Tony felt guilty for leaving Stella alone.
But he didnt like the way she spoke ill of
Alice. He was angry.
Angry? Oh yes angry.
But why was he angry?
What was that feeling? No, he just pities
He drove on.
Then it clicked on his mind that he
hadnt seen Maria since yesterday. But
he knew she was around.
She left for school before he woke up
and go to bed before he comes back
Alice knocked on her parents room.
‘come in’ came the voice of her mother
She opened the door slowly.
‘good morning mum’ she said as she
shook like a leaf.
‘leave here’ she said.
‘i’m sorry mother. I know i have
wronged you. I allowed myself to be
controlled by my grief. I am sorry’
By this time, she was already sobbing.
Kofo beckoned on her to come over and
Alice came closer.
‘my dear,’ Kofo said affectionately.
‘its not as if i’m angry at you. Its just that
it pains me to think that my own
daughter wants to ruin her life because
she lost her first love. Really it pains me’
‘i know that i might not be the perfect
mother to you. I also know that i make
mistakes. I am not perfect but there’s
one thing i know how to do more than
anyone. I love you. Thats one thing i can
do perfectly, my dear. For all my
mistakes and shortcomings, i am sorry’
She was crying too.
‘oh, mother’ Alice said and threw herself
in her mother’s arms.
Nneka came out of her room, peeped
around before entering into Maria’s
She made sure Rhoda was not closeby.
She securely locked the door from the
She flung Maria’s wardrobe open.
Brought out a red gown and threw it
inside the small earthen pot she was
holding. Then she picked another jean
trouser and put a black substance into
the front pocked and hung it back on
She took the pot, snuck out of her room
and into her own room.
There, she used a white chalk to draw a
round circle and knelt in the middle,
raised the pot up and was about to
incantate when her phone rang.
She was angry…..
To be continued
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