Monday, 29 July 2013

Dodo Gang Story Time!

As aunty took the last bunch of plantains and cut through them with a sharp knife, the reality of the scarcity of raw plantain was brought home. Not one plantain tree had yielded harvest ever since the last harvesting season, and none had been brought in by the lorries too. The local medicine man said the plantain was the symbol of the god of fertility’s penis, and he was probably using it at the moment. So he advised patience and goodluck.
However rumours abound that multitudes of plantain trees were yielding harvest deep inside the forbidden forest, and that only children below the age of 15 could go in and come back alive.
So aunty finished slicing the plantain, and straightened out.
It had to be done, Boy Jay and his sister would have to travel to the evil forest.
Boy Jay and Ralia were the children of her elder sister who had abandoned them with her three years ago when she ran away with some businessman from 'the city', not even looking back to pick the headscarf that danced to the ground due to the speed of the okada she was on.
'Boy Jay!, Ralia!, carry una head come here'
Two underfed and emaciated children scattered into the kitchen, wondering if their dinner was already ready .
Boy jay didn't waste time 
'Aunty I don wash una cloth. Abeg drop small Ralia dodo put on top usual portion way una dey give me  chop, today. I be good boy'
Of course Ralia wanted to tear a hole right through his big mouth with her eyes.
Aunty waved it away,
'Big Jay, shut up! Na serious matter I been call una here on top. See'
she showed them the empty plantain box.
'Dodo don finish.'
Boy Jay and Ralia broke down in tears.
'Aunty whyyy???'
'You talk say you no go do this to us'
'Aunty na to strike oh'
So aunty had to slap Boy Jay squarely in the face so Ralia knew to shut up along with him.
'Na wetin una go do I been dey reason. No dey scatter water on top my food abeg.'
They both obediently nodded.
'So today today, una go enter aproko forest. Unless no food for one week'
Both of then chorused 
And both of them were slapped.
'E no suppose less eight, abi ten bundle. If you bring nonsense come back, na on top mammy water head una go sleep this night. Gerrout of my sight before I find that my cane'
As aunty stood to look for it, they both scattered outside. And looked in dismay as she closed the door behind them, and locked the house.
Boy Jay straightened up, and helped Ralia with some dirt on her back.
Ralia spoke
'Boy Jay. Wetin we go do now?'
Boy Jay stopped dusting her unsersized gown
'Na to go bring plantain come back for aunty, make we move '
And slowly and surely, they made their way onto the evil aproko forest, on a mission to retrieve the ultra rare DODO.

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