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The Itch. by Royver(m): 12:22am On Feb 10, 2016
I'm sitting here with my laptop in front of me and my wallet wedged in my back pocket making my backside ache. I remove the wallet and I immediately feel a lot better. I've been angry a lot lately, today was just one of those days. I lean forward and put my head in my hands and I close my eyes for a moment and let my mind go blank. I'm trying to listen.

They are there all right, they always have been. The issue is to pick out the voices, hear what they are saying, ignore the itching on my face and hands and concentrate. One steps forward to tell a story. She looks timid, like the emotion of sadness in the animation movie "Inside out".

"Do you think anyone will want to listen?" She asks.

I scratch the itch on my right shoulder and nod my head.

"Okay," she sighs. "Here goes..."

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Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 12:25am On Feb 10, 2016
“There was no other way to get at him”, she said, her left hand rubbing her right shoulder comfortingly as she took a deep sigh and began the story.



“His name was John Emeka Johnson. Everybody that knew him always put his English name together with his surname and called him Johnjohnson. Johnjohnson had always been stubborn. Right from childhood he would steal the meat from his mother’s pot and blame the househelp for it. He would break the expensive glass potware his mother kept in the store for special occasions just because he loved the way it would shatter into thousands of tiny shards; and the moment his mother came running he would blame the househelp. And although Caro was five years older than Johnjohnson, she would burst into tears knowing fully well that proclaiming her innocence would be no use to Mrs. Johnson who despised her immensely andwho would immediately proceed to removing her leather slippers and flogging the girl with the iron tip until she had welts all over her back.


You see, Johnjohnson was a precious child, having saved Mrs. Johnson from being thrown out of her matrimonial home after almost ten years of barrenness. He was the only offspring of his mother and she had spoiled him rotten. His father on the other hand didn’t care much what his son did as long as he made good grades in school. And johnjohnson knew not to offend his father whose palms seemed to be thick as tree bark, for then that thick palm would fall with a vengeance on his face and back. It was whispered once or twice that the spirit that bothered the man bothered his son as well, but then maybe we will talk about that later.

Johnjohnson’s stubbornness followed him to adolescence and brought companions along with it. Anger issues turned to rage and theft became an easy pastime. Johnjohnson never took responsibility for anything that went wrong in his life and so the blame would always be transferred to someone else.


Remember the househelp, Caro? She was Mr. Johnson’s illegitimate child from another woman, whose mother had died during childbirth. One would think that Mr. Johnson would love and cherish her seeing that he wasn’t exactly gifted with fruitfulness, but on the contrary Mr. Johnson despised her. It was rumoured that it wasn’t all ordinary, that Mrs. Johnson had concocted heavy juju for Mr. Johnson to make him hate his own child. Others said the spirit in him would not have let him love anyone else beside himself anyway. Caro had nowhere else to go and took all the blame for Johnjohnson’s behavior right into adulthood. From her numerous unjust punishments she learned long-suffering and patience. She learned humility and sacrifice. Strength and fortitude were beaten into her and she grew up to be a woman who could weather any storm. No one bothered her about her studies; indeed, she was more than grateful that the Johnsons had allowed her to go to school at all. Initially she worked hard to make her father and step mother proud but then she realized that the more excellent her scores were, the angrier they were at her for outshining Johnjohnson. On more than one occasion her step mother had compared her class performance with that of Johnjohnson and suddenly and surreptitiously given her an inexplicable knock on the head. Caro learned from these little lessons that it was wise to hide her intelligence from her family members. And so she did.


Johnjohnson on the hand became worse. He killed the neighbor’s chickens for fun. He shot down with his catapult all the lizards in his compound and kept their corpses under the generator until they began to stink. He was a bully at school and stole the homework of the smart students for copying. Anyone who stood up to him was mercilessly beaten until it became a habit of the class to finish your assignment and then hand it over to Johnjohnson to copy before the teacher came in because if the teacher came in and asked who had done their homework and you had, and you scored higher than Johnjohnson, then woe betide you.

Johnjohnson also learned to stand up to his father. When he was caught in one of his many nefarious acts and brought before his dad, he would puff his chest out and straighten his back, thus standing taller than his usual height. He would look his father in the eye and tell him to do his worst. His father, in a rage that his son was standing up to him would deliver a blow to the son that would make Mike Tyson green with envy and make the neighbours start pleading on the boy’s behalf. Johnjohnson would pee his pants and pass out initially but soon he got used to it and started to strike back. One day when he was in his late teens he hit his father so hard the man fell on his back with a loud thud. Mrs. Johnson screamed and ran to her husband, fearing the worst. But instead Mr. Johnson had sat up, looked at his son with a grin on his bearded face and nodded his approval. Father and son bonded that day in a way no one, not even Mrs. Johnson could explain.
(to be continued)

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Re: The Itch. by lenmafon: 8:03am On Feb 10, 2016
gooooooodmorning mr roy. been quite a long time. how work and life? indeed my imagination is dancing to the rhythms of ur new story. weldone. *re u on night sift? just asking* cool undecided
Re: The Itch. by Niwdog(m): 8:13am On Feb 10, 2016
oboiyi this one go sweet oo
Re: The Itch. by Jumizie13(f): 8:32am On Feb 10, 2016
What a delicious breakfast
Re: The Itch. by JeffreyJamez(m): 10:20am On Feb 10, 2016
First Royver story of 2016!! grin grin....its a ghen ghen sontin!! grin grin grin

*strolls casually to VIP section*

let the entertainment begin!! grin

This first Update alone na fire!!...Royver!!..You know how we do!..heheheheheh

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Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 10:32am On Feb 10, 2016
lenmafon:
gooooooodmorning mr roy. been quite a long time. how work and life? indeed my imagination is dancing to the rhythms of ur new story. weldone. *re u on night sift? just asking* cool undecided
Gooooooood morning lenmafon grin, we thank God for every every. You know my way na, midnight updates. It's how I roll wink
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 10:48am On Feb 10, 2016
Niwdog:
oboiyi this one go sweet oo
Diabetic sef smiley welcome.
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 10:56am On Feb 10, 2016
Jumizie13:
What a delicious breakfast
Welcome pretty lady. Do take a seat smiley

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Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 10:57am On Feb 10, 2016
JeffreyJamez:
First Royver story of 2016!! grin grin....its a ghen ghen sontin!! grin grin grin

*strolls casually to VIP section*

let the entertainment begin!! grin

This first Update alone na fire!!...Royver!!..You know how we do!..heheheheheh
Happy new year bros grin
Re: The Itch. by Eridith(f): 11:10am On Feb 10, 2016
Jus arrived. Taking D front seat. Oya lets go there!
Re: The Itch. by write2obi(m): 11:13am On Feb 10, 2016
Another master piece on the way from Mr Roy. ...following.
Re: The Itch. by Niwdog(m): 11:35am On Feb 10, 2016
Royver:

Diabetic sef smiley welcome.
thanks doc. I enjoyed the updates
Re: The Itch. by saraphina(f): 11:52am On Feb 10, 2016
can I take a seat plz?
Re: The Itch. by RemenZack(f): 11:54am On Feb 10, 2016
Follow back, please?
Re: The Itch. by JeffreyJamez(m): 12:49pm On Feb 10, 2016
Royver:

Happy new year bros grin

same to you o baba!! grin
Re: The Itch. by JeffreyJamez(m): 12:50pm On Feb 10, 2016
saraphina:
can I take a seat plz?

you better siddon fast o before crowd will come grin
Re: The Itch. by fhunn: 3:37pm On Feb 10, 2016
Royver!....man I pray you get what you desire when you write.

Just take a good look at your intro, all that I see there is brilliance (abi intelligence, which one?), this callibre of intros only comes with maturity...that might be the only thing that will be etched in my memory.

The last time I saw a good story(based on intros) like this was in ss2, when the english teacher came in and praised a student about her essay intro in the last exam, I just had to check it out, maaann, it was good.
It is similar to yours but in your case it is a subconscious personality telling the story.
No 'emo' on nairaland can express my happiness that out of the decaying literature section something like this could still be presented.

In fact, God bless you!

#dances

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Re: The Itch. by zyzxx(m): 6:56pm On Feb 10, 2016
Present sir, nice work
Re: The Itch. by saraphina(f): 7:29pm On Feb 10, 2016
JeffreyJamez:

you better siddon fast o before crowd will come grin
OK boss
Re: The Itch. by OMA4U(m): 8:09pm On Feb 10, 2016
finally you have brought it in. Nice one.... Baba Roy...
Re: The Itch. by Opeoluwa99(f): 12:27am On Feb 11, 2016
I'm glad i read dis.i love ur nd ur intrlos,characters,descriptions,body,suspence,action........eeeennddings mister Royver although i never got to see one ending but i know dey would be great in summary i love d creativity originality nd d uniqueness in ur stories
thumbs up to u sir
more ink to ur pen
more grease to ur elbow
more current to ur phone nd laptop
more ideas to ur stories
more creativity to ur works
more fans to ur thread
more appreciation to u
more love to ur works.......anyone cares to add more
luv u sir hope to see more
Re: The Itch. by mcsnup: 3:00pm On Feb 11, 2016
:DNo how i late, people go alway they my back, bros i beg shift. I wan stay beside that babe i get some interpreting to do. Mr Roy, Oya let the party begin...
Re: The Itch. by stuff46(m): 3:32pm On Feb 11, 2016
present.
Cc. Skimpledawg
Re: The Itch. by Skimpledawg(m): 9:10pm On Feb 11, 2016
stuff46:
present.
Cc. Skimpledawg
ua lucky I saw dz
Re: The Itch. by Lawconfessor(f): 10:03pm On Feb 11, 2016
Booked
Re: The Itch. by Nobody: 11:26pm On Feb 11, 2016
booked
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 11:49pm On Feb 11, 2016
Eridith:
Jus arrived. Taking D front seat. Oya lets go there!
You a welcome!
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 11:50pm On Feb 11, 2016
write2obi:
Another master piece on the way from Mr Roy. ...following.
Happy new year bro smiley
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 11:51pm On Feb 11, 2016
saraphina:
can I take a seat plz?
Pls sit milady. Welcome.
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 12:06am On Feb 12, 2016
fhunn:
Royver!....man I pray you get what you desire when you write.

Just take a good look at your intro, all that I see there is brilliance (abi intelligence, which one?), this callibre of intros only comes with maturity...that might be the only thing that will be etched in my memory.

The last time I saw a good story(based on intros) like this was in ss2, when the english teacher came in and praised a student about her essay intro in the last exam, I just had to check it out, maaann, it was good.
It is similar to yours but in your case it is a subconscious personality telling the story.
No 'emo' on nairaland can express my happiness that out of the decaying literature section something like this could still be presented.

In fact, God bless you!

#dances
I'm honoured!
Re: The Itch. by Royver(m): 12:07am On Feb 12, 2016
zyzxx:
Present sir, nice work
Thanks!

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