April Love

Everywhere is silent. That kind of silence that makes you uncomfortable. You wish for noise; noise from a whirring fan, noise from jingles emitting from a radio, noise from a crying child. Any noise at all will do. But you get none. Instead, silence.

You hear water rush from the inner room. A door opens and a hiss follows.

“Why NEPA no wan give us light?” Mama says. “What wrong have we done?” You hear her drag a stool towards you.

She continues to gush over having to trek seven streets away in search of water and the mild irritation she feels whenever she applies balm on her legs. She stops talking when she notices you shifting restlessly in the chair.

“What is it?” she asks.

“Nothing, mama.”

You feel her weight next to you, her arm wraps around your back. “Tell me, is it about Isaac?”

You start to sob. “Yes. W-what will his parents think of me?”

Mama sighs. “Isaac loves you, doesn’t he?”


“Then leave it to God. You hear?”

“Yes, mama.” A car horn honks outside.

“That should be Isaac. Now wipe your tears,” Mama says.

You wipe your face as Mama gets up to open the door. “Ah, welcome, my son!”

“Good day, ma,” Isaac says.

A whiff of cologne sails into your nostrils as he lays his hands on your lap.

“Hi,” you say.

“Hello, dear. You ready?”


“Let’s go, then.” Issac holds your hand and, saying goodbye to Mama, leads you to his car.

“Let’s go and have fun,” he says.



“Aren’t we going to see your parents?”

“April Fool! We’re going on a date, dear.” You feel calm return as Issac puts on the radio. You would meet his parents later. For now, you are beside yourself with laughter.

24 thoughts on “April Love” by Uzoma Ihejirika (@literarymouthpiece)

  1. I like this! Full of imagery and suspense. I wanna see more.

    1. @coshincozor, Thanks for reading!

  2. namdi (@namdi)

    Nice. Kinda short, though.

  3. Nice.

    1. @Mimiadebayo, Thanks for reading.

  4. “For now, you are beside yourself with laughter”. I don’t understand that expression. Can you help? ♧:)ƭћǟπƙ-U:)♧

    1. @Chime211, Thanks for reading.

  5. Fadehan Adeoshun (@Fadehan)

    Nice…. Nothing else to say… Just Nice for a newbie

  6. tommie bricks (@tommiebricks)

    good read

  7. @Chime221, that s not too hard to understand, ask more useful questions joor. Besides oneself with laughter as in unable to control one’s laughter. Got it, bro?

    Well done, Uzo, superbly crafted and quite picturesque. However, you shouldn’t have mixed her mother’s pidgin with english. After ‘why NEPA no want give us light’, it should have been ‘wetin we do na’ and not ‘what have we done.’

    1. @hymar, ♧:)ƭћǟπƙ-U:)♧ for your attempt at explaining further, but I wish your explanation is correct. The expression looks ambiguous to me still.

    2. @Hymar, Thanks for reading and for your suggestions. Will use them to improve.

  8. Simple and neat…
    Well done, Uzoma.

    1. @sibblywhyte, Thanks for reading.

  9. Blackgold (@Blackgold)

    Nice one Uzoma.

    1. @Blackgold, Thanks for reading.

  10. Omo no be small tension hold her o.
    Hope she finally meets them.

    1. @osakwe, I hope so too. Thanks for reading.

  11. Hahahaha, small time now you go vex, but everybody won’t be supersonic learner like you ni.

  12. Hahaha!!! April fool of life!!! Suspense full!!!

    Beht this is October naaa

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