“What is wrong?” I asked again waiting for a reply, he paused for a while then looked at me and smiled, ” you’re expecting a set of twins” he announced, “are you serious?” I screamed hugging him, I’d always dreamed of having twins since I was a little girl, I had always imagined how I’d play dress up with them and make them look like clones of each other, I couldn’t believe my dream was finally going to come true. “Yes, I’m serious” he replied smiling, “lie down and let me show you” he said turning the screen towards me so I could see while he put the ultrasound probe on my belly. I saw my twins looking so cute in black and white, I wish I could just pull them out and hug them.That was the highlight of my day, I went home feeling happy and excited, it was time to start baby shopping for my twins.
Yemi was still staying over at my place so I shared the news with her when I got home and she was happy for me or at least she pretended to be because she had a lot on her mind. Bayo still hadn’t shown up, his phones were still switched off and sugar mummy had started sending threats texts to Yemi’s phone because she believed Yemi knew his whereabouts. How she even got her phone number still remains a mystery. Two weeks later, Yemi finally got a call from Bayo with a hidden number,he apologised for disappearing without telling her and started feeding her with lies about how some people he did business with were after his life and he had to go to Ibadan to hide so they wouldn’t find him. He promised to return when they were no longer after his life and hung up without giving Yemi a chance to talk. So much for being her husband, it was almost as if she was married to a total stranger. What am I saying? Of course she was, with the recent happenings I couldn’t guarantee that we knew who Bayo really was anymore.
Oby on the other hand, had gradually started to come to terms with the fact that Chuks was dead, Charly told me when we talked on the phone that the first few days staying with her was hell, Oby wouldn’t eat or drink anything and had refused to sleep because she kept seeing Chuks crying out for help each time she closed her eyes and felt helpless that she couldn’t do anything to save him. She had been blaming herself for not convincing him to stay back a little longer, “maybe if he waited till Monday he wouldn’t have died” she kept telling Charly, ” there’s nothing you could’ve done to save him dear, it was just his time to go” Charly would always say. Oby eventually resigned from work, according to her, the job and every other thing around her reminded her of Chuks and the longer she stayed around, the more she was losing her mind, she and her mum thought it best that she went to the States to join her uncle and his wife and start a new life. It was easy for her to do because all she needed were her belongings, a plane ticket which she could comfortably afford since she came from a rich family and an American passport which she already had. I wish I could just wake up one day and decide to go to America like that too! Unfortunately, I can’t because my parents were too busy carrying last when other parents were giving birth to their children and getting American passports for them, so I’m stuck with a green passport that requires answering series of JAMB questions just to get a visa.
We were all sad that she was leaving, it was like saying goodbye to a family member, outings wouldn’t be the same without her but at the same time we were happy she had finally decided to move on from the past and start a new life. She was scheduled to leave by the end of that month so we decided to all hang out over the weekend for one last time together. We met at a seaside restaurant on the island that weekend and had an awesome time together, we laughed so much that we forgot all our individual troubles. Halfway through our meeting, I announced to the girls that I would be having a set of twins, they were all so excited they screamed, Oby and Charly started battling as usual over who would be the babies’ god mothers, “babes, babes, babes” I said trying to quiet them down, “I have enough babies to go round so you don’t need to struggle” I said laughing, “although Americana is going to have to be sending a lot of gifts to make up for her absence” I added, everyone burst out into more laughter, then we made a toast to friendship and drank, I’m sure the other guests at the restaurant were wondering why grown-up women like us were so hyper, they probably even thought we were drunk but we didn’t care, we were just happy.
After all the excitement and merriment, it was time to go home, “I have something I need to share with you guys before we go” Jumai suddenly announced with a serious look on her face, “what?” We all chorused turning to face her, “What I’m about to say might come as a shock……” She began then paused and held her face in her hands, “what is it?” I asked, urging her to talk, I hated that she was keeping us in suspense, I didn’t like suspense. What did she want to say and why was it taking her so long to say it? was she about to spoil the fun with unpleasant news? Did someone die again? was Abdul asking for a divorce? My mind began to wander, I began to think of all the things she could possibly want to tell us…