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A story written by Gaglo Blessing (blessinggaglo@yahoo.com)…

I tossed and turned on the bed. It was sopping wet. i remembered what some parents do to their children who still bedwet. Some over zealous parents catch frogs and tie it to the child’ s thigh while he  slept. There’s no way you can sleep peacefully with a croaking squirming creature tied to your thigh or even bedwet again. I smiled in my sleep, absentmindedly, my hand touched the wet spot on the bed. I brought the hand to my nose to sniff it. What is this smell? My eyes flew open in alarm. I switched on the bulb. The bed was soaked with blood. God what have I done? Ama!

“Where is she?” My eyes followed the trail of blood leading to the bathroom. Ama, my Ama was in a pool of blood groaning on the floor. I carried her into the baththub, i washed the blood coated on her thighs. What to do now? i was confused. Hospital! Yes hospital. I carried her back to the room and laid her on the bed. I hurried out of the room, locking the door behind me and pocketing the key.

I ran to where the boys were likely to be. I saw them playing on the beach, on seeing me from afar they ran towards me.

” Ama, Ama is bleeding ” i need some money to take her to the hospital”

” Relax bro, she is supposed to bleed. That is how the medicine works” King said.

” Why didn’t you tell me! Oh God! she is losing too much blood” i shouted.

Ama had insisted on using the drugs when i showed them to her. She understood that a baby would only complicate things for us. I followed King’ s instructions, giving her one of each of the five tablets except the big yellow one.

”  Come let’s go see her. Lion and Tiger go and buy hot gin mixed with ginger. ” He handed Tiger some bills ” Buy hot pap and chicken pepper soup too”

The boys raced away to do his bidding.

” Come Kojo”

I opened the door and we entered the room. Ama was unconscious on the bed, her life blood slowly draining out of her. I rushed to the bed side gathering her into my arms. King checked her pulse looking at me in alarm.

” What is it?” i cried.

” We have to leave here now! Oh God”

” Why? Why? ” i sobbed. ” We have to take her to the hospital”

” Did you follow my instructions this time around? ”

” Yes! Yes i did! Am taking her to the hospital now”

” Too late bro, she is dead”

” Shut up! Shut up your filthy mouth! ” I placed my ear against Ama’ s chest, her heartbeat was faint. ” She’s not dead!”

” Kojo, Kojo listen to me!  if you take her to the hospital you will surely be arrested! the doctors will find out what we did and alert the police”

” God! God! I can’t leave her here like this! how about we take her to the hospital and leave her at the gate” i continued sobbing. What do i do now? life was much easier when i kept my manhood in my pant. I brought out the bastard ( manhood) for few minutes of pleasure, now see where it has landed me. My poor Ama. My beautiful Ama.

” How do we carry her out of this room without the receptionist seeing us and alerting the police?. Bro she’s dead anyway, no point in us going to jail. Ama won’t want us to go to jail too. I say we run now and leave the country tonight “.

I held Ama and sobbed. I cursed my father for spilling his seed in my mother ‘ s womb and bringing me into this world. I blamed Mensah for entrusting his sister in to my care. I blamed myself for my foolishness and pride. I cursed God for being wicked. Why me? Why Ama? Oh Ama!

” Let’s go” King pulled on my hand. ” Let’s go bro”

I cut some strands of Ama ‘ s hair and tucked it into my pocket. We left the door ajar so the hotel cleaners could discover her body on time. 

To Be Continued…

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