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2 Jun 2017

THE KEY WAHALA (Episode 7)

He searched again and saw a stick of cigarette.

“You smoke?”

John was visibly scared. He remained silent with his whole body shivering and starring at
Dad. Dad looked at him like he was seeing John for the first time.

Dad stormed out of
the room. I instantly knew that Mum was going to take the heat.
I walked towards the door. I could hear Ada’s voice from her bedroom. I was sure
she was talking to her good for nothing boyfriend.
Dad was just coming out of John’s bedroom, so I waited. The best thing anyone should
do today was to avoid him as much as possible.

Ada was busy enjoying her call and laughing out loud. He heard Ada’s laughter from the
corridor that led to the three rooms. The sound even angered him the more. He felt
his children were feeling unconcerned that he was in the brink of losing his job because
of the household’s carelessness. He thought everybody’s behavior was arrogant. He felt
he had been working his butt off, denying himself the pleasure of relaxation for his
household who didn’t care or bother to show
concern that he could lose all he had ever worked for because of someone’s carelessness. Meanwhile John had even
made matter worse.

He angrily worked towards Ada’s room and opened the door. I was sure that this was
the first time he was entering her room. Ada
was surprised to see him at her door. She quickly dropped the phone from her ear as
the wide smile on her face turned to fear.

“Look at you, behaving like someone who has no training. You think you are in the
jungle where people behave anyhow.
Perhaps I should join you and laugh and rejoice that the key to the exit door is
missing and I might be in serious trouble in my office.”

She remained silent and continued to look at him in fear.
“Give me that cell phone. Give it to me.” He authoritatively ordered. She quickly handed
the phone to him and he collected it and headed for his room.
Mum was lying on the bed when he entered.
He didn’t care if she was asleep or not.
“Did your son also tell you that he now
smokes and have s-x all over town with women? Did he discuss with you how he
misses classes and is surely going to repeat class?”
Mum was startled. At first she didn’t understand what he was talking about, “I
don’t understand what you are saying.”

“How can you understand? I have come to notice that you don’t understand anything.”
He said angrily.
“Can you just relax and talk to me for once?
I am yet to make out what you are saying with you displaying all these tantrums.”
“I will display anything I want to. I don’t know how you expect me to react upon the
realization that my little son has started smoking and missing classes right under
your very nose. How am I sure that he has
not started taking hard drugs and mingling with criminals?” he was getting more furious
and obviously now very prepared to face it out with Mum.

“What do you mean by under my nose? Am I supposed to attach myself to him and follow
him everywhere he goes?”
“Woman, you have no excuse whatsoever for
John’s behavior. While I work hard and deny myself all the pleasures of life, the best
thing I expect from you is to look after the
home and children but you are only concerned with your boutique business.”
The cell phone in his left hand vibrated. He
looked at it, in his anger he had forgotten that he was holding Ada’s cell phone. “Look
at this, all your daughter does is waste her
whole day on her cell phone, I wonder if she
finds time to read her books.”
Immediately he finished, the phone vibrated again. He instinctively checked through the cell phone and stopped short.
It read: My angel, rmber we’ll spend d whole day 2day. I’ve a lot of 1derful stuff I’ll do 2
ur body, jst d way u like it. Pls come wit d mony. Patiently waitin. Love.

The sender’s ID was Mike.
With shaky hands he read the first text message that came in before the one he
just read. It was a message from Vicky.
It read: if u tink u r pregnant, den we must do somtin about it. We have to talk to Mike immediately

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