Flash Fiction 'The Hideout' by Ayeni Tolulope

"Please, I am not evil, we find ourselves in desperate times in need of desperate measures to survive, like killing my baby."

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'The Hideout' by Tolu Ayeni

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I can feel it, from the way they are looking at me. I am being demonized, they stare at me like am a beast. I can read their minds, they are judging me in their heads. I am being tagged the mindless fellow.

So you are all saints right? cause I had to do the dirty job for our safety.

'Aishat you know we had no other option'.

She keeps starring at me like am a new found evil. She doesn't respond to my statement and shrugs off my arms as I try to wrap them around her.

I think I am now worse than the raiders, the men who burnt down our houses, killed our friends, forced us out of the town to dwell in this bush like rodents.

Am I at fault? we all knew what was at stake, we decided fast without thinking twice and after it has been done I am being blamed through their silence.

There is no room for error, we have been hiding in the thickest part of the forest every night and it is our obligation to remain quiet, as quiet as a dove if we want to remain alive.

Aishat stands up from my side, looks towards the lake and burst into tears.

Shut up!!!

Can't someone tell her to shut up, I know me saying it would be my second crime after just throwing her baby into the lake. I know it is depressing, I equally feel the same way but she doesn't have to sit there doing the same thing we disposed the baby for, it is inconsiderate of her. She is putting us all in danger.

Please, I am not evil, we find ourselves in desperate times in need of desperate measures to survive, like killing my baby.

 


Ayeni Tolulope
 is graduate of religious studies. He writes, read and act in another world. His works can be viewed atkikiotolu.blogspot.com. Or Add him on Facebook @chris.tolu

READ: 'The Gates of Madaya' by Ayeni Tolulope

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