25th December- What Happened Yesterday.
Have you ever surprised yourself by doing something you thought you’d never do?
Tayo was heading back from work on Christmas eve when fatigue crawled down his spine. Who goes to work a day before Christmas? He reminisced about Christmas when he was a child: the beautiful Christmas tree in his family’s house in Ondo, the sweet spicy smell of hot jollof rice mixed with smoke from the firewood always filled the air, with the entire compound and outside fully adorned with Christmas lights and decorations.
Years later, Tayo barely put up any Christmas lights in his house, asides from the lights he bought at the supermarket and that was because the cashier wouldn’t stop offering him some. The only thing he thought about was the sleep marathon he’d engage in on Christmas Day.
Suddenly, he slammed the brakes as he realized a big brown hen was trying to cross the road, about 400m away from his house he slammed his brakes again; another big white hen was walking in front of his car.
That was when it came to him; maybe it was a message, maybe this is God telling him something. It was about 7:00pm and everywhere was strangely quiet. He put the car in park and opened his trunk, he grabbed the big fat hen and put it in his trunk.
He wondered if it was stealing but he came to the conclusion that everything belonged to God and one hen crossing your path is a coincidence but two? That’s a blessing. ‘Christmas ti lit!!!’ Tayo spent the rest of the evening turning the hen into beautiful fried chicken.
The next morning, Tayo woke up, ate some more chicken and went back to bed. At about 11:45am, Tayo heard a knock on his gate, when he opened up it was his friends Ade and Chinedu who also happened to be his neighbours. Tayo entertained them with chicken and red wine, Ade kept asking for more as he told the fascinating story of the strange things that happened in their area the day before.
He told Tayo of how a woman had confessed to being a member of the occult. ‘Everything happened suddenly, one second the woman was crying, next second she turned into a white hen. Some people screamed, while some ran and others froze. The hen took off so fast that no one around could get a hold of it, I think it came down towards your street.’ Ade expatiated as he crushed the bone of the delicious chicken.
Tayo stood in confusion and shock, could it be the same white hen?
Should he tell Ade and Chinedu?
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Written by: Mariam Alayande
Photo by: Chiharu Shiota