THE HOUSEMAID DISASTER
Ebere came closer to the door, to make sure her eyes weren’t deceiving her.
For few minutes, nobody said anything. Ebere took time staring at him from head to toe. His appearance still speaks volumes about his wealth.
Angela too was surprised; after all these years?
“Have you come to add salt to my injuries?
Have you come to scratch my healing wounds?
What do you want?
Just leave” Ebere produced her two hands and pushed him, forgetting that hands would hurt. She let out a loud cry. Her arm ached, giving her the worst pain she ever felt since the incident took place. She bent down and supported the wounded hand with the other. Angela rushed up to her to support her. Ebere’s push came all of a sudden. She could have stopped her if she had seen it coming.
“Why did you do that? You shouldn’t have done so”Angela reprimanded her.
Mike came in. He wasn’t angry by the way he was pushed but he pitied Ebere. The way she was crying truly showed she was passing through great pains. ‘or could it be that his presence also added to the pains?’ He thought. His spirit tempted him to touch her hand, to give her some comfort but he held himself for the meantime. She might do the worse.
“What happened to you?” He asked, showing great concern.
“It’s none of your business! Just leave!” Ebere barked, pointing at the door for him.
“Baby! Keep quiet! Just keep quiet. I guess you don’t know what you are doing” Angela hushed her and turned to Mike, “I’m sorry mike. She’s just going through a hard time”. Mike nodded.
“Baby why don’t you hear me out first?” Mike said, rather asked, looking at Ebere’s eyes pleadingly.
Ebere hissed and took her eyes off him.
“Baby, you must listen to him” Angela said.
Mike went down on his kneels, keeping his pride aside to the astonishment of the Angela and even Ebere, though she concealed it. Getting Ebere back was the only thing on his mind. The only mission he has to accomplish.
“Baby i am sorry. I have come to realise that you are my missing rib. I am incomplete without you. Ever since i left you, i have been to hell and i’m back. I realised that you are like a file in my heart that can never be erased. I hope there is still a place for me in your heart. Please Baby…forgive me and accept me back into your life..I know i broke your heart and left you with great pains…..” He paused and reached for his handky. He wouldn’t dare cry in front of them for the man that he was but a drop of tear which tricked down from his eyes had betrayed him.
Ebere looked away, crying her heart out at the inside.
Angela who couldn’t stand it, went up to him, helping him get on his feet.
“It’s okay. Just stop….please” She urged him.
“It’s been four years Mike. Four years. Just few days to our wedding you broke up with me. Tearing me apart emotionally. I fell sick Mike. Yes, I almost ran mad. why..why?” Ebere wept.
Mike found the courage to come closer to her. He held her, drying her tears with his own cloth.
“I am so sorry. I will never do that again” Mike kissed her forehead, gently drawing her to himself. Oh how soft it still was; that softness that gave him relief whenever he felt it.
Angela smiled and winked at Ebere,who showed a little happiness.
“We are going to arrange for our marriage without wasting anytime” Tony whispered to Ebere. She smiled and nodded. Overwhelmed with the sudden joy that filled her in. She still found it hard to believe this was happening. After all this years.
Mike searched for her lips, kissing them warmly, trying to ease her pains. After sometime, he stopped. Ebere wished he didn’t stop because its really been a long time he got such a true kiss from some who truly loves her.
Angela clapped in ecstacy,smiling happily.
“Wow wow wow. I am so happy Baby. I can’t wait” Angela rushed her words and embraced both of them together.
“The police is not releasing the girl in question because of anything else if not for the fact that the person who brought up the report has explained to us that everything was a mistake. Not because you are my friend. We fined her enermously, though we are still going to investigate further. We are releasing her but if we later find out she was responsible, the law would not hesitate to take action” The inspector of police told Mr.uwa
“I know that too well. The law doesn’t understand friendship. Thank you very much” Mr uwa shook hands with him.
Angela was lying on the sofa watching a programme on the television when David entered. She had kept her business on hold for the time being.
She walked up and welcomed him.
“Honey, i have been feeling somehow for days now” She complained.
“How have you been feeling?” David asked jokingly, smiling and staring at her.
“I’m serious,” Angela made a face, “i think i should visit a doctor”
“I am a doctor, Visit me Or let me examine you” David playfully touched almost all part of her body, examining it, leaving Angela wondering why he’s acting so funny.
He had been acting funny and pampering her like an egg lately.
“I have detected the problem” He announced.
“It’s like something good happened today” She guessed rolling her eyes.
“I will show you” He whispered and took her off the ground in his arms like a baby, running into the bedroom. Angela only laughed out loud as he carried her. Her husband has gone crazy lately.
David landed her on the bed and produced the pregnancy report the doctor gave to him.
“This is the result” He handed it over to her.
Angela hastily opened the envelope and brought out the paper in it, reading it silently.
“Who is Angela Dike?”she asked.
“Who else if not you my Angel?” David clasped his palms together,” Please Angel, don’t get angry with me for not telling you”
Angela was dumbfounded. Something told her those feelings of hers were signs of pregnancy but she wasn’t so sure because she never experienced it before. She screamed in joy, tears of joy dropping from her eyes as she hugged David, overwhelmed with joy, trying to stop the tears but they kept coming. David kissed the tears dry, happy too that she was happy.
Just as they got down on the bed in their happy romantic mood, the sweet voice of Rihanna “Shine bright like a diamond”
“Shine bright like a diamond” coming from Angela’s phone disturbed them. David grumbled.
“A minute honey, pleeease” Angela begged and reached for the phone in her pocket.
It was Ebere calling.
“Hello baby”Angela spoke into the phone.
“Angela its Mike” Mike responded with a shaky voice at the other end. Angela noticed the abnormality in his voice and sat up.
“Mike what’s the problem?” She asked, hearing him sob.
“Angelaa. Baby is dead. Ebere is dead” Mike cried.
“What?!” Angela screamed in disbelief. Her hands were trembling and she lost hold of her phone. The phone fell to the ground with the sobbing voice of Mike still coming from it.
“What’s going on?” David asked.
Angela quickly picked up the phone.
“Mike what are you saying? What happened? She wasn’t sick” Angela jabbed trying not to believe it but equally aware that death isn’t something anybody would joke with.
“We just returned from sharing our wedding invitation cards and she said she wanted to rest and laid down sleeping. Later on, in her sleep i heard her pleading for her life,saying she would bring the lady for the sacrifice. Before i ran to her to wake her up, she was no gone” Mike cried like a baby on the phone.
“Oh noo. God whyyy? Whyyy now that something good is about coming her way?” Angela pulled at her hair, her ever ready tears wetted her face.
“Ebere is dead”She told the inquisitive David who kept demanding to know what happened, and rushed to her wardrobe to change up.
“I’m coming with you” David called after her as she hurriedly made for the door.
David’s car pulled into Mike’s compound.Angela didn’t even wait for him to park well before she came down from the car, leaving the door open.
People were already there. Some were trooping in in-twos and threes while some were going out.
Mike was being comforted at one corner by his friends.
“Where is Baby?” Angela rushed at Mike, who was more hurt than anyone else. He was crying and shedding tears. Something he couldn’t remember when last he did.
“Take it easy,” One of Mike’s friend urged her,” she is still inside. The ambulance is yet to come”
Angela ran inside to see her. She wanted to see for herself before believing. She wanted to see her and tell her ” Baby wake up Angel is here” if she ignores her, that would tell her that it was really happening in reality not a dream.
But when she shook her, calling her all the sweet names she new and she just lay there, speechless, cold shivers ran through her. Ebere was stiff. She felt she was shaking a log of wood, not her own Ebere. It then dawned on her that she was gone. Gone for life.