Tony stole glances at Lara as they ate breakfast, she seemed interested only in the choco she drank, her toast was still intact.
Tony: “Madam, you are not eating…” he said without looking up.
Tony: “anything wrong?” he asked again, since she kept mute.
Lara: “What i’m thinking…does it matter?” Lara toyed with her scambled eggs.
Tony: “It does, it matters to me…tell me.” Tony urged
Lara: “Do you have to go to work every morning?”
Tony smiled, he was expecting that.
Lara: “I stay at home-alone everyday, till you come back by evening, and.. And…” Lara complained.
Lara: “You are laughing? If you laugh again, you won’t go work today!” she pouted
Tony: “you see..that’s why I said you start following me to the office, there’s a chair for you! You could sit and gaze at me all day!” Tony said smiling.
Lara: “No thank you.” Lara laughed.
Tony: “you said you’d be going out today.” he stated rather than asked.
Lara: “Yes, yes, I’d be going to see my mother, its been long since I saw her.” Lara explained.
Tony: “aiit! But…be very careful.” Tony intoned picking up his jacket.
Tony: “bye baby..” he gave her a peck.
Lara: “bye…” she laughed.
Lara’s Mom: “hehn! Omolara, so you remember me today.” Funke said as her daughter flopped on a settee beside her.
Lara: “Mummy, don’t start o! I’m too tired!”
Lara’s Mom: “so you won’t even eat in my house, ehn?” Funke gestured at the tray she placed on a stool.
Lara: “Mum, not like that! I don’t have appetite…” Lara said slowly.
Lara’s Mom: “hehen!” Funke clapped and looked her all over.
Lara’s Mom: “you are looking so fresh! Enjoyment right?”
Lara: “Enjoyment ke! Mum I came to discuss something serious o” Lara sat up.
Lara’s Mom: “hmm, go on”
Lara: “Mum, I think there’s something wrong with my body, I’m becoming fairer, changes everywhere…my bosom, my hips…my…mum you won’t believe I now have a protuding navel…” Lara explained.
Lara’s Mom: “Hmmm.”
Lara: “Seriously mum, I’ve lost taste for food, even Tony is becoming worried.” Lara concluded.
Lara’s Mom: “Wonderful!” Funke said absentmindedly.
Lara’s Mom: “When last did you menstruate?”
Lara: “Errmm, I think Two months ago.” Lara informed her.
Lara’s Mom: “Wow! How did you become pregnant? I thought your husband was impo…”
Lara: “Mum please! Lets not talk about Tony!” Lara stopped her.
Lara’s Mom: “I have a doctor friend, we shall go and see him.” Funke said giving her a searching look.
Lara’s Mom: “I’ll call to tell him we’re coming.” Funke walked into her room, to make a phone call.
Lara watched her closely, she wasn’t expecting such kindness from her troublesome mother.
Lara’s Mom: “Thank you Doctor.” Funke smiled as Olakija walked into the office carrying some papers.
Doctor: “Omolara right?”Olakija asked Lara who nodded.
Doctor: “From our test, you are seven weeks pregnant.” he informed her.
Lara: “Wow! Oh my God!” Lara jumped happily, hugging her mother.
Lara: “Thank you Almighty God! I’m so happy! Mum I’m pregnant! You’l have a grandchild!” she shook her mother excitedly.
Lara: “Oh my! I need to call Tony…” her hands scrambled through her bag for her phone.
Doctor: “Errm…there’s no need for that.” Olakija said quitely.
Lara: “Oops! Its prohibited to make calls in your hospital?” Lara quipped.
Doctor: “No…its..its just that..that..there is a complicative issue.” Olakija sighed.
Lara’s face dropped.
Doctor: “The foetus is not formed properly…”
Lara’s Mom: “Yekpa! My grandchild! Haaa!” Funke threw her hands over her head.
Lara kept a straight face.
Lara: “I…I..don’t understand…this..this..” she stammered.
Doctor: “Well…” Olakija exhaled sharply
Doctor: “For your safety, you need to abort it, else it might get more complicated and ..worst of all, cost you your life.”
Funke began to sob.
Lara’s Mom: “what have I done to deserve this ehn? Can’t I have a grandchild ehn? Awon Aje! Those witches are responsible.”
Lara: “I…errm…doctor…let me go home, and inform my husband.” Lara said quitely.
Doctor: “Noo…we can’t let you go now! We have to do it now, since your mother is here. We can call your husband later. If we let the baby stay any longer, it might cost your life.” Olakija protested.
Lara: “Noo…” Lara began to say.
Lara’s Mom: “omolara, I prefer your life to a million grandchildren o! Doctor please help us, if possible remove her womb so that she won’t have complicated issues again o!” Funke said holding her daughter.
Lara sensed trouble.
Lara: “but doctor…why the hurry? What if I’d not even see you today.” her voice wavered.
…. Stay tuned to Episode 19