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Nadia episode 3&4
Just as they agreed, Nadia and Ruth met at the very spot they parted ways every one hour, Nadia had shown Ruth how and where to re buy once she finishes with the water she’s selling. She had also decided not to stay out so late like the previous day. And so when it was 7pm, the weather was still a bit bright , they both headed home. As usual Nadia wanted to buy cooked food but Ruth suggested to her that instead they should buy and cook by themselves because that would last them longer and help them save. Nadia felt it was a good idea and so Nadia bought few things from the market, she spent about 400 naira from the 1000naura sales she made today and then together they went home.
Nadia with the help of Ruth prepared a good meal, and served for the both of them, they ate and chatted as Nadia told Ruth about her late parents and how they ended up in that uncompleted building. Nadia could see that Ruth was happy and somehow she felt comfortable with her.
As they ate in silence, the gunshots started again. The girls were scared once more but not as it was when they were out. Though the building had no doors or windows but just the wrappers which was tied to keep out the cold by Nadia’s mom, they felt more secured and protected there. This was her home, the only home she knew, the home that had kept her and her mom safe for years. Ruth held on tightly to Nadia, as they both prayed silently for nothing to happen to them. Nadia was for the very first time grateful that Ruth was around, she didnt know how she would have felt if she was alone at this time.
The gun shots continued for a while and then stopped. The girls were so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. They soon slept off.
Nadia was awakened by the sound and movement of someone around the back of the building, she quickly got up grabbed a big cutlass, she turned and saw Ruth sleeping peacefully she didnt want to scare or bother her, so she got up and tiptoed slowely towards the direction of the sound.
Stanley, Jojo, Frank and Edwin were the four man gang, they had gone out to operate the previous night. And tonight Stanley had insisted that they keep low for sometime, but Edwin who was the oldest and head of the gang had refused saying they didnt visit one compound (chief Ade’s compound) the previous night and so they must return for another operation tonight. The boys had argued with him but he said whoever did not go for that operation should consider himself an enemy of the gang. And that was why Stanley and the others reluctantly went for the operation.
If he had known they would encounter the police, he would have stayed back but they were already at the middle of the operation when the police got the house surrounded, they had no choice than to flee for their safety.
The last thing Stanley heard before jumping over chief Ade’s compound fence was the voice of his twin brother Frank who asked him to run and not look back. Stanley does not even know if frank was behind him or in front of Jim, all he knows was that he needed to run, he knew someone fell from the fence when he was shot, but he could not tell who was shot.
He ran as fast as his legs could carry him scattering through the bush. And finally he saw this uncompleted building and it surrounding well cleared and neat in the middle of a thick bush. He was wondering if he was seeing right or not when he saw the smoke from the fire they used in cooking and so he approached the building. He was tired of running anyways.
So he entered the house, it was not until he sat down that he realized that he has been shot on his left arm and he was bleeding seriously, his gun was still on his other hand. He knee some how that someone was staying in this building, but he couldn’t care less as he was losing much blood and he was scared he might just pass out.
He thought about Frank, he didn’t know where his twin and only brother was, he does not even know if he was still alive or dead. Hot tears rushed from his cheeks as he thought of what had become of him and his brother.
Born into a family of 6, they had lost their dad on one of his trip to sea. Their dad was a fisherman who was well known for the big fishes he normally caught whenever he returned from his trips. Ever since the death of their dad things has gone from bad to worse for them and their mom. Gradually they have lost their only sister and two of his brothers. When their mom fell sick and was at the verge of dying they had to do something cos she was all they had left.
The twins were brought up in the fear of God but they just couldn’t sit and watch their mom die because of money. They had to fall to crime. Frank has always warned him to stay back so that he would be involved Alone, but Stanley has always been the stubborn one. He wouldn’t sit and leave his brother toil Alone for the family. Tonights operation frank had warned him to stay back but he refused as usual and joined the operation. And it was not long before policemen stormed the the house and things went sour for them. His twin brother was already at the fence but stopped for him Stanley to climb first, urging him to run and not look back. And then when he had climbed over he heard the gunshots, he someone shout from the pain of been shot and he heard the person fall but he didnt stop, he just ran and kept running until now when he felt he was safe.
Tears kept pouring from his eyes as he regretted not staying back as frank had asked. Maybe frank would have still been alive by now, he was still in deep thoughts when he heard the footsteps of someone approaching, he quickly sat up, cracked his gun and pointed to the shadow that was approaching him….
Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, please don’t shoot, Nadia screamed dropping the big stick she was holding and raising her both hands up. Please don’t shoot me. She quickly knelt down.
Who are you ?answer me now before I shoot your f-----g brains out, no no no don’t shoot please Nadia begged on, my name is Nadia and this is my house, sorry, sorry, this is where I stay, she corrected her head faced ground.
Stanley stood up and walked round her, the gun still pointed to her, he looked around as if to verify her statement. Who else is with you he shouted, who else stays here with you. Nadia kept quiet, then Stanley put the gun on her head, Nadia saw the blood dripping from his arms, if you don’t answer me now am going to blow your brains out, I said who else stays with you in this place. Slowly Nadia hand reached the stick she had earlier brought with her, its either she acts now or die and so with a flash of light she released the stick on Stanley’s hand hitting the gun from him. Stanley fell on the ground rolling in pains. Nadia quickly reached for the gun and held it the way Stanley had pointed it to her. She pointed it to him and ordered him to sit up. When he sat up Nadia knew that she had seen him before.
Ah God! he grumbled, shoot me already, I don’t even know why I’m not dead yet, my only brother is dead, my mom is sick and at the point of death, I am here, once am caught by those policemen, its either I will be killed or taken to prison for life and that I can’t bear, so its better you just kill me now. Nadia looked at him and felt much pity on him, then she lowered the gun. She saw he was in so much pains so she ran inside and came out with a piece of cloth and a bowl of water, gently she wiped the surface of the gunshot and she assisted him to sit well. Its inside Stanley said, the bullet is inside and you have to take it out.
Who will take it out? Nadia asked, please Stanley begged on, you have to take it out if not I may lose my hand. Nadia looked confusingly at him and said how can I take it out? Am not a nurse o, I don’t even know how, I will direct you he stammered, but please help me.
And just as he had said he directed Nadia and in another 20minutes the bullet was out. Nadia then tied the hand firmly with another cloth. The whole scene reminded her of when she was helping her mom with the nails on her legs. After she tied the arm for him, she picked herself up, threw his gun at him and then she turned to leave. Please whoever you are, take yourself from this place, we don’t want trouble here, just take yourself and leave already. Then she walked away….
Nadia went back to Ruth and laid down but she couldn’t sleep. In the early hours of the morning, she went back to the spot where she left him but he was no longer there. There was no trace of him he had wiped the blood off the ground and everywhere seemed like no one had even come there. Ruth saw how uneasy Nadia was and asked her why but she told her all was fine. After they ate that morning they headed for the market once more.
Nadia had learnt to do daily savings from one of the older girls there. There was this lady who normally comes with a card to sign whatever amount you pay to her. And so Nadia has started saving 1,000naira daily from her sales. She had also introduced Ruth into saving too. Whenever they had to cook they would contribute 500naira each and then save 500naira. The two of them had become closer than before and one could easily mistake them as sisters. Ruth was looking beautiful and beautiful daily. She loved and respected Nadia so much. She thanked God daily for that gunshot experience that made her meet Nadia.
All through that day, Nadia was not focused. She couldn’t stop thinking of what might have happened to the young boy she met that morning. The rumour has gone round that a group of four boys went to steal and one was killed on the spot, one arrested but later died on the way to the station due to guns shot wounds, two had escaped and are still at large. But the police will stop at nothing until they are both caught and killed. She doesn’t know if he was caught or he managed to escape. She soon found herself praying that God should keep him safe.
Its been 8months since that midnight experience. Nothing was heard from the two escaped armed robbers and there have been peace in the neighbourhood. Nadia and Ruth have grown so much in the pure water business. They even get to save 1500 sometimes and still go home with a good amount of money. They can now afford some new clothes and good food. Life couldnt be more better.
That faithful morning, they woke up as usual to prepare for business , when they saw two cars drive past the bushes into the compound, they stood outside to know who was coming in. A man in his mid fifty came out of the car with some boys a total of 7in number. The man looked at the two teenage girls in surprise and was wondering what they were doing in his house. Nadia was standing like someone who was ready to defend her property.
Young girls what are you doing here the man asked! Nadia looked at him and answered I should ask you that sir. Are you looking for something? The man looked around the place and saw how neat this two girls have kept the surrounding, he turned and looked at Nadia who happened to be the spokes person. This is my property’, I have left bit for a very long time but now I want to work on my house to complete it. The look of courage on Nadia’s face disappeared and fear gripped her. Who are you, and what are you doing here? Where are your parents? The man asked.
Nadia turned to Ruth and then to the man again. Please sir we are very sorry for everything sir, but we stay here, we have been staying here for sometime now. Please sir don’t be offended. The man looked in surprise but he was not angry, because the girls kept the place neat. ”Oh I see” he continued. Anyways I believe I have tried and helped you girls for the period that you have stayed here. Right now I want to work on my property , I want to complete my house, i have need for it. And so you girls have to leave. This was Nadia biggest fear. Leave? Please sir she stated , going fully on her knees , please don’t send us away please. The man laughed at her before talking and asking, this one you are saying I shouldn’t ask you to leave, are you saying I shouldn’t complete my house. This house has been like this for almost 6years. I need to complete it. Or shouldn’t I?
Yes you should Nadia replied but please, don’t send us away. If I don’t send you away he continued how I’ll I continue my work , I need to use this property please, I want to use it so please pack your things and leave. Nadia started crying so hard. Ruth could not understand why Nadia was crying so deep, she knew they have enough savings and can afford a one room apartment. She took Nadia to one corner and told her to stop crying that they should take small money from their savings and rent a House. Nadia ignored her and went back to the man begging him and crying that he shouldn’t send them away.
The man looked at the girls and shook his head, how I wish I can help u girls. But take he dipped his hands in his pocket brought out dome money and gave it to them, Ruth quickly collected the money from him. Please use that money and rent a one room apartment. At least that money will help. Am so sorry but in two days time we will commence work here, please be gone by then, boys let’s go. They turned and entered their car and drove off. Nadia ran to the spot where her mother was buried and cried bitterly, she wept so much and Ruth was confused because she didnt understand why Nadia was acting up. Nadia eventually packed some of the sand on her bag, ”mother she cried, I am leaving now, bit I will not forget you, I will be back, I will be back mother, I promise! She stood, packed some bags, she told Ruth to pack some bags and they walked away from the building. She turned and took a good look at the building one last time, with tears in her eyes she walked away and never looked back.
To be continued
What will become of Nadia and Ruth now?1+August 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm #1405485GraceMember
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Why was she crying so bitterly??
is it that she dnt want to leave her mother’s side or she has gotten so used to living in an uncompleted building so she’s not happy to leave the place??0August 17, 2020 at 12:20 pm #1405566senator danielMember
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Good will help u guys0August 17, 2020 at 1:44 pm #1405583ValentineAdmin
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I still don’t understand your crying o Nadi, we can afford a good place , am even tired of that place, you are crying as if you were going to stay there for……, she quickly kept quiet when she saw the look on Nadia’s face. Sorry she said and then kept quiet. But Nadia broke down crying even heavier than before, Ruth could not understand. Nadia I said am sorry, I didnt mean to make you cry the more, please am sorry. Nadia turned and looked at her before standing up and talking. ”Ruth I know you don’t understand, but that uncompleted building is my home, that building gave me shelter, joy and happiness, when we lost everything that building welcomed us with opened arms, it was our only solace, and now I’ve left her behind, I left her there. What are you talking about? Ruth asked, you are getting me confused the more, please make me understand. My mother Nadia replied, my mother and I found that place, we struggled together in that place, and she died in that place. Then she reduced her voice as she said the last line, I buried her in that place. She broke down again crying. Ruth understood everything immediately, she held Nadia close, she didnt even know when she started sharing tears too. Ruth all my life memories are in that place and I just left like that, I don’t even know if I will be able to visit my mom again, she sobbed even more , Ruth held her and comforted her and after about 10minutes, she stopped crying. It was time to move forward. Firstly they made up their minds to visit their mini savings collector, to collect their money. Nadia knew she must have saved about 230,000 while Ruth knows she has about 170,00, they decided that once their collect their money. They would get a good place to stay. They hurried to the market as they needed to find a new house fast, they quickly went to the collectors shop, they saw a crowd of people there, some were sitting on the ground, some were standing, Ruth didnt know what was going on and so she went close to a lady standing and asked what was going on. ”So u never hear? Was her response, ”’ hear wetin?” Nadia asked, ” collector don die, collector die for accident yesterday when she day go house, okada nak her fall carry bag of money when she don collect run leave her for road”. Nadia stood like a zombie looking at the Lady, it was Ruth who after recovering from her shock that managed to ask the lady, sister abeg nor vex what of out money when dey with her? The woman looked at her sarcastically and responded, ”your money dey her hand too? Oya find chair carry follow those people when day there so, siddon make you day cry, I day tell you say person die you day talk of money,dead body day pay debt? Abeg this small girl leave me alone make I think my life, 300k nor be 300naira. The money don die follow am.
Nadia fell to the ground and was looking like she’s just been stabbed with a long dagger inside her heart. Ruth started wailing and throwing her hands on the air. My money o, our money o, my sister money o, eh God we don finish…… The entire market was in chaos. Nadia finally got her voice and asked if madam collector had no relatives who could talk to them properly on the money and how to get anything at all from it, and she got the biggest answer of a life time. Madam collector was a Ghanian who came over to Nigeria and got married to a man who later abandoned her, she couldn’t ho back to her people because they were against her marriage the first time, and so she cut ties with them. They don’t even know where she was. And so it was the council people that carried her body to the morgue and nobody knows what will happen after worth.
After looking around for sometime Ruth went back to Nadia,and asked what next? We don’t have a house, no money,nothing, we don’t even have hope. Nadia smiled and told her, we have hope, we may have nothing but we have hope, Nadia picked her bag and started walking away to an unknown destination. ”Where are we going to now Ruth asked” I don’t know was Nadia’s reply. And without saying a word, Ruth followed in silence, but then she remembered that she has the money that the man gave to them before they left the uncompleted building. She hasn’t even counted it. So she stopped Nadia and they both sat at one end of the road and counted the money it was 20, 000 naira. Ruths face lit up as she told Nadia that they really did have hope. The girls went in search of a house that they can afford. After moving from one end of a road to another, they finally got to one compound, it was a big compound with an opened space at the middle, the surrounding was neat, an old woman who was not looking smart was sitting outside, Nadia walked up to her and greeted her before asking if there was any vacancy there. The woman pointed to an empty room that was just at the side of the building, Nadia then asked again if the empty room was affordable. The woman looked at the young girl and answered her that its 1000 naira a month and then directed them to another compound where the caretaker of the house was living. Nadia before going to the compound the woman showed to her asked the woman about the place, if it was safe, how many tenants were living there, the toilet and kitchen and few other questions, the woman who seemed ready to talk with this two small girls smiled at the wisdom of such a small girl, she answered them in an all positive answer, and so Nadia and Ruth went to see the care taker, they introduced themselves as sisters and after a long talk they finally paid a total of ,nai12ra000 to the man who handed over the keys to the one room apartment to them. The girls happily moved into their new house. They had no properties just the single bag that Nadia carried that contained her clothes and some vital things.
They still had 8,000naira with them, and so they listed out some things which were unavoidable, like a stove and some pots. Ruth ran to the market and got the things they needed and some food stuff. She thought about her life with her aunty and her children. She has not set her eyes on them since she left the house. They probably think she is dead by now. She can never forget how they maltreated her in their house and called her all sorts of names. They never failed to remind her of how her mother abandoned her to die and how she was probably a prostitute, they never failed to tell her that she will end up a prostitute like her mother and die. She looked at the scar in her hand, she had received it from her aunt for forgetting to warm the pot of soup and allowing it get spoilt. She didnt only give her that scar, but locked her out to sleep outside for three nights. Today she finally has a house that she can call her own, she has a sister whom God gave to her at a platter of gold. God has changed her luck story. She was grateful to Nadia, and she was grateful to the man who gave them that money, most especially she was grateful to God for making her meet Nadia who has changed her life .
Meanwhile Nadia sat and prayed to God thanking Him for giving them another opportunity to have a roof over their heads, she though of the few events of the month, how she lost her mom, and how God didnt allow her to be alone for a minute, she thought of how God brought her Ruth to be a sister to her and a comforter and now they have a house they can call their own. She looked at the neck chain her mom gave to her, she held it to herself and thanked her mom for not abandoning her. Mom she said, I know you led Ruth to me so that I will not be alone, thank you so much. I might have left you in that place, but I promise to be back for you I promise! She carried her bags to carefully keep it then the ID card fell off, it was same ID card she picked from the night she met Ruth, she picked it up and took a look once more at the handsome guy who was in it, she wondered how such a fine boy could be an armed robber. He was a young guy and from his looks Nadia could access that he should not be more than twenty years old. ”You are probably dead by now” she said to the ID card before keeping it back in her bag. She could not understand why she was keeping the card, but somehow she just felt connected to that card and the face was very familiar to her. She kept it and walked outside to take another look at the area where she will be staying for the next one year. Just then she saw Ruth smiling and returning from the market with the things that she has bought. They went inside and sat down. They still have about , 4000naira with them. Tomorrow they will resume their pure water business. They sat down in silence as they fixed their new stove together preparing to cook but yet lost in thoughts of what the future holds for them.
What does the future hold for Nadia and Ruth?
It didnt take them time to adjust to their new environment. Everybody loved the two girls for they were very hardworking and they were dedicated to their jobs. Nadia has formed the habit of helping the sick old woman they met the first day they came looking for a house. In the mornings, she would go to her room and help her fetch water, she will also help her clean her house and even watch some clothes before going out with Ruth to the market. On this faithful day she met mama in the room very smart and lively, she was surprised to see that mama had by herself managed to sweep and she was singing and trying to prepare some food…”mama, Nadia called, you look very happy and excited today, do you mind sharing the food news?” Nadia my daughter she replies its nothing o, its just that my son is visiting today and so I am very happy.”
Son? Nadia asked surprised, yes dear she replied, my son stays at the other side of town, he works over there and he has called me and told me he will be coming to see me today and that is why I decided to cook for him, you see she said coming closer to Nadia, my son even in this my state still considers my food the best, he won’t have it that I didn’t make his favourite when he comes and that is why I am doing all of this. ”I see Nadia replied. So what are you preparing,it smells nice Nadia said trying to spy at the pot. Oh! Mama replied, am trying to make orfu soup. My son loves it a lot. Wow Nadia exclaimed. It must be really special, yes o mama replied , its one of a kind.okay then mama, I will be on my way, hope I will see your son when I return. Sure, mama said, he will be here for the weekend. Okay then Nadia replied, stepping outside. O will see you when I return. ‘Okay my daughter may it be well with you, mama replied. Amen mama Nadia replied as she beckons on Ruth to join her, and not long they left for the market.
Business was good as usual for Nadia and Ruth, they returned early and after a quick bath decided to check on mama and her son before going to bed. Mama was expecting them for as soon as they knocked the door was flunged open. With a wide smoke in her face she asked how their day was and they responded with a big smile also showing they their day went smooth. Nadia asked mama about her day while Ruth was busy looking for a plate for mama to dish some soup for her. They all burst out laughing when Ruth interrupted their discussion with ”mama see the plate”…”habba Ruth, did mama ask you to bring any plates, long throat will not kill you o” mama laughed very loud before telling Nadia that she’s always happy when she serves food for people and she feels fulfilled when people enjoy her meal, she went and dished some soup for the girls, Ruth collected the plates from her excitedly, Nadia was about asking mama about her son when he stepped in, tall and handsome with a fine skin, the girls quickly adjusted their sitting positions seeing a man step into the house, mama was quick with the introduction.
”Girls, this is Frank my son, turning to Nadia she quickly added I told you about him this morning remember? ” yes ma you did Nadia replied looking at him from head to toe, mama continued, Frank this is Nadia and Ruth, the two sisters living at the last apartment, they moved in three months ago.” Frank smiled as he stretched his hands for a handshake with the girls. How do you do? He asked, how do you do they replied….”did you get the cards you went for? Mama asks this son, yes I did he replied as he stepped further inside the house taking a seat behind his mom.Nadia and Ruth stood up to go to their own rooms and thanking mama for the food. ”I hope am not the one chasing you girls away frank asked, no not at all Nadia responded , we just came back and we really need to rest awaiting tomorrow Ruth added. Okay then see you tomorrow he said. And they bid each other good night.
When they left, Nadia was not comfortable, she kept on saying she has met Frank before but cannot remember where or when, maybe in your dreams Ruth teased her, Nadia stared at her but said nothing, she was sure that frank looked very familiar but she was not sure where or how she met him, after some time she let the thought slide away, they soon started chatting about something else and not long they both slept off.
The next morning, they got things up and tunning as usual, but Nadia didnt go to mamas place today, instead Ruth went to help mama with the normal chores that they’ve assigned themselves since they came to the compound. Nadia didnt understand but she just didn’t feel comfortable with Frank. Her spirit had rejected him, and as much as she tried to force herself to understand why, the more she felt the urge to stay away from him, she remembered her mothers words to her to always have a second thought on anything before making a decision , she has thought about getting along with Frank so many times and her spirit has always rejected the idea so she decided not to press any further. Ruth was getting well with him and that was okay. Nadia was praying for Monday morning to come already so that he will just leave them in peace.
Meanwhile that evening Frank had a long discussion with Ruth, and Ruth found out that he was very funny and nice and fun to be with. He told Ruth he was surprised that everyone was calling his mom mama, he told her that his mom was not that old and she was in her early 50’s and that it was because of long suffering and sickness that made her look like she’s 70. He also told her that he has noticed that Nadia does not really like him, ”however its okay, I get that a lot from so many people” he concluded. Ruth felt sorry for him and mama as she listened to him. She soon realized that the young man loved his mom so much and can do anything for her, she found herself do drawn to him, when she got home that night she told Nadia all she discussed with Frank, she also told her that frank was 25years old. Nadia could see that Ruth really likes frank. Then she told Nadia that Frank knows that she does not like him too much, ”I have noticed it too Nadi, why is that, why don’t you like him, do you know him before?” Nadia didnt know what answer to hive Ruth. ”Honestly Ruth I can’t tell why but I don’t just feel drawn to him, my spirit does not want me close to him and I don’t know why, I don’t have any reason for I cant even explain it. I don’t know him before, though I feel like I do. His face really looks familiar but I don’t know I can’t place it. Anyways, Ruth said, he is a very nice and funny person, once you get to know him I know you will like him she said smiling. I hope so too Nadia said.
The next day was Monday and frank was leaving his mother that day, Ruth had gone there to bid him good bye, Nadia had also gone there to wish him goodbye but quickly left them with the excuse of going to the toilet. She came home and sat down to wait for Ruth. She decided to collect a passport from her bag because she had earlier agreed with Ruth that they were going to the bank today to open an account instead of the daily collector they did before. She doesn’t want a repeat of what happened before. So while waiting for Ruth she decided to pick the things she needed for the account opening, while searching for her passport something fell from the bag, she picked it up and it was that ID card, when she saw the picture she shouted yes! I knew it, I said it, its him, this is the same boy that came over to the building that night. This is that armed robber, I said it, no wonder my spirit rejected him, its him, its him. I knew there was a reason my spirit rejected him, this is it, its him this is that thief. Mamas son was that thief. Nadia sat down confused, she didnt know if she should report to mama, or tell Ruth. ”What do I do”? She asked the empty room
To be continued!
Should Nadia tell mama or Ruth?0August 17, 2020 at 3:32 pm #1405599Ele1Member
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The man Nadia saw was stanley… The one with mama is his twin brother Stanley and Ruth might actually be your real sister but i am not sure she was abandoned by her mum as aunty claims,.. The 530k Ruth and Nadia lost is quite painful and unfortunate after all that hustle and struggle in the scorching sun… ride on uncle val..0
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