MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Still in Mr Stanley’s compound. Rose and Stella stood close to each other while Judeson and Steve had the same position and posture.
“I’m glad to have you guys here. Let’s go inside” Steve said aloud so they began to walk inside the house, at the same time giggling at any little thing. Stella glanced at Judeson and looked at Rose in a way that says: YOU HAVE A LOT OF EXPLANATION TO MAKE.
Rose smiled. Just at the entrance of the main door that led to the sittingroom, the gate opened. All turned to behold Celestina walking piteously and slowly. She came straight from Justice’s house, therefore, the tears had not completely dried. As she walked closer, so as Steve only turned from the door moving forward too surprisingly.
“What are you doing here!” he shouted. Immediately, Celestina fell on her knees rubbing her palms. However, Rose, Stella and Judeson kept watching the drama.
“Steve, I’m sorry, forgive me” Celestina cried.
“You’re evil! Leave this compound now!” Steve shrieked demonstrating with his hands.
“I did what i did because i love you, please” Celestina begged.
“You don’t know what love is. Get out! I said out!!” Steve moved closer to push her but Stella’s voice interrupted him saying, “Steve!” She ran closer to him and held his arms gently. “You don’t have to touch her” she added and looked at Celestina.
“She’s not welcomed here” Steve concluded. He disengaged Stella’s hand from his and went away leaving her all alone with Celestina.
“Steve, i beg you!” Celestina cried aloud.
Stella stared at her for a while then walked away too without saying anything. At the very sight of Celestina, all entered inside the house and closed the door. When she got tired of crying, she went home.
Megan and Thelma were coming back from her school after accomplishing what they agreed on. The car in which they were into had a brown colour fully air conditioned. One could see Thelma seated quietly in a jean trouser and a T-shirt. She had the outfit of ‘Campuse girl.’ Megan glanced at her and said, “Can you tell me the cause of your absence from school all this while?”
“My family and i ware kidnapped to Nigeria by my Uncle where i lost my parents…” Thelma told him the story.
“Steve is really brave” Megan said.
“Yes, he is” Thelma replied then tranquility took over the vehicle. Both glanced at each severally without any word.
“Sorry for that?” Megan broke the silence.
“For what?” Thelma stared at him.
“For the disastrous incident”
“Thank you” both became quiet again.
“A young and beautiful girl like you shouldn’t have been subjected to such situation” Megan broke the silence again.
“Thanks” Thelma replied. “Will you still go back to ur house?” she asked.
“Don’t you think someone will be hurt if you leave?”
“My sister. I know she will be hurt”
“Apart from your sister, don’t you think someone else will be hurt?” Thelma stared at him. The question got Megan worried, and of course he deduced the meaning of it. So he also stared at her.
“Never mind” Thelma averted her eyes from him.
At Mrs Henry’s resident, Faith and her mother were still in the parlour when Celestina returned. Meanwhile, Faith had called Justice and was told what happened. They could see how Celestina entered her room sniffing in tears.
“Mother, i feel pity for her” Faith told her mother.
“She deserves what she got” the mother replied.
“Please, mother, go talk to her and give her some words of encouragement. I know she will listen to you instead of me”
“What a man sows, that he shall reap”
“Mother, please” Faith persuaded.
“Alight” the mother stood up and did as Faith had said.
9:15pm THE NEXT DAY, SOUTH AFRICA.
Megan had been thinking about Thelma’s previous statement. He came out from his apartment and sat on the cemented long chair in front of the compound. One could see electric light everywhere and cars in motion. As he sat quietly and meditating, Thelma’s door cracked opened. He glanced back to see Thelma at the door.
“What are you doing outside?” Thelma approached closer.
“Nothing much” Megan replied. “Sit” he added then Thelma sat beside him.
“I thought you’ve gone” Thelma said. She wore a very short skirt which made her to close her thighs very well too.
“I don’t want to go back now” Megan replied.
“Because i don’t want to hurt someone” Megan stared at her.
“Yes, it’s true. Your sister’s feelings is very important to you”
“Not my sister alone”
“Who else?” Thelma stared at him too.
“You, your feelings is important to me” Megan replied then they became quiet.
“But i won’t be hurt if you go” Thelma broke the silence.
“But i will if i leave you behind”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean i have the same feelings for you”
“I still don’t understand”
“I want to be with you”
“As my love” They became quiet..
NIGERIA, SAME NIGHT
Steve walked down the staircase with a hidden engagement ring. He knocked at Stella’s door then she opened…
To be continued……..
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