MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
The sittingroom became quiet. Mrs Henry showed no sign of joy likewise Celestina who obviously shed tears. Only Faith was seen smiling probably for the gift in her hand.
“What’s happening? Celestina, are you okay?” Justice questioned again, yet nobody answered him. Just then, Faith smiled inside her room with the bag while Celestina went into her room too.
“Please, have a seat my son” Mrs Henry told Justice who reluctantly sat down wondering what was going on. “She was only disappointed by the person who promised her marriage” she explained. At that point, Faith returned and sat beside her fiance.
“It’s a pity. But why would he subject her to such pains?” Justice asked bitterly.
“She knows better” Mrs Henry concluded, then they began a normal conversion.
Back to the resident of Mr Stanley, Adam approached closer to him as he sat on the cushion in his hugeness. Meanwhile, Mrs Stanley had angrily ran inside her room in tears.
“Master, it is settled” Adam whispered.
Mr Stanley brought out his phone, he tried Steve’s number severally but he wasn’t picking. So he stood up and began to walk upstairs. Adam followed him.
“Don’t worry, prof, just go to your room. I want to have a private time with my wife” Mr Stanley told him.
“Terrific, master” Adam responded then turned towards his room. But he suddenly made a U-turn to the kitchen probably to disturb the maid.
Mr Stanley gradually opened his wife’s room, he saw her shedding tears on the bed then sat beside her. The wife turned her face from him.
“Please, stop crying. Is okay now” Mr Stanley began.
“It’s not okay!” the wife objected. “What about my son?” she asked.
“He will come back”
“When we don’t even know where he is now”
“He will be fine, okay?” the husband drew her closer to his chest and began to dry her tears.
Few hours ago in South Africa. Steve arrived at the airport and boarded a taxi to the police station as directed. One could see only him at the back seat of the vehicle sitting very close to the side glass with his phone on his ear. “I’m in Cape Town, South Africa now” he said on the phone.
“Alright, welcome” a male voice replied.
On the other hand, Megan just came out from Thelma’s apartment in a milky suit looking handsome. Before he got to his car, he unlocked it with a remote. As he entered and drove off, he place his phone on the ear. “On my way to the police station now” he said.
“Alright, sir” a female voice replied.
Steve arrived at the police station first. He was provided with a seat in the DPO’s office. The office had different images of militants and the president of South Africa.
“We received information about your arrival. Welcome” the DPO said.
“Thank you” Steve replied.
“Our men are doing all they can to get these kidnappers and also save the young girl. Do you have any evidence or information to track them down?”
Steve waited for a while. Of course he could tell him that he had been called by the kidnappers who requested ten million rand but he said, “No, sir, i don’t have”
“Sir, how can i get to her sister, Thelma?”
“There is a young man by name Megan Robyn who had already taken up this case”
“Who’s he?” Steve became surprise. Just then, a police officer came in, he saluted and said, “Sir, Megan is here to see you”
“Let him in, please” the DPO said.
Few seconds later, Steve turned to see Megan on a suit just like him, then both stared at each other.
“This is Megan, the one i just told you about” the DPO said. “Megan, this is Steve, Stella’s friend from Nigeria. He came purposely for this case” he added.
“Hi, Steve” Megan stretched his hand.
“Good” Steve shook it.
“Megan will take you to Thelma” the DPO told Steve who nodded his head and glanced at Megan again.
On their way back home in Megan’s car, both remained quiet until Steve broke the silence. “How did it happen?”
“It happened suddenly last night after which we all ran out just to discover that Stella had been taken” Megan replied.
“Oh, you’re her neighbour”
“Yes, and also her friend” Megan looked at Steve. “What of you?” he asked.
“She’s more than a friend to me” Steve replied boldly.
“Really? As a sister?”
Steve looked at him. “Still more than a sister” he concluded thereby ending the discussion.
Thelma and Victoria where inside the apartment when Steve and Megan came in. Victoria stared at them while Thelma surprisingly shouted, “Steve!” she hugged him nd began to shed tears again.
“Is okay, i will get your sister back” Steve sympathized with her. However, Megan and his sister watched both of them quietly.
“Give me your account number” Steve told Thelma.
“Why?” she asked.
“They are requesting for ten million rand” Steve replied.
“Who?” Megan approached forward.
“And u want to give them the money?”
Steve looked at him. “Why not?” he asked.
“No, u can’t do that. Rather, lets tell the police”
“No, i can’t afford to put Stella’s life at risk” Steve said.
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