He didn’t know if he should jump for joy or hide himself away. “How could all of them be here” he said to himself. He was yet to reach a decision about how to react to their arrival when Anne popped out of nowhere, she too was really surprised to see most of the people that came. She really didn’t know she was that important, she wasn’t even expecting upto 4 people but here she was welcoming 10 people which includes lecturers and students altogether.
She rushed to welcome them with hugs, she was reluctant to hug Clarieta but she did it anyways. She pointed out Ben who was still sitting in the car to Isaac, Ben had been anticipating that so he had rested his back on the chair like he was still sleeping but he just opened his eyes a bit to be able to see what’s going on. She ushered the rest to where they will be staying throughout the ceremony period while Isaac walked to where Ben was.
“Guy nawa to you oo, you just come this village kan dey form husband for Anne abi” Isaac said as he opened the door.
“Guy you dey craze oo, why you no tell me say them Clarieta and Ejiro dey follow you come” Ben
“Your left yiansh, your number wey I dey try since morning e no go” Isaac
“Na true na true, network no too bam for this village like that. Chaii how I go do with Ejiro and Anne now” Ben asked
“Wetin concern me, na me and you dey run their parole, abeg start car make you carry me round this village first “Isaac replied nonchalantly.
Isaac got into the car and they drove round the village.
The news about Omolabake’s death spread around the village like wildfire. The whole village came together to give her a befitting burial, it was indeed a special burial for her because the whole village were present at her burial ground.
Tunji and Ashake ‘re still not used to the fact that they are now alone in this world, all they have now is each other. Days and nights has passed ever since the death of Omolabake, they gradually adjusted to their old way of life, just that this time Tunji has to work harder in order to take care of his sister. Abeni stood by them also, she was indeed a rock for them, she brings them food from her house, she helps Ashake with her house chores.
Once in a while, they get gifts from the elders and some villagers who were willing to help the two orphans. Life was no longer a bed of roses for them as it used to be but they have no option than to take it as it comes.
They enjoyed the view of the village, it was really a tourist attraction for them. After they toured and toured round the village, they decided to head for the palmwine seller’s shop they saw around the corner when they were navigating the village.
“Madam abeg give us palmwine” Isaac said calling unto the woman who obviously is the owner of the palmwine’s shop. The woman is a young woman who should be in her late thirties, fair in complexion and down to earth in stature if you know what I mean.
The woman came to their table and dropped a 5 litre bottle of palmwine infront of them.
“How much you dey sell this bottle oo” Ben asked
“Ah ah una be strangers here” the woman asked out of surprise
They both smiled
“Yeah we are strangers, we are here for Pa Daniel’s burial ” Isaac replied
“Haaa una welcome oo, make I take the first bottle take welcome una but if you want another bottle, Na 200 naira” the woman said smiling flirtatiously, one would think she was trying to flirt with them.
On a deeper look, she might actually be flirting with them because her antecedents reveals the kind of flirt she is. She has slept with practically most of her customers but that’s a story for another night.
Isaac and Ben were gulping down their drinks one cup after another, they were almost done with the first bottle. They summoned the woman to bring another bottle and then they heard a voice behind.
“Make it two bottles” said the voice.
They turned back to see who just spoke and they started laughing.
“Class-rep sef wan shark palmwine oo” Isaac said after they have laughed for a long time.
He came in with another dude who came along with them from school, they really didn’t know him that much but they knew for sure he’s a 400l student.
“You guys know Seyyid na” Olutosin asked as they settled in a seat opposite Isaac and Ben.
“We just know he is one of the baddest guy in 400l but we didn’t know his name” Isaac said and they all laughed again.
They stretched hands to shake each other. The woman brought 2 bottles of 5 litre palmwine to their table .
“I dey sell peppered meat and pomo oo incase una dey feel the palmwine for body, make una use the pepper take Sama am commot for body” said the palmwine seller.
“Madam I hope say your meat go sweet as your face take sweet sha” Seyyid asked with a romantic look.
“Na you go judge that one oo” the woman replied blushing.
The other customers in the shop obviously noticed the flirting going on between the woman and the stranger. One of them decided to flair up
“Mama elemu abeg kan give us another bottle joor, na person wey no old reach your first born na hin you dey laugh for like mumu” one of the guys drinking shouted.
“Wetin happen, na because of 1 litre wey u wan buy make you dey shout” she shouted back.
The guys continued with their drinking and discussed about different topics ranging from politics to football and so on. They were now on their 4th bottles and were now getting tipsy.
Suddenly there was a sullen silence in the shop, it took some minutes before Before Ben and Isaac could notice the cause of the silence because they were backing the entrance. Seyyid and Olutosin already noticed the strange figure at the door and were also silent already.
When they realised it, they turned their heads and also saw the strange looking man at the door.
He was wearing a white robe and holding something like a staff, his hair were all grey, he looks very old or maybe it’s just because of his shabby dressing and hairs all over his face.
He stood affixed, his gaze Ben and Isaac was firm, one would think he wanted to kill them. The long silence was broken by the Palmwine seller’s voice
“Chief priest have I done something wrong against the gods ” the woman said rushing to the door and kneeling on the floor infront of the priest.
The chief priest didn’t look away from Isaac and Ben even with the woman talking in front of him. After what looked like forever, he spoke.
“Welcome back to provenance ” the chief priest said.
To be continued…