It must’ve been the fear but her body was heating up and the smell of the food she was cooking was making her feel like throwing, she tried her best to keep it down for the fear what would happen if her madam should see her throw up
“Aunty Ijeoma” the kids shouted excitedly running towards the door
They circled her greeting and looking curiously at her bags, Grace covered the pot on the stove and went to welcome her aunty
“Aunty welcome, how was journey?” she asked collecting her bags
“Nne the road is very bad, but we thank God” She said sighing heavily
“Grace you have grown big o, is like you are enjoying eh” She joked poking grace
Grace’s madam came out to welcome her friend and soon they were seated and engaged in a full blown conversation, laughing and talking in fast and high pitches, they lowered their voices occasionally when they conversation was about a gossip.
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Grace stomach was tied I knot and her head filled with terrifying images, she quickly finished making the ogbono soup and boiled water to turn eba with, she dished the food and carried the food inside to serve to everyone, she placed the plate of food for Aunty Ijeoma on a stool.
“I am very happy how you just take care of my Gracie” Se said making her friend smile
“It’s nothing o, she na good girl her” Her madam said making Grace’s heart skip a beat
She served everyone their food with the children’s together in a big bowl, she sat on the floor close to the children and ate in silence, halfway through her food she ran outside to the bathroom and threw up. It felt like the world froze and her head felt heavy.
She just wished the ground would open up and swallow her, the pictures of the chaos that would follow if she pointed at all the men in the compound she had fucked, she tried to move but her legs won’t move. After what seemed like eternity with her standing outside she pushed herself to go in, her aunty and madam were the only one in the living room when she walked in. The atmosphere felt charged and her heart was racing so fast it felt like it could jump out her mouth at anytime
“Grace… Grace… Grace” Her madam started
“How many times I call you?” she yelled
“Three times ma” She answered in low tone
“Wetin dey do you” She asked staring intently
“I no know o, na belle just dey turn me” She barely whispered
“When be the last time you see your blood” Aunty Ijeoma asked
“Errmm erm” She stuttered scratching her head, she couldn’t remember when last she got her period
“Errm wetin” Her madam started to yell
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“You allow pesin touch you ehn, this girl don finish me o” She threw her hands on her head.
“Na who do am eh” She asked shaking Grace
“Ahh No o nobody touch me, madam” Grace replied
“Shut up” Her aunty said slapping her
Grace started to cry as her aunty continued to hit her demanding who the man was, she fell on her knees sobbing and denying their allegations, her madam and aunty kept yelling and hitting her, with her aunty mostly apologizing and comforting her madam.
She cried more as she realize what it meant for her, she will be like one of those girls that came back from the city pregnant and becomes the ridicule of everyone, she cried denying and swearing her innocence as her madam’s allegations became more persistent.
At some point they stop insulting and hitting her, and promised not to hit her if she only told them who the man responsible was, she thought about it but who will she point at, she denied letting anyone touch her and her aunty slapped her over and over again.
“You will not disgrace me o, I will kill you first her” madam yelled at her
“Shebi you will not tell us, first thing for morning we dey go clinic her” Her madam finally said
She was glad the beating finally stopped but sad at the new discovery, it’s easy to just deny it but when they go to the clinic she would have to provide a man.
She cried as she thought about all the men she had fucked without protection, she thought about running away and sobbed as she realized she had nowhere to go, that was it her life would be over in the morning.