A gentle wind blew across the legs of Nath
and Favour, grasses rattled at a nearer
distant, the sky exposed the brightness of
stars thus giving out a magnificent night. As
Favour anticipated to hear from him, so as
Nath looked up in the sky as if to count the
stars. “Come with me” he said holding
Favour by the hand and running towards a
mountain that could be found behind all
buildings in the locality. There were rocks,
few grasses and the sky well exposed.
“Why did you bring me here?”
“I want to show you something”
“Close your eyes”
“No, I’m scared” Favour chuckled.
“Trust me” Nath persuaded before she
closed her eyes anticipating to know what
next. Before she knew it, Nath kissed her
thus making her to open her eyes. She
couldn’t believe it, she became speechless
until he grabbed her hand saying, “That’s
the way i feel about you. I feel like I’m
betrothed to you. Your presence makes me
feel complete. To be honest, I’m in love with
Favour embraced him tightly as an
afterthought without releasing him. “You
bring joy to my heart and restored courage
to my heart. Please, promise never to be
separated from me” she said on his
“I promise never to be apart from you” Nath replied.
They had to spend more time there sitting
on rocks and staring into the sky. For the
time they had been together, she noticed
that Nath was always enthusiastic about
getting money which she saw in his mood
presently. She never wanted him to worry
about it, so she said, “Look at the sky. Look
at how small the stars are, yet, they are
beautiful and give light” she directed her
eyes to him. “No matter how little one has,
he should shine like the stars. You must not
be up in the sky before you become a star.”
“But some people are up in the sky and also
stars” Nath began. “I want to make my
mother proud, i want to give you a better
life, i want to..”
“Sssshhhh” Favour interrupted him by
placing a finger across his lips. “It’s enough.
I believe one day, we shall rise from dust to
They became quiet then Nath changed the
“Did Jesse tell you when she went home?”
“No, did she?”
“No, i wonder what her problem is” Nath
thought for a while. He stood up, took
Favour’s hand and they began to go out.
Jesse sat silently in front of their house. She
became aware that her grandmother was a
witch after she told her how and why she
knew Favour and tormented her. She could
remember her words vividly: Favour’s
mother challenged me as a witch before she
died and i must torment her daughter.. If
she’s getting on your way, there is always a
solution to it..
“What solution was grandma talking
about?” Jesse thought. She was gradually
influenced by her grandmother thus taking
her steps and having the same mindset.
“What does Nath see in Favour anyways? I
stayed with him and he never noticed me
for once” she thought again and angrily
went into the house.
THE NEXT DAY
Mrs. Ola, Nath’s mother woke up. She went
to Nath’s room but didn’t see him, then
believed he had gone to his normal work.
On the other hand, Jesse woke up to see her
grandmother lying dead in her room.
“Granny? Granny!” she pushed her
ferociously but there was no sigh of life in
her. She began to cry.
However, Favour had gone to make a sale as
usual but after a long time without seeing
Jesse or Nath, she became worried and
went back home to Nath’s residence only to
meet his mother in front of the house
knitting a clothe.
“Good day, ma” she prostrated slightly
bending her knees.
Mrs Ola suspended what she was doing and
looked at her from head to toe. She saw her
carrying her carton of gala looking worried.
“Good day. Any problem?”
“Ma, i came to check on Nath to know why
he didn’t come to work”
“I haven’t seen my son since morning. I
thought he had gone to work”
“No, ma, he’s not there”
“Ewoh!” Mrs Ola stood up to go check again
in the house but Jesse barged in. Favour
directed her eyes to her instantly but saw
her with a disdainful look which indicated
that she wasn’t happy with her.
Nevertheless, she said, “Jesse, have you
“Ehen, nwam,” Mrs Ola interrupted her
moving closer to Jesse. She held her hand
seriously. “Is my son with you?”
Jesse became confuse. “No, he’s the one i
came to see”
“Chim oh!” Mrs Ola exclaimed. “He’s not at
home since morning!” she began to shout
running inside the house.
Favour and Jesse looked at each other
silently. Already, Favour’s heart had began to beat faster coz she had a strange feeling
about everything. After the long look, she
began to go out occasionally looking back
and hoping to see Nath. “What’s happening?
Where is he?” she thought.
Jesse had an idea of what that must have
happened since her grandmother died the
same night Nath got missing, so she hurried
back home and began to cry remembering
her granny’s words…
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