Still in my astonished state, I invited them into my room. Though it was a small room, it still managed to accommod@t£ my unexpected visitors. Some sat on my mattress, someone sat on the chair, while the rest managed to lean on my re-ading table. I stood in the middle of the room, my tiredness forgotten, eager to know their mission.
One of the corp members introduced the lady with a child as Helen and the little girl, Brenda. I greeted them, my mind still unsettled about the purpose of their visit. The fact that Helen resembled Faith so much troubled me the more…….
One of them began to explain the purpose of their visit, “Helen here c@m£ to our PPA this afternoon, she c@m£ looking for Faith. She wasn’t sure of where Faith worked so she c@m£ directly to our school since it was the nearest to the motor park where she alighted, with the belief that even if she wasn’t there, other corp members should be able to know her. So, we offered to bring her to Faith’s ap@rtment since we all alre-ady planned to check on you today to know why you didn’t come to work, your line has been switched off too…… “I see”. I answered tiredly, heaving a sigh of relief.
Helen then addressed us, “thanks again Corpers, God bless you. I am Faith’s elder sister. Her phone number hasn’t been getting throu-gh for a long time now. The last time I spoke with her was two months after she was posted here. It’s five weeks to your pas-sing out now, yet I couldn’t get throu-gh to her till now. Though, she did s£nd text messages with one strange number once in a while to as-sure us at home that she is
fine but whenever we try the line, it was always switched off. So I decided to take the pain to travel down to see her today, and most importantly, her daughter here, Brenda wouldn’t
let me sleep. She wanted to see her mum, she cried all throu-gh yesterday…”
“Daughter!? Father Lord! Where did that come from? Wow! That is strange, she never talked of any daughter”, I thought. I was stunned where I
stood listening to Helen. The other corp members exchanged quic-k glances. They were equally surprised too but we all quic-kly pla-yed along and as-sured her that her sister is safe. I also added the fact that although I didn’t see her for the past two days, I heard a neighbour telling someone that she travelled to her hometown.”
“Travelled to her hometown?” Helen asked
surprised. “But she isn’t home yet,” she added, fear written in her voice. I calmed her down and gave her another phone number throu-gh which she could reach Faith. She reached for her phone and dialed the number immediately but she didn’t pick up. After trying several times, the line was later said to be switched off. “Why is
Faith behaving like a mad dog?” Helen shouted in anger.
She thanked us and begged to take her leave because she didn’t want to get back to their
town late in the night. The cute little girl tugged at Helen’s cloth and asked, “Where’s mummy?”
“Don’t worry sweetheart, she will meet us at home,” Helen replied. The girl wasn’t convinced but they had to leave anyway…… “Say bye -bye to Uncles and Aunties,” Helen instructed her. “Byeeeeeee”, little Brenda waved and we all
responded. I felt for her though…….
There was a perfect silence after they left. One could hear the sound of a pin drop. At last, one of the ladies spoke. ” “Heeeeheeeheee!” She exclaimed, cl@pping her hands in the process. She continued, ” see me see wonder, v!rg!ndey born pikin?! I thought Faith said you were the one that deflowered her Dayo???!”
To be continued….