Written by: Ayokunle Olagoke
8:45p.m; April 29, 2016
EXT. NIGHT. BIG COMPOUND. DOWNSTAIRS
The neighbors gather outside, downstairs, in a mournful state. Health officials step out of the ambulance to carry the victim, Mimi (33), on a stretcher. Her body is covered with a white cloth. Two kids are noticeable as Sean (8), the elder screams uncontrollably. At the sight of the victim, he suddenly embraces Paul (4), the younger child. He covers Paul’s face to prevent him from seeing the victim. The policemen are on the scene, they walk down hastily from upstairs with Tamono (38) handcuffed; an innocently looking young man. They seal up the crime scene with a tape, observing it critically with their bright light. The detective wearing gloves, picks up a broken tooth, after further search, he picks up broken pieces of glass as well. The women at the scene embrace the two children and take them to one of the apartments downstairs.
8:02p.m; April 29, 2016
EXT. NIGHT. BIG COMPOUND. DOWNSTAIRS
The compound is lively. Some adults are downstairs in their singlets and boxers, some with wrappers. The only apartment with light is the one upstairs, the other apartments have lesser light sources. Suddenly, a huge sound is heard. A female body drops from the two-story building upstairs to the ground with a knife dropping from her hand as she falls.
7:28p.m; April 29, 2016
INT. EVENING. BEDROOM
Mimi is in front of the mirror, her face made up. She moves closer to the mirror to access the bruises on her face and hand. Tamono walks in carrying her bag for her. He appears remorseful. He stands behind her, she can see him from the mirror in front of her
Bae… you’re still not saying anything.
I think we need to change that hospital,
let’s get a new place, I don’t like the
way they stare at us whenever we go
there, the nurses look mischievous
Mimi shakes her head as tears roll down her face. Tamono quickly goes down on his knees, grabs her two hands
Bae… don’t cry again, please. Look, I
am deeply sorry, I don’t know how it
happens but trust me I am seriously
working on it, believe me when I say I
love you deeply
No Tamono, (Sniffs as her tears flow
down faster) I don’t think we need to
change the hospital.
What do you suggest then Bae?
I suggest you go see a therapist who
will take you through how to express
your anger in a healthy way, how to quit
beating your wife… Sean’s teacher
called me, she says Sean has been
sleeping in class all week, when he was
asked; guess what he told his teacher,
the boy is smart, he told the teacher he
doesn’t get to sleep at night. No, this
is our fault, we are responsible…
Tamono gets up on his knees at this point
Hold it! Look I am not a kid, I have 9
years experience as a lawyer (points his
finger at her face in anger) when people
say it is our fault, what they mean is
that it is your fault and it is not my
fault! okay? I will not take that!
By now, Mimi gets on her feet
Tamono, this week has been hell for me.
I am getting tired Tamono, I am getting
tired! Look at my body, look at the
bruises… Tamono see my face, who put
Tamono moves closer to her face, raising his voice
You put them there! You put them there
the day you decided to marry me
Yes! Did I pretend to you? I showed you
my real self before I married you. This
has been happening before we got
married. Tell me I had not raised my
hands against you before I married you
here. We make choices, you made a choice
to live with me and to the best of my
knowledge I am working on the damn anger
thing! Who the hell has nothing they are
working on anyway?
Tamono, you are a shameless beast! You
bastard have the effrontery to say such
gibberish! Is it until you kill me? You
of all people should have an idea of
what human right means
He gives her a heavy slap with the back of his hand
I will teach you how to talk
respectfully to your husband
She makes her way to the sitting room, Tamono runs after her, she manages to lock the passage door to prevent him from getting to her before proceeding to the sitting room where the children are watching the TV
Sean! (Panting heavily) take your
brother to the room now! Go!
Sean is looking confused. He carries the younger brother who looks unaware of what is happening
Make sure you don’t come out until I ask you to
Suddenly, they hear a loud noise like the door has been forcefully opened. Tamono bursts into the sitting room sweating
You know you are dead right?
He approaches her in the presence of the children and punches her. She struggles to free herself. Sean covers his brother’s face
Take your brother in! Go in! We will be
Tamono continues to hit her
Even if you make more money than I do,
that still doesn’t mean I am not your
Tamono you are hurting me!
She finally breaks out, sights a knife on the dining table, makes her way there, picks the knife to defend herself.
That’s right! yes, come on now, come and
stab your husband
He moves closer to her as she walks back gradually towards the corridor outside the sitting room which is partially covered by a cracked glass
Don’t come near me Tamono, don’t make me
I want you to do it, I want your news to
be on the dailies- the woman with two
kids who murders her husband with a
He approaches her speedily, struggles to take the knife from her, by now Sean is behind him with a big encyclopedia, he hits it on his father from behind. Tamono looks back and pushes him away. Mimi loses a tight grip on the knife at the sight of Sean stumbling. Tamono takes advantage of the moment, in an attempt to pull Mimi closer and snatch the knife off her hand, he pulls her too hard, her head hits the cracked glass at the corridor and she falls from the two story building to the ground floor with the knife falling alongside with her downstairs. Tamono is shocked to his bones, he finds it hard to believe his eyes. As she hits the ground with her mouth open, one of her tooth falls off
Thank you for reading.
This is a dissemination of the research work of Yusuf O.B, Arulogun O.S, and Oladepo. O, the full work can be downloaded here: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwixz_HoltDMAhVFQiYKHevNAT4QFggqMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.academicjournals.org%2Fjournal%2FJPHE%2Farticle-full-text-pdf%2FDA713F41475&usg=AFQjCNGRy3Rma55LEykfxiklrd49gmGvdg&sig2=Md1nl39xQAuOezmmaP88RA
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