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   Chapter 1 Darkness

Arrested by love By Authoress Harry Characters: 4918

Updated: 2021-06-04 16:48

Darkness covered everywhere in theland of Obioha. Not even a single starcould be seen in the sky talk more of themoon. The screeching of bats from anearby bush could be heard at this verylate hour-12:00am. Daria, the onlydaughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred stretchedawake on her bed to the noise comingfrom a distant. Due to the darkness ofthe room, she located where the electricswitch is and put it on. Light shone allover the room. One could see a typicallocal girl’s room; clothes hung on a ropewhile some on hanger. At anothercorner was a locker full of books andpapers. Her bed was nothing to writehome about. Obviously, the roomindicated the poor background of herparents.Daria quietly moved towards the door,she wore a gown without a bra. Sheplate her hair in a local fashion but thatdidn’t remove an atom of her beautyrather it improved it to molecule addedto the attractive fair body complexion.She could hear the noise and shout of afamiliar voice then she held her chest.“Austine?” she soliloquized as she wentback to her bed. Sooner did she hear thevoice again loud and clear, “Please, don’tkill me!”“Austine!” Daria stood up with a speed.She quietly opened the door to avoidwaking her parents up. When she gotoutside, she couldn’t believe thedarkness of the atmosphere.Nevertheless, she hurried up into thedarkness. Dogs barked, crickets chirp,frogs croaked and most of all, catspurred but Daria kept going. Shehastened up and began to run becauseshe couldn’t bear the cry of Austin. Asshe ran like a blind woman, shestumbled and fell seriously. “My God!”she exclaimed…**On the other hand at the very resident ofAustin, he laid flat on the floor wearingonly a boxer and singlet. Before him wasa man on mask and black. On his feetwere Timber-land boots and on hispalms were thick black hand-gloves. Hehad a sharp sward which he had usedon Austin already. One could see bloodgushing out from Austin’s arms.“They call me Red” Ebube, the man onmask began. “I guess you must haveheard about me coz my fame bread likea bedshirt. Your stubbornness let youinto this. You should have cooperatedwith me peacefully. Now, look at whatyou’ve done to yourself” he shuffled thesward into it’s shelf and turned. He hada power motorcycle which he climbedheroically and put the key in the ignition.The tyres of the motorcycle is as big asthat of vehicles but had wider area.“Crooom, croom” it set on mo

tion andblasted out.**Daria struggled up without minding theinjuries she sustained, so she began torun again. As she ran, she heard thehoot of Owls and croak of toads butthese sounds suddenly overcame by thesound of Ebube’s power motorcycle.Hearing that, she hid beside a nearbybush. She could see the ray of lightcoming from the opposite direction. Itdrew closer and closer until it passed,then she began to run again.At the resident of Austin, as Austinstaggered inside with his hands full ofblood, Daria arrived. “Austin?” she calledin a low voice standing few metersaway.“Daria, what are you doing here?”Austin asked holding his arm.“I heard you shouting that’s why icame” Daria sighted the blood thenrushed him. “Oh my God! You arebleeding! What happened?”“I was attacked but Red”“Red? Who’s Red?”“A criminal i guess”“Thank God he didn’t take your life. Letme clean you up” Daria sighted a bucketof water. Austin stared at her as shecame back with the bucket and told himto sit down but he refused.“Austin, why? Let me clean you up” Dariastared into his eyes with a clean cloth inher hand.“No, Daria” Austin replied.“But why?”“I’m worried why you came all the wayfrom your house to this place. Have youthought of what your parents will say ifthey get to know you left your house tomy house at this hour of the night?”“But i came to save a life, especially forthe person i love. I couldn’t bear hearingyour shout then keep quiet. Please, allowme to clean the blood. You’re bleedingfuriously” Daria concluded then bothstared at each other silently…**Mr Alfred, Daria’s father woke up to thesound of the motorcycle. He stood uptoward the parlour door and found itopen. With the same gesture, hechecked on Daria but couldn’t find her.“Elizabeth!” he shouted his wife’s name.“Mama Daria!” he added before the wifecame out adjusting her wrapper.“My husband, what is it?”“Where is your daughter?”“You mean Daria?”“Do we have another one?”“Hehy..” the wife entered Daria’s roombut couldn’t find her. “My husband,where is she?”“I’m asking you and you are asking meback. Ihia anyi biara o gwam gwamgwam?” the husband spoke in igbolanguage.“I don’t know where she is”“If i don’t kill that girl with my hands,she won’t disappear by this time of thenight!”“Heh! Chim oh!” the wife adjusted herwrapper again. Just then, Daria cameback with blood stain on her gown..

To be continued……………..

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