Must Read: A New Creation… Episode 17

Episode 17
“I think we should go home now,” Halimat
said shakily, clinging to the throw pillow like
a frightened child.
“No,” Hadijat vehemently opposed. “How do
we explain at home why we are back
without Rough.”
“But she’s a final year student now, we can
always find an excuse for her,” Halimat
maintained her stance.
“Do you think your Dad would agree to that?
Won’t he try to find out from other final year
students? And what happens if he finds out
that the rest have gone home?” Hadijat
retorted. “Besides, I’m not ready to return
home now.”
“I don’t want to return home too but staying
in the Arch Angel’s mansion shouldn’t be an
option. Let’s stay here, we can store up
foodstuffs and every other thing we need,
so that we can always stay indoor.”
Rough was folding her arms and staring in
silence at her sisters as they argued to
make a decision. She had tried to convince
them on leaving but since they remained
adamant about staying, she only hoped that
they’ll take Slimmy’s offer or better still
reconsider and go home, now that they were
arguing about it.
“You guys can’t stay here? It’s too
dangerous for you” Rough cut in. “It doesn’t
matter how much you try to stay indoor, you
can always be located by anyone who wants
to locate you.”
“This place is not really frequented by those
guys, so no one can notice that we’re
around, especially if we can discipline
ourselves to remain inside the house.”
Halimat tried to argue.
“Oh! Shut up,” Rough slammed. “Didn’t you
hear about the murder of Host’s girlfriend?
Is Denril Crescent not a more hidden place
and quieter than this area? And it was still
possible for them to locate her”
Hadijat was on the quiet side for the
moment, watching to see where Rough and
Halimat’s argument would lead to. She knew
that Rough was not very comfortable with
Slimmy’s offer for them to stay in the Arch
Angel’s mansion, but she was sure that
Rough would still prefer the option to them
staying alone in the house. She hoped that
Halimat would reason like her and agree to
take Slimmy’s offer. For Hadijat, it was a
wonderful proposal as it will offer her the
opportunity to see Slimmy more often and
probably get closer to him.
“But that was Host’s girlfriend, the White
Tigers knew that she meant something to
the Arch Angels, that’s why they searched
for her but we don’t matter to anybody in
this campus, they have no business with
us.”
Rough shook her head slowly and bit her
lips as she stared at Halimat in disgust at
her words. “Did you hear Slimmy mentioned
that I was going to be sent on a special
errand?” She shouted at Halimat. “What if
the Tigers come here looking for me?” She
raised her eyebrows in a threatening manner
and stared into her sisters’ eyes as she got
up from the seat. “They won’t spare both of
you if they meet you here,” with that she
bounced out of the living room.
Hadijat and Halimat remained in silence,
each one given away to her own thoughts.
Hadijat was thinking of the possible
pleasure and danger that may be involved in
them staying at the Arch Angels mansion.
Just like Rofiat had said, if the Tigers came
looking for her at home, they wouldn’t spare
them if they were found. But what if the
White Tigers also attacked the Arch Angels
mansion, would they be spared? Or was the
mansion a safe haven for them?
Halimat didn’t want to go home also, she
didn’t want to face her father’s constant
sessions of moral and religious lectures
neither did she want to be caged by her
mother’s grievous rules, to her the rules
were grievous. She and her sister, Rough
had parents who were highly religious. Their
mother was an Alhaja while the father an
Alhaji, that was the status bestowed on
them after they returned from their religious
visit to Mecca. But not only had they just
gone to Mecca to get the titles alone, they
both practised the religion effectively and
even compelled their children to also do the
same.
Unfortunately for them, their kids were not
religious like the parents. They couldn’t get
them to be. They were not successfully in
trying to help the children balance their
religious life with their social life. The error
was made from their nursery school to
secondary school choice for the kids. They
enrolled the children in a nursery and
primary school of high status and pupils
from other rich homes like theirs, the kids
began to fall in love with the lifestyle of the
other children they met at school, soon their
parents’ pattern became boring and old
fashioned to them. The secondary school
choice of a boarding school had even made
it worse. That was where the children totally
discarded the ways and ideas of their
parents. They were not really extremely bad
girls but weren’t good girls also. Both Rofiat
and Halimat were deflowered in their Junior
secondary school. But they still managed to
put up a good act for their parents, as they
always dressed in hijabs and long cover
skirts when they were at home during the
holidays. Things got worse in their senior
secondary school, Rofiat who was the eldest
and in two classes ahead of Halimat got
involved with very terrible people. Her
tomboy attitude and manner of life in school
attracted the bad gangs to her. She took
her first wrap of weed in SS2 but that was
the saving grace for Halimat.
Like they say, a child cannot be so stubborn
to the point of not learning at least a lesson
from the parents. That was the case of
Rofiat. She discovered that she had gone
the bad way already and tried to protect her
kid sister from going the same way. She
was a bit successful at it. Halimat as lucky
to have someone who could guide her and
stop her from making costly mistakes.
After secondary school, Rough tried to quit
her bad ways but instead she got deeper
until her parents began to notice her. They
later changed their decision to send her to a
University in America as they were afraid
she would learn more bad habits there. That
explains the reason Rough and her sister
found themselves in a Nigerian government
owned University, their parents tried to
correct the error they had made from the
scratch.
Hadijat on the other hand was brought up by
a single father, a multi millionaire who was
several times richer than but not as strict
and religious as Hadijat and Rofiat’s father,
his brother. Although he was also an Alhaji
too but he didn’t take the religion the same
way his elder brother did. He wasn’t a bad
father. No, nor was he a pagan who was
hiding himself under the covers of religion,
he was a good man who tried to pray at
least three out of the five times daily and
also give alms to the poor.
After Hadijat mother died, he refused to
remarry as he claimed that no one else
could love him like his late wife did. Hadijat
remained the number one source of
remembrance of the mother to him, he
cherished her and spoilt her beyond
measure, ignoring the advice and warnings
from his brother and several other people to
take it easy on how he pampers her.
The only reason that the spoilt brat, Hadijat
had for not wanting to go home was that
she won’t have her sisters to party and club
with anymore and her father may begin to
act over protective of her like he always did.
… To be continued

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Updated: Jul 10, 2018 — 7:35 am

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