A story by Tisa Phiri
Scar looked at his watch, it was 15 minutes to 18 hours. He would make it to the spot Chile told him in 10 minutes tops. his phone vibrated, he looked at it Jo sent him a text,
“all is set”
“Good” Scar said to himself.
He rembered the first time he met Chile. Jo had assured him the boss would like him.
” come on give it a short or else you die with hunger in this town. am sure you will make money and help your poor mother out of her poverty.” Jo insisted.
Scar had taken days to think over it, his mother even asked him what was bothering him.
“Nothing mom” he had told her, “am just thinking about how everything am trying isn’t working. look at us, we barely have a meal in a day. what’s the point of having 6 points if you can’t even further your studies..? ” he complained.
“Only God knows my son” his mother would say.
“you don’t have to rush in this life or you will end up in bad things and when you do that you may end up loosing your life.”
“Well mom” Scar talked to himself looking at the side mirrow as he sped his car.
“I guess it’s too late now, am deep in this life I never wished for and there’s no way out. I have to save my son and somehow make sure he doesn’t end up like me being so lost.” He mumbled.
He reduced speed as he approached the building ahead, checked his watch again. It was exactly 5 minutes to 18 hours. He parked the car outside the building taking quick glances aroud, he could tell someone was watching him. He knew that would be the case especially that Chile had told him to go alone. pressing a button on his phone, he cleared his throat as he walked inside the building.
Jo who was meters away looked at his cell, he opened the text from Scar.
‘green ‘ it read.
“well guys we have a go ahead. Let’s go take out the snipers.”
They moved forwad silently, all together they were 6 men including Jo. They moved closer to the garage and Jo who had binoculars spotted 4 men pointing guns at the old building. he gave signs for them to spilt and take out the watchers all at once.
Jo moved towards the guy in front of him as the other guys targeted three other snippers.
He walked slowly his back bend, the guy holding his guy didn’t notice someone behind him and before he could do anything, Jo slit his throat with a knife, he fall to the ground without making a sound.
Jo held his binoculars high and saw the other guys take out the other snippers and took their places.
He relaxed as he lay back down next to the dead guy taking his post. He then beeped Scar once indicating all was set.
Scar felt his phone vibrate and he smilled.
“Good” he thought to himself as he approached Chile.
“Right on time” Chile held out his hands as Scar walked towards him.
“I trained you Well or would you rather I call you Scar..?” He chuckled teasingly.
“Spare me the jokes Chile am in no mood for your laments” Scar responded seriously.
“Good then” Chile laughed.
“I like getting to the point, by the way don’t try anything stupid. I have this whole thing well plotted ” he said as he indicated two guys to search Scar. one of the guys took out his gun from the back and put it on the table.
“You know what Chile. I can’t help but feel pity for you are so dumb. I mean come on. kidnapping kids? I knew you better” Scar mocked…
” I didn’t know you wanted me that badly.” he teased him some more.
Chile’s expression changed,
” don’t you dare me Scar. I have my boys watching this entire building. so stop acting so smart with me” he shouted pointing a gun at him.
“well then tell me where the boy is already” Scar responded firmly.
“Hmmmmmm not yet my boy” Chile grinned.
“I need you to give me 50% of the kapiri job and I give you back the boy.” He smiled.
“What? !” Scar shouted,
“50%? have you lost your mind? ” he scoffed
” No! Chile” responded.
“50% and you will continue paying me 10% of every job you pull out after wards. I got you in this game remember? I need you to appreciate me for that”
Scar shook his head.
” you must be kidding me” He let out a laugh..
“what is it now Chile ? Are you so old you can’t pull out your own deals or what ? Am not giving you a dime you fool !” he scolded,
“you can rot in hell for all i care.”
“Well, then” Chile said.
“forget the boy then. go prepare for his funeral with that beautiful girl you found for yourself.” He pointed out dismissively.
Scar looked at him for a moment his anger emmerging. He wasn’t going to let Zac die but wouldn’t give him what he was asking for either
“Okay let me see the boy and we will discus the deal”
“First the deal Scar” Chile pointed out…
“No way, I want to see the boy.” He insisted
“Well seeing him wont be possible but you can talk to him.” he dialed some number and gave the phone to Scar.
“Helo” Zac answered the Phone… “mom is that you?” he said sounding scared.
“no it’s me your mom’s friend? ,, I bought you some games remember? ” he tried to cheer him up.
“Yeah, but these men are holding me here. where is mom? I want to go home please tell them to take me home, I hate it here.”
Chile snatched back the phone before Scar could say anything more and before he knew it. Scar hit him on his head and the four guys around them all pointed guns at Scar. He quickly grabbed Chile and held him tight by his neck putting a flicker knife which he had in his shoes across his neck.
“put them down or I will slit his throat” he ordered coldly.
Chile gasped as Scars grip tightened around his neck. The guys still pointed their guns at Scar.
“you won’t get away from this Scar.” Chile spoke his voice cutting,
“there are snippers outside and you won’t run any where before they shoot you down.” Chile shouted
“you are so predictable Chile, those idiots are visiting their ancestors as we speak. So take me to the boy before I kill you too” he added
“Damn you! What have you done? ” Chile gasped again.
As Jo and the other guys came to the door. Chiles guys started shooting them. Quickly, Scar let go of Chile to get out of the bullet way and ran to hide behind some old machine.
Seeing how difficult the situation was, Chile fled behind the building and ran As fast as he could to his car parked outside.
After all Chiles guys fell down, Scar stood from his hiding.
“good work boys. it all went as planned so far that idiot will lead us right back to the boy.” He shouted .
Scar got his gun and pushed it back in his belt.
“Jo let’s go, the rest take care of the bodies and join us later, the battle has just begun….” he added walking out.
To be continued
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