First Woman: “Nkechi… Nkechi…” she called her tapping her roughly on the shoulder.
Second Woman: “Wahala dey o, she seems to have passed out. What do we do?” she asked bewildered as her friend started using the edge of her wide skirt to fan her.
First Woman: “Go and bring water fast fast. I cannot allow this girl to die like this, bring plenty water” she kept fanning her and looking around to make sure no one has noticed the scenario.
Second woman: “Here is the water…” but before she could get the water close to Nkechi, she sprang to her feet.
Nkechi: “If they born you well, let even a tiny drop touch me, I will show you what I am made of” she threatened.
Second Woman: “So you’ve been pretending all these while? Na wa oo” she said a little relieved.
First Woman: “I did feel she was pretending, that was the reason I asked you to bring plenty water, wanted to know how long she’d hold” she said looking at her friend ignoring Nkechi.
Nkechi: “Well this is just a tip of the iceberg. Look at me very well, I am an ogbanje and I am the queen of my coven, the next time you as much as lay one finger on me or talk ill of my family, I will die in your hands and be reborn to another parent while you dine with maggots in your grave. So be careful from now henceforth” she threatened and walked away feeling herself.
First Woman: “She is a mad woman true true. Who will live with this one as a husband? I feel sorry for the man” she said shaking her head.
She woke up sweating like a lamb being led to the slaughter house. Tunde on whose arms she had slept had her sweat all over him too. He had felt her struggling in her sleep just like she did the night she attacked him, he was quite scared that the same would happen again but she woke up calm though frightened out of her wits.
Tunde: “That must have been a terrible nightmare. Look at the way you are sweating under air conditioner.” He said worriedly, reaching out to dab the sweat streaming down her face.
Pamela: “It was more than a terrible nightmare dear. I am so scared” she said holding on to him even tighter.
Tunde: “Care to share?”
Pamela: “I saw a terribly looking snake pursuing me. I woke up and went back to sleep like three times and the same snake appeared those three times. I have never seen snakes in dreams before. I am really scared”
Tunde: “Don’t be scared dear, I am here for you. Nothing will happen to you while I am here and it is just a nightmare.”
Pamela: “I guess it’s time for me to go back home. It’s been two weeks already and you seem to have fully recovered. I need to go take up my duty as a wife again. Hope you understand me?”
Tunde: “Yeah yeah. You should go back but if anything happens, don’t hesitate to beep me please. Let me know everything going on with you in that house, do you understand?” he asked emphatically.
Pamela: “Sure, I understand. You are my guardian angel anyway and I love you very very much”
Tunde: “Someone is head over heels in love with this nigga at last” he said jokingly. “I love you too, much more than you can ever imagine” he said and lowered his head to place a light kiss on her forehead.
She kept having nightmares about snakes and masquerades chasing her. It kept getting worst until she could no longer go to work because of how terrible she looked due to her lack of sleep.
That afternoon as she sat at the corridor just watching the passersby, she felt a sharp pang of pain on her head. At first she thought it would pass but it didn’t. She quickly ran inside and started pouring water on head but the more water that touched her head the worst the pain grew. She took her phone and called Tunde who arrived there an hour later and found her sprawled on the floor with her hands on her head, crying.
Pamela: “I think I am going to die, I can’t take this anymore. I just don’t know what’s happening to me. Oh my head! “She cried holding her head tightly.
Tunde: “Hang on dear, I will have to take you to the hospital right away.” He scooped her up and carried her out into his car. People around looked at them and shook their heads, “what a messed up family” some of them said.
As soon as they stepped into Stan’s Memorial Hospital, she became frantic and jumped down from his arms.
Pamela: “What do you think you are doing carrying me like that? Do I look like a baby to you? Oh my heaaaad!” she wailed clutching her head again. People stared at them. A nurse ran towards them…
Nurse: “Please is anything wrong madam? This is a hospital and noise is not allowed here” she said and made to lead her to a seat but she jumped out of her reach.
Pamela: “You all are crazy in this market place. I need to find a place to nurse my baby. Oh my head!” she held her head and started running round the reception.
Tunde: “Please help me call Stanley immediately” he said to the nurse.
Pamela: “Oh yes! I will confess, I had sex with him, yes I did have sex with him. Yeees! I will confess ooooo please leave me alone, leave me alone” she said trying to remove her gown but Tunde quickly grabbed her tightly. Stanley arrived with some nurses who pinned her down as one of them sedated her. She fell into Tunde’s arms weakly and slept off.
Tunde: “I have to take her back home, this is not a hospital case” he said sadly to Stanley after they had transferred her to the same bed he had used some weeks ago.
Stanley: “What was she ranting about man? That was true madness she was displaying in there. What is happening?” he was oblivious of what was happening so Tunde told him everything about the Curse. “Oh! This is outrageous, you mean something this barbaric still exists in this evolved world?”
Tunde: “Even did not believe it, I guess until now”
Stanley: “But since you knew this was the case, why did you have to sleep with her? Are you really that daft? This can claim this lady’s life.”
Tunde: “I think I was crazy. This is not the time to apportion blame anyway. Once she wakes up, we have to take her home so she can confess to her husband otherwise, she might die. Oh God! This is my fault, I shouldn’t have done it no matter what.”
Stanley: “I guess this really isn’t the time to apportion blame so let’s hope for the best. I guess she’s awake now”. They walked over to her and noticed she was herself again. “How are you feeling now?” he asked looking down at her as she laid still on the bed.
Pamela: “I feel better now, I am no longer having headache. I need to go home. I have to go home” she said sitting up weakly.
Tunde: “Yes you have to and I will take you home now” he said and scooped her up from the bed again. He could not imagine how much weight she had lost in just two weeks. She wrapped her arms tightly around his neck and rested her head on his chest.
Pamela: “I am sorry for putting you through all these mess. I feel so ashamed of myself” she whispered weakly.
Tunde: “You don’t have to be sorry, don’t forget we are in this together. Your problem is my problem, your tears is my tears, your curse is my curse and your joy is my joy. So let’s stick together and overcome this hurdle.”
Pamela: “Oh Tunde! What will I ever do without you? Right now you are the reason I am still alive, I might have committed suicide a long time ago. My life is a train of wreck right now”.
Tunde: No don’t talk like that. I hate hearing anything about death, you are doing just fine. You are so brave my dear” he said patting her head fondly.
Pamela: “Brave?” she scoffed weakly.
Tunde: “Yes brave, not everybody can fight the battles you are fighting now and still remain sane”
Pamela: “I just wish everything was better for us, I wish I had met you first, I wish I didn’t have to get married when I did. I feel so unworthy of your love” she said dejectedly.
Tunde: “Stop talking like that now. You were young and naïve, stop beating yourself up over what you cannot change, just move on, live. Who knows someday there will be light at the end of the tunnel? I think you need to see a psychologist”
Pamela: “Why? You think I am going out of my wits? Have you started seeing me as someone who is emotionally unstable?” she asked with disappointment written all over her face.
Tunde: “Of course not, okay then let’s forget about that and just thread carefully from now on” he said maneuvering his car through the mainland traffic jam. He had tears in his eyes as they drove towards Orile. She closed her eyes all through.
She was extremely taken aback when she met her mother in law in the house when they arrived at last. She closed her eyes with regret and wondered why her mother in law should be there only at that point in time. She thought of how she was going to confess to such a thing with her being around.
QUESTION: Will she go ahead with the confession? What do you think happened to her at Stan’s Hospital?
… Stay tuned for Episode 20 (You don’t want to miss this!)
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