The Coffin Maker Episode 11

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Opana

(whispers to himself as he heads to his flat)

I will deal with anyone who flouts my orders in this house because I have the final and utmost say in this compound. I won’t hesitate to eject anyone who rocks shoulders with me in this house of mine, whether I built or inherited it from my uncle, I am the landlord for now. Anyone who doesn’t understand can decide to go and mix the sea with sugar and drink, let me rush to the house and deal with my wayward children.

BACK IN OPANA’s ROOM:

Bernice Ansah

But mummy why should I apologise for doing nothing wrong?

Akua Yankey

If you know what “am sorry, please and thank you” does like you will be saying them even when you haven’t stepped on anyone’s toes.

Bernice Ansah

You, big bro, if I said anything wrong, am sorry.

Akua Yankey

See how arrogant you are sounding. This is all my fault because I have over pampered you girls a lot but now things will take a different dimension in this house.

Opana

(walks into the room feeling annoyed already)

Herh, you now tell me what you were doing in that uncompleted building early this morning with that stupid guy who tried to kill me this afternoon.

Michael Ansah

Whaaaaat? Papa did you say someone tried to kill you this afternoon? Now Bernice you better start talking before I land you a dirty slap, you disrespectful girl.

Akua Yankey

Are you deaf and dumb now, young lady?

Opana

(quietly goes to the door and locks it whiles he puts the keys in his pocket and unbuckles his belt)

I won’t repeat myself any longer with the question that I asked you and if you try to lie to me erh, I will beat you like a thief I caught stealing my coffin. Now start talking.

Bernice

Pa…pa…..pa…..paaa (her phone rings to cut her from talking)

Opana

And when did you start using mobile phone in this house? Woman are you aware your daughter uses mobile phone in this house?

Akua Yankey

Not at all my dear, am even surprised to see her with a phone.

Opana

Kwaku Mike take the phone from her for me to see who is calling her at this time of the day.

Michael Ansah

With pleasure papa, herh how did you get such an expensive phone to use? Papa and Mummy this phone cost thousands of Ghana Cedis and it’s currently one of the most expensive phones in the world, Samsung Note 8.

Opana

Really? How much are we talking about here?

Michael Ansah

It’s about two thousand, eight hundred Ghana Cedis if am not even wrong by quoting a cheaper price.

Akua Yankey

Kwaku Mike are you sure of the amount you just mentioned? Adjoa Bernice where did you get money to purchase this phone or better still how did you get it?

Opana

Hmmmm, my daughter is now a thief or has turned herself into a prostitute and this is the reason why I will kill you right here and bury you before daybreak. Now start talkin before I tear you into pieces you cheap slut, where did you go this morning and where did you get this expensive mobile phone from? TALK NOW BEFORE I STRIKE YOU WITH MY FIST!!!!!

Bernice Ansah

(trembling and fumbling with words)

Mmmm, I went to meet Kwame Fred this morning, when he called me last night to see him, I told him it’s late but he insisted to see me at all cost and he even threatened to come here, but I pleaded with him. So, he opted for us to meet early this morning at the big uncompleted building close to your shop.

Akua Yankey

(very surprised)

Eeeeiiiii!! Adjoa Bernice when did you start making friends with boys and sneaking out of this house to meet them? I taught I was sleeping in a room but little did I know my entire body is lying outside.

Opana

Woman allow her to talk, now what time did you leave this compound and if you try lying erh, you will see the reason why am called “the rough boy”.

Bernice Ansah

I didn’t check the time but it was early in the morning.

Opana

Did you do your morning chores before stepping out of this house?

Bernice Ansah

No, please.

Opana

Fine case. Now, continue with your narration.

Bernice Ansah

Mmmm. so when I left the house, I met him already waiting for me in front of the building. He invited me inside but I declined and he told me that he wanted to discuss something with me. But he couldn’t do so with both of us standing at a place where my father will pass to his shop soon. I accepted his offer with what he said knowing very well that you will be passing by soon. When we went inside the uncompleted building, Kwame Fred told me that he loves me so much and that he wants me to be his girlfriend, because among all the girls in the town, am the only one he sees to be very much attractive and beautiful. The next thing I saw was he making advances at me and touching my sensitive parts.

Akua Yankey

Jesus Christ!!!! My daughter, did that swine lay his filthy hands on you? Did he succeed in raping you?

Opana

Woman can’t you keep quiet? Why are you interrupting her narration? Am taking records of her statement and I want to see her consistency in her statement because a liar has no memory. Now madam continue.

Bernice Ansah

So, as he kept touching and smooching me I kind of lost control of myself and you walked in. Papa, I swear. I didn’t do anything silly with him until you chanced in on us.

Akua Yankey

Thank you, God for leading my husband to that very place before the worse happened.

Opana

Now listen to my next set of questions carefully because if you give any false answer erh, only God knows what I will do to you.

Now how old are you and are you a virgin?

Michael Ansah

You heard papa, so answer him now.

Bernice Ansah

(eyes her brother before talking)

Papa I will be 17 years next week and am…..

Opana

(cuts in rudely)

If you dare try lying erh, I will mishandle you right away that it is the hospital that you will find yourself.

Bernice Ansah

(in a soft and remorseful tone)

I am not a virgin anymore.

Akua Yankey

(covers her mouth out of shock)

Adjoa Bernice but why? Someone I have been boasting off that you don’t even have a boyfriend, aww if it is a dream please wake me up.

(Bernice phone rings again to interrupt her mother from talking, Opana ask Michael who the caller is)

Opana

Which fool is calling her by this time of the day?

Michael Ansah

Papa the name she has saved on the phone is Commander.

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Opana

Answer the call and put it on loudspeaker for her to speak to the person, so we know who the caller is.

On the phone:

Commander

(deep male voice)

Hello my sweet cupcake, I really enjoyed the way you f**ked the hell out of me last two nights. You almost killed me with your experience and skills that I can’t simply take my mind off you. Honestly, no woman has ever twisted her waist on me like you did that evening and as the saying goes “Oliver Twist will always ask for more”, just try and lie to your mother again that you are going for extra classes so that you meet me at the guest house again tomorrow evening, I have decided to give you three thousand Ghana Cedis(3000) instead of the one thousand Ghana Cedis(1000) you requested to buy those dresses and I hope you liked the phone I bought for you. Hello……. Hello……. Hello, sweetheart are you there?

Akua Yankey

(cuts in with raging anger)

Whoever you are, thank you very much for destroying the future of my little girl. I am grateful and my God will bless you for exposing my little girl to this hazard.

(call drops immediately as Akua Yankey made her utterance)

Opana

Woman!! you rush too much. Who instructed you to cut into the call? You should have kept mute for your daughter to respond to his appeal so that we would lay an ambush for him tomorrow, at least we could have taken that three thousand Ghana Cedis (3000) from him and use it for something important in this house.

Akua Yankey

I’m very sorry my husband, I didn’t know you had extra plans to execute on this matter. Why don’t you allow her to call him back so she tells him that she can still meet him and that she knows how to handle me.

Opana

Do you think that man would be that stupid and walk into our trap just like that? I know what to do and at the right time, you will hear from me.

Akua Yankey

If you say so I have heard you, my husband, since you are the head of the family.

Opana

Who was the man that just called you? It will help both of us if you tell me the very truth, Adjoa Bernice.

Bernice Ansah

He is the commander of the district police station in the next town.

Opana

You mean that wicked man with the big head and pot belly? What at all did you see in that ugly man that you have been sleeping around with him? Are you not aware that he is a married man and also older than me and will be going on retirement pretty soon?

Michael Ansah

Herh, what could be wrong with this girl?

Opana

Hmmmm!!! So now tell me, how many guys or men have slept with you so far?

Bernice Ansah

(playing smart)

Only 3 guys have slept with me so far.

Akua Yankey

Awwww, am dead, my daughter you have killed me. At age 16, you have already slept with 3 men?

Opana

Woman don’t die now because your daughter here is not just a slut but a decorated liar and pretender. Bernice if you don’t speak the truth erh, I will slap you with my sandpaper palms, give us the actual figure or else I will vandalize and rearrange that stupid face of yours. (rises from his seat)

Bernice Ansah

(sensing danger ahead if she lies and fumbling with words)

Papa I have lost count but I believe they are about 13 or 14 guys.

Opana

Let me help you my professional official little prostitute, they are 17guys and if I didn’t bump into you fools this morning like you will increase your achievement tally to 18. “The butterfly thinks himself a bird”, at your age you have slept with more men than your age, clap for yourself and let me tell you that if you think because you are having big breast and buttocks it makes you a matured woman then have a rethink, when that stupid girl told me that you were rendering a door to door service to the men of this town I felt she was only jealous of you or any of my daughters but no she was very right. I won’t beat you or touch you because it’s your life and body, if the place losses it’s elasticity because of the different shapes and sizes that has gone there, it’s your problem but mind you if you carry any pregnancy to this house, I will immediately give you out to marriage and wash my hands off you. I wonder the records your sisters might be carrying now. Kwaku Mike copy the number of that idiot for me and take the phone to town tomorrow and sell it for a reasonable price and bring the money to the shop.

Bernice Ansah

Bro Kwaku, please don’t sell my phone I beg of you.

Akua Yankey

It serves you right you spoilt brat. When I was your age, I didn’t know any man but for you, you know men and have been enjoying things meant for adults. See her sad, pretty little face like a Chinese orphan.

Opana

Mmm, Kwaku you know what? On second thought give me the phone because I don’t trust you either.

Michael Ansah

Papa but why? All the same, there is code on the phone.

Opana

Herh! what are the numbers of the code? Talk before I smash your head.

Bernice Ansah

(reluctant but gives de code all the same)

0554021603

Opana

(opens the phone and opens gallary then screams out loud)

Jesus Christ!!!! come and see Adjoa Bernice……

Tbc