behave like one but it wasn’t happening. She was the eldest of four children
and she had to play the mother role all the time. Her mother was with Emmanuel
at the hospital and she’d been there all day. Mercy had made lunch and dinner
with the small foodstuff that was left in the house and the last scraps were
used to feed her siblings. After her siblings had gone to sleep, she stayed up
and tried to study, she was an intelligent girl, smart and very astute but of
recent she found that she was lagging behind in class because of the problems
her family faced.
She looked at the clock, it was twelve midnight. Didn’t daddy
say he was returning home today? She wondered. Where was daddy? She asked
herself. He never stayed out late before and after staying out late on Saturday
night which she felt was because of business, she was sure that he won’t stay
out late again especially since Emmanuel was in the hospital. She picked up the
mobile phone her parents had provided for the house and dialled her mother’s
yet, is he at the hospital with you?” She said.
he’ll be back soon.”
this time of the night.”
promise it’ll never happen again.” Her mother said.
a nice movie on television.
since they weren’t at home, she could do whatever she liked. She smiled and
flipped through the channels but soon, the smile disappeared because there was
nothing interesting showing on the television. She was pissed.
doing so, her back hit something. She pulled it out and sighed, it was a bible.
else.” She complained as she opened the bible and saw that she’d opened the
book of psalms.
fight against those who fight against me…” She read. “I remember Pastor Jude
telling us at bible study that it is appropriate to put in our names where we
want to in the holy bible….hmmm…I think I’ll add Emmanuel’s name to it. I
don’t think anyone is fighting against him though.” She said with a sigh and
read out loud. “Contend oh Lord with those who contend with Emmanuel…”
Suddenly, the world looked strange and nothing mattered to him anymore. He
wasn’t worried about getting better on time, he wasn’t bothered that Micah
loved to tear his books and draw cartoons on them and he wasn’t worried that
his family was growing poorer by the day.
reached a very large compound and saw two men kneeling before a man within a
shrine. He watched them intently.
own good that you finish this task.” The man said.
son, Emmanuel is my blood and I will pay with his life.”
Emmanuel took a peek at the basket placed before his father and was surprised.
Three of his photographs were inside the basket as well as some of his clothes
and even his tooth brush.
received no answer.
he’d seen something beyond his reach.
but he couldn’t, something strong held him back.
father who loved him so much would turn towards him.
and taking out one of his pictures which was inside the basket, he struck it
hard with the dagger. Emmanuel didn’t feel anything but he didn’t need a
soothsayer to know what was going on.
and stared at Emmanuel on the bed. His eyes were open and he was staring at the
down her face. “I’m so glad you’re awake.”
though the air stood still and the only thing she could hear was her own steady
what you’re talking about…” She started.
never even woken up at all.