My favourite song at the moment was Frank Ocean’s Moon River. It’s a short song with two verse which Ocean repeats. For whatever reason, there is one line from Moon River that kept coming to my mind and it was this one:
‘Oh, dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way’
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I thought I was humming it in my head but then I heard my voice. It was out of my head. I could feel my vocal chords reaching and saliva from my mouth bouncing. Immediately I caught and cautioned myself. If you’ve ever heard my voice, you’d know why. I tried opening my eyes but they felt heavy and sore. Simply trying to open wasn’t working so I decided to take my time. Slowly open. Nothing. I tried again and I only caught a glimpse of light and a familiar face.
It was my mom.
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‘Oko mi!’ she shouted! I could tell from the way her voice sounded that she had been crying and from the little I could make out from her face, she looked like she needed a good night’s sleep.
‘Don’t try to open it too much, let it heal joor. I am so sorry Ty. This is my fault. We tried our best to keep you guys in the states but…’
Her voice started to trail off. She had been fighting back the tears but the emotions were winning. I wanted to comfort her and tell her everything will be alright. I wanted to give her a hug and tell her I loved her. I wanted to tell her that Nigeria wasn’t all that bad…well it was but she shouldn’t blame herself still. I wanted to tell her all these things but most importantly, I wanted to find out what she knew or what she had been told.
Funny enough, I wasn’t concerned with my face. I guess I must have figured out that since I was alive, whatever bruise or injury I had sustained would be alright. They would heal and I would be fine.
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Someone walked in.
‘Is he awake? Is he up now?’
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‘Yes o, my dear. He has woken up. Ty, this young lady has been helping me take care of you since the whole incident. She’s such a good friend.’
‘Who is it ma?’, I asked, knowing well it was who I thought it was.
‘Its me Ty, its Brenda’.
I started screaming.
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