She woke up and found her mother sleeping beside her. She yawned and stretched out her hands and legs. It had been a long time since she had slept well. It occurred to her that she didn’t have any nightmare. She had slept like a baby.
Thank you Jesus.
She closed her eyes for a moment and opened it. If her nights continued that way, her full recovery was manifesting sooner than she thought. Someone knocked. She looked towards the door. Efe opened it and walked in.
“Morning,” she sat up.
“Did you sleep well?”
“Yes, thanks,” she grinned.
“Should I ask Mrs. Grace to bring you breakfast in bed?”
She shook her head, “I will take my bath first. I think I will eat at the dining.”
“Thank you for coming to get me last night.”
“You are welcome. But, the next time you want to leave the house, for whatever
reason, just call me.”
“Okay. I will.”
He stepped closer, “I am glad that you are all right. I was worried about you.”
She nodded, “I didn’t have any bad dream last night.”
He smiled, “I noticed.”
“I slept like a baby.”
“I am glad,” he could see the excitement in her eyes.
“God has answered our prayers.”
“Yes, he has.”
Their gazes locked. He was sure that in a matter of weeks, she would be able to go back to her normal routine. He had noticed that no man had come to check up on her. Was she single? He had seen in her hospital records. She was thirty. Why wasn’t she in a relationship at that age? Maybe she allowed work to take over her social life. He had noticed that her siblings were also single and work-driven. They all needed to do a rethink. Life wasn’t all about work, money and fame. There were other things that made it beautiful and worthwhile.
Etinosa stirred and opened her eyes. She turned on her side and noticed that her daughter was awake. She followed her gaze and saw Efe
standing by the doorway. Why were they staring at each other like that? She looked from one to the other. Have their relationship gone beyond nurse and patient to a more intimate one? Was there something else going on between them? The young man was decent and hardworking. He would make a fine husband for her workaholic daughter who had not dated anyone since she graduated from the university. She cleared her throat thrice.
Osayuki blinked and turned away from the intensity of his gaze. She perceived that her mother was awake.
“Mum, morning,” she glanced at her.
“Good morning ma.”
She threw a glance at him and smiled, “Morning Efe.”
Why was she smiling at him like that? She was looking at him as if she had discovered something.
“Please, excuse me,” he retreated and walked out.
“Fine young man, isn’t he?”
She raised an eyebrow and her puzzled stare captured her mother’s excited ones.
“I think he is single.”
She shrugged. She didn’t know what her mother was driving at.
“He will make a fine husband for a lucky woman.”
Osayuki blinked, she was not sure why her mother made such comment.
The elderly woman started to laugh. It was possible that the nurse and his patient had no idea about what was going on between them. If it was meant to be, they would find out for themselves. She
decided to stay out of their business.
“What are you having for breakfast?”
“I don’t know. I will like to take my bath first.”
“Okay. I will tell Mrs. Grace to make you pancakes and oatmeal.”
“Sounds perfect,” she got down from the bed and headed for the bathroom.
She lay back on the bed. It would be wonderful if her eldest daughter got married. Her dreams of being a granny would finally materialize. It might encourage her other children to settle down. Her first son was thirty five. Her second son was thirty three and Osabohen was twenty eight. She couldn’t remember the last time they introduced anyone as their intended. They were focused on work, power and positions in her husband’s company. Did they make a mistake in involving the children in the family business? She turned off her line of thoughts and pulled her weight up. She climbed down from the bed and yawned. Her husband would have woken up. He must have noticed her absence from his side the other night. She smiled; he could do without her once in a while.