SOPULU AND THE POWER COMPANY (SHORT STORY)
Sopulu was bone-tired but she had one more chore to perform before hitting the sack. She went to the fridge in the dining room, pulled out the pot of yam porridge she had made that afternoon. She had hoped to refrigerate it for the children’s breakfast the next day. But power had been out for hours and she knew it would go stale if she didn’t warm it.
After adding some water to the food in the kitchen, she lighted the cooker under it and stretched out on the sofa in the living room. She had no intention of stirring the food. In a short while, she would switch off the cooker and go to bed for some overdue rest. The time on the wall clock in the living room was 10 p.m.
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Sopulu stirred. She had had a restless nap. Quick time check on the wall clock: it was already 10:30 p.m. Why am I still in the living room? As she grabbed her rechargeable lamp and headed to the corridor leading off the living room, she perceived a strong smell. The smell of burnt food? No, the smell of burning food!
She ran to the kitchen and put off the gas. Then she opened the pot to let the smoke out of the darkened mess within. She pushed the windows ajar too.
“What in the world will I give the kids for breakfast?”
She was too tired to worry about it. What was it the Bible said? “Let tomorrow take care of itself.”
As she entered the bedroom, light flooded the room. The electricity supply company had restored power!
“God will punish you people! You’re gallant at sending outrageous bills but your service remains temperamental.” Do not swear! It shall be well.
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017
What’s your experience with the power company in your area? Hope it’s nothing like Sopulu’s.
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