*THE MISTAKE OF MY LIFE*
I knocked on Mady’s door thrice before she opened it. I greeted her. she yawned, looked at the wall clock hanging on the wall. It was 5.45am.
“How was your night?” she asked.
“fine” i replied.
She made to usher me in, perhaps to hear me tell her ‘yes, i will accept the offer’ but i was reluctant. She noticed and asked if there’s any problem.
“I want to see my child” i told her.
She looked at me intently as if she didn’t know it was i. After much staring, she told me that my child is with the nursery mistress.
“Where do i find her?” i asked.
She said nothing. All she did was to walk into her room and come back with a little bag. she handed it over to me.
“This is the money we talked about. take it and leave. I have taken your daughter as mine already. Go and get ready with the rest girls, you are going on your first outing with them today?” She said and shut the door.
“Noo i don’t want your money. I need my daughter. I don’t want to stay here anymore. Give my my daughter so i can leave” i kept shouting as i hit the door hard. I threw away the money. I can never exchange my Winnie, the first fruit of my womb for money.
I was still there when three Hefty men came out from nowhere and ordered me to keep quiet. I refused. One of them gave me the hardest slap i ever received since i was born. I had no other choice than to keep quiet amidst sobs.
They locked me in one room. I knew Mady ordered them to do that. I cried bitterly. I prayed to God to hearken unto my cries for i know i have sinned. I cursed the day i slept with Nnamdi. I cursed the day i met him.
Throughout that day, i was locked up with no food nor water. I became very weak.
It was around 10pm that i heard the door open slightly. Ona creeped in and signaled to me to keep quiet. She locked the door and gave me the food she brought for me.
“I saw what happened. I have been looking for a chance to bring you something but i found none. Please eat the food fast before Mady finds me here” she whispered.
After eating, she told me that Mady locked me up so that i will die of starvation. Ona said Mady has killed countless girls in that manner. I was really surprised at this that i gave out a loud gasp.
“But because i found out you are a nice person, i decided to help you. I put something in that ”three men’s” drink to make them sleep. I want you to escape”She said.
I was really touched with this kind of kindness.
“But how do i escape without my daughter?” I asked.
It was then Ona told me that my daughter has been taken away. She gave me some money, led me carefully out of the house and bade me safe journey.
“Thank you so much Ona. God will bless you” i said as i left.
I looked into the darkness of the night with a great fear, not knowing where to go. I wondered if i could survive that night and if i can ever see my daughter again.
*THE MISTAKE OF MY LIFE*
I headed into the darkness of the night. I was filled with fear as i knew not where to go. Ona gave me her telephone number. I blamed my parents for abandoning me in the first place. How could they be so heartless. They care not about what happens to me because i got pregnant. Despite the fact that i pleaded and begged them. I pitied other people who were blessed with understanding parents. If i had aborted the baby as Nnamdi told me, they wouldn’t have abandoned me. They wouldn’t have even know i was pregnant at all. But the consequences may be disastrous.
Firstly, sinning against God double inorder to cover one sin committed.
Secondly, i may never get pregnant again.
I decided to accept my fate.I searched for where to lay my head that night. I saw an uncompleted building and moved in. I prayed earnestly for God’s protection. I remembered my daughter and wept bitterly. I thought of Mama Joy and concluded that i will narate my ordeals to her the following day when i eventually find her.
In the middle of that same night, i heard footsteps. I curled up, listening attentively. They were coming into the uncompleted building. My heart started beating faster, i heard their voice, they were men. A cold shiver ran through me.
Then entered and saw me, immediately, i saw them bring out their weapons. Guns, axes and cutlasses. They were six in number. I was able to count them because one of them shone a little torch towards me.
“i mean no harm please. Don’t kill me” my voice was shaky.
“Who are you and what do you want here?” One of them barked and pointed the torch at my face.
“Nneoma?” I was shocked as i heard him call my name. He called me again “Is that you?” At this i nodded while still looking at his face to find out who he was. I finally got it.
“Prince” i called him.
Prince used to be my classmate until i got pregnant and stopped school. I used to help him his class work and assignment back in those days. During exams, i wrote answers in piece of paper, squeezed it and threw it to him.
“Dagger, you know her?” that was the question his members started asking him.
I kept looking at his face in disbelief as he nodded his head in affirmation. He told them to keep back their weapons.
That night i slept at his place. He told me to sleep on the bed while, he slept on the floor.
When it was morning, i narrated my ordeals to him. When i got to my escapade with Mady, he breathed heavily, lowered his head and looked at me for a very long time. I was suprised when he told me that he’s Mady’s agent and that he can help me get back my daughter because of the things i did for him back in school.
There was a knock on the door.
is it Mady?
Has she discovered that i escaped?
has she come to tell Prince to find me with his men? she knew she would be in trouble if i escape.
Prince hid me under his bed as he went to open the door.
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