Amarachi The Beautiful Poor Child - Chapter Nineteen(Part 2)

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AMARACHI THE BEAUTIFUL POOR CHILD
Amarachi The Beautiful Poor Child - Chapter Nineteen(Part 2)

Theme: And Her Journey to Destiny-Discovery

By Erasmus Ugochukwu Okafor
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“Thanks so much, sir,” Amy said and searched her purse for money but
the man waved at her to put it back because it would seem like bride and he
wasn’t ready for such. “It’s just an appreciation, sir,” she added and still
brought out about five thousand Nigerian Naira and handed over to him,
“thank you, sir,” she appreciated and went back to the seat. “Continue, uncle,”
she said.
Ozo Odenjinji was so happy hearing his supposed enemy address him as
an uncle.
“The chief priest of Okija shrine lied to me,” Ozo continued, “he
discovered that I was being greedy, that was why he made me marry the same
woman that would lead me to this end that I’m facing now. I thought I could
outsmart the gods but at the end, after my arrest, I realised that I just fulfilled
the sordid prophecy about my existence,” he became teary once more; feeling
bad and dejected, “After the wedding that my brother and me had the same
day, Mkpulumma conceived, as well as Mkpuluchi,” he proceeded, “I
discovered that things suddenly became hard for me, so I went for the second
consultation and discovered that the chief priest was late, for he was an old
man when I met him. The son who took over from him revealed the truth to
me but told me it was late, that there was nothing he could do. That was the
reason why I eloped, taking with me, the twin sisters who wear pregnant
already,”
Serenity thrived, noises from people in the cell heard from a distance
while the girls kept listening.
Checking the time, they noticed that ten minutes remained. “Go on, Dad,”
Uremma said, “I thought I’m not your daughter but probably Mkpulumma’s
daughter, and Amarachi’s sister,
“I caused a grave pain to people of Ubulu but I didn’t care because I was
determined to marry Mkpulumma, so that luck would shine on me according
to the prophecy,” he said and held the hands of the two girls before him, “the
twin sisters gave birth the same day. Mkpulumma gave birth to twins while
Mkpuluchi gave birth to one child. I used a spell on the women to remain with
me so that they would think I was the good man and the king the bad. The
chief priest of the shrine was helpful, unlike his dad that was incorruptible,”
‘Serves you right’ Amy thought.
“And how did I end up not being Amy’s twin sister,” Uremma asked and
wished she had her phone to record everything. “Oh, I wish I have my phone
with me here, to record all these,”
“The nurse made a switch,” Ozo said, getting them confused once more
but they listened on, “It wasn’t an intentional switch but I never knew that
there was an enemy who had been stalking me because he knew about my
treachery but never told anyone, even the king he wanted to protect,”
“How?” Uremma asked feeling too curious to hear about her parentage.
“The aforementioned young man paid the nurse,” he started narratively,
“he paid her to take Chisimdi to Mkpuluchi, while you were taken to
Mkpulumma,”
“Please, I’m sorry to interrupt at this point,” Amarachi said, “so Chisimdi;
Uremma’s elder sister is my twin sister?”
“The answer is glaring and bare,” Uremma said and embraced Amy, “I
wish you’re my twin sister, but I’m okay with being a cousin to you,”
They both wept in each other’s arms as Ozo watched with admiration and
regrets of his actions in the past.
“If that is the case,” how did Chisimdi come back to you?” Amy asked
prudently.
“Let’s just say that God kept protecting Amarachi from the day she was
born; away from my grip,” Ozo said, “When I discovered that my wife
(Mkpuluchi) died shortly after child bearing, I was sad but not heartbroken
because in my heart, I felt that the right one meant for death should be gone
than be alive and be an ill luck to me,”
“So my mom died after giving birth to me?” Uremma asked with a broken
heart and dispiritedness.
“Yes, she did,” Ozo Odenjinji replied without mincing words, “I decided to
take the three kids as my own, even though I marked them all. I thought that
Chisimdi was my daughter, so I decided to add Uremma to make mine two,
without knowing that Uremma was my biological daughter switched by the
nurse. When I wanted to make a switch, I took her back thinking that she was
a piece of luck from the woman who was meant to be a blessing to my future,
without knowing that she was still a product of Mkpuluchi,”
“OMG, so I was born by a cursed woman?” Uremma said with sorrow
while Amy comforted her.
“Mkpuluchi was never a curse,” Ozo explained, to make them get the
picture clearer, “She was simply destined to be my downfall and not that she is
cursed,” he held Uremma’s hand firmly and said, “You’re a super blessing. Do
you know why?”
“Please, tell me,” Uremma replied with rapt attention.
“I thought it was only Mkpulumma’s children that would bring me luck
as a cultist but since I initiated you into the sisterhood, you became a piece of big luck too, getting me convinced that you were truly the daughter of
Mkpulumma that I thought you were. If you were cursed or your mother
cursed, would you have been an ocean of wealth for me? Think about it,”
Uremma became happy again, even though she was sad for the way her
mom died. She felt as if she was the cause of her death because she died giving
birth to her.
“So how did my mom end up in an old truck?” Amy asked, believing that
he’d have a clue to that too.
“You have a sharp brain, my daughter,” Ozo said observantly.
“She’s the most intelligent girl in the Economics department currently,”
Uremma said vauntingly making Amy feel so elated and proud.
Amy’s elation was made evident by the smiles that overtook her disguised
glee. “Please, stop,” Amy said bashfully and flapped her palm in the wind, “it’s
just God all the way, and I thank him,”
“Onatarachi (gift from God) should be your name,” Ozo hinted, “because
you’re a destined child from birth. No wonder I couldn’t lay my malicious
hands on your life or destiny till you grew to this perky and beautiful young
woman. I was even surprised when you disappeared mysteriously from the
truck after I made it seem like your mom was dead,” he said, making their
heart and mind filled with a fresh question, “I know you’d ask how I did that,”
he said and continued to stifle their questions because they had exceeded the
additional 18 minutes given to them. Even the security operative was restive
but didn’t say anything yet.
“Yes, please,” Uremma said, “be fast about it, “My charms that made Mkpulumma think that I was the good guy later
failed, making her confront me and threatening to go back to the king. The
queen mother’s agitation made me get a stronger potion that made her go
insane completely so that she’d forget anything about her origin. The magic
was that when she finally recovers from her insanity, she must have forgotten
everything about her past and would believe whatever I make her believe,”
“Wicked man,” Amy muttered angrily but still had to be happy that two of
her parents were still alive. She couldn’t just wait to break the news to Ego
Oyibo.
“I am not just wicked but salacious, ignoble, nefarious, and even a sadist,”
he added assuredly, making them calm and listening, “I got that old truck and
made it be a shelter for Mkpulumma. That truck belonged to the king of
Ubulu, my elder brother. When the truck was new, her wife was so fond of it.
Since I knew that she had an attachment for it, I hired a tow van that I used to
steal it from the palace back to Onitsha. No one had ever seen me since I left
Ubulu until I became as powerful as I am now, so they wouldn’t dare to
challenge me. As an insane woman, she loved the truck and stayed there at the
location I chose. Being that there was no way I could take care of the three
children without her help, I took two of you (Amy and Ure) back to her, and
then planted someone who always watches over them from distance. He brings
food to her and watched over her for me. Being that few of us in Ogbuo Okpoo
(Kill and dry) fraternity that I belonged to knew that Mkpulumma was filled
with luck, we started sleeping with her in turns to keep our wealth
perpetuated. It was just four of us and we all grew so powerful more than
others. The Ogbuo Okpoo fraternity later got affiliated to the wider body called
the cartel, making me the head in the Eastern zone, The two girls were so perplexed; happiness returning in full to them since
the reason they came for was being fruition. At this time, they were relaxed
and listening.
“Go on dad,” Uremma said, feeling piteous for her dad as she imagined
how he’d end in jail soon and she wouldn’t see anyone to call a dad. Even
though he was a bad man, he was still her dad and that was a fact she couldn’t
erase. Blood is thicker than water still.
“My informant hinted me that a woman comes to provide food for
Mkpulumma, to the extent that they’d become friends,” he continued, making
Amy think of Ego Oyibo. “Due to this, I decided to make it seem like
Mkpulumma died, using a potion that I got from the chief priest. Even though
Mkpulumma was seen as a madwoman, she still attracted some much
attention from people, but I tried as much as I could to keep her hidden so that
the news of her existence in Onitsha wouldn’t filter into the ears of the Ubulu
people, and finally to His Royal Highness who thought her wife was dead. The
HRH knew that I had a connection with the supposed death of his wife but no
one saw me until I became powerful, and then challenged him because he had
no evidence against me,”
“You’re negatively intelligent,” Uremma observed vocally.
“And you would have remained powerful even without being the bad
man,” Amarachi said in support to Uremma’s input, “you chose the rough part
of life because you were greedy,”
“When the potion began to work,” Ozo went on; attracting an absolute
silence “I did my best to take the people’s attention from the beautiful
madwoman. When the people I hired went to steal Mkpulumma, they
discovered that one of her children was gone. They suspected it was the woman that visits her but no one could locate her. We were surprised that
Uremma, one of the babies tasted the portion too and went into the induced
coma as the mom. They couldn’t explain how it happened, but it made it seem
that she died too. Even the Datsun truck disappeared later and couldn’t be
found,”
It was time for them to go, because the DSS agent came to them feeling so
sad because he got a call from his superior threatening to issue a query to him
for allowing Ozo Odenjinji longer time that given to him.
The DSS boss was even very angry with the officer placed to guard them,
but when the man presented the recordings he made with his phone
concerning the entire conversation, they applauded him. No one knew he hid
the phone beneath the table. They needn’t evidence in court anymore because
it already came from the right source.
Ozo Odenjinji wasn’t even bothered because he knew he’d end in jail, and
he felt it was best, for him to atone for his numerous atrocities.
“Amarachi, before you go!” Ozo Odenjinji shouted as they dragged him
back to the cell, “Ask Professor Nwoko about the location at Ogbunike cave
where Mkpulumma is kept safe,”
Ozo’s last speech marked the end of the girls seeing him.
Amarachi was sharp enough to get the phone number of the DSS officer
that she gave N5, 000.00, and then got the full confession transferred to her
phone through Whatsapp social platform. Her reason for this was to save her
strength when she finally gets to her dad or mom. The entire village must
listen to it too; to believe their story.
It was surprising to Uremma that Amarachi had been a princess from a
royal lineage suffering for many years because of Ozo Odenjinji’s villainy. She
couldn’t wait to break the news and gossip to her friends, especially the fact
that Amy was a cousin to her.
With happiness, the two girls went back to Onitsha and broke the news to
everyone.
Ego Oyibo was so happy about this. She couldn’t wait to meet her and
know how she’d be, especially after twenty years.
Dave, Harry, Obinna, Ujunwa and all in the house jubilated when the
news got to them.
Life felt so complete for Amy who couldn’t sleep a wink because she was
bent on seeing her parents that she never knew.

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