I got to the hospital in record time. I paid the silly tricycle
rider and rushed inside. I made enquiries at the reception
desk and I was asked to wait. I waited there for over an
hour. Mum arrived and met me there. She tried to calm me
down as much as she could but I couldn’t be calm. I was
thinking about my Tristan. I had him out of wedlock,yes but
he was still my baby. My first fruit and I wasn’t ready to lose
him just yet.
“I knew it mum. Something just didn’t feel right about
today.” I lamented.
“Shh. Everything is going to be just perfect. Look,a doctor is
headed this way.”
I looked up and saw a young doctor. He stopped at the
reception desk to speak with the lady there. She pointed at
us and he strolled towards us.
“Good morning ma’am.Are you Tristan’s mum?”
“Yes I am. Please how is my baby? What happened to him?”
“I need you to calm down for a moment ma’am.”
“I just want to know my baby is fine doctor please.”
“Eric is his father I suppose?”
“Yes he is.”
“Alright come with me to my office.” Mum and I held hands
as we followed him quietly to his office.”
“Have a seat.” He motioned towards the chair before
continuing. “They were hit by a speeding vehicle. According
to those that witnessed it,Eric was on a phone call waiting to
cross the road with the little boy. I guess he didn’t see the
oncoming vehicle on time so they got hit.”
“Doctor how bad are their injuries.”
He paused for a while,looking at me with pity. “Eric’s head is
badly hurt.He broke his head actually. Tristan on the other
hand hurt his both legs.”
“Oh my God! My baby,mum I’m gonna die.”
Mum said nothing. She just patted my back as I placed my
head on her shoulder in tears.
“Doctor are their lives in danger?”
“No. Eric is still unconscious but Tristan is awake.”
“Can I see him?” I asked.
“You can see both of them.”
“What about the bill doc?” Mum asked.
“The man who hit them has made the down payment. He
assured us he would be back to complete it.” He answered.
“Thank you sir.” We rose from our seats.
“Doctor Jancel at your service ma’am. I’ll take you to their
room.” He led the way and we followed. They were in the
same room. The room contained two beds which they were
both on. It looked simple but lovely,I noted. A nurse was
with him,talking. She gave us space immediately she saw us
“Oh my baby.” I ran to Tristan’s side,mum was following
“Mummy!Grandma! my leg hurts.”
“I’m so sorry baby. Is it really bad?” I hugged him as he lay
“Grandma and mum are here now okay? Sorry my love.”
Mum said to him. Fresh tears poured from his little eyes and
it tore my heart to shreds.
“Your boy is really strong.” Doctor Jancel commented.
Immediately Tristan sighted him,He started crying and
yelling. “Mummy bad man.” He screamed.
“No baby.” I cuddled him. “Hush now,don’t cry. He’s not
going to hurt you.”
“Don’t worry ma’am. I’ll leave.”
“Sugar,doctor was only trying to help.” I rubbed his back.
“No mummy,he hurt my legs.”
“You’ll be okay sugar. I promise.”
“Mille we must rock that birthday party jare.”
“Which birthday party and who is rocking it with you.”
“You mean you want to miss the director’s birthday party this
weekend? What exactly is wrong with you?”
“Nothing Esther. I just don’t want to go. You can go with
“Mille I hate you,you know that right?”
“Yeah I love you too.”
“So what will you be doing on Saturday?”
“Niel is gonna be in Lagos this weekend. I need to spend
time with my prince charming.”
“No wonder you’re not even answering me. You and this your
Niel na wa o.”
“Na real wa. Our relationship ehn has been a wonderful one.”
“I can imagine. I admire you guys though. How long have
you guys been together?”
“I don’t even know how I’ll count it because we’ve broken up
once and got back together after a while.” I smiled recalling
the funny way we made up.
“Lover girl,see how she’s smiling. I’ll go alone then.”
“Let’s get back to work abeg.” I said. Esther was the only
one I talked to about Niel apart from my family. She went to
her desk while I stylishly watched her. I wished she would
find love just like I did. She had been through a whole lot all
through her life ranging from homelessness to rape and
She was a chubby lady,not so blessed with height. She had
cute dimples and daring dark eyes. The only thing that
marred her beauty was a long scar on her left cheek. She
claimed she sustained the scar from her rapist. She hated
her face for that and strongly believed that all the guys she’d
been with left her because of the scar.
She was a really wonderful person and she reminded me of
Natasha a lot. It’d been a while since I spoke with Jane. I
made a mental note to call Aunt Charis later. I sighed as I
got back to work. Life really knows how to throw limes at
Mum called me after work asking me to pray for Tristan. She
said he and his father were involved in an accident. I almost
went crazy for him. She ended up begging me to relax
because he was stable though still in the hospital. I spoke
with him and I was moved to tears. I promised him I would
come over to Uyo. Fortunately,my leave was going to be the
next week because of my introduction ceremony so I would
spend it with him too. After I hung up,I felt a strong urge to
call Aunt Charis to make sure Jane was alright. She picked
on the first ring.
“Good evening ma.” I greeted.
“Daughter dear. Is this how to treat your mother-in-law to
be? You just forgot about me like that.”
I knew I was in for it.”Ah! My only mama. It’s not like that
honestly, I’ve been busy with work.”
“I know and yet you have time to talk to your fiancé all the
time abi? Carry on o.”
“I’m really sorry ma. I promise I’ll be bombarding your phone
with calls every day from now on.” We both laughed.
“That’s alright my daughter. How are you?”
“I’m doing alright. It’s just that the hustle and bustle of this
Lagos gets on my nerves a lot.”
“Eya sorry my dear. You’ll be done soon,just three months
“Yes o and I’m so counting down.”
“I know you can’t wait to speak with Jane. She’s right here
with me. We’ll talk about how next week will go when you
both are done.” I knew she was referring to the introduction
“Ok ma.” She handed the phone to Jane.
“Aunty Jam Jam!” She screamed so hard that I had to shift
my phone from my ears. I smiled. She invented the name
‘Jam Jam’ for me and no one could make her change it. I
still found the name very funny and Niel used it to tease me
“Sweetheart. How are you baby?”
“I’m fine. Daddy picked me from school today.” She
sounded so happy. I couldn’t tell whether she was referring
to Niel or Elliot. The poor girl didn’t know the difference
between them. The first time she saw two of them together,she was so confused. She refused to follow any of
them. She preferred clinging to her grandmother.
“Oh that’s great darling.” She told me lots of stories from
the house,school and church and I listened with rapt
attention. Jane was a great talker. She was just a few
months younger than Tristan. Those two could pull down a
house if left alone. We talked for a long while before she
said goodbye. It was time for Sophia the first and she never
missed an episode. She gave the phone back to her
“So which of Jane’s daddies picked her from school today?”
I asked Aunt Charis and she laughed before replying.
“My dear oh. It’s Elliot. He came back today and I insisted
he picked her from school.”
“Is he back to stay?” I asked,hoping inwardly that her reply
would be positive but I was greatly disappointed.
“No. Of course you know he can’t stay one place.” I heard
her sigh deeply so I quickly changed the topic to my
upcoming introduction. I didn’t want her to feel sad or
depressed by talking about Elliot. The woman was going
through a rough time and so was Elliot. I felt for them both
and always tried to help in any way I could.