ARRESTED BY LOVE
(The best of Daria)
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
There was a total tranquility in the parlour after Daria came back standing beside the door.
“Daria, where are you coming from by this time of the night?” the father asked.
“Father, i.. i went to save a life” Daria replied adjusting backword then the father glanced at his wife who began to dance in a bitter feelings. One could her fallen breats flinging up and down.
“You went to save a life” the father repeated. “When did you become James Bond? Whose Life did you go to save by the way?”
“Austin’s life” Daria replied again in fear.
“You see your daughter?” Mr Alfred turned to his wife. “Just listen to what she’s saying. That same boy that nearly put her into trouble the other day is who she went to save tonight”
“Hey, Daria!” the mother exclaimed.
“Now listen to me Daria or Dairy, whatever you call yourself” the father began. “Any day you leave this house again at this time, I’ll send you packing. Now get inside!” Daria ran into her room immediately. “Life saver! James Bond! You have suddenly become actor!” Mr Alfred turned to his wife. “Warn your daughter” he concluded and went into his room while the wife met Daria in her room changing her cloth.
“Daria, what has come over you?!” the mother moved closer.
“Mother, I’m sorry, but i had to know Austin’s condition” Daria replied holding the cloth in her hand. One could see her in pant only.
“This Austin will put u into trouble one day! Don’t say i didn’t warn you!”
“I’m sorry, mother”
“Sorry for yourself” the mother concluded as she left the room.
THE NEXT DAY
The news of what happened the previous night spread all over the land. It was in the lips of both young and old. One of the two men at a local joint playing draft suddenly folded his hands. “God, let it not be true” he said.
“What is it?” the other partner asked.
“Are you the only one who didn’t hear the motorcycle that drove last night?”
“I heard it! It seems Red visited our land last night because only his motorcycle has that powerful sound”
“That’s my fear! If at all Red has come into our land, there must be a big trouble!”
“I fear the consequences”
“Both of you shut up your mouths!” Odem, popularly known as the Wine interrupted them. He was the most drunkard in the village. One could see him with a bottle of wine and his trouser properly dragged up to his stomach. “You boys are bunch of lazy fools!” he added as he staggered towards the two men.
“The Wine, what brought this insult this morning?” Kenneth, one of the men asked.
“Close your trap! So you people heard everything that happened last night but never went to check! Heeii.. wicked people!”
“Who would have come out that night to face Red?” Fred, the next guy asked.
“You see your selfish life” Odem staggered forward again. “But someone came out that night to save life! Oh..!” he stared into the sky.
“Who came out that night?” Kenneth asked curiously.
“The one who love has eaten deep into her heart. Chai…” Odem replied.
“The Wine, you are confusing us the more”
“I never said anything” Odem concluded.
“Don’t mind this man, let’s play our game” Fred told Kenneth.
Prisca had a dark charming complexion. She dresses classic and sexy which explains the wealthy background of her parents. She walked briskly to Austin’s in jean trouser and a top which she tied with a bold belt across her stomach thereby giving her ‘A figure eight shape.’ She met Austin outside his house amending his wound.
“Hey, Austin!” Prisca shouted and hurried up. “What happened to you?”
“Hi, Prisca” Austin gently replied. “I was attacked by a criminal last night” he added.
“I thought as much coz i heard you shouting but i couldn’t come out to help you”
“Is okay, thanks anyway” Austin brought her a seat grinning widely and happily.
“I heard is Red” Prisca sat down.
“Yes, how did you know?”
“Who doesn’t know the almighty Red who has done disastrous things in nearby towns and villages? Of course the sound of his motorcycle made his identify obvious”
“I was surprise when he mentioned his name” Austin looked at her. “Thanks for coming” he added.
“Welcome. Let me help you dress the wound” Prisca suggested.
“No, don’t” Austin insisted.
“I don’t want you to stain your beautiful hands” Austin grinned again. The smiles on his face sent a signal to Prisca who smiled too. Just then, Daria walked in with her friend, Lana. Both in skirts. Seeing them, the smiles on Austin’s face stopped while that of Prisca lingered.
“Good morning, Austin” Daria greeted as she walked briskly to him. She totally ignored Prisca’s presence. “How’s the wound?”
“It’s getting better” Austin replied and glanced at Prisca while Lana stood aside observing them with her hands folded.
“Sorry, you will get better” Daria stood up then look at Prisca. “Hi Prisca, what are u doing here?”
“The same thing u are doing here” Prisca replied..
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