Tuesday, 8 May 2018

VALLEY OF ANGELS Episode 1-2


Twenty Years Ago
‘You’re good for nothing. Just look at you’ her mother thundered….she was constantly embarrassed and disappointed because of the only daughter she had.
Diana felt hurt by her mother’s harsh words and immediately left for her room… yes, she knew she had a weight problem but that didn’t mean she had to starve.
‘Don’t you dare walk out on me’ the woman followed aggressively. Diana was everything of a daughter she never wanted. She was slow, dumb and very fat. At sixteen she had the hips of a mother of five. She wasn’t pleased with her daughter’s outcome.
She shut the door behind her, tears flowed uncontrollably down her cheeks as nobody knew what she went through every day in this house; nobody understood her humiliation and what was worse, her father was late and they lived with an Uncle. Who was very accommodating but nobody knew what he did to her every night.
It started when she was ten, her mother usually left her behind, too ashamed to take her outside, only her brother, Omale, had that privilege.
The first day, she had sobbed quietly in her room after her mother’s rejection, Uncle Oche had found her alone as his wife and children had all gone out.
He offered to give her some snacks and took her to his room; he gave her the snacks alright but then began removing his clothes. Her young mind was startled by his action.
Innocent as she was, she didn’t understand what caused him to remove his clothes. He then walked closer to her and began to touch her.
‘Uncle stop it…I don’t like what you are doing’ she began to sob…
But he lifted her plump body and dropped her on the bed, and then he undressed her quickly and rubbed his shaft against her.
She screamed…she sobbed bitterly but nobody could hear her as she was all alone.
On their return, she quickly showed her mother her reddened and bleeding vulva …she was amazed at her mother’s reaction…
‘You foolish girl, why do you always land yourself in trouble’? she snapped….
‘Mommy Uncle Oche did it to me’ she cried….
‘Shut your mouth, do you hear me? Tell nobody about this…never …now go and have a bath’ she thundered…
She was so confused; she still was…what kind of mother would do that to her only daughter?
Now she was sixteen and he still came for her…sometimes she fought him off, other times he succeeded…. She was depressed most of the time but no one noticed…even if they did, they didn’t care…
In school, she had no friends… she wasn’t classy enough to mix with the rich kids, she wasn’t brilliant enough to join the bright ones and she was too fat to hang out with the beauty queens… nobody liked her, even Omale, her brother, was ashamed of her.
‘Open this door…you fool’ her mother banged heavily on the door….
‘Stay away from me’ Diana found her voice, she saw his face. He was the only one that made her happy… carefully, she locked the door and climbed the bed…
‘Chimobi’ she touched the picture gently. He was two years ahead of her in class as she’d repeated a few times, in age, he was above her by two years….
Chimobi was the most handsome student in the entire school…. he was tall and dark… his chest was broad and his stomach was flat and well muscled… his nose was well chiseled ….his lips were slightly full but well shaped and his eyes were dark and seducing…
It wasn’t only about his looks… he was very intelligent and had won many awards for the school and he was from a very wealthy family…so he was an idol to many especially the female folks…
She smiled as her fantasies blossomed again… she imagined going on a date with him…she saw his attractive eyes staring deeply into hers…
It was only in her daydreams that could happen…. Chimobi didn’t even know her name apart from the degrading nicks she was given by the mean girls in her class… ‘Pork meat’…
He had never spoken a word to her before…she only saw him at close range when he came to address her class or whenever Omale sent for her…he was Chimobi’s classmate.
She secretly envied his beautiful friend… ‘Sexy’ was her nicks…she was very attractive just to him…Seyi was tall and slim…a light-skinned beauty with full breasts.
But she was nothing compared to Sexy, she was fat and undesirable.
It was that time of the year in school, where the boys betted. They would write the names of all the girls in senior classes and drop them in a jar.
One of them would shuffle it…while the rest would pick the names then the betting would ensue…
‘I picked your sister’ Chimobi sighed disappointedly in his ‘choice’.
‘Wow make sure you ride well…you know she’s so wide down there’ he teased and the boys broke wild with laughter….
‘How could you even say something like that about your sister’ Chimobi was surprised… yes, the girl had weight issues…it was very obvious but he didn’t believe in disrespecting women, his parents had brought him up well.
‘See this player…you better shut up…’ Omale’s temper began to rise… why would Chimobi talk to him like that?
‘Guys stay calm, what’s important…is if this girl agrees to go down with him’…one of the boys chipped in…
‘Yes…I know my sister well…you don’t need to waste your time…she’s as cheap as they come’ Omale continued…
‘You are pathetic’ Chimobi hissed angrily and left the gathering for his chase…
He didn’t know why he was doing this…but it was a school tradition… his girlfriend couldn’t find out else she’d break up with him and that would hurt him badly as he was deeply in love with her.
Seyi was not just very pretty… she was intelligent and cared as well for him but she was haughty… he’d slept with many girls without her finding out… he just prayed this went out well.
She took time and brushed her long hair…it was the only accessory of beauty God had blessed her with… she had a dream the previous night, she saw herself in a field of roses and butterflies danced eagerly around her…
She felt happy for no reason… today was just a beautiful day and she vowed that nobody would spoil it for her not even her mother…
‘Good morning’ she greeted …
‘Good morning’ her mother replied…
‘Where are you off to’? She spoke in that commanding tone…
‘School of course’ Diana replied…
‘But you haven’t taken your breakfast’…
This was really a good day, what was her mother up to?
‘Thank you …am not hungry today’ she responded and made for the door but her uncle’s voice stopped her…the evil man that molested her …
She had killed him many times in her heart…she had already made up her mind to run as far as possible once she was done with her Senior Secondary exams…
‘Come back early…there’s a man I want you to meet’ he cleared his throat and positioned himself by the table…

She didn’t utter any word…she just left… something wasn’t right…
‘Don’t you think she’s too young to marry that old chief’? Oche asked his sister…
‘But she’s not too old for your bed’ the woman was bitter about many things but her hands were tied…
She had arrived earlier than most students ….humming her favorite tune she walked straight to her desk…
‘Hey, Piggy you forgot to say good morning’ one of the bullies addressed her…she ignored her completely and began to arrange her books…
Then she saw a parcel underneath her desk… full of wonder, she bent and picked it up…slowly she unfolded it, till she found something so precious.
‘My God’ she gasped…. Could this be real? A beautiful necklace with her name engraved on it from Chimobi as his name was clearly written on it…
‘This isn’t real’ she almost screamed but held herself as her mates begun staring at her confusedly …
A piece of paper fell from the parcel and she picked it up…
Meet me at the canteen during break time Chimobi Adams with love.
She now understood the meaning of her dream earlier…
The rest of the day went on well except that her mind was far off… she dwelt on his gift…his message to her…her crush had finally noticed her…she has totally blown away….
The ring of the first bell brought her to her feet… she reached the door before turning back…she had to look good for him…but she had no makeup with her…
She approached Irene shyly…that was the only person closest to a friend that she had…
‘Hi…’ she smiled warmly at the girl…
‘Can I use some of your powder’?
‘Wow…does somebody have a date’? Irene grinned…she was the ‘makeup’ artist of their time…she fetched the little box and poured Diana some….
‘Thanks’ she dashed straight to the canteen…
Chimobi sat patiently… he needed to win this bet…if she didn’t get into his bed within a month then he would pay the sum of ten thousand Naira to his friends but if she did…they would pay him….
He didn’t have that kind of money to waste proving a stupid point of being a chick magnet…he had to win this…get this done and over….
He smiled as Diana approached his table… this was the first time they were getting up close and personal. He knew she was Omale’s baby sister and she was overweight and kind of dumb…that was all he knew about her…
‘Hi,’ she lowered her lashes to the ground…she couldn’t meet his penetrating gaze, he was too handsome to behold…
‘Hello, darling…stop being a kid…don’t be shy’ he raised her face with his hands…luckily the hall was still scanty…so nobody would spot them together and report to his girlfriend…
‘Okay…thank you for your gift’ she smiled…it was a beautiful necklace…
‘I hope you loved it…I would give you more….if you agree to go out with me’ he rubbed her chubby hands…
‘Like on a date’? She couldn’t believe it.
‘Yes… anything you want’ he answered while checking his time…
‘But what of Seyi? And this is so sudden…’ the words came out in a rush…
‘Baby…let’s forget Seyi for now, I know how to handle her…I’ve been in love with you for a long while but I was afraid you wouldn’t feel the same way’ his voice was husky with emotion.
‘You love me? I love you too but am hardly your type’ she looked down on her size…
‘You mean your weight? It doesn’t matter…what matters is that you love me’….he scribbled some words on a paper and handed it to her…
‘Meet me here after school’ he had to leave as Seyi was very close…
‘You’re leaving so fast’? she didn’t want him to go…
‘I have to, Seyi is here….we need a place we would have enough time for ourselves’…
‘Take this…buy yourself something’ he offered her some money and hurried off.
She warmed her chest with her fingers…it was real…her Chimobi had finally found her…she stared at the address he’d given to her…
She felt happy for the first time in a long while…his love and attention had lifted the melancholic veil from her…it was a thing of joy….
Leaving the house was easier than she’d envisaged… her mother hadn’t listened to her reason for going out for long, she dismissed her with a wave of her hand….
She wondered if she was doing the right thing… she loved Chimobi with all her heart…she’d yearned for him as long as she could remember…fate had decided to join them together.
‘Welcome dear’ he pecked her forehead as she arrived the bar…
‘Thanks’ she smiled shyly….this was all new …no boy had ever shown her attention…
‘What would you like to drink’? he beckoned to the waiter…
‘Anything you’ll have’ Diana looked over the whole place…it was an expensive bar…he really loved her…
‘So… I have something for you’ he brought out another parcel…he knew what girls liked…they loved to be spoilt with gifts…to be adored and cherished.
‘Wow…this is too much…I love you so much’ she couldn’t hold herself back….she hugged him tightly …
‘Thank you’…. He felt suffocated…it was actually funny, the way she made him feel…like some god…but he felt happy seeing her smile…
‘So tell me about yourself’ he wasn’t really interested….he wanted something to pass the time…
‘There’s nothing much to tell… I am the only girl…my mother hates me…she’s not proud of me and so does my brother…my life is just a mess because am fat’ she poured out all her emotions…and he listened carefully…
He noticed the way Omale had spoken about his sister the other day…it portrayed what she’d been telling him….
She was quiet for a while…he rubbed her hands gently not knowing what else to say…
She thought about it for a while… ‘You’re the only friend I have…and I really feel better talking to you’
A burden had been lifted off her shoulders…
‘it was nice spending time with you…we should do this often…’ he helped her up her feet and they dispersed.

To Be Continued

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