It was a work day and she was determined to look her best. It was a Monday
morning and also the first time she was going to work after Sean’s death and
she didn’t want to look like the widowed bride or anything like that. She ran
the brush through her hair and smiled. She also had another motive for looking
good, Mitch’s office wasn’t far from hers and she knew today was his first day
at work from the conversation she’d eavesdropped yesterday when her sister was
telling her mother about Mitch’s progress. She stepped out of her room and soon
was out of the house, she had no car so she had ordered a taxi service, she
really wasn’t in the mood to take a bus.
colleagues who knew about Sean’s death were so sympathetic with her, offering
her words of comfort.
colleagues said to her.
Didn’t he meet your family already?” She asked.
Cherry didn’t seem affected by her fiance’s death.
said and walked up to her desk.
cake in their hands. It was a welcome back mini-party for him and he felt so
loved. He leaned on his crutch and smiled at them.
all his colleagues.
As he worked, his mind strayed to Diamond and he picked his phone and dialled
with a giggle.
work. I can remember you limping like a crab…” She laughed.
have pinched you.” He said.
that you survived the accident and that you are taking life one step at a time.”
speedy recovery and let’s not forget God too.” She said.
from mine.” He said.
to go out for lunch today.”
with a smile.
his screen with a wide smile. Diamond was really one of a kind, he thought.
it, when the clock struck twelve, she stood up from her chair and taking her bag,
she walked into the toilet and refreshened up. Soon she was stepping out of her
office with a smile on her face. She took a keke to Mitch’s office as it wasn’t
far from hers and when she got there she walked up to the security post.
he had an accident.” She said.
who Mitch was when she looked up to see Mitch limp towards the company car in
the office premises.
celebrate your first day at work together.” She said with a smile.
looking at the driver whom his boss had loaned him to drive him out for lunch.
but since you’re on your way out, we could go together.” She said.
insultive?” She asked.
the security men walk you out.”
forgotten all we shared?”
sneered at her.
me so long to realize that what we had was so precious.” She said.
limping over to the car, he got in.
driveway and left the compound. She wasn’t defeated yet, she thought to
herself, this was just the beginning.
the restaurant, she was wearing a bright red midi gown and nude heels. He
smiled when he saw her approach.
up at the office.” She said with a smile.
him on some things.” She said with a smile. “Enough about me, how are you? How
is your first day going?”
you didn’t trip and fall off or something.”
something I might regret.” He said.
date her for years without realizing how much of a schemer she is.” He said
anything bad about her, it’ll be like stabbing myself at the back.” Diamond said
expect you to speak badly against your sister.” He said reaching over the table
to place his hand over hers.
said with a smile.
said with a smile.
she held, Mitch stared at her, he wondered how he’d never noticed how pretty
the village with Emenike and his aunt. Last night, after the rescue, he had no
choice but to tell his aunt everything that had been happening in his life.
Aunt Scholastica had cried so hard he thought she’d never stop crying.
to come to Lagos so desperately but things just came up from nowhere. Chei!
Stella ooo…how could she abandon her family? Her daughter…how?” His auntie
cousin drove the car, he turned to stare at the back seat where his daughter
was lying on his aunt’s lap asleep. He wondered what he’d have done if they
hadn’t found her, he’d have gone mad, that’s for sure, he thought.
been of great help to him in the search his daughter and he was more than
was about to change, it was going to be a good change because he was going to
get back everything that rightfully belonged to him. He had suffered for so
long, scraping the streets with his shoes and receiving insults from people.
Now, the tables were about to turn and for his good too. Was he ready? He
close, she could tell that it was morning and from the pains she felt on her
body, she knew that she had been bruised badly. She also knew she had passed
out from the beatings she’d received from Duncan. She heard footsteps as it
seemed that someone was in the room with her and she groaned.
to skip work today huh?” Duncan sneered.
and tried to take in deep breaths.
She rolled on her side and struggled to get off the bed.
much pain in her abdomen and her head hurt badly. She made her way towards the
door leading out of the room when Duncan rushed up to her and dragged her back.
all the strength she could muster, she raced towards the door. Duncan followed
in hot pursuit. They reached the stairs and struggled for a bit but she was
able to free herself from his grasp. He tried dragging her back but when he
did, she moved away from him and he slipped and fell down the stairs. Stella
gasped in horror as Duncan rolled down the stairs like a bag of tissue paper.
He cracked his skull on the last step and there was silence.
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