Written by Princess Juliet
The drive back to school was a tiring and frustrating one as we were stuck in a terrible traffic . Demi kept on honking the horn as he drove slowly behind a long line of vehicle.
“D**n!”. he swore under his breathe, “when are we gonna get out of here?”
“I wonder oooo”. I huffed , staring out of the window.
The road was so crowded that cyclists had to squeeze through by weaving in and out of cars to avoid the wait.
“Is the traffic here always like this?” Demi asked with a scoff
“I don’t know”. I sighed softly .
I was bored out of my mind , I needed to keep myself busy.
errrmm…..what can I do? I racked my brain.
An idea suddenly came to me , why not try writing??
quickly , I reached for my backpack which was at the rear seat , slid it open and took out a pen and a jotter.
“what do you want to do with that?”Demilade asked, a curious look on his face
“Write”. I replied, smiling
tossing the backpack back to the rear seat, I opened the jotter and began to pen down a scene , a scene about a ruthless drug Lord …
“and what are you writing about?”Demi probed on
My smile deepened , i knew he would ask
“A Mafia lord”
He chuckled. “you going along with my suggestion hun”
“Yes”. I nodded .”not only that, i am also making use of your name”.
“My name”. he leaned forward to look into the jotter and his eyes grew wide
“Troy! the protagonist name is Troy”
The look on his face was priceless and my whole body jerk with my stifled laughter
“Is there anything bad in it?”
“No”. he muttered, sitting up straight and his lips touched my face lightly,just brushing my skin
I faked a frown. “You did that on purpose right?
“and what if I did?” he retorted, looking deep into my eyes and a warm blush rose to my cheeks
I swallowed hard , making a sound, my eyes pacing from his eyes to his lips
Why must he be so cute??
“erm..can .. you .. erm please stop staring at me”. I stuttered nervously , his stares alone was
doing crazy things to my fragile heart …
“why? his voice came out in whispers. “you nervous I will kiss you, here, right now?”
“do you want to kiss me ?”I blurted out foolishly
his lips curled into a half smile. “should I?”.
I nodded sheepishly and that was it .
he slowly lowered his head and I watched his mouth; involuntarily my head jerked up as he kissed me softly on the lips , his hands still clung on the steering wheel.
“Deeemi”. I let out an audible gasp and licked his lips , tasting, savouring his sweetness.
A honk from behind interrupted the kiss and we pulled apart in an instant
“Move ooooo”. a man screamed , telling us that the road is clear ; immediately Demi stepped on the brake and drove off in full speed.
Finally, after a five hour drive, we got to Ago-Iwoye and Demi slowed down a little as he made a right turn
“Ah Ah! where are you going?” I asked , looking puzzled.
“and where does it look like to you?”. he snapped at me
“Your apartment”. I answered the obvious question”
“So!”he scoffed . “Why then are you still asking?
I frowned at him . “I thought you would reach my hostel first”
“No”. he merely said , his gaze fixed straight ahead
What is wrong with him?
“but I need to go home na”. I insisted .
he glanced at me , meeting my gaze for a split-second
Is he really asking me that?
” I want to throw that b*tch out of my room”. I responded in a raised voice
“Oh! should I stop the car then?”
Stop kwa! I was expecting him to say reverse the car!
“I want you to drive me home”
“sorry I can’t”. he shook his head slightly. “I am tired and need to rest”
“you should make use of a bike”.he quickly added
Interesting! he wants me to make use of a bike, okay now!
“Alright ooo”. I reluctantly agreed and he pulled out of the road , parking out in front of a Central Mosque.
“Yes”. I grunted my response
“Okay then , don’t be long
hmmm! so he still want me to pass the night at his place!
“sure!”I grabbed my handbag and stepped out the car slamming the door shut.
“and don’t get into a fight”. he warned as he drove off, speeding.
I stood there for a moment , watching his car and then looked towards the road ,waiting impatiently for a bike to pass by.
The afternoon sun was out in full force , pushing the temperature up to at least ninety-five degree.
It was so f**king hot that I had to use my hand as a shield to protect my eyes.
I soon sighted a bike coming in my direction and I flagged it down .The bike man immediately pulled out of the road and stopped in front of me .
“Pretty queen’s villa”. I told him weakly
“queen’s villa”. he muttered. “where is that one?”
“Oru, beside the micro finance bank”.
“oh!oh! oh! I don remember, that plastered building where only girls dey stay”
“Yes”. I nodded
“Oya enter , make we dey go”
Just like that!
“Abeg oooo! how much will you collect?” I wanted to know first
He grinned widely. “how much you wan pay?”
did he just ask me that? okay now!
“# 200”. I told him and his grin changed to a frown
“Ah! Ah! sister, e too small na, add something on top make I carry you”
I smiled inwardly, shebi he was the one who asked how much I wanted to pay!
“Fine! let me add #100”. I finalised , maintaining a straight face
“Okay!” he nodded in agreement. “enter make we dey go”
Sharperly , I climbed on the bike and the man started the engine and drove off……
Getting to my hostel , the bike man drove into the compound and parked out in front of my car.
I paid him and climbed down the bike ,checking out my car for any scratch , but found none . I nodded in satisfaction and climbed up the short stairs to the balcony!
“Welcome ooooo”.a slim girl who was washing outside greeted , a large smile on her face
“Ah! Elizabeth! thank you”. I returned the smile
“hmmmh”. she sighed. “I heard what happened, take heart my dear. It is the Lord that giveth and taketh”
I nodded slowly. “thanks”
She continued. “Arinze nko?”
“he should be in his room”. I shrugged lightly
“so he is back”. she retorted, her eyes glittering with excitement.
uh hum ! and that my “annoying brother” will still call this one mere friendship, let him be deceiving himself!
“Yes”. I replied as I walked through the long passage to the last room , my room.
The door to the room was locked from inside which only meant one thing—Faith was inside .
Something stirred deep , increasing my pulse and I found myself banging on the door angrily…
“Faith”. I screamed . “open up this door”
what I heard next was the sound of footstep and the door knob turning.
I pushed the door open. In an instant ,it flew open to reveal a “smiling Faith”
“You betrayer”. I cut in before she could spell out my name . “Get out of my room “. I shoved her aside and stormed into the room.
“Get the hell out of my room”
her smile faded and a faint shadow passed over her face
“You…want ..to .throw .. me .. out?” She picked her words , her right hand on her chest as she stared at me in disbelief…
“not only will I throw you out , I will also tell everyone how you planned on destroying my life”. I yelled
“Ah! Uju please don’t do it”. she pleaded , rubbing her hands together and dropped to her knees , sobbing….
“It was the work of the devil , I didn’t mean to hurt you , Susanna pushed me to it , I was deceived “. she kept on spilling out trash , she didn’t even try to deny it”
“Ahhhhhhhhhh”. I shrieked out in pain . “how could you! how could you do that to me . I housed you , fed you , shared my clothes with you,transported you to school , I even balanced ….I stopped mid- sentence, finally realising it was me , who was the fool .
“You …saw me as a fool ….right?” I struggled my words in between tears
“No Uju”. she shook her head vigorously. “I saw you as a sister”
sister! did that really come out from her!
“Shut the f**k up”. I barked at her. “i don’t ever want to hear you say that again, you are not my sister and can never be one so please leave my room for me”
“Haha! Mogbe!”she panicked , bringing her hands to her head . “don’t do this to me now , I have no where else to go”
“Eyaaaa! you should have thought about that before betraying me”. I jeered.
“where do you expect me to stay?” her voice was choked up in tears
Is she for real ?…well! since she ask me, I will have to answer!!
“you should go stay with your boyfriend”. I smirked , staring at her messed up face .
She looked so pained , but I felt no pity for her.
I continued. “I give you two days to leave my room quietly or else I will throw you out in a disgraceful way”.
with that , I picked up my car keys from the table and stormed out of the room to the passage where I caught three girls eavesdropping.
seeing me , they jumped apart, acting like they were discussing among themselves..
“Crazy gossips”. I mumbled under my breathe as I walked over to first room ,the caretaker’s room.
I knocked on the door twice before entering “Good afternoon Baba”. I greeted the elderly man who was seated on an old worn out sofa , listening to news on his radio
he raised his head and looked at me , and a smile curled on his lips
“baby lawyer!how are you?”
Baby lawyer! I hate it when he calls me that!
“Fine sir”. I answered. “I am here to tell you something sir”
“Okay”. he nodded , urging me to continue
I heaved a deep sigh. “My roommate , I don’t want her staying with me again”
he stared at me curiously for a while and then he nodded
Okay! is that the only thing he will say!
“erm I will be on my way now”. I retreated, taking few steps to entrance when he said
“You are a good girl so I trust your judgment”
I turned around to face him, smiling
he returned the smile . “so what day did you tell her to leave?”
“Alright! I will see to it that she leaves on that day”
“Thanks sir”. I gave him a look of gratitude and stepped out of the room, climbing down the short step to my car…..
opening the door , I was about entering when a familiar voice called my name ——Funmi
I looked in the direction and saw her bouncing towards me
Chai! when will this girl stop walking like a boy!
“Uju! she called again, mopping the sweat from her face . “how are you?”
“I am fine oooo”. I replied . “this one you are sweating like this , I hope all is well”
. “It is OOU sun oooo”. she hissed silently and I laughed
“that sun that will just be burning our skins like we are goats…..
“and chickens”. she butted in and we both laughed
“ehen hen , you are here because of Faith right?”
“Yes ooo, I came to sack her out of my room”
“Good!” She smirked evilly. “Your brother even disgraced her in school this morning”
“Rinzy!”I asked to be sure
She nodded. “It was then I even knew about it ooo. Nawa! how can someone be this evil!
I drummed my fingers on my car absentmindedly as I was wrapped up in my own head
How did Arinze know about it? has the news gone viral ? If yes , what about the dead men?
I shuddered and paled , sweating instantly
“You alright?” Funmi asked , a worried look on her face
“Yes”. I replied , my voice so low
She smiled lightly. “You don’t need to be worried , there is a rumour going around the school that Faith was raped
“Raped!” I repeated in disbelief
“but I don’t know how true it is ooo”. she quickly added.
I sighed softly. “Alright , I need to get going”
“Okay now! Miss expensive”. she hailed as she smacked my buttocks playfully
I faked a chuckle and slid into the driver seat, closing the door behind me .
Faith raped!by who? does that mean Susanna was also raped? I hit the steering wheel in confusion.
I needed answers to my question, who can I ask? …hmmm! yes! yes! Yes! Shakirat!
hastily, I took my phone out of my bag and scrolled through for her number .when I found it, I clicked on it and dialled it
she picked up on the first ring
“Miss expensive”. her loud voice rang through
“Shakirat! how are you? I need to ask you something”. I said in a rush as I was in no mood for Jokes ..
“what is that? she asked, a hint of fear in her voice
“Do you have an idea if Susanna was raped?”
There was a pause
“Are you still there?” I asked to be sure and she exhaled deeply
“Yes She was raped”
“What was the only thing I could say as I was short of words”
“her [email protected] body was left unconscious in front of the the hostel gate and there was a large tear in her p**sy”
Large tear! as in her nyash tear!
“who could have done it?” I screamed into the phone, tears rolling down my eyes.
She scoffed . “Don’t tell me you are crying?”
“I am not”. I lied
“when then is your voice cracked?”
“erm that is because… I tried to say but she cut it off
“See see Juliet , don’t waste your tears on those girls because they deserve everything being thrown at them and even more. what if they had succeeded with their devilish plan nko? you would have been the one with the huge tear”. she stated and yes, she was right.
I would have been suicidal by now!!!
I wiped away my tears immediately and gathered myself together
“It is nothing”. she assured. “so are you back to school?” She changed the topic
“Yes, I am even on my way to Demi”s place”
“Oya now! opor”. she hailed . “we will see in school tomorrow”.
“Sure”. I agreed and ended the phone call.
I hardened my heart and started the car
Faith and Susanna can go to hell for all I care!!!!
Slowly, I opened my eyes and blinked, in front of me was a pink wall with a photograph of what looks like “human skeleton”, although I could not make it out for certain,my vision was still blurred.
where am I? I wondered
I tried to raise my right hand to rub the sleep from my eyes , but realised I couldn’t move it , someone was holding my hand.
I turned my head in the direction and saw my best friend, Tina .
“Tina!” I smiled and started to sit up , grimaced ,and sank back weakly against the pillow
I was in great pain!
“You alright?” Tina asked , a worried look on her face
“No”. I answered truthfully. “what is wrong with me ? what is with the pain? where am I sef?”
“Best care”. she replied calmly
best care! best care! the only best care I know of is a ———-
“hospital! am I in the hospital?” I asked to be sure
She nodded slowly
“Why ? I asked , clearly confused
“you were erm ..you were erm”. she stuttered, her gaze fixed on my lower region.
I looked down at my waist and only then did I notice the short satin gown on me , a hospital gown.
I am truly in the hospital!
I tried lifting my leg but couldn’t, I felt an excruciating pain in my “under”
“Arrgh”. I grunted. “what the hell is….I stopped mid – sentence when a painful piece of memory flashed through my brain .
I was raped ! that hefty boy raped me !
but still , I touched my “under”and carefully ran my fingers along a scar, a stitched scar….
“Did I have a tear?” I thought aloud
“Yes.” Tina nodded . “you were raped so badly and your [email protected] body was found outside your hostel gate”
I heard a loud bang in my head. “[email protected]”. I repeated in disbelief
She exhaled deeply . “Yes !”
Please God ,don’t let this be true !
“Are you trying to say people saw my [email protected]?” I wanted to be sure
She gazed at me without uttering a word
“Tina! please talk to me”. I yelled , I was already getting impatient. “did anyone see my [email protected]
she nodded slowly, her eyes filling with tears and my whole world came crashing down .
My eyes watered and I couldn’t control the tears that rolled down my cheeks.
uhm! Susanna! see what your stupidity has turned you into , the school pornstar!….. argh! how I wish I never listened to that ugly witch! how I wish I just stayed away from Demilade! after all, he made it clear to me that he never wanted me again………..
The beep beep sound of a phone interrupted my thoughts and I slowly looked in the direction to see a white iPhone vibrating, my phone.
“calls and messages has been coming in”. Tina said softly
I reached for the phone and looked into it , and just like she said, there were quite a lot of missed calls and messages!
“how long have I been unconscious?” I asked, sniffling
My Jaws dropped. “nine days! more than a week?”
“You should be grateful to God that you are still alive”. she stated . “you lost a lot of blood that the doctor’ almost gave up on you”
Grateful! it would have been better if I had just died!
scrolling through the phone , a name caught my attention.
Elite models! the modelling agency I work for , why did they message me? or wait did ………no! no! It can’t be!
with shaky hands, I clicked on the message and read it
“This is to inform you, Miss Susanna Ijeoma Ibeh that your service is no longer needed and all contract you made with the agency are hereby terminated”
My whole body vibrated and my tears drop a drop in on the phone.
I felt like a loser , no, I was a total loser!!!!
The sight of pizza caused a hunger rumble in my stomach so I made a stop at the pizza shop to fill up my stomach before driving home.
The drive was really quick as I took a short cut wasting no time to get home.
At last! I got home . I drove through the huge gate into the compound and parked out in front of my apartment, right beside my second car.
Alighting from the car, I stopped in surprise
Dave the last person I expected to see was seated right on my balcony, a headphone over his ear.
“Hey!”I greeted and he smiled, removing the headphone
“Ademilade!” he called out my name in full. “how are you?”
“Fine”. I replied , staring intently at him as his gaze wandered around
Is he looking for someone??
“Where is your girlfriend?”he finally asked
So she is the one he is looking for!!
“her room”. I replied . “Why did you ask?”
He smiled lightly. ” Kewe told me both of you will be back today so I ran all the way here to extend my sincere condolence to her”
“Oh! I nodded
but still it wasn’t making sense, the “mighty Dave” here in my apartment because of my woman.
He continued. “why didn’t you tell me about the burial?”
“That is because you wouldn’t come”
“And why wouldn’t I”. I retorted. “Obianuju is special… erm I mean you are special to me”. he quickly changed his words.
My girlfriend is special! I am special , What the heck is he saying?”
He chuckled nervously. “you know I would do anything for the gang right?”
“Sure!” I agreed . “you can even kill for us”. I drawled
A flush spread across his face and anger glittered in his eyes
“Did you just sneer?”
“Nope”. I answered, popping the the p
He scoffed . “what then is the meaning of the mockery response”
“Nothing, I just agreed …….. I tried to explain but he cut me off , standing up in a huff to face me
“I killed those men because of your girl and I won’t hesitate to kill more , i had boys rape those girls and I ………..
“What girls?” I cut in, clearly confused by his words.
he chuckled. “oh! so you haven’t heard . I had the two girls dealt with , I would have even killed them if Tony had not stopped me
Killed them! is he for real!
“and what right do you have to do that?” I fired at him
He appeared to be taken aback by the question and then he quickly composed himself , smiling
“The right as the number one”
“number one! my foot” . I retorted angrily. “you are nothing but a crazy psychopath and I hope and pray the law….I paused trailing off when I realised I had said too much!
I can’t let him know my real feelings towards him!!
“no don’t stop “he urged me to continue and I bit my lips in anger
“Just go away”. I retorted, climbing up to balcony.
A smile played on his lips .”Alright”. he gave a curt nod and began walking away , his hands tuck in his pocket as he went .
I followed him with my eyes till he stepped out of the gate and then I unlocked the door and walked into the sitting room.
The sitting room was the same way I left it , neat and i walked slowly to the room , Dave’s word replaying in my head
“I killed those men because of your girl and I won’t hesitate to kill more”
what does he mean by that? Is he planning a blood bath? what exactly is his problem? There was not even a sign of remorse on his face
Phew! I just pray the law catch up with him!
Entering the room , I took out my wallet and phone from my pocket and tossed it on the bed ; then I went over to the bathroom to freshen up.
I really needed it!
when done , I returned to the room ,went over to the wardrobe, opened it , and searched through it for something comfy
I soon found one , a harmless shirt and a joggers trouser;I hurriedly changed into it and dragged my feet to the bed , collapsing on it
I was so damn tired!
I reached for my laptop which was on a low stool and switching it on , a debit alert from my company’s account popped on the screen.
I clicked on it and read it.
“a transfer of 5, ooo, ooo to Adeoye Adams”
D**n! why does my dad like withdrawing my money? is it because he has the access to my account?
quickly, i reached for my phone to dial his number and he picked up right away
“hello son”. he greeted first
“What did you do with my money?” I questioned, ignoring his greeting
he chuckled . “Is this about the little amount of money I withdraw from your company’s account?”
little! did he just call 5 million little! unbelievable!
Come on Demi, it is just a token and won’t affect you in any way”.he quickly
“No, you got it all wrong”. I stated. “I work hard for my money, sleeping late at night just to balance up the ledger online with my secretary so I know the value of even as small as a thousand naira”
There was a pause and then he sighed.
“Fine! Fine! I will pay it back”
“What did you even use it to do?”I asked, curiously
“Political reasons”. he simply answered
“Dad!” I called out in a huff. “how many times have I warned you not to use my money for political stuffs”
“I didn’t use it for only that”. he defended himself. “I also hired a private detective to investigate your mother’s death”
I became calm in an instant . “and what has he found out so far?”
“Nothing much , just the name of the poison used on her”
“erm it erm erm a rat poison”. he stuttered his response
Rat poison! I heard something in my head make a noise , and felt something pop . My mum was killed with a rat poison!
“but don’t worry , the detective is on the verge of finding out the truth”. he was quick to assure me
I heaved a deep sigh. “alright”. I merely said and ended the phone call!!
A pain stabbed my heart as it did every time I hear about my mother’s pitiful fate .
so she was truly poisoned, but by who???
who in the world would have poisoned her with a rat poison? I gritted my teeth in anger, trying to clear up my foggy head.
suddenly , the door flew open and “my baby”burst in, holding a white hand bag !
I quickly composed myself. “hey”. I greeted
“how are you?” She asked , smiling
“Fine”. I replied . “and you? have you chased your sister out?”
She is not my sister”. she retorted angrily and tossed her hand bag to the bed, it came landing beside me
“oh sorry! so have you chased the devil out?”I quickly corrected myself
“not yet , but she will be out on Thursday”. She answered as she walked into to the bathroom
“Oh!” I looked down at my laptop and began cross checking the ledger account my secretary emailed to me. I nodded in satisfaction , there were no loses , only profits .This secretary of mine is really doing a great Job and I must see to it that she is rewarded!
“Demi!” Obianuju called out from the bathroom.
“Yes”. I answered, my gaze still on my laptop
“Your dirty clothes are already pilling ooooo, when will you take care of it?”
“The “cleaning lady ” will be here tomorrow”
She was quiet for a moment and then she asked
“Is it Amaka?”
“Yes , she is ………
“no way “. she half yelled. “I will wash it myself”
“You will what?” I wanted to be sure I heard right , my lazy girlfriend wants to wash my clothes , why?”
“I said I will wash it myself”. she repeated . “so you don’t need to bring that “big ass”into this house”
I chuckled lightly, so this is what it is all about? big ass ! jeez ! I never knew she was this jealous.
“Okay ooo, I have heard”
“did I say something funny?” she asked , coming out of the bathroom.
I shook my head slightly , as i let my eyes roam all over her
she wore a T-shirt , my shirt that revealed her shapely, soft body and was looking so hot!
She continued. “why then were you laughing?”
“Me”. I touched my chest . “did I laugh?”
She smirked . “or have you slept with her ni?”
like seriously! must she ask this!
“No”. I lied
for a moment, she transfixed me with a penetrating gaze and then faced the mirror stand.
Oh right! she knows I am lying!
and to sum up my point, she asked
“how many times have you slept with her?”
I bit at my lower lips, there was no point in trying to lie to her
“Just once”. I answered truthfully. “I was drunk and wasn’t fully aware of what I was doing”
“hmmmmmmh”. she sighed. “ it is alright, but I don’t want to see her in this house , ever”
“You won’t”. I promised
putting away the laptop, i laid on the bed and watch her comb out her long hair
“I want to fix my hair ooooo”. the room rang with her loud voice
“Okay”. I nodded slowly
“It is the longest bone straight weavon I will make use of ooooo”. she said , as if warning me
“how much is it?” I asked calmly
she grinned widely, facing me
“Just 500,000 pere”
“500, 000! as in half a million?” I asked to be sure
“hum hum”. She nodded. “I included the workmanship fee also.
She got to be kidding me!
“I don’t have that kind of money”.i simply told her.
“han! han! her face turned sour . “stop lying jor”
“I am not lying, I don’t have any money to waste”
“Waste!” She stood there on the spot , her eyes wide open, staring at me like I was a bad person and a feeling of guilt hit me that instant .
She sure knows how to get me!
“Fine”.i agreed, “i will make the transfer to you”
her face split into a wide grin and she flung herself on me , hugging me tightly
“It is not about thanking me , you should learn how to spend wisely…….
“fine! fine! fine! she cut in . “I have heard you sir ”
she wasn’t even listening to me!
I pulled out of the hug to stare at her face , and seeing her cute smile got me staring like a fool.
What a beautiful spendthrift!!!