Rita smiled as soon as she collected the test results, it
was positive just as she expected. She was bursting with the news and couldn’t
wait to tell her husband, it was going to be their first baby and she was so
thrilled. As she left the hospital, she realized that there was
something dampening her mood and it was none other than Chuka’s mother who was
still at the house, she had said she was going to spend just two weeks but it
was already two months and she wasn’t in a hurry to leave.
Chuka’s mother butted in
at every conversation Rita had with her husband, she also gave advices which
favoured her son more than it did Rita. Chuka on the other hand couldn’t care
less, he was having some problems at his office and he was growing more and
more restless by the day.
According to him there had been some missing sum of
money in the office and since he was also a signatory to the account which some money was looted, he
was a suspect.
Rita was learning to love her husband, at least for his good sides, but when his
unnecessary temper came through, she avoided him like plague.
how easily unnerved she was at the first weeks of her marriage to him whenever
he barked at her or told her off but nowadays, she answered his anger with calm
just as her mother had told her to and it had really helped as Chuka went the
extra mile to beg for her forgiveness after it all.
return of her husband from work in order to share the good news.
the back seat then on second thoughts decided to look at the faces of the other passengers in the cab with
There were two men in the car, one sat at her right and the other at the
front. Suddenly, the car swerved and took a different turn.
the driver’s seat.
not taking me to my destination…I said that…” She started.
her and shivered in apprehension.
said quietly, turning back to her to show her a sharp knife.
that her life will be spared.
me…please…” She begged.
emptied its contents on the car seat, picking her ATM cards, he quickly asked
for her pin.
“For all the cards?” He asked.
Rita nodded, too numb to speak further.
would kill you and dump your body for the vultures.” The man said.
junction, thinking that she was about to be freed, she touched the handle of
the car. Everything happened too quickly, the man at the front seat, took the ATM cards from his partner, alighted quickly and the car
sped off with her in it.
stop here and continue our journey once we confirm that we have the money.” The
pushed her to the ground, Rita’s head hit the ground hard and she felt pain.
fun…” The man said to the driver.
too long.” The driver said.
zipping down his trousers.
scream, the man cursed and clamped his hand over her mouth, she bit it hard and
kicked him in the groin.
into the phone. Addressing his companion, he said, “You weren’t quick enough,
replied and punched Rita in the face and dealt a loud blow to her abdomen.
drove off, leaving her helpless at the isolated road side.
home and Jumoke was preparing Ewedu soup while Bode made the Amala.
Jumoke added laughing.
that I saw him speak to the guy before boarding the flight and when he sat next to me, he concluded that I was the same guy he had spoken to before
boarding the flight. Imagine the way I shunned him and told him that being
African doesn’t mean we have to look alike.” Bode finished.
quickly changed the topic. “Is the soup ready yet?”
another of my travel stories, I have so many you know. I should write a travel
diary book and sell it.”
to the fishermen…” Jumoke laughed.
wearing her school uniform.
school on Monday. We were asked to come with our mom or any female member of
our family to school Monday.” Shade said excitedly.
comical way and whispered, “Sex talk.”
say that word.” Shade said of her classmate. Turning to Jumoke she greeted. “Good
afternoon, aunty Jumi…sorry I didn’t say hello on time.”
Monday.” Shade concluded as she walked to the fridge to get a bottle of water
Lagos so, I’ve given up hope, besides, even if she was in Lagos, we both know
she wouldn’t come.” Shade said to her dad.
come.” Bode said.
Shade blew Jumi a kiss and hurried out of the kitchen.
when you tracked him down.”
testify against him and he didn’t know when he spilled the beans.” Bode said. “Let’s
change that topic, it makes me want to murder somebody.”
trust women with meat or fish…” Bode joked.
Augustine that the next morning, while she prepared to go to the salon, she found that her hands shook in foreboding. She stepped out of her apartment and was about closing the
door when she saw a note attached to the door. She opened it and it read.
The note read.
something hard. She turned to look at it and was shocked to see a basket of red
roses. She picked up the basket and turned the contents to the ground, making
sure she ruined the fresh flowers. Locking up her door, she headed out of her
apartment in anger.
search of a taxi, soon a mini van sped up to her and crawled beside her.
look into the van. He was driving and smiling at her.
mean…stay out!” Susan screamed.
my roses?” He asked.
ignition and alighted from the car running after her.
maniac like you? You must be out of your mind. I’d rather remain single than end up with a psycho like you.
family.” He begged.
drawing people’s attention and causing stares.
and sighting a cab ahead, she waved and hurried off towards it and pulling the
door open, she got inside.
Augustine watched Susan enter the cab and as soon as the cab zoomed off, he vowed silently.
“If I can’t have you…then no one else, will!”
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