Abiola stands on the Mount of Peace looking at the Holy Township, hoping he can settle on the mountain with no other human in sight. It is six o’clock in the evening and dark is fast approaching. Something stirs the leaves which rustle. He turns to see another man making his way up the mountain. “There goes my peace” He angrily whispers under his breath and makes his way down. He is in trousers and sneakers with a long sleeve shirt and a cowboy hat. He wears the hat in such a way that no one can see his face. With his hands in his pocket, he makes it down the steep and passes by the man without as much as a look, talk less of a greeting. Coming back from Knowledge County, where he had his education has opened his eyes to so many things. But his nation is so different from Knowledge County that he wishes he had not traveled at all for higher education. All his beliefs are useless in Fair Nation, his own nation. The scary thing is that, he never saw it that way growing up. Everything was normal. Yes, he nudged fear but never thought anything unfair. Also, after he traveled and returned, every usual thing has become unusual to him. “Could it be that knowledge beats the conscience of the ignorant even through its power?” Abiola thought. He spent only six years studying first degree law and a masters in Law. He is now 31 years old and has been transferred four times due to his insistence on doing the right thing according to Knowledge County rules. And job after job, he has been blatantly told “This is the Fair Nation not your preposterous study nation”
When he returned from Knowledge County, just at the airport, he had seen three people arguing. He approached and asked them what the problem was, determined to save every citizen from being unfairly wronged. There was one Fairy, a name used for all citizens of Fair Nation, one Normalian from the Normal Nation and one Savian from the Saved Nation. The Savian claimed he saw the Fairy stealing the wallet of the Normalian and throwing it out to his pal who immediately took to his heels. The Normalian then held the Fairy by his collar and demanded he produced his wallet as the Savian looked on, explaining to whoever cared to listen. Seeing as he could do nothing to curb the situation as a single man without authority, Abiola had asked the men to exercise restraint and follow him to the nearest security post to solve the issue. Luckily, they all agreed and led the thief to the nearest security post. Upon reaching there, the security at post asked the Normalian to leave the Fairy for questioning.
Security woman: Man, what happened?
Fairy: Madam, I was minding my business when I saw this man’s wallet carelessly put in his pocket. To be fair, I took it as a normal Fairy would. That Savian saw me and told him and that is the reason I was nearly suffocated until this half-baked Fairy came to my rescue.
Savian: Aren’t you ashamed admitting to theft? What kind of nation is this to be greeted by this miscreant?
Security Woman: Save the Fairies, all of you foreigners are wrong. How dare you carelessly put your wallet in your pocket to entice innocent citizens of this nation? And on top of that, you nearly suffocate him? I am talking to you Normalian! Don’t you have the common courtesy to respect a fragile man like this? And you Savian, what is your business in this? Are you not taught to mind your own business in your home country? You will have to pay a fine of 10,000 gold nuggets for tampering with the peace of this Fair Nation or face deportation.
Normalian and Savian: Whaaat? We demand to see the head of security at this airport.
Savian: What utter nonsense you spew!
Security Woman: I fail to be caught in your trap. If all you want is the head of security, I will happily oblige.
Abiola watched as the security woman called her boss. When her boss arrived, she slapped both the Normalian and the Savian and made them pay 25,000 gold nuggets each and compensated the thief with 20,000 gold nuggets. The thief was then asked to go scot free. Abiola stood numb through the fracas. He did not know how to leave. The Savian decided to wait at the airport until she got the next available flight back to Save Nation. The Normalian walked out in anger. Abiola had no heart to follow him.
Head Security: “Half Fairy, wake up from your reverie. It is amazing how you all go out there to learn only to come home stupid. I hope you’re not about to go mad and curse us out as uncouth. If that is your plan carry it out fast and let’s give you some slaps, no show you some love, you’re a man after all. If not, get out of here, many of these newbies need some schooling about the laws of this Fair Nation. “Incite no Crime” is our motto and we are not going to watch any injustice meted out to anyone.”
Abiola remembers how he could barely find his legs to walk out. Every bone in his body screamed for him to punch them. But as a lawyer, he knew they were right. He didn’t want to be bailed out of jail by his family as that would make him a convict. That would also have meant that he would be unemployable. He knew living in his own Fair Nation was going to be difficult. But the government did sponsor his education and so he had to stay and work in the country for ten years before migrating to wherever he wanted to. And it has only been five years, leaving him five more years to go.
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © (March 2020)
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