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The Perfect Family 1:Bloody Mayham(part 1)

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The voice of Her son calling out for Her brought her back from Her unconscious state…Omg…Her babies..She had to get to them..She tried hard to move towards the sound..but she couldn’t..why couldn’t she?…She felt tears coming to her eyes as she remembered…

‘Foolish woman!..Where is the money…and don’t even think about shouting…If you so much as make a sound I will shoot you!’…

She couldn’t exactly recall what happened next…It was all still very foggy…She just knew She had to find Her babies…Earlier as if sensing something bad was going to happen, She had told the kids to wait at their game-room and never to come downstairs no matter what…She knew they wouldn’t…Their games always keep them occupiedb…Now She was thankful for that…At least they didn’t have to witness what happened…

Looking down at  her left leg…she screamed…or tried to…no sounds came out…There was torn flesh protruding from her leg where She was shot..and there was blood everywhere…Her blood,yet She felt no pain…As if  She was in a trance,She suddenly remembered  Her husband..where was Micheal?..He was supposed to have been back by now…She heard the voice again…

Mummy!’

…Chimdiadi…as a mother she knew her children very well,their voice,their footsteps,everything…Chimdiadi,her second son…She had to answer Him..She had to get to them…but how could she?…dragging herself across the floor..she moved towards the sound of His voice..even in Her state,she knew every inch of her house…after dragging herself up the stairs,she looked back at the trail of blood she left in her wake…No,she wouldn’t dwell on that now..Her babies were the most important…She had to get to them…She felt light headed..and thirsty,very very thirsty…She couldn’t possibly survive this…

‘Money no dey this house oo…’…It was their leader..a very fierce some looking giant that made the statement..after they were done searching the bedrooms…Fortunately,the weird structure of the house made it difficult to notice the gameroom..it looked like a cracked wall…Micheal’s idea…

‘Were you expecting to find money?..nobody still keeps money at home again…there is nothing here..please‘…She had tried to plead with them…even though she sensed It would be futile…

‘You think say we come here to play..E be like say your head no correct…oya where your children dey?..bring them!…’

Even if she were to die,she would protect her babies with her last breath…

‘Oga my husband and children are not at home..please I beg you…you can take everything you want,please…’

She had said that,all the while praying her kids wouldn’t come downstairs…all the while hoping her husband would come home…They were six..all tall masked ugly figured men…They wanted money…

‘You know what we want…but since you wan prove stubborn I go show you pepper,I will make sure you don’t live to see the next day…’..As he said it,He reached for his zipper…She felt a great sense of fear…She made to get away fast,that was when they shot her..once..on her left leg…then They had raped her…one after the other,all six of them…until she bled…She had felt pain then…raw pain that racked Her whole body…She almost screamed…almost..but the mere thought of  her kids hearing her kept her muted..If she had screamed,they were sure to hear…and God knows what will happen then…

‘Micheal!…Micheal please help me’…She remembered pleading for Her husband…all the while knowing He would not save her…He wasn’t there…He was probably with Shola…His mistress…

‘Your husband is not here to protect you,You better shut up and take it like a woman’…It was their leader that said that…They were done with Her…finally…but just when she though it couldn’t get any worse they shot her..in the leg..again,not minding the fact they had already shot her there…She didn’t remember what happened next…

She was finally able to drag herself to her children’s game room…by then she was covered in  her own stool…and blood…both from the gunshot wound on her legs,and down from where she was brutally raped…by them…pushing at the door she managed a weak smile when Her first son Kamsiyochukwu opened it..They were safe…all three of them…Kamsiyochukwu..her first son…Chimdiadi..her second son..and her baby girl…Kaobichimdi…

They all knelt beside her crying…crying so hard…Though she had tried to protect them from it all….They still witnessed what happened…almost everything…That was when she felt the first stab of pain..It was so much she nearly blacked out…she was in so much pain…yet She still didn’t cry…She had to be strong…

‘Kamsy..call daddy..find my phone..I think I left it in the kitchen…call daddy…Chimdi,find me a towel…put water in a bowl and bring it..’…Her voice came out as a weak gasp…

Kobi..baby,get mummy a glass of water…’

She was not supposed to take water…someone who has lost a lot of blood was not supposed to take water..She didn’t know then..and she never got a chance to know…

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‘If you want to destroy a woman,take away her home..a

beating she might recover from,but homelessness is a slow

           cruel death’

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Micheal was still lying in  Shola’s arms when He got the call…The sex was great..as usual and He was still basking in the warmth of the aftermath…casually glancing at the caller ID…He tossed the phone aside…

‘You saved your wife’s number with HOME…hahahaha…you are such a funny man!,abeg switch off that phone…I don’t want your wife’s wahala’…Shola had picked up the phone to see the caller…it was quite understanding..her mood swing..Shola always have mood swings..except during sex…

Micheal knew something was wrong by the third ring..She never calls Him when He stays out late..she always knew where he would be…so she does not really bother anymore…He had been having an affair with  Shola for more than two years now…and Ogochukwu has known about it for that number of years…Really his marriage was not supposed to have gotten this bad…but then it did…

‘Ogoo..What is it?!’…Micheal snapped into the phone…He was already annoyed with the interruption…especially since Shola has already left the bed and was headed straight to the bathroom….He paused for a moment to admire the smooth rounded perfection of her behind as it swayed,He suddenly felt the familiar hardness on the lower part of his body…Shola always had that effect on him …The voice on the other end of the phone jolted Him back to reality….

Daddy please come home…mummy has been shot…please..there is blood everywhere…we are scared and and…’ the voice trailed off as He broke in sobs…His son Kamsy was not usually the type that cries..something was not right..shot?…

‘Calm down..tell me what exactly happened..’ as He said that He was already throwing on his clothes and rushing to get his car keys at the same time…

‘Daddy just come home’…the call ended with that…

Without thinking,he grabbed his shoes and proceeded to rush out to his car bare footed…Shola blocked him…

‘Where do you think you are going?…’…she demanded…her eyes spitting tongues of  fire…today was supposed to be a special day,her birthday…but the only thing in Micheal’s mind at that moment was Ogoo…If anything happened to Ogoo,he would never be able to forgive himself…

‘Shola my wife has been shot..I need to get home’…he tried to push her off but she wasn’t bulging

‘…and so?..how is that my business,ain’t you supposed to be happy..this was what you wanted,isn’t it?…just leave her..she is probably just seeking for attention…’…For the first time since they started having an affair,Micheal really stared at Shola…

‘Don’t you get?…my wife has been shot!’…he repeated himself emphatically with the hope that she would understand the implications…She did not obviously…Even He was surprised by His reaction…Most times,He had often wished His wife death…but it suddenly felt like his world was about to fall apart…

‘Ok so now she’s your wife!…Micheal I don’t care If she is dying,if you walk out of my house,then keep walking…am done with all this trash…it’s time to choose..it’s either me or her’…

Micheal stared at Shola silently…no matter how much He tried to ignore it,he had feelings for her….taking a deep breathe…He leaned towards her and planted a kiss on her forehead…

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  ‘Men are like a deck of cards.

   ‘You’ll find the occasional king,

    but most are jacks’

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Ogoo took a deep breathe..trying hard to stay conscious…fighting not to sleep off..She had to wait,at least until Micheal comes..if ever he will..She had lost so much blood…she knew in her heart that she wouldn’t make it..

‘Kamsy…call your father again..keep trying his number’..She had to be in control..she had no other choice..She had to full herself together..at least for her babies…

‘Mummy he stopped picking a long time ago..now it’s switched off’….Tears came then…she couldn’t understand why Micheal would do this to her…though she expected it…

‘Chimdi give me the wet towel…go downstairs and check what is delaying your sister..I asked her to get me a glass of water…Kamsy keep trying your Daddy’…

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Micheal was driving like a maniac in the empty tarred road..10.45am…damn!…He quickly dialed Dr. Ralu’s number…explained the situation to him,at least what he knew of the situation and He promised to meet him at the house..before he hung up He had said..’Don’t give her water…she would probably be thirsty due to loss of blood but don’t give her water..she would die immediately’…He still felt bad about Shola…He still remembers the look of surprise that crossed her face when he left,for a second,she though he was going to stay…He knew He had strong feelings for her but she was not Ogoo..His Ogoo…

Oh God please let me not be too late!’….

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Ogoo heaved a sigh of relief when she saw her daughter approaching with the glass of water…she had already entered into the convulsive stage as her hand was shaking terribly..she was so thirsty…Her son lifted the glass to her lips…

It has been medically proven that a bleeding person should not take water or liquid of any kind  as this would dilute the blood in the person’s system and can instantly lead to death…

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Micheal followed the trail of blood in his living room…jumping two steps at a time He was momentarily shocked at the sight that greeted him..His wife was lying in a pool of blood with a ghastly looking gunshot wound,His children was all kneeling beside her..and then He noticed the empty glass cup….

‘NO!…’..But he was too late..Ogoo had already taken the water..He quickly rushed to her and held her as she breathed with great difficulty…

‘Ogoo…Baby m…Am sorry..’…She lifted her delicate looking hand to His face…and stroked it..smiling sweetly…

‘forgive me…If you would just live for me I swear I will make it up to you for the rest of our lives…’..He had tears running down his cheeks..He was sobbing uncontrollably..He couldn’t lose her…not now..not ever..He wouldn’t survive it…His love..His world…

Smiling into his eyes…Ogoo said in a very weak voice ‘Stop crying Micky…’…She hadn’t called him that pet name for two years…

‘I forgive you…I love you…Take care of my babies’….

….to be continued

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