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“David,you have been reserved and
taciturn.You have refused answering my
questions and i cant condone it any
longer.What happened to my daughter.What
led to her fainting”Mr.Uwa asked,the pain and
anger of his daughter still missing,showing all
over him.It was already getting dark.They just
returned from the police station after making a
“Did she fight with the maid? Were they
fighting?”His wife added.
David shifted on the chair where he sat and
stole glances at them.He felt bad within
himself.He didn’t know how to tell his inlaws
what happened because all these while he had
felt like someone under someone else’s control.
He concluded it would be better if Angela told
them by herself.
“She just fainted.Nothing more.What else do
you want me to say”David replied calmly,pacing
up and down.
“Who’s that woman we saw earlier? Is she the
mother of the maid? And why were they leaving
with the bag which i believe is hers?”Mrs uwa
“She is her mother.oh,what do i do now? Where
else do i go in search of Angela”David
lamented,carefully avoiding more questions.
“Pray nothing happens to my daughter because
if anything happens to her,you will regret it”Mr
uwa assured him while signaling to his wife to
follow him as they have stayed too long.
“Wherever my daughter is,the living God that i
serve will protect her.David,You must show me
where they live”Mrs uwa who stood on her
feet,said,referring to David.
“Is it necessary? i went there severally,she
wasnt there.Nobody was at home”David replied

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***Mr.Uwa’s house***
“I have been thinking”Angela’s mother
whispered to her husband,reaching for her
“What about?”Her husband asked.
“Do you remember that Adaora’s two children
died with her husband in that ghastly motor
accident that made headlines on several news
forum?”She asked.
“I do remember that”
“I was suprised when they said she’s the
mother of that girl Angela brought in”She said
“She might have adopted her”
“My mind doesnt seem to think that way.We
have to get going,the pastor and prayer
warriors would soon be arriving at the church
for the vigil.Trust God,Angela will return safe
and sound.Our God answers prayers”She
assured him and glanced at the wall clock.
“Everything is happening so fast but i believe
my daughter is safe.God will protect her”He
The air was filled with the voices of prayer;a
miraculous medium of miracles.Prayer,which
changes things beyond human comprehension.
The prophetic voice of the pastor was heard
saying that Angela is in great danger but needs
divine grace.At a point,he called out her
husband’s name,telling everyone to pray upon
him for liberation from any power acting upon
David woke up the next morning feeling so
fresh,despite being up in thoughts all night till
sleep stole him at the early hours of the
morning.He rubbed his hands against his
eyes,surely,something he couldnt explain died
in him last night.
Tears trickled down from his eyes when he
remembered what he has been doing.He had
been busy going against the promise he made
to Angela on the alter.He had been commiting
adultery with their housemaid.
“What happened to you David? What went
wrong”,he wept,”Forgive me Angela,i have
wronged you,please come back to me.If you
leave me forever,i will never forgive myself.Oh
God please bring Angela back to me…”
Angela’s eyes were swollen.She cried all
night,while gigantic mosquitoes feasted on her
delicate skin.She was kept in an uncompleted
building with two young men watching over
her.She was too weak to cry again, they didnt
give her anything to eat.She wished someone
she knew comes to her aid just as it happened
in the dream.She blamed herself for not telling
her mom about it;perhaps,they might have
prayed it away.
She just laid there,tied hands and legs
pretending to be asleep.
She soon felt a touch and opened her eyes,it
was Ebere.
“How do you feel,dear friend?”she asked with a
wicked smile.
“My God is alife and He will surely vindicate me
because i am innocent of your accusations.I
have finally come to believe that the devil you
know is better than the angel you dont.Ebere
you are a betrayer”Angela weakly said and spat
on her with enough strength.
“Have your fun,you may never be able to do
that again for life”,Ebere said using her
handkerchief on her face,”i advice you start
saying your last prayers because before dawn
tomorrow,you would be no more.i’m sorry.And
corncerning sonia,dont worry,she is not taking
over your home.she is going to jail for murder”
Sonia and her mother were at her aunt’s place
whom they pleaded to let them stay with her
for a little time watching the mid day news
when Sonia saw it.Her photo was shown on the
television with the caption,”wanted”
According to the new,she ran away from home
with her mother when she discovered that
someone saw her kill somebody.
Hot tears rolled down from her eyes as she fell
into her mother’s arm,sobbing sorrowfully in





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