That night before that Sunday,I had a weird
In the dream,I was taken back a few years to
the days when we use to go to that stream
in Okpulonwogu to swim,the only difference
being that I was there as an adult,not as kid.
Many other familiar faces were there too,and
we swam and did all kind of things u can
possibly think of doing while inside a Stream.
All of a Sudden,a heavy lightening Flashed
accross the sky,and then I looked around
me,and everybody was gone. I was now the
only person still inside the stream and how
this happened baffled me to say the least.And
then I started hearing people scream and
shout and point at my direction. I became
totally irked and wondered what was really
wrong with all this people,and so I decided to
leave the stream and start going home,then I
realised that I was stuck there…I couldn’t
I looked up and saw a figure approaching with
such speed,I knew it was coming to harm me
and then I understood why people were
shouting and screaming.
Still oblivious of what else I could have done, I
gave up and knew that my life was
over.Immediately the figure came closer to
me,it raised its fish like tail upwards,and I
saw that it has a double edged sharp blade
and that it wanted to slash me into two.I
closed my eyes to meet my creator,and then
I heard a gentle soft-spoken voice saying:
“stop it…….You are scaring him!”.
The voice was unmistakable, I have heard it
before. So as I opened my eyes,it occurred
to me that I was just dreaming,but that
dream lingered in my mind till dawn….
By the time I woke up the next day,everyone
has gone to church.
As Catholics,my mum usually attends the first
mass of the day,so,she was the first person
that came back that day as usual. But as the
expression on her face shows,she wasn’t
happy that I didn’t go to church..She then
quipped in that I should make sure I attend
the evening mass..And that was it!
“So which one dey go?” Ebenezer asked me.
“I really have no one in mind. I rarely go out
myself,so I wouldn’t know actually which one
is better” I replied.
“Na wa to u o,upon say u be nwa aba,yet u
no sabi all this things!” He quipped in jokingly.
“Na u sabi!” I replied back!
This made me remember one incident that
happened in my boarding school days. We
were in Ss1 then.
Ekene,Fenian and I wanted to go and buy
certain things for our upkeep in school,so as
I mandated, we decided to take permission
from the auxiliary then,and it was granted.
Of the three of us,I was the only one not
from around that local government, am an
outsider! As is inherent in local peeps,they
both bragged that they knew every in and out
of the village we were in in particular, and
have vast knowledge of its surrounding
vicinities. I felt safe going out with them,but
when they exceed their bragging limit,I would
remind them that I had earlier told them that
we should have sneaked out instead of taking
that permission. The permission card is time
limited,sneaking was unlimited and your
whereabout will not be in jeopardy..Suckers!
We finished our business outside
school,bought everything we want,went to our
normal joint and ate good food before we
started coming back.
The time was within 2pm and 3pm.
On our way back,we saw two girls like that
going to hell-knows-where and my friends
said we should follow them. Yea,just follow
them,after all our permission ends at
6pm.Already, we didn’t want to go to
afternoon prep but we wanted to meet up
with Games period.
Back to the issue,as we followed the girls
they kept going and I would always remind my
pals whether they can retrace us back,they
answered in the affirmative. Long story cut
short,we entered enemy territories lost,all
the things we bought was collected from
us,the small remaining change for bike back
to school taken,and except for the benevolent
gesture and kind treatment given to us by a
stranger,we would have been objects of a
search party…All because Ekene and fenian
claimed they are areas..
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