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The Ancestral Arrow (part 1) by Chikezie1245: 6:47am On Feb 15
‘‘Sometimes, being pushed to the wall gives the momentum necessary to get over it. ’’

— Peter de Jager.


I should have discovered the animalistic instinct in Ógù when he slit open our nanny goat’s belly because the poor animal was bleating in discomfort, but I waived it aside as a mere irritation of a man who was already deeply angered by the incest committed by his brother.

That was my belief, though, for Ógù never disclosed the real reason behind his action, save for ‘it was disturbing my peace.’

And I didn’t bother to elicit his mind from him, too. Perhaps I didn’t want to aggravate my already-troubled spirit. Ofo and Ekemma’s clandestine affair was a hole in my chest which I didn’t know how to fill. And I think that the enormity of this pain was as a result of Ekwe’s ignorance of the taboo. If she had known, she would’ve cursed the day both Ofo and Ekemma were born, no doubt, but both of us would’ve shared the burden, and a burden shared is a problem solved.

All the while, I thought that I knew my son, Ógù, but I was living in a fool’s paradise. His familiarity became extinguished the very day he became a monster and isolated himself from the rest of us.

But all these atrocities were manifestations of my costly mistake. Ori, the Chief Priest of Okirikiri River, warned me, but I and Ekwe’s protracted childlessness affected my sense of reasoning that led to the tragedy in my family.

To be continued...


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Re: The Ancestral Arrow (part 1) by Kaycee9242(m): 12:49pm On Feb 16
a very good start bro, i also commend d enticing title which drew my attention to open the thread. i would like to know how often u intend to update
Re: The Ancestral Arrow (part 1) by tunjilee003(m): 6:42pm On Feb 16
Good start, following.
Re: The Ancestral Arrow (part 1) by Chikezie1245: 9:59pm On Feb 16
I update my stories everyday.

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