The battle line is drawn.
Aduke stands in the yard and stares at Maya, her back against the fence. This is not a dream. She touches herself and knows it is real. Ben stands beside Maya, appeasing her, pleading even. There
Everything looked normal with Maya but Aduke was not convinced her daughter was in complete limbo. She smiled in her normal way and even asked for food. With her continuous fasting and Maya being indifferent to anything happening in the
Ope wasn’t sure this was right, or maybe he was overreacting. Maybe he had taken this too far. Snooping around to find Ben’s house and talking to his neighbors. Even going as far as trying to gain entrance into the
Maya didn’t think she still had a coin in her hand. Okay, now she believed Ben had some diabolical powers. He, to give him some credit at least, did not put her under a spell-like people did in home videos.
It was easier to gather in Aunty Ranti’s house because her house was on a lower floor after Ope had to carry Maya inside. She fainted and even after she was revived remained weak. Ope did the only thing that
Ope paced. “Ma, please calm down. Listen.”
“Listen how? I am finished! There is a Ben in my daughter’s life, and I did not know?” Aduke sat on the bare floor, her wrapper twisted around her feet. “Pastor…ehn, Pastor Pastor kini,
Ope tried to keep his voice low, knowing Aduke was somewhere in the house, but he couldn’t get over the fact that Maya had shunned him for two days in a row.
He sat forward until he was just right there
Maya sat on the couch and closed her eyes.
“Don’t be sad, darling. We can work around this situation.” Ben crouched in front of her and smoothed back her hair. “I’m thinking really hard.”
“The problem is your age.” She opened her