THE HOUSEMAID DISASTER
It was getting dark. Angela seemed to be the only human on that narrow bush p@rt, because looking forward, she saw nob©dy. Looking back, nob©dy was in sight. She hastened her steps before total darkness falls.
David had warned her about walking alone throu-gh narrow paths. She tried humming a tone but her instincts told her to st©p, for the fear of the unknown. She halted and paid attention with her eyes. Her heartbeat increa-sed. She thought she saw someone zoom out from one side of the bush to the other side. She observed keenly but saw no one. She turned back almost immediately but saw no one. She forged ahead with increa-sed pace.
Few seconds later, two hefty young men intercept her. One c@m£ out from the left side of the bush while the other c@m£ out from the right. The look on their faces proved they didn’t come to pla-y. Angela turned with immediate effect and started running for her dear life. They only laughed and stood their ground, She managed to look back at them only to see them still standing there but before she could face her front again, two men were alre-ady standing in her way and so, because she saw them too late, she couldn’t apply the br@kes at her feet as she hit them very ha-rd and fell with a mighty thud.
The other men joined them. Angela was on the ground silent and motionless. One of them bent close to her and chuckled.
“The babe don sleep”He announced.
“Abeg tow am for your shoulder make we waka because no time. Del@yis dangerous “Thun-der,their leader commanded and k!$$£d his gun.
Angela opened her eyes only to find herself in an uncompleted building. She coughed out loud and held her breath for sometime. She couldn’t stand the smell of the marijuana the men were heavily smoking as they puffed out mouthfuls of its offensive smoke towards her.
“Where am i? David!
What are my doing here?….. “Angela kept asking but they chose to categorise her questions as rhetorical. They only looked at her and continued with their smoking business as if their life depended on it, as if they would never get another chance to have it again.
Angela remembered what happened and how she fainted. She placed a palm on her forehead as a slight headache decided to answer her questions.
“I wonder what is keeping this lady” Thun-der spoke impatiently.
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“I wonder o.Abi she think say na only this work we get this night? Make she take her time o” Chike added.
“Make she show naa make we waste this woman” Thun-der vibr@ted.
“Haaa, plea-se o don’t kill me plea-se let me go, I did nothing wrong plea-se, plea-se i am begging you in the name of God, plea-se….. “Angela cried as she fell down on her kneels holding one of them by the leg, begging and pleading with tears flowing down her eyes..She didn’t care about the smoke anymore.
“Woman leave me or i go m©l£styou here, make your choice” Chike the one she had ran to warned.
“plea-se i am begging you people in the name of God. Don’t harm me plea-se, I am innocent. Who is this lady that wants me dead? plea-se spare my life, I will pay you whatever you want, my husband will pay plea-se don’t kill me…….”
“Quiet woman! Go heaven and come back you are dying tonight. E no go pas-s dis night” Thun-der vibr@ted.
Angela covered her face in despair and cried bitterly.She knew there was no way these men would spare her life.
“Nooo.God plea-se save meee” She sobbe-d on her kneels.
Thun-der’s phone rang.
“Helo, why are you wasting our time?……..What for?……We are coming right away” He dropped the phone and beckoned on two of his members to follow him while Chike stayed behind to watch over Angela who was tied hands and legs.
As soon as they left, Angela started another round of pleading. Her eyes were almost empty from all the tears she cried.
Chike advised her to save her strength and keep quiet for her own good before she pushes him to do what she wouldn’t like. This time, he spoke with a calm voice which suprisingly kept her quiet. It wasn’t the threat that kept her quiet but the voice. Yes, that voice sounded familiar. She examined his face with great effort in that dark of the night.
“Chike One in town. The son of the soil” She called him. A ray of hope flashing in. Chike was startled. He turned slowly to take a closer view of this lady who knew him that well. That was the name his friends called him back then in school. He went closer and squ-atted opposite her looking into her eyes.
“Chike wey dey run things. Chike wey things no dey run” Angela suprised him again. That was his slogan then;” i run things, things no dey run me”
“Chike it’s me Angela, your own paddy. Your next door neighbour” She said finally to Chike who was alre-ady turning his face away, slowly.
He took few steps backwards and peeped out to see if his members were coming back. He was indeed troubled. Angela had been a good friend to her back in school, She was like a sister to him, Helping him with even the cookings, for he could ba-rely boil yam.
She helped him during exams to make sure he pas-sed. He never re-ad his re-ads despite all Angela’s struggles to see that he made re-ading a habit.
Most of all, Angela was a decent girl whom they all respected for who she was;caring and amicable. He lamented within him why this should happen now. He knew what they stands to loose if she gets away, and the worst p@rt of the story being that others will come after him. He looked at her again, She was in pains, she nee-ded help. He remembered the countless number of times she helped him selflessly.
The tears from her eyes affected him so much. This was the same girl that always tried to put smiles on his face, not only on his face but on the faces of all the people.
He had to act fast, he couldn’t leave her there to die. He looked around, without much ado, untied her ropes and started leading her out of the forest.
It wasn’t up to four minutes they left the uncompleted building that a gunsh0t was heard in that direction. Angela inquired to know who s£nt them to kidnapp her but he refused revea-ling the person.
Another gunsh0t was heard in there direction. Chike knew they were after them. He found a hidden place where he told Angela to stay while he hid somewhere else.
He started hearing footsteps. They were running towards him. He kept still as they emerged. He saw them speed past him, heading to the exact place where Angela was hiding. Who knew if she had not urinated in her p@n-ties.
He nee-ded no one to tell him that she would be found there. He thought very ha-rd to find a way of ma-king them change direction but couldn’t figure out any idea.
He fired his riffle into the air and immediately, they dived into different directions, got up and charged towards him.
He c@m£ out and told them he was looking for her. Thun-der c@m£ closer to him with anger written all over his face.
“Do you expect me to cl@p for you? She gave you her b©dy and you swam in her. she use ur [email protected]?”
“No chairmo. No be so, na piss i go piss, wen i come back i no see her again” Chike explained.
“Guy u 4cu-p. Cheii!”Another one interjected.
“Story for the gods” Thun-dered murmured as he pu-ll-ed the trigger on Chike, who didn’t even know when he brou-ght out the gun. He l@ydown and breathed his last.
“Come on boys, lets find her” They zoomed off.
Angela c@m£ out and fell on Chike. Crying,shouting and calling on him as if that would bring him back to life but unfortunately for her, her voice called them back again. She was kneeling beside Chike as she sighted them coming to devour her with great rage
“Jeeeeesuusss”Angela sat up on her be-d. It was all a dream. A terrible dream. She was sweating profusely. Her eyes went to the clock and It was 2:05am.
David was not on the be-d.
“Darling, Darling, Honey, Dave…..”
She got down the be-d and started looking for him while calling his name.
The sitting room was the first place she checked but he wasn’t there. She made for the kitchen only to find it empty. The visitors room was empty. Sonia’s room and the bathroom was the only place left.
She heard a door ban-g.
“Darling..”she called again. It was the bathroom door.She opened it and there he was Bathing.
“Honey, is there any problem? Why bathing by this time of the night?”
“I just felt like. I will join you soon” he said
“I had a bad dream.Finish up and come to be-d”
Angela closed the door.
David took a sigh of relief.
Sonia couldn’t help but stare at the devil incarnate Ebere who flashed her teeth at several intervals in a wicked smile. At times she expo-sed them like someone who brushed with omo telling the whole world to see. To her, they were smiles of satifaction. Her revenge on Angela was almost at it’s cli-max.
“I called you to discuss something important with you” Sonia opened up, bitterness written all over her.
Ebere tilted her head to one side, stole another glance at her and said “I’m all ears”
Sonia felt like strangling her to death with the bitterness and pain boiling in her.
“Aren’t you done with me yet?
Can’t you let me go in peace now?
Haven’t i been slee-ping with your bestfriend’s husband as you wished?”Sonia asked.
“What kind of a girl are you anyway? You saw a means inorder to get what you want and help your mother and you are rejecting it. I haven’t seen a case where a person spat out the sugar put in his mouth……….”
“I’m pregnant for crying out loud. I’m pregnant” Sonia bur-sted with tears gathered in her eyes. br@vely, she blinked them back but de-ep inside she was crying out her heart.
“Wow, great, that is what i want my dear. I am so happy. Get re-ady to become the new Mrs David. Forget about Angela I will take care of her, She must pay for what she did to me” Ebere stressed out.
Sonia smiled for the first time and shook her head.
“You claim to be a friend but you are an enemy. A betrayer…..”
“Don’t address me in such rude manners….”
“I will, I will and i will. Again, again and again” Sonia hauled, hitting her fist on the little side stool besides her drawing the attention of people. “I think its high time we all take responsibilities for our crimes. I am re-ady to accept mine, get re-ady to accept yours. I’m terminating this pregnancy. Thanks for ruining my life. Soon, i will call it quits with this job and face whatever comes my way, I think its better that way. You have used me enough trying to destroy a union. If i go to jail, so be it. If mrs Angela kills me for betraying her trust by slee-ping with her husband day in day out, i deserve it” ***She couldn’t fight the tears anymore as they finally found their way down her cheeks but she was determined. She stood up to leave.
“Maybe you nee-d to sleep to regain your s-en-ses” Ebere said as she watched the furious Sonia storm out of her pres£nce.
Immediately Sonia left, Ebere’s phone rang, It was Angela.
“Heloo, how is my Angel doing?” She spoke into the phone.
“Besty, i’m fine.There is this red dress, I don’t know if you would like it” Angela replied.
“You know the kind of dress i cherish” Ebere giggled.
“Sure, this is one of them” They laughed over the phone.
Since Angela got married, she never forgot Ebere whenever she went to buy dresses and shoes. Even colourful handbags.
Angela was in the sitting room and David was yet to return from work. Sonia noticed she was not in her happy mood, She went up to her and sat by her side.
“Aunty, i hope there is no problem” She asked. Angela did not say anything, She called out to her the second time, startling Angela who was far away in thoughts.
“Aunty what is the problem?” She asked again.
“Just today,a woman caught her best friend with her husband on the be-d in a h0tel. Someone who saw them move into the h0tel alerted her. She went with a knife and stabbe-d her friend who died instantly. Now the poor woman is in police custody and I just pity her” She narrated.
Sonia was taken aback by the story. She thought for a while.
“That is a bad incident. But Aunty, tell me if you were the woman what would you have done?” Sonia asked carefully.
Angela smiled and shook her head.
“My husband???????? No no, I can even look for a gun, and surely i must shoot that friend of mine. I dont care what happens next” Angela answered confidently, instilling enormous fears on Sonia whom it took great effort to hide the fears.
“She can never get away with it. I must teach her the lesson of her life. I can share anything with anyb©dy else but not my husband” Angela added further.
Sonia only nodded as Angela said those words and she knew the kind lady meant every bit of her words.
plea-se what should i do? “Sonia asked”
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THE HOUSEMAID DISASTER