Story: A Girl Like Amanda (Season 2).. Episode 6
“Babe are you sure my phone’s here?.” Amanda asked when they drove into a compound.
“Here, the location is pointing at this direction and the signal is strong.” Maureen answered her she came out of the van, Amanda did same, as soon as she stepped foot on the ground, the pain came again and faces pushed into her head once more and she held the car door for support when her legs became wobbly.
“Aunty!.” A boy’s voice is heard loudly from behind.
It was Soludo, he was about to take a leak when he saw Amanda, he ran quickly to her, forgetting what he came out to do at that moment.
He jumped on her body, she just stared at him strangely.
“Aunty, it’s me Soludo, or have you forgotten about me?.” He said sadly, obviously Uncle Olisa had told the children of what had happened.
When she heard his name, his face came to her clear this time, she remembered everything now as she knelt down holding her head, Soludo was afraid, he didn’t know what to do, he tried to touch her but Maureen held him back.
Her memory came back, and she remembered everything from when she first came to the village and why she had came, her grandma who us the first person she spoke with first, the children she got to know, her uncles and aunties then the incident that happened six days back.
“Oh God, my head hurts!” She finally said getting up.
“What happened?.” Maureen asked.
“I remembered everything, my family. I remembered my family Maureen.” She spoke out.
Soludo hugs her again, tears pouring out of his eyes. “I thought you have left us oo, mama has been crying since that day, she has been very worried. Every night, she put you in her prayers, every morning, you’re the first thing that comes to her mind. She has been restless.”
He ran out into their building and soon, the whole family came out, shock written on their faces.
“My grand daughter has come back to me oo.” Mama shouted rejoicing as she uses her walking stick to hug her.
“My God has brought you back.” She spoke out as she hugs her.
“Yes mama” she answered.
Soon, everyone began hugging her except the men who just smiled at her.
There, Jidenna and his friends entered the compound, surprised at first, Jidenna cleaned his eyes.
“That’s her.” He whispers to Victor and Favour.
“She’s beautiful.” Victor whispers back to him.
“Hello Amanda.” He greeted when he got close.
“Hi Jidenna,” she answered.
“It seems, you got back your memory. Welcome back.” He said then extended his hand for an handshake but she shift his away and hugged him to the surprise of everyone there, including Maureen.
“I wasn’t expecting this.” He smiled as her hands held him tight.
“You’re the reason am alive, so expect more of this.” She said to his ears.
“I can’t thank you enough Jidenna, am forever grateful.” She added.
“Am touched, just glad that you’re fine.”
“I don’t normally do this you know but I have to.” She smiled and kissed his cheek.
Then left him, he looked at Victor and Favour who just smiled at him.
“Amanda who is your friend?.” Uncle Olisa asked her when she had finished talking to Jidenna.
“She’s a very close friend of mine.” She said, “her name’s Maureen.” She introduced.
“Welcome to the family my daughter.” Mama said.
“Thank you Mama.” She said.
“You’re welcome. Can we all go inside?.” Grandma said as she start heading into the compound.
“You can join us Jidenna, you and your friends.” Amanda added as she followed mama behind.
Soon everyone was inside the living room of Amanda.
“Actually mama, we got him arrested after that day.” Uncle Olisa said signalling to Jidenna.
“That suits him. Pius is a menace to this community and am glad he is behind bars.” Mama Tobenna commented.
“Yes oo, me too, imagine hurting my two sons. God will never forgive that boy.” Mama Soludo jumped in.
“So Maureen, what can you tell us about yourself?.” Mama Soludo added.
“Well, aunty am a business woman.” She replied sipping the bottle of malt offered to her.
“Really? That’s nice.” Uncle Ebube, Eze’s father commented.
He had traveled out of the village with Eze that week when Amanda came, after assisting in repainting the house.
He came back two days ago and heard what happened.
“By the way, Jidenna, my family hasn’t appreciate you enough for what you did. Olisa go get that thing for my son here.” Mama spoke out making the rest of the family including Jidenna wonder what she meant.