was her daddy? Why hadn’t he come to pick her up yet? Why hasn’t he paid the
ransom yet? Wasn’t he rich enough? She thought as she hurdled herself against
the wall of the place where she was confined and cried. She hadn’t eaten since
last night and her captors gave her one meal per day which wasn’t enough
considering the fact that she was a growing child and had never had to go
without food for such long period of time. As she sat by the wall, she thought
of her family, her sisters who were abroad and who perhaps had no idea that she
had been kidnapped, and her mother who was in Abuja and who might have no idea
of the kidnap.
She thought of her father and what he’d be doing right now. Was
he indifferent? Besides, he’d shown that he placed little or no value on her
especially since Monica and Daniel had stepped into the house. She thought of
her friends, Winnie and Rachel; and tears fell from her eyes. She could hear
Winnie’s words in her ears; ‘Be strong, don’t lose hope…’ Winnie would say if
she saw her now.
paths crossed and she was happy that she’d attended that summer lesson after all as she’d made the best friendships of her life.
even listening to her side of the story. Mira wasn’t as close to Rachel as she
was to Winnie, but right now she understood what Rachel was going through in
the hands of Black and what it meant to be backed into a corner.
from the day she stepped her feet into the world. She never had to suffer or
work for anything as everything she had, was handed down to her in a golden
platter. Mira knew she had been selfish to have refused to help Rachel when
Winnie had begged her to let her stay at her place and now, she wished she had
helped. Perhaps if she had helped, things wouldn’t turn out this way. Perhaps,
Rachel would have warned her about getting into a car with a complete stranger.
Deep down, Mira resolved that if she got out of this place of captivity,
unscathed, she’ll change her life for good. She’ll stop being selfish, she’ll
empty her wardrobe of the clothes she didn’t need and give them to those who
had little. She’d volunteer during holidays to help out at orphanages, and
homes for the less privileged. She would become more street smart and most of all,
she’ll help Rachel and be a good friend to her. She promised herself that once
she leaves this place, she’d convince her parents to help pay Rachel’s tuition
till university level even if it means them cutting her own tuition and having
her take Jamb to enrol into a Nigerian university.
relieved, maybe the kidnappers have received the ransom and it was time to go
home. ‘Yes, they have recieevd the ransom’, she said to herself hopefully. God
has heard her promises and He was finally going to help her out.
Mira like a wild cat whose tail had been stepped upon.
jeans and a drity looking crop top.
spat and swayed, then caught herself.
know what I’m ganna do?”
again…give me my phone to talk to him…please…”
the police were tracking us with it so we discarded it. We now contact him with
another phone which cannot be tracked.” She said and hiccupped again.
we are going to do. Tell me your least favourite body part now! Is it your
fingers? Your toes? Your ears…or perhaps your nose.”
strong in moments of problems and troubles. She had never had to handle stress
in her life as daddy and mummy had handled it for her. She felt as though her
heart was about to leave her chest, she cried loudly.
Esther said placing her finger on her lips.
harm me please…” Mira begged.
trouser pockets and finally found what she was looking for. A pocket knife.
cutlass of some sort but this knife is sharp. So what body part will it be?
Esther rushed to her and slammed her palm against her lips.
here? Are you crazy?” Esther spat at her.
kicked Esther hard on the leg and she fell to the ground cursing out loud as
the knife fell from her hand. Mira jumped up and ran towards the door. Esther
crawled after her in pain and grabbed her foot with her hands, Mira fought hard
to free herself but as she tried to, Esther’s grip tightened. Mira Struggled to
the door with difficulty, still dragging Esther’s weight behind.
this…you’ve dislocated my knee…arrgggghhhh….arrgggghhhh…”
door against Esther’s hand. Esther screamed in pain and let go of Mira’s leg.
Mira ran so fast and found the door leading out of the house. She pushed it
open and rushed outside. As soon as the air hit her face, she stopped and
turned round. She had no idea of where she was, and there was no telling of
what dangers could lurk outside the walls of the house. She looked left, right
and left again, then disappeared at the back of the house. Mira was not fast
runner but there was one skill that she possessed and it was the fact that she
knew how to hide.
didn’t pause but kept hitting the door hard with her fists. The door opened and
a sleepy-eyed Kate stared at her.
morning. Do you want to wake the whole house up?”
open, there were no signs of Winnie. Rachel stood at the door of the room and
to?” Winnie’s father asked.
here…I went downstairs and checked the whole house but she’s not…she
not…” Rachel burst into tears.
after his wife.
parents, Rachel sat on the sofa with her face between her palms.
you should have seen her leave!” Winnie’s father shouted.
see her leave?” Kate cried.
without passing through the gate…” She stammered.
sorry.” She cried.
sneak out of the house without being detected by her mother. She knew I used to
visit my…my boyfriend…and that I…don’t pass through the gate. So, that
day, she wanted to visit a friend…and…and…I showed her the way.” She
ground, determined to knock her out. Her husband was quick to the rescue.
better life and this is how you pay me back? I’m sending you home! Take your
miserable self and leave my house!” Kate spat in pants.
have decided not to tell us anything…” Her husband said to her.
her here anymore! I want her out now!” Kate screamed.
gateman, he said. “Go back to the gate.”
that bring Winnie back? Listen to yourself Kate. I understand that you are
worried and I am too but we need to figure out why Winnie left the house. What
happened? What made her leave?” Her husband asked.
Winnie’s father asked in fear.
to the ground and wailed.
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