“You didn’t tell me you’re now deaf.” I was tempted to add
“It’s uhmm… I actually don’t know what to say.”
“Great.” I muttered rolling my eyes for the umpteenth time
“How are you sure it’s my baby? We only spent a night…”
“Jeez,you’re a baboon Eric. How many nights did it take for
your mum to produce you?”
“I didn’t mean it to come out that way.”
“You could have as well shut your mouth up.”
“Take it easy Kara. I never knew you to be this aggressive.”
“If we’re done here,I would like to leave. I have a baby to
take care of” I answered rising from the table.
“Wait Kara. I’m sorry. Just sit for a few minutes more.”
I glared at him and he added “Please?”
I sat down grumpily.
“How come you never told me all this while?”
“It’s simple. You would have spat out the same rubbish
you’re spitting out now and I wasn’t ready.”
He ignored my rude reply. “Is it a boy or a girl?”
“Boy. His name is Tristan if you care.”
“That’s a really nice name. Uhmm when can I see him?”
“Excuse me for a minute.” I got up to bring Tristan from the
car. My baby was sleeping soundly as I took him from mum.
“How are things going in there?” She asked with concern.
“Trust me mum,it’s going my way.” She smiled at me as I
walked back in.
“Oh my! You brought him with you?”
“Yeah. You wanna hold him?”
“I actually don’t know how.”
“I’ll guide you.” I placed him gently in his hand and gave him
instructions so he wouldn’t discomfort the baby.”
“He’s lovely.” I smiled. At least,he accepted the baby
without much argument. For a moment,I felt a wonderful
peace that had eluded me for sometime.
“You’re happy Kara.I can see it in your eyes and I’m happy
too. Your parents must hate me with everything in them. I
want to apologise to them.”
“They hold no grudge but it’s okay if you want to come and
“Alright. Here,take him. He’s been shifting for some
I took him from his father. “He’s about to wake up that’s why
he’s like that.”
“So what happened after you discovered you were carrying
“I moved to Abuja because I couldn’t face my parents. I told
them when I got there. They were totally displeased but they
still took good care of me. I went into fashion. Good thing I
know how to sew so my designer friend taught me a whole
lot of things.Before I gave birth,I had opened my own
“You mean you accomplished that with pregnancy?”
“You know me Eric. I don’t believe in laying around. Once
Tristan is old enough,I’ll go back to school. What about
“I now work for Crystals Ltd.”
“The name rings a bell. I can’t place where I heard it from.”
“It’s a fast growing company. The CEO is Jathniel Andrews.
He inherited the company from his late father.”
“I knew I’d heard of it before. Jathniel is a close friend of the
“Oh I see. At least,I have a job so I can help you take care of
“I’m fine on my own Eric. I don’t need your help. I didn’t call
you to ask you to share responsibilities,I just wanted you to
know you have a child with me. That’s all. Left to m,I
wouldn’t be sitting here with you. My mum and sisters think
it’s the right thing to do so I obliged.”
“I know you still hate me for what I did. I know I made a bet
to get you but I never thought I would fall in love with you in
the process. I was going to confess to you the day Simon
told you about it but he ruined it for me. I tried reaching you
after then but you blocked me from every angle.”
“If you were in my shoes,wouldn’t you have done the same
“I’m not blaming you Kara.Ever since you left, no other
woman has been able to fill that space.”
“Why are you telling me all these Eric?” I was watching
Tristan who was wide awake and toying with my fingers.
“As crazy as it sounds,I wish we could come back together.”
I laughed and Tristan got startled,twisting his little lips and
getting ready to release a wail.
“Sorry baby.” I whispered as I rose to my feet,rocking him in
“Is he hungry?”
“I don’t think so. My laughter startled him.”
“Eric,having your child doesn’t mean I want to be with
you.Maybe,you’ve been watching too much Telemundo.
Sweetheart,this is real life and Kara William will never let
you back into her heart. I can allow you see Tristan as often
as you wish but getting back together, no no. The idea
“Kara,I’m not the person you used to know.”
“Yeah I know. Back then you were my boyfriend and now
you’re the father of my child.” I smiled.
“That’s not what I meant Kay and you know it.”’
“Hold it Eric, I won’t let you call me Kay anymore. My name
“So there’s no chance for us again.”
“I’d prefer you saying there was no ‘us’. I have to go Eric.”
“Alright. Thanks for letting me see him. I’ll send you some
“Don’t insult me Eric.I don’t need it. My son and I are fine on
our own.” He got up to hold the baby’s hands. “Say bye to
daddy” I said to him as if he understood me.
“Bye son. Kara,I’ll call you to fix a date when I would come
see your parents.”
“Good bye Eric.” I left without another glance at him.
I gave him to mum at the back and drove out immediately
without a word.
“Honey are you okay?” Mum asked.
“I’m fine mum. We’ll talk about it later.”
“Pull over. Let me take the wheel.” I obeyed and we
switched places,giving me the opportunity to feed Tristan.