Thunder’s phone rang.
“Hello,why are you wasting our time?……..What for?……We are coming right away”He dropped the phone and beckoned on two of his members to follow him while Chike stayed behind to watch over Angela who was tied hands and legs.
As soon as they left, Angela started another round of pleading. Her eyes were almost empty from all the tears she cried.
Chike advised her to save her strength and keep quiet for her own good before she pushes him to do what she wouldn’t like.This time,he spoke with a calm voice which surprisingly kept her quiet. It wasn’t the threat that kept her quiet but the voice. Yes, that voice sounded familiar. She examined his face with great effort in that dark of the night.
“Chike. One in town. The son of the soil.” she called him. A ray of hope flashing in.
Chike was startled. He turned slowly to take a closer view of this lady who knew him that well. That was the name his friends called him back then in school.
He went closer and squatted opposite her, looking into her eyes.
“Chike wey dey run things. Chike wey things no dey run”Angela suprised him again. That was his slogan then;”I run things; things no dey run me”
“Chike it’s me Angela, your own paddy. Your next door neighbour.” She said finally to Chike who was already turning his face away, slowly.
He took few steps backwards and peeped out to see if his members were coming back. He was indeed troubled. Angela had been a good friend to her back in school. She was like a sister to him. Helping him with even the ‘cookings’, for he could barely boil yam.
She helped him during exams to make sure he passed. He never read his reads despite all Angela’s struggles to see that he made reading a habit.
Most of all, Angela was a decent girl whom they all respected for who she was– caring and amicable.
He lamented within him why this should happen now. He knew what they stand to loose if she gets away, and the worst part of the story being that others will come after him.
He looked at her again. She was in pains, she needed help. He remembered the countless number of times she helped him selflessly.
The tears from her eyes affected him so much. This was the same girl that always tried to put smiles on his face. Not only on his face but on the faces on all the people.
He had to act fast. He couldn’t leave her there to die.He looked around,without much ado,untied her ropes and started leading her out of the forest.
It wasn’t up to four minutes they left the uncompleted building that a gunshot was heard in that direction. Angela inquired to know who sent them to kidnap her but he refused revealing the person.
Another gunshot was heard in there direction. Chike knew they were after them. He found a hidden place where he told Angela to stay while he hid somewhere else.
He started hearing footsteps.They were running towards him. He kept still as they emerged. He saw them speed past him, heading to the exact place where Angela was hiding. Who knew if she had not urinated in her panties.
He needed no one to tell him that she would be found there. He thought very hard to find a way of making them change direction but couldn’t figure out any idea.
He fired his riffle into the air and immediately, they dived into different directions, got up and charged towards him.
He came out and told them he was looking for her.
Thunder came closer to him with anger written all over his face.
“Do you expect me to clap for you?
She gave you her body and you swam in her. She use ur brain, abi?”
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“No chairmo. No be so. Na piss I go piss. wen I come back I no see her again” Chike explained.
“Guy u 4cup. Cheii!”Another one interjected.
“Story for the gods” Thunder murmured as he pulled the trigger on Chike, who didn’t even know when he brought out the gun. He lay down and breathed his last.
“Come on boys, lets find her”
They zoomed off. Angela came out and fell on Chike. Crying, shouting and calling on him as if that would bring him back to life but unfortunately for her, her voice called them back again. She was kneeling beside Chike as she sighted them coming to devour her with great rage.
“Noooooooo………” “Jeeeeesuusss”Angela sat up on her bed. It was all a dream. A terrible dream. She was sweating profusely. Her eyes went to the clock. It was 2:05am. David was not on the bed.
“Darling. Darling. Honey. Dave…..”
She got down the bed and started looking for him while calling his name.
The sitting room was the first place she checked but he wasn’t there. She made for the kitchen only to find it empty. The visitors room was empty. Sonia’s room and the bathroom was the only place left.
She heard a door bang.
“Darling..”she called again. It was the bathroom door. She opened it and there he was. Bathing.
“Honey, is there any problem? Why bathing by this time of the night?”
“I just felt like. I will join you soon” “I had a bad dream. Finish up and come to bed” Angela closed the door. David took a sigh of relief. “That was too close”
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