Name: The Pregnancy
Mr. Kim sends SMS to his daughter, Bella. It reads…
Good morning my daughter. I hope you are doing well. I haven’t heard from you since you dropped the call on me the other day I tried questioning you. All the same my dear, don’t forget I am your father, I built a home before you were born, so I’m ahead of you when it comes to managing a home. What you have caused your home is a disgrace to my home as well, all the same you are no longer a kid, you should have explanations for your actions. Talk to me as a father, you need someone to talk to, you really need a motherly or fatherly advise. Let me hear from you my dear.
Bella: (Reply) I’m so sorry dad. I’ll call you later in the evening so we talk about this pls.
Hours later, Bill calls his family doctor to enquire a few things from him.
Bill: Hello Doc. It’s been a while we spoke. I’m sure you’ve been busy at work with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope you are coping well.
Dr.: Yeah Bill, its actually been a while. You are lucky you got me on phone this morning. This is the only period I make calls, trying to hear from my children in Cuba.
Bill: Oh really, I’m a really lucky man though. Anyway let me not waste your time, let me go straight to the point.
You have been our family Doc since I married my wife, she complains everything to you even headache. So I just want to know if she complained about any health problem to you recently.
Dr.: OK, I think two weeks ago she sent me a text that she was feeling feverish and nausea. So I recommended a drug for her to try and get back to me, so she later texted me that the feeling is getting severe over days so I wanted to get a free day so I can visit you guys at home to check up on her. But it won’t be anything serious than pregnancy if I may guess. Just take time to ask her. You know how they behave in times like this, and you should know your wife better.
Bill: OK Doc, thanks so much. I’ll do exactly so. But kindly find time within the week and come check up on us. Pls come with temperature to test us OK. We stepped out days ago. We were careful anyway.
Dr. : You stepped out! Pls Bill kindly stay home with your family, the pandemic is no joke. It’s more serious than what you see and hear on social media. We know what’s going on, so pls stay home, I beg you. I’ll come tomorrow morning to test you with the temperature. Stay safe, I got stuffs to do now. Later then. Bye
Louis and Mina in a conversation.
Mina: Louis, I’m seriously fed up with this your apology stuff. How can you continue telling lies and claim you are apologizing. I’ve been quiet as though I’ve heard you speaking to your cheat partner. Upon all the mess you caused the family with that slot, you still have the guts to speak to her.
Louis: Hmmmmm, Mina you won’t understand. It’s just because I’m confused and don’t know how to go about this whole thing.
Mina: I’m highly dissapointed in you. I never expected this from you. You and I have had conversations worse than this when you wanna do something naughty to keep something intact. Sometimes I put myself in your shoes and allow you the chance just to make sure you don’t cheat. What business do you have with this lady that you never made mention of all this while? How do you want me to understand and believe all you are saying today? My mum has realised I’m not fine and she is finding her way here to know what is happening to me. My mum knows me too well that she can determine from my speech when I’m worried. I can’t even bear the shame of telling anyone about this. How will they see me if they loose respect for my husband? What have I done to deserve this from you Louis? (Mina asked in tears)😭
Louis: Mina, I’m so sorry. Pls forgive me, I know you are hurt but I’m so sorry. I promise this won’t happen again. I’m very sorry dear. Pls don’t tell anyone about this, I can’t bear the shame.
Mina: (still crying) Louis I want to be alone, just leave me alone pls. (Mina leaves Louis in the hall)
Moments later, Bill had a call from Bella’s dad. (Mr. Kim)
Mr. Kim: Bill, hope you are fine. Shortly I want you to do something for me. It’s very urgent. Pls.
Bill: Dad, I’m all ears.
Mr. Kim: Pls try your best to get me the full name of the young man’s (Louis) mother. I seriously need it.
Bill: But Dad…….
Mr. Kim: My son, you won’t understand. Just do this for me pls.
Bill: Okay dad, I’ll try.
Mr. Kim: Pls do. Thanks.
Bill on phone with Mina.
Bill: Mina, how are you? Hope you are doing well by now?
Mina: I’m managing Bill, but for this lockdown I’d have gone to my sister for a while to clear my head. I get hurt anytime I set eyes on Louis.
Bill: Just take heart dear. You can’t keep hurting yourself. Just keep calm, it shall soon pass away.
Mina: Hmmmmm, what about Bella? What’s going on?
Bill: Talking about Bella, the whole thing is looking here as though I was rather caught by her. B’cos any word I utter she uses it against me. We haven’t had the platform to discuss what happened. Her dad called to calm me down. But he called me moments ago and requested for something, that’s what made me call you even. He said he needs the full name of Louis’s mother. I tried asking why but he wouldn’t allow me speak. Can you pls help me with that?
Mina: Seriously Bill, I don’t want this to reach his family, my family will then hear this and this whole issue will just light up again. What for God’s sake will he need the name for?
Bill: I seriously don’t know. ‘Bill’s background’ (Bill! Bill!! Bill!!!)
Mina: Is that not your wife screaming?
Bill: Yes, let me check what’s wrong. Bill rushed to check on Bella only to find her restless in bed and has embraced her tommy with both hands.
Bill: Bella, what’s wrong with you, why are you holding your Tommy so tight.
Bella: Groans in pain… Bill, I can’t stand it, my tommy hurts so bad.
Bill: What did you eat last night and this morning? (Bella was silent).
Bill called an ambulance and rushed Bella to the hospital.
After test results were out, she was confirmed pregnant and the cause of the pain was because she took too much coffee the past night and took chilled water earlier that morning. She was then advised to desist from that else she can cause a miscarriage since the pregnancy is young. They were later discharged and they went home.
That evening Bill got the full name of Louis’s mother and sent it to Mr. Kim.
Bella then confronted Louis to talk about the pregnancy.
Bella: Bill, I don’t know how to start it but I think we should try our best to settle whatever is between us and face the unborn baby.
Bill: What do you mean by face the unborn baby? Are you trying to pursue me because now you you are pregnant?
Bella: Not really, but I think it’s better we do away with whatever has passed and face what’s current. I’m sorry for my actions after what happened but I had nothing doing with him. I was just offended at the scene you created to disgrace me and even in front of my parents. You went too far. You should have at least asked me. It was far different from what you thought.
Bill: Look Bella, I’m not ready for any fabricated stories right now, when you make up your mind to tell me the truth, I’ll listen to you, otherwise excuse me. (Bill walks away).
To Be Continued…