THE DANGEROUS GAME

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Hours after, MD was ready to leave. I suspected that he had come wanting to pass the night at my place, but the very intense discussion we had over when me and his son would move into the house had gotten him restless. No matter how hard I tried to get him to relax and spend more time, or hopefully spend the night with me, I couldn’t succeed. His mind was already troubled and he would not rest until he had solved the problem plaguing his mind..

“So, you’re insisting you must go home now, right?” I asked him, trying to really sound disappointed.

“Yes, dear, I have to, it’s getting late, isn’t it?” MD responded. As he dressed up, I watched him closely, he was clearly trying to make eye contact with me. He was really disturbed.

“But I thought you said you wanted to spend the night with us?” I said, trying to appeal to his emotions. “So, why did you suddenly change your mind?”

“Nothing, Anita, I just changed my mind, that’s all.”

“But you know that’s not true, MD, it’s because of the discussion we just had, that’s why you’re rushing home to your wife.”

He turned, looked into my eyes for a brief spell and smiled wryly. “And you don’t think that’s a good enough reason for me to change my mind and start heading back home?”

I didn’t answer him. I couldn’t. I had no idea what to say to him.

“Listen, my dear, do you have idea what it feels like not to have the most precious thing you ever wanted living right under the same roof with you? For a man of my status, do you know how hurtful that is? Do you know how shameful it is that, despite my wealth and status, my only child and the mother are both living away from me, hidden from people? No, I have to correct all of that, Anita.”

I was quiet. There was simply no point trying to hold him back, he had already made up his mind to leave. The hurt in his voice was heavy, I could feel it in my bones.

“So, are you going straight home to discuss with your wife this night?”

“Maybe. Maybe not tonight. I need to think everything through first. Then I will speak with her.”

“And you think she will approve for us to come over?”

“Well, it may or may not be easy to get her approval, but which ever way, I will get it and you and Junior will move in,” he’d said confidently.

“Really? You seem so sure about this?”

For the first time that night, MD beamed his best smile. “Of course, I’m sure, she has no other choice, you guys are moving in whether she likes it or not!” And with those parting words, MD picked up his car keys and without bothering to give me our usual parting hug and kiss, he quietly left the room, closing the door gently behind him. He was like a man on a mission, and nothing I do or say could make him change his mind..

I became restless I. I became worried. I had to do something and very fast. I didn’t have any doubt in my mind that MD was going home straight to his wife to iron out the issue of me and Junior coming over to live under same roof with them. And from the determination on his face as he left the apartment, except a miracle happens and the wife puts up the mother of all resistance, I see MD succeeding in his quest. Now, if that happens, how would I deal with it? How would I tell MD I don’t want to move in with him and his wife? And what if I have no choice but to move in and his wife notices I could be pregnant, how am I supposed to wriggle out of that? No, it must not happen, I must do something and fast too!

Early the following morning, I went straight to Aunty Meg. She was surprised to see me at her door that early in the day.

“Ha, Anita, what’s up, hope there’s no problem,” she asked me, a puzzled look on her face. I just walked past her into her small but nicely furnished apartment.

“There is a problem, Aunty,” I said as I sank into one of the chairs in the living room.

“Problem? Is it another fresh problem or it’s the same one we’re trying to solve?” he asked.

“It’s a fresh problem, Aunty, this one just came last night?” I told her, my arms folded across my chest.

She sat down opposite me. “Okay, I’m listening, what is it?”

I let out a huge sigh and then continued: “MD wants me and my son to move in with him and his wife.”

For a few seconds, she appeared to be trying to process what I just said. Then, she responded, “but that should be good news, my dear, so what exactly is the problem with that?”

I shook my head in exasperation. “Aunty, you don’t get it, do you?” I’d shot at her. She still looked lost.

“No, I still don’t get it,” she answered.

“Can’t you see that if I move into MD’s house, then chances are that he could get to find out I am pregnant if I get to live under same roof with him.”

Aunty Meg still didn’t get it. “Okay, but, sooner or later, if you do not get it rid of it, he would eventually find out obviously. Or, how do you expect he would not know by the time your tummy begins to bulge?”

“But of course I do not intend for my tummy to bulge out before I do something about it, but I’m saying that, with his wife, my tummy does not have to bulge out before she’ll know I am pregnant, that’s what I’m saying.”

She nodded slowly. “Now, I see your point. So, what do you intend to do?”

“I have to do something about this pregnancy, Aunty Meg,” I told her with a voice laced with desperation. “Truth is, I do not intend to live with MD and his under the same roof, but just in case I don’t succeed and I find myself moving to the house, I cannot afford to let anyone discover I am pregnant.”

“You still haven’t told me what you want me to do?” Aunty Meg returned.

“Get me another doctor, Aunty Meg!” I retorted almost angrily. “Get me a doctor that will do exactly what I want and evacuate this baby from my system, not a doctor that will be asking me for sex and running his filthy hands all over my body!”

To be continued….