You own the house, the tenant owns the dog. You have to travel and stay away for quite some time for a reason.
Finally, you decide to go back home and on reaching your house you discover you can’t enter your own house. Your tenants furious dog is right in front of the house about to make your life a living hell and refuse you access to your house. It begins to growl and bark.
Your tenant is not around to make the dog behave. You have to hasten outside the gate and have to stick outside the gate to wait for your tenant to come back.
Your tenant comes back and takes the dog away. You look at it, it growls at you showing its wicked eyes and teeth.
The next day you step into your compound, about to go out, and the dog on seeing you, makes at you. Your tenant has gone out again leaving you and the dog. The tenant forgets to put his dog in the cage.
With desperate effort to prevent a fatal attack on you, you drop your briefcase and run.
The dog grabs your briefcase and keeps watch over it. Your phone is in it. No means to call your tenant to come to retrieve your briefcase.
You’re angry and have plans to disallow the dog in your compound. The dog looks at you again and growls and barks. It lunches an attack, you run to the gate, the only option you have. On reaching it, you discover it has been locked, your tenant has locked it from the outside forgetting you’re still in the house.
The dog rushes closer, nothing to do but climb the wall and that’s what you have to do.
A passer-by sees you jumping the fence, alerts other passers-by and they chase you to catch you. You know that thieves stand a good chance of being stoned to death in the area.
You run and run until you meet one of your neighbours who stands to explain who you are. But you are no where to be found.
When you later come back you have to send your tenant and dog packing.
Staying away for too long can make you a stranger in your own home.
Chase your dream but always know the road that will lead you home again.
I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
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