Mrs. Igbinovia had ended up being the party pooper! As soon
as Isiuwa ran from the house, the teenage guests stared at Mrs. Igbinovia with
mixed feelings, some looked at her as the ‘monster’ while others felt she was
just being plain wicked. Isiuwa’s cake stood there at the center of the sitting
room waiting for the celebrant to cut it. Isiuwa’s mother, after her public
display of discipline, knew she had outdone herself but refrained from blaming
herself. Muttering under her breath, she said, “Insolent child” and hurried
the guests as though nothing had happened.
birthday party!” One of the girls in church, Chekwube said.
sincerely apologize but, we can’t let the food go to waste. Or the drinks.
Please settle down let the party continue.” Mense said.
one of these days!” Frieda said in disgust.
friend with you, the both of you have done more harm than good.” Mense said
directly to Frieda and Morenike.
anyway.” Said Freida and turning to Morenike she said. “C’mon let’s leave this
dry house!” Then to the guests at the party she said.
“I wonder what you guys
are still doing here. Don’t you have sense? The party is over! Isiuwa wrecked
the party by running away and leaving you all alone to do what? Eat cake? Drink
juice and cocktails? Grow up guys, you deserve better than she just dished you!
However, if you guys want to have a taste of a real party with DJ’s, huge
cakes, nice decor and all, come for my birthday party next month, it’s going to
be da bomb! I’m even going to invite the stars like Psquare, Tu-Face and all…” Frieda boasted.
at her heels. As soon as she left, other guests started getting up to leave.
hospital and all, it’s really a hard time for the family.” Chekwube said.
back…” Mense said desperately.
homework to catch up on.” Another teenage guest said as she rose from her
it for you guys to take home as well as some treats.” Mense said.
shared. As Mense cut the cake, she felt so bad, she tried to hold herself
from crying but she couldn’t as the tears spilled over and plopped on the cake.
She thought she had the worst mother who always had an excuse not to be at home
but the truth was, her mother was by far better than Isiuwa’s. At least she
didn’t try to impress anyone or try to show off her skills in model parenting.
Her mother was as real as they come. She was a proper Benin woman who trained
her daughter with firm hands yet she was soft, Mense knew that sometimes, she
went the extreme because she was vying for attention and now she regretted that
she had put her mom through all that stress. Besides, she was doing her best as
a single mom and working so hard to make her have a bright future. Isiuwa and
Osas on the other hand had everything she had wished for as a child, they had a
complete family while she had to make do with just one parent but in all, their
lives were destroyed as it was because even though they had everything, their
parents didn’t place their best interests at heart, rather they thought of what
the society would think.
said, wiping tears from her eyes.
Frieda and Morenike.” Sesan said.
Isiuwa’s mother, my aunt, did.” Mense said sniffing back the tears.
her?” Mense asked, shocked that Sesan stayed back and was willing to search for
Isiuwa and she smiled. He was a handsome young boy who looked a bit too
for her and we can go.” Mense said and disappeared into the kitchen.
Mense. Isiuwa’s mother came down the stairs and spoke to him.
for her with her cousin.” Sesan said in a shaky voice.
fine, she should be around somewhere. When she’s tired of wandering about town, she’ll come home.” Mrs. Igbinovia assured.
daughter and the opposite sex, same with my son, so since the party is over,
can you please leave?” Mrs. Igbinovia asked.
police force?” Mrs. Igbinovia asked.
respect me. I have told the young man to leave this house as the party is over.”
that I am worried about my cousin’s whereabouts.” Mense blurted.
house and anybody who lives here, lives under my rule.”
roof, your daughter ran away from her birthday party. Doesn’t that speak
against your parenting skills? My mom is a single mother and even with her late
night outs, her work related affairs and all, I have never ever loathed her. I
have never ever thought of committing suicide because I know how devastated she’ll
feel if she found me lying down dead on the ground! I have never had a reason
to run away or tell her that I hate her! You and uncle are not the only pastors
with children, I know a lot of them and many popular pastors have grown kids
who strive to be better than their parents, these pastors do not destroy their
children but love them and listen to them. If you and uncle have listened to
your children, this wouldn’t be their outcome. I am going to look for my cousin
whether you like it or not because regardless of the fact that you know that we
live in a dangerous world, you are not moved by the fact that your daughter, my
cousin, might be either run over by a car right now as we speak or fall into
the hands of bad people.” Mense shouted in tears and turning to Sesan she shouted.
while Mrs. Igbinovia watched them leave.
To be continued tomorrow…