The Missing Key Episode 13


Ada sat on the stool in her room, very close to her dressing table. She was crying. She felt dirty and cheap. She had never taken time to reflect on her behavior lately. Of course she had no reason to. She had been carried away by the wind, the wind of pleasure and fun.

She remembered the first day she met Mike. She had thought he was a 300 level student and he had helped her when she was having difficulty with her registration especially during her online registration at the business center that was in the school environment.

Mike had appeared and saved her from a lot of embarrassment. He was there for her when she misplaced her receipt and he helped her in getting familiar with the school environment. She had always wanted to have somebody she could look up to. Someone who could make her feel secured. Best of all he had proclaimed his love for her. This was something she had always yearned for, to be loved.

She had already fallen deep in love with Mike when she discovered that he wasn’t really a student. He was one of the ‘problem’ students, students who were given indefinite suspension because of some cult activities. Ada couldn’t leave him even with this development. She didn’t think she would get anybody who could love her the way Mike did, she could do anything for him. Then the demand for money and attention started.

He would want her to stay with him not minding that she would miss her lectures. He would ask for money and threaten to leave her if she didn’t bring it. She couldn’t just leave the love of her life so she would ensure that she met his never ending demands. She knew he was a wrong company for her, but the experience of feeling wanted was all that really mattered.

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Mike was not the first guy to introduce her to sex. She had had it with a boy who had professed love just after Ada had written her WAEC. But he had broken her heart right after she had given in to his demand for sex. That was the beginning of the feeling of emptiness somewhere within her.

She had nobody to talk to even before and after she had the sex. There was nobody to help her build herself worth. But Mike made her feel important. He took her to parties. Introduced her to his friends and they all accepted her. She felt he was worth missing lectures for. Now she felt scared and for the first time in a long time she allowed her mind to actively wonder if her relationship with Mike was doing her any good.

She seemed like a lost person who didn’t know where she was heading to. She might have had no close relationship with Mum and Dad but she sure needed them for survival.

Getting them mad had never been her intention and now dad was threatening to send her away. That was scary. She never knew home was important; she had always detested it. The thought of being pregnant was even scarier. She was late and this was the third day. She didn’t know what Mike would do if he realizes that she was carrying his baby; somehow Ada was sure that he would deny her.

What would she do? Who will she go to? What will become of her?

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