ANGEL IN THE SHADOWS (III) SHORT STORY
Our story stopped where Hassan banished fear and ate much-needed food from an unknown source. He has his suspicion about who his benefactor may be and moves to confirm it. Time to read and discover how that plays out.
ANGEL IN THE SHADOWS (III)
Later that evening, Hassan freshened up and went to see the girl opposite whose name seemed to have escaped him. He needed to thank her for the meal and, perhaps, hint that more will be appreciated from time to time. Unfortunately, she wasn’t around. Her younger sister, a fiery undergraduate called Tara, said she’d left on an official trip that morning.
She was just as voluble as her sister and kept Hassan trapped in a discussion of climate change. Seeing how passionate she was about the subject and how much sense she was making, Hassan agreed with her all through. She did most of the talking anyway claiming that Nigerians are pretending it doesn’t affect them.
“The people I blame most are those in academia, who ought to know better. You see lecturers in the natural sciences who should instruct others using SUVs, owning several of such high carbon-emitting vehicles. Does that begin to make any sense? People engage in all kinds of practices that are not environment-friendly and nobody cares.”
Hassan nodded and agreed that our elite often exhibit value incongruity. He added that the masses need proper education in these matters. Before he left, he sought to return the flask but the girl insisted it wasn’t theirs. Hassan then pointedly asked if they had cooked white rice recently. She burst into laughter and affirmed that no one did any sort of cooking in their apartment.
Confused but not particularly worried, Hassan went home only to meet another flask of food at the same position. It was his turn to laugh. He picked up the green flask of a similar size and make with the red one. When he shut his door, he began to sing,
Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Adonai, Jehovah
I give You glory, honour, power and majesty
You are the Lord, You are the Lord.
He checked the food. This time it was semovita with groundnut soup. Wonderful! It seemed he would be eating better now that he was jobless because in the past, he was always too busy and mostly lived on junk food. But he really needed to unveil the angel in the shadows that had undertaken to feed him. And for that, he needed a plan.
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016
At least, Hassan is getting the sustenance he prayed for. What do you make of the young neighbour he chatted with in this segment?
In the forthcoming segment, we find out Hassan’s proposed plan and the extent to which it works.
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