MY MISSING RIB
Cars sped continuously on the road where Justice was pouring out his feelings to Celestina. “Make me your Cele bobo and i promise to make you the happiest person on earth. Please, Celestina, i love you with all my heart. Just give me a chance to prove my love to you”
All this while Justice was talking, Celestina had been smiling seriously to his words especially the name ‘Cele bobo’ but she suddenly frowned her face saying, “Listen, this Cele baby and Cele bobo of a thing will not work oh”
“It will if only you say yes to me”
“And i said no! Why can’t you understand that?” Celestina angrily walked out. She stopped a cab and entered. Justice watched it piteously until it went out of sight.
Back to the place where Steve found himself, he sat inside the hunter’s tent with a food before him which he left untouched. Meanwhile, the hunter had given him some of his cloth to wear. He wasn’t looking like the son of a wealthy man but the son of a hunter. As he looked around the tent, the hunter came in and saw the food still untouched then he sat down beside him.
“What did you say is your name?”
“My name is Steve Stanley”
“Listen Steve, the reason why they call me Buboy is because I’m still fresh and young” Steve took a good look at the old hunter again to confirm what he just said but he didn’t see the evidence. “Listen, i may be old physically but I’m young internally all because of this food” Buboy pointed at the food. “So eat up” he concluded.
“I don’t want to eat, i just want to go back home” Steve said.
“Where do you say you are from again?”
“I’m from Nigeria precisely”
“Nigeria?” Buboy placed his finger inbetween his lips thinking critically.
“Well, have you heard of it?” Steve asked.
“Yes, who doesn’t know Nigeria? One of the most famous and populated country in Africa”
“Thank God!” Steve jumped up looking at the hunter. “So how can i get back to Nigeria?” he asked anxiously.
“I don’t know but i think it must be very far from this place” Buboy replied.
“What?! So you mean you don’t know! Then where de hell is this place?!”
“This place is no place!” Buboy raised his voice too and also stood up. “Look around you, did you seen any airport or motor part where people transport themselves from one place to another?! Did you see any market?! The people you see, do you know how they came here?!” Buboy’s voice was loud enough to make Stella came out from her tent looking at his tent and listening to their conversation. “Take a good look around you, you’ll see nothing but bushes. So Mr Steve, i suggest you eat your food coz you have no idea where you are!” Buboy concluded and walked out angrily, then Steve became speechless and confused. He also went out and looked around the place, he could see nothing but bushes surrounded the small village. So he placed his hands on his waist. “Where is this place?” he murmured silently. Just as he gently turned his head, he saw Stella staring at him then both stared at each other. But when sir Zeno came out from his tent, Stella averted her eyes from him and entered into her tent. Instantly, a loud noise of an helicopter came from the sky. Everybody came out from their tent looking scared. And children who were playing ran to their parents crying. Only Steve looked happy as he ran to the centre of the village waving his hands and shouting, “Hey, over here! Over here!” To his very eyes, the chopper (helicopter) landed and everywhere remained calmed. Nobody altered a word except the cry of the children. Just as Steve wondered why there were all looking scared, a beautiful lady came out from the chopper with two huge men who handled heavy guns, then he ran to them.
“You guys are my savours! Thank God you came here!” Steve said as he was running but two bullets from the two men stopped him. Just then, Buboy came out from the bush were he was.
“Well, well, well, who do we have here? A stranger?” Lawrence, the lady said walking towards Steve who fell on the ground. She had a fair complexion with cigarette in her hand. “Hello handsome, who are you and how did you get here?” she asked.
“I.. i.. I’m Steve…” Steve stammered.
“I found him at the sea-shore!” Buboy shouted.
“Oh, welcome on board, Steve” Lawrence said and blew out a smoke. She looked at a particular boy. “You, come here!” she commanded. Hearing that, some women began to cry. As the boy approached forward, Lawrence turned to the Chopper and said, “He’s next” Immediately, the boy was shot dead and carried into the chopper. At the very sight of Steve, they flew off. Some began to cry while some got back to their tent.
Steve stood up just to see Buboy behind him.
“Who were they?!”
“Nobody has an idea” Buboy replied.
“What? How.. how.. I mean how did you people get here?” Steve stammered.
“It’s a long story. Just go and finish your food” Buboy walked out.
To Be Continued………………..
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