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3 Jun 2017

THE KEY WAHALA (Episode 8)

"Look at what your
daughter is doing," he
muttered slowly through
his clenched teeth.

"Ada is pregnant." His cell phone rang again, he looked at the caller
ID and it was his
Boss. He angrily picked the

"I am very sorry I can't
make it to the office as
soon as I thought. In fact,
we will see tomorrow."

"What is wrong with you
Mr. Ikedia? What is
happening? You have left
everybody here hanging, I
am really embarrassed,
you know I don't condone such behavior. If there is a
problem why didn't u call
and give us…" "I said that I will see you
tomorrow Sir and explain
things to you, thank you."

Dad cut the line and
switched off his cell phone. *** I was watching television
in the sitting room when
Dad showed. "What's that? Will you
switch off that television
and go into your room? Are
you not supposed to be in
school? You can't be
reasonable enough to know that you are
supposed to spend the
most part of this morning
studying your books." He
stopped and continued to
stare at me with disgust. I hurriedly turned the TV
off and headed straight for
my room. "Call Ada and John for me."
His angry voice said to my
back. I hated the day with all my
life. *** I quickly informed Ada and
John that Daddy wanted to
see them and hastily
entered my room. I felt
really bad. I almost hated
my Dad. Why must he be so mean? I had often heard
most of my friends talk
about their Dad at school. I
even see how they related
with their parents when
they come to pick them from school. Most of them
weren't as rich as we
were. But they were much
happier. My own home
was filled with nothing
but constant quarreling. Nobody was ever happy
with anybody. Dad was a stranger to us
all and I never get to hang
out and do anything
meaningful with my sister.
She didn't care about
anybody in the house, infact she didn't want
anybody to know anything
about her so she was
always in her room,
making and answering
calls like the calls were the only thing that made her
happy when at home. She
never laughed with
anybody at home, not
even me, her only and
little sister. My Mum was so
withdrawn that you hardly
get her to tell you anything
interesting. She was just a
woman of her own world. John was just strange. As
the days went by, he
transformed into a
dangerous person.
Something was just
bothering him. He was learning to be somebody
he wasn't comfortable
with. I had never seen my Mum
and Dad share happy
moments together. The
few times they talk you
find them answering each
other in monosyllabic replies and when they talk
long it was always when
Dad was in his squabbling
mood. He barks at Mum
and continuously
complains at any little thing he feels she had not
done right. I wished I could ask God
for another family. I got tired of just lying
down doing nothing, so I
decided to read my book
like Dad had suggested.
While searching for the
book to read, I thought I heard the metallic sound of
keys. I quickly searched
through my bag and
behold, in between my
homework note book was
the key everybody was looking for

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