Jumoke was loading the printer with paper and trying to
print at the same time when the printer jammed.
screamed in frustration. It was a Monday morning and instead of work to flow as
freely as she had expected it to, things were not working to her favour.
her boss said through the intercom.
minutes and he had resumed work extra early that morning to get things in order
for the meeting.
she couldn’t hide the fact that her cancelled ‘mommy and me’ day was almost
ruining her day.
favour. You see, Shade’s teacher called me and said that Shade is in tears
because her aunty Kemi didn’t show up, could you step in? I know it’s last
minute…” He said apologetically.
appropriate.” He said to her.
bought over the weekend into her work bag and bringing it to work, hoping that maybe, Aunty Kemi might change her mind about coming.
give her a hug.
desk and picking up her bag, she hurried to the bathroom to change.
large school room with their mothers or female members of their families, Shade
sat somewhere at the corner looking downcast, her auntie had not shown up at
all. Suddenly, someone beautiful in blue sat beside her in the school room.
Shade’s eyes widened as she turned to look at Jumoke, she threw herself into
her arms and hugged her.
you…thank you…” Shade whispered as she hugged Jumoke.
introducing herself as a counsellor and an author, she went ahead to sensitize
the girls and their mothers on sexual abuse and spoke intensively about sex, at
the end of the day, Jumoke learnt a lot, same with Shade.
Jumoke had a question
for the woman as she stood up and quickly asked her question.
you kindly explain the reason we should tell young girls the names of their
female genitals? Isn’t the word wee-wee good enough?”
vagina and say, ‘that’s your wee-wee’ she gets curious and instantly knows that
there is more to it. So, it’s best to tell her that it’s her vagina and not
mince words because we call ears, nose, eyes, mouth, shoulders, legs by their proper names and these
words haven’t been coined to sound funny.”
Jumoke nodded in understanding while the lady continued her lecture.
Shade was proud that aunty Jumoke asked a question and she proudly puffed her chest while the other girls stared jealously at her for having such a smart aunt.
After some minutes, the girls and their mothers were invited to have
lunch. Jumoke was delighted by the exotic types of food displayed and she went
ahead to get some, first for Shade and then, for herself. She was just scooping
some noddle soup into her bowl when she heard the loud voice of a woman.
instead? I totally forgot but that doesn’t mean that he had to send someone
else to represent your mother!” The woman screamed.
resemblance was uncanny, it was no one else but Shade’s aunty Kemi who bore
close resemblance to her mother.
demanded shouting at a scared Shade who was seated in the chair, eating her
hands. Aunty Kemi rushed up to Jumoke and snatching the bowl of soup from her
hand, she poured its contents on her face.
mother of the child is not around to shine! Useless whore!” Aunty Kemi barked.
Jumoke who was horrified over the soup on her face which thankfully didn’t have any pepper in it.
in-law and his family. Look at the thing! You are not his type, do you hear me? You don’t even hold a touch to Tosin.” Kemi said quickly and turned to shout. “Who is the principal? Who is in charge?”
others helped clean Jumoke’s face with some clean water and a piece of cloth. Shade sat and stared at
the whole scenario, in horror!
that they were her family because Susan’s sister bore such close resemblance to
her and he had checked through Susan’s picture album at the house.
Augustine, I am Susan’s fiancé.
hands in a handshake.
murdered?” Her mother asked.
waiting at the front…I didn’t think that you all will come but since my truck is a five
seater, I’ll move my building equipments from the back to provide space for all
of you.” Augustine said.
the topic he said, “I was expecting you guys on Sunday…”
sister said, eyeing him from head to toe.
behaviour, he looked and sounded odd.
trashing this issue of a fiancé or not…” Her mother cautioned.
started, sounding a bit offended.
dating you, she’d have said it, at least to somebody…” Her sister said.
said, changing the topic and too annoyed to get into a word brawl with Susan’s sister.
and they drove off.
director of her company to the CEO and then to the Human Resources manager, they
had spoken briefly to her and pretended not to hear her pleas that they should help
her out of detention. Now, she sat on her cell floor watching the cockroach
climb up the wall, a police officer walked towards her cell and shouted.
popular.” He said.
face was swollen and she was a sight for sore eyes.
of her hair, her family stood there at the police station waiting to see her.
As soon as she saw them she burst into tears.
stretching out her arms to her over the counter.
sister. When they broke the hug, Susan wanted to ask them how they found out
where she was when she saw Augustine lurking at the corner.
really knew how to get the truth out of her.
morning….they said that they are talking this over with Tom’s family and the
expatriate community. They are scared that the news could damage the company’s reputation.” Susan burst into tears.
we are done here. He is based in Abuja and he has promised to look into this
case.” Susan’s father said.
eat…worst thing is…I am so sick…I have told them that I had nothing to do
with Tom and they don’t believe me.” She cried.
to Abuja was a bad idea….look at you now…” Her sister cried.
will drive me to the lawyer’s place this afternoon.”
looked at Susan.
Leave my life Augustine! You have done your worst…” Susan shouted.
in a calm voice.
Augustine is the reason I’m locked up behind bars.” Turning to Augustine she
said “Deny it you vagabond! The police said they received a parcel from a unknown person. You are so sneaky, Augustine!”
they came over to see you, how can you repay me with such evil?”
hospitalized! Get out!” Susan turned to regard her father. “Don’t you follow
him do you hear me?”
Her father said turning to go.
well, Augustine raced back to his car, jumped in and starting the ignition, he
drove out of the police station with Susan’s family’s bags in his truck.
To be continued next week….
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