MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
The speed in which Steve and Judeson drove out immediately got Thelma worried. So she rushed outside to know why but didn’t see a means to satisfy her curiosity.
Steve handled the stirringwheel like never before until they got to their destination-exactly where Judeson bought the recharge card. Both came down from the car semutanuoisly and walked closer to the small wooden shop where Rose was busy peeling oranges. She wore a red top with a black skirt. Hawkers and different types of people were seen everywhere hustling and making noise.
“Hey, good day..” Judeson began then Rose looked up.
“Good day sir” she said cleaning her hands. “What can i give you?” she added.
“Nothing really” Judeson replied then Rose became confused and glanced at both him and Steve. “I don’t know if you can remember me, i bought airtime here yesterday from a young girl”
“I’m sorry, i can’t remember you” Rose replied as she began to peel the orange again.
“But where is the girl I’m talking about?” Judeson asked.
“The one that sold the card to me. She told me she is from South Africa and i even gave her my personal card”
“Oh, now i remember who you are!” Rose exclaimed then Judeson smiled and glanced at Steve. “She didn’t follow me to the shop today” she added.
“Please, where is she? We really want to see her” Steve approached forward enthusiastically.
“But why do you want to see her? Moreover i don’t know who you guys are and your motives”
Steve glanced at Judeson and said, “It’s a long story, but my name is Steve while my friend’s name…”
“Steve?” Rose interrupted instantly.
“So you are the guy she always talks about. The one that escaped from…”
“Exactly!” Steve interrupted. “Please, take us to her”
“Alright, let me close my shop” Rose replied.
Stella wore a bumshort and a spaghetti hand top which had a yellow colour. She was in the kitchen when Rose came in with Steve and Judeson without her knowledge. As they stood in the room which can be referred as parlour, Rose went inside the kitchen.
“Rose, what are you doing at home by this time?” Stella asked surprisingly.
“Because i have a surprise for you” Rose replied smiling.
“What surprise?” Stella began to smile too for no cause.
“Just go to the room”
“Why?” Stella glanced behind and looked at Rose again. “Girl, you’re really scaring me. What surprise is in the room?”
“Just go there first” Rose concluded then Stella washed her hands and began to dry them as she stared at Rose’s unstoppable smiling face.
Steve and Judeson were standing beside each other when Stella came out. She was shocked to see Steve! So both stared at each other speechless.
“Steve?” Stella called.
“Stella?” Steve also called.
“Steve!!” Stella shouted as she ran to hugge him. Steve embraced her tightly in a way her legs left the floor. Just then, Rose came out, she stood beside the door smiling. Her eyes caught with that of Judeson who was smiling too. But they averted their eyes instantly.
Steve brought Stella down. “Thank God you’re still alive”
“Where is my sister? By the way how did you get here?” Stella asked.
“Your sister is fine and my friend here brought me to you” Steve pointed at Judeson.
“You are the guy that bought…”
“Exactly” Judeson interrupted.
“So you’re Steve’s friend?”
“Thank you very much” Stella smiled and looked at Steve again. Just then, Rose coughed from the door for her presence to be noticed and all looked at her.
“I hope you guys are not taking Stella away from me. Don’t even try it oh” Rose said with all seriousness then everybody remained quiet without smiling.
“Rose!” Stella broke the silence.
“Kidding!!” Rose shouted and they laughed.
Mr Stanley had not returned home when Steve came back with Stella. As they came out from the car, Stella couldn’t believe how beautiful the compound was. They headed towards the direction of the resting room where Mrs Stanley was sitting alone. However, Thelma had seen them from upstairs through the window, then she began to run downstairs.
“Steve, when did you take Thelma out?” Mrs Stanley asked.
“Mum, this is not Thelma but Stella” Steve replied.
“Stella? You’ve found her?”
“Good day, ma’am” Stella greeted.
“Good day my dear, come here” Mrs Stanley stood up while Stella went closer and hugged her.
“Stella!” Thelma shouted as she was running forward.
“Thelma?” Stella turned. “Thelma!” she exclaimed and also ran out. Both hugged each other tightly at an open distance while Steve, Judeson and Mrs Stanley watched them smiling at the happy reunion. However, Thelma had started shedding tears-tears of joy stimulating Stella’s emotion too. If not their clothings, one cannot differentiate them.
“I thought you were dead” Thelma said touching her face.
“No, I’m still alive. I’m sorry, i couldn’t save Daddy” Stella’s tears ran down the more. As they exchanged words, a knock came from the gate-Celestina was knocking…
To Be Continued ……..
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