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

Don and i made plans to hit the President when he least expected it. First we started with his farmlands, our boys sprayed chemicals on the entire farmland, he lost two fifty thousand heads of cattles, some of his workers lost their lives too. Instead of feeling a surge of joy when i watched it on the news, i felt depressed as i saw innocent dead women and children who were living in the vicinity. Don also had his boys burn down the President’ s resort to the ground. His daughter_in law lost her seven months old pregnancy while trying to escape from the inferno. The president’ s favorite legal son also had severe burns on his chest. He was in the intensive unit. So why don’t i feel complete? the president had somehow escaped unscathed.
That night i went to the Town under the sea and i felt my heart stir in pity at the men working under the scorching sun, i saw a very tall dark man whiping them mercilessly. What had these men done to suffer like this? I Went to the warehouse and placed an order for my goods. I transferred some money into Chantelle’ s account when i got back home. She deserved it. Even though she no longer picks my call.

On a Friday evening, i went to see Don at his club, he was having a fu*ckfest in his private domain. I went back to the VIP section where i shagged two blonde girls till i felt certain my semen had dried up in my balls. Don sent for me when he was done. The room smelled of s*x and booze but he was alone. I made myself comfortable in the seat opposite him.

” Kojo! Are you seeing our hand work? ”

I felt a bile rose in my throat. ” Yes bro, i saw the Havocs we wrecked on him”

” Listen to me well bro, before you bring a powerful man down you will have to eliminate all that he holds dear to him.”

I nodded. The president’ s other passion is his herds of cattles and farmlands.

” His favorite legal son is in the intensive unit while his wife is in another ward crying over her miscarriage. ” He laughed evily.

Is this what hatred does to a man? Don has lost all traces of his humanity.

” Should we pay the daughter_ in law a little visit at the hospital?” 

” Let’s focus on the president for now ” i said.

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The next day i took a flight to Togo. There werent much changes  because the government never lifted a finger to do anything. I took a cab to the cemetary, it was an eye sore. The graves had caved in. I saw a squirrel going into one of them, i picked a stone and chased it away. I cried when i saw Albert’ s grave. It had broken in, it was surrounded by weeds and tall grasses. Rats were having an open day in it. I fell on my knees and weeped. My brother! My eyes caught an epitaph on a grave beside Albert’ s. My God! my God! Afine! she died five years after i left on my quest. If Afine had died Five years after i left then who had looked after Pam?

I called some young boys playing ball on the street adjacent to the cemetary. I gave them some bills to remove all grasses. I walked back to my father’ s compound, Nma’ s hut had collapsed, only my father’ s was standing but it had cracks. I saw a petite old woman grinding pepper on a stone. My heart squeezed. Mami!

She looked up. I didn’t know i had said that loud.

” Bonjour Monsieur  ( Good morning mister) She called cheerfully in her usual fast tune.

I laughed and hugged her tightly.

My father came out of his hut with his walking stick. He peered at me squinting his eyes like an albino. ” Mami Serwa! Who is there?”

She hurried to his side and helped him to his seat.

” A young man has come to pay us a visit”

” Hey young man! Where have you come from?”

I laughed. My father! See what age has reduced my father to.

” Kojo! Kojo” he said on hearing my voice.

I knelt down in front of him while he touched my face with his hands crying.

After we had eaten the watery soup which Mami made with Akume ( Tuwo) i asked of Pam.

My father sighed heavily and i knew it was bad news.

” Afine and i had a fight one night. She was heavily pregnant then.”

His hands searched for a cup of water, i handed it to him. He took a big swallow and continued.

” In the middle of the night Afine packed her bags saying she was going back to her father’ s house. She took Pam with her, i had it was one of those silly things women do. I became worried  when i didn’t see them for three days.”

I closed my eyes in pain.

” We found Afine’ s body at the outskirt of town, she had miscarried and died due to excess loss of blood.

” What of Pam Npa ( Father)?”

He started crying. ” We never saw her again ”

Mami asked me quietly ” What of Ama? i heard you left with my Ama. How is she?”

” She is fine Mami” I lied.

I gave them some money and went in search of a hotel to spend the night. Now that i am wealthy why don’t i feel complete? What is the essence of wealth if there are no love ones to spend it on. What happened to my Pam?

To Be Continued…

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