The Coffin Maker Episode 57

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Michael Ansah

(speaking to himself before answering the call) Why did I feel this way all of a sudden? Am I safe with these two love birds? Well, I will put my eyes and ears to the ground so I don’t find myself in any compromising state. Who was even calling me earlier on?

Back at Opana Lawyer’s office:

Opana

My credible and dependable lawyer, I greet you, sir.

Lawyer

Hello sir, you are very welcome to my chamber this sunny afternoon. How is every member of your family doing?

Opana

They are all doing very well.

Lawyer

We thank the Most High for His genuine care over us. Well our elders say the toad doesn’t run in daylight just like that. It could be that something is chasing it or it is chasing after something. Please what brings you here this afternoon sir?

Opana

Hmmmmm! my reliable legal advisor and consultant, I greet you again. My purpose of coming here is very simple but very delicate, I want you to do a change of ownership on my palm plantation and parcel of lands close to the highway.

Lawyer

Oh, but why sir, that place is a vantage point, that in about 10 years from now it will fetch you millions of Cedis when the district capital is brought here by the government.

Opana

Hmmmmm! time happens to be my greatest enemy on this earth for now, my brother. If I say am waiting for one more day, a volcano will erupt with a force that will burn us all.

Lawyer

Gosh, did you say a volcanic eruption? This kind of thing has never happened in Ghana before and if it is going to happen, it shouldn’t be in this town and region. I have made a lot of investments in this region and if any volcano erupts it will bring serious setbacks to me and the country. It is good you have decided to sell that land before it gets destroyed with the eruption.

Opana

Oh, my brother, why this long condolence message? I didn’t say my land is having any volcanic eruption or anything bad, so where from all these negative expressions?

Lawyer

Oh, sorry for driving my mind towards that direction but I heard you mention volcanic eruption earlier on. Can you please go straight to your point now?

Opana

Hmmmmm! my house is on fire. My brother, the roof of my house is burning, that, if nothing is done in this early stage, what might happen will cause doom.

Lawyer

(jumps to his feet) Whaaaat? Your roof is on fire and you are sitting here looking unconcerned. Let’s rush to your house and get the fire quenched before it causes any mayhem or destroys your valuable properties.

Opana

My brother, is everything okay at your end? You seem lost and out of contrast this afternoon. Am only speaking in parables and you are thinking negatively. Well to make things very easy and simple, I am selling my land because my last or youngest daughter has been hospitalised and she needs to undergo surgery outside the country to correct the disfunction. The doctor said if I waste time, the problem will rather increase. That is the reason why am selling my lands.

Lawyer

What sickness is she suffering from and when did it start?

Opana

Actually, she is not suffering from any sickness or disease…

Lawyer

(cuts in) Ah if she is not suffering from any sickness or disease, then what is she doing at the hospital then?

Opana

Hehehehe lawyer, so how did you pass your exams to gain admission into the law school and how did you even pass through the law school for you to be called to join the Bar Association?

Lawyer

I beg your pardon Sir, what are you trying to insinuate? What do you mean by the questions you are asking?

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Opana

Sorry, if my question sounded offensive my credible lawyer. I was expecting you to know that it is not only sickness or diseases that makes one go to the hospital for admission. Accidents and other unforeseen things also lead people to that place.

Lawyer

(scratching his head) That is also very true my brother. It didn’t come to mind in the first place but do you mind opening up to me?

Opana

I don’t mind telling you everything since you are my lawyer. If I will hide anything away from anyone at all in this world you are an exception. My daughter was knocked down by a sceptic vehicle some days ago and the driver took to his heels and as at now, no one knows the driver’s whereabouts. After the doctors carefully examined her I was told that her spine has developed a serious injury which won’t enable her to walk again unless a serious surgery is done for her and as if that is not enough she has also lost her memory and that one also requires immediate surgery in South Africa or the States, to make matters worse I have been given a deadline or else my dear daughter will run mad.

Lawyer

God’s of my forefathers please come to the rescue of my brother here. So, what is the way forward now?

Opana

The way forward is very simple. Someone is willing to buy my lands hence that is the reason for selling the lands. Please work on the change of ownership documents as soon as possible, because any single second we waste will put my daughter’s life is into great danger.

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Quincy’s End:

Michael Ansah

(on phone) Hello, please may I know who is on the line because I don’t know this number?

Caller

It’s me, Julia. Mike, I have been trying your line for some time now but it wasn’t going through. Later when it went through, you were not answering your call. How are you and where have you been?

Michael Ansah

I’m fine ooo, my dear. My phone has been giving me problems. That is why sometimes you call me and it doesn’t go through.

Caller

Oh, sorry my dear, all the same, I wanted to get the list of the things you want me to buy for you when coming over to Ghana. My flight is this evening.

Michael Ansah

Mmmmm, my dear, I will need some advanced cameras, printers, studio lights and some laptops.

Caller

Is that all you need? Because you told me a short while ago that your phone is also giving you problems?

Michael Ansah

Oh, it will be awesome if you get me a phone also. I didn’t want to make the bill go up.

Caller

Never mind my dear. I have got it all covered. Do well to meet me at the airport tomorrow afternoon so that you collect your things. Please my time is very limited when I touch down, so kindly be at the airport even before I walk out from the arrival hall. Will call you back when I return from doing my last-minute shopping and the things you requested for.

Michael Ansah

Wooow thanks very much in advance, you can’t phantom how happy I am over here. All the same, I will be at the airport even before your flight lands on the soil of mother Ghana.

Caller

Alright, my dear, you will hear from me when am back. Stay safe and be good (call ends)

Michael Ansah

(jubilating and making noise) My good people come and see what the Lord has done ooo, He has brought hope to me the hopeless, He has brought me from shame to fame, from grass to grace, from who are you to how are you. What shall I render unto the Lord for his mercies, protection and favour, baba God you do all.

Maabena Boaduwaa

(walks out from the washroom) Mike why all this cacophonic jubilation, have you won a lottery? Quincy dear, come out from the shower and listen to your brother from another mother.

Quincy

(walks in to join his friend and lover) Bro blow me the stuff that has placed you on a different planet, my ears are feeling very itchy to hear what you have to say to us.

Michael Ansah

Bro, you can’t imagine what my ears heard some seconds ago, Julia called and she has agreed to get us some latest cameras, printers and even laptops.

Quincy

Tell me you are kidding, my ears don’t believe what I just heard from your lips.

Michael Ansah

Bro, it is true and I mean damn true, get ready because we are meeting her tomorrow afternoon at the airport.

Quincy

Really? Baby, did you just hear what my brother from another mother just said? If we are going to get those gadgets then be rest assured that our lives are going to change very soon. You can’t imagine what the two of us can do when we have cameras and laptops in our possession, we are going to transform the scene very soon my darling girl. Mike this news calls for celebration…

TBC