Uyi panicked, he didn’t know what to do. Immediately, he
placed a call to Stephen but the phone rang twice and there was no answer.
Cassandra was dead and he had to do something about the body immediately. He quickly
ran downstairs to Nosa’s room and knocked at the door quickly, Nosa opened the
door and was shocked to see Uyi standing at the door.
the room, he shuddered at the display of wealth that the room oozed. The room was tastefully furnished and very beautiful, he was about to commend the tasteful furnishing when Uyi led him to the place his wife’s body lay, she was in a pool
of her blood.
robber had left by the time I came in but he had stabbed her already.” Uyi lied.
windows to see if any was open.
errr…in the bathroom and when I came out, I saw him run off through the
balcony and err…my drawers were open and err…I think he took my money…”
Uyi stammered badly.
dying day…” Uyi said.
secret or that I should keep the fact that a robber killed her a secret?” Nosa asked in
going to look for where to bury her tonight…am I understood? And we are
keeping this a secret till our graves!”
serious, I’d rather you sit down.” Amaka said quietly.
hotel she had directed him to, she had hurriedly dorned on one of her sexiest
outfits, combed her hair and dabbed on some make up before leaving to meet him. Soluzo had taken some tranquilizers and was about to sleep when she left the house. As she was about
to leave the room, Soluzo had asked.
can ever be a future for myself and Odili especially after all this?”
Listen honey, he cheated on you and there’s every guarantee that he will
continue even after you guys get married. Besides, you had second thoughts about him, that’s why you are here. My advice to you is, cut off all communication
with him and cancel the wedding.”
had said and nestled her head on the pillow to sleep.
very ragged looking Odili, she spoke softly.
for drinks, I would like to know where my wife and that fool of a man who
thinks he can appear from nowhere and elope with her is.” Odili said.
you slept? There are bags under your eyes…” Amaka said in a concerned voice.
and I’m not going to….till I find Soluzo and that wimp and demand an explanation.”
the bar where she took a drink and poured into two glasses, in one of the
glasses, she quietly threw a pill into it without Odili’s knowledge. She
watched as the pill dissolved and turning back to Odili, she handed over the
glass to him.
anything…” Odili started.
really have a lot to tell you and you can only overcome the truth of what I’m
about to say through this drink.”
trying to trust her, then he took the drink and forced it down his throat.
trying for so long to tell you that Soluzo isn’t the best person for you…she’s
been so bad to you and she’s been cheating on you with some guy….” Amaka
phone….please give me fresher news.” Odili started clearly irritated.
to ring, he quickly picked the call.
alright?” He asked.
bitten by a snake…she’s been rushed to the hospital! Please can you come? We
are so devastated!” Uche, his sister cried.
What is happening? I’ll take the next bus to the village….please stay by her
side, don’t go anywhere.” Odili pleaded and cut the call.
a concerned voice.
snake…I need to see her…I need to go to the village…” Odili said, feeling
a bit sluggish already.
so weak.” Amaka started.
weak….I feel so sleepy…” Odili slurred.
village…I need to travel….I need to find Soluzo, I need an explanation…my
mom has just been bitten by a snake…I need…I need…” Odili said and fell
to the bed in a heap.
working! Oh my gosh! My plan is working!” Amaka whooped in delight.
clothes and by the time he was naked, she stripped as well and taking out her camera
from her bag, she set the timer and placed it on the television infront of the
bed, and joined Odili on the bed. The camera clicked
away as it took pictures of the nude Odili and Amaka cuddled together.
and so far, I can’t tell how far its poison has gone into her blood stream but she’s currently on medication even though she’s
not responding well.” The doctor replied.
don’t let her die….” Uche cried.
got?” The doctor asked.
travel early this morning to my new sister-in-law’s village, my brother is on
his way and my other siblings are still quite young so, they are at home.”
quiet…we don’t encourage loud cries as that can unnerve the patient.”
the hospital room where her mother was, she opened the door and stepped in
feeling so heart-broken. Her mother lay on the bed as pale and still as death.
Her face had lost all its colour and her body looked cold, the only assurance
she had that she was alive was the monitor at her side which was beeping.
well…please…” Uche sobbed silently.
mystic figure was there, watching and filling the room with its cloud of dark
smoke. It was so certain that Odili’s mother would not live to see the end of the
he kept seeing her eyes in his subconscious. They had spent the night digging
the grave at one of the lands Uyi owned at the outskirts of the town. Nosa had
asked himself so many questions even as he dug the earth where Cassandra was to
daughter? Was there really an armed robber? Did Uyi kill his wife? Was Uyi
capable of murder?’
through his mind as shovel hit the earth, and as he rolled in Cassandra’s corpse into the earth and covered it with dirt, he felt numb. Uyi had broken down in tears and sobbed at a corner, while Nosa did all the dirty work.
his bed, he had no idea of what the future held. The knock at his door startled
him and he quickly hurried to open it.
the large sitting room where Uyi sat on the sofa and the domestic staff stood
around, waiting to hear what he had to say to them.
me.” Uyi said aloud.
if you need anything from me, you must go through Nosa. My wife Cassandra has left
this house, as you know, she was pregnant and she felt that the climate here
would affect the baby so, late last night, she had asked to be driven to the
airport hotel where she would wait for her flight to Lagos and from there,
leave for overseas.”
staff and wondered why he wasn’t telling them the truth about the robbery and eventual death of his wife.
my daughter is with me so, I expect that the maids would continue to give her
the care she used to receive when her mother was around.” Uyi finished.
thanks and left the sitting room.
honour of being my right hand man…” Uyi said quietly.
you don’t need to call me sir, besides, it was my wife that insisted that you
gave me that sort of respect. I want you to know that from now on, we are
brothers. I also have some cash for you….please come with me.” Uyi said.
bedroom which was ever green in his memory as it was the crime scene. It was
the place where Cassandra had been murdered.
cash…it is yours to spend as you like.” Uyi said as he handed him a bag full
Nosa started, clearly speechless.
don’t have to remind you to stick to the story…”
bag of money, he left the room.
smiled, Nosa didn’t strike him as the hardened sort but even if he decided to
speak against him, he had his evidence. What Nosa didn’t know was that through
the processes of burying Cassandra, Uyi had been secretly filming him. Nosa had
been the one to carry her corpse single handedly and dump it into the ground
while Uyi had been pretending to be in a sorrowful mood when in actual fact, he
had a small camera with which he filmed him with. Just incase he decided to
have a loud mouth tomorrow, then, the tape would come in handy and Nosa would rot
in jail as he would release the video to the police.
closed the door behind him. Quietly, he zipped open the bag and stared at the
mint money, he didn’t feel elated or happy, instead he felt empty and sad. It
was as though he had blood on his hands.