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[Story] Living In Fear (Dust to Gold) – Episode 8

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Nath became shocked and adjusted away
from Bernard with a surprised face. “You
have been here over a year? How? I mean
why? Um.. Sorry, how did you come here?”
Bernard remained silent staring at his son
who cared less of their conversation but
heard everything they were saying. He
looked at Nath again. “One day, i and my son
were coming back from night hunting. The
road was lonely and scary. It was also when
the evil ones manipulate. There was nobody
on the road. Before we knew it, a witch
attacked us and boom, we found ourselves
here. We don’t know where this place is;
whether is in Nigeria or not, but we’ve been
surviving”
After the explanation, Nath remembered
what happened the night he disappeared,
so he looked at Bernard. “I guess that’s
what happened to me coz as i was sleeping
i felt like i was battling with a witch, only to
wake up here after then” he stood up.
“There must be a way out of here”
Bernard also stood up. “We’ve tried every
means possible, no way out. This is an
island. We are surrounded by water”
“No, this can’t be” Nath ran out to the
seashore again waving his hands and
shouting, “Help! Somebody help us!” he ran
from one end of the sea to another
shouting but didn’t hear any reply. Only
Bernard and his son heard his voice as they
consumed the roasted fish.
:
8:00pm
After shouting and crying at the seashore,
everything became real to Nath. He was seen
sitting alone on the chair made of stick. All
he could think of were his mother, Favour
and how he was gonna spend the rest of
his life there. There was a burning fire at the
centre of the area and nobody was seen
outside except him but Andra suddenly
came out with a fish in his hand. He wore a
trouser and a brown T-shirt without
footwear. He sat down beside him. “Hi, I’m
Andra”
Nath glanced at him then concentrated on
the burning fire while Andra continued,
“This is your new life now, so you need to
adjust and adapt to it” he stretched the fish
to him which Nath collected reluctantly
because his stomach was singing a different
song but he never uttered a word. “We feed
from fish, animals like snakes and coconuts.
That has been our food more than a year
now” Andra paused looking as Nath stared
at the fire without eating the fish. “Who are
you thinking about?” he asked.
“My mother and Favour” Nath finally replied
and began to eat the fish.
“I guess Favour must be your sister”
“No, she’s my girlfriend. I wonder what
she’ll do now that I’m gone. We promised
never to separate from each other coz we
were source of our own happiness, joy and
strength. I promised her that we gonna be
like the stars in the sky one day..” Nath
paused and bit a quantity of the fish.
“And what did she say about the last
promised you made to her? I mean the star
of a thing” Andra was still inquisitive.
“She looked into my eyes and said that one
must not be in the sky to be a star. He can
be anywhere and shines even brighter than
the stars” Nath replied.
There was a minute of silent after reply
because Andra understood that those were
great words that can change someone’s life.
As a wise boy, he retained it in his memory
and left the place to Nath’s amazement who
began to wonder why he suddenly left.
***
On the other hand, Favour sat outside in the
darkness looking at the stars in the sky.
“You can become a star even if you are not
in the sky” she murmured and tears
dropped from her eyes. The father came out
from the house, stood at the corridor and
staring at his daughter but he shook his
head sorrowfully and went back inside the
house.
On the next day, Favour went back to Mrs
Ola to see her lying on the varander
quivering as if her body was extremely cold.
“Ma, what is the problem? Oh my God!” she
began to pull her up. “Please, stand up let’s
go inside, your body is cold” they staggered
inside and Favour laid her on the bed then
covered her up. She could hear her
murmuring something she barely heard.
“What are you saying, ma?”
“Ma-ma-ma-my-my-son” Mrs Ola stammered.
“Nath will come back. Believe me. Nothing
will happen to him” Favour encouraged her
even when she wasn’t so sure of herself but
for the sake of the woman’s health because
she was as worried as she was. “Let me
warm you up then give you something to
eat” she concluded entering into the
kitchen.
***
Back to the island, Nath sat by the seashore
with Andra. He threw pieces of dried stick
into the sea occasionally and allowed them
float on the water. Seeing that, Andra joined
him.
“I guess your girlfriend will get another man
and eventually marry him”
“Before that happens, i must be out of here”
“But how? We have tried all possible
means!”
Nath stopped throwing the sticks. He stared
at the ones floating on the water which
gave him an idea. “Yes!” he exclaimed
standing up. “I guess i know how we gonna
get out of here. We have to build a raft with
dried woods!” he began to run into the
forest…

TBC

Updated: June 12, 2018 — 9:50 AM

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