Story: The Story of My Life…Episode 11
The Story of My Life…
My heart almost came to a stop as my mum approached the car. I was quite uneasy. Matthew placed his hand across my lips, to ensure I stay calm and quiet.
My mum walked up to our location, and began to look around. She went inside the children church and came out. She came around the back, towards the car.
She headed straight for Sarah, who was leaning on the car. I bent down quickly, to avoid her eagle eyes. Matthew assured me again that my mum couldn’t see us from outside.
“Where is Ruth”, she asked, looking around suspiciously.
“I don’t know ma, i haven’t seen her today” Sarah replied.
“Young lady, don’t tell me lies, are you not the one she is planning to meet here?”
“Me? No ma , i don’t know where she is oh”
“Who wrote her this note?” My mum asked as she handed the note over to Sarah.
“Oh, ma its me, but i gave it to her last week. We were suppose to have a rehearsal here during service. You know she is one of us,”
“So what are you doing here now”? My mum probed further.
“We just finished another rehearsal here just now, i’m about to leave now.”
“So were are the others then?”
“They have all gone, i was just checking myself in the mirror, that’s why you met me ma” she said, pointing at the car’s side mirror.
My mum looked at Sarah, with an expression of disgust on her face. Frisking her from head to toe with her eyes.
Sarah was heavily made up, she owned every single make up accessory a woman can have, and she had no restraint about using them. My mum hated make up.
“Oya, get inside the church, mass has started” my mum ordered her.
My mum stood, as Sarah began to walk away slowly. Sarah was a talented liar. Weather her lies were premeditated, or spontaneous, it was hard to tell the difference.
When Sarah was out of sight, my mum took a walk around the car, perhaps admiring It’s beauty. I could see her through the tinted windows. My heart sank when she bent down, and adjusted her head tie, using the side mirror. Perhaps she would have seen me if she turned.
As my mum walked towards the church hall, i knew it was time for me to leave. I have been gone for nearly . The longer I stay here, the closer I am to getting caught.
As soon as my mum was out of sight, I told Matthew I had to go.
“But common, she is gone now, we can spend a little time together, i really miss you Ruth.” Matthew said, in his usual gentle and pleasing voice.
As tempting as those words sounded, I knew i really had to go. If i take long, I don’t know which excuse to give my mum. I have never been good at lying.
“Matthew, I’m sorry, I have to go, my mum will come looking for me again.”
“But when can I see you again? I ‘ll like to hang out with you” He asked, with a sad look on his face.
I don’t know, I’m only allowed to go to church and school, i can’t leave the house”
There was a look of disappointment on Matthew’s face, he seemed a little frustrated. Deep down in my own heart, I’d love to hang out with him. But there was nothing i could do about it. My parents were everywhere.
“What if I pick you up from school?”
I greeted the question with a look of confusion on my face,
“How? ” I asked. Still very confused.
“I ‘ll come and pick you with a friend’s car during break, i ll bring you back quickly. No one will notice you were gone. Sarah will tell you how to leave the school.
My mind went blank for sometime. I knew Sarah and Hannah usually sneaks out of the school during breaks, but I had never followed them. I had no reason to. I still wondered how they were able to leave and return unnoticed and what actually was their mission out there.
I have always participated in the goodies they bring back from where ever they go.
I was really scared, but I had to accept. It was worth the risk, so i thought.
I unlocked the door, and attempted to leave, Matthew held me back, and pulled me closer to himself.
My head wanted to go, but my heart had a different plan, I was still consumed in my thoughts when he kissed me.
“We ‘ll continue from here, Promise?”
“Okay” he said, licking his lips in a seductive manner. I never knew what that meant. I had no idea what i had just promised.
As i walked back to the auditorium, my eye-ball kept dancing from side to side, incase someone had spotted me coming out of the car.
As i approached my parents seat, my heart began to beat faster. I felt like a thief, i just hoped the guilt i felt in my heart hasn’t registered on my face. I stole a quick glance at my mum’s face. She was still holding on to the note.
“When did Sarah give you this?” She asked as soon as I sat.
Last week.” I replied her.
My mum gave me a long suspicious look, and turned her attention to the altar.
I was really nervous, but all I could think about was meeting Matthew on Monday. I had made him a promise, even if I barely understood the nature of the promise.
To be continued…