Olu drove into his compound as the gate was opened by a young security guard. It took him more than ten minutes before getting out of his black Toyota Corola and walked toward the front door of the main building, ignoring the greetings of the security man.
Olu’s wife turned her gaze from the Tv set to him as he opened the front door into the sitting room. “Welcome honey.” Kemi said with a soft smile.
“Where is mama?” Olu asked with unpleasant voice.
“Mama.” Kemi said. “She’s inside her room, what’s the matter?”
Olu ignored her and called her mother. “Mama!”
The old woman hurried out of her room. “My son you’re back. how…”
“Mama,” he pounced on his mother’s word, “i want you to go into your room, pack your things and leave my house.”
The old woman widened her eyes in disbelief. “Me, leave your house?”
“Yes mama.’ Olu said. “You cannot continue living here with me.”
Kemi couldn’t believe her ears. “Honey what’s all this? What has got into you?”
Olu met his wife’s gaze. “Stay out of this.” He yelled. “Do you hear me?”
“What have i done?” The old woman asked. “My son?”
“I’m not your son.” Olu raised his voice. “Don’t ever call me your son.”
“Shut up.” Olu yelled at his wife, and met his mother gaze. “I’m not your son, now go and pack your loads and leave my house now, or i would drag you out by force.”
“Me, Olu.” The old woman said. “Drag me out with force? Why?”
“Because you’re a witch.” Olu said at once, his eyes were cold.
His words hits his mother and his wife like an unseen blow. How could he called his mother a witch? Tears slipped down his mother cheeks. “Me? Olu me your mother, a witch.” She said slowly.
“Yes, you’re a witch and you cannot continue living in this house.” Olu said, his voice was strong. “Please leave my house for good.” He turned and walked into his mother room and back with a big traveling bag and threw it on the floor. “If you don’t leave now, i would do something silly.”
“Honey what has got into you? why are you doing this to mama?” His wife said angrily.
“I warned you for the last time.” Olu said to his wife. “If you don’t stay out of this, i would send you out with her.” He was serious. He put his hand into his trouser pocket, he brought out some money and threw them on the center table. “Take that money and go back to the village, that’s where you belong.”
All is mother could do was cry. She carried her bag with tears, ignoring the money and left his son’s house.
Kemi met Olu’s gaze. “This is very bad of you.” her voice rose. “How dare you accused that innocent old woman of witch craft? What is going with you?”
Olu ignored her words and watched her walked into her room silently. All he wanted was the old woman to leave his house, and thank God the devil has gone. He settled down in a chair, trying to keep his breath slow and steady. He leaned his back against the chair and let the memories flow. He had loved his mother and brought her from the village to stay with him, and they were living happily. Slowly, his business fell. He took a loan from the bank to raise his business but he fell into the hands of wrong men, and he was duped.
Life became hard for Olu and he needed to turn his failures around, so he consulted a spiritualist that told him his mother was behind his down fall. He felt bad about it. How could it be his mother. He thought so much about it for many days and came into conclusion that truly, his mother has hand in his down fall. Since his mother came from the village, things had not been going well with him. He could remembered how he lost a contract worthy millions the very week his mother came from the village. Olu was sad, very sad about it.
Kemi couldn’t bear it, she walked out of her room into the sitting room and stared at her husband for a very long moment. This can’t be true. Her mother-in-law is not a witch. “I would not let mama go.” She said and hurried out of the sitting room.
“Just go with her.” Olu said. “Don’t ever back bark to this house.”
Kemi hurried along the street to stop her mother-in-law, but the old woman had gone far. By time she got to the main road, no sight of her mother-in-law. She walked toward a crowd that gathered, but she could not find her. “Where had she gone to?” she asked herself and crossed to the other side of the road. She was sad as she couldn’t find the old woman. There’s nothing she could now. Maybe if she had a chance she would to go to the village and apologize to her.
By the time she crossed the road back, the crowd had doubled. Many of them wore a sad expression and thy were shaking their heads in pity. “What is going there?” Kemi said. She managed herself through the crowd to see what is happening there. Her eyes widened in disbelief. Right there, her mother-in-law was laying dead by the road side.
TO BE CONCLUDED…..