Alice had been involved in a fight in his
school that fateful monday morning, and so
she had been suspended. She had gone
home very early, at 9:30am.
She saw a strange car parked inside the
compound, she wondered who the visitor
inside was.
She knew her dad was away for a business
trip in Abuja. So she entered the house.
She didnt bother knocking, she just
entered. And then she saw something,
something very horrible.
Her mum was making out with another
man! On the sofa!
The lovers didnt seem to notice her
presence at all. The tv was showing a p–n
The sight was so irritating she almost
threw up.
That was when Kofo raised up her head to
see Alice standing there. She immediately
pushed the man on top of her away, then
quickly reached for her wrapper and tied it
around herself.
The man slowly dressed up and left the
house as if nothing happened.
That night, Kofo had come to her room to
try explaining things to her but she didnt
listen and she vowed to tell her dad.
‘listen to me Alice, will you?’ Kofo said
‘i’m sorry i wont’
‘you dont know what happened, you dont
understand what you saw!’
‘at least i saw you kissing another man, you
want to tell me that i dont know the
definition of kissing again?’
‘dont tell your dad anything because i
swear, i will hate you for life if you do’
‘then hate me! Its non of my business’
‘and you are going to regret it. You are
going to beg me to love you again’
‘daddy loves me. His love is enough for
me. And he loves you too, i wonder why
you had the guts to sleep with another
‘do you know what your dad does in
Abuja? Do you know?’
‘of course i know! He’s working his butts
out just so he could give you a future!’
‘you know nothing!’
‘i know everything!’
‘do you even care to know the reason i
slept with that man? Do you know?’
‘i dont want to know. And you know what
mummy? I hate you. I hate you so much
for betraying my dad. And i swear i’m
going to tell him everything i saw. You
were even watching p–n, God forbid! You
are a disgrace to womanhood infact to
She saw the tears forming in her mother’s
eyes but couldnt care less.
‘one day Alice, one day, you will become a
mother and a wife and you will understand
just what i’m passing through and you will
know how it feels for your own child to call
you a disgrace’

‘a disgrace, thats really what you and there
would be no reason my child will call me a
disgrace because i will never let any man
touch me unless he’s my husband. I will
give my virginity to my husband’
‘we will see about that’
And with that Kofo had left the room. In the
days that followed, Alice noticed how
withdrawn and miserable Kofo became. She
hardly ate and she was emanciating.
That was when Angela was employed.
Then her mother fell ill and was admitted in
the hospital. Then her father came back
from Abuja.
She wanted to tell her dad everything but
she wanted her mum to be hale and hearty
She couldnt help but also notice that her
dad also looked withdrawn but then she
thought it was because his wife was ill.
And then, when her mother was discharged,
she planned to tell her dad during dinner.
She just wanted her dad to know.
That morning, she had gone into their room
and told Kofo that her game would be over
And despite the fact that Kofo pleaded with
her and promised to change, she did tell
her dad.
She had expected her dad to be mad, but
instead he was calm. And the next thing he
did really surprised her. He went on his
knees in front of Kofo and vowed never to
cheat on her again since she had made
good her threat.
It was then she understood everything, her
dad was cheating on her mum and her
mum decided to reciprocate the gesture.
When her parents hugged, she felt like a
fool. She hadnt listened to her mother’s
explanation and had told her dad.
That marked the beginning of her mother’s
hatred for her. She was very sorry and tried
apologising but her mother never stopped
calling her names at the slightest
Her mother had said a time will come when
she would need love from her and that time
was now, but love was nowhere to be

To be continued


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