THE OUTCAST – Episode 5
Written by Amah
Towards the evening, pah called me and asked if I have seen my sister that afternoon, and I stammered through words, I couldn’t look my father in the eye and lie to him, but I have promised to keep every secret Zila laid at my feet, she was more close to me than any member of the family, I love my sister and i was ready to protect her with my last blood but Zila has made it known to everyone that she doesn’t need to be protected, she can protect herself
Whatever god that was with Zila was doing a great work by watching over her since she was a baby,
I have thought of what i was going to tell my pah, if he ask me about Zila, he will be so angry with me if he finds out that i know about Zila’s quest, it will be so bad for me, because i have being covering up for her not allowing anybody to know about her deadly mission,
I felt so bad for not telling Pah and lying to him when he asked of her,
Pah was very angry when he found out that Zila was missing, he called me again and ask if i happen to know where she could be, and i thought of what to say to him so that he will calm down
“she said she was taking a walk in the wood, probably to pick Pebbles or flowers. Or she just wanted to have a quiet time for herself since her marriage ceremony is in a week time”
“I lifted the restriction i placed on her so that she can be free to plan on how her future will be like, she is no more a child to be running off the wood, she suppose to be planing with her mother, getting herself ready for her wedding ceremony not always being on her own and running to the wood, what kind of child choses her own company than the company of her parents and siblings, she even hate to make friends with her follow mates, she spend more time with you Mbazi…i know she must have being saying some things she can’t tell anybody, what has she being talking about lately…you should know..
“Pah, she only talk about her husband to be and….. And she’s excited about the wedding…nothing much..
We waited till dinner hoping that Zila will be back but no sign of her, my mother started wailing, father knew something was wrong, the search team were alerted and they all swung into action, dividing their selves into different group,
They went into the wood in search of Zila, I followed one group with my younger brothers,
My conscience was at war within me because i know Zila was at the forbidden side, how can I even say that, if this is found out their will be a big trouble for both me and Zila, and a big fight may break out between our tribe and the outcast, the outcast are good with arrows and traps, they fly on trees like monkeys, and are always covered up in leaves, they maybe in the wood watching our people without them knowing because they can’t be easily seen, if they decided to fight back at us, despite how small they are compare to how large our tribe is, many of us will be injured if we attack them, since our tribe exclude them and send them far off, they created their own clan and there was a huge boundary, they stay off our side and we stay off them because anything they touch or come in contact with is tamed as forbidden thing. We were told they are dangerous and they act like animals, so many things we were told, which i don’t know how true must of them are.
Zila didn’t show up or found despite the men tearing down the forest in search of her but they avoided crossing to the forbidden side, nobody ever thought a normal person will want to go over to the outcast clan but that’s where Zila was.
Mother became very sick for a long time. Her body temperature was so high that it can boil an Ice water within a minute,
That was after the mishap fell on the family.. Mother couldn’t bear it.. She became very ill, Father is always beside her.. Encouraging her, Telling her not to give up on fate
Mother’s name is Tabitha, But father calls her Tabi’ he is just the only one that calls her that, Same thing with mother, She calls father a special name too,
They so much love themselves, I will hear father say something like this to her..
“Tabi.. you can do this.. Don’t give room for darkness.. Fill your mind and soul with light”.. “So that darkness can keep out.. “I can’t loose you now”.. How will I cope with life when you are no more”.. You can win this battle”.. I have known you to be a very strong person”.. Who doesn’t give up so quick.. I can’t loose two beloved at same time.. How do I go on.. Please.. Stay with me, Lan the medicine man said you have not been taken your medicine.. I’m worried about you Tabi.. You know Lan can be trusted.. He has been the only one all this while..
That never gave up on you.. Other medicine men gave up when they saw your condition.. Please ..Tabi’ I need you to live for me.. I know you can.. Zila will return someday, our beloved daughter is alive some where, I can feel it Tabi…
Father will hold onto her..while mother will clung to him, Both will be quiet for sometime, I started wondering if the hotness from mother’s body is not affecting father the way he always holds her to himself, Then i will hear mother call him his special name that no one else calls him aside her…
Bazi” I never knew what Bazi means then.. But as I grew up I realize that Bazi was the name she pick up from father’s full name MukattaBAZIela, it sounded so special..whenever she calls him “BAZI”
“Am pushing harder everyday.. But I hate to see you and our children worry about me.. I wish Zila was here, ooh! How I wish.. I miss her so much.. I wish I can see her before kissing the earth goodbye. Ooh Bazi…I’m making everyone to suffer more pain after the one caused from Zila’s disappearance, I hate it so much, It breaks my heart greatly.. It seems that the gods have refuse to smile on us by bringing our daughter back to us, we have done everything humanly possible and yet nothing, no news of Zila.. What is the use of taken medicine without result.. Bazi.. Even if am no more.. Wherever I am.. I will always be happy that I knew a great man like you.. A great husband and father.. You are just like your name.. You are my root, you and our children and the hope of Zila returning someday to us is the only thing still keeping me alive
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I hard father murmur something to her.. I strained my ear to hear them From where I was hiding and listening.. When I couldn’t hear their murmur any more I walked away sad, Just the thought of loosing mother gives me goose bomb.
Zila was gone.. Mother want to go too.. And I have this secret i swore to Zila to keep, which is silently killing me, watching mother and father go through pain because of her was unbearable, Now here mother was loosing the battle, how do i live with myself if mother dies and Zila never returns home…how do i, what do i do now..
I ran into the wood crying.. I climbed the cedar tree.. Where I have built a nest for myself.. Whenever I want to hide from everyone.. Is only Riko, my father’s personal guard that knows my hideout.. As I climbed into my nest.. I listened to the chirping of the birds.. The sound of the wind.. The whistling of the leaves.. I always enjoy the environment.. It sound so beautiful.. This is the best gift from mother nature Offered to mankind.. I smiled at my environment.. As the breeze graced my body.. I look towards the outcast rot.. I know soon.. Hand of time will change.. I can feel it for the better.. I wish things will start changing even now.. So that mother can see Zila again and live.. Her health is going down everyday.. The miracle we need was Zila,
I will journey down to the outcast without anybody knowing, to fetch my sister, hopefully she is alive, just thinking of going down to the forbidden side makes all the hair on my head to stand still, it sound so scary but I need to rescue my sister, I need to go and look for Zila among the outcast, I need to.
I relax back and closed my eyes.. I did not know when I dozed off to the other world.
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To be continued