My Life Story; Episode 14
My parents and I got into my dad’s car and started our journey towards Hannah’s house. I was already set for school, so I’d head straight to school from there. The atmosphere inside the vehicle was very tense. My heart pounded, I knew Hannah’s mum did not see me all through the morning. My dad on the other hand was having a bit of a road rage, he was getting repeated insults from other drivers. He was obviously upset, either by my disappearance last night, or by the fact that I slept with a boy.
My mum was completely different, the expression on her face was that of fear and disappointment rather than anger. She was clutching on to a rosary in her hand, and doing the sign of the cross repeatedly. I sat quietly, feeling a little anxious and worried as we approached Hannah’s house. My dad pulled over right outside Hannah’s compound, I stretched out to observe the compound carefully. I noticed a car parked inside, it wasn’t there when I first came. I guessed Hannah’s mum was back. My parents got out of the car, and we all walked into the compound, straight towards the front door. Just as my dad was about to knock, the door swung open. It was Hannah, all dressed for school. Her mum was right behind her.
“Good morning ma, morning sir” she greeted, as soon as she recognized my parents.
“Morning” my mum replied rather coldly. My dad did not respond, his expression held a lot of bitterness. He shot a cold disgusting gaze at Hannah.
Hannah’s eyes met mine, she had a blank expression on her face. She was neither terrified by my father’s cold gaze nor my mother’s emotionless response. Her mother stood aloof, appearing quite surprised and a little uncomfortable with the expression on my dad’s face.
“Mr and Mrs Jonathan Olatunde, I’m sensing all is not well” Hannah’s mum said, alternating her gaze between my dad and her daughter.
“Did my daughter pass the night here?” My dad questioned, in a rather harsh and authoritative tone, almost shouting.
“Mr Olatunde, please calm down, I was away on night duty I didn’t sleep here. My daughters were alone.” She replied, trying to pacify my dad.
“Hannah, did Ruth sleep here?” My mum cut in, trying to prevent my dad from speaking any further on the issue.
“Yes she did” Hannah replied, looking away from everyone with a little smile hanging at the edge of her lips. The expression on my dad’s face clearly showed that he did not believe Hannah. Her mum could see that expression too.
She called out to Hannah’s elder sister, who ran out to meet us immediately. “Did this girl sleep here?” She asked, pointing at me.
Hannah’s sister nodded in affirmation. My mum heaved a sigh of relief, so did I. Hannah’s sister’s response only seemed to infuriate my dad more. “How could you allow another person’s child to sleep in your house, how irresponsible are you?” My dad shouted angrily, loud enough to cause discomfort. Hannah’s mother grew angry too and replied in similar fashion.
“I just said I wasn’t at home, I’m just coming in, and how dare you call me or my children irresponsible? You couldn’t keep your daughter in your house, and you want to blame me for your failure as a father? If you were responsible enough you wouldn’t let a young girl fled out of your house in the cold night.”
There was a lot of venom in her voice.
“So you have the right to question my parenting skills? When your daughter is a prostitute?” My dad vented, pointing at Hannah.
“At least my daughter slept in my house while you were wondering where yours was” Hannah’s mother replied.
At this point, there was palpable tension in the air, I felt really embarrassed. Somehow I blamed myself for everything.
My dad turned towards me…
“You see the insult you have brought to me you fool”? He raised his hand to strike me as usual. I docked, hoping to escape his slap. Luckily, my mum caught his hand in the air.
“Papa David, please we have embarrassed ourselves enough, please let us go” she said as she dragged my dad’s hand.
“Your daughter is a bad influence” my dad continued.
“Once again you are blaming someone else for your parental failure” Hannah’s mother replied.
My mum dragged him away before he could spit more venom. I tagged along with my parents. They drove me off to school. My dad kept insulting me all the way, while my mum tried to calm him down. Her sudden change of attitude surprised me. She wasn’t attacking me, she still seemed very scared. But I couldn’t ascertain the reason for her fear. They dropped me off at school and drove away.
Sarah handed me a piece of paper, it had something wrapped inside it. I unwrapped it slowly, wondering what it was. I poured its content into my palm, and looked at Sarah in amazement.
“What is this?” I asked, facing Sarah with a surprise look on my face.
“Its a tablet, you should know it, your mum is a nurse” Sarah replied.
“So why do I need the tablet? Am not sick na”.
“It will prevent you from getting pregnant.”
As I turned away from Sarah, the repercussion of what I had done began to sink in. I could get pregnant from all the activities of the previous night. In fact my whole life could change. I threw the tablets down my throat and swallowed It. I prayed silently that It worked. We walked slowly into the classroom, to continue the day’s learning. I had started finding school very boring. I spent most of my time in the classroom secretly chatting with Matthew. It seemed as though he had completely taken over my life. All that I could look forward to was sneaking out to meet him. I wondered if I was still normal considering the kind of home I grew up in, all the lessons I’m being taught in church were never for once applicable in the affairs of my life.
The bell signaling the beginning of the last lecture before break rang. it was time to abscond from school again, Hannah and Sarah clutched to their school bags and headed out of the classroom. I had made up my mind not to follow them. First, I had no idea where they were going, and I already had plans with Matthew later in the day. I felt I should let them do their own business.
Few seconds after leaving the classroom, Sarah returned and beckoned on me. I got up, and followed them to our normal meeting point, The gatehouse. I stood aloof as Hannah and Sarah changed clothes.
“Ain’t you going with us? ” Hannah asked,
“No, I have plans with Matthew later” I replied
“Who is talking about Matthew? Some of my friends just returned from Canada, they are taking us out. we’ll just keep them company that’s all.” Sarah cuts in, obviously trying to persuade me.
I thought about it for a while, it didn’t sound like a bad offer, since it’s just to keep company of Sarah’s friend, but I wasn’t very comfortable with it. After the events of the other day, I had decided to be more discreet. I had a really bad feeling about the whole trip, but I had to give in to Sarah‘s persuasion. She really wanted me to go, and I couldn’t let a friend down, not after all She had done for me.
I dashed to the classroom to get my bag, my get-away clothes were in there. I returned almost immediately, holding on to my school bag. Hannah and Sarah were already fully dressed. I quickly changed into my new attire, it was a pink top with a mini skirt that barely covered my knees. It has become my favourite dress style because Matthew said it looks good on me, and I always love to please him no matter what. I sat down to allow Hannah make me up, while Sarah went outside to receive a call.
“They are waiting outside please hurry ” Sarah announced, as she rushed inside to pick up her purse. Hannah applied the makeup hurriedly, without paying attention to details as she would usually do. We grabbed our hand bags, handed the gateman his usual fees and walked out of the school. Just outside the school fence, a car parked beside the road. It had no plate number, it was obviously new. I had never seen that brand of car before. Who ever owned this must be very rich I said to myself.
Sarah led us towards the parked car. The rear door opened as we approached. A lavishly dressed young man, probably in his mid twenties alighted and held the door open for us. I wasn’t expecting to see guys at all because Sarah explained we were keeping company of her friend who I misunderstood for “Ladies Friend”. Sarah galloped towards him and threw herself at him in a hug. He held her closely to himself and kissed her lips. Hannah greeted him, and extended a hand to him. He took Hannah’s hand in his and kissed the back of her palm. I was a little disgusted by the entire public display, I merely greeted him without going close. I opened the front door and took my seat beside the driver.
Sarah and Hannah sat at the back. There were three boys seated inside the car, the driver beside me and two others behind. They all looked over dressed and irresponsible, while trying to speak in a foreign accent. Sarah introduced the three boys. There was Folorunsho the driver, Ayo the guy Sarah hugged and the rather quiet looking Samuel seated alongside Ayo at the back. As we embarked on our journey I would steal occasional glances at the rear view mirror, to observe what was happening behind. Sarah and Ayo were kissing lustfully, while Hannah was struggling to get Samuel to keep his hands off her. It seemed she too was uncomfortable with the boys.
Folorunsho tried to engage me in small talk as he drove along. My short and pointed responses killed almost all his attempts. He would turn side ways from time to time to steal a glance at me, and lick his lips afterwards. I almost felt like slapping him real hard cos I was boiling deep within myself at such an irritable act. My phone beeped, it was a message from Matthew.
“Baby, can I pick you up during break? Want us to hang out with some friends” I felt a little regret as I read the message over and over again. If I hadn’t listened to Sarah, I would have had a lot of time to spend with the man I love, I thought to myself.