Because She Said No (A Fiction)

 By Princess Fatima Adedeji Sanni

She looked tampered and distraughted as she walked into the livingroom. Her mum was seated watching the 9pm network news. Rayo sluggishly walked behind the chair yet trying to avoid being noticed by her mother. She obviously came back very late. Something Atinuke (her mom) will definitely scold her for. She was only trying to avoid the impeding danger.

She said to herself: mother must not find out exactly what happened to me today if not she is going to have another of her attacks. Mother have been trying her very best to play the father role in the family. She will always remind them about how she is sure of bringing the best out of her children with or without their father’s help. Ever since Rayo was eight(8), when their father left them for another woman, mother had remained as both the Matriarch and Patriarch figure they knew.

Atinuke is in her late 30s. She is a very agile and strict woman; mother of four(4) children. She could go to any length to extract the truth from her children. She has specifically kept a close watch on Rayo, being a teenager, over others. Rayo has since then made her her model looking up to her with great esteem.

No! No way will I allow this catastrophe of mine destroy what mother has worked for for good eleven(11) years. Mother must not find out. I would rather bury myself along with this secret in a grave.

She thought to herself as she gently navigate her way to her room.

She attempted turning the handle to the door gently too but the creaking sound alerted Atinuke. She immediately turned attention away from the news to Rayo’s direction. “Motunrayo!”, she screamed out. “come back here immediately”. She added.

Rayo was shocked but she tried to be a little bold and confident. She went back to the livingroom to her mum. As she approached her quietly, Atinuke noticed something different in her daughter. Rayo’s movement was sluggish. She seemed too weak too. It was easy to discover how troubled she was.

Rayo was shocked but she tried to be a little bold and confident. She went back to the livingroom to her mum. As she approached her quietly, Atinuke noticed something different in her daughter. Rayo’s movement was sluggish. She seemed too weak too. It was easy to discover how troubled she was.

She pulled her closer to her bosom; rubbed her cheek and asked gently:  What happened dear?

“Speak to me my daughter? You know I’m the only one you can talk to and the only one that can help you. You need to tell me what went wrong.” She added.

It was at this point Rayo knew she could hide it no more. It was time to talk. She couldn’t control the tears gushing out of her eyes down her cheek. She promised to tell Mother the truth. She Looked up and said with one loud voice: “Mother, I was raped”.

“Rape? What!? How did it happened?”

The day was very sunny and hot as usual. It was the regular thing around the month of October. Rayo was taking the normal route home from school when Fakirr started tailing her. Fakirr has been asking me out for quite sometime now. But she kept refusing. He then threatened to leave a stigma on her that she would remember for a lifetime.

She was scared so she decided to go home a bit late. Little did she know that he already sent some of his friends to keep a watch on her along. It was already getting too late and so she decided she had no choice but to be courageous and head home. She hadn’t walk far when Fakirr’s friends grabbed her. They took her to an hideout where Fakirr was. Fakirr took advantage of her and had his way forcefully.

Atinuke helped her wipe her tears. After hearing the whole story, she was equally shattered and was already shedding tears too. She felt the agony and pain her daughter was feeling too. She decided to be strong. She wont let her daughter’s life be ruined by a stranger. She would fight this to end and present a new life to her daughter. She wiped her face too and helped Rayo to her room. She cleaned and tucked her into bed.

Rayo who was fast asleep and already having nightmares. She was so scared and was sweating profusely. Meanwhile Atinuke, in her room, was not getting any sleep either. She vowed to show to the whole world that whenever a woman stand firmly to fight for her right, she becomes a storm. She threatened to contract a very good lawyer for her case.

Published and Edited on

Muzzammilwrites

26-08-2020

One thought on “Because She Said No (A Fiction)

pls., i will sincerely appreciated your views about the above excerpt in the comment box below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s