“DEVIL, DIE ALREADY!” (SHORT STORY)

Nene was marching round like other congregants, screaming and shaking her head. Her three-year-old frame was mimicking the other worshippers. At some point, she stood with legs apart, both hands thrashing an imaginary being as she echoed, “Die, die, die!”

The devil was in deep trouble today. Any moment now, he’d be dead and they could go home. Flicking aside some beads of sweat that had formed on her forehead due to her exertions, she began the customary march to and fro, repeating as best as she could the prayer the leading pastor was reciting.

This was her first time being in the adult church. They do an awful lot of walking around here, she thought, as her small legs began to feel the strain of the long prayer session. She would have been home watching cartoons but her mum’s younger sister, who served as her nanny, had travelled, leaving her to continue in the adult service before going home with her mum. Her dad was a pastor and would stay for meetings later.

All the marching and shouting was making her thirsty. She weaved her way through the kicking legs, the flailing and punching arms of the petitioners and went to her mum about a metre away. She tugged at her arm and asked for a drink of water. Her mum took Nene by the arm and moved to her seat. She uncorked her water bottle and handed it to her. As Nene was guzzling the water, she snatched it back.

“Enough! Next thing you would be saying is, ‘I want to wee.'”

“Yes, I want to wee.”

“You’re not serious!”

“Sit down very quietly. Don’t disturb me when we’re praying.” She put her bag and the water bottle that were on her chair on the floor and lifted Nene onto it, placing her right forefinger on her lips to say, “Not a word from you!”

Nene sat for a minute, taking in the banging and shadow boxing of the people around.

“I can’t just sit doing nothing,” she thought. “Let’s see what treats can be found in Mum’s bag.”

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Climbing down from the chair, she started poking around the knockoff Gucci handbag and presently found some toffee-coated peanuts.

“Yeah!” she screamed. Thankfully, the packet was already open. Clutching the half-full sachet in her left hand, she used her free hand to drag her mum’s bag on the terrazo floor and moved to the nearby wall. As she leaned against the wall and munched happily, an elderly woman scowled at her, so she half shut her eyes and mumbled as if in prayer, nodding her head rhythmically as some others were doing.

But as the popular saying goes, good things never last, and so the peanuts ran out. Another dutiful search of her mum’s bag yielded nothing to eat. So she went for the water bottle and drank every drop. Returning to her former spot, she lay on the floor with her mum’s bag as pillow.

However, restless, she sat back up after several minutes and picked a book from her mum’s bag. It was big, black and full of print. Her mum had told her to not write on a book that wasn’t plain but there was nothing else to write on. Besides, there were some plain pages at the beginning, oh well, almost plain. She found a pen in the bag and began to scribble the English alphabets, the ones she’d learnt in nursery school. Actually, they were the only things she could write. A few minutes later, she lost interest in writing.

Oh, oh, she wanted to wee, as in, right then. She ran to her mum.

“Mummy, I want to wee-wee.” No response. “Mummy, please!”

Her mum reluctantly took her to the back of the church to ease herself close to the grass there.

When they got back to the church, everyone was still going, “Die, die, die!”

“Mummy, I want to go home.”

“We’ll soon go. Come on!” Nene had planted herself at a spot and refused to move.

“I want to go now, I want to go now!”

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“Sweetie, we’ll soon go. Just as soon as we finish praying.”

Nene, who had begun to cry, looked around at the sweating church folks, shouting, “Die, die, die!” and she wailed in frustration, “Devil, die already now! I just want to go home!”

As her mum lifted her to take her further into the church, Nene bawled and made a scene, reiterating her vexation in these words, “Stubborn devil! Everybody says you should die. Die already, I want to go home!”

-The end-

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34 comments

  • it’s really boring in that kind of environment, if the devil can actually die with the kind of die die prayers some people make he would have died long ago

    • Edith Ohaja

      Lol! Have a blessed week!

      • Ogbozor Chiamaka Zillah

        I don’t really blame the girl because the shouts in the church during prayer session especially about the devil sometimes make children bored and mimic the brethren.
        Nene would be like….this devil die die die no dey finish so? or maybe she didn’t see her mates to play with

  • Ogbonnaya Noble Comfort

    The devil would die if we live by God’s words not necessarily as a result of long prayers that weakens the flesh..

  • Amaugo Stephanie Chidinma

    😂😂 “Devil die already nah”

    The heart of a child, so pure ❤️

    I pray we develop childlike hearts towards the things of God!

  • Adeke Chukwuka

    Prayer longevity does not guarantee an answered prayer, rather the faith backed with the prayer and the content of the prayer

  • Nkwocha Chibueze Innocent

    I can still tell that some people that have prayed devil die today have gone back to their old life, the devil will die when one sustains his good life in Christ

    Have a blessed day

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

    Lol! The story is hilarious and I can understand the little girls plight I had experienced it before. I could only imagine ,even those members would start laughing after listening to Nene .

  • Abonyi chisom

    Lol! Funny though,i understand how nene feels, the stupid devil the whole church have been killing since should die so she could go home nah.😂😂😂 we should know that prayer works with faith. It doesn’t matter how long you pray what matters is your faith in God.

  • Anabude oluchi

    Quite funny! Basically the devil obeys God word and not by us displaying unnecessary action that are not necessary. And later on little or no result is seen.

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    😂😂, i can’t stop laughing😂. She couldn’t understand what was going on. The devil don’t want to die so that she can go home😂. “Devil, pity the child and die o”😂

  • Ochei mkpulumma

    That is the reason why it’s not advisable to take a child to adult church because he or she will not understand what is going on there. The child will not even allow you to concentrate.

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    Lol..why do I feel this story is been directed to me..I attend mfm with my family…and the die ! Die! Is literally what we chant most of the time…and I must confess it can actually make me tired and hungry as well especially for first timers so I understand Nene’s behavior ..it’s actually funny though 🤣

  • Mark Favour

    Haha! Really funny!! Too bad the child went through such prayer session. Well,the story exposes how unease children and even believers who are still coming up in the Lord feel when faced with certain levels of Christianity that are beyond them. It takes great energy to make them understand. They might even make a scene, just like the child. Haha! I enjoyed the amusement and the pure thoughts of the child in the story, and I pray that the devil would die quickly oo😁

  • Ahahahah……… The devil really need to die so we can all have rest and live a sin- free life to make heaven.

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    hahaha, nene wasn’t wrong for displaying her childishness, but Christians should remember that the battle we fight with the devil is a spiritual one that needs faith accompanied with prayers and not shouting and physically demonstrating with no faith.

  • Juanita Ikebudu

    Lol, what an interesting story, the little girl clearly did not understand what was going on and so she took it unseriously, thats the same way some adults take serious life issues with levity and take wrong decisions because of lack of understanding, its not just in faith but also in reality

  • Okoli Ezinne Juliet

    😂😂😂 I don’t blame the poor girl oo..she wants to go home already but her mum still insists the devil must die before they go. Interesting story tho..

  • Anekwe Paschaline

    Devil die already and let the little girl go home😂. Wonderful piece MA, it is both educative and funny

  • 😂😂😂 funny story! But yet instructive. What I believe is that there are other prayer points a believer should spend time on rather than killing the devil. Praying for the souls of men is paramount.

  • Ezidimma odinakachukwu oluchukwu

    Lol, I think children shouldn’t be brought to adult churches. They should have theirs to avoid distractions.
    Nene was already tired of the devil and wants the devil to die already.
    Children are handful😅

  • Ezidimma Odinakachukwu Oluchukwu

    Funny
    I understand Nene..she wants the devil to die already so that she can go home.
    But no amount of devil die will make sure he devil to die unless you have a right standing with God

  • Ozioko Glory Oluchi

    😀😀 very funny, devil should die and release the little girl to go home nah. To the girl, the blows are too much for the devil that he can’t survive it; devil dies already lol

  • Abah Okpe Gabriel

    Hahaha, devil die already, the devil should just die and allow her go home oo, this is one of the reasons why I love my roman catholic church, everything is timed. This is very funny, I have had so many experiences sometimes the pastors want to impress the people that he can pray and you get to be repeating prayer points, Thanks ma

  • Chinecherem Grace Stephens

    Hahaha! This story is so funny! I can relate well to this story, that moment you are caught in between what is so boring and what you have absolutely no interest in, yet you have to stay put.
    I love Nene’s innocent thoughts. If only we can all be so sincere.

    But please oh, did the devil later die?

  • Richards Orighomisan Mercy

    😂😂😂😂😂😂 devil die ohhh. Thank God I’m commenting on easter day, death could not hold Jesus down. It then means the devil has been defeated. Little Nene 😂

  • Eze Chioma Uzoamaka

    This is a very hilarious, relatable story. I love the cuteness and innocence of children. She failed to understand why the adults were fervently praying and begging God to send the devil back to where he came from because of her innocence and lack of knowledge of the devil.

  • Typical example of my nephew😅😅 this devil must die by fire by force.

  • Augusta Enekunoh

    Very interesting and intriguing story🤣🤣 reminds me of my baby nephew. Devil, biko die so I can go home.

  • Emelife Assumpta

    Hahahahaha…. This is hilarious,” devil should die already” and allow this innocent child go home with mummy. This reminds me of my nephew. Seriously, this can be frustrating atimes, it is not how long u pray that matters, but how well and the heart that matters. This little girl is tired, I don’t think she will like to follow mummy to church again….Lol..😁😁

  • Emelife Assumpta M

    Hahahahaha…. This is hilarious,”devil should die already” and allow this innocent child go home with mummy. This reminds me of my nephew. Seriously, this can be frustrating, it is not how long u pray that matters, it is how well and the heart that matters. This little girl is tired, I don’t think she will like to follow mummy to church again….Lol..😀😀

  • Okere Jovita

    Why won’t the devil die nah😂
    Nene is really stressed..all she wants to do is go home, she has heard enough for a day

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