I rested my head on the window pane, the events of the day flowed through my mind. David’s voice echoed loud and clear.
My God! I gasped. Tejumola where did you go wrong? I asked myself
I looked at the bright moon searchingly, maybe I might find a solution there; but the moon seems dumb. I turned my attention to the stars but they were dumb too.
“What do I do?”I racked my brain.
Of course running away isn’t an option. Bola said so when I told her about David few hrs ago. She had warned me sternly not to run away, unless I want to vacate the earth.
Could she be right? Maybe I should just drown myself or I should drink poison?
No! I shook my head, I can’t! If I do, what would become of Eniola, besides I love my life.
“Tejumola Benson, think hard o”I told myself.
Eniola stretched and turned in her sleep, murmured something throwing the covers away. I redressed the covers, covering her properly.
“Leave me!”she protested
“shhhhh, keep quite, its midnight!”I hushed her back to sleep.
I lay beside her, trying my best to sleep but it eluded me. I gazed at the ceiling till day-break.
“Mallam Adamu sannu o”i greeted the hausa man who sold beef close to my shop, as I unlocked my shop.
I came to shop late because I went to Eniola’s school to pay her school fees.
David hasn’t showed up, its almost a week now. So Bola was actually right, he meant no harm.
I sighed, as I dusted the provisions.
Only God knows how my parents are for now. Maybe Baami has forgotten about me..
“Iya Eniola welldone o”Tola’s mother greeted me.
“No problem o!”she replied looking around.
“Errrm, shey you know Iya sikira?”she asked when she had the surity no one would hear us.
Mummy Tola the Amebo! I smiled to myself.
“Toh! The woman is in trouble now o”she made a face.
“Yes o! You know she’s having 15 children ba? Toh, the husband don impregnate that corper wey dey their compound o”she concluded.
“Ehn? How did that happen?”I asked holding my chest.
“How did that happen? Hehehehehe, na how e take dey happen, na im com happen”she laughed.
“Wonders shall never end o”I clapped my hands in gossip fashion.
“Errm, mummy, what do you wanna buy now?”I quicky said, in order to stop her from bringing up another topic.
She look disappointed”I wanted to tell you how Iya Demola killed her husband’s son”she said with a frown
“Ah Ahn, leave that one till I come back home in the evening”I laughed.
“Are you chasing me away ni?”she feigned annoyance.
“Noooo, haba! My shop is your own too now..”that was how I got rid of back-biting that morning.
That afternoon, I was sipping garri when I saw Tola running towards the shop, her feet was bare save the socks.
“Mummy o, Mummy Eniola oooo”she wailed throwing herself on the cemented frontage of my shop.
“Tola, ki lode? What happened?”I asked holding her.
“It’s Eniola oo”she wailed the more.
My heart skipped, my hands became shaky…
“What happened to my baby?”my lips quiverred.
“She ….she…she…was…she…is…yeeeeee!”Tola cried the more.
Tears filled my eyes
“Talk to me Tola please…where’s she?”
“some people catch her o…they put her inside motor and drove away”she managed to explain
“Yeeeee! Haaaaa! My daughter o!”
my daughter has been kidnapped…I raved like mad.
I threw myself on the flow, rolling from left to right and vice versa.
“My God o! Eniola ooooo!Haaaaaa! Moti ku ooo! Baami ooo…E gba mi ooo”I screamed and wailed.
A crowd gathered , with alot of Ohhs and ahhs!
I jumped up, about to run to Eniola’s school, when someone gripped my hands… I turned sharply with tear stained eyes.
I remembered his last words, maybe he abducted my daughter.
“David where did you take my daughter to? Where is baby?”I wailed shaking him vigorously.
“Give back my Jewel”I shook Him some more.