MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
The grimace of fear on Stella’s face sent a signal to Steve’s mind as both stared at each other in the hotel room. However, the phone never stopped ringing in Stella’s hand. She gradually dropped it on the bed and stood up, but Steve rushed up at the same time.
“I’m sorry for shouting at you” he apologised but Stella said nothing, rather moved closer to the window and looked down since they were in the uppermost floor of the storey building. “Please, don’t take it seriously” Steve added standing behind her.
Stella turned. “Why are you avoiding your parents?” her voice could bring down the temper of any man. “By the way, what about Celestina?” she added.
“These are the people that triggered my stay here. I don’t want to go back to Nigeria” Steve replied, though not harshly but angrily.
“You’ve not answered my question” Stella moved closer while Steve went back to the bed.
“My dad planned and forced me to marry Celestina due to some selfish reasons he secretly had with her” Steve explained.
Stella sat beside him trying to understand his statement. “What secret reason?” she asked looking at him.
“Adultery” Steve replied then Stella became speechless. As a girl with wide experience and also the little time she spent with Celestina in Nigerian, she knew what Celestina could do. So she asked, “Do you think is your Dad’s fault?”
Steve looked at her. “Why asking?”
“I believe he was seduced, wasn’t he?”
Steve became surprise. “That was the last thing that came out from my mum’s mouth” he replied.
“Then don’t blame your dad coz he only succumbed to nature like any other man” Stella concluded then stared into his eyes. She touched his cheek with a hand and took the ringing phone with another hand. “Answer the call, please” she said calmly.
Steve gradually took the phone from her looking into her eyes. He picked the call.
“Hello, son” the mother sounded on the phone.
“Good morning, mum” Steve greeted.
“Son, your Dad and i are so worried..”
“I’m fine, mum” Steve interrupted.
“I called Judeson, he said you left to South Africa for Stella”
“Is Stella okay?”
Steve glanced at Stella who smiled at him and replied, “Yes, mum, she’s fine”
“Thank goodness! So when are you coming back?”
“I’m so happy. I love you, son”
“I love you too, mum” the line went dead. Steve looked at Stella with a smile.
“So how do you feel?” Stella asked with a smile too.
“Relieved” Steve replied. “Thanks you” he added.
“Come here” Stella hugged him.
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Judeson’s mother met Judeson instructing the maids to clean the sittingroom and his room like never before. She stood with her hands on the waist. “Judeson, are you expecting the governor?” she asked.
“A governor is understatement, mum” Judeson replied.
“Is that so?” the mother smile. “Who’s this person coming?” she asked.
“You will see her, mum”
“Hey! I can’t wait oh” the mother smiled inside her room, then Judeson looked at one of the maids and said, “You, go into my room and remove the refuse bin there. Make sure you don’t look into it”
The maid smiled as she left to the room. “What can be found there except condoms?” she thought.
After a few hours as Judeson’s mother was in the sittingroom, Rose and Judeson entered through the door looking fitted. Rose wore a white skirt and black top. On her feet were black flat cover shoes, and on her lips was white wetlips which added to her beauty. Immediately, Mrs Eric, Judeson mother saw her, she smiled.
“Good day, ma’am” Rose greeted standing close to Judeson.
“Good day” Mrs Eric replied.
“Mum, this is Rose, my friend” Judeson introduced.
“You are welcome my daughter”
Judeson made Rose sit while they discussed happily. Mrs Eric never hesitated to know more about Rose’s family after which they headed to the dining table..(TBC)
Steve and Stella just arrived back to the main apartment in a taxi. Thelma limped with joy as she took a bag of gifts from Steve.
“You left me all alone here. Is not fair” she said with a sore face.
“Sorry, dear” Steve smiled as he took a seat.
Thelma kept the bag, looked at Stella who just sat on the bed and said, “Stella, Megan looked for you”
Hearing that, Steve looked at Stella who stared at her sister too. “What did he say?” she asked.
“He didn’t say anything” Thelma replied.
Stella quietly looked at Steve, so both stared at each other without saying anything.
“We are leaving tomorrow” Steve broke the silence. He averted his eyes from Stella to Thelma.
“You mean to Nigeria?” Thelma asked.
“Yes, Do you like those gifts?” he changed the topic.
“Yes, i love it” Thelma replied.
Meanwhile, Stella had been quiet. She knew that Steve was only pretending to be happy which was the reason why she kept quiet staring at him.
“Stella, are you okay?” Steve asked her but she nodded her heard positively.
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