House Of Secrets
I was panting by the time I reached my room, the memories of
what I’d seen in the garden haunted me and I wished I never saw
‘Where are you coming from? I’ve been looking everywhere for
you’?i gasped in fright as Mark neared me.
‘Whoa slow down tiger, I don’t bite, what’s with you, you look
like you escaped a group of soldiers, what’s going on’? he asked.
My mouth felt glued, I couldn’t say a word to me, how could I tell
him that I’d seen his mother having S£x with Nelson? How would
he take it? What if he hated me forever? I couldn’t risk it so I chos
‘Are you okay Ajunwa’? he asked.
‘I am fine, I need to get some sleep’ I quickly yawned to prove it.
‘You’re a very bad liar, and you’re not leaving here till you tell me
what the problem is’ he replied.
‘I am fine Mark, I really am’ I wished he could just leave me alone
‘Your phone is ringing, you should pick that’ I pointed to his
phone in a bid to distract him so I could run into my room.
‘Okay, it’s a message’he checked it out.
From the look on his face it wasn’t something nice, I decided to
peep, that’s when I saw her picture, the one I’d seen earlier, the
one she stood with her ‘romeo’ but that wasn’t what got to me, it
was the words that accompanied the picture that disturbed me.
‘I KNOW WHAT YOU DID, I’M GOING TO TELL’ those were the
words of the text.
‘She is really crazy, she runs off without telling me, leaves her
necklace in the garden, the necklace I got at a very expensive price
and now she’s trying to play mind games with me, I hate her so
much right now’ he was furious.
If only he knew why Grace had eloped, he wouldn’t be that angry
I decided to tell him the truth, maybe he’d understand, maybe
he’s stopped feeling so bad but he had to promise he wouldn’t tell
‘Mark’? I called him gently.
‘Yes’? he answered.
‘There’s something I must tell you, please promise you wouldn’t
act on your feelings, just keep it to yourself okay’? I pleaded with
‘Sure, go ahead, tell me anything’ he replied.
‘Your mum is having an affair with Nelson’ the words came out in
His eyes twinkled in surprise then they dimmed like he’d heard
something of that nature before.
‘What is it’? I asked.
‘That was what led to my quarrel with Grace, she said something
like that and I doubted her and she got angry, oh my God, she
was right, how did you know this’? he asked.
‘i…I saw them making out in the garden’ I stuttered.
‘Oh God, how could mum do this? Knowing how important dad
is in the society? I am disappointed in her’ Mark fumed and I tried
to pacify him.
‘Please don’t do anything stupid, I think Grace must have
stumbled on this secret and had decided to run because of that
and because you didn’t believe her, and as she did, I’m equally
leaving’ I informed him.
‘No you can’t leave, I now understand why she pushed me away
and left me like that…’ Mark rubbed his face deep in thought.
‘Yes, I’m so scared’ I whispered.
‘Don’t be, I promise to take care of you’ Mark whispered to me,
before I could know what was happening, he scooped me up into
his arms and took me into my room.
‘Mark? What are you doing’? I was terrified.
‘Making sure you don’t run away the second time’ he locked the
door and began to undress.
‘What are you talking about’? my lips trembled.
‘It doesn’t matter, I know Grace is gone, but I’ve decided to love
you like I did her’ he replied and forced me on the bed. I
screamed, i fought him with all my strength but he overcame m
and I felt powerless.
‘No Mark, please don’t’ I cried, but he was deaf to my pleas.
Shock and fear were the only feelings I experienced as Mark rape
me, how could I have been so blind? How could I have trusted
I vowed that moment, to bring hell to the Itas family