Just like Mom, Adhyana, my father-in-law, was also very kind and affectionate to me. My opinion always heard and considered by him, especially when he needed advice on how to deal with his own wife. It was often used by Mom to get what she wanted.
If Dad accidentally got mad at her and she did not want to talk to him, she told me what she wanted. Predictably, Dad came to me for an advice of how to persuade his wife. I said exactly as what Mom said. Secretly, I suspected that he actually knew about the cooperation between Mom and I. However, he did not seem to mind it.
“I’m glad to see you’re happy, Daughter.” Mom said happily. She kissed both of my cheeks and hugged me tightly.
“Thank you, Mom.” I smiled accepting her warm greetings.
“You’re thirty years old, is there any good news for us?” Mom asked in a hopeful tone. I understood what my mother-in-law was asking. About my pregnancy.
“Not yet, Mom. If there’s any good news, we’ll tell you soon.” I answered as I was starting to feel guilty that I had to lie for this one thing.
“I’ve longed to hug my grandchild, baby. I really hope that this year you’re pregnant and my first grandson or granddaughter was born next year.” She sighed.
“I hope so, Mom. We’re trying.” I promised for the, I did not know, I lost counting how many time I told her that words. The saliva I swallowed was so huge that I could not swallow it. When could I say this without ever feeling guilty again? I guessed, never.
“Don’t tell me that Mom still urges my wife to give a grandchild.” Hendra teased from behind me. We looked at him at once. He approached his mother and kissed her cheek affectionately. Mom smiled joyfully.
“Before I carry them with both of my hands, I won’t stop asking.” Mom insisted. She pouted toward me and Hendra.
“Don’t worry, I’m sure my wife will be pregnant soon. It’s time for us to have children.” Hendra looked at me. I just gave him a smile.
“You promise?” Mom asked.
“I promise, Mom.” He kissed her cheek and then came closer to me.
“I’m glad that you both decided to be together. Seeing you two are happy, I’ve got what I’ve wanted the most in this world.” Mom’s eyes lit up.
“Besides a grandchild.” Hendra teased. Mom laughed happily.
“Yes. Besides that. Once I get one, I won’t ask for anything from you.” Mom promised and at the same time, I could hear that she was hoping that we would give what she wanted soon.
Dad called Mom to come to him. She turned toward her husband and nodded her head. She excused herself to both of us. We smiled as we watched her walked away from us. I looked at my husband.
“Having a child is not easy, Hendra.” I said quietly. He turned to me and smiled meaningfully.
“But I like the process.” He teased. My face was heating up. “I consider the result as a bonus. We’ll have a child soon. I’m sure of it.”
“Okay.” I conceded.
“Edu and Helmut need a lot to learn to recognize the needs of their wives. They shouldn’t let their wives be jealous with the affection of another couple.” He looked at the two men he talked about and their wives.
“So, you do see it.” I said, surprised.
“Do you think I have no other intentions when I’m kissing you in front of your friends?” He winked.
“You’re not easy to read, so,” I said quietly.
“Well, I did it on purpose.” He wrapped his arms around me and kissed my temple lovingly. I closed my eyes enjoying his kiss. “I love you, Zahara. Forever.” I took a deep breath so that tears would not drip on my face.
“Okay, Hendra, I’ve seen enough of your new-married couple drama.” Helmut said from our left side. Hendra loosened his embrace and turned to the man and his wife with a chuckle. I laughed with him.
“Are you going home?” My husband asked Helmut.
“Yes. I have a business trip tomorrow morning.” Helmut shook Hendra’s hand, and then took turn shaking my hand. “Again, happy birthday, Zahara.”
“Thank you. And thank you for coming.” I said happily. I then hugged Qiana and thanked her.
“Don’t forget about our appointment.” Helmut reminded. I smiled as I shook my head. Men.
“I don’t.” Hendra said convincingly.
We walked the couple to the front door. Abdi opened the door for them. After their car left, Hendra took me back to the front hall. Some guests excused themselves to go home, including our parents. At midnight, the house as quiet as it used to be after all the guests left.
“Finally, there’s only the two of us.” Hendra teased. I chuckled. When he took my hand toward our bedroom, I obeyed him.
Hendra closed the door and immediately approached me. Without a word, he took off one by one of the clothes he wore. I stood still as I knew what was going to happen. When my husband wanted something, he would keep trying until he got it. If he wanted to give her mother a grandchild, so that was what he would give her. I could not let that happen, though.
As my husband had fallen asleep at my side, I stared at the ceiling for a moment. When I sure enough that he would not wake up again, I set free from his arms. Since he was not awake or disturbed by my motion, I sighed with relief. From inside the little drawer beside me, I pulled out a pack of medicine and pulled out one of the tablets from the package.
I put the medicine into my mouth, and then I drank half of the water in a glass before I put the glass back on the nightstand. After I put the medicine package back in the drawer and carefully hid it, I sighed quietly. Hendra was still asleep. The drug had prevented me from getting pregnant for six years. It would also successfully work tonight. It had to.
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