*_EPISODE TEN(Final Episode)_*
As a dying man fighting for survival like one in a deep ocean, Peter delves his final blows, tearing down walls , bringing down statutes and making dust a name that was a whisper in everyone’s lips.
He didn’t just give documents, he gave names, he pointed them to the right directions and gave evidence.
One of those names he called out with pity in his eyes was “Krume Danielson, he was the one who introduced me” he had begun, doing into details; his journeys, his smuggling, his wealth. He spoke about the fraternity brothers club and what they never wanted to come to light. And though he was dying, he had a content smile on his face, the hanky he held was a dark red of blood and crawling things.
“Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity.” were his last words before the camera went off.
The news caster comes back on, a body had been found and he was identified as Senator Peter Nwambeze. Cause of death “suicide “
But was it too late for Amaka?
Speaking of Amaka, it was 10 pm, she hadn’t arrived still, Peter had used his phone to call her, it was switched off.
He looks at the letter Peter had given him to give to her and the documents he held in his hands.
He was tired of waiting, he had a family to go back to and he had to speak to Peter’s family abroad tomorrow on a conference call.
He pitied Peter’s wife, but he didn’t blame her for asking Peter for a divorce. Peter did what he thought was the right thing, he gave her all that he owned except some he left specifically; brought down the fraternity boys club, the Police and DSS and EFCC had been given orders and by the end of the day, the Fraternity of the Brothers would cease to exists and the people be put behind bars, And then he died, paying for his own recklessness.
Did he think Peter was too quick to take decision into his own hands? Yes! But how could he deny a dying man his last wish.
He only hoped Amaka finds that salvation and maybe her own case might be different .
If only ..
He checks his time again, past 10. He was tired of waiting, maybe tomorrow he would find a way to seek her out and if he doesn’t find her… Maybe death too have taken her and the letter here would never be read.
He looks around one more time, picks up his bag and leaves the building.
Emeka has been on his knees for hours, nothing had changed. The doctor had told them he would only keep her for the night because of their begging , and that it was late but by morning if they couldn’t complete the hospital bills, he would have to send them away …
She hadn’t moved a muscle, she laid there as though dead, the girl from Amaka’s school laid at the foot of the bed, she had fallen asleep holding onto her hands.
Emeka continued his prayers, for he was left with nothing else to do other than to pray. For when a man is without hope, prayer is all that he needs and even if she didn’t make it, he would be content to know that he was by her side.
Ngozi came back into the room to find Anita alone and Amaka just stepping out. She paced the length of the room counting backwards from one to hundred.
“Whats doing you now?” Anita had asked her, settling in on her bed .
A raised eyebrow Anita looks at her and asks”Why?
Ngozi isn’t smiling , She drops her phone as she is suddenly pressed “I am not in the mood for your questions tonight Anita. Who did they say is holding the toilet key??”
“The hostel warden”
“Okay, I won shit. I am going to collect the key, if they don’t give me na fight be that” she gets up and leaves the room.
“Abeg when you are done gimme key too, me I want to pee and I won’t return the key to them either. Them think say them get sense.”
Walking down the hall Ngozi comes across a fellow student who had just left the toilet and was locking the door.
“Can I have the key??” Ngozi demanded
“Sorry NG, you have to seek permission from the warden”
“You dey mad. Give me the key unless you want me to redesign your fine face” Ngozi threatens with closed fists
The girl weighs her options she knew how aggressive Ngozi was, she had heard her story. She never let’s people go unpunished for stepping on her toes
“Look when you are done just give it back to me so I can return it, I know you have heard about the worms and the —
“Whatever!! clear!!” Ngozi pushes her away and goes to the toilet
Anita was startled by Ngozi’s phone ringing, but she doesn’t pay attention to it.
But by the fifth ring she gets up, intending to tell the caller to call back later but the line cuts as soon as she picks up the phone. In the process of dropping it, the message that pops up in the screen made her frown
“I have your little friend, should I start the party without you or you are on your way already. The A of her name defines her ass well don’t you think. The goose is ready to be roasted, I hope you are ready to light the fire and send her to hell? ” – Andrew “
Not able to make out what the message meant she drops the phone, shrugs and goes back to her bed.
While Ngozi pulls down her trousers, she feels a sharp pain to her abdomen, she grabs the toilet seat as her bowels twisted she muffles a tiny scream threatening to escape from her mouth.
Tiny sweats breaks out from her forehead, the pain stretches to her thighs and pulls at her inner core. .
“Oh dear Lord what is happening” she cried, and in a rush, her anus opens and poo gushes out, she closes her eyes as it accompanies each drop with an excruciating pain leaving her breathless
It goes on for 10 minutes she bites her lower lips as her bowels empties out the toxic .
After a while the pain subsides, she reaches for the toilet paper and wipes her behind, she gets up and not bothering to look again she flushes
“What is wrong with you, are you okay?” Anita frowns seeing Ngozi as she staggers into the room.
“Just stomach ache, must have been something I ate” Ngozi says picking up her phone.
“Okay sorry. Same thing that happened to Amaka. You would be fine if you rest and take meds. By the way, your phone was ringing and –
“Anita you are giving me a headache” Ngozi cuts her as she goes through her phone
Ngozi quickly dresses in a completely black combo, takes her phone and was about to leave
“Where are you going to?”
“Anita, the sooner you learn to mind your business the better it would be for you” with that Ngozi leaves the room.
Ngozi just seems like a jealous girl Anita frowned and then wonders what that message meant that had Ngozi smiling and running out of the room.
While she laid on her bed, a thought comes to her head.
Amaka might have so much money that she won’t miss the one she has here in her box.
Quickly she gets up from her bed, and drags Amaka’s box from under the bed.
Fiddling with the lock she realized she couldn’t break it, going outside she gets a stone and works on the lock until she hears a crack. Smiling she begins to take out the cloths one by one until she felt the envelop at the bottom of the box.
She took the cash and closed back the box , on second’s thoughts she grabs the box and empties out the cloths on the bed and scatters it, does the same thing to the room, grabs her bag and leaves.
It was a weekend, most students would have gone for the weekend or travelled to the village to see their family. Everyone might just assume someone broke in and stole from them. She would spend the night at her boyfriend’s place today and come back and cry wolf by the end of the weekend.
She smiles as she patted her bag, she had 150k all to herself ; the 120k she took from the kitchen no one was looking and the 30k in Amaka’s bag. She should take her boyfriend clubbing and buy him an early birthday gift.
Amaka is slapped awake, the sting causing tears to rise up in her eyes,
“Hey wakeup, wakeup !!” He hits her across her face again. She moans turning away but he grabs her face looking down at her
“Nice for you to join us” he says, his breath smelt like a dead man’s corpse, she screws up her face trying to hold her breath, but her lungs hurt her. Whatever he had up against her nose burned her somewhat. She coughs, trying to turn but realised that she couldn’t
She was tied.
“What ..why am I tied. Who are you? Release me” Amaka demanded struggling .
“Nope” he said , moving away from her to sit on what looked like a broken chair.
Amaka tries to take in her environment, it was dark safe for a burning lamp at the corner, something like a thick book laid beside it. They were in an abandoned building with cob-webs and crawling lizards she could make from the stale smell of dampness.
“Where are we?” She asked him, able to move just her neck since the rest of her was tied up.
“Where are we? Let’s just say, your graveyard” he laughed a cold laugh, as he brings out and lite’s a cigarette, taking a long drag and making circles with the smoke.
She began to cry “please let me go please, do you want money? My boy- my boyfriend he would give you, he is a senator” she said
He laughs again “was a senator ” he corrected.
“No no, but he has money, a lot. I know you kidnapped me because you want him to give you money right? But don’t worry, he would give you a lot. Please just let me go please “
“Nope, I would love to but… only to have a little bit of fun you know, why don’t we start the party before she gets here shall we??”
“What do you want to do. Before who gets here?” Amaka has tears in her eyes wishing she could get up and run. Who was he and why did he kidnap her, she had no money, it had to be because she is the girlfriend of a senator..but how did they know to kidnap her today, maybe someone had been following her. Oh God.. she thought to herself.
“Well the queen herself that’s who” he jokes
“Who, who is that.. what do you people want with me. Who is she..who is coming ??”
“Me” the voice that spoke behind him has Anthony turning but not out of fear but of silent agreement.
Amaka sees Ngozi come into the light, her eyes grows big and her words are difficult to form
“N..N..Ngozi?” She breathed
The girl wearing black leaves the shadows ” Yes in the flesh ” she smiles. .
“Nice for you to join us princess ” Anthony walks up to her and gives her a loud kiss
“Are you going to keep staring at me or you are going to be very obvious and ask me those random questions people in your situation ask?” Ngozi comes to bend down at her and sneers into her face
Once the shock leaves her body, Amaka gulps,
“You..and him? He is your lover. You kidnapped me..both of you. Why?” She blinks back tears
“Aha, why? I would tell you Why, its simple… I just don’t like you. Is that enough reason for you my dear Amaka Chinemerem? Oh and you stole what was mine ” Ngozi is smiling
Amaka sobs ” I… I don’t understand what you are saying Ngozi. Is this a joke, please tell him to untie me and let me go, Peter..Peter is waiting for me”!
Ngozi laughs, Andrew joins her “Aww poor poor you. You haven’t heard have you?” Ngozi brought out her phone and shows her the last recording done by Peter and then the news of him reportedly found dead
“Oh my God!!” Amaka gasps
“I know right. On my way down here I saw the news I couldn’t resist. You know I was shocked and disappointed in him for killing himself, but at least he delved a blow, something about bringing down the fraternity he was in. But anyways, you know I thought he was going to run away with you when he called you today and I didn’t want that to happen. I was angry and I didn’t want you both to have your happy ending so I had my sweet dude here take you around the time knowing you would first have to get to birabi streets before you cross to the other. So smart of us right??
but when I saw this on my way here I couldn’t be happier. He was a fxxking fraternity brother Amaka. Do you know what they do there. My God. You know, I wanted to just destroy his marriage but I didn’t know it would cause some ripple effects to this. But to think he got plenty skeletons to his closet. But I guess that’s how men like him are. I mean watching the video he kept coughing and coughing blood, they said he committed suicide. Couldn’t take the hit you know. But I am happy. . Happy because now, you are all alone. “
“No no no, my Peter can’t be dead he can’t. .he can’t no!!! ” Amaka sobs shaking her head
“Oh he is dead, you know I don’t know what he did to himself but news has it that maggots and all had already infested his body. He must have fallen into shit or gutter or something I don’t know or maybe the fraternity brothers killed him. Who cares, it was a gory sight. You want to see a picture …Yes? ?”
“No ” Amaka turns away not able to stop the tears. God why..why did you take away Peter away from me. What would I do. How do I cope..who would help me now. How do I finish school. She cried.
“You know for a smart girl you are quite stupid and dull. I mean, didn’t you find anything suspiciously familiar about his infidelity video ?” Ngozi is moving around in the dark parts of the condemned house,
Amaka eyes follow her, tears was a constant downpour soaking her shirt and the rope.
“No??” Ngozi asks
Andrew shakes his head “stupid and I thought you guys were like roommates for what, four years and you couldn’t tell? Stupid !!” He repeats
“What… what are you talking about?” Amaka is confused.
“The video stupid. The $3x video of Peter and some lady. Peter and some lady. ..durh! Hello!!” She points at herself
It takes another full minute for it to sink in.
“I.. it was you. You were the girl. You slut. You bitch you. .-” Amaka began
Ngozi closes the distance between them by pulling Amaka by her hair… Amaka groans in pain and she couldn’t use her hands to wade her off. She was tied. It was Ngozi who ruined Peter. It was because of her he died. How dare Ngozi take away her joy, her first love, her all and everything. .
“Me a bitch? This bitch would be the last face you see”
“Untie me and I would kill you. You killed him it’s you. You are evil. Wicked. . You are…
“Easy now little girl, I am the one in power here I could easily tell him to snap your neck or better still use that crowbar at the corner and make a dent to your skull. But I don’t want you to die an easy death. I want you embrace your isolation till the earth eats you up”
When Amaka realised what she said she begins to cry ” please Ngozi please let me go. “
“Too late for that. I only kidnapped you to keep you away from Peter but now that he is dead, I can’t let you go because you know… One, you would report me and I can’t have that. And two, well I have always wanted to leave someone here to die, its a fantasy of mine. At least I would be saving your mother the trouble of having a wicked daughter like you you know .
I heard she is in a coma and she may die.” Ngozi laughs “And I heard you didn’t give a shit. So I might as well rid the earth of your scum too don’t you think. You can meet your lover at the other side. And you both might continue. But you know the good thing…my life would go on and I may meet another person like Peter, richer and far better but at least I would be meeting him alone.” Ngozi says stepping away after letting go of her hair
“Please Ngozi , I .. I never did anything to hurt you” Amaka tried to make her see reason
“Oh you did plenty Amaka , you just have to be you. That was all. And because I was thoughtful I brought a bible..so you can say your last prayers you know.. you see I do have a heart. Kind of” she and Andrew laughs
“Oh my God, please help me. Safe me please ” Amaka cries out.
“God? God!!!? Did I just hear you call God? The same God you cursed.and told me doesn’t exist? Is it the same God you poured hot water on your mother for when she tried to advice you? You know you are a hypocrite and a delusional human being, now you call on him because all of a sudden you believe he exists ?” Ngozi throws back her head and laughs.
“You should have listened to your mother, maybe you would have left Peter and gone on to worship him this God you call now and then I may have taken your place and we may have remained friends.
So dear Amaka, I think you have a grasp of why this has to happen to you right? Maybe in your next life you may heed to the words of your mother and just maybe, you might take the bible seriously. Take me as your… messenger of disobedience” she winks
“Babe, you know what to do” Ngozi says turning to Andrew
“Please please Ngozi I beg of you in the name of GOD. Spare me. Spare me I promise I won’t ever do anything to annoy you again. Please oh, God help me..Ngozi Ngozi what will he do to me? Please sir please I beg you. Oh chineke mo!! Mama oh..eh My God. My God!” Amaka wails struggling. Praying the rope breaks by some sheer miracle and she runs out of here
“Oh shut up!! Babe shut her up. !!” Ngozi frowns, it was getting late. She needed to get back to the hostel. She was going to spend all night in tormenting Amaka but she was feeling sick all of a sudden, she wanted to lie down and close her eyes.
What the hell did she eat that was turning her tummy.
She staggers outside for a minute to get a bit of fresh air, she saw Andrew closing the distance between him and the screaming Amaka. She knew he would have his fun with her before he throws Amaka in the hole
She heard her screams, it gave her satisfaction, it gave her content.
She knews Andrew would be ruthless. she would have liked to watch but she was feeling woozy, a bit light headed. She crunches down holding her stomach as a pull brings her to her knees. she cries out in an excruciating pain, just as soon as the pain leaves it comes back in full force tearing her midriff and when it loosen she straightens up “What the hell!!” She exclaims
She could still hear Amaka scream and her painful cries , she heard Andrews faint continuous moans . She knew soon now he would roar out in excited release.
The pain grips her again and this time she coughs, the pain almost exploding in her head as the cough courses through her body leaving her weak, she spits as mucus gathers in her mouth. It’s dark so she cannot see, as she spits and cleans her mouth.
Another fifteen minutes Andrew comes out; a satisfied smile on his face as he zips up.
He frowns seeing her face..
“Feeling pity for her are we? “
“No. Just feeling sick and this place gives me the creeps. Done? You enjoyed yourself. ??”
“Immensely, I wouldn’t mind going again but… you look like shit. Are you sure you are okay babe?”
“I don’t know. Lets just go throw her in the hole and let’s go”
Amaka is curled up in the corner and in tears, her cloths torn and she naked by the wall. Her hands tied in front of her and her legs together, Andrew strolls back into the dark room.. Amaka who has been crying suddenly moves back immediately. .
“Please, please not again please..” the pain she feels between her legs are unbearable. Worse than the time when Peter forced her, but he, this stranger was an animal.
“I would love to but daddy gat to go but I would leave you with your friends the lamp and the bible and by the time anyone notices you are gone and missing you might be dead and rotten” he grabs the screaming Amaka , her struggling did nothing, to stop him
“Please please…Ngozi Ngozi !!!” Amaka screams ” please sir please ” she begged him “Oh Jesus !! My God help me oh God I don’t want to die help me help me ” she cries
He grabs her bridal style, lays her on the ground standing, making sure her ropes where tighter than usual, Amaka was shaking , begging him but he would not be deterred, he whistles and he kicks away a board covering a hole, then he lifts her up with a resounding kiss to her lips, he let’s her go as she sinks into the ground with a scream. Room spacious enough for a side to side movement and nothing else, creepy crawling things were at her feet crawling up and down the sand walls.
The ants and lizards already made a home in the hole, Amaka constant screaming was piercing his ear drums.
“No matter how loud you scream..no one would hear you. So keep at it.”
“A little word of prayer ??” She turns as Ngozi speaks, she was standing over her head.. she was holding the bible. .
“By the sweat of your face You will eat bread” Oh bla bla bla. That’s not what I want. Aha.. here it is, 19b
Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
And Job 30:19
“He has cast me into the mire and I have become like dust and ashes.”
Isn’t it ironic… Amaka, we have cast you back into the ground and we hope you return back to dust.” she smiles
“let’s go !!” She says turning away after laying the bible at Amaka’s face side, where she knows Amaka’s eyes can see ,
“Maybe in your alone time you can reflect on the bible you so dispise and find solace in your darkness because you are going to hell” Ngozi throws off her shoulders
As they leave they hear Amaka screaming and crying and calling out to them. But they don’t stop, they don’t even turn back.
It’s a slow drive back to the land of the living, Ngozi seems to be getting worse
“You want us to go to the hospital? ?” Andrew is worried.
She laughs mockingly ” by this time? No. I think it’s just something I ate, I may have to go to the toilet as soon as I get back to the hostel”
He nods and concerntrates on the road, once he gets to the hostel gate he stops and turns to her ,
“Ngozi, I want to ask you something “
“Go ahead ” she says ,feeling better
“Don’t you think that we just let her sweat it out for a day or two like we did with that clement client of yours and then we go back and get her ?”
“Are you out of your mind, ?” She frowns
“Look , I know I have no problems ending a life but do you know how to live with it??”
“Well there is a first time for everything. Besides, you think she won’t tell anyone what we did. At least I wanted her kidnapped but you were the one who raped her, do you know how long you can be out in jail for that??”
“My thoughts exactly. Just do what I intend to do… forget the girl. “
“Your friend, your business “
“Exactly. . See you around Andrew. Hopefully I would get a better mugu for us to drain properly not this chicken of a peter who choose to take his own life.”
“About those things about maggots they saw coming out of his body, how come??”
“They don’t know,”
“I mean a person has to be dead for a long time and days if not weeks for his body to decompose like that to start bringing out those kinda things don’t you think? “
Ngozi thinks for a second… “True but I don’t know the entire story other than what the news says, he committed suicide but the maggots were found crawling and coming out of his body. But what’s my own, I have other pressing issues like Another Peter to find. Goodnight Andrew” she leans in and gives him a kiss.
“Goodnight princess ” he smiles and drives off immediately..
Ngozi gets into her room, it is dark, she doesn’t bother putting on the light, the pain sweeps her again, grabbing her tummy she bends to her bed and collapses.
Emeka feels a movement, but as soon as he stopped praying and opens his eyes. Nothing
Maybe his mind was playing tricks on him. But it felt as though she moved her hands. He goes back to praying and then he falls asleep.
She was standing backing the window when he woke up,
“Mama? Mama you are awake…Oh thank you Jesus !!!” He jumps up running to her to hug her. But when he gets to her she is crying
“Mama, why are you crying . Mama what is it . Mama?” He turns her begging her to talk, his heart is pounding.
“Amaka..Amaka”!! Is all that she says, her tears increasing.. “Amaka!!” She repeats
He wakes up with a start , he is still kneeing beside her bed, she isn’t moving still. The room is dark and quiet safe for tiny moon light seeping into the room. He raises up to look at her, he saw a strand of tears leave her eyes. He cleans it, clasping her hands back with his and begins to pray for her again… and then for Amaka.
He doesn’t know what was wrong but he had a sudden conviction to pray for her safety .
It is morning, Amaka doesn’t know how long she had screamed for or cried for but all she feels is sand in her mouth, a parched face for tears and bulging circles underneath her eyes.
Things keep crawling up and down her body, unto her face and between her legs.
She was pressed and she had to pee, as the liquid trailed down her legs she felt something else was crawling out with them too. The pain between her isn’t dulling instead it seems as though her insides is eating up..
*_More to Come.