A story written by BukkyDan ([email protected])…
“Mummy…mummy” the continuous banging on door made Babra want to strangle who ever was at her bedroom door.
The little girl fell into the room as Barbra snatch the door open.
“Mummy I want” The girl struggled to her feet not minding the bruises on her knees and elbow.
“Your ice cream is in the fridge, ask Cassie to get it for you.” Barbra snapped.
“No mummy!” the girl shook her head vehemently.
“Can’t you see I’m feeding your brother?” Barbra asked frustrated as Kola’s cries filtered into her ears.
“I want…mummy…” the girl’s eyes filled with tears.
“I don’t know why my own children are frustrating me…am I the first to have kids?” Barbra murmured angrily as she pulled the girl down the stairs with her.
“Here you are! Ice-cream it is! No more disturbances okay? Now run off!” Barbra ordered.
The little girl collected the little container, speeding off her fast as her legs could carry her.
“Auntie…” she wept as she ran into Kemi’s room.
“Awww….who touched my baby sister?” Kemi asked pulling the littke girl to herself.
“Auntie…I want” the little girl gave the ice-cream to her.
“I should open it for you?” Kemi asked trying her best to comprehnd what the little girl was saying.
“No…auntie I want!” the girl sobbed some more.
“You want what?”
The little girl pointed at the door.
Letting out a sigh, Kemi closed her books.
“Oya lets go, so you’ll show me what you want.”
The little girl led Kemi to her room,
“Auntie…I want…see…” she pointed to the ceiling fan.
There and then, Kemi saw it; it was a little colourful bird which might have found its way in through the open windows.
“Auntie…I want…” the girl tugged Kemi who was lost admiring the bird.
“Its very beautiful, and you want me to catch it for you?” Kemi asked and girl nodded.
“But I’m not tall now…”Kemi complained.
“Auntie nao…I waaant.”
“Okay then lets try” Kemi placed a stool on the bed, lighting it she swooped at the bird.
The bird squeaked and found its way through the window. Kemi got down to console her sister who was already weeping silently.
“Auntie …I want…” she continued to sob.
“I promise to buy one for you.” Kemi assured.
The little girl stopped crying, her eyes searching Kemi’s face.
“See…that bird left cos it doesn’t belong to you, when I buy one for you, it’ll be yours forever.” Kemi assured once.
“Thank you auntie..” the little girl hugged Kemi gratefully though Kemi never fulfilled her promise.
“But how come you remember all these?” Tunji asked looking bewildered.
“Nobody ever forgets evil memories.” Sasha smiled sadly.
“You should let go!” Tunji took her hands in his.
“I’m not holding grudges against anyone.” Sasha frowned.
“Its all clear…baby girl just let all those hard feeling go. Whatever evil your parents and siblings did; whatever good thing Kemi did, shouldn’t matter now. Its all past.” Tunji tried again.
Sasha bit her lower lip, that man thought it was all easy to forget all those forever vivid memories.
Not afterall she went through, not after all the endless nights of weepings. She had tried her possible to stay away from them, that frustration led her to the hospital bed in a different country. She was very sure if she goes back home, she would end up in…
“Maybe you should plead with my father, to let me go to Lagos straight from here.”
Tunji didn’t reply, he was flipping through his Bible pages. He needed some scriptures as a back up to soften her heart. He was tired of the false life his in-laws were living.
Putting up the picture of a happy family in public and eating up each other’s heads in their closet. Who would think his father in-law who was so religious would stoop so low to bring a strange woman into his home, or rather his mother-in-law who looked like she’s always doting on her kids.
Or was it Sasha who ran back home to save her parents marriage? A family she still held so much spite for?
To Be Continued….