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Through the shadow Episode 7 & 8

Written by💘Angel Louis(Faith Louis Ebirim)💘
🎄 Episode 7🎄
” Thank goodness you are here” Louisa breathe out.
“Where is she?” Bayley asked, p@nting heavily..she had continuously ran to thiis place.
“In the cellar”
“Cellar?; what’s she doing there?” Bayley ¢0¢ked her head in surprise.
“Hiding from me if am correct”
“Oh crap…this is definitely not fair. Come on let’s get her” Bayley said dragging Louisa along.
“What if she run away this time,out of the Mansion?” Løūïsã asked, looking so worried.
“Trust me,she won’t. Besides quit bothering yourself. I’m just gonna ask her few questions then we’ll take her back to where she came from, I bet her parents must be sick worried” Bayley retorted.
“He’ll yeah. They must be”
Louisa’s brow furrowed More.
“Damn you Louisa. I’ve never seen you this worried before. Don’t tell me you still got a soft spot… You should look at the mirror right now, that look really don’t suite you. ..
I prefer you cold to worried. You look so unlike you”.
“Bet I do” Louisa shrugged.
When they got to the cellar, they could hear soft sobs. She hid herself behind the Ward
“Ciara?” Bayley called in a whisper.
“Hey… Ciara it’s me Bay…let. I’m a friend, Don’t be scared. You can come out one will hurt you.. I don’t bite”
She added whispering softly to her.
“I’m scared of her” Ciara said soberly.
Bayley turned to Louisa, twitching her brow.
“You don’t have to be, she’s not gonna hurt you okay. Remember she saved your a** last night.
If she really wanted to, she’d have let that man have his way with you. She’s harmless Ciara, she’s my best friend so I can @ssure you.”
Bayley clinched tryna keep her cool.
“But people say she’s…
“Forget what people say or think , it doesn’t matter.
For the Love of Pete Ciara, Løūïsã f**king saved your @** last night ..and is this how you are gonna say a thank you to her?”
Bayley retorted rather harshly.
“Stop Bay, you don’t have to be rash. You’re gonna scare her more” Louisa shooked bayley.
” I wonder why you say I’ve got my ways with children. This girl is really pissing me off.
You just …
“I’m sorry” Ciara sobbed coming out of her hiding place.
“Wait. What?” Bayley paused. Turning her gaze to the sorry Ciara.
“I’m sorry Miss Louisa. Forgive me”
Ciara pleaded in a rush, grabbing Louisa’s hand , giving her a pleading eye.
Louisa looks stunt.. not knowing what to say to this lil girl.
” Come on Louisa say something, she’s out now” Bayley shrugged her shoulders.
Louisa felt numb.
Here is Bayley and this little girl clutched to her f!ng£rs asking for her forgiveness.
How was she gonna say I forgive you?..
How’ was she gonna go soft on this girl?
Løūïsã felt a lump in her throat making it almost impossible to say a word
” You are so boring Isa…say something already” Bayley frowned.
“I….uhn… Errm. I forgive you”
She finally spilled out.
“Thanks Miss Louisa… thank you so much” Ciara hugged her so tight.
Leaving Louisa in puzzlement.
Bayley stared bluntly at her friend. She doesn’t even know how to hug a soul.
“Wrap her like this isa” Bayley Mouthed in demonstration
“Oh.” Louisa did as Bayley said and wrapped her.
Ciara felt so warm and dried.
Louisa has almost forgotten how it felt like to be caught in an embrace.
It’s feels so good . Damn good! She thought and hugged her more to herself.
Then Ciara broke free feeling satisfied.
” Come now Ciara, we’ve got some questions to ask you” Bayley said leading the way back to the sitting room.
Getting there, they all sat down.
Ciara sat next to Louisa clutching her fist into hers. Causing Louisa to blush.
Louisa really likes Ciara. She has never felt this way for anyone before.
“So Ciara Cole as you are called, where are you from?” Bayley started.
“I’m from $t. Lucas…
“St. Lucas? Never heard of such town in New York City. Let’s skip that.
What were you doing last night in the dark ? Were you with someone? Anyone? Parent? Sibling? Friend?”
“No. I was with no one” Ciara’s face saddened.
Making them more confused.
” Now I am confused Ciara. What are you doing in New York City all by yourself?” Bayley asked.
“I….I live with a woman. Madam Schwez, I lost my parents at age nine and my uncle took me in a week later. But he cared less and never concerned about my well being.
After six months of staying with him, he got tired and complained of the mouths he gets to feed daily. He put me on sale and I was bought by Madam Schwezilia..
Madam Schwezilia recruits young girls like me.
She s£nds us out to the streets to beg and pickpockets.
We made much for her, we’ll steal money, pick pocket jewelrys and snatch handbags.
We made lots of money for her.
But the task is very risky. Most of us got kidnapped, some got arrested and placed in welfare.
Welfare is a den no child wants to dream of. But it was a way if punishing Young thiefs like us.
Madam Schwezilia made sure we made much a day. If we made less. She’ll starve us for the night and morning or worse. She’ll beat us until we steal much.
Yesterday I hadn’t much and I was very hungry.
The little I made I used it for food with the hope of stealing another.vbut it was getting really late and I had nothing.
I toured round St. Lucas but couldn’t find a pretty. I decided to extend my tour. That was how I found my self in New York City. But I couldn’t go back cause I was lost and so scared in the dark.
On a search for where I’d spend the night , that was when I encountered that scaryman that almost raped me. Until Miss Louisa showed up and saved me.
Thank you so much”
Ciara sobbed . Embracing Louisa once more.
” it’s okay Ciara, you’re safe now. You’re safe with me” Louisa @ssured klzzing her on her hair.
“I’m gonna be truthful. This madam schweri..or whatever she’s called is damn ruthless . Recruiting young lively girls to a very bad job.
She deserves to be in jail”
Bayley cussed.
” I’ll make sure of that. She must go to jail, she deserves it” Louisa added gently patting Ciara on her back.
“Please I beg you. Don’t take me back there.. I can’t go back please.” Ciara pleaded.
”jeez! Am not Mad to take you back Ciara. We are going to the police station later today to write a statement and then to the court to Pend your case until this Madame is found and put in jail.
I want the law to know I didn’t kidnap you but rescued you and decided you stay with me for a while so the court won’t question me..
Is that okay with you Ciara?”
Louisa asked… that’s the best she can do for her at the moment.
“Yes! Am okay with it. Thank you so much.
I don’t want to go back there. It’s hell!
I really can’t risk it.
Thank you too miss Bayley” Ciara smiled broadly feeling like a heavy load just dropped off her shoulders.
Yeah. It does feel really good to be out of hell.
But is she really out??
If she’s out, it’s partially just for now.
No one knows what this Schwez is capable of🤔🤔 🤔.
Chapter 8
“I think I have done my best Louisa. I gotta go, got a date to catch”
Bayley Notified looking at her her watch.
“You and your countless conquests…I really pity you” Louisa sighed standing up.
“Let me walk you out “she added.
And bayley nodded her cons£nt.
“I’ll be back Ciara. Just give me a Moment. Meanwhile , you go to the kitchen and serve yourself”
Louisa smiled at her and walked out with bayley.
“Since when did you start smiling?” Bayley asked teasingly.
“Don’t start now” Louisa shrugged.
“No I gotta say it. I can barely remember the last time you smiled.
Now you just smiled genuinely.
Ciara’s just half a day old in your house and I can already see her effect on you”
Bayley retorted.
“I really like her Bay.. she somehow reminds me of myself. I just can’t help think such.
I feel so warm when she’s with me” Louisa confessed.
“Good for you my dear friend. But you should know a lots gonna change with Ciara around”
“What do you mean?” Louisa arched in puzzlement.
“Your keeping late nights , smoking and all. It’s gonna change m you now have a responsibility”
Bayley cl!pped.
Louisa never thought of that .
“Damn you are right. But I have to think straight and the only way I can do that is to puff some smokes and drink.
It’s already a part of me Bay..with time, she’ll understand”
“You really think so? Or I’d say you are gonna teach her to do Same.
Remember she’s still a kid. And kids tends to learn fast.
You are going to spoil her if you continue this way.”
Bayley stated Matter of factly.
“Look who’s talking..
I’m way better than you are.i only drink , smoke and kick a*ses.
But you, you smoke, drink and f**k anything on shorts.
Am not you and I am not contagious”
“Excuse me dear friend, point of correction, it’s not everything on shorts I f**k.
I don’t f**k for the pleasure, I f**k for the cash. The gain,.
I am not you is goddamn rich. You’ve got companies worldwide.
I am just a casual business person who clearly sticks to her customers.” Bayley defended.
“You made your choice Bay. I offered a helping hand.
I offered you a job..a well paid job to keep your a** busy in my company. But you declined.
That’s no one’s fault ..
I did what every good friend would do”
Louisa stated.
“I know you did. But I declined for some reasons best known to be and mind you, I also did as much for you… Remember?
When Jonathan Bucks did bad things to you.
Spanging you to smoke, forcing you to drink alcohol. Beat you h@rd if you spit it out.
And Even when he …
“That’s enough! I don’t want to hear that part.
It’ still hurts me till date. Feels only like yesterday he did all those to me.
Yeah I agree. You stood by me all those times. That’s why we are friends.
We hold each other’s secret and nightmares.
And I’ll never stop hating people.
Men especially. They are all same. All they do is s£× you and go like it’s nothing. They are ruthless” Louisa said she remembered those ugly years..
She’ll never shed tears for it again. Her tear gland is exhausted already.
“I’m so sorry isa…for reminding you such horrid past. I’m really sorry.
Jonathan deserved whatever came to him.”
“Yeah…sure he did!
So Bay, this is it. I really can’t go further. You can board a taxi from here..
Your conquest must be waiting for you” Louisa added.
“Yeah…he must be.
Bye Louisa, just wish me luck” Bayley giggled and quickly walked out of the gate.
” Best of luck. You do need it”
Louisa said and turned back heading to the mashion.
Bayley is right. She now has a responsibility.
She prays h@rd not to screw everything up.
She prays she relates well with C.C .
She hopes she doesn’t turn up like Jonathan Bucks.
Cause whatever he did to her turned her this cold and made her a shadow of herself.
Two Months After Mrs Bucks Death.
“LOUISA!!!!” Jonathan shrieked scorching the rooms for her.
“Where is that little pest?” He added.
“Come out now Louisa. You can’t hide from me” Jonathan scoffed, still searching for her.
He barged open her room door but she wasn’t there either.
” I know you can hear me Louisa..
Better come out now and make this easy for the both of us…I don’t always have to do it the h@rd way” he cranked.
There in the wardrobe hid Louisa. Terribly scared.
Her uncle was gonna start up his rubbish lessons with her as usual.
Her aunt Natasha Bucks died of cancer two months ago.leaving her at the mercy of her ruthless husband.
He’s definitely looking for her to teach her those sick smoking and drinking lessons.
And if she dares resist him, he’ll beat her up mercilessly as if she was a dull.
She is really scared right now. So so frightened.
She couldn’t help but son. And that actually gave her in.
Her uncle’s thunderous shouts made her whimper in fear.
And Jonathan devishly traced her sons to the wardrobe.
“Come out you!” He pulled her by the hair .
”you thought I was never gonna find you?” Her added dragging her out of the room.
“Stop it please…you are hurting me. Let me go” Louisa tearfully struggled with her muscularized uncle. He was surely no match for her.
“Stop that you Imp! ” He slapped her h@rd across the face. Causing her to spit out blood.
“That’s what you get anytime you dare defy me or make me search the house for you” he stormed still gripping her by the hair.
Louisa g@sped.
Her eyes shut in pains as tears flowed endlessly.
Nothing can express the pain she was p@ssing through in the hands of this man.
Another struggle with him will result to another slap.
So she maintained herself and swallowed her cries.
Just muffled gr0@ns escaping her throat.
Getting to the sitting. He pushed her to the chair.
”sit there!” He ordered.
He moved over to the table before him and picked up the lighter and a pack of cigarettes from his pocket.
He lit it and took a long drag.
He then bent over to Louisa and blew it on her face.
Causing her to cough so h@rd .
TBC ✍️..


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