The Mourning After – Episode 5

The Mourning After - Episode 5

The sound of gunfire filled the air.
The sticks and cutlasses of the members of the sect were no match for the automatic machine guns that were being fired in their direction.

Their retreat was swift.

They ran, taking along many wounded and leaving behind more than a few dead.

Zainab was scared.

Moments earlier she was running towards perceived safety. She had drawn courage from Isa – her brother. She tripped over a tree stump, landed face down and they were separated. It wasn’t until a few meters that Isa observed that he was running alone.  She watched as he contemplated calling out to her and she prayed he didn’t.  She was sure that if Isa called out to her she wouldn’t have responded. She hid in the shadows and prayed that he would keep running. She was certain that the members of the sect would have easily spotted her if she called out to him or responded to his call.

She looked at her hunters and realized that rather than run she needed to hide.

When the shooting started Zainab saw her whole life come to an end.All her dreams and aspirations went with each bullet that entered the air.

A breath of fresh air came upon her when she heard the members of the sect screaming in agony. She looked at her adversaries and they were retreating. In that brief moment, hope walked into her heart.

There was still an uncertainty, she wasn’t sure who were shooting.

“Is it the vigilante or is it the soldiers?” she thought within herself

She had heard many rumors about the soldiers. The people of her community described them as a necessary evil. It was said that none of the soldiers were ever upright. If one found a soldier that wasn’t trigger happy, he would most definitely love the bottle or be a womanizer.

Most of the soldiers had been deployed from other states, away from their families and loved one. The killings and death they had seen sometimes strips them of their humanity. There was a rumor that most of the soldiers raped young ladies for sport.

The vigilante, on the other hand, were people from the community. Individuals that drank water from the stream until the borehole was constructed. The vigilante were people that walked on the mud roads before coal tar was placed on it. They were people with known addresses within the community.

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Zainab quietly prayed that it would be the vigilante.

The shooting stopped.

Zainab still held on to the cover provided by the bushes. She listened as the gunmen came in her direction. She was too scared to raise her head, too scared to lose her cover.

With each step she felt a little piece of her life disappear.

“Person dey there!” shouted one of the men

Zainab realized her cover had been blown.

“Please, please” she cried out for mercy

She came out of her hiding place with her hands in the air. Unsure if her life would be demanded of her.

“Who you be?” questioned one of the men

“Please Sir, Please Sir” she cried out in fear.

She confirmed her fears. They were soldiers.

She recalled all the rumors she had heard about soldiers and she realized that she wasn’t out of deep waters.

“Who you be?” queried one of the soldiers

“Zainab sir, Zainab”

She was so frightened.

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One of the other soldiers that had been quiet all the while realized that she must have escaped from the members of the sect. Turning to the soldier that had been questioning her, he asked him to go easy on her as she was definitely not hostile.

“Zainab, how did you get here?” he asked politely

Zainab was still in shock, the other soldiers were at alert.

“I was running, they were killing people and burning houses. They killed my father.” Then she started to cry.

“Stop crying Zainab, you have to be strong.” He spoke softly

He was so caring unlike all she had heard about the soldiers.

“You can call me Gates” he announced

He strapped his gun on his left side and offered her his right hand.

Zainab looked at his hand, they were large and looked strong. She reached out for his hand and he pulled her up.

“Gate wetin you wan take this girl do now?” one of the soldiers asked

“We go carry am go IDP camp” Gates answered

“Woman wrapper, you sure say no be Gates’ camp we go carry am go?” one of the other soldiers teased.

Zainab pretended she hadn’t heard the soldier’s comment. She was glad that at least she was safe from the ruthless sect.

“Is there anyone else we need to take along to the camp?” Gates asked

She thought about Isa but was sure that he was either long gone or dead.

“No” she answered.

They took her along with them. She wondered if it was wise of her to run away from the soldiers. The other soldier’s comment circled her mind. She was scared that Gates could turn out to be a rapist. She considered her options and decided to follow them submissively.

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With each pothole they entered, he came closer to consciousness.

As he gradually came back to reality, he could hear people talking underneath the sound of a car engine. His mind went back to how he got to where he was. He was running away from the sect. He had lost Zainab, he looked back and the rest was a blur.

Eventually, his eyes were open.

“O boy, you can faint sha !” Teased one of the soldiers.

Isa had run into some soldiers. There was an impulsive reaction by one of the soldiers. He hit Isa with the tail of his gun and Isa passed out immediately.

Their commanding officer had ordered them to put him in the truck and be transported to the IDP camp.

“Woundy, leave that guy. No be small knack you knack am.”

Isa closed his eyes.

He was powerless against the situation. He thought about his sister and realized that she was most likely dead.

He considered that he was probably the only member of his family that escaped.

Things were no longer going to be the same, it was going to be the start of a new life.



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The Mourning After-  Episode 5


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