Five days later, after school on Friday, Uncle Sam came to pick me and Esther. I begged my parents earlier to let me spend the night with Esther and uncle Sam at uncle Sam’s place since I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to do that when I go to the hostel. Uncle Sam also helped to beg and told my parents to let me so that we could have fun together before I go to the hostel. I packed I and Esther’s clothes into a small suitcase and uncle Sam put it into the trunk of his car. Before we drove off, my mum told uncle Sam to bring us back before noon the next day so that we could finish the school shopping and get ready to go to the hostel on Sunday.
“Yes ma! No problem!!! We will be back soon. Don’t miss us oo,” uncle Sam replied my mum before starting the engine and driving off.
Esther who sat behind me while I was seated in front, at the passenger’s seat just kept waving at my mum until she was out of sight. In no time, we were at his place. I got down from the car, went directly to open Esther’s door and was about to open the trunk of uncle Sam’s car when he told me not to worry, that he would help us with it. He said we were his guests and didn’t want to give us stress so he told us not to do anything except to ask him what we wanted to eat or do. We got inside and uncle Sam directed us to the room we would be sleeping in. He told us to change and come out to watch the television or eat whatever we wanted. He even mentioned ice cream being in the freezer which made Esther jump happily.
“My refrigerator is all yours, in fact, my house is all yours,” He had said laughing.
I went into the room he had assigned us with Esther and brought out comfortable clothes for us to wear. Esther was putting on one of her princess dress like she always calls it so I got her to change into something much better. I was putting on jeans and a simple blouse so I just change the jeans into some shorts instead. After we were done changing, we went into the sitting to join uncle Sam who had also changed into a shirt and shorts. My sister immediately went to meet him and asked for the ice cream he had mentioned earlier. Funny Esther, he stood up and they both left for the kitchen. While they were dishing out their ice cream, I was going through my phone to be sure I wasn’t missing a call or message. There wasn’t a missed call or message so I dropped my phone aside and looked around in search of the remote control to the television. When I spotted it on the table beside the chair uncle Sam had been sitting on, I stood up to go get it when I heard uncle Sam and Esther approaching from the kitchen. I looked up and saw them with cups of ice cream in their hands.•
 Uncle Sam’s pov 
After dishing out the ice cream for Esther, she insisted I dished her mine and her sister’s as well. Esther the ever caring girl and so I did as I was told and we left the kitchen with Esther smiling. When we got to the sitting room, my eyes noticed Meso straight away who also looked up the moment we approached the room. She looked as beautiful as ever. I wanted to take her right there at that moment but we weren’t alone, so I managed to hold myself to behave. I gave her the ice cream we had dished for her and we all sat down to enjoy the moment. I noticed she had already changed the channel to one of those her shows she enjoyed watching but Esther who wanted to watch something else started whining.
“I want to watch cartoon, Meso please..,” Esther said.
Meso who already guessed she was going to do that, shook her head and sighed in annoyance before changing the channel to a cartoon station. I couldn’t help myself but to stare at her every movement. I only took my eyes off when I felt she noticed I was staring and pretended to press my phone. I was going crazy for her. I just couldn’t understand why I hadn’t felt this way for a woman before. It got to a point I even opened the camera app on my phone and pointed it towards her direction in order for me to stare at her beauty without anyone noticing. I zoomed the camera until I could see every part of her body since she was sitting down on the couch across where I sat. My eyes scanned from the gorgeous eyes that sparkles in my mind to the fresh thighs that laid marvellously on the couch. I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t control myself at that moment. I had to confess my love for her. I needed to let her know so I would probably feel better. I needed to do something. My heart was beating so fast and I didn’t feel comfortable anymore..
 Meso’s pov 
I felt so restless since I wasn’t able to watch my show because of Esther who wanted to watch her cartoon. Instead of looking around, I decided to play games on my phone but I wasn’t feeling comfortable because I felt like I was being watched by something or someone so I looked up to uncle Sam who sat across me and saw that he was busy with his phone. I guess it was just a misconception. I went back to my phone and not long after, uncle Sam spoke, standing up;
“Meso, please can you come with me. I need you to help me with something.”
“Okay uncle, I’m coming,” I said as I stood up and followed him..
He was going into his bedroom and so I followed behind. Esther who didn’t seem to care or notice just kept on watching her cartoon. When I got into his room, uncle Sam went to sit by the chair that stood beside the table in his room while he gestured for me to sit on his bed. I couldn’t understand why because he had said to follow him so I could help him with something. I didn’t say anything, I just did as I was told waited patiently for him to talk. I actually thought he was going to give me one of those lectures about school. The ones on facing your studies and being a good girl since that had been the only talk ever since my family and relatives heard I was going to become a boarder until I heard him say;
“Meso, I’m in love with you.”
I was still confused because I didn’t know where this was heading to until he left the chair he was seated on and went on his knees right in front of me.
“Meso, I love you with all my heart. I want to make love with you. I want to you to be all mine. I want you in my arms. I can’t hold it any longer.” He kept on saying, still leaving me in shock and confusion.
Make love with you?…..all mine?….you in my arms?. It kept on repeating in my mind because I was trying to understand the meaning of all he was saying. “Uncle Sam, I don’t understand you.” I remember saying to him.
“Let’s just do it now, just once and we keep it a secret,” he said, taking his shirt off.
That was when I realized what uncle Sam had been trying to say. He wanted me to have sex with him. I stood up immediately trying to step away from him but I wasn’t fast enough because he went straight to the door and locked it, keeping the key to the door on a high shelf that stood beside his closet. My heart was pounding as I was trying to process everything. In my heart, I was hoping it was a dream. I looked into my uncle’s eyes and I swear I was terrified of him. I had never seen him with so much hunger in his eyes, so desperate and so scary. I wished I had seen the devil instead. I moved back when I realised he was coming towards me.
“Uncle Sam, please, please. Don’t hurt me. I beg you uncle Sam,” I said while he was moving closer to me.
“Meso, I really don’t want to harm you. I just want you to love me back. I promise you’ll enjoy it. Just give me a chance Meso, my love. I love you with all my heart. I promise you’ll like it.”
Uncle Sam’s pov
I could see the fear in her eyes, I knew she was going to hate me after this but I just couldn’t control myself. I needed her as much as I needed the air I breathe. I wanted to be all over her. I noticed the tear that dropped from her eyes as she started crying.
I cried and pleaded with uncle Sam but he wouldn’t listen. I ran to the door and started banging on it, hoping Esther or some neighbours would hear but I guess that made uncle Sam mad and so he dragged me away from the door and threw me on the bed. Before I could even move, he started placing kisses all over my body. He tried to kiss me on the lips but I kept moving my face, trying to get away from his grip but he was too strong. He held me down so tight and manage to take off my clothes. I was left in my underwear and him, in his boxers. I told myself I could still escape and kept struggling but it was all a waste when he finally got what he wanted. He raped me and kept placing kisses all over my body despite my cries and pleas. He had taken my virginity, my dignity I had lost. I could only feel pain after he was done. He laid beside me, panting like a dog until he sighed and stood up. He looked down at me and said;
“Meso, why you doing like this now? You’ll be acting like you didn’t enjoy it. Oya go and clean up in the washroom. Let me change the bedsheet because there’s blood everywhere.”
I laid there in shock, with no words in my mouth. My heart ached like it had never, like it had been pierced with a sword. I thought I was going to die of shock because I still couldn’t believe uncle Sam would do this to me. Uncle Sam who people liked and praised like he was our father. He ruined me, I felt my life had fallen and shattered like a broken glass..
Still in shock, laying down on the bed and staring into space, uncle Sam said,”Meso, stand up now and go and clean yourself or do you want me to wash up for you?”
I didn’t say a word, I only stood up, picked up my clothes and went straight into his bathroom to clean up. When I got in, I stood right under the shower and let the water pour down on me. I didn’t even move for a while or realize when tears started running down from my eyes. I felt very unclean. I felt like a wasted good. I didn’t know much about sex or virginity but I knew that as a Christian, everything that happened was all wrong. I wasn’t supposed to have sex at this age, let alone with my uncle. I was supposed to wait for the right time. “Keep yourself for your husband,” my mum had said to me one time. My mind couldn’t stop processing a lot of things at once. What just happened? What will I do? Who will I run to? I kept asking myself those questions while crying. When I was done having my bath, I stepped out of the shower, dried myself up and put on my clothes uncle Sam had almost torn while trying to get me naked. I was in so much pain I couldn’t even walk well. Apart from the fact that I had just been raped, I had body pains from his tight grip and weight that rested on me while he raped me. I got out of the bathroom, looking around to see if he was somewhere in the room but he wasn’t. He had also changed the bedsheets and arranged the room leaving it looking as innocent as it is a lie. On my way to my room for the night, I stopped by the sitting room to check for uncle Sam or Esther. I sighted Esther still engrossed in the cartoon she was watching and uncle Sam busy with his phone. I didn’t want them to notice my presence so I walked quietly to the room. I guess that didn’t work because immediately after I shut the door, I heard footsteps coming from the sitting room and I was so sure it was uncle Sam. I ignored it anyway and got in bed to continue sulking when I saw the door open and uncle Sam walked in, shutting the door behind him.
“Meso!!! Meso!!!” he said as he walked to the side of the bed where I laid and went on his knees.
I didn’t want to see him and so I turned the other way, my back facing him.
“Meso, I know you’re angry with me and I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to call my action. I’m very sorry Meso. It’s just because I love you. I can’t stay away from you too long. I needed you at that moment, if not, I don’t know what would have happened to me. Meso, please forgive me, I know I shouldn’t have forced you but I don’t know what came over me. I love you, baby. I really do. You know you’re the only one that has my heart. Please! Meso forgive me. Please let’s keep it a secret. Let it just be between us. I know you love me too,” uncle Sam said.
I just couldn’t face him after what had happened because I was scared of him. I wanted to recover and possibly just wake up from a dream like the one I had of him one time. If only I knew that the dream was trying to tell me something, I wouldn’t have pushed it aside. The funny thing was even with what uncle Sam did to me, there was no hatred in my heart for him. I didn’t even dislike him which was strange but I was definitely scared…
Uncle Sam’s pov
I knew Meso would be so scared of me. I knew she wouldn’t want to look me in the eyes again but I needed her forgiveness. I really loved Meso and I didn’t want the relationship we had to destroy because of my action. Her back still facing me, I kept on begging her hoping she would just turn to face me even if it was just for a minute. I actually felt really bad for doing what I did but I couldn’t take it back. I don’t know why Meso had just been all up in my head for a while now. I mean I had had affairs with other women that were more mature, wife material and all of those package as they call it but something kept on pulling me closer to Meso. Trust me, I knew it was all wrong but I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me.
“Uncle, why me?” Meso said as she finally turned to face me, still not looking into my eyes.
“Meso, like I said, I don’t know what came over me but I really love you. I’m sure you know that. Please, Meso, forgive me,” I replied hoping she would say something else but she just turned her back on me without saying a word. I sighed, standing up and said, “Thank you” before leaving the room. I had a feeling Meso had forgiven me but I still felt bad.
The next day, I had to take Meso and Esther back home before noon and so I got them ready by ten o’clock in the morning and drove them home. Meso wasn’t still in a bright mood but I didn’t want to push it so I didn’t say a word to her while we were in the car. We just drove off in silence. When we got to the house, I greeted my brother and his wife before saying my goodbye. Before I left, I glanced at Meso one last time who also glanced at me before I got into my car and drove off..
Later that day, my mum took me to the market to buy the remaining items I needed as a boarder. I didn’t even say a word about what happened between me and uncle Sam. I just kept looking and acting like a dummy because my expression only showed forth sadness. I was able to walk better than I could before, from all the pain so I managed to endure and pretend like I was okay in front of my mum. She noticed I was sad but she only thought it was because I was going to the boarding house and so she consoled me for the wrong reason. I tried my best to cheer up and forget it. I didn’t know why I couldn’t tell because uncle Sam didn’t even threaten me or something, he only begged. It hurt me that I wasn’t even angry with him. Usually, when I hear of other people’s rape incident or movies on rape incidents, I see how bitter and angry the victims are. They spit and throw curses on their abusers but I wasn’t in that state. I couldn’t understand my situation. I could only feel hurt in silence.
The next day, after church, I took my meal and slept for about an hour before I was being woken up by Esther who said I was being called by our parents. My parents called me into the sitting room, sat me down and gave me lectures on you know what. They told me to always be focused, be prayerful, face my studies and all of that in which I paid attention. They even concluded that they knew I was sad about leaving for the hostel but It was for the best and all of that. I just kept on nodding and a few minutes later, we were done talking. After about an hour more, I packed my luggages into the trunk of the car and we drove straight to the hostel with my parents seated at the front and my sister, beside me in the car. I took it upon myself to forget about all that happened between me and uncle Sam since it had already occured and vowed to keep it a secret..
TO BE CONTINUED
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