But I could not bear to see her crying ” it OK, everything is gonna be fine I faced her feeling so bad” on the other hand looking so stupid to my new best friend… It was just like the case of a man who divorced his wife and they met two years later in court for an assault made against his new wife by his ex wife, only for him to be supporting his ex wife against his wife. Love can be defensive even in destructive situation you know? right?
We all left that scene, I went home feeling so depressed only for to get the gate and I met my step mum with this terrible look on her face ” those looks says I already have some lashes of cane to fed on” well am used to been beaten ” where did you see this letter she said? I was still shivering and preparing to give a false answer when a heavy slap landed upon my cheek…I ran into that letter some days ago, and it says ” Dear sir
This is to inform you that I will be at the hotel room by evening. Thanks for all your kindness, I will love to keep this a secret becuase am a married woman”
I was dumb folded when I saw it, so my stepmum is cheating on my dad,
” good! I said to my self.” I told our house girl about it and I said I was going to show it to my daddy once I have the chance to. My step mum took the letter from me and gave me the serious beating of my life afterwards.
Today is Saturday, my step mum packed all the dirty clothes out for me to wash” they were so huge that I started crying but I have to wash it because daddy is not around, I spent about three hours washing the clothe with tears in my eye, I kept wondering why everyone was treating me badly… What have I done? From my own mother to my stepmum.
The whole suffering continue till the next weekend so I made a plan to run away and this time around it was successful.
I trekked about 400 kilometer to my aunt’s house and I finally got there, when I got there they welcomed me with what appeared to me like love, I explained all that has been happening since my dad travelled and they made a space for me to stay with them till when my dad comes for me. I was always staying in my aunt’s shop : helping her to sell garri and most time we drink pap from morning till afternoon, other time we don’t even eat it , the change was so drastic that my system was even reacting to it. Because the hunger was unbearable for me.
Finally my dad came two weeks later, I was happy that they will come pick me home” I was so stupid and naive, thinking that my stepmum will just tell me sorry and we will all go back home.
But when the whole family sat down and asked why she was maltreating me” she denied it all saying ” we give our clothe to laundry man, she has never washed any clothe since she started living with us and I have always treated her the way I treat my own children, with love and compassion. ” I was shocked, hot tears ran through my eye as my dad was highly disappointed in me because he thought I lied just to leave them, that was my second and greatest heart break.They left me with my aunt, I could not even make the attempt to follow them because my dad was in furious anger.
That was how I started living a life full of pain and unforgiveness. At the age of Nine I suffered an unforgettable child abuse.
To be continued.
Written by; Mabaiku pepere.