Throughout that day, Ekene wasn’t himself in the shop. Some customers and the two sales girls who truly care about him asked him what was wrong but he told them nothing and even gave them a reassuring smile which wasn’t from the depth of his heart to assure them that he is fine.
Finally closing time came and Ekene packed his things, close the shop and said “good bye” to the sales girls before entering a keke that will take him home.
Ekene got home and greeted Kate but she being a good observer, observed that there was something wrong with him so she decided to call him back to find out what it is
Kate: Please come here
Ekene walked to where Kate was sitting down
Kate: Ekene what’s bothering you?
Ekene: Ma there is nothing bothering me. Am just tired from today’s work *he lied*
Kate: Ekene we both know that you are lying. For the past three years you have come to learn trade with my husband, I have been able to know all your mood and the mood you are in now clearly tells me that something is bothering you. And also remember that a problem shared is a problem half solved.
Ekene: Ma I really appreciate your care but the truth his am just missing my mum
Kate knew he was lying so she tried pressuring him to tell her the truth but when she noticed that no matter how she tried to pressure him, he won’t tell her what’s bothering him so she decided to let the issue be.
Kate: Since you don’t want to tell me what’s bothering you, I won’t force you. Ekene you can now go to your room but your dinner is in the kitchen when you want to eat it.
Ekene said “okay” and left for his room. That night Ekene didn’t eat his dinner and that was not his problem that moment.
The next day Ekene was the first to wake up since he wasn’t able to get much sleep.
Ekene prepared for church and went to take permission from Kate because he want to go and see Ifeoma so he won’t be coming back home straight from church and Kate allowed him to go see the friend he had told her without her knowing that the friend is actually a girl.
Ekene went to the church but he didn’t wait for the service to end before leaving the church for Ifeoma’s house.
He got to her house and knocked on the door. Few seconds later, Ifeoma came to open the door.
Ify: Good morning Ekene.
Ekene: Morning Ify. How are you ?
Ify: Am fine. Please come in
Ekene entered the house and sat on her bed since she has no chair in her room. I even forgot to tell you that Ifeoma is an orphan and she stays alone.
The room was filled with an awkward silence because neither of them said a word to the other. Five minutes have passed and Ekene decided to break the silence.
Ekene: Ify what are we going to do concerning the pregnancy?
Ify: I don’t know but one thing I know is that am not going to to an abortion
Ekene: That means you want to keep it?
Ifeoma: I don’t want to have an innocent child’s blood in my hands and I may even loose my own life when doing the abortion so am keeping it.
Ekene: Ify please remember that I am still learning trade and if my master get to find out, he will send me back to the village
Ekene’s statement got Ifeoma all fired up.
Ify: Ekene you now know that you are still learning trade because am now pregnant abi? But you didn’t know that when you were persuading me to have have sex with you or when we were both enjoying the sex.
Ekene: I guess that came out the wrong way. Ify what I meant with my statement was that am going to take full responsibility of the child but I don’t want my master to know about it.
Ify: If your master finding out is what you are afraid of, then you don’t need to worry because the baby will be under my care. All I need from you is for you to give him your name when he comes into this world and also for you to be assisting me with little money to take care of his needs from time to time.
Ekene: I guess we now now have a solution to our problem?
Ekene spent some time discussing with Ify before going back back that day