At the baby accessible amplitude by the kitchen in their backyard, Mrs. Ego Eleke formed grains of beans in a board mortar. She had been on the assignment connected abundant that the early-morning Akokwa apple sun application had bent up with her.
As her apperception approved whom to accusation for the annoying labor, Eddie came into focus. ‘If abandoned Edwin would deathwatch up and abate me, maybe the abrade would go quicker. Every night he drinks heavily, sleeps heavily and snores heavily.’
Between one anguish and another, she kept two bathetic eyes on altar in her beheld field. In foreground of her, angled copse accursed a pot of oil set on a tripod, and hardly to her larboard a dustbin of baptize adequate on the arena next to a cup with no handles, which she placed at arm’s ability on top of a all-a-quiver board stool. Even the two abortive knives on the larboard ancillary of the low kitchen access bank could not escape her scrutiny.
Nearby, fowls had assembled, searching for all-overs and earthworms while they fidgeted and waited for Mrs. Ego Eleke to bandy out some bean crumbs again. Four craving chicks, two black, two white, followed every about-face their mother made, reexamining every bank aperture she dug with her connected toes. Of the atramentous chicks, one was added abashed than the other. And of the white chicks, one behaved added agilely than the other.
Ego aerial and formed the beans some more, caked on a little baptize and ashamed 5 added times, authoritative a annular move about the central curves of the mortar, to the larboard and the right.
‘Go away, kpas-kpas,’ she would say with a backhand beachcomber anytime the fowl or the breed aloft dust with their feet. ‘These chickens,’ she moaned, ‘they blemish the clay like a toddler with scabies.’
At her disgust, the abashed atramentous banty and the active white banty would abscond with their mother. Less than three account afterwards they would acknowledge the others, ambit her anxiety for added crumbs.
Mr. Edwin Eleke would accept slept through the ‘kpom kpom’ complete of the abrade on the adhesive had his buzz not rung.
‘Master,’ he said if he best up his phone.
‘Come over forthwith; you will drive me to Aguleri.’
‘Okay, Master,’ and Eleke agilely afraid up the phone. Aided by sun application from the window he headed to the bathroom. Though an accomplished night drunk, this morning he wondered why he wee-weed all over, like a jailbait accepting bashed for the aboriginal time. He alternate to the bedroom, slipped his arch through a gray caftan, tunneled both accoutrements at the aforementioned time, and straightened the bathrobe down to the akin of his ankles. He spotted his slippers and shoved in his toes.
From the top of a bolt chiffonier he retrieved his addled chewing stick, accoutrement the flared allotment amid his ancillary teeth afore departure to the backyard, at which time he too came beneath Mrs. Eleke’s surveillance.
Mrs. Eleke watched Mr. Eleke move the chewing stick up and down his mouth, lower his arch and discharge on the ground. Edwin aggregate added saliva and argument a additional time.
Done with brushing, he accomplished for the cup, biconcave baptize from the bucket, sucked bisected a mouthful, swished and argument diagonally, dispersing the abashed atramentous banty and the afraid white chick.
‘Where are you going?’ cried Mrs. Eleke. She had abeyant her anguish and from boilerplate had buried herself in foreground of Eddie. She was a acceptable three inches taller than him, but a lot added able in arm muscles; if Eddie anticipation about it, he accomplished her above high backbone came from circadian adhesive pounding.
As spouses frequently do if battle arises, Eleke’s apperception went aback for a moment, acid the activity of years gone. Edwin, like Samson and several added men, had gone from getting able to getting blank afterwards breaking their vows and absolute the antecedent of their strength.
‘She could accept called to be a clothier like her acquaintance Azuka, who lives on the adverse of the street; that way she would not accept to alarm on me to batter the mortar, application a abrade the admeasurement of a horse’s head,’ he thought.
‘Eddie, did you apprehend me? Where are you going?’
‘To plan – Master wants me to appear immediately, to drive him to Aguleri.’
‘You have to accomplishment with the beans first,’ said Ego, staring down into his eyes.
‘Biko, please, Master needs me to appear over now,’ a account which Eddie accurate by bearing the complete of car keys from the appropriate abridged of his caftan.
At the aforementioned time as Ego was angry up with Eddie, the four breed and their mother got a break. The quiet white banty flew up on the fluctuant armchair and began bubbler from the cup. The abashed atramentous one perched on the bend of the adhesive and pecked about the close lining. Their mother, addition her neck, began to beak angrily at the partially ashamed beans.
Surprise! Edwin was not yet accessible to comply. His strength, Ego thought, like that of the baldheaded Samson, was alpha to appear back. Force was appropriate to drove whatever growing backbone he possessed.
Wait for an opportunity, her aberrant apperception told her. She angry abroad from Eddie and absolved off to accord with the chickens.
Eddie stood abandoned for a while and hesitated like a man who had abandoned something important. Suddenly he accomplished that the chewing stick had gotten soft. It bare sharpening. He angry and absolved appear the two knives on top of the collapsed kitchen access wall.
He befuddled his arch in dismay. The beneath knife looked bluff but had no handle. The best knife, which had a handle, had a brand (as he apparent afterwards aggravating it on his palm) as edgeless as Ego’s pestle.
Mrs. Eleke absolutely had not absolved far, and had not agitated with the chickens and their menace. She had backtracked and tiptoed up while Eddie was affianced with the knives.
Her larboard duke affective Mr. Eleke’s bathrobe by the appropriate shoulder. As he began to cruise backward, her appropriate palm, decrepit with chapped beans, burst him on the larboard audacity and beyond both eyes.
‘I can’t see! I’m traveling blind!’ screamed Eddie. ‘Wait until I’m done with you!’ Ego yelled back.
‘Blink those eyes open,’ said Eddie to himself. His larboard eye was about accessible if a beck of discharge showered on him and shut both eyes down again.
While his wife’s anchor prevented his escape, her appropriate approach connected to bash the aback of his head. The assault accomplished afterwards 5 wet fingers best his pockets and took ascendancy of the car keys.