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“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 p@nts.

“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 could 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-daughter relationship 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.

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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.

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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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“Who cares,” John muttered under his nose. But it was loud enough for dad to hear.

“What did you say?” dad asked and instinctively rushed towards John. Before John could turn around and react, dad’s right
hand had already reached his shoulders and forcefully turned him around. With John now facing dad, dad gave him a slap on
his face. John wasn’t expecting it.

“Are you trying to show me that you are now a man? Do you want to challenge me? Or have you smoked something?”

John stared at dad for some seconds, anger building up within him. “I have always been planning on leaving this house for
a long time. You know what? My mind had already left this house a long time ago. You can have you big fancy house all to
yourself. I don’t intend to stay anyway.”

Dad stared at him, he didn’t expect this. “Fine, then what have been doing here all along, did I chain you here?”

“It’s not just about building a fancy house. I hope you mean what you are saying when you say we should leave, because it
will even be a thing of joy to sleep on the street than stay her. I wish this door can be opened soon so that you can
have the house to yourself. This house is not even qualified to be called a home” Ada chipped in to dad’s amazement.

“You are not even qualified to be called my daughter. You have decided to be a disgrace to yourself. I can’t even look at
you. You should be ashamed of yourself but rather you still have the guts to talk to me like that. Is it me that you got
you into this condition and made you feel like you don’t have a home? I will be glad to have you take your disgraceful
self out of here.” Dad returned. He had never exchanged words with his children before. It had always been him talking
and everybody in the house listening. He hadn’t even ever thought that they had grown big enough to voice out their
opinion. Where these really his kids? Looking at them now they were like strangers to him.

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“If I am pregnant or if John is smoking around, it really should be your fault. It beats me that you don’t even blame
yourself for anything! Oh I forgot, you are the perfect dad, the manager of Dew luck Nigerian Limited who always gets it
right” Ada replied. This was really surprising. I never thought she had such guts to talk back to dad the way she was
doing now.

“Ada, you mouth is surprisingly too sharp for someone who acted in such a disgraceful manner. You are not even grateful
to your parents who sacrifice their all to make sure you get the best in life. Instead you stand here and talk back to
your dad with such effrontery.” Mum injected.

“The best in life? Did you say the best in life?” I can’t believe you mum. You think what your children are having here
is the best in life?” Ada returned, looking around like disdainfully.

“A lot of your mates will give everything to be in your shoes. You are not grateful to God for what you have; no wonder
you have no respect for yourself. Don’t you see your mates hawking on the streets? But you have the opportunity of
finding yourself in school; instead you are misusing it by avoiding school and sleeping with men all over town.” Mum said.

“What do you know about school mum, what do you even know about me?” Ada asked, she shrugged frustratingly and walked
away from the scene.

John left after her, leaving mum and dad standing there with their mouths wide open.

Dad was both unhappy and angry, “Do you know this is all your fault?” he said to mum, “how can you look at yourself and
call yourself a good mother? You chose to neglect the kids under your care and concentrate all your efforts on that
boutique of yours. You don’t know your duty as a mother, now look at the result.”

“Oh please, enough of your ranting. Will you ever stop? Mr. Perfect. If I concentrate my effort on my boutique where do
you put yours? Oh, I remember you always take out time to be with your children.” Mum replied and walked into their
bedroom.

Dad followed her behind.

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