MY MISSING RIB
A Story Written By BRIGHT DANIEL
Stella and Thelma stood like others watching Steve behave woozy. He looked around the premises wondering where he was. His suit was totally wet and stained with sand as well as part of his body. “Wait..!” he said looking at the hunter. “I can remember my plane crashing down few minutes after we took off!”
“You were on a plane?” the hunter asked.
“Yes, going to England. Is this England?” everybody shook their heads negatively and quietly. “Well, do you know Lapresa, my city, where i come from?” everybody shook their heads negatively again looking at Steve unequivocally. “Then what a hell is this place! Can i make a phone call?” Steve asked angrily looking at all of them in anticipation. But none said a word rather shook their heads negatively again. “You mean none of you has a cell phone?!” Steve became hopeless and gradually sat on the floor piteously with two hands on his head. Just then, Stella ran out going back to her father’s tent. Thelma, her twin sister saw her running but wondered why, then everybody began to disappear one after the other.
Inside the tent made of canvas, Stella met her father eating food then she stood before him twisting her fingers suspiciously. Sir Zeno, the father quit the food and stared at her.
“Stella, what’s it?”
“Umm.. Daddy.. there is a stranger outside”
“Yes, Daddy” sir Zeno kept quiet looking at her to continue. “Umm.. Daddy, he wants to make a phone call and since you are the only one who has a phone here, i.. am pleading to you to help him with your phone”
The father kept staring at her quietly. “Stella, are you okay?” he asked.
“No, you’re not. If you are, you wouldn’t have come here at the first time” his voice changed. “You want me to give you a phone without signal to give to a total stranger!”
“But Daddy, he only wants to find his way back home”
“Stella leave, or shouldn’t i enjoy this food you brought for me again?”
“Then leave” sir Zeno began to eat again while Stella turned looking disappointed.
Only the hunter remained with Steve at the scene. He adjusted his bow and arrow as he walked to him. He placed his hand on his shoulder saying, “Young man, stand up. Let’s go to my tent first. You have to thank God that you made it alive from the plane crash”
Steve looked up seeing his face of sincerity then stood up and followed him. Just as they were going, Stella came out from his father’s tent staring at them.
“Stella?” her twin sister Thelma arrived. “Why were you running?”
Stella looked at Thelma still twisting her fingers. “Where is sir Buboy taking the stranger to?” she asked.
“To his tent i guess” Thelma replied. “But you’ve not answered my question” she added.
“Oh..” Stella began to walk to her tent followed by Thelma semutanuoisly. “I only wanted to get Daddy’s phone for him”
“That was good, but u and i know Daddy hardly gives out his cell phone talk more of a total stranger” Thelma concluded, so they entered into their tent.
Back to Lapresa few hours ago, the news got to the hearing of Mr Stanley’s family that Steve’s airplane got crashed. Mr and Mrs Stanley angrily walked down the staircase with Adam right behind them. His height barely get to their chest.
“God, please save my only son” Mrs Stanley was already in tears.
“Please, we should calm down, i know Steve is in a safe hand” Adam broke the tension immediately they got to the sittingroom standing up.
“How do you expect me to calm down when is only my son who couldn’t be find on that airplane?!” Mr Stanley roared. “Others were found either dead or alive! Then where is my own son? I want to see him either dead or alive too”
Adam placed his chewing stick on his lips thinking critically. “Master” he called. “You know that the airplane crashed along the sea, in fact some parts nearly fell inside the see. There is a possibility, presentiment or presupposition that Steve might have fallen inside the sea”
“Yes? I’m listening”
“Why can’t you tell them to search the sea maybe his dead body could be found”
“God forbid!” Mrs Stanley shouted. “My son is not dead! He’s only missing”
“Alright, sorry, ma’am. Why can’t you tell them to search the sea maybe his living luscious and voluptuous body could be found in the liquid so called sea?” Adam rephrased.
“I think, that’s a good idea” Mr Stanley picked his phone while Adam put back his stick inside his mouth.
Justice came across Celestina on the road where she was waiting for a taxi. She wore a black mini skirt and a white top. However, she’s not aware of the recent news. Justice stopped and came out immediately. His cloth looked dirty but didn’t mind.
“Celestina, where are you heading to? Come in let me take u there” Justice opened the front do for her.
“I don’t need your help” Celestina replied without looking at him.
Justice approached closer and said, “My Cele baby, why can’t you make me ur Cele bobo?”
To Be Continued………………
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