A hand startled me.
“Where do you think you are going?”
I increased my pace instead. I vowed never to look back.
A bullet whizzed past my ear.
“Yeee!” My mother cried out in pain.
I tugged at the sharp edge of an unfinished building and the cloth broke loose.
I ran towards were she laid in the pool of blood. The blood was gushing out from her neck.
I cried as I pulled at her cloth. I shook her swiftly.
I trampled on the floor as if it was going to crack.
I wailed and somersaulted on the floor.
I wished I never asked her about my father.
I wished I never had anything to do with Tunji.
I wished my mother never conceived me.
I wished she could just resurrect.
But those wishes was just a mere imagination.
The whole event seemed it was rocket-fuelled.
She’s gone! Gone for life! My companion! My life!
The man in red shirt pulled me up,I struggled to let go but to no avail.
I followed him and growled.
What is going to happen to me?
I was panting silently as my throat patched.
“Will you leave me!” I stopped and said sharply.
He slapped my face hard. I screamed!
The pain ran through my veins. It did hurt but I endured.
I don’t care if I die as well,I was determined to do anything possible.
I cried,hitting him with my wounded hands. He stood still. The look on his face showed he was surprised.
“Feyisara Kuti” the man called pulling me to himself.
I looked at his face sharply. He just mentioned my name, Feyisara and my surname, Kuti. That’s my mother’s surname.
“How on earth did you how ehn my…” I said incoherently.
He removed his black specs.
My eyes couldn’t believe who I saw.
“Lan..annn..ree” I stammered.
An old childhood buddy of mine. I met him at my mother’s feet,we grew up in the same area.
“Of course I’m the one. How did u got involved with Mr. Tunji?”
I didn’t say anything. I just fixed my gaze on him.
Finally I said. “What are you doing here?”
“You don’t need that now. Immediately I saw your face, I felt guilty and full of remorse. I don’t want you slaughtered” he looked around as if he’s about to fly away.
“But the other guy won’t allow me do that” he whispered.
“Okay! Okay!. So what do I do now?” I quivered.
“Take to your heels. By a twist of fake, we would see again” He said patting my back.
A sense of fatality gripped me. I nuzzled my eyes against his chest.
Just as he said,I took to my heels. I ran till I couldn’t run anymore.
I reclined on an uncompleted building. My legs felt weak, cold and weary.
My tummy rumbled again. This time,I said my last prayer though I was still a bit optimistic. I thought I would die because I was at the mercy of death.
What a mess! My life has been a mess for the past two days.
I wished it was all a dream.
I wished I didn’t conceptualised the idea of running away.
I wished my mother could just appear and say “Imagine,how could you think I was dead?”
I wished, wished and wished in vanity.
My thoughts flashed back to my mother,my past and those calls I received.
I thought about how Tunji cared for me,how he promised me heaven on earth.”Do people change easily?” I asked myself.
Could it be that the whole saga had received widespread media coverage? Was that why Tunji abducted me?
These unpleasant event reduced me to tears. I fought back my tears but my eyes welled up the more.
“I’m doomed” I said bluntly.
I whimpered like a toddler. I cried over spilt milk.
I awoke from a deep sleep. I touched a bed instead of the floor. I pushed my head up a bit but I couldn’t.
I don’t need anyone to tell me how I got here,but who brought me here was what I needed to ask.
That place doesn’t seems like an area where people live. It’s more or less like a construction site.
“She’s awake! You can come in” the nurse said.
“Feyi!” the feminine voice exclaimed.
I managed to open my eyes.