Uncle Sam returned that night around 11:00pm. I had slept off on the couch in the sitting room while waiting for him. So the time I saw him was when I woke up in his arms while I was being carried to my room. I remember sleepily asking why he was late and if he wanted to eat. But he only told me not to worry and just go to bed. He placed me on my bed, covered me with my blanket and kissed my forehead good night before leaving my room. I must have been so tired because It wasn’t up to five minutes when I drifted to dreamland again.
I woke up the next morning to a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. It was that time of the month and I was feeling very moody. My bed sheet was stained and I had to still prepare for school. I managed to stand up even with the pain, change my sheets and got into the shower to prepare for school. I woke up quite early so I took my time because the pain wouldn’t even allow me go any faster. To add to my pain, I had a terrible headache. I wasn’t just myself that morning. I tried to prepare breakfast for I and uncle Sam since he used to leave the house at the same time I did. When I was done with the preparation, I tried to eat but I couldn’t eat much. I only forced myself to eat two slices of bread and a boiled egg so I could take some drugs. I was prepared for school but uncle Sam wasn’t out yet so I decided to go check up on him.
I knocked on his door twice and then the third time, he announced to come in. He asked why I was knocking as he had told me I could come in whenever I wanted. That wasn’t the case that morning as I wasn’t even in the mood so I told him I had come to check up on him since he wasn’t out yet. He was still in his pajamas which was surprising so I asked why he wasn’t dressed. He told me that I had forgotten he took two days off work. That was when I remembered he mentioned it to me on Friday night. I wasn’t really sure why he took two days off work because he wasn’t travelling and he didn’t look as tired as he used to be. I told him I was ready to go to school and was about to leave when he said to wait for him while he gets his car keys so he could drop me off. I told him not to worry as I could take public transport and immediately he squeezed his face.
“I told you not to say that whenever I’m around. Can’t I take you to school?” he said looking pissed.
I apologized, telling him that I didn’t want to disturb him and his frown turned into a smile. He put on a hoody, picked his car keys and we left the room together. When we got to the gate of my school, he held my hands and whispered I love you just before I was about to get down from the car. I smiled at him and said I loved him too before getting down from the car. He couldn’t kiss me like he would if we were alone because we were in public. People could easily sight us from the car. I remembered that I hadn’t told him about his friend that came around the previous day so I told him about the man named Femi as I was standing beside the car. After speaking with him about his friend for a while, I waved him off before heading to the school’s gate to sign in. Immediately I was done signing in, I heard the bell for the morning assembly so I quickly ran to my class which wasn’t very far to drop my bag. After dropping my school bag, I left for the assembly ground with the other students.
Assembly was quite long because there were a lot of announcements especially concerning the jss3 students. The pain I felt in the morning came back. I hated when I was on my period because no amount of drugs ever made the pain go away permanently. I endured the pain until we were done with the assembly. That day felt really slow and I could not wait to go back home. I was tired and frustrated with all my classes. We had extra hours for all our subjects so it was pretty intense due to the coming up junior WAEC. Later in the evening, we closed two hours after all the other students had closed. I ran out of school to catch a bus home. It was already 5:00pm and I couldn’t wait to see uncle Sam and spend the rest of the day with him.
When I got home, I came in through the gate and saw that two of his cars were still parked in the compound so I knew he would be around. I actually expected him to have come to pick me up but it wasn’t a problem. Sometimes I preferred taking the public transport anyway, especially when I was moody. I got in and smelt the most amazing aroma ever. Uncle Sam must have decided to surprise me, I thought. A smile broke on my face as I walked into the sitting room. It soon turned into confusion as I sighted a fancy handbag laying on the couch that definitely didn’t belong to me. Then I saw the rest of the belongings that belonged to the stranger that I was yet to meet. I heard voices in the kitchen as I walked into the sitting room, one that definitely belonged to uncle Sam and a woman. I decided to drop my things first before heading to the kitchen. So as I dropped my bags, took off my shoes, I went straight to the kitchen.
To my greatest surprise, I saw uncle Sam wrapped around the arms of another lady who were both resting by the kitchen sink. Nothing but anger rushed through my veins by the sight. I couldn’t believe my eyes. They not only were wrapped in each other’s arms but were also kissing and laughing. As angry as I was, I spoke up since they hadn’t noticed my presence. “Good afternoon,” I said. That was when they both looked up and saw me standing beside the door. There were food items, both cooked and uncooked all around the kitchen.
“Good afternoon Meso! You’re back from school.” Uncle Sam said.
I could see a lot of expressions on his face. The kind filled with guilt and confusion.
“Meso, this is Jennifer. Jennifer this is Meso, my niece.”
He said introducing us to each other. The lady stretched out her hands towards me for a handshake and as confused and angry I was, I shook her hand. Immediately, she smiled and said;
“Your uncle’s fiancé. Nice to meet you dear”
I wasn’t sure I heard right when she said fiancé. I faked a smile and glanced at uncle Sam who had also been looking at me. He must have known what was running through my mind.
To be continued