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Just a little sin episode (15&16)


Episode 15

The city is big and wide, people trooping into the market arena and out.

Almost everyone appears in a hurry and inpatient, some were in chic chat mood which was obviously not very profitable.

While there are others leaving their shops and wares to gossip about somebody.

I have seen a woman talking with another who has different sets of smoked fish in a well round platted basket, it was placed securely on her head. 

Obviously a hawker who knew deeply that what she carries is perishable and needed to sell it off soon but there she was talking for almost an hour.

 She is obviously addicted to petty gossip, she should be out in the open market selling her wares, instead she stood with her tray filled with goods listening to another woman who obviously runs a mini shop

She didn't care even as the time flies.

I sat watching everyone and everything and trying to kill boredom, I want to rest a little before going home

I sat close to the butcher part of the market which was filled with flies and gutter smell.

Black scary smelling water was in all the gutter around there and this are things you will never see in my village.

My village is filled with natural smell and we breath in life not polluted air.

Tomorrow will complete my second week in this big city and I started searching for job right from the first week.

I searched for plumbing and welder Job since those are my area of specialties, I Saw none and nothing related.

Today, I have gone to several places for any kind of legal job even works as low as a sales boy but found none.

One said I was too old to be a sales boy. 

Madam, forget about age. All you should be more after is if I can give you good result in the job, I know I can deliver and very capable. I see no reason why you should put my age first before competency.

I'm still in my early twenties, strong, marketable, hardworking and outspoken I'm not trying to brag about the look because I know when it comes to being handsome, I'm okay with my look but this madams think because I look desperate for a job I don't qualify.

I'm responsible, I would have been a married man with kids if not that death strike unexpectedly. 

It took me unaware and broke me and life is never the same ever since then.

I have a daughter, I'm not ever present father but I'm a daddy anyway and a responsible one too.

If they refused to employ me then is there lost. The teenagers that they're looking out for so that they can pay peanut to them will end up stealing their money and and their goods inclusive.

Life can be unfair but I refused to brood over the past, the night mare that comes at me every night is enough torment.

I sat watching and thinking of what to do because I can't depend on Yoara always.

Him accommodating me is kindness enough. Because he's my step brother does not mean I should live on him.

He was a minister and has a good job too, he has a fiance and several other expenses, I can't add mine to his expenses. 

He said one of his boss needed a driver, if not that I don't know how to drive he could have recommended me to his boss.

Sitting alone and thinking about my whole life after a long search for job, I was interrupted by a young man, about early thirties.

He had flyers in his hand , he must have collected it from some young ladies sharing it along the market road. I saw them earlier and avoided their part, so that I won't collect any because I will end up trashing it.

"You have been sitting down here since, I saw you sitting here as I went up and come down.."

I looked at him then looked away without a reply.

I was not in the mood for whatever he was selling.

He is probably selling rat poison, gum or insecticide. I don't know what exactly he wants but I'm not interested.

"...see guy, I understand that you maybe going through a lot but many of us are also passing through alot but we are surviving no matter what. I'm a hustler and I see you as a hustler too.."

"I'm searching for a job, do you know where i can get a job? I asked.

"You're searching for a job, I may have a solution in my hand..? He said and looked down at the flyer.

I looked from him to the flyer.

"If you try to preach to me I will leave this place because I don't need disturbance. My brother is a pastor and we live together. So there's nothing you will preach now that I haven't heard before.."

He laughed out all of a sudden

"Please count me out. What do I know about Christianity or preaching but I'm actually a Christian but not that kind of Bible quoting, spirit casting type. I'm just a hustler and can hustle anywhere.."

I paid attention to him since he wasn't a preacher.

"...guy, see this flyer in my hand is an invitation to a church program. There's going to be a serious hustle and if you you're ready I will show you the way..."

"Please show me the way, Do they need workers then I'm in. Hope they don't delay payment because some of this religious people are good in holding back one's salary.." I said waiting to hear the job description or title.

He began to explain but I didn't quiet understand so I asked him to repeat again.

He did and I was still confused.

"With this flyer now, we will attend this church and during the deliverance time we will pretend to fall under the holy power of the man of God and we will roll and scatter chairs and..."

"Wait...wait..." I interrupted because he still wasn't making any sense to me. I thought it was supposed to be a physical job that we will get paid.

What type of God forsaken job is this?

"I will fall under a real power or fake one? I never said I want any man of God laying hands on me and delivering me from what i don't know off. How do money come from all of this things you're narrating.."

"Just listen first, don't interrupt again until I finish so that you will be able to understand everything and how money is going to come.."

He cleared his throat and continue.

"...Is not a real anointing power, I said we will pretending and fall. You know how people that falls under the anointing power behaves? That's what we will act and after the whole show, we will answer the alter call of accepting the Lord nd repenting from our sins, becoming part of their Church members. we will be called to wait after church and the ministers will talk to us and we will narrate some of our lives sad stories to him . You can add anything that will sweetened up your story and at the end we will be giving gift of cash and other materials like Bible which we can also sell and make more money.."

I was silently downloading everything he said

"Isn't all of this things you mentioned a sin before God and man? What if we get caught for putting up such a fake show in a church? What if the man of God carries real power, a real man of God that's having a real calling and can even curse us if God reveal to him what we were up-to? All of this is too much sin, I am only looking for job, I don't want any curse or trouble from anyone or even from God. I don't want to start incurring a curse upon myself and definitely can't even act all this drama..."

He chuckled and said.

"Sin? There is nothing like sin in what I said because God understand that we're only hustling to feed. I know this man of God and don't think he has power like that and we will have to make it very convincing.."

",I can't, this is not something I can possibly do. Is a bad idea and appears like a sin.."

"Is not a sin, even if it happened to be a sin then is just a very little sin which does not really count. We're not stealing anything from anybody, we are not killing anyone, we are not sinning in a big way, we're only putting up an act, I call it hustle for a living. Is just one small sin, I'm sure God will not even count it..God will overlook it. This church may even give you money to start your own business, they will want to encourage you to stick to their Church as their members. Some of this churches usually hustle for members and will do anything to have you stay. The program is in three days, you have enough time to think about it. Nobody really cares about you in this country, so my guy, you have to think fast before hunger or frustration renders you useless.."

He wrote down his number on the flier and hand it over to me.

"...I will be waiting for your call.." he said before leaving.

Konji is his name, he added it along with his mobile number. His name is funny just like his hustle.

I really don't know what to make out of this kind of job offer from Konji.


Episode 16

I stare at the flyer when I got home, I checked the program and Theme of the program Is "taking over from the enemy" The Theme of this program appears suspicious but that's not even my problem. I can never be able to do this because it does not feel right and is not manly enough to be falling down and doing such acting, rolling on the floor or falling on chairs just for how much?

I will be soiling my garment as a man just for a token

What if the man of God is real, what if they found out that we were only acting. 

How can I even pretend around that kind of thing.

Of all the whole hustle in this world, why will this man choose this particular one.

Konji is his name, he wrote it together with his mobile number.

Yes, I'm saying it again that his name appears unserious just like his appearance and his crazy hustle.

I'm still struggling to come out of the trouble I got myself into, maybe Oni would have still be alive by now if I had not followed the ill part of revenge.

The nightmares reminds me everything I should have done differently. Everything I should have avoided and leave revenge for karma

It was first a fight to deal with whoever was behind Dunfi's mysterious death, the girl from my college days I loved but she was way beyond my league and didn't hide it. She said to me that my breath smells, she hates my name and I can never measure in. If I can wait until she was done dating all the boys she likes then probably she may consider me but even at that she was not certain that it will be possible.

I have ran to Larry asking him if my breath truly stinks and he said that is not all the time except whenever I eat my Mama's bean snacks

I stopped eating it, I try to appear more organized and charming but Dunfi wouldn't give me a second look, she refused to consider or look at my side and all the changes I made because of her.

Her boyfriend then, Juru the guy I still hate even till date said I can't measure up to his dog, if his dog has a pet then that will be me. Insult of the highest order.

Dunfi dated other guys like Koni, another big boy like Juru.

I thought he was the one behind Dunfi's mysterious death. I ambushed him but still did not get the exact thing I seek.

My other suspect was Juru who was already dating Oni.

He didn't even mourn Dunfi before moving to Oni

Oni was one of the most beautiful girls in school who does not smile.

You can hardly see Oni smiling but it never affected her beauty.

Dunfi was beautiful and smiles alot, she plays too much and talk too loud.

I like her kind of humorous nature, she was too exposed for her young age.

Juru was way bigger than all other big guys in school and he wore the pride like a garment.

I was hurt because of Dunfi's death and wish her choices were different

I left Dunfi alone back then and try to forget everything about her and move on but suddenly her death knocked me off.

It took me by surprise, I was shocked to the bone.

It led me into wanting to get back at Juru when he deliberately rubbed his new girlfriend again on my face.

I promised him that his girlfriend who happened to be Oni will be mine.

He laughed, insulted me and said it can never be possible.

I was ready to go to any extent to make it happen and I went to the highest extent and made it possible, proving Juru wrong and also putting him to shame but now, Oni is in the grave all because of me. She left a little girl behind and asked me to be a father to her.

I never liked Oni initially, I didn't want anything with her and wanted her gone when the whole thing became intense

But after a little while everything changed, I began to have a deep feeling for her and I couldn't wait to make her my wife.

She could have be my wife but her father and step mother spoilt the show, making her change her mind at the dying minute

Oni, I miss her alot and can't stop blaming myself for all the agony and pain that her death brought to us

My father didn't show much sympathy, maybe he was trying to be a man in the means of everything.

Sometimes, I wish I can get a better father.

Mama said his weakness are women, Odez mentioned it too and few others 

He had three wives yet not satisfied

Mama is his second wife, Yoara's mother is the first.

They both have a separate houses he built for them.

His third young and beautiful wife lives with him in his fine house and I'm not sure father is satisfied.

Mistakes of the past were out of ignorance, I'm not sure I want to remain blinded by wrong things that appears right.

I asked Yoara how their deliverance section works and he explained that they do things according to the leading and direction of the Lord.

Deliverance does not come often, only when the Lord orders it. Yoara said.

His explanation wasn't clear, maybe he answered according to the question I asked.

I wanted to know what happens to a person if encounters the real anointing or deliverance.

I really wanted to know alot of things and is not because I'm interested in his religion or anyone else

I love this quiet lifestyle and my religion is humanity and communicating to God directly without having a bridge

I really don't know how all this things works and sincerely I'm not interested.

Yoara told me that he was going for one week ministers program and won't be back until the following week.

I understand he couldn't spare much and just within three days all the food in the house finished.

The little cash with me I used it to transport around in search of a job but I returned home empty.

The third day i was asked to resume in a factory.

Without wasting time, i happily started but I realized that the factory job was way beyond me. I was transporting twenty five bags of the factory production to the warehouse, placing them on my head and sometimes I carry them on my shoulder too.

Twenty five heavy bags not even fifteen which was still hard but achievable.

I have to meet up with the targeted number everyday so that I can get paid. After a week of trying so hard, I could only attend twenty one which was my highest number so far.

I had head aches, neck, shoulder, back aches. I was in serious pain all over and I know if I should continue with this kind of job my death will come sooner or I will turn an old man quicker before I even get to a forty years. I will be walking around with a hunch back and walking stick.

I reject such thing and not just rejecting I had to stop the job.

They paid me peanut for the one week and two days worked

I decided to take a rest before knowing what else to do with my Life.

While at home I remembered Konji and his flyer.

I decided to give him a call. 

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