Esther bent down again and carefully carried the baby up in her hands.
“I’m sorry … little one for trying to leave you here all alone to danger.
I promise to take care of you no matter what.” Esther said to the baby and left the place,using Ifeoma’s wrapper to wrap her up.
She left the dead body there and ran off, before anyone could see her and think otherwise.
Esther couldn’t go back to work that day.
She returned home and bathed the blood out of the baby with hot water. She quickly found one of her son, Ikenna’s cloth and clothed the infant.
She felt bad there was no [email protected] to nourish the infant so she had to go for a feeding bottle and baby milk.
After an hour,the baby had her first sleep.
Esther layed her on her son’s bed, gathering large clothes around her. She came out of the room,drawing in a deep breath as she rested against tbe door frame.
What was she going to tell,Uzo…her husband who had gone for a business trip to ABBA?
He was due to come back that weekend. Would he allow her keep a total stranger in his house?
She was still thinking when Ikenna returned home from pre-school with his teacher.
“Oh.. Aunt Vero…welcome.” Esther said as she let them into the house.
“Mummy!” Ikenna cried as Esther scooped him into her arms and sat down.
“How was school today, little man?” She asked, smiling.
“Fine mummy. Aunty Vero beat me.”Ikenna said, pointing at the standing lady with his little finger.
They laughed and soon,the teacher left dropping off Ikenna’s lunch box and bag.
Esther took Ikenna to the bathroom and bathed him.
She was feeding him on the dinning when the baby woke up and her cries circulated the house.
Esther glanced at Ikenna who looked terrified with his little eyes squeezed with confusion.
“Mummy….you have a baby!” He exclaimed happily. He had also wanted a baby sister.
Esther smiled before standing up and going to the room.
Days went by and weekend cane. Esther had come ti love the baby so much and she named her Amarachi.
To her,the baby was a pure gift from God. Her only fear was her husband who was the freaky type.
She just hoped that he would understand and let her keep the baby till she grows up to find her true relatives.
“Aahhhh! Death why! Why did you do this to me? You should have taken me instead oooo!! Ewooo!!”
Mama cried as people held her from collapsing on the Sandy floor.
The village people gathered around her compound whey they all heard the tragic news from the city.
It was a great loss to the old woman. Osita was her one and only son.
She continued crying, refusing to be consoled.
Her sister,Nne Uju and her daughter,Uju arived from the city too and burst into tears before any other thing.
How could such a thing happen!
“Aunty … Please…pull yourself together! Do you want to die too!” Nne Uju scolded her sister with tears.
“Yes I! Aahh!! Monica…I want to die! Please call that death for me! Tell it to come and take me too!! I want to die oo!!”
Mama cried,losing her scarf and throwing it to the floor.
The women held her tight if not she would have injured herself.
“I called Isaac and he told me their bodies have been found and kept inside a mortuary.
Please..hold yourself aunty…. everything happens for a reason!” Nne Uju cried.
“Aahhhh! My only son…he was about to prosper…I know it.
Who will bring me bread from the city! Who will bring me a wife home?” Mama cried, wailing.
“You still have Ifeoma’s twin sister and her family… don’t lose hope like this!” Nne Uju said as she held her tightly with other women.
The woman was heartbroken…her heart,cut into shreds.
“In my own House! Never! It will never be possible!
Take that child back to where ever you picked her from! I don’t want to hear any more word from you again!
Take her back before I do something drastic!” Uzo shouted as he emerged from the bedroom.
The more he heard the baby’s cries,the more angrier he became.
“Uzonna, please! I’m begging you with the name of God in heaven!” Esther cried as she carried the baby in her arms… wrapped with a wrapper.
She was weeping heavily now as she stared down at the crying infant, cuddling her.
“Are you deaf or what? No,tell me. Since when have you become deaf?
How could you bring into my house a total stranger!
Do you know where she comes from? Do you know any of the baby’s relatives? Why didn’t you contact the police?
Do you want to put us into trouble? Or oh…now,you think you can take law into your hands and do whatever you like abi?
It’s not possible!
Not in my hiuse! Not in my own house!
If I should repeat myself again..I swear with my life…you won’t find it funny!” Uzo roared and dashed out of the living room.
Esther burst into tears as she knelt on the floor…with the baby in her hand, crying loudly.
She looked up in the sky..tears streaming down her cheeks as she cried out.
“God! Oh God! Where do I take this child to! Oh Lord…where do I take her to!!?………….
#Hmmm… Esther!…where is she going to take the little baby to ..only if she knew….she has a grandmother..!!
What happens next?
Find out in the
next thrilling episode..!!!