A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 1)
(Formerly WHEN AN OPEN DOOR IS A DEADLY TRAP)
After the Sunday church service, Angela took her daughter and left for the car park. She was full of smiles and kept confessing, “This is my week of open door.”
The Pastor had declared powerfully during the service that God would surprise them during the week.
As soon as she finished strapping her 4-year-old daughter to the back seat, a young man approached her. “Hello Sister Angela! I am Bro Matt, a regular member of this church.” Matt greeted her warmly. In like manner, Angela responded standing at the driver’s door.
Matt, a tall and handsome man kept rapping along with sweet words how the Lord visited him during their last Men’s programme with a huge contract running into millions.
Angela, a single mother working in a small company kept enjoying the various suggestions and offers from Matt.
Many thoughts were flying around in the domain of her feeble mind, “Wow, God is good. This is answer to my prayers. The God of Pastor Abraham is wonderful. I will be able to pay my huge debts and the like.”
As if awakened from her mind travel, Mr Matt shook her hand to bid her goodbye. Angela thanked him joyfully.
Immediately she turned her ignition key, she remembered to ask for his contact. She jumped out of her car but Mr Matt has disappeared. Her mood changed quickly but thinking about the conversation, it gave her a renewed hope.
At exactly 8pm that day, her phone rang. She ignored it because her daughter was about to sleep. They had watched an interesting TV program together
After 30 minutes, her phone rang again. She picked it and behold, it was Mr Matt.
She was surprised how he got her number. Matt simply told her that he found it on the church bulletin. Angela was in the publication department.
Their friendship began with 5 minutes phone call until it graduated to visiting each other.
Angela even shared her testimony in the church how he met bro Matt and how God had transformed her financial status from being a borrower to a lender.
Matt had introduced her to a business which turned out to be a breakthrough for Angela. Her taste changed and her circles of friends increased.
After a year, Angela woke up one morning and what she saw really shook her…
A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 2)
After a year, Angela woke up one morning and what she saw really shook her.
She found her daughter wasn’t on the bed with her. Her eyes sparked, her mind exploded and her hands shook vigorously while she combed the bed.
She ran to the toilet but there was no trace of her. She ran downstairs to search for her. Suddenly, she heard the cry of a baby upstairs and how she climbed the stairs was spontaneous.
She opened the door and found out that her daughter’s doll gave out the sound. Angela jumped on the bed and cried out, “Annie, where are you?”
Her phone beeped and she quickly grabbed it. She read the SMS aloud, “Annie is fine. Take care.”
She tried to call the number but it wasn’t going through.
She cried out again, “My God, Annie has been kidnapped.”
She came to herself and asked some questions, “Who came to my house? No one has access to my house. I slept at midnight. What has come over me?”
She decided to find out before informing the police. She called one of her intimate friends, Kate who has been with her through thick and thin. Kate was equally surprised to hear about the incident and came over to her house.
Before Kate arrived, Angela received another SMS, “You have informed Kate. Be prepared for the worst.” Angela froze on the spot. She couldn’t move further until her doorbell rang.
She managed to reach the door and opened the door. Kate tried in vain to convince her to report the case to the police.
Kate promised to come back later in the day and she left.
After 20 minutes, another SMS came in. “If you inform anyone again, just forget your daughter.”
She called the number again out of desperation but didn’t go through.
She sat on her favourite sofa gazing at her daughter’s photo hung on the wall. She sobbed again wondering how her daughter was kidnapped from their bedroom.
She thought of calling her pastor but fear held her back. Also, Matt has travelled out of the country on a business trip. For the past three months, they hadn’t been contacting each other regularly.
Angela took her phone and sent an e-mail to Matt narrating the ugly incident.
Immediately she pressed the “send” button, another SMS came in.
“Your daughter’s life is at stake. Why did you send the email?”
Angela rose up and turned around to see who was watching her secretly.
“Who are you? Why are you after me? Show your face!” She cried out of deep frustration.
No one showed up except the sound of the wall clock. She tiptoed to the bedroom again. She stepped on each stair with deep breathing. When she reached the bedroom, her doorbell rang.
Out of fear, she waited a bit. The doorbell rang again. Angela summoned courage to answer the visitor.
Slowly, she came downstairs while the visitor kept knocking on the door.
Angela wiped her tears away and adjusted her ruffled hairs. The visitor rang the bell again with repeated knockings.
Angela opened the door and saw …
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI