Ope wasn’t sure this was right, or maybe he was overreacting. Maybe he had taken this too far. Snooping around to find Ben’s house and talking to his neighbors. Even going as far as trying to gain entrance into the house without success. At least, he now knew where to look if Maya went missing. Again. It was day seven of the fast, and he could not keep still. She had left school in a hurry and he worried about her whereabouts. A girl her age should have one good friend everyone associated her with, and Maya had none, except him, so he justified his fears and fierce faith.
At first, he thought he should follow her but how? If he had his own car, that would make sense. As he watched her get into a taxi in a hurry, he also thought of calling Ben and warning him. Maya was not herself anymore and now he was sure this man was responsible. The worst part was that he had nothing to hold as evidence. He just knew. His spirit was not at rest.
Maybe he needed to share his thoughts with Maya’s mother. They were in this fast together and she was the mother. She would have greater intuition.
Aduke just got in from her high school teaching job when Ope knocked on the door and entered as prompted.
“Ah, Ope. I was just about to call you,” Aduke said. “We are in battle.”
“Ma, we are. I have not had any rest for two days now.”
“Hmm.” Aduke cackled. “Sit down. Heh! I don’t know what this is, but I know God is in control. The devil is not joking, and neither must we.”
“Yes, ma.” He sat. “God is greater than the devil.”
“What will you drink?”
“Right now, nothing, ma. I decided to go completely dry until this is over.”
Aduke sat facing him. “My brother, I have been totally dry since we started. A drop of water has not touched my tongue for seven days!” Aduke clasped her hand. “And today. In school. I had a vision.”
“Glory be to God.”
“I saw a man dump the body of a girl by the bush. At first, I was afraid it was Maya. But it was not Maya. Then, I saw a family looking for their daughter. They went to the man’s house and he denied ever seeing the girl. My spirit lifted and God told me that man had plans for my daughter.”
Aduke laughed the short sharp laugh again. “As if it wasn’t enough, I saw Maya with a man. The man. And I came to myself.” She sighed. “Students were in class and it was close to the end of the day. I had to hold myself tight not to scream. As soon as we closed, I came home. I was about to call you and Aunty Ranti.” She sighed. “My spirit ministered to me that he will sleep with my daughter. Once he does that, he will exchange his destiny with hers, and she will become useless in life. Afterward, he will decide to kill her or leave her to be a liability to her family.”
“Describe the man you saw in the vision, ma.”
Ope heaved and puffed as Aduke described Ben, to the red cap he wore, and the funny shoes, to the glint in his eyes, and his scowl.
“That is Ben, ma. The evil one. I know his house.”
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