Writer: Faith Lucky
Lily was walking home after going down the
street to get something.
It was late at night, but the street lights still
brightened up the place.
She was making a call – a call with Gwen.
“yes, Gwen. You needed to have seen the look
on her face when I told her about it. She looked
like a dog being buried alive.” Lilly said on the
“wow!” replied Gwen. “I can’t believe Steven’s
been blackmailed. That Michelle’really something
“and I’m also going to prove to her that I’m
something bigger. Trust me, Gwen. I’m going to
destroy her plans”.
“but, what’re your plans, Lily?”
“well, my next point of action will be on
Just then, the call was interrupted by the
presence of three daggy-looking boys who
stopped in front of her.
“I’ll… I’ll call you back Gwen…” she tried
rounding up the call but before she could finish,
one of the boys snatched the phone from her
ear and threw it on the floor.
“who are you?” she asked, almost trimorously.
She barely had a chance to say any other thing
before one of the boys gave her a slap which
was followed by a kick to the floor.
They bounced on her, releasing hard blows and
kicks on her. She couldn’t even scream for long.
They continued beating her until she had almost
been beaten to unconsciousness and after that,
they seized their beatings.
“this is just a tip of the iceberg”, one of the boys
said to her. He had a very bad breath.
“stay away from Michelle and Steven else, you
won’t live to give this testimony”.
And with that, they left, leaving Lilly half dead on
Michelle sat in her room with her legs crossed,
still getting drunk.
She recalled what had happened that very day –
the day Steven was slipped back into her arms.
On that fateful day, she had been home when he
came – the unexpected helper.
She recalled how he had shared the photos with
her and the relive that had come upon her at
“but, don’t you think you’re betraying Steven? I
remember asking him after collecting the photos.
“he stopped being my friend the very day he also
betrayed me”, the unexpected helped had
Shortly, a call came into her phone. It was a
strange number – although she knew whom was
“hello?” she said on the phone.
“it’s done”, the caller said icily.
Michelle sat next to Steven at the facade of the
school, silently. Michelle was surfing the Internet
while Steven kept himself busy just starring into
Lots of students were around, chatting and
causing a cheerful environment.
Then Steven, still starring into space, saw
something that gripped his attention. He saw
Sophia walking into the school building with
Oliver, both holding hands together and they
looked very happy.
Although they were far away and couldn’t see
him, but he kept starring at them keenly.
And as a result, Michelle also caught a sight of
She could tell from the look on Steven’s face
She placed her hand on his legs and tried getting
back his attention.
“you don’t have to worry about them, Steven”,
she said with a smile. “I’m still here for you”.
Steven finally turned around to look at her, but
with angry eyes.
“well, I don’t want you around, Michelle.” he
rebuffed and walked away.
He got to where Sophia and Oliver were and
seeing them sit together made his eyes itchy.
Oliver and Sophia noticed his presence and they
wandered why he had been standing there.
He starred at them with furious eyes, as if willing
to devour them.
“is there a problem?” Oliver asked and got a
stern look from Steven.
“I guess you’re finally happy now”, Steven said.
“I mean, you’ve always wanted her to be yours. I
guess now you’re happy”.
Oliver left where he was sitting and moved to
“So, do you expect me to be sad? You dumped
her, dude. What were you expecting?” Oliver said.
Immediately, Steven landed a blow on Oliver’s
face and Oliver also retaliated. The fight was
about getting out of hand before Sophia ran into
their midst, trying to keep them apart.
“Steven, what’s wrong with you?” she asked,
sounding pissed off. “why’re you trying to make a
scene? Please, leave!”
Steven gave another sharp look at them and left
“Oliver, are you hurt?” she turned to Oliver,
holding his face.
“I’m fine. I’m fine”, replied Oliver, a little anger in
Lily laid on the hospital bed with her three
friends around her. She was being placed on drip
and some of her injures were covered with
She had been very furious about the whole thing
and all she could think about was getting back at
“gosh! I never knew Michelle could go to this
extent”, Chinwe said with a repugnant look.
“she’s really something else.”
“she was a fool to think her threats would have
any effect on me ” Lily spoke in an exasperating
“Lily please. You have seen how crazy Michelle
think you need to back off for sometime.”
“that’ll never happen!” Lily said. “rather than
backing up, I’m ready to fight till my last breath.
I made a promise to Michelle; I promised her she
would never end up with Steven and that’s
exactly what I’m going to do.”
She turned to Gwen. “I want you to contact
Sophia immediately. Ask her to come over here
to the hospital and tell her it’s urgent. She needs
to know the truth.” lily said to Gwen.
“what?” Stacy shrieked. “you want Sophia to
know the truth? Don’t you think that’d bring back
her relationship with Steven?”
“I don’t care! Just as long as Steven doesn’t
have to be with Michelle, I don’t care. I want to
prove to Michelle that I’m never someone she
Sophia rounded up dinner with her mom and
retired to the sitting room to watch a movie. Her
mom sat next to her, reading a magazine, not
being distracted by the movie.
Shortly, a call came into Sophia’s phone. It was
a strange number.
She paused the movie she was watching to
receive the call.
“hello?” she said with hesitation.
“hi. Is this Sophia?” replied the caller.
“yes. Who’s this?”
“Sophia, it’s Gwen, Lily’s friend. Lily wants you to
meet her at the hospital. There’s something
important she needs to tell you. It’s very
Sophia remained silent, trying to think.
“please, Sophia. It’s very important. If I were
you, I would go right away. She’s at Hopet
hospital” Gwen said and ended the call.
That was strange.
Sophia had been hearing about Lily being in the
hospital but she never really knew what
Although, there were rumours that Michelle was
What could be so important to Lily that she
would even want to tell Sophia about it while she
was still in the hospital? And if the rumours were
true, why would Michelle had beaten her up?
At that point,, Sophia had a feeling there was a
connection. She had to see Lily.
“mom, I’m going out”, she turned to her mom
“but where? It’s almost late”, she asked.
“it’s important, mom. I promise I won’t take long
” Sophia replied and scurried to her room.
She riffled for a simple dress and brushed her
hair and after that, she left the house.
On getting to the exit of the house, she found
Steven lying on the floor, seeming unconscious.
There was an empty bottle of alcohol beside him.
Sophia was surprised. Why was Steven there?
She ran to his body on the floor and noticed he
was half awake, but drunk.
She couldn’t leave him there in that state.
She dialled her mom’s line and asked her to
come out and In less than two minutes, her mom
was out of the house.
“what happened to him?” Mrs Kate asked, also
“please, help me get him into the house, mom”.
Mrs Kate assisted Sophia and they took him in.
He was taken into Sophia’s room and laid on her
bed to rest.
“why’s he drunk, Sophia?” Mrs Kate asked again.
“I… I don’t know. I just saw him outside the gate
and had to help him”, Sophia replied.
“ok. I’ll get you some ice”, Mrs Kate said and left
Sophia sat on the bed next to Steven and sighed.
She starred at him.
He seemed to had slept off. But, why was he
drunk? And what was he doing outside her gate?
That was confusing.
She touched his neck to feel his temperature.
His temperature was hot.
Why was she even helping him, anyway? It
wasn’t necessary, was it? She should’ve just
walked by and pretended he was invisible. Why
did she stop to help him? He was a betrayer. He
didn’t deserve her
Soon, her mother refined with some ice.
“thanks, mom”, Sophia replied as she collected it
“are you sure we don’t need to get him to a
“no. I think he’ll be fine with this. He’s just being
“okay,then. I’ll leave you to it”, she said and left
Sophia placed the ice on his forehead and she
could feel him relaxing. He was really a jerk
though; a handsome jerk.
She recalled the moments when they had been
very close. Those were nice moments, anyway.
She recalled their first date, the day at the
beach, the night they had played together in the
rain and the first day she had paid him a visit.
She could remember how happy they had been
But, what had really happened between them?
How did they ever become separated?
She noticed a tear rolling down her cheek and
she quickly wiped it off. She felt his temperature
again and this time around, it had become cold.
She dropped the ice and tired going to get a
blanket but just as she stood up, Steven her
finger lightly, although his eyes were still closed.
“don’t leave me Sophia. Please, don’t”, he said
under his breath.
Sophia gawked at him and fred her fingers. She
hissed and walked away to get the blanket.
“as if you didn’t leave me,” she said angrily to
She took the blanket and walked back to the bed
and as she covered it on him, he stretched and
“I love you, Sophia”, she heard him mumble.
She starred back at him and noticed he was still
unconscious. “what was he even saying? He was
really something else when he was drunk.
What love was he talking about? The same love
he had thrown away right after he slept with her?
Maybe she should’ve left him outside her gate
when she saw him.
She kept starring at him and finally walked out
of the room.
After a short while, Steven woke up. Sophia was
in the sitting room when he came in from the
He still looked a bit bladdered.
He seemed to appear surprised being in Sophia’s
apartment and the moment Sophia also saw him,
she sprang on her feet.
They both stood in a face to face position,
starring blankly at each other.
“uhm… You’re awake?” Sophia finally asked.
“yes,” Steven replied, itching the back of his
head. His eyes were looking reddish.
“how… did I end up here?” he asked.
“well, I found you lying close to my gate and I
brought you in.”
“So, what were you doing here, Steven? Why
were you here?”
“I uhm… I was just passing by. You know, I was
Sophia starred at him with disbelieve.
“well, you should be careful where you go to
when you’re drunk. Not everyone might want to
welcome you, you know?”
Steven definitely knew what she meant.
“I’ll take my leave now. Bye”, he said and
headed for the door.
“bye”, Sophia replied and watched him leave.
She finally started having regrets about the
moment. She felt she should’ve said more to
him. Or, maybe she shouldn’t had spoken so
rudely to him.
She looked at the time. It was already too late
to go over to the hospital at that time.
Probably, she would just go the next day.
# T_B_C .
What do you think would happen the next day???