As usual, the old bone massager came for to perform my therapy on Saturdays, and on that particular Saturday evening, she had come quite late and my aunt who had been waiting for her to give her the balance of her payment, couldn’t wait any longer, so she had to leave for Nemi’s place, leaving the balance with me. The old woman finally arrived by 6:00 pm in the evening and began her normal sessions on me. I watched her (at my feet) rub my leg with expertise as she touched every nerve and muscle, then I called her: “Mama Tender”…..She stopped what she was doing and looked up at me.
“Na who tell you my name?” she asked
“Abi I no suppose to know?” I replied.
“But you come dey behave like sey you no know me”. she continued massaging my leg.
“Of course I know you naa”, I lied. “Na so I suppose to operate….codedly”.
“You be bad pikin”, she muttered.
When she was through with tending to me, she announced her departure and i gave her the balance of her payment. That was when she brought out a white envelope from her purse and handed it too me, after which she left the house. I opened the envelope to find an official letter with the Letter Heading of the Fraternity and it read:
‘THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT THE BROTHERHOOD WILL BE HAVING AN URGENT MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. A NEW SITUATION JUST AROSE AND IT WOULD BE NEEDING YOUR URGENT ATTENTION. THE VENUE OF THE MEETING WILL BE RELATED TO YOU LATER ON. AND BRING ALONG YOUR DUES ACCRUED FROM YOUR LAST ATTENDANCE TILL DATE. THANKS FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP
YOURS SINCERELY THE PATRONS’.
Having read the letter, I tore it into shreds and went outside to burn it. Once more my journey with the brotherhood resumes again. But this time I had to be more careful…for though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no foe.
To Be Continued…