Previously On Evening With Eva……
The Colonel bent on one knee and fired two shots at Tawo. The bullets hit him on the chest. Tawo fell, surrounded in the pool of his own blood.
“Let’s get out of here” The Colonel said, helping Ahmed up.
They took their belongings and hurriedly left the hotel room.
Thirty minutes later, the General stirred. He came to slowly, touching his chest. There was a little blood stain on his shirt. He took off his shirt and took off the bullet proof vest he wore. He threw it aside and assessed his chest. The bullet had pierced the vest but did not really get into his body. It grazed his skin and had caused him to bleed. He got up slowly, looking around the room.
Just then, he saw his son lifeless in a pool of his own blood.
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Shina got out of his beautiful silver colored convertible Hyundai Envy. He was parked outside a small bungalow in the exquisite Northern Foreshore Estate. Leaning against the driver’s door, he pressed the horn twice. He was waiting for Eva. He checked his wrist watch impatiently. It was three minutes past noon.
Eva opened the glass window of her sitting room and called out to Shina,
“Just a minute please.” She said waving at him.
She blew a kiss at him as she closed the window. Shina shrugged.
8 minutes later, Eva came out of her house carrying just a sling bag across her chest. Her beautifully conditioned hair tumbled in waves at her shoulders as she walked towards him. She wore a pink silk semi-transparent blouse which had white polka dots.
A short black mini skirt and white flat ballerina shoes completed her outfit. Her black lacy half bra was slightly visible under her blouse, her huge breasts struggling against the tight fabric. Shina felt his heart skip a few beats.
He really was crazy about this girl. He fought the urge to walk up to her and sweep her off her feet. He was afraid. Afraid of how she would react. Afraid of what she might say. Afraid of losing her forever. Like they say, half a loaf is better than none at all.
He was content with just being in her life in the current capacity that he was, rather than lose her forever because of his feelings.
“What took you so long? We are far behind time. See the time .” Shina said as Eva opened the passenger door and got in.
“Ahn Ahn. it was just five minutes now. You know I have to look good. You never can tell if it’s another job I have to do, you know.” She said putting her arms around Shina as he started the ignition.
He glanced at her and she winked. He had butterflies in his tummy. He could not help feeling all mushy mushy around Eva.
“It was not five minutes my dear. It was eight.” Shina countered and eased the car slowly into the road.
“Ehn five minutes oh, eight minutes oh, it is still the same. Could you please close the roof? I’m a bit cold.” Eva said.
“Why won’t you feel cold? When you are dressed so provocatively” Shina said pressing a button.
The roof unfolded from the back of the car and stretched itself over their heads.
“Happy?” Shina asked nudging Eva gently.
“Seat belt please.” He said to Eva.
She obliged, strapping herself on the leather chair.
They drove in silence for a while till they got to an intersection on the road. The traffic light turned yellow, and then red as Shina slowly brought the car to a stop. The road before them spread out into two different paths.
“Destination please?” Shina asked.
“Hotel Paradise.” Eva replied.
Shina knew the place. It would take them about three hours to get there. He shifted the car into gear and turned left as the traffic light went green.
“As your Royal Highness commands” Shina said with a gentle bow.
They sped away on the freeway.
Sark drove into unity oil at Asokwa
“How much sir?” The attendant asked.
“100gh please.” Sark replied, turning his window down halfway.
The attendant finished selling the required amount of fuel and hanged the nozzle back in its cradle. Sark handed the attendant 150gh, telling him to keep the rest as tip. He made to drive off, then suddenly remembered something.
“Excuse me. Yes you.” Sark called at the man who just sold him fuel
“Yes sir?” The attendant answered eager to help.
“How do I get to Hotel Paradise? I seem to have lost my way” Sark asked.
“Oga mi, you never lost your way o. You never lost your way at all at all. In fact na the correct way na him you face so. If to say you don go chook your head for road like say you wan enter kejetia, na that time your way go lost o. He go lost finish.
You no go even fit find the way again. To come outside ehn, e go hard you like person wey wan swallow big stone o. And when person lost way for this area, e dey hard to see road come out o. E go just dey do like canoe wey no see road comot for water. Oga mi, I remember the day when I lost my way, I just dey…” The attendant rambled on.
Sark did not have time for his spectacle. He had a job to get to.
“Excuse me, I am really in a hurry. Do you know how I can get there or not?” Sark asked impatiently.
“Oga mi no vex I just wan explain as the thing be for you. Na inside the hotel dey. Just dey go straight. You go see one big signboard wey them say slow down. Make sure say you slow down o. Because I remember my sister husband. Na speed kill am for that same place. He see say them say make e slow down e no gree. Na so him motor enter gallop. The car tumble tumble tumble tumble so tey…” He was saying, demonstrating the tumbling motion with his hands.
”Can you just tell me how the heck I can get to the place?” Sark said infuriated.
“Oga mi, you sabi vex o. Na wetin I do now wey you don dey vex for me? Anyway, Na the next turning after the signboard be the street of the hotel. U no fit miss am at all. When you enter the turning, na the last building for the road top. The hotel big well well.” The attendant stated.
Sark mumbled an inaudible appreciation, wound up his window and sped off the filling station.
“Oga no speed for there o!” The attendant called after Sark
Sark did not hear him.
He was directed to the parking lot as he drove into the huge five-star hotel. He found a free space in the already filled parking lot and parked his ash colored Infinity Audacity jeep. He checked his gold Hublock wristwatch. It was exactly 11:56am. He was required to be at the hotel by noon. He was four minutes early. He decided to wait in his car till noon to see if Shina would be on time. At exactly noon Sark received another message:
“Target is en route. ETA is 3 hours. Stay Alert.”
The message deleted itself as usual after Sark finished reading it.
There was nothing to do for three hours. He decided to explore the hotel; possibly he may extinguish the target in the premises.
He went to the reception. A man wearing horn-rimmed glasses looked up at him.
“Good afternoon sir. How may I help you?” He said with a welcoming smile on his face.
“Yes please. Is there any reservation for Alexander Bashorun? It should have been made by now.” Sark said with an air of arrogance.
“Just a moment please.” The receptionist said.
He checked the computer in front of him, searching for a reservation in the name that was provided. He found none. He checked again just to be sure.
“I am sorry sir, no reservation has been made in that name. I wish there was a way I could help.” The receptionist said.
“It is okay. I will talk to my agency. Thank you.” Sark said and left.
He had wanted to play a smart one. The instruction was to go into the hotel after he had smoked Shina. He wanted to know what was in the west wing of the hotel. He left the reception and went to the Cinema section of the hotel.
At two-thirty, Sark was in his car watching for Shina. At exactly 2:53pm, Shina drove past him to a parking space six cars away from him. He watched as Shina walked with Eva into the reception of the hotel.
He quickly got out from his car and walked towards the convertible. He was turning his car keys in his forefinger as he approached Shina’s car. When he got to Shina’s car, he spun his car keys so fast such that they fell beside the convertible’s rear left tyre.
As he bent to pick the keys, he planted a tiny tracking device under the car. He got up and quickly retraced his steps. He got into his car and waited patiently.
Shina came out the hotel twenty minutes later. Alone. He got into his car and drove out of the hotel. Sark started the car and the tracker came on. A tiny red dot blinked on a navigation screen on his dashboard.
He traced Shina carefully for hours. Shina stopped by a petrol station to buy fuel. Sark zoomed past and parked 100meters ahead of the petrol station. He waited till Shina zoomed past then got into his car and followed the tracking beacon in his car.
Shina was overwhelmed by what he felt for Eva. He needed to clear his head and only a drink could do that. After driving for two hours, he parked his car at a bar and went in. He watched the champions league final between his favorite team InterMilan and Arsenal. It helped him take his mind of Eva.
Three hours later, He was on his fourth bottle on beer when Sark walked in with two pretty girls in tow.
“Rambo my man!!! What are you doing here?” Sark said, hugging Shina.
“It’s a dull Saturday. I just wanted to have a few drinks.” Shina said waving at the bottles on his table.
“Well, I am here and no more dulling!!!” Sark said.
He introduced the two girls and had one keep Shina company.
They talked, chatted and had a lot of fun. Sark continually slipped poison pills in Shina’s drinks while the girl danced with him, making sure he was engaged and aroused.
At 9pm, Shina got into his car and headed home. He had not moved for more than twenty minutes when he began to vomit, He parked his car and began to throw up, spilling a lot of blood through his mouth from his intestines.
He opened the door to get fresh air. He fell on the floor and into the gutter. Blood came out from his eyes, ears and nostrils.
Three minutes later, his heart stopped. Shina was dead.
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