“Mom,i’m in trouble.The police wants me.They
want me..”Sonia wailed between throaty sobs.
“Haven’t she had enough? Must she do
this?”Adaora kept asking.One could easily
conclude she was asking the broadcaster on
“Mom,what do we do now? I do want the police
to catch me.People have seen the
announcement already.What do i do?”Sonia
asked in despair as if the police were already on
their way to get her.
Adaora held Sonia’s face and made her look into
“Listen to me.Dont be afraid.You are not going
to prison.That is a promise i’m making to
you.Even if it means me going against my will,I
will do it.You have suffered enough under me.I
dont think i deserve to be called your
mother”Adaora told her,nodding gently,fully
prepared to do whatever might be of help to
Sonia.Even if it meant revealing her secrets
which she knew wont sound good to anybody.
David was kneeling in the church.He had been
there for hours.He was tired,worn-out,weak and
hungry but there was no piece of appetite in
him.The absence of Angela was making him
abnormal.He abandoned his work,which was a
great risk.He had searched every searchable
place for her.No good news seem to have
entered his ears from the police.
“We are trying our best”That was all they kept
He made no sound kneeling there in the church
all alone but he was crying and praying to God
to bring back his wife.
Sonia looked at herself in the mirror,standing
infront of it.The brown weavon Adaora fixed on
her really disguised her.She looked totally
“We are leaving this place immediately to a
more secure environment”Adaora said.
It was getting dark.The sun was no longer up in
the sky.Pehars,it has gone to give other people
somewhere its light.
Angela could hear the sounds of nocturnal
insects and animals.The two guards were there
as usual,making sure the place was
guarded.She had begged them to have mercy
on her,telling them she would give them
whatever they wanted if they let her go but not
even a single word war heard from them,which
left her wondering if they were still there,as she
She soon felt a hand around the back of her
head and shook her head in retaliation,hitting
the hand with her head.
“Don’t let me smack your head”She heard the
angry voice of one of the guards,who brought
his hands back to untie the cloth tied around
Some drop of tears fell from Angela’s eyes as
the blindfold was removed.The ropes on his
hands and legs were also untied.
She lifted up her face and present were the old
‘dibia’ and Ebere with the two guards.
“The gods are ready to accept your blood and
the sacrifice must be made before dawn
tomorrow.So,we have come to prepare you for
the sacrifice”He said,dipped hand into his
animal skin bag and brought out a white chalk
which he circled round her eyes.Angela wanted
to say something to Ebere but she was too
weak to do so.
After circling her eyes to his satifaction,he
brought out a white gown and gave it to Ebere.
“Take off all her clothes and make her wear that
white.Not even her inner wears should be
on.That is what the gods demanded.If she
refuses to let you do it,then the guards will
have to do it with all pleasure”He
instructed,making some incantations.
Ebere looked at the white gown in her hand
and looked at Angela.From,Angela to the two
guards and back to the white gown in his hand.
“Look away,you two”She told the guards who
obeyed and turned away their faces.
She dropped the gown on the ground and
removed Angela’s top and her brassiers.She
pulled off her skirts and her innerwears and
then,rolled the gown on her.Angela expressed
no fear while she did all that.She uttered no
word to them.
“Make sure you forgive Sonia in your heart
before you die because i made her do what she
did.She killed somebody and i caught her.I
have a very good proof and so,i told her about it
and told her what she must do for me so that i
do not expose her.And she did it.Yes,i
personally brought her to you because i wanted
to use her to have my revenge on you”Ebere
whispered into her ear,leaving her more
suprised than she was.
“We are coming back by the early hours of the
morning for the sacrifice”,the ‘dibia’ said and
turned to the guards “make sure she doesnt
escape.If she does,you will be used for the
The guards tied her hands and legs again but
this time,by the order of the ‘dibia’ which he
claimed came from the gods,her eyes were
Angela could see Ebere smiling as she followed
the old ‘dibia’ out of the place.
Angela looked at the guards,there weren’t the
type that hears or understands words as
please,have mercy or i beg.
She looked up to heaven,allowing the stream of
tears to run down her cheeks.
She remembered her parents and David.
“If i die,oh lord,take care of my husband.Give
him the strength to move on”
She laid down softly,praying dawn never comes
*********To be continue***************
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