"Akpanu oooo, where are you?"I yelled as I sauntered towards his room at the gate.
"Akpan bo si ta ooo, I say come out here!"
The unsuspecting Akpan rushed out holding his shorts loosely.
"Wetin happen na?"he frowned.
I didn't reply, instead I drag his shorts down leaving him unclad except for the singlet he was wearing.
He stood rooted to the spot, too astonished to speak.
"Oshi! Omo olori buruku! Shameless ! How dare you prey on my daughter?"I screamed and clapped my hands.
"Rubbish!"he replied pulling his shorts up.
"What did you just say?"
"I say rubbish! Carry your bastard pikin comot ma see road jare!"he retorted.
I landed him threw slaps in quick successions.
"You called my daughter a bastard abi? You must show me you weren't born a bastard too! Agbero!"I said as I rushed towards his guard room
I emerged with a stick and kpo! The stick landed on his head. He screamed and fell down.
"Oshi!"I charged at him
a car's horn blasted at the gate. I knew too well it was Lina.
Akpan crawled to open the gate, holding his head.
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I pounced on him again after he opened the gate.
Lina rushed out of her car towards us.
I was sitting on Akpan, feeding his face with slaps and fists.
"Stop that!"Lina shouted.
I didn't oblige, instead I took hold of Akpan's balls.
He screamed loudly.
I didn't let go, he started speaking in tongues.
"What's wrong with you?"Lina pulled me off him.
I didn't reply, I was breathing heavily.
"the both of you should meet me inside."she instructed before walking into the main building.
I explained everything to Lina, but Akpan denied it all.
He told her I attacked him after he refused to succumb to my s£duct!ons.
I gaped at him, bruises and swells all over his face, his forehead was bleeding. He would never forget Tejumola all through his life!
"Tejumola, I'm suprised at you."Lina began
"How could you come so low?"
"Ma, you believed him?"my lips quivered
"of course i do!"she snapped.
My eyes almost popped out.
"I've been living with Akpan for ten years now, i don't think Akpan can do such. He is well-brought up..."she began
I swallowed hard and exhaled.
"Its in my interest to protect my gate-man, you nearly killed him!"she emphasised the 'kill'
"In that case, I'm gonna pay you off."she said carelessly.
I bit my tongue, I stopped myself from apologising. Tejumola isn't that cheap.
"here's fifty thousand naira, you have to leave now, you can go elsewhere, where they can gulp down your attitude". She concluded opening her handbag.
I collected the money, murmured a thank you, and made to go out with Eniola on my shoulder, I stoped at the exit on impulse
"Ma, I really want to appreciate you for what you've done so far, you've tried..."I sighed.
"Its just that, Tejumola won't sit back and watch some slum prey on her daughter..."I shook my head.
"May God bless you, for all you've done, may he reward you abundantly."I concluded with tears streaming down my cheeks.
Lina's lips moved but no words came out, she was full of pity and regrets. I didn't wait to hear what she'd say, I walked out.
"Mummy sorry"Eniola sniffed as I packed our few belongings together.
"Eniola, can you do mummy a favour?"I asked without looking up.
"Mummy wants you to stop crying, okay? Please my one!"I pleaded with her.
"But you're crying too.."she said amidst tears.
"Okay, mummy won't cry again."I turned to her wiping my tears.
"Now do the same."I forced a smile wiping her tears.
"I won't cry again."she smiled reassuringly.
I shook my head gently.
"I love you mum"she said throwing her arms round me.
"I love you my one and only."I patted her head.
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"We need to leave now."I rose from my squatting position.
I've already made my plans.
I've made few friends, so I'd go to them now, I'd get an apartment before the week runs out, I'd get a shop and start selling provisions.
Atleast two hundred thousand naira would do, I assured myself as I and Eniola walked towards Bola's place. I and Bola have become so close within those few months.
Bola welcomed us, she was homely in her one room self contained apartment. She promised to help us get an apartment within a few days time.
I glanced at Eniola, she looked calm. For once I never regretted my actions, I would do even more than that to protect my child. That's why my name is Tejumola now. I smiled inspite of myself.
Eniola smiled too, she was watching me. I hugged her, our bond was too strong.
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