THE SMILE OF TERROR
Jane was wheeled into the labour
ward, Alfred wanted to follow but he was stopped by the nurse on duty,
“Cathy attend to her please, its good
you are here in uniform, more
Well that was her prayer, to be the
one to help Jane deliver. “No problem sister” she responded
“You will be fine sweetheart” Cathy
told Jane whose groanings were
The martenity ward was almost
empty, Jane was the only one in labour.
Thats not what Cathy had hoped for,
it was obvious that her plan wouldn’t
work, she knew it wouldn’t because it
was left to chance, she had very little
to no chance of it being successful. She put her on the bed with the help
of a cleaner.
She checked to know how far the
baby was, and it was very near.
She started panicking, her plan
wouldn’t go anywhere if the ward was that empty.
Soon the contractions became very
intense and Cathy kept encouraging
her to push harder.
Jane was doing it with might and she
was slowly beginning to lose strength.
As the baby was almost coming out,
another woman was wheeled in.
Cathy abandoned Jane to take a
glance at the woman and check how
long she was from giving birth. The baby was still far.
She went back to Jane who now had
given the last shot before giving up.
And behold the little baby girl was
Cathy quickly removed the gloves she was wearing and replaced them
with new ones.
She clamped the umbilical cord and
cut it, she wiped the baby with a
towel, removing the mucus from its
mouth and nose. The girl gave a shrill cry and she
quickly gave it to Jane, to bond, but
she had lost conscious.
Thinking quickly Cathy held the baby
to leave the ward with it but the
other woman in labour called out to her.
She also had delivered without any
help or much struggle. And earlier
and faster than Cathy had expected .
“I ll be back just now”, said Cathy
She took Jane’s baby to the oxygen machine in the incubator to ease the
breathing process as they did with
every newly born.
She rushed back to the labour ward
which was a few metres away.
She did to the other woman’s child as she had with Jane’s.
She got the baby and behold it was a
” Oh its such a lovely baby girl”
Cathy lied as she placed it on the
mother’s chest. The mother held her child tightly with
tears in her eyes.
Cathy wondered how many children
she already had and why she would
be crying so much, seeing how easy
it was for her to deliver, Cathy concluded that she must have had a
chain of children.
Cathy got the child from its mother
and took it also to the oxygen
It was her show. She had lied about the child being a
girl so that her plan could be carried
Finally her plan was back to life.
She put the second child in the
incubator as well and left . She went outside and came back
after about 20 minutes.
She entered the labour ward and
both Jane and the other woman were
holding their babies.
She smiled, as she walked majestically to where Jane was , with
Alfred looking admirably at the baby.
“Wow congrats my dear on being a
mother” said Cathy with a smile.
“Its a boy” Jane said excitedly
“Eew Alfred Junior” exclaimed Cathy “Can you imagine I didn’t know what
sex my baby was, when the nurses
came with the children, that woman
in the corner was able to remember
that her child was a girl, if they were
both of the same sex, we would have exchanged the babies unknowingly. ”
“Oh yeah, I forgot to put the name
tags when taking them to the oxygen
concentrator ” said Cathy, “I took it
for granted that they were of different sexes”
“Oh so really this is my baby? ” said
Jane trying to sound cheerful but her
voice was still weak.
“Yes” said Cathy assuringly.
She went to the other woman’s bed to congratulate her again.
She looked at her child with so much
Cathy felt her heart wallowing in
pain, knowing that the child was not
hers, “She is so cute” she said
If only there was a way of
exchanging babies without involving
other innocent parents.
“We have a chain of boys, me and
my husbands have been wishing for a girl” explained the woman with a
Maybe it was for the better. Thought
Jane was discharged the following
day and her relatives as well as Alfred’s relatives came to visit.
They were so happy and they brought
different types of gifts.
It annoyed Cathy that people were
happy about the newly born,
especially that he was a boy. After two months, the baby had
grown into a chubby smiley boy.
Everyone who saw him wanted to
hold him, they had named him Simon,
like Simon Peter.
However the child had no resemblance to Jane or Alfred but it
didn’t bother a lot of people, even
Jane was not bothered but Alfred
On a tuesday evening when Cathy
passed through Alfred’s house to check on the baby, she was told that
Jane was not around.
She had gone to buy food for the
But Alfred was around
It was a great opportunity for Cathy. She was really enjoying everything
“So are you excited about the little
boy? ” asked Cathy
“Ofcouse you know I am, I love my
boy so much”
“And the mother? ” said Cathy “Cathy this is not about the mother,
its about Simon. ”
“But it should have been me, I
should have been the mother, you
promised it would be me, ” she burst,
her emotions overidding her control. “Oh my gosh Cathy, do you still love
“How was I going to unlove you, the
heart has failed to accept defeat, I
still love you the way I loved you
when you saved me from that crazy man”
Alfred moved closer and put his arm
around her waist.
“Am sorry baby, I should have been
more aware of how you felt, you
know I love you and I didn’t marry Jane out of love but out of
“Well then, divorce her and then we
keep the child” she suggested
“What? You know I can’t do that, I
can only take custody of the child when he will be seven, and now I
can’t stay away from him, I want to
be a good father”
“So you won’t be divorcing her? ”
“I will, but not now, the child has to
grow” “He is not even your child” she said
“What? What did you just say? ”
asked Alfred in a shaky voice
“The child is not yours, are you blind,
can’t you see that he doest even resemble you? ”
He removed his hand from her back.
What she had just said was true,
there was no resemblance
“You are joking, Simon is my son and nothing will change it. We all dont
have to resemble our parents for us
to be their children. ”
“You are deceiving yourself and
keeping another man’s son”
“He is my son, you better take your leave, its late”
“Go for a blood test Alfred and you ll
know the truth” she said as she was
Everything was happening so
perfectly. She went back home very happy.
She was letting them have a small
bite of the poison they had fed her.
Alfred sat startled in the sofa
wondering whether or not to go for
blood test or DNA test. But why would Jane do such a thing?
Cathy sat on the bed and gave a sigh
of relief, shared pain is better than
pain bottled up in the heart, for its
She was happy she was sharing her pain with the sources of pain.
To Be Continued