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The Curse – Episode Three (3)

Read Episode one here and Episode two here

The next day took an eternity to arrive. The soft crispy morning breeze whistled across the campus, making ghost noises. Temi stayed awake the entire night, with thoughts racing through her mind. She sat on the staircase leading to her room, arms folded and her body leaning against the concrete wall.

Mary sat by her, trying to console her. Temi was torn between the desire of wanting to be alone or having someone around but she let Mary be. Her eyes looked red and tired, but weren’t done producing tears as more rolled down her soft cheeks. Occasionally, she’d blow her nose and drop it next to a pile of crumpled tissues that had accumulated overnight. Mary was silent mostly, praying that she’d have the right words to say to her.

Temi had earlier explained everything to her amidst tears. Mary had just held her hand and let her cry. It wasn’t the time to talk. Mary wasn’t sure if she was crying because of what Usman did or because he was dead. But it didn’t matter, all that mattered was her friend’s well-being.

The next few days were hard for Temi, she couldn’t attend any of her classes. She couldn’t even get enough sleep. And when she did, she had nightmares where she saw Usman repeatedly. She woke up most times blinking rapidly and shivering intensely, with her heart pounding against her chest. Her sudden movements, loud and almost laboured breathing would alert Mary who was a light sleeper.

Mary was always there to help. She did everything for Temi; cooked for her, fetched water and even washed her plates. Every time Temi had any of her nightmares, Mary would rush to her bedside, calming her down and praying for her. Most times, she’d lay hands on her and declare words from the bible.
Temi didn’t understand most of the scriptures but they usually caused her to feel peace. Mary would stay next to her until she fell asleep again. Temi began to warm up to her because of her constant expressions of love. She never thought that someone would clean up after her like this.

This routine continued for a while until Temi began to recover. Mary finally invited her for fellowship that held every Wednesday at the school’s chapel. Initially Temi was reluctant but Mary pressed on until she agreed.

That was where she met David. A good-looking young man of average height. He was in his early twenties.
He was a 300 level student of architecture. A fire branded, Word giant in the Fellowship of Christian Students. He was the kind of person that taught the word and you’d look forward to the next time he took it. His speedy growth caught the specific attention of the leaders in the chapel.

Most of the ladies loved him because of his ability to blend spirituality with his charm. He was on the average in terms of looks but he always looked good and wore nice perfume.
Regardless of all this, He was still single and this raised hope in some of the single sisters in the fellowship. Some of them were always around him, trying to catch his attention. Others would make up an excuse just to go and talk to him.

He was sharing a scripture with a group of people when Mary and Temi walked into the chapel. Immediately, his eyes caught Temi, and they stayed there. He didn’t realise he’d stared for so long until he felt a tap on his shoulder.

“Brother David, is the Lord showing you something?”

“Oh, don’t mind me, so as I was saying, when Peter and John saw that lame man…” He continued, shaking off the topic.

After the fellowship, it was time for first timers to introduce themselves. A couple of them stood up. Temi glued her buttocks to her seat. Mary kept pinching her until she stood up reluctantly. She was a bit shy. It soon got to her turn and she spoke.

“My name is Temi Osafemi. I’m a student of Theatre and performing arts,” she said trying to sound formal. She wasn’t used to this kind of gathering. The coordinator gave her a warm smile and she relaxed a bit.

“You’re welcome sister Temi, we are glad to welcome you to this family and we hope you’re here to stay.”

“Thank you Sir,” she replied smiling.

Temi enjoyed the fellowship. She wasn’t comfortable with everything they did but she enjoyed the love shared. She made up her mind to follow Mary regularly and she did. Her life was gradually adjusting back to normal. She felt peace unlike any other she had ever felt.

But something strange was happening to her; every time she attempted to pray or study the Bible like Mary did, her whole body began to vibrate and she would stop suddenly. It was scary and she was dying to talk to someone about it. But she decided not to share this with Mary because she felt she had bothered her with enough of her problems. Mary had done far much more than she deserved.

One fateful Wednesday, Mary didn’t return early from class. It was almost time for fellowship. Temi decided to text her. She pulled out her phone, an old Nokia torchlight that was held together by three desperate rubberbands. She let out a heavy sigh and mouthed the words, “It is well.”
Mary soon called her.

“Hello, Temi. I got your text. I’m in class at the moment.”

“Ah, by this time? Doing what?”

“I’m frying fish,” she replied sarcastically.

“Haba, so I cannot ask you question again, abi?”

“Okay, I’m sorry. I have an upcoming test and I’m studying. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to the fellowship today.”

“Alright, let me remove this dress and save it for tomorrow.”

“Ah, for what? You should go. Temi it would help you a lot. Besides, its not everytime we would go together.”

“But I won’t be comfortable. You know this isn’t the place I normally find myself. These aren’t the people I normally hang out with.”

“Well, they are now. Please go. If it’s that bad then leave immediately it’s over, Okay? I have to get back to reading. Please cook for both of us oh!”

“You will eat that fish you said you were frying,” Temi replied jokingly and ended the call.
She pondered on Mary’s words and finally decided to go.

However, she arrived late and sat at the back seat. She planned to sneak away immediately after the fellowship. As soon as they finished sharing The Grace, a whistle blew in her head and she took off.
Just before she slipped through the door, she felt someone hold her arm gently. She turned already frowning her face, but the frown disappeared when she recognized who it was.

“Hello Temi,” greeted David, flashing her a smile revealing perfect white teeth. There were two reasons Temi took note of him. Firstly, because when she first heard him teach the word, she was blown away. Most times, while in church she usually kept herself busy with imaginations or even a novel, but his teaching caught her attention.
Secondly, because of his good looks. He knew how to dress and clean up real good.

“Hi, good evening,” she replied smiling.

“Forgive me, it seemed like you were in a hurry.”

“Oh, yes. I have something to do that’s why,” she lied. David folded his arms and raised an eyebrow at her. His body language made her understand that he knew she was lying.

“Okay, I’m sorry. I just really don’t have anyone here that I know and it makes me uncomfortable,” she confessed. David smiled.

“I understand. Do you mind if I walk you back?”

“Uh, why?”

“Nothing really, its just an honest gesture,” he replied maintaining his smile. Temi scanned him with her eyes and finally saw what other ladies saw. The neatly carved haircut, prominent jawline, perfect white teeth and tight body build. His deep voice definitely left its own mark.

“Okay, no problem,” she said gesturing to the road. “But I don’t easily make conversation o!”

At first the walk began in silence, but David broke the ice. Temi soon was laughing her head off, often using David as support when she went hysterical. Temi had a soft spot for funny guys. But she refrained from saying too much. She was afraid he’d see through her words that she wasn’t as spiritually inclined as the other ladies. She felt she gave off the vibe of worldliness and it would scare David away.

Temi’s mind worked in a funny way. Being the introvert she was, she would never open up to anyone. Not even her parents have managed to get through to her. But once she liked someone, her emotions would go into overdrive. Her mind would go far into thinking of ways to impress them even when it was unreasonable. Any sign of cold treatment would send her into a fit of insecure thoughts.
She was a very dark slim girl with big beautiful brown eyes and very prominent curves, yet she was insecure about her looks. Every compliment felt like a mocking statement unless she knew you. She’d cook up scenarios in her head and convince herself that those fantasies were real and could happen. This was one of the reasons why she kept to herself. And soon, David would see why.

That night, David hugged her goodbye, leaving the strong scent of masculine cologne on her. At this point, Temi started crushing on him.

Consequent days turned to weeks, and the crush gradually was turning into an obsession. David’s ability to understand her even before she spoke made her fall deeper for him. He wasn’t judgemental about some of the bad things she’d told him about her past. But she dared not tell him about Usman. She often left for fellowship with Mary but returned with David, leaving her roommate to walk back alone. During prayers, she’d use it as an opportunity to hold his hand.

Soon Mary noticed the unusual behavior between the both of them and became troubled. She asked Temi to calm down and be cautious but her words fell on deaf ears. To Temi, Mary was just jealous. She was already in too deep with David. In her head, they were in a relationship even though David hadn’t put a label on it. She kept calling him pet names that often made David uncomfortable, but he never complained because he found himself falling for her.

David was a bit confused. He knew that this wasn’t healthy. He saw the signs; the prolonged hugs, the unnecessary overprotection from other ladies, the frequent holding of hands. But his emotional attachment to her prevented him from running away. Each time he was with Temi, he found himself having thoughts unbefitting of the Christian mind.
Soon, his prayer life started dwindling. He spent more time with Temi than in his secret place. Lust was finding its way into his life.

One fateful Wednesday evening, as usual the two roommates made their way to the prayer meeting. As soon as the meeting was over, Mary left because she had an assignment to do. As expected, Temi and David sat together talking and laughing. A voice soon interrupted them.

“Good evening o! Sorry for interrupting. Bro David, please did you bring the book?” A young man called from the gate of the chapel.
He had lent David a book that was to be returned today. Temi was already angry at the interruption and was even verbally abusing him in her head.

“Chei I forgot o!” David said, hitting his face in frustration.

“I really need it o!” The young man said somewhat sad. David felt remorseful and got up.

“I’ll dash home now and get it for you. Please don’t be offended.”
He dashed outside with Temi following him like his shadow. He observed the dark cloudy skies and predicted it would rain.

“Temi, please wait here. I just want to rush home and get this book. You don’t need to come with me.”

“Why? Don’t you want me around? Am I bothering you?” She said looking directly into his eyes. He froze. He didn’t expect that reaction from her.

“No, its just that, I don’t think its a good idea for us to be alone. Besides I won’t take long,” he begged. Temi gradually reduced her gaze to the ground in a sorrowful manner. She slowly turned away as though in pain. David saw this and his heart cut. He was about to call her back when he heard the Spirit say to him:

Put no confidence in the flesh.

He turned away to leave when he heard Temi’s voice.

“I thought you trusted me. Shebi it’s because I’m worldly abi? You’re the spiritual one na. I will tempt you. I always knew you felt that way about me. So that’s how you were going to leave me here?”

David let out a sigh in utter frustration. He turned to look at her face. His begging eyes met Temi’s adamant gaze. He finally agreed and gestured for her to come. She smiled and ran towards him.

“Lord, please forgive me,” he muttered on the way.

His house was a decent self contain.
As soon as they got to his house, the rain began to pour. David sighed and texted the brother that he’d couldn’t make it back. They both sat on the couch and began to talk. The cold wind from the storm whooshed into the room reducing the temperature of the place.

“David, I’m a bit cold,” she complained.

“Okay, let me get you something thicker to wear,” he replied. As he motioned to stand him she held his hand and pulled him back down. She further slithered her way unto his body and snaked her arms around him. She placed her head on his chest and held him tight. David gulped hard. He felt so much tension build up inside him. The kind of tension no Christian would want on a rainy day.

“Um, Temi? Do you think this is a good idea? I mean…”

“Stop jor, its not like we’re doing anything. It’s the same as hugging. Abi are you that sensitive?” She asked raising her head to meet his eyes. David’s hesitated response caused the tension in the room to rise. But his heart was pounding. He knew this was wrong.

“You’re too tensed David. Oya smile for me.” She said trying to lighten the mood. When he didn’t respond, she dug her fingers into his ribs, tickling him. David jerked up laughing and soon started returning the favour. They played and ran around until they found themselves on his bed. Temi’s body was overwhelmed with lust. David’s phone rang and he saw it was the chapel coordinator. The feeling of guilt began to rise but Temi snatched the phone from him and threw it aside. She planted a kiss on his lips and soon they both crossed the line they avoided to cross for the past weeks.

Temi came back to the hostel very late that night. She had left David asleep in bed. Mary was worried sick. As soon as Temi stepped through the door, she began her assault of questions.

“Where did you go? Where have you been? Temi, do you know what the time is? What is going on with you?”

“Mary I’m so sorry, I went to my faculty, I decided to read with some of my classmates and catch up on some overdue work.” Temi lied. Mary was clearly upset and simply hissed. Temi hugged and pecked her as a sign of apology. Mary soon smiled.

Oya I’ve heard. Anyway I’m going to fetch water. I cooked something for you. Come and eat before you chase me in the dream. Olonje!” She said running towards the door laughing. Temi slapped her arm playfully just before she made it through the door.

“When you come back I’ll finish you, don’t worry!”

Temi sat down, served herself and began to eat. Suddenly, she felt this intense aura of impending doom around her. Her appetite was gone and her heart began to beat rapidly. She couldn’t point out what was wrong but she felt it strongly that there was something evil going on.

Mary soon walked in and saw the fear in her eyes.

“Temi? What’s wrong? What happened?”

“Nothing, I just had an uneasy feeling that’s all,” she said trying to bring the alarm she caused down.

About thirty minutes later, Mary received a call, it was the prayer secretary in the fellowship.

“Jesus Christ! How?!” Mary screamed, dropping the phone from her hand.
Her legs lost strength to carry her and she stumbled to the bunk to support her.

“What is it?” Temi asked.

“David is dead! He died coughing out blood…”


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The Curse – Episode Two (2)

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Temi sighed. She had lied to her mum again.

She told her that she wasn’t in any form of relationship and everything was fine in school.

How could she bring herself to tell her mum that she had barely spent a month in the university and she was already dating a guy she didn’t even know.

She couldn’t sleep back after the call so she got up and picked a bucket, she going out to get water.

As she stepped out of her room, she saw Mary, her roommate. Mary was coming back from her usual morning prayers. Most mornings, she went out of the room to an enclosed place behind the GP tank and prayed in tongues; something Temi couldn’t seem to understand.

She had met Mary praying outside on two occasions when she went out to ease herself and whenever she asked her, Mary always said it was her special time with God.

“Good morning Temi” Mary said carrying a bright smile as usual.

“Good morning Mary. I’m going to get water, should I wait for you to get your bucket so that you can join me?” Temi needed some form of comfort. She wanted to speak with someone badly.

“I have water in the room dear but I’ll accompany you to the tap” Mary said turning to follow Temi.

As they walked to the tap, they spoke about random things like lecturers, classes and so on. Mary was student in the department of Pharmaceutical science while Temi was in the department of Theater and performing arts.

There was no queue at the tap because most of the ladies in the hostel were yet to wake up, so Temi got her water early.

After getting water, they walked back to their room and this time, Mary did all the talking.

She spoke about how burdened she had felt in the night and how much better she felt immediately after she prayed.

Temi listened to Mary speak. She liked Mary but sometimes got irritated by how much she talked about God. She didn’t know who Mary’s God was but she knew it had to be a different God from the one she knew.

The month went by very fast. Temi had a lot to do, she had classes everyday, loads of assignments and course forms to sign with various lecturers.

She saw Usman almost every night, spending hours with him outside the hostel. She hardly had time to read because Usman got all her free time, but she managed to keep up because she was very intelligent and didn’t need to read for long to understand.

Usman was very charming and Temi always felt something tinge within her whenever she was very close to him. He kissed her on two occasions and she liked it.

They had a date that weekend. Temi looked forward to it. She had had a long week and needed the time away.

The weekend came as fast as it was about leave.

Temi wore a pleated skirt and a small top. Usman came with a car to pick her.
“Whose car is this?” She asked as he opened the car door for her

“It’s mine. I don’t drive it all the time. You look beautiful baby. I can never get over how beautiful you always look” He said, obviously trying to change the topic.

Temi fell for it. “Thank you love”

She got into the car and they drove to an eatery outside the school.

It was a new eatery, a story building with beautiful lights all around. It was getting dark so the lights shone brighter. The eatery was bustling with activities. Different people were there, some eating, others placing orders for food and others just sitting and talking.

Temi looked around. The Air Condition made the atmosphere cool. She had never been in a place like this before.

Back at home, she was hardly ever taken out to eat and all the local restaurants around her house did not even have standing fans.

Usman led her to a table for two. It was the only empty table.

“Darling, I just thought of something. This place is filled up and I don’t really like crowds. How about we get the food packaged and go to my house to eat?”

Temi buyed the idea. She didn’t like the fact that so many people were around either. She wanted a nice quiet place. If they went to Usman’s house, she’d have the peace and quiet she wanted plus she might even get the opportunity to meet some of his friends.

So, they ordered some food and drove to Usman’s apartment. It was a small but comfortable self contain not too far from the eatery. The house was empty.

“Do you stay here alone?”

“No, my friend stays here with me but he went home for the weekend.”

Temi had mixed feelings. She loved Usman but she didn’t want to be alone with him because she didn’t trust herself around him.

“Maybe we should just stay at the veranda outside and hang out there.”

“C’mon, don’t be ridiculous. Are you scared?”

“No” Temi quickly answered.

They went on to talk about other things. Temi laughed as he made funny gestures in between their conversation. He served her the food they had bought, walked to his fridge and brought out a canned drink.


In few minutes, Temi was tipsy and Usman got the opportunity he had been waiting for.

The opportunity he had waited almost two months for. He had been patient with Temi unlike his other preys because he actually enjoyed her company and she didn’t present an opportunity for him to devour early enough.

Now the opportunity was here.


Temi was dozing, fighting sleep but loosing woefully.

Finally, she fell asleep and Usman took advantage of her.

Temi woke up to blood stains, she had been deflowered and left stark naked.

Guy, I dey come. I don sample the babe so nothing dey again. But omo, she be virgin o” Usman was talking with someone on the phone.

Temi kept her eyes closed, pretending to still be asleep as she listened to Usman talk. Hot tears welled up in her eyes. So Usman was just a deceiver? How could she have let this happen to her? He just wanted one thing from her and he had gotten it, what next?

Then, as if hearing her thoughts, Usman turned to her and said “I know you’re awake and you heard everything I said so I don’t have to explain anything to you again. I’m going out, when you’re ready, you can leave. We can still be friends but forget we ever had anything like a relationship because I’m done with you” Then he walked out, holding his stomach as if in pain.

Hot tears splashed down Temi’s face. The room was dark so she scrambled and searched for her phone and using its flashlight, she searched for her clothes. They were soiled with blood from her, and oil from the food she had eaten. He didn’t even have the decency to keep her clothes properly. He had flung them to the side of the bed where the plates of food were.

Her head was banging as she wore her clothes, confusion almost blinding her. She stepped out of Usman’s house, leaving the door open and walking into the cold night.

So everything had been a facade. Everything. The compliments, the gifts, the sweet words. Everything. She had barely spent two months in the university and she had already been used.

When she got to her room, there was no one there. Her roommates had all gone to class to read. Temi took a bucket of water and went to the bathroom to have a cold shower. Then she came back to the room, still suffering from severe headache, she laid down and slept.

She hadn’t slept for long when noise from her roommates woke her up. It was 2:30am but the girls were very awake and talking in excited voices.

“They said he just slept with a girl o” Zainab, Temi’s bunk mate was saying. “I was in class reading when I heard the shout from the sick bay area and almost immediately, the news started spreading that a student just gave up the ghost after sleeping with a lady”

“So I heard too. His friends said immediately after the act, he started complaining of stomach ache and started coughing out blood. They were almost at the sick bay when he died.” Cynthia a lady from the next room added.

Temi sat up. Her headache had reduced.

“Who is the guy sef?” Mary asked looking very disturbed.

Cynthia, who was the chief informant was ready to supply the information.

“He’s a final year student of Ecomomics, his name was Usman.”

Everything around Temi seemed to stop. The girls were still talking but she couldn’t seem to hear anything anymore. Usman was dead? How?

To be continued next week Friday…

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The Curse – Episode One (1)

It was a little past 9pm and the front of Queen Amina hostel in Ahmadu Bello University was already very busy.

The number of guys waiting for ladies outside was alarming.

At one corner, a guy was holding a girl’s waist and they were both giggling.

Amongst the tens of guys standing outside, stood one, a devourer. He was standing there, patiently waiting for Temi, the naive 100 level girl he deceived earlier that afternoon. She was about to be one of his preys.

Temi on the other hand was in her room, getting ready to come out and meet the fine young handsome final year guy she had just met. He had described the way to the school’s community market to her that afternoon and asked for her number afterwards.

Temi was excited. If this was what it felt like to be a university student then she was definitely feeling it.

She put on a knee length fitted gown that showed all the right curves. She sprayed her perfume for the 7th time, styling her very long hair into a pony tail.

She glanced at her boring roommate who laid on the bed, reading a literature book. Then she stepped out to meet Dan.

“Hey beautiful” He said as she stepped out of the hostel. “You look beautiful”..

His Cologne was intoxicating. It screamed masculinity.

“Thank you” Temi said, shyly.

Can I hug you?” He asked.


He bent slightly to hug her. His tall frame almost covering her completely. Temi inhaled his Cologne deeply as she wrapped her arms around his neck. Just then, her phone rang. Her mom was calling.

Why is mummy calling me now? Am I a child? She reluctantly came out of Dan’s embrace and excused herself to pick her mom’s call. She already has a lie perfectly planned out in her mind.

Hello mummy, I’m in class reading, I can’t talk now” Her mom believed. She hurriedly said some things to Temi before she hung up.

Sorry about that, my mom called”

“It’s okay. Can we walk down and get some popcorn?”

Of course” Temi smiled, she was determined to enjoy every bit of her evening.

The cold breeze blew and she shuddered. Her perfectly shaped gown had short sleeves Dan offered her his shirt. He was putting on a smaller shirt under. She accepted.

Together, they walked down to Romeo’s popcorn stand situated in front of the second female’s hostel to buy popcorn.

“You’re really beautiful Temi. I haven’t stopped thinking about you since I saw you this afternoon”. Temi looks down smiling. She’d never been called beautiful so many times in one day.

” Thank you Dan. You’re a handsome man too.

The evening was a beautiful one for Temi. She had a lot of fun with Dan. They spoke about a wide variety of things; school, life and family. They were sitting at the famous love garden situated not too far from the hostel.

It was 11:50pm.

Temi jumped when she saw the time.

“I have to go now. I have a class by 7am tomorrow and I need to put things in order”

“Please Temi, stay with me just a little longer”

“I can’t” She said, standing up.

“There’s something I need to ask you” “What is it?”

Please be my girlfriend” He reached out for her hand.

What?” Temi was bewildered.

I love you Temi and I need you in my life. Please don’t say no”

I barely know you Dan. I can’t just accept like that”

Don’t you love me?”

I don’t know you”

“Ask me anything. I’m willing to tell you everything. I love you Temi. I’m in my final year and surrounded by beautiful girls everyday. For me to come to you, it shows how deeply I feel for you”

A pang of jealousy hit Temi’s heart. She imagined beautiful girls surrounding Dan in his class and she immediately felt sad.

Should she say yes? Dan was the full package. He was very handsome, he seemed intelligent and he had awesome communication skills. She didn’t want to be foolish and loose him. Besides, she would have to get a boyfriend sooner or later, so why not grab this enticing opportunity now?

“Can I think about it?”

“Think about it? It’s like you don’t feel anything for me. The feelings are only on my part. Never mind, just forget I asked.”

Temi’s heart dropped.

I like you. Very much… Okay, yes. I’ll be your girlfriend”

“That’s my girl” He smiled widely, planting a peck on her cheek.

“I need to go back to the hostel now. I’ll see you tomorrow”

“I’ll see you off baby.” He got up, still holding her. Temi felt off. She felt like something was wrong but she didn’t know what it was.

As they walked back to the hostel, someone behind them kept calling a name.

“Usman…. Usman”

The person calling the name ran after them and tapped Dan on his back. Obviously, he had been calling Dan.

Usman, I been dey look for you, I no see you. Your phone sef dey off. How far that package na? The guys dey com deliver am na so police catch them for road” The young man said in pidgin after he caught up with them.

Dan looked angry. “Abeg, guy free me. I go call you later” The boy got the hint and left.

Temi stopped walking. “What was he talking about?

“It’s nothing”

“What do you mean? Are you involved in any illegal deal?”


At that, point, everything in Temi’s head asked her to do one thing.


Run away from this handsome deceiver. Run into her hostel room, delete his number and never see him again.

But she didn’t run. She stood there, still holding his hands as though glued to it.

That night, Temi turned and tossed in her bed. She couldn’t sleep. Had she made a mistake? Why did she feel so much unrest? She decided to share her plight with her two room mates; Zainab and Mary. The two girls were still awake. Zainab was on her prayer mat doing her sallah prayer. Mary was sorting clothes and ironing some.

Temi looked at them. They were both very intelligent ladies and she wanted to hear their opinions.

“Mary, Zee. I need to share something with you guys” She said, sitting up on her bed. Zee was short for Zainab.

After the conversation, Temi regretted telling them because they were both against her relationship with Usman.

Mary had told her that it was too early and she barely knew the guy. She should have taken some time to think about it. While Zainab had simply told her that he has something to do with the police was already a red light and any relationship built on deceit would never stand.

The next morning, at 4:30am, Temi’s mum called her phone.

“Hello mummy”

“Temitola, how are you?”

“I’m fine mum. Why are you calling me so early in the morning?”

“I had a bad dream about you. It looked so real and I was really scared.”

Temi immediately sat up and every sleep in her eyes cleared. Her mom’s dreams were not to be joked with. Her dreams always came to pass.

“What was the dream about?”

“I saw you walking on a path that seemed strange to you then a man who looked white but was actually black on the inside offered to show you the right path to take and you agreed. I don’t know what happened but after a while, I saw you standing alone somewhere at a point and you had blood in your hands. You had killed the man”

Temi didn’t understand any part of the dream. Maybe her mum was wrong this time and the dream wasn’t about her. But she froze when she heard the next thing her mum said.

“Temi, I hope you haven’t gotten into a relationship or something like that with any man. Remember I told you it’s forbidden for you. Temi if you have, talk to me now”

Temi kept quiet. How could she explain to her mum that she was dating a guy she had met only once?

To be continued next week Friday...

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