“David,you have been reserved and taciturn.You have refused answering my questions and i cant condone it any longer.What happened to my daughter.What led to her fainting”Mr.Uwa asked,the pain and anger of his daughter still missing,showing all over him.It was already getting dark.They just returned from the police station after making a report.
“Did she fight with the maid? Were they fighting?”His wife added.
David shifted on the chair where he sat and stole glances at them.He felt bad within himself.He didn’t know how to tell his inlaws what happened because all these while he had felt like someone under someone else’s control.
He concluded it would be better if Angela told them by herself.
“She just fainted.Nothing more.What else do you want me to say”David replied calmly,pacing up and down.
“Who’s that woman we saw earlier? Is she the mother of the maid? And why were they leaving with the bag which i believe is hers?”Mrs uwa asked.
“She is her mother.oh,what do i do now? Where else do i go in search of Angela”David lamented,carefully avoiding more questions.
“Pray nothing happens to my daughter because if anything happens to her,you will regret it”Mr uwa assured him while signaling to his wife to follow him as they have stayed too long.
“Wherever my daughter is,the living God that i serve will protect her.David,You must show me where they live”Mrs uwa who stood on her feet,said,referring to David.
“Is it necessary? i went there severally,she wasnt there.Nobody was at home”David replied her.
“I have been thinking”Angela’s mother whispered to her husband,reaching for her bible.
“What about?”Her husband asked.
“Do you remember that Adaora’s two children died with her husband in that ghastly motor accident that made headlines on several news forum?”She asked.
“I do remember that”
“I was suprised when they said she’s the mother of that girl Angela brought in”She said vaguely.
“She might have adopted her”
“My mind doesnt seem to think that way.We have to get going,the pastor and prayer warriors would soon be arriving at the church for the vigil.Trust God,Angela will return safe and sound.Our God answers prayers”She assured him and glanced at the wall clock. 9:15PM
“Everything is happening so fast but i believe my daughter is safe.God will protect her”He agreed.
The air was filled with the voices of prayer;a miraculous medium of miracles.Prayer,which changes things beyond human comprehension.
The prophetic voice of the pastor was heard saying that Angela is in great danger but needs divine grace.At a point,he called out her husband’s name,telling everyone to pray upon him for liberation from any power acting upon him.
David woke up the next morning feeling so fresh,despite being up in thoughts all night till sleep stole him at the early hours of the morning.He rubbed his hands against his eyes,surely,something he couldnt explain died in him last night.
Tears trickled down from his eyes when he remembered what he has been doing.He had been busy going against the promise he made to Angela on the alter.He had been commiting adultery with their housemaid.
“What happened to you David? What went wrong”,he wept,”Forgive me Angela,i have wronged you,please come back to me.If you leave me forever,i will never forgive myself.Oh God please bring Angela back to me…”
Angela’s eyes were swollen.She cried all night,while gigantic mosquitoes feasted on her delicate skin.She was kept in an uncompleted building with two young men watching over her.She was too weak to cry again, they didnt give her anything to eat.She wished someone she knew comes to her aid just as it happened in the dream.She blamed herself for not telling her mom about it;perhaps,they might have prayed it away.
She just laid there,tied hands and legs pretending to be asleep.
She soon felt a touch and opened her eyes,it was Ebere.
“How do you feel,dear friend?”she asked with a wicked smile.
“My God is alife and He will surely vindicate me because i am innocent of your accusations.I have finally come to believe that the devil you know is better than the angel you dont.Ebere you are a betrayer”Angela weakly said and spat on her with enough strength.
“Have your fun,you may never be able to do that again for life”,Ebere said using her handkerchief on her face,”i advice you start saying your last prayers because before dawn tomorrow,you would be no more.i’m sorry.And corncerning sonia,dont worry,she is not taking over your home.she is going to jail for murder”
Sonia and her mother were at her aunt’s place whom they pleaded to let them stay with her for a little time watching the mid day news when Sonia saw it.Her photo was shown on the television with the caption,”wanted”
According to the new,she ran away from home with her mother when she discovered that someone saw her kill somebody.
Hot tears rolled down from her eyes as she fell into her mother’s arm,sobbing sorrowfully in fear.
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