UNGRATEFUL

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Despite her disability, Jafaru still finds interest in Aisha as he summons great effort towards transforming her life for the better. But in the end, it turned out that she has not been able to replicate this act of kindness, as she finds herself biting the hand that fed her.
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Aisha as she was called, lives just across the street. All her life, she had lived an almost helpless life. At age 24, she could barely fend for herself, and this resulted to getting support from those around her.

Jafaru, a man in his late twenties who lives in the next street from where Aisha resides, has always desired to spend the rest of his life with her. Every morning he passes by her house to help assist her do the chores, before he sets out to his normal business. Jafaru believes he has to do something out of the ordinary to win Aisha’s heart, but he still hasn’t figured it out yet. His extravagant kindness towards Aisha has made people gossip about them, the gossip is soon spread to all parts of the community. Even the butchers and the tomato traders have the gossip of Jafaru and Aisha on their lips; as they would always say “who on earth would show compassion to that girl? To the extent that you spend so much time with her "Ahusibillahi!” (may God protect us from the devil). But the mystery here is not the show of excessive kindness; it is the fact that Aisha is blind. Virtually everyone who comes across their gist would say, “who on earth could act in this manner? Unless there is some sort of diabolical manipulation involved.” Aisha had always thought within herself, why does Jafaru show so much interest in her? That she would not dare to ask, since she wouldn't like to do anything that will upset Jafaru, so she kept it to herself.

It was barely a few months later when a good Samaritan agreed to intervene in Aisha’s situation, so that Aisha could have her sight restored; the identity of this Samaritan was undisclosed. Within a week, Aisha was operated upon and her sight was restored. Alhamdulillahi! (It is well), she would always exclaim. Aisha could now see, she could see the beautiful flowers in a glass vase next to her, she could see the people around and their beautiful costumes. All these amaze her and as a result she would say “I really missed a lot”. Then she thought for a moment as she exclaimed, “Where is Jafaru! Where is Jafaru!!”, “He is sitting beside you”, the doctor responded as he pointed towards the direction of a slim dark figure, wearing a green Kaftan.

As Aisha turned around to notice the presence of this God-sent, Jafaru in return utilized the opportunity to propose to Aisha. He said “Aisha will you spend the rest of your life with me”. No! Absolutely No! was Aisha’s response, “Me! Marry a blind man, never!” Aisha further buttressed. Jafaru was filled with anguish and decided to manage himself out of the hospital with the help of a stick, which he used as a tool to scan the path before him for contours and obstacles. Just before he exited the ward, he turned and called out to Aisha, and he uttered the following words:

“Take good care of those eyes, for before you owned them, they were formally mine”. Then he skimmed his way through the hospital exit, leaving her guilt-tripped, as she broke down in tears and wept.

 

 


Submitted: November 01, 2020

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