at her phone. She had called her daughter’s number over and over but it was still
switched off. She sighed. Her husband had informed her this morning that Winnie
was fine and wasn’t really in the mood to come home yet but she still worried.
What’s with the children of nowadays? She wondered. Back in her day, she
couldn’t leave the house without asking for permission and she never stayed
past four pm outside her house. That was when her dad had still been alive, she
thought. Her father had been the one to put the family together as her mother
wasn’t really the disciplinarian. She recalled how she’d smoked weed for the
first time ever, three months after her dad had passed away.
remembered how after her father died, she and her siblings had broken the rules
countless times but her mother hadn’t been too keen on instilling discipline in
them. She recalled the day her mother had announced that she was remarrying and
relocating with her husband to Cote d’ivore and that she couldn’t take them
with her except their littlest sister. It was on that day that her mother had
handed her children out to relatives and had left with her new husband to build
a new family. Kate remembered how rebellious she’d grown when she’d realized
that her mother had abandoned her with her paternal aunt and her family. She
hadn’t fit in at first and for a long time, she couldn’t fit in especially as
her aunt’s first son kept giving her lewd looks. Living with her aunt was no
different from the chaos she recently grew used to at home after her dad passed
on, as her aunt really didn’t care what time she went out and what time she
came in. It was in the new secondary
school she was enrolled in that she’d met her husband’s daughter and they’d
become fast friends. She had loved the way her friend’s family was structured
and wanted to be a part of it, so desperately.
into the house.
out with her best friend and her siblings. Back then, Theodora, being the baby
of the house, had been her favourite and she used to buy her biscuits whenever
she came visiting.
taking a seat opposite hers.
words with you.” She said.
daddy.” Theodora said.
What a waste!”
house too. I can decide to come here without even bothering to call so get that
into your head.”
asked with a small smile.
in her chest.
father really is. You’re afraid she’ll hate you for it right?”
and stop treating her like a child. She’s a teenager and soon, she’ll be an
of your business.” Kate said.
as you speak to me. It’s so funny how you painted a holy picture of your life
to that little girl. You didn’t tell her how troubled you used to be and how
insecure and irrational, you used to be while growing up. You made her think of
you as a saint and that’s so bad.”
the beginning because when she learns all about you, she’ll leave you for
good.” Theodora smirked.
also the owner of this house. It’s my dad who built it remember?”
of questions, she’ll want to know why her dad’s family aren’t contacting
her…and why she’s not heard from them. She’ll ask a lot of questions and
guess what? It’ll be too late to tell her that it’s all been a sham.” Theodora
said picking up the television remote control and turning it on.
that her body temperature was on the rise. Winnie turned to look at her friend
as soon as they alighted from the bus.
throughout the trip and there was no air conditioning in the bus so it was so
hot…” Mira said using her hands to fan herself.
asked sounding upset.
doesn’t make them less human. It’s people like you that cannot cope when life
throws you into harsh situations.”
your driver and the car suddenly stops and your driver disappears and you don’t
have your phone with you to call for help and it’s getting late. What will you
understand that life’s not a bed of roses. My dad always tells me that for one
to truly appreciate wealth, you have to undergo some challenges.”
wealth.” Mira scoffed.
of ours. I’m just trying to make you understand that aside from being book
smart, you also have to be street smart in order to get out of messy situations
when the need arises.”
myself in one, I’ll call my daddy and he’ll come pick me up.”
again before crossing the road. Soon, they were in search of the primary school
that Rachel had told them about.
the pavement in front of the school. They both walked up to meet her.
taking a seat beside her.
she’s been crying.
how to get out.” She said.
she asked. “Can you break this down for us? We need to understand you.”
mom with a guy, I was so hurt that I rushed out of the house and I didn’t look
and a bike ran me over.”
abandoning my dad who needs us and…”
a sexual pervert.”
have wondered what it feels like to be rich and to have rich friends. So, when
the summer school opened its doors with an offer for smaller fees, I grabbed
the opportunity as my uncle had just sent us some money. I went into the summer
school, with the mindset that I was out to conquer and make rich friends
tell us why you are feeling sad and how you signed the contract with the
devil.” Winnie said.
wanted to be on my own. So I called one guy I know who used to disturb me alot
on how beautiful I am and how I can make money from my beauty. He came to the
hospital, and gave me some money and asked if I still wanted to make money and
I said yes. He gave me a form to fill and I filled it, happy that I was on my
way to financial freedom only to find out that he was signing me up for
couldn’t comprehend what their friend was telling them.
threatening me. They said that they’ll harm me if I leave and I’m so scared.”
beyond them. Rachel cried and wiped the tears from her eyes with her palms.
voice. She had no idea of what to say.
small voice. “But who?”
and…” Rachel burst into tears.
family is all I have here in Lagos and …I have nowhere else to turn to. The
only option I have left is to end this life.”
rubbish?” Winnie said in anger.
friends all over my area, they are notorious for breaking into homes and doing
the unthinkable. If I don’t go for the assignment, he’s going to send his boys
to come and get me and I’m so scared.” Rachel cried.
alone for a brief moment. They both stepped out to speak.
at home with my mom, I don’t think that taking Rachel in is the best option for
me. Please, let’s help her through this.”
don’t want to drag my family into this.” Mira said.
stuff…I don’t want to be dragged in.”
suicide? She’s suicidal, can’t you see?” Winnie said desperately.
her into my home and that’s final!” Mira said walking back to seat on the
pavement next to Rachel.
turned it on and made a call.
way home, do you want me to get you anything?”
favour? Please don’t be angry…”
with us for a while, can she stay?”
the house…” Her father said.
Theodora but I don’t want to impose. My friend is in real trouble and she needs
pregnant and wants to run away from home?”
I’ll explain it all to you when I get home.” Winnie said with pent up breath.
genuine or I’m driving her back home.” He said.
you’re the best.” Winnie said with a big smile.
her features, she stood up and hugged Winnie fiercely.
thank you…” Rachel said in tears.
selfish not to have allowed Rachel stay at her place but she just couldn’t, she
didn’t trust Rachel enough.
it’s going to be all through next week. I’ll say that I’m going to stay with
you for the weekend to get my mind off things then after which, we’ll go for
the excursion.” Rachel said.
don’t have to continue lying.” Winnie said.