The lights flashed again into Angela’s little
hiding place,doubling her fears.The thought of
pulling off the white gown she was wearing to
reduce the chances of being easily spotted
nimbled through her but she discarded it.
She tried holding her breath to prevent making
even the slightest noise of breathing.
As the footsteps came closer,she heard their
“This was all your fault.Why were you sleeping
“Stop talking nonsense my friend! You think say
i believe that your nonsense story? Spirit my
foot.Ghost seer.Just pray to your god,whether
amadioha or olokun or any other one wey you
dey serve because i know say you no dey go
church.Just pray make we find her o.Or na your
head dem go take do the sacrifice”
Angela listened as their voices died down.She
didn’t hear any more word from them again but
she wasn’t sure if they were still around or not.
She heard the crackling of dry leaves besides
her.The low silence shattering noise by the dry
leaves gave her great cause for concern.
She surveyed with great great effort,arround
the place with the help of the moonlight.
Then,she saw it.A great python,crawling
Angela felt herself flush slowly,and heat coming
in waves up her throat and cheeks.She wanted
to scream but instead,she found herself
covering her mouth with her palms.She wasn’t
sure if the men looking for her were still around.
The python crawled faster and before she knew
it,it was right in front of where she squatted.
“David!”She screamed and bursted out,hearing
a gunshot and seeing flashes of light.She hid at
the back of a huge tree until the lights went
off.She heaved a sigh of relief,made the sign of
the cross and followed another direction.
Ebere and the old ‘dibia’ arrived as planned but
the place was quiet and quite unusual.One of
the guards should have met them some
distance away from there,to make sure they
were not unwanted guests.
“Are you both sleeping? Is that how you secure
this place?”The old man
asked,infuriated,expecting them to both run
out and beg for forgiveness but to his greatest
surprise,it seemed as if he was talking to the
trees of the forest.
Ebere’s eyes burged out in bewilderment when
she flashed the big torch she was holding to the
place where Ebere was lying the previous day
and found only ropes and nothing more.
“Baba,she is gone.She is gone”Ebere
disclosed,with the fear of insecurity and danger
looming on her.
“What? Impossible.That can’t happen,”he
dashed forward,taking the ropes in his
hands,”Nooo.This cannot happen.The gods are
already waiting for her blood.What do i tell
The two guards panting heavily,ran up to
them,interrupting him from speaking further.
“She has escaped.A spirit came and cut the
ropes from her o”Egbe reported.Jack eyed him
and nodded in agreement.
“May thunder strike the both of you.Go and look
for her.If you fail to bring her here,the gods will
come after you”He threatened,sending them
back in search of Angela.
David’s phone rang.He was lying on the floor of
his parlour with empty bottles of alcoholic
drinks besides him.He lazily reached for the
phone and looked at the clock hanging on the
wall before answering it.
It was 6.05am.
“David.Any news?”Tony,his friend who was on
the steering asked.
“No news my brother.No news”David replied.
“Why is your voice like that? Hope you haven’t
“Alright.I’m driving now.I have to catch an
appointment.I will come over as…………”
David could hear the sudden sound of car
brakes and the faint shouts of “Jesus! Jesus!”
“Tony? Tony whats happening? Where are
you?”David kept asking,looking at the phone in
his hands as if he was actually referring to it.
Tony alighted from his car immediately.He
prayed the person didn’t die.He rushed to the
front of the car and found her there.A woman
she was,in a white gown,lying on the ground.
The morning came with cold wind which
seemed to have made everyone stay indoor
that fateful morning.
Adaora was also caught indoor,on the little mat
which she shared with Sonia the previous
night,wondering if there was anything she
could do to lift Sonia from the dilemma she
found herself.She knew Sonia was in more
trouble than she could imagine;if she was
shown on the television,that means she must
be on the newspapers as well.
Adaora smiled to herself on remembering how
they got past the police checkpoint the
previous day,driving down here,where she
deemed safer.The policemen were holding
Sonia’s picture.As they looked at the
picture,they looked at them in the taxi.Sonia
had eyed her,not knowing that it has gotten to
that level.Sonia’s excessive make ups and
changed appearance made it impossible for the
police to identify her.
Adaora was ready to do all she could to see that
Sonia escaped falling into the dangerous pit
that was on her way,even if it meant seeking
help from where she vowed never to.
An uncomfortable feeling invaded Adaora.Her
eyes never saw Sonia that morning.
She opened the wooden door of the old mud
house and looked around;perhaps,Sonia may be
sweeping the little compound but to her
surprise,she was not there.A quick wave of fear
swept through her as she ran around checking
every corner of the building calling her name
but not even her shadow was seen.Sonia was
gone.Gone to God-knows-where.
Tony filled the air with early morning yellow
dust as he sped off,with the nearest hospital on
his mind.At regular intervals,his eyes went to
the woman lying at the back seat.The fear in
him didn’t permit him to have a good look at
her.So,he didn’t know it was Angela,his best
friend’s wife that he knocked down.
She wasn’t moving,getting him thinking if she
was still alive or dead.
His phone was ringing as he added more speed
to the tyres.It was David but he was far from
being in the mood to answer.
Tony pulled into the hospital,signaling to the
nurses to come over immediately.They came
with the stretcher and without wasting any
time,pushed her in to commence treatment on
Tony waited behind,bearing in mind that he’d
missed the important business appointment
“Excuse me nurse,”Tony approached the nurse
who came out from the room the victim was
taken into,”how is she doing?”
“Calm down sir,we will get back to you”The
nurse told him and left for another ward.
Just almost immediately she left,the doctor
came out.Tony rushed to him.
“Doctor.how far?”Tony asked him.
“Are you her husband?”He asked in return.
“No.I was the one who knocked her down.Is
there any problem?”Tony was already worried
she might be badly injured internally.
“Uhmm,for now,there isn’t much problem.We
need to see her husband and that’s maybe
when she regains consciousness”The doctor
“Can i see her?”Tony asked,the hope of still
catching the appointment coming back to him.
“Sure.but she shouldn’t be disturbed.
I think she got into bad hands because she was
so unkept and unclad except for the light white
material she was wearing but the nurses saw to
that.Meanwhile,they are minor papers you have
to sign before leaving”
Tony opened the door and saw her lying on the
bed,with a big drip connected to her arm.He
came close to observe her properly before
leaving for the appointment,making up his
mind to come and check on her as soon as
possible.He had given one of the nurses some
money to get her some food when she gets up.
As Tony beheld her face,he felt a high sense of
familarity.Getting even closer,he almost
stumbled,realising it was Angela,David’s missing
“Angela”he called her name softly,running his
head over her forehead,feeling so sorry for her.
Angela opened her eyes and found Tony sitting
close to her.
“Tony”She called weakly and noticed him shock
greatly,bringing him back from his thoughts.
“Angela, are you alright”He seemed relaxed and
better,knowing she was getting better.
“I feel very weak and hungry.Does david know
i’m here?”She asked again.
“No.i was about calling him”He replied,dipping
hand into his pocket to get his phone.
“No.don’t call him yet,please”Angela pleaded.
“Why? Your husband is dying.Your absence is
killing him.He needs to see you”
“I know but please don’t call him yet”She