The next morning after breakfast, I told the woman my story.

She intoduced herself as Lina, she was touched by my story.
She offered me a job as her househelp which I readily accepted.

Lina was a wonderful woman in her early thirties. She lived alone in her mansion, though I wondered why.

She treated us as a family, enrolled Eniola into school and all.

Life went on sweetly for us, we’ve spent almost 8 months with Lina.

I was in my room one day counting my savings, Lina paid me really well and I also make some money out of the money for
house upkeeps.

“One..two..three…”I counted the naira notes

I summed it up.

“One hundred and fifty thousand?”I gasped

I shook my head disbelievingly and recounted the money again.

“Wonderful!”I exclaimed.

“So Tejumola Benson can have this huge money?”I asked myself again.

I did some dance steps happily.

I heard someone giggling, I turned to see Eniola, she must have been watching for long now.

“You, why are laughing like that.?”I feigned a frown.

“Nothing.”she laughed some more.

“come here”I beckoned to her, and walked towards me.

I held her gently, looking at her all over, my baby was growing fast.

“Mummy, why are you looking at me like that?”she was smiling, her dimples showing.

I shook my head gently, she looked just like David, her eyes, the lashes, the thick hair, those lips…

“Mummy!”she pouted.

“Sorry”I said absent mindedly, tucking my savings under my pillow, I’d take it to the bank tomorrow.

“Sorry!”Eniola mimicked me.

She reminded me of my past trouble making.

“hey! Don’t be like mummy!”I chided her.

She laughed again.

“here lil’ princess”I placed her on my laps.

She froze momentarily.

“Mummy? Am I a princess?”she asked looking confused.

“Yea baby.”

“My daddy is a King?”she asked innocently.

“Yes.”I laughed.
“Wow!”she jumped off my laps.
“mummy why don’t I see him? He doesn’t
like me?”she asked again.
“Your daddy loves you”I wasn’t sure I said

“I’ve never seen him before, has he seen me before?”her voice was low.

“Now, baby, that’s enough.”I tried to hold her.

“Mummy, I wish I can see my daddy, my friend in school have a daddy, he buys her icecream…and…”her voice trailNATH_ INFLUENCE:
hing fast.I need her to convince my father to change his mind.

I just cant get married to David’s father.I just cant imagine it.

I got to the end of the road, stood there for a while, before heading back home.

A range rover sports car pulled up beside me, almost knocking me down.

I jumped! Which kind mad driver is this? I hissed.

“Hey, baby!”

My heart missed a beat.

David walked to where I was.

“I was about coming to your house, and..errm, here you are..”he was all smiles.

I looked away.I acted as if i never met him before.

He must be very wicked for not contacting me all this while.

“you haven’t changed, still your beautiful self.”

“so how’s everything?”he tried to take my hands, but i pulled away.

“Baby, anything wrong?”he asked sensing my discomfort.

Which kind bad breeze blow this david come here na!

“Why did you come back?”I snapped.

“I…I’m sorry..fro..for..”

“Why did you come back?”I snapped more
angrily this time

“I..I..came cos of you..”he looked confused

I rolled my eyes”you came for your father’s wedding.”I laughed mockingly

“I…yes! You heard of the wedding too? I heard he is getting married to some pretty girl”he laughed.

“And do you know who that girl is?”I grimaced

“Errm no, thats not my problem, what matters now is you and I.”

“You and who?”I asked

“Come o, are you mad? Se ori re buru ni?

Do I look like a thrash or a scrap that you can use and dump?”my temper rose furiously

“I…I..I”he began to say

“Shut up! ! Ori gbeku gbeku! Comot ma see road jor”I pushed him away, walking away as fast as I could Different plans flooded my mind, the best plan was to run away!

I got home, woke up Eniola, picked my purse and sneaked out of the house with her tugging at my skirt.I didnt give it a
second thought if running away was the best option for me.

What will happen to my father and the suddenly nice maami?

“Mummy, where are we going?”eniola asked as we got into a taxi.

I didn’t reply.

The taxi dropped us off at the car park. I bought a ticket to Lagos, and thank God they needed just one more passenger.

In less than thirty minutes, we said Bye to Ibadan.

I felt joy surging through my veins. But my joy was shortlived.

Boom! The two back tyres of the bus we’re
in bursted

“Mummy!”Eniola screamed.

I held her tightly as the vehicle somersaulted thrice, it fell into a ditch, and everything just blacked out.


I opened my eyes gently only to shut them back almost immediately due to the piercing pain on my eyelids.

Arrrrgh! I winced.

I opened them again on impulse only to see Eniola sobbing gently.

I looked around me, there was comotion everywhere. Only then did I recall we just had an accident.
I quickly sat up when i heard a siren, an ambulance was heading towards us.

“ye! Haaaa! Mi ole ku ooo”one old women screamed as the nurses helped her to her feet.
I managed to stand up, dragged the sobbing Eniola away from the chaos.

“mummy, let’s go home”she whimped. Some blood trickled down her cheek, she’d a cut on her temple.

“Sorry baby”I wiped the blood off with my skirt.

“Young lady, get into the ambulance!”a nurse said to me.
Me? Go back to Ibadan? God forbid.

“No don’t worry, we’d be fine.”I replied.

“But you can’t remain here!”she protested.

“I said I’m not coming with you!”I yelled at her and she left me alone.

Soon the whole scene was deserted, it was getting dark.

I sat Eniola down on stone, she looked tired, I felt so sorry for her.

I saw a station wagon approaching, I quickly flagged it down; luckily it stopped.

“Errm, please, we’re going to Lagos.”I told the driver, surveying the passengers with my eyes.

“five thousand naira”

“No problem.”I shoved Eniola into the vehicle, though I knew the price was over expensive.

It was already dark when we arrived Lagos.

“We’re in Lagos.”I told Eniola excitedly.

She smiled at me and continued to munch her Gala, I wondered if she understood me.

“where do we go? Maybe we should get a hotel room?

”I told her again.

“I don’t know”she replied innocently.

“We have enough money girlie..”I was cut short by the

ed off in

I was shocked, Eniola has never spoken that way before. I was short of words..

“Eniola, go and play!”I told her, at least to end this discussion.

“No mummy, I can’t play.”her eyes glinted, I saw the pains in there.

“Baby..whats going on..?”I whispered,

“Mummy, I want to tell you something…”she searched my eyes.

“Talk, mummy is listening.”
she hesitated.

“C’mon sweerie..”I urged her.

“Mummy…Its Akpan..”she started.

Akpan? Akpan was Lina’s gateman. I sensed trouble.


“I’m listening, baby talk to mummy.”I assured her.

“he use to catch me if I’m playing.”she flipped.

“Catch you? As how?”i was confused.

“He use to hold me and tell me to come and play with him, he use to rub my head and….”she hesitated.

“Baby, go on,”I was losing my patience.

She didn’t speak again, she had fear written all over her face.

“baby mi, tell mummy”I said soothingly.

“I…I…today in the morning..he catch me again…he now put his hand inside my p@nts…it pain me very well…I now started
crying…he now say I should not tell my mother”she concluded.

I could’nt believe what I heard…the whole world came to a stand still… I looked at Eniola, her face full of sorrow and pain, that
look was to much for a five year old.

“Mummy sorry..”she sniffed
I never noticed she was crying, Akpan dared took advantage of my daughter’s innocence.

Na curse?!!

“Akpan!”I yelled as I stamped out of my room.

“Akpan o…where are you Murderer!”

“Mummy!”Eniola tugged at my skirt.

I didn’t look at her, I would show Akpan he tampered with my Jewel….I’ll castrate him

Akpanu oooo, where are you?”I yelled as I sauntered towards his room at the gate.

“Akpan bo si ta ooo, I say come out here!”

The unsuspecting Akpan rushed out holding his shorts loosely.

“Wetin happen na?”he frowned.

I didn’t reply, instead I drag his shorts down leaving him unclad except for the singlet he was wearing.

He stood rooted to the spot, too astonished
to speak.

“Oshi! Omo olori buruku! Shameless ! How dare you prey on my daughter?”I screamed and clapped my hands.

“Rubbish!”he replied pulling his shorts up.

“What did you just say?”

“I say rubbish! Carry your bastard pikin comot ma see road jare!”he retorted.

I landed him threw slaps in quick successions.

“You called my daughter a bastard abi?

You must show me you weren’t born a bastard too! Agbero!”I said as I rushed towards his guard room

I emerged with a stick and kpo! The stick landed on his head. He screamed and fell

“Oshi!”I charged at him a car’s horn blasted at the gate..
I knew too well it was Lina.
Akpan crawled to open the gate, holding his

I pounced on him again after he opened the gate.

Lina rushed out of her car towards us.

I was sitting on Akpan, feeding his face with slaps and fists.

“Stop that!”Lina shouted.

I didn’t oblige, instead I took hold of Akpan’s balls.

He screamed loudly.

I didn’t let go, he started speaking in tongues.

“What’s wrong with you?”Lina pulled me off

I didn’t reply, I was breathing heavily.

“the both of you should meet meinside.”she instructed before walking intothe main building.

To_be_Continued 💛