There is no turning back. I blindly make a run for my life. The ground is slopy and I opt to go downhill. I avoid going too straight and instinctively veer towards the left. I don’t know where all this energy to run is coming from despite the three days stroked with hunger. I know if I keep running I’ll definitely get to the river which I don’t recall well. My plan is to find it and walk along it or maybe walk till daybreak then finds a home.
I take a moment to look back, very far in the distance two flashlights twinkle like fading stars. It’s unlikely they’ll sniff my trail but I want to create miles between us. I can’t imagine being in their hands again, they can kill me bitterly. “Hell no!” I shout unconsciously as I realize it and quickly cover my ‘big mouth’ with my palms.
As I ran I suddenly get entangled in a chest high thorny bush and fall with a thud. I thank God my eyes are safe. My harshly pricked hands are in front of me groping in the dark. The pain is sharp but I have to keep moving. The crescent in the sky allows me to see just five meters ahead. Finally I see the river, a sigh of relief at last. On trying to walk alongside it, my feet can’t move anymore. I realize how thirsty, tired and hungry I am.
I crawl towards the bank and drink the water on all fours like a dog. My strength is diminishing but the water brings back a little life. They might catch me and besides there’s danger of being attacked by wild animals so I have to keep moving with my swollen feet.
I see a big tree with trunk as wide as a small hut, crawl over it and sit down. I hope the kidnappers too were kidnapped by a Hyena or something back there. I say several the graces and fall into a deep sleep.
The huge stick is going to land on my face, no way! I have to run for my dear life despite my feet’s stiffness. As I try to run I stumble and fall on a cemented surface. The pain on my back is taken away by the fact that I am safe. Such nightmares shouldn’t be for the living. I sweat heavily as I walk to the dining table for my breakfast.