MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BRIGHT DANIEL
Stella briskly walked towards a table full of books and other female materials in the room. She picked her phone, without wasting time she began to operate it. Seeing such haughtiness, Thelma stood up from the bed looking at her. “Who are you trying to call?” she asked.
“I’m calling Rose” Stella replied and placed the phone on her ear. She brought it down and briskly walked back to the window as she placed the phone again on her ear. After the line couldn’t go through, she hissed and stared at her sister saying, “Steve cannot marry that girl, Celestina”
“You have to wake up!” Thelma began harshly. “Forget everything about Steve, Rose and Nigeria totally. You are in a new world now, your own world!”
Stella remained quiet and sat on the edge of the bed with a hand on her jaw, while Thelma began to change to a better cloth. After she got dressed, she said, “I need some money”
“Money?” Stella looked at her from the bed. “What of the fifty rand you collected a day before yesterday?”
“I used it for shopping and other things”
“So you shop everyday. Where are you going to by the way?”
“Stop interrogating me, please” Thelma replied as she walked towards a chest of drawer, she opened it, took some reasonable amount of money and went out. Then Stella exhaled deeply and went back, not only to the window but also to her loneliness.
Judeson met Steve inside his room still boiling in anger. He silently took a seat looking at Steve who sat on the edge of the bed tapping his foot continuously.
“Guy, things are falling apart and it seems like you have to succumb to it” Judeson said.
“Are you also insupport that i marry Celestina?” Steve looked at him.
“No, but the motion of things obviously clarify it. And your father seems to be the only person insisting that you marry Celestina because i think your mother is just following his instructions”
“That’s my point!” Steve stood up. “Why is my father so willing to get me married to Celestina?! What does he see in her?!”
“I told you that girl is up to something” Judeson stood up too.
“What do you mean?” Steve asked suspiciously.
Judeson stared at him for a while with a hand inside his pocket. “I told you that girl loves you” he said.
“Please, stop that. How many times have i told her that i don’t love her? Stella is the woman i love and i must marry her”
“This Stella you claim to love, where is she? You don’t even know her way-about in South Africa”
“Then I’ll go search for her. I’ll go search for my missing rib” Steve concluded boldly.
Mr Stanley had come back with Adam. Just at the entrance of the parlour, the wife came to welcome him. Steve, at the same time was coming down from the staircase. He looked at his father and said without smiling, “Welcome, dad”
“How are you Steve?” the father asked.
“What do you think Dad?” Steve asked then the father looked at Adam who removed his chewing stick. Even the mother stared at him speechlessly. After no response from any of them, Steve walked out.
“Please, come inside my husband” Mrs Stanley said. As they proceeded upstairs, Adam sneaked back to Steve who sat alone by the swimming pool. “Young master” he called from behind.
“Hey, prof” Steve replied.
“May i sit?”
Adam sat beside Steve on the cemented long chair. Due to his short stature, his legs weren’t touching the ground. So he began to fling them to and fro. “Young master” he began. “You finagled recently, and i know you are in a very finicky situation now. I also notice that there no more fraternization between you and your parents, even Celestina. What’s the problem?”
“They are my problem?” Steve replied. “Why can’t they allow me to marry a woman of my choice?”
“Hum.. Your father seems to be the only one opposing the motion”
“I’m also worried about that. Why is he so enthusiastic about getting me married to Celestina?”
“But why don’t you want to marry Celestina?”
“Because i don’t love her as a wife” Steve replied looking at Prof who thought critically. “Please, help me talk to my Dad” he added with a low voice, then Adam nodded his head.
9:50pm IN SOUTH AFRICA
Stella, who was alone in the room glanced at the wall clock from the bed then picked her phone to call her sister. But as she wanted to do so, her phone rang-Rose was calling.
“Thank God you called. I called you earlier this evening but it wasn’t..”
“How are u?” Rose interrupted.
“I’m worried” Stella stood up.
“Please, can u do me a favour? Can you check If Steve is married?”
“Why?” Rose became surprise.
“Please, I’m so curious”
“Alright, I’ll try”
“Please, don’t make it looks as if i sent you. You can get the information from the gateman.”
“Is okay, i know how you feel” Rose said. “But don’t you have his contact?” she added.
“Thanks” the line went dead. Immediately, Thelma entered then Stella looked at the wall clock again; 10:00pm.
“Where are you coming from?” she asked..
TO BE CONTINUED…………….
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