Aunt Gloria had a degree in making a teenager like me easily get along with her. She was fun to be with, jovial and I could see in her a 21st century African mother. I mean, a mother who’s not living a 19th century life in the 21st. That was the kind of mother I wanted. A mother I could tell anything bothering me, even silly and stupid things yet won’t beat me up or nag at me for it. A mother who’d not yell at me for nothing. A mother who’d not give me boring and outdated rules to live by.
Aunt Gloria wasn’t a nag like my mother. Many a time, my feelings and heart pains would burst open and I would angrily rant at my mother. The rants did nothing but added salt to the sore I had on my heart with the response she’d always give. I guess the saying that two wrongs don’t make a right, is absolutely true.
We had fun at the cinema. It was really fun watching an horror movie, that was my first time. Snacks were crazily expensive but yet aunt spoiled me silly. I wondered how my aunt could conveniently spend that much that day, considering the fact that she was not yet working. We took a lot of pictures. I really did enjoy myself.
“Auntie, thanks so much for today. I really haven’t had fun like this in my entire life.” I said as I faced her.
She laughed, “you mean to tell me that you don’t go for picnics at all, not even during Easter or Christmas season?” She said, briskly looking at me and trying to focus driving.
“Yeah. Well, besides the fact that I’m not a social person, my parents restricts me from doing a lot of things. I barely watch TV at home and they would not get me an android phone. It was only the last time they went on a ministration trip that I had some freedom. I had to stay with a family friend because Mama Cook was not working for us again. I really don’t get to have fun like every other kids.” I said.
She looked at me with pity written all over her face, rubbed my back and said. “Don’t worry, you will enjoy the next two weeks. I’ll see what I can do concerning getting you a smart phone. I’ll try talking to my sister and your dad too”.
“Well, I’ll soon be free from them. I’ll soon resume the University, very soon.” I said.
“Yeah, that’s right.” She said.
We got back home, talked a little bit before I decided to go play game at Okon’s place. I was getting used to Okon. He relocated with his parents to the estate I lived some months back . He’s the fun type and an extrovert. We barely talked during school hours, going to and fro school was what made us close to some extent.
“Guy! I’ve been waiting for you na” Okon said.
“My parents traveled, I now have my aunt staying with me. She took me to the cinema today.” I said as I sat down and picked the second gamepad.
He paused the game, faced me and said. “At last, someone finally knows what a cinema looks like on the inside. Spin me the gist man.”
“Bro, no gist! Na game I come play.” I said.
“No! No! No! I’m not saying anything… I’m not playing GTA, change it to FIFA.”
He hissed and turned to continue playing the game, but almost immediately, there was loss of power supply.
“Oh my God!” Okon said, as he dropped his gamepad and stood up.
I sighed, “Can we carry your game console to my place? We still have a keg of petrol that’s yet to be used. The generator should be able to last for some hours.”
He looked at me and said, “You’re sure about that? What about your aunt?”
“You don’t have to worry about her, she’s cool. She’ll not complain.”
“I hope you are right about that.” He said as he started unplugging the game console, “I’ll bring my laptop along.”
“You fit carry am.”
Our houses were just adjacent each other, so it was no stress carrying everything over. Baba opened the gate immediately we knocked.
“Baba please, I need the petrol you bought some times ago” I said, hoping he’d not query me.
“Okay, I dey come small oga.” He said, as he went into his lodge. “Dey careful with am o. No use am too much abeg, make oga no vex.”
I collected the keg of petrol from him, carried it to where the generator was kept and filled the generator tank with the amount of petrol I felt would be just enough for us to play game for two hours. I never did it before, I only engaged my intuition. Immediately I finished filling the tank, I saw Okon approach me and waved to me to come.
“What is it na? I need to put on the generator.” I said as I walked to him.
“Come and see something.” He said as if he saw something that made him surprised.
I was following him as he rushed into the sitting room and sat down on the sofa with a laptop that doesn’t look like his. He bade me come closer.
“Is this your aunt’s laptop?” He said.
“Most likely, since it’s not yours” I said, trying to see what caught his attention on the laptop.
“Oh my God! What’s this?” I shouted.
“Kilode ah! Wetin! You wan make she know say we dey watch something on her laptop ni?” He shushed me. “I have to copy this to my phone as fast as possible”.
The sight I was beholding was an horrible one, the one I had never been opened to. I had heard the church teenage sunday school teacher vehemently speak against it. All I can say is, it sparked something up in me. What that was, I didn’t know, but the seed germinated.