Mascot was drinking his cold bottle of beer when his wife quickly excused herself and hurried out of sight. She felt so uneasy and wanted to know the whereabouts of the girl who’d been dancing with the group of boys and what she was doing.

She checked around and saw just one of the boys, dancing alone and her eyes went to corner where two other boys had just disappeared. She sunk her feet in the sand and literally ran despite the heaviness of the sand beneath her feet.

She got there just in time, the boys were standing around the girl who was lying on the sand while a boy with his trousers pulled down, tried to do the unthinkable.

“What in the world are you guys doing?” She yelled.

They seemed startled to hear her voice and suddenly, they fled, taking different sides as they ran for their lives. Ashanti lay on the ground, eyes half-closed and with a whimsical smile on her lips. She was officially high.

“Get up from there! Where are your parents?” Mascot’s wife asked as she helped Ashanti to her feet and helped her wear her trousers. “Why are you here? Do you know what could have happened to you?”

Ashanti gave her a weird smile and placing her hands on her shoulders, she fell face forward. The woman caught her just in time.

*******

Lois sat in the car while her father drove them around, searching frantically for her way-ward sister. Leyla called Ashanti’s number again after dialling it many times before and getting no answer.

“She’s answered!” Leyla yelled breathlessly as she placed the phone against her ears. “Hello, Ash, where are you?….What? Who?….Where?”

She ended the call and stared at Lois’s father in silence.

“Where is she?” He asked.

“A woman answered the call, she said that Ashanti is at the beach and that…she’s drunk.”

“What beach?” Lois’s father shouted.

*******

Amelia stared at the old music records in her room, her mother had locked her in and had also taken away all her gadgets including her phone. She hated to think that if anything bad happened to Ashanti, she’d be held responsible.

“Why did this have to happen?” She whined. “Why did my birthday have to turn out this way?”

She sat on her bed and sobbed, wishing with all her heart that her mother doesn’t tell her father about what happened. Her father was not known to get angry all the time but when he did, it was a terrible experience. She hated to think of what her parents’ decision would be now that she had shown them how immature she really is.

“Will they stop my admission to a foreign university?” She wondered.

Her parents had concluded that she’d be sent to the United Kingdom for her university education and she’d been fine with it because almost all her classmates were going to school abroad too and most of her cousins schooled in the UK. Will her actions make them change their minds?

She was still deep in thought when she heard the lock turn in the door and Jeff walked in.

“What are you doing here?” She spat. “Who gave you the key to my room?”

“Do you still have the mouth to talk after all that happened?” Jeff asked.

“What do you want mummy to do to me? Send me to jail? It’s not enough that you’re the favourite child of our parents and now, you want to taunt me with this.”

“What you did was wrong, stop playing the injured party. You brought strangers into our house and that’s unacceptable. You’re not even remorseful that I got hurt in the process.”

“Yes! I agree, I brought strangers into our house but Suave was my friend. I felt it deep down that he really likes me.” She said.

“Likes you? That guy is nothing but a scam!”

“How can you tell? Do you know him? He saw me for who I was just the way Lois did. He called me beautiful and no one in this house ever does.”

Jeff was shocked.

“Huh? What’s that?”

“You heard me. He is the only one who truly appreciates me. He loves me and I know that I’d still be by his side right now if only I hadn’t mentioned that I’m asthmatic.”

“What are you saying?” Jeff asked.

“Look, say whatever you want and think whatever you will. I didn’t push Ashanti into the car or ask her to join us. I was supposed to go with Lois from the start but she saw that you collapsed and couldn’t leave you there.”

“Wait…what? Lois stayed back because I collapsed?”

“Yes, she did but your so-called girlfriend told Ticker that she doesn’t date babies and that you are a baby.”

Jeff stood there and stared at his sister.

“That’s a lie.” He said.

“I know you heard her talk badly about you but you’re turning a deaf ear to it. Jeff, you need to know who Ashanti really is. She agreed to be your girlfriend from the start because she felt that you’re from a rich home but now that it turns out that her biological parents are wealthy too, she has no use for you.”

“That’s…that’s….not t…true…” Jeff’s lips quivered.

“How many times has she hung out with you since she moved in with her mother?”

Jeff looked at her and looked away.

“She always keeps making excuses but you don’t see it. If I were you, I’d stick to someone like Lois, she’s better than Ashanti.”

“I hope you rot in here! I hope mum and dad lock you in and throw away the key!” Jeff screamed at her. He turned around and stormed out through the door, locking her in once again.

*********

Lionel and Leyla were very thankful to the good Samaritan. However, as they thanked her and her husband for saving Ashanti, Mascot’s wife couldn’t stop looking at Leyla and wondering what kind of a mother she was.

“Excuse me…can I speak with you for a sec?” Mascot’s wife asked.

Ashanti was lying at the backseat of the car and Lois was seated there too.

“Thank you once again for the save.” Leyla said quickly when they were alone.

“You’re the mother of the girl, am I right?” She asked.

Leyla was taken aback by the question.

“Is there something wrong?”

“No…it’s just that, after what I saw today, I could tell that it’s either that your daughter doesn’t listen to you or that you don’t make it a point of duty to teach her right from wrong.” Mascot’s wife said.

Leyla glared at her in anger, she plastered a fake smile on her lips.

“Why do you think that?”

“I know what I saw today. Even before the boys drugged her I could tell that she was not afraid of being in their company. I am surprised that she’s fifteen years old. To be honest with you, any fifteen years old girl would be a bit reluctant to hang out in the company of guys and alone at the beach.”

“What are you trying to tell me? That I am a bad mother to let my child have her own mind?”

“This is not the stage to let kids have their own minds. They are teenagers and they should be corrected. Yes, they feel they are grown and that they know as much as their parents do and most times, parents struggle between being their child’s friend and being their enemy but we need to choose what’s right and the right thing is to be their parents first before being their friends.”

“Thank you so much for the advice and thank you for saving Ashanti from those guys. If you have nothing else to say, we’d take our leave.” Leyla said walking to meet Lionel who was standing by the car with Mascot.

“Let’s go, we need to take her to the hospital first.” Leyla said to Lionel.

Lois stepped out of the car, she was worried that her father and Leyla was taking too much time already. Ashanti hadn’t opened her eyes all the while and she was growing scared.

“Dad, can we go?” Lois asked.

“Yes…let’s…” Her father said and thanking Mascot and his wife again, he said. “Thank you so much for this. We owe you a great deal.”

“Leyla, please get into the car so that we can take Ash to the hospital. Let’s stop wasting time.” Lois said to Leyla and got into the car.

Mascot’s wife’s eyes widened at Lois’s mention of her supposed mother’s first name. She stared at the girl who was obviously the twin sister of the girl she’d saved from the bad boys and she said to herself;

“No wonder! She’s not even their mother.”

 

 

To be continued tomorrow….

Mascot was drinking his cold bottle of beer when his wife quickly excused herself and hurried out of sight. She felt so uneasy and wanted to know the whereabouts of the girl who’d been dancing with the group of boys and what she was doing.

She checked around and saw just one of the boys, dancing alone and her eyes went to corner where two other boys had just disappeared. She sunk her feet in the sand and literally ran despite the heaviness of the sand beneath her feet.

She got there just in time, the boys were standing around the girl who was lying on the sand while a boy with his trousers pulled down, tried to do the unthinkable.

“What in the world are you guys doing?” She yelled.

They seemed startled to hear her voice and suddenly, they fled, taking different sides as they ran for their lives. Ashanti lay on the ground, eyes half-closed and with a whimsical smile on her lips. She was officially high.

“Get up from there! Where are your parents?” Mascot’s wife asked as she helped Ashanti to her feet and helped her wear her trousers. “Why are you here? Do you know what could have happened to you?”

Ashanti gave her a weird smile and placing her hands on her shoulders, she fell face forward. The woman caught her just in time.

*******

Lois sat in the car while her father drove them around, searching frantically for her way-ward sister. Leyla called Ashanti’s number again after dialling it many times before and getting no answer.

“She’s answered!” Leyla yelled breathlessly as she placed the phone against her ears. “Hello, Ash, where are you?….What? Who?….Where?”

She ended the call and stared at Lois’s father in silence.

“Where is she?” He asked.

“A woman answered the call, she said that Ashanti is at the beach and that…she’s drunk.”

“What beach?” Lois’s father shouted.

*******

Amelia stared at the old music records in her room, her mother had locked her in and had also taken away all her gadgets including her phone. She hated to think that if anything bad happened to Ashanti, she’d be held responsible.

“Why did this have to happen?” She whined. “Why did my birthday have to turn out this way?”

She sat on her bed and sobbed, wishing with all her heart that her mother doesn’t tell her father about what happened. Her father was not known to get angry all the time but when he did, it was a terrible experience. She hated to think of what her parents’ decision would be now that she had shown them how immature she really is.

“Will they stop my admission to a foreign university?” She wondered.

Her parents had concluded that she’d be sent to the United Kingdom for her university education and she’d been fine with it because almost all her classmates were going to school abroad too and most of her cousins schooled in the UK. Will her actions make them change their minds?

She was still deep in thought when she heard the lock turn in the door and Jeff walked in.

“What are you doing here?” She spat. “Who gave you the key to my room?”

“Do you still have the mouth to talk after all that happened?” Jeff asked.

“What do you want mummy to do to me? Send me to jail? It’s not enough that you’re the favourite child of our parents and now, you want to taunt me with this.”

“What you did was wrong, stop playing the injured party. You brought strangers into our house and that’s unacceptable. You’re not even remorseful that I got hurt in the process.”

“Yes! I agree, I brought strangers into our house but Suave was my friend. I felt it deep down that he really likes me.” She said.

“Likes you? That guy is nothing but a scam!”

“How can you tell? Do you know him? He saw me for who I was just the way Lois did. He called me beautiful and no one in this house ever does.”

Jeff was shocked.

“Huh? What’s that?”

“You heard me. He is the only one who truly appreciates me. He loves me and I know that I’d still be by his side right now if only I hadn’t mentioned that I’m asthmatic.”

“What are you saying?” Jeff asked.

“Look, say whatever you want and think whatever you will. I didn’t push Ashanti into the car or ask her to join us. I was supposed to go with Lois from the start but she saw that you collapsed and couldn’t leave you there.”

“Wait…what? Lois stayed back because I collapsed?”

“Yes, she did but your so-called girlfriend told Ticker that she doesn’t date babies and that you are a baby.”

Jeff stood there and stared at his sister.

“That’s a lie.” He said.

“I know you heard her talk badly about you but you’re turning a deaf ear to it. Jeff, you need to know who Ashanti really is. She agreed to be your girlfriend from the start because she felt that you’re from a rich home but now that it turns out that her biological parents are wealthy too, she has no use for you.”

“That’s…that’s….not t…true…” Jeff’s lips quivered.

“How many times has she hung out with you since she moved in with her mother?”

Jeff looked at her and looked away.

“She always keeps making excuses but you don’t see it. If I were you, I’d stick to someone like Lois, she’s better than Ashanti.”

“I hope you rot in here! I hope mum and dad lock you in and throw away the key!” Jeff screamed at her. He turned around and stormed out through the door, locking her in once again.

*********

Lionel and Leyla were very thankful to the good Samaritan. However, as they thanked her and her husband for saving Ashanti, Mascot’s wife couldn’t stop looking at Leyla and wondering what kind of a mother she was.

“Excuse me…can I speak with you for a sec?” Mascot’s wife asked.

Ashanti was lying at the backseat of the car and Lois was seated there too.

“Thank you once again for the save.” Leyla said quickly when they were alone.

“You’re the mother of the girl, am I right?” She asked.

Leyla was taken aback by the question.

“Is there something wrong?”

“No…it’s just that, after what I saw today, I could tell that it’s either that your daughter doesn’t listen to you or that you don’t make it a point of duty to teach her right from wrong.” Mascot’s wife said.

Leyla glared at her in anger, she plastered a fake smile on her lips.

“Why do you think that?”

“I know what I saw today. Even before the boys drugged her I could tell that she was not afraid of being in their company. I am surprised that she’s fifteen years old. To be honest with you, any fifteen years old girl would be a bit reluctant to hang out in the company of guys and alone at the beach.”

“What are you trying to tell me? That I am a bad mother to let my child have her own mind?”

“This is not the stage to let kids have their own minds. They are teenagers and they should be corrected. Yes, they feel they are grown and that they know as much as their parents do and most times, parents struggle between being their child’s friend and being their enemy but we need to choose what’s right and the right thing is to be their parents first before being their friends.”

“Thank you so much for the advice and thank you for saving Ashanti from those guys. If you have nothing else to say, we’d take our leave.” Leyla said walking to meet Lionel who was standing by the car with Mascot.

“Let’s go, we need to take her to the hospital first.” Leyla said to Lionel.

Lois stepped out of the car, she was worried that her father and Leyla was taking too much time already. Ashanti hadn’t opened her eyes all the while and she was growing scared.

“Dad, can we go?” Lois asked.

“Yes…let’s…” Her father said and thanking Mascot and his wife again, he said. “Thank you so much for this. We owe you a great deal.”

“Leyla, please get into the car so that we can take Ash to the hospital. Let’s stop wasting time.” Lois said to Leyla and got into the car.

Mascot’s wife’s eyes widened at Lois’s mention of her supposed mother’s first name. She stared at the girl who was obviously the twin sister of the girl she’d saved from the bad boys and she said to herself;

“No wonder! She’s not even their mother.”

 

 

To be continued tomorrow….

4 COMMENTS

  1. When I saw tht continuation after ‘to be continued tomorrow’, I thought Ada was blessing us with a surprise extra package, lol. Beautifully written as always.

    Ada can we know scrips you have written that have been made series or a movie, would love to see the director’s interpretation of your works.

    • Hello Chu,

      I’ll post something on that tonight. I apologize for not posting anything on that sooner.

      Thank you for reading dear.

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