Ashanti sat at the backseat of the vehicle; the car which conveyed Suave and Amelia was parked a few feet ahead and Suave stepped out. She sighed. Finally, they were here. It was a beach and she was relieved because she’ll get the chance to play with the waves.

Suave walked to their car and peered in, he smiled at her. She smiled back.

“Enjoying the trip so far?” He asked.

“Of course.” She said with a smile, suddenly liking this Suave. “So, where’s the birthday girl? Isn’t she going to step out of the car?”

“We had to drop her off.” He said with a hint of boredom in his voice.

“You what?” Ashanti asked, slightly thrilled to hear that Suave had no need for Amelia anymore. “Are you serious? Why?”

“Well, she had a panic attack and we don’t roll with babies but with women. Grown women.” He said.

Ashanti smiled, it was time for her to show him how much of a grown woman she was.

“Wow, she’s such a baby. You came all the way to Lagos for her am I right?”

“Yea…I did but I guess she didn’t appreciate it and I have to say that she’s not worth it.” He said.

“That girl is just like my sister Lois, they are both kids. They pretend as though they know what’s up when they know nothing. Nothing at all!”

“Well, I’ll understand if you decide to go home too…I mean, she’s your friend and there’s a birthday party still going on at her place.”

“Me? Go where? Amelia is not my friend. What made you think I’d be friends with the likes of her?”

“I’m glad to hear that you’re nothing like her.” He said. “C’mon, let’s go…we have a long day to party and have fun.”

The guy seated beside her stepped out of the car and she followed suit. She felt like a queen.

*********

Jeff stood there and stared angrily at his sister. She was the one that’d invited the strange guys who knocked him out, to the party and now, she was covering up for them.

“Please…we need to know where they might have taken Ashanti.” Leyla said to her.

“I…don’t know…I mean…they shouldn’t have gone far…I errm…” Amelia stammered badly.

“Didn’t you say that they are your schoolmates? I’m sure that we can get access to their parents’ phone numbers and give them a call.” Her mother said.

Amelia panicked, she looked at Lois for help but Lois looked away. The party had ended abruptly as many of her friends had left almost immediately after she’d left the party with Suave.

“Errrm…I…errm…” She stammered.

“Tell us the truth Amelia, those guys are not from your school. Besides, I know what I saw. They are clearly older than secondary school students.” Jeff spat.

Amelia gave him a murderous glare. Her mother’s eyes widened.

“What? Those guys were not from your school? Where did they come from?” Her mother yelled at her.

“It’s not that…I mean…they are from another school but…I…errm…” Amelia stammered.

“Those guys are in their twenties mom, there’s no way that they are Amelia’s school mates.” Jeff said.

“Will you keep quiet? What do you know?” Amelia fired at him.

“Leave your brother alone and answer the question.” Her mother ordered.

“Yes, answer the question, Amelia. We need to know where Ashanti is.” Jeff said.

“Why are you so interested in Ashanti’s wellbeing? Is it because she’s your girlfriend?” Amelia spat, hoping to shift focus from herself for a while.

“Girlfriend? What girlfriend?” Their mother asked looking at both of them.

“Jeff has a girlfriend and she’s Ashanti.” Amelia said.

“Jeff? You have a girlfriend? At fifteen?” His mother almost yelled.

“Mom, that’s not the point.” Jeff said quickly. “Amelia still hasn’t told us where she met those hoodlums.”

Their mother was thrown off balance, she stared at her two children and realized that she knew nothing about them at all. Lois’s father stood there and stared at Amelia and Jeff while Leyla kept looking at her phone and hoping that Ashanti would call.

“Look, we’ll deal with that later. Right now, we need to find Ashanti. Amelia, you are the only one who can help us.” Amelia’s mother said.

“I…” Amelia started.

“Look, you need to tell us how to locate those boys. If indeed you are their friend, then you must have their house address.” Lois’s father said impatiently.

“I…I don’t have any house address…I only know that Suave lives in…Abuja.” Amelia said with fear in her voice.

“Abuja? How can he live in Abuja and be in Lagos at the same time? Something is not right.” Amelia’s mother said. “Where did you meet this guy?”

“Fa…Fa…Fa…Facebook…” She stammered.

Her mother’s eyes stood wide open in shock, she couldn’t believe her ears.

********

Ashanti danced with carless abandon as Suave and his friends made her finish about five glasses of fruit juice laced with drugs. She felt so high and for a moment, she wished she could fly.

Suave and his guys looked at her and laughed to one another. They wished they’d been able to get Amelia but she had asthma and they didn’t want to get into trouble.

“She’s high already…” One of the guys whispered to Suave.

“You think?” He asked with a smile.

“I get to go first…” Ticker said. “Besides, she tagged along because of me.”

“You promised us a lot more girls and that’s the reason we all came with you.” Another guy said to Suave. “If I’d known it’s just one girl, I’d have stayed home.”

“Hey…I came all the way from Abuja for this, I should be more disappointed than you guys but I’m not. We should be thankful that we have one girl…at least, we’ll all get our turns.”

Oblivious to the conversation going on not to far from her, Ashanti danced hard. This was the best day of her life. She thought.

 

To be continued…

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