I woke up the following morning and before I could open my eyes I felt my head pounding loudly. I had a serious headache. I sat up my eyes still closed, opening them, I saw a small note besides my pillow.
“I had a good time.. you are so sweet Ackim.. later.”
I shook my head and peeped in my sheets then I realised what I just did the previous night. I was so disappointed with myself.
“how stupid Ackim” I hit the wall.
“I was so wasted I couldn’t control myself? Damn ..! ”
I really felt disgusted I had sex with a woman I didn’t even know and the fact that I allowed a woman to come after me, instead of me hunting her pissed me off.
I quickly took a bath. It was almost 7 hours in the morning and I had an appointment with Mr Benson. I had to finish the night’s job and interrogate the guy I kidnapped. I was supposed to go earlier but now it was evident that wasnt possible. i was already late.
I wore the last pair of clothes Paula had bought me, a grey cargo pant and a muscle t-shirt. I didn’t like the way it outlined my upper features like I was in some kind of beauty contest but I had no time to worry about looks. I pulled on the black sneakers I had worn the previous day, took some water from the small fridge and headed out immediately.
I met one of the female workers coming to my room with a try of breakfast..
” i will pass that” I told her pointing at the food..“maybe some other time.. ”
“But sir” she almost said something but i cut her short..
“not now dear, am running late” i told her without looking back..
Upon reaching Puala’s door, i stood to knock but dropped back my hand right back..
“maybe she’s still asleep” I thought to myself.
“I gues I will see her when I come back” I sighed walking ahead in the lit passage.
As I passed the reception I saw Shila talk with another worker. she wasn’t in her uniform and was holding a small hand bag. I guesed she had knocked off without paying attention to her I went outside and got in the car I was given the previous night.
Before I could start the ignition, Shila knocked on the window wearing a big stupid smile. Irritated, I pulled down the window..
“hey handsome!” She smiled..“how is your morning? ”
“Am fine and I don’t have time to waste” I scolded without looking at her. I saw her frown from the corner of my eye.
“Oh so you are ignoring me after sleeping with me?” She asked in a low voice..
“you know what? whatever your name is am not playing your games. what happened last night was a mistake and it won’t happen again. I was drunk and you just had to take advantage of that so let me warn you, stay away from me and find a toy to play with..” i snapped.
She opened her mouth to say something but I started the car and drove out. I saw her hold her waist and watched the car as I drove away. I just had to put an end to the nonsense. knew such women were a danger to a man and I wasn’t ready to be caught up in silly issues. I looked at the wide road ahead of me and accelerated the car.
In 10 minutes I was at the unfinished building the guys I left guarding were no where to be seen as I got out of the vehicle. I rushed inside and my heart skipped when I found 2 dead bodies on the concer floor. looking around the place I tied the guy and it was empty only a rope placed on top of the chair I tied him too.
“What the hell is going on here?” I shouted loudly my echo going round the big house i was in. I hit the wall twice and blood come out of my left knuckles, adding to the frustration I already had that morning.
I heard some winning from outside and when I ran out the back yard I found Simon laying down the ground his legs with some deep cuts and a bullet wound in his right shoulder. He was so weak I feared he might die in my face.
I quickly lifted him and took him in the front.
“what happened here? ” I asked him.
“The guy managed somehow to get loose when all had dozed off. he shot at us, the two guys died instantly, but I somehow survived. i tried to escape but couldn’t. Before he left he cut me up in the legs and left me to bleed to death” he explained crying in agonising pain.
“How long was that Simon?” I asked him looking at my watch.
“About 30 minutes ago ”
“dammt ! that fool !” I screamed hitting the small stones on the ground.
“how could 3 men fail to handle a that guy ?” I shouted forgetting he was injured. “you are all useless!” I addrd frustrated. “Call Mr Benson and tell him what happened. let him send someone immediately to take you to the hospital” I instructed as i started the car engine .
I took off at a high speed leaving some tire prints on the wet ground. I had to get to that thug’s house before he escaped.
I parked in front of his gate with screeching tires my mind racing, everything seemed to be slow like time had stopped.
With a kick I opened the door and ran inside my gun pointed. searching all the rooms I found the house empty, he was gone and he took his entire family.
“uuuuhhhhuhuhuhh!” I scremed looking up the roof my blood raising causing me to sweat.
“sh*t ! Where could he be?..”
In an instant I remebered Paula back at the lodge. she was unguarded..
“oh no.. !” i said running back to the car like a mad man.
In less than 10 minutes I was running inside the lodge screaming..
“Paula! Paula! Paula!” I shouted as all the people watched me, some guests came out of their rooms and looked out as i passed them they looked surprised. with A bang I opened her door and it flew wide open.
“Paula! Where are you?” I called heading to the bathroom when I noticed her bed was empty and unmade. The bathroom was empty and I felt so weak.
“oh no!” I whispered holding my head with my gun still in my hand.
I felt a sharp pain in my heart. I had just failed my job. In fact I felt useless feeling disappointed with myself for getting so wasted the previous night and to top it lay with a strange woman I had no idea exactly who she was.
“Ackim What have you done?” I scolded myself hopelessly.
To be continued