The knocking on my door woke me up and as I awoke, I was terrified. Who was it? was it time to lead me like a lamb led to slaughter to my sister’s “customers”? I wrapped my the blanket round me and went closer to the door. “Who is it?” I asked. “Open up, I can’t be seen here” came the reply. I hesitated for a second then, I opened the door. It was a lady I have never seen before, she seemed like my agemate and was so, so beautiful. She came in and looked around briefly then finally looked me in my eye. “You look like your sister” she said with a sad smile and my heart started to beat fast. What if she has come to do me harm?
“At first, I didn’t believe when they said Madam’s sister was here but then I overhead the conversation you had with her earlier and I was just…amused” She said running her fingers tips on my dressing table and then checking them for dirt. My heart beat faster “errhm, please what do you want?” I asked. “My name is not Errhm, my name is Ugo and I’m here to help you escape” she replied and it was as if I wasn’t hearing well. A memory flashed into my mind, a discussion I had with Amaka when I just gave my life to Christ. She was wearing a black top and ash joggers and I was wearing a navy blue gown. We were at our favorite hangout joint and I was telling her of how Hassel has been pestering me with calls and how I was scared that I would go back to my vomit. She held my hands in hers and said “ever heard of a way of escape?” I laughed and replied “a movie?”. She laughed a bit and shook her head. She freed my hand, picked her phone, opened something and gave me to read. I took her phone and read aloud “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it _ 1 Corinthians 10; 13″. I immediately sobered and looked at her. She held my hands again and said ” Ngo, there would always be a way of escape, always. God who has called us is faithful enough to keep us in him” “Always?” I asked with un-certainty lacing my words and to this she re-affirmed “Always”.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it._1 Corinthians 10 ; 13.Tweet
“Madam, are you still with me?” Ugo snapped her fingers. “Ehn, of course I am and I am elated. I am just wondering why you would do this for me? I mean you don’t know me and you might get into serious trouble for this” “I won’t get into trouble except we are caught and…” she looked at me and sighed. “Fine, my sister was the one that brought me here too. She told me she was taking me to see a friend that would help me with a job and, I found myself here. I couldn’t leave. I was abused day and night till I lost my mind and conscience. When I saw you, the look of pain in your eyes… I felt a tug in my heart and I couldn’t sleep till I finally came up with a plan” “there are other girls like you? no-one can leave? how are we going to…?” “See, I know you have questions but I don’t have the time. We don’t have the time. Do you have a place to go where your sister wouldn’t find you?” I looked at my bed and saw Mrs Chikamso’s card “Yes, yes, I do”
“Good, now listen to me, there would be a party tonight. A lot of people would be here. It would be a little bit rowdy, the new girls are locked in till later in the night while the old ones like me would go out to welcome our guest. When time is near, I would come here to disguise you as me and bribe the guy in charge all you have to do is flirt a little, smile, keep your head down and engage with no-one familiar till you get out of the gate and when you get out of the gate, run like you have never ran before and never look back. Avoid your sister and the friends that were with her earlier.” She pulled the veil covering just part of her hair to cover all her hair, walked towards the door, turned the knob partially and gave me one last look “I would do my part well but if you ever get caught, I was never here”. “Ugo, please wait” I cried “You just wait and pray. Pray hard” “how would I know it is you when you come?” “I would knock like I knocked before, be alert” she turned the knob fully and then she was gone.
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