Ngozi wailed as she stared at Nduka’s blank expression.
stared accusingly at her but his body did not move, it was still and
motionless. Ngozi was helpless, she didn’t know what to do. She stood up from
the bed and stared at his semi-naked form on the bed while clutching her mouth
with her palms. She choked back her tears and ran to grab her phone and dialed
her phone on while sleeping but she had secretly hoped that Emeka would call
her again. She picked up the phone, looked at the caller ID and hissed.
rosy love life?” Ade smirked as she contemplated on whether to take the call or
not. After second thoughts, she picked the call, making up her mind to answer
the call as abruptly as possible.
you but…I need your help please….” Ngozi choked in tears at the other end of
crying? What happened?” Ade asked.
Ngozi’s voice cracked as she wailed louder.
it down on a piece of paper. She ended the call and rushed to her wardrobe to
bring out a simple gown to wear. She hastily donned the outfit, slipped her
feet into her flat slippers and left her room, taking the stairs two at a time.
Her father was at the foot of the stairs, he was about to retire for the night.
said to him.
in distress?” Her father asked.
other a while ago and…”
this time of the night? It’s ten thirty pm Ade!”
lives close.” Ade lied, knowing from the address Ngozi had given her that Ngozi
lived quite far from her.
used to be before. In my days, you could stroll about the streets of Lagos at
this time but now…it’s not the same anymore.”
come home today and I’ll probably send for Jonathan to pick me up from her
place tomorrow too.” Ade said.
Immediately she kicked the engine to life and glided out of the huge compound.
into Ngozi’s street, she felt a deep sense of dread. She stopped at the
entrance of the house and got out of her car, carefully checking to see if the
street was safe enough. She knocked at the gate and was let in by a gateman who
showed her to Ngozi’s flat.
suspense much longer. Ngozi wouldn’t have called her if it wasn’t serious. The
door opened and a very distraught and pathetic-looking Ngozi opened the door.
Ade rushed into the house and Ngozi closed the door behind her.
anyone…bout…about this…” Ngozi stammered, tears still hung on her lids.
happened?” Ade asked.
word to any…anyone. Promise me, Ade.”
hair was tousled, her eyes were wide open and at that minute, she bore close
resemblance to an owl.
led to the rooms within. Ade was suddenly scared, ‘was it wise for her to have
come alone? What if Ngozi wasn’t the person everyone thought she was?’ She
could be a killer and besides Ade realized that she didn’t even know Ngozi well
enough to have travelled all the way from the Island to see her and at this
time of the night too.
towards the rooms in the house. The
pictures scattered everywhere suggested that Ngozi and Nduka lived as a couple in
it open, only to let out a frightened scream. Ngozi quickly held Ade’s mouth
close with her right palm as she silently begged that she shouldn’t scream.
staring at a dead body. It was Nduka, his eyes were wide open and his mouth was
slightly parted. He lay sideward on the bed and the chilling stillness of his
form was too much for Ade to bear.
about?” Ade stuttered.
out of options of whom to call. You are the only one who came to mind. Please
help me.” Ngozi begged.
you take him to the hospital? Wait a minute…what happened to him? Did…did you
kill…him?” Ade asked in a shudder, hating to think that she was standing side
by side with a murderer.
I…I was in the sitting room asleep and it was when I came into the room
that…that…” Ngozi burst into tears.
the food? I am so scared right now…” Ade started.
here…I mean…we were going to get married before the year runs out…Oh my God!
This is too overwhelming!”
senior officials of the police…”
It’s either we take him to the hospital or we call the police.”
don’t ask any more questions…”
the first place.
through her wardrobe.
teased, while scooting to sit on her daughter’s bed.
seem so excited of late.”
relationship yet but we are getting there…”
Her mother asked.
The bus I boarded was useless and it stopped us on the way. My new boyfriend
was my Good Samaritan, he was the one who picked me up and took me to work. He
even brought me back home yesterday.”
ourselves for one full day.” She pronounced triumphantly.
mother asked baffled.
strong instinct and I know that he’s the one for me. He’s really tall and
handsome and do you know his family is rich? I can’t wait to tell him that I am
a virgin. I can’t wait to see the look in his eyes when I tell him that he’s
the only one that will ever make love to me. I know he’ll be ecstatic!”
wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
story of how you met and how it was love at first sight even when people
thought your relationship wouldn’t work.”
turning back to her wardrobe, she picked out a perfect dress for the day.
suddenly remembered that she was in Ngozi’s place. She quickly looked at her
watch and stood up from the sofa where she had dozed off and walked into the
passage way which led to the rooms of the house. She was so scared when she remembered
that she had spent the night in the same house with a dead man. She opened the
door to the room where the body of Nduka lay and cringed. Ngozi was kneeling at
the bedside and was speaking to Nduka’s body which lay lifeless before her.
love we have for each other will never die. I’m sorry I have to leave you here
for a while but I promise to be back. I will go and see the woman and will tell
her to give me a potion to bring back your life. When she does, I will share
the potion in three parts and you will be alive and fine again.” Ngozi was
the morgue and start arrangements for…” Ade started.
will begin to decay and smell…it’s not healthy.”
help, you can go home now. Nduka and I are grateful for everything. We promise
to pay you a visit and send you a ‘thank you’ card when this is all over. The
storm will not rock our boat!” Ngozi said.
the dogs! Go home Ade and I trust that you will not utter anything about this
to anyone. Nduka is just sleeping and he will awake very soon. Go home now and
prepare for work.” Ngozi said as she walked to the door.
the house and once outside, she entered her car and as soon as she started the
engine, she noticed that her hands were shaking. Taking in a deep breathe, she
pulled out from her parking spot and suddenly noticed that she was crying. The events
of last night were too much to bear.
shabbier and dirtier. Ngozi parked her car and walked the short distance to the
house. She had not even called her office to tell them that she couldn’t come
to work and she honestly didn’t care. All she needed to do now, was to pay a
visit the root of her misfortune.
the house seemed darker and smaller. She pushed open the door and entered the
dimly lit shrine.
died for the wrong reasons.” Jelia said.
potion as you instructed and now he’s gone.” Ngozi started to raise her voice.
up from the dead.” Ngozi said.
back to him. This shows that your love wasn’t meant to be…he is not yours and
binding your spirit with his was more harm than good.” Jelia said.
I want my Nduka back now!” Ngozi demanded.
selfish women of nowadays, what you people must know that you cannot force
love. What is meant to be will be. And what will not be will never be. Leave
this house now or I’ll strike you with the curse of madness.” Jelia screamed.
cannot shut me up. I’m an educated literate young woman and I know my rights.”
poor woman known as Jelia who trades for a living, gave you a potion to make
your man love you. Go and present your case to the judge and see whether you
won’t be thrown in jail for manslaughter.” Jelia said.
place.” Jelia said.
wasn’t over yet, Nduka was going to live whether Jelia liked it or not. She
entered her car and brought out her phone. Ignoring the missed calls on the
screen of her phone, she scrolled through her contact list and dialed the
number. The dial tone sounded and a male voice answered.
A new season for The Funky Lives of Naija Teens have started. Don’t miss the Seyi And Sandra’s story…
I know I initially said it’ll start on Monday but due to the long delay in Wife’s Material, I’ve decided to properly apologize by posting this a bit early. Happy Sunday Dears!
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