If you’d delayed your journey a little longer, you’d have realized that Tolu actually felt the same love for you. If you’d sang your Christian song one more night – something you made a ritual – in your high pitched voice as if to exorcise any demon of gloom, you’d have had your song-prayers answered in a grand style of Tolu’s proposal the next night.

The night before, as you stayed outside his house but within earshot waiting for him to come see you off, you kept hearing a woman shout, ‘No way! No way!’ It wasn’t in the vigor in her voice, it was in her repetitions as if talking to too many people, and with that, there was a dreamy silence. You saw his frown soften into a quivering smile when his gaze caught yours and you both walked out. If you’d compressed your anger into a single agony of prayer the next night, perhaps you’d have been shown, in a dream, a picture of your merrily cackling self in a sweepy white gown as his eyes held smiles that told of how his heart craves for only you.

You instead chose not to witness that night. You instead chose to let your relationship with him fade away like a short-lived firewood. If you had waited that night, without doing anything at all but looking into the sky that was puzzled with stars, you’d know that his red-cum-blue flame of love hadn’t swirled into another’s heart because he’d have walked straight to your house with that ring you thought you admired secretly at a mall. You both would have sat beside each other, tugging and rolling into laughter in an utter ecstasy of pleasure because before he’d leave, he would have pronounced your name more times than you’d count with that endearing intimacy that made you think of a happily-ever-after. But you didn’t. You decided not to.

If you’d asked him that night what that woman, his mother, had said you’d know she was against his brother marrying a teacher who she found too exposed. Instead you assumed that woman in the mother’s statement that night was you. And you knew you’d rather not be seen around than watch Tolu leave you for another woman. So you allowed him watch your body droop high from your ceiling, dangling like a defeated fish held with a fishhook.

 

Written by : Michael Afenfia

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142 Comments

  1. […] Crepuscule of Nightfall by Joseph Chimezie Onuchukwu […]

    • Evamic February 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      This is extraordinary
      God bless you Joe

    • Swahili February 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Wow its really Nice

    • phayvuh February 3, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      i really love dis,keep it up!!

    • ikdaprince February 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Nice one

    • Adesua Ann February 5, 2018 at 4:56 am - Reply

      This is lovely

      Weldone friend

    • Rita February 6, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

      This superb. Nice one ❣

    • Jacob February 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      This is great bro i love your pace

  2. Leo February 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Deep.

  3. Adele Enodiana February 3, 2018 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I loved it. 100%

  4. Johnson February 3, 2018 at 6:11 am - Reply

    This is a very beautiful piece. The imagery is vivid and I could almost see the characters moving like humans. Joseph has that ability to enthrall his readers. This is the finest piece yet! Write on, Joseph!

  5. Blessing February 3, 2018 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow!!! Amazing story, amazing diction, amazing style. I’ve always known you to be a wonderful writer but to describe love this way? I’m blown away. What a wonderful way to tell us how love should be patient! I cried, oh, yes I did. And I think this story should be read by millions out there because I feel one major problem with humans is assumption. We assume everything. Keep writing bro!

  6. Sixtus February 3, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Wow, wonderful! I’m simply out of words. Love indeed is patient. How did Joseph did this? Wow! I’ll save this to read it over and over again!!!

  7. stefani February 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    perfect. 100%

  8. immaculate February 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    this is so so lovely.

  9. Confidence February 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Am not totally amazed at what you do cause you’ve always got surprises in your sleeves,keep it up Joseph.

  10. Confidence February 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    And this piece is beautiful

  11. Okeh Joy February 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is captivating

  12. Newman February 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    What an awesome piece. You are really gifted bro. #perfect

  13. Abisoye Akerele February 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    My role model. Keep writing, keep winning, keep inspiring.
    Joeph for the win!

  14. Mekunye Francis February 3, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Nice

  15. Joel February 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Awesome piece of work

  16. Ruth February 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Wow is an understatement. What word can I use?
    This is amazing Joe.

  17. Grace February 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    This is awemazing! Deep!

  18. Anthonia February 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    So deep,it let a tear outta me

  19. Efeturi Frank February 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful piece… Love it

  20. alhaji Temi February 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    nice write up bro..you are surely going places

  21. Opene February 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    This is really nice

  22. yungstar February 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Very good

  23. Victoria February 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    nice one

  24. ikosimi innocent February 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    make sense

  25. Mekunye Francis February 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Great one

  26. Chris February 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Nice bro

  27. Michael eru February 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Wonderful

  28. Queensley February 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Fantastic

  29. Emmanuel February 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    you write beautifully Joseph
    write on

  30. Val February 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Wow! That’s deep…
    This piece really suits my heart….
    Really impressed…
    Write on!

  31. Unique February 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful storylin and use of words. I love this. I really do.

  32. Val February 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Great Work!!

  33. Val February 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Perfect!

  34. Aurantico February 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Wow nice

  35. Courtnee February 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Nice one …dis is really nice

  36. Mathias February 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I love this…
    😎😎

  37. Chetachi February 3, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Adesua..

  38. Chetachi February 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Nice piece dear

  39. Alero February 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    The piece is an awesome one

  40. Joseph February 3, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Amazing story. Just wonderful!

  41. Ebuka February 3, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Nice One👌

  42. Alero February 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    An amazing piece

  43. Sahmahgbe February 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    A wonderful piece

  44. Zyzah February 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    This is why assumption is the lowest form of knowledge 😢.

  45. Elijah February 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Nice one Joseph. keep it up

  46. Joshua Ebuka February 3, 2018 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Nice story bro

  47. faithysia February 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Wow 100% prefect

  48. Chukwuebuka February 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful!

  49. Zion Ose February 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    This is good stuff, mehn.

  50. Elo February 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Thumbs up👍

  51. paul February 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    wow, good one bro

  52. Swargeion February 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    It’s such a nice story….

  53. Chidinma Nnalue February 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Joe, time and again ,u prove yourself an amazing writer. I’m enthralled by this piece. O! the folly of love. Kudos!

  54. Memphis February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Nice story
    Keep it up

  55. Emmanuel February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    very interesting…

  56. Pascal February 3, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Nice one… So touching..

  57. Fred February 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful story Joseph. You’re a master story teller. Good imagery, beautiful language usage. Keep writing, Man.

  58. Osagie February 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Nice one…really enjoyed it

  59. Jess February 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Amazingly done

  60. Chibuike Chiakwa February 3, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Great stuff!

  61. Elect Alenkhe February 4, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

    This is beautiful, Joseph! Keep the fire burning!

  62. Teedy February 4, 2018 at 5:01 am - Reply

    I had no idea you write so well. This is breathtaking. I’m honestly wowed.

  63. Vasily Mikhailovich Doestovski February 4, 2018 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Read to the very end.
    Beautiful I must say

  64. Esosa Chiejine February 4, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Nice one bruv. ✌🏾

  65. Mathias Ini February 4, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Hmm…
    Really touching piece…
    It’s awe-inspiring, it’s lovely.

  66. Glowreeyah February 4, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Really nice..

  67. Michael Akuchie February 4, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Brilliant stuff!

  68. Michael Akuchie February 4, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Brilliant stuff.

  69. blessing February 4, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Amazing!

    I love this

  70. blessing February 4, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Amazing!

  71. OMOTOLA Awodele February 4, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Nice writup ..
    keep it 👆

  72. OMOTOLA Awodele February 4, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    nice writeup..
    keep it 👆

  73. Ebuka February 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Sometimes I wonder how you conjure these stories. Really Nice. 👍

  74. Ndimele oluchi February 4, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful one.
    God bless you dear

  75. Emmanuel Okoro February 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    This was beautifully written.
    Well done.

  76. Kay February 5, 2018 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Well done.

  77. Marksy February 5, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Good job!

  78. Joshua February 5, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Amazing piece. This story is indeed what love shouldn’t be; assumption. Welldone, Joseph.

  79. Bright February 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Lovely story. Good diction. Sometimes I marvel at how you write. The simplicity, the detailing. Keep it up bro

  80. Kelvin February 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Nice piece Bro…..keep up d good work

  81. Okusuwha EjirO jeff February 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Make sense

  82. Wanogho Darlington February 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful story. This is simply out of world. I love this!

  83. Merit February 5, 2018 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Really nice..

  84. Gideon February 6, 2018 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Beautiful story… So riveting.

  85. Gideon February 6, 2018 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Beautiful story… So riveting..

  86. Patrick February 6, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  87. Loislane February 6, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Nice write-up. So interesting, am so in love with this story.

  88. David February 6, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Amazing story. This style is really a special one. I don’t read stories that much but I read this and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Keep writing Man!

  89. Nwokedi John Obiora February 6, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful story

  90. Enunwa TONITO Bethel February 6, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Lovely story. Amazing diction and unique style. You’re a wonderful writer.

  91. Best February 6, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Wow, this is a stunning story. I didn’t see that end coming. Joseph sure knows how to use words and it’s in the beauty of the emotions he brings out with words. Great work!

  92. Francis February 6, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Nice story line

  93. GODSTIME February 6, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Good story. Brilliant storyline and an amazing end. Keep up the good work.

  94. James winner February 6, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Lovely story…loved it…

  95. AFEMIKHE JOACHIM February 6, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Wonderful story bro. This is so amazing. The style, the diction and the storyline. Go, man. Go!

  96. Francis Ngozi mordi February 6, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Brilliant stuff
    I’m totally dazed by your style. You’ve got a unique one.

  97. Ogaga February 6, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Nice story

  98. Success February 6, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Deep… Nice piece

  99. dami February 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    nice write up, you have a career in literature, follow it closely. God bless you

  100. Eluromma Divine February 7, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Mehn.. This story is intriguing. The writer knows his knife and onion. Don’t ever stop writing bro, your style is a refreshing one!

  101. Adetunji Victor February 7, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    A nice piece. Pls, keep it up!

  102. Harrison February 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Amazing story. This is very good bro. Keep pushing through the writing journey.

  103. Alex Inoma February 7, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful story!!! You’re such a brilliant writer. Keep it up

  104. Dave February 8, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I’m totally amazed by this story. The writer is totally brilliant. I must commend the brilliance of his style.

  105. Dave February 8, 2018 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I’m totally amazed by this story. The writer is totally brilliant. I must commend the brilliance of his style. Well done!

  106. Isaac Doyin February 8, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Joe, I’ve always known you to be a powerful writer. You can write something really touching in any length of words and believe me, that’s one thing I admire in you. You’re an amazing amazing writer who I’m proud of being friends with. Keep doing this bro.

  107. Uche February 8, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Very beautiful story. Very good writer!!!!!

  108. Patricia February 8, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

    This story is so nice. Very talented write!!!

  109. Nathaniel February 8, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Wow, this style is one that takes time to develop and you, being so young, has achieved it already. I’m wowed, really. I like the diction and the fact that you conveyed your message with so much ease.

  110. Osereme okojie February 8, 2018 at 7:41 am - Reply

    This story is really beautiful.

  111. Okori February 8, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I really don’t have words to describe this masterpiece I just read. I really am still grasping from the shock at the uniqueness of this writer. Well done!

  112. Ahmed Mariam February 8, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Lovely write up. Amazing story!! Write on.

  113. Ese monday February 8, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Jeez!! This is one piece I won’t forget in a hurry. This story should go on as one of the best flash fiction pieces. The style is simply extraordinary. Keep on!!

  114. BRIGHT February 8, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Nice write up

  115. Nkechi Ikwuka February 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Superb! Ride on dear!

  116. merit February 9, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Beautiful.

  117. Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke February 9, 2018 at 1:31 am - Reply

    So beautiful! Nice work!

  118. Matthew Oniovosa February 9, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    One of the best story I’ve seen so far. Simply out of the world. I hope you don’t ever stop writing. Please, continue.

  119. Oribhabor praise February 9, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Good story bro. I’m hoping you win this with this amazing story of yours.

  120. Emerald February 9, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Wow, great!! I love this story so so much. You write so well.

  121. mayne February 9, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Good,good story. I am so much in love with the use of language and intrigued by the logic behinde story. Ah, well done!

  122. Winifred February 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Awesome story… Please don’t ever stop writing,this is just simply amazing

  123. Oaihimire Clive February 11, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Oh, heavens!! This is awesome. I am totally amazed.

  124. Emmanuel February 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    so interesting, u blew it Joe!

  125. lammyski February 11, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    great piece

  126. Chigozie February 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Wow

  127. Okoye Osmond February 12, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

    fabulous… interesting I love this

  128. Okoye Osmond February 12, 2018 at 7:11 am - Reply

    it’s interesting

  129. Buchi February 12, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

    To think I’m just reading this now after all this while is a big, big sad news. This story did many things to me. I’m just looking at everyone going about their lives as if I didn’t just experience some sort of psychological trauma at the hands of this young talented writer. Lol. Kudos, Man! You’re up there, among my favorite writers!!!

  130. Ezinne February 12, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thrilling! The plot is awesome! I love this!!!!

  131. Faith Peter February 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I am speechless!

    She hung herself?!

    Wow
    Beautiful story

  132. Akra February 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Great! So, so special. The plot is amazing! Well done, friend!

  133. Ibrahim February 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Awesome stuff!!! This is real good. I was totally immersed and everything fits perfectly.

  134. Egbeme Daniel February 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    it’s good to go
    nice one☺

  135. Precious February 15, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Awesome dear

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