THE DARKEST HOUR
(Cry of an angel)
Darkness began to take over the atmosphere. The joy in Udoka’s heart gradually dwindled when she entered their compound and her steps changed from fast to slow. She narrowed her vision to made sure that what she saw wasn’t a dream. She looked around the compound but saw nobody except her mother and sister who sat sadly with their properties outside. She slowly climbed the four stairs and asked, “Mother, what’s the meaning of this?” Nobody responded rather the mother began to shed tears. “Mother talk to me! Monica..” Udoka turned to her sister. “..what’s wrong?”
“The landlord came with some boys and sent us parking” Monica replied.
“What?! He should have waited till tomorrow! Where are we to sleep tonight?” Udoka lamented bitterly. “What’s all this for goodness sake!” her voice began to break thereby stimulating her tears glands. Already, Monica had started crying just like her mother. Their sadness remained static for some times before the mother stood up. She adjusted her wrapper, dried her tears then walked down the stairs.
“To where are u going, mother?” Udoka asked.
“To the church. Let me see if we can spend the night there before traveling to the village” the mother replied.
“You mean my father’s village?” Monica interfered sitting very close to Udoka but the mother disdained her without replying then continued walking. After she left, the twins looked at each other and averted their eyes.
“Are we going to live in the village? This is serious!” Monica said.
Udoka remained quiet thinking of her job, David and her education most importantly. “How can i leave all this behind?” she thought and hissed frustratingly.
Before Trust and Sunny returned to the compound hopping to see one of the twins as usual, Mrs Williams and the children had gone with their properties. So they stood before their room staring at the door.
“Where is this troublesome girl?” Sunny asked with hands on his waist.
“The compound just dey quiet. Where is my Monica” Trust also asked. Hearing that, Sunny disdained him.
“Who said that Monica is yours?”
“Shut up! Why are you asking about the other one.. what’s her name again..” Trust scratched his head to remember. “..yes, Udoka! Isn’t it because u miss her?”
“Over my dead body will a miss that girl” Sunny opposed seriously. “But e get the way that girl dey do me for body” he brought down his voice with a smile. “Chai!!” he exclaimed and touched his dick through his trouser.
“Now, have u seen the reason why you will miss her?”
“Yes oh” Sunny replied imagining Udoka’s round butt.
“Did you just say yes?” Trust asked to confirmed before Sunny came back to his sense.
“No, never! I will not miss her” he concluded and hurried to their room while Trust laughed seriously.
David couldn’t sleep with the joy in him. He stayed awake smiling and thinking about Udoka. The way he felt cannot be comprehended by any person unless you are swimming in the pools of true love.
On the other hand, Udoka stayed awake thinking about David too but wasn’t looking happy. She felt that her first love and relationship was about to crash, therefore, she began to miss David already. She regrated not having a cell phone and belonging to a rich family. At a corner inside the church where they laid, no light could be seen. Darkness covered the building. Meanwhile, Monica and her mother had slept. Just as Udoka remained awake thinking, she heard her sister murmuring and shaking her legs; she was dreaming again..
Everything inside the dark forest became more scary and real. Monica, seeing herself there again in a different mood was something she couldn’t write home about. The bright light from the ground shone on her face as she stood in the middle of the forest. She was filled with joy and happiness but was crying seriously.
“Why do you cry my angel?” a male voice came from the light again. Hearing the voice, Monica began to cry the more. Her lips vibrated and tears gushed down to her mouth.
“I don’t know. Please, where am i” she asked.
“In your land”
“Yes, my angel”
“Why do you call me that?”
“Because you are”
“Why am i here?” Monica asked but heard nothing again. She looked around the dark forest but saw nothing. Suddenly, more bright light began to pop out from the ground at different angles, even at a very close range. Therefore, she screamed..
Monica’s voice made Udoka rush her when she woke up. The mother located a torch light and put it on. Seeing the brightness of the light, Monica screamed again thinking she was still in the dream then began to cry. Udoka was already beside her when her mother drew closer.
“Ongini? What?!” she asked.
“Monica, what is it?” Udoka added.
“I’m so scared” Monica began in tears. She moved closer to her mother and engulf her hands round her waist. “Please, hold me mother. Don’t leave me, abeg of u please” she cried. Then the mother and Udoka became speechless..
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