The Coffin Maker Episode 39

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Michael Ansah

Mummy, I was told the fight is taking place at the lotto agent close to his workplace, let us rush to the place so that nothing bad happens to him or anyone.

Akua Yankey

Herh, Bernice take care of the house as your elder brother and I are going to stop your father from fighting.

Akua Yankey and her son run to the venue and as they got there, the atmosphere was charged with anger that could even choke a whale should it pass by.

Akua Yankey

My dear, what is happening here that your dress is soaked with your own sweat this afternoon?

Opana

Can you imagine this old witch was the one who stole my winning lotto coupon that I was searching for all night long?

Eno Bruwaa

This is ridiculous, if you say I stole your lotto paper where did you put it that I stole from you? Do I leave in the same house or room with you? You better respect yourself here and now. Mr lotto agent you know what, give me my lotto paper, I will go and redeem my money from your main office. I won’t stand here for this tyrant to insult me.

Opana

Give what to you madam thief, I presume you own a PhD in stealing erh. Massa, if you make any foolish move and hand over this coupon to her again, I will twist your neck for you to be seeing things behind you. Why should I do the donkey work for some foolish person to come and take the glory. God is my witness and he knows I have remained sober this afternoon and I have decided that I don’t want blood to spill over here.

Eno Bruwaa’s Daughter

This one dieeer. you lie bad, nothing will happen here and this lotto coupon is going back with us.

As the argument was going on it kept drawing the attention of people passing by and in no time a familiar face passed by but by so doing Kwaku Mike started feeling the strangling pains around his neck again.

Michael Ansah

(calling his mum’s attention) Mummy the pains has started again and it choking me.

Akua Yankey

Please endure it for now when we get home, I will make sure this necklace is taken off your neck for good.

Charlie Pee

(whispers to his partner who is next to him) Boss isn’t that our target? Should I make a direct move here or what?

Unknown Person

Don’t be a shithole, my friend, since when did we start attacking our targets in public and in broad daylight. Just be monitoring him and at the right time when he is alone you strike. This is the first mission am taking with you ever since you were promoted to join the big boys so I don’t want any amateur services, the other guys see you not fit for this job but something in me is pushing me to have trust in you so try not to disappoint me or else I will kick your ass personally. Do I make myself clear?

Charlie Pee

I have heard you loud and clear boss.

Unknown Person

I have seen my tight friend exchanging words over there so let’s go and find out what the problem is, maybe we can help him. (walks over with his alibi to where Opana is)

Charlie Pee

Okay boss, always under your command and directions.

Unknown Person

Opana my man!!! Opana the rough boy!!! The original and professional coffin maker of our time, my boss what is happening here that you are looking so angry like this?

Opana

Ah. Skido my guy can you imagine this woman and her daughter want to double-cross me and steal my money. Yesterday I came to stake some numbers which I happen to win, along the line I misplaced my winning lotto coupon and I don’t know how it got into the hands of these people, I came to redeem my money from the lotto agent and from nowhere they also popped upcoming to do same. Now the lotto agent is telling me that even though he is very much aware that I was the one who came to stake the numbers, he can’t give me the money because am not having the lotto coupon. Can you imagine?

Unknown Person

Herh, lotto agent make study, do you know who you are dealing with?This man here is my Don, he is my Baron, my Cappuccino, he is my Boss, my Director, in fact he is my everything so if you mess up with him, you mess up with me.

Eno Bruwaa

And who is this clown too, who invited you into this issue?

Charlie Pee

(pulls a locally made pistol out) How dare you speak with my boss in that manner you ugly woman. I will blow your brains out if you don’t control that thing you call your mouth.

Michael Ansah

(seeing the gun calls for his mother’s attention and then moves closer to his father) Mummy stay here I will be right back, papa needs my help.

Unknown Person

And who is this one too, why are you rushing here whiles no one has invited you over? Do you want to fight?

Opana

(cuts in immediately) Oh easy Skido he is my son, I guess he reacted upon on what he saw.

Unknown Person

(lows his voice) Opana we need to talk seriously before I leave here. And for you lotto agent what are you saying over there?

Lotto Agent

(stammering) I….I…..I di….di….didn’t sayyyyyy anything, sir. Pleeeeeeease I came to work and I don’t want any problem.

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Eno Bruwaa

Nothing will happen here, I swear by the grave of my late husband that nothing will happen here. You can’t scare me with that toy you are having in your hand.

Eno Bruwaa’s Daughter

(whispering to the mum) Mama, it is not a toy gun and from the way I’m seeing these people, they might be dangerous and can harm us so please don’t do anything that will trigger anger in them.

Eno Bruwaa

Apuuuu you think am afraid of them erh, what have I got to lose if this thieves end my life.

Charlie Pee

Old woman, so you still have a mouth to talk and even call us names, erh? Abi you said you have nothing to lose so when you die and you meet your foolish husband in the land of the spirit tell him your stupid loud mouth bought you a ticket to that place. (pulls his locally manufactured pistol and aims at Eno Bruwaa then pulls the trigger)

Unknown Person

(seeing the action and acting fast throws his hand which hits Charlie Pee’s hand and it changed the direction of the gun) CP I told you to stand down so why did you fire, did I order you to do anything like that? Opana listens to me carefully, the life of your son is in great danger so please try and get him out from this town in less than 48hours hours from now or else don’t blame me for what happens to him. Now CP let’s move away from here before the police come here. (they take to their heels)

From a long distance, the blurring of a police siren is heard approaching the place they were standing and in no time a patrol team of police officers together with the new commander storms the place they were standing.

Commander

My boys and I heard a gunshot from afar and we were tracing it to find out where the gunshot came from.

Eno Bruwaa

Papa police, it came from this very place and the gunshot was directed to me by that stupid idiot who said I was challenging him.

Commander

Oh really, so where is the person who fired the gun at you and did the bullet hit anyone here?

Eno Bruwaa

They took to their heels after I miraculously escaped the bullet, they passed that way not long before you came here and they are the boys of this tyrant standing next to you papa police.

Opana

And who are you referring to as a tyrant? Did I tell you I’m having any boys or did you see me calling them in, woman respect yourself here and now!!!

Commander

Boys are you still standing there? Go after those hoodlums and apprehend them, I need not tell you to be alert and careful because they are armed as you already know. Leave no stone unturned and make sure you get them. Madam, how many were they and can you identify them if you see them?

Eno Bruwaa’s Daughter

Officer please they were two and I can identify them anytime and day that I set my eyes on them. They nearly took my mother’s life away from her (starts crying)

Commander

Stop crying my dear, everything will be fine. I promise to get those people to book and justice will prevail, during my tenure as the new district commander of this place, I will cleanse this community with sanity and peace. No thief, hoodlum, land guard, drug peddler or fraudster will have it easy over here unless they relocate to a place which is not under my jurisdiction.

Lotto Agent

(comes out from his kiosk soaked with his own urine in his blue jeans trouser) So no one bothered to trace the direction the bullet went erh? If not with the mercies of God like I will be dead by now, like I won’t see the face of the baby my third wife is carrying. Papa police, now that you are here I want you to take charge of the matter, here is the money involved and the lotto coupon in contention, I have closed for the day, they will explain their problem to you for you to professionally judge the matter, am not even interested in any share or cut in the money again. Please go with your palava and wahala…..

Tbc