Hidden Diamonds – Classicpluz
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I was awakened by a knock on my door on Saturday morning. I mentally cursed the human who would not let me be. I walked over to the door and opened it . Judah stood there smiling. “Good morning Jamille”. He waited for my usual nod before continuing. “I have to head home now,today’s our graduation. Jason said you guys aren’t coming so I thought I should come say goodbye.”
I hugged him briefly and waved him goodbye.
Since the sleep had disappeared,I decided to wash up and surprise dad and Jason with breakfast. For a whole week,we’d been feeding on snacks only since nobody had a head clear enough to cook.
I had my bath and wore a black and white,polka dotted gown that stopped few inches below my knee.
Luckily, I found eggs and tomatoes in the fridge. I searched for sardine and found it. There was light so I decided to prepare toast bread with egg sauce. Jason came down when I was almost through. He waved a greeting and I waved back.
As soon as I had set the table,I went to the guest room to call dad. He moved there earlier in the week when he couldn’t bear the memories his real bedroom brought. I knocked on the door and he asked me to come in. He was seated on the floor with his long legs stretched out in front of him.
“I made breakfast dad, I was wondering if you’d like to join us.”
“Alright baby,I’ll be down in a few minutes”.
I turned to leave when I heard my name.
“Jamille, I’m glad you’re as strong as this. I couldn’t be more proud of you than I am now”.
I nodded and walked out of the room.
Soon,he was downstairs with us.
“Jason,would you please pray over the food?”
Jason nodded and we joined our hands together.
Mummy taught us to pray over our food. She always emphasised on blessing the people that would eat the food after praying for the food itself. She made us call each person’s name on the dining table. Over time, we got used to it.
Jason started the prayer “Lord we thank you for this meal before us,bless it for us. Bless Mille and I and dad and mu…..”he trailed off. “In thy name we ask,Amen.” He managed to complete.
Dad and I said our Amens.
We ate our meal in silence. When everyone was done,I packed the plates to the kitchen and washed them. I thought Dad and Jason would have retired to their bedrooms by the time I was through. I was shocked to step out of the kitchen to meet them still on the dining table.
“Come sit here baby” daddy said.
I obeyed. “We’ve not really talked since we lost the one that meant a lot to us” he swallowed before continuing. “I’ll try my best to be both father and mother to you. Managing the company hasn’t been easy. I know I travel a lot and you’re a lot more used to your mum but things have changed. I’ll cut down on the trips now. I’ll try my best to be there for you two. You’re all I have left now. No matter what happens,know I love you very much”.
He turned to Jason and said “I won’t hold you back if you want to let it all out,you’re free. Same goes for you Jamille”.
Neither Jason nor I had the courage to meet his gaze.
“Now if you’ll excuse me,I need to find out some things from the gateman.” He said and walked out with his characteristic long strides.
“Jason,let’s go watch from the window” I dragged him up from the chair”.
We watched silently as dad called the gateman from his lodge.
“Edet,I haven’t had the time to ask you what really happened that night”
“Ok sir, abeg make I start by saying sorry for the thing wey happen for your wife. I know sey….” he was cut short by dad.
“Thanks for your condolence,please go straight to the point”
“Sir I been dey do normal waka for night o. Your pikin dem been don comot. As I just wan pass kitchen side,I see madam for net side. I greet am but she no answer. Light been dey inside kitchen so I see as her chest dey go up and dan. She dey breathe like person wey run finish. I knock door taya sey make I enter see wetin happen. Before I know wetin dey happen,she don fall down.”
“Edet, so why didn’t you call someone eh?” Daddy yelled with anger evident in his voice.
It was at this moment everything that everything became clear to me. I remembered when Edet called me at the party.
I snapped out of my thoughts to continue watching the drama before me.
Dad had already seized him by the collar,lifting him from the floor.
“Nooooooo” I yelled from inside the house
To Be Continued