THROWN INTO MARRIAGE
The year progressed and then came the pandemic. Schools closed, family income dwindled and, My parents looked at a series of alternatives. Did not know I was part of the many options. Life paused, education opportunities disappeared. The family turned against me. The only girl. There is no more school for you, papa said. Besides I have been wasting a lot of money, Paying your school fees.
Mean, there he was looking me in the face. He had agreed to hand me over as a second wife. The rich old fellow. All he asked for was seven cows at the expense of My education, dreams and free will. Dreams shattered and hopes died. My no, was an abomination.
They tied cultural threats around my neck, Dragging me to his home. Here I am, With the little one growing in my womb, Every passing day of this draining pandemic. Days are dark and nights are ruthless, My dreams are shattered.