Nadia paused and stared at the door, she prayed silently for a miracle because she knew there was no way she could fight whoever it was that was coming, then she heard someone calling,
”wey you, why you dey go meet that girl, leave am she go don faint again na. ” the guy who was already opening the door with his key answered ,
” I just won check am.”
”my friend leave that girl make she sleep, at least you don chop her already this night, leave her for today abeg”, then Nadia heard him lock the door, take off the key and left. She heaved a sigh of relief as she quickly removed the remaining three louvers, slowly she climbed outside of the window, making sure not to make any noise, she looked from left to right before walking into the dark night.
Nadia walked deep into the night, falling and standing along the way. She was very weak but she was determined to go far away, she wandered deep into the bushes not knowing when she will hit the roads. It was so dark that she does not even know the direction she was heading to, she was very tired but kept on moving, when she felt she had given the house some distance, she decided to sit down and rest for a while. She said a short prayer and slept off, resting her back in the big tree that was there in the forest.
Its already a month since Nadia disappeared, Ruth had stopped going to school, she had gone mute since Nadia disappeared, she has refused to eat anything, she has refused to talk to anybody, she sits all day staring in the air, talking to herself and crying. Frank has called different doctors to check on her yet the story remains that nothing was wrong with her, yet daily she keeps depreciating and getting worse.
Mama and frank had resolved that they would take her to a psychiatric hospital if she does not improve within the week. Frank had not stopped searching for Nadia , for the sake of his mom and Ruth whom he had taken great interest on.
Meanwhile the guys have discovered that Nadia has already escaped and were seriously searching the bushes for her. They had decided that they will kill and bury her immediately she is found, they couldn’t afford to risk their safety anymore.
It was nearly dawn though the sky was still dark, but you could manage to see a little bit, Nadia was still sleeping, it was the sharp pains on her leg that woke her up. She jumped up to see the big snake crawling away, she cried out in so much pain. Luckily her mom had taught her what to do in such situations and she had also shows her some herbs to use if she encountered such and luckily the herbs was just around, she quickly tore a piece of her cloth and tied the legs, she looked around and saw the herbs she plucked it, squeezed out the juice and applied it quickly to the leg, then she heard voices and saw the torchlights, she quickly understood that they were searching for, she couldn’t run anymore because of her legs and so she gradually hooked forward, gathering all the little strength left in her.
She can’t afford to be caught right now. She hopped very far away from them, then she started hearing the sound of a working generator, she knew a house was nearby and so she jumped very fast following the sound of the generator.
In no time, she got to the door post, and she hit the door with the little strength she had, she shouted and cried for help, the kidnappers were still coming and soon they will see her, she could see them very well, she hit the door once more and in no time the door opened.
”Help me, help me please” Nadia cried out and she collapsed in his open hands, she opened her eyes slowly and looked him in his eyes,
”Frank” she called out then shut them back…
Stanley, dragged her into his small apartment, he looked around and saw no one, then he went back inside. Just then the mean guys came out from the bush. They saw no trace of Nadia, they didnt didn’t know where she entered.
”oh God , I tell you say make we waste that girl since, you nor geee, now see, if that girl report us we don finish o”
“make we go back inside I sure say she still day d Bush, she nor fit disappear na, make we go”, then they turned and went inside the bush looking for Nadia!