"Where is the money?" she asked again, looking furious. Mrs. Johnson's
raised voice brought Ben out of his room.
"Mum, what's going on?" Ben asked as he joined them in living room.
"Ask her, my son, let her answer you." Mrs. Johnson said, gesturing at
"Juliet what is it?" Ben turned to ask her. Juliet who was still in
tears answered. "Mum's money is missing and she thinks I'm the one who
took it". "Juliet, did you take it? Please tell me" Ben asked.
"No Ben, I didn't touch her money" Juliet answered. Looking at her,
Ben could tell she really knew nothing about the missing money. He had
to intervene on her behalf. He asked her to go to her room while he
sorted things out with his mother. "Mum, how much are we talking about
here? Ben asked his mother after Juliet had left. "Why are you asking
me that? I don't know why you keep standing up for this girl!" Mrs.
Johnson responded. "Come on Mum, just tell me" Ben asked her again.
"5,000 Naira" Mrs. Johnson grudgingly answered.
"5,000 Naira? Was that not the money you told James to take from your
purse this morning for the DSTV subscription? Ben asked. Mrs.
Johnson's face dropped as she remembered that she had actually already
given the money she claimed was missing to James that morning.
She was, however, too embarrassed and proud to admit her error. So she
decided to stick to her story, even though she knew she was lying and
falsely accusing the poor girl. She insisted the money she was looking
for was not the same one she had told James to take. Ben didn't
believe her. He knew his mother well enough to know when she's hiding
something or lying. But he couldn't tell his mother that she was
lying. She was already furious. He couldn't afford to have her more
angry than she already was.
Ben told her he was going to pay the money and that he was going have
a talk with Juliet. He said that just to calm his mother down.
Juliet was going through very difficult times both at church and at
home. Apparently, her foster mother had been reporting to the church
Elders how that she had been stealing at home. Even though she was
innocent, this rumor about Juliet's supposed behavior had quickly
spread throughout the church. Living under Mrs. Johnson's roof was
virtually becoming hell for her. She hardly smiled these days. In
fact, she cried every day.
Ben was the only person that stood by her through those difficult
times. She prayed and prayed, all day and night. It seemed like things
only got worse as she prayed. She was no longer comfortable at church
as everyone was talking behind her back, calling her a thief.
Soon, Mrs. Johnson and her two sons had to travel for a 3-day church
outreach. Juliet was left alone at the house.
On the first night of their departure, Juliet locked up the doors of
the house and went to bed. Around 2:00 am, she woke up to hear
foot-steps in the hallway. She came out of her room to find out who it
was because She was so sure of what she heard, she then went and check
if she had really locked the door. It was locked, nothing had changed.
She then went back to her room and within some few minutes she was far
asleep. Suddenly, her door opened slowly and someone who was dressed
in all black with a mask on his face entered the room. Juliet didn't
hear anything as the person slowly went closer to her bed. The only
thing that woke her up was when her nose was suddenly covered with a
handkerchief to prevent her from inhaling fresh air. Within some few
seconds she become weak, it appeared that there was some sort of a
substance in the handkerchief that made her weak, helpless and
The unknown person then striped her naked and raped her that instant.
He went away right after this, leaving Juliet bleeding profusely. She
was a virgin until that night.
Watch out for episode 6