Reborn in Darkness
By Esther B. Daniels
I woke up early as that was always the case, my mother`s voice came to my ear’s as she sung her morning songs working in the kitchen. She was singing “ Ifyanchitila bayaweh” with her sharp voice so smooth I wondered why I never inherited any of her good natures.
She was the calmest and substantial person I knew, she was always telling me about God and how I ought to live my life in the right way.
For her every day of our lives was a miracle, she’s one of the true example’s of a woman of God..
but unfortunately I never got to believe in what she did, I mean I knew there was God from what she always told me and my kid brother, but I had not given myself time to have that close personal relation with God. To me he was just someone who watched over me and sometimes punished me for the wrongs I did.
“Feli! come out now my child you will be late for school !” she called out my name cutting it even when for hundredth times I told her not to call me that.
“Mama am not Feli.. It sounds so old and outdated, please call me Felicia for goodness sake aish” I complained as I walked out of my bed clad in a short night dress and socks on my feet.
“You used to love that name child, what happened?” she smiled handing me a jar of water.
“Well I grew up mama, am 17 now remember?” I shrugged trying to grab my toothbrush from the top of the cupboard.
Our house was small, a two bedroomed house. We did not have the best kind of life even though my mother seemed content with what we had. I had dreams of making it big in life and for all I cared, I would do anything to get myself a good life as soon as possible.
One thing I was certain of, was that before I complete my final secondary school year, I had to hook up with a guy to give me what I needed, the cash to get me going. My mother always warned me of trying to live the kind of life that was not within our means at the moment but I could never get to bare living an `okey` life. God had given me the gift of beauty and brains and that, I was to use to get me somewhere.
I was no longer a vrgin as mom thought I was, at 17 I had had, three sugar daddies already and dumped my childhood boyfriend Daniels after he started confronting me on the issue of me cheating.
Daniels had the looks that got him girl`s attention but I was not interested in that at the moment, I needed to make it big and Daniels was as poor as I was which was a wrong match for me.
“ oh my God this world is going crazy!” came my mother`s voice bringing me back to the present as I kept on brushing my teeth lost in thoughts.
“What is it now mom?” I asked walking back inside the house as she clapped her hands in awe.
“ I was just seeing this post on Facebook my child, this man calling himself a traditional doctor, he is inviting people to go and get juju for attracting men, getting rich and other rubbish you wouldn’t believe” my mother shook her head looking at her phone
“Mmm sure?” I asked grabbing the phone from her hands after wiping my hands dry.
“Yeah just look at that. This is proper witchcraft Feli, I just pray for God to heal our land. These days witchcraft is even sold in public” she sighed deeply opening the pot of rice she was preparing.
I took my time looking at the advert. “Yeah this is it” I whispered inside my head. My friends and I agreed to find a way to lure rich men and that is exactly what we needed. I quickly took note of the phone number listed on the page and put down the phone running back to my room.
“Let me prepare myself for school mom, am running late already” I spoke cutting my mother`s speech of salvation and moral decay. After taking a quick cold bath and dressed up in my uniform and clutching my bag.
I went to a local secondary school in Kafue a few kilometers away from my school. Most of the schoolchildren were walking to their various directions as I walked to the road headsets plugged in my ears I hummed to a song by Mark 2 playing on my phone. I had to make sure I was two blocks away to start playing it knowing my mother would kill me seeing I had a smart phone which she had not bought for me.
I had a feeling someone was coming behind my back and quickly turned to look back.
“Dan!” I sighed deeply seeing him trotting towards me.
“Hey Fey!” he smiled showing off his clean teeth and calm smile I almost admired him again.
“Hey” I handed him my palm for a greeting.
“I have been calling you and like I presumed, you have headsets on” he laughed as we strolled on together.
“So how are you, I tried to see you after class yesterday. What happened you told me you would wait by the gate?” he asked
“Mmmmm that, I completely forgot Dee, I was rushing home mom I needed me” I lied clearing my throat.
“I see, so will see you after classes today?” he looked at me
“listen Dee, you are a good guy and so handsome too, trust me am not the girl for you, get yourself another girl in school and forget about me” I seriously told him as we approach the school gate and I saw Ritah getting off her father`s car as he came to drop her.
“But Fey, you know how I feel about you, how can you tell that?” Daniels tried to hold me back.
“Well I told you the truth right? I don’t want you to waste your precious time hoping I will get back with you Dee” I spoke and walked away my head high. Leaving him watching me in dismay.
“Hey ba guy! What’s up?” I raises my hands to greet Ritah and she ran to me like we saw each other years back.
“Fey! I have a big one for you guys “she screamed as we tossed each other around making other students look on at us.
“Bring it on ba guy” I laughed
“Where is Pamela? I need you both on board now” she shrugged and held my hand as we matched inside.
“She must be inside already you know she is always early” I responded.
We passed through a group of prefects eyeing us with hateful looks. I looked at them and pushed my long hair back showing off my beauty. “Ba guy some people are too ugly they make me wanna puke!” I shouted seeing a girls that I had fought with some weeks back over Daniels. She had wanted to get so close with him but since I never liked her, I made sure to break them apart taking advantage of the feelings Dee had for me.
“Say that again Fey, this school is full of such people I wonder if they don’t feel pain at all” Ritah responded with a face we laughed aloud leaving the prefects as silent as water.
Everyone knew we were the school divas and there was no messing with any of us. We sometimes hired the bad guys to beat our opponents up and so we remained untouchable. Only teachers would punish us and not a mare prefect.
“okey so spit it out ba guy’ I told Ritah when we were seated in the back of the class joining Pamela who was already in.
“This is it” she smiled widely.
“My parents have planned a big birthday party for my big brother this weekend and he is bringing some guys from his work place. Guess what is more exiting” she chuckled.
“What?” I asked impatiently.
“Well, he told me all the people he works with were invited and am talking about managers and loaded men guys” she smiled
“Tell me about that ma bae” Pamela screamed on top of her voice making all the people in class stop whatever they were doing and looked at us.
“Hey pipo! Mind your own shit!” I raised my hand at them and they all turned away one by one.
“Ritah bae that is so good news. That sounds like the kind of party to go to” I smiled nodding my head.
“Yeah it is ba guy and we need to get some good clothes before weekend” she added
“Yea that’s for sure guys, but listen something is heating up too” I sighed.
“Mmm” Pamela murmured
“I just came across something that gave me an idea on how to get hooked fast” I told the girls.
“There is this witchdoctor I saw on FB, he said he gives some juju to attract men and that’s exactly what we need. I got the number and we can call him, come on guys we need this, soon we will be out of here and we need the power to control these men and have them do as we please” I added seeing them stay back at the mention of a witchdoctor.
“Oh Fey I don’t know, that’s too much don’t you think?” Pamela winced.
“What’s bad about getting some lucky juju Pamela? We are not going to kill anyone at all, we are doing this for us and it’s so harmless I tell you. My granny once told me a girl needs something to attract her to some men, beauty is not enough oooh!” I added in a Nigerian tone.
“Mmm, I guess you are right. So, how do we get to this man?” Ritah asked.
“Good morning class!” came the voice of our grade teacher. She just walked in with a class register and we all stood to greet her.
“Ritah back to your sit!” she called out and Ritah walked up front two desks away from where Pamela and I sat.
“We will talk more later guys” I whispered and stood straight looking at Mrs. Phiri.
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