Stinger: “You don’t have a choice; I will carry you if I have to. Come on” Kaykah walked with him, and they left the bunker. When she climbed out, she was stunned and disoriented. There was sun in the sky, it was day. She walked tentatively as Stinger guided her steps to the waiting Hiace truck.
She got in and two men secured her on either sides, While Stinger sat in front, with Assasino as the driver. They drove to the Jetty and stayed in the car. Stinger needed to send someone out to scout the area, peradventure; the army had set a trap for them. He couldn’t go because he didn’t trust Assasino with Kaylah, so he chose one of the men to go. But unknown to him, the man he chose was an informant for the army. He was called Scorpio. Scorpio went out of the truck and walked forward, looking back every while at the truck as he walked farther away from the jetty. At the last minute, Sting sighted a man dressed in plainclothes, but he could swear, he had a rifle concealed in his long coat, he could make out the pistol grip.
Stinger: “Go go go” he yelled, just as the front windscreen shattered. He turned and saw Assasino had fallen on the steering wheel, and blood gushing from a hole in his head. He quickly pushed him away from the wheel and began to control the vehicle. All the while, Kaylah was screaming. Stinger turned the vehicle around and drove back the way they came. He decided he would take Kaylah to another location instead, she could just find her way back to her family. He cared too much, see where it got him.
Stinger: “Shut the fuck up” he shouted when Kaylah would not stop screaming.
They drove for a long time and it seemed that they had lost their assailants; Stinger stopped the truck abruptly and alighted. He opened the back door and pulled Kaylah out.
Stinger: “Just a few meters away you will find a hotel, go in and ask them to help you make a call so that your people can come and get you”
Kaylah: “Ifiok” she called as he walked away, she held on to the truck but Stinger did not look back, he turned the ignition and sped away in a haze of dust. Kaylah still stood there shouting his name, even after the truck had disappeared from sight. She began to weep when she thought of the fact that she might never see him again. She held herself tightly as if she was trying to prevent the pieces of her broken heart to fall out of her chest.
Malcolm was waiting for any news of his sister, the tech guys he was working with, were still tracing the money from the off shore account, to its final destination. But he was pensive, what if they took the money and just killed his sister. He paced up and down the living room. The house felt too big and lonely, his parents were in India for his mother’s surgery, Kaylah was with her abductors who may not release her, but kill her. He broke down in tears, and that was the time Nadia chose to show up.
Nadia: “Oh my God, I am so sorry; I didn’t know you were in this state. The gateman let me in” she said and rushed to hug him. Malcolm sniffed and wiped his face with the sleeve of his shirt.
Malcolm: “I am just overwhelmed. My parents are in India for my mother’s surgery. We have paid the money but we have not been contacted, am so frustrated and worried sick” he replied
Nadia: “I am here now. What can I do?”
Malcolm: “You could help find…” he was interrupted as breaking news came on air.
News anchor: “Today, near the Qua Iboe jetty, a group of militants were accosted by the Nigerian army. Two have been confirmed dead, there was a lady in the truck with them. An informant who is or was a member of this group told the army that the kidnapped beauty queen was being taken to a drop off point as at the time of the assault”
Malcolm: “Oh my God, I have to leave now” he said and hurried out of the house.
Nadia: “Go, go save your sister, when you are back, we will see if you can save her from me” she said and sat on the couch, looking around the big living room with disgust.
Kaylah had walked all the way to Esit Eket , she had removed the pair of slip on she had on when she was abducted and walked on barefoot. Her legs were sore and blistered by the time she got to Esit Eket. She located a guest inn, and asked for a phone.
Receptionist: “Madam no vex me this hot afternoon oh, you keep phone for here. You think say the world dey revolve around your fine face” the male receptionist said angrily. A guest was passing by and heard the receptionist, he stopped and scolded him.
Guest: “Is that how you talk to your customers? Show some respect”
Receptionist: “Hay God, see me see wahala oh, trouble dey sleep, yanga go wake am. Customer or not, I go change am for you oh if you no waka away” he said blinking his eyes. The guest was about to make a retort, but he looked at him properly and saw that he was a cross dresser.
Guest: “No wonder, waste of time. Young lady what do you need?”
Receptionist: “Na your papa, your papa papa, in fact all your generations na waste of time and waste of space”. He shouted, blinking his long lashes. Neither the guest nor Kaylah paid him any heed.
Kaylah: “A phone. I have just been released by my kidnappers; I have to reach my family”
Receptionist: “Ha madam, na you be Miss Lagos wey dem kidnap, ewe, sorry oh. Abeg, take phone call” he said and extended the land phone to Kayla.
Receptionist: “Please mister man, I thought you were checking out, drop the key and be on your way” he said in clear English. This got both Kaylah and the guest surprised. Kaylah had tried her parents’ number, none was connecting, so she tried her brother’s number as a last resort.
Malcolm had called all the people he knew in top position who could give him intel about the whereabouts of his sister, but none knew, the militants are escaped when the army accosted them. There was a general outcry against the actions of the army, people came on television to condemn the army, even SGI, threatened to sue the Nigerian army. But all these was not what Malcom wanted, he wanted his sister back. He was in his car, thinking of the next step to take when his phone rang.
Malcolm: “Hello” he listened as the voice on the other end shakily asked him to come to Esit Eket.
Malcom: “Kaylah, I am coming right away. Stay inside the guest inn and don’t move an inch” he said and turned the ignition.
Stinger, when Scorpio did not contact him, he knew he had been betrayed yet again, in a different way. He communicated with the other groups scattered all over Eket and Ibeno, that there has been a compromise and everyone should lay low. He decided to hurry to the bank and cash some of the money so he could distribute to the group. The money had been wired from the Cayman account through Switzerland, to his PBC bank account. He entered the building wearing a hood and a pair of wayfarer sunglasses, and walked straight to his account officer who was in on the deal and had a percentage cut from the money. The young man who was his account officer refused to pay heed to him; he stood up immediately and left his work station. Stinger was still wondering at his behavior when he felt a hand on his arm. He turned round and stared into the face of an aboki soldier.
Soldier: “You move I shoot you” he said in heavily accented English. Stinger closed his eyes in defeat, after being so invincible he had been caught. He cursed the day he met Kaylah, where before she had brought him good memories, this time, she had brought him nothing but bad luck. He raised his hands up in surrender. Two other soldiers, heavily kitted pushed him along, with their gun trained on him.
Question: What is going to be Stinger’s fate now that he has been caught? What does Nadia have in store for Kaylah again?
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