THE DARKEST HOUR
(The cry of an angel)
“Are you still a baby?” Sunny replied and drew closer to her. He looked around again in the darkness then lowered his voice. “You know say u too fine. And the thing wey u give to that young man, fit me too” he added in pigin English.
Udoka stared at him for a while and said, “You must be very stupid to think I’m that kind of a person. Nonsense!” she hissed, opened the gate forcefully and walked inside. One could see the bag in her hand hit the gate and her butt shaking rhythmically with her steps.
“My goodness!” Sunny exclaimed and looked at himself. “Am i as stupid as this girl said?” he asked then also entered.
Inside the room, Mrs Williams sat on the bed still with the plate of food in her hands while Monica sat on the cushion when Udoka walked in. Her heart skipped when she saw her mother, therefore, she stood a step away from the door and transferred the bag to another hand. Monica glanced at the bag and stared at her, likewise the mother.
“Goo.. goo.. good evening, mother” Udoka stammered.
“Evening” the mother replied. “Your sister said you went to buy something”
Hearing that, the twins glanced at each other then Monica bent her head down praying that her lies shouldn’t be exposed. Even Udoka understood that she lied in order to cover her up. Therefore, she stammered again, “Ye.. ye.. yes, mother, i went to buy something”
“What’s that?” the mother was still inquisitive.
“Food and drink”
“Who gave you money for that?”
“Hum.. mother?” Udoka transferred the bag to another hand again thinking of what to say. However, Monica’s heart had been beating as if it would jump out from her body in no time. The twins had never lied to their mother before not to talk of when it concerns a date or relationship issues with a man.
“I said who gave you the money?!” the mother repeated in a higher tone.
“Monica gave me the money” Udoka replied then her sister’s heart jumped as she stared at Udoka, while the mother stared at her.
“Monica, where did you get such amount of money from?” the mother asked.
“Mother, is my savings from my customers who leave their change for me” Monica replied.
The mother looked at Udoka again and said, “Why would you buy food with the money when there is food at home?”
“There was no food that time” Monica interrupted her sister as a way to defend her again.
“Is okay, enjoy yourselves” the mother stood up and began to change up while Udoka and Monica exhaled silently in relieve.
David sluggishly came out from the car after he got home. He wasn’t looking happy because Udoka turned him down. With the sluggishness, he entered and found his parents in the sittingroom. They were sitting on one couch as husband and wife they are. David greeted them without a smile and headed to his room.
“David!” the mum called.
“Yes, mum!” David’s voice echoed from his room. He collapsed on the bed and face up in a way his legs were still touching the ground. Suddenly, the mum bagged in.
“David, where have u been?”
“I went out with my friends, mum”
“Who are they?”
“Oooh, mum not again!” David shouted exhaustively. “I’m not in the mood for your insatiable factitious inquisition”
“My God!” the mum exclaimed. “Am i the one you are speaking grammar for?” she added. When David refused to continued the conversation, she went out. Immediately after that, his phone rang then he picked.
“Are you still driving?” Sandra’s voice sounded on the phone.
“No” David grumbled.
“Then why haven’t you called?”
“I’m just coming in now”
“Is okay, baby. Your voice doesn’t sound good” Sandra’s voice became romantic.
“It’s a personal problem”
“Share it with me. You know i love you. Your problem is my problem”
David smiled unwillingly. He knew that Sandra was just exhibiting school-life character and her character too. She is the type that say her mind but had found it difficult to proclaim her love to David rather moving indirectly.
The phone call lasted very long but at the end, David never told her the reasons. His mind went back to Udoka instantly after the call.
The twins where found outside in front of their house with the bag of food. Though it was dark but they could see each other.
“You nearly put me into trouble!” Monica began then Udoka laughed.
“I know you are very good at lying that’s why i shifted everything to you telling mother that u gave me the money”
“Are you calling me a liar?”
“No oh! We are all liars” Udoka answered and they laughed. She handed the bag to her sister who became surprise. “David said is yours” she added.
“Who’s David?” Monica asked as she was bringing out the food and drinks.
“The one that took me out today”
“Hmm.. So how did it go?” Monica asked again then Udoka’s mind went back to David..