“Stop spreading ya clothes on my line o! I dey warn all of us for dis compound o bicuz na my own I dey jeje wey Iya Lanle dey do laik expired witch o! Before dem go say my own too much, make our head correct o!” SHIDE screamed on top of her lungs that morning, waking everybody up before the first cock crow.
Being a quiet woman, the elderly woman dismissed the cry with a wave of her chewing stick…
SHIDE is the compound fighting machine, most of us just do our best to avoid her always for there was always a reason should pick a fight even when your shadow crosses over hers. She brings that chaos whenever she opens her mouth.
For a while, we suspect IYA LANLE to be a night crawler of sorts – SHE’S BECOME NOCTURNAL RECENTLY…
SHIDE approached IYA LANLE and flung the old woman’s clothes in her face, all of us couldn’t believe how come such a young girl would lack the morals never to become a thorn in the flesh of others not to talk of our old ones…
IYA LANLE tumbled backwards from her make-shift stool into the bushes nearby, sending her morning brew splewing on the ground and her chewing stick into the nearby gutters. We all shouted in shock and disbelief!!!
“SHIDE, you dey craze?!!!”
“SHIDE, you fit ya mama for ground so? You dey madht?!!!”
The young guys in the compound wanted to bear her up blue-black but IYA LANLE pleaded that nobody lay a single finger on her, “She’s only a small child… Please, forgive her! She’s only venting out her anger because she’s still young…”
Our ears stung of mama’s kind words that morning!
ABI WE’RE DREAMING NI? SHIDE ALMOST KILLED IYA LANLE BEFORE OUR VERY EYES BUT MAMA’S PLEADING THAT IT’S ALL A MISTAKE?
The day passed and the compound was uneventful as the graveyard. All of us preferred the silence because SHIDE was supposed to be in the hospital but Mama left her in the best of love…
OR SO WE THOUGHT…
What I’m about to tell you was told to me by the tomatoes seller at the junction o! Nor be from my mouth you hear anything o!
TOMATOES SELLER: “Corper (that’s me), No do like say you hear anything o. SHIDE dun chop ground dis morning as una comot for compound.
“SHIDE just run come outside with her wrapper, begin shout say dem dey flog am o. Na around 10 dis morning e happen. Before we look her side, she dun dey kneel down beg IYA LANLE wey dun travel comot dis morning for 8.
“We begin look for IYA LANLE boya she sabi wetin dey apun but Mama do dey. 3 minutes later, SHIDE rush wit speed, gather dirty wota drink from dat guta, shook her throat with chewing stick!
“Blood just dey do tua tua tua efriwia o!!!”
TOMATOES SELLER finished her debrief and returned to selling her wares, leaving me in stunned and immobile four a few seconds! O could her calling out to customers to patronize her in the distant.
I’m gathering myself right now. Let me get home and confirm this story and I’ll gist you later about the things IYA LANLE and the midnight bird calls they say happens every night nowadays.
But that one is for another day though….
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