She yawned and rubbed her little eyes with one tiny hand and in her other tiny hand she dangled her favourite teddy bear. The teddy now dangled at the hem of her night dress. She slowly dragged her now heavy legs across the corridor to where Mama was waiting to lift her and put her in her bed.

“Come here you! Oooh! Who is a big girl now?” Mama said. “I am!” Aluoch responded with dampened enthusiasm her eyelids steadily closing with her chin rested securely on her Mama’s shoulder.

As Mama opened the door to put Aluoch to bed, something felt wrong. She could not figure it out. Her blood went cold. She steadily shut the door of the room and dashed to her room, almost tripping and dropping her daughter. She shoved the door open almost hitting her husband on the other side of it.

“What’s wrong?” He asked. Mama’s face went pale. Baba quickly pulled them in and slammed the door shut and locked it. He drew them close to him and walked them to the bed where he tucked them in. They held each other tight. No one spoke, but they knew the worst was yet to come.


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