The same house mother later came in and uncle Sam asked her if I could be taken home. The house mother told him that students weren’t just allowed to leave the hostel but immediately she said that, uncle Sam told her that I wasn’t feeling fine and needed to see our doctor and made up an excuse that he hoped would work. When he said this, the young house mother looked at me and asked why I didn’t go to the sick bay and I lied. I told her I had been going to the sick bay but still hadn’t felt better. I was beginning to get scared that she wasn’t going to allow me leave with uncle Sam until she said;
“It’s okay, let me just write your exeat and get big mummy (referring to the eldest house mother) to sign for you so you can show the security officers at the gate. I’ll be back sir.” before leaving the office.
I glanced at uncle Sam who was probably staring at me all along. He was definitely not happy with the whole situation but I was the damaged one, the victim, which meant it was worse for me. In less than five minutes, the house mother came in and handed the exeat to uncle Sam, telling me to go pack my things before leaving with my uncle. I went up to pack the books and @ssignments I would be needing for that weekend. There wasn’t much to pack and so I locked my locker and gave Annabelle the keys, letting her know that I wasn’t going to be around for the weekend. As expected, she started asking questions and asking if I was okay. I didn’t want to explain anything just yet so I let her know that we would talk when I got back and hugged her before exiting the room to join my uncle at the hostel office.
When I got into the office again, my unlce looked up and saw me so he stood up, thanked the house mother and we both left the office. When we got to the gates, my uncle handed them the exeat and so we were allowed to p@ss the gates. But before we left, he reached into the pockets of his trouser and handed them some change. They were very happy and so they thanked him until we were out of sight. I got into uncle Sam’s car as he started the engine before driving off. In the car, it was as silent as a graveyard until uncle Sam broke the silence.
“Meso, I’m sorry for what I’m putting you through….I still regret all that I did. I promise it won’t happen again. I know that you didn’t mention it to anybody that’s why I’m so grateful. I sincerely love you. Don’t worry, I’ll fix this”
When he stopped talking, I didn’t even mutter a sound. I just kept mute because honestly I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t hate him, as much I thought this situation would cause me to..
“Am I forgiven?” he said facing me and trying to smile.
I nodded my head, still not finding any reason to reciprocate his crooked smile. When he saw this, he focused back on the wheels and road. I saw his hands shaking as he steered the wheel. I was a bit scared that my parents would call the hostel and possibly find out that I had left with uncle Sam because my curious mum would want to know why they weren’t informed.
In no time, we were at his house and immediately we got in, he asked if I was hungry. I nodded and he went straight to the kitchen to fetch something for me. I was truly hungry as I hadn’t eaten properly for the past days due to my loss of appetite at the sight or smell or the hostel food. I managed to eat the rice and stew he had warmed up for me. While eating, I watched him from the dinning table talking to someone on the phone and walking around. He seemed to be on the phone for a while before he ended the call, then came up to me and said;
“Meso, I just spoke to the doctor, we will be leaving the house first thing in the morning so that we can be at the hospital on time for our appointment, okay?”
I just nodded. I don’t remember saying more than three s£ntences that night before heading to the room to rest. As I sat on the bed, I thought about so many things, from the child in my womb to the man(my uncle) in the other room, to my family back at home. I became so scared of what I would have to face if I had to raise a child at that age. That night, I tried sleeping but I couldn’t. I kept on rolling on the bed and feeling very uncomfortable. It was also hot because there was no light and so the fans and air conditioners weren’t switched on. And I guessed uncle Sam had forgotten to switch on the generator.
I finally stood up and decided to get water from the kitchen as I was very thirsty. I managed to find my way even with the darkness, through the moonlight reflection coming from the windows. As I got to the kitchen, I took a pure water bag from the fridge and made my way out when I suddenly ran into uncle Sam. He said he had come to check up on me and apologized for the darkness and heat as he had forgotten to get fuel earlier that day. I told him I couldn’t sleep and was thirsty, that was why I was up and out of my bed, and so he offered me to come to his room as his wasn’t as hot. I showed a little hesitation and he looked at me and said he promised he wouldn’t do anything in which I believed and so I followed him back to his room. Funny enough, as I laid on the bed for about five minutes, I found myself falling into a deep sleep that I hadn’t been able to in days. I remember uncle Sam who laid beside me, watching me until my eyes were closed..
The next morning, I woke up in the arms of uncle Sam. I hadn’t realized we had cuddled up while sleeping. I slowly moved away from him but as soon as I got up, he woke up. He looked at the wall clock just opposite him and jumped up. I knew we were already running late for the appointment. He told me to quickly take a shower while he also gets ready and so I left to other room where I was supposed to have stayed for the night. I only had the shorts and shirt I had brought with me, which I wore on Saturday mornings in school for our morning exercise.
Anyway, I took a shower and got dressed. In no time, we were done and ready to leave the house, so he locked the doors behind and we drove off to the hospital. When we got to the hospital, I looked around lost, knowing that it wasn’t the same hospital my parents usually brought I or Meso to whenever we needed to see the doctor. We got into the reception and uncle Sam told the nurse about our appointment before she asked us to take a seat in the waiting room. I looked around really nervous and I guess uncle Sam noticed it because he looked at me, and held my right hand. I swallowed and tried to hide the fact that I was as scared, nervous and whatever you could call a state that was scary and unexplainable. I was scared that I was going to have an abortion which I hadn’t really heard pleasant things about. Something I had never thought I would ever do. I was pretty young to understand a lot about what was going on, what to do or say so I went with the flow hoping that I would be leaving the hospital without being pregnant. My heart was pounding because nobody knew any of this except uncle Sam and I…….and maybe the doctor and nurses soon.
At that point, I didn’t even care what the doctor or any of the nurses would think of me. I was so embarr@ssed with the whole situation, I just wanted it to be over. I wanted to burst out and just cry like the baby I was. I saw the sadness in uncle Sam’s face. I saw the anger in his eyes. He was definitely angry with himself but it didn’t look like it, only I could tell, so I thought to myself. After about five more minutes, a nurse came up with a file in her hands and called uncle Sam’s name so we both stood up and followed the nurse behind as she led us to the doctor’s office. She knocked, opened the door and let us go in before shutting the door and leaving us to the doctor..
Good day Sam Sam, how are you?” he said as he stood up to shake uncle Sam.
“Samo! Doctor, Mr. Samuel Adekunle! Nice to see you again. You know ever since You became a doctor, I haven’t called your nickname in ages. Ahh Samo! Nice to see you. Nice to see you.” uncle Sam replied.
The way they laughed, talked and exchanged words got me thinking that they were long time friends.
“This is my niece, Mesonma and Meso this is Samuel, my long time friend.” uncle Sam said introducing us to each other.
I fake smiled at him and greeted him before he asked us to take our seats.
“Mesonma, your uncle here already told me about everything so I’ll just ask you a few questions before you take the pregnancy test. Don’t worry, I know you’re nervous but it will be okay.” the doctor said with a warm but professional look.
I looked at uncle Sam before I nodded, I can’t remember why. The doctor started with his questionnaire, from when last did I see my period to how I had been feeling lately. I answered him as accurately as I could before he asked if I was ready to take the test. And when I told him I was ready, he took up the landline on his desk and phoned someone who was probably the nurse that was to help me with taking the test. In like a minute or two, we heard a knock on the door and a nurse came in. Then the doctor asked me to follow her to take the pregnancy test.
Uncle Sam’s Pov
As I watch Mesonma leave the office, I looked at Samuel who looked at me with a not so pleasing eyes. I knew what he was going to say next.
“Twelve years old Sam, ahn ahn, You no even try oo. Your niece again.”
“It’s okay now Samuel, I didn’t say you should start making me feel worse than I already feel. I know I was very wrong and I shouldn’t have done what I did but it has already happened. Thanks man for this though. I appreciate.”
“Honestly, don’t thank me because I’m really disappointed oo. Look at the kind of risk you’re putting me into. If not because of our friendship, I would never have agreed to such. Do you know what all these mean. Getting a small girl pregnant and asking me to help you with an abortion. Common Sam, you’re better than this. You need to change your ways oo.”
“Boss, I don hear you.”
We didn’t converse for too long before Meso came in with the same nurse she left with. And as Meso took her seat beside me again, the nurse gave Samuel, the doctor a file she had been holding.
As the nurse handed the file to the doctor, I sat down in suspense waiting to hear the results of my test. My eyes were fixed on the doctor and the file. The doctor waved for the nurse to leave and so as she left, he opened the file and after about a minute, he looked at me and said;
“Mesonma, you’re not pregnant.”
- TO BE CONTINUED