David zoomed out of the compound with many
thoughts racing through his mind.Where could
she have gone to?
Ebere’s place was where he first drove to but
she wasn’t there.He called Ebere on the phone
and asked her if she has seen her friend.Ebere
told him she never saw her that day.
The thought of her running away to kill herself
scared him.He knew the whole incident got her
shattered,downcasted and heart broken.The
only thing on his mind at that time was to find
her safe,then whatever happens between them
would be another bridge to be crossed.She had
left her phone at home.
Somewhere along the road,David saw a crowd
of people.Some were peeping,others were
stretching their neck while others only shook
He wound down the glass of his car to inquire
from one of the on-lookers what was going on.
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“Na one useless driver o wey jam one woman
leave am there run”The bald headed skinny
man answered,revealing his brown teeth.
Without waiting for him to conclude,David
hastily alighted from his car to see the
victim.Could it be Angela? His beartbeat
He pushed through the crowd and behold,there
she was.A young lady in a purple dress with her
long hair scattered on the ground.He could see
traces of blood.His heartbeat dropped as he
sighed,wiping the sweat off his face.Angela was
wearing a red top with a skirt made of jean
material but he felt sorry for the lady lying on
the ground there.Who knew if she was still
breathing? That’s the problem with
people,David thought,instead of people to take
her to the hospital on time,they left her
there,staring at her as if she was something
from another planet.He ran back to his car and
saw four missed calls from his father-in-inlaw
who also went his way in search of her
daughter. He dialled back,shook his
head,aborted the call and read the message he
sent:”HAVE YOU SEEN HER? WHERE ARE YOU?”
He drove away,his mind focused on finding his
Ebere had paid some boys who raided Angela’s
shop but didn’t get her.However,David’s call
informing her of Angela’s disappearance got her
worried because she was bent on sending the
boys to her home,to kidnap her.She went over
to see things for herself only to Angela’s mother
pacing all around the house pensively.
The baba said she must be brought to his
shrine that very day.
She hung around with her boys near Angela’s
locality,searching everywhere with her eyes for
It was when she finally gave up hope of ever
finding her that she caught the sight of
something.They were from Angela’s area.
Ebere focused her attention on the person she
saw.She was trying to hang herself with a large
rope.It was no other person than the Angela
everybody has been looking for.
Angela opened her eyes when the blindfold was
removed from them.She felt some pain and
closed them again.
‘What do this people want from me?’,She kept
asking herself,they should have let me alone to
have peace.To rest from all these pains’
She remebered how she had gone over to
Sonia’s place with the gun in her hand.If only
she had met her there or even her mother but
alas,the door was locked with a heavy padlock.
She rubbed her hand over her eyes burning
She glanced around the place.The angry
looking faces of the gods,combined with the
furious men that kidnapped her made her
“What do you people want from me!?”She
asked with shaky lips.
“Your time here on earth is up,woman”the old
‘dibia’ who was just emerging answered her.
“You lie.you are not my creator and so,you cant
decide when my time is up”Angela,who
convinced herself that her time was up when
she wanted to take her life heard herself
say.Her words earned her a heavy slap from one
of those men,leaving traces of his fingers on her
Ebere showed up,looking at Angela straight in
“Times comes in this life when we pay for the
crimes and sins we commited.Angela,this is the
time to pay yours”Ebere said with a mean face.
“What are you talking about Ebere?”The
confused Angela asked,not believing what was
“You thought i wasnt aware all this while? So
you are happy that i have remained unmarried
while you are enjoying life to the fullest with
your husband,right? You drove away Mike,the
only man that wanted to marry me by telling
him how i do go about sleeping with men.Isn’t
it?”Ebere stressed out.
“Ebere,What do you take me for? Goodness
me.So you believed i did that to you? Why
should i? Everyone knows the type of life you
are living.Its never a secret”Angela felt
“I’m sorry.Sonia is already pregnant for your
husband.I masterminded everything.She will
take over your home because you are not
getting away alive”Ebere said and turned her
back on her,leaving.
“Ebere,Ebere,Ebe…why,i am innocent.why are
you doing this to me? Save me oh God,my
hands are clean”Angela cried,her heart almost
crashing to pieces.
“Take her to the execution ground”The old dibia