It became clear to me that I was in soup. In
my quest for revenge,I had walked into my
own trap. I began to understand that he was
a very aggressive and possessive person.
What have I gotten myself into?
Me: wha . . .what are you trying to say now?
He looked at me and smiled.
Frank: Good. You’re a good girl. I talk and
you listen. If you don’t understand,you tell me
and I’ll explain to you my love. Don’t raise
your voice on me or try battling words with
me and you won’t regret being my girl. All
I’m saying is that we are now together and
you’ll never lack.
He dropped the cigarette and touched my
Frank; You are beautiful and I love you very
Tears ran down my face. What am I going to
do? Did he say lack? Did I ever mention to
him that I lacked anything? What will he give
me that I don’t have? Is this how he treated
Vivian and she still loved him to fight over
Oh Jesus! Tell me what to do.
Frank: Don’t cry. Please don’t cry. I know you
love me as well but………
Me: I’m no longer interested. You’re someone
I don’t know. Your character . . . . . .
Frank: shut up!
I jumped up in fright. Passersby looked at us.
I bent my head and let the tears flow. There
was an awkward silence between us. I raised
my eyes to see his back turned to me,then
my instinct asked me to run. Yes! He won’t
have the guts to run after me when there
were people all over the street. He was talking
but I didn’t pay attention. I counted to five
and that was it; I ran……I ran for my dear life.
I didn’t look back. All I did was run. I ran like
someone was after me and truly,there was
something after me. I got to my gate and
started banging on the gate. God be
praised,the gate was answered immediately
and I ran in. I didn’t even know who opened
the gate but I heard myself asking the person
to lock up immediately.
I got inside my room and broke down
instantly. Why would Ebuka leave me to
suffer in the hands of this monster? I cried
myself to sleep and when I woke up and
checked the time,it was 12;09am. A banging
on my head reminded me of the previous
day. I went to mum’s room and knocked but
there was no response.
I walked into the room and woke her up,told
her how I was feeling and she gave me
novalgen and asked me to get food in the
kitchen since I missed dinner. I almost ran to
the kitchen because I was very hungry…
I didn’t even bother to look in the pot
because I knew the soups would be in the
freezer so I just made cornflakes with milk in
large quantity and gulped it down
immediately. I later went back to bed
promising myself that Frank will never see
me again until I want to make him do that
which is very far from now.
From that day,I started staying indoors.
I didn’t even try following mum to the shop.
I also started avoiding Vivian. Warned my
siblings to always tell her that I wasn’t
around… Thank God,aunt Justina moved out
of the house that week because she got a job
at Lagos,making me the official chef of the
For the fact that I didn’t want to run into
Frank,I made sure I left the house with mum
any day I wanted to buy foodstuffs,then after
buying them,I would board a bike that will
stop me right in front of my house. Things
were going the way I liked and thank God,the
vacation was gradually coming to an end.
I made a list of everything I will be needing
for ss2 and gave it to mum. We fixed a date
for the shopping and it was on a
Saturday,exactly one week before I went back
to school. Mum and I got to the market very
early that morning. We went to her favourite
book seller and gave her the list. She brought
out all the books and we asked her to tape
them while we go to the provision shop. It
was at the provision shop that we met Vivian
and she promised to visit. I was
uncomfortable with that but because of
mum’s presence,I couldn’t object.
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