Chapter 9
“Decent Assistants ”
©Opeyemi Akintunde

“Aunty Favor?” Cherry cupcake called. Aunty Favour froze, she turned to see who called her. She recognized the face!
“Imade!” She said within herself.
“Don’t blow your cover” The Holy spirit chided her. Aunty Favour looked away.

Trust noticed it but didn’t say anything.
“Are you not Aunty Favour?” Cherrycupcake asked again
“Favour? My name na Joyce but people dey call me Mama John”
“Sorry I mistook you for some one else”

“No problem, God dey create human being two-two..”
Imade turned her face back to the wall. She could bet her life on it, that was Aunty Favour.

Memories came flooding her mind as she remembered the good times she had at the Lighthouse Camp.
“God if only I had taken those messages to heart, I won’t be here today “ She said bitterly *****

Aunty Favour entered the room that had been allocated to her. She held on to her chest..
“God what kind of destiny slaughtering place is this?” “𝐊𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐞𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐝, 𝐆𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞” The voice spoke to her.

Aunty Favour went to the en suite toilet . She shut the door behind her and began to sob.. “𝐓𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭” The Holy spirit said to her. Aunty Favour obeyed opening the tap. She allowed water to flow into a bucket, same way her tears were flowing.

Trust stood by the door to her room trying to eavesdrop, but all he could hear was the water running.

“God, this is too much for my heart to bear, destinies wasting away. This place reminds me of what Mercy had to go through. No… God you have to expose this place… And God what is Imade doing here? She is not from a poor home, how did she get here?. How did all these girls end up here?”

“𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦… 𝐖𝐢𝐩𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤”
“God I need your strength not to break down” Aunty Favour said lying down on the floor…
“𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤” The Holy spirit spoke to her.

“Ok sir!” Aunty Favour said
“𝐅𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭” The Holy spirit told her
“But I didn’t use the…Oh! I get!” Aunty Favour said as she obeyed. ******

Aunty Favour stepped out of the toilet only to find Trust standing by her door. Aunty Favour was shocked. The tap exercise now made sense to her… “Oga, you want something?”
“My name is Trust not OGA, the only OGA here is Mrs Jaiyeola, you are needed at the client’s lodge. Go and clean up the place”

“Okay OGA….. I mean Trust” He walked away from the window after giving a stem look.
“God this is a Lion’s den” Aunty Favour said
“Watch what you say in this room” The Holy spirit spoke to her again.
She picked up a small phone she was using and dialed the ID John.

Chapter 10
“Decent Assistants ”
©Opeyemi Akintunde

Mr George was seated in his office when his phone rang.
“Hello ma” He answered
“Hello John, how una dey, how everybody for house?”

Mr George immediately got the drift. Aunty Favour had explained to him what the Lord had asked her to do and he was supposed to handle things at the Academy.
“Everybody dey okay”

“Ok! I talk say make I tell you say I don reach the work place. Dey pray for me make I no do wetin dem go use purse me commot” Aunty Favour said
“Ok ma”

“Alright make una do well, manage the small money wey dey your hand, the madam talk say them go give me money for month end, so I go send una money”

“The place na good place, the woman wey get the place dey take care of girls wey no get mama and papa, so na me dey clean everywhere”. Aunty Favour said passing the necessary information to Mr George.

“John, I no send you make you help me broadcast say I don get job, make dem no use juju spoil am for me”
“If them ask me where you dey, Wetin make I talk?” Mr George asked
“Tell them I travel go look for work”

“Ok maale… Good work”
“Thank you John, take care of your brodas and sista dem” *****

Mrs Jaiyeola and Trust were listening to Aunty Favour’s conversation… Mrs Jaiyeola smiled.
“We have nothing to fear“ Mrs Jaiyeola said to Trust
“Has Cherry Cupcake’s hip gotten better”

“No I will suggest we let her rest for a few more days. She is one of our best, we won’t want to lose her” Trust said
“Fine..” *****

Aunty Favour was through with cleaning the client’s lounge, she was cleaning the girl’s lobby. A lady walked in… “Madam, do fast oo, what is your name?”
“Mama John”

“Ok, my name is Icing and na me be the head of the girls in this place, you no get business with anyone of them, do your work and we no go get problem” Icing said
“Ok. Aunty Ici…”
“Icing, like Icing sugar”

“Oh! I don understand, God go help una” Aunty Favour replied
“Thank you”
By the time Aunty Favour finished the work, the girls trooped in, Aunty Favour was stylishly looking for Imade but couldn’t find her.

“Aunty Icing sugar, shey make I go clean the rooms”
“Yes and my name is Icing remove the sugar” Icing replied
“Ok! I don understand. Na teach you go dey teach me, I dey quick learn”. Aunty Favour replied. Her heart was racing.

Some of the girls laughed. They all found seats in the room, they are all in their black tees with “Decent Assistants” written on It…
Aunty Favour shook her head at the inscription.

“When Humans feel they can help you in their own wisdom, they end up killing themselves” Aunty Favour thought within herself
Kemi had explained all that Mrs Jaiyeola told her about the mission and vision of the place.. *****

Aunty Favour entered Cherrycupcake’s room, she was her lying on the bed…
“God, is there a voice bug here?” Aunty Favour asked
“No! but the CCTV is working, keep working as you talk” Father replied

“Imade, is that really you?”
Cherry Cupcake turned sharply
“I knew it was you Aunty Favour” Cherry Cupcake answered excitedly

“Don’t show too much excitement, the CCTV is working” Aunty Favour cautioned
“Yeah that’s true” Cherry Cupcake replied
“Go back to Facing the wall and we continue talking. I only have few minutes here” Aunty Favour said

“Ok ma! Why are you here?” Cherry Cupcake asked
“God sent me,He says I should come deliver His children here. Thursday night, I woke up with a voice crying for help, now as I think about the voice, I think it was your voice I heard and coincidentally, Mrs Jaiyeola’s daughter attends the Lighthouse Academy, she has been having nightmares of girls from this academy, calling her to help them “

“Rejoice is at the Lighthouse?” Cherry Cupcake asked very surprised
Yes! She is in the boarding school ”
“Mrs Jaiyeola enrolled her child in the Lighthouse? Wow! The wicked want their children to be saints while other people’s children become their tools of wickedness..” Cherry Cupcake said sadly with drops of tears painting her face.

” Aunty Favour, on Thursday I cried to God for help, is it possible God heard my cry?” She continued
“Imade how did you get here? Were you kidnapped?”
” Hmm…”