The night was dark as the moon went to ‘sleep’,
the crickets were busy screeching away, there
were occassional cooes from some forest birds.
Each time a hooting sound was made, it
reminded Lara that Deji and her fetish oldman
would be there any moment.
Slowly she walked to the window, peeped
outside- there was light enough for her sharp
eyes to see clearly. After several attempts, she
jumped out through the window- escape on her
She tip toed gingerly away from the main
“Not so fast”
she felt a gun noozle on neck.
She froze for a moment, different plans flooding
“so you want to escape? Ehn?” a masculine man
asked, his gun still on her neck.
“No” she whispered turning to face him.
“I actually came to see you…” she said quitely.
“See me?” he chuckled.
“yea, I..erm..erm…need..to talk…to …to..you.”
“hmn.” he grunted
“you are not smart, get back inside!” he ordered.
“please…” she edged closer to him, making the
gun slip off her neck.
“I..errm…you know…I might be killed tonight…”
she said slowly placing a hand on his shoulder.
He pushed her hand away, but she brought it
back to its place.
“I just want one thing from you.” she said
“I’m sorry…I don’t do pregnant women.” he
protested trying to push her away.
“Don’t mind my bulging tummy,
she let her fingers run on his broad chest.
Lara smiled to herself as his breathe became
faster, she edged closer to him, her protruding
belly pushing against him.
He held her close,their face touching.
Lara held him with one hand while the other
hand worked out her plans.
Cunningly, she let him drop his gun, she kicked it
far away from them with her legs.
Just before he recover from his gust, she gave
him a sharp jab between his legs, her knee cap
devoured the ‘position’. He collapsed with a yelp.
Lara turned swiftly, and ran as fast as her
pregnancy would allow her.
She ran blindly into the forest, she knew one
way or the other she would escape.
She heard several gun shots, they were coming
after her, she increased her pace.
The gun shots came closer, she knew they would
overtake her, so she decided to hide.
She looked around her, no where to hide.
She scrambled up a tree not minding the sharp
pains on her waist.
Just as she relaxed on the tree, she saw them,
many of them.
“That daughter of a b-itch!” one of them cursed.
“I’ll kill her with my barehands.!”
Lara held her breathe, she put her hand around
her mouth. Her Baby was fluttering violently, it
kicked hard against her that she felt like
A sharp pain below her abdomen almost gave
“Ouch!” she said.
“Did you hear that?” the kidnappers asked
“She’s around here, disperse and look for her, I’ll
wait here” one of them suggested.
They all dispersed in different directions, except
for the one standing beside the tree.
Lara’s eyes widened with terror as she felt
something crawl on her legs. She sat still and bit
her tongue. Snake! She almost fainted.
“Haaaaa!” she screamed as she fell off the tree.
She landed on the man under the tree, he served
as a cushion.
“Snake o! Snake!” the man screamed in terror a
the snake wrapped round him.
That gave Lara the oppurtunity to crawl away
under some bushes to hide. She was in deep
pains, she wondered if she would die.
The pains around her waist increased in
the group asked rushing back.
“e be like say that girl don turn snake o” the man
exclaimed in terror.
The whole group stared at the dead snake in
“Make we go call Baba” they said before running
Lara hid herself properly under the bush, her face
washed with tears.
“God please help me.” she wept silently.
Thunder rumbled loudly with lightening
flashing.Lara looked at the sky with fear, it was
dark and pregnant with rain.
“Yekpa! Rain? Not yet please.” she muttered.
The rain poured heavily, Lara thought she would
die. She wept and prayed as long as she can.
“God please, not for my sake…but for this
baby…please.” she shivered under the rain.
It seemed God answered her, the rain stoped.
Lara began to crawl farther into the forest in
pains, she could no longer stand up.
She wondered what part of the world she was.
“help will come” she muttered to herself. She
had faith in God.
Somehow, she suddenly felt; she won’t die in the