Where is Kennedy – part 2
After reaching home, Gloria’s sad and confused moody state were displaying all over her. She lost appetite, thinking of the best way to handle the matter.
She was trying to make up her mind to abort the child, but the thought of it was terrifying her. She saw it as, committing a murder.
While she was thinking about it, she didn’t know when her younger sister, Mercy entered the room and had her eyes fell on the pregnancy test result that was lying beside her. She ran and picked it after seeing her sister in a deep state of lost.
Gloria was lost deep in her thought and didn’t know when Mercy entered the room.
Before she could pick notice of her presence, the sister already screamed on top of her voice, attracting the attention of their mother who was also in the house.
Hearing the loud voice, the mother followed the direction the voice came from and landed in Gloria’s room.
In a hasty and confused tone, she asked what was the problem.
Before Gloria could stop her sister from making matter worse for her, she already showed the mother the result she had in her hand.
“Your daughter is pregnant, mummy” she said
And Gloria shouted at Mercy for being so inconsiderate. She drew attention without first asking her what was going on.
Both the mother and Mercy were no longer interested in what she was saying, their only concern was, who is responsible and what is he saying about it.
“I haven’t told him about it yet and infact, I’m planning of removing it”
“Then you must be stupid. Meet the man involved and have him take responsibility of his action. And besides, who is he and where is he from?”
“And before you open your mouth, remember I won’t support this if he is not from our side” the mother added
“Actually mom, he is not Igbo”
“He is not Igbo, but I love him” Gloria said, firmly
“Where is he from and what is he doing for a living?”
“He is a graphic designer and trust me mom, where he is from doesn’t matter, I love Ken”
And the mother burst on the choice of a man her daughter was going out with.
“Don’t tell me you are stupid. What happened to choosing a man of our class? Men of this generation have learnt to be lazy. They have learnt how to climb the social ladder to achieve their aims and they won’t mind who gets hurt or they need to crush to make their games successful. Trust me, that man can never love you truly, he is only using you, you are his means of…..”
“Mom” Gloria interrupted “trust me, Ken is different. He is not who you are trying to paint him to be”
“Then what’s stopping you from telling him about the pregnancy?”
“Mom please, this is my life. Allow me handle it the way I see fit. And you Mercy, learn not to meddle in things that doesn’t concern you” Gloria said, making her stance clear on how she would like to handle her situation.
That night, Kennedy wasn’t still satisfied with the way Gloria sounded in the afternoon. He had a strong conviction that things were not OK.
So he kept on insisting that, she told him what was going.
And Gloria had it a good idea to use a style and tell him that she was pregnant, just to see his reaction.
And she said, “I am pregnant”
And Kennedy laughed and said, “it can’t be possible”
“You mean I can’t be pregnant or are you trying to deny the responsibility?”
“Wait babe, are you serious you are pregnant?”
“I just told you I am pregnant” Gloria replied
“And you are telling me over the phone? Don’t you think it’s supposed to be a face to face affair?”
“So you can deny being the father?’ Gloria asked, becoming too interested in what his next response will be and she continued “tell me, are you happy about it or not?”
“Can you come to my house tomorrow? Trust me, this is not a phone thing.” Kennedy replied in an uncertain tone
Seeing the way he was reacting, Gloria decided to make it serious and officially tell him that, she was pregnant.
“Ken, I am pregnant, tell me, do you want this pregnancy or not?”
“Gloria, do you know you are disrespecting me by telling me this over the phone? Come to the house tomorrow and we are going to discuss this like adults”
“You are not answering my question” Gloria said, maintaing he answered her
But Ken was on his own end maintaining he doesn’t have anything to say yet, until they see face to face.
The news came as a shock to him and he doesn’t have anything to say yet.
Why he chose they see the next day was, to enable him gain enough time to sleep over the matter, to know if he was ready to be a father or not.
Gloria wasn’t liking the response that was coming from him, she then decided to end the call. And to her surprise, Ken did not call her back.
And she then, made up her mind to terminate the pregnancy and also force herself to forget everything about him.
To be continued
True life story, stitched by Ngozi Lovelyn