About midnight, he stepped out of his lonely bedroom and tipped toed into the living room.
He stood there for what looked like eternity, lost in thought as he watched his wife and his only child engrossed in an episode of “Women Who Kill” on DSTV’s Crime and Investigation channel.
Then the memories poured in.
Five years of abuse and humiliation. To his wife, he was now an object with no human value.
Gone were the days when she adored him as they moved from one foreign country to another enjoying the best the world had to offer. Gone were the days when birthday gifts to his wife stunned friends and family.
Now he is stripped of all his dignity, a stranger and prisoner in his own house with no job and no dime in his honour. But it was the abuse that got to him. How can a wife he had bestowed with so much care and love turn around to treat him like dirt? He could not comprehend any of it.
As his eyes got misty, he eased out of the house un-noticed, scaled the high fence into the night and exited the estate through a broken storm water channel.
He asked God for forgiveness, and took a dive into the swollen stream gushing down into a nearby river.
He popped up three days later, floating, being feasted on by a school of little fishes.
You would think that that was the end of the story. But there was a twist that sent shock waves into the entire neighbourhood. The demons came hunting.
(Featured image courtesy, Frobenius institute.)