Hidden Diamonds – Episode 5
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Within seconds,I was out the door.
“Dad, no please” I pleaded almost in tears now.
Daddy let him go and turned towards me with a puzzled expression.
He came close to me and said “Baby,what’s the matter?”. I dropped down on my knees sobbing loudly now.
Aunt Liz,dad’s immediate elder sister entered the compound at that moment. She rushed to my side “Milly baby,what’s wrong?”
I ignored her and kept on sobbing. She turned to my dad. “What have you done to her, Brian?”
“I’m just as stunned as you are to see her crying. Why don’t you direct your energy at making her talk instead of firing at me?” He replied getting annoyed.
“It’s me, it’s all my fault” I managed to voice out between sobs.
“Brian,get her inside the house now” Aunt Liz said with the tone of authority she always carried.
Daddy lifted me into the house. He carried me upstairs to my room with Aunt Liz and Jason following him behind. He placed me on the bed.
“I’m sorry dad,I really am.”
“Jamille, I still don’t understand what you’re talking about.”
I broke into another round of tears. My body was shaking violently. Aunt Liz came to me and hugged me tight. She released me after few minutes.
“Do you need some time alone dear?” She asked softly.
I shook my head. “I’ll talk now”. I paused to watch the expression on their faces.
“Edet actually called me many times on that Saturday night but I refused to pick the call.”
“What?!” Daddy exclaimed. I shuddered in fear shifting closer to Aunt Liz.
“Brian! Let the poor girl finish before you howl like a dog”
“I’m sorry dad. The point is, he was fond of pestering me so I didn’t take his call serious. Jason, you too, please forgive me.”
“Is that really an excuse,Jamille?” Dad asked.
“I mean,how could you do this? You should have known that something was wrong. And why the hell didn’t you tell me he had been pestering you all the while. We could have sorted it out. Haven’t I warned you not to keep things to yourself young lady,haven’t I?” He was yelling now.
“Brian,calm down. It isn’t the poor girl’s fault that her mum’s gone.” Aunt tried to defend me.
“Nice argument sis, but it’s baseless. Answering the call would have made them leave their silly party on time. Leaving on time would have landed them home few minutes earlier. And the damn few minutes would have saved the life of my wife.” His eyes were red now.
He barged out of the room and slammed the door shut.
I turned to my brother who stood as still as a stone. “Jason?”
He raised his head to look at me but didn’t utter a single word. He walked towards the door and opened it,then he paused briefly.
“I’m not mad at you Mille, I just need to clear my head. The room’s too stuffy for me.” He said without turning back. He left the room,closing the door so softly that I didn’t hear the click. I turned to Aunt Liz and fell into her waiting arms. I wept bitterly. I could tell she felt my pain too.
“It’s alright child. It’s not your fault. Everything’s gonna be OK” she kept on comforting me with her hands gliding down by back. I had no tears to cry again. My head hurt like crazy. I just closed my eyes and lay on her laps. We stayed that way till it was lunchtime. She got up to prepare something while I laid back pretending to be asleep.
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