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24 Apr 2017

STORY:THE MISTAKE OF MY LIFE (Episode 4)

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EPISODE 4

"good-day DAD" i greeted fearfully as he approached me, but he simply
gave me a terrible look, spat and shook his head,





"you are no daughter of mine, you are a big disgrace to my family,
just look at yourself and what you have done to your future" he
muttered with an angry tone, walked into mum's shop cursing angrily. I
was extremely disheartened and downcasted.





"dear lord open up the earth and swallow me, please" i knelt and cried.

People passed by and watched me silently, some laughed, some murmured
inaudible words, some scoffed, some sighed in pity, some shrugged and
cursed my parents, but none came forward to help me. Not even my
younger sisters.







By 4pm that fateful day, i returned to my land-lady's shop with a
broken spirit and a weak body. There were tears in her eyes as she saw
me walk in. She quickly offered me a chair before giving me a plate of
rice.

'Oh i really would have died that fateful day if not for her'. I can
never forget all she did for me.

Our land-lady fondly called Mama Joy by everyone who knew her was a
very kind hearted old woman, who managed to raise her three children
all alone with the little profit she made from the small street corner
"food-Joint" she owned.



Her husband{our landlord} was just a well known drunkard and gambler
who spent all the money he made from his old house, drinking and
gambling. He really made'pool promoters and agents'very wealthy with
his stupidity.



Mama Joy was thus forced to fight for her children alone, perhaps that
was the main reason she felt and understood my plight.

"don't worry my dear, i'll talk to Nnamdi when he returns this
evening, i really don't understand men nor boys of nowadays" she
assured me as i ate with a broken spirit.

"what will i do if Nnamdi refuses to listen to her" i wondered fearfully,





"perhaps mama Joy will allow me work for her" i reasoned with a dry smile,





"but where will i be sleeping" i asked myself sorrowfully.

I really was very worried as we waited for Nnamdi to show up that
fateful day. But to my extreme surprise, he came home by 9:30pm,
dragging a young strange woman who looked like a whore with him.

I was broken hearted, dejected and in tears.



Mama Joy simply shrugged and held me.

"that's some of the things we poor women face in life, don't let it
bother you" she calmly advised. But something deep down told me i had
lost Nnamdi forever.

The little hopes i had were dashed that moment.





WATCH OUT FOR EPISODE 5.

NEXT EPISODE OF BELINA COMES UP IN THE EVENING.

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