MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Rose’s room suddenly became quiet as she slid her cell phone to get Stella’s number. She never ceased to glance at Judeson which, of course Steve noticed. She called the number aloud while Steve stored it on his phone.
“Thank you very much” he stood up while Judeson didn’t.
“What’s your plan now?” Rose asked.
“I have to call her first” Steve replied then looked at Judeson who stood up instantly.
“Is okay” Rose also stood up. “I have some food in the kitchen. Let me get it” she added.
“No, thanks. We are in a hurry” Steve said then Rose stared at Judeson.
“What about you, sir? Sorry, i mean, Judeson” she added.
Steve wondered why she called him ‘sir’ but changed it to ‘Judeson’.
“No, as Steve said, we are in a hurry, thanks” Judeson replied with a calmed voice and smiles.
“Is okay” Rose concluded.
Celestina’s legs began to vibrate slowly as she sat opposite Mrs Stanley in the sittingroom. The only thing in her sub-conscious mind was her affairs which she thought had been exposed.
“Celestina, i want to ask you a simple but critical question” Mrs Stanley began. “Do you really love my son?”
“Yes, ma’am, i love him so much” Celestina replied instantly.
“But what’s your take since you found out that he doesn’t love you too?”
“Hum.. Ma’am” Celestina looked sideways. “I believe he will love me as time goes on”
“What if he doesn’t at the end?” Celestina became quiet. “You see my dear, i have discovered that Steve’s heart cannot be changed for where that girl, Stella is…”
“What are you saying ma’am?” Celestina interrupted.
“Not that you have a fault but i think is high time you left my son to follow his heart” Mrs Stanley concluded.
Celestina remained speechless. One could see her winking her eyes continuously to prevent tears. She slowly stood up and walked away, straight to her car. On her way out, she called Mr Stanley instantly who left his office abruptly to Adam’s surprise. He met Celestina at their usual spot-hotel.
“You sounded unhappy on phone” Mr Stanley began while Celestina became to seduce him. She touched his cheek romantically after undressing. Mr Stanley got hard and reciprocated but she suddenly stopped.
“I need you to do one more thing for me” Celestina sat up.
“I need money”
“Money? But that’s not our plans”
“It is now”
“How much are we talking about?”
“Twenty million naira”
“What?! That’s a huge amount of money!”
“But I’m your daughter in-law to be” Celestina began to romance him again but he refused to be carried away for the second time.
“I can’t give you such huge amount of money. What are you using it for by the way?”
Celestina stood up. “You have to give me the money or i reveal our affairs to your wife”
“Are you blackmailing me?!”
“You heard me”
“You have guts!” Mr Stanley shrieked while Celestina dressed up.
“I have told you” she concluded and went out.
Steve handled the steering wheel as both were heading back home. He was surprise to see Judeson in a different mood.
“Guy, i’m suspecting you and Rose. What really happened back there?”
Judeson smiled. “It was obvious bro. So I’m not surprise” he said.
“Since when have you been with her?”
“I saw her in Lapresa”
“Wow, it seems like you’ve gotten another mountain to be climbed. Or have you climbed already!”
“No, i haven’t and i won’t” Judeson replied.
“I’m in love, guy” Judeson replied again then Steve pulled over.
“Wow! U are inlove!”
“Is that why you stopped the car?!” Judeson asked seriously.
“Why not, this cause for a celebration bro!” they laughed while Steve moved the car.
The day began to depart as Mr Stanley and Adam drove home. No word had come out from his mouth right from the office which got Adam worried, even inside the car.
“Master, you look dull. What’s the problem?” Adam asked but Mr Stanley remained quiet thinking about Celestina’s words. “I solely believe that there is an element of distraction in your life which you have also solely refused to tell me. Talk to me, that’s why I’m here for you” Adam added.
Mr Stanley glanced at him, yet didn’t say anything.
The day had finally become dark. As Rose expected Judeson’s call, so as Steve wanted to call Stella. At the same time, Mr Stanley had summoned Adam in his room.
Adam saw him in a different mood.
Mr Stanley walked to and fro in a caftan with his two hands behind him then Adam removed his chewing stick.
“Master, you called me”
“Yes, i did. Sit down, please” Mr Stanley replied then Adam sat down. “There is something i need to tell you about Celestina and i” Hearing that, Adam kept the stick on a side stool beside him then listened carefully. “Why i have been insisting that my son marries Celestina is because i have been having affairs with her”
“My goodness!” Adam exclaimed. “Why? I mean how?” he added.
“I didn’t mean to put myself in such act but i was seduced by Celestina” Mr Stanley concluded shamefully.
To Be Continued ……………..
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