By 4am the next day, Lawrence who was busy sleeping was rudely interrupted by his ringing phone.
He opened his eyes and looked around to his greatest surprise, he was sleeping on the table with Eva still tied on his back. When he tried to stand straight, he felt a sharp pain on his back and neck
“ooh it hurts a lot”
He cried out in pain.
Immediately he untie the baby on his back, lay her on the bed before picking the call without checking who the caller was.
Lawrence: Hello! who is this?
Bekky: Hello, honey its me Betty, good morning
Lawrence: oh! its you, how are you doing baby
Bekky: very well dear, how was your night?
Lawrence: More than terrible **(he whispered)**
Bekky: What dear
Lawrence: I mean its very good dear”
Bekky: I know it should be. please I called to wake you up so that you can start the morning duties to avoid the kids from going late to work.
Lawrence: okay **(he murmured before cutting the call immediately)”. With heavy eyes full of sleep, Lawrence said a brief prayer he went to the bathroom and washed his face before heading to the kitchen.
He opened the cupboard and brought out the things he will be needing for the food. He started with cooking the white yam, when he was through , he used his phone and searched how to make egg sauce from the internet
“got it! the food will definitely be delicious” (he said).
He brought out the things he will be using for it, fresh tomatoes, fresh pepper, onions, egg and the rest. “
first I will have to wash and slice tomatoes, pepper and onions”
He said to himself and started slicing the tomato, followed by pepper, then onion, when he was cutting onions, he started feeling its impact on his eyes, he used one of his hands to rub his eyes forgetting that he used it to cut pepper. Immediately the pepper entered his eyes he started running around like a crazy man
“haaaaa my eyes oooh! my eyeeeees, pepper, pepper! pepper want to kill me oo” He used his other hand to rub it and it worsened it ” oh my goodness! pepper ooooooooh, my eyes, water water, where is water oh! water please show yourself oooh ”
He started looking for water with his eyes almost closed , when he saw water.on a basin, he rushed and put his hands inside it but unfortunately for him, it was a very hot water he used to cook yam. he removed his hand immediately he felt the hotness of it.
“ahaa, now I am sure my enemies are at work! my eyes ooo! my hand ooh!”
He continued shouting while looking for water. someone tapped him on the back and he turned to know who it was
Wally: Daddy please take this cold water I got from the freezer to wash your face and stop disturbing us with your loud voice. If mom had been shouting like this
each time she cooks we all must have run mad by now. **(he said, giving him the bottle of water)”
Lawrence: Come on give me that water before I kill you now **(he thundered
snatching the water from him)**
Wally started laughing at him
Wally:Daddy the cook! after all these you will still bring out one concoction for us to eat* he burst out laughing again while Stephen gave him a murderous look. Lawrence continued with his cooking, he fried the egg sauce, when he was through he set it aside and began cooking the spaghetti. it took him some minutes before he could finish, he checked the time and it was 6:45am already. “oh my goodness! This kids will definitely be late today”
He rushed to their rooms and started waking them up.
Lawrence: Deborah! Wally! wake up, he patted them, Deborah was the first to wake up
Deborah: Daddy good morning dad”
Lawrence: good morning princess, help me wake your siblings up, tell them to remove their cloths and come to the bathroom for their bath now Deborah: yes daddy
Lawrence went ahead and got the bathing water ready before the children got to the bathroom.
He bath Eva and Wally while Deborah bath herself.
He dried Eva’s body and put her school uniform on her. When they were all set, he served them their breakfast
“Lawrence now pray before you guys start eating”
Wally: Oh Lord, we thank you for this wonderful meal we are about to eat, bless it and may it nourish us.
We cast every spirit of purging out of it. this we pray and believe you have
answered us in Jesus name. Amen
They opened the food to eat…
Wally: Oh my God! another poison ooh, this one is very obvious ooo. I can’t eat this”
Deborah: Daddy will not kill us in this house. Please where is mummy? she should come back Wally let’s manage and eat it OK?”
Wally: Eat what? this egg sauce that is filled with oil? I can’t possibly eat this because I strongly believe that behind this concoction lie another set of purging patiently waiting for us.
Deborah: better lower your voice so that daddy will not hear us.
Lawrence: no need for that, I already heard all.
He said coming towards them with an expressionless face
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