MY MISSING RIB
After Steve left, the mother briskly walked to Celestina, grabbed the car key from her and rushed outside.
“Now get out!” Mr Stanley commanded Celestina.
“Is what I’m hearing true, Celestina?” Mrs Henry, her mother stood up. “Talk to me!” she shouted.
However, Celestina had suddenly became quiet and confused. She knew everything has ended then tears ran down her eyes.
“I warned you but you wouldn’t listen!” the mother added and pushed her towards the door.
“Listen” Mr Stanley interrupted them. “I don’t want to see you in this house again!”
Outside the compound, Mrs Stanley rushed her son who was also rushing into his car. Meanwhile, the driver had put the key in the ignition ready to roll.
“Son! son! Where are you going to?” Mrs Stanley asked but Steve ignored her and closed the back door where he sat. “Drive!” he commanded the driver.
“Please, son, talk to your mother!” the mother said touching and looking through the glass until the car set in motion. She ran after it but couldn’t withstand the velocity in which the car drove towards the gate and eventually entered the main road.
Mrs Stanley turned in tears just to see Mrs Henry dragging Celestina to the gate. “Shameless fool! I don’t want to see u here again!” she shouted. “U need twenty million naira after seducing my husband, nonsense!” she concluded and hurried inside.
Inside the car, Steve called Judeson immediately.
“Guy, get ready to wire the sum of ten million naira into an account which i will send to you in the next few hours”
“What’s going on?” Judeson asked.
“I’m heading to South Africa now. Stella has been kidnapped again and i need that money as a randsome”
“My God!” Judeson exclaimed. “What about your dad?”
“Forget about my demn dad mehn!” Steve shouted and cut the call. He also called the chief of the police who contacted the South African police for the arrest of Randy. He told him to connect him with them which he did.
As Justice was carrying his boss to the office, the boss said, “Justice, get another driver for me”
Justice became surprise. He adjusted his cap and glanced at him through the front mirror as usual. “Sir, do you want to sack me?”
“Not really, since you’ll be getting married soon, i thought of having another driver”
“Why? I can still continue the work while in marriage”
The boss smiled, “Can you sustain your family with it?”
“Yes, sir” Justice wasn’t smiling.
“I thought of giving you a better job than this to enable you avoid quarrel with your to-be wife. I’m a married man, i know how women behave when it comes to money”
“Really, sir? Thank you so much!” Justice then smiled.
“Welcome” both became quiet. “What qualification do you have?” the boss broke the silence.
“National Diploma, sir” Justice replied.
“Why couldn’t u make it up to Higher National Diploma?”
“Things got difficult for my late mother then, so i had to dropout”
“Is okay, I’ll see what i can do. Make sure you get another driver for me” the boss concluded.
“Okay, sir” both became quiet again. “But sir” Justice broke the silence. “About what you said about women and money, my fiance is not like that oh”
The boss smiled. “Listen my dear, she may not show it now. Everything needs money, marriage, relationship, even love needs money. You may love someone quite alright but you need money to maintain the relationship with that person”
“Yes, what’s marriage without money?” the boss asked but Justice kept quiet. He smiled.
At the resident of Mrs Stanley, Celestina could be seen crying on the cushion while the mother stood before her shouting uncontrollably.
“I never knew i have a harlot as a daughter! Where did u get this passion for money from?!”
Hearing the shout, Faith came out in a jean trouser. “Mother, what’s going on?” she stretched her hands open.
“Ask your sister!” the mother replied.
“Celestina, what?” Faith was still inquisitive.
“Do you know that your sister seduced Stevefather in order for him to secure her marriage with Steve” the mother explained.
“Jesus!” Faith exclaimed. “I thought Steve proposed to her”
“It’s a lie! That young man never wanted to marry her but she kept pushing herself to him. Not only that, she tried to blackmail the father by requesting for twenty million naira!”
“Oh, my God! Celestina!!” Faith shouted surprisingly. “I can’t believe this! I warned you but you wouldn’t listen. Now, look at yourself!” she showed a mockery smile then began to laugh which increased Celestina’s tears. Suddenly, the horn of a car was heard then Faith looked through the window and eventually ran outside to welcome Justice. Both entered the house holding hands together. In the other hand of justice was a bag which he handed to Faith. “It’s for you”
“For me? Thanks!” Faith opened it happily.
Justice glanced at Mrs Henry, then at Celestina who was still in tears.
“Good day, ma’am”
“Welcome my son”
“Celestina, why are u crying” Justice asked.
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