“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
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Kukua who is that? I hope it isn’t one of my creditors? Mother whispered in fear. I boldly walked out to meet the person and it was Mrs Agyei. Where the hell is your mother? She yelled. Agyei quickly came out from the room on hearing his mother’s voice. Mum what are you doing here? He asked. I am here to warn these witches not to entertain you in their home because you don’t belong here. She responded angrily and forced her way into the room to talk to my mother.
Agyei tried his best to stop her but the woman was as strong as the wind. Besiwaa or whatever you call yourself, you can pretend to be sick for all I care, but I am here to warn you and your daughter to stay away from my son. I will never allow my son to marry your daughter.
Mrs Agyei spoke on top of her voice. My sister, please exercise patience. Kukua and Agyei are old enough to know what they want. Mummy struggled to talk. It’s a lie! Besiwaa, your poverty lifestyle will not be entertained in my home! I won’t watch you to kill my son with poverty like you did to your husband! Mrs Agyei yelled. Agyei tried to intervene but his mother pushed him aside and screamed all she could.
I couldn’t control my tears from flowing. I couldn’t stand how my mother’s fellow woman was spewing words of pain to her because of poverty. I expected my mother to say something when the woman was still ranting, but there was total silence from her.
I turned to stare at her on the sick bed, and I realized she had closed her eyes. I got closer, and she was foaming from the mouth.
Mother! Mother! What is happening to you? I tried waking her up. My mother’s body was so frozen. She was not breathing, and her heart had stopped beating. I began to sweat.
Somebody talk to me! What is happening to my mother? I screamed. Agyei held her too and began shedding tears. Kukua, your mother is dead. He pronounced. Mrs Agyei’s jaw dropped with shock. I stood up, and took few steps towards her. Mrs Agyei, go ahead! Go ahead and insult my mother. Tell her more of the painful words. Murder her soul as well with your harsh words. You have her all to yourself now, she can no longer argue with you nor explain things to you, so go ahead and tell her everything on your heart.
I lamented. Kukua please she is sorry! Please calm down. Agyei pleaded whiles his mother stood speechless. No Agyei she is not! Your mother walked in here to insult my mother to death. I did my best to put smiles on her face, and the best your mother could do was to make her die in pain. The last words she heard were insults.
What did she do to offend you? What? I talked in pain. Mrs Agyei shamefully broke her silence. Your mother deserved every word I spewed to her. I don’t regret anything. Agyei, follow me and let’s go home! I won’t leave you with a poor corpse. Mummy, you are a woman and I expect you to behave as such. Just put yourself in Kukua’s shoes and feel what she is feeling. She is here talking but her spirit is dead as well.
A young girl like her has lost her mother minutes ago and I expect you to be a mother to console her instead of causing her more pain with your words. Agyei spoke with bitterness. I give you five minutes to meet me at home. Mrs Agyei stated and walked out on us. I went back to sit beside my mother. Agyei please go home. Go and let me be with my mother. I want to ask her why she has chosen to cause me this pain. I want her to tell me how I am going to survive. There are questions my mother must answer. I spoke in tears.
Kukua please don’t do this to yourself. Let’s go and call your uncles. They must be informed. Agyei pleaded. I am not going anywhere. I will sit right here till I get answers from my mother. I insisted in tears. After several minutes of failed persuasion, Agyei walked out of the room in tears to go and call my family members. Mother, we are left alone, now tell me why you chose to leave me like this? Tell me how you expect me to enroll in school without your support. Just tell me how I am going to face Mrs Agyei for this love her son and I are sharing.
When Papa died, you told me you cannot forgive him for leaving us behind. Today, you are also gone and you expect me to forgive you? So you and Papa brought me into this world to punish me right? Where did I go wrong? Mother where? I held my mother’s dead body in tears till Agyei and my family members entered the room.
“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
I held my mother’s dead body in tears till Agyei and my family members entered the room. They all burst into tears when they saw my mother’s lifeless body. We wept for so many minutes. The family sat down after few days of my mother’s demise and planned the various dates for the final funeral rites. Two months afterwards, my mother was laid to rest.
Life was simply not easy, but with the help of Agyei and my bosom friend Sarah, I managed to smile sometimes. I took over the charcoal business and began selling like my mother would do. The business was moving gradually and I was glad to be saving something towards my education. Edem at the other side of my life kept pestering me with the marriage proposal and I decided to talk to Sarah about it.
Sarah, that man called Edem is really getting on my nerves. What at all does he want from me? Am I the only lady in this town? I complained. I am even surprised Kukua. He keeps chasing you, as if he is under a spell. Sarah responded. What do I do now Sarah? I don’t want his constant stalking to cause any problems between Agyei and I. I stated. Kukua, why don’t you give him a chance? Sarah asked. A chance? A chance for what? Sarah, have
3you forgotten Agyei and I are preparing to get married? Have you? I responded in disappointment. Kukua I know, but truth be told, I don’t think Mr and Mrs Agyei will allow their son to marry you.
Let’s face reality. Sarah spoke. Thank you for the advice my good friend, but I will want you to know that love is stronger than anything. Love conquers all. I confidently responded. Anyway, I must get going now. Make the best sales today, we need more money to go to school next year. Sarah stated and left me alone in the market. Not long after she left, Edem walked to me.
Hey beautiful Kukua, how are you faring? Sorry I couldn’t attend your mum’s funeral, I traveled. He explained. That is no problem Edem, not everyone will be available for me when I need them. I responded. Don’t talk like that my future wife, I will forever be there for you. It’s just that… He tried speaking. Hold it right there Edem! Don’t you ever refer to me as your future wife! Do you know what it takes to be a husband? Do you? I angrily cut in. Kukua, what else can I do? I’ve been trying my best but you don’t seem to notice.
Anytime I see you carrying these heavy charcoals, I buy them. What else do you want me to do? He unhappily asked. Edem, if you think love resides in charcoal buying, then I’m very sorry. I simply hate your style of proposal. Archaic and immature. I spoke harshly. Just then, a lady walked to us. Edem, I’ve been looking everywhere for you and here you are comfortably conversing with this girl. She said. I turned to stare at her face and why she would refer to me as a girl.
Eeeerrrmmm, please go and wait for me at the shop, I will be with you soon. Edem quickly responded. Edem, what exactly are you doing here? Who is she? The lady asked. Are you blind? Can’t you see I’m buying charcoal? I say go and wait for me at the shop. Edem yelled.
Buying charcoal today too? What happened to the plenty charcoal leaning against the wall in the kitchen? Are we going to cook them? The lady disrespectfully bantered. Instantly, Edem slapped her so hard. The next time you challenge me in public like this, you will see what I will do to you. He warned. I quickly stood up to intervene but the lady pushed me aside and walked away in tears and anger. Edem who is she? I asked.
That’s my sister honey. Sorry I didn’t mean to embarrass myself before you. He responded. Well, you just did. Please start going, I don’t want any trouble. I unhappily responded. I’m sorry once again Kukua, I will see you later in the evening when I close from my shop. Please reserve one bag of charcoal for me. He responded shamefully and walked away. Wow! Look at the kind of man who wants to marry me. A man who assaults women even in public. Over my dead body! I vowed.
I hurriedly carried the rest of the bags of charcoal on my head and walked through the market to sell. Fortunately, a good Samaritan bought them and I hurried back to pick my items home. Later in the evening when I returned from the market, I met Agyei waiting for me in my house. He helped me offload the rest of the charcoal. Kukua, bath and come, I will be here waiting. He said. No Agyei, I have to prepare something for supper. I will bath when I’m done. I responded. Kukua, I insist you bath before. He stated.
I went ahead to bath with my head full of thoughts. Why is Agyei particular about my bathing this evening? What is his reason? Minutes after bathing, I walked out to join him in the room. Kukua, stay here and close your eyes, I will be back. He sated and walked out. I sat down nervously till he returned. Kukua you can open your eyes now. I hurriedly opened my eyes and I couldn’t believe what I saw. Agyei had prepared jollof rice and chicken for me. What! Agyei, what is today’s date? Is today Christmas? I exclaimed. Kukua, today must not be Christmas before you eat jollof rice and chicken. Please stop asking questions and let me feed you.
He responded unhappily. Agyei, I wish my mother was here to enjoy this food with me. I promised preparing some for her this coming Christmas, but she couldn’t live to witness it. I stated sadly. Kukua, I at least expect you to be happy, rather than sad.
If I knew preparing this food for you would cause you more pain, I wouldn’t have done it. Agyei unhappily complained. I am sorry my love, please go ahead and feed me. I responded. Agyei fed me till I was full. He told me funny jokes and stories. I laid down on his laps till sleep carried me away. I woke up very late in the night to see myself on the bed covered with a cloth. I can’t believe Agyei lifted me unto this bed. He is such a strong man. I thought happily. Early the next morning, I heard a knock on my door. It was Sarah in tears. Who is dead Sarah? Why the tears? I panicky asked.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI
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