The Maid ~Episode 20


—At 1:45pm, that same day–

Ebere headed straight to the ‘baba’s’ place as she left Sonia’s mother. From what she observed, the old woman may not be willing to go with her the next day as she suggested, for it baffled her how she suddenly postponed it after already saying they must go immediately. Moreover, the way she reacted when she heard whom Angela’s parents were, gave her great cause for concern.

Could there be something she knew, which she concealed from her? Many questions flashed through her mind as she sat at the back of the taxi, swaying to the tune of the gallop from the pot-holes on the bad road, making her totally uncomfortable. On a normal occasion, she ought to have barked at the driver to slow down but instead, she jeered at the driver to add more speed to the tyres. She just wished she could fly to her destination immediately. She was ready to finish what she started; to make sure Angela lose her marriage completely and if possible, her life. She blessed the day Angela whispered it into her ears that she wanted a maid.

When the taxi finally came to a halt, she paid the driver, looked at both side of the road as it to make sure nobody saw her before diving into the bush. The ‘baba’s place was not hard to locate. Who knows how many times she had come to him for help.

She removed her footwear and stood before the great shrine. Nobody was there but the eyes and the glory of the deity were believed to have watched and protected the place. She looked around the shrine, bundles of money, pictures of people and other personal items belonging to people were all over the place. The red clothes tied everywhere, the large mirror and the scary faces of the gods made the shrine a horrible sight to behold.
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“The eyes of the gods. The great one. Your humble daughter is here”Ebere spoke out with her head bowed low. She remained calm and quiet for sometime. Soon, the sound of the great ‘Dibia’ could be heard emerging from nowhere, breaking the silence “What troubles you my daughter?” He asked as he went for a seat. “Great one, my heart is heavy. Your daughter is getting older by the day. Had it been I got married to Mike, by now I would be seeing my children, playing and calling me mummy. Ever since then, no man has ever said anything about marriage to me. Despite all I do for them” Ebere sobbed as she opened her handbag and brought out Angela’s pictures and documents.

“Great one.I….” “Hold your peace. The great one has read your mind. You want me to make her husband irresistible to her maid and at the same time, wipe her out from the face of the earth.” The old man, whose teeth has turned brown, with chalk circled around his eyes, said, looking into a little calabash murmuring some incantations.

“Yes, yes great one. Yes.” She responded nodding. The old man smiled and pointed to a corner inside the shrine. “Go there and drop something for the gods.” He said as he stood up and went before the mirror. He stood before it and started making some incantations. “Look here young woman.” He ordered Ebere, pointing at the mirror.

Ebere’s eyes went to the mirror. She almost fell down out of shock. She couldn’t believe monitoring someone with mirror can be possible but in that mirror was Sonia and David. Sonia was on bed while David was dressing up to hurry out. She glanced at her wristwatch it was 2pm. David should be at work by this time. She smiled.

The ‘Dibia’ murmured something and sprinkled some water on the mirror. She could see Sonia shiver as a result of that. Sonia felt something enter her body as she screamed out David’s name. The Dibia waved his hand across the mirror and everything faded.

“That charm will desert her whenever they are caught together. As for the woman you want dead, organise boys to kidnap her right away. She must be brought here today.” He instructed.




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