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***Mrs Johnson finally brought out the phone from her handbag,.. She was eager to open the phone,…. She switched on the phone,….. The phone came on but she was disappointed when she was asked to enter the password,..Angela’s picture on the screen was smiling at her..
“Stupid girl,.. You’re part of the problems i’m facing right now, if only i can lay my hands on you,… Idiot”she thought to herself
……. . She nearly smashed the phone on the wall,…. She threw the phone back into her handbag and decided to send it to a technician,…..her phone rang, she checked and it was mother supreme supreme,…. She was scared at first,but she summoned courage and picked at the second ring,…. Mother supreme supreme didnt give her the chance to talk,…
“The unexpected will happen soon,…. Be ready for the evil that will befall you,….. And pls dont come running to me ,…. You have failed to do what you were asked to do,……. And remember you have just seven months to bring back your husband or else you shall die!!!!!!! “she told her over the phone
She cut the call on her
Mrs Johnson was trembling terribly with fear,….. She needs to do something fast,………
Angela’s mother was happy to see her daughter,…. She called in her husband’s relatives,….. When everyone had settled down,….. She couldn’t stop staring at her daughter, who has added so much weight,…. It was then she saw her protruding stomache, she was shocked and didnt want to disgrace her daughter before everyone by asking her about her suspicion,….. When everyone had left, she called her daughter into the room and sat her down,……….
“My daughter, i’m happy that you’re back,…. I thank God for the old woman that took care of you,… May God bless her for me,…. My daughter,… Pls who did this to you”she asked pointing at her stomach,….
“Mama, i’m surprised ooo,… I dont know how it all happened “she replied her mother
Her mother was surprised at her daughter’s response,……
” My daughter were you raped?, “she asked touching her body,….
” Noooooo, i was not raped”
“So who did this to you,… How can you disappear for months and return with a pregnancy you dont even know the father,…. What do you want people to say,… You want to bring shame to me?,…. Why are you doing this to me?,…. Is this a punishment for neglecting my duties as a mother,…. This punishment is too much,….. Look at your poor mother and siblings,….. Your people will laugh at me,…. Pls just tell me who impregnated you,…. “she said with tears in her eyes
She wiped her tears with the end of her wrapper,…. Angela was crying too,… She couldn’t understand why she doesn’t know who impregnated her,…. Aunty Beatrice entered the room and over heard their discussions,…
She sat down on the mattress
“Angela, my daughter, you’re not a kid anymore, you cant tell us you don’t know who the father of your baby is,….. Simply tell us if it’s him,… I know he’s a responsible man who cant run away from his responsibilities,… Just tell us the truth and we’ll tell him,…. “aunty Beatrice advised her
She gave her aunty a surprising look, She was shocked at the word ” him”..
“aunty who are talking about?,…. Who are you referring to? “she asked looking surprised
” Hia,….. What is wrong with you Angela,… Dont you know your boyfriend again,…the boy you introduced to us,… Dont tell me you opened your legs for one useless boy to impregnate you “aunty Beatrice asked
” Aunty i dont know what you’re talking about,.. I dont even know who you’re talking about,.. ”
The two friends looked at each other
Angela walked out on them
” Beaty,.. Why do you suggest that, that ritualist will marry my daughter,…. “Angela’s mother asked her friend angrily
” Who’s a ritualist? ”
” Richard of course,…. Or has he also bribed you ”
” why are you like this,.. You accused this boy of using your daughter for rituals, now she’s back, you’re still accusing him,….. This boy has done alot for you,…… Have you asked yourself where i got the money i’ve been spending on your family from,….. For your information, that boy you’re calling a ritualist had been the one taking care of your family,.. He has been sending money to you through me,…. I dont even have enough money to take care my family not to talk of taking care of your own family,… You should be grateful to him,….. “aunty Beatrice told her,…
” And you didn’t tell me all along? ”
Aunty Beatrice sighed at her anf walked out ,…….
Richard could not stop cursing the cause of whatever that is the reason for the serious traffic jam along Asaba_Benin express road,….. He was just sighing,…. He had spent more than two hours,….. After another wait of thirty minutes, the road cleared,… He increased his speed and sped off,….. He remembered he hasnt informed Desmond of Angela’s return,… He called him
“Guy, Angela is back!!!!!!! ,.. . Aunty Beatrice said she’s home now,…. I’m rushing to her village to meet her,… “he said excitedly
” This is good news,…. But i’ll join you later,… My mother’s phone is faulty so i dropped it with the phone technician, i’m on my way to collect it,… I’ll join you later,… I’m so happy, this is a miracle!!!, i’ll call Nancy and inform her, this is the best news i’ve received so far”
” Me too, i will be expecting you, ”
He cut the phone,…. He dropped his phone and looked up only to see a car rushing to him,……. He tried avoiding the car and ran into the bush,….. He hit a big tree, everywhere was blank,… His head was pounding,.. He could only hear voices,…. He slowly closed his eyes and passed out,…….
Desmond arrived the phone technician’s workshop and demanded for his mother’s phone,… He was asked to sit and wait for some minutes since they were still working on it,….
He called Nancy and informed her of Angela’s return,…. She was on her way to meet him,…..
“oga Desmond,…. Dont you think repairing this your mother’s phone is belittling,?, you can simply get her a new phone,….. “the phone technician asked him..
” It’s not just the phone that she needs, there’re some vital information she needs to extract from the phone, once she does that, she’ll buy a new phone,… “Desmond explained to him
” no wonder,…. Because i was wondering what is special about the phone that she desperately needs to repair it badly,…. No wonder madam brought her phone to me,.maybe there’re some vital information she stored in it.. “he brought out the phone and dropped it on the table,….
” She forgot her password after locking her phone,… I don’t know why people like using password when they can easily forget their pin.. She wants me to unlock the phone, this is what i’ve been trying to do since afternoon that delayed your work,….. ”
Desmond looked at the phone and recognized it as Richard’s missing phone,….. He took the phone and looked at it closely,…. Everything was just the same,… Angela’s picture is his screensaver,….. He was shocked,….
” Pls who brought this phone here “…..
” It’s one big woman oooooo,…… You should know her na,.. She’s one of the richest in this state, i don’t even know what attracted her to my shop,….. She’ll soon be here for the phone,…. “He answered innocently
Few minutes later, He saw Mrs Johnson ‘s car packing outside the shop,…. He saw her alight,….. He excused himself and hid at the back of the shop,…. Mrs Johnson walked in there and asked for her phone,…
” Madam, you’ ll come back tomorrow,….. I’ll unlock it tomorrow,….. My wife is in Labour and i want to join her rght away in the hospital,…. ”
” I dont know why you cant unlock this phone,…. You dont know anything, you better close down this thing you call a shop and return to your village,better don’t return from that hospital,,, remain there as a cleaner because that’s what suits you….. Give me my phone!!!!!!! “she barked at him
She collected the phone from him and turned to leave only for her to see Desmond standing before her,……
” Mrs Benny Johnson,… What are you doing with Richard ‘s stolen phone, “he asked her
Mrs Johnson stood still not knowing what to do next,………
To Be Continued