Quaku and Ayebea goes missing mysteriously. Their Father who is terribly sick is kept in darkness and told that they traveled. All efforts to search for them proves abortive and all these leads to the discovery of the Strange Room
“What does he take me for? Tell me. Who does he think he is? He can’t live a luxurious life at the expense of my sister’s life.
Leave me alone! Leave me alone!! I must go there and face him”, those were the last words of my elder brother before he left home. It’s been two weeks since he left and we still have no trace nor heard of him. The worst of it all was that none of us knew who my late sister was dating before she passed on. Did I say “passed on”? She’s nowhere to be found. If we knew who the guy was, we would at least have an idea of where my brother was. Everything was just like a dream. Neither myself nor my mum seemed to believe what was happening.
The case was reported to the police by Bro Quabena. He was a very close friend of Quaku.
He couldn’t sit in his seat any longer when he heard of the tragedy. As for my dad, we didn’t want to tell him of the predicament which had befallen us since he was unwell. Whenever he asked of my brother and sister (Quaku and Ayebea), I was quick to reply him that they had traveled and would return soon. “How soon?”, I always asked myself whenever I replied my dad. Anyway, I only pray they return to the house wherever they are, because I can’t keep telling lies to my dad. What if he found out that I’d been telling him lies all the while?
“Akosua! Akosua!!,”that was my mother calling. I ran towards her direction as I responded. She looked happy for once. That at least relieved me of all my unending thoughts.
“Mum, I can see you are very happy today. Can you share with me your secret?”, I asked. “Happy you said? I’m more than happy. I had a phone call from the police on my way to the house. They said…”
A call came in just when she was about giving me the good news.
“Ako, that’s Quabena calling. I’m sure he’s with the police. Receive the call and put it on loudspeaker”, my mum said. “…but mum, dad is not asleep. He might hear us. I think we must go out and listen to it well. Today is the happiest day in my life,” I said.
The police have done well. Not forgetting Quabena, I was over excited that I abruptly rejected the call instead of receiving it.
“Aagh Akosua!”, my mum shouted with rage. “Mum, easy. All I need to do is to return the call, then we are good to go”, I replied. I called back and this time around, a police man picked.
Me: hello. Good afternoon. Please let me hand the phone over to my mum since she is here.
Mum: hello…really? Hmmm…anyway thank God. I will be on my way.
(I was kept in the dark concerning what transpired between the two on phone so I enquired from my mum)
“Mummy, what is it? ” I asked. “Hmmmm, it’s Quabena I spoke with. He said the police said they’ve found some bodies, but they are saying they won’t allow him to see the bodies unless I come around”, she said with tears in her eyes.
“Does it mean my siblings are dead? Oh No! It can’t be!”, I shouted.
“Ako, what can’t be?”my father asked slowly from the room since he was bedridden and very weak.
I ran to him to make sure he was okay, but put up a lie that the exam I’d been preparing for and waiting to write had been cancelled.
“Don’t worry dear. You will make it even if it takes three years so relax and learn okay”, he replied.
“Okay dad. Will you need anything? I will be going to see my friend who lives down the street with mum. I learnt she’s very sick. We won’t keep long”, I said.
“Alright but don’t keep long. Tell your mum to get me some fruits on her way,”he said as I opened the door.
I hurried out of the room and saw my mum almost out of the house. I ran after her but couldn’t say a word. We were both sad. We anxiously walked side by side with tears in our eyes. For once, my mum passed by people without greeting them.
I wasn’t surprised though.
“Papa police, good day. Please I’m the mother of the deceased. I mean both children. Can I have a look at them?”, she asked when we got to the police station.
“Madam, how do you know they are your children without having a look at them? Besides they are three people. Anyway,let’s go in. The guy who called is in there waiting for us all to go and identify the bodies”, he said and led us to Quabena. Quabena walked to us immediately he saw us. He seemed to have been crying but he tried to console my mum and asked that she put herself together.
He put his hand around my neck and held my mother’s hand as we followed the police man to where the bodies had been kept.
“Here are the bodies. They are three in number so I will take off the cloth for you to identify yours,” he said while taking off the cloth.
I was scared but I wanted to be a witness, so stood still and pressed Quabena’s hand tightly.
“Nooooo…my God! Why me? So where are my children? Officer, please my children are not part”, my mum said. She sat on the floor and shed uncontrollable tears. Quabena tried to console my mum but there was no way she would listen. She had lost two children just like that, and my dad was also sick and bedridden.
I went closer and knelt by her with the idea of going to console her but I rather worsened the case. I shed tears as I had my head resting on her shoulder.
“Mama, it’s okay. I trust they aren’t dead and will return home wherever they are”, I said.
Quabena was short of words. Quaku had been his best friend from childhood.
“Mum, why don’t we cause the arrest of Godwin?”, Quabena asked? “Who is Godwin?”we both asked.
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