That fateful morning, Pearl was in a class lecturing when her phone rang, it’s was her Pastor. There must be an important information to pass across for her Pastor to call her that morning she thought. She excused herself from the class to pick the call. Then came the good news; Caro has been found. She has been taken to the church by the church’s security personnel. Pearl couldn’t concentrate any longer, so she quickly rounded up the class and straightway headed for the church.
Caro was unrecognizable when Pearl saw her. Pearl was astonished and confounded as tears flowed down her cheek.
“Who did this to you” Pearl questioned.
Caro was busy chewing a stick and laughing mischievously and at the same time, pointing to no one in particular. The clothes she wore to office the day she got missing (a week ago) had completely turned into a rag. Her face has been powdered with harmattan dust. She was obviously insane.
“She was sighted in Gwarimpa by one of our church members who called to inform me” the Pastor said. “I asked the security to bring her to the church, this is actually an attack, and she must be delivered” He continued.
Caro had gone out with Dele that Monday afternoon as planned. Dele told her he wanted her to meet his parents which she happily consented to. He took her to meet his supposed parents whom unknown to her were fake. He had deceived her to achieve his evil desire. The supposed father is the native doctor who Dele had met to aid boost his economic fortunes while the supposed mother was hired to play the act. She was served a drink which she willingly took not knowing that it was drugged. When it was confirmed that she had slept deeply, Dele drove Caro and the native doctor to the shrine to execute the wicked act. They were to sacrifice her blood for the money ritual. The native doctor tried all he to offer her to the gods but she was rejected severally. Dele was afraid that he would be exposed, so he pleaded with the native doctor to make her insane; thereafter, he dumped her on the streets. He had to look for another victim within the next two weeks.
Caro was taken home by Pearl alongside the Pastor’s wife (though accompanied by a security personnel) to clean her up and feed her. She was returned to the church that afternoon to commence the deliverance session.
It was double celebration that evening. Caro had regained her sanity and Rita has been invited by the federal ministry of finance to resume work the following week. Indeed, God is merciful. Rita couldn’t express her joy; she had thought it would take a longer time for God
to remember her. Caro is still in shock when she learnt of her mental state during the past few days. The only thing she could remember was her being in Dele’s parents’ house. She has a great suspicion that Dele was responsible for her insanity which she must find out soonest. She is also thankful to God for sparing her life
and delivering her. She ceased the opportunity to appreciate Pearl for her kind gestures despite the disputes they had been having before the incidence. She had learnt her lesson in a hard way.
The next day Caro went in search of Dele after returning from her place of work. She had gone to find out the state of things and to see if her job will still be restored to her. She was lucky as she had always been. It’s time to face Dele now; she must get an explanation for all that have happened. She knocked on his door several times and got no response until one of the neighbors came to her aid.
“Dele had mysteriously ran mad the previous evening when he was trying to get into the house. He was just coming back from an outing. He stripped himself naked and ran into the streets. Some men in the neighborhood had gone in search of him this morning but he is nowhere to be found. We are still making arrangements on how to get across to his family to inform them of the incidence. You can help us out if you know any of his relative” the woman said.
“I must be on my way now” Caro finally managed to say after a brief moment of silence.
“What a wicked world, it’s indeed very painful. May God protect his own” the woman murmured as she also walked away.
Story by Christiana Okafor (nee Afeme)
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