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|Re: Five and Six by bigbauer(m): 9:29am On Apr 13|
Thank you, thank you, you’re far too kind.
I’m enjoying the story
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|Re: Five and Six by EbonyQueen001(f): 9:34am On Apr 13|
Coming in with a big BANG!
Weldone Creeza, serving it hot as usual.
Keep up the good work bro
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 1:48pm On Apr 13|
I'm honored. Thank you for enjoying it.
@EbonyQueen001, your words are too kind. Made my day. God bless you
|Re: Five and Six by enirock(m): 11:40pm On Apr 13|
Enjoyed the incorporation of the nairaland part, it made me laugh uncontrollably. The country is looking like one I know (looks out the window before its termed hate speech). The journey is becoming interesting as we wait anxiously. Now I see what the Bible meant when it stated that we "wait on the lord"
Creeza we waiting on u
Thanks for taking your time to lesson the pains and anguish of this lock down. We/I am grateful
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 5:10am On Apr 15|
The Same Night
A quick jolt and bump snapped me out of my prolonged knockout. I guess I had passed out during the “Fall”
Strange, as it felt I tried to figure out where I was. The only familiar figure after a brain racking session and unconslidated confusion was the small wrist watch round my wrist. Mom had given it to me on my 14th birthday. The wrist watch has never moved since then. It had always been broken. I had tried fixing it but mom had said it would work again one day : By itself. Funny things parents would tell their children to make them feel better. All of a sudden I missed mom with great and unimaginable passion.
“Just like all broken relationships will still find ways to mend.” She had said while stroking my hair with tenderness and love. Sweet creatures, they are. All mothers. “ He loves you so much baby. Remember this fact”
A tear drop blinked from my left eye and touched the wrist watch. Indeed it became my most priceless gift.
Reality caught up again and I tried to recall how long I had been out, cold.
There were six people inside the same location with me. It was like a box, with glasses. Four actually or windows. It is moving. Yes, it's a car.
I moved my palms. Stiffened. Only now did I see the bound holding my palms tightly together. And it was night outside the cars. Trees and shrubs everywhere.
Beside me was Tamuno on the left and Seth at the far left. Closeby on the other side was a man named Vincent and two men at the front who were new to my memory.
Another jolt came, mildly.
“ I envy you a bit” Seth said, seeing I had come through“ let's say I admire you. Your ability not only to just sleep soundly and beautifully when you like but also your academic prowess and outstanding achievements so far. You deserve some accolades, baby!” He said.
“ When I was your age” He continued after clapping alone - two claps actually, “or maybe older. I hated school. I was never at home either and my mom abhorred me for this rebellious acts. Most times I found comfort in the hands of escorts at brothels and clubs” He paused “ Yet, ofcourse. I never learnt to command the English language, but I was forced to ” He began to laugh, having realized he was the only one talking. Vincent joined him. The two agents at the front joined. Even Tamuno wanted to.
“What's funny? You this mad man!” Seth asked “ huh? He referred to Tamuno ” You think this is funny? Is it?
Tamuno shook his head in disapproval.
“ Better. My dear Kelly. I was forced into studying and learning the language just to make sure. Just to make absolutely sure that-- it's crazy, the whole idea, it was , believe me, given I never liked it. Yet now I'm grateful I did. Hell yeah! I'm grateful I did”
I had heard enough. He seemed too proud of his evil deeds. Such self righteousness erked me. “Eeeerrpheerrrppp! Disgusting.
“ Why are you doing this? Where is the car headed? Stop this madness. Please, I beg of you”
“ Calm down Ms Kelly” Seth admonished ” You will soon find out why I can't stop this madness”
With that statement, he revealed a headmask which hadn't been visible before. He covered Tamuno's face and patted his shoulder.
“ Good boy! Keep this up and I may kill you last of them all”
He gave out a wicked shrill of laughter. Vincent's laughter was even more scary as it came thundering into my ears. Another black head cover appeared from behind Seth's back. It was now within view and I noticed a bag beside him, near the left door.
Is he going to cover my face..?
Fear tightly gripped it's claws round my spine. I could feel my heart race, leap and bounce like a hotball of meat. My temperature wasnt normal no more. Like Im thinking “this aint funny, wtf is happening?
Out of impulse, I did what anyone in my condition would do.
I screamed. Kicked. Bounced and twisted. My legs kicked the driver's ear. The car skid off it's tracks with a loud screech like rubber grinding over a sulphur coated metal.
“ Let me out!”
“ Shit! Seth yelled when he hit his head against the window. The derailment of the car had affected him. He didn't expect it.
“ Let me out of here! I want outta here!” I hit Vincent with my right elbow.
He fought back. He held on to me. I bit his arm. It was so intense that the impact of my teeth on his flesh was like a dog clenching tightly to it's breakfast.
“ Damn it. She bit me! The biatch bit me” He said and groaned.
I tried the doors. Jammed. I could see Seth from the driver's mirror. He used his left hand to bring Tamuno's head foreward while he stretched to grab me with the other.
“ Fuxk it! Arrh She bit me!”
The driver almost regained control when I accidentally kicked his head, again. This time I was even happier than the first attempt.
The other agents in front joined the war of three men against an angry lady who fought for her life. I was not ready to loose this one.
Vincent groaned in pain.
“ Damn. ' He yelled out in anger
It was sharp. Short and painful. I did not know what hit me. And the last thing I saw was a white beautiful light that exploded in my head.
I woke up later and found myself on the floor inside a dark location. I still felt the unceasing sharp pain behind my skull. I mumbled but the words didn't come out right. I heard myself saying quietly“ Please. Let me out of here. Let me out. I promise I won't be stubborn anymore. I won't be stubborn again. Daddy! Please let me out. Daddy let me out.”
I went into a trance and it was nice being twelve again but the feeling of joy turned a nightmare when I was whisked away from the garden and off mom's palm. Dad came yelling from the backyard porch and argued with mom on a lot of things, Instantly I was locked up in the basement by dad.
His only reason being that I defiled his order and still played with his expensive toys.
“ Daddy.. please let me out?? I sobbed. I could see both my parent arguing from a distance. Mom begged but Dad was non-submissive to her pleading. He said “ She went too far this time..”
‘ She is only a child, Arnold. She will learn. Please...” Mom pleaded.
Then their voices became inaudible and I couldnt see them no more. Just someone approaching and it was blurry.
“ Mom?” I paused” Is that you? I said faintly as I relaxed into the arms of an angel. Or was it my imagination?
“ And he said : Itoro you are mad. I guess your senses are the most vital ingredients for your village new yam festival.” Itoro said “ How can you be trying to crack a case where there is none? The man died as you know, trying to prove to his wife that he was Superman”
I laughed again.
“ Then.. I said: there was something there. Maybe he was forced into the act.* But Mathew gave me this stern look like a lion targeting the neckline of it's prey. After which, he replied : The man must have been a weakling then. He took Viagra and died on top of his wife at the third round...Come, are you sure you are not related to him? Your people can be funny sometimes and do crazy things. Eheh! Don't give me that look young man. Am I lying? Calabar people, fear them' Matthew contined‘they have sexual fantasies of machines and robots.”
I held myself from laughing and asked “ Really? Hmm. I think it's the lady's fault. The man was only doing her bidding. I'm guessing: Matthew must have been very mad at you right? Even when your were making sense”
“ Of course- that was even the first time we met in Calabar. And he-”
Itoro was cut short when a familiar figure walked into the chapel. It was obvious he would have to leave.
Jerry had entered the Chapel where I had been chatting with Itoro for a while now, since the church service ended.
The president had been present too. She had arrived late into the service and left before anyone else after the closure. However, I had a conversation with her, briefly. Then Itoro had taken over when he saw me alone and quiet inside the chapel. He had asked me a few questions. They led to now. This point in time.
“ Hello! ” My boo boo said“ Here you are”
“ I'll be on my way now” Itoro chipped in.
“ It was nice talking to you” Itoro said as he grabbed some files.
“ Yes. Same here. You made my Sunday!
Itoro acknowledged Jerry who stood, staring at him. I noticed he was not so insecure anymore, unlike he had been at Benin- City. Strange!
“ I'll just- Excuse me. Okay ” Itoro tried to pass through the isle.
Jerry was in his way.
“ Uhmm ... Okay. Lemme pass. Just ... Coming through if you don't mind”
“ Oh sorry! ”
As Itoro dazzled in confusion, we both wondered what was wrong with him. He left and returned only milli- minutes later. He had forgotten something.
“ Uhm... I forgot ”
“ Your pen. ” I replied when I noticed it.
Itoro brushed his files against the arm of a seat. Everything crumbled to the floor. Impulsively , I bent down to pick up the files- I was sitting. And Jerry assisted.
Itoro joined us after a second of delay. I hit my head against his forehead during the collision.
“ Ouch” I blurted.“ That hurt”
“ I'm sorry. I'm really sorry about that.”
“ Don't worry. You will be fine” Jerry said as he helped “ I've got this. Bro”
“Thanks. Sorry, I - I”
“ No problem” I said “ Easy-pizzy. I'm fine”
Itoro zoomed off like the wind chasing it's ancestry. Incredible pace and I was awestruck.
“ Funny guy” I broke the ice when he was out of sight. A lot went through my mind from our discussion earlier. I had noticed he was trying too hard to impress me. I enjoyed it sha. But Nah! He ain't my type. Someone else was on my mind.
“ Indeed” Jerry cut in “ But smart nerd.”
“ The nerds are always smart and funny” I retorted.
“ Yet this guy is cool. He is good at his job” My boo said.
I told him that a while back he had been so insecure. Thinking that Itoro was making passes me. He smiled. He said jealousy can make a man do crazy things.
“ Obviously, and you missed service”
He smiled cheaply and squinted twice “ Have I been to one in years?
“ Like seriously, it's not funny” I added.
He stopped laughing.
“ The president was here though” I continued “ she even threw questions at me”
“ Like ?
“ Nothing much. My name. Nativity. How long I've been with you. Those other boring stuffs”
“ Hmm. So I'm boring” He played about it.
' Are you for real right now?
“ Ohh. We are kidding around right? Sorry your highness”
“ Better! Tell me, what happened in her office? How'd you even find me here?
He answered my last question, first. “ Sam told me that I'd find you in the Chapel”
“ Sam? Who is that?
“ Madam President's security adviser. Samantha Walsh. The fair lady that's always around her like a shadow”
“ Oh! The skinny pretty-goddess of a lady”
“ Yeah. The pretty-goddess of a lady” He said.
“ Hope you are not even thinking about it” I attacked him. Mischief was written all over his face.
“ Me? What? Never ” he became defensive“ when you are here. I blind ni?
“ Jerry. I don't trust your last sentence. You -” I pointed at him“ I've got my eyes on you. If I so much as suspect anything... ”
“ Relax baby. Relax. What's yours is yours. I go dae your body like skin tight.”
“ Awnnn..” I cooed “ Thank you and I'm not even willing to share” My seriousness returned.
It came suddenly to me as I recalled an event.
“ Shadows! Remember the night Ray was arrested.
“ And what about it?
“ All those officers in the shadows. The lightning and the thunderstorm”
“ Yeah go straight to the point”
“ And I was shocked to see you were still alive” a grin stretched on his face“ Ray must have been too. And Matthew ordered him to lay down his weapon. Which, of course he refused'”
“ He released fire.”
“ Yeah he did. He fucking did” I said ” and_”
“ Shuush. This is the house of God”
I chuckled“ Okay ” My undertone resurfaced “ Okay. Okay . He did and you jumped Matthew off the way to save his life.”
“ Damn. Ray was fast” He said ” And if not for Charlie's phone, this bullet on my chest would have been inside rather.
“ He told me you were killed” I said.
“ The mother fuvker had-”
“ Uh- huh. See who corrected my ethics a while ago.”
He laughed. “ Okay. The guy had shot and left me for dead in a field. And I came for revenge”
“ Yet , I was the one who made him loose balance remember? I smashed his skull from behind with the bottle of wine he poured me”.
“ Ife the gangster. Oshheeyy!! ” He paused” and you created an enemy for yourself that night”
I learnt from the best and had no regrets whatsoever.
Suddenly, my mood changed again. As caring as always he noticed and enquired what had happened.
“ Sometimes, I feel like there is a part of me that just want to be free. Like a chained soul that wants to roam freely” I knew I was not telling him everything, just beating around the bush. I was scared of his reactions if he got to know everything.
“ Stop saying stuffs like that-- you don't really mean them do you?
“ I do. The feeling started when we arrived Abuja ”
“ Alright. Everything will be fine. You had me believing you wanted to come here.”
“ I did”
“ It's okay. This case will be over soon and we will go wherever you want to”
I asked him about the case at hand.
He told me everything from the beginning , through the resemblance and the miscellaneous stuffs.
“ Hmm. This one is quite strong” I replied and breathed twice.
“ Matt even says we look alike- me and you, you and I. The two both of us” I teased him, trying to pull his legs and pull my mind away from negativity.
“ The ' one' two of us? I know. He told me same, in the past. Only twist being : I'm finer than you are”
“ Ta- I'm fairer than you are. You black mamb-” I bit my lips to exaggerate the forthcoming words. See this chocolate skinned nigga, forming melanin poppin.
“ Not fair” He corrected, jokingly ” Finer, like finer.”
“ Still think I'm boring? He teased me
I hissed again” Nonsense! In your mind o! Fine boy! I'm just managing you. Finer ko plier ni. ”
He laughed and threw his grasp round me. Squeezing so passionately, that I felt like the luckiest girl alive. Oh I don't want this to end. Squeeze me. Love me. Hold me, baby.
“ Ife !!!” He said again still hugging me.
Before this one starts feeling himself to do rubbish inside church, and I know I can't resist him, I better form and push him away. Local woman can't can
“ Leave me- le- a-ve me!” I said.
“ Make me!.
“ Is you that know o” I said again“ Ehen, talk to me oga.” I finally had a reason to end the hugging“Are you really going to help them - rescue the hostages I mean.”
“ Definitely” He said, releasing his grip round my bosom.
The answer came like a wind in autumn to the shores around my ear. I had something else in mind, eating me up. Yearning to be said. To be set free. A part of me eagerly begging to be free from it all.
“ Can I tell you something baby?
“ What's it? He asked, looking deep into my eyes.
How do I start? Sadly, I said“ Dad called again. Today ”
“ Uh huh!” I feigned calmness. But it was obvious that my eyes gave me away. Jerry will have to find out the whole truth. Sooner or later.
“ What did he say?” He asked, gazing at me with so much enthusiasm.
To be continued.
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 7:00am On Apr 15|
enirock:Lol, you know... if I'm reading parts i find very funny. I just know others will too. Lol. Thanks for the humorous comments.
which country is that? Lol I hope it's not what I'm thinking... And the lockdown will soon pass, we will be up and busy again with our lives.... worry not.
I'm grateful. The last post was specially dedicated to you...
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:11am On Apr 17|
My feet tried their best to keep up with my laziness. I dragged along but they continued. I felt the breeze touch my skin and sweat pores on my neck became ventilated. A leaf glazed my neckline when it fell nearby and with it went a droplet of sweat. It was obvious the previous night's weather had really fuvked the tree branches- so fuvked them that they started to shed. I felt strong arms grabbing me on both hands. They pulled me along, both palms tied together. The pain in my head tinged and I was blindfolded. I heard loud talks, moving trucks or cars. The voices again: male, razzed and drunken. A few, arrogantly loud; lullabies from tree tops, sparrows maybe, then a consistent pecking sound: definitely a wood pecker. This is a forest, no doubt. The birds came again, disturbed melodies trying to warn me of the dangers ahead. With my eyes covered, my other senses became useful.
“ Sit her down” A familiar voice ordered when we arrived our destination. My captors brought me into a shaded, wind blocked room.
The pain in my skull riveted. I shivered all through the night. This morning, before I could regain consciousness and recall where I was , two hefty men came, whisking me out of the dark room.
An arm tapped my shoulders. It pushed me down. The cold metal chair kissed my jeans and the latter carresed my bum in effect, transferring cold shivers up my neuropathic sensors. They travelled all the way up my spine.
“ Take off the fold”
It came off. I blinked and immediately shut them close. My eyes gradually accommodated the rays of light as I twinkled. I was brought into a tent. A well equipped one for that fact.
Seth offered me a glass of milk and seven loaves of bread. “ You should eat! You need the strength” his deep voice came again.“ Go on. Eat!”
Denial. Deep thoughts. I refused. My muscles ached.
“I'm sorry about last night” Seth apologized and returned the tray to a table nearby. He took pain killers and some antibiotics. He provided a glass of water too.
With hesitatation, I replied“ I don't need your hospitality”
“ Kelly, take the meds. Your aches and pains will sublime. Vincent's blow messed you up pretty bad. The pistol gave you a concoction but thank Heavens you are not damaged. ” He paused hoping I'd reconsider ' I need your brains. Intact, I mean”
“ Whatever happened to the official miss Kelly?
I said with shock and terror, all induced with a feeling of uncertainty.
A sour grin grew on his cheek. ” Special occasions call for special utterances. Now take the meds and stop being a sissy” His voice became deeper.
He offered bread which I declined. He took a bite as if to assure me it's not poisoned. I took it from him. Not out of trust but because my intestines were burning with wild hunger.
“ I'm not interested in killing you. At least not yet. ” He said again.
“ You are of no use to me dead , now!
He had changed his dress into a combatant ready apparel. He seemed ready for a war. I shrugged the idea off my mind. Another man brought in the briefcase. My eyes rested on the silver piece of box on top the table. I turned backwards when someone entered the tent. He had parked one of the cars outside. Probably one of the cars they used last night. Concentration became vital. This was getting serious.
My eyes trailed Vincent when he walked in. I didn't take note of Seth who had pulled up a chair opposite. My hatred for everyone in the room grew intense. Then my mind travelled back to the incident on the airplane just before my capture.
“ What do you want? Out of fear , my voice had began to fade.
I'd almost spilled my heart out. My blood vessels pumped up and turned virtually greenish-red with fear. These were terrorists, I needn't a soothsayer to confirm it.
“Nothing we can't have if we want to ” Seth had replied “ Get up ! I said up!
This order, I obeyed. Seth grabbed the case from the table. He took out a serum and syringe from the bag his subordinates had. He drained the serum and the vial shattered as it kissed the cabin floor. In seconds he stabbed the syringe deep into his veins. He had taken off his suit, so swiftly that one hardly noticed untill now.Like loyal sheep blindly led to Utopia, the four agents followed his footsteps and did exactly the same. Only God knows what the content of that vial was. Nevertheless, his eyes were entirely monstrous in color. At that moment, just then, a wicked smile grew on his face.
He walked up to a means of communication strapped to a wall. He pressed a button clip while focusing on his preys- me and the senators ofcourse.
“ Move to that side” he gestured toward me“ I said move. Join them. The four of you. Up !! I mean stand up. Don't you just sit there-- get up-! Now!!
He focused on the phone (intercom) “ Vincent ! Open the shaft! It's time and get your ass down here”
“ Yes boss” a voice replied from the other end.
Seth sat down and opened the briefcase. The AIO came alive.
He forced my thumb on the screen. I resisted. He got what he wanted. Then he typed in the codes. They were wrong. How grateful i felt that i had changed them just before we left the hotel. Next time, when I get a feeling in my gut, no excuses, just gonna do it right away. Geez thank goodness. I thought.
“ The password, please' He asked with confusion “ You changed them. Fuvck! ” He yelled.
This made me jerk but I kept mute literally.
He prolly understood my fears. He banged it close. He grabbed a parachute. Tossed them to me and I caught them in mid air, to avoid their impact on my face.
“ What are these for? I asked.
“ You are coming with me” He replied “ Smart girl , you just bought yourself more time.”
“ Please spare my life' Senator Preye began. He was the third of them” How much do you want? 10 million , 80? 500 million? Name your price. Just name it. I can have it wired to any offshore account of your choice. Any- any where , even in heaven. I have a wife and children, please. I do- I don't , I don't want to die. They - they will suffer. They will suffer o. My kids will suffer o.”
“ I can't believe he said even in heaven” Seth cajoled him “ You think it's all about the money? You think this is about half the money you loot and spend anyhow'
“Please. What do you want? A contract? What is this all about? You want girls or even a jet like this one?
Seth eyes popped. The man was on his knees already pleading and sweating. “ You can give me those too?
The man nodded.
“ How kind . ” Seth said “ well I do not need your money or girls or even a jet. Not even in hell, sir ”
“What? Why ? Please nah” The senator became desperate. I guesed it from his tone.
Seth said “ really” he chuckled and added“ are you begging?
He turned to his men, one understood. “Not this time. Can you imagine? Corruption at it's peak” He continued with a smile still looking at his man who had been laughing too.The man collected the briefcase and along with two others, he made way to the rear of the plane. The shaft was already opened. Seth turned and in a blink, a gunshot followed. At the end of the action was a dead senator Preye.
“All I want is your fucking miserable life! Seth retorted in anger. At the second bang, the remaining among us nearly gave up our ghosts. Particularly, myself.
“ You both are coming with me too” He pointed at Danladi and Tamuno“ Or do you have a better offer than him?
He waved at the dead body "On Earth maybe?”
They nodded sideways in unison.
“ Let me have that ring of yours. I like it” Seth told Tamuno. The man quickly pulled and gave it to him. “ Oh this is nice. Really nice. Thank you sir”
“ No problem at, I'm glad you like it ...sir” Tamuno said with a forced smile .
“ Oh sure I do...Sir”
When Vincent arrived , he was given a serum . He was the co- pilot of the plane.
“ Did you take care of him? Seth asked.
“ Sure boss I did. The bird's on autopilot for three minutes. The captain is knocked out for like- well- I was kind to an extent, he will be out forever.”
Vincent continued“ I triangulated the camp on the map. We are safe to descend into the sky”
“ Good. Grab those two” Seth cut in“ I'll take the lady. She is mine”
The men escorted us towards the end of the plane after passing through two cabins. “ Move-- move-- keep moving” came Vincent's voice.
Height phobia and all the shock I had absorbed , left me half awake , half dead. Everything seemed surreal. But hell, Bleep me, I just got kidnapped on a jet. What can be more real than this? Nothing. Damn. Seth strapped the parachute unto my back. He forced the mask on my face and decompressed the air in it.
“ And these too” Seth said as he cut the ropes that tied my palms together.
“I'm sorry” His words brought me back to the present day and time. Indeed these were all real and I'm not dreaming. I just got kidnapped. Hell no. This is impossible.
He drew a small stool closer and divided the space between us. A sense of comfort returned to my arms. Only if I could, I wanted to forfeit my fist on Seth's face.
He turned the briefcase , grasped my thumb and for the second time in forty eight hours he pressed it on the screen. The machine came alive.
“ The password. Please. Miss Gretel” Seth begged.
Words and sentence became strange to me. They were far away from my lips. Was it fright? The punch to the head? Or internal tussle? I followed my instincts. Keeping a promise I had made to myself the previous day.
“ The pass code please. Miss Gretel” Seth said again “ I'm asking nicely”
I hated being called Gretel. One person did the act of evil- which I considered a good one then- without restraint : Mom. I kept mute.
“ No , don't touch her” Seth stopped a rogue agent trynna lay a finger on me
“ Please. The codes”
Why so emotional? Why does he fuvcking crave the password with so much passion? Why does he want to arm Caiden- a very lethal weapon? My best friend in the whole world , but dangerous in the wrong hands. He had evil ways of getting to people. This won't work me bro. Nah. No brute nor force, just the silent treatment. Yet I said without blinking his way.
“ My father will make you pay for this _ this redolent act of evil. On the day of Reckoning, you will surely pay”
“ Uuuuuuuuu!!!!? I'm scared. Hahahaha. ” He mocked me. Motherfuvker. He mocked me. Great! I'm done with this nigga.
“ I'd love to see him try” Seth was simply unbelievable.
My eyes grew dimmer with shock. A tear rolled down my cheek. It was so hot that it burned the surface where it dried. Literally.
“ Quit the drama” Seth stood up,“ I know alot about you. So much than you can imagine. Spoilt brat from YALE University. Rich and stubborn. Had a passion for athleticism. Mom passed on. Switched careers and excelled in the new one. Wow ! Dad's never at home. Does he even care? Hmm I wonder.” He leaned forward “ Yet, I'm begging. Just give me the password. And I promise I'll send you back to Daddy in complete piece.”
My heart bled. I really missed mom. God are you up there? Someone come save me. I need an angel right now. Bitter tears chocked me inside and out.
Where are you? Come on! Please Superman. Somebody, save me. Can't take this pain no more.
Implying “ No” to his earlier request , I shook my head. The consequences of giving out such sensitive codes to him was grave and terrible. A million lives were worth more than mine. Although, I wasn't ready to die just yet. It was fear. At the moment, Dad's words came to mind.
“- the result will be bitter and trust me you won't like it” had I known?
“ Boss let me handle her. She will say the words” Vincent's voice came from behind.
“ No . Don't” plainly , he said “ No one touches her. Except I say otherwise”
“ Seriously? Time is ticking ”
“ And we don't have any. Yes, I know but I still stand my ground . No!” Bellowed Seth without looking at Vin.
I became really afraid. Really.
“She tried to escape last night at the drive. She bit my arm! She fucvking bit my arm. !! What else will she do for you to realise she isnt worth our time” he continued“ I suggest we puncture both her eyes, then beat the hell out of the tityy motherfuck-”
A loud bang cut him shut. The bullet reported diligently within milliseconds as it drove itself sweetly and painfully into Vincent's forehead.
I jerked. In twenty four hours, I have seen quite alot of dead bodies. The corpse of Vin lay lifeless on the floor. My eyes went to his shoes. Similar to AJ's . They were high class and probably foreign . Maybe Italian . Vanity . I thought.
“ I get to decide who is worth my time . Me " He yelled “ Me. Not any one of you. Nobody. Clean this mess” Seth said to his men.
He tucked away his Makarov nine- mm. Just like those you see in the movies used by special forces agents and military of the United States.
He stared into my eyes and squatted in front 'f me. I retreated from his attempt to grasp my palms. Dickhead, keep your filthy hands way from me. Bitcch.
“ I'm sorry about that. No one will touch you again. Just give me the words ”
I nodded sideways. I'd rather die . I wasnt afraid anymore. My heart and mind were made up.
“ Fine!” Seth yelled. He rose to his feet.
“ Ken. Get me the senators. Bring those old fools. And get the shock absorbers. Connect them to the car battery. ” He continued “ You think we are playing here? Insult on injury. Do that quickly”
Within minutes, everything was done just as he ordered the boys. Agent Ken was his new right hand man.
“ Tie them up. Both hands outstretched and hang each to those wooden poles. Let them go barefooted. Pull those masqurade-like agbadas.
I watched as things began to unfold right before my eyes. Very fast indeed.
“ Pour them water. Two buckets each” He continued.
Both men shuddered as the cold water enveloped their skins- bare chests and half soaked their trousers. Kendrick kick-started the Jeep and the engine revved. He alighted almost immediately from the driver's seat. The absorbers were attached to the binding chains. One thing remained: to connect the absorbers to the car battery.
“I wont ask politely again” Seth warned for the last time. “ The damn password”
For a second, I was confused.
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:23am On Apr 17|
“ Okay ! Fine.”He said “Let's behold how long you can endure before yielding. Ken!”
He plugged the other terminal. The zap of electricity travelled in nano-seconds up the slings of chains and more sparks as the invincible energy transported in form of lightning into the bodies of the senators. It came like epilepsy. He had murdered one of them on the jet, now he was tryna kill these two ? What's happening?
They yelled and gave out painful garnishment of their teeth. They vibrated and wriitted crazy spasms like people under a demonic anointing. Have you seen epileptic patients under a seizure attack? Yeah. There were two here. Live action.
“ Stop. Please stop.” I said with pity on them. Now realizing the scenario.
“ The password. You can stop this yourself”
Devin yelled back.
“ Noooo! Please stop it ” I cried“ Stop it . I beg you”
“ The codes.”
I put my head down and stared at mah feet. Tears fell upon those dusty bare toes.
“ Please stop it. Make it stop ” I cried .
No one listened.
Caught in the midst of crossroads, a knew very well that I'd still die if I gave him the codes. The senators would still be killed. They would all die. I knew this fact. There can only be one way out to all these except a miracle occurs. Only a miracle can save us now.
The time was two twenty six pm, Sunday, GMT+1. The location was a lounge in the guest wing of the ASO Rock Villa. We had converted it into a work station. For the meanwhile. I stood near the window and had just been on a call to my family living in the Plateau, Jos . Up north of the country. It was a long way up there and I missed them even more. It's quite different from the city of Benin in Edo state. I felt closer to home from there than the national capital. Strange isn't it? Maybe I had become so used to the locals in the south-west region. And a part of me felt at home there, than this capital. Maybe.
Itoro stood from a seattee.
He said “ Boss. So far, these are all I've gathered”
I turned away from the window , I had lit myself a cigarette minutes ago and blew the rings of smoke towards the room, making a cloud of white crystal fog. They disappeared within seconds of being created.
“ Shoot, I'm all ears”
Itoro informed me of his latest findings and how he had also discovered the blogger's site- the same from the Lagos airport. “ I'm keeping tabs on him”
“ More. This one will really spark your curiosity”
“ What's that ? Let me see” I collected the tab from him.
The young lad came round and bent upon the shoulders of the leather sofa, peering from behind to show me, with much enthusiasm, all he had discovered.
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:47am On Apr 17|
Good morning, dear reader. To be continued. Have a nice read, and a great day.
|Re: Five and Six by enirock(m): 11:04pm On Apr 20|
Thanks boss for the dedication
I have been occupied by a cultism thread for a while
As for the country my brother "think at your own peril"
Lovely updates.- here I was thinking Seth was the saints of them all yet he is passing current into men old enough to be his father "aye ma let o"
That � and it's contents
this is getting interesting as we wait on what the police have gathered and their next steps
Please keep the updates coming... We/I am waiting
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 10:21am On Apr 26|
enirock:Thank you so much. Happy Sunday �
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 10:28am On Apr 26|
That's the American embassy. Isn't it? I said.
“ Yes. You see right there, she picks up the dial. A while later, she paused to look at the camera above her. That's towards us. But she is back on the phone again, almost immediately”
“How did you come about this info? I enquired. I sat up on the chair, one hand clinging tightly to the cigar, while the other gripped firmly to the tab. Adjusted sideways to accom' my weight on the leather sofa.
“ I have my tentacles spread all over” Itoro responded.
“ Realy? My balls for Christmas! ” I said enthusiastically! Good job Itoro” So what happens? I can't see anymore. Is that it?
“ Let me show you” He reduced the video's speed, starting all over from the beginning“ Please take a good look.... there - right there... A glitch when she stared towards the camera... That moment. She glanced to her right, but it's so fast the camera couldn't catch it”
“ Who was there?
“ That's the mystery, sir. My sources tell me she had a lot of friends. It could have been one of them or anybody. ”
“ Okay? More?
“ Now, look closely. Before she glanced at the camera. Go a little backwards. Yes there , right there. The expression on her face. It changed. After the glitch, she seems so scared” Itos paused and zoomed in “ See. Her eyes tell a lot about her state of mind.”
“ There is a missing clip. It's not complete.” I recounted.
“ Obviously the point sir, the footage was edited or tampered with”
“ Good one Itos. ” I applauded him with a pat on the back.
“ She must have been distressed” Itoro forwarded the clip again “ Here . She drops the phone and glance rightwards again. Immediately, as if a magical wand is waved her hand bag is now on her arm and she is walking out the embassy”
“ Where to? I asked.
“ To God- knows- where- land”
I said again“ Who was behind the scenes?
“ I have no idea. Neither does my source”
“ Fine. We will dig in ourselves and find more. First, I want every officer in the Capital looking for this woman. Find her and bring her in for questioning. Operation “ Stella Chaltone Capella ” issue the memorandum ASAP”
“ Keep this footage off the records for now. Let no other eyes see it, except the president . Only if necessary” I said while grabbing my coat from the sofa's arm and emptied cigarette ashes into an ash tray on the table.
“ Okay---sir” Itoro bellowed, feeling proud.
For once in our joint career, I actually thought he did a nice job. He should add that to his achievements portfolio. Sure to come in handy in the future. Alot went through my mind when I left him in the lounge and zoomed off to get more packets of cigarette and a nice lunch.
Seth got real mad at me. He had tried everything he could think of, yet I still hoarded the pass code. There were times when he thought I wanted to say them, I'd slip up with full knowledge of uttering rubbish and then plead that they should stop the torture of the senators and the whole thing entirely.
“ Arghhhhhhh!!!” He screamed at one point and nearly fired a warning shot at me. He held himself and slapped a soldier instead. “ This will be the last time I'll say this” Seth said for the umpteenth time, only this time around his eyes were bloodshot red with anger. He hoped to convince me that he was running out of patience- it petered out.
“ Okay. Wait ! I said amidst tears. I looked at the senators. They were in a sorry state of humanity. Their gray hairs had spiked, noses bleeding furiously, wreck of soars and bruises all over their bodies. As if something came over me, I was going to say it. .
` I -”
`What? I can't hear you!
“ I can- I - can't” I mumbled.
“ You what?
` I ca-”
Seth's attention was drawn away when his phone rang. The person on the other end of the line seemed eager to relay a piece of info to him. He listened.His eyes darted from left to right, without him uttering a word. He was sweating. He had had a really long , stressful day.
" Okay" He paused, continued after a turn ” I have the codes...Yes !!.. Yes!! No! I've got it under control... We should make demands? Who?... The Alpha? How soon??... I ran late on schedule, the doctor is so stubborn. .. We kill two birds with one stone then!
He sighed as he walked round my chair, giving me a stern gaze. He turned round again before facing the senators. “ As soon as possible. Yes. The device is activated and on standby... Why would I lie? Trust me it's activated. I said yes, it is...alright , belive me. I'll keep you abreast of the turnaround...”
He hung up his phone, took out the Sim card and broke it. He installed another.
“ Alright” Seth said ” Boys! That's enough for the day. We don't want our guests dead . Yet. Life is precious . Because we are zealots does not give us the right to kill at every opportunity. It's an abuse of power”.
It dawned on him that he needed to act fast or else his power and control would be shattered to shrapnels. What the hell is he going to do to get those codes? It occured to me that he wasn't really the one in charge of all these. So he took orders from someone else. Interesting!.
“ Cut the men loose. Give them good food.” His eyes rested on my already weak and frail frame. He knew I was surprised. I felt the same way. The look was written all over him. It screamed so loud.
“ We will continue sooner than later. And- trust - me- you - will- give-me - those- codes”
“ I'm sorry, but-”
“ Shhhh! It's okay. It's okay- shhh. Don't apologise yet” He said ' let's see how sorry you will soon be”
He retracted his palm from my face as I stared away. He turned and walked out while spitting an order to his men ” Throw her into the cell with the other prisoners. All of them.
To be continued later (today)
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|Re: Five and Six by silverlinen(m): 6:41pm On Apr 26|
Am back...and i'm gon follow till the end
Been a long while though.... Big ups creeza...Ur the man buddy
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|Re: Five and Six by enirock(m): 10:24pm On Apr 26|
Creeza:Yay Creeza is back. Same to u dear. I missed ur updates. Hope u are good?
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 1:40am On Apr 27|
enirock:yes brotherly! I only had a busy but not too busy week prior this update. Thanks for the concern.
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 1:48am On Apr 27|
'Who were you talking to?
Bukky asked as she barred the door behind her. Had she been there listening to my conversation on the phone? What did she hear? Well, it's for her good anyway.
As a philanthropic and business tycoon, I've always loved my wife so dearly. I believed in destinies. I was destined to be her loving husband. However, I wished that the feelings I had grown to have for her, she'd feel same towards me. Over the years, I began to doubt it all and here , I found myself- a first gentleman and husband to the ever-busy-as-a bee , President Bukola A. Alakara.
Times like these made me icky. Now, I jerked and turned to behold her grandeur.
“ Oh it's your vice president. He wanted to know if he could be of any assistance to us in these trying times' I said.
“ Orji Casmir Chukwuebuka will never accept reality. Needless to say he is my deputy a million times over, he will never stop trying to be more than his rank in power.” Bukky said as she pulled her shoes.
“ Nobody is an island you know' I felt bad saying this ” Remember he stood by you when you were admitted. After the gunshot injury at Benin city. For months , he waited for your recovery and when you did scale through, eventually, he gave power back to you. He is a good man”
“He could have as well been praying I never resurfaced from the comma . His intentions are not genuine, trying so hard to be kind to me because of the party.”
“ You should not judge from the cover. Read the book first” I said.
Bukky was not in the mood for advice. She wanted to do the questions. She asked me why I had not gone to see my business Clientelle the last Saturday, that's yesterday “ I thought you had a meeting with the Swiss contractors - why didn't you go as you often did every two weeks.”
“ It was can- it was cancelled...the project will still need re-evaluation for another two months...and besides.. I think ... I believe its best I stay around you in these times. You need all the support I can muster.”
Bukky shuddered. She said “ These times are just a phase. They will pass. ' she then asked ' And service? Today? You missed that too. Again”
“ Oh that! Next week-”
“ The third time in a row”.
“ I know, but-”
“ There are no sides here , Mr Samuel Alakara!” She cut in“ you either stand for something or you fall for nothing”
Now, she stood up and paced toward a mini bar. She took a cup and poured herself Amarula cream milk, gave me a cup filled with same content. The smile on her face said every thing about her appreciation of the glass wares. Our personal house aid had done her job accordingly. Nice girl indeed. I thought out loud. Such a sweet sensational girl.
“ To us!'
“ Yeah. To us! And a lifetime fuelled with arguments and strong bonding afterwards” I retorted
She gave a sour grin. “ That's rude. I hate it when you're being too unethical'
“ C'mon my dear. I was only joking!
She poured another glass and walked past me towards the comfy cushion.
“ The boy is Joe's son' the words came out of her mouth like she had been thinking about them all through the night.
“ Which Joe? I turned and continued” the name rings a bell”
“ Yes it's does. The same Joe. Demolition Joe.”
My heart skipped a beat. I know Joe. Very well. Poor thing Joe had died mysteriously. May his soul rest in peace.
I said.“ Him. Oh him!
“ Yes him”
“ Small world. Did you tell him you knew his father?
“ It was not necessary” She paused. “ But why him. Why the poor young man? Could'nt have been just him. There are a thousand and two billion people on planet earth. Why him? Well--”
She stopped when she caught me staring at the wall opposite. I've always felt that these walls had ears. And maybe someone was watching us.
“ Stop it! She snapped.“ Why do you keep doing that?
“ I dont know. I guess- well it's nothing”
She relaxed into the cushion and drank from a water can. She had taken it from a cupboard. She took out a chest too from the same location.
Slipping drugs into her mouth, she gulped down with a throat of water.
While at this, I thought deeply about what I knew and what I'd just heard. I remembered the things I had done. Sacrifices of self realisation- goals and dreams. I wanted to tell her things. To let her know whats going on in my mind. I feared that she might react negatively. I must endure, the only way to be a saint. It was the only way to atone for sins and achieve novena.
“ So you are just going to let him work for you without telling him the truth about his identity?
“ Not exactly. He is a criminal. Criminals don't deserve the truth. You use them. And toss them. But this one” she paused.” He has a golden heart. He deserves a second chance.”
“ So what's the plan? I asked her.
“ Why should I tell you?
“ Because I care and I want to know what you are thinking?
She smiles“ How sweet. ” She kissed me on the cheek as she strode past me again. This time towards the bedroom. “ I can't tell you. Not now- ” She paused and must have caught me staring at the concrete wall opposite again“Sam. Seriously, you have to stop doing that. Its getting creepy.”
“ Why? I replied.
Why what? Its not healthy. She replied.
“ I mean. Why wont you tell me anything?
“I'd have to kill you afterwards. Strictly confidential. National security demands it”
Her tone sounded drunken. But I knew she wasn't. It was just her nature sometimes, to do things reactively. She left me in the sitting and barleyed into a nearby master bedroom.
“ It's late dearie” she called out ” make sure to get a good night sleep. ”
I replied reluctantly“ Yea- Good_ good night.” Now, I surreptitiously checked the time. It was Ten fifty-nine pm. On a Sunday night.
Next Episode loading.. pls stay tuned. Thank you
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 1:51am On Apr 27|
sorry guys, I kinda thought I'd posted the last update. Yeah that one up there. Guess I was wrong or something. I don't know. (posted it somewhere or failed to check your network connectivity before...* thinking out loud.)
pardon me.. I got carried away
So sorry for the delays.
|Re: Five and Six by cassbeat(m): 8:07am On Apr 27|
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:44am On Apr 29|
silverlinen:thanks man. thanks for reading
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:44am On Apr 29|
cassbeat:thanks buddy. thanks for reading...
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 6:46am On Apr 29|
Eyes were prying. Some seemed to be fascinated as to why I was in their Rapid Response Mission (R²Mix). It was strictly for the cops and in this super extreme and co-vert case- the department of State security. Not me. (For Pete's white ass sake, not him: a criminal?! Or once a criminal according to Matthew.)
I wore my gear. Made sure my bullet proof vest fitted nicely, absolutely sure too that my magazines were loaded, that they weren't blank . Oh yes! Bundugles!! Bleep!!!
“ First time on a raid? A voice asked me.
It was the same man I encountered the other day at the entrance to the Villa. He was seated at the far right of the rowed bench.
“ Not exactly”
“I know you're good at this.pishhh-- vooom__ pah pah. War start . Boom bara boom” the man played around“ only that you probably were on the wrong side of the teams: the nuisances- and we the good guys always burst your condemned asses”
Everyone in the room gave into a loud burst of laughter.
“No bad vibes bro” The man continued“ I'm Rumeh - Rumeh Kadiri by the way. Welcome to the crew, bro.”
I kept my cool, sighed, cocked and turned off the auto fire, gas powered switch of the .21 calibre rifle which I held.
I told him that he had a loud mouth . That he talked too much . I said it was clear that his mum had a very wide vagina that when she stretched and shit Rumeh into this stupid world, the effect of the wide space affected his brains and mouth. In my mind I'm like *Oga las las I no dae fear you o!*
“ ... It obviously made you have a loud mouth and brain filled with nothing but air. Keep up with the rubbish talk and maybe next Christmas, you might get free brains from Jumia Black Friday. Heard of it? Huh? It's a price slash day '
“ Wuuuuuohh! Echoed the room.
Rumeh fumed and abruptly stood up to the charge. I jolted to my feet and my finger located the rifle's trigger. Gun in position and eyes red with anger. Rumeh had failed to get his weapon while charging.
“ One more step or even a stroke of muscle twitching. I'll send you back to that embassy post you held or that slimy hole you crawled out from '
The tip of the gun anchored below Rumeh's balls. Down there. Fuvck shit!
Rumeh became enraged. Right arm clenched tightly into a fist. Everyone was silent and groped in anticipation of a brawl until Matthew entered the armory. He was flanked on the left by Itoro. Matt sliced through our middle.
“ Enough!!! He ordered” I need a united house”
“ Now everyone get back to tying your puny boot laces and tie them the proper way your grandmas taught you...one more trouble making and you will answer direct questions from me. And I know how to ask them. Alot of them.“ Mr Man” he continued“ drop your weapon or I bet you, this will be the last you ever wield any”
Mathew Panshark turned to Rumeh“ And you are so dumb to even notice your opponent has an empty clip”
“ Lesson learned,” Rumeh uttered“ sir!”
Matt produced a loaded magazine from his pockets. “ I had a feeling that something funny would happen. And it did. All those muscles and yet no brains. That's how you all die in combat. All of you” . Everyone laughing immediately kept mute at the last word “ all of you ” he repeated.
Mr Matt turned towards my direction and dragged me to a corner of the Armory.
“ If you are going to kill someone. I'd prefer you start with the kidnappers. And here, take this” he gave me the clip “I trust you, but you have to earn that of my men. Start by not killing any of them. Understood?
“And I mean it.”
“ But the fool started the quarrel”
“ I know . Do all you can to avoid him. I told you he is A.J's new friend. The two are strangely close and Aremu's never too close with anybody. I wonder.”
Matt stopped to ponder on his own words. Why did I feel something was amiss too?
“ Okay” I brought him back to the conversation.
“ Okay. Itoro says Ife is at the residential apartments. Guarded. She will be fine. Okay!
“okay ” I replied.
“ Quit the stupid ' okays' already” Matt said irritatingly.
He returned to the others.
“ Everybody listen up.”
He told them that this would be a lightweight tact-team ops.At this, I gave a sour grin. The last time someone mentioned “ light operation” I ended up in the nets of the police as a criminal. Who knows what will happen this time around. Maybe a bowl of meat in the hands of terrorists. Who knows?
Matt continued. He said the guest house is on Maitama area- local police patrol had spotted her vehicle somewhere around town- a secluded environment and their objective is to infiltrate, recover and exit without the most casualities.
“ Remember, this lady, Stella Chaltone of The U.S embassy and her supposed partners- how many they are - are prime suspects and presumed armed and dangerous. Proceed with caution”.
“ We will go in teams: Cradle , Scorpion, Lion, Fox and Eagle.”
“ I'll lead the Eagle team. Rumeh leads the scorpion team and Garba, Ahmed, Kelechi, Yetunde, Tahiru?
The men stood attentively.
“ The five of you will join the team fox led by Jerry Osas. The rest of you, group in formations according to rank and skills. Understood? He bellowed while talking fast as he always did when he is serious.
“ Yes sir!
“ Anybody with an issue? ” He continued “ I'll be more than glad to discuss it over your letter of dismissal. In plain English: your sack letter”
Itoro chuckled from behind.
“ And that includes you” Matt turned toward him “ Everyone of you”
He kept quiet, then said “ if I may sir?”.
“ Not now. Quiet! ” Matt interrupted“ I'm trying to talk here”
“ We have one hour! The clock starts...now. Get your lazy asses up and into those vans. Its time for hunting. Quickly! Go! Go!!
I looked at his watch: it said eight twenty_eight am.It was a Monday morning. I was dragged behind from the pack as I made a move.
“ Becareful! Don't try anything funny. I seriously mean it. Just play it cool”
I shook my head in approval to Matthew's advice.
“ Permit me to speak up sir” Itoro asked Matthew“ there is something I'd like-”
“ Save it. I can't have you liking anything now” Matt cut in, cocked his rifle“ This is time for work, not the time for what you like or dislike. Do me a favor and check in with the Watchtower- the coms Dept and make sure everything is fine back there. Then get back to the workstation and wrap your hands around that tape. Find the mystery identity behind that footage.
“ Okay sir. But there is something you-”
“ Wait till am back”
I overheard both men and I wondered why Mathew Panshark wouldn't give the young man an audience. He left the Amory. At a right turn, I held Itoro Abasi's forearm.
“ Tell me. What up? Are we walking into some kind of trap?
“ No! Why? Itoro said, puzzled.
“ Why what?
“ Why would you think so?
“ I don't know. I guess I'm not yet comfortable with all these”
“ Don't worry. You will be fine. It's something else”.
“ Tell me” I asked.
“ You will find out soon”
Itoro added “ Good luck Mr Osas. I'll see you when you return. Will I?
“ Sure- ofcourse” I scoffed“ why wouldn't you. That's a funny way of telling me R.I.P”
Itoro shuddered and smiled before turning to leave. I stood there, until Itoro's voice called out.
' Are you coming. Or not?
“ Sure. Lets go.” I said grabbing my armour.
tbc.... Capital Crime
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 7:49am On Apr 29|
The armoured Vans labeled “ Black Marshalls' left the ASO Villa. Loaded with personnel- the two vehicles_ left through the far north gate, drove through Shehu Shagari way and then into Maitama area of Abuja. All through the ride no one spoke a word. After ten minutes of a silent drive, our Vans came to screeching halts. The impact threw us into a jolt. An Honda evil spirit( 2019 model) car had rode right in between the van and another vehicle up front. It came from the right side of the road and at an angle of 90° T junction.
“ We have company!” I said through the intercoms. “Heads up!”
Every one got ready for engagement and I could hear guns cocking from the speaker. An armed personnel alighted the Honda. His almost tanned pale-brown face revealed how many summers he must have spent in the West Africa. That and two flight sessions in the heart of Afghanistan; then one in South Sudan. He was really a veteran in the art of combat and I recognized him because he told me all these himself.
The shades he wore did little or less at preventing the visible effects of the sun on him. He was a rough diamond. Two more men alighted after him. Both fully armed to the teeth.
“ Stand down, Everyone. Friendlies. They are Americans . Stay in position”
The street swarmed with civilians and on-lookers who were initially perturbed at the sudden hold up. Cars honked left and right. Nigerians are really impatient. Im one of them and I wantd to get out of this traffic as son as possbile, I walked to the vehicle and asked the U.S soldier why he had caused the hold-up
"Nice to meet you again Matthew” The man replied instead.
“ Same here. Gerrard!. I almost ran into your vehicle. You are obstructing an Operation. Get away from this place, Now! ”
“ Too bad I am. Too good I am. Anyway , Im under orders to protect the interests of UN citizens. And that includes suspected criminals until they are so tried and proven guilty on home soil. Americans precisely, by American laws and nothing else.”
“ So you will stop my mission?
“ Would love to” Gerrard said“ yet today. I'm just here to make sure another American citizen does not go missing on your government's watch”
“ That's a foul and strong allegation. She is a suspect. You know”
“ Aren't we all, eh?
“ Who is calling the shots?
“ I am. Working under orders from the Ambassador”
“ Fine. Welcome aboard. Besides, three senators of my country are missing too. Help me find them“
“ Shall we? Gerrard said.
The U.S soldiers joined the party and increased the number of men to two dozens and four armed personnel.
Seven minutes later, we arrived the Motel and surrounded the perimeters of the compound. Two teams went right, one team left and the ad-hoc team of Gerard Finder joined mine and Jerry' s team as we made formations at the entrance.
The time was : eight fifty-seven am.
With signals, I ordered my team to breach. There was no need. The gates were left ajar. The compound was dead with silence. A car was parked outside. Stella's car. She was here, no doubt.
“ Team Fox take the left wing. Gerrard, on me”. I said waving two fingers in the air.
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 5:00pm On May 02|
Episode 7- I'm cool like that
He created new formations. The other three teams had jumped into the compound after maneuvering the barbed wires.
Inside, the bar of the motel was empty. No waiter. No hoodlums. Nobody.
The voice of very popular black singers sipped coldly into the air waves from a music box nearby . It heightened tension into the men. It gave them cold feet. It came like this “ All black, One Gun man--- John Wick / thats a bad man. John Wick ( pow)/ Gun man ( Woooo) / All black , One gun man”
It seemed like_ no_ it was obvious that all the occupants had been tipped off. This large guest house of over fifteen rooms, there wasn't a single soul around: oddly strange.
In seconds, the whole place was saturated with the black Marshall. The house on the tail end of the Avenue of Maitama district was a dead end. A decoy or maybe , according to some conclusions in my mind; a trap.
“ Clear! rancour through out the atmosphere.
My watch showed : Nine zero-zero am.
Another door broke down “ Clear! All clear!
So far my own voice had not reported safety or shootout . Matthew must have been worried. My nerves wrecked like a meaty ship in the bloody oceans of my body.
I could count the beats of my heart as it leaped up and down in my chest like the Brazilian drums in the Amazon forest.
“ John Wick ( Go) One man( huncho)/ Truck load / Ammo/ All black, suite and tie. Dont move in Cammo (cammo) Gloves on/ No even / Trigger Finger , Forever red ( Rrrah)
One man, at the jungle( woooo)
One matchete, turn'd ya to spaghetti(uuuhhh)/ One bullet , One head shot.( pewpeewnn)--- the song came again. "... Dont call the cops .... Am yu gunman but I low the Keys/ Quavo superman , Quavo John Wick /
And you don want the two to mix ( Not a' all) ....When you broke beach/bi3ch then you pay your bills...Am John Wick with dah black teeth/....
I led my team through various long corridors, then one particular corridor from the left wing of the house. Our goal: a lonely door at the end of the hall.
This should be it. My palms were getting too wet. I expected anything and my mind travelled back to when I was a dangerous thief. Odd and ungodly hours. Hours and hours of evil. How Philip and Ray's anonymous orders had awoken a demon in me and those other boys. Boys who turned men. Men who never went in with their clear conscience.
Conscience? They had none. Confidence? We had it all. All thanks to hard drugs.
This case was different. My breathe squeezed. I remembered just now, that I was only human. I came closer to the door, five red pointing lights beamed like Domino's and crickets from behind me. We were in the darkness of hell's corridor. No boosters. No enhancers.
Just me and a bunch of agents, the night vision mode of the Tavor rifle and my gut.
When my palms reached for the door, Yetunde offered to break it down. Thank Goodness!
“ On my marks” I said” Proceed at your own discretion”
“ Affirmative!” the men replied.
The door flew open and the hinges were ripped off , right of- from the frame. The wooden door landed on an arm chair nearby in the dimly- lit room.
“ What the_? ” Yetunde choked on his words.
The men were already inside the room. He obviously had no words.
“ Holy Grail! I said.
I reached for my mask. Sweat evaporated. My hairs spiked, shivers all over.
I adjusted my helmet. The rifle in my hand relaxed from from my grip as the safety mode engaged.
Matt's voice came.
“ Team Fox... Team Fox... What's your status?
There, in a pool of her own blood, half naked and gory in nature , a bottle of whiskey in one hand, a deep wound etched into her forehead.
There , right there, resting on her back, near the bed, was Miss Stella Chaltone and a doze of white substance on her breasts.
We were too late
“ Status confirmed ... ” I began “ Fox to Eagle ...It's complicated ... Target located”
Yetunde picked a spec of the white substance and drew it closer to his tongue's tip.
“ Coke! Full concentration” he said.
I paused to let it all sink in. It was too much for me to bear.
I said“ And she is dead”
The tiny piece to crack the case of Kelly's kidnap was gone.
“ Shit! Shit!! Matt cursed into the microphone” Shiiiiiiiiit... No. No... Why why , arrrghhhhHHHH! God why? ” He kicked himself and brooded .
My wrist watch looked rather pale as I glanced at it. The time was nine twenty _eight am. Monday morning.
The President and the ambassador arrived the Yellow Tower's emerge-room 01. From Samantha Walsh's office: the glass office- Madam president, her husband, inspector Alhassan and few trusted military guards watched as an infuriated Mathew tabled his anger upon Aremu Johnson.
The conflict occurred down downstairs and every agent of the headquarters witnessed the drama.
Round a table- a make shift desk- Me , Gerrard Finder, Samantha , Itoro and Mathew Panshark. This wasn't a prepared- for interrogation but it turned out so.
We had returned from our raid and he had invited the president and Ambassador Green to the emerge- room 01. He had invited the Vice president too. The man however didn't show up.
He wanted to debrief them on what he had found out so far.
The bells of the elevator had dinged and there; Aremu walked into the large hall, arm bandaged, supported by a rope to his neck , shoulders raised high with pride and comfort, dressed nicely in his suits and nice shoes.
“ Tag this” He said to Itoro” Remember what I told you about those footprints?
Itoro nodded“ You said it's the hardest to crack but we will”
" We just did" Matt said and charged for his prey.
Ohhhh! Matt had been so mad. So mad Infact he knew he'd have strangled A.J on the walls near the elevator when he rushed and pegged the crazy motherfuck-er. If he hadn't been held back , only if.
Aremu was playing smart while Matt played it cool for old times sake. Trying to solve the mystery without drawing Aremu to the limelight for friendship sake. Stella Chaltone's murder was just the limit to Matt's rage mode. Now , he'd have to fire scratch the truth out of AJ with his detective talons.
He had sighed when Gerrard Finder pulled him away. On the floor was Aremu, nursing his spooked arm.
“ Get that animal away from me-arrrghhh!!
Beast ” AJ had screamed in defense“ stay away from me”
Had he stayed away? No , Infact, everything led to now. The impromptu interrogation.
Matt tabled his files at AJ's face. He had served him the cold files as breakfast.
Case One : Law firm jury kidnapped. Mr Mike Adeyinka, presided in many cases as head of Jury.
Sent alot of criminals to jail. Then he was kidnapped. Why? Now we have even more;
Case Two: Court Clerk murdered in cold blood, family executed brutally. Mr Lawani Saraki- signed alot of judgement proclamations. Was notorious for being too eager to do so. Loved his job. Could never be bribed easily. Prolonged or abridged court hearings, while at this, he created a handful of enemies. One came back for him. Who?
Oh, even more:
Case Three: The mysterious Green file. An expatriate kidnapped with three senators on board the same airliner. What a coincidence indeed. All presumed DOA. This happened a day after the Lawani's. How does this relate to the previous cases and why?
Case Four. He paused as AJ stared blankly at him. Then he continued “ Secretary goes AWOL. Key to unlocking the Green mystery, found dead two days after the kidnap of Miss Kelly, Senators; Tamuno, Danladi and Preye. How come? Who ? Why? So we are right back at where we should have focused all along. Ground Zero”
Matt paused the second time . “ Hint One: S.S agent assaulted during the hijacking of the same plane and individuals he ought to have protected. Somehow, somewhere by the grace of his own God he miraculously survived. Incredible!!!
“ Now my guts is telling me something I've been trying to put away, that this man knows more than he is willing to share”
“ Where's your evidence? A.J said bluntly” I got shot. Almost died serving my Nation. And I'm treated this way? Shame! On you! On everyone of you. On us all.”
He spat out, literally.
A brief silence. It was obvious AJ's shoulders had suffered a deadly blow. The poor man was only a victim. He almost died.
“ Ho-ho-ho! ” Matt broke the silence with a laughter of mockery “ Almost died ? Almost ? Alm- did you say almost? Oh dear!' his voice returned to normal “such a drama King ”
Matt told Itoro to pop up the pictures. In seconds, HD photos were displayed on the emergency screen of the agency.
Matt told everyone how those pictures came by. He called them evidence One. They had been taken by an “anonymous blogger” The very day the kidnap happened at Lagos airport”
He told them“ These were taken at the entrance of Sheraton hotel, Ikeja. Lagos”
He turned and asked AJ “ Why Sheraton hotel?
“ And he knew” Matt continued ” very well , that the US consulate was close by at Victoria Island, Lagos.”
`They had all the motive and simple reasoning to drive straight to the U.S consulate. Instead, instead, ” he paused “ this officer in charge of the operation. Mr A.J chose the hotel. Why?
“ It was very late in the Night. The hotel was close by and _”
I scoffed to that theory. It was funny.
“ There were one thousand and one ways to have arrived at the consulate in less than Twenty minutes”.
Matt cut in “ Aremu, you are terrible at lying”.
“ Now tell me, AJ. Who are you working for? Are you a spy? How much did they pay you? Tell me!! ” He raised his voice.
Aremu replied by saying“ that's a big word coming from you”
" We can save ourselves sometime and focus on more important things" AJ said.
“ Or we go on beating around the bush?
“ Or I go on by taking off your teeth one after the other? Matt replied.
"I'm cool like that”
He seemed unmoved and incredibly calm. Itoro sighed too; Gerrard Finder bit his own lips; Up at the glass office, standing near the gallery, Bukky Alakara was indifferent. Matt returned his gaze toward AJ. And so did I when our gaze locked.
“ I was shot” Aremu added violently“ Tied up in a bathroom and left for dead. Obviously, I deserve a kingly- ”
Infuriated, Matt knuckle clouded AJ's left jaw.
“ I will give you more of those if you don't start talking sensibly”
AJ quietly spat out blood from his mouth. disgusted. Angered! He hated himself, probably.
At that moment I recognized someone from the pictures. I knew him very well. I did well to acknowledge this fact to Matthew. I also noticed the silver briefcase that Kelly held when she was boarding the car.
“ His name is Fero”
“ Him? Matthew Panshark asked.
( AJ wiped blood off his lips)
“ We met each other at an abandoned facility- a year ago”
I lied about the location. It was a forest, somewhere in Edo state.
My eyes caught Bukky Alakara as she smiled. She was happy indeed to have requested my help.
“ You mean- you know this man? ” Matt asked again.
“ Yes. I don't forget faces. I never do”
“ He is one of our agents”
“ Since when? I asked.
“ Eleven months, now. Right? Samantha opted, trying to remember” He was-”
“ How did you guys meet? Matt interrupted as he queried me.
I was certain yet cautious when I said “ R- Raymond aka “Ray” Omope. He introduced me to Fero”
Silence ruled for a while. Sam Walsh spoke up. She told Matthew to let Aremu breathe giving he was only a victim, barely caught in a web of action and consequences.
She recounted that there was no time for a divided house. No concrete evidence to prove AJ was completely guilty.
“ And if you have issues and need clarification on why Aremu is lucky to still be alive, then you should meet me personally. I'll be glad to take your petitions to God himself”
“ But Madam-”
Sam would not have it. She immediately told the tech guys to locate the blogger's site and place a bug on it. They were ordered to get rid of the website.
The tech supervisor said the pictures were posted on Nairaland. “ It's a forum. The biggest in Africa and west Africa's largest info hub”
“ Then get him to take them down ASAP. Or contact who ever is in charge of the forum”
“ Seun Osewa?
“ I don't know him!” she uttered“ well, congrats to him. He just got recognized at international level. Now do something”
“ That can be arranged” the man said.
“ We all know what's at stake here. As far as we know. Aremu is not the architect of these all” She said. “But Ray and fortunately he is behind bars. Our job is to make sure he remains where he is and don't get out.....” She turned to Matthew “ Detective, am I communicating?
The story continues....
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|Re: Five and Six by cassbeat(m): 6:40pm On May 02|
Lol see as u just connote Seun name inside the matter..
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 7:34pm On May 02|
cassbeat:Lol. Abi na. He is someone we can all relate to. Thanks for reading. God bless you.
|Re: Five and Six by cassbeat(m): 8:38pm On May 02|
Creeza:God Bless you too... More updates...
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|Re: Five and Six by enirock(m): 10:48pm On May 02|
Nd not done with the hilarious comments we have to add its owner? Nice Creeza. We gallantly await more but as we do, WE/I say thanks for the ones given 2 us so far
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 11:02pm On May 02|
enirock:Lol. Thanks Man. Nairaland deserves more attention than it's getting already. Seun Osewa is just amazing. Only wish he could upgrade and give us more features... would be amazing you know. Thanks for stopping by! Bless you.
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|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 3:46pm On May 04|
Episode 8 - Revalation
Matthew did not reply her. He gave out a groan.
His eyes went to Aremu's shoe for the third in a row.
He asked AJ more questions.
“ Kelly didn't bother to call her old man? Did she not even worry or ask questions as to why her flight was delayed? You must have told her something. What did you tell her?
Aremu flared up instantly. A tsunami of guilt had hit him hard. Abruptly, he declared that the call was not his to make.
“ Seth Devin- Or this so called” Fero” as Jerry had identified him was given clearance as my second-in-command on that operation by this same agency. He told me that there were issues with the jet'
“ That's not the answer to my question” Matt said “ anyways, did you check to know if this was true or false?
“ Time was- ” he paused“ No. I trusted his judgement”
Matt laughed so hard.
He cut Aremu short again. “ I've known you never to trust easily. You never do, unless you have something to gain in return”
Matthew needed more concrete proof to put AJ in heavier chains.
"Itoro' Matthew said
' Sir! " The young man replied.
"Call Kelechi Ndu and tell him to take down those pictures. Threaten him with death if possible”
He was serious with this.
" O--kayy" Itoro said drawing in between his lips
“ Listen up! Matthew turned to the crew in the Emerge-room 001, the tech guys and level 2 Agents. “ I want every single info on that hotel. The time the Entourage had checked in and out. The ambassador said his daughter never called in to check. I doubt the phones were all dead at the time. Calls went in and out of that hotel, get me a log. Who called who and who missed who? Lets get the ball rolling everyone"
The house became busy.
On impulse, I noticed that AJ and Rumeh Kadiri exchanged glances. The both quickly disengaged eye contacts in seconds.
I was shocked to see that Matthew noticed this too, our eyes locked in a gaze. I signalled him that it meant something.
He waved it. Shake his head sideways meaning I should forget it. He called Itoro and I to a corner.
He wanted info about the forensics team back at the murder scene of Stella Chaltone, who had killed her and why?
“ ....that sir” Private Itoro Abasi began “ was what I wanted to tell you earlier this morning before the raid.”
“ Hmmmmmm? Matt asked surprised at the tone of it “ You knew she was dead?
“ No. I didn't . Yet I may not know exactly who killed her but I think I may have found someone linked to it”
Making sure no one stared our way, he reluctantly came closer. Mattew's eye popped when Itoro whispered into his ear. Immediately his eyes located two people. One was downstairs, on uniform: Rumeh Kadiri, and the other one upstairs: Bukky Alakara. The president.
He did not show discomfort when she stared back at him. He simply gave a nod which she acknowledged.
He patted Itoro's shoulders proudly.
“ Who is it? I asked.
" Dont worry! " Matthew said “ I will-”
At the moment, his phone rang. He picked up the dial. A voice demanded to speak with the POTFRON.
Rushing upstairs, he signalled me to follow him.
Itoro , Sam and Gerrard Finder rushed too.
Bukky ordered the call to be put on loudspeakers. Everyone in the office except those downstairs could hear the convo. Sam had activated the sound proof in her office by pressing a remote control.
She quickly, silently told Itoro to track the caller. He rushed downstairs, to the amusement of everyone. He grabbed a laptop from the nearest table, took some cords and alighted the stairs almost in a flash.
“ Please be loud. I can bearly hear you” Bukky spoke in reply.
“ Good morning your excellency.” A deep voice repeated“ Sorry I'm reaching out to you this late”
“ Who are you please?
“ My name is Sethaniel Devin. And I have in custody three senators and one young inventor. A very pretty lady, you should see the youth in her eyes to believe me”
The ambassador made way to speak up but Gerrard pacified him.
“ Mr Seth? Hello? I must tell you that you are playing with fire. And to be light on this note it may burn where you least presume. ” She continued“ Anyways what do you want? And how sure am I that you still have the hostages, alive and unharmed?
“ Fire? I am the fire you should be afraid of ” Seth laughed into the phone “ And you said hostages? They are my guests. But they won't be for long if you don't comply to the following terms.
1) In 22 hours or less you will release from prison a convict whose details, I will disclose to you in another conversation on phone. So stand by (II) The U S government in exchange for their citizen will lift the current sanctions on Immigration into their country.
(III) Collectively, you are to pay the sum of 80 million naira as ransom for the Senators and the lady, you must put old bills of 1000 naira each in the convoy carrying the prisoner, that's 80, 000 bills of #1000 each.”
“ Okay ” Bukky heaved a sigh of relief“ I -”
“ All these conditions must be met accordingly” he cut in“ Failure to do so, you risk a nuclear bio-weapon launch. I'll bury the ASO Villa under a pile of dead bodies and by the time your scientists realise whats going on, they are all dead too”
I scoffed to the man's bluffing. In my mind Im like “ Oga Seth. las las , You are talking in the rubbish , you are talking in the nonsense. What you are talking is not having any sense.. Its not having any bearing...”
“ So --” Bukky tried to find the words. She drew me out of my thoughts.
Ambassador Green could not hold it back anymore“ Listen here Mr Seth. Or should I say Mr. Fero?
“Yes, Son , we know who you are. Son, I must make one thing clear to you, three Infact, the United States does not and will not negotiate with terrorists. ”
“Secondly , I swear to God, if you so much as lay a finger on the tips of her hair, goddammit, I will make you regret the day you were born.”
“And finally, Wherever you are, run , hide because we will hunt you down, even to the ends of the earth-”
“ Mr Green! Nice to hear from you” Seth cut in enthusiastically. His voice grew even deeper “ Kelly missed you. A second there, I thought you were not already acquainted with my identity. It was starting to get boring”
He said “ I'm not afraid of you. Rather I am afraid of what the Android device in your daughter's possession can do to everyone of you.”
“Now, you sonofabitch, listen to me_”
“ No! You listen to me! Seth snapped” I'm not done here. I have a drone pilot , armed with the coordinates of the French bio- missiles and Russian subs. It's called “ Caiden: the demons voice” or was it known as Project ” Nightingale in 1993 ? You know better. One mistake , just one and everything could be lost to fire or bio-hazard. I hope you explain to them the deadly ripples of mass destruction this Android device can wrought in minutes.”
He paused ” For your daughter's sake I hope you do”
A brief silence followed.
He said “ And good luck finding me. I'll be waiting”
The lines went dead after a shrieking laughter from Seth echoed in the office.
“ Did you get it? Samantha asked Itoro.
He shook his head sideways “ Nothing”
Matthew banged his fist against a table. "Dammit!”
Everyone else stood dumbfounded until I asked “What just happened?
“ Revelation! ” Matthew replied.
....Stay tuned.. The action just began... To be continued very soon .Capital Crime
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|Re: Five and Six by cassbeat(m): 7:16pm On May 04|
Creeza:Thanks for the mention boss
|Re: Five and Six by enirock(m): 8:06pm On May 04|
Creeza:Thanks boss for the mention
Now a demand has been made and I just don't think that's the endgame... Sethaniel Devin has other plans but we keep waiting
|Re: Five and Six by Creeza(m): 8:15pm On May 04|
enirock:Thanks for reading. You welcome.
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