IN THE DARK Episodes 7,8,9,10,11&12

I knocked and pleaded with uncle mike and his wife, i cried,i screamed, i promised never to
hangout again, i promised never to disobey them, i even coffessed to the sin i never
committed, i told them i stole the money and i promised never to steal again But nobody
listened to me. If only mom was here. When i had no strength to shout and cry anymore,i
sat by the door step and “Goodbye’s the saddest word” by “celien Dion” came to my mind, i
sang with my last strength.
you gave life to me
turned a baby
into a lady
all you had to offer
was a promise of
a life time of love.
Now know theres no other
love like a mother’s
love for her child.
And i know
a love so complete
somebody must leave
must say goodbyes.
Goodbye’s the saddest word
i’ll ever hear.
Goodbye’s the last time
i will hold you near
someday u’ll say that word
and i will cry
it’ll break my heart
to hear you say
Tears filled my eyes as i was singing, mom said her Goodbyes in the middle of nowhere and
that made my life a living hell.
I was still singing when a heavy wind started, i was so scared because the wind was so
heavy, i moved closer to the door and covered myself with my bare hands.
Few minutes later i heard sound of argument within the house,i could hear aunty nike
screaming “Dont open” ontop of the voice.
The door was opened and somebody offered me a hand. I looked up and i saw lizzy, she
was in tears. Her parent were shouting at her from inside, they were telling her to let me
remain outside where i belong but lizzy did not listen to them, instead she pulled me up and
led me inside. I stood by the door in fear while lizzy locked the door. When lizzy was done
locking the door,she faced her parents and said ” even if she were to be a slave, you are not
expected to treat her thia way talkless of you blood dad , am so disappointed in you. Mom
you call yourself a mother but you have the heart of stone, where is the heart of a mother
that you ought to posses? What are you people passing on to me?” Lizzy yelled at her
parents and led me to my room. I knew uncle mike and his wife were angry with me for
turning their daughter against them but i was equally surprised cos even though lizzy was
nice to me, she do render assistance in the absence of her parent. She was the calm and
gentle type that never goes against her parents. Lizzy made me lay on my bed and covered
me up before leaving. I slept with many unanswered questions. Did the wind start to blow
because of my song? What took the gentle lizzy away and made her bold enough to defend
me? Probably did my mom heard me when i called on her? Do ghost really exist? Is mom
still hanging around somewhere?. Those were the questions i could not answer.
Lizzy woke me up the following morning and prepared a warm bath for me, she made me
breakfast before leaving for school. When lizzy left i dressed up for school and went to greet
my uncle and his wife. They did not respond to my greetings so i just left for school with no
hope of how i will get to school. I called kelvin and explained my predicament to him,he was
so pained that i could feel it in his voice,he told me he was out of town and not been able
to help me, made matter worse for him, i consoled him and ended the call.
My last option was Jordan, i called him and he promised to come immediately. Jordan got
to my gate 30minutes later and he drove me to school, he left with the promise to come for
me 2:00pm.
I had alittle fun with Nelly and after school, Jordan came. Nelly rushed to hug jordan and i
wondered if they have met before i introduced them to eachother. They had alittle chat
before Jordan decided it was time to go. I said my goodbye to nelly and left with Jordan.
Jordan parked in front of our gate and i was about to highlight from his car when i saw
aunty nike coming from God knows where in my mom’s car. She came down from the car
and rushed at us,she knocked on the door and Jordan opened the door. Aunty nike started
shouting in public “so you are the friend she always hangout with? You influenced her badly
and taught her to disobey and steal. The next time i see you here, i wil get you arrested!”
aunty nike shouted and left. I rushed out of the car and ran after her. Immediately she got
inside she went to uncle mike and told him that a guy came to drop me off. She told my
uncle that i do not even go to school anymore and all i do is hangout with men. My uncle
stood up and made to hit me but he stopped half way and said “you will remain in this
house and prepare for that Jamb, no more school for you till you gain admission into the
university,ok!? I shook my head and ran to my room.
That was the end of school for me. I had to coach myself for the exam.
The following day, i called Jordan and apologised to him. He said he did not know that i
was going through hell and made a slave in my own house already. He also said he thought
i will be living like a queen now that my mom is dead and am left with all the wealth but
reverse was the case. Even though Jordan’s words came as an insult than concern to me, i
did not react to it. He accepted my apology and i ended the call. I also called kelvin and he
said i should not be depressed instead i should read and make sure i pass the exam.
Lizzy came to my room and promised to plead with her parent to allow me continue with
school. But i refused, in order not to cause conflict in the house. After lizzy departure to
school everyday, i would wait in my room for uncle mike and his wife to leave the house as
well. Once they are gone, i would go to the kitchen, make breakfast and keep some for
lunch. I read mostly in the afternoon when am alone in the main building. Sometimes i read
at night when am not too scared of the dark.
This was my daily routine until one Thursday, Aunty Nike came back early that day from
shop and met me cooking. I was making yam and egg sauce for myself. Immediately she
entered the house she came to the kitchen. I greeted her but instead of responding she
rushed toward the pot on fire. She checked the yam then the egg sauce and she started to
scream. “Jesus! I had ordinary bread and tea for breakfast this morning and here you are
making yam and egg sauce for yourself? I can see you have been growing fat on what you
did not work for. This laziness must stop today. Go inside right now and dress up! You wil
start working as a sales girl in my supermarket till you gain admission! Ok?” Aunty Nike
ended her speech, but i stood, rooted to a point. I heard her perfectly well but i could not
believe she could be so mean to make me a sales girl in my mom’s supermarket. “Will you
move it before i decend on you!” Aunty nike’s voice brought me back to reality. I hurriedly
turn off the gas cooker and rushed to my room. I was yet to dressup when i heard Aunty
Nike call my name. I pulled my dress over my head quickly and rushed downstairs, i got into
the car and the driver zoomed off to the supermarket.
I was going back to my mom’s super market, the same place my mom was heading to
before she met her untimely death. In the past, i would go there either to shop or to be with
mom but that day, i was going there to start working as a sales girl. Tears rushed down my
cheek as i thought about the irony of my life.
We got to the super market and i discovered that just the way our house workers were
sacked, the workers at the super market were replaced as well.
Aunty Nike called the other girls and said ” I called you all here to introduce a new employee
to you. Her name is Nancy and she will be the errand girl. She is spoilt and lazy,but make
sure you report her to me whenever she disobey you. You can all take your leave” Aunty
Nike ended her speech and all the girls went back to their duty post. I was made a
massanger in a supermarket owned by my mom, that was the effect of death. I did not
know what more to expect but i planned not to give up.
During lunch all the girl dropped different food container size with different order and
instruction for me to get them food. I did not know where to get food from so i asked one
of the girls and she described the way to a local food canteen along the road.
The food containers were too heavy for me but i managed to carry them after getting their
orders. I was stil struggling with the containers when i heard some call my name, i turned
and it was ‘Aunty oyinkan’ (khole’s mom). ” Nancy what are you doing here? Are not
suppose to be in school? Who sent you all this?” aunty oyinkan questioned. I did not know
what to say, i just started to cry. Aunty Oyinkan collected the food conteiners from me and
led me to her car where I narrated my predicament to aunty oyinkan and she was furious.
She wanted to drive down to the supermarket and battle words with my uncle’s wife, but i
pleaded with her to let peace rein. Aunty oyinkan then held my cheek and said “Nancy i
know you are trying to cope,but if you ever think you are too tired and cant take the pain
anymore, do give me a call, i promise to be there for you. This was the same promise i
made to you when lillian died and am not backing off now”.
Aunty oyinkan took me to a resturant and ordered food for me. She watched me while i ate.
After eating she gave me her card and dropped me close to the super market before leaving.
This was how i started working as an errand girl in my mom’s super market and i was left
with limited time to read for my exam.
It was a week to my jamb examination, but i was yet to cover most of the areas i ought to
have covered. Every morning i would go with aunty Nike to the supermarket and run erands
on foot. Most of the time i come home lately and tired which makes me unable to study.
My jamb examination was fast approaching and i had no idea of how i would transport
myself to the examination center. I was scheduled to have my exam by 8:00am which
means i had to arrive the center early in the morning. Kelvin was out of town so i had to
call Jordan. I called Jordan and asked for his help in transporting me to my examination
center and he promised to be in my house on time to pick me up.
On the day of my examination, i woke up very early in the morning and went through my
book before i dressed up for school. I said my prayer and went to inform my uncle and his
wife of my departure. I met lizzy preparing for school when i went to bid her goodbye, she
asked if i needed anything and i said no. I called jordan to inform him that i was waiting for
him and he said he was on his way. Minutes later Lizzy left in her car. I waited for thirty
minutes without seeing any sign of Jordan, i called again and his line was switched off.
I was baffled and confused on what to do. He was my only hope and i had no money with
me. I thought of who to call again and Nelly came to my mind. She picked the call after the
third ring and I informed her of my present situation. I asked if she could help me get to
school and she said her exam was not scheduled for that day and she was with a friend not
at home. I ended the call with Nelly and i checked my wrist watch, the time was 7:40am.
My exam was scheduled for 8:00am and i was yet to get a transport down to school by
7:40AM. I was scared of missing my examination and confused on what to do. I could not
call khole or aunty oyinkan. The examination would have ended before they arrive my
house. I had no other person to call than Lizzy. Lizzy picked my call at the first ring and
immediately i told her i was stranded, she said she would turn the car around. I was
checking my time as i continued to dial Jordan’s line without luck of reaching him.
This was an examination i could not afford to miss. Missing this examination will cost me
another year of slaving in my mom’s super market. I doubled my step and started to trek
toward the examination center. I was almost at the junction of my street when i sighted
lizzy. She pulled over beside me and i got into the car. Immediately i got into the car, lizzy
zoomed off without us saying a word to eachother. Lizzy was speeding so high that i would
have cautioned if i was not late for an examination. I knew she was doing everything
because of me but i could not bring myself to thank her at that moment. I was sad and lost
in thought.
We got to my center and i quickly alighted from the car, i got to the examination hall and
the other students were just going into the hall. I joined the line hurriedly and made into the
examination hall.
We started the examination by 9:15AM after which the computers were been checked. Most
of the questions were difficult and unfamiliar because i could not study hard for the
examination, i did my best and left the rest for God.
I came out of the hall and to my surprise lizzy was outside waiting for me, immediately she
saw me, she rushed at me and hugged me before asking how the examination went. I
sincerely told her i did my best but could not answer most of the questions. Lizzy told me
not to worry and in a bid to console me, she got me lunch at Mr.biggs before taking me
I did not go to the super market that day, so i had the whole afternoon to myself. During
my free time,i called kelvin and told him about the incident that happened to me in the
morning and he asked if Nelly and kelvin were close friends. I did not know why he asked
that question but i told him they were not really close. Kelvin changed the topic and
consoled me, he told me not to worry about anything apart from my education. I took
kelvin’s advice and hoping to do well in my examination.

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