Isa returned home sober and went straight upstairs, into his room.

He looked through the window towards Zainab’s room. The curtains were raised and the light was still on.  Zainab was lying down on the bed.

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He was glad that at least she was safe.

Isa went to bed that night hoping that by morning his ill doings would have been forgotten.

The night was brief and by the following morning he rose with the sun.

He stepped into the balcony overlooking his father’s compound.

Zainab was sweeping.

She lifted her head and looked in his direction, their eyes met.

The day before, in her eyes he stood 8 feet tall. However on this day, after what he did the night before, Isa looked no more than 3 feet tall in her eyes. She was so ashamed of him, she struggled to think of him as her brother.

“Good morning Brother Isa” she said grudgingly

In the past, she would almost go on her knees to greet him. But after what he did, such show of respect was pointless.

“Good morning Zainab that is nice work you are doing there” Isa complimented

He was trying to be polite but she pretended she didn’t hear him. Isa was too embarrassed to try to get her attention again.

He felt very bad about what he had done, if he could take it back he would.

He was so ashamed he ever tried of have sex with his own sister.

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It was a Sunday, he couldn’t go to school and he didn’t want to stay at home.

He needed to clear his head.

Dressed in his white kaftan and brown flip flop, he decided to go spend some time with Bala.

He got to Bala’s house within a few minutes despite the fact that it was at least two streets away.  Bala was at the gate. He held a small black nylon bag in his hand.

“Isa, how far? Where you dey go?” Bala asked quizzically

“Bala, you no well.  No be your house I dey” Isa attacked

“Guy, I know you are usually at home by this time, hope all is well?” Bala asked quite concerned

“I just want to come chill with you”

Bala was excited, he told Isa that his parents had travelled and won’t be back till the following day.  Bala showed Isa the content of the nylon bag he was holding.

“Wetin be this?” Isa asked

“Isa you be jew ooo. This na Arizona and weed. Bello is already inside, you can join us to smoke it” Bala invited.

They locked themselves inside Bala’s room shutting out all their worries.

With each puff of Arizona Isa forgot all his worries. The fumes from the weed filled every free space in the room. Bala quickly opened one of the windows.

“My Uncle told me that Boko Haram may attack our community” Bello Began

“That one na rumour.” Isa pointed

“Have you seen the armoured trucks that are circling the community? For those Boko Haram guys to come here it means they want war” Isa added

Bala wasn’t ready to contribute to their discussion, he was in the spirit.

Not too long after, the boys were high. They slept.

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Back Home, there was an August Visitor in Isa’s house.

He drove through the front gate in a white SUV. All the wives and children came out to welcome him.

He was wearing a white dress on a brown shoe. He wore a trendy cap and an infectious smile.

Mr Hassan was a very handsome man.

Isa’s father was the first to welcome him.

“Ah Ah ah , Welcome Hassan. We weren’t expecting you till the end of the month. When did you arrive? ” he asked

Hassan explained that he arrived very late the night before but he was still coming to officially ask for Zainab’s hand in marriage at the end of the month. He told them that he was passing through town and just wanted to say hello before leaving.

“Ah my son, that is very thoughtful of you. At least join me for a drink.”

“Thank you sir, but if you don’t mind I would take my drink when I come at the end of the month” Hassan pleaded

Isa’s father noticed that Isa wasn’t around, so he called out for him.

“Isa! Isa!”

The sound of his name almost made Zainab vomit. She was sure it would take a lot of effort for her to forgive him for what he did to her.

“He has gone out since morning and might not come back until later” Zainab announced.

Hoping that at least his name wouldn’t be mentioned again.

Hassan directed them to take the gifts that he had bought for each one of them. He brought food items, clothes, provisions and other items.

“Sir, we have been hearing rumours that Boko Haram have seized neighbouring communities. Is this true?”  Hassan asked Isa’s father

“It’s quite true, however I doubt they can get close to our community. Did you see the armoured vehicles and soldier all around the community?” Isa’s father boasted

They laughed about it then talked about how the weather has made it very difficult for them to plant crops.

Hassan greeted Zainab specially and promised to come back for her at the end of the month.

He got back into his car and drove off.

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Throughout the remaining part of the day, Zainab fantasized about how it would feel to be Hassan’s wife. In her opinion, he was such a generous and loving man. It didn’t matter to her that she didn’t know what he did for a living or that he beat up his own mother. All that mattered to her was that Hassan was rich, handsome and soon to be her husband.

Isa returned to the house in the cover of night. Power supplier had been interrupted, he was glad that nobody saw him come inside. As he went upstairs to his room, he could her a melodious song coming from Zainab’s bathroom.

He went up quickly to get a better view.

She was in the bathroom, curtains down.  She lit a candle and placed it on one side of the wall.

Isa opened his curtain slightly so he could see her bath without being seen.

She looked so beautiful covered in soap. Isa watched as she ran the sponge across her breast. His eyes were fixed on her as she poured water on her body to wash away the soap. He imagined how it would feel to make love to her in that same bathroom.

Isa decided he was going to do it. He was going to rape her.

... To be continued

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  1. Comment:Pls dd, dnt start ds kind of suspension as u do in harvest of tears which neva complete. pls finish never lov a stranger cannot end like dat!


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