Story: A Girl Like Amanda.. Episode 2
Amanda woke up and saw that mama wasn’t in the room, then she glance at her wrist watch and saw it was thirteen minutes pass four, she sprang up immediately.
“I can’t believe I slept this long.” She said to herself as she got out of the bed.
She went to one of her bag and opened the side zip, inserting her hand inside, then she brought out a toothbrush and a toothpaste.
squeezing the content of the toothpaste on the brush, then she brought out a water bottle from inside the bag.
Zipped it, then wore her fancy slipper before going out of the room, she heard some rumbling noise and walked out of the hallway.
Seeing Soludo and Ositadinma and some other children and some adults cleaning her fathers’ house.
Soludo seeing her, drop a bucket he was carrying and ran to her, she smiled as she saw him approaching.
“Good evening aunty, your finally awake.” He said beaming with smiles.
“Yeah, evening. What’s happening?” She asked looking around as she saw some children with brooms sweeping the door step and some women washing the curtains.
“You were still sleeping, and since everybody is around, we decided to clean the house for you to save you from stress.”
She smiled as he said that “Okay so where is mama?”
“There.” He pointed at a building that has some shades, there, mama sat down on a plastic chair watching as the women and children were cleaning the house.
She looked at the direction and nodded as she rub his head.
“Soludo, where can I brush my teeth?”
“Just head back there,” he pointed to a palm tree that is at the far end of the last building.
“Aunty, don’t mention. Anything for you.”
With that, he ran to join the rest of the children.
Amanda strolled to the palm tree and as she was walking the children were all looking at her, including some women. She heard Soludo whisper to a boy “Ogbonna, I told you she is my wife. See as she fine.”
Few minutes after she was done, she walked back to the building and straight to the room, she changed into a bum shot and a sleeveless blouse.
Coming out from the building once more, she greeted mama.
“My ọla, ị mụ anya. (My jewel. Your finally awake.)” Mama was happy as she saw her.
“Yes mama, I am. Mama who are this people?”
“Oh, family relations my dear, that woman seated beside that well is your father’s younger sister, your aunty and Ositadinma, Lotenna and Soludo’s mother. They stay in that building close to your father’s house, the one in the right. While that fair woman that is hanging the curtains in the dry line is the wife of my step son, your father’s Step brother who is not around at the moment. She is the mother of the twins that is fetching water for her, Tobenna and Uchenna. They stay in the last building. And the two men repainting the house is your uncles, distance cousins of your father. Mazi Ebube and Mazi Kingsley.
That child over there, near that tap is Mazi Kingsley only child, his wife is dead, his name is Eze. They also stay in the last building.
While Mazi Ebube is the father to Soludo and Ositadinma and Lotenna.
Lest I forget, Lotenna is that pretty girl sitting with two other girls, she loves dancing a lot.
While Somadina doesn’t stay in this compound, she and Lotenna are very close friends, she is respectful, even her older brother, Jidenna. Our family and the Ugonnas are very close.
Somadina normally visit after school, she comes here in the morning on Saturdays.” Mama was still introducing when a young man entered the compound, he was on low cut as he wore a pair of shorts, and a blue jacket.
Somadina seeing him, stood up immediately and ran to him.
“That’s Jidenna my dear.” Mama said as she pointed at the young man”s direction, Amanda looked at his direction and nodded.
“Mama Soludo, greetings.” He spoke out as he saw everyone was busy. Mama Soludo seeing Jidenna smiled,
“Ah Jidenna, azụ gị site n’obodo. Nnọọ. (Ah Jidenna, your back from the city. Welcome.)” She welcomed him.
“Ee, daalụ. (Yes, thank you.)”
He saw mama and a lady seated at the third building so he walked up to them.
“Granny, good evening.” He greeted as he got to them, looking at that lady seated beside mama, he waved at her and said “Hi”. She looked at him and responded back.
“Jidenna my son, how are you and your family?”
“They are fine mama, how about yours?”
“We thank God, this is my grand daughter, Chimamanda. My late son’s child. She just came from the city few hours ago.” Mama introduced.
Jidenna looked at her, “Mama she is very beautiful.” He said stealing a glance at her.
Amanda how ever didn’t look at him, she took an excuse from mama before she stood up and assisted the women in the work.
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