THE LAST WEDDING
Written by Bright Daniel
Blood splashed on Bernards cloth after stabbing Amarachi to death in the slaughtering room. Though he had no intention of doing it but he also had no choice otherwise become the next meat in the cooking pot just like he was told by his boss, Bright. He looked at him and Cynthia at the entrance of the room in a way that shows: I HAVE DONE WHAT YOU REQUESTED FOR.
“Good” Bright commended with hands in his pocket. He watched the other two male Slaughters unclad dead Amarachi and began to slaughter her body parts by first widely by-setting her into two. Bernard didn’t need to be reminded to join them. He handled the br-ast of the young girl, cut them off and wrapped them for sale. As he did all that, he kept thinking on how to save Loveth, the one he loves. He contemplated on going into the detention room or open the door for them to run, but where actually will they run to in the presence of cameras and locked gate? To make the issue worst, Bright said aloud in the room which attracted all their attentions, “From today henceforth, Bernard is restricted from entering into the detection room or seen around the door of the room. Secondly, I have employed armed men and given them their duty posts because security here should be tight” he concluded then walked out of the room.
“This man is a devil!” Bright thought.
“Please, hurry up, we have more work to do tonight” Cynthia reminded them then walked out too.
Bernard’s mind flew out of his chest when he heard that coz he believed the next girl in line to be slaughtered might be Loveth, the one he accidentally loves. He couldn’t bear to think of it, therefore he walked out of the room to the exterior part of the building where he saw armed security men standing at the gate, pools, by the fence of the building, even at the door of the detention room. They knew what was happening there especially the secret of the place. They all had wireless transmitter connected on their ears for easy communication with Bright. Seeing all that, it became so difficult for Bernard to think of how to save the girl he loves. He became devastated, confused and perplexed. He checked his time to know if the moment of opening the gate had drew near. He averted his eyes from the wristwatch, turned and walked back into the building to the direction of Cynthia’s room. He saw the security men on his way but didn’t talk to any of them.
Cynthia was undressing when she heard a knock on the door then turned half unclad. “Who’s that?”
“Bernard” he opened immediately to see her on p-nt and b-ra alone. He showed a remuse but stood still like a man coz he believed that the reason why he came was more important than the uncladness of a woman. Though, Cynthia, on the other hand didn’t show concern coz she understood that for him to come into her room must be for a tangible reason, she stared at him to let the cat out of the bag.
“I need a favour from you” he began. “For all my life, I have hidden my heart to love my fellow human beings talk-less of a girl. But now I see myself swimming in the ocean of love with a girl but at the same time sad because I know the very girl gonna be killed by me”
“Of whom do you speak of?” Cynthia asked.
“I speak of Loveth, one of the remaining three girls in the detention room. Please, grant me this favour and release her to go”
“What you are requesting for is impossible” she turned her back on him then took off her b-ra. “You should know that no one who is detained here for slaughter goes out alive” she added then tied a towel.
“I know all this, that’s why I came to you” Bernard pleaded.
“What you are asking for is not possible young man. Please, leave, I wonna take my bath” she walked into the bathroom while Bernard left the room.
Darkness became the nature of the weather once more. The gate of the unknown place opened and politicians arrived as usual with pr-stitutes to eat, drink and buy human parts.
Ubiji on the other hand, looked exhausted that night, he planned to sleep at any place and go back to Anambra the following day. He wore a Jean trouser over a blue t-shirt, his stomach was as flat as a rezor blade due to hunger. He sluggishly walked along the road looking for where to eat something, fortunately for him, he bumped on the unknown place where he looked through the opened gate to see people eating, dancing and having fun. He became interested then gradually entered, greeted the huge gateman but received reply. He observed the compound to be bigger than he expected, even the structures found in it. “How I wish I will see Chisom here” he thought believing that he would find the girl because the place was a happening place. Immediately he entered into the restaurant, a female waiter approached him.
“What can I offer you, sir?”
“Offer me what you have”
“We have all kinds of soup with meat, even rice of different preparation”
“Let me have rice” Ubiji concluded and sat down. As he waited for his order, Bernard came out from the slaughtering room and sat down at a very lonely place where he monitored people and waiting for when the light will go off for someone to be slaughtered. He couldn’t take his mind off from Loveth. Ubiji’s eyes met with his severally even when his food arrived. He observed his restless attitude and lost of thought then wondered what his problems could be even if he knew that it’s none of his business. Bernard stood up from the place and walked pass him to the exterior part of the building. Within some seconds, he returned. Ubiji called on him.
“Excuse me sir”
Bernard looked at him before answering him as an afterthought. “Any problem?”
“Do you work here?”
“Yes, but not in this department. The waiters here will attend to you” Bernard tried to leave but was interrupted by Ubiji.
“I guess you are in my shoe”
Bernard stared at him strangely. “What do you mean?” he asked.
“You behave like someone who wants to save someone’s life but doesn’t know how to do it” Ubiji paused then continued after Bernard adjusted closer to him coz he found what he said to be true. “My name is Ubiji from Anambra. I came in search of a girl whom i know is in trouble coz God revealed that to me. She’s actually gonna be slaughtered like an animal according to the revelation. She came here for a wedding ceremony which doesn’t exist and..”
“What’s her name?” Bernard interrupted immediately.
“Chisom” Ubiji stopped eating when he read his face. “Do you know her?”
“Did she come with other girls?”
“I guess so but don’t know how many they are”
“Can you describe her?”
Ubiji described the perfect appearance of Chrisom whom Bernard noticed that was in the detention room with Kate and Loveth. He looked around suspiciously to many eyes on him, even cameras and security men, so he left without a reply.
That got Ubiji worried. He didn’t go after him but settled down on his seat eating the remaining food, but his heart kept telling him that Bernard knew about the very girl he talked about. After eating and clearing the table, he stood up to Bernard who leaned on a wall tapping his foot.
“You never replied me before leaving”
“I don’t know the girl”
“But you behaved as if you know..”
“I said I don’t” Bernard interrupted.
“Okay” Ubiji turned to leave but he called and met him. He wanted to tell him the truth but didn’t know how to do that. “What’s it?” Ubiji added.
“You need to save them” Bernard said vibrating coz he knew the consequences of what he was about to say or do. Just as he wanted to proceed, Bright came out.
“Who’s this man?” he asked Bernard.
“He’s the plumber I called” he replied facing his boss courageously avoiding quivering of legs or hands but he couldn’t stop it totally and Ubiji observed it from his trouser.
“A plumber?” Bright queried.
“Yes, sir. Can you imaging that a large pip got broken underground which had been causing leakage and shortage of water?”
“You should have told me” he looked at Ubiji from head to toe. “But where is his tools?”
“Umm.. sir, he’s a close friend of mine, I told him not to come with tools since we have all the tools needed”
“I see, he should hurry up with that” Bright replied as an afterthought then drove out of the compound with two body guards.
There was a sign of relief on the face of Bernard after the devil left. He turned to Ubiji and said, “Follow me now!”
He did as he said without thinking twice. Both moved outside at the power house where Bernard opened a metal covering an entrance to the underground house. It was a large metal tunnel. That wasn’t the main entrance of the underground, the main entrance was inside the building but he didn’t want to take him through there to avoid leaking some secrets or encountering the presence of Cynthia.
When both entered into the tunnel, Ubiji asked, “What was the drama all about?”
“It was to save your life, my life and the lives of your friends” Bernard replied as both hurried into the innermost part of the tunnel. They were also light on top of it which illuminated the place.
“Are you saying that you know Chisom?”
“Yes, they were five that came but only three remain. Two has been slaughtered”
“What?!” Ubiji stopped.
“Come on, no time!” Bernard told him some part of their secrets then Ubiji became amazed!
They got to a place where different types of tools could be found; digger, large electric screw, etc. Bernard picked up the two tools and handed them to Ubiji.
“What am I gonna do with these?”
“Stop asking stupid questions and follow me, let’s locate the room they are”
They were able to locate the room then looked up.
“This is the room” Bernard began. “Start digging gently until you crack it open and rescue them. When you do, you guys should run following this direction” he pointed at a part of the tunnel that leads out of the compound. “Start now!” he rushed out.
As Ubiji dug as he was instructed, Chisom began to cry in the room. How would she had known that the person he rejected was on the same roof looking for a way to save her life? As she cried, Kate met her with tears in her eyes too.
“It’s a pity that we all gonna die like this” Kate said.
“How I wish I can see Ubiji before I die” Chisom began. “I wish I can apologize to him. How I wish I listened to him. God!” she poured out tears while Kate embraced her crying too.
“No man should be underrated due to his present situation or for who he is” Loveth said from the bed where she sat shedding tears too. “How I wish we listened to that young man? May God forgive us”
Suddenly, light went off, the girls stood up in the dark waiting for the next thing that gonna happen. Just as they expected, Loveth was carried, tied down on the slaughtering table in the slaughtering room with her mouth covered. Cynthia wasn’t there. Only the two male slaughters were available preparing to stab the girl to death. Just as they raised their knives, Bernard rushed in and said, “Wait!”
They looked at him as he walked towards the control switch and put on the light.
“What’s the matter?” one of the men asked him.
“Cynthia needs you both in the control room. It’s urgent” he replied then looked at Loveth who had began to sweat struggling her wh0le body. The human heads she saw nearly drove her to the land of the dead even before she was killed. “I will take over from her” Bernard put off the light again and began to wear his gloves. When the two slaughters left, he quickly untied Loveth and both took another door that led to the main entrance of the underground.
On the other hands, Ubiji had succeeded in breaking the floor open. Chisom and Kate noticed it then adjusted away from the particular place holding each other tightly. They couldn’t see anybody due to there was no light.
“Chisom” Ubiji called from the opening.
Chisom disengaged from Kate immediately when she heard the familiar voice. “Ubiji?”
“Yes, its me, come, follow here!”
“Oh my God!” Kate exclaimed. She was the first to climb down to the underground before Chisom.
However, the two slaughters had gone to Cynthia, they discovered that she never summoned them, then all hurried to the slaughtering room but found it des**ted. Cynthia briskly walked to the control switch and put it on. “Security!!!!” She exclaimed….
TO BE CONTINUED
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