Wow, I couldn’t believe I slept that long after school. Well, why wouldn’t I, after dodging from pillar to post the whole day to avoid the flogging for my incomplete math assignment. And it’s night again and mum will soon be here to “prepare me for the future” that’s what she called it. Really didn’t understand at first and whenever I asked, all she said was that it was to prepare me for the future. I know now though, I mean, instead of sex education, mum just put two fingers in me everyday to be sure I was ready. And thereafter I’ll go take my bath and sleep. It didn’t make so much sense until alhaji Bali came to the house to check if I was ready too. I was afraid, I ran to my mum, and she asked me to sit and watch her while she makes cunun geda for the house. So I joined in and forgot about the incident. Weeks later and I was begging mum to not let alhaji Bali take me away but she wouldn’t budge. And somehow the man whom I called my father felt really comfortable giving me away and for a long time I didn’t realize why. It turned out that I’d been paid for over the years. Alhaji Bali had been paying my fees for like forever and he couldn’t even wait till I was ripe enough before taking the package he was paying for. That’s how I felt. A commodity that was only worth whatever the alhaji could afford and now that he could no longer pay the fees, he’d come to redeem his long term investment and retirement bride. Words cannot express how much pain I felt for leaving my parents. That was all that mattered to me. Little did I know that there was more agony awaiting me. Nevertheless I didn’t have much of a choice I moved to alhaji Bali’s house and became his new wife. As I slept that long cold night in the room prepared for me, I didn’t know what to expect and my eyes were open till I fell asleep and woke up to the the sound of my door being opened.
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