Episode 2…

“A maid”? She repeated and gazed deeply into my eyes, I knew she wouldn’t agree, but she had no choice, I had to do something to help our family.” Yes mother, please don’t say no! , this is the only opportunity I have, Joy has assured me that this Pastor is genuine and his wifeis a nice person too, so I’ll be fine” I replied. I was sure of this, Joy had so much faith in her Uncle and his family and I shared in her conviction that I would be fine.

“How can you think of being a maid? You don’t know these people, I would not Let you out of my sight, Ajunwa, do you hear me”? She rose to her feet.
” Mother, I am not asking for your permission, you are being difficult here, why do you want to stand on the way of something that would help us out eventually?” I was slightly bitter about her
refusal. “How can you say something like that, I want what’s best for you, but being a maid
is out of it” her eyes brimmed with tears and this made me more uncomfortable.

“Mother, I need money for us and for father’s burial and If possible, I would save up for school, so just let me be, I’m leaving with or without your consent” I rose angrily to my feet and stormed out. I heard my Nokia phone ring and I rushed to pick it, I knew it would be Joy, I was already
prepared for the journey. “Hello Joy, how are you doing”?

I was nervous but I played cool, I prayed this worked out well. ” Aju, I am fine, there’s a little problem…” Joy paused and I panicked inwardly, didn’t her Uncle want me anymore? “What is it”? I asked. ” My Uncle couldn’t make it to the village, you know he is a pastor, he is hosting a program on his church, but he asked me to take you there, if you are ready, we could live for town now” Joy answered and I felt relieved.

“Wow, that’s good, I’m already packed, give me few minutes, I’ll be there” I answered and threw the phone carelessly on the bed. I quickly changed my clothes and slid on my best looking ones, I inhaled deeply and carried my bag outside, I had to do this. “Are you really going child”? My mother cried. ” Yes Mother” I walked away from her as fast as my legs could carry me, I didn’t want
her tears to dissuade me, I was doing this for all of us. In my hurry, I failed to hear the words she
whispered to herself or the doubts that were buried in her eyes.

“Oh my God, is that a human hand”? Nelsonleapt from his lover, a strange stench filled the room and they both rushed towards it. ” I don’t know, let’s get out of here” Helen whispered fearfully.
“No, I think we should search the room, what if there’s a body here”? Nelson scanned the room, something weird was happening. ” That’s not a good idea, I think we should leave, I’ll get someone to clean up the room, let’s go” Helen slipped on her clothes and urged him on. What was a human hand doing in the old maid’s room?

They had a maid, Grace by name, but she packed up her bags and left the house mysteriously, though she dropped a written note, explaining her reasons for running off like that. “Are you sure that’s safe? What if I clean this up myself? You know your husband’s place in the society, if other servants should see this, something may come out of it, so let me find a place in the garden and bury it” Nelson rubbed her face gently.

“You’re always so considerate, I never thought about that, I love you” Helen kissed him.“This stays between us, it’s our own secret” she quickly added. “Really? Won’t you tell your husband about it”? Nelson was confused, ” No, it’s just a hand, God knows where that came from, I’m not really interested, just get on with the cleaning” Helen waved him off. “Okay” Nelson replied quietly, she was not being honest with him.

She was about to speak when they heard a loud knock on the door, they both exchanged glances.
Who was it? Helen froze, she was quite sure they were home alone, her husband was out and her
kids were seldom home. “Mum, it’s me, Mark” he rapped the door a second time. “Okay Mark, I’m coming” Helen sighed with relief. “Hide” she whispered to Nelson who understood and fetched the human hand and his behind the huge cupboard.

“What are you doing here mum? I heard you
talking to someone? I arrived few minutes ago, been looking for you, the gateman told me you were home’ Mark smiled and hugged his mother. ” Welcome darling, I was just checking round the house, some rooms need renovation” Helen smiled. She felt more relaxed knowing her husband was still far away, she would make love to Nelson later. “Let me see it” he tried to enter but Helen
blocked him. “Let’s have lunch first” she smiled and embraced him, she couldn’t let Mark into the room, it was too risky. Mark was the only one in the family who was unaware of Grace’s death.
“Come to me baby, I really missed you, Helen is always at home and I find it hard to come to your room” the man closed the hotel room gently and walked over to his lover on the bed. Rose wore a bikini and folded her legs across, she ignored him at first, how could he abandon her like that for her old mum? “Darling? Talk to me” he knelt beside her. “What if I tell you mum has a lover? Would that make you leave her side?” Rose asked,

It all started when she was a child, her father, had given her light pecks, from light pecks to kisses before he started touching her private areas and later making love to her. She was scared at first, scared and confused, but she later begun to enjoy it. “No, Helen is faithful, just forgive me, I’ll create more time for you” he kissed her lips and lifted her up. “I want you to make love to me” Rose sighed and slid off her panties. They had been this way for many years, they loved in secret.