A Second Chance
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‘you know i love Alice’ Gilbert began.
‘its no news that its mere infatuation’ Amy chipped
in. Gilbert felt a tinge of anger but didnt show it.
‘well, thats your business. I’m in love with Alice
and thats it’ Gilbert said.
Amy scoffed ‘so what do you want me to do? Did
you come here to profess your love for Alice?’
‘then what?!’ Amy asked with impatience.
‘Amy, you are engaged so you probably know what
it means to love and be loved in return’ Gilbert
‘it seems you are here for lectures. Arent you
Gilbert?’ Amy asked.
Gilbert felt angry within. He felt like smacking her.
‘Amy, will you just keep quiet and let me talk? Stop
being so shameless!!
Amy stood up with full force.
‘i beg your pardon! Are you here to insult me or
what?! Between you and i who is the shameless
one here? Look, i’ve heard enough, just get the hell
out of my house before i do something you alone
will regret!!’ Amy fired.
Gilbert grinned from ear to ear.
‘Amy, calm down, you are even being more
shameless than i thought’
‘WHAT?!’ Amy really didnt know when her right
hand landed mightily on his left cheek.
Geez! Gilbert froze for seconds before shooting
Amy a deadly look.
‘b—h!’ he cursed, stood up, dragged Amy to the
sofa and landed hot blows all over her face,
yanking off her clothes at the same time.
‘Jesus! Gilbert stop!’ Amy screamed on top of her
‘somebody help me please!!’ she shouted.
‘help is so far baby!’ Gilbert said as he drew down
her skirt until it rested on her knees, then he
stopped and laughed. Amy’s face bled, blood
flowed from her mouth and nose.
‘now what do you think i will do to you Amy? You
are right here, without clothes just undies front of
me, what do you think stops me from having my
way with you huh?’ Gilbert asked with an evil
‘ple…..ase. Please….dont do this, you know i’m
engaged. Please dont do thid to me please, i will d
whatever you want but dont….touch me please’
Amy pleaded as tears flowed from her eyes.
Gilbert laughed and brought out his gun. Amy
quickly froze at the sight of it. Never had she seen
a real gun in her life except in movies.
‘My God!!’ she exclaimed and Gilbert laughed.
‘i never planned to go hard on you but what can i
do? You wanted to prove stubborn, replica of Alice.
You both know how to provoke someone to do his
worst!! Right now, i’m gonna screw you, and then
kill you and the f—–g gateman who alone knows
i’m here, what stops me?!’ Gilbert said wickedly.
Amy cried the more ‘i’m really sorry Gilbert, please
have mercy on me. I was stupid i know but please
dont kill me, forgive my stupidity please!!’
‘at least you know you were stupid to have raised
your hands on me. I would have loved to spare you
but mehn! You really have a seductive body and i
cant seem to get my eyes off it, i just need a taste,
then i kill you and you meet with your creator!!! In
hell’ he said and laughed.
Amy felt like dying. She wished she never left her
fiance’s house that day. She wished she never let
Gilbert in, she wished she never raised her hands
‘look Gilbert,’ she said obviously shaken ‘just what
do you want me to do? I will do anything
but….but….spare me, will you? Huh? I can convince
Alice to give you a chance, i can convince Alice to
marry you, i can equally take you to a babalawo
who will give you a love charm to give to Alice. I
will do anything, but…..you’ve got to spare my life
alright?’ Amy asked suddenly gaining her
‘really? You mean you can do all that for me?’
Gilbert asked lowering his gun. Amy saw this and
smiled. She stood up and stylishly raised her skirt
‘yes, i would but i cant possibly do that if you kill
me, can you?’ Amy asked licking her lips and
smiling, her tears had dried up.
‘hmm, how tempting’ Gilbert said giving Amy hope
‘but i’m not a stupid guy’ he pointed his gun at
Amy again shattering her hopes.
‘put the gun down Gilbert, if you do, then i have a
plan’ Amy said trying to force a smile.
‘what plan do you have?!’
‘i won speak with a gun pointing at me you know?’
‘stop being sarcastic or trying to be okay? If you
dont want me to sleep with you this moment, then
just speak’ he said desperately.
Amy smiled and moved closer and Gilbert corked
‘if you move any closer then i swear, you wont live
to tell the story okay?’ Gilbert asked.
Amy moved closer and picked her phone from the
‘what are you trying to do? Trying to call the police
huh? Its too bad because they will only meet your
corpse and that of your potbellied gateman!!’ he
Amy dialled Alice’s number and showed it to him.
‘wh….what are you trying to do?’ Gilbert
Kofo grasped Alice’s hands praying in tears all
through the night. While praying, many thoughts
went through her mind. Her husband was an
occultist? Her daughter was unconcious, she might
probably die and the demon she saw earlier.
‘oh God help me!! Do not forsake me now. I need
you more than ever. Save my daughter oh lord!!’
she prayed in tears. The tears travelled down her
cheeks and as she opened her mouth to pray, she
tasted the saltiness of her tears.
‘Jesus, please keep my daughter alive. She is all i
have now. Protect her for me oh God. No evil
fashioned against her shall prosper’ she said over
She sobbed, opened her eyes, reached for the olive
oil on the table close to her, opened it, muttered a
quick prayer before pouring a little quantity into
Alice’s open mouth.
Then she prayed again, she didnt even know when
she slept off.
It was exactly 2.45am when Kofo thought she
heard Alice sneeze in her sleep. She opened her
eyes and saw Alice gasping for breath with her
eyes wide open.
‘my God! Alice!!’ Kofo screamed, she couldnt hide
‘shhh, my dear, dont say anything’ Kofo said with a
smile as tears flowed from her eyes again.
Immediately, she knelt down with her hands in the
‘thank you Jesus for answering my prayers’ Kofo
‘mum, what happened?’ Alice asked looking directly
into Kofo’e eyes. The hostility which was always
there was no more, what she saw was love and
‘you dont remember anything?’ Kofo asked.
‘nothing. I only remembered attending father’s
funeral and then Stella came to our house and…..’
‘who is Stella?’ Kofo asked.
‘one b—h like that’ Alice replied ‘its nothing mum’
‘are you sure?’
‘i’m very sure mum’
‘so what else do you remember?’
‘i dont know mum, but if i try to remember
something more, my head bangs’ Alice said and
Kofo sighed in relief.
‘dont bother yourself dear. There’s nothing to
remember, we’ve been together all day’ Kofo said.
‘but mum, what happened to me? I’m
‘uhm….nothing’ Alice said.
Kofo reached for Alice’s hands and squeezed it
‘my dear, i want to tell you something’ Kofo said.
‘what is it mum?’
‘you know, there are many unseen forces
sorrounding us. You might not know. Every one
has enemies, it might be in your working place, in
your church, here in your house, your son’s school,
just name it but there’s one thing that you should
always do and thats pray. Always pray my dear, in
the morning pray, in the afternoon pray, in the
evening pray. Praise the lord so that your problems
will disappear’ Kofo said as more tears streamed
down her cheeks.
‘mum, why are you crying?’ Alice asked like a little
‘i dont know. I….i….just want to cry. I’ve heard
alot of things that i cant comprehend. I’ve seen a
lot of things, i dont know how to deal with them.
Should we leave this house? Should we leave this
country? Should we just set everything ablaze and
live a new life. I also read alot of things, so many
atrocities committed, so many wrongs done. I cant
just explain’ Kofo said sobbing uncontrollably.
‘i dont understand mum, what are you talking
about?’ Alice asked.
Kofo brought out a red diary from under the bed
and handed it over to Alice who remembered
seeing something like this somewhere but couldnt
‘what is this?’ Alice asked.
‘the words there were written by your father, with
his blood. All the atrocities he committed. Your
father was an occultisi my dear. He killed your
fiance Benjamin, he killed my parents, he killed his
sister, your aunt. He killed people, alot of people.
Its also written there that he would have killed me
also but i was replaced by your next suitor. He
would have killed anyone that comes for your hand
in marriage had he been alive. My dear, its all
written there in your father’s handwriting, he is
devil. I regret marrying him, i didnt even know who
i married, its a shame’ Kofo said crying like a baby.
Those word sounded like nonsense to Alice’s ears.
Infact, it was nonsense. How dare her mum call
her dad a devil. In her own view, her mum was a
‘mum, i dont believe all of this. They are like
nonsense to me. If you had a problem with dad
before his death, why dont you forget about it now
he is dead. I saw how you cried and even fainted
when he died but now, you are just turning him
into a bad person in my eyes. How and why would
he kill Benjamin or your parents? For what reason?
You dont even know how to lie mum’ Alice said
Kofo cried the more.
‘you dont believe?’ she asked.
‘yes mum, i dont believe you!! I dont know why you
cant seem to let bygones be bygones sef!!’
Kofo lost it and slapped her hard on the cheek.
‘before trying to judge me, why not go through the
diary first? I bet you know your father’s
handwriting so you wont call it sham after reading it!!’ Kofo fired turning to leave the room, then she
stopped and turned to Alice.
‘i have a secret i’ve always wanted to tell
To Be Continued