I struggled against a shock that stole my heart and stilled my breath. Within seconds the ghost disappeared.
“No!” I battled to regain control. “No!”
I ran into the living room, i glanced at the clock it was 1:45am. I picked up my cell phone and dialed Emeka’s number but it was not connecting. my head dashed around the living room as i dialed Lara’s number.
“Hello.” Lara answered.
The light went off. My phone fell form my hand. Fear clutched at my stomach. I was more dead than alive.
6:30am. Lara walked into the living room.
“Nkechi.” She hurried to my side and sat beside me. “What happened?”
I leaned against the chair with tears running down my cheeks.
“Nkechi talk to me.”
“She was here.” I rolled my gaze towards the ceiling and blew out a deep breath.
“Who?” Lara asked. “Talk to me na.”
“My mother-in-law.” I turned my gaze to her. “Her ghost.”
“What.” Fear shadowed Lara voice. “Oh..my God.” She stared at me for a long moment and drew in a deep breath.
“I’m scared. I’m scared.”
“Stop crying na.” She put her arm on my shoulder. “This isn’t the time to cry.”
“What am i going to do.”
“Nkechi it’s okay. Solution is what we need.” She sighed and stood up. “We need to go see baba.”
I stared at her silently.
“We have no choice.” She said and sat back beside me. “Baba can help us.”
12:45. The sun was shining very bright. we got down from the car and walked towards the herbalist shrine.
“The door is locked.” Lara said.
I stared at the door it was locked with a big padlock. “He’s not at home.”
“Let me call him on phone.” Lara pawed through the items in her hang bag in search for her phone. She pulled it out and dialed the herbalist number.
“Switched off.” She said. “Let’s wait for him.”
We settled on a wooden chair.
My gaze slid to Lara. “Are you sure he has not traveled?”
“Relax your mind.” She said. “I don’t think so.”
Lara drew herself up. She narrowed her eyes and observed a woman sitting under a big tree. “Let’s go ask that woman.”
We walked to the woman who was peeling cassava with a small knife.
“Good afternoon ma.” Lara said.
The woman raised up her head. “Good afternoon my daughter.”
“Please ma, we’re asking of baba.” Lara pointed towards the shrine. “The one living in that house.”
The woman stared us for a moment. “Baba has gone.” She said.
“Gone? To where?” Lara asked.
The woman studied us carefully and sighed. “Baba is dead.”
“What.” Lara turned her gaze to me.
I put my arms on my head. “Ewo!”Tears welled up in my eyes. “I am finished.”
Lara met my gaze. “Nkechi.” An expression of utter sadness passed over her face.
Few hours later. Emeka got up from chair and walked towards me as i stepped into the living room.
“Sweetie.” He pulled me into his arms. “Are you okay?.”
He sat me down on a chair. “What happened?”
“I couldn’t sleep all through the night.” I said with tears running down my cheeks.
“What happened?” He asked.
“A ghost.” I said soberly. “Mama.”
“What.” His eyes widened. “Ghost.”
He pulled himself up and stared at me for a long moment.
I sat down weeping. “I am scared.”
Emeka sat back beside me. “Everything will be fine.” He turned my head to face him. “Nkechi look at me.”
I turned my gaze away. “I’m scared.”
“Sweetie.” Emeka pulled my head to his chest. “Don’t be scared.
An hour later i was in the kitchen preparing food. A slight knock on the kitchen door broke my concentration.
“Yes sweetie.” Emeka’s voice came from the living room. “Are you okay?”
I returned my gaze and walked towards the fridge. As i opened the fridge door, i heard another knock on the kitchen cabinet. I jerked my gaze towards it, i saw nobody. I grabbed what I needed from the fridge and turned in a hurry. A hard cold rushed allover me, I hold my head with my arms and fell down on the floor “No!”
“Nkechi.” Emeka ran into the kitchen. “Sweetie.” He pulled me in his arms.
My mother-in-law ghost stood unmoving beside the door pointing finger at me.
“Sweetie look at me.” Emeka held me tight. “Nkechi.”
Within minutes the ghost disappeared. Emeka pulled me up and took me into the living room. He ran back into the kitchen and came back with a glass of water.
“Drink some water.”
I collected the glass from him and took a sip.
“Relax okay.” Worry and confusion creased Emeka’s face. He picked up his cell phone and made a call.
I raised up my head slowly towards the Tv set. The ghost appeared again, pointing at me.
“She’s here.” I struggled myself out from Emeka’s arms.
I ran towards the door, pulled it opened and ran into the compound. Emeka ran after me.
“Nkechi stop.” He grabbed me and held me tight. “Sweetie stop. Look at me.”
I jerked my gaze towards the flower, she was there staring at me.
“That’s she.” I point my finger towards her. “No please.”
“I can’t see anything.” Emeka held me tight.
The gate man ran toward us. “Oga one man dey for gate.”
Emeka yelled at him. “Let him in.”
The man hurried into the compound.
“Pastor please help my wife.”
“What happened?” The pastor asked.
“She’s seeing a ghost.”
“Relax your mind.” The pastor said.
I turned my gaze away from the ghost and met the pastor’s gaze. He lay his hand on my head and began to pray.
“God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and Almighty, You Who made everything and Who transforms everything simply by Your will.”
“Amen.” Emeka said in a loud voice
“I cast out every ungodly ghost in this house, every evil influence and all evil actions aimed against your daughter. ”
As the pastor was praying, the ghost disappeared. I fell into Emeka’s arms.
“In Jesus name we have prayed.”
Emeka opened his eyes and carried me in his arms into the house.
When i woke up the next morning, i couldn’t believe i survived. I went down on my kneels in tears and gave thanks to God. Every night i feared with the thought of seeing my mother-in-law ghost. But since that horrible day, i did not see her again.
(Two years later)
I was in the kitchen when Emeka returned from work.
“Sweetie.” He walks into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around. “How is my baby.”
I leaned my head against his chest. “Kicking.” I smiled.
He turned me around and carried me in his arms into the living room.
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