Bella: “I miss your dodorishi , you never got
around to teaching me how you make it”
she quipped. Tania had totally forgotten
about the disc, in her conversation with
Bella. She rushed to the kitchen to instruct
the cook on making a quick dodorishi.
Immediately she left, Bella’s smile wiped
off her face and she looked towards Tania’s
bag lying on the couch. She saw the tip of
the disc envelope peeking out of Tania’s
bag. She walked to it, looking left and right,
and quickly slipped the disc into her bag.
When Tania came out again, she saw Bella
standing with her bag, ready to leave.
Bella: “Sorry dear, ken just called, he needs
me. One would think with Dayo gone, Ken
would begin to act like a boy, not a wimpy
child tied to his mother’s clothes” she said
trying to gain sympathy from Tania.
Tania: “Oh dear, I understand perfectly. But
give him time, he will come around” she
said and kissed the air behind Bella’s ears.
Tania was too excited over having Bella on
her side and one less person to get rid of,
that she did not notice the haste with which
Bella jumped into her car and zoomed off.
Even if she noticed, she probably thought it
was usual with having a needy child such as
Bella drove straight home, and went to her
bedroom; since Dayo disappeared, she
stopped sharing a bedroom with Gberan
because all he did was complain when they
were together. He blamed Bella for
everything that happened even before she
confessed to him. Now that he knew her
part in it all, he stopped eating her food and
cooked his food by himself. She locked the
door and slotted the disc in her DVD player.
The scene where Tania had confessed to
her while pointing a gun at her played on
the television screen.
“So that man was videotaping it all.
Wonderful” she mused. She had planned to
find evidence to put Tania in prison, but
now that she had the disc in her hand, she
was thinking of many ways to blackmail
Tania, and gain power over her.
While she was locked in her room, her
husband Gberan had called Damilola, who
was faraway in Oshogbo.
Gberan: “Ore mi, there is fire on the
mountain. I have been thinking of how best
to tell you this.” He said and paused.
Damilola: “Tell me, what is going on, is it
about Dayo?” he demanded.
Gberan: “Yes, Bella told me that your wife
deliberately tried to harm Dayo, and she
even tried to kill her. But she became dizzy
and fell. It was also Bella’s fault, she made
Tania believe that you knew about Dayo
long ago, and kept him secret from her. The
police vindicated for reasons best known to
them, but she really did it”
Damilola: “I don’t believe what you are
saying” he said. Where he was, he was
grabbing his head. It was like his brain
could not process what his ears were
hearing. He had suspected but when the
police didn’t have evidence, Tania had
convinced him that there was nothing. Now,
finding out that there was something, was
throwing him into a state of confusion.
Gberan: “I wouldn’t lie to you, and Bella
wouldn’t lie because she was implicated in
it, I saw fear in her eyes when she talked. I
am contemplating divorce, but I am thinking
of my son, we have only just begun to bond.
I don’t know what a divorce would do to
him” he was saying but Damilola was no
longer listening, the phone had fallen from
Gberan: “Are you there, Dami” he called into
the phone, but the call had been
Back in Oshogbo, Damilola’s mother was
just coming back from the market when she
saw the phone fall out of Damilola’s hand,
she dumped the sack bag on the floor and
rushed to her son.
Damilola’s mother: “omo mi, what is going
on? I know Dayo will come back to us, don’t
give up yet”
Damilola: “My wife, Tania, was the reason
Dayo ran away. She tried to kill him in that
accident” he said flatly, his eyes were deep,
black bulbs, that stared listlessly. He didn’t
mind the shock on his mother’s face, he
picked up his phone and dialled Tania.
Tania had just remembered the disc in her
bag, so she hurried from her bedroom
upstairs to the living room below. But
before she could go to her bag, her phone
began to read, she saw it was her husband
and hurriedly picked it up.
Tania: “Hello, honey. How is mother and
Oshogbo?” she asked with glee.
Damilola: “You murderer, what did that little
boy ever do to you?” he said in a guttural
Tania: “Hello, this must be a wrong number”
she said, not believing that those words had
come from Damilola.
Damilola: “Shut up you wicked woman. I am
giving you twenty-four hours to surrender to
the police, this is my final gift to you as a
wife. I will have my lawyer contact you to
sign the divorce papers. Mind you, I am not
giving you a penny” he said, wishing he
could hurt her with his words because what
he really felt like doing was squeezing the
life out of her, with his bare hands.
Tania dropped the phone on the glass table
in the centre and sank into a couch. She
held her head in her hands and cried.
Tania: “I am finished. Mo ku oh” she cried.
Question: Will Tania obey her husband and
confess to the police or would she find a
way out, like kill her husband?