MY MISSING RIB
A STORY WRITTEN BY BRIGHT DANIEL
Still in South Africa. The atmosphere became not only dull but also cloudy. Though it wasn’t a sign of rainfall but the evidence of sun set which, of course an indication of rush hour; traffic jam, noise pollution from vehicles and stampede. Thelma could be seen walking into a building blasting out with disco music. She wore a black leggings trouser, white top and black canvas that have white tribes. she could see girls dancing rhythmically with boys inside the building.
“Hi, Thelma” Xtabel cat-walked from her seat. She had an odd look but amazingly beautiful with a black complexion. She fixed a Brazilian hair and had long fingernails she also painted black. “You look beautiful” she added as she held Thelma’s hand walking towards a table. “You’re already late”
“Sorry, i got something doing at home” Thelma replied as she took a seat. “Where is the man of the day?” she added with a smile.
“He’s on the way” Xtabel looked behind then saw a young guy-her boyfriend. “Oh, here he comes” she added.
Erin, the boyfriend sat down smiling seriously and looking at Thelma.
“Erin, meet my friend, Thelma” Xtabel introduced.
“Hi, Thelma” Erin stretched his hand to shake her.
“Hi, happy birthday” Thelma gently grabbed his hand smiling too.
“Thank you. You look amazing”
“Thanks too” both stared at each other.
“Hey, I’m jealous!” Xtabel shouted excitedly then they laughed.
Stella never stood up from the floor, rather she finally stretched the triangular legs forward making 180 degree. Though she wasn’t crying but one could see tears in her eyes. Suddenly, she heard a knock on the door then stood up to check. A handsome young man stood at the door staring at her.
“Good evening” Stella greeted. “Who are you looking for please?”
The guy become woozy, he glanced up at the room number which is 18, then looked at Stella and said. “I’m sorry, I’m at the wrong place. I actually thought is room 16 where my sister stays”
“It’s over there” Stella pointed with her hand.
The guy wanted to leave just as Stella wanted to close the door but he turned. “Excuse me”. Stella widened the door to hear him out. “My name is Megan, Megan Robyn” he added but Stella kept staring at him. “I.. it might sound awkward or looks like I’m intruding into your personal life, but why those tears in your eyes?”
“This is really an intrusion” Stella replied. “Bye” she wanted to close the door but interrupted by Megan again.
“I might be of help if you let me intrude into the cause of your tears. You are too beautiful to shed those tears”
“Sorry, you can’t help me” Stella concluded and closed the door immediately. Then Megan exhaled deeply, adjusted his suit and walked away.
Immediately Rose dropped her cell phone on the bed, the phone rang again. She looked at the strange number for a while then picked it.
“Hi, Rose” Judeson sounded on the phone.
“Who’s this please?” Rose questioned.
Hearing that, Rose sat on the bed and slid her hair backward. “Good evening, sir”
“Just call me Judeson or Jude”
“I’m sorry” both became quiet.
“I called to see if you got home safely” Judeson broke the silence.
“Yes, i did, thank you”
“When next can we meet again?”
“The question should have been; as what?”
“Okay, as what?” Rose repeated.
“As friends” Judeson replied.
“I can’t remember when we became friends”
“Right from our mothers’ wombs where i rejoiced when my mum visited your mum” Judeson said jokingly then Rose giggled.
“You’re really funny. It seems like you know the bible very well”
“I’ll become a pastor in few days time” Judeson replied and Rose laughed aloud. “I never knew you have such a sweet laughing voice” he added.
“Please, don’t flatter me”
“I don’t flatter. So when am i to see my friend, Rose?”
“I don’t know”
“You will dear, good night” Judeson concluded.
“Night” Rose cut the call smiling seriously.
On the road where Justice was driving his boss home, he was totally on uniform with his face cap pointing forward. He occasionally glanced at his boss through the front mirror of the car without knowing how to have a little conversation with him about his wedding plans. “Sir” he called.
“Yes?” the boss’s voice was deep. One could dictated wealth from it.
“I will get married in the next few months”
“Yes, sir” Justice glanced at mirror again.
“That’s a good news”
“Thank you, sir”
“But is that what you really want now?”
“Nothing matters to me the most, sir” Justice replied.
The boss smiled. “I’ll see what i can do. You’ve been so loyal to me” he said.
“Thank you, sir” Justice smiled.
8:00pm SOUTH AFRICA
As Thelma was on her way home, so as Xtabel and Erin sat in a room looking at each other quietly.
“She really looks rich” Erin broke the silence.
“Yes, they have stinking money from a rich Nigerian man. So lets make our move” Xtabel concluded..
To Be Continued……………
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