Henry’s wife was lying in the comfort of her bedroom when one of
the maids hurried up to her room and knocked at the door.

“Who is it?” She called out in an irritated voice, she had
called Elijah to no avail and she was already getting pissed as a young lady
kept answering the calls, informing her that Elijah was out with his boss.

“It’s me madam.” The maid said from outside the door.

“What do you want?”

“Ma, the police are here.”

“What police?” She asked.

“I don’t know ma but they demand to see you.” The maid said.

Henry’s wife was surprised, ‘what were police men doing in
her house?’ she thought as she quickly slipped on a decent outfit and headed
out of the bedroom. She hurried down the stairs to see two policemen waiting
for her.

“Could you kindly come with us to the station for questioning?”
One of the policemen asked.

“Questioning? What sort of questions do you want to ask?”

“We can’t tell you anything here but we promise that as soon
as we are done with the questions, you are free to go.” The second policeman
said.

“It would help if you could tell me what questions you have
in mind to ask me.” She said rudely.

“Please madam, it is against the law to obstruct justice.”

“What are you talking about?” She asked. “Can I see your
badges?”

The men whipped out their badges and showed them to her, she
looked at the badges and nodded. They led her out of the house to their
vehicle.

“There’s no way that I’m riding in that dirty vehicle of
yours. I’ll take my car.” She said.

“Okay madam, my colleague will ride with you.” One of the
policemen said.

She nodded and called out to the gate man to tell the maid to
fetch her car keys, soon they left the house.

*********

Zino was watching television and wondering what would happen
now that she was pregnant. Instincts told her to look for ways to lure Chief to
her bed as soon as possible to pin the baby on him. As though it was magic,
Chief called her at that moment.

“Hello pretty…” He said.

“Chief…my darling, how are you?” She asked.

“I am very well, I am actually on my way to Lagos and I’m
planning on stopping over this evening to see you at home.” He said.

“Wow! That’s a pleasant surprise!” She said in delight. “When
should I expect you?”

“Well, I have somethings to take care of at the office so I
should see you at about eleven pm or midnight, then we’ll spend the night
together.” He chuckled.

“Are you serious?” She said with so much happiness.

“I know we are supposed to do some small tests for you but
we’ve taken too long already…” He said in a rich voice. “I can’t wait to make
you mine so, we’ll do the tests tomorrow.” He said.

“Oh goody! Sure…anything you want…” She said.

“I’m a stickler for health so we’ll use protection for
today.”

Zino’s eyes widened.

“Protection?” She squeaked.

“Yes, I don’t know where you’ve been and I’m wary of these
STDs, they can cling to one’s skin like cancer.” He said.

“I can assure you that I am clean…” She said
lightheartedly.

“Well, as they say, e nor dey show for face.” He said. “I’ll
see you tonight.”

He hung up. Zino sighed in frustration, if Chief was going
to use protection, there was no way she could come up with excuses as to how
she fell pregnant. She wanted to scream. Her phone rang and the caller ID read
Sesan, she hissed and answered the call.

“Hello Sesan.”

“Babe…I am outside your house right now and your neighbour
just told me that you have moved out.” He sounded frustrated.

“What do you want Sesan?” She asked.

“I want to see you…” He said.

“It’s over, I’ve moved on, I relocated to another city.” She
said.

“What? Relocated? Why? What for?”

“Please stop bothering me, I don’t need people like you in
my life ever.”

“No, please Zino, I need to talk to you, something life-changing happened to me yesterday. I had a close brush with death and all the
while I was just thinking of you Zino.” He said, sounding as though he was
about to cry.

Zino rolled her eyes.

“I really don’t care.”

“I am back for real Zino, I want us to be together,
please…please…I’ll do anything to make you my wife.” He said.

“Wife? Are you high? Do you know your level at all?” Zino
shouted sounding upset. “Can you even unbuckle the straps of my sandals?”

“Please Zino, I’m for real this time, let’s get married
please…”

Zino hissed and hung up on him. “He’s got nerve!” She said.

*********

Tina was weeping in her room, she hadn’t touched her lunch
and wasn’t prepared to eat dinner too. Her son had been taken away and her
friend Ego had abandoned her all in the claim that she wasn’t a good friend to
her. Alhaji’s wife had taken her son that afternoon and she couldn’t go to
their house to demand his release as she had never stepped into the house
before. She wept terribly and was still weeping when she heard a knock at the
door.

“Who is it? What do you want?” She sniffed.

“Madam, it’s Edna.” The housekeeper’s voice floated to her.

“Yes, what do you want?” She asked.

“It’s Bello ma.”

Tina jumped off the bed and ran to pull open the door.

“Bello?” Tina asked.

“Yes ma, his father’s driver dropped him off some minutes
ago, he said Hadjia Fatima said to tell you that he suddenly began purging and that Bello said there’s medicine you administer to him when he’s purging. The driver also said he’ll be here very early tomorrow to pick him up and take him back to
his father’s house…”

“Where is he? Where is my son?”

“I just left him in his room.” She said.

Tina didn’t wait for the housekeeper to finish she ran to
Bello’s room and her heart pounded in her chest.

To be continued tomorrow….

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