Unbreakable Episode 5
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Maya entered the plush living-room and looked around in awe.
She had not seen anything like it before.
The hall was a long one with as many gadgets as one could imagine.
There were pictures all over one wall.
Pictures of Nurse Araba and her husband. The pictures were expertly arranged to tell a story of love.
The picture that caught her eye was their wedding picture.
It was the biggest in the hall. The smile on the couple’s faces was beautiful and poignantly blissful.
It was evident they were so much in love.
The thought of love saddened Maya a bit.
She had always dreamt of meeting her Prince Charming when she grew up, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.
Now that dream seem sorely impossible.
She was sure no man would want to be with her knowing she had a son.
A son whose father she knew very little about and had no clue how to locate.
Thinking back, Maya admitted she had really behaved badly. She somehow understood her Uncle’s disappointment.
She was brought up well by all standards.
Indeed, she was not sure if what happened with Prince was teenage adrenaline rush or sheer stupidity.
But she had truly loved him.
She had wanted him and she had allowed her emotions to rule her head and carry her away that day.
They had both regretted it afterwards and prayed for forgiveness but she still felt God had not forgiven her that was why she was suffering so much.
She looked at the baby, wrapped nicely in a white sheet and tears glistened in her eyes.
He was extremely good-looking, maybe he will look just like his father when he grows up.
Even now, he had all of Prince’s features and that unsettled her greatly.
She did not need a constant reminder of her serious blunder that had left her at the mercy of strangers and being totally on her own.
Now, every time she looked into her son’s eyes, she would be looking at the boy who had come into her life briefly but impacted it greatly.
She had felt on top of the world in those two weeks they camped in the beautiful Aburi gardens.
Maya looked around the hall, with her baby still in her arms.
She admitted she was in some paradise of a sort.
The hall was indeed breathtaking.
The curtains, the paintings, the sofas, the flowers, the aquarium that covered a whole wall and the manner in which they had been arranged were really heart-warming.
“Are you still standing?” Nurse Araba, who had vanished into a room when they got in, said as she came back to the hall.
“You have a very nice place here, Madam. Thank you once again for taking me in.”
“You don’t have to thank me. Like I said, this is temporary, until you find your way. Besides, I did it for the boy. I don’t think he deserves to spend the first days of his life in the streets. Moreover, my husband is in the oil fields as we speak and wouldn’t be back until after eight weeks, I could use the company.”
Maya was very grateful anyway.
Not many people would open their doors to a total stranger like her.
Nurse Araba was, indeed, a guardian angel.
The kind nurse showed her where she would be sleeping and made sure she felt at home immediately.
The bed was comfortable and nicely made.
There were more paintings in the room with a flat television set mounted on the wall opposite the bed.
“Rest a bit while the baby sleeps. I will give you a proper tour of the house after that. I’m going to take a nap too. My feet are sore from all the walking in the wards.”
“Thank you very much, Aunt Araba. May God richly bless you.”
Maya laid on the bed and thought of how she could survive in this world.
She promised herself she was going to break all the chains around her and live again.
She was going to do all that it took to make a name for herself and her son with or without a man by her side.
Maya resolved to change her life for the better.
She went over a million and one ways of making it.
With her educational level, she was sure she would not be getting much to live on from a paid white collar job.
She needed to do something that would give her enough for herself and her son.
She knew a little about baking and cooking.
Her mother was a very good caterer and decorator and she had learnt an awful lot from her.
She had always been with her during her social and official functions and seen how she expertly decorated and organized all her contracted events.
She was sure if she started from somewhere, she could become successful one day.
Most importantly, she still had her mother’s special recipes book and an album of all the events she managed from weddings to outdoorings to birthday parties and funerals.
Right now, she had to heal from the sores of childbirth which was not like anything she had imagined.
After going through those excruciating pains of childbirth, she wondered how she had been able to go through that much pain and still be alive.
She wondered how some women went as many as six times.
She remembered telling the nurses she would never give birth again when they asked her in the middle of her contractions how many more children she would have.
The nurses had laughed their heads off and told her she would be back to the labour room, they can bet on it.
They told her every woman said that when they were at the peak of their contractions.
But she had been very serious about her decision then.
But now, looking at the little miracle beside her, she knew the story would change if she met the right person; she would certainly want more of such a bundle of joy.
But right now, she had to set her priorities right.
She needed to earn a living to ensure she and her baby live.
She needed to make a name for herself and her son.
Maya was very aware that there were bridges she still had to cross and mountains she had to climb but she was ready to try.
She pulled out her jotter and put down the ideas as they flooded her mind.
She set out what she was going to try for starters and listed everything she would need.
Thankfully, she would not need a lot of resources for what she planned to do.
She knew it would not be easy but she would make it. She would be somebody her child would look at with pride.
The cry of the baby beside her interrupted her.
Maya got up slowly and picked up the boy but he still cried.
She felt so helpless and useless since she had no clue how to make him stop crying.
She tried breastfeeding him but she could not get the breast positioned right.
Maya felt so inexperienced.
She wondered if she would be able to make it as a good mother.
She really missed her Mom in times like these.
Her mom always knew what to say or do.
“God, I miss them sooooo much!”
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