Baby On a Mission (By Karo Oforofuo)

Nicholas lay facing up as he giggled happily at his father's funny faces. He had finished swallowing the custard food his father fed him and was relaxing peacefully in his cot when his father, Bar. Andrew Ajeja, came in to play with him.


Nicholas missed his mother but even as little as he was, he knew that he was lucky to have a father who cared so much for him.

"Okay kiddo" Said his father as he turned and went about arranging his documents into his suit case. "I seriously need to get to the office okay. I can't bring you along so, I have made arrangements for someone special to look after you while I'm away. She is nice so, I'm sure you will love h..."

The door bell rang that moment, cutting him short.

"Okay, that must be her." He said.

 He left Nicholas' room and went to answer the door. He returned a few minutes later with a fair complexioned lady, obviously in her late twenties. She looked so much like a model cut from a magazine. She was slim, tall and wore her hair long over a red knee level gown that hugged her body.

"Kiddo, meet Erica. She is the one I was just telling you about.  She will take special care of you while I am away but please, you have to be good to her. No pranks okay?"

"Errrrr, hrrrr." That was all that came out of Nicholas' lips. He knew he had not gotten to the stage where he would talk and so there was just no need forcing it. His father took his "baby blabbing" as a "Yes daddy, I will be a good boy" talk and gave him a thank you peck on his cheeks. But truly, Nicholas was making it very plain that he cannot promise not to be mischievous. At that moment, he was thankful that his father didn't understand what he was saying. Maybe he would have gotten a spank or a frown in place of the peck.

"Wow! What a wonderful world we babies live in." He thought to himself. "You say what you like and still get a peck for it.

He was still wondering about how wonderful his world was when he noticed his father kissing his female friend on her lips as a way of making out and at the same time saying thank you for coming. Nicholas didn't like the sight before him. This was becoming a regular habit and he didn't like it one bit. If he was not mistaken, this was the 10th woman his father had brought home to look after him and he kissed every one of them just as he was joyfully kissing this one.

"What do grownups enjoy in licking each others saliva?" He thought to himself.

"You definitely can't understand that yet. It’s complicated."

Nicholas smiled at the sound of the voice. He knew that voice even in his sleep. He was already getting excited in his cot as he turned to the open window. There, his angel friend, Emil, stood with folded arms and a sincere smile. He stood a full 6ft tall. His robe was white but he had no wings. His skin sparked with life. It was not the normal type of earthly skin, this was more glorious. Although he was dark skinned, his entire hair was white.

Angel Emil was Nicholas' Guardian Angel. He had a mission to fulfill with Nicholas and so he made it a point of duty to always be around, especially if Nicholas was going to be home alone with one of his father's numerous girl friends. Emil wanted to make sure no harm ever came to Nicholas.


Since he was a baby and yet to speak, Nicholas and his angel friend communicated through thoughts. But sometimes, Emil spoke out and no matter how loud he spoke, no one else heard him, except he wanted the people around to.


"Glad you are here" Nicholas greeted him with a smile. "If my father knew I already have a baby sitter, he wouldn't bother with these terrible women."


"No he wouldn't" Emil replied. "But talking about women, what are you going to do to stop the inappropriate touching?" Emil asked still smiling.


Nicholas followed Emil's eyes to where his father and Erica where standing, happily kissing away and almost tearing at each other all in the name of passion. Nicholas was highly disgusted. Without a moment's delay, Nicholas burst into serious tear as he peed on himself. Andrew and Erica quickly put aside their escapades and went to attend to him. Even with that, he only increased his cry.

Angel Emil watched the drama before him in amusement. It was not the first time Nicholas was using his cry and pee trick to pull his father away from the arms of "these terrible women" as he named them.


Andrew carried Nicholas and started to pat him. Erica made an attempt to take Nicholas from him but Andrew refused because he knew that his son's cry will definitely increase.


“Andrew” She complained. “Since I am going to babysit him for the next eight hours, you have to let him start getting used to me.”


“I know darling, it’s just that...”


“It’s nothing Andrew, I am here, so let me do what I came here to do.”


Andrew saw reasons with her and so he let her carry Nicholas. In protest, Nicholas’ cries increased, his father wanted to take him back but Erica refused.


“He will get used to me dear” She assured him. “You have to be on your way now or you will be late for your meeting.”


“Okay baby.” Andrew agreed as he pecked her cheeks. “Thanks a lot, you are a life saver.”


Before he left the house, Andrew showed Erica where Nicholas’ food was as well as his clothes and diaper, in case she needed to change him into something clean whenever he passed out feces.


After all was done, bar. Andrew picked up his suit jacket and briefcase, pecked both Erica and Nicholas on their cheeks before going out the door.


Now left alone with his baby sitter, Nicholas began to mentally map out what pranks he could play on her. As long as he was concerned, this was the first and last time he ever wanted to see her with his father. The other women who had come in the past left and promised never to come back again. He wanted same for Erica and so he had to really plan. Nicholas knew he needed to think and crying wasn’t going to help out so he stopped crying.


“Now that’s my baby.” Erica said when he stopped crying. “Now that you are willing to get used to me, let me change your soaked diaper and after that, we will get to know each other properly.”


She took him back to his play room where Emil was waiting. He was surprised to see that Nicholas was quiet.


“What?’ He asked with raised brows. “You tired of crying?”


“No” Nicholas replied. “I need to think and frankly, I need your help in this issue.”


Erica was completely unaware of Emil's presence, neither was she aware of the communication between him and Nicholas. She carefully placed him on the table and began to change his soaked diaper.


"This is so unfair" Nicholas said as Erica pulled his diaper.


"What is?" Emil asked.


"Must every woman see my nakedness? All in the name of baby sitting."


"Yes." Emil replied with a grin. "After all, you are still a baby."


"Well, whatever but, I want her gone for good" Nicholas insisted.


“She is a nice lady Nick, why not for once be nice too?”


“That’s not possible Emil.”


“Why?”


“Oh come on. You are the Angel, you are the one who told me I have to make sure none of these women sit well with my father and that I must keep the road clear for my mother from my other life. Now how would I do that if I’m nice? This one seems nice, yes, but she is not my former mother.”

“Okay, I get your point” Emil said in defeat. “So have you come up with a plan yet?”

“I’m still working on it. Eight hours is a long time you know?”

“Yes I know.”

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Bar. Andrew got to his office, Andrew Law Chambers, far later than he had hoped to. In addition to the heavy traffic along the road, he was cornered by some armed men who claimed to be from Global Reach, a company that was into scientific discoveries as well as modern technologies. The men said their boss had a case and since they know Bar. Andrew to be a very sound lawyer, they wanted him to handle the case.

“Why not come to the office and book an appointment?” He queried when he didn’t really know who they were.

“Look Barrister, we have no time for that.” One of the men said as he slightly brought out a short gun, just enough for Andrew to see before sliding it back into his pocket. “By two o, clock this afternoon, be at Global Reach. My boss will be expecting you. If you don’t show up, kiss your son and your chambers good bye, because I know those are the two most important things in your life right now."

“Okay, okay! I hear you. By two this afternoon I will be there just leave my son and my office out of this.”

“Good. Have a great day Barrister and see you soon.”

They left him just as quietly as they sneaked up on him and for a moment, he wondered if they had really been there.

When he got into his chambers late that morning, his personal secretary, Jennifer Abega, a young girl in her early twenties, light complexioned and about 5ft tall, was there to greet him and bring him up to speed about the latest development for one of the cases
He was handling.

“Thank you Jennifer.” Was all he could say. His mind was still filled with the morning’s event.

Jennifer wanted to ask what was wrong, she knew her boss was a lively man but what she saw now was the opposite. She decided that whatever the problem was, she would give him a little space to calm down and then talk to him later.

“If there is anything else I can do, just let me know.” She said before leaving his private office and going back to her desk.

Jennifer was a single lady who got pregnant sometime back. Although her then boy friend abandoned her and the baby, she was determined to not abort the child. It took so much strength and determination to keep the pregnancy and when it was time, she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. The girl child was all she had and having her brought change to Jennifer's life.

Running away from home at a tender age because of an abusive father and a mother who couldn’t care less made her grow up in the streets. She slept with men for money or food, took drugs and even sold some. It was during this period that she met Gbenga, a tout who was also taking and selling drugs. He pretended to love Jennifer but when she took in for him, he denied her and the pregnancy. Jennifer’s world almost caved in but some nuns picked her up from the street and took her in. After she had given birth, they rented and furnished a small apartment for her, in addition, they gave her a job at the convent. It was more than Jennifer could ask for and she was completely grateful.
 
However, things took a different turn for Jennifer when her baby girl who she named Ella fell seriously ill and died a year later. Jennifer grieved for her baby girl. She did not know what she would do without her. A year with the child had helped her amend her life style and gave her a more positive outlook on life. Now that the child was gone she felt empty and had no wish to live. She stopped going to the convent but instead went about getting into trouble again, doing drugs and a lot of other bad things. At one time, she shoplifted but got caught. When taken to face the judge in a court room, there was no one to defend her.

It was during this time that she came in contact with Bar. Andrew Ajeja. He happened to be in the court premises when her case was going on and so he volunteered to help. Seeing that her case was indeed serious, he promised the judge that if he let her go, of course she will still pay in cash for the stolen goods but on his own part, he will do everything possible to keep her away from the streets and away from trouble.

Knowing the kind of man Andrew was, the judge accepted his plea and let Jennifer off the hook. Jennifer was completely touched that a man who knew absolutely nothing about her could help her. She decided to truly change for the better and finally say good bye to the memory of her dead child even though it was not easy.

As part of his scheme to help her, Bar. Andrew hired her as his personal office assistant and paid her handsomely. At first, Andrew’s late wife, Esther, was not comfortable with the development but after a long period of watching Jennifer and seeing that she could really be trusted, she let the issue go and took Jennifer as a sister. During this period Esther conceived and when she was due, she gave birth to Nicholas. Unfortunately, she did not survive the traumas of labor. Nicholas became half orphaned at an early age and since then, things had been a little rough for Andrew.

Jennifer wanted to help in whatever way she could but she always seemed to meet a brick wall. She didn’t know how to get across to her boss.

As she sat at her desk and tried to work, the worried face of Andrew was constantly in her mind and it was driving her nuts.

“I have to find a way to help him.” She said to herself at last. “I really have to find a way.”

**********************************

Back at home, it was already 12 noon and Erica who thought Nicholas was fast asleep went to the sitting room to watch TV. Nicholas on the other hand was wide awake and with Emil’s help, he was able to come up with a plan. Being an angel, Emil could read minds and one thing he kept reading in Erica’s mind was “I pray this child doesn’t stool before his father comes, I don’t think I can handle that.”


“So she hates the smell of baby poop?” Nicholas asked in amusement.


“Yep! But be careful Nick” Emil told him. “Don’t over do it.”


“But that’s the whole idea” Nicholas protested. “If I have mercy on her then she would definitely come back again.”


“At least have a little sympathy.”


“Okay Emil, after all you’re the angel here.”


“Okay then. Time for action.”


Nicholas chuckled innocently before bursting into a very loud cry. Erica was almost dozing off on the couch when she heard the cry, she quickly ran to Nicholas’ room.


“Oh my dear. What’s wrong?” She asked as she carried Nicholas from his court where she had placed him earlier.


Nicholas continued to cry uncontrollably. “Are you hungry?” Erica asked confused. She couldn’t think of anything else that would make him cry so loud, so, she took him to the kitchen and placed him on the center table before going about to prepare his custard.


When she was done, she tried to feed him but he kept coughing up the food on her body.


"Oh dear" Erica said with a worried frown. "Now I would have to wash this shirt."


She looked at Nicholas and warned him to eat. Since he continued to cough the food all over her body, Erica got angry and decided to close his nose. This way, Nicholas was forced to eat his food. This new development made him cry endlessly but none the less he ate the the rest of the food.


Emil couldn't help laughing out at Nicholas' situation. "The predator becomes the prey" he said as he chuckled. He knew Nicholas would be angry at him for not helping out but that didn't bother him.


By the time Erica was done with Nicholas, he was sweating all over and so she decided to give him a cold bath.


After preparing his water, she removed his clothes and diaper. Nicholas chuckled heartily because he knew this was his moment. After the diaper was out, Nicholas raised his legs up and waited for Erica to return from where she went to keep the used diaper. As soon as she was within range and bent over him from the side where his legs where raised up, he did it. He comfortably laid back and shot his poop to Erica's face and neck.


The smell filled her nose and the taste was in her mouth.


Emil froze when he saw what his baby friend had done. He knew Nicholas would poo on her but he didn't expect him to go this far. His breath caught as he watched Erica's reaction.


"You bastard!!" She yelled after wiping out the feces from her inside lips and nose.



She ran to the bath room to wash up. She removed her clothes and took her bath all over again as she used the tooth paste and her hand to wash her mouth clean. All these while, Emil seriously scolded Nicholas for behaving badly. Even Nicholas started to feel sorry for his actions.


After bathing, Erica wore one of Andrew's shirt and boxers while she washed hers. When she was done, she came back to where Nicholas was and looked at him with a serious frown.


"You see Nick" She said. "I tried to play nice but now, I will teach you a lesson. Come here." With that, she carelessly picked him from the bed and headed for the bath room.



Nicholas turned to Emil for answers; he wanted to know what Erica was going to do to him. Emil didn't answer his silent question but the look on his face told Nicholas that Erica was really about to teach him the lesson of his life.





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