School had just ended that day. The students were eager to get back home for various reasons. Some were quite hungry and were thinking about what delicious meal would be awaiting them at home. Others were just glad school was over and were looking forward to playing game consoles with their friends.
A boy who was not so smartly dressed as he was earlier that day belonged to the latter group. He wore a white shirt that was now dirty and a blue Short.
The boy was walking with his best friend and they were talking about the FIFA 14 game they were gonna play when they meet up later in the day. The boy parted with his friend and he then continued walking to his home which was a few blocks away.
When the boy got to a street where he needed to Cross to the other side of the road, he looked to his right but in his eagerness to get home early so as to finish his chores early and so that he’ll have more time to play games, he forgot to look at his left.
The boy didn’t quite hear the horn of the jeep on time. The driver of the jeep stepped on the break but it was too late.
Ngozi had a gloomy look on her face. She held a piece of paper in her hand. Although she was an illiterate and couldn’t read, she knew exactly what the paper contained. The doctor had explained it to her. She should be happy about the news but she felt the exact opposite.
Ngozi was married to Emeka, who was a driver at a cement factory. His meagre salary wasn’t quite enough for the family. They had Eight children and they were all living in a single room. All the children where all asleep now.
Emeka came into the house around 11pm and after an exchange of greeting with his wife, Ngozi, he went to the bathroom, which was shared with the other tenants to take his birth.
When he came back to the room, he sat down to do justice to the large plate of eba and egusi soup that his wife placed before him.
Ngozi waited patiently until he was halfway through before speaking. She’d decided that she wasn’t going to beat about the bush.
“I am pregnant”, She blurted.
Emeka didn’t reply, he just stared at her. He didn’t even realise that the big morsel of eba he was about to put in his mouth had fallen from his grasp.
“I just wish he’d die. Then my life would become much fun”, she mumbled to herself.
She was staring at her husband who was eating the breakfast she’d prepared for him that morning. He was quite bossy and gets angry at the slightest provocation. But, funny enough, he’d never beaten her whenever he was in one of his moods.
She was about to head to the kitchen when her husband started coughing violently. Her heart missed a bit. She rushed to his side and gave him some water to drink and after a while the coughing stopped.
She breathed a sigh of relief and realised she still loved him.