A story written by BukkyDan ([email protected])…
Barbra sniffed loudly as her teary eyes scanned Sasha’s bedroom. Nothing to indicate a female owns the room, no pink designs, no floral wallpapers; the wall’s painted cream, the curtains tom were cream with a few brown dots; then a small table, with neat stack of books and chinese collections. The room looked neat in its own way, just that the owner was absent to add more glamour to it.
Barbra would never forgive herself, what kind of mother was she? Her own daughter? She almost fainted when she learnt Sasha was flown abroad, she wasn’t even given a chance to see what her child looks like.
Slowly she buried her face in her palms and her body shook with sobs.
“Iya Kemi, Jide just called that they’re fine and also…” Ashley walked into the room, but stoped halfway as she met her sister’s sorrowful condition.
“still crying? I’ve told you all would be well.” she felt sorrowful too.
“I know.” Barbra pushed her hands away, who was she deceiving.
“wheres Kenny?” she asked. That boy need to explain things to her, how on earth could he not know about her illness all along?
“Need I remind you, that he went with them? Jide went with them too so won’t start asking where he is.” Ashley frowned, folding her her arms.
“Maybe you should try to be nice! I don’t need some mean sister around me.” Barbra eyed.
Ashley simply rolled her eyes.
“stop doing that to me! Don’t you know how I feel? I know you all are casting blames on me…” she broke into fresh sobs
“Nobody’s blaming you, you’re the best mother any child can have. C’mon sister mi, I’m sorry okay. But you have to put yourself together.” Ashley tried to hold her.
“Fi mi le jor! Wheres Cassie?”
“You asked her to take some food to Joyce!”
“Oh!” Barbra rubbed her aching forehead, while her sister left the room irritated.
She picked a pillow to cuddle it, its softness could heal her heart. Her eyes caught a fancy book beneath the pillow, without a second thought she picked the book.
‘SASHA WILLIAMS’ was written on the front cover in silver.
“Hmmn” Barbra sighed as she flipped open the pages, it looks more like a slum book.
The writtings looked old, the first page has the handwritting of a little child-it read;
Things change in life, your lovers become you haters. Mum doesn’t like me no more, she called me stu.pid. I’m scared.”
Its Christmas day, I am not wearing my new clothes, nobody cares.”
I have stomach ache, I vomited two times, my leg is shaking. Daddy said I must go to school. I hate dad. I told mum, she patted my head and went off.”
I am happy, Kenny is in my school now. Thanks to Aunty Ashley.”
Mum took me to a prophet, they said I am a witch, they want to cut my hair. I am scared”
Its my birthday, mummy and daddy forgot, Cassie stole my biro, Kola bite my arm.”
new year resolution. Not playing with Kola and Cassie anymore, I won’t tell mummy any gist, I won’t run to welcome daddy anymore, I won’t hug Dapo no more, and I still love aunty Kemi and my Kenny”
plans working right, I’m now living for myself alone. Everybody sees me as an outcast, who cares?”
Barbra trembled as her fingers flipped the pages open, the writting were getting clearer as it became more structured
Daddy sent me packing to Lagos, I hate the Williams”
back home now, mum’s showing me love, daddy’s got a new Missy. I wonder if mum’s love is genuine.
I’m pains, am I gonna continue like this? Nobody to talk to? My stomach is on fire, God please help me”
Barbra closed the book as tears blurred her vision, she was a ‘failure’. She made her own daughter go t through all that, she was the reason behind Sasha’s rudeness and illness?
“please my baby forgive me.” she whispered as fresh tears flowed from her eyes.
“Mummy! Mum…” Kola ran excitedly into the room with Ashley.
Barbra looked on bemused as they performed some dance steps.
“Sister mi! Ishe toh Oluwa ti she, ko le baje rara! Guess what?” Ashley laughed.
“Joyce gave birth?” Barbra asked unintrested.
“forget that one jor o! Its Sasha! The doctors over there confirmed, she needs no more Kidney transplant o” Ashley shook her sister.
“she’s okay now?” Barbra didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“errm….she’s still undergoing treatments…she’s not yet out of the comatose stuff.” Kola sighed.
“hmm…thank God” Barbra wiped her tears.
“Excuse me.” she hurried out of the room taking the book with her.
“What’s wrong with her?” Ashley asked Kola, who simply shrugged.
“can’t wait to have Sasha back home, I’ll use all the money in my piggy bank to organise a party for her.” Kola said excitedly as he and Ashley shared their joy.
To Be Continued….