call, there was no doubt she was getting closer to Chuka by the day. Since she
spent the night in his place and later had to sleep over the second time, she
had grown quite close to Chuka as they spent their time at his home speaking
about Aisha and later about life. Rita had always wanted to ask him what really
happened to stop him from loving her friend but had caught herself and decided
to let it pass besides, Aisha was already resting in peace. Rita found that she
and Chuka had a lot in common as Chuka had a mini library of novels from great
writers, ranging from Sidney Sheldon to Chinua Achebe and even Chimamanda
Adiche amongst other writers. Rita was popularly known as the ‘book worm’ and
the fact that Chuka possessed a library of literary works drew her to him like
Another thing which endeared Chuka to her was his penchant for neatness,
Chuka was so neat and his sparkling apartment showed this off. The second night
she had spent in his house, he had spoken at length about his future ambition
and she was able to see a young man who was so determined to achieve despite
odds. Try as she may, she couldn’t see the womanising and annoying Chuka in
this young man who spoke to her with so much passion and even after leaving his
house, she still had thoughts of him linger in her head.
your friend!” The voice in her head told her. “But he…didn’t stab her did he?
Aisha committed suicide…she took her life in her hands…let her deal with
the consequences of her actions wherever she is. This life is for the living…”
The voice persisted.
he had to leave for Lagos this morning…” Chuka said.
I’m doing and come to your place?” She asked.
from her ear and looked at it to see the caller ID, it was Kelvin, her date,
who had helped take Aisha to the hospital that day they had seen her lying on
the kitchen floor.
I don’t want to spend the night alone in this house.” Chuka said.
Aisha’s ghost to get someone to occupy your home.” She said and quickly hung up
morning, I received your text message about your friend’s death but since I was
far off in one of the villages, up north, I couldn’t respond immediately. What
happened?” Kelvin asked.
I’d rather we let her rest.”
our hands you know…” Rita said, sounding bored.
you? Tonight maybe…” He said.
some construction works down there…”He said to her.
going to be pretty busy…” Rita said, making a mental note that she could be
needed down at Chuka’s place for a few days since his brother still had exams.
relationship a step further…” Kelvin said.
mourn her…I mean…”
life…” Rita said and hung up.
washed it down with a sparkling glass of cold water, he pressed down the button
on his intercom and spoke to his PA.
walked in. The plate of food was sitting empty on his table and her boss had a
meeting for twelve noon.
ready?” She asked.
so…so…satisfied in a long time…this food ….this food is all I
needed….wow…thank you.” Bode said in gratitude.
that you enjoyed the meal…”
his desk to take the flask.
how he felt but suddenly he stood up and walked over where she stood.
barely an inch away from her and before she could move, he pulled her into an
embrace. Jumoke’s hand gripped the flask firmly as she was shocked by his
much this means to me.” He said hoarsely.
was the first time in a long while that he felt truly appreciated.
Mrs. Isabel Shodeinde and bit her lower lip.
the Abuja assignment, I was shocked! Tosin, do you know how many married women
would jump at this opportunity? Yes, we are trying to make the workspace
enabling for women but then again we are out to make it accommodating for those
who have families.”
comes with the Abuja project. Do you understand my passion for growing the
business from the grassroot? I enjoy the fact that we are moving to a new
environment and I get to chair the leading seat of the office in Abuja.” Tosin
to retain your new position and your new salary scale but you do not necessarily
need to move to Abuja.”
of the home and your head too…” Mrs. Shodeinde asked.
decisions.” Tosin said stonily.
married, every decision that affects you invariably affects him as well as the
angry that the director was trying to impose into her family life. “But I still
stand that everything is taken care of…”
you have come to an agreement, you can go ahead and continue your operations in
Abuja. We at the company just wanted to make sure that all is well with your
family as regards this change.”
next available flight to Abuja for me.”
for the grand opening…” Mrs Shodeinde said. “We are also sending some staff
to help you out as regards the opening and recruitment…we trust you to manage
them to expectations.”
her phone and dialled Bode’s number, it rang but there was no answer.
message she had received at the office, who had sent the message? She asked
herself. As soon as she had seen the message, she had quickly taken the paper
and pushed it into her bag and she had rushed downstairs to dispose the knife
in the garbage bin downstairs. All through work she had tried to act like her
normal self but had found that she had been unnerved by the message she had received.
She tried to recall what had happened after she had left Tom in his car and her
mind kept telling her that she had been careful to avoid suspicions to herself
had walked a long distance before getting a taxi, she recalled looking back to
see if anyone was on her trail but she had seen no one till she had gotten into
the taxi and left the area.
she breathed deeply and placing the key into her keyhole, she turned open the
lock. Susan opened the door to her apartment and her fingers searched the wall
for the light switch, she turned it on and a scream escaped her mouth.
her and crouching to her knees, Susan buried her face in her palms and cried.