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“I’m not answering any silly questions.” I said as I moved towards the table.
Gloria laughed. “Who asked you sef?”
“My sister o.” Rachel added.
“Whatever. Don’t you think we should pack up before mum gets back?” I asked.
“Uhm nope. Let’s watch a movie. I’ll go get the laptop.” Kara suggested as she got up and walked to the door.
“I’m yet to understand how Kara succeeds as a medical student with the number of movies she sees everyday.” Rachel said, shaking her head.
“I heard that.” Kara yelled from the entrance of the door.
“Dah ikpa! You get ear o.” Jason yelled back and we laughed.
She emerged few minutes later.
“Alright guys,we’ll be seeing an old movie.” She announced as she turned on the laptop.
“Which one be old movie again na, I’m sure you don’t want us to watch any 2017 movie you have.” Rachel complained.
“Ah ah! You can talk o. Just yesterday,we saw a 2017 movie together and today,you’re whining.” Kara shot at her.
“Girls! Enough na. Kara,what year is this movie?” Jason came in to prevent a quarrel.
“It’s a 2009 movie,but trust me,you’ll love it. It’s called ‘Hotel for Dogs’ ” Kara said happily.
“Can you imagine!?” Rachel put in.
“Sounds interesting Rachel. Let’s give it a shot please.” I pleaded.
“Fine then.” Rachel crossed her arms,apparently vexed.
Kara played the movie and it was indeed a wonderful movie. Rachel ended up getting wrapped in the movie when she saw one of her best actresses- Kyla Pratt.
Halfway through the movie, we heard the honk of mum’s car horn.
“Chai! Bad market.” Rachel exclaimed.
Gloria was about to go to the gate when Rachel pulled the gown she refused to take off.
“Are you high?” Rachel asked.
“Let’s lift the table to the backyard immediately. It’s plastic na,so it won’t be heavy.” Jason suggested. He carried the table with Gloria while the rest of us struggled to remove our heeled shoes.
The honk of the horn continued. I rushed to the gate and opened it. The car was driven in.
“Welcome mum.” Kara,Rachel and I chorused.
“Thanks. Where were you people?” She questioned observing our outfits.
“We were inside ma.” Kara answered.
“Inside ke,with these clothes?”she probed.
Gloria and Jason came running back at that moment.
“Good evening ma”they chorused.
“Good evening to you. Where are you two coming from?” She queried.
Daddy Liam stepped out of the car at that moment.
“Dad?!” We all exclaimed at once.
We ran to his side to escape mum’s questioning.
“How are my babies doing?” He asked.
“We’re better than the best.” Rachel said.
“Who drove ?” Kara asked as she tried to peer into the driver’s side. The door swung open and Philip stepped out.
“I drove.” He answered.
Kara was taken aback. She stared at him with so much hatred.
Rachel burst into laughter and the rest of us followed suit.
“Oya,take my husband’s things inside.” Mummy instructed.
Jason and Kara did that. I went to her side and held her hand.
“Afia mma abadie?” She asked
“I’m fine mum.” I answered.
She laughed, “You must speak this Ibibio by force o.”
I smiled as we walked in together.
“I know you children have done something funny but I’ll let it slide because of you.”
She planted a kiss on my forehead.
“Alright everybody,let’s have a brief prayer.” Dad announced.
We gathered round as dad led in the prayers which ended within ten minutes.
“Alright,to your rooms everyone.” Mum said as she clapped her hands.
“Oh wait! One hug for each person.” She added.
The hugs started from Kara, Rachel was next,Jason followed,then Kara and I was the last.
While I was still in mum’s arms,she sighed and said “What do you want Kara?”
I freed myself from the hug. Everyone was looking at mum with innocent faces.
“Speak Kara” mum said.
“Alright mum. It’s just that we want permission to go with Jathniel tomorrow to Ibeno beach.” Kara said quickly.
“Did he come here?” Dad asked.
“Oh! That boy’s so nice. I’m sure he volunteered to do that.” Mum was smiling while we gave ourselves a knowing look.
“And what if I don’t permit you guys?” Mum said, her face now devoid of the smile it held few minutes ago.
“Temi ti kpari o!” Gloria exclaimed with both hands on her head causing a giggle to come from dad.
Rachel went on her knees. “Mummy mbok na”(Please Now)