Our Christmas Miracle

Our Christmas Miracle – final episode

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Our Christmas Miracle – Episode 3

 

© Arinze S. Chiji

 

SCENE 12

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

MARYLAND MALL

 

THE PARKING LOT

 

(Kunle is in his car swiping his phone. A knock on the window startles him)

 

Kunle

 

Bisola!

 

(He winds down)

 

Bisola

 

Some men are following us.

 

Kunle

 

Stop being paranoid. Where are the boys?

 

Bisola

 

They are coming.

 

(Two boys approach the car with grocery bags)

 

Boy 1

 

We didn’t get anything. Mum just stopped us from shopping.

 

Kunle

 

Bisola?

 

Bisola

 

Kunle… I know what I saw. Please, let’s get out of here.

 

(Justina emerge from a dark part of the lot)

 

Justina

 

Daddy!

 

Bisola

 

(To the boys)

 

Get into the car now!

 

(Fifteen men in mufti appear from the darkness with guns and surround the car)

 

Officer 1

 

Kunle Ladipo step down from the vehicle! Slowly!

 

Bisola

 

(Screams)

 

Jesus!

 

(Bisola is handcuffed as Kunle steps down from the car. Thelma and Shomama appear from the darkness. They watch as Kunle is handcuffed. A crowd had gathered. Thelma approaches Kunle)

 

Thelma

 

Why did you do it? Why?

 

Kunle

 

You left me and lived like I didn’t exist.

 

Thelma

 

I don’t remember it that way. You left me to be with another woman. You thought I was going to crumble and come back to you, begging.

 

Kunle

 

I am sorry.

 

Thelma

 

You are a beast! You almost ruined my life and your daughter’s. You will rot in hell!

 

SCENE 13

 

IVORY BOUTIQUE

 

(Thelma walks in with Justina. Joyce hugs them at the entrance)

 

Joyce

 

 

Merry Christmas dears.

 

Thelma and Justina

 

Merry Christmas

 

Thelma

 

(Smiles)

 

You know why we are here!

 

Joyce

 

(Sighs)

 

Of course I do!

 

Thelma

 

Is there a problem?

 

Joyce

 

The dress has been sold.

 

Thelma

 

What!

 

Joyce

 

I told you na. That dress is hotcake.

 

Thelma

 

No! Can you get in touch with the person? I don’t know maybe we can work something out.

 

Joyce

 

(Shakes her head)

 

Not at all. I’m so sorry. You can pick something else from the rack. I’m sure Justina won’t mind. Excuse me… let me attend to other customers while you make your choice.

 

Justina

 

Mum!

 

Thelma

 

Princess? I’m sorry.

 

Justina

 

You don’t need to be. I really wanted that dress but I can get something else. I am just glad we worked as a team to cage our monsters. Femi, Ebube and Kunle will spend Christmas in prison. It’s enough consolation for me.

 

Thelma

 

You have a dark and twisted mind! (Smiles)

 

Justina

 

Oh! I’m pained (clutches her chest)

 

Thelma

 

Drama queen!

 

(They burst into laughter as Joyce approach them)

 

Joyce

 

Have you made a decision?

 

Justina

 

Oh! Yes!

 

Joyce

 

Perfect! So which dress are you picking?

 

Justina

 

Not today… we are just going to settle for some ice cream at the creamery down the road. Right mum?

 

Thelma

 

Sure darling! Joyce, thanks for the troubles.

 

Joyce

 

Whatever! (Walks away)

 

SCENE 14

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

SHOMAMA’S HOUSE

 

(Shomama, Thelma and Justina are under the Christmas tree unwrapping gifts)

 

Shomama

 

(Hugs a knitted sweater)

 

Oh! Thanks Princess for this work of love.

 

Justina

 

I spent my spare time in boarding school carefully knitting with love.

 

(Thelma gives Shomama a box)

 

Shomama

 

(Unwraps it to find a gold necklace)

 

Thelma! This must have cost a fortune.

 

Thelma

 

Remember? Frivolous spending? I got it in Dubai.

 

Shomama

 

Oh dear! What did I do to deserve this?

 

Thelma and Justina

 

Drama!

 

(Laugh)

 

Shomama

 

(Laughs and gives Justina a box)

 

Your turn. Unwrap.

 

Justina

 

Yes! (Unwraps the box and reveals a dress)

 

Thelma

 

(Shouts)

 

The dress from Ivory boutique! Shomama!

 

Justina

 

Grandma… you… You…

 

Shomama

 

Yes. Your mum was really killing herself because she couldn’t afford it. You two were too engrossed in the case and I decided to save the day.

 

Justina

 

(hugs shomama)

 

I love you Grandma.

 

Shomama

 

I love you too, Princess.

 

(A knock on the door)

 

Thelma

 

(jumps to her feet)

 

I will get it…. And thanks mum.

 

Shomama

 

Go and open door jare!

 

(Thelma goes to open the door. It’s a delivery man. She signs the acceptance form, collects the box and closes the door)

 

Thelma

 

It’s for you Shomama

 

Shomama

 

Me? From who? Open it.

 

Thelma

 

(Opens the box, reveals a diamond bracelet, sees a note and reads)

 

Ololufe mi, it’s been a while. You never left my heart. I miss you. From Bam.

 

Justina

 

Ha! Shomama!

 

Shomama

 

Who asked you to read the note?

 

Thelma

 

(laughs)

 

Yeeeaaah! Grandma is hooked o! Who is Bam?

 

Shomama

 

Be asking question that sango cannot answer. Mind your business!

 

(They laugh hard)

 

THE END

Merry Christmas to all our fans.

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