Ever since my ‘side chick’ Ahunna called me to tell me she was pregnant three days ago, my life has been a roller coaster. Ahunna was just supposed to be a onetime thing, ‘a fling’, but I found myself going back again and again. Each time, feeling even more like a forbidden journey into Neverland – sexual escapades I called it, repeatedly promising myself it would be the last… it wasn’t.
This back and forth went on for the last six months till three days ago. That fateful day, my phone rang and a strange feeling enveloped me, it was as though my mind could tell this call was going to change my life and it did – “Babe, I’m pregnant!” Ahunna’s voice rang through the phone receiver and I froze. I didn’t have the right words… I couldn’t find the right words. All I could think about was How would Binyelum handle this if I told her? Binyelum, my perfect girlfriend of almost two years. Her strive for perfection has also been stressing me out and putting me under so much pressure lately.
Binye always had high expectations for me, wanting me to be her ‘picture perfect guy’. I still don’t know what that means. All I know is it has made me go into some bad investments because I wanted to make enough money fast, just to please her. We would go on expensive trips and dinners, living a life we know we really can’t afford. I spend so much money all for the sake of Binye’s sudden high taste. She made me live a lie and what keeps amazing me is that she knows my financial capabilities but she still kept on pushing and complaining when I couldn’t meet up to her standards. Why do I put up with all these in the first place? My rent is killing me because Binye says I should live in a high-class neighborhood. I owe the bank a lot of money for the loan I took to change my car because Binye said my old car is too old and belittling. Sigh. Binye, what mess have I allowed you to put me into now? I partly blame her for my predicament right now.
I met Ahunna at a party I attended with Teejay, my business partner. We were actually there to close a business deal that had lingered for 6 months and right now is my only hope to help me get back on my feet again. Oh God, if you will do this one for me, I promise I will be a changed man. Help me Lord. The deal has so much good prospects but I am still in doubt every now and then because I am deep in debt and I don’t know how I will survive if it doesn’t fall through.
Ahunna was easy to talk to; she never demanded for anything and she also met all my fantasies… and I mean ALL. Initially, it was an ideal means of relieving stress until I started feeling guilty for cheating on Binye when Ahunna started talking about being in a serious relationship with me. I tried to avoid her for a while but here I am driving Ahunna to the hospital to confirm this pregnancy story. “Just know that I won’t be aborting this pregnancy and we have to get married because I will not be a single mother. You have no excuse. You are comfortable and can afford to have a family.” Ahunna’s ramblings cut in through my thoughts. I feel the sharp chest pain that has become so familiar in the last few days. I should actually go to the hospital and stop postponing a checkup. Ahunna is such a nag. I definitely can’t live with this crazy lady for the rest of my life… what am I thinking? Heck no, I do not even want her to be the mother of my kids!
“Ahunna calm down let’s take this step by step. We are on our way to the hospital to confirm first. No need to aggravate yourself or be impetuous about this dear…everything will be fine”, I said so she could shut up and allow me think clearly. Finally some quiet. I didn’t expect her to shut up immediately. Ahunna was such a recalcitrant; she hardly ever listened or acted accordingly. Again, how did I get myself into this mess? More so, why Ahunna? I need to get a drink and something to eat. “Do you want anything?” I asked as I drove into the parking lot of a coffee shop. “No, I’m fine. I don’t need anything. I will wait in the car.” Ahunna said. That’s odd, she’s too quiet. “Alright then, I’ll be back soon,” I said as I got out of the car.
As I stepped out of the car the heat wave from the sun hit me and the chest ache seemed to be getting worse. Good thing I am on my way to the hospital, I might as well do a checkup there too… Oh wow she has got a nice hair! I couldn’t help myself from staring at the lady sitting in the corner of the coffee shop. She looked so engrossed in her phone. Can you just look up? Why am I interested in her face? This is weird…
She looks up and it looks like she’s staring at me or not… Wait, did she catch me staring? Oh well, I might as well walk up to her after I place my order. “Yes two croissant sandwiches and a smoothie, I’ll be waiting in that corner,” I said to the attendant who took my order. I notice the ache in my chest had subsided as I walked towards the ‘lady with the nice hair’.
“Excuse me, I’m sorry to disturb but I like your hair” I said to the slim, dark-skinned lady with beautiful full hair. Really? Are you about to flirt with another girl while Ahunna and her trouble is waiting in the car? “Oh thank you, I like your wristwatch” the lady said. I see she pays attention to details and she must have noticed me too. So she must have been staring as well. “Thank you. Sorry to intrude but what is so important that you were so engrossed in on your phone? I couldn’t help but notice. I liked your hair and I wanted to see your face but you kept it down till I got to the front of the line and then you started staring at me… Although I am not sure if you were staring at me or you were so lost in your thoughts you did not notice me till I got here.” I smiled and at that moment, I felt better than I had felt in the last three days.
“Oh!” she said and laughed. That’s weird. Why do I suddenly feel so comfortable with her? Why do I feel like I know her? Who are you my lady?
“I was reading about Mona Lisa,” she said.
“Oh nice that’s interesting, you know Mona came from Madonna I said with a grin.” I had literally just called her my lady in my head. Is this some sort of a sign?
“I didn’t know that.” she replied.
I really want to talk some more with you Madonna. I feel like I want to share my thoughts with you, I want to make you smile and laugh, I want you to be my lady. This feeling isn’t ordinary but I have messed up a lot of things: Binye, Ahunna, bad investments… I would soon be bad news, then I would just drag Madonna down with me…
I have to let you go Madonna, maybe in another world, maybe I will be a better man, a man who deserves to have your light shine brightly in his life. I turn back to check my order, the dull ache comes back and reality begins to settle in “Err I guess my order is ready. It was nice talking to you… Madonna with the lovely hair.” I said and added a wink. Why do I feel this serious sense of loss just at the thought of walking away?
“Oh okay same here… and I mean it was nice talking to you too” Madonna said.
I pick my order and I notice how gloomy the weather has suddenly become. It’s just perfect for the way I feel right now. I was already missing Madonna. “Madonna? I didn’t even get her real name! I could go back to get her number… Ahunna!” I remember my predicament as I walk through the glass doors. My phone starts to vibrate… it’s Teejay,
“Hey guy what’s up give me some good news…”
“I am sorry bro I’ve got some bad news…. We’ve been duped”.
I begin to feel lightheaded and dizzy, the chest ache had become excruciating. “We lost everything…” I can hear Teejay on the phone as I hit the floor looking up at the sky… This is the end I can feel it… People are already gathered around me… I think I hear Ahunna faintly in the distance. My senses are obscured and in all the pain, all I see is a painting that looked like the Mona Lisa, but instead, it was Madonna in the painting….Such beautiful smile you have there my lady. I feel a slight sensation in my eyes which felt like tears. Then I couldn’t hear anything anymore. all I knew as I faded away into blankness was Madonna was with me…
I try to talk… but all I could whisper as I stopped fighting the pain is “Madonna please stay with me….”
- For my regular readers, do you still think this was just simple flirting and there was no extra connection between Madonna and Mona Lisa? (Refer to the prequel to know who Mona Lisa is if you don’t know)
- Side chicks and baby mamas, what are your thoughts on this new rave?
- Does a partner (boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife etc) really have that much influence as Binye had on Mona Lisa? (Like I said, refer to this story’s prequel so you can meet Mona Lisa)
- Would you consider Mona Lisa a good man that was just trying to please his girlfriend but unfortunately had some shortcomings along the way?
- How important do you take your health matter?
- Do people still use pregnancy to get someone to marry them?
- What do you think of Mona Lisa’s finances or “hustle”? (I give up. I think you should just read the Mona Lisa story to be able to answer our questions)
- These days people tend to put up a picture of success and exaggerate accomplishment what could be the reason for this?
- Do you think it is because Ahunna has a ‘financially secure’ perception of Mona Lisa that she allowed herself to get pregnant?
- What are your thoughts on this story generally?
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Columnist Bio T.UZUMAKI (ig:t.uzumaki) A sage and member of the Uzumaki Clan Anime Lover - quite obvious to fellow anime lovers. Environmental Enthusiast- In love with mother earth. God Lover- For he gave me all my powers and I owe it all to him I like junk food and I do not get bored easily (because very busy mind!)