‘wh…what are you talking about daddy?’
Alice asked.
Suddenly she saw butterflies. Her dad
wasnt there.
‘daddy!Daddy!!Where are you? Daddy,dont
leave me alone, daddy please!’
Kofo and Angela watched as Alice kept
shaking her body muttering some
incohorent words.
‘daddy,dont leave,me please!’ Alice kept
shouting.Then in her unconcious mind, she
grabbed Kofo’s skirt.
‘daddy,you promised that you will never
leave me alone,daddy please!’
Kofo out of anger beat her hand away with
full force.
‘idiot!Wake up!!!’ Kofo screamed.
Immediately Alice opened her eyes.
‘daddy,daddy,daddy’ she continued saying.
‘will you shut up you fool!Who is your
daddy?You better get up before i descend
on you with hot water!!’ Kofo said with a
Alice jumped up immediately sweating
‘what happened?’ she asked.
‘mtcheew! I am so sorry Angela for
accusing you for nothing. This stupid girl
just wanted to be shameless again. Thank
God we didnt take her to the hospital!!’
Kofo said turning to leave, then she sighted
the briefcase and stopped.
She turned to Alice pointing to the suitcase.
‘you sure do have an explanation to this,
dont you?’ Kofo asked.
Alice froze as she stared at the suitcase
wide eyed.
‘will you answer me!’ Kofo barked ‘where
did you get this from eh?’ she asked.
Alice panicked. She stared at her mother
with fear.
‘i….i…your room’ Alice stammered.
‘you need a braincheck’ Kofo said.
Nneka could neither eat nor sleep for days
after learning of Fred’s death. She had
wanted to attend his funeral but she was
scared, scared of Queen Lateefa.
Whenever a KUVUDU member dies
tragically, no member is supposed to
attend, be it your brother, or your husband
or what have you. Should you attend, then
your burial will be next.
She couldnt believe that Fred was gone.
Even though he was no longer a part of
her, or even married to her, she knew she
was greatly disturbed and pained over his
death, probably even more that his own
She rolled on her bed uncomfortably,
shedding tears quietly, for Fred. For Fred
who was no more, for Fred who never
married her, for Fred who despised and
rejected her, the more she remembered
how Fred had humiliated her front of his
wife 29years ago, the more she cried.
She had vowed never to forgive Fred and
hate him for the rest of her life but she still
loved him no matter what.
‘you this married woman running after a
married man like me, stay away for me!!!’
It echoed in her ears. It was Fred’s birthday
so she wanted to surprise him. She had
lied to her husband that she was going to
visit her mother then.
When she got to Fred’s house, she was
shocked to see another woman, a pregnant
woman for that matter. She was shocked.
Who was she and what was she doing

‘who are you?’ the pregnant woman who
she later learned to be Kofo asked.
‘i should be asking you that question! What
are you doing in my boyfriend’s house?’
Nneka asked violently.
‘excuse me? What are you talking about?’
Kofo asked.
‘dont play dumb with me jare! Why are you
in my boyfriend’s house and who are you
sef?’ Nneka asked.
‘this is my husband’s house. Sorry, you
missed the address, try next door’ Kofo
‘husband’s house? You are the one who
missed the address my dear. This is Fred’s
house, my boyfriend, so try next door!!’
Nneka said angrily.
Kofo suddenly burst into laughter.
‘honey! Honey!! Come oo. One psycho just
disappeared from a psychiatric hospital’
Kofo called amidst laughters.
‘what?! Who is a psycho? Look, respect
your pregnancy and leave this house, right
now! I mean this moment and never…… Eh
eh, Fred is here sef, who is this monkey
here?’ Nneka asked af Fred entered the
sitting room with an open mouth.
‘what are you doing here Nneka?’ Fred
‘that didnt answer my question Fred. I said
who is this monkey standing here?!’ Nneka
said angrily.
‘watch your language Nneka because she is
my wife and not a monkey’ Fred said.
‘wife? What wife?!’
‘are you clear now? Fred is my husband.
My dear, go and display your market
somewhere else, my husband is not
available for you oo’ Kofo said with both
hands on her waist.
‘you this married woman running after a
married man like me, stay away from me!’
Fred said sending triggers into her spine.
‘oh,oh! So you are the slutty mrs who has
refused to stay one place eh?!’ Kofo said in
a mocking tone.
With the way she sounded, Nneka knew
Kofo already knew, she felt betrayed. Tears
flowed down her cheeks.
‘Fred….you betrayed me, betrayed my love,
betrayed my trust, you!!’ She whimpered.
‘hey, hey, dont even go there! Were you
expecting me to marry you, you? A married
woman, dont you know what is called
taboo?’ Fred asked.
‘but it wasnt a taboo when she consistently
slept with me without stop abi? You used
me Fredand then you say its tabboo?
Ah,Fred youare heartless!’
‘you are the onewho is heartless! You that
is sleeping withanother man whenyouare
married nko?’ Kofo hissed

To be continued


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