ARRESTED BY LOVE
(The best of Daria)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Daria smiled unwillingly as she stared at Prisca. She had no negative mind but thought Prisca came for a good purpose. She looked at Austin again and said, “I guess i have to go so that you can entertain your guest”
“Alright” Austin replied without looking up.
“Daria, let’s get out of here!” Lana spoke up harshly. Daria couldn’t leave because the attention she needed from Austin wasn’t given to her. Therefore, she turned and glanced at Prisca and Austin again.
“Let’s go!” Lana dragged her by the hand.
After they left, Prisca asked Austin, “Why did you do that?”
“Did what?” Austin finally looked up grinning broadly.
“Why did you allow Daria to go just like that?”
“She wanted to go, i didn’t force her”
“Hmm…” Prisca averted her eyes from him.
“May i offer you something?” Austin asked.
“What do you have?” Prisca returned her eyes smiling.
“Just wait and see” Austin stood up.
Still on the road where Lana was still dragging Daria home.
“Wait nah! Stop dragging me, what?!” Daria exclaimed before Lana disengaged her hand.
“Can’t you see? Don’t you have eyes?!” Lana placed her hands on her waist.
“What are you talking about?”
“I saw how Austin was looking Prisca, it’s not ordinary. Now listen, did Austin give you his attention?”
Daria shook her head negatively in reply, “He didn’t even ask me whether i went home successfully last night?” she added bitterly then her heartbeat increased thereby stimulating tears in her eyes.
“That’s what I’m saying, Austin doesn’t love u. It’s obvious he’s interested in Prisca”
“Please, stop saying that” Daria voice began to break.
“I’m only telling u the truth. Someone you sustained an injury for last night and got shouted by your parents doesn’t even care or give you a little attention. He doesn’t love you!” Lana concluded. Her words finally brought tears in Daria’s eyes.
“No, i can’t allow Austin do this to me. I’m going back to him” Daria said in tears and wanted to proceed but Lana held her hand.
“Over my dead body! You can’t go back there, not while I’m here! Please, let’s go home”
“I said no!”
Daria went home with Lana broken hearted.
At a nearby bank, away from the land of Obioha, one could see both security men and policemen with guns. They monitored every movement within and outside the bank. Of course banking was taking place. Sooner did they hear the sound of Ebube’s motorcycle and got ready.
“Everybody get down!” the policemen shouted. Even before they gave the command, many people who heard the motorcycle laid down already.
Finally, Ebube arrived in front of the bank still in a mask and heroic attire. He jumped down from the motorcycle and stared at the policemen and security men who pointed guns at him.
“Not a step forward! Go back!” one of the policemen shouted.
Ebube smiled as he touched his sword gently. “Have you not heard about me?” he asked. “They call me Red while I’m black. Imaging!” he smiled again and moved forward. Then the policemen began to shoot him, yet he kept going. It was obvious the bullets touched him but non hurt him. As he reached the gate, he jumped over it and brought out his sword. However, the policemen got tired of shooting. They only watched him grabbed one of the security men on the ear into the bank and collected a huge amount of money. They all watched him return to his motorcycle and said, “I guess you all know who Red is now. Continue your transaction” he put the key in the ignition. “Crooom, Crooom” the motorcycle blasted out.
Before Lana and Daria could get to their resident, they heard the sound of Ebube’s motorcycle. Others who heard it, either ran into a bush or totally laid flat on the ground.
“I heard the same sound last night” Daria spoke up.
“That must be Red” Lana said fearfully.
“Who’s he and what does he want?”
“He’s a known criminal”
“Why can’t the police arrest him” Daria asked seriously.
“He cannot be arrested. He’s even more powerful than the soldiers. I guess he’s heading to the village square” Lana replied and dragged Daria by the hand again to take another road to their house but she insisted. “Daria, what’s wrong with you?!”
“I want to see this Red” Daria replied.
“You must be crazy! This person is not a human being”
“Do you think so?”
“Please, let’s flee!” Lana held her hand and they began to run.
Odem was staggering on the road when Ebube passed him with a speed thereby making him fall into a bush. “Hey! The gods of palm wine!” he shouted as he struggled up again. Nobody reminded him to run to his house instead of staggering because the air created by the motorcycle blew off the drunkenness from his eyes.
On the other hand, Austin took cover when he also heard the motorcycle. He stood up and told Prisca to get inside the house.
“Why should i enter into the house?” Prisca asked.
“Because i don’t want you to be hurt” Austin replied.
“Why do care so much about me?” Prisca looked into his eyes…
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