I stood there wondering what that noise could be, it can’t be Brenda ‘cos she’s tied to chair so it has to be something else. I stood there thinking when Nancy asked,
“Why… did…. They…. Run…. Up…….the… stairs?” My eyes focused on her, then I shrugged, looked at Ada, she shrugged too, then the three of us looked at Becky, she felt us looking at her, she stopped filing her nails then raised her head to look at us,
“Why are you all looking at me, how am I supposed to know what’s happening?” she asked scowling at us
“Becky don’t you think we should all go up and check it out? We shouldn’t be leaving everything for the guys you know?” That was asked by Ada, Without any concern, Becky shrugged saying
“Well they want us to leave it for them, and that’s what we’ll do” then she returned back to her nails.
“Well I’m not going to leave it for them; I’m going up to check’’ said Ada, then she turned around and began to match to the stairs confidently without fear. The rest of us; meaning, Nancy and I (Becky not included), watched her go. Then suddenly Nancy got up and followed Ada’s footsteps walking behind her, they both started to go up the stairs while I stood there watching. Ada turned around a few steps up the stairs and asked,
“Aren’t you coming Fola?” Hmmm maybe I should go with them, would be stupid of me not to. So I turned around too, and matched my little self up the stairs but with fear not with confidence ‘cos I was certain Michael was going to kill me once he finds us there with them. So we all matched up the stairs determined to figure out what this stupid noise is that destroyed our happy bubble is all about.
I could feel my boys running along with me, heading towards Ada’s room, the inspector and his men were right behind us. The noise we heard came from this room, so it could only mean one thing, that is; Brenda trying to escape. And that won’t happen, no it won’t. She has to pay for what she did to Fola. I was the one to get into the room first, what I saw brought me to a quick stop. The rest stopping behind me, Gibson ran into me from behind almost making me fall forward but he held me back to prevent that,
“Guy what’s up why did you stop like that na?” asked Gibson, moving to stand beside me and not behind. I raised my hand, finger pointing then said,
“Because of that” Gibson removed his eyes from me to look at what I was pointing at, immediately his eyes got to what I was pointing at, he burst into laughter, I shook my head chuckling, the rest came further into the room to know what was happening, immediately they did, and they saw what we were seeing, they also burst into laughter. It was Brenda no longer sitting but lying down on the floor awkwardly because of the chair that was still attached to her. Ada’s mirror table was totally scattered, looks like she was looking for something to help cut out the ropes she had tied to her hands on the chair. I just wonder how she was going to do that even if she eventually found one. And how did she even end up on the floor like that?
The inspector came further into the room still chuckling; he walked towards Brenda she was scowling at him. He squatted down in front of her taking out his handcuffs from the side of his waist. One of his men came to help Brenda up and also to untie her. The inspector stayed where he was looking at her, immediately she was untied, he stood back up handling the cuffs to the other police man then he read out her rights saying,
“Ok Brenda, You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future, do you understand me?” he asked after he was done reading her rights She just continued to scowl at him refusing to speak,
“Ok I guess we understand each other” said the inspector, “take her away” he continued. With her hands cuffed to her back, Brenda was lead out of the room, we all watched her as she walked out, glad that she was finally being taken away.
“Well! Thank God that’s over” said Bello
“Yeah thank God” stated Gibson dolefully Michael looked at Gibson, eyebrow raised,
“is everything o.k. Gibson?” Gibson kept quiet, eyes unfocused, staring at the door. Michael asked again, “Gibson is everything ok?” Gibson focused his attention on Michael, looked at him then he faced forward again. His hands rubbed his head then down his face. He expelled a deep breath and said,
“ Ada broke up with me”
“What?” yelled Michael and Stephen simultaneously, Bello just stood there staring
“Yeah not long, like five minutes ago”
“What happened, I mean you guys usually argue but you always reconcile, so what brought about this break up?” asked Stephen, concern written all over him and in his voice.
“Well I basically tackled Ada into the pool” said Gibson
“So that’s why she was wet?” said Michael knowingly
“Yeah that’s why she was wet” replied Gibson
“I’m sure you guys will get back together, you don’t have to get yourself all worked up about it”. Said Stephen
“I know we will, ‘cos I’m going to make sure we do, I’ll do everything in my power to get us back together. I’m not giving up that easy” said Gibson looking determined.
“That’s the spirit” said Stephen smiling encouragingly at Gibson.
“Ok since that has been cleared out, let’s go down stairs and see to the girls, they’ll definitely be worried, so let’s go” said Michael, and off they went, each of them filing out with Michael leading them.
I walked through the hallway with my girls feeling really cold, my hair was wet, my clothes, my shoes and everything on me was wet. I was totally and absolutely uncomfortable. But even in my state it dawned on me that Michael didn’t put the ring on Fola’s finger. I mean what; does he want to keep it? so I said,
“ Fola, Michael didn’t give you his ring” I stated, this didn’t bother Fola ‘cos she immediately started to smile. Then she said,
“Yeah.. Doesn’t matter though, he asked, I said yes, when he’s ready to give me the ring he’ll do it. I’m sure he has his reasons for not doing it.” With my eyebrows raised I asked
“are you for real? He asked you to marry him, and there’s no ring on your finger, kai are we in the olden days?”
“It’s not like that Ada”
“Then it’s like how Fola” I said angrily, like the ring was meant to be mine. She stopped walking; this made us all to stop walking, and then she focused her eyes on me.
“Ada, I just got attacked this afternoon, almost died. This scared Michael and I to a level you don’t understand, it became clear to the both of us that any of us can die at any moment. So we shouldn’t waste the time we have. But mind you I didn’t cajole him to propose, he did this all on his own” Ada looked as if my words were confusing. Wasn’t I clear enough? “ Ada, did you hear what I just said?” Ada continued to look at me with her face blank, then suddenly it started to crumble, her mouth turned into a horrible frown, her forehead squeezed together, then she emitted a girly, shriek like, horrible sound then immediately burst into tears. What the….? I didn’t see that coming. Was I too harsh?
“ Ada I’m sorry if what I said hurt you, please I didn’t mean to make you cry” I took her hands into mine confused all of a sudden at her sudden outburst. Nancy came closer to Ada putting her hand on her shoulder frowning, and then she looked at me. I tried to apologize once more and to calm her down
“Ada I’m really sorry, I really didn’t mean to ….”—– But she spoke above me; tears in her voice making it sound very unclear.
“No no no, it’s not you it’s me” she said with a shuddering breath, then she continued “it’s, it’s…. Gibson” she wailed out, bursting into tears. I looked at Nancy confused, she shrugged at me, and then I focused my attention back at Ada, she was sobbing hysterically, her shoulders shaking, hair sticking to her face, clothes all wet.
“Ada what do you mean by its Gibson, how is he the one making you cry?” I asked soothingly and calmly Breath stuttering she said,
“ I kind ‘a pissed him off a few minutes ago, then he chased me down the stairs, then he tackled me into the pool” my mouth was hanging open at this moment, her breath stuttered once more when she continued saying, “ then i..i..i broke up with him”, she wailed out once more, crying her eyes out.
Oh boy, this aint good, we stood there watching Ada cry. At this point that was the only thing we could do. Because no matter what we say it won’t change the fact that she is heartbroken and this is one of the ways to heal a broken heart, By crying your eyes out. With her hands still in mine I said,
“Don’t worry; it’s going to be alright. You two will be back together in no time”. But she was already shaking her head negatively before I could finish talking,
“I don’t think that will be happening, I called him bossy” I raised an eyebrow. “Controlling” The second eyebrow followed. “And a chaser” she looked at me impishly
“Well technically all men are” I said
“No” she cried petulantly, stumping her feet, “I said it as an insult, and I’m sure he took it as one” then she looked at me sadly. Wow, she actually loves him. Even though she was being naughty, she loves him. Well seeing as I’m her friend I’m going to help her as best as I can.
Ada is just a little bit older than me but that doesn’t bother us. We are more like sisters and sisters help each. And that’s what I’m going to do. So as calmly as I could, I said
“Ok, here’s what we’re going to do. We are going to take you to your room; you’ll change your clothes in your bathroom ‘cos Brenda is still in your room. Then we’ll go downstairs and have ourselves some chocolate ice cream with lots of other sweet things until our jaws hurt and our tummy aches. How’s that? I asked, smiling encouragingly at her.
“oh!, and we’ll also avoid seeing Gibson”,
“But I like Gibson” said Nancy, scowling at me
“I know you do dear, but we are doing this for Ada ok, just bear with us.” I said looking at Nancy.
“Well………ok” said Nancy grudgingly. Then I looked back at Ada, She smiled at me, but her smile was shaky and wobbly. Then she nodded saying yes.
“Perfect, let’s go” then with Ada in the middle, Nancy at the right and me at the left, we led a sad, tearful Ada to her room to change, and get some chocolate ice cream and some other sweet things until our jaws hurt and our tummy aches.
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Stephen We walked out of the room, Michael leading us, Brenda and the police men with the inspector in front of us. And in front of them were Fola and Nancy, holding a crying Ada walking towards us. I wonder why she is crying? I could suddenly feel the tension with us, Michael won’t be taking this well. He walked faster ahead of us, squeezing through the police men holding Brenda to get to Fola. Immediately Fola saw him coming she stopped. Then she looked at Ada, Ada looked at Nancy.
“They are going to run” said Gibson eyes on Ada
Bello chuckled, and true to his words they did. Both Ada and Fola turned around at the same time and ran like their tails were on fire. Michael immediately stopped walking, stood for a few seconds watching them run until they were gone, and then turned around looking dumbfounded. In his confused state he asked,
“What just happened?”
“Well, Michael, your woman knew you were going to give her some scolding and just because she wasn’t interested in it, she decided to run away than face your wrath. And personally I think she did the right thing. Talk to her when you’ve calmed down yeah?” said Brenda with a smirk With a deathly scowl, Michael asked,
“how is this concern, I wasn’t talking to you?” At this time the police men had stopped a few feet away from Michael, holding Brenda. She gave it back to him
“well you didn’t call any names so basically you were talking to no one, you should be grateful that I answered you sef, mshw rubbish”
“Why, you…good for nothing….” He didn’t finish, he was taking determined steps towards Brenda to do what I don’t know. But the inspector stopped him by placing a hand on his stomach to hold him back. Michael looked enraged, really enraged. Then Bello walked to him and whispered in his ears, none of us could hear what he was saying. But when he was done, Michael seemed ok. He stepped aside for the police men to pass through. We stood watching them go. Then Michael started to follow them once more, but peacefully this time. Well, all is well thank God.
Once we left the room, I had already seen the girls in front of us. And even with Mr. Smiths back facing me I knew he was pissed. He really doesn’t want the girls to be around Brenda. Not for anything at all. So I prepared myself for the worst. Probably a little bit of yelling from both sides (Mr. Smith and Fola). But after they had bolted out of the hallway like they were in a competition, and Brenda had outsmarted Mr. Smiths with her words, I knew I had to step in. so I did. As quickly as I could, I walked pass Stephen and Gibson to stand in front of Mr. Smith with the inspector holding him back with his hand on his stomach. Then I placed my hand on his shoulder, stood real close to him and whispered in his ear.
“Brenda is trying to anger you, she knows you are a Christian, we have already exhibited bad characters towards her from the beginning, that’s not Christian like plus she knows your weakness is Fola she’s just trying to get under your skin, please sir control yourself, don’t take the bait. Let her go. What will Jesus do?” With my hand still on his shoulder I looked him straight in the eye. Waiting and hoping he listens to me. He was still scowling, but then his face relaxed, he nodded his head, understanding showing. And I knew I had gotten through to him. Thank God.
Michael and I then stepped aside to let the inspector and the police men pass through with Brenda. Brenda wasn’t smiling at all; right now she looked confused and angry at the same time. As she passed I smiled at her and said,
“Hope you decide to change your ways, like us.” She ignored me facing forward, and away they went.
The next day.
So yesterday was awful but interesting, after we ran away from Michael, (by we, I mean Ada and I). We ran towards the pool side. Firstly we went there cos well…… I don’t know we just did, and then second, we went there so Ada could stand under the sun to dry off a bit. We were there for about five minutes but we didn’t hear or see Michael barging in through the screen door to yell at us. We even heard them saying goodbye and thanking the inspector and his men, after that, Silence. So we decided to go in, whatever wrath we were to face from Michael, we would take.
We held each other’s hands and walked in, praying in our hearts that the yelling won’t be bad. When we got in, no one was in the living room, we stood there staring. Where is everyone I thought to myself? Then the smell of food filled the air, we looked to our right, and right in the dining room was everyone, eating. I mean they were actually eating. I looked at Ada, she looked at me. Then we both walked in.
Getting in, Michael looked up from dishing a full serving spoon of fried rice into his plate. He was standing with his body bent over the dining table. With a smile on his face he invited us saying,
“Come in and eat, I’m sure you girls must be starving”
“huh?” said Ada, oh yeah this scene really needs a “huh?” we looked at each other again, totally confused. Then my eyes scanned the whole room, and everyone seemed to be in their element, all eating and enjoying themselves. Wow! Nancy turned in her seat to look at us, she smiled then she waved us in, saying,
“Come and eat, the food is awesome” Then she faced her food once more, digging in. Ada let go of my hand to walk further into the room, she sat beside Nancy then immediately started to dish food into her plate that was in front of her. While I kept standing there still totally confused, I came prepared to face Michael’s wrath and he’s here inviting me to come and eat, am I in an alternate universe?
“Babe, come sit down and eat” said Michael once more, I shook my head, he raised an eyebrow, and it was at that moment my tummy decided to speak for me with an embarrassing growl. The whole table stopped eating at once, Gibson had his fork half way to his mouth his eyes on me, Stephen turned his neck to look at me, Bello’s lip was lifted up in a smirk, and Michael’s lips were twitching. To save myself of getting further embarrassed I said,
“ ohh alright, I’ll eat, but not because you said I should, or because my tummy just growled like a lion, but because I need to, food is a necessity” then I walked to my seat, situated beside Michael, sat my butt down, and dished food into my plate.
The aroma was amazing, there was fried chicken, salad, fresh orange juice, and a variety of other foods. I dug into my rice once I was done serving myself and ate like the world was coming to an end and this would be my last chance of eating this particular kind of food. The room said nothing, but I could hear a few chuckles, my bet is it was Gibson.
I was in bed sleeping with the lights off, when suddenly I felt someone cover my mouth with a cloth. I began to struggle but the person was extremely strong. Oh my gosh I’m being kidnapped, no no no, pls god please. I continued to struggle with all my might, but I was getting really sleepy, and then everything went black.
Around 12 midnight I was in bed reading a book, for some reason I couldn’t sleep. I have read up to four different books right now, I started reading around 10. As I was reading a heard a noise in the hallway, my thought was maybe it was Nancy going down to the kitchen to grab a glass of water. She does that every night. Even before her voice came back. But at the same time I felt something was wrong so I decided to go check it out. I opened my bedroom door, to see three men all in black walking down the hall, two of them carrying Fola and Nancy over their shoulders. My eyes bugged out, and I knew if I didn’t do something, anything, they would be gone forever.
“Hey!” I yelled they all turned around to look, immediately they saw me, they began to shoot at me. I quickly went back into the room but I was too late, I got hit in the chest. Then I fell to the ground and everything went black.
Michael I was sleeping peacefully when the sounds of gunshots woke me. I quickly turned to the left side of my bed to open the bedside table and brought out my beretta M9 hand gun. I keep it with me for protection, and someone needs protection. Jumping out of the bed, I ran out of my bedroom with only my pyjama shorts to cover me, Fola and the rest of the household under my care on my mind.
Immediately I got out, I ran down the hall to Nancy’s room, her door was left opened with the lights off, I turned it on, and she wasn’t on the bed. I called out her name but she didn’t answer. Then I ran further to Ada’s room, her lights were off too and she wasn’t on the bed. I was about to leave when I heard a whimper. I walked in quickly to where it was coming from. On the other side of the bed lay Ada in her night gown, hands tied to her back with a masking tape on her mouth. As quickly as I could, I bent down to do quick works getting her free. And the first word that I could form at that moment I was done was,
“Fola” she looked at me eyes wet, obviously she was crying. Then she shook her head, sitting on the ground holding her legs bent forward crying.
“Ada what are you saying where is Fola?”
“They took her, I’m so sorry, I tried to stop them but I couldn’t I’m so sorry.” My heart felt like it would shatter. They’ve taken Fola. I tried my best to be calm, so as calmly as I could I asked once more,
“Who took her” Ada shook her head again,
“I don’t know, I couldn’t see their face, the lights were off. Time was going and asking her questions wasn’t helping, so I got up, helped her to her feet and said.
“Nancy was also taken” she gasped, her eyes bugging out then she said,
“oh my god” I nodded my head “Lock your room, turn on the lights and don’t come out”. She nodded at me but she was really scared I could see it in her eyes.
I walked out of her room to my own room. Immediately I got in, I went in search of my phone which was on the bedside table. I picked it up and quickly dialed Gibson’s number, my hands were shaking as I did so. The two people that I love dearly has been taken and I know who did it.
“Tinu”. I placed my phone to my ear to hear it ring, it rang twice before Gibson picked it up.
“Hello” he said his voice groggy from sleep,
“Gibson, Fola and Nancy have been taken” ——-silence. And then,
“what did you say?” I walked over to the bed thinking maybe I could sit down but I changed my mind, instead I walked back and forth trying my very best to be calm.
“What I said Gibson, they’ve been taken, and I’m sure its Tinu, I need you here immediately”.
“On my way” And he was, I could hear him getting up from his bed. I cut the line then walked over to my wardrobe to change what I was wearing. I don’t care how long it takes but starting from this very minute I’m going look for Nancy and Fola even if it takes all night.
As soon as I was done putting my clothes on I heard Ada scream,
“Stephen, no!” I ran out of the room thinking, what happened to Stephen and isn’t Ada supposed to be in her room?
The gunshots is what startled me, I was standing at the back of the house by the fence, taking a look around the house to make sure there was no intruders. I don’t know how they got in but they did. I ran as fast as I could to the front but I was too late, Fola and Nancy were being placed into a Toyota venza. I ran towards them but the car started and they were off. I watched the car speed off without being able to do anything. The gate was wide open. How in the world did they get in? I looked around to see my men on the ground, passed out, I quickly checked to see if they were alive. Thankfully they were. So Seeing as I couldn’t do anything, I ran to the main door, opened it and ran in to go and let Mr. smith know what’s happening. But knowing him, I’m sure he already knows. As I got to the stairs, I heard Ada scream,
“Stephen no!” I picked up speed, running up the stairs,
“what’s wrong with Stephen now?”
I was in my room pacing about, ‘cos obviously I couldn’t sleep. I kept remembering how I was tied up. This is how it happened, I woke up from sleep feeling pressed, Fola was sleeping peacefully beside me, and so I got up to use the bathroom. Once I was done, I flushed, washed my hands and dried them. Then I opened the door to go back to bed, immediately I did, I saw a man in black carrying Fola, walking out of the room, I was about to scream when the other from nowhere covered my mouth with his palm. Then he used his other hand to hold one of my hands behind me painfully. He then whispered in my ear,
“If you scream, you will die”. Then I felt a gun pressed to my back. I was scared, I didn’t want to die, not now, not when Gibson and I haven’t reconciled. So I kept quiet. He told me to lie down on the floor at the other side of my bed, and then he tied my hands. Immediately he was done he left, a few minutes later I heard Stephen yell, then I heard the gunshots. At that time my prayer was that Stephen should be alright. Which brings me back to now, after Stephen yelled I didn’t hear anything from him, only from Mr Smith. I was a bit concerned to I decided to go and check. As I walked out of my room, I could hear Mr Smith talking on the phone; it could be Gibson he was talking, which means Gibson will be here soon, thank God.
I walked to Stephen’s room to notice his door was left ajar, hmmm. As I got closer to his door, I saw his legs first, and then his body followed. He was lying prone on the ground soaked in his own blood, he wasn’t moving. I stood there for a second then screamed,
“Stephen no!”, then quickly ran towards him, I bent down to take a look at him, I had no idea what to do. i turned him over then I touched his face, he was still warm to the touch, and then I checked for his pulse on his neck, it was beating but it wasn’t strong. Oh my god he’s losing a lot of blood.
“What’s going on, what happened to Stephen?” my head jerked up to the sound of Mr. smith’s demanding voice; I choked out in a tearful voice saying,
“he is been shot”. Mr. Smith eyes bugged out in fear, he took quick steps towards Stephen on the floor, and then he looked at his chest where the gunshot wound was, his eyes quickly came to me when he said,
“Get me a towel now”. . I got up, ran to Stephen’s bathroom to get his towel then ran back out to Stephen on the floor, Mr. Smith was holding out his hand for the towel so I placed it in his hand. He then quickly placed the towel on the gunshot wound, then he looked at me and said,
“Hold this down on him, don’t let go” I nodded, got down on my knees and placed my hands on Stephens chest, holding the towel down to suppress the blood flow. Then he got up. Immediately he did, Bello ran into the room, he took in everything then he looked at Mr. Smith,
“sir, what …., how…..?” he closed his eyes, took a breath, then continued, “how is he doing sir?” Michael walked towards him face angry and said
“call the hospital”
To be continued
I stood there wondering what that noise could be, it can’t be Brenda ‘cos she’s tied to chair so it has to be something else. I stood there thinking when Nancy asked,