THE DARKEST HOUR
(Cry of an angel)
As Monica was silently eating the food in front of their house, so as Udoka stared into the dark sky reflecting on how she reacted during the dinner date she had with David. She was totally lost in thought that Monica had to stop eating and tapped her shoulder. “Udoka!” she shrieked.
Udoka startled and came back to her senses. “What’s the problem?” she asked.
“I asked how your date went but just to found you lost in thought”
“Monica, you won’t understand”
“What do you mean?” Monica dropped the food and concentrated on her sister.
“The date went well but…” Udoka paused. She spaced into the sky again and stretched her legs.
“But what?” Monica was still inquisitive.
Udoka looked at her and said, “I turned him down after he made a relationship proposal to me”
“Hmm… but why?”
“He’s from Ndiogoro, my father’s land. I’m afraid things might not work out well after sometimes”
“Is that the only reason?” Monica asked again then Udoka nodded her head positively. “That means you like hi.. sorry, does that mean you love him?” Monica smiled.
Hearing the question and seeing the smile on her face, Udoka smiled too without responding. Though, Monica understood that her smile meant ‘yes’ to her question, so she carried her food again. “It doesn’t really matter where he’s from. What matters is what he feels for you” she concluded.
“Hmm… you talk as if you have done this before oh” Udoka said.
“No oh! It’s what i see and hear on movies” Monica objected.
“Abeg make i hear word” Udoka turned to the sky again with a smile but suddenly laughed with her sister.
“Wait oh..” Monica stopped laughing, she seriously kept the food and looked at her sister who also stared at her anticipatory. “Did you just say David is from Ndiogoro?” she asked.
“Then we have gotten what we have been looking for!” Monica exclaimed silently.
“Through him, we can now get to the village since mother doesn’t want to show us the way”
Udoka thought for a while and said, “You have an idea”
“I always have an idea” Monica began to eat again with a smile.
FEW DAYS LATER
David never gave up on Udoka. He made sure he wins her heart but she didn’t succumb to his sweet words until a very faithful evening. Both were found in a local stadium were David’s friend, Mike was playing a football match. Gentle wind took over the cloud thereby making the weather more romantic. One could see footballers in the field putting on pink and light-green sport wears. At one side of the field was an auditorium were fanz cheers their players up. The referee was on black short and black top with boots. His dressing had absolute comparison with his complexion. At another angle of the local stadium were Udoka and David seated under a tree which branch had withered and fallen down. David was on a jean trousers with shirt, while Udoka wore a black leggings with a white top. She had David’s phone in her hands while David placed his hand across her shoulder. He gradually took the phone from her to get her attention.
“What?” Udoka asked then looked at him.
“Nothing” David smiled.
“But you just collected the phone from me”
“Yes, to get your attention”
“Hmm..” Udoka smiled. “Please, give me the phone!” she struggled to get it by force but David raised it up making her to stand on her feet jumping and laughing to get it. David brought it down, then she grabbed it forcefully. Suddenly, she felt his hands wrapped round her waist. She looked at him to find out what was going on but found him staring at her romantically. Her body became weak with increase in heartbeat without knowing when the cell phone fell from her hand.
“David?” she called.
“What must i do to make u know that u have taking over my heart?” David began staring her eyes. “What i feel for u is greater than love. It has eaten deep into me that i can’t spend a moment without u. I love u so much, Udoka” he gradually disengaged his hands from her waist to her two cheeks then brought his head closer and kissed her! Udoka smiled and held his two arms.
“I love you too, David” she said.
“Yes!” David exclaimed. He carried her up and flung her around while she screamed in joy. Just then, Mike arrived sweating variously.
“What’s going on here?” he asked with a smile. However, Udoka had picked up the phone.
“Mehn I’m so happy. Is the match over?” David shook his hand.
“Yes, you were so carried away by your damsel that u couldn’t even notice it” Mark added then Udoka smiled.
Udoka headed to their house happily that evening. Likewise David who had told Mark everything on their way home. As a guyman, Mark knew how girls cluster around David, so he asked, “Are you sure u won’t break this girl’s heart?”
“No, i love her so much” David replied.
“What of Sandra?”
“Sandra is.. is my friend”
Mark smiled, “Okay” he concluded.
With the joy in Udoka’s heart, she opened their gate but couldn’t believe what she saw: her mother, sister and their properties were found outside..