Rita wondered if Chuka had come back to apologize, she hoped he was the one at
the door but when she opened the door, it was someone else.
Rita greeted with a huge smile.
mother murmured and breezed into the house as though Rita was an interloper.
mother, twice in her lifetime, today made it the third time. Their first
meeting was a day before the wedding when she and Chuka had gone to visit his
uncle and his family. His mother had just arrived for the wedding and with the
flippant way she answered the questions her son asked, it was hard to figure if
her expression was as a result of the delayed flight she experienced on her way
to Abuja or if she was against the wedding. The second time had been at the
wedding registry where she had tried so hard to evade Rita’s gaze and ignore
her completely. Chuka’s dad on the other hand was very warm and seemed to be
curious about his son’s new wife.
back to your base…” Rita said in a chatty voice.
chase me out of Abuja right?”
that the thought of chasing you out of Abuja is ridiculous.” Rita said quickly.
husband of one day left the house and didn’t tell you where he was headed.”
Rita replied a bit succinctly.
I’m not leaving Abuja anytime soon, I’m here for a while…” She said
indicating to her bag which she had tossed carelessly on the sofa.
the bag, she headed towards the guest room, praying that Chuka’s mother was as
gentle as a lamb.
Bode mentally circled the date which made it two months since his wife left her
family to lead a new team in her company’s Abuja office. Life had moved so
fast, he had had lots of work engagements outside the country and now, as the
plane was about to land, Bode knew he had to learn to live his life without his
wife in the picture.
Bode included, as soon as he got into the airport, her call was the first to
via the phone.
air…” He chuckled.
timer, your flight was meant to last for an hour and thirty minutes and my
alarm just ticked off three minutes ago.” She said triumphantly.
funny…” He laughed.
friendship had blossomed with time, she loved spending time with his kids and
he loved spending time with her. Whenever she spent time with him and the kids,
it was as though life was complete. She learnt the workings of his household,
taught his daughter to tie gele, gave instructions to domestic staff and made
sure that his staff were hardworking. At work, they were both the professionals,
Bode was the boss while Jumoke was his subordinate, there were no problems or
back to the office today right?” She asked.
to sleep, I haven’t been able to sleep well for the past three days…”
the office tomorrow…”
work to do today?” Bode asked.
to the house….I really need company.”
company…” He laughed and then quickly said. “Your exams were two days ago,
how was it?”
expecting you to forget.”
said with a smile.
professional exams are not smiling at all…” She said.
worry, you’ll do well. So, are you coming to the house?”
an amazing dish of Ewedu soup and Amala for me when you come? I’m sure the new
cook has stocked the kitchen.” Bode said mentioning the new female cook he had
hired a month ago.
She stressed and laughed.
soon.” Bode said and hung up.
the phone, he smiled, Jumoke almost made him forget how much he missed having a
woman around. They were not romantically involved but they had been able to
form a very close friendship which he never wanted to trade for anything. He was
about dialling his driver’s number when a call came in, Bode paused, stared at
the caller ID with mixed emotions and answered the call.
months….” He said.
but with the grand opening which happened a month ago, it was fantastic. Did you see it on TV? How
have you been holding up?” She asked in a soft voice.
grateful that you have time for us…” He said.
Bode, I have been calling the nanny from time to time and I have been speaking
to the kids too. Didn’t Shade tell you that I have spoken to her on a few
hi, let’s not argue okay…”
with you….how come you never told me the real reason you fired the first
cook? How come you found the cook assaulting our daughter and you failed to
about this over the phone…”
can’t hold a decent conversation with you on the phone. I suggest that you find
your way back to Lagos so that we can talk about the status of our marriage because
as long as I am concerned, we are not in a marriage anymore but in a long
distance friendship.” Bode spat.
that I jump for joy that my wife of six years who I have been living with for
the past five years plus, and who relocated to Abuja and blocked my number,
called me? Sorry babe, I have begun living life like a bachelor, same way I’m
sure you’re living yours as a spinster.” Bode said and hung up.
meet him and together, they walked to his car.
given Susan so much relief, Tom’s body had been flown to his country for burial
and the investigations had wrapped up as the police said that it was the case
of hired assassins. Augustine was out of her life for good as after the
incident at her house, she had sent him on his way and he had never bothered
her again. Her face had healed, after the blows she had received from Augustine’s
cruel beating and she had taken two days off work to that effect. Now, seated
at her desk at work and waiting for the hand of the clock to strike at six pm,
she couldn’t be more content. She had spoken to her dad last night and had
promised to be home in a week in order to spend time with family.
tonight?” Her colleague Martha asked.
everyone had one plan or the other for the night but she didn’t, all she wanted
was to go home, lay her head on her bed and sleep. She had began house hunting
as well, since she had less than four months to vacate the accommodation the
company had provided for her.
She asked Martha.
birthday this weekend so, we decided to throw a small party at the restaurant
and bar in Maitama today.” Martha said.
was his birthday…I’m interested in attending…” Susan said.
add you to the list then.” Martha said excitedly.
excited?” Susan asked.
Abdul has so many friends around, so, it’s not going to be a birthday bash
alone but a single/ mingle kinda party…” Martha whispered.
shrugged, with all she had been through in the past two months, she had quickly
forgotten her mission in Abuja. She assured her colleague that she intended in
joining the party and soon enough, office time was over and she joined some or
her colleagues in a car enroute to the party venue.
started and both junior and senior workers were bent on having a swell time. Susan
wasn’t in the mood to dance so she sat at a corner and nursed her drink.
his gaze, he was a very handsome dude with a full beard.
himself while stretching out his hand for a handshake.
Abdul?” He asked.
high school, he was like my best bud back then.” Ebuka said.
talker and soon the conversation got pretty interesting, and she enjoyed his
company. When it was time to go, he offered to drop her off at home.
infringe…” She said.
can…lemme drop you off…” He insisted.
of them walked out of the party place, talking at length about the weather and
everything. They were both immersed in their conversation when all of a sudden,
a knife flew over Ebuka’s head and landed at a safe distance. Ebuka and Susan
were stunned and immediately took cover behind one of the cars at the parking
asked in a whisper.
fighters, they attack with bombs and guns and not with sharp objects.” Susan
said quickly, stooping low in fear.
his voice, she closed her eyes in disbelief, it was Augustine.
your name.” Ebuka said.
Augustine shouted again.
that your boyfriend?” Ebuka asked incredulously.
boyfriend…please could you stay here while I speak to him?” She said quickly
and crept out from the side of the car and stood upright, looking for him with
suddenly she saw him, he sat at the top of a tree and he was waving at her with
his left hand while his right hand had about a dozen knives in it.
thought I told you to stay away from me!” Susan spat at him as she walked up to
having fun…it’s a party right? Why wasn’t I invited?” He asked.
my colleagues! They have nothing to do with you….they don’t even know you.”
of them…even the one who died…no…the one who was murdered two months ago
and funny enough, the person was stabbed with a knife, Tom right?” He said
staring at her lecherously.
there was no one at the parking lot expect her and Ebuka who was still
crouching behind the vehicle, the security was nowhere to be found.
Security perhaps?” He asked.
then continued. “Augustine, stop bugging me…please…”
Hahahahahahaha….you must think that you are so important that I should
consider bugging you.” He sneered.
knife?” She whispered.
are whispering, I can’t hear you! Afraid to say the word, knife? Hahahahahaa….”
behind the car and Ebuka slowly crawled out, he stood up and walking towards
them, he called out to Susan.
thrown, this time, barely missing his arm.
Ebuka took to his heels and ran back into the bar. As soon as he disappeared,
Susan glared at Augustine angrily.
My eyes are on you…” Augustine said quickly and jumping down from the tree,
he hurried into the enveloping darkness.
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