MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Victoria adjusted close to Thelma while Megan and Steve stood face to face.
“What are you claiming to be?” Megan questioned.
“I don’t get you” Steve wasn’t smiling.
“How can you give those criminals ten million rands when the police are here to do their job?”
“Like i said i don’t want to put Stella’s life at risk” Steve turned to his cell phone.
“Do you think i want to do so?” Megan asked.
Steve looked at him again angrily. “What’s your problem? It’s my money not yours!”
“Oh, do you think i can’t afford the same amount and save Stella’s life?!” Megan became angry too. “I’m informing the police” he brought out his phone.
“You dare not try it!” Steve moved close to him, then they glared at each other.
“Both of you stop!” Thelma commanded. “For goodness sake, we should be working together to get my sister back instead of arguing!”
“Calm down, brother” Victoria told Megan calmly.
Steve averted his eyes from him instantly and requested Thelma’s account number again which was given to him. So he called Judeson.
“Wire the money into this account number” he commanded on the phone.
Two hours later, still inside the room. One could see a bag at the centre of the room where the ten million naira which had been changed to rands was. On the edge of the bed were Thelma and Steve who tapped his legs and glanced at his wrist watch continuously. Beside Thelma was Victoria. Opposite Steve was a chair where Megan also sat down looking at his wrist watch continuously too. The room became as quiet as a grave yard that even the ticking sound of the second-hand of their wrist watches could be heard loud and clear. Suddenly, Steve’s phone broke the silence, so he rushed it.
“I hope the money is ready” a male voice sounded on the phone.
“Yes, where should i bring it?” Steve stood up while others stared at him.
“Oh, smart boy. You’re already in town. I love doing business with people like you. Wait for my call tonight. Listen, if you involve the police, I’ll send this girl’s head to you, understood!”
“Please, don’t hurt her” Steve replied after the line went dead.
“What did they say?” Thelma asked looking at Steve.
“That i should wait for their call tonight” he replied then glanced at Megan who stood up and walked out instantly.
In the heart of a bush was Stella and two boys who didn’t show their identify by blindfolding Stella with a black piece of fabric. One could see her hands and legs tied together and looked tired from the cataclysm experience. Regardless the black fabric on her eyes one could see tears still running down her eyes.
“Guy, you babe did a good job” one of boys told the other who is Erin.
“Which of my babe?” Erin asked.
“Xtabel of course. Is she not the master…”
Erin interrupted him with a slap just to shut him up because he was indirectly revealing their identity before Stella. “You’re very stupid!” he shouted.
The slap really brought the boy’s senses back without anybody’s explanation.
However, Stella shocked for hearing the name but pretended as if she knew nothing.
Darkness began to cover the atmosphere. Steve stood up, he carried the bag of money and walked towards the door as all watched him including Megan.
“Please, be careful” Thelma told him.
“Take my car” Megan stretched his car key to him too.
Steve stared at him for a while then collected it.
“Thanks” he said and went out. He handled the sterring wheel gently until he got to the bush as directed. He could see nothing but darkness, both far and near. Suddenly, he heard a voice saying, “Put your hands up!” he raised his hands up. “Where is the money?”
“Inside the car” Steve replied.
Erin ran to the car where a dim light shone. He carried the money back into the bush.
“Now, go!” the other boy commanded.
“Where is Stella?” Steve asked.
“Shut up! I said move to your car and wait for her there!” he shouted as they backslid into the dark bush and eventually took on their heels.
Steve waited patiently beside the car moving to and fro. Suddenly he heard Stella’s voice calling, “Steve!”
“Stella?” he murmured and moved forward. “Stella!” the voice became louder.
“Steve!” Stella hastened up from the bush, she nearly fell down as she ran towards the car following the dim light.
“Stella!” Steve sighted her. Before he could cross over to the bush, Stella ran out and hugged him tightly in tears which eventually led to a cry.
“Is okay, I’m here now” Steve said rubbing her hair downward.
“Thanks for coming for me” Stella said in his arms.
“I’ll always be here for u” Steve replied.
Victoria, Megan and Thelma anticipated to see Steve driving home with Stella. As they waited outside the house, Steve drove in then came out and opened the door for Stella. Seeing that, Thelma shouted, “Stella!”. She ran to embrace her but Stella slapped her. Everybody became surprise.
“What was that for?!” Steve asked her.
“She put me into this mess” Stella replied.
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