Osayuki found her father’s car keys in his bedroom. She took it and headed out. She found her father’s black Hummer jeep parked in the usual place, got in and drove into the dark quiet street. It was past eight. An hour drive would do her some good. She had one of her new phones with her. She would be able to reach Efe if need be. She should have called him earlier, but, she had a feeling that he might convince her not to leave the house. Her vision became blurry. She wiped her wet eyes with the back of her hand. She was angry at every single member of her family.
Moments later, she realized that she was on the road leading to Eko Hotel and Suites. She became alarmed when she remembered that the beach was also close by. She had been attacked on the beach by someone she hardly knew and two hoodlums. The darkness of the night intensified her realm of thoughts. Her heart raced wildly. She found a spot at the parking lot outside Kuramo beach and parked the car. She got out and paid one of the boys hanging around to watch it.
Her erratic thoughts pushed her towards Bar beach. She removed her red gladiator sandals and climbed over the huge rocks. The sand felt cool beneath her feet. Her heart thundered against her chest. She began to feel a nagging headache. She walked around, looking for the bamboo hut that was covered with blankets.
What am I doing here? Why did I come here? I shouldn’t have left the house.
She sighted the hut at a distance and froze. She fell on her knees and throw up. She took in long in-take of breath and exhaled, it had a calming effect on her nerves. She dialed Efe’s number on her phone and waited for it to ring.
The sound of his voice eased her chaotic thoughts, “Efe… come and get me.”
“Osayuki, where are you?”
“I am at Bar beach.”
“What in the world!”
“Come and get me.”
“When did you leave the house? I thought you were having dinner with your family.”
“I am on my way. Try and relax and breathe, okay, deep breaths.”
“Deep breaths…” she repeated and inhaled. She sat on the sand and hoped that he would come soon. She wasn’t sure she would be able to walk back to the car. She checked the time on her phone; it was nine o’clock on the dot.
Efe found the Ehaekpen family in the dining room, arguing.
“I am sorry to disturb you sir…” he approached Nosakhare.
“It’s okay,” he motioned for him to come.
He bent down and whispered into the sixty year old man’s ear. His dark eyes widened in shock. He got up immediately and picked up his phone.
Efe took a step back.
“Honey what is it?” Etinosa worried look captured his alarmed face.
His eyes darted at her, then across the table. He pointed an accusing finger at his children.
“Your sister has put herself at risk because of all of you.”
Etinosa got to her feet. She glanced at Efe, then back at her husband. She hoped Osayuki had not come to any harm.
“I will be right back,” he gave his wife a peck on the cheek and hurried out of the room with the male nurse.
She turned to her children, “If anything happens to your sister, I am holding each one of you responsible,” she eyed them and walked out of the room.
Osabohen hissed. She wished she could leave. She would rather be home browsing or watching Telemundo.
Osarodion sat back on his seat. He hoped his sister wasn’t in any kind of danger. She had gone through enough.
Osaretin crossed his arms and stared at his empty plate. He was still boiling within. He didn’t care what happened to his sister. He was tired of his parents’ constant attention towards her.
Nosakhare and his daughter’s nurse arrived at the beach. He dialed her number and got a description of where she was. After about ten minutes, they found her seated on the sand crying. Efe lifted her and swept her up in his arms. He carried her back to his car while her father searched for his Hummer jeep. He found it and paid off the boys that were watching it. Efe called Doctor Bia and intimated him of her present condition. The doctor suggested that they should bring her to the hospital immediately.
Osayuki heard people arguing and fighting at a distance. She looked out of the window and watched them. Efe noticed the expressions on her face. At first, it was a curious look, then recognition, but, it was replaced by fear, pain then anguish. He followed her gaze and saw two men fighting. Suddenly, she started to scream. He jumped out of the front seat and joined her at the back seat of the car. She held her head with one hand and pointed at the men with the other. Her father hurried to her side.
“What is happening?”
Efe pointed at the hoodlums that were fighting. He followed his direction. “I think she recognized them.”
Nosakhare nodded and dialed the number of the detective in charge of his daughter’s case.
Efe tried to calm her but to no avail. He wished he had brought along a tranquilizer.
“Breathe… take long deep breaths.”
She nodded and shut her eyes. Her breathing came fast and hard. She had just seen the men that attacked her. Her mind was going crazy.
Fourty-five minutes later, two uniformed men arrived. Nosakhare approached them and pointed at the hoodlums. They were still arguing and other riffraff gathered around them. The policemen separated the men and dragged them towards Efe’s car.
“Do you know these men?” her father pointed at the hoodlums being held by the policemen. She looked at them. One of them had a deep scar across his face and the other had a disfigured ear. She nodded quickly.
“Daddy… they raped me. I asked them for help, but, they raped me,” she began to weep. He pulled her close and hugged her. He felt his blood boiling with fury. If not for the presence of the policemen, he would have taken laws into his own hands.
“It is okay darling. They are going to pay for what they did to you,” Nosakhare signaled to Efe and got out of the car. The male nurse drew her close and comforted her.
Nosakhare called the detective again and intimated him on what had happened. He gave one of the policemen his phone and watched him communicate with the detective. The officer returned the phone and dragged one of the hoodlums to their vehicle. His colleague dragged the other along.
Efe and his boss set off for Saint Nicholas hospital.
Doctor Bia attended to her that night and discharged her after he had confirmed that she was in a good frame of mind.
Nosakhare was surprised to meet his children in the sitting room when he got home at about eleven. He thought they had gone home. They circled around him, hungry for news.
Etinosa followed Efe to Osayuki’s room and helped him to settle her in for the night.
“Just thank God for your sister’s life. The two hoodlums that raped her that night have been caught.”
“Wow! Praise the Lord!” Osarodion was relieved at the news.
“I am going to see the detective tomorrow morning. Those men are going to pay for the misery they caused my daughter,” Nosakhare said with determination.
“I will come with you dad,” Osarodion volunteered.
“Okay, okay,” he settled on a chair. He was tired, but relieved at how the night had turned out.
“I am going to check up on her,” Osabohen left the room.
Osaretin was still angry at how the family dinner had ended. He wondered if Mrs. Grace had turned in for the night. He thought of going to look for something to chew in the kitchen. He would have to spend the night in his parents’ place. He couldn’t go home, it was already late.
Etinosa sat beside her daughter. She had not said a word since she was brought home that night. Efe had narrated what happened. She was grateful to God that two out of the three men that molested her had been caught. She decided to sleep in her daughter’s room that night. She wanted her to feel safe.