It was the 17th day of December at 6:32PM. I sat in my hostel room. My friends and I had long jubilated at the triumph of the morning. We had brought Uche to his knees. We were glad. Then, I remembered that that same day was Sylvester’s birthday. Sylvester was my class representative, a wonderful one at…

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The birthday party was over. I slept like a log of wood. I awoke to Benjamin’s call. “Hello, birthday girl, come meet me at S and P supermarket”. It took a quick wash and hurried dressing and I was at the supermarket. It was there that my best friend told me the real tale of what had transpired at…

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I knew instantly that our playful embrace had gone sour when Rose’s nails dug into my spine, drawing blood and pain. I knew that the demon was at it again. The familiar stranger. “Rose…!” I cried. My voice echoed desperation. I watched as she wriggled in pain. “Yeptka.. No.. …,” Rose murmured. Her face twisted like squeezed tissue…

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I almost jumped in fear. Ekanem afar off. Then I looked down, it was one of the victims. The hand was bloody and the face was disfigured. But I could tell from the clothes that she is a female. I squatted as I looked closely at her.   ‘Help me, please’, she said. She was…

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I stood in the middle of our bedroom in our semi-detached duplex. My boxes of clothes were laid out on the bed. I couldn’t seem to decide on what to wear from the heap of beautiful and equally expensive clothes. Ekanem would not be happy. I had promised never again to be late for family…

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Dawn barged in on my night sleep. A sleep I have not had in four years. The harsh crows of the cock chased my dreams. I jumped awake. Was I dead? Sleep has never been more than a fleeting doze. Aunty Egondu will skin me for sharing in the right all of humanity considered inalienable….

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I got whipped into frenzy. A frenzy of rage over her repeated yell. How could she know that her maid had planned an escape mission for tonight? A little bird must have told her. Not minding, I just knew that I had to run. Indeed, blindly, hurriedly. I had crossed the Rubicon. I was determined to…

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