As they say,nothing in life is permanent, and Alan and Amaka's seemingly impenetrable fortress of happiness wasn't exempt to this. It was the third year of their union, and Alan's people at home were starting to get restless; particularly Alan's mother. She wrote a letter addressed to her son, but which she had known Amaka would be privy to. In her letter she wondered why there was no news that Amaka had put to bed or even shown signs she was going to.She pointed out that a man was succeeded by the children he and his wife spawned,and not by the wealth Alan (and Amaka,though she didn't mention) seemed to be busy making. 

She made it clear she'd been keeping quiet for the past two years because she knew babies were not commodities bought at the market,but three years was too long a time to be baby making if at all nothing was wrong with the mother and father fertile wise.she suggested to Alan that if the well at which he was drawing yielded no water,he could try elsewhere; after all the girls back at the village were quite willing and capable to make babies quickly.

Finally she added that if no news reached her ears within the next six months,she would take matters into her own hands.
Of course the message was not lost on Amaka. She wept when she read the letter. it was bit of a surprise to her that her mother in law would say all this in such a tone; this was the same woman who had been all smiles when Alan introduced her as his intended wife. 

Now here she was,sounding like Amaka herself had just refused to have babies because she could magically will herself pregnant. Amaka however kept mum about the issue and went about her business till Alan came back from work. Immediately she heard him drive into the compound, she set the letter on the table where he would see it. 

Welcoming him like she always did, Alan sensed nothing wrong. As he sat down to undo his tie while Amaka set dinner,he noticed the letter on the table. A sense of foreboding washed through him and he didn't know why. He halfheartedly picked it up to read. By the time he was done his mouth was wide open.
He wondered how his own mother could act without such tact. Did she seek to hurt Amaka? what on earth was he going to do? He was at crossroads;he had to be strong for Amaka but he also had to show respect to his mother and her wishes. He decided to keep quiet about the issue. 

Dinner was a quiet affair,with Alan facing his food and Amaka watching him,wondering why he was keeping his silence over the issue. did he ascribe to his mother's thoughts and feelings? She wouldn't know, Alan never said a thing.

Neither of them had any sleep that night however.

The following weekend, Alan's mother arrived unannounced. Alan of course was at work when she came; Amaka was on leave but had gone out to the supermarket. She met mama at the gate fast asleep ,and felt a twinge of anger surge through her. She however knew that this was Alan's mother;it just wasn't right. She carried mama's things in before waking her up. Mama opened her eyes and Amaka could have sworn she saw contempt and disgust in her eyes.Amaka bit her lip but said nothing and greeted Mama warmly. She got a dry "I do well" in response. Amaka overlooked it. It was best that Alan came to deal with his mother himself. Amaka did all that was required of a daughter in law and guest. 
As she expected, Mama turned down every offer; she had come on a flying visit, and all she wanted was to talk to her son. Amaka decided to let sleeping dogs lie. 

Soon enough Alan came home, and to his surprise met his mother waiting for him. Mama didn't even wait for Alan to settle down; she went into a tirade about how her back longed for grandchildren. She did all this in front of Amaka,hoping it would hurt the girl. However Amaka had been trained well,and therefore she kept quiet and didn't say a word. When Mama finished,she quietly got up and headed for her room,leaving a rather distraught Alan to deal with his mother. She heard no more of their discussion as soon as her door was shut and she cried herself to sleep. 

The next morning,Alan went to check on his wife and found that she had a fever. Worried,he got her prepared to see the doctor,but Amaka was in no state to stand up let alone see any doctor. Alan had to hoist her up to get her out of the house. Mama however was not so merciful. As soon as she saw Amaka in the morning she said 

"What's wrong with this one? see her being pampered when it is she that should be pampering the children she has refused to bear. All these young girls that don't know anything, she probably wasted all the good seed in her doing wayward things in her youth.." 

She made to go on but Alan had had enough. He shut the car door and turned to face his mother
"Mama! what is it? why have you come here to cause trouble? does one give herself a child? are babies now things that just happen? please ,if you know you are not satisfied, you can go back home.you want grandchildren? fine..go to your daughter's house,after all I'm not your only child. 

Please leave me and my wife in peace" 

Mama looked stunned. Was this her Alan speaking to her like this? what had come over her only boy? She bit her lip. Maybe she had gone too far. However on another thought she got angry when she thought of how Alan had spoken to her. While they were at the hospital, mama packed her things and took her leave.she would not stay there any longer.People would hear of her maltreatment..

It turned out that Amaka's fever was because she had taken in. So anxious was she about her mother in law's letter that she forgot to note her monthly flow had been two weeks due.. Alan's joy knew no bounds. He rushed home to tell mama but found that the bird had flown the coop. He realised she'd hear about the development soon enough.

The naming ceremony months later was a lavish affair, topping their wedding by far. Mama of course had been on hand the week before to take care of her first grandson. Amaka had suddenly become an angel in Mama's sight. All that happened before was considered bygones .

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