Rita watched her mother in law clutch her luggage and walk
towards the gate, they had been asked to leave the house and their luggage were at the gate.
where I am headed. I am going to my brother’s house of course.” Rita’s mother in-law said.
“Are you coming with me?”
that we are going to my brother’s place and he will relay it to Chuka.” Rita’s
mother in law said.
Chuka’s clothes had filled about five boxes and hers had filled about three
which totalled eight boxes, she couldn’t imagine carrying all these luggage to
up to meet her.
property when una nor get house?” The gate man asked.
back to his post.
“When my son comes home, tell him that we have gone to his uncle’s house.” Rita’s mother in law said.
their properties into the car with difficulty. The driver charged extra for the
load and Rita and her mother in law got into the car and left the house.
the look Chuka’s uncle’s wife gave them was not palatable at all. She was
obviously bitter that her sister in law had decided to come to her house
dragging her daughter in law with her.
for the missing money?” Chuka’s uncle asked his sister.
switched into a fast relay of igbo, cutting Rita off completely as she really
didn’t understand the language.
kept them somewhere…” Chuka’s aunty said to Rita.
The house I used to live in before marrying Chuka is currently under renovation as my dad wants to
turn it into a business plaza.” Rita replied.
they entered the room, she placed them inside the wardrobe.
Aisha?” Chuka’s aunt asked.
Chuka ended up with her, but unfortunately, she died. That girl
loved Chuka more than life itself, I have never seen such a love so strong in
my entire life and even Chuka…loved her so much. I am still upset with him that he didn’t mourn her properly before running off to get married to you. Hmmm…life and it’s ups and
downs!” Chuka’s aunt said and shaking her head, she left the room.
bed and began to cry.
was seated on the sofa staring at her hands.
long…” Bode started.
now, I need to get home.” Jumoke stressed.
happened.” Jumoke said and extricating herself from his arms, she walked towards the door.
hate yourself for this…” Bode said.
Chuka’s uncle’s son went to open the door and lo and behold, Chuka stepped into
him and hug him.
and he looked a shadow of himself.
discussing with your mother and hoping that your company doesn’t drag this case
any further.” His uncle said, standing from the dining and walking up to meet
this case any further….” Chuka said quietly.
long as you want.” Chuka’s uncle said.
uncle…” Chuka said.
my house even if it is for a few days till you get back on your feet..” His
business man but a corporate worker who just lost his job.” Chuka shouted.
go, you can go but you are not going to drag your wife around Abuja this night
knowing fully well that you have no where to go.” His uncle shouted and
went back to the dining table to continue his meal.
they had been given in his uncle’s house.
as soon as they entered the room.
choice…I don’t want to live off my uncle.”
Everything! Till it all went away but I swear it, I am going to get back
everything I lost…everything…” Chuka broke down in tears.
baby ….there was no miscarriage?” Chuka asked in tears.
wrong….” Rita said.
with his reddened ones he said, “We will have a family…we will have another
baby…I promise you…” He said.
television, the door to the room opened and a teenage boy stormed into the
room, looked at her and ignoring her, he walked to the fridge in the room and
the door behind him and holding a coke can in his hand.
be pleased about.”
have been polite…” Tosin started.
with what he thinks or feels?”
said walking up to the bed and climbing it.
Priscilla said sweetly.
you still want to chat?” She asked after giving Tosin a passionate kiss and
when Tosin shook her head, she said. “I thought as much!”
Susan was still behind bars, her company hadn’t said anything and the police acted as though she didn’t exist. She had given her parents to direction to her house and since she had brought the keys to the police station, she had asked them to take it from the police man who had collected it from her. Now, seated on the bare ground and wondering what the sun looked like, she saw a female police officer walk past her cell. She was so relieved to see a woman other than herself at the station so she called out.
The click of the woman’s boots resounded as she walked back to the cell.
“Oh…a lady…what’s your offence?” The police officer asked.
“I….was charged for the murder of Thomas John…”
“Ohhhh…the hot case!” The police officer said staring at her.
“I didn’t do it…” Susan started.
“That’s what people charged with murder always say….”
“I feel so sick…I have been throwing up and I can’t get any food down…” Susan complained.
“What do you want me to do?”
“Could I go to the hospital maybe? I might have some kind of infection…”
“Hmmm…agreed….our cells are not clean.”
“I am sorry my dear, I can only have a doctor come and pay you a visit….” The police officer said.
The police woman looked at her for a long while and said.
“The evidence presented against you is so convincing. You need a lawyer, a very good one because the expatriate community is taking this up and they are getting the government involved. You see, with the boko haram attacks, expatriate kidnaps and stuff, they are quick to call anyone working against them, a terrorist…”
“What are you saying?” Susan asked in fear.
“I am saying that you are in a bigger trouble than you think you are…” The police officer said and walked away.
Susan felt fear lurch in her chest and she threw up all the content of her breakfast to the ground.
To be continued on Friday….
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