Eve. By Chimdi Samuel.
“We are here, Eve” I heard someone say as they
shook my shoulder slightly.
I opened my eyes slowly and looked outside.
It looked the same, the small house. The house
were i spent thirteen years of my life.
It hadnt changed one bit. It was the same
colour. The same vegetables planted in the front
The lights were still on in the house, they were
We got down from the car, I looked at myself, i
was putting a jeans and a top. James stopped
at a mall so we both cleaned up and change our
clothes. James wound were rebandaged at a
small clinic. A lot had happened this night and i
couldnt wait to sleep on a very soft bed.
James came to stand beside me as we walked in
together. I took a deep sigh and knocked on the
“We’re in this together” He smiled, holding my
That didnt even calm me one bit.
I was scared. I was scared of seeing my parents
after four years.
Would they accept me back or throw me back
With all this thought, the door opened and i saw
a woman, she looked older, but still beautiful. I
saw my face in hers. The same eyes, nose,
colour of hair.
It was my mom.
She looked at me, trying to figure out if she was
“Eve? Is that you?” She asked, almost in tears.
“Mom” I whispered.
She drew me in a tight hug, as she started
crying, i cried too. I missed her, i missed her
hugs. I missed my mom. I was just very young
when i was stripped away from here.
We hugged for about five minutes, then James
“Hello Ma” He said extending his hands.
“Who is he? How did you get away from Alberto?
How did you get here? Where is Alberto?” My
mom asked while looking around as if to see
Alberto jumping out of one of the trees.
“I ran away, mom. James helped me” I smiled at
James who drew back his hand.
“Arent you going to invite us in?” James asked.
My mom looked shocked but moved away to let
us walk in.
When i walked in, the first thing i noticed were
the change of curtains and rug. The house
looked smaller compared to Alberto’s mansion.
James and I sat on the couch as my mom went after closing the door, shouting my dad’s name.
“We are just going to stay for a few hours and
we should be out of here”James said.
“Eve” I looked up to see my dad. He looked
older too. He was holding a news paper.
“Dad” I went towards him to hug him. We
hugged and sat down.
“How did you get away from Alberto? And who is
this guy?” He said pointing at James.
So i narrated the story to him, i got dressed to
when we ran away from the hospital. I told him
about how Alberto threw me in the river, but i
didnt tell them about how i kinda missed him.
“You have to go back Eve” My mom said. “You
have to go back to Alberto”
Shock filled by body as i stared at my mom in
“She’s coming with me” James said, taking my hand.
I couldnt believe my own mother wanted me to
go back with that monster.
“I cant, I’m going with James. Alberto is a
monster mom, a beast, i can never go back to
“There’s something we need to tell you Eve. The
real reason we let you go with Alberto”
I gulped, i needed the know the reason. I had
My dad started. “Before you were born, I was
into drugs, all kinds of hard drugs. Cocaine,
indian he mp, you name it. But the deal went
wrong and the people who were suppossed to
buy it, stole it and shot all of us. I was the only
survivor. But i went back to my boss, he didnt
believe me and demanded i pay all the money
for the drugs. He thought i was working against
them. So i went to Alberto for help, and he
gave me the money and demanded i pay up
within ten years, because it was a lot of money”
He sighed and continued.” I payed my boss the
money because if i didnt he would kill your
mother, and she was just pregnant for you then.
Since then i left the drug dealers and got a job”
“Ive been trying Eve, to give Alberto back his
money but expenses keep rising up. Ten years
passed and Alberto came to demand his money
but i didnt have it. Your mom became worried,
and she has heart problems”
I looked at my mom, I didnt know she had heart
“I found out when you were just eight” She said.
“So i couldnt let her worry so i told her i had
given Alberto the money, that i had taken a
loan” Dad looked at mom sorrowfully. “I’m
sorry i lied to you ”
“Its ok Dave, you’ve said it a million times” My
mom smiled at him.
“But it would never be enough” Dad sighed.
“Since then, Alberto kept asking for his money,
but i kept giving him excuses. Eve, the
Santiagos are very heartless people, you annoy
them and they come for your family. Alberto’s
father was a very ruthless and dangerous man.
He passed it down to his son. They are not to
be messed with. So when Alberto demanded for
his money that day, and i couldnt give him. He
said he would either kill you or take you”
My mom broke down in tears and i leaned
against James for support. This was too much
to take in.
“So we had no choice Eve. We had to let you go,
we didnt want you to die. We are sorry Eve but
everything i did, we did” He held my mom’s
hand “We did for you”
Tears spilled from my eyes, all these years i had
spent blaming my parents for everything..They had only done it to help me, but a question came
to my mind.
“Why didnt you call the police?”
“The police? And tell them what? I was involved
in drugs? If i tell them, i would be held in
custody and they would demand for the name of
my boss. And Eve, that is something you never
do. If you are no more in a drug business, you
must never reveal anyone name, if not they
would kill you and your whole family” My dad
“And besides Alberto is a very powerful man,
with a lot of connections. I dont stand a chance
against him” My mom concluded.
James stood up. “We have to get going. Mr and
Mrs, Alberto would be here soon”
I looked at my mom and dad as they stood up.
“No matter how hard and far you run Eve.
Alberto would always find you” My mom said, i
I couldnt believe what she was saying.
“You have to go back, Eve”
“Never! You dont know how Alberto treats me.
He is wicked and even dad said it. He is
ruthless. Im never going back to him. Dad tell
mom” I looked at my dad, expecting him to
“Your mother is right Eve, Alberto would find
you and kill the both of you”
I couldn’t believe this. My own parents.
“So you would give me to that monster, twice?!”
“You are supposed to help me get away from him, the first time was understandable but now.
You are selfish mom and you too dad”
“You are the selfish one here!” My mother spat
on my face. “You are the one enjoying all the
luxuries in Alberto’s house, you are the one in
the big house, buying things and enjoying
yourself. While here we beg for food. You
should be grateful we gave you out!”
“Have you seen my scars,.mom?” I cried.
“Alberto scared me for life. I cant believe this.
You are heartless, both of you. I can never
forgive you for this. Come on James lets get out
Just as we made it for the door, i looked out of
the window and saw a black suv, just like
“What have you done, mother?”
“I called your husband Eve, he is here to take
I stared at the window in shock, the black suv
parked carefully and James was shouting at my
parents that how could they do this to thier
I looked at the car, praying that whoever came
down from it was not Alberto. The door opened
and my breathing stopped.
I prayed harder, and then i saw the feet. It was
in blue heels.
A woman came down, dressed in a black dress,
and holding a blue bag that matched her shoe.
She walked towards the house.
“James come on, its not Alberto. Let’s get out of
here.” I pulled James away from my mother.
I turned to look at her and my dad. They were
on the brink of tears. “Everything I’ve done, i
did for you Eve. I hope you understand”
“No! Everything you did to her was out of fear
and selfishness. You are just trying to save your
ass and in the process putting your daughters
life at risk in the hands of that monster” James
answered for me.
“And who are you, gentleman? How did my daughter know you?” My dad who had been quiet the
whole time asked James.
“I met him at the ball, two days ago. And he is
helping me to get away from Alberto” I said,
holding hands with James.
“And his name is James?”
“James Parker, lawyer at an international firm”
Ja mes said proud of himself
My dad seemed to be thinking for a bit and i
raised my eyebrows for a bit.
What was he thinking about?
Does he know James?
“Aren’t you the same James that was accused in the suicide of–”
My dad could hardly finish his sentence when someone knocked.
The door opened and a woman came in.
“Mrs Chamberland!” My mom greeted.
“Eve we gotta get out of here” James dragged
The woman looked at me and James.
I looked at my parents one last time as James dragged me out of the house.
“Eve! Eve! Get back here! Alberto is coming for
you!” My mom shouted running after us.
“You are making a big mistake!”
“Get away from me mom, I’m leaving with James. Whether Alberto comes or not”
She grabbed my hand, spun me around and
gave me a resounding slap.
“Never speak to me that way! I am your mother!
And I care about you”
“Leave me alone!” I shouted, struggling to get
out of her grip.
“No! You are going back to Alberto, he would be
James quickly came to my aid and pushed my mom away, causing her to fall and hit her head
on the floor.
“Come on Eve” James dragged me and pushed me into the car.
I turned to look at my mom. She was unconscious, lying still on the floor. There was a little blood
on the floor.
James didnt have to push her that hard.
He got into the car and i shouted “That was my
mother you pushed like a sack of potatoes,
She’s u nconscious!”
James gripped the steerng in anger, fuming. But
i kept shouting at him.
Immediately he exploded. “Shut the f–k up!
And stop whinning like the little b—h that you
To say i was beyond shocked was an understatm
ent. I was terrified. James shouted me. He
called me a b—h.
I stared at him, tears falling from my eyes.
He started the car, and we got to the road, i
looked back at my house and my dad was
running towards my mom unconscious body
with thier visitor behind him.
“You are so naive Eve. I thought Alberto taught
you better than this” He laughed.
What was happening? Was this James? Why was
he acting so violent?
“James? Why are you acting like this?” I asked.
But James laughed louder. “Oh dear Eve, I’m
going to have so much fun with you” He
touched my cheeks, and i moved away from his
“Running away from me i see. Remember you
were the one who made the decision to follow
me” He smirked. “You are so foolish, how long
have you known me? Two days or is it three?
And you follow me like a little puppy”
“James stop this madness, Please. I followed you
to get away from Alberto. You know that”
“Alberto?! Never mention that bastard name close to me again” He grabbed my wrist, squeezing
“James, let me go! Stop, youre hurting me!” I
“For years Ive been trying to get back at Alberto
for the death of Jane and When i first saw you
at that ball with Alberto. I knew exactly what to
do” He laughed.
“That was the best night of my life, Then i saw
Alberto leave the party and i saw you going to
grab a drink. I was happy all i needed to do was
just dance with you and as stupid as you were,
you fell under my spell. You fell for me Eve and
i knew I had gotten Alberto most priced jewel”
I cried, so all this had just been a plan to get
back at Alberto? That wonderful dance, it had
meant nothing to James? I was played. Fooled.
“Then i saw Alberto, i moved closer to you,
drawing you closer to my body to get him angry
and boy he fell for it. He came towards us and
beat the hell out of me. I allowed it. So i wont
appear as the bad guy in front of you”
“Stop this! Its not true. You liked me. You fell for
me too at that ball!” I screamed at him in tears.
Yes. James liked me. He held me so well. He danced with me. He made me feel like a queen. He
made me feel safe from the claws of Alberto.
“Like you? Never! You were just a means of
getting my revenge back at that bastard”
“No!No! Stop this!”
“Oh sweet Eve. Then i landed at the hospital,
thinking all hope of getting revenge was lost.
But then, there you were. Calling my name. I
was happy, I looked around to see if Alberto
was there. But he wasnt. He left you once
I remembered that day, i was so happy to see
James. Thinking he was my saviour.
“All i had to do was just convince you to come
with me and then i had won. I knew you wont
come out of fear so i told you about Jane. I
twisted the story Eve”
Suddenly I remembered when Alberto was trying
to tell me, he said James was a liar. If only i had
“You see Jane loved Alberto, and he loved her
too . But Alberto cant always get the good
things, can he? No! So i started watching Jane
just to annoy her at first but later i wanted her
for myself. I wanted her to be mine”
James laughed. “I needed her to love me too. I
couldnt sleep without seeing her at least once. I
needed to touch her, caress her. But she kept
going back to that bastard!” James shouted,
gripping the wheel in anger, his knuckles
I shifted a little in fear. This James was different
from the one i knew. What had suddenly
possessed him? Why was he acting this way?
“Then i grew insane, i kidnapped her, i took
Jane. D–n! I was pleased. I had her all to
myself, her body was so sweet to touch, i
touched her every where, she was mine.
F—–g mine! Until that bastard came , I could
have killed him. I could have. But then Jane slit
her throat. All because of him!! ” He shouted.
And i jumped in fright, fear. I moved away.
James was the real murderer here, not Alberto.
He had drawn Jane to her early death, not
Alberto. He had kidnapped her, not Alberto. He
had done all evil things to her, not Alberto.
I was lied to, and i believed.
“Now I’m going to make him pay for all he did
to me! He would pay for every pain he caused
me. And i know how to cause him pain, i know
how to make him sad. I know how to kill
Alberto. Its you Eve. You are the source of
Alberto’s pain. He loves you so much and he
would do anything to get you” James laughed.
“You think Alberto is a demon? No, Im the
greater Demon Eve”