At the end of the tunnel.

"I don't think I can take it anymore; why not try marrying another woman so this shame can end in our lives? I'll be the mother of the child too," she wept bitterly as she begged James to consider her offer.
"My love, remember the vow I made to you on the altar. It's for better or for worse, and I plan to uphold that to the end." James made his way to the place where his wife was sitting. He stood in front of her and called her name.
"Grace, Grace, please look at me." She refused to look up, as she was still bent over where she was seated with her face in her hands, crying bitterly. Instantly, she stood up, but as soon as she stood up, she fainted. James, not knowing what had happened, picked her up, took her to the car, and drove to the hospital.

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It has been 10 years since James and Grace got married without having a child. This has been a burden on the couple, but sometimes they refuse to talk about it because they don't want to hurt each other's feelings. The first three years of the marriage were full of hope for the couple, but things started changing after they got different reports from different doctors. 3 years after the marriage "James, remember we have an appointment by 2 p.m. today and it's 12 p.m. You haven't taken your bath; do you want us to get later to our appointment?" Grace fires James with words. James looked at her from the top of his glasses as he adjusted his face away from his laptop. "Babe, relax. It's just 12 p.m.; there is still time. I can get ready in 5 minutes, and we will set out," he said calmly to her. "It's because you are not the one receiving the insult; that's why you are saying this. You are acting like this issue is only mine to bear. Why are you doing this to me?" Grace stood still as she spoke, out of annoyance. "Relax, boss, I would go get ready now," James said as he stood up from where he was seated reluctantly. "Be fast about this," Grace said while staring at him.

In 10 minutes, they were on their way already. After a few minutes of driving, they got to the hospital, and it was 12:30 p.m. "You see, I told you we should have waited a bit. Look at us now, sitting in the hospital when it's not yet time for our appointment," Jame said to Grace, but she looked away.

"Mr. and Mrs. Banky. Mr. and Mrs. Banky" James turned his face in the direction of the nurse, trying to see if the doctor was ready to see them, but his eyes met with the woman he had been avoiding in church all through last month. It was their pastor's wife who was known to be a chatterbox.

"Good afternoon, ma," Grace and her husband greeted her. "Ah, ah, this one, you both are in the hospital today; don't tell me you have come to register your antenatal." Their pastor's wife started, "Tell me, how many months is the baby now? No wonder I haven't been seeing you in church lately, Mr. James. So, you wanted to keep it a secret."

Grace was already feeling uncomfortable with the conversation and where it was heading, and all she could do was show her discomfort to her husband so he could rescue her. Before she could continue, James cut her off. "No, ma, we came to see the doctor for the test we did last week, and we are to get the result today," Jame said. "Oh, sorry about that. Alright, take care of yourselves. I will tell the pastor I saw you both." She hugged them both and left.

"This is the reason I don't want to come very early. James said it angrily as he kicked the floor softly. "Mr. and Mrs. Banky, the doctor is ready to see," the nurse who has been going in and out of the doctor's office came to call them. "Mr. Banky, I have bad news and good news for you," the doctor said. "The luteal phase, also referred to as “days past ovulation” or "DPO," is the part of the cycle that starts at ovulation and ends the day before your wife's next period. It usually lasts about 14 days and does not vary by more than a day for each person. If your luteal phase is short and you’ve been having problems getting pregnant for more than six months, I'll recommend you start talking about supplemental progesterone. I also suggest getting the other usual fertility tests to rule out any other issues that might be stopping her from getting pregnant. If this can be done on time, then there is a chance for her to get pregnant."

After they left the doctor's office, Grace gave up all hope she had for getting pregnant. She stopped going to church or attending any public gatherings. 10 years have passed since their marriage, and there is no child to be proud of as their own.

James was driving home from work that evening as he reminisced about how the 10 years of his marriage have been. He has been faithful and has never had any extramarital affairs. He drove into his compound and met their balcony door open, including the main entrance. It was unlike his wife to keep the door open, so he became worried. He rushed into the house and met Grace sitting on the couch, crying with her head bent and her face in between her hands.

"My love, what's wrong?" James asked. "I don't think I can take it anymore; why not try marrying another woman so this shame can end in our lives? I'll be the mother of the child too," she wept bitterly as she begged James to consider her offer. "My love, remember the vow I made to you on the altar. It's for better or for worse, and I plan to uphold that to the end." James made his way to the place where his wife was sitting. He stood in front of her and called her name. "Grace, Grace, please look at me." She refused to look up, as she was still bent over where she was seated with her face in her hands, crying bitterly. Instantly, she stood up, but as soon as she stood up, she fainted.

James, not knowing what had happened, picked her up, took her to the car, and drove to the hospital. James had been standing outside his wife's ward, waiting for the doctor to finish examining her so he could know what was wrong.

As soon as the doctor stepped out, James ran towards him with a worried face, asking, "Doctor, please tell me. What's wrong with my wife?" "Please, let's see in my office," the doctor said. They got to the doctor's office, then sat down. "Doctor, what's wrong with my wife?" James asked again. "Have you been stressing her or anything?" the doctor asked. "Not at all," James replied. "She has always been at home and doesn't do anything that can cause her stress," he said in his defense. "Well, your wife is 3 weeks pregnant. I guess the overthinking and tears she has been crying must have been what made her faint. So, please take care of her because, given her age, she needs more care for herself and the baby. also...." The doctor paused as he said, Mr. James was crying where he was. "Sir, are you okay? Why are you crying? I think this is good news, right?" the doctor asked. "It is, sir; this is the best news. I wonder how she will feel when she hears this news. Finally, there is hope in our lives again. I'll name our child Hope!" Mr. James said as he made his way out of the doctor's office to see his wife.
The End.

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