I gave Yemi the gist when I got home later that night while my mum tried her best to eavesdrop on our conversation, I didn’t want to let her know anything about this date so she wouldn’t start requesting that he fixes a date to bring his family members, my mum can be really deep like that sometimes. I had already picked my outfit for Saturday right from that evening when I got home, believe me, Saturday couldn’t come soon enough, I was counting down every hour, minute and second,it was like I didn’t have any other purpose than to wake up to be counting down every day. Finally Saturday came. After waiting impatiently for 5pm to come, I became angry with myself for suggesting 5pm instead of 3pm or even 2. True to his words, at 4:59pm, my door bell rang, I was so happy, I quickly ran to answer the door before my mum answered it herself because she had been dying to know who I was going out with, I convinced Chinedu that there was no need to come inside because I had all my stuff with me already, so we left.
He took me to a rooftop restaurant where a live Jazz band was performing , the view of the city from there was amazing, the cool breeze, the moonlight and good food, everything was just perfect. I opened up to him about everything that had happened to me since the last time we met and he did the same. After dinner he told me how he had thought he’d never find love or happiness again since his wife died and how he suddenly felt a ray of hope after seeing me at the mall again. He held both my hands, looked into my eyes and whispered into my ears, “now that I’ve found you, I’m never letting you go a second time” and kissed my hands. Honestly I felt like I was dreaming, like it was too good to be true; how could he still want to be with me after how I played with his emotions in the past? Why would he want to be with someone that was pregnant with another man’s children? I just couldn’t wrap my head around it, I made up my mind to enjoy it while it lasted, after all, I deserved to be happy. Two weeks later, it was the 27th of November and as usual I was super excited even though I had dreaded this day for a long time because I was scared to finally turn 35. I had nothing planned but everything seemed to be working out well for me, so I was happy.
“Happy Birthday” Yemi said jumping into my room to wake me up with my mum following right behind her, “happy birthday dear daughter” she began, before I could even respond she started praying for a husband for me, I really don’t understand why African mothers make this husband issue a big deal, it beats me. I just kept saying Amen and hoped the prayer would eventually have an ending. Luckily it was on a Saturday and I wasn’t on duty so I didn’t have to go to work. Yemi eventually left the house later that afternoon claiming that she had an appointment. I hadn’t heard from Chinedu the whole day and for some weird reasons, his phone had been switched off. I was already getting worried by evening when I still hadn’t heard from him and then suddenly my phone rang, it was his son calling to tell me that his Daddy was not feeling too well and I should please come over to the house, I had no idea what he meant by “not feeling well” , he dropped the phone before I could ask any further questions and when I tried calling back it just kept ringing with no response. I picked up my bag and headed to his place, that was probably why I hadn’t heard from him all day. I panicked, I was praying nothing serious was wrong with him.
I could feel some cramps in my belly as I drove down to his place but I ignored them and drove on. When I finally reached his place the security man let me in, then I met the front door open so I busted into the house shouting “Chinedu where are….”, I immediately stopped in my tracks, I had expected to run in to meet Chinedu lying helpless or weak on the floor or couch or something instead I was greeted by a very happy Chinedu standing with Yemi and my terror squad screaming “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”, I was shocked and relieved at the same time, I didn’t even know what to say. Apparently Yemi and Chinedu who I had earlier introduced on one of our outings planned a surprise get together for me and invited my girls and a couple of Chinedu’s friends, they had decorated his sitting room with birthday banners and balloons and there was a beautiful birthday cake on the dining table with my name on it. I was so happy,it was definitely turning out to be one of my best birthdays ever, I was still in the middle of hugging them all and saying my “thankyous” when the sharp pain returned, It was so bad that I screamed and fell to the ground, “what is wrong?” Chinedu shouted rushing towards me with the others following behind. “My tummy” was all I could say, I had never felt such pain in my entire life and I wasn’t even prepared for it, my surprise party was about to be ruined by another surprise…