ARRESTED BY LOVE
(The best of Daria)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Darkness covered everywhere in the land of Obioha. Not even a single star could be seen in the sky talk more of the moon. The screeching of bats from a nearby bush could be heard at this very late hour-12:00am. Daria, the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred stretched awake on her bed to the noise coming from a distant. Due to the darkness of the room, she located where the electric switch is and put it on. Light shone all over the room. One could see a typical local girl’s room; clothes hung on a rope while some on hanger. At another corner was a locker full of books and papers. Her bed was nothing to write home about. Obviously, the room indicated the poor background of her parents.
Daria quietly moved towards the door, she wore a gown without a bra. She plate her hair in a local fashion but that didn’t remove an atom of her beauty rather it improved it to molecule added to the attractive fair body complexion. She could hear the noise and shout of a familiar voice then she held her chest. “Austine?” she soliloquized as she went back to her bed. Sooner did she hear the voice again loud and clear, “Please, don’t kill me!”
“Austine!” Daria stood up with a speed. She quietly opened the door to avoid waking her parents up. When she got outside, she couldn’t believe the darkness of the atmosphere. Nevertheless, she hurried up into the darkness. Dogs barked, crickets chirp, frogs croaked and most of all, cats purred but Daria kept going. She hastened up and began to run because she couldn’t bear the cry of Austin. As she ran like a blind woman, she stumbled and fell seriously. “My God!” she exclaimed…
On the other hand at the very resident of Austin, he laid flat on the floor wearing only a boxer and singlet. Before him was a man on mask and black. On his feet were Timber-land boots and on his palms were thick black hand-gloves. He had a sharp sward which he had used on Austin already. One could see blood gushing out from Austin’s arms.
“They call me Red” Ebube, the man on mask began. “I guess you must have heard about me coz my fame bread like a bedshirt. Your stubbornness let you into this. You should have cooperated with me peacefully. Now, look at what you’ve done to yourself” he shuffled the sward into it’s shelf and turned. He had a power motorcycle which he climbed heroically and put the key in the ignition. The tyres of the motorcycle is as big as that of vehicles but had wider area. “Crooom, croom” it set on motion and blasted out.
Daria struggled up without minding the injuries she sustained, so she began to run again. As she ran, she heard the hoot of Owls and croak of toads but these sounds suddenly overcame by the sound of Ebube’s power motorcycle. Hearing that, she hid beside a nearby bush. She could see the ray of light coming from the opposite direction. It drew closer and closer until it passed, then she began to run again.
At the resident of Austin, as Austin staggered inside with his hands full of blood, Daria arrived. “Austin?” she called in a low voice standing few meters away.
“Daria, what are you doing here?” Austin asked holding his arm.
“I heard you shouting that’s why i came” Daria sighted the blood then rushed him. “Oh my God! You are bleeding! What happened?”
“I was attacked but Red”
“Red? Who’s Red?”
“A criminal i guess”
“Thank God he didn’t take your life. Let me clean you up” Daria sighted a bucket of water. Austin stared at her as she came back with the bucket and told him to sit down but he refused.
“Austin, why? Let me clean you up” Daria stared into his eyes with a clean cloth in her hand.
“No, Daria” Austin replied.
“I’m worried why you came all the way from your house to this place. Have you thought of what your parents will say if they get to know you left your house to my house at this hour of the night?”
“But i came to save a life, especially for the person i love. I couldn’t bear hearing your shout then keep quiet. Please, allow me to clean the blood. You’re bleeding furiously” Daria concluded then both stared at each other silently…
Mr Alfred, Daria’s father woke up to the sound of the motorcycle. He stood up toward the parlour door and found it open. With the same gesture, he checked on Daria but couldn’t find her. “Elizabeth!” he shouted his wife’s name. “Mama Daria!” he added before the wife came out adjusting her wrapper.
“My husband, what is it?”
“Where is your daughter?”
“You mean Daria?”
“Do we have another one?”
“Hehy..” the wife entered Daria’s room but couldn’t find her. “My husband, where is she?”
“I’m asking you and you are asking me back. Ihia anyi biara o gwam gwam gwam?” the husband spoke in igbo language.
“I don’t know where she is”
“If i don’t kill that girl with my hands, she won’t disappear by this time of the night!”
“Heh! Chim oh!” the wife adjusted her wrapper again. Just then, Daria came back with blood stain on her gown..
To be continued……………..
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