~"End it! End it all!" The voice kept ringing in my ears. As silent as it was, it had that much intensity. I wouldn't give in to it but I could use some release. I jerked up from my bed as I dashed towards my drawer. I was thoroughly ransacking it for something. Nothing in particular actually. Anything that could give me release now. I wouldn't mind using it. My hands grabbed something; yea, it's a lighter. I brought it out. This could do. I flicked it on and brought it beneath my elbow. The burning sensations lifted my spirit. It's weird but I find pleasure... I was suddenly smacked at my head making the lighter slipped from my hand.~
"Dude, give the book back." I frowned tossing a coin at him. "There are few things I hate and stopping me from reading tops the list." I dead panned.
"Ish, you really need to stop reading books like this. I can't watch you go crazy. It's really weird that you stack your book shelf with varieties of psychological disorder. Now isn't the time for this. We have a compulsory flight tomorrow and you know it better than any one." Eric complained.
"Whatever. I would grab another book." I muttered walking away. He can never understand my love for these books and I can't argue. They filled up the empty spaces in my life and more. I walked to my room shutting the door behind. I really needed to get ready for tomorrow. I would be stepping into Nigeria after sixteen years. I wondered how the country itself would look like nevertheless it's people.
"Ish, I really hope you aren't stomping on another book. Hey! Ish!" Eric raised his voice as I chuckled lightly at his reaction. I strolled over to my book shelf picking the best collections. I obviously won't travel with over a hundred novels. I really hoped Abigail got us a house big enough to receive my books. I had over two hundred books on various disorders. I won't pack all since I shouldn't waste time in revenging.
"Guys! I'm home." David voice broke the extreme silence as I walked out with a bored expression.
You just had to go out, eh?" I questioned with an eyeroll.
"Mmmm... You know I can't start a day without my morning double-double and jelly filled dutchie." He winked walking towards his room.
"Come back down, go grab your runners. We are going for a walk. Get Eric out too, eh?" I grabbed my toque before walking out.
"Ish, what about my double-double?" He shouted as I shrugged.
"Dump it. Meet me out very soon. It's pretty cold." They came out few minutes later. I just wanted us to clear our heads.
"I am so excited about tomorrow's trip."David squealed to Eric as I looked away shaking ny head.
"It's not a fun trip. It's revenge. I don't see what's so exciting about that." I said bluntly as he looked hurt. I didn't say anything wrong, eh?
"Ish!" Eric scolded as I kept running faster.
"Dave, you know it isn't like that. He has been on the edge for the past one week. He is just so worried about the whole revenge thing. You get right?"
"Of course. He is coldhearted but I can see through his fears. Everything is going to be a success. He really shouldn't worry."
I overheard their conversation as the cold wind beat my skin. It's a great lie to say I don't know what laid ahead of me. But in spite of that, I stood my ground. The only thing I feared the most was the safety of the people near me. David was a little kid who just came out of college. I felt so bad that he had to abandon his life to help me. And now he thought of revenge as fun? Wasn't he aware of the unknown pain and timeless war in this path. His life could be lost in the process. A lot of things were at risk. But he saw that all as fun?
"Damn!" I yelled clenching my fist. Following this path, I had risked everything. I had to succeed. Those monsters would be crushed by me. There was no longer a doubt about that. A supposed dead boy was going to rise again. I might as well say 'A ghost'.
"Don't think about it, eh? No double - double this morning. We need to get to the airport." I replied as we were putting the luggage in the vehicle.
"You guys don't have to argue about everything." Eric added.
"True." David huffed before entering the vehicle.
Our ride to the airport was quiet as usual. I communed with the nature in silence. The wind brushed my face as I rolled down the window. The trees that bowed told me that I can do it. The nearby dog that stared into my soul reminded me to let go of my fears. The little traffic we got in assured me of the irks in my path. The few minutes wait told me of the future to come. I could see all that would happen to me. There was light at the end of the tunnel because we got to the airport safely. I really did hope it was as simple as this.
"We are finally in the plane." I could hear David ranting it all to Eric who seemed fully interested in the conversation. His joy was the clue I feared the most. Nothing must happen to him. Why did he have to be so happy?
"I can't wait to land in Nigeria. You know, I have never been there before." He added as I turned before Eric could respond.
"Of course, we both know that. Well, only of you intend to tell everyone in the plane. Also, I won't tell you again that it's not a fun trip. Keep your excitement to yourself. Eh?" I reacted. I couldn't bear the wordless thoughts swelling round my mind. I know it was harsh but he needed to understand that perfectly well.
I passed Eric a look. It was so distinct that he had been passing me a weird look. His looks were penetrating into my soul like he was trying to read why I had been behaving like this. I couldn't spend time telling him so I just looked away and plugged my ears. I was really going back home. That alone was enough scare for me.
The sun was the very first thing to kiss our skin. Over there, it was a routine to roll down the window and the let the air brush past my skin over there. But, I can't have that routine here if I don't want to get burnt by the scorching sun. I was back at the state where I was born. Oyo State had changed a lot. It was neater than I expected. We rode smoothly into the our street. As expected, Abigail got us a dignified area.
"Wow... It's cool I guess." Eric muttered as I chuckled at his reaction. He expected worse from Nigeria which we argued about a lot of times. He turned twice before locating the house. It was so cool with the butter painted fence. The gate was maroon with sprinkles of butter. It opened automatically as we rode into it. The flowers at the entrance were extremely nice. He parked neatly in the garage before unloading the car. David was quick to get into the house with a frown. My words really got to him.
The doors opened as I took in the environment once again. The colour was very similar to the gate's colour. The real difference was that the butter dominated the maroon inside. We got to the main parlour. The whole place was fully decorated. Abigail really did a great job. I loved the way the violet coloured sofa blended so well with the white coloured wall. The artworks she hanged on the wall were mesmerizing. I found myself feeling the painting with the tips of my fingers. The house was a duplex. The silver plates stair rims was shimmering. She did a great job.
"Oh my, you are David? The canadian? I heard a lot about you." She squealed as I passed her a look. Wow! She had changed a lot. The last time I saw her, her curves were not yet defined neither was she as pretty as this. Her long braids fitted her face perfectly. But wait? What was I doing? Eh?
"Yeah, you must have heard a lot!" David shouted breaking my line of thoughts.
"You must have heard about how immature I am, the bad egg among all. The fact that I am so clueless and less needed. Or, you heard more?" He yelled making Abigail flinch backwards.
"Of course not. I only heard..." He cut her off.
"Where is my room? Just tell me." He sounded impatient as she described it to him before he stormed out.
How could he...?
"I would set the table." She muttered before practically running away.
"You see that. That what you caused. Now, two innocent souls got hurt., eh?" Eric muttered with a glare before walking away. I dropped my luggage in my room before changing to something simpler.
I went straight to the kitchen to meet Abigail. She was blinding staring at the cooker. She didn't want the tears to fall. "You still haven't changed." I murmured hugging her from behind. She froze.
"Chill, it's just me." I added with a smirk. She was the only who got to see this warm side of me. I remained a cold blooded animal to everyone.
"I know. But, I'm grown now and you can't go about hugging me." She retorted as I turned her around staring at her face.
"I know you are hurt. He crushed whatsover excitement you built up in you. You didn't even greet me you know?" I said with a sly smile as she raised her head.
"Shhh. You don't need to need to apologize. It's even then. But, he didn't mean to look down on you. He is such a sweet little kid that cares about everyone." I said as she laughed out.
"You said kid. He isn't that young. Why are you speaking like a father? Now I get why he is angry. Don't tell me you order him around." She narrowed her eyes as I looked away.
"Hey, he is a grown up child that has completed college. Also, your age isn't far from his you know?" She argued as I smiled.
"He doesn't know that. He thinks I am twenty seven or something." I shrugged as she laughed.
"So, are we cool? Hmmm?" I stressed as she nodded before facing the food she was cooking.
"I made jollof rice She muttered.
"Damn! I haven't had that in years. You are the best girl." I exclaimed as her eyes lit up. Did she doubt my liking it? Now, an escape route was all I needed.
"You can leave." She said giving me a pointed look as I laughed.
"You still read me, eh?" I teased as she shook her head before returning to what she was doing.
"You have grown beautiful." I whispered before walking out as she giggled to herself. I walked towards David room with a frown on my face. Eric stopped me as I was about opening his door.
"Guy, you are going there to apologize." He stated plainly as I shrugged before entering. He wasn't sleeping or frowning as I expected him to be. He was arranging his room with a bright smile. Abigail was right. I kept acting like his father.
"What? What's wrong?" He queried on seeing me.
"Hmmm..." How am I expected to start? "The thing is... I." He cut me off with a stare.
"Are you here to apologize?" He tilted his head as I nodded stiffly looking away. Apologizing wasn't my thing.
"Does it hurt to say it in words?" He teased as I glared at him.
"Just accept it. You can see pass this facade." I muttered as he laughed.
"Fine. I forgive you." He replied as I rolled my eyes.
"You say it like I committed murder or something. Round off and come to the dining." I said walking out as he laughed.
Come in." I muttered still going through the video footage. I suddenly had the light turned off.What the..."Happy birthday!!" They chorused with the light back on. The smile on my face was bright enough to lit up the whole station."Guys." I stood up and walked close to them. I can't believe I forgot my birthday. "Thanks for always remembering." I smiled sheepishly."Yes boss. We know how selfless you are. It's our duty to this." Ini, my next in command, replied. I really needed to start noticing days like this."Let's cut the cake. There is an after party today." He commented as I nodded blowing off the candles. My phone suddenly rang. I went back to my table to retrieve my phone. It was the Senior Officer."Sir!" I saluted as everyone stood still. "What? Right now sir?" I turned looking at everyone and the preparation. I am sorry guys." Yes sir, I am free sir.... Alright Sir." T
I relaxed on one of the sofas. I needed to line my thoughts in one direction. A lot of plans have been structured. The process and sequence is the part I needed to feast on."Give it back, it's mine!" David yelled as he ran down the stairs pursuing someone; I guess Abigail."I take this as your apology." She shouted back.I was right!.."Seriously, I can give anything you want but not my hair dryer." He shouted as I opened my eyes. All these ruckus for hair dryer? Seriously David?"You know it's different from the one here. I am the female here." She argued back as he shrugged."Well, i'm the one with the loose hair. You are making braids babe." He retorted as I shouted. I couldn't take it anymore."Can you guys both turn it down. You just disrupted my stream of thoughts. I really don't like that." I shouted as they nodded. After a few minutes silence, Abigail start
Four -- EwawummiI had never really seen someone like this before. Why was he involving himself with the whole issue. Was he really going to die today?"What do we do?" I asked as he looked at me. His handsome face was another thing that keeps me off my mind."We would need to go over the roof. That's the best way because before the building burns up to the roof, we should have come up with something." He said as I nodded and followed him when he pulled my hands.For a long while, no guy had ever held my hand. I can't count the number of times he held me today."He searched through the building and we were lucky to have found a ladder. He rested it firmly on a wall before telling me to go up."Wait, what? Am I to go up first?" I questioned suddenly feeling annoyed."Yeah, of course. I need to assist you and stop you from falling." H
Five - Iseoluwa. I opened the door as they all turned to me. I was sorry to have worried them all. Eric walked towards me with pure anger that I wanted to move backwards."Seriously Ish? You move out of the house to get fresh air and you come back this late at night without a call?" He shouted as I closed my eyes. I don't need to deal with this right now. I had been through worse."We would talk about it later." I said sternly as I walked away."What do you think you are doing? We waited and stayed all night expecting you and all you do is walk away? Do you ever think about us?" He said as I stopped holding fast to the stairs handle. I really can't deal with this. I might end up becoming unconscious which would make you more worried."Believe what you want, Eric. I said later. I never said I wasn't going to tell you." I took another step trying very hard to control my breathing. I don't
Six -- Kunle"For real, what's the issue?" She asked as I sighed. I really don't have to explain. Why can't people understand me? I had the right to live in any way I want."Kunle, I am talking to you!" She shouted as I glared."Don't act like you care! Besides, I have been accepted into the force already. And you know that I am definitely going to resume." I finally said as she gasped."What do you mean that I don't care? How can you even say that? You are my son!" She said as I flared up."Mom!! You really don't have to state that annoying fact! Please leave while I am being nice. I need to pack up." I said walking deeper into my room. I heard the room door shut indicating that she had gone out. I slumped on my bed shutting my eyes.Did she really have to play dumb? I know about it all!A knock suddenly distracted my thoughts as I sat up. Did she perha
Seven -- IseoluwaI walked into their room with a frown on my face. Abigail was already in too."What's wrong Ish?" Eric said noticing my mood."Nothing much. I was vexed by the guy who stays next to me. He called himself a cop or something. Pretty sure he isn't." I huffed before laying down on David's bed."Wow! Are you angry?" David teased as I glared at him before he turned with a smile."But is he really a cop?" Abigail chipped in as I shook my head."Nah, he can't be! He would rather work as a waiter." I said as they all bursted into laughter. I just shrugged. The energy that radiated off him wasn't good."So,"... I sat up. "About Badejo, I made some personal research about him. I removed the files from my bag and distributed them. They all looked through it carefully."We can see that seven years ago, he was given a task by the governmen
Eight -- KunleI drove straight to the station. Just as I expected, it was a big one. After I carefully parked my vehicle. I walked into it with the necessary information I needed to carry.I met two officers at the front door. "Hi, morning!" I greeted as I walked away not before I heard them whispering to each other.'He must be the new officer. I pity him. He is working under boss himself.'Not letting their talk get to me, I was directed to the main office where I met a lot of officers. They greeted me as I answered politely before asking for the direction to His office.I entered after he instructed me too. His pose strike a resemblance to a warrior. I gave him a smile before stating my name once again. I already stated it when I knocked earlier."Alright. I am sure you must have heard. You work directly under my authority. Your office is next door. I believe all your necessary
Nine- Iseoluwa"I got information about his son just as you have asked. Guess what guys? He is an addict." David said with a scoff as I sat up. What more could you expect from a spoilt kid like him. I rolled my eyes in disgust."Also, he just returned from Canada. He was said to have been studying but his father sent him to a rehabilitation centre." He added as I turned to him."So, is he cured?" I asked as he shook his head."No damn way! He only caused trouble but his dad doesn't know. Three criminal cases in five years. He pulled a great one out there." David mocked."I really wonder how you get deep information that his father doesn't know. I applaud you Dave." Abigail said as David smiled."My source is the best. These hands are magical." He winked as she laughed."So Ish, what do you plan on doing with the son? And even with the old man too. Any co