Saving A Daughter

                    ‘Akanji bought a Jeep for his secretary. They go out for launch together. He approves her recommendation without considerations’. She had never confronted him because of their daughter’s Anemia.  

 

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Lola places the phone on the kitchen counter before joining her daughter in the dining room. Damilola isn’t eating her pizza-mayonnaise. This saddens her.An hiss, sharp an entrapped mouse’s squeak leaves her lips.

Leaning forward, she sees the object she immerses her eyes; The androgynous portrait-picture of her father. She bends more for Damilola’s eyes. Beads of tears edge on her cheek. Her adrenaline rises to a shivering point.

It scurries back. The fear of losing Damilola to the inanity of Akanji. She snatches her forehead, blaming herself for going maniac too. She had managed the whole thing. It’s been strapped to a low key until she huffed, waking Damilola.

It’s been ‘Akanji chases women’ and she had managed that.

‘Akanji bought a Jeep for his secretary. They go out for launch together. He approves her recommendation without considerations’. She had never confronted him because of their daughter’s Anemia.

She had decided to pretend all is well until she heard the metallic voice. ‘Hello, Mrs. Akanji am Devon, you must save your marriage. You must do something. Akanji has rented an apartment for the secretary. And she’s pregnant for him. You must do something’.

Wails from the afternoon stretched to the evening, her daughter crying and shivering

Akanji returns and It’s been blows as Akanji refuted the indictments and Lola wouldn’t listen.

Akanji changed afterwards. He kicks Damilola off her way each time she comes for his attaché case.

This morning,  Devon calls to say the secretary has given birth to a baby boy.

Lola dropped the phone and says nothing. She’d not scream. She must save her daughter.

She touches her daughter ‘ He’s is a good man.

Mummy, are you serious,

Yes.

You will beg daddy?

Yes

Tears trickle off Lola’s eyes as she smiles.

 

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