“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season Two)”
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She helped me unto my feet and took me to her house. My sister, you are too weak, please take a rest. We will talk when you regain your strength. The stranger said. No sister, I want to go back to where you picked me from. I want my tears to drown Sarah. I want my pain to be felt in Agyei’s heart.
I responded with a weak cry. You are making me sad. Who is Agyei, and who is Sarah? She asked. Agyei is the reason behind my survival when my parents died. He is the reason why I hoped for a better future. He is my strength, my happiness and my pain.
Sarah on the other hand is my bosom friend who has thwarted my efforts of becoming whom I want to be. She is my bosom friend who has snatched my Agyei from me. I narrated in tears of weakness.
This is serious! I now understand why you are this devastated. My sister please take heart, the Lord is your strength. She consoled. I stayed with the stranger till the following morning when I gained a little strength. I walked back to Agyei’s house and sat behind the gate in prayers.
My God! If you can hear me, I have only one request to make. The request of making the Wolves go unpunished. The request of avenging my pain. God, let not the wicked go free. I prayed in tears. After the prayer of pain, I picked a car back to Praso. Life is a struggle. Oh Kukua! Where did I go wrong with these wolves in Sheep’s clothing in my life? So all these while, I was dinning with Wolves instead of Sheep? I thought in tears when I entered my room. I stayed in the room for three good days without food.
There was no money on me, so I decided to go to the bank to withdraw a little amount for my upkeep. I dressed up in my weak state and walked to the bank. Good afternoon sir, please, I am here to take 100cedis from my account. I said. Where is your withdrawal form or ATM card? He asked. I don’t have any. I learnt I can purchase one from here. I responded.
I was asked to buy a counter cheque but I had no money on me. I then negotiated with them to give it to me and pay after the withdrawal, which they agreed to. I joined the queue, waiting to get my money. Finally, it was my turn.
After several minutes, the teller told me that the account number I have given was wrong. I was asked to write it over and over again, but they still claimed it was not mine. I was asked to sit and wait for a while.
Minutes later, the police came to where I was sitting. Madam, you are under arrest. He said. For what sir? I asked in fear. For impersonating someone to steal from his account. He responded. Sir listen to me, this account we are talking about is mine.
It was my fiance, Agyei, who assisted me to open this account. You can even go ahead and check. I have been coming here every two days to deposit money into it. I explained. He informed the manager and they checked their records. Indeed, I had been going there almost every two days to deposit money into that account, and besides, the person whom they claim owns the account is Agyei.
Madam Kukua Nancy, it is true you’ve been depositing money into this particular account, but unfortunately, the account bears the name of your just talked about fiance, Agyei Marcus.
The manager explained. Manager, does that mean the money isn’t mine? I asked. Yes madam, the money is in the name of Agyei, so he can only withdraw money from the account. In a nutshell, the money belongs to him.
He explained further. Slowly, I stood up from the seat and began walking on the street. I could see myself walking, but I couldn’t control my directions. I could see Agyei walking beside me.
Agyei, listen, if you needed money, you should have told me, rather than deceiving me for it. I am an orphan, and I don’t deserve this treatment. Look at me, I haven’t eaten for the past three to four days, all because I am broke. You shouldn’t have deceived a miserable charcoal seller like me. Agyei tell me, do I have a future? At the age of 27, I can’t even bost of a common radio set. Agyei, do I have a future? I kept talking to him on the street. Quickly, someone grabbed me from behind. Leave me! I am talking to Agyei! Please leave me! I screamed. No Kukua, you are walking alone and talking to yourself. There is no Agyei here! The person responded and forced me into a taxi.
“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season Two)”
No Kukua, you walking alone and talking to yourself. There is no Agyei here. The person responded and forced me into a taxi. I didn’t know what happened until two weeks later, when I saw myself in chains. I was tied against a pillar at where I stayed. Afia, what is happening to me? Who tied me up? I screamed.
Kukua, you better shut up and stay there. Why do you keep disturbing everyone’s peace? Were we the ones who forced you to give your money to a man? She angrily responded. Afia, I may have been mad, sick or something, but no more. Please untie me. I screamed angrily.
Immediately, all the tenants rushed out from their rooms. Kukua, are you sure you are not talking out of your madness? Are you sure you are fine? One of them asked. Don’t mind her Kwadwo, how can she be fine when she hasn’t taken any medicine? She is talking out of madness.
Afia responded harshly. Afia, you are sounding as if this is what you’ve always wished for me. I don’t blame you nor anybody standing here. I don’t blame you for locking me up in chains instead of taking me to the hospital. I solely blame myself for allowing this to happen to me.
You didn’t force me to give my money to a man, love did. And remember, that is not the end of my life. I bitterly spoke. Kwadwo, please untie me and let me go into my room. I added. Quickly, Kwadwo untied me and I walked pass them into my room. I looked so dirty and emaciated.
My hair was unkept and my mouth was smelling really bad. No one had had the time to bath me. Kwadwo, are you sure she is fine? Are you very sure? I overhead Afia asking. Afia, if she isn’t, do you think she can talk sense like she just did? I believe she is alright. Kwadwo responded.
Well if you say so. As for me, I won’t have the strength and time to chase her when she runs back to the streets again. Just look at how the entire household has suffered for the past two weeks. Cleaning her faeces alone wasn’t easy.
Afia unhappily complained. But wait a minute, how can madness be cured without medication? Another person asked. Maybe it is by divine intervention. Let’s all hope for the best. Kwadwo responded. God, so I have been mad for two good weeks? Oh Kukua, where did I go wrong? I thought in tears. My landlord brought me food and asked me to bath and take some rest.
My daughter, sickness comes but do not leave us at a go, so please, don’t stress yourself thinking about anything. Just eat the food, bath, and get some rest. He advised. Thank you daddy, God bless you. I shyly responded. Days passed, and anytime I went out, people kept pointing fingers at me.
I felt so ashamed and embarrassed. All my money was gone, I couldn’t do the charcoal business any longer. I thought of moving from house to house to wash dirty clothes for those who needed my services. I began the job and it was moving a bit well. Sometimes, I made 10 cedis a day.
I did the job for one month until someone told me to target the beautiful houses in the town for huge sums. Kukua, your job is tedious, and I suggest you visit the homes of the rich for bigger amount rather than the peanuts you earn. One of my neighbors suggested.
I heeded to her advice, but of course, Caleb’s house was out. I couldn’t stand his kid brother’s maltreatment. I thought. One day, after knocking at the gate of one of the beautiful houses, a gentleman came out.
What do you want? Why are you knocking at the gate like a villager? He insulted. I am sorry sir, I only came here to search for a laundry job. Do you please have dirty clothes for me to wash? I asked. You are so disgusting! Even if I had dirty clothes, do you think a dirty person like you can wash it clean? He insulted. Emrys what’s up with you and the person at the gate? Why are you talking to the person in anger? A familiar voice asked from the house.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI