Monday, June 3, 2019

Adventure of my lost sister

What are your qualifications?” he asked in an impatient voice.
He waa so tall, oh my, this is Lola’ s husband my heart was racing for. Stop it! Stop it my stupid heart!
” Are you alright? I don’t have all day! My God! ”
Where was Lola? sh*t! i should have given her a call before coming, but what would i have said? that i was coming for tea?! We heard a loud crashing sound, Mr tall dark and handsome swore under his breath. Why wasn’t he rushing up the stairs to find out what was wrong? Another loud thud and a crashing sound had the dark Greek God loosening his tie in frustration, he sat down on the sofa obviously weary.
” Monkey keep it down!” He hollered.
My God! they named the child Monkey!
” Are you alright? ……..shall we start?”
A chubby little girl with hair dyed red came tumbling down the stairs. I rushed to help her but she brushed me off.
” Is this the nanny?” She asked
” Go back upstairs!” he shouted. ” Miss please am running late! ”
The girl rolled her eyes and stuck out her tongue before dashing up the stairs. Oh my child. Do i even have the right to call her my child? what manner of parents allows a little girl dye her hair red! and they had named her monkey!.Where was Lola?
” What is your name?”
” Ebere”
” See am running late and Monkey is a handful so i need to know if you can handle her and i want to see references too! I need to know am not entrusting my daughter into the care of a maniac! God forbid! Lola would have my head for that!”
The name Lola had my heart racing, where was she?
” Are we clear?”
I nodded.
” Can i see them?”
Oh my God! What was he asking for?
” Your CV”
His phone rang and he excused himself. He came back minutes later full of apologies.
” Ebere i have to go, give me your contact address and if you don’t have the references with you now no problem…… but i will have to instruct the security not to allow you out of this building until i get back……in the mean time you are hired. Let me introduce you to Monkey”
My heart was racing fast. I felt like a burglar caught red_handed.
” The little girl that came in before isn’t she your daughter?”
” The one that came crashing down the stairs?. No. That one is for my brother. ”
I sighed in relief.
” Monkey come and meet your nanny!”
We heard loud thudding sounds and a loud bang before two rihanna wannabe sailed down the banister. My God! She was worse! Her hair was dyed blue, her lips were lined with dark pencils, there were three ear rings on each of her ears. She had on a crazy jean and crazy top with one arm cut off. This couldn’t be!
” Monkey come on! am late please! meet your nanny Ebere, say hello to her”
The little devil stood defiantly, mischief shinning in her eyes.
” Hello Monkey ”
” I don’t like this one! Get another one!” She spat out.
Tall and dark ignored her. ” Ebere meet my daughter Constance……. She is a sweet angel when you get to know her and please don’t let her get to you.”
” Uncle You didn’t introduce me too” red hair grumbled.
” Sorry angel, Ebere meet my niece Liz, Liz meet Constance’ s new nanny”.
” I don’t like this one too! ” miss red hair announced and they both ran up the stairs.
” Please don’t let them get to you.i will be back by four and remember you are not allowed to leave until i get back.” He breezed out of the room hastily not waiting for my reply.
I sagged down on the sofa in exhaustion.
” Miss! miss! Constance is no longer breathing! ”
I rushed up the stairs with the red hair girl, What happened? why did i leave them by themselves! the blue haired girl, lay very still in the middle of the pink princess theme room. I placed my ear on her chest and she jerked up laughing. She gave her partner in crime a high five as they screamed ” gotcha!”
I couldn’t help laughing with them. They had gotten me real good.
” Why does your dad call you monkey? ”
” Wow she thinks that was funny, cool!” Liz said.
” The last nanny went running out of the house ” Monkey said laughing. ” Can i have a chocolate bar?”
” Me too”
” I guess”
” Cool” they screamed running out of the house.
My phone vibrated in my jean pocket. ” Hello Ify… are you?”
” Am okay” she replied at the other end.
I knew she wasn’t OK. ” What are you up to?”
” Am in the hospital”
I could hear my blood pounding in my ears. ” Why are you in the hospital?”
” Am having a bronchoscopy”
i wondered what that means. ” But are you okay?”
” They said i have to get a bronchoscopy to see if am infected with pneumocystis before i have the sysmptoms”.
It was always They said this, they said that! Ify was going through a lot and there was nothing i could do .
“But are you alright? do you have the… Psy……py…do you have it?”
” No. Not yet.”
I hate seeing her so helpless. Chiboy’ s mother was forever forcing something down her throat. How someone could drink two bottles of annointing oil in a day was terrible. I wanted to speak out, i wanted to tell her to go to hell with the so called holy oils but what if Ify could truly get her healing by drinking them?.
” Are you there Ebere?”
” Yes i am” i said wiping away my tears.
” I want to join an AIDS Survivor’s Support group” her breathing was laboured.
” Sweetie i will be home shortly, we will talk. I love you”
” Love you too”.
The mischievous duo were staring intently at me. I felt no connection with the little blue haired girl. She was ebony and chubby while i was light skinned and slim. No resemblance. No emotional connection. Maybe she favored Dayo, but i couldn’t tell. She and little red riding hood looked alike. Same ebony skin, same rosy dimpled cheeks. Is this even the child i brought into this world?
” That was your boyfriend? ” blue asked.
” No. My Sister”
” Mind if we have some Pizza?” Red asked.
” Yea i guess”
” Cool! i wish you were my nanny!”
They raced out of the room once again, their laughter twitttered in the house. I followed them down the stairs, they had four slices of pizza on their plates. I pulled out a chair smiling at them.
” Are you sure you are a real nanny? you are supposed to say we should eat our veggies and fruit. and no junk food before dinner ”
I blinked. What do i know about kids? ” Today is world international kids day, tomorrow i can be a proper nanny to you” i lied smoothly.
They traded looks and grinned happily. They were both adorable.
” Where is your mommy?”
They both went silent.
” She’s in heaven ” Red answered. ” And she is now our guidance angel”
I felt a thick lump in my throat. Lola.
” Are you alright ?” red had asked.
Dark and handsome arrived after five pm and apologized for being late. The duo flew into his arms gisting him about their day, he sat down settling each one on his thigh. He listened to them, kissed their cheeks before sending them back upstairs. I had already forced them to eat the spaghetti and meatballs i made for dinner.
” Hope you didn’t leave any for me? How did you find your first day of work?”
” Exciting”
He laughed. ” I know they can be a hand full but am glad you are still here. I know you must be tired, let’s discuss the terms of the job.”
” Please can we do that tomorrow? i will be here by 8am”
” OK that is fair enough. Thank you ” he stood up.
I declined the money he offered me and drove back home. I had seen my daughter. She had a blue hair and her name was monkey.
I reached for my phone at the head of my bed. My body felt like it had been run over by a dangote trailer. How could two little girls be so much work? I don’t know what i hoped to achieve by going there in the first place. Lola was gone, how do i lay claim to my child with no evidence? how could i even uproot the little child from the only home she had known for ten years?
” Something came up, please come on Thursday. Apologies for any inconvenience. Thanks. Ayo Williams.” From dark and handsome.
I couldn’t believe i had saved his number as dark and handsome. Ayo. The name rolled off my tongue over and over, the room felt hot suddenly. I got out of bed, how could he make me feel hot with just a simple text.
Ify was silent during breakfast, her breathing was laboured and there was a new blistering purple sore on her wrist. Her eyes were fixed on her plate while her hand toyed with the food in it with her fork.
” What is wrong?”
” I called my dad yesterday.”
I relaxed.” That is wonderful sweetie, what did he say?”
” He wants to see me”
” That is good, when is he coming? ”
She shook her head. ” He doesn’t know about the HIV”
I covered her hand with mine. ” Give him a chance, okay?”
In the evening i drove down to the AIDS Survivor Support group address Ify had given me. The building was a grand house in Lekki. I wondered if i had come to the wrong place but i honked in front of the gate despite my doubt. The gate was opened by a chubby friendly security man. He directed me to park my car and walk to the main house.
The door was opened by a pot bellied middle aged man. He welcomed us warmly and i could hear Ify gasp beside me.
” Come in, am doctor Debola and i am AIDS survivor”.
We followed him into the beautifully furnished room, the chandelier caught my eyes first. Instead of a center table or an art work there was a big mat spread in the center of the elegant sitting room. Five people were seated on it gisting, two men and three women.
I could see a collection of people at the dining area, some were thin as straw, some were robust and beautiful. They were talking animatedly. No frown on any body ‘ s face. They all called out greetings warmly.
” Hi am Ada and i am a PWA ” one of the women seated on the mat said.
Ify smiled at her warmly and turned to me.
” It means Person with AIDS.”
I also gave her a warm smile. The man that welcomed us at the door clicked a spoon against a glass cup and the others came into the living room and found a spot to settle down.
” We have new members in our midst tonight. I will start by introducing myself first, my name is doctor Debola, i have a private hospital and i am AIDS Survivor”. ” You are on Emeka, and the next person beside him follows”
The young teenage boy smiled at us brightly. My heart sank. This young boy of not more than fifteen is also living with such deadly virus.
” My name is Emeka and i am AIDS survivor. I have had the virus since birth. ” I need a girlfriend! ” He beamed at us.
The others clapped loudly.
” My name is Kofi and am a survivor with full_blown AIDS. I need a cure!” A skinny dark skin man shouted in anguish.
The very thin woman next to him said ” My name is Rachel and my husband gave me the virus. The bas.tard is died now and i need Justice!” She screamed in anger.
Doctor Debola came over and patted her on the back.
” Am Toby, I’ m HIV symptomatic. I am a survivor and am angry. I need cure!” He was so delicate i was afraid he might break into two.
” Am Susan and i was a s--t. I am a survivor with HIV, no symptoms. I need acceptance! ”
The others clapped for her, it got to Ify’s turn and she said in a quiet timid voice ” My name is Ifeoma, am a survivor. I have HIV, low T_cells and no symptoms and i need……………….I need my happy ever after.”
They clapped for her and all eyes fell on me. I swallowed hard. ” My name is Ebere………I was a s--t and i am HIV Negative. I need a cure for Ify and advice”
They clapped and cheered me loudly.
” Let’s start. ” Doctor Debola said.
Ada began. ” I have been seeing so much death going on around me! I have lost so many friends and my little boy! Nobody even wants to come to the funeral! we are not animals! ”
” I have lost both of my parents and my relatives won’t have anything to do with me! All I want is some love and understanding! all I want is a girlfriend! ” Emeka shouted.
Ify leaned closer and gave him him a peck. He blushed and grinned at her.
” I want my wives and kids! I want my family back!” Doctor Debola shouted.
” I don’t want to die! I have three little girls!” Rachael cried out.
” I want an HIV reorientation for my people! The stigmatization is heartbreaking in Togo! Nobody wants to buy or sell to you! they won’t even reply your greetings! I want to be buried on the soil of my motherland but I won’t be allowed to cross the border! I need a cure! I want to see my little girl before i die ” Kofi howled.
He was given hugs by everyone around him.
” What kind of advice do you need Ebere?” the kind doctor asked
” I gave a woman my baby ten years ago and i want her back now. I want Ify to meet my child, I want us to be a family now ”
” Is Ify your wife?” One of them asked suddenly.
” No, my sister ”
‘ You have a big fight on your hands Ebere ” The doctor said. ” Sometimes things are better left as they were ”
Ify squeezed my hand and my eyes brimmed with tears.
I was shocked to see the doctor who had broken the bad news of my illness to me, at the AIDS Survivor Support Group. So he had been talking about himself on that fateful day! but he had altered the story to give me hope, to give Chiboy hope. Hope was all i had left…… I clung to it desperately in the middle of the night when my bones aches, when a part of my face starts swelling for no reason. I hoped that death won’t sneak up on me when i least expected it.
That was why i had given my dad a call. I had picked up my phone and dialed his number before i could get cold feet. I felt like a little girl again……..i wanted approval. I want love and hugs. I wanted my dad to accept me.
” Hello. Who is this?” he answered in his thick ibo accent.
” Dad” i whispered.
There was silence in the background until i heard a scratching sound, a distant sound of tears and laughter.
” Nne, Ify? ”
” Yes it’s me.”
He was crying now and i felt awkward not knowing what to say.
” Nne where are you? i want to see you “.
I disconnect the call and switched off my phone.
But after my discussion with doctor Debola who had contracted the virus through a needle stick injury at work, i realized just how much i had missed my dad. I texted him my address as Ebere drove us back home that night.
Early the next morning a knock sounded at the door, i walked slowly, my breath was coming out in pants. I opened the door and froze.
” My baby!”
Dad enveloped me into his arms crying like a baby. Mom stood awkwardly, she tried to touch me but i drew back.
” Ify…… am sorry” she said.
I gave a little tired laugh. Dad sat down still holding me in his arms. Mom went on her knees.
” I know i have lost the right to call you my child and i don’t except you to forgive me but please give me another chance. Please don’t push me away,i did my best combing everywhere for you.”
” Yea when Toby died! you were looking for a replacement! please stand up! i have nothing against you and you are right! you have lost the right to be my mother!”
She sobbed silently on her knees.
” Ify please…… i know we have wronged you greatly but please forgive us. Your mother has been through a lot and she is a changed person now.”
I stood up angrily.” She has been through a lot!?,do you have any idea what i have been through?! I was raped and kicked out in the middle of the night!”
They both gasped and mom’ s sobs became louder.
” Do you have any idea what have even been through?! how i managed to survive for the past ten years! you both ruined my life! I will never get married! i will never become a mother! i won’t get to see my children graduate! I won’t even live to see my 30th birthday! ”
Dad got up and took me into his arms, we were both crying.
” What happened to you Ify? are you sick? I will fly you overseas for treatment, am so sorry my child. Don’t talk about death Nne, you are still so young and there is no illness without cure as long as there is money.”
” This one has no cure dad”
” Ify we will fly you oversea, you will be OK” mom said.
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Hunter Jackson(episode 1)

ahhhhh” idris said as he woke up. His whole body was aching him. He was held captive inside a dungeon. He looked outside through the windows and saw people moving about. The whole place smelt terrible and his hands and legs were both chained together.
The king and the captain were both discussing.
“hmmm, i still doubt that the young man you captured was able to kill the great serpent and retrieved the immortal knife from the guardian” said the king
“yes but believe me, he is very strong. The strongest man or should i say boy i have seen” the captain said
“so young, i am not sure if he is up to nineteen years of age” the king said.
“you are right but the strength he possess his beyond imagination. Didn’t you see the men he killed in less than seven minutes” the captain asked.
“yes you are right. Five able bodied strong men died in the twinkle of an eye, he is very good with his bow” said the king
“what shall we do with him?” asked the captain.
“He shall remain our slave. We need his strength especially on our farms” replied the king.
“good idea” said the captain, he wanted to say more when the chief priest appeared inside the palace.
“you dare not do such unless the anger of the gods be upon you and your people. Young idris travelled from a far away land and he succeeded in his quest. He is now the rightful owner of the immortal knife and he is a free man. If you want to keep him as a slave, then he shall be made to fight one of your best man in the arena. If he wins, he is free but if he loses, he will be your slave. Only one man shall he fight. Failure to heed to the gods will bring death to you and your men”
the chief priest said and disappeared.
“what, who is he going to fight?” the captain asked
“jack-jack”replied the king.
“though Jack-Jack is very powerful, he can’t fight the slayer of the serpent” the captain said.
“cool down captain, i have a plan” the King said smiling wickedly.
Idris was brought out into the arena on the seventh day to fight jack-jack.
The arena was around and in the middle of the arena was an old abandoned ship. The people of the village sat on high grounds because the arena was surrounded by lions, hungry lions.
If you mistakenly fall from the ship, then it is over.
“Bring in young idris” shouted the king with a smile
idris was brought in with the help of young men.
“bring in Jack-Jack” shouted the king.
Jack-jack came in. Lo and behold, he was a human-giant. So big with big arms and very strong. He was very taller than Idris.
“let the guards leave the ship” the king said and they left.
“FIGHT” shouted the king.
Jack-jack rushed towards idris with a blow, idris duck and dodged it. He came with a kick, idris dodged it again. He was furious and dived at idris.
“oooohhhhh” shouted the crowd as the big man dived idris.
He started punching him while the crowds were counting.
He threw idris towards the other side of the ship. Idris was covered and blinded by blood. His hand touched something like a spear.
He took it and throw towards jack-jack. The spear flew with speed but jack-jack caught it..
He rushed towards idris and continued beating and man handling him with heavy punches.
Idris was at the verge of death. Jack-Jack left him to go and pick a heavy wood.
He rushed towards idris with the wood but idris quickly did a forward roll and dodged him. Before jack-jack could turn, idris jumped up and gave him a deadly knock out punch.
Jack-jack fell down bleeding across his nose while idris fell down bleeding from his head to toe.
“Jack-Jack” the crowd shouted for him to stand up but he couldn’t.
Idris stood up and was about to rush at Jack-Jack when his vision started getting blurred. His bones were weaken
And his vision was blurry. He tried to move but he couldn’t. He fell down and groaned in pains. The hunger and canes he received were now affecting him.
“Jack-jack” the crowd were shouting.
“grrrrrrrr” the lions were roaring waiting impatiently for their food.
Jack-Jack stood up and saw that idris was stunned. He rushed at idris with the heavy wood and gave him a deadly blow across his head.
His head was cut open because of the blow and blood was busy rushing out.
He fell down and couldn’t move. He looked up to the sky and began to see the images of his mum, dad and his little sister that was held captive by the dragon.
He was so close to death and he could feel it.. His head was cut open and his brains could be seen from outside.
“if i am going to die, then i will die with somebody” he said weakly but Jack-Jack didn’t hear him.
“Kill Kill”
The crowd were busy shouting and praising Jack-jack.
Jack-jack was happy and he didn’t look at idris but at the cheering crowd.
“i told you my plan will work the king” said and laughed
“yea you are” said the captain.
the crowd were busy praising him.
Idris used this opportunity and removed the little dagger in his boot. The little dagger that was always inside his boot.
“time to finish this” Jack-jack said and moved towards idris.
He grabbed idris by the collar and drew him to the edge of the boat. The lions were busy jumping and jubilating.
He raised idris up and showed everyone, as he was about to throw idris into the lions den, idris used his dagger and stabbed Jack-jack deep inside his stomach.
“argghhhh” jack-jack groaned in pains and let go of idris.
Immediately idris came down, he gathered all his strength, jumped up and used his two legs to deliver a powerful drop kick across the face of jack-jack.
Jack-jack loosed his stamina and fell down into the lion’s den.
Without wasting time, the lion started to eat him. Tearing him into shreds.
The crowd were busy hailing a dieing IDRIS.
“i shall not be humiliated” the king said
the king shouted and the guards rush towards him
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Idris the brave warrior

Idris was sliding down so fast he couldn’t stop himself. The path sees to be long and deep. All of a sudden, he felt the place getting hotter by the minute.
“why is the place getting hot” he said as he tried to slow down but he couldn’t.
He was getting to the end of the tunnel and was still sliding fast. At the end of the tunnel stood a pillar not too strong.
The pillar was there to support the path that was choosen by idris.
“this is getting suspicious. The whole place seems hot and i can’t slow down. Jumping towards the end of the tunnel will cowardice because i don’t know what type of danger awaits me.. Its better i use the pillar to my advantage”
idris said.
As he got close to the pillar, he caught it with both hands holding the pillar so tight, he was able to stop.
“haaaa” he breathed and looked down.
“ahhhhhhhhhh” he screamed.
He would have been a roasted piece of meat few seconds ago.
Yes, the giant Lue is not as dump as you may think. He knew that if anyone succeeds in taking his metallic box, he would be dead so he decided and made a bobby trap that will kill the person involved.
The path leading to the volcano was the the right path while the one leading to the island that idris chossed was actually the one that led to the volcano.
“d--n, i didn’t see this coming. I would have known. I didn’t even think before deciding. I just jumped into the path leading to the island not sensing any danger. I didn’t even think it was too good to be true” idris was regretting his actions.
Assuming he didn’t catch the pillar and slowed down his speed, he would have slyde into a molten red hot volcano.
“what am i going to do?” He said still holding the pillar.
They was no way he will go back because the castle has fallen and the path is blocked.
“every problem has a solution. Common idris. Be wise. What have i got?”
he asked himself.
“ok, i have my bow with me, my little dagger in my boot, the immortal knife, a rope and an arrow” he said
“hmmmm” he said as a smile was forming on his lips.
He just had an idea. A sweet dangerous idea.
“danger, thats my word” he said.
He took his rope and tied it at the bottom of the arrow very strongly.
Then he took the arrow, aimed it at the other side of the volcano.
He let go of the arrow. The arrow flew with great speed and got stuck at something on the other side.
He drew the rope and confirmed it to be strong. Then he tied the other end at the pillar that saved his life.
Now, the rope made a straight line above the volcano.
“time to cross over. We live only once. If the rope get cut and i fall down inside this volcano, i shall embrace death with a huge smile”
he said and laughed.
He hung his bow and started climbing.
As brave as a lion, he climbed above the volcano and landed safely at the other side.
He looked round and saw that the arrow he shot early did pierce into a tree located close to the volcano.
He smiled and walked away to his little shelter, the place he normally stays before he was abducted by Lue the giant.
Idris was so happy about his success. He fought with the great serpent and killed it, he also killed a mighty giant that could crush him in minutes. As if that was not enough, he now possess the immortal knife.
“time to go home” he said with a smile.
3 days later.
Idris has created a small boat that could carry him safely to his village. He also made many arrows with the remaining woods.
“hmmm, i hope i didn’t forget anything. I have food, a little torch, my weapon, the immortal knife, enough fruits, water….”
“no, i did not put clean water among these stuff” he said and went in search for water.
“brother, i call you here to discuss about our nephew” adin said concerned.
“you and this nephew of yours. Every time idris idris idris, can’t somebody rest for once” wade said.
“no bro. It has been long since he left.. We haven’t seen him since and the chief priest isn’t helping matters” adin said
“thats because he is dead. Pure, plain and simple, he is dead. Only a fool we embark on a journey. Does he have the strength of Hercules to slay a giant?” wade said.
“he is just a boy and he doesn’t have the strength of a god. He is not Hercules neither is he Zeus thats why we are left with one opinion, he is dead” Adin said shaking his head as a sign of pity for idris.
” you know what, lets start arranging his funeral rites” wade said.
“good idea, which date” adin asked
“let just say when the new moon appears.” wade said.
“now you are coming. I was waiting for you to bring up such a nice idea but you were delaying time” adin said
“hahaha” wade laughed.
“i will meet the village crier to announce to all the villagers that we will commence Idris’s funeral at the rise of the new moon” adin said.
“very good” wade replied.
Idris was sailing home. He looked at the sea.
“this part of the sea was once inhabited by the great serpent. Very good it is dead” he said as he passed by…
As soon as he crossed the part of the sea inhabited by the great serpent, he saw something from afar.
He quickly paddled his canoe and saw that it was a large boat. He moved close and was surprised. The boat has people in it. People like him and they were all men.
“could this be pirates” he thought.
He once heard stories of pirates who were on an adventure to steal the immortal knife but were not able to cross the sea to the island because of the ferocious great serpent.
He didn’t believe it because he thought they were no people out there. He thought his village was the only village in this world. He thought it was a mere story but now, he was about to be proven wrong.
He change the direction of his canoe and was about to go back to the island because he knew the pirates won’t follow him but he was wrong.
They large ships quickly surrounded him.
“don’t move. You are the slayer of the great serpent. We saw the body of the beast washed up to our land and we decided to spy around here. We believe you are with something very precious to us and because of that, you shall be held prisoner. Failure to comply will automatically lead to your death” the captain shouted.
All the men were with arrows, swords or canon. He (idris) knew this was going to be tough. He did the thing he knows how to do best, fight.
Bringing out two arrows silently, he shot at the boat.
“ahhhhh” two men groaned and died. He was surrounded by four ships filled with men but if he was going to die, he will die with someone.
He brought out three arrows
three men died instantly, why haven’t they fired back he thought.
Unknown to him, they were busy loading their canon.
They fired him scattering the canoe into pieces. The impact of the canon was to much for Idris to bear and he passed out.
“bring in the prisoner” shouted the captain
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