Credit: Temitope Daniel
Previously on The Unknown
Nicholas dropped Vivian inside the vehicle and entered as quickly as possible .
He was agitated. He knew Craig, he would want her to say everything about The Unknown as if Vivian knew who The Unknown really was.
There is no choice, if the Prince must suffer for his sins. He thought and sped on. No matter what, he belived he would scape through.
** ** **
Craig pressed on the accelerator of the vehicle as he was still deep in thought. How on earth can three people stand in two pairs? How would The Unknown have the same scent as Nick and still be using the same pair of glasses?”
“I’ll get to the root of this!” He had thought as he nodded.
** ** **
Nicholas got down quickly from the vehicle. He waited for Henry to park his vehicle so he could pick a leaflet as quickly as possible and settle Prince Edward at the booth of the vehicle.
He got the leaflet and wrote on it as quick as he could, stating it that he was the one who came around to drop the Prince and Vivian. As soon as he was through, he bundled Prince Edward to the booth of the car and got into his own car as quick as possible. Who could tell about the officers’ arrival?
** ** **
“Who do you think can do this to your Mum, Anthony?” Vickie asked Anthony.
Anthony kept quiet for a moment before he spoke. “Maybe the Prince. He came here to see Mum but she didn’t give him an audience.” Anthony replied.
“Same Prince? That guy?” Vickie questioned.
“Yes.” Anthony replied as be wiped his tears.
** ** **
“Stop here.” Craig ordered as he saw Prince Edward’s car parked near the station. “Doris, accompany me.” He said as he alighted from the vehicle and Doris followed.
“What’s happening, Craig?” Doris asked as she hastened to be on the same pace with him.
“I just suspect… wait, this is Prince Edward’s car.” He said as he saw the plate numbers of the vehicle.
“Why is he here? Let’s check the vehicle, I suspect that The Unknown brought this here.” He said to Doris.
Craig rushed to the car and looked inside. “I told you.” He said as he pulled the handle of the door and it opened. “Is this not Mrs Priscilla again?” Craig said as he stared at Vivian.
“She’s the one.” Doris said out of shock too. “She’s been shot.” She quickly said as she saw the wounded arm.
“Take care of this, Doris. I’m pretty sure someone should be in the booth of this car.” Craig said as he hastened to the booth of the car and met Prince Edward.
“Prince? What’s happening?” Craig looked away.
** ** **
Larry walked into the Palace and picked a seat. Thank goodness that King Dennis was not on seat, an opportunity to face Katherine again.
“I know why you’re running away from me, woman.” Larry chuckled.
“Why would I run away from you, Larry? Even if you had fire carried on your head, don’t you know that I’ll help you bring it down?”
“What’s wrong? I need you to bring down that fire in the presence of the King.” Larry went on his feet.
“Don’t say anything to the King, Larry. Why do you like raising my blood pressure? Why?”
“You want everything to be exposed, isn’t it?”
“What are you exposing?” King Dennis stepped out.
** ** **
“Thank you so much, Henry.” Nicholas smiled as the car sped on.
“What are you thanking me for? We are already partners in crime, buddy.” He chuckled.
Nicholas laughed. “Anyways, I appreciate your help today. At last, we’ve sent Ashley and Bennie to where they belong.” He heaved a sigh of relief.
“Not only that, but Jerry and his men!” Henry laughed.
“And even the evil Prince.” They laughed together. “I’m so pleased we achieved many things today, but Vivian is still a big concern.”
“Doris and Craig will take care of that buddy.” Henry
“Don’t let this disturb you, Nicholas.”
“But I felt guilty as I saw her, I don’t know why.”
“Guilty? But where’s her husband sef?”
“That’s the only mission left for us to accomplish today, Henry. You’ll have to visit her place and talk to the lady we saw earlier, she might be able to tell us more about her life.”
Nicholas’ phone buzzed.
“Hello.” He said as he bent his head. “Ooh… when and where?” He asked.
“I’m on my way.” He said as he ended the call and narrowed his eyes.
“Who just called you?” Henry asked.
“Craig. He said I should come and check on him. I suspect something.” He said as he searched his pockets.
“What?” Henry asked.
“My glasses are not on me anymore.” The car stopped instantly.
“What do we do?” Henry asked.
** ** **
Nicholas was full to the brim with thoughts as soon as he remembered his pair of glasses was not on him. He just looked at Henry and bowed his head in disbelief again.
“I don’t know what to do at the moment, Henry.” He said and raised his head slowly again, hitting the steering wheel in the process.
Henry hissed silently. He was already frustrated. If both of them have succeeded so far in the plan to bring their enemies down, then it means God has been behind him, he thought as he tilted his head and placed it on the right hand.
“Alright, Henry. I guess you’ll have to go on now with this vehicle. Go and meet the lady we spoke about and try to enquire more about Vivian. You can also let her know that you were there when the officers got Vivian, so they can know she’s been found.” He said.
“So, what are you going to do concerning officer Craig?”
“I’ll call Doris before I get to Area F station to lodge a complaint that some people snatched a bag from me which contains money, eye glasses, my body spray and many other things. So, when I get there and any trouble wants to loom at all, Doris will cover up.” He said.
“I pray that works out, Nick.” Henry nodded.
Nicholas heaved a sigh. “It should, Henry.” He said and came down from the vehicle. “Please talk to the lady in a way she wouldn’t daresay anything, Henry.”
“Alright, Nick.” Henry replied and got into the vehicle.
** ** **
Nicholas called Doris immediately Henry left, telling her about his missing items and Craig’s request to see him. He had cleared his mind that he would go there to assert things out with Craig; afterall, he called him because of his pair of eye glasses.
He adjusted his collar as he got to the front of Area F station and wiped his face, looking frustrated already. He greeted the security men and demanded to know Craig’s office.
He walked briskly as soon as it was shown to him, shuffling between the grasses on the lawn until he got to the office and knocked. “Just come in.” Craig had said.
Nicholas walked inside the office, still with a face of a frustrated man. Craig smiled as soon as he saw him and Doris also smiled with a wave of hand.
“How are you doing, Nicholas?”
“Doris, I’m not alright at all. I was on my way out with that friend of mine, Henry when some guys snatched my bag from me. Can you imagine that I have not seen the bag and the guys since then?”
Craig was getting interested in the issue. At least, he didn’t tell Doris anything about the spectacles he had found, so, he didn’t expect Nicholas to have an idea of what he had called him for at all.
“Who are these guys, Nick?” Craig enquired.
“How’d I know? I was trying to get on the motorcycle since my friend who has a car couldn’t wait for me because I was dressing up. On doing that, a green jeep suddenly stopped beside me. I was even thinking all was well until one of the guys motioned near me and snatched my bag before they drove away!”
“May I know the content of this bag, Nicholas?”
“I don’t even know! What is paining me is the last ten thousand naira on me and my eye glasses! You know the one I showed you that day, Craig, it was given to me by a long lost lover and I cherish it a lot! I don’t know how I’ll be able to get another! I am frustrated!”
“Ten thousand naira? Eye glasses?” Craig asked again.
“A green Jeep?” He questioned as he began to remember he saw a green Jeep inside Jerry’s compound.
“Yes.” He replied.
Should it have been that these guys we just got arrested were the ones who took his eye glasses away from him? No! That’s not true… Or, has he suspected that I have called him here because of that? But it’s not written all over him, he looks dejected already. Maybe he’s saying the truth, who knows?
“Ooh.. All.. alright, then.”
“What did you call me for, Officer Craig?” Nicholas asked.
“Does it even make sense again?” He chuckled. “Never mind, Nicholas.”
“Are you sure?” Nick smiled.
“Sure.” Craig smiled.
Henry knocked at Vickie’s gate, waiting for her to come and get the door, while he’s parading the front of the house. “Yes?” Vickie said as soon as she got to the front of the gate.
Henry just showed his face by the small hole by the side of the gate. Vickie saw him and quickly flipped the gate open. Her heart started racing, thinking that Henry might have found Vivian already.
“What’s happening? Any news?” She quickly asked.
“I haven’t taken a rest too since I left this place the other time. But, may I know your own name?” He asked.
“Sure. I’m Victoria.” She replied quickly.
“That’s nice. Please can we just enter the house? I don’t feel comfortable telling you about my latest discoveries here on the outside.” He said.
“Come right in.” She said and locked the gate as Henry walked in.
She led him to the living room, looking back at him every second, it was as if he had written it on his face whether he’s found her or not.
“Just sit here.” She offered him a seat.
Henry sat comfortably and smiled.
“She’s been found.” He let out as he stroke his beard, as if he was the titlist who found her.
“Really?” Victoria’s eyes widened. Anthony also jumped out of his seat and rushed up.
“Just take it easy.” He paused and continued.
“As I was parading around, looking for this woman, I got to Area F station. It was at Area F station I saw the officers who just got her.” He explained.
“Let’s go over to Area F station, now.”
“Take it easy, Victoria. At least she’s been found, we have to take things easy too.” He said.
“But, time isn’t our friend. We just have to see her now!”
“I’m not sure if she’ll still be at Area F station. Just wait, I’ll keep you connected as things keep going on.” He stroke his beard again.
“Thanks for finding my Mother… Thank you!” Anthony screamed.
“But, please, if I may ask, what of her husband?” Henry asked slowly.
“Err… about that one? See, let’s leave that for another time. The most important thing now is to see Vivian.”
“Alright. That means you’ll go on ahead to Area F station and request for her.” He smiled.
“Will you take us there? Please?” Anthony hooked up with Henry quickly.
“Alright.” Henry nodded with a smile and they all left the house.
** ** **
Craig was confused already. He didn’t even know if he was being played or everything happening was the reality. He had buried his head in his palms since Nicholas left his office, thinking of the way out of the suspense he had gotten himself into. He really wished he could know who The Unknown is.
He was getting uncomfortable as he got his car key and blazer, and walked out of the office.
“I have to get somewhere.” He just told Doris before he left.
** ** **
Nicholas had made his way to Marts Kitchen as soon as Nancy called him and requested for his presence. At first, he wanted to call Henry to tell him about his whereabouts, but he felt it wasn’t needed.
He had gotten to the eatery already and had made his way to the seat beside Nancy. Nancy was a mistress he’d always have to submit himself to, before getting hold of her at last.
Only God knows what she has called me here for. He had thought as he rubbed his hand on the his afro hair and beamed beside her.
“Nancy, how are you?”
“Nicholas! Do you know I’m getting tired of you? You are pushing me already.”
Nicholas was shocked. What’s wrong with her again? He wondered as he faced her squarely.
“But we met and you weren’t angry then.”
“I know you have just been making me a figurehead in this relationship. I know you have been doing this because you don’t want me to expose what the truth is, to Craig.”
“No! Nancy, you know I love you dearly.” He said, drifting closer to her.
“Which kind of love is that? A true one? A true one that can’t make you even know where I live!”
“Where you reside? Alright, Nancy. For you to know how much I truly care about you, let’s go to your house.” He said.
Just then, Craig walked into the eatery too. He had came there to refresh himself for the mean time.
As soon as Craig saw him, he bowed his head quickly.
“Let’s go, Nancy.”
“Lower your voice, that’s Craig!” He quickly tapped her.
Craig just went on ahead to order while he dragged Nancy out of the eatery.
“Now let’s go to your place.” He said.
“Are you doing this based on love or because you don’t want me to expose your secret?” She asked again.
“Based on love, Nancy.” Nicholas smiled. Rubbish girl! Not only love! He had thought as they went on to her house.
** ** **
Henry dropped Vickie and Anthony in front of the station to enquire about Vivian’s whereabouts while, he drove on to make a turn. He parked some distance away from the station, waiting for the two to come around so they could visit Vivian.
Soon, they two hurried out and looked around for Henry until they saw him some distance ahead and rushed closer to him. “Love And Faith Hospital.” Vickie informed him.
“Okay, let’s go there.” He replied as he started the car. He already had an idea but pretended as if he didn’t know she was shot or must have been rushed to the hospital.
He stepped on the accelerator and sped off.
** ** **
Nicholas had always wanted this kind of opportunity. Since Nancy knew he was The Unknown, he had been looking forward to getting the kind of invitation that he just got today.
He walked to her living room and sat down. He looked around, admiring the small living room. It was nicely set up. The brown tiles were neat and shining, the reflection from the white bulbs held by a traditional chandelier added to the reflecting capacity of the tiles.
“This is nice.” He muttered and nodded along.
“I’ll be back.” Nancy said as she motioned inside the house.
How can I succeed with my mission? What can I do to this lady… Nicholas had thought as he whisked to his feet and sat down again at once.
As he turned his head to the television set, Nancy came out of the house with a bottle of wine and a pair of wine glasses.
“Do you drink.” She asked
At first, Nicholas narrowed his eyes at it, but suddenly, an idea dropped in his mind.
“Sure, I do.” He grinned.
Nancy handed the wine over to him as she picked a seat too. He uncorked the wine and poured in the glass. He just took a sip from his own and gave Nancy’s to her to drink.
He relaxed as he watched Nancy finish the glass of wine. He poured more into her glass until he’d made her drunk. That was what he really wanted to do before too, he rushed to his feet when he saw her falling asleep and laid her on the sofa well.
He rubbed his palms while his eyes darted round the living room. He swallowed as he rushed inside the house, he wished to start an ultimate search and destroy everything Nancy might have as evidence against him.
He got to her room and opened the wardrobe but found no picture inside the wardrobe. He rushed to her mattress and carried it up, checking under it but found no camera nor pictures.
Just then, his eyes came in contact with some drawers that was beside the bed. He made his way and opened the first and second ones, they were just empty.
He wiped his sweat and swooshed out a long breath as he opened the third one. Just then, he saw a camera and some pictures. He got the camera as quickly as he could and the pictures. As he unveiled the pictures, he saw pictures of him tying Chief Sam to the tree and pictures of his car.
He shook his head and switched on the camera to check if she had the pictures there also. He took them all and rushed out of the room. As he was coming out of the room, he saw a tall guy standing in the living room, looking around.
“Who’s this?” He wondered as he fixed his eyes on him. Just then, the man turned around and he could see properly.
It was Craig.
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To be continued…