The caller ID shows the name of my eldest daughter ‘Haleemah’. I bought them one phone to always call me anytime they need anything or to talk to me whenever they feel like and vice versa. So I cut the call and called her back
darling’, I said when I picked the call
‘Daddy, mummy said you are back. When are you coming to see us’ she asked with that voice that sounds just like her mum’s. God this is painful, how am I supposed to face them tomorrow and tell them everything is fine.
‘Dear I’ll come over tomorrow and we can all go out and have fun, how those that sound?
‘Yeeeee that would be great dad’ she said and immediately asked ‘will mummy be joining us?’
‘I don’t know sweetheart, let’s wait and see’ I replied and asked her ‘where is my princess Aisha?’
‘She is sleeping dad’
‘and why are you not sleeping by this time?’
‘Cos its weekend and granny said I can stay up till 11 o’ clock’ she replied categorically. I can picture her standing and putting her small hands on her waist the way her mum use to. I laughed and ask her to give the phone to her grandma.
evening ma’ I greeted when she took the phone from Haleemah
‘My son, Good evening (Inaoni) she replied in our native tongue
‘How is work, I hope this good for nothing people did not disturb you and your work’ she asked
‘Why didn’t u come to the house to stay?’ she continued in her usual way of shelling you with questions and giving you little or no time to answer them, and I remember what my father use to say about it. He said ‘when your mother start asking her questions, just relax let her finish and then you can start answering them and anyone you forgot she’ll remind you’
am fine and work is great, actual we are very safe and as for not coming to the
house, I wanted to surprise you all’ I answered all her questions.
‘So where are you staying now, because I know it’s not in your house? She asked
‘Staying at a friend’s, we have something to do this evening’, I lied and I don’t like lying to my parents ‘but tomorrow morning you will see me’ I concluded.
asked after my dad and was told he travelled and was informed that my elder
sister was around.
Rakiyah was the closest to me in the family apart from Sanni. She was a good 12 years older than me. After my parent gave birth to their second child (Hadiza), it took them ten good years to give birth to me, in between there were miscarriages (3). So by the time I came and God decide to let me stay, everybody was mothering me.
I have to hang up now or else if I keep talking something will slip out and am not ready to tell them anything yet and from the look of things Rodiat hasn’t said anything also. I wished them goodnight and dropped the call.
As I dropped the call and hit hotel bed tears roll down my cheek and again the crime scene in my house, on my bed came back to my mind. I have never tasted alcohol all my life but this night the urge to drink was so strong. I called up the receptionist and demanded for drinks, by the time the girl came up with my drinks I was already drifting off. I paid her for her troubles and ask her to return the drinks. I went to bed this time thinking of my daughters
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