Streaks of sunlight at dawn 5

Streaks of sunlight at dawn 5

Labisi strained her ears all day to avoid missing a call. She expected Toke and Athena to call her as soon as they landed. Knowing the way they all were, she doubted they will. Toke had informed her that she would be heading for her in-laws’ with the kids. Ikoyi was quite a distance from Isolo, so going there was pointless. Athena she suspected would not come to Isolo either. And who would blame her?

Her many visits to the doctor during the week wore her out. She never realized that the chemo sessions would be this depleting… She drifted off to sleep before her eyes closed. And she dreamed again.

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“Deremi, wait for me now”

“Labisi hurry up! This sun is too hot o!”

“I’m coming, my slippers came off”

Deremi turned back to see her sister bent on one knee trying to figure out how to fit the shoes that came undone. She chuckled at the 5 year old’s confusion at the physics of sandal wearing and bent to fix the problem.

“Will mommy wait for us? I don’t want to trek home…” whimpered the little Labisi

“Don’t’ worry, she will wait for us.”

“But will she be late for her Wednesday meeting?

No, there’s no Wednesday meeting today”

“Why? Is it because it is Nigeria’s Independence Day?”

“Yes, Nigeria is 5 today and it is a holiday for everybody. Oya hurry, let’s walk faster…”

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When she woke this time, the tears had run down her cheek all the way to her chin. She had been dreaming of her late sister a lot these days. And it was opening wounds she had left to fester. Her bedside clock said 4.33 a.m. Her phone said 8 missed calls. Her children were home! Labisi got on her knees to pray. She was awake already, and she had better thank God for their safe arrival.

“My heavenly Lord, the one who made the heavens and the earth, I thank you for my children’s safe arrival. I pray for them and for me, that their coming home will bring blessings. Especially for Athena, Lord, I pray, that every wrong I have done to her, you will help me to correct it and make things right. Because I worry about her, and my sister, who is by your side worries too, that is why I have been dreaming about her. Grant me the wisdom and the ways to make right all that has been done wrong. Amen.”

She braced herself for what would happen within the next few days. Deremi had entrusted her only daughter to Labisi and she had almost failed her. She still had sometime, she had to do things right.

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“Labisi will you hold my doll for me?”

“Where are you going?”

“Don’t worry; I will be back…”

“Sister don’t leave me, I don’t know what to do… don’t go…”

She woke suddenly this time, dry eyed and afraid. It was midday and there was a soft knock on the door. Athena.

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12 thoughts on “Streaks of sunlight at dawn 5” by yetitweets (@yetunde)

  1. Beautiful…somewhat heart-wrenching…sobering…

    I really like.

    1. Yeah, kinda… jus showing presence jare, don’t mind me. Thanks for the like

  2. Beautiful, but many places left me hanging…..asking for more.

    1. Flash fiction does that to you, i gess.. lol! thanks for the like!

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    2cute4u (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    A writer in the making.. Nice.

  4. In one word: “Breath-taking”.

    1. Oh wow… thank you!

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    Lade (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    This is lovely, Yeti. Very gripping. Her dreams made the story even more emotional.

    1. Yeah, wasn’t counting on that actually. It’s funny how words you did not plan on writing create and convey moods you did not even think about. I’m begining to think that the gift of writing is a spirit!lol! It possessed me with this one, I swear! lol!
      But basically, I was trying to show how things have changed between 1965 and now. Just didnt want to be too obvious about it. Not for Nigeria, but for Nigerians. How many have died, many have gone wrong and do not know how to get right… just didnt have enough words I gues… but thanks anyway, I lik d fact dt d mood was obvious to you!

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    abby (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Sad tale! I wonder why it took a disease for her to come to love her niece and remember her promise to her late sister?
    Well done!

  7. hmmmn very emotional this one…i liek the way u are telling the story, a string holds them all together…nicely done

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    eyekay (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    very good. no time for long comments, part six is waiting

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