Ajoke popped open a bottle of champagne to the cheer of her friends. She could not believe her half sister could be so generous as to transfer her beautiful house to her. They were just like twins even though Ronke is about five years older than her.
It hadn’t taken her three hours to pack her luggage from her friend’s room. She had been squatting with her friend for about six months and the despicable girl never failed to remind her of that fact. She had asked to stay with Ronke but Ronke had told her that she used her house for her ‘business’ and it would be a real inconvenience having her there. She had sent money to her but she decided to endure the insults of her friend in order to use the money for the Ipad she had desired.
When she got that call, she had packed all her belongings in a flash. Met with her sister, collected the documents of the house and stormed the house like a real house owner would.
Not even ten minutes after her arrival, she had received a rather unexpected guest – a man, accompanied by two police men. Instantly, she knew that the cocktail that Ronke had told her was just a cover-up. There was no one interested in marrying her. Ronke had told her that a man was interested in her and asked her to live with him and that was the reason why she decided to give her her house. she had accepted the story that was due to her exceeding joy of having a house in her name.
Staring at the police men and the raging man, she presented an innocent and confused face. Now that she has a house in her name, she would not give it up so easily.
“Yes, what can i do for you” she said, closing the door behind her and stepping out. the fat man scrutinized her.
“She is not the one” he said to the police men.
“Eh you, where is the owner of this house? i believe she must be your sister” Ajoke glared at him like he had lost his mind.
“Mr man, i don’t know what has got into you ooo, this is my house” she adjusted her shirt and squared her shoulders.
“Woman, you better cooperate with us” one of the police men said. Ajoke turned her smiling face at the young policemen.
“Listen to me guys, i am the owner of this beautiful house, thanks to handsome guys like you. You can come and check my documents” she said blinking while the old man was foaming. The men were wooed by her gestures. they followed her inside checked all the documents and confirmed it did not have the name mentioned by the man, not even the surname. they requested for her national ID card and she fished it out.
The old man just looked like he was dreaming. The ever accommodating Joke brought out a bottle of champagne and invited them to join. What do you expect? the policemen obliged.
“Is this what i brought you here to do?” the chief yelled. The policemen glared at him.
“Shut up your mouth old man. Wetin you expect make we do? We suppose arrest you sef. You no know the person wey you dey find. Na God catch you. Old man like you go dey pursue small babes wey we suppose dey hammer” one of the policemen ranted, sipping his wine. The chief, obviously frustrated stormed out cursing.
The policemen had left minutes later, apologizing for the inconvenience and Joke called her friends for proper house-washing celebration. This house has become hers and she would not let it go for anything in the world. Over her dead body.
Chief Rammon got to his house dejected. He could not believe his bad luck. He had woken up to an empty room with his briefcase nowhere to be found. The money is not even his own. Fifty Million Pounds. So much bad luck for wanting to cool his blood. He swallowed as his wife ranted and ranted about his useless life. He did not even yell back like he used to before, only walked into his bedroom like a robot, locked the door and fell on the bed in tears.
He had hurried to Ronke’s house hoping to still find her there but he met a locked gate. He had assigned someone who was close by to inform him immediately there is any slight movement and had received a message after four hours. Before that time, he had called and called but it did not go through.
He placed the pillow on his head. His life is ruined.
Tikes arrived Ajide Close in a vehicle with two of his guys around 9pm. Oyin had told him that the girl is a very sharp and cunning girl. He had boasted of the fact that she could not do anything but he decided not to take chances. He would do a clean job. He checked for number 44, noting the colour of the house. He checked the picture again and made a mental picture. He got to the gate and pressed the bell. A figure came out and he immediately identified the lady as the one he had seen in the picture. She opened the gate and he smiled.
“Hello” he said and pulled the trigger.
To be continued