Brotherly Love – Episode 6



Andrea tried to keep her eyes from shutting. She was waiting for her mum again. She didn’t know why she was bothering herself because she knew her mum wouldn’t come early but she just wanted to see if just this once, for her daughter’s sake, her mum would arrive early. She had tried to reach her mum’s phone but it had gone straight to her voice mail and the secretary at her office had said she was held up in a meeting which didn’t look like it would end soon.

Nana had cooked but she could barely eat. He had noticed she wasn’t in the mood to prepare any meal so he had volunteered to cook rice so they eat with the stew they had bought from the mall.

Andrea knew she was hurting him by being so cold but she couldn’t help it. She needed space to clear her head and deal with these unwanted feelings.

She turned to look at the wall clock and realised it was half past ten.

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Nana paused the game. He seemed to be losing every match because he wasn’t concentrating on the game he was playing. Andrea filled up his mind. He didn’t know what else to do to get her to talk to him.

They had had supper together and she barely ate. He had tried calling his mum to tell her to try and come home early just that night so they could both talk to Andrea and see what exactly was wrong but he had been directed to her voicemail.

He honestly wanted to step out of his room and go check up on her but decided not to. He had peeped into the hall about an hour earlier and had found that she had made herself comfortable on the largest couch in the hall with a duvet wrapped around her body. She seemed content in that position just changing channels.

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Lydia froze after opening the door and letting herself in. There, on the couch, lay Andrea fast asleep. It dawned on her that her daughter had to hang onto her word of coming home early so they talk but she had disappointed her again.

Lydia groaned and gently set her heels down. She didn’t want to make any noise to wake her up. She promised to set an alarm so she wakes up early enough to speak to Andrea. She scolded herself for becoming such a careless mother. Lydia tried to console her guilty conscience by shifting blame to her ex-husband. She cringed at the very thought of him. Their divorce had led them to sleep in a jail cell for a weekend while their children remained sheltered by their friends. If he hadn’t been involved in all that nonsense they would have remained that lovely, jolly family they had been.

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Nana walked to Andrea’s room to see if she was in bed and asleep but found her bed empty. He wondered if she had fallen asleep on the couch and decided to go check the hall.

He smiled when he saw her all huddled up on the couch. He knew if she spent the whole night there she will wake up with all kinds of aches in her body and would want to use that as an excuse not to go to school.

He walked up to her and carried her in his arms to her room. He realised she had become heavier. It had been long he had carried her so.

Gently, he laid her on her bed, covered her up and walked out of her room.

To be continued….


God bless you


7 Replies to “Brotherly Love – Episode 6”

      1. It’s been great so far. I like your creative use of suspense which makes the readers yearn to know what would happen. that’s a good job there. well…I think Andrea would eventually get to talk to her mum and she’d realize the great mistake she did in the past by not giving a listening ear. I hope Lydia’s attitude doesn’t push Andrea to be deviant


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