-The Key Palaver

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“Look at what your daughter is doing,” he muttered slowly through his clenched teeth. “Ada is pregnant.
His cell phone rang again, he looked at the caller ID and it was his boss. He angrily picked the call.

“I am very sorry I can’t make it to the office as soon as I thought. In fact, we will see tomorrow.”

“What is wrong with you Mr. Ikedia? What is happening? You have left everybody here hanging, I am really embarrassed, you

know I don’t condone such behavior. If there is a problem why didn’t u call and give us…”

“I said that I will see you tomorrow sir and explain things to you, thank you.” Dad cut the line and switched off his cell phone.
I was watching television in the sitting room when dad showed.

“What’s that? Will you switch off that television and go into your room? Are you not supposed to be in school? You can’t be reasonable enough to know that you are supposed to spend the most part of this morning studying your books.” He stopped and continued to stare at me with disgust.

I hurriedly turned the TV off and headed straight for my room.

“Call Ada and John for me.” His angry voice said to my back.

I hated the day with all my life.
I quickly informed Ada and John that daddy wanted to see them and hastily entered my room. I felt really bad. I almost hated my dad. Why must he be so mean? I had often heard most of my friends talk about their dad at school. I even see how they related with their parents when they come to pick them from school. Most of them weren’t as rich as we were. But they were much happier.

My own home was filled with nothing but constant quarreling.

Nobody was ever happy with anybody. Dad was a stranger to us all and I never get to hang out and do anything meaningful with my sister. She didn’t care about anybody in the house, in fact she didn’t want anybody to know anything about her so she was always in her room, making and answering calls like the calls were the only thing that made her happy when at home. She never laughed with anybody at home, not even me, her only and little sister.

My mum was so withdrawn that you hardly get her to tell you anything interesting. She was just a woman of her own world. John was just strange. As the days went by, he transformed into a dangerous person.

Something was just bothering him. He was learning to be somebody he wasn’t comfortable with.

I had never seen my mum and dad share happy moments together. The few times they talk you find them answering each other in monosyllabic replies and when they talk long it was always when dad was in his squabbling mood. He barks at mum and continuously complains at any little thing he feels she had not done right.

I wished I could ask God for another family.

I got tired of just lying down doing nothing, so I decided to read my book like dad had suggested. While searching for the book to read, I thought I heard the metallic sound of keys. I quickly searched through my bad and behold, in between my homework note book was the KEY everybody was looking for.

“I can see that you kids have decided to disgrace this household, but I will never allow it.” Dad was speaking to Ada and John.

They had both approached his room simultaneously,but dad had met them up in the sitting room and started to address them there.

“I will not harbor a rogue and a prostitute in this house, never!!!” his voice was so loud that I could feel the vibration it cased in my room.

“I dedicate my time and my life trying to ensure that you kids get the best in life. But how do you kids show your gratitude? You miss classes, come home with poor results, sleep around, smoke and get pregnant!! Tell me what father will have this knowledge about his kids and be happy?”

Ada raised her head in shock when dad mentioned pregnancy. How in God’s name did he find out that she was under suspicion that she might be pregnant? It was then that she realized that she was in a more serious problem with dad. She had taught dad was just going to complain about the cell phone and then the key and finally conclude by making them feel silly and everybody retires into their room. What did he see in her cell phone that made him aware of the situation? Perhaps Vivian replied the text she sent to her early this morning and dad had seen it.

“Ada, how old are you?” Dad continued, “At such a tender age you think the best thing for you to do is to sleep around?

Telling everybody that you lack home training? Disgracing the family? Embarrassing me?”

They remain silent, both trembling in fear and almost wetting their pants.

“Look at you John, you are barely 13yrs” John, looked up sharply, how could dad say he was 13yrs? “And all you do is sleep around and smoke with vagabonds in town? No!! I won’t take this! Not while I am alive. Ada you are not going to have your bastard baby in my house and you, John, I don’t breed thieves here so you can go and live with your trainers so that you can perfect in the act of smoking. I will not, I repeat, I will never spend my money on anyone who does not want it, neither will I house such a person.”

Mum had already appeared at his back. She had read the text message in Ada’s cell phone and confirmed what dad had read.

She had allowed the cell phone to drop from her because her shivery hand couldnt hold it any longer. This was much more than she could handle. She had suspected that Ada was already sexually active but didn’t know how to approach her on the issue.

The mother-daughterrelationship she had tried to build between them hadn’t worked out mainly because she had allowed herself to be carried away by dad’s lack of attention towards her and the family generally.

Now Ada was pregnant. The whole world will blame her for being a bad mother. How could she face this shame? Her daughter was only eighteen.

Now from the background she stared at Ada with a scornful look. Different emotions ran through her. She felt sad, afraid, disappointed, and angry.

“Look at you Ada! You don’t know how to respect yourself, how can you make yourself so cheap for men? I am disappointed in the two of you.” Mum said as she broke down and started crying.

The air was so tense that both Ada and John felt like the earth should open up and swallow them, Ada felt worse.

“I will never take it! Once this key is found or once the door is broken down, the both of you should leave my house. You can go and practice you prostitution and thug life elsewhere. Now both should leave my presence, go to your room and get ready to leave my house!!”

Ada and John turned around and began to leave, while mum continued to sob loudly behind dad. But dad wasn’t satisfied with his verdict, especially given the fact that they both didn’t show any sign of remorse, neither did they hesitate and beg.

“In fact, you will not take anything with you, I don’t care how you survive, you will leave this house with nothing because everything you own, I bought them with my money.” He added.

He had been so hurt with the new knowledge about Ada and John that the only thing he wanted to do was to hurt them back.

How could they disregard him this way? To dad, he had been insulted beyond a bearable limit.

He felt really hurt that his heart ached; he felt so much psychological pain that his eyes were almost filled with tears.

The reason why he had been working so hard was because of his children, but they had disregarded all that and behave like children with no training. What had he not done for them? He had ensured the got the best education, lived in a comfortable house, fed well and gotten all they ever requested for especially when it came to education. Why would they pay him back this way?



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