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I was so overcome with a passion to help my parents, that I timed my ovulation perfectly. On the day that I knew my eggs would be released; which was a Friday, I flew to Lagos and called Seun to meet me at a hotel in Ikeja. I told him I came to Lagos to purchase some drugs for my father. At night, I took him into the bathroom, and bathed him, while rubbing my soft body all over him, he carried me into the bedroom and we spent the whole night making love. I never touched the birth control pills, I was using before then, for the whole weekend I was with him.
And after a weekend of love-making with Seun, I didnt need a sooth sayer to tell me that I was pregnant.
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One month later, l started noticing unusual symptoms. I told my parents about it, and my mother immediately took me for Ultra-scan the next day. Imagine my parents’ happiness, when the tests confirmed that I was one month pregnant with a male child. My mom showered a lot of monetary gifts on all the hospital staff like they were the ones that did the miracle. When we got home and broke the news to my dad, he seemed to suddenly come back to life again, he hugged me tightly and kept showering blessings on me. I was so relieved to see my parents happy again, after a long time of sorrow.
Imagine my horror a week later, when I told Seun about the pregnancy on phone, and he seemed so pleased about it, I had expected him to tell me to abort it, but he was so over himself with joy, even suggesting that we get married at once. I never knew that Seun had grown to love me this much, I had thought, we were just using each other for S.e.x and companionship.
At my mothers insistence, I started avoiding Seun, he called and called, and left me messages, confessing how much he loved me, but I didnt reply. I simply wished, he just vanished!
My father seemed to hang on to life, waiting for my son to be born, and eight months later when my son, Chinedu jnr (named after my father) was born, my father got a senior advocate of Nigeria, the day after Chinedu was born, willed all his estates to my son, Chinedu, and died peacefully two weeks later.
After my dads burial, life really seemed to be going on fine for me and mom. Chinedu was growing into a handsome healthy baby (he surely took his dads genes). And my uncles seemed to have forgotten about us for good, until Seun came calling, out of nowhere!
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I was sitting with my mom in our spacious living room at our Calabar mansion, watching TV, while enjoying a glass of Orange juice with some sandwiches, one Sunday evening, when Seun barged in looking so worked up. He took one look at Chinedu, who was peacefully sleeping on the soft sofa and swallowed hard.
What do you want here, young man?, my mom harshly demanded of him.
I have come for my son, He thundered back.
Just name your price young man, anything, a million pounds, two, three…any price you want, we will pay you and you get lost forever, My mom answered him.
You think Im that cheap ma…you think Im going to sell my first son, the first fruit of my lions for any price…you think….
Please Seun, dont do this, I interrupted him.
He looked at me, with so much hatred in his eyes like he was just noticing I was in the room for the first time.
“You”, he continued, You used me, l thought we were in love, do you know how much I loved you, Amanda, do you? you destroyed my life, I thought you were different, I thought we were building something…, He was shouting and crying at the same time.
With all the shouting going on, Chinedu suddenly woke up at that moment and started crying.
My mom sharply turned to Seun, and with a deadly voice, I hardly recognized was hers, she said to him: Now, get lost young man, and I dont ever want to see you here again!
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Seun thundered back at her, I will go for now, but the next time Im here, I wont be alone, I will surely be coming over with some advocates…see you in court soon! he finished, and stomped out, the way he came in.
My mom said nothing, I carried the still-crying Chinedu to my room upstairs and cried myself to sleep.
Two days later, Seuns sister called me on the phone crying. She said that Seun was dead, that arm
robbers shot and killed him while he was driving home from work that night!
I didnt need a soothsayer to tell me who was responsible for Seuns death. I instantly knew my mother hired the assassins that killed him, so I ran downstairs and stormed into her room to demand answers.
To my horror, my mom sat up in bed, once she saw me, and started:
Yes my darling, the killers did quite a professional job (like we planned this together), We are free now.
Free!, I fired back at her, is this what you call freedom mom?…how can you live freely, knowing fully well that you killed Seun!
I didnt kill him, darling, his stupidity did, I tried to warn him, I even offered him any price he wanted.
You are delusional mom, I never knew you were a killer, his blood is on your hands mom!, I shouted back at her.
I did it for your father darling, always remember that, at least, he will be happy in his grave now, knowing fully well that Chinedu is ours forever.
Look, mom, I dont care about anything you say, or what dad will think anymore okay! you deceived me once, and you are not going to deceive me again, you pushed me into this, you destroyed me, mom, just for the sake of some outdated evil customs. And I dont want to have anything to do with you again mom, never!
I was crying dementedly, by the time I walked out on her. She was shouting at me to come back, but I didnt listen to her, I just ran upstairs to my room, took my small travelling bag, which contained my debit cards and other personal items, then, I ran out of the gate, boarded down a taxi, which took me to a small hotel in town, where Im telling this story from.
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Ive been holed up in this hotel room, for the past three days now. I do nothing but cry myself to sleep. My appetite is long gone; I only manage to eat very little. I just cant seem to get over what I did to Seun. Worse still, I see him in my dreams every night; crying out to me, how much I betrayed his love. He tells me that he is in a very cold, dark and lonely place and that he misses me so much. I just keep on begging him to forgive me. I just feel like Im running out of my mind!
As for my mom, I wont have anything to do with that devilish woman again. She can now have Chinedu to herself, for all I care!
Im leaving for England, as soon as I get myself back. And I dont plan to ever set foot in Nigeria again, I just want to run very far away from my mom, my past, and these people, that call themselves my people; with their barbaric, outdated, obnoxious, and evil customs.
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