THE LAST WEDDING
Written by Bright Daniel
Bernard collected the nearest knife on the side of the dead body, he didn’t waist time to start slaughtering it by first cutting the stomach opened from the thoracic region. The other two guys joined hands in emptying the intestines found in the body. They were careful enough not to destroy the kidney, heart and liver for sale. They sell them out to some prominent politicians and rich men for ritualism and diabolism. Just as they finished taking off all the organs in the dead body and trying to butcher out the legs and hands, the door of the room opened, Cynthia walked in.
“Bernard, camera caught you discussing with one of the girls few minutes ago. You’ve beginning to violate the rules of this place” she said looking at him but he never altered a word. “Bright, our boss, said that it shouldn’t happen gain” she concluded and went out of the room.
Bright was the boss and manager of the place. He doesn’t come out anyhow unless there is a serious issue. He’s always in the control room watching everybody and everything happening in the compound through mounted cameras at every corner of the building. After him comes Cynthia who is the next in command of the slaughters. She is also the only person who has the authority to go into the control room at any time. Others don’t enter there except summoned by Bright.
Nevertheless, the five girls except Loveth swam in the pool happily without knowing their death had been planned. Loveth waited so long for Bernard to come back but he never showed up, so she stood up into the restaurant walking towards the slaughtering room. Fortunately for her, she bombed on Bernard at the first entrance coz there are eight entrances one has to pass before getting to the slaughtering room.
“Where do you think you’re going to?” Bernard queried her.
“To meet you” she smiled. “I thought you have been kidnapped” she added jokingly.
“It’s not funny. You have to go back to your friends” Bernard began to walk out while she followed him
“You sound as if something is wrong. By the way, you smell horrible. Have you been slaughtering an animal?”
Bernard ignored her question then finally moved outside with her.
“Why are you so mean to me now?” Loveth asked him again.
“My mood has been changed, so please, stop asking many questions” he humbly replied her, walked down to the gate at the very sight of Loveth who began to sense that something was wrong about that place. She observed him whisper something to the gateman before retuning to the pool. After he left, the gateman opened the gate widely. That also made the girls feel more relieved. “But why must Bernard whisper to him before he opened the gate?” Loveth thought.
Big men began to drive into the compound with prostitutes. After some minutes, the place was filled with people who either came to eat, shop or swim. The other girls came out from the pool to meet Loveth whose face looked worried.
“What’s it, girl?” Chisom asked her.
“I’m having a bad feeling” she replied.
“About this place. It’s getting late but Abigail is no where to be found”
“I’m sure she will be here soon”
“You think so? ” Kate interfered” “Come to think of it, why are we not allowed to make use of our phones here? ” she added then all remained quiet looking at one another.
Kate, being the dramatic type went out of their midst going into the building. Within some minutes she came out with her phone on one of her ears until she met them. She brought down the phone, hissed and dialed Abigail’s number gain. When it rang, she put it on loud speaker.
“Hey, girl” Abigail said from the other side of the phone. “How are you girls doing? Sorry my phone went off when you called earlier, but I promise to be with you girls soon. I told Cynthia to take care of you. You don’t need to be scared, okay” she added.
“Okay, we were just worried and scared but now that we have heard your voice, there is no problem” Kate replied.
“There is no cause for alarm”
“Okay, bye” she hung up the call. There was another sign of relief in the heart of all the girls, it could be seen on their face. They turned to see people of different caliber eating, swimming, drinking and having fun. Suddenly, a music began to blast from unseen speakers, Kate was the first to make a dancing move before others joined her dancing with some young men. Light went off three times as everywhere was booming which indicated that three people were Slaughtered during that period. The essential parts of their internal bodies were sold to some politicians and rich men there who began drive out one by one.
The nature of the sky became dark, yet, it seemed as if the sun is about to rise due to how lively the compound was.
Bernard watched from a distance how Loveth danced, he did not only fall in love with her dancing steps but also fell for her to the extent he began to think of how to save her from being slaughtered. How is that possible when he had been restricted from going close to her, and the presence of cameras at every angle of the compound won’t allow him. Nevertheless, he waved at her to come which she did after noticing it. He took her to a hidden area where they backed a camera. Loveth didn’t feel comfortable due to the nature of the place.
“Why did you bring me here?” she asked spreading her hands.
“Because I love you” he replied.
“Listen, there is no time. Light might go off again, and when it does, I want you to open the boot of my car and enter there. It’s a red Venza parked by the pool”
Bernard placed his two hands on her shoulders to explain but the presence of a male slaughter prevented him. They directed their eyes to him.
“Cynthia is calling you, Bernard and we have a work to do”
“Okay, I’ll be with you shortly”
“Follow me now!”
Bernard left the place in a hurry while the slaughter glared at Loveth before leaving too.
She walked out to meet her friends but noticed something; everybody had gone home and the gate had also been closed with padlock, even her friends weren’t there too. So she hurriedly went into their room to see them searching for their phones. She was the only one who held hers in the hand. Suddenly, Cynthia came in with two huge men. They were mean!
“Get her phone too” Cynthia commanded. The two men collected the phone from Loveth and pushed her down on the bed.
“What’s the meaning of this?” Chisom asked.
“You’ve permanently been kidnapped. Say your last prayers” she left followed by the men, only then did the girls understand that there is fire on the mountain. They shouted, cried and banged the door but nobody heard them coz there were no windows or an escaping space. Apart from Chisom, Kate and Loveth, the other two girls are Amarachi and Chidera. They all cried aloud but nobody heard them..
Ubiji finally arrived to Enugu few minutes after ten then located the venue immediately. He could remember vividly the name Mr. Desmond called it, ‘Las Vegas’ Though the place was lively, he saw people drinking and eating. He also noticed that one can Lodge there too. Therefore he hurried to the reception where he asked the female worker saying, “Is any girl named Chisom Desmond lodging here?”
The young girl checked her system and shook her head. “No” she replied.
“But is any wedding ceremony holding here tomorrow?”
Bernard went outside, looked into the dark sky and placed hands on the waist. He didn’t know what else to do or where to go, even where to spend the night. He just stood there frustrated.
However, back to the unknown place, the girls had cried out tears regrating their actions. Loveth understood what Bernard tried to tell her while Chisom also remembered Ubiji’s words concerning the journey. Just then, the light went off, door opened and one of the girls was carried out of the room to slaughter….
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