I was p@nting by the time I reached my room, the memories of what I’d seen in the garden haunted me and I wished I never saw them.
‘Where are you coming from? I’ve been looking everywhere for you’? i gasped in fright as Mark neared me.
‘Whoa slow down tiger, I don’t bite, what’s with you, you look like you escaped a group of soldiers, what’s going on’? he asked.
My mouth felt glued, I couldn’t say a word to me, how could I tell him that I’d seen his mother having S£x with Nelson? How would he take it?
What if he hated me forever? I couldn’t risk it so I chose silence.
‘Are you okay Ajunwa’? he asked.
‘I am fine, I need to get some sleep’ I quickly yawned to prove it.
‘You’re a very bad liar, and you’re not leaving here till you tell me what the problem is’ he replied.
[B] ‘I am fine Mark, I really am’ I wished he could just leave me alone.
‘Your phone is ringing, you should pick that’ I pointed to his phone in a bid to distract him so I could run into my room.
‘Okay, it’s a message’ he checked it out.
From the look on his face it wasn’t something nice, I decided to peep, that’s when I saw her picture, the one I’d seen earlier, the one she stood with her ‘romeo’ but that wasn’t what got to me, it was the words that accompanied the picture that disturbed me.
‘I KNOW WHAT YOU DID, I’M GOING TO TELL’ those were the words of the text.
‘She is really crazy, she runs off without telling me, leaves her necklace in the garden, the necklace I got at a very expensive price and now she’s trying to play mind games with me, I hate her so much right now’ he was furious. If only he knew why Grace had eloped, he wouldn’t be that angry, I decided to tell him the truth, maybe he’d understand, maybe he’s stopped feeling so bad but he had to promise he wouldn’t tell no one.
‘Mark’? I called him gently.
‘Yes’? he answered.
‘There’s something I must tell you, please promise you wouldn’t act on your feelings, just keep it to yourself okay’? I pleaded with him.
‘Sure, go ahead, tell me anything’ he replied.
‘Your mum is having an affair with Nelson’ the words came out in a rush.
His eyes twinkled in surprise then they dimmed like he’d heard something of that nature before.
‘What is it’? I asked.
‘That was what led to my quarrel with Grace, she said something like that and I doubted her and she got angry, oh my God, she was right, how did you know this’? he asked.
‘i…I saw them making out in the garden’ I stuttered.
‘Oh God, how could mum do this?
Knowing how important dad is in the society?
I am disappointed in her’ Mark fumed and I tried to pacify him.
[B] ‘Please don’t do anything stupid, I think Grace must have stumbled on this secret and had decided to run because of that and because you didn’t believe her, and as she did, I’m equally leaving’ I informed him.
[B] ‘No you can’t leave, I now understand why she pushed me away and left me like that…’
Mark rubbed his face deep in thought.
‘Yes, I’m so scared’ I whispered.
‘Don’t be, I promise to take care of you’ Mark whispered to me, before I could know what was happening, he scooped me up into his arms and took me into my room.
‘Mark? What are you doing’? I was terrified.
‘Making sure you don’t run away the second time’ he locked the door and began to undress.
‘What are you talking about’? my lips trembled.
‘It doesn’t matter, I know Grace is gone, but I’ve decided to love you like I did her’ he replied and forced me on the bed. I screamed, i fought him with all my strength but he overcame me and I felt powerless.
‘No Mark, please don’t’ I cried, but he was deaf to my pleas.
Shock and fear were the only feelings I experienced as Mark raped me, how could I have been so blind? How could I have trusted him?
I vowed that moment, to bring hell to the Itas family
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