By the time we finished the drinks, it was already 8pm. I knew Fred would not be so happy with this. Since I had the car, I dropped Ann at her place then drove home. As I was entering the gate, I made a wrong turn and crushed the left side of the car to the gate. The crash was not so bad but it made so much noise that a few people in the apartment complex came out to inspect. Scared, I shut the engine then got off and stood a distance away.

An older guy came and asked me if I was okay. I nodded. I was shaking so much that I could not answer him.

After a few minutes, Fred came out of the house as the commotion grew louder. He was carrying Chloe. He ran down the stairs quickly and asked me what was wrong.

I pointed him to the car which was being inspected by the guy.

“Are you hurt?” He asked.

“No.” I answered placing my hands across my chest.

“Great.” He said. “Hold the baby.”

Fred walked over to where the car was. He got in, started the car, reversed it then finally parked it at my usual spot.

The few people who had gathered there started to go back to their houses. The older guy nodded at me. I thanked him before he left.

“Lets get in the house.” Fred said.

“Okay, but let me get my handbag out of the car first.” I said and handed Chloe to him.

I got my bag and got into the house. As soon as I closed the door, Fred came and stood next to me.

“What happened?” He asked.

“I was driving to the complex when I hit the gate.” I replied.

He looked at me surprised. “Is that alcohol I am smelling?”

I looked down.

“Were you drinking?” He asked.

“Yes but just a little.” I replied then sat down on the couch.

Fred scratched his hair. He packed around the room then finally came and sat next to me.

“Why would you even drink during the week?” He asked. “Why would you even drink and drive?”

I didn’t say anything.

Just then, my phone vibrated. It was a text from Ann.

Hey girl, thanks for today. really enjoyed myself. I hope you got home safely. Goodnight.”

“Kate, please listen to me.” Fred shouted at me. “You do know that you would have hurt yourself today. What if it was fatal? How would Chloe and I live with that?”

“I am sorry. I didn’t think something like that would happen.” I said tears flowing down my cheeks.

“That’s why you should stop that. You need to be careful.


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