I was strangled by the neck,I felt a textile made with cotton on my face.
A hand covered my mouth and blocked my nostril.
Before I knew it,I was led out of the house. I wanted to shriek out for help, but my mouth had been covered.
My tummy rumbled again. I can’t hold it this time around.
I was huffing and puffing.
The miscreants jumped into the car and made a dash for it.
The car slowed down and I realised we’ve reached a checkpoint, my expectations were high.
“I’m free” I marvelled in my heart.
“Oga, how you dey naa?” The driver hailed.
I didn’t hear what the officer’s reply was.
The driver turned the ignition on and we drove off.
My heart sank deeply.
I was sweating profusely,I was breathing uncontrollably.
“Remove the cloth” a voice ordered.
I glanced through the walls of the room. It looked like a typical bachelor’s room. I checked the time, it was 4:03pm.
The last time I checked,the time was 1:03pm, that was when I arrived from the hospital.
I was damn thirsty. I needed water to quench my thirst,my throat patched.
I heard footsteps coming towards the room.
My eyes widened in surprise.
“Shut up!” the man in red shirt roared.
At that moment,I can tell who was behind the trauma.
“Remove the cloth” that same voice ordered.
“You want to tarnish my reputation? You want to defame my image? For Christ sake,I’m a public figure. A renowned entrepreneur.”
I was shocked.
I scanned the room,but there was no one in sight.
Tunji emerged from a narrow entrance on the other side.
“Tunji” I called.
“How dare you?” A young guy said, smacking me on the face.
I freeze with terror. My tummy rumbled again. I want to ease this hunger.
“Make sure they don’t escape” Tunji warned and dashed out.
I looked away and sat alongside my mum.
“I’ve failed her” I thought.
I felt like hugging her,touching the wrinkles on her face,but I couldn’t. Our hands had been tied.
“Feyi” mom muttered.
She gestured(to me) that she want water.
“I can’t get it” I replied
She nodded and sat still.
“Forgive me dear” she broke the silence
I whimpered.”I’ve done that before now. You’ve been forgiven.”
She kissed my cheek.
“Let bygones be bygones. We need to get out of here” I whispered.
It was in the still of the night,those men that was saddled with the responsibility to watch over us had slept.
I made sure I checked before I tapped her.
“Get up” I instructed.
She appeared lifeless,I bent over and tugged my teeth at her short sleeve and drew her up.
She tottered to her feet. We tiptoed over to the corridor.
“Keep down! You mustn’t let anyone see us” I cautioned
A hand startled me.
“Where do you think you are going?”