Unbreakable Episode 3
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The blast of a car horn brought Maya to reality.
She had unconsciously drifted to the middle of the road.
Maya looked around her in fear. She was standing right in the middle of the road and had forced the oncoming driver to stop just inches away from knocking her over.
She stood dazed and confused. Her fear numbed her legs so much that she found it very hard to move any muscle. Tears streamed down her cheeks when she saw how close she had come to losing her life and that of the unborn baby.
The driver stuck his head out of the car window and shouted angrily at her to move out of his way.
“You devil, get out of my face. Go back to whoever sent you and tell her that she did not succeed.”
Maya hurried off to the pavement as the fuming driver and passersby rained insults on her.
She was still in shock and did not hear what the people were saying.
She had just been inches away from being fatally ran over by the truck and the thought sent chills down her spine.
Judging by the efforts the driver made before he could stop, burning most of his tyres in the process, she was sure it would have been deadly.
The thought of death did not unsettle her anymore. At least not since she found out she was pregnant and ousted from where she called home.
She reasoned that death would have ended her dilemma and put an end to her anguish. Everything would have been over then. The pain, the torture, the distress, sorrow and suffering would all have ended.
Growing up, Maya never believed suicide was an option.
She believed God gave life for a reason and every life was worth saving no matter what hardships were encountered.
At least her mother taught her to believe that.
But in her present situation, she felt death would do her good although she was aware she would never be able to take her own life.
Maya walked for over two hours and still was undecided about what to do or what course of action to take.
Her legs felt sore from all the walking. She felt thirsty and drained suddenly.
She processed the option of an abortion for a while but that would still mean she would not be able to go back home. She felt her guardians were just looking for an excuse to get rid of her and she had handed them one on a silver platter. She was also sure her Uncle would never forgive her if she opted for abortion.
Maya had stopped at Auntie Serwaa’s best friend’s place and begged her to go and plead on her behalf since she did something terrible and had been asked to leave the house. The woman had told her point blank that she did not want to meddle in her friend’s affairs because she did not want to incur her anger. She was even more adamant when Maya refused to tell her exactly what she did to merit such harsh treatment.
Maya left Auntie Bea’s house with a heavy heart. She had hoped she would intervene on her behalf.
Next, she had gone to the Church Secretariat to see if she could get an address or a clue to finding Prince. Unfortunately, she did not get anything. The secretary told her each branch had handled the registrations and there were a lot of branches from Accra. She mentioned that they were not even privy to the names and contact details of the students that came from other regions. All they had was the total number of students that came from each branch.
With all her hopes dashed, Maya continued her walk still uncertain as to the way to go.
She racked her brains for more practical options but found none.
She knew no one else apart from her family. Her parents had never talked about their relatives or visited any.
They had always been defensive when she she probed about grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
She had heard through the grapevine that her parents had eloped when they were very young and married without their parents’ blessing and somehow, she believed that was why they never talked about relatives.
Her mother’s half-brother, Uncle Fii had followed them when they left home at that tender age and by the time they had spotted him, they had come too far to take him back. They had decided to take him along and he was the only relative she had come to know.
She didn’t even have a clue what town they hailed from. All she knew was that her parents got angry every time she enquired.
Even when they died, it was the church that had buried them since they had made Fii swear never to reveal their identity.
She thought of going to the Church to see if she could be helped in any way.
The only catch was that the truth about her pregnancy was going to be let out of the bag and her Uncle might get punished for it, as he claimed.
It had always baffled her how churches always punished the elders with the sins of their children and other members of their household.
She felt it was very unfair. Her Uncle had no idea she was going to end up pregnant from the trip. She had done wrong. If anything, she was to be punished.
She dismissed that option for she had to strive to put her Uncle’s needs before hers. He needed his job and he did not deserve to be humiliated because of her.
She realized too late how irresponsible she and Prince had been in their night of passion.
She had no clue she would end up pregnant. It was a spur of the moment thing and now as a consequence, she was to face the world alone.
If only she could turn back the hands of time, she would do the right thing. She would keep her vow to marry before any sexual encounters.
In their escapade and fun, they had both lost track of one important thing, how to locate each other in the future.
They had not bothered to exchange addresses or possible contact details. In fact, they had talked very little about themselves.
All she knew was his name and the church he went to. That was more than obvious because the church organized the camping for them.
The only thing she had to show for ever meeting him was the silver necklace and the success card he gave her.
Of course, she kept the notes, the ones he had written, initialed and dated every day for her when they parted for the night.
And now, the baby that was growing inside her would be a constant reminder of him, if they both survived. The baby she had never dreamt of having, at least not at her age.
She knew zilch about pregnancies and babies. She did not even know what she was supposed to do or not to do.
All she knew was that Auntie Serwaa was going to the clinic regularly when she was pregnant.
Prince had mentioned during one of their meetings that he and his family were taking a vacation to Europe sometime after his exams and was positive they would not be back for some time.
He had mentioned something about his Dad landing a four-year contract overseas and was likely he would further his education abroad.
She missed her period that month after the Aburi trip but she had thought the change of environment was responsible for it.
She found herself sleeping at the least opportunity but since she was so busy with her exam and house chores she never dreamt she could be pregnant.
It was Auntie Serwaa who questioned her after her exams about her menses, since she had not taken money for some time for the usual monthly sanitary supplies.
She had been honest and told her the truth. All hell broke loose that day and early the next morning she dragged Maya practically by the hair to the hospital for the lab test.
A driver’s mate of a vehicle that had pulled into the bus stop a few meters from where she was shouted “Accra, Accra” and Maya thought it would be a good idea to take a chance and see if she would find Prince.
She could start from the Church and see how it would go.
She only prayed Prince and his parents would still be in Ghana.
She signaled for the vehicle to stop and hopped on starting her journey to the unknown.
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