Ezinne looked at the man she called husband and spat irritably. She was so irritated, Nduka was a successful farmer but a heavy drunk. He could drink anything in a bottle. They had just finished copulating and he was snoring like a he-goat, she covered her mouth as she thought of it because it was an abomination to think such of one’s hubby and she also love him. His private part oozed of different odours and it was definitely like Igbaki forest, thinking about the forest made her shudder, “what could be happening today, have been thinking of weird things”.
She picked up her pot and started moving towards the stream, Nduka could eat anything, and she didn’t care. She was walking very fast and the agility in her at that point was way better than when she woke up, “what could be the reason”, she wondered aloud. She had gotten to close to Igbaki forest when she realized she was holding a pot instead of a basket, she was supposed to be going to the farm, what she was doing with a pot. She started walking back home but found herself redirecting her to onwuwa stream, she knows it’s a taboo to go to the stream in the morning but she was moving, she tried stopping the legs but it continued walking, she gave up and left the legs to do its will. She was filled with fear.
Getting to the stream, the dark sky suddenly gave way to light and she could see people dancing, no not people, mermaids. “Chi moooo” she cried and wanted to start the race of her life but it was stuck, they have come to get her, they were everywhere, touching her, crying, asking her to come back but she refused.” Leave her alone, I will deal with her myself” a voice bellowed. It was obvious that’s their leader she was lifted and taken to the owner of the voice, the owner looked at her and was enraged.
“You promised to come back”
“ I can’t I need to have children” Ezinne replied.
“What makes you think you can have children, it’s not part of the arrangement”.
“I must before I come back”
“That means you will defy my voice princess” she looked at him with anger because the voice had just said that out of mockery.
“Well the King asked us to bring you with or without your approval”
She was dragged to the water, she fought the with all her strength, she kicked, cursed and dragged. She hit the voice and it bellowed once more, she continued kicking.
“Kpam kpam kpam”, Nduka woke up with a start, who was kicking him in that manner, he opened his eyes so he could lash an everlasting slap on the person’s face, it was his beautiful wife, she was having those dreams again, and he had to wake her up. It was her choice after all when the native doctor asked her to choose between seeing them and death she chose the former. He loved her the same, she did it for him.
She woke up and realized it had happened again.
By Amukwolu Judith
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