Two riff-raffs on their way from some party caught sight of the old man sleeping in front of a store. They quickly whispered to each other, giggled contentedly and started walking towards him. One grabbed the bag he held tightly in between his laps and yanked it from there. He woke up frightfully…
Mazi Nnamdi: “Who is it? My sons, please give me that bag, there is nothing inside it but some old cloths and small money meant for my transportation back home” his voice quivered as he begged from where he sat on the hard cemented floor.
1st Guy: “Shut up jor. Who asked you to sleep here without our consent? You have to pay a fine of two thousand naira only”
2nd Guy: “Two taasand for where? Hin go pay five taasand. I no know the kind English una two dey speak but bring the bag make I see how much hin get” he snatched the bag from his friend aggressively and unzipped it. “Chai” he exclaimed.
1st Guy: “How much dey there? e plenty?” he asked showing much interest in the content of the bag.
2nd Guy: “The man no get money o. na only change dey here, hin no go reach 1k sef. Abeg make we kill am jare. Hin don waste our time no be small”
Mazi Nnamdi: “Please my son. I am just an old lonely man with nowhere to go. I came here in search of my son whom we lost many years ago. Please spare me” thoughts of leaving his wife all alone made him want to fight for his life.
2nd Guy: “Wetin hin dey talk?”
1st Guy: “Make we leave am. Na old papa hin be. Hin talk sey hin dey find hin son wey lost. I dey feel for am. Make we carry am go house?” he suggested to his friend who cast him a side glance.
2nd Guy: “Na you go dey give am food o. we go fit use am sef. Wow brilliant idea. Make we carry am go home. I gbadun you this guy jor, you get sense no be small” he shook his friend warmly and they both did the chest thing they used to do.
1st Guy: “Okay old man, we will offer you a place to stay until you’ve found your son. Don’t forget, we are doing you a favour and one day, you might have to return the favour. We will even help you search for your son”
Mazi Nnamdi: “Oh God be praised. Thank you very much. I will surely return the favour someday”
He could not believe his luck as he followed the two guys down to their house which was at Ajegunle. They had trekked so much he thought they were going into another city entirely but he never queried them fearing they could change their minds about accommodating him.
She screamed as loud as she could when she realised he wasn’t going to stop. He turned her over, laid under and began to scream when he heard the voices of people outside.
Obumneke: “Hei…an old man has suffered in this town. Hei, aru emee na eee (abomination has happened).
Obianuju: “But why are you crying? It’s you who tried to do something with me” she said looking aghast as neighbours started trouping in with their torch lights flashing in her face.
Obunmeke: “Ezigbo ummunne m (my good brothers), I am glad you heard my cry or this woman would have stripped me of my honour in this village” he said and tears streamed down his face.
1st Neigbour: “What happened exactly?” he asked looking from one to another.
Obianuju: “He tried…”
Obumneke: “I was on my way from the meeting of the elders from my wife’s side” he cut in sharply before she could finish what she was about to say. “I was a little drunk from the wonderful palmwine we were served there. I am sure she heard the sound of my motorcycle because she ran out and asked me to help her with something after she had stopped me. Being the wife of a friend who is not around, I decided to just see what it was she wanted help with.
She kept gibbering on and on about how she had always liked me, how she wanted me to lay with her since her husband was not around. I thought she was joking until I stood up to leave. She grabbed me and pulled me down like this” he stood up to demonstrate how it happened. “She must have noticed I was drunk. I began to scream when I realised she was serious o. Hai, I have suffered” he kept crying to garner more sympathy from the people.
2nd Neighbour: “So a woman whose husband is still alive tried to force herself on another man? Tufiakwa. Abomination, the height of abomination” he spat on her disgustedly.
Obianuju: “But I did not do anything wrong. It was he who tried to force himself on me. Please believe me my good neighbours” she placed her hands on her head pitifully but no one showed her any pity. She was kicked and slapped and spat on from different angles.
2nd Neighbour: “This family is cursed. How could you have tried doing something like that to a good man like Obum? Infact, this won’t do. Let’s drag her to the evil forest right away. Let her Chi judge her there” he reached for her and started dragging her out but the rest of the people stopped him, even Obumneke.
Obumneke: “Let’s leave her for tonight. There is nowhere for her to run to if she decides to run away. We shall drag her to the igwe tomorrow morning or just let the people judge her”
I warned you not to scream didn’t I? Now you are about to be publicly disgraced indeed. Something you should have enjoyed quietly. Hmmmmm” he heaved a sigh of triumph as he walked away from the house.
Just as he was about to end what he was saying, Jerry barged into the room, panting…
Jerry: “Oh sorry, I was running here to tell Suzie that her favourite show has come on. I am so sorry for interrupting thoughtlessly” he said and began to close the door behind him.
Suzan: “How annoying can this get? What nonsense favourite show is he talking about by this time of the night?” she let out a hiss exasperation and turned back to him. “Ehn ehn what were you saying?”
Sukanmi: “Nothing at all. I think we shouldn’t have sex just yet. Let’s wait until we are married. I respect you that much and wouldn’t want to do anything which will make you feel less of yourself. I can wait baby” he cooed to her convincingly.
Suzan: “Awwwwwww you are so adorable Sukanmi. How many guys in this world will be this considerate? Thank you dear.
Actually, I was scared since it was going to be my first time. Thank you for your patience dear. I will remember this day for the rest of my life” she said and hugged him tightly.
Sukanmi: “You are welcome dear” he held her for some minutes too, heaving a sigh of relief, he released her and they laid back on the bed together. She rested her head on his chest all through the night and even when her neck hurt, she didn’t remove her head from there fearing he would turn to the other side.
Suzan: “Mum you wouldn’t believe he refused to have sex with me last night, saying he would wait until we got married? Can you imagine?” she told her mum excitedly who was equally impressed.
Suzan Snr: “Wow! That is quite impressive. I like that boy” she said proudly. “You sure made the right choice” She said beaming with smiles.
Suzan: “Oh yeah I did. I have sharp eyes. I should go get him since breakfast is ready” she said and headed for the room.
Jerry: “So you wanted to tell her you were gay? Are you daft? Do you think she will be able to accept it?”
Sukanmi: “She deserves to know the truth. I like her a lot and I don’t ever want to see her hurt”
Jerry: “If you really like and care about her, then you should quietly disappear from her life. Leave her alone”
Sukanmi: “Hmmmmm… wouldn’t that hurt her even the more?”
Jerry: “It will but then she’d fall in love with another man and get over you. You are not worthy of her, we should rather be together. We both understand each other. I will arrange for us to fly back to the US together and live a free and happy life there. Choose one, stay here and hide forever or go with me to the US and find the kind of love you have ever wanted”
Suzan: “What are you two talking about?” she opened her eyes wide and seemed like she was going to fall over.
Question: Did she hear what Jerry said? Should he go with Jerry to the US or stay back with Suzan?
To be continued…
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