DOZ Issue 39 January 2019 - Page 36

DOZ CHRONICLES: RUKI Eturuvie Erebor An excerpt from the novel, DOZ Chronicles: Ruki, by Eturuvie Erebor. Available on Amazon. Continued from the last issue… I t worked like magic. On Friday, as I prepared to leave Lagos, Emeka gave me thirty thousand naira to bribe my mother. I gasped, I thought it was too much but he insisted I give it to her and so I did. When I got to Warri, I took an airport taxi to my father’s house in Ughelli. I did not let the driver drop me in the compound though, for two reasons. Firstly, I did not know if my family members were in the middle of a fight, and if sticks and stones were being thrown, and secondly, I did not want to answer too many questions before I was ready to reveal the truth. My mother was excited to see me although she made some comments about my flamboyant dressing. My father was not at home when I arrived so I had a long chat with my mother about Emeka and how he had transformed my life. When I was done I told her that Emeka had sent her some money. I opened my bag, pulled out the thirty thousand naira and placed it on the bed beside her. At the sight of the money my mother got off the bed and wiped her eyes. “Rukevwe, what is this I am seeing?” She queried but before I could answer, she began to sing and dance, thanking God for giving her a wealthy in-law. All thoughts that she would beat me were completely gone. Emeka was right after all, I thought. I went on to tell her that Emeka was not her in-law and could not be since he was already married. She turned around and told me to keep my mouth shut. DOZ Magazine | January 2019 36