Bolaji was inspecting one of his properties with Soji. He took Soji along because he wanted him to be more than a house boy. Hopefully, spending time with his workers on one or more of his various properties would help him develop some skills which would give him some leverage in life.
The call from his wife was disturbing. The way she sounded sent daggers to his heart; not only that, it was about Bee. What were they doing in the hospital? Was she involved in an accident? Or was she…?
He cleared the thought from his mind and headed for the car with Soji. The journey to his brother’s hospital would take him about 30 minutes. He called his wife again, but it just rang out. He floored the accelerator and headed for the hospital.
He had been worried about Bee for a while. She had been withdrawn and sullen since that night. Who could blame her? He had no words to say and no explanations to give. So he went on with his life as normally as he could.
“Sir, what’s wrong with madam Bee?”
Soji’s question jolted him back from his thoughts.
“She’s at the hospital, that’s where we’re going”
It was interesting to see how concerned he looked. Since Bee got back, Soji had ensured all her domestic needs were met. Food, clean clothes etc. At 19 years of age, he was a good boy and Bolaji was impressed.
“Sir, let me come down. I’ll go home and cook something for madam”
“Don’t worry about that. Let’s find out what the problem is first” Bolaji said
They continued their journey to the hospital in silence.
——————————————————————————————————————————————“What did he say?” Uncle Steve asked mum.
“He’s on his way”
Her voice was flat and she still hadn’t said a word since the phone call.
Bee’s heart was racing and she envied her mum’s ability to keep calm in a situation as grave as this.
She wished there was some other way. She was not foolish enough to consider abortion and there was no one else she felt she could talk to. How could she tell anyone she had been raped by the man she adored, appreciated and cherished above all? She had tried talking to mum several times, but always chickened out. It was when she had missed her period for two consecutive months and started throwing up that she knew she was pregnant.
The door banged open and dad rushed in with Soji at his heels, both of them looking perplexed.
“Soji please wait outside”, Uncle Steve said with a wave of his hands.
“What’s wrong my baby? Was there an accident? What’s happening?” Dad headed towards her direction.
“Bee is pregnant”, mum said flatly.
That stopped dad in his heels. He slowly turned to face mum and Uncle Steve.
Mum slowly stood up and walked towards him. “Did I stutter? I said your daughter’s pregnant!”
Dad turned to face Bee again. “What the…”
He never completed that statement. Mum had jumped on him and before he had time to react, she had started pounding his face, biting and scratching him all at once. In the scuffle that followed, she had somehow reached for a nearby bottle of mentholated spirit and smashed it on his head.
Bee was shocked. She knew her mum was aggressive, but she had never seen her so wild before.
Bolaji pushed her off, blood dripping from the cut on his head and the mentholated spirit made it hurt all the more.
“You bastard! So that was what you said you were guilty about. You beast, how could you do this”
Uncle Steve had wondered into the fray now and everyone was shouting and no one was listening.
Bee was on her feet watching it all. She honestly didn’t know what to say, so she kept mute.
“How does that have to do with any of this? Are you mad???” Dad shouted.
“Am I mad? Am I mad?? How dare you?” Mum screamed.
“What did you expect? You haven’t allowed me touch you for almost ten years now. What were you expecting of me you selfish Jezebel?? Dad retorted.
“What”? Both Uncle Steve and Bee shouted.
“Yes, your mother hasn’t let me touch her for almost ten years now. TEN FREAKING YEARS!!! What kind of woman did I marry?”
Bee was suddenly very furious with the two fools she called her parents standing in front of her
“So what the heck does that have to do with me? YOU RAPED ME YOU DEVIL! How could you?”
“ BASTARD” Mum screamed.
“WHAT?” Dad’s scream matched hers. “How dare you???”
‘HOW DARE YOU!” Mum retorted. : Are you going to deny this you shameless fool?”
“How could I have raped my own daughter? Did you all smoke something?”
“Ha!! So that’s what were you feeling guilty about, you goat?” Mum said.
Dad looked at the ground.
“Bee caught me masturbating about two months back. She just said goodnight and nothing more. And since then she hasn’t looked at me” He said bitterly.
“What? You didn’t come to my room that night?” Bee asked, shocked.
“To do what? I drank myself to sleep right there on the couch!”
He sounded very sincere and honestly shocked and angered by the accusation.
“So if you didn’t rape Bee who did?”
As the question left Mum’s mouth, realization dawned on all of them.
They all rushed for the door and hurried out.
Two shocked looking patients looked up at them from one side of the open hallway.
At the other side, Soji’s empty chair stood.