Written by Humble Smith
Paul walked closer to where Sandra laid and carried her on his shoulder ignoring the confusing stare of Richard..
Richard was lying on the ground totally befuddled, he couldn’t feel any pain of bullet around his body, Paul on the other hand wasn’t even looking at him, he was just busy finding the right way to carry Sandra so as not to tamper on her wounds,
what just happened? was the question that left Richard confused, he was so very sure that Paul shot a bullet to him but how come he couldn’t feel the pain or had any part of his body terribly bleeding, he pinched himself hardly to be sure he was still alive and really regretted it later because the pain he felt from the pinch seem exceptionally painful,
“isn’t it yet time you stop staring at me and stand up from that ground, let’s leave this godforsaken place?” Paul said sneering at Richard with Sandra on placed his shoulder,
“you thought I shot you the bullet? uhm, okay just look behind you” Paul said walking away,
Richard turned to his back and saw a man with a gun lying on the ground in the pool of his own blood,
“what happened?” Richard asked curiously walking faster to meet up with Paul who was a little bit far away from him,
“i was just pulling your legs then..you aren’t the person i wanted to shoot at, it was the man behind you..you couldn’t notice him and I bet you, if I hadn’t saw him quickly, you could have been a dead meat by now” Paul said with grimace,
“I don’t understand..you, Paul saved my life? absurd, how..i mean when did you suddenly changed” Richard asked really surprised
“Well..that’s Is my decision but don’t take it to heart because I can decide to eliminate you now” Paul said
“you decides to be my friend? is that what you trying to say” Richard asked
“be your friend? Ohh yuck..you know I can’t..I’m just doing this for the sake of Sandra, you know I still love her, even though she rejected me for you” Paul said without looking at Richard,
“do you still want Sandra to your self?” Richard asked calmly making Paul turn at him sharply,
“do you want to leave her for me?” Paul asked with an arched brow
“uhm..not really, I just asked you a question”
“okay well if you ask, then I’ll say i still wants her” Paul replied bluntly
“okay I’m gonna leave her for you” Richard said making Paul not only gaze at him this time but also halt his pace
“are you trying to pull my leg like I did to you?” Paul asked with a short laughter
“mmm..I’m not joking, I am leaving her for you, you saved my life so I’m giving her to you as a token of appreciation” Richard said with a lopsided smile
“are you serious with what you’re saying?”
“Paul, can we make peace between us?” Richard asked and that really brought out a chuckle from Paul’s lips
“are you this dumb..I came into this place to save you which I just did, what peace are you talking of again..if we aren’t in peace, hmm I could have shot you dead long ago..” Paul said with a wide smile
“so are we friends?” Richard asked with his eyes glittering with happiness
“yeah we are buddy” Paul replied with a benevolent smile which made Richard’s heart leap with joy,
Clara, Joy, David and Cole had successfully found their way to the major road, David laid Cole on the backseat of the car and stood outside looking into the forest the same way clara was staring, their countenance was filled with anticipation as they waited to see Richard coming out with Sandra,
“won’t you lay Joy inside the car as we wait for Richard?” David asked in a caring tone
“ugh..i even forgot I’m carrying someone on my shoulder” Clara sighed and laid Joy inside the car,
“what do you think is still holding Richard?” David asked holding Clara’s palm softly,
“I can’t tell but I pray he is safe” Clara replied with a sigh
“yeah..he would be safe dear” David cooed fondling her palm sweetly
“David” Clara called out
“do you love me?” Clara asked and that question really took David unaware,
“me?? uhm..you know fully well that I love you so much” David replied
“kiss me” Clara suddenly said
“kiss me” Clara repeated turning her gaze to him..
David wrapped his hand around her neck with his eyes peering deeply into her own, he drew her head forward and plunged his lips into hers, the kiss went deep and deep, their tongues meeting together closely, the kiss was really passionate and did well in sending a shivering sensation down Clara’s spine, the truth was that the feeling she got was the type she hasn’t felt once in her lifetime, not even when she was dating Richard, she felt it down in her heart that David was really her soul mate and without doubt, she was made out of his ribs,
As they kissed more deeper, Clara’s mind went back in thought, all she had went through in the past came replaying In her memory like a scene..
Hot tears rolled down her cheeks,
“David promise me you’ll never leave me” Clara said immediately she broke the kiss,
“Clara..i rather die than leave you..you are my missing rib, you made me knew that deep affection could still exist inside me, Clara I feel like bringing out my heart to your view so you will see how it beats for you” David said in a solemn tone making a sweet smile escape Clara’s lips,
“I love youuuuuu” Clara screamed hugging him tightly..
Paul and Richard was getting close to the major road when three armed men came out of nowhere, their faces was covered with mask and they had this kind of muscular body that could send shudder of fear all over anyone’s body after seeing them,
“the three of you aren’t leaving here alive, not after killing our boss” one of the men seethed with a straight gaze on Richard who had hastily stood in front of Paul and Sandra..
“Uhm, I see, you three wants a fight right? okay I’m gonna give it to you but you would have to leave these two to go Scot free” Richard said pointing at Paul and Sandra who was still lying on his shoulder..
“uhm..well, we came here to kill the three of you, so I’m sorry, you all will have to die together” the one at the middle said,
This really left Richard terrified, what is he going to do now? he is fully ready to give his life for Sandra but the situation now is dying with her also dying with him, he had promised himself to always keep Sandra safe even with his last breath but what was he to do now,
there is no one to save them..Paul is such a weakly and sissy man who can’t stand a fight, not when the fight is to be with huge body men,
“we are men..men don’t fight with guns, why not try taking us down in a fist fight, that’s how real men do fight, guns are for weaker vessel” Richard said in a sarcastic tone..
“uhm, okay we’re in” the three men chorused and flinged off their guns then twisted their neck making a cracking sound,
Richard averted his gaze to Paul who was really shivering in great fright,
“you have to run away as fast as you can..forget about me, I’ll be fine, just make sure Sandra is fine and healthy, inform Clara of my state when you reach, I may have been dead by then but don’t forget to tell Sandra that I really really really really really love her from the depth of my heart and that’s why I’m giving up my life for her to live” Richard said and kissed Sandra lips..
“Run!!!!” Richard screamed to Paul immediately, the men glanced at Paul who scurried away swiftly then to Richard who was staring at them with his eyes glittering with emotion,
The men smirked at Richard before removing the mask they were wearing, their faces were rigid and scary that Richard felt like pissing on his trouser,
“you just succeeded in saving those two from death now you yourself would take the suffering and death all alone” one of the men said through gritted teeth before rushing at Richard with a kick but he swiftly swerved aside making the kick passed him,
After having received thorough beating from the men back then in that building Richard had become weaken, the wound all around his body was still fresh and was still dripping out blood, he had no strength to fight even one man talkmore of three, this fight is just a death warrant because he knew quite well that he was not fit at all,
Another kick came aiming to his belly but he held the leg and made to sway it sideways but a blow really took him aback, before he could regain balance, another kick landed on his cheek making him stagger backward, his sight went blur that moment,
A heavy blow landed on his nose and that quickly spurt out a dark red blood from his nostril, the pain was sharp and excruciating that he felt his whole body drained, an uppercut went on his jaw making him fall heavily on his butt,
blows and kick started raining on him from every angle, his face was totally covered with blood that he could hardly see through,
Just then the beating stopped for some minute, Richard raised his finger to clean off the pint of blood covering his eyes but just then a metallic object landed on his knee causing a serious fracture,
Richard screeched in great pain as his leg quivered with a cracking sound, the pain was so much, it was so intensed that Richard felt like dying, he was still trying to absorb the pain a little bit when another hit landed on his other leg, this time he couldn’t take the pain, it was terrible, his eyes was blinking rapidly and he felt his soul dying, he could not breath normally again and there was no doubt that his spirit were leaving his body,
Richard was a man of strong heart and spirit, he has the type of nature of persisting and bearing pains but what he had just passed through In one day is now so much, he was trying hard to hold back himself from giving up but it became fruitless when the metal slammed hardly on his forehead..
Just immediately, chief Daniel and Marie ran out of nowhere in haste, the sound of their footsteps made the men who had just battered Richard avert their gaze to them,
Chief Daniel and Marie shivered in fear as the men walked forward to their direction,
“No please don’t harm us..we.. we are..”
a heavy blow which landed on his belly hitched his voice,
the men turned to Marie who just screamed on seeing how they hitted her husband, the men let out a lopsided smile as they stared at Marie with a lustful expression,
“please I beg you, don’t..” Chief Daniel pleaded from the ground where he layed,
One of the men kicked him hardly on his head before turning to Marie who had been stripped off her cloth, she kept screaming but the men wasn’t moved at all, they laid her on the floor and widened her legs in attempt to rape her, one of the men pulled down his trousers and made to thrust his d**k into her but just then a bullet went into his skull making him slumped and die, the other two turned their gaze to the direction of the bullet only to see Richard standing upright with a gun pointed at them, his whole body was bloody making him look really like a zombie,
He had thought he was dead and gone until he heard the scream of his beloved mother, down in his heart, he heard her scream which kept echoing inside him. what gave him strength was what he couldn’t foretell. all he knew was that he found himself jolting off from the ground and heading to where the gun the men had threw was and the next was firing a bullet to the men, he wasn’t in his right sense that moment, he was just being controlled by an unseen force,
The two other men tried rushing at him but was sent to their early grave immediately with the bullet from Richard which went straight to their chest..
Immediately Richard gunned down the men, he fell heavily on the ground unconscious,
Marie hastily wore her cloth and rushed to him with tears, Chief Daniel who had been unconscious after the kick on his head sprang up immediately and rushed to Richard who was lying motionless on the ground with blood covering his whole body,
“Let’s carry him to the hospital before he dies!!” Chief Daniel yelled and grappled Richard into his shoulder running ahead in full speed with Marie running behind,
Paul had just finished narrating everything to Clara and had kept Sandra inside the car, Clara and David made to jump into the forest In attempt to rescue Richard but just then, Chief Daniel and Marie ran out with Richard, Chief Daniel rushed into his car after laying Richard at the backseat, Marie sat besides him as they drove off, Clara entered her car with Joy and Cole lying at the backseat and David sitting besides her as they drove off..
Paul entered the last car remaining and drove off with Sandra lying beside him with her head on his laps..
Chief Gabriel was driving along the main road when he sighted Sandra’s mother in a car driving to the building, he swiftly swerved to her lane and pursued her, he kept following her behind until they got to a secluded place before he beckoned her to stop which she did immediately,
Chief Gabriel came down from the car followed by Dr Mike then Angela, the trio stood upright with a gloatimg smile waiting for her to come down,
After some seconds, the door of the car opened and Lucy came out..
Lucy Sandra’s mother alighted from the car in a slow and relaxed way, she was this pleasant and gorgeous middle aged woman, her face has a clear and vivid resemblance with that of Sandra, she look rich and classy in the yellow loosely fitted gown which she wore..
“Hi Lucy, long time” Angela said to Lucy who just rolled her eyes at her then turn to Chief Gabriel..
“what is it you want from me that made you put my children In sure a fatal condition?” Lucy inquired with her eyes glittering with pure emotion
“uhmm..so at last, you finally decided to show yourself huh..” Dr Mike chipped in but Lucy didn’t even glance at him talkmore of saying any word to him..
“Lucy..you’ll have to sign this document..fill in the necessary info, then you’re free” Chief Gabriel said handing a file to her,
Lucy took it and stared into it, her eyes widened in shock as she read the text written on it,
“you want my land?” Lucy asked with an arched brow
“exactly” Chief Gabriel replied with a lopsided smile
“that land is.. “
“no more word from you, sign in quickly, I don’t have time” Chief Gabriel interrupted
“where are my children first?” she inquired
“Ohh god..i think i just told you that they are waiting for you at the building..sign in then go and meet them” Chief Gabriel said getting exasperated
“okay give me a pen” Lucy requested while Chief Gabriel quickly deeped his hand inside his breast pocket but couldn’t find any,
“is any one with a pen here?” Chief Gabriel asked Dr Mike and Angela but they both shook their head negatively,
“hey Mrs Lucy, there isn’t any pen here so you will have to come down to my house now!!” Chief Gabriel seethed
“I’m not going anywhere without My children” Lucy said tilting her head sideways in disapproval
“it is a must and you are bound to do it” Dr Mike chipped in
“and what if I disagree..would you force me” Lucy said with a glare
“yeah..that would be the only option remaining” Angela replied with a lopsided grin
“do.. ” Lucy had her voice hitched abruptly as two able body men walked towards her with a gun..
“madam walk to that car now!!” one of the men ordered with a mean face which scared Lucy..
She walked slowly to the car after glancing at Chief Gabriel and the others with a confused look
They shut the door and zoomed off with Dr Mike driving on her car
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