MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Neighbours approached closer even Megan and Victoria. Light from buildings and poles shone all over the area. Meanwhile, Thelma began to shed tears as she held her cheek to reduce the pains of the slap from her sister.
“How’s she the cause of this?” Steve asked Stella again.
“The people she associated with had me kidnapped. Who knows what she must have told them and how extravagantly she spent money with them!”
“Are u saying that u know those who kidnapped u?” Steve was still inquisitive.
“She knows better. Ask her who Xtebel is” Stella replied then everybody looked at Thelma.
“Thelma, who is Xtebel?” Megan began. “Talk to us!”
“She’s my friend” Thelma replied in tears. “But how’s she the cause of..?”
“Shut up!” Stella interrupted her. “She had everything planned!”
At that point, Steve Looked at Megan in a way that says: YOU CAN NOW CALL THE POLICE. Immediately, Megan called them. As they were still trying to get more information from Thelma, the police arrived. They were told everything, given the address of Xtabel by Thelma. So they took off that night.
At the resident of Erin, Xtabel’s boyfriend, light shone all over the room. One could see the bag of money at the centre of the bed and Erin at the wardrobe arranging his clothes. However, the other boy named Heza and Xtabel arranged the money in three. But Xtabel’s attention drew to Erin.
“Why are you packing your belongings?” she asked.
“I’m leaving this town tonight and leave the country tomorrow” Erin relied as he shuffled his clothes in a traveling bag.
“I can’t believe u are asking this question” Erin concluded.
“I never knew you are this selfish”
“What do you mean?” Erin stared at her
“You are leaving the country without me?”
“Hey, baby, i never said so” Erin gave her a quick peck and rushed back to the wardrobe.
On the other hand, the police had gone to Xtabel’s resident but were directed to Erin’s. Few minutes after they had shared the money ready to leave, the police caught them at gun point.
“Your hands in the air now!” one of them shouted. The three guys raised their hands up thereby allowing the bags to fall on the floor. “If you make any move, you’re dead!” the policeman added as others handcuffed them, took the bags and drove out.
Back to Stella’s resident, she sat quietly on the bed while her sister stood aside still with her hands on her cheek. Steve and Megan sat on different chairs. Only Victoria was absent. Suddenly, Megan’s phone rang.
“We’ve caught them, sir” a policeman said on the phone.
“Really? That’s good. Even the money?”
“Okay, we’re on our way to the station now” the line went dead. All stared at Megan especially Steve after the phone call.
“What?” Steve asked.
“The kidnappers have been caught” Megan replied. “We should go to the station now” he added then stood up, likewise Steve.
“I’m coming with you” Stella also stood up.
“No” Steve and Megan said at the same time then glanced at each other in the silence. “You’re not strong yet” they said again at the same time looking at Stella who became worried trying to be embraced as she stared at both of them too.
Nevertheless, Steve remained quiet, he glanced at Megan again before going out but Stella interrupted him. “Steve!” she called, then he turned. “I want to go with you” Stella added and also looked at Megan and said, “Please”
Non of them said a word as all went outside including Thelma.
THE NEXT DAY
80% of the money had been wired back into Judeson’s account. He was more than happy that Stella had been found. 10% for the police while the remaining 10% was left in Thelma’s account. Previously, Steve and Stella thanked Megan for his effort before they departed that night.
Now, Megan dressed in his usual handsome attire with a briefcase in his hand. He knocked at Stella’s door but Thelma opened it.
“Good morning, sir”
“Please, call me Megan”
“I’m sorry” Thelma apologized then remained quiet.
“I want to see Stella”
“She’s not around”
“Where has she gone to?”
“She left with Steve since last night to a hotel”
Hearing that, Megan became jealous and disappointed. “Alright, he murmured as he turned to leave.
“Megan!” Thelma interpreted him, then he turned. “Have a nice day” she smiled at him.
“Thanks” Megan also smiled but unwillingly.
At the hotel, the room looked merchantable; white bedshit, white cottons, electric bulb and ties. Stella sat closely with Steve on the bed, both in white pyjamas too.
“When are you going back to Nigeria?” Stella asked calmly.
“I’m not going back” Steve replied angrily.
“But why?” Stella became surprise. Suddenly, Steve’s phone rang-the father was calling but he refused to pick.
“You’ve been ignoring your parents calls since last night, why?” Stella asked again but Steve kept quiet.
The phone rang again and again, then Stella took it up and said, “Since u don’t want to talk I’m picking the call”
“Don’t!” Steve shouted, then Stella startled in fear..
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