Good morning fam, trust we are enjoying our day? New story entitled
AT THE CLIFF
By Mr Fun – funloadegist.com.ng
“Mildred!”Aunt Betty called her.
“Yes ma!” Mildred hurried towards the big sitting room. She had only been in luangwa for two days and was just trying to adapt to the heat in the valley. She had a lonely feeling and felt her life had come to an end after losing both her parents in a road accident. But thank God for her Anut Betty who had considered to take her with her.
“Ma” the young girl kneeled down besides her Anut.
“Come and sit here with us and watch TV. You shouldn’t be sitting all by yourself in the bedroom.” Anut Betty told her.
The girl kept silent as she faced down.
“Come on. Sit here.” Aunt Betty invited.
She shyly sat on the sofa which was next to her aunt’s.
Mildred was only eleven years of age doing her sixth grade when her parents died in a road accident. Being the only child of the late couple, she was highly pampered and dearly loved. However, she never acted like a spoilt brat. She was a rare girl, she loved to read and sit by her self watching cartoon. Her only friend was her doll, Tabby whom she always carried around in her back pack.
The day her parents left her, she had been at school and when the driver picked her up, there was something about his mood that made her feel like something was wrong. Unlike usual, they drove home in total silence and when they arrived, strange busy looking people where gathered in small groups. About six men were trying to erect a tent, some other men removing sofas from the house while another small gathering standing by the corner seemed to be having a hot discussion. This was strange, she couldnt get it. When everyone noticed her presence, they shook their heads in silence and stared at her with eyes full of what she couldn’t put together, sorrow or pity? Or both? Mildred walked to the house and soon as her aunt saw her, she burst out crying while holding the girl. The other women in the house now joined in the wailing, some calling out her mother’s name while others crying out Mildred’s name. Then, she got the massage.
“Auntie Betty, what happened to mummy?” Mildred asked her aunt when the crying had minimized.
“Death oh death! You are so cruel!” She cried once again failing to answer the question.
“Bana mildy imwe bakalamba bandi! Mwalufyanya mayo mayo!” She continued crying.
Some woman came close to Antie Betty and tried to comfort her.
“Don’t cry too much, you will have a head ache please!” One woman said.
“Awe mwandi this death! She is the only one I had, my sister, my friend and she was like a mother to me! With whom will I talk to now? Who will help me when I am in need?” Aunt Betty cried her sorrows out.
“Mama please look at yourself, your are stressing the baby” the second woman said pointing to Betty’s belly.
“Mayo! Mayo! This is too big for me!” She rolled over one woman’s laps.
After the women were now in tears screaming out Lamentations.
“Where will I go? Where is I go? Mayo!” Betty wailed.
“Betty don’t do this to yourself, death is indeed painful but take it easy, God will make a way. Moreover, you have two babies to care for now, Mildred and the little one in you!” Another woman spoke while patting her.
Betty and her late sister were so close and her being the younger one, she looked up to her sister as a parent. Now she remained alone, remembering how their parents had raised them to love and care for one another and emphasized on the value of family. It was more than painful to lose the only person she considered a friend ever since their parents left them when they where young. The news came as a shook to her, she had to drive all the way from luangwa to Lusaka to attend the funeral.
Looking at her lovely niece, she was worried about how she was going to raise her. Even though both her and her husband were working, things were not as easy as they had been for her sister who lived in Lusaka. She knew for sure that Mildred was used to the luxurious life her parents offered her. Taking her to the valley would be like a punishment for the girl. Betty felt more than obliged to give the best she could to her niece.
Betty was married to a teacher at luangwa high school while she was a nurse at katondwe mission hospital, they has been married for three years and she was now expecting their first born child. It was a dream come true, they had been trying to be pregnant since they got married but nothing. Her elder sister encouraged her to keep her faith in God and that’s exactly what she did. Betty’s late sister was well known for her great faith in Christ, she was a believer and follower with whole her being.
It was obvious that Mildred would go with her mother’s sister after the funeral. Therefore there was no need to discuss a thing with her husband because he knew from the very beginning that Betty and her sister only had each other. Besides, Steve was a good man and a great husband, there could be no way he would object to having a young girl to live with them.
Mildred was luck to have such a loving Anut. Though the place was somewhat odd, she was lucky they had a maid at home and soon she would start going to school.
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