MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Faith came out from the car smiling at Justice who gradually reversed the car. She waved her hand for the last time and went inside the house. However, Celestina was still standing beside the door of Steve’s car watching everything. As Justice was driving out, he looked at her from the car but averted his eyes. Even Steve wondered what was going on from inside the car. He came down to Celestina after Justice had driven off.
“Celestina, you need to understand me” Steve said.
Celestina looked at him as she dried her tears with a handkerchief and briskly walked out without saying a word, then Steve went back to his car and drove off.
Inside Mrs Henry’s house, Faith sat with her mother when Celestina came in walking straight into her room with the handkerchief in her eyes. Faith and the mother looked at her silently and also looked at each other.
“Celestina! Celestina!!” the mother called but there was no response. Seeing that, Faith stood up to Celestina’s room and found her lying on the bed sadly. Therefore, she sat beside her on the edge of the bed.
“Celestina, you look worried. What is it?”
“Nothing, just go away”
“But you are worried. Won’t you talk to me?”
“Get out!” Celestina commanded as she turned her back on her, then Faith gently went back to her mother.
“Mother, she has refused to talk to me” she said sitting very close to her. Hearing that, the mother suspended what she was doing and walked into Celestina’s room too…
As Steve was still on his way driving home, his father had returned with Adam who held his briefcase. As both entered the sittingroom, Mrs Stanley came out, she greeted her husband by giving him a peck.
“Where is Steve?” Mr Stanley asked.
“He went out with Celestina” the wife replied.
Suddenly, Thelma and Stella came out. Adam removed his chewing stick as he stared at both of them, even Mr Stanley.
“Good day sir” the twins greeted at the same time.
“Hum.. I’m confuse” Mr Stanley said then glance at Adam.
“Master, i do not expostulate the fact that we are presently in cloud-cuckoo-land which could result to extemporization if care is not taken” Adam said.
Mrs Stanley smiled. “Steve has found Stella, the twin sister of Thelma” she explained.
“Wonderful!” Mr Stanley exclaimed. Seeing that, the twins began to smile too. “Who among you is Stella?” he asked.
“Is me sir” Stella moved forward.
“My goodness! you’re welcome”
“Thank you sir”
“She has a transcendental beauty and smiles tantalizingly” Adam spoke out with a smile and all laughed.
“Thank you sir” Stella referred to him.
“No, you don’t call me sir, you call me prof” Adam corrected.
“Oh, thank you prof”
“Terrific!” Adam concluded.
“Make yourself at home” Mr Stanley went upstairs with both his wife and Adam. Just then, as Stella wanted to go back to her room, Steve arrived, so she turned in a way both stared at each other.
“Welcome” Stella broke the silence. “Hum.. where is..”
“She has gone home” Steve interrupted her moving forward.
“She wanted to”
“Okay” Stella turned again to go but Steve interrupted her saying, “Do you still want us to talk about Rose?”. Stella shook her head negatively. As Steve wanted to persuad, his mother came down and Stella finally entered inside the room.
“Son, your father wants to see you. By the way, where is Celestina?”
“She has gone home, mum” Steve ran upstairs immediately to avoid more questions.
Mrs Henry met Celestina still drying her tears, then she sat on the bed and said, “My daughter, why do you shed tears? Talk to me your mother”
“I’m fine, mother” Celestina said facing the wall.
“Nothing can be hidden, and the more you voice out your burden, the lesser it becomes. Is it about Steve?” the mother asked but Celestina said nothing. When the silence lingered, Mrs Henry left the room.
Steve met his father and Adam in his father’s room. He greeted them and took an executive seat.
“Son, Lawrence has been killed by hanging and her workers put to jail”
“Is a pity” Steve shook his head.
“Yes, it is, for heartless people like her” the father added.
“She’s inhumane” Adam added too.
“Son, i have seen Stella, the missing girl. Congratulations!”
Mr Stanley sat on the edge of the bed with his face down. “Now what is your plan, son?”
“To go back to England and achieve what you wanted me to achieve, after which i will be made the manager of one of your companies” Steve replied.
“Put the England aside. Definitely, you’ll be made the manger of my company. Why aren’t you thinking along side of having your own family?”
“Oh, that?” Steve smiled.
“Yes, that” the father replied.
“Dad, I’m thinking about that too”
“Do you have to think?”
“What do you mean Dad?”
“You shouldn’t think when the right woman is already available”
“I don’t understand. Who could that be?”
“Celestina of course, she has been close to us and good too” Mr Stanley replied then Adam looked at him in a way that exclaims: OH, MASTER!!!
To Be Continued……………..
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