BEAUTY IS A BURDEN (a novel) (35) by Godwin Inyang
Emos, Kokomma, Idara and Gideon shuffled to safety next. Then Israel, Eric and Dennis. Itakwa and his boy were approaching the middle part of the makeshift bridge with Mike and Zig tailing them.
Itakwa struggled between keeping his gun aloft from the water and shuffling forward. His left hand raised the gun up from the water as the right hand gave support to his young assistant. Then he missed a step, his hand shaking and the gun slipping. Attempting to get hold of the gun, he went backward with it – splashing into the water and being swiftly whisked off just as the gun disappeared.
Ete Edem and Okon who had seen what had happened, hollered at the trembling hunter’s assistant: ‘Keep coming, boy! Look ahead, keep your feet firm and keep coming!’
Itakwa couldn’t swim. The vain struggle ended as briefly as it had started and there was panic on the bank. As the last three persons inched towards safety, with the others watching and fretting, Ayara and Okon dove into the water in search of the hunter.
Fear overtook them all as night, with massive strokes of its brush, painted the sky black.
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