The black mamba slithered through the bushes, its tongue flicked as it moved, dancing around the ground on its belly and heading towards its victim.
It was a bright morning and Odili’s mother was just coming from her sister-in-law’s
house when she felt the strike on her leg, then several strikes followed, she yelped in pain and fell to the
ground, rolling around the dusty brown road.
gone to her husband’s brother’s house which was within the neighbourhood in the
village to speak with his wife on Soluzo’s sudden disappearance. Odili had returned to Lagos yesterday afternoon to search for his wife after calling to inquire about her whereabouts
from her parents only to be told that they had no idea of where their daughter
growing numb as she knew that the poison of the snake was taking effect on her
body. Suddenly she felt hands lift her up from the ground and screams of ‘help’
from the person but at that time, she had already lost consciousness.
walked out of the room and joined her in the sitting room.
here for a bit…I’ll go later…” Amaka supplied.
busy schedule that’s why you refused to attend my traditional wedding but she
didn’t say anything, instead she sipped
her tea again.
you really came home quite late.” Soluzo said.
office….that’s the reason I am not going there early today…” Amaka lied, she had actually left for Lagos from the village yesterday.
understand what made me run away from him yesterday and he’s been calling
because I’ve been seeing loads of missed calls from him and my family but I
have not been picking….” Soluzo said with a sob.
deserved you anyway…he’s been cheating on you all these while but I couldn’t
tell you because I knew you’d be hurt.” Amaka said.
light-skinned and she is curvaceous too. I know that they are madly in love
with each other but he stuck to you because you have been dating him for a
while now.” Amaka lied.
him and tell him that it’s really over and expose him for the cheat that he
is…” Soluzo said.
what matters….don’t go back to your vomit…that’s not nice.” Amaka said.
to Amaka. “I’ll be inside the room, just incase you need me.”
phone and dialled Odili’s number. Odili picked the call almost immediately.
for you house right now! I am so upset that she disappeared from the village
like that. I have been to her aunt’s place this morning and she’s not there…I
am so confused.”
boyfriend’s house…she called me to tell me that she’s eloped with her true love. I don’t know where they are but….” Amaka said.
would be breaking her trust in our friendship…but now, seeing as she left
your house in the village, I feel that I should have told you sooner.” Amaka said in a broken voice.
ever do that to me…” Odili denied.
something like this…” Amaka said.
understand all that you are telling me. Are you at your house?”
lost my house keys so…I had to stay overnight in a hotel close to my office.
You can come there as I am not going to be at work today.”
jiffy!” Odili said.
and hurried into her room to quickly change her clothes.
contemplating on what he’s say to his friend even though he knew he might end up stammering.
quite obvious that he wasn’t in a good mood, as soon as he hung up the call, he
turned to stare at Nosa.
things on my mind.” Uyi said hastily.
been doing anything with my life and I really need to get out of your
favours…I mean…I don’t mean it that way but I need you to help me…err…I
need some money from you…money which will enable me set up my business…”
on trees? I work hard to make money!”
Nosa said quickly.
two point five million naira capital?” Uyi said to Nosa and when he saw that
Nosa was shocked at the amount he had mentioned, he continued, “ Yes, two point
five million naira! That’s the exact amount I put into my empire and I watered
it till it grew….so, if you are ready to bring it, welcome to the club but if
you aren’t then, cut your cloth according to your size.”
…I …don’t have that kind of money…how do I get it?” Nosa said in a shaky
you asked, don’t bother counting on me for it…I don’t have any money right
now.” Uyi said.
actually meant that you should help me out with the money….” Nosa said.
house now! Go pack your things and get the hell out!” Uyi screamed.
fell to his knees in plea. He knew that pride couldn’t let him go back to
poverty and neither could he return to his mother’s house, he recoiled when he
thought of the shameful gossip from the neighbours.
forget that I asked…I am pleading…just let me stay…I won’t complain
again…I beg of you…” Nosa pleaded.
thirty seconds and shutting the door behind him he placed his hands on his head
and breathed fast.
in their bedroom, lunging at each other in anger.
tired of doing business with you, what have I got to do with it?” Sandra
screamed at her husband.
called him and told him to cut me off and that’s why he gave this business that’s
supposed to land me millions to another!” Uyi screamed at her.
Sandra fell to the ground in a heap.
ground and lunged at him.
Uyi pushed her away from him and she fought back, using her
nails to tear his skin, she hurried to the side of the room and picked up the
fancy table lamp and lurched it at him. It landed on his arm and Uyi quickly
pulled open his drawer, took a knife from its confines and threw it at her. It
hit her squarely on the chest and Cassandra opened her mouth in shock as the
pain of the knife went through her. Uyi stood there and stared at her, watching
her grope about for support. Cassandra cried in pain and fell to the ground in
a dead heap.