Grace had been locked up for the past three hours, she was
hungry, thirsty and tired. She looked at her watch the umpteenth time and almost
cringed , it was almost past four pm and no word had been sent to her. She
looked around at the small room and buried her face in her arms, her
declaration of love for Isaac and the truth that she was carrying his unborn
child had given her inner peace and even if Chief killed her, she was so sure
she’ll die a peaceful death.
forcefully and she was dragged out of the room, kicking and screaming.
She screamed in terror at the thought of what they were about to do to her.
to the ground before Chief and the juju priest who had come some weeks ago to
perform some sort of ritual for Chief, and who had used her blood and pubic
hair for some reasons best known to him.
Chief and the juju priest stared at her. The juju priest hissed and looked at
shut or I’ll send people to do it for you.” Chief warned.
the usual time, not knowing all these while that the charm did not work because
the stupid girl was pregnant!” The juju priest spat.
whole ritual of our binding of souls together was such a waste?” Chief shouted,
jumping from his chair and pacing the sitting room.
thanksgiving to God for sparing her life from the hands of men like Chief.
binding of two souls, the crow flies past my shrine for three days but it didn’t
fly. I thought it was eventually going to, sooner or later so, I didn’t tell
you anything. There is only one thing that can dissolve the soul-binding ritual and it is, innocence. The innocence of a child is a force so strong that it can break the most
powerful chords.” The juju priest said.
tell me about this?” Chief thundered to the juju priest.
but my business to bind chords together and break them…I am a juju priest and
not a midwife!” Said the juju priest, staring at Chief in anger.
sea. I’ll just dispose of her and get another girl…another woman…” Chief
perform the ritual again…” The juju priest said.
never ever…to tell anyone anything…please let me go…please…” Grace
another unworthy man whose probably the father of that bastard you’re carrying?
Woe betide me if I ever let you go scot free…” Chief said in anger. “Tugo! Tugo!” Chief
off his statement by straightening his right palm and cutting it across his
Grace was terrified when she saw Chief’s signal, she knew what it meant so she
you…don’t kill me…please…chief…” Grace cried.
George’s face showed that he meant business.
till she decides to leave, solves any problem.” Demilade said.
and were off in search of a suitable hotel where George could reside till
Amelia moved out of his house.
whore! She stared at me in such a seductive manner! How does she think I’m wired? With my genitals? Nonsense!” George spat.
the surrounding, suddenly feeling a bit choked up and quite nauseous. George
parked the car and stepped out, Demilade stepped out as well but she wasn’t feeling
comfortable at all.
memory of this place somehow might have eluded you.”
receptionist’s desk to make inquiries, Demilade still felt a bit dizzy so, she
went to sit on the sofa provided. She was just about to rest her head against
the sofa when she looked up and saw him. He was smiling at her and turning
to speak to George. Suddenly, it hit her like a slap, her eyes widened and she
blinked, she remembered.
back…” Demilade said in tears as she held on tightly to the man’s shirt.
for a position for a cleaner and there in your office, you took advantage of
me, you raped me!” Demilade screamed.
not Mr. Stevens? Is his office not located at the third floor? Doesn’t it have
a portrait of his family hanging on the wall? Doesn’t it have a green rug and a huge centre table with about three vases on it?”
fists, he punched the man on the nose.
remember…” Demilade said crouching to the ground and crying helplessly.
dripping from his nose.
turning to the receptionist he said, “Miss Joy, please lock the doors to the
hotel, tell the security that they should bar anyone from coming in…”
cup is full, Mr. Stevens and I am not going to stop it from overflowing. It is
time the management knew of your misdeeds. It is time they knew how you forced
us to sleep with you before giving us a job here and how you force yourself on
the ladies that do not comply…”
“Am I on to Sergeant James?”