Story by Michael Luxguy Augustine
In no time people had covered d compound(that’sy i hate village things)d noise in d small compound was alarming,everyone wanted to knw what was wrong,infact those that were told what went wrong on time goes out to call more people(women,they like gossip).
My mother was revived bt she wasnt that concious as Sir Winners continued to explain what & how his son died
Sir Winners:clintonhad an accident 17 years ago,this incured him a mark on his forehead where his head was opened due to d accident,he couldnt survive it.his death was a painful one because he was my only child.he died a death he did not agree with his creator,he died before his time…yes my step father has a mark on his forehead as if it was sticted,hmmm this is making sense now but i wish he wld just come out now & tell them something like “who died? I never died” but no he never did.so that was d last time i saw my precious step father? No it not possible,i know i wld see him when i get to lagos again.i felt tears drop from my eyes.mama clinton ws still shouting as if clinton just died,she was by his grave now hitting it as if she wants to hit out clinton(my step father),women were gathered holding her and consoling her while some elders were gathered at one side discussing on hw to go to lagos to confirm everything(world people eh,they always want to see with their eyes).
The next day myself,two youths & two elders(sir winners & one other elder) sat off to my step father’s house in lagos.my mother couldnt follow us because she had not regained her conciousness fully.
Like play like play we arrivelled lagos & entered a bike to my step father’s house.it was rented & it a big house,a one story building but its wide,two houses down & two up,each contains 4 bed room flats & a big parlour,we & one other tenant occupied d down flates while d landlady & one other tenant occupied d up building.we got to d house,i opened the gate because it only insiders who can open d gate,visitors cant no matter hw they try unless we teach them or they have similar gate at home & behold my step father’s car wasnt in d compound where he had parked it before we travelled d previous day,i was so surprised but thank God d landlady ws outside,she ws fixing something in her car(the landlord is late)
Me:good evening ma
Landlady: Dan,how are u(she noticed the elder when she raised her head)afternoon o elders
Elders: (both smiling,trying to hide that things weren’t all right)our daughter,how are u(the youths greeted too)
Elders: our children nkor
Landlady:they are all fine sir.Dan any problem?
Me:no,pls is my father around?(here in lag everyone thinks he is my real father & as u can see am even answering his name Winners)
Landlady:ur father! he was here helping me out few minutes ago but drove out about 5minutes ago to his office
Sir Winners:u mean clinton just left here?
Landlady:yes he just drove out,any problem
Elder:no problem,this(pointing at sir winners)is his father
Landlady: ok,he just left that he wants to get something at his work place
Sir Winner: ok thank you.daniel do u know his office?
Me:yes sir i do
Elder:take us there…at lest i was happy that they would be proven wrong by seeing my step father alive and healthy but am still surprised how come he ran back here living us in Edo state,maybe his people offended him.well cant wait for all this whole drama to end and i proven right.i took them to my step father’s place of work and as God may have it we met his manager outside,about to open his car probably to drive out,i knew him very well and he knows me too because my step father is his assitant manager and had brought me to the office on many occasions.he was surprise to see me,we greeted and all that
Me:sir please is my dad at work
Manager:ah ah,your father just drove off a minute before you approached me
Sir Winners: please my dear,he is my son,please what did he come to do at the office
Manager: (shakes his head)hmmm,mr clinton winners was a good and hardworking man(this man should go straight to the point na) and am surprised he came to tender his resignation letter without due reasons
All: (except me)he resigned?
Manager:yes resigned,does he have any problem at home?
Sir Winners:no not at all,daniel take us back home we would wait for him at home
Me: ok sir…we thanked the manager and left but wait what is really going on,is my step father playing tricks on us! he better stop because his tricks are becoming expensive than expected.we got home,entered the compound and met the landlady again
Landlady:eeenn you people are lucky,he just came back and i informed him
Elder: oh thank u my daughter but where is his car?
Landlady:i dont know,he came back without it and i didnt bother asking him
Sir winners: ok thank u my daughter.dan take us inside…lo & behold inside d house was empty.
To be continued…