MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
SAME NIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA
One could see tears on Thelma’s eyes as she struggled in Megan’s arms trying to disengage herself. Even Megan was touched knowing that Stella, whom he had feelings for was the one taken. Suddenly, a young girl, the same age with the twins arrived in a pyjamas-that was Victoria his sister.
“Victoria, get my cell phone” Megan told her and she did as he said immediately. Megan called the police who arrived after some minutes. One could see them with guns and also in uniform.
“A young girl by name Stella Zeno has just been kidnapped. I want you to find her in any way you can” Megan instructed them.
“What really happened?” a policeman approached towards the door then Thelma explained. They were surprise to know that they were the same girls kidnapped to Nigeria with their parents months ago. Therefore, they effectively began their work. One could see their car indicating red, blue and yellow light as they drove off, then Megan gazed at Thelma piteously.
“Victoria, stay with her for the night” he told his sister.
Victoria walked to Thelma and held her on the shoulder. “Is okay, your sister will be found” she said but Thelma said nothing rather shed tears.
SAME NIGHT IN NIGERIA
Rose just came out from the bathroom. She tied a white towel across her chest and walked towards the bed. It was obvious that she had been expecting Judeson’s call, so she sat on the edge of the bed and picked her phone if she would see a miss call especially from Judeson but she saw nothing. She gazed at a point thinking about him lustfully but she suddenly realised herself and looked at the phone again. “What’s even wrong with me?” she soliloquized then flung the phone on the bed. Instantly, a call came in, then she picked it without wasting time.
“Hi, Rose” Judeson sounded on the phone.
“Good evening, Jude” Rose greeted with a smile.
“I’m sorry for coming to your apartment with Steve uninvited earlier today”
“That reminds me, why couldn’t you give him my number to call instead of coming all the way from Lapresa just for a phone number?”
“I was only respecting your words”
“You said, “I was only passing-by before you met me at the gate”” Judeson replied.
“So you knew what i meant” Rose said.
“Yes, you were indirectly telling me not to let steve know i found you at their gate. True or false?”
Rose smiled. “True” she replied. “You are very smart” she added.
“So that’s why i didn’t give Steve the expression that we met just to keep your words” Judeson said sincerely.
“But what were you doing there?” Judeson brought up the question again then Rose remained quiet. “Why is it so difficult for you to tell me?” he added.
“I will tell you next time we meet” Rose replied.
“Does that mean you’ll be visiting me?”
“Yes!” Judeson exclaimed then both laughed.
Steve couldn’t sleep knowing very well that Stella wasn’t in a good condition. He stared at the ceiling with his eyes opened thinking critically.
Meanwhile, Mr Standard had apologized to his wife.
THE NEXT DAY
The day was totally bright when Mr Stanley called Celestina on the phone to come with her mother. Without wasting time, she arrived with her mother. All were in the sittingroom except Steve. Mrs Henry sat beside her daughter, celestina, while Mrs Stanley sat beside her husband. Adam stood aside. None of them smiled which got Celestina worried. Just then, Steve walked down the staircase staring at them all.
“Madam, i called you here to tell you that your daughter won’t marry my son anymore” Mr Stanley began. Hearing that, Steve approached closer.
“What do you mean?” Celestina asked.
“You heard me right” Mr Stanley replied.
“After using me?!” Celestina provoked to disgrace him.
“Shut up!” Mrs Stanley stood up. “I never knew you are so naughty to seduce my husband for your selfishness!”
“Hey!” Mrs Henry exclaimed.
“Wait wait wait, what are you people talking about?” Steve asked. “Dad, you mean you’ve been sleeping with..” his phone interrupted him. He looked at the strange number and picked the call.
“I hope you’re Steve” a male voice sounded on the phone.
“Yes, who’s this?” Steve adjusted away while all watched him. Suddenly, he heard Stella’s voice on the phone shouting, “Steve, help me!”
“Stella! Stella!” Steve shouted too.
“Shut up! Co-operate or she dies!” the male voice said.
“Please, don’t touch her. What do you want?!” Steve asked seriously.
“Good, i want money”
“How much? Name it!”
“Ten million rands. I guess you’re a Nigerian so let me say naira. I give you 24 hours to do that. Wait for my call in the next 12 hours” the line went dead.
“Son, what’s it?” the mother asked but Steve ignored her and called the driver saying, “Get the car ready, we are going to the airport now!”. He rushed upstairs and came back few minutes later with a traveling bag. He stared at his parents and Celestina then went out without saying a word.
To Be Continued……………….
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