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Chapter 10

That night, I couldn't sleep.
I felt like a living ghost. How was I to tell mum this?
Tinu was sobbing beside me. She couldn't sleep.
"Hey, its ok. Come here"
I held her in my arms.
I needed to be strong for them all. We all were just grown up kids!

Phone had been ringing.
-18missed calls from Banji.
“Oh dear, I'm going to hear a real sermon this night.” I thought.

"Hello Banji"
"You ehn! What is difficult in using a mobile phone?"
"I'm sorry Banji. I had a situation here"
"Shebi it is you. Anyway, what’s good? I have great news for you!!!"
"I got the HR job today!"

I was supposed to be happy. But I couldn't help my mood.
"Congrats Banji" I answered coldly.
"Rachael, are you OK?”

I guess I couldn't even pretend.
I burst into tears.
" Tola is in trouble..."

I narrated the whole incident to him.
"...500 what? Haba! Did he steal a car?!"
"Banji, I don't know what to do"
"Don't worry dear, God will make a way. Hun?"
Banji and his compelling comforting nature!

"By the way, how was your exam today?
I completely forgot I had an exam that day.
"Don't tell me you didn't..."
"I forgot!"
"How--how could you? How many times have I told you never to let circumstances push you off control?..."

I just realized, I had single handedly donated an extra semester to myself! Mum would collapse.
"Anyway, I would be coming to your school tomorrow. Let's see if we can talk to that man. There is no way we can raise 500k unless he wants to marry you off on credit."
I laughed for the first time in several hours.

The following day, Banji came as promised. We went to see the man, he insisted he would teach Tola a lesson and make him an example to ‘aspiring thieves’.
Very embarrassing!

As we went home, Banji suggested we took a walk. It was a very long walk.
"Rachael, hope you are going for rehearsals tomorrow?"
"Me? Rehearsals? Why?"
“Why can't you go?”
"I need to think"
He laughed.
"Apparently, your love towards God and His work is dependent on the good times. Right?
" Haba, Banji, don't make me feel bad"
"Go to your place of 'work'. Let the devil be put to shame. Though we walk through the valley..."
"You're right. I would think about it"
"Meanwhile, let's sing, I'm bored"

Music had always been a strong form of connection between us.
He picked a song, I did it in the alto part.
By the time I got home, I was ...lifted!.

The following day, I got to the rehearsals and met them doing a beautiful song.
"I know too much about God.
There is nothing to make me doubt him.
See, I've tried God for myself,
Don't have to ask anybody..."

It was just the song I needed.

As soon as I got home, My phone began to ring.
"Come to the station" Someone called from the police station had called.
I called Banji to please join me.
We got there.
"Baba wants to withdraw the case" The officer said.
That was an absolute miracle!
"But your brother must refund my seventy thousand Naira. It was meant for Deji's phone." Baba said.
"We will return it sir. First thing on Monday, we will"
I really didn't know why Banji was talking like a parrot.
My feelings were mixed. Where do we get N70,000?

On Monday morning, Banji called me to meet him at the station. Tinu and I got there in a rush.
Papers were signed. Banji handed over the Money to the boy. Tola was bailed.
Tinu's joy knew no bounds.
I was happy but then...

"Bj, please let's talk"
" Where did you get 70k in less than 24hours?"
"Am I not a man?".
I didn't want any repeat case.
" Please,tell me"
He paused then pulled me aside.
"I sold my other phone, my watch and donated a pint of blood"

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Chapter 9

Exams had gone on for two weeks.
Tola had finished his examinations. Tinu has 3 papers left while I still had about seven left.

That afternoon, I was reading for the next paper which would hold in two hours. Tinu was busy cooking.


This is why I like to read in the library- I thought.
"I'm sure someone has come for salt or maggi "
Tinu went to get the door.
Two policemen and a young man.

"Good evening sir"
"Hello ladies. We are here to see Tola"

I stood to my feet.
"Sir, what is the issue? Tola is my brother"
Tola stood to meet them. He looked away from me.
"Tola, what is going on here?" I asked in haste.
"That's him", The young man said.
" Tola, You are under arrest for..."
"I know!" Tola snapped.

Tinu began to cry."Tola, I told you"
Tola turned to me "Sister, I'm sorry"
The officers put a handcuff on his hands. Neighbors came out of their rooms trying to understand what was going on.

"Officer, please I beg you. Just let me know what he did"
"Kids! (He sighed) Tola broke into this young man's room and carted away with N70,000 two weeks ago.
He didn't know someone saw him."
Of course that had to be a joke!
"Can I talk to him sir?"
"At the police station"

I dashed into the room to take my purse.
"Tinu, did you know about this?"
She was crying and nodding.
"I warned him oh---sister, I warned him"
I didn't know what to do or say. Definitely, it had to be a dream!

I got to the station with Tinu. The officer brought him out.
Tola didn't shed a tear.
"Tola, Tola why did you do this?"
"My mum was dying!!!She was dying!!"
"That was not an excuse!"
"I'm not sorry!"
"Well, you shut up Tola! God would still have helped us"
He laughed so hard.
"What is wrong with you?" I was surprised.

"Sister, you talk too much about God.
Where was God when dad turned his back on us? Where was He when my mum was dying?
I was shocked!
" Tola, how dare you?
How dare you talk like this? Tola, God sits in heaven, You are on earth, let your silly words be few!"

"Ok! ok! I've always known you, God is always right to you.
But I couldn't stand it. Tinu wanted to sleep with a man for thirty thousand Naira only.
I couldn't let someone take my sister's pride so cheaply. All I wanted to do was save my mummy"

The police woman looked at us.
She must have overheard all our conversation.
"Time to go Tola" She took him in.
"I'm sorry sis. Please tell mummy I'm sorry"

The woman came back to meet me still at the counter.
"Hello Young woman"
“Do you believe God can help you through this?”
For once, I didn't know what to believe.
"The boy's father is a rich man. He is threatening to teach your brother a lesson.
He says we should not grant him bail for less than N500,000.If you know how to pray, pray."

...N500,000 ?

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