(MRS. CHIOMA RESISDENT)
Mrs. Chioma sat in the sitting room reading the daily newspaper. Obinna was busy with a drawing using his drawing board, pencil, ruler and a sheet of A4 paper as his apparatus. Chiamaka is also busy watching a movie from the decoder. Nnena was in the kitchen cleaning the utensils. They whole house is as silent as a grave yard. Chiamaka broke the silent.
“Mummy, I want to drink water.” Chiamaka demands.
“How does that affect me? Go to the kitchen and fetch yourself something to drink.” Mrs. Chioma echoed.
“Ok, I will but I just want you to know that we got a housemaid.” Chiamaka counter-blasted.
“You are not serious, spoilt brat.” Mrs. Chioma sassed.
Chiamaka opts for the kitchen to get a cup of water. Nnena was out from the kitchen; she went to the backyard to dispose some dirty refuse and some leftover food into the dustbin.
Chiamaka have been thinking on how to deal with Nnena. She has a sleepless night (the previous night) because of her hatred for Nnena at first sight; her dirty mind has been battling on how to deal with the dirty looking Nnena.
“This is my chance to deal with that disgusting girl.” Chiamaka thought.
Just then Nnena came back from the backyard with the kitchen dustbin in her hand.
“Aunty Chiamaka, what do you want? You should have called me.” Nnena said respectfully.
“Don’t worry my dear, I can do this myself.” Chiamaka said nicely.
“Ok ma.” Nnena replied as she return to her washing.
Chiamaka fake a smile, she looks around as she sight a glass cup sitting comfortably inside the cups board, she pick up the cup from its abode, her aim is to smash the cup on Nnena’s head, unfortunately for her and luckily for Nnena, she slip as a result of the water that pour on the slippery tiles, she fall as the glass cup wounded her on her hand, they wound was so deep, she groaned in pains. Her alerting screaming aroused Nnena, Obinna and Mrs. Chioma. Nnena was trying to pick up the broken glass from the tiles, so as to maximize further injuries, she also feel pity for her as she try to help her up from the tile. Mrs. Chioma and Obinna barged into the kitchen. They were shocked to see Chiamaka in her own pool of blood.
“What is happening here?” Mrs. Chiamaka asked impatiently.
“She (pointing to Nnena) tosses the glass cup and it hit me on my hand.” Chiamaka counter-blasted shedding crocodile tears.
“You mean Nnena toss this cup at you and result to this injury?” Mrs. Chioma asked in disbelieved.
“Yes mum, she wants to kill me.” Chiamaka retort with a bleeding hand.
“You want to kill my only beloved daughter right? I will make you regret the day you were born today.” Mrs. Chioma yelled.
“Call the doctor.” Mrs. Chioma commands Obinna.
“Okay ma.” Obinna replied as he barged out from the kitchen.
(Obinna inside the sitting room thinking)
“But I can’t believe Chiamaka, she hates Nnena at first sight and beside I don’t see any reason why Nnena will injure Chiamaka to that extent, but wait, the broken glasses are lying on Nnena’s hand, do they engage in fight? No, they can’t, that girl seems innocent, my mum won’t bother to hear from that poor girl, she love Chiamaka dearly, she is blinded by the love she has for Chiamaka, she will believes her words not knowing that she is a degree holder at lying. That is how she do fakes lies on impeccant peoples when we are in USA, this is not her first time of doing such, her bad behaviors haven’t leave her, I pray her fake lies won’t lead her astray or make her to meet her doom one day, ah! I pity that guiltless girl; my mother won’t make her regret the day she was born as she has earlier said.” These are the thoughts ranging through Obinna’s head.
“Obinna!” Mrs. Chioma screamed from the kitchen as Obinna came back to life.
“Ma, what do you say I should bring?” Obinna asked.
“Haven’t you called the doctor?” Mrs. Chioma yelled
“Yes, I have called him, he said he is on his way.” Obinna lies as he quickly head for the bedroom to phone the doctor.
In short, I wasn’t allowed to utter a word, I was guilty for the crime I can’t defend, and I was beaten by Mrs. Chioma for the crime I never commit. This world is full of injustice, an orphan for that matter, when sorrows come; they come not in spies, but in battalions, I was able to enjoy my life for just a day with Mrs. Chioma, her daughter came back from USA only to develop hatred for me at first sight. Now I know I am all alone in this wicked world.
(LATER THAT NIGHT)
“Who goes there?” Chiamaka asked focused on her mobile phone.
“Open the door for me, it is your Mum.” Mrs. Chioma echoed from outside.
“Okay mum.” Chiamaka drop the phone on the bed as she reluctantly head to unlock the door.
“Mum, you are not sleeping?” Chiamaka asked totally baffled and bemused.
“Yes, I came to talk to you.” Mrs. Chioma replied yawning.
“Ok mum am sited.” Chiamaka uttered as she adjusts her pillow case that is supporting her head.
“Concerning Nnena, we can’t send her packing.” Mrs. Chioma paused.
“But Mum why? We earlier agreed to send her packing out of this house tomorrow, why the change of plan now, Mum I mean she wants to kill me, she hates me or don’t you understand?”Chiamaka rebutted her opinion.
“Some days ago, I met two different pastors, they told me that there is a house maid that is coming into this family, and they told me that under no circumstance should I send the house maid out from this house, because there are many blessings coming on our way but only through her. Hope you understand?”Mrs. Chioma confuted.
“Okay, but how are we going to do it now? Her minds are focused.” Chiamaka replicates beseeching.
“Don’t worry my dear; I will be harsh on her from now on, so as to kill her temper or hatred on you.” Mrs. Chiamaka countered as she stood up from Chiamaka bed ready to head for her room.
“Thank you mum, you are the best mum in this world, I love you mum, Good night mum.” Chiamaka retort happily.
“You are also darling my dear.” Mrs. Chioma replied as she bangs the door behind her.
Nnena! Welcome to my world, I already got my mummy’s supports, I don’t wish you should leave this house just like that, I wish you could die hundred times before your death.
What do you think will happen next?
Your opinions are highly welcomed
(SAME NIGHT) – (NNENA’S ROOM)
(MRS. CHIOMA RESISDENT)
Nnena couldn’t sleep, she has been having sleepless nights since she emerged into the family of Mrs. Chioma, she was also thinking about her ghosts’ parent. She was sobbing incessantly. “This world is so scorn, contempt and disdainful for the poor, we are regards as nothing but ragtag, riffraff, trash and scum. We couldn’t be entitled to just a little respect. God, I hope you could see me through.” Nnena was thinking and sobbing at the same time, just then Mrs. Chioma barged into her room.
“You are not sleeping? You are going to your meeting right?” Mrs. Chioma counter-blasted Nnena.
“Ma, I don’t understand what you are saying.” Nnena replied with a shaky voice.
“You won’t understand! You want to go and plan the next strategy to kill Chiamaka right?” Mrs. Chioma explained.
“Ma…” Nnena drawled with a beseeching expression.
“Let me tell you what you don’t understand; you are a slave and you remain a slave here, I wish to do you good but you remarked my good deed as misdeed, maybe because you are sleeping inside Air Condition (AC) that is why you think you have reach your destination but hell no, I will made you regret been born into this world.” Mrs. Chioma nasalized.
“Ma…” Nnena tries to defense as Mrs. Chioma barged in her words.
“Shut up, am talking and you are also talking, what a gut! Now stand up and follow me.” Mrs. Chioma commanded.
Mrs. Chioma drags Nnena outside the house, she commands` Nnena to sleep outside “and here will be your new room as from today.” Mrs. Chioma commended, Mrs. Chioma opts for the building as she left Nnena to sleep in the cold weather. It was the harmattan season in the early November, everywhere was as cold as a snow, and the breeze was more than cool but iced. Nnena has no option than to sleep outside. She wept bitterly, she recalls all the nice and pleasure time she had with her lovely parent, she call back how this trauma all started, and she was weeping bitterly when she had her name called.
“Nnena.” Lo and behold it was the gateman who has been watching the scene between Mrs. Chioma and Nnena. The gateman approached Nnena as he try to help her up.
“Sorry, I understand how you feel but don’t worry all is well.” The gateman uttered pitifully.
“Thank you sir.” Nnena appreciate respectfully.
“Why don’t you manage with me inside my cubicle at least that will be better than sleeping inside this harsh weather.” The gateman said kindly.
Nnena bluntly refuse to sleep inside the gateman cubicle, she thoughts that anything could happen, she has had different tales and stories about girls being raped by men who pledged to help them from her grandmother, she fear she could also be a victim of rape, many ungodly thoughts ran into her mind. The gateman was a young man in his early 20s, he is the comedian of the house, but he is naturally nice and sometimes serious.
The weather was so harsh; she feels the bloods in her body refuse to flow through her veins because her body has been iced. After many pleading and persuasions from the gateman, Nnena agreed to sleep inside the gateman cubicle, she prays her ignorance would lead her astray and she would also become a victim of rape.
“Nnena!” Mrs. Chioma was screaming and yelling her name throughout the building, she has searched the field where she commanded Nnena to sleep, but she couldn’t hear any responds from anyone. She searched all the rooms in the house but she couldn’t find anyone that took after Nnena in appearance. She regrets sending Nnena out to sleep on the field. She fear Nnena could have sneaked out of the house. Mrs. Chioma opts for the gateman cubicle to ask him about Nnena’s where about. Mrs. Chioma sights Nnena coming out with the gateman from the gateman’s cubicle.
“Nnena!” Mrs. Chioma screamed as she sight Nnena coming out with the gateman from the gateman’s cubicle.
“Nnena!” Mrs. Chioma screamed as she sight Nnena coming out with the gateman from the gateman’s cubicle.
Nnena couldn’t believes her eyes, she couldn’t believe Mrs. Chioma caught her coming out from the gateman’s cubicle, she was shocked and dumbfounded, she wish the land could just open up and swallow her, but the land refuse to pave way for her through its mouth. Her minds has fast forward with many thoughts; she knew that she has definitely meet her doom, she knew that if she was not dismiss that means she will be living in hell, she has equally thoughts about how she is going to survive if she was dismiss, she imaging walking on the street bare-footed, looking tattered and mal-nutritious, she thought about the innocent gateman whose job is now at stake, she regret accepting to sleep inside the gateman’s cubicle. She was totally heart-weeping.
“Nnena!” Mrs. Chioma recalled her name in disbelieves.
“Ewo! Chineke! So you are a whore, I mean a harlot! At your age you have already became a prostitute. God! Where are we going to in this world? Please how old are you?” Mrs. Chioma asked totally baffled.
“I can explain Ma….” Nnena try to rebuttal but Mrs. Chioma barged in.
“I said how old are you? Are you deaf?” Mrs. Chioma asked shouting.
“fo…u..rte…en ye…ars old ma.” Nnena replied stammering.
“Jesus Christ! Fourteen years old and you have become a call girl. Ah! Nnena I will skin you alive today, you will regret been born into this world, now go inside am coming to meet you.” Mrs. Chioma uttered bitterly at the same time commands Nnena.
Mrs. Chioma face the gateman who was looking the ground, he feel guilty for the punishment the innocent girl would receive from Mrs. Chioma, he blame the spirit that force him to persuade Nnena to sleep inside his cubicle, he knew his apex punishment can’t exceed been sack by Mrs. Chioma, but he don’t care, he was totally baffled by Nnena’s misfortune.
“Hope you enjoy her service?” Mrs. Chioma asked as she approached the gateman, she wore a very wicked face; her eyes were as red like a burning fire, she mean no good for the gateman because the expression shows from her face.
“Ma, I just try to help her from this harsh harmattan whether, when I saw that you ask her to sleep outside yesterday night, nothing more and nothing happen between us inside the cubicle.” The gateman try to defense Mrs. Chioma accused on him.
“Will you shut that gutter you call a mouth, you think I will sack you? So that is why you have the courage to talk to me in such manner, you have already decide your fate whereas I, your decider haven’t proclaim your fate (laughing), I won’t sack you, you must be useful some other time.” Mrs. Chioma replied as she head for the building.
“The gateman was quiet happy but at the same time mixed-up “I won’t sack you, you must be useful some other time” the statement re-echo in his ear, he knew Mrs. Chioma mean no good for Nnena “but what good won’t I be to Mrs. Chioma, if not to accomplish her with her wicked and bad doers.” The gateman said in a very low tone. “Well I pray I won’t fall her victim.” He concludes as he opts for his cubicle.
(INSIDE THE BUILDING)
“Please ma, I don’t do it, the gateman only offer to help me which I later accept after much persuasion by the gateman.” Nnena uttered bitterly as she feel a hot iron placed on her cheeks.
“Ahhahha!” Nnena groaned in pains.
“After persuasions that he will change your life for better? That he will free you from the bondage of slavery? That he will be paying you for the night service you are rendering to him? That he will make you his wife?” Mrs. Chioma Isolated.
“No ma…” Nnena try to defense as she was wiped by Chiamaka.
“But that is what he just told me outside.” Mrs. Chioma lies.
“Ehn!” Nnena was shocked by Mrs. Chioma shocking statement she doubt the gateman could said that, she was confused “Does the gateman really say that?” she thought rhetorically.
“Ma…” Nnena was speechless.
“Shut up.” Mrs. Chioma yelled as she brought out a newly brought cane, she wipe Nnena like never before, Nnena has never been beaten like that before, she thought she could die if Mrs. Chioma continue to beat her like that, she was crying, weeping at the same time screaming for help but all her yelling was to no avail. Chiamaka join her mother in beating the Innocent Nnena, just then Obinna arrives at the scene.
“Mother!” He screamed will all the energy his body could gather.
“Obinna, you are back?” Mrs. Chioma asked forming nice.
“Mother!” Obinna called in a very low tone as tears flow freely from his eyes through his cheeks.
Naturally, Obinna hate seeing another person been maltreat or punished unlawfully, he knew her mother can’t be beating Nnena for a genuine reason, he knew her mother to be wicked but what can he do? She is his mother and she gave birth to him.
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