The sight of my mum standing there with the gloves
in her hands terrified me. Cold shivers down my
This scenario was familiar, i knew what she was up
to, she had done it before.
But this time, her result will be different, i had lost
my virginity a few hours ago.
I could not imagine what will happen to me if she
discovered the truth.
"lie down" she ordered in a stern voice
"mummy please don't do this, i beg you" i pleaded,
kneeling down and sobbing uncontrollably.
"shut up, since you cannot explain why you came
home late, i ll find out for myself" she said, moving
"mummy i didn't do anything, please don't do this to
"I forgot to give you money for feeding along with
transport, so i felt you would use your transport
money for food. i stoped by at your school to give
you some money on my way back from work. I was
told that you and your friends left after the English
lesson. Where did you go?"
The entire story shocked me very much. My mum
knows definitely that i was not in school.
I couldnt tell her where i went either, that would
spell the end of lectures for me.
I had to say something, anything to get out of this
mess. It was moments like this i wished i had Ruth
" i went home with Ruth", i blotted out, without
thinking it through.
"havent i warned you never to go close to that
"she is the only friend i have" i said, increasing my
tears and hoping it would soften my mum's heart.
But that was not to be"
"friend indeed, how am I sure you haven't been
sleeping with men just like her"?
"mummy i swear i haven't"
"in that case lie down let's see", as she tried to pull
me up from my knees unto the bed.
My excuses and lies were futile, my mum was bent
on doing her inspection.
I knew exactly how bad this could get, the
embarrassment would be colossal. I was
determined not to allow it happen.
I made up my mind to stand up to my mother just
like Ehis had adviced.
I broke away from her grip, and moved away from
the bedside towards my wall mirror.
"My friend lie down on that bed before i lose my
temper", she yelled angrily.
" I'm not lying down, leave me alone" i yelled at her
with the same ferocity.
The expression on her face changed, the anger was
replaced with surprise and disbelief. This was the
first time i had yelled at her.
"so Ella, it has come to this?" She asked, walking
slowly towards me
I began to retreat, as she approached, I knew this
was not going to end well for a certainty, but
knowing about the state of my virginity would hold
far more dire consequences.
I had my back to the wall already, there was no
further room to retreat. My mum closed in on me
and aimed a slap directly at my face.
I caught her hand mid way in the air, and held on to
"so you want to beat me too?" She asked, and began
"Ella must beat me today"
She broke free from my grip, and held on to my
tightly to my shirt, ripping it apart with all her
She gripped my singlet as well, and began to tear at
it. I did not have a bra on, if i allowed her to tear my
singlet, i ll be Unclad.
I grabbed her hand firmly, preventing her from
tearing my singlet. We began to struggle, as we
pulled in opposite directions.
She freed one of her hands, and grabbed my skirt. It
wasn't firmly on my hips, neither was the material of
good quality. The slightest pull would rip it apart.
I wasn't putting on any panties either, and i thought
there would still be stains of dried blood on my
I just couldn't let her strip me Unclad. I leaned
foward a little, resting my whole weight and pushed
My mum went to the ground as if she had been
knocked down by a bulldozer.
She began to scream on top of her voice, "Ella is
fighting me o, My own daughter is beating me"
Her screams must have alerted everyone in the
house, as i heard doors flying open inside the
The first to arrive at my door was Ighalo. He banged
on the door, trying to inquire about what was
I ran to the door, and unfastened the hook. Ighalo
ran straight at my mum on the floor, and tried to
pull her up. She resisted every attempt to get her on
"mummy i told you not to fight her when she
returns, just look at what is happening" Ighalo said,
picking up my torn shirt and throwing it at me to
My dad entered the room in a hurry, and yelled
"what is happening here?"
" Ella is fighting me o, Ella is fighting me. Your
daughter is now sleeping with men, i wanted to
check if she was still intact, and she started fighting
Those words cut deep into my heart, i felt a mixture
of anger and remorse. I did not know how to show
My heart began to pound, and my knees knocked
each other. I was deeply terrified.
"so it has gotten to this?" My dad asked in anger,
walking towards me and pulling out his belt.
I began to take steps backwards towards the mirror
"daddy please I did not......"
I had barely finished the statement when the first
swipe of the leather belt landed on scalp.
I burried my head in my arms, to protect my face
from my father's battering.
Swipe after swipe landed on my body, it stung more
than a bee. One swipe hit the wall mirror, and it
came crashing down in pieces.
Ighalo rushed foward to my rescue, seizing my dad's
arm in the air, giving me a little breathing space.
I fell to the floor and began to weep. Flashes of heat,
coupled with tears and hot sweat ran across my
"Hold her, check if she is still intact." Dad
commanded, as he struggled to free himself from
My mum was already on her feet, she turned
towards Osas who had just joined us in the room.
" hold her for me."
As Osas began to walk towards me. i started to
imagine what would happen.
Osas would hold me down, while my mum parted
my legs in the full view of three adult males.
It would be a terrible embarrassment when they all
discover that my hymen was broken.
I couldn't take it anymore. All the remorse i felt
disappeared. A new feeling of anger and bitterness
swelled inside me, i felt like exploding.
I grabbed a piece of the broken mirror on the floor,
and made it visible to everyone.
"Osas, don't come close to me" I yelled at the top of
my voice, pointing the Sharp object at him.
The anger and ferocity in my voice, coupled with the
violent wave of tremor surging through my body
They stood in amazement, with eyes wide open. The
sight of me with the fragment of broken mirror must
have terrorized everyone.
Osas equally stoped in his strides and withdrew. An
uncomfortable silence followed.
I looked around the room, and had a clear site of
the door. I dashed straight for my bed, raised my
pillow grabbed my phone and headed for the door.
Everyone gave way and allowed me through. I ran
towards the sitting room, hoping the main door was
Ighalo ran after me, calling out to me, as if he knew
what i was thinking.
"Ella wait, please don't go, wait Ella, Ella."
His pleas fell on deaf ears. I opened the main door
and ran out, into the open.
It was around 7pm, and a little dark already. I could
barely see were i was going.
I unlocked the main gate, and headed out into the
streets, running straight ahead. Where i wanted to
go, i had no idea.
But i resolved not to return to that house that night.
I was ready to stake it out alone in the open.
I was out on the streets on a cold night, i had run
away from home. I put on my phone, and began to
make calls, trying to find a place to lay my head for
The sight of my mum standing there with the gloves
Abi ooo, dividend of enjoyment