THE LAST WEDDING
Written by Bright Daniel
Before the security men harken to the voice of Cynthia in the slaughtering room, Bernad and Loveth had made it into the underground tunnel. Chisom and co had also made it there trying to run towards the direction given to Ubiji by Bernard.
“This way” Ubiji led the way while Kate and chisom followed him. Unknowingly to him, his cell phone fell down in the course of breaking the floor. As they ran through the tunnel, Bernard and Loveth followed behind.
“Run! Run!!” Bernard shouted.
However, Bright drove on the room with his body guards, his phone rang then he picked it up when he saw the caller to be Cynthia.
“We have a situation sir”
“Bernard has escaped with the girls on detention”
“F-ck! How dare you say such a thing to me? Listen, if you don’t bring them back or kill them all, you’re dead” he hung up the call then connected to the security men. “Listen, you fools, do not leave those idiots until you bring their heads to me”
“Copied, sir” a voice replied.
Bright body chemistry suddenly changed to melancholic, he couldn’t bear the gravity of what just happened, therefore he ordered his driver saying, “My friend, turn this car back to base” Immediately, the driver carried out the instruction.
Already, the security men had flicked into the tunnel with heavy guns which had torchlight above the barrel to enable them see through the tunnel. Chisom and co could see their torchlight from afar, that made them hastened up running for their dear lives. Bernard led the road, Ubiji remained the last man behind while the girls were at the centre. They got to a point they were matching on muddy and watery ground which indicated that they had drew close to the exit.
“Come on, guys, hurry!” Bernard increased his speed likewise others. Suddenly, they did not only hear the sound of gunshot but also felt the bullets hitting the walls of the tunnel.
“Jesus!” the girls shouted. Ubiji’s mind sank down to his stomach without letting out a shout.
The race took about thirty minutes before they were able to see a ray of moonlight coming from the exit coz the more they ran, the darker the tunnel. The security men kept chasing and shooting them too. Chisom fell down in the process, the next person behind her was Ubiji who stretched his hand for her to grab.
“Take my hand, stand and be strong” he said as both stared into each other’s eyes. She couldn’t believe it. A man she humiliated, insulted and underestimated was the one who is not only saving her life but also encouraging her to be strong. She couldn’t thank him enough.
“We are almost there, hurry!” Bernard shouted.
“You have to take my hands now” Ubiji repeated.
She grabbed his hand strongly then stood up on her feet before the continuation of the race of life and death. Meanwhile, they had outrun the security men to the exit which was just a fit above the ground. Bernard raised his hands to push it open but sadly brought them down.
“What’s the problem? Open it” Ubiji told him.
“It is locked” he replied.
“That can’t be!” he rushed to the front, raised his hands too and shook the metal vigorously, yet, nothing happened.
“Oh my God!” Kate exclaimed. “What are we gonna do now? Does it mean we all gonna die here because those men are after us?”
Nobody replied her or said anything thus, generating a tranquility in the tunnel. They only heard ch¡pping of crickets and footsteps of the security men. It got to a time that their torchlight became visible from afar. Seeing that, Loveth shouted, “Please, do something!”
Bernard and Ubiji joined hands in pushing and shaking the metal hoping that the key would crack opened. As they struggled to open it, the security men also hurried to meet them. Their torchlight became very close and moving up and and down the tunnel.
Chisom gently met the two guys and said, “Wait” they stopped and looked at her for a solution. She observed the key carefully then pulled out her hair parker which is in form of a led. She slowly put it into the keyh0le as everybody watched her and before ten seconds, she unlocked the key. “Done” she pushed the metal opened.
“Go! go!! go!!!” One of the securities shouted from a close range.
Already, the girls had climbed out of the tunnel leaving Ubiji and Bernard.
“Go first, man” Ubiji told him.
“No, you go first” he insisted. Immediately, the sound of another gunshots took over the tunnel. A bullet caught Ubiji’s leg as he tried to climb while another caught Bernard in the stomach. “Aaahhh!” he shouted in pains with a hand covering the h0le created by the bullet.
After Ubiji climbed, he stretched his hand for him. “Take my hand, bro!”
“Bernard, come on, hurry up!” Loveth added.
“No” he shook his head negatively smiling at her.
“What’s he doing?” Chisom asked.
“I think he’s not coming with us” Kate replied.
Bernard struggled up with the padlock then hung it on the metal covering the exit to lock it. He did that admiring Loveth for the last time coz he wasn’t gonna make it alive. That’s why he wanted to sacrifice his life for them to live. When Loveth observed that, she said, “No, no, no, please don’t do it. I beg you”
“I love you” he told her and locked the tunnel. Instantly, more bullets killed him. Loveth cried.
The security men finally came closer to find the tunnel locked. They also tried to push it open but couldn’t do it. So they had to carry dead Bernard back to the unknown place.
However, the remaining three girls stopped running when Ubiji finally fell down due to the wound created by a bullet on his leg. Only then did they realize that he was shot. They could see his trouser stained with a lot of blood. As Chisom sat down to ease the pain, so as Loveth sat on the ground crying for Bernard. Only Kate took time to observe the environment. She looked left and right to see nothing but tall trees and shrubs without a single being or residence with the help of the moonlight.
“Where are we?” she asked. The question didn’t interest others coz they were still carried away by their sad emotions. From the knowledge Chisom acquired in school, she tore out the part of Ubiji’s trouser where the bullet entered and used it to stop the bleeding. As she tied it across the wound, Ubiji stared at her admiring her beauty once more. Their eyes met severally but they never said anything to each other. After she was done, she said without looking at him, “Just manage, I will take you to the hospital and you’ll be fine”
“No, thanks” Ubiji struggled up with her.
“What do you mean?” she then looked at him.
“I said no, I’ll take myself to the hospital” he clarified then averted his eyes from her surveying the environment too likewise others. “I guess we are in a forest” he added.
“Which forest?” Kate queried.
“I don’t know”
“Does anybody have a phone?”
“I think I do” Ubiji searched for his phone but couldn’t find it. “Oh no”
“What?” Kate wanted to know.
“I have lost it” he replied.
Loveth didn’t care, she only wept on the ground. Chisom show little or no concern too due to the replied Ubiji gave her earlier. She sat beside her on the ground trying to console her.
“So what are we gonna do now?” Kate was still inquisitive.
“We walk” Ubiji replied.
“To which direction?”
They remained quiet for a while until Ubiji broke it saying, “Let’s start going” he looked at the two girls on the floor. “Chisom, we have to go now”
She stood up with Loveth without saying a word…
The security men had carried dead Bernard to Bright who boiled in anger after he was told that others escaped. He stood in the midst of them all right outside the compound. Already, customers had gone and the gate locked. Therefore only the slaughters and the security circled beside the pool.
“You all are idiots!” Bright began. “You allowed those nincompoops to escape from my secrete domain. You must pay dearly if you don’t bring their bodies here for slaughtering. They are in the forest of mount doom, and they haven’t gone far. This is the key to the exit of the tunnel. Take it and go back there and bring to me the heads of those nincompoop here tonight” he threw the key to one of the men. “Now, go! go!! go!!!” he commanded while the men troop into the tunnel.
The moon light illuminated the forest. That enabled Ubiji and co to see the ground in which they walked through. As they walked, they noticed a ray of light coming from behind: those were the security men. Loveth was the first to see it.
“Look” she said pointing backward.
“Oh mine! They are the same men. I guess they must not leave us alive” Kate said.
“What do we do now?”
“We run” Ubiji replied even when he knew that he couldn’t run. As a matter of fact, he sat down on the ground . “You girls should run” he instructed.
“What about you?” Chisom became amaze at his sluggishness.
“I’ll be fine” he replied her.
“No, I’m not leaving you here” she stretched her hand for him then said, “Take my hand, stand and be strong”
Those were the same words he told her when she fell down in the tunnel. So he smiled along with her, grabbed her hand and the race continued…
TO BE CONTINUED
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