It became clear to me that I was in soup. In my quest for revenge,I had walked into my own trap. I began to understand that he was a very aggressive and possessive person. What have I gotten myself into?
Me: wha . . .what are you trying to say now?
He looked at me and smiled.
Frank: Good. You’re a good girl. I talk and you listen. If you don’t understand,you tell me and I’ll explain to you my love. Don’t raise your voice on me or try battling words with me and you won’t regret being my girl. All I’m saying is that we are now together and you’ll never lack.
He dropped the cigarette and touched my face.
Frank; You are beautiful and I love you very much.
Tears ran down my face. What am I going to do? Did he say lack? Did I ever mention to him that I lacked anything? What will he give me that I don’t have? Is this how he treated Vivian and she still loved him to fight over him?
Oh Jesus! Tell me what to do.
Frank: Don’t cry. Please don’t cry. I know you love me as well but………
Me: I’m no longer interested. You’re someone I don’t know. Your character . . . . . .
Frank: shut up!
I jumped up in fright. Passersby looked at us. I bent my head and let the tears flow. There was an awkward silence between us. I raised my eyes to see his back turned to me,then my instinct asked me to run. Yes! He won’t have the guts to run after me when there were people all over the street. He was talking but I didn’t pay attention. I counted to five and that was it; I ran……I ran for my dear life. I didn’t look back. All I did was run. I ran like someone was after me and truly,there was something after me. I got to my gate and started banging on the gate. God be praised,the gate was answered immediately and I ran in. I didn’t even know who opened the gate but I heard myself asking the person to lock up immediately.
I got inside my room and broke down instantly. Why would Ebuka leave me to suffer in the hands of this monster? I cried myself to sleep and when I woke up and checked the time,it was 12;09am. A banging on my head reminded me of the previous day. I went to mum’s room and knocked but there was no response. I walked into the room and woke her up,told her how I was feeling and she gave me novalgen and asked me to get food in the kitchen since I missed dinner. I almost ran to the kitchen because I was very hungry… I didn’t even bother to look in the pot because I knew the soups would be in the freezer so I just made cornflakes with milk in large quantity and gulped it down immediately. I later went back to bed promising myself that Frank will never see me again until I want to make him do that which is very far from now. From that day,I started staying indoors. I didn’t even try following mum to the shop. I also started avoiding Vivian. Warned my siblings to always tell her that I wasn’t around… Thank God,aunt Justina moved out of the house that week because she got a job at Lagos,making me the official chef of the house. For the fact that I didn’t want to run into Frank,I made sure I left the house with mum any day I wanted to buy foodstuffs,then after buying them,I would board a bike that will stop me right in front of my house. Things were going the way I liked and thank God,the vacation was gradually coming to an end. I made a list of everything I will be needing for ss2 and gave it to mum. We fixed a date for the shopping and it was on a Saturday,exactly one week before I went back to school. Mum and I got to the market very early that morning. We went to her favourite book seller and gave her the list. She brought out all the books and we asked her to tape them while we go to the provision shop. It was at the provision shop that we met Vivian and she promised to visit. I was uncomfortable with that but because of mum’s presence,I couldn’t object.