*THE HOUSEMAID* *DISASTER*
Sonia couldn’t stop wondering what Ebere wants to discuss with her. Whatever it may be, in an hour or 2(hrs) later, she must find out.
Sonia peered at her wrist watch for the fifteenth time. She shifted uncomfortably wondering what might be keeping Ebere. She was beginning to feel irritated with the way some boys peered at her, sitting there all alone. She wondered why Ebere suggested they meet in that little open restaurant and not in her house. Of course she lived alone somewhere.
“sorry for keeping you waiting” Sonia turned her face and it was Ebere. She took a sigh of relief and greeted her.
Ebere took the seat in front of her and flashed a smile.
“When you beat a child and give him a mark, you may forget it in time to come but the beaten child can never forget it” Ebere said, adjusting her skirt.
Sonia nodded. Ebere’s words made sense to her but she just couldn’t figure out the angle where she seemed to be coming from. A confused expression was seen written all over her face.
“I want to go straight to the point. Angela and i have been good friends right from the university days, Angela is quite a good person but she betrayed me. She shattered my hopes and dreams. She bit me in the back” Sonia listened with rapt attention as Ebere went on and on.
“I met the man of my dream and we started a good relationship. He proposed marriage to me and i accepted to marry him. That was all i ever wanted and we started making arrangements for the wedding. Four days to that day i so much dreamed of the wedding day, i came back from one of my numerous shoppings in readiness for the d-day, only to meet my fiancee sitting on the sofa in the living room looking so sad and depressed. I knew something was wrong. I bent down to give him a kiss but he pushed my face away angrily. I was shocked and I asked him what was wrong. Immediately, he flared up in a way i’d never seen him before, making me gasp in fear. He called me all sorts of name and how i have been sleeping around with men. I thought it was a dream as i pinched my self severally, rubbing my eyes. He pushed me out of his house saying it was over between us. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. We already shared out invitation cards, I just…i..”Ebere bursted into tears. She suddenly stopped as if something immediately told her to stop. She dried her tears with the handkerchief she was holding. Sonia felt sorry for her.
“But i later found out it was Angela who told him that i do sleep around with men. I know that i am not a prostitute. But as a lady desperate to get married, i allowed most of the men that came my way to sleep with me when they demanded for it all for the fear of not loosing them.
I didn’t doubt it when someone told me that it was Angela who told him all these because she was the only friend i had who knew much about me. She thought i would never find out. I just don’t know what i did to her.
Few months later, she got married to David. This is payback time, I will give it to her slowly, You must destroy her marriage” She told Sonia finally.
“What!?”Sonia screamed, not believing her ears, not even minding if people heard her.
“You have no choice, I got you hands
down.” Ebere a*sured her.
“Hahahahaha….”Ebere laughed wickedly.
Sonia took a deep breath, not that breath of relief but in readiness to hear what the wicked Ebere whom she had thought to be a kind hearted lady had to say.
“Hahaha…”Ebere roared again until she finally covered her mouth with both palms, startling Sonia who was lost in thoughts. She kept still glaring at Sonia.
“Do you by any chance know of a guy called Paul?”Ebere asked. Sonia almost fainted on hearing that name again. Her heartbeat increased tremendously as she held her chest with the right palm trying to come back to normal again. She didn’t reply immediately because she knew she would stutter if she tried to.
“Oh my God. I hope its not what i am thinking, could she have seen me?” Sonia reasoned silently and stole a glance at Ebere, a mischievious smile was playing on her lips, she didn’t wait for Sonia to answer her question as she continued almost immediately, concluding that the expected yes from Sonia was not really necessary because she believed they both knew the answer already.
“Paul was one of the men that came my way. With his sweet words, he stole my heart like a thief. I surrendered my love, my heart and my body to him, thinking i have found my missing rib but little did i know that i was just a intimacy gadget to him. I didn’t know he just kept me around to satisfy his wicked s*xual desires. Promising me that i would be the mother of his children.. hmmm, i wasn’t surprised when i saw the both of you together because i kept monitoring him. I played cool, acted as if nothing was happening but along the line, something happened” ***She stopped and gazed at Sonia. She could read the too many questions and curiousity written all over the poor girl’s face***
“What happened?”Sonia was eager to hear everything. She was really scared. If it happened that Ebere knew how paul died, then, she was in trouble. She may be compelled to give in to her demands to cover up some things.
Ebere glanced at her wrist-watch and hit her head softly. Time was running out, she had somewhere important to go to.
“Sonia,i don’t have much time to spend here. I am really happy that i met you. I equally rejoiced when Angela told me she wanted a maid. I feel this is the perfect time to strike back. Sonia, get pregnant for her husband. I’m happy she’s yet to conceive. After that, we will plan the next move” Ebere said with a bossy tone.
“You can’t force me to do it. Instead, i will give up the job. Mrs Angela could be innocent of your accusations” ***Sonia said, still in doubt if Ebere brought up paul’s issue for nothing***
Ebere stood up and ready to go, she adjusted her wears and took her pink coloured handbag that matched her top, she came over to Sonia and rested her palms upon her shoulders.
“My dear, if you love yourself just do what i asked you to do, and……let me not forget to remind you that the police would be very happy to hear that the killer of Mr. paul is moving about freely in the streets” She whispered.
Sonia shook with fear, letting go of Ebere’s gentle hold. The expression on her face change dramatically. She had this feeling that someone saw her and one could easily tell she was crying, though she wasn’t shedding tears nor making any
“And i am very sure you wouldn’t want the police to hear of it. Mind you, there is another witness who also saw how you wickedly stabbed him, we have the pictures and that person is somewhere here watching us right now. Just letting you know incase you decide to try any silly move on me. If in the next three weeks you dont get him to sleep with you,then prepare to face the law for the crime you commited. Its barely a year old.
One more thing, make sure you connect me on the phone when you are with him, you can mute your own end. Have a nice day” Ebere left without looking back.
Tears flowed freely down Sonia’s cheeks. She never believed a day like this would ever come. She never believed anyone saw her on that fateful day.
“Surely, nothing is hidden under the sun”