I bounced home happily, jumping and kicking the air playfully. My school bag hung at my back following a routine of going up and down as I increased my pace.
Moments later as I was about to make a turn to Bucknor Street, I stopped goofing off. This street always had something for me since I murdered my dad. Yes! I murdered my dad and I have since enjoyed replaying the events of that day in my head every time I remember how it all happened.
I know you must be wondering why I did it but to me, it was an act of bravery that took so much courage to accomplish.
My Dad had always been a drunkard and woman-beater since I and my sisters could remember. Seldom, my siblings and I have had to watch him inflict many injuries on our helpless mum.
That fateful day, I came back from school. The house was awfully quiet which was unusual as I had expected Mia and Mary, my younger siblings, to come rushing to help carry my bag. But none of this had happen and I quickly sensed something was off, rushing into the house I met mum lying lifelessly on the floor of the parlour. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I couldn’t hold them back. Suddenly, I heard some muffled whimpers from the direction of the toilet.
I made way to check who was there and I saw something frightening. There, by the toilet door sat my dad with a knife placed by his side, but he was asleep. I guessed he dozed off after he must have murdered my mum. Gently and quietly, I tiptoed to his side, took the knife. As I was about to drive it into him, he opened his eyes, but I didn’t budge, instantly I did the deed. He pushed me away and struggled to run outside with the knife still stuck in his belly but he fell. I made to run away, but the toilet door opened and I froze. My sisters sat by the side walls of the toilet facing each other, their eyes had become reddish from crying for a long time.
I knelt on the floor. ”Come outside, it’s fine now,” I said to them and they rushed towards me, hugged me and in no time I could feel their tears burning my shoulders.
Nwanne Ifeanyi is a native of Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria, born and bred in the western part of the country. He is currently studying Hospitality Management and Technology in Lagos state Polytechnic as a part-time student.