August 1, 2019 at 9:37 am #1332410Daniel EdemParticipant
“Walkie,walkie,it is a beautiful Morning..”
The alarm sang loudly.
The sound of the alarm jolted me up from
my sleep. My hand reached for the snooze
button,pressing it down to stop the noise.
It was 6:30am. I yawned loudly as I hopped
out of bed lazily. I slipped on my soft
slippers and was almost headed to the
bathroom when a knock sounded on the
“Katherine are you up?” The voice said
behind the door. It was my mom.
“Yes mom” I replied
“Can I come in?” She asked
“Yes mom” she popped her head in. “Good
Morning Sunshine” she greeted with the
brightest smile as she stepped in.
“Good morning Mom” I went to her and
“How was your night?” She asked. I pulled
back and yawned again.
“It was fine..”
“Uhmm you’re still sleepy?”
“I supposed so Mommy” I sat on my bed.
My mom went to my wardrobe and
brought out my new school uniform. I
rubbed my eyes.
“Come on sunshine” she tapped my laps.
“Go and take a good shower”
“Oh mom..I’m so tired”
I was up late last night. I’d slept around
“Do you want to be late on the first day of
school?” She asked
“No” I stood up and headed to the
bathroom. I picked up my toothbrush to
brush my teeth.
“So Sunshine what were you doing online
by 11:45pm?” She asked in a loud voice. I
wish she could just keep her voice down so
dad won’t hear I slept late last night. I
poured the foam in the sink and opened
the door slightly.
“Can you keep your voice down?” I said in a
“Oh! I’m sorry” she said in a low tone.
“But he already knows..” She pointed to
OMG! Now I have to answer a query this
“How did he find out?” I asked
“He was online talking to a business
partner. And why didn’t you block him at
“I didn’t stay online for too long. I only
checked my messages before going to bed”
“Let’s talk when you are done” she said
And I closed the door gently. Now I’m in a
My name is Katherine Adebowale. I am the
only female child of my parents Mr Bayo &
Mrs Joke Adebowale. And a sister to 5 Big
Brothers, only one of my brothers left not
married – the 5th Child. He is in Italy
studying. All the others married,with
children. I missed them so much. My mom
and I go on a round of visits every year.
Vancouver, Wales,Scotland and Manchester.
I turned 18 two months ago. I am what
you might describe as “Tall” with a long
black hair,very fair skin and plump lips. I
am unbelievably shy. Everyone makes me
nervous actually. I’d so adore being the
cool sort. I can say I’m very reserved. And
once I get to know someone and we
become close all of sudden I am entirely
different. Confident and very capable.
My mom own several boutiques in Lagos.
My father is a Businessman. They are very
busy people. They both travelled a lot.
When I was 12,I left home for the boarding
school since no one was around to look
after me. I attended the Girls College in
My mom is very funny,kind and generous.
My dad is kind and nice but not funny. I
loved my parents,no doubt about that. But
I was particularly close to my Mom. She
was the only true friend I had even though
she wasn’t always around. But she came
around on my birthdays and whenever she
was less busy at work. My Father hardly
remembered birthdays,including his own.
However, Mummy would never forget. I
remembered mom fought with him when
she found out he didn’t send me a present
when I turned 16. He apologized and made
things up to me.
When I turned 18,dad sent me greeting
card and gave me a Teddy bear when I
Whenever mom was around, she always
made me feel I could discuss anything with
her. My dad could be strict on some things.
I recalled on my 17th birthday,mom gave
me a cellphone as a gift but dad didn’t let
me use it. He said I was too small to use a
cellphone. I had cried that year but there
was nothing I could do because his mind
was made up.
“After your secondary you will use a
cellphone” He’d said to me.
My father is so old fashioned!
All thanks to Banjo,my brother in Italy,he
came home for a vacation last month. And
he managed to convince dad to let me use
a cellphone. He was reluctant at first but
later gave in. So Banjo took me to Slot at
Ikeja and bought an IPhone 6X plus.
“Katherine” my mom called
I opened the door and stepped out.
“You have to stop spending too much time
in the bathroom. Se o fe di Eja ni?” She
asked in her native Language
“No, I don’t want to turn to fish. I’m not a
mermaid” I answered
And she laughed
“Please get dressed before old soldier go
vex” she said again
Old soldier? Well that’s my dad. I can’t
speak the native language fluently but I
understand when someone speaks it to
“So have you heard from Charles?”
“Charles?” I snorted
“What’s wrong? Are you guys fighting?”
“So what?” She threw my undies at me
“Listen Mom, Charles and I are not a thing”
“Well I thought he was your boyfriend due
“But you liked him when he was in Nigeria”
“Yes but as a friend”
“So what’s up with him?”
“He’s dating a white girl now”
Mom spread out my new uniform on the
“I’m confused here..you slept late and you
weren’t chatting with Charles.. ”
“Yes I was digging up some old stuffs in
“Oh yeah I noticed it well arranged” she
“Mom do you think my classmates will
accept me?” I asked
I bit my lower lip when I realized how
foolish my question was.
“I’m sure -”
Mom was interrupted by dad’s call.
“I have to go sunshine. Come down for
breakfast when you are done”
She walked out of the room. I stared at the
uniform on my bed. It was pretty. A short
navy blue skirt,a short cream shirt with a
red bow tie and navy blue jacket. The skirt
exposed the skin on my Laps and I don’t
like that, so I asked mom to buy me a
sock..a navy blue long sock.
Empire High school was imprinted on the
left side of the Jacket. I got dressed and
moved to the large mirror in my room. I
exhaled deeply as I stared at my reflection
in the mirror.
A knock came on the door again.
It was Nanny Patricia. She’s the new Nanny
dad hired to take care of me while he and
mom are out of the country.
“Come in Pat!” I said
“Wow! You look good Kate!”
I turned to face her
She was short and chubby with very black
skin and Black eyes, with strong and able
“Your dad want you downstairs now”
“Okay” I went to the wardrobe and
brought out my backpack.
I moved out of the room while Pat stayed
behind to set my bed in place and switched
off the electrical devises.
“Wow! Sunshine looks good!” My mom said
with her hands on her eyeglasses
“The uniform suits you”
“What do you think Honey?” She tapped
my dad. He dropped his newspaper and
stared at me. I moved slowly to the chair
and sat in it. I knew he wasn’t going to say
anything good like mom did.
“Check your time Miss”he said
I glanced down at my wrist watch.
“7:05am” I replied in a low tone without
looking at him. Patricia came around the
table and served me Moimoi and yellow
“Now tell me what took you so long?!” He
yelled and my heart raced
“You still have to finish your registration
and I also have meeting at the office by
8:00am. You woke up late and spent the
whole time dressing up. Is this how you
want to continue living?” He asked in a low
“No sir” I replied shakily with my gaze fixed
on my plate.
“But you promise to change and be a good
Tears,I felt them the corner of my eyes.
“But you were up last night..chatting with
Charles is it or Faith?”
“None of them Dad”
“Honey please let’s not do this. It’s too
early” mom said
“You are the one spoiling this child”
“She’s not spoilt. And you have to stop
going off the hook”
“Well maybe I will when she starts
behaving like her father’s child”
“What do you mean Bayo?” Mom asked
She only calls him that anytime she was
angry. He cleared his throat.
“I’m just saying she should behave like her
brothers. They are good children”
“So she’s the bad one?”
“I didn’t say that..”
“Well If only you could give Kate the
chance to explain things to you”
“There’s nothing for her to explain. I saw
the evidences of what she did. She wasn’t
accused falsely. She did it”
“No Kate was Innocent”
“You have any prove?”
My head snapped up and my gaze met hers.
Dad was wrong. Everything that happened
was a set up. I told mom the truth because
she was the only one that was ready to
listen to me, but dad never did. The
evidences shown to him was enough to
make him believe i did it.
Tears rolled down my cheeks at the
thought of what happened at Linda Girls
“Where is your cellphone?” He asked
I wiped my tears with the back of my
“Its in my room” I replied shakily
“Get it Patricia” he said
Pat stood up. I picked on my food as i
listened to him call out his new set of rules.
“No More cellphone till I see changes. Your
driver won’t be taking you to school
anymore. You find your way to the estate
gate and take a taxi to school. And since
you won’t be buying food at school,no
more feeding allowance except T. fare”
Patricia brought the phone and gave it to
him. Mom tried to talk but he raised his
finger and moved it from side to side.
“If you are not ready to train her in the
right way then I’m willing to help” he said
with a frown
“I hope you understand me Kate?”
“I’ll be waiting in the car” he stood up and
walked out of the room. I had already lost
my appetite so I let my spoon drop. I stood
up and followed him.
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