AMICA

Amica looked at her mum’s bruised face and felt her own blood draining from her face.
She felt sick. Rage welled up inside and tears unending threatened to flow.


She knew he had beat her again.
When numbness filled up the spaces emotions occupied, she let it. “I’d never get married”, she swore, “I’ll never be as weak as Maami, never!”
Seeing the determined look on her 8year old daughter’s face as she came towards her , made Erica cry afresh. She cried like a lost child.


“Amica didn’t deserve all of these. She didn’t deserve it_ “,Erica grieved, ” I don’t deserve this either. Oh Uzo, Uzo this is not the love you promised.


When they heard the front door bang and slurred footsteps, Erica forgot her grief instantly and mentally prepared herself for more.
Uzo had come home and he was drunk, again!

Brenda Chinonye Ella Ace

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