Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Meso…..,” I opened my eyes to my family singing right beside my bed. I couldn’t believe days had gone by and it was my birthday all of a sudden. I covered my face with my palms trying to hide my tears of joy. My parents had always celebrated my birthday but never had they seem so excited to surround my bed early in the morning to sing happy birthday to me with a cake. It was so weird to see them sing for me like this. Normally they would just wish me a happy birthday, pray for me and tell me they would fry chicken for me. I mean they used to celebrate my birthday at times but It wasn’t regular especially in this manner. I removed my face and looked up as uncle Sam slowly walked into the room. My smile became wider and I giggled with joy in my heart.
“It was uncle Sam that got the cake for you and told us to come and sing for you!”Esther said and jumped up with excitement when she saw him.
I guess she shouldn’t have snitched that way because I suddenly became a little sad. Although, I still smiled on the outside to show my appreciation I wasn’t really happy. Probably because I already thought my parents must have been so excited for me to decide to buy a cake and come sing beside my bed. I pushed that to the back of my mind and focused on what was going on at the moment. “Blow out your candles! Blow out your candles!” Esther yelled. I smiled at her and blew out the twelve candles that stood on the cake as they clapped and prayed for me. I thanked everyone and they all left the room except uncle Sam. He smiled at me and sat on the bed beside me. He stared at me for a moment and finally asked if I liked my cake. I said yes and thanked him for buying it for me.
“Anything for my love,” he said.
I just smiled at him and he hugged me. His arms were around me for a while which seemed weird until we heard Esther yelling out my name before he suddenly stood up and said he would talk to me later. I stood up, went in to take a shower and later went to spend the rest of the day with my family. Senior Daniel even texted me and wished me happy birthday he said he even had a gift for me and would give me when we resume school. I also got calls from some of my friends wishing me, happy birthday. I was so happy all through the day and didn’t let anything ruin it for me.
A week later……
“Uncle Sam, please leave me alone. I don’t want to do that with you.”
“Just once and that’s it. Meso please do it for me. Don’t you love your uncle? Just once” Uncle Sam held me as he was begging me.
I was crying and telling him I didn’t want to do it with him before I woke up to sweat running down my forehead and tears running down my eyes. I just had a very confusing, weird but scary dream. Why was I crying in my dream? Why was uncle Sam begging me? I asked myself. I sat up when I realized Esther was beside me. She said she had been waking me up but I just kept saying,”No! No! No!” I just told myself it was a dream and let it go. It was the first day of school after our Christmas break and I couldn’t wait to see my friends and school father. While I was moisturizing my body, Frank suddenly walked in. I immediately grabbed the towel that was beside me and covered my n@kedness. I couldn’t believe that just happened. Why does my day have to start this way?
“Ah! Sorry oo, I tink say you dey for bathroom. I dey look for Esther.” he said when he saw me n@ked.
I felt like using the bottle of cream in my hand to throw at his mouth. He just had to walk in at that moment. I grumbled in annoyance and quickly dressed up before he would come in again and say it was a mistake. I hissed when I was done dressing up and went to have my breakfast before leaving for school. Frank already took Esther to school since he was the one who usually takes her to school while I went to meet my friend who lived two blocks away from my house, so we could go to school together.
After school, my school father sent for me so I went to see him in his class. When I got there, all his friends that were with him started hailing him and smiling at us.
All his friends started hailing him…
I couldn’t understand why.
He just smiled at them and said, “You guys now, Na my school daughter oo.”
I just stood there until he asked me to hug him. I found it really strange and it became really awkward between us because I had never hugged him before and I never even hugged my own class boys. I didn’t want to cause more awkwardness so I just hugged him. All his friends were just raising their brows and winking at him. They sure looked funny. He later reached for his bag and brought out something in a gift wrap.
“Happy birthday!” he said as he handed the gift to me.
Smiling, I thanked him and then he said I could go and insisted that we talk on the phone later. As usual, I went to meet my friend who had been waiting for us to go home and we left for home together. Later that night, I spoke with senior Daniel on the phone and he apologized for the behavior of his friends. I told him it was okay and I found it rather funny than upsetting and he sighed in relief before saying goodnight. In a week’s time, I was going to the hostel as a border. My mum had broken the news to me the night before we resumed school. She said one of her friends told her that the boarding house was very good for training students and so she told my dad about it and they both decided I become a boarder. I was a bit excited and sad. I was definitely going to miss home but I was excited to experience the life as a boarder. All my friends who were boarders already talked on how they found the boarding house both tough and interesting. There was always something to talk about whenever you were with a boarder. I couldn’t wait to join them and experience it myself.
Five days later, after school on Friday, Uncle Sam came to pick me and Esther. I begged my parents earlier to let me spend the night with Esther and uncle Sam at uncle Sam’s place since I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to do that when I go to the hostel. Uncle Sam also helped to beg and told my parents to let me so that we could have fun together before I go to the hostel. I packed I and Esther’s clothes into a small suitcase and uncle Sam put it into the trunk of his car. Before we drove off, my mum told uncle Sam to bring us back before noon the next day so that we could finish the school shopping and get ready to go to the hostel on Sunday.
“Yes ma! No problem!!! We will be back soon. Don’t miss us oo,” uncle Sam replied my mum before starting the engine and driving off.
Esther who sat behind me while I was seated in front, at the passenger’s seat just kept waving at my mum until she was out of sight. In no time, we were at his place. I got down from the car, went directly to open Esther’s door and was about to open the trunk of uncle Sam’s car when he told me not to worry, that he would help us with it. He said we were his guests and didn’t want to give us stress so he told us not to do anything except to ask him what we wanted to eat or do. We got inside and uncle Sam directed us to the room we would be sleeping in. He told us to change and come out to watch the television or eat whatever we wanted. He even mentioned ice cream being in the freezer which made Esther jump happily.
“My refrigerator is all yours, in fact, my house is all yours,” He had said laughing.
I went into the room he had assigned us with Esther and brought out comfortable clothes for us to wear. Esther was putting on one of her princess dress like she always calls it so I got her to change into something much better. I was putting on jeans and a simple blouse so I just change the jeans into some shorts instead. After we were done changing, we went into the sitting to join uncle Sam who had also changed into a shirt and shorts. My sister immediately went to meet him and asked for the ice cream he had mentioned earlier. Funny Esther, he stood up and they both left for the kitchen. While they were dishing out their ice cream, I was going through my phone to be sure I wasn’t missing a call or message. There wasn’t a missed call or message so I dropped my phone aside and looked around in search of the remote control to the television. When I spotted it on the table beside the chair uncle Sam had been sitting on, I stood up to go get it when I heard uncle Sam and Esther approaching from the kitchen. I looked up and saw them with cups of ice cream in their hands.
Uncle Sam’s pov
After dishing out the ice cream for Esther, she insisted I dished her mine and her sister’s as well. Esther the ever caring girl and so I did as I was told and we left the kitchen with Esther smiling. When we got to the sitting room, my eyes noticed Meso straight away who also looked up the moment we approached the room. She looked as beautiful as ever. I wanted to take her right there at that moment but we weren’t alone, so I managed to hold myself to behave. I gave her the ice cream we had dished for her and we all sat down to enjoy the moment. I noticed she had already changed the channel to one of those her shows she enjoyed watching but Esther who wanted to watch something else started whining.
“I want to watch cartoon, Meso please..,” Esther said.
Meso who already guessed she was going to do that, shook her head and sighed in annoyance before changing the channel to a cartoon station. I couldn’t help myself but to stare at her every movement. I only took my eyes off when I felt she noticed I was staring and pretended to press my phone. I was going crazy for her. I just couldn’t understand why I hadn’t felt this way for a woman before. It got to a point I even opened the camera app on my phone and pointed it towards her direction in order for me to stare at her beauty without anyone noticing. I zoomed the camera until I could see every part of her body since she was sitting down on the couch across where I sat. My eyes scanned from the gorgeous eyes that sparkles in my mind to the fresh thighs that laid marvellously on the couch. I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t control myself at that moment. I had to confess my love for her. I needed to let her know so I would probably feel better. I needed to do something. My heart was beating so fast and I didn’t feel comfortable anymore.
I felt so restless since I wasn’t able to watch my show because of Esther who wanted to watch her cartoon. Instead of looking around, I decided to play games on my phone but I wasn’t feeling comfortable because I felt like I was being watched by something or someone so I looked up to uncle Sam who sat across me and saw that he was busy with his phone. I guess it was just a misconception. I went back to my phone and not long after, uncle Sam spoke, standing up;
“Meso, please can you come with me. I need you to help me with something.”
“Okay uncle, I’m coming,” I said as I stood up and followed him.
He was going into his bedroom and so I followed behind. Esther who didn’t seem to care or notice just kept on watching her cartoon. When I got into his room, uncle Sam went to sit by the chair that stood beside the table in his room while he gestured for me to sit on his bed. I couldn’t understand why because he had said to follow him so I could help him with something. I didn’t say anything, I just did as I was told waited patiently for him to talk. I actually thought he was going to give me one of those lectures about school. The ones on facing your studies and being a good girl since that had been the only talk ever since my family and relatives heard I was going to become a boarder until I heard him say;
“Meso, I’m in love with you.”
I was still confused because I didn’t know where this was heading to until he left the chair he was seated on and went on his knees right in front of me.
“Meso, I love you with all my heart. I want to make love with you. I want to you to be all mine. I want you in my arms. I can’t hold it any longer.” He kept on saying, still leaving me in shock and confusion.
Make love with you?…..all mine?….you in my arms?. It kept on repeating in my mind because I was trying to understand the meaning of all he was saying. “Uncle Sam, I don’t understand you.” I remember saying to him.
“Let’s just do it now, just once and we keep it a secret,” he said, taking his shirt off.
That was when I realized what uncle Sam had been trying to say. He wanted me to have s£x with him. I stood up immediately trying to step away from him but I wasn’t fast enough because he went straight to the door and locked it, keeping the key to the door on a high shelf that stood beside his closet. My heart was pounding as I was trying to process everything. In my heart, I was hoping it was a dream. I looked into my uncle’s eyes and I swear I was terrified of him. I had never seen him with so much hunger in his eyes, so desperate and so scary. I wished I had seen the devil instead. I moved back when I realised he was coming towards me.
“Uncle Sam, please, please. Don’t hurt me. I beg you uncle Sam,” I said while he was moving closer to me.
“Meso, I really don’t want to harm you. I just want you to love me back. I promise you’ll enjoy it. Just give me a chance Meso, my love. I love you with all my heart. I promise you’ll like it.”
Uncle Sam’s pov
I could see the fear in her eyes, I knew she was going to hate me after this but I just couldn’t control myself. I needed her as much as I needed the air I breathe. I wanted to be all over her. I noticed the tear that dropped from her eyes as she started crying.
I cried and pleaded with uncle Sam but he wouldn’t listen. I ran to the door and started banging on it, hoping Esther or some neighbours would hear but I guess that made uncle Sam mad and so he dragged me away from the door and threw me on the bed. Before I could even move, he started placing kisses all over my body. He tried to kiss me on the lips but I kept moving my face, trying to get away from his grip but he was too strong. He held me down so tight and manage to take off my clothes. I was left in my underwear and him, in his boxers. I told myself I could still escape and kept struggling but it was all a waste when he finally got what he wanted. He raped me and kept placing kisses all over my body despite my cries and pleas. He had taken my virginity, my dignity I had lost. I could only feel pain after he was done. He laid beside me, panting like a dog until he sighed and stood up. He looked down at me and said;
“Meso, why you doing like this now? You’ll be acting like you didn’t enjoy it. Oya go and clean up in the washroom. Let me change the bedsheet because there’s blood everywhere.”
I laid there in shock, with no words in my mouth. My heart ached like it had never, like it had been pierced with a sword. I thought I was going to die of shock because I still couldn’t believe uncle Sam would do this to me. Uncle Sam who people liked and praised like he was our father. He ruined me, I felt my life had fallen and shattered like a broken glass.
To be continued
As I write this story, my heart is broken because I know so many have gone through situations like this where they are being abused by others including relations who are supposed to be protecting them. I know all will be well.
My heart goes to all who have passed through this, it isn’t the end and you have so much ahead of you. Don’t even lose hope because God that made you survive after everything will continue to watch over you give you the strength to move on. God bless you.
What do you think should be done to a man like uncle Sam?