…Edmund sat in the barbering salon while gazing at the tiled floor waiting his turn to get his haircut. As he looked up, he saw his reflection in the mirror. He began to wonder to himself if the events that were happening in his life were real.
He shook his head as if to wake up from a bad dream but he could still hear the buzzing sound coming from the barber's clippers. He still could not believe he was living in such chaotic times so he checked his bank statement with his phone.
To his amazement, he still had the Four Ghana cedis and eighteen (4.18) Pesewas in his account and physical cash of Five cedis in his pocket with which he was going pay to the barber after his haircut.
He had gotten his girlfriend pregnant again ( the first one was aborted due to reasons beyond his control which he came to believe to absolve himself from the guilt of killing an innocent child) and as a result, he had slept out of home due to the shock.
He thought to himself and wondered how his troubles had managed graduated from a Bachelor's degree to a PhD. He began to wonder the effect the news of his girlfriend’s pregnancy was going to have on his poor mother since his girlfriend had threatened to tell his mother about her situation.
His girlfriend was a handful. She was noted for throwing tantrums at the least provocation. She was also skilled in making a storm in a tea cup. Edmund was sure that before he got home, he was going to be met by his raging mother because he had had an argument with his girlfriend the night before.
Already he had been served with a "query" by his mother to explain why his GPA had taken a dip in his third year in the University considering the bright start he had in his academic career.
He was lost in thought when it got to his turn; the barber tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take a seat.
The barber had a field day with Edmund’s head. He tossed it left, right and center since he could not keep his head still.
The journey back home after the haircut was one of the longest Edmund had embarked on even though his house was just two blocks away from the barber's shop.
When he got to the doorstep, a rush like an epileptic seizure fell on him as he attempted to open the door. As he stepped into the hall, his mum had a visitor.
The visitor was a familiar person. Edmund, in a bid to play it cool greeted his mother and put his hands on Jemima's head. Jemima was the daughter of the baker who lived behind Edmund's house and she doubled as his "new girlfriend".
She had come to deliver bread to the Edmund’s household.
Edmund exchanged glances with Jemima. Unknown to Edmund's mother, Edmund had already "known" Jemima in the Biblical sense a couple of times already. On her way home, Jemima asked to speak to Edmund.
She opened the main door with one hand, leaned backwards and said, "Eddie, I am pregnant". It was like a train had hit Edmund. He was now the proud "impregnator" of two young girls, he was broke and was failing his papers too. What more could befall him?
END OF EPISODE ONE