LIVING IN FEAR
(Dust to Gold)
Written by Nathaniel Anuma
Favour needed not to go to UK for her to be able to see Nath anytime he comes back. She wanted to leave Omuchi not because of her situation but because of her father’s persuasion to leave the house due to she had rejected all the suitors that came to her and refused to travel abroad.
That was a hard decision. She could be seen at the residence of Mrs Ola crying along with her coz none wanted to leave the other. She had been a source of help to her, cooking, and encouraging her not to worry about her son.
Now, she’s leaving to another town far away from Omuchi.
She knelt before Mrs Ola in the sitting room holding her hands with tears in her eyes. “I will come back to you, so as your son. I want you to have faith on that.
I know wherever Nath is, he’s fighting so hard to come back for you. Don’t worry so much about it, ma” “Which side are you going to my daughter?”
Mrs Ola asked in tears.
“May the good Lord guide and protect you” “Amen” Favour reluctantly left her hands, stood up with her bag and went out of the room. She was going to stay with her uncle in Calabar.
The grasses seemed to be running as Favour looked out from the glass of the bus she was on. The breeze coming in through the glass reminded her the very moment she was with Nath at the mountain. She exhaled heavily.
Her whole body needed nobody but Nath. “Will i see you again, Nath? I’m afraid not” she concluded in thought, closed the glass and closed her eyes.
Back to the island, at another side of the seashore, Nath could be seen all alone building another raft. His sprouting beard had become growing beard thus changing his look, added to the bushy hair on his head.
On another angle of the seashore were
Andra and Elizabeth playing with the water. They laughed, ran and caught each other occasionally.
Bernard stood at the entrance of the forest watching them.
“I’ve never seen my daughter so happy like that” Nelly’s voice came from behind. Before he could turn, she had stood beside him. “I guess she’s getting along with your son” she added.
“Obviously, yes” Bernard replied without looking at her.
“My daughter had always wanted a brother.
I guess she has found one” Bernard chuckled then looked at her. “Do you believe they can stay like brother and sister?”
“Why not?” Nelly returned the look surprisingly. “Why do you think they can’t stay?”
“Just look at the gaze in their eyes, you’ll believe me”
Nelly did as he said then understood what he was trying to explain.
She directed her eyes to Nath to see him working seriously on the raft without even a double thought or a change of mind. He worked as if his heart longs to see somebody or people so precious to him.
He straightened up, glanced at Andra and Elizabeth and dried sweat from his face with his singlet, then resumed the work.
“He put so much interest on what he’s doing” Nelly told Bernard.
“Who?” he asked.
“I mean Nath”
Bernard also directed his eyes to him. “He so much believe on himself”
“I guess we should join him build the..” “Never!” Bernard interrupted.
“Look at the ocean where you see nothing but the ocean. Which way do you thinking you gonna sail to? The wave out there comes like a falling mountain. If you must know, i fear to lose my son” he walked out into the forest while Nelly exhaled looking at her daughter who laughed excitedly.
Darkness came upon the island except in front of the hut where a fire burnt continuously. Already, before the pass three weeks, Bernard and Nath had build another hut.
Nobody was by the fire as they use to thus sitting in separate ways. Bernard and Nelly remained in their various huts while Nath and Andra sat alone on rocks a bit far from the fire.
Only Elizabeth was by the fire. “Hey, brother” Andra began but Nath kept staring at the stars. “You know what, i believe in you and I’m gonna sail on that raft with you again” silence lingered. Andra followed his eyes to the stars. “I guess you miss Favour”
“Yes, so much” Nath brought down his eyes. “What if she gets married before you see her again? You know, all women count their ages as they live their lives. You don’t expect her to be waiting for you when she doesn’t even know where you are” Nath looked at him reasoning his words.
“I don’t think Favour will forget me so easily like that. I can feel it in my heart. I listen to my heart not to anybody”
“Just as i listen to mine too”
“What do you mean?” “You once told me that my heart is the one to tell me when I’m in love not my eyes or mind, so i guess my heart is really talking to me about Eliz” Andra turned to see Elizabeth by the fire. Her beauty reflected on the flame.
Nath also saw it and smiled. “It’s a good thing my dear Andra, and if it is for real, it is the best feelings ever” he touched his head, stood up and went into the hut to meet Bernard.
Andra turned to see Elizabeth already
staring at him, then they smiled..