Thunder’s phone rang.
“Helo,why are you wasting our time?……..What
for?……We are coming right away”He dropped
the phone and beckoned on two of his
members to follow him while Chike stayed
behind to watch over Angela who was tied
hands and legs.
As soon as they left,Angela started another
round of pleading. Her eyes were almost empty
from all the tears she cried.
Chike advised her to save her strength and
keep quiet for her own good before she pushes
him to do what she wouldn’t like.This time,he
spoke with a calm voice which suprisingly kept
her quiet.It wasn’t the threat that kept her
quiet but the voice.Yes,that voice sounded
familiar.She examined his face with great effort
in that dark of the night.
“Chike.One in town.The son of the soil”She
called him.A ray of hope flashing in.
Chike was startled.He turned slowly to take a
closer view of this lady who knew him that
well.That was the name his friends called him
back then in school.
He went closer and squatted opposite
her,looking into her eyes.
“Chike wey dey run things.Chike wey things no
dey run”Angela suprised him again.That was his
slogan then;”i run things.things no dey run me”
“Chike it’s me Angela,your own paddy.Your next
door neighbour”She said finally to Chike who
was already turning his face away,slowly.
He took few steps backwards and peeped out to
see if his members were coming back.He was
indeed troubled.Angela had been a good friend
to her back in school.She was like a sister to
him.Helping him with even the cookings,for he
could barely boil yam.
She helped him during exams to make sure he
passed.He never read his reads despite all
Angela’s struggles to see that he made reading
Most of all,Angela was a decent girl whom they
all respected for who she was;caring and
He lamented within him why this should
happen now.He knew what they stands to loose
if she gets away,and the worst part of the story
being that others will come after him.
He looked at her again.She was in pains,she
needed help.He remembered the countless
number of times she helped him selflessly.
The tears from her eyes affected him so
much.This was the same girl that always tried
to put smiles on his face.Not only on his face
but on the faces on all the people.
He had to act fast.He couldn’t leave her there to
die.He looked around,without much ado,untied
her ropes and started leading her out of the
It wasn’t up to four minutes they left the
uncompleted building that a gunshot was
heard in that direction.Angela inquired to know
who sent them to kidnapp her but he refused
revealing the person.
Another gunshot was heard in there
direction.Chike knew they were after them.He
found a hidden place where he told Angela to
stay while he hid somewhere else.
He started hearing footsteps.They were running
towards him.He kept still as they emerged.He
saw them speed past him,heading to the exact
place where Angela was hiding.Who knew if she
had not urinated in her panties.
He needed no one to tell him that she would be
found there.He thought very hard to find a way
of making them change direction but couldn’t
figure out any idea.
He fired his riffle into the air and
immediately,they dived into different
directions,got up and charged towards him.
He came out and told the he was looking for
Thunder came closer to him with anger written
all over his face.
“Do you expect me to clap for you?
She gave you her body and you swam in
her.she use ur brain.abi?”
“No chairmo.No be so.na piss i go piss.wen i
come back i no see her again”Chike explained.
“Guy u 4cup.Cheii!”Another one interjected.
“Story for the gods”Thundered murmured as he
pulled the trigger on Chike,who didn’t even
know when he brought out the gun.He lay
down and breathed his last.
“Come on boys,lets find her”
They zoomed off.Angela came out and fell on
Chike.Crying,shouting and calling on him as if
that would bring him back to life but
unfortunately for her,her voice called them
back again.She was kneeling beside Chike as
she sighted them coming to devour her with
“Jeeeeesuusss”Angela sat up on her bed.It was
all a dream.A terrible dream.She was sweating
profusely.Her eyes went to the clock.It was
David was not on the bed.
She got down the bed and started looking for
him while calling his name.
The sitting room was the first place she
checked but he wasn’t there.She made for the
kitchen only to find it empty.The visitors room
was empty.Sonia’s room and the bathroom was
the only place left.
She heard a door bang.
“Darling..”she called again.It was the bathroom
door.She opened it and there he was.Bathing.
“Honey,is there any problem? Why bathing by
this time of the night?”
“I just felt like.i will join you soon”
“I had a bad dream.Finish up and come to bed”
Angela closed the door.
David took a sigh of relief.
“That was too close”