MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Mrs Stanley couldn’t talk at the moment but reserved her comments. She glanced at Celestina and smiled unwillingly.
“Wow! Thank you very much sir!” Celestina shrieked. She looked at Mrs Stanley and said, “Thank you, ma’am”
Mrs Stanley smiled at her with open teeth without saying anything.
“I guess that will reduce your transportation fare to here until you are fully married to my son” Mr Stanley said and proceeded forward followed by his wife and Adam. Without wasting time, Celestina rushed out followed by the driver who showed her the particular car. She entered inside and started it.
However, Steve and Judeson watched her from a distant with their hands inside their pockets.
“What do you think, bro?” Judeson broke the silence.
“What should i think?” Steve threw back the question.
“About what your father just did”
“I don’t see anything wrong with it. He’s only being generous by giving her a car. It’s good”
“Don’t you think he’s pleasing her more than he should?”
“What do you mean?” Steve looked at him.
“Nothing really, just that the gift came unexpectedly”
At that moment, Celestina came hugging Steve but ended up holding only his hands. “Baby, thank u so much!”
“You should be thanking my Dad” Steve replied without a smile.
“I have to take my leave bro” Judeson said and looked at Celestina with a smile. “Congratulation, Celestina” he added.
“Thank you” Celestina replied. “But why leaving now?” she asked.
“I have an appointment to catch up”
“Alright, take care” Celestina concluded while Judeson shook Steve’s hand and left.
“Baby, you don’t look happy” Celestina turned to Steve. “Aren’t you happy that we are going to get married?”
“Read my lips” Steve stared at her. “We aren’t going to get married. Get it to your head and come out from the illusion!” he concluded and went inside angrily while Celestina became disappointed.
Inside Mr Stanley’s room, as Adam keep the briefcase at a corner, he heard Mrs Stanley’s voice in a different tune.
“Why on earth would you give a car to Celestina at this early time without even consulting me!”
“I don’t see anything wrong in giving her a car. Moreover, i wanted it 2 be a surprise” the husband replied from the edge of the bed while Adam listened to both of them with his hand on his chewing stick.
“Surprise? As your what?!”
“As my to-be daughter in-law”
“I don’t just like it, period!” the wife concluded, she went out and banged the door closed. Then Adam sat down quietly.
“Master, something is obviously wrong somewhere” he began. “Though, I’m not a traditionalist but i must say this: the round about movement of two lizards around a palm tree cannot be comprehended by human imagination”
“What do u mean by that?” Mr Stanley asked.
“Where did you go to after you left your office?”
“For an important business transaction. Why are you interrogating me as if I’m a theaf?”
“Sorry master, but it baffles me that you can’t succumb to the philosophy of naturalism which i clearly told you about your son and Celestina. It is only when one departs from nature that one meets suffering, slavery, corruption and any sort of misery”
“Please, I’m not in the mood of your philosophy or law of nature” Mr Stanley concluded and laid on the bed while Adam remained mute.
Celestina drove the car home to Faith’s amazement including her mother who she explained how her father in-law to-be gave it to her. Of course as a human being, Faith felt slightly jealous while the mother demanded hardly without a joy for Celestina to bring her suitors for her to see.
The sun began to set. As Judeson prepared to call Rose, so as Rose prepared to call Stella. At the same time, Thelma had already prepared to see Xtabel. She met Stella at the door then said, “Let me see Xtabel”
“Emelda, the one that called earlier today”
“Please, don’t stay late at night” Stella concluded.
“I won’t” Thelma walked out.
Stella found her phone ringing on the bed immediately she entered then she picked it instantly.
“Hi, Rose” she moved towards the window.
“Evening, Stella” Rose greeted.
“What news do you have for me?”
“I got the information, Steve isn’t married yet but will soon do so by the persuasion of his parents” Rose replied while Stella remained quiet feeling her heartbeat. “Hello, Stella, are you there?”
“I’m here” Stella’s voice broke.
“I know how you feel, but why don’t u get his contact so that you tell him how you feel” Rose suggested.
“No, thanks for your help” Stella concluded and cut the call. She slowly bent down and finally sat on the floor in a way her legs made an equilateral triangle with her back leaning against the wall. One could see her eyes winking continuously to prevent dropping tears..
To Be Continued……………..
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