended up sleeping for just two hours before daybreak. I had
ample time to sleep before I headed out with mum and my
baby for the meeting.
“Make sure he doesn’t try any nonsense with you or my
grandson.” Dad sounded his warning before we left. I drove
mum’s car and she sat behind with baby Tristan. I asked
them to wait in the car while I went in. I sighted him at my
right side immediately I walked into the eatery.
“Kara,it’s so good to see you.” He got up to hug me but I
extended my hand instead. He looked awestruck for a while
but he took my hand in his in a semi-firm handshake.
“It’s good to see you too Eric. It’s been almost a year.”
“You look so radiant and fresh.”
“Thank you. You look sort of sick. I mean you’ve lost
“Yeah. I’ve been sick for about two months. I’m just
“Sorry about your health.”
“Thank you. So did you want to see me to catch up on old
times or there’s something you want from me.”
“You’re still so full of yourself.” I rolled my eyes.
“Sorry,where are my manners? What would you like to
“I’m fine Eric. Thank you. Well, none of your options are
correct. I didn’t come here to catch up neither do I want
anything from you. I just want to tell you something
“And what could that be?”
“I’m now a mother Eric.”
“You’re a mother? Since when?”
“About two months ago. I’m the mother of your child.”
“My…my child?” He stuttered.