I thought I was going to be buried alife….for being caught in bed with Josh.
But it wasn’t so……
‘Oh boy…what are you doing!’,an amused voice boomed out,as I quickly wore my shirt.
Standing at the door way was,Pius, Josh’s best friend.
The race of my heart beat almost killed me.
I was ashamed and relieved at the same time.
I quickly got out of bed, dressed hurriedly and left the room gently as ever.
I was unable to hear what was being said as I rushed to my room.
The next day was a Saturday and school free day and also a restless day for me.
I started with moping the kitchen.
I packed all the dirty dishes in to the sink and on the tap,while also putting up something for breakfast for the family.
I was arranging the cutleries in the rightful places when Tiffany entered the kitchen.
She was just waking up and still wearing her pyjamas.
I pretended not to see her as she stood before me.
‘Nnena,look up…are you blind?
Even if you can’t greet… can’t you at least show some manners?’, Tiffany asked, folding her arms.
‘I don’t seem to get what you are driving at…the best thing for you,I think it’s silence’,I said as Tiffany sneered at me.
‘Talk back a million times if you can.
I don’t need to stress myself on you again because your days in this house are limited.
I want you to go into my room now and pack out all the clothes in the basket for laundry’,she said as I looked at her.
‘Am still busy here in the kitchen with the dishes.
One step after another…I will do that when it’s time comes’,I said and continued doing what I was doing.
Tiffany laughed amused.
‘Wait…have you suddenly gone nut?
Am telling you to go into my room and do something..and you are saying another thing.’,she asked with her voice raised so high.
I was about to talk when Josh cane in, interrupting us.
‘She told you she still have something doing here in the kitchen.
If you are so impatient…why don’t you do it yourself?’,he asked, standing by the door.
Tiffany looked at her brother straight in the eyes, daring him.
‘It is obvious that this witch has turned you against me.
You never meddled with the way I give orders then why her…why she!
What exactly is between you two that is making you see your only sister as an enemy!’, Tiffany shouted furiously.
Josh only stared at her.
‘You keep misquoting me, Fannie but I don’t even care.
All I know is that you should try giving people some space to breath, understood?’,Josh asked and looked at me before going out.
I awaited her to vent her anger on me but she did nothing.
She only looked at me with a revengeful look and left the kitchen.
I breathed in some air of relief.
One more year later,I was out of secondary school.
I was happy at the best marks on the report card.
I collected my certificate with the help of Mr Wilson and felt so happy to know a kind make like him..
Although Tiffany passed,her result wasn’t as good as mine.
Josh was already processing for his higher education when it all happened.
Three nights after we passed out from school,Josh and I had sex and I broke my virginity.
At first,I was embarrassed and hurt but he reminded me of his love and promised never to leave me.
He assured me nothing was wrong and I felt myself relaxing.
Then two months later, something terrible happened… something I will never forget in a jiffy.
I had heard them,both mother and daughter murmuring some words to each other as I went about my chores that particular day.
I was also in a happy mood because it was weekend and Mr Wilson was coming back few hours from that time.
Josh was yet to come back from his tutorials.
When it was something close to 3pm,I went into the kitchen to prepare an early dinner for Mr Wilson and Josh.
I was dishing out the meal when Mr Wilson’s car drove into the compound.
I carried the tray of food and took it into the dinning room.
I placed it on the table and went back into the kitchen to get some drinks.
I was coming out of the kitchen when I met Tiffany coming out too from the dinning.
Her reaction was quite uneasy.
She only stared at me and pushed passed me.
I looked back at her and stopped,feeling strange but I waved it off.
‘Welcome,sir!’,I greeted Mr Wilson as I collected his brief case.
He smiled at me and patted my shoulder.
‘Everywhere is smelling so yummy…what did you cook?’,Mr Wilson asked as he went into the sitting room.
I was about to reply when his wife,madam Magret came out to meet him.
‘Welcome, darling’, she greeted as she stared at me and looked away.
‘What of the kids…my children?’,Mr Wilson asked.
‘Oh, Fannie is in her room and Josh is yet to he back from his tutorial’,madam Magret answered.
Mr Wilson went into his room and had his bath.
Then,came down for breakfast.
I was already in the dinning, putting the food in order when he cane in.
He sat down as I put a load of salad in front of him.
He sipped a mouthful of the orange juice beside the food and grabbed his spoon.
Just as he digged it inside the food, Tiffany and her mother batched into the room.
Daddy,please don’t eat that!!
The food is already poisoned!’, Tiffany shouted.
I felt my head swinging at what I heard.
I could see my world collapsing and tumbling down like the walls of Jericho.
Mr Wilson looked up at them.
‘What do you mean by that?’,he asked.
‘Please,Wilson stand up from there right now!
This witch in disguise has poisoned your food’,nadam Magret said.
I couldn’t talk.
I did not even get myself because it seemed suddenly as if my brain has already been brainwashed.
“What…what are you guys talking about?’,I asked when I finally found my voice.
The look of ‘Tiffany,why?’ became evident in my eyes as I stared at Tiffany while the tears rushed up.
I totally understood what was going on.
I finally understood that my life has been set up for worst by mother and daughter.
“What are you saying,Mag!
Nnena will never do such a thing!’,Mr Wilson fired hitly as he stood up.
‘Daddy,there is no need to shout…there is just only one way to find out’, Tiffany said as she stared at me with the look of ‘I told you your days in my house are limited.
Tiffany carried the food as we followed her to the back yard by the lower stairs.
There,one of their dogs was laying down.
Mr Wilson’s eyes has grown wide with anticipation.
Tiffany dropped the food on the ground in front of the dog and we all watched.
I was already crying in my heart.
Who will I turn to?
Where will I go to?
After the dog finished eating the salad,it went limp after two minutes.
It vomited blood and died instantly.
Mr Wilson almost fell as he stared at the dead dog in shoock.
He quietly looked at me through painful eyes.
‘Nnena…why?’, was all he could say.
I could not even defend myself.
The tears only came down in a flow of a river.
I really cried a river.
I was done for as I fell on my knees.
What need was it to defend myself when the whole facade is to this extent.
‘You evil witch!
You want to kill my husband for me?
If he had listened to me,his wife…he wouldn’t have been in such a danger.
Get up there…pack your things and leave this house!’,Madam Magret shouted at me as she went inside.
Mr Wilson turned around and walked slowly back into the building.
Tiffany stood looking at me, smiling like a winner.
‘Get ready to leave… loser’,she said to me and walked out of my presence.
My only regret was that I was not going to see Josh before I leave the house.
As I packed my things that day,the only place I had in my to go and stay was the orphanage home.
I never knew about it before but now I know.
I went very far away from the town and boarded a bus to another part of the country entirely.
My only joy was my school certificate with the best marks in it.
I finally found an orphanage home to stay although I know I will only suffer.
The Rev. sisters accepted me.
By then,I was heading to the age of 18.
I had to sleep in a hall where different insects toyed around with.
It was that very night I began having the symptoms.
I didn’t wanted to believe it but that very night….I found out I was already three months pregnant……
# To_Be_Continued .