Abasiama waited for a long time, she did not see anybody, even the Stinger who had employed her. She was worried about Kaylah. Her instincts told her something had happened and Stinger might not come home. She decided to leave, but where she was going, she did not know. She had thought she would work for a while to get money to start a life here because she knew if she stayed with Stinger, she would never find her children. She told herself that the first step she needed to take was to find a way out of the bunker. Out of the bunker, she did not remember which way they had taken, on the way to the bunker. She turned south and began to walk. She was weary, she had walked a long way, but she had to keep going. She counted the few notes Stinger had given her as upfront payment. Just 5000 naira, but it was better than when she first left old Essien town.
When Kaylah saw Malcolm, she was filled with mixed feelings. She had missed him, but she was also pensive. He had gone abroad for another masters because they could not stand being in the same place. They were both in love with each other. Malcom just starred at her, he wanted to hug her so tight, and kiss her with all the yearning in him, but he was afraid of Kaylah’s reaction.
Kaylah: “Brother” she said. Malcom bowed his head in sadness; she called him that whenever she wanted to remind him that they were siblings. When he raised his head, Kaylah was standing so close to him that he could see the tiny pores on her face. This was too much of a temptation; he was not a strong man. He damned the consequences and pulled her into a very tight hug, his nose in her hair. Then he pressed his lips to hers, without pushing farther. They stood like that for a few seconds before he pulled her towards the door.
In the car, they drove in silence, each occupied with his own thoughts.
Kaylah: “Where is mom and dad?”
Malcolm: “A lot has happened while you were away. Mom had cancer and did not know. The news of your kidnap was a like a trigger than set everything. She was in coma when dad flew her to Indian. He turned to look at his sister, she was sitting really still. That was her way of coping with pain, she went into herself.
Malcolm: “What happened to you there?”
Kaylah: “Malcolm, leave me alone, just let me be” she yelled. Malcolm told himself that perhaps when his parents were back, he would travel out of the country. He wanted to fight, but he had no weapon. Kaylah would always see him as a brother.
When they reached home, Nadia was in the sitting room waiting for them.
Nadia: “Here are the love birds” she said with a wide smile on her face.
Malcom and Kaylah: “Lovebirds?” they said in shock.
Nadia: “Oh sorry, I had meant to break it to you after you are rest, since it is already out. I have evidence to prove that you two are lovebirds, that you Malcom disvirgined your sister”
Kaylah: “Nadia, what are you saying, is that the welcome you would give a friend who was kidnapped?”
Nadia: “Get down from your high horse already. So, you have been banging your brother, while appearing like a good girl. Think of what the world would say if i publish this”
Malcolm: “What has Kaylah ever done to you?”
Nadia: “I am going to be the one asking the questions, not you” she said with a toothy grin. Malcolm pulled Kayla to himself, but the latter pushed him away.
Kaylah: “Leave me alone!” she yelled.
Nadia: “It is too late to be doing all that now, ok. Now listen up, if you don’t want me to publish your love letter to the whole world, we will make a deal”
Kaylah: “I am not making any deal with you. I didn’t know you were this poisonous” she said as a single tear tickled down her eyes. She turned and went upstairs. Nadia watched her leave, and then turned to see that Malcolm was not standing at his position, he was in her face. Before she could say ‘Jack’, his hands were tightly clasped around her neck.
Malcom: “What will stop me from just killing you right now?” he shook her head vigorously.
Nadia: “If I don’t come back, there are people who will publish the letter to the media” she choked out.
Malcolm contemplated just choking her to death, and damning the consequences, but he was not a killer. He released his hands and moved backward. Nadia’s neck had the mark of his hands around them, and her eyes were filled with tears. She picked up her purse and hurried away, from the house.
The next day, Kaylah and Malcolm locked up their house and flew back to Lagos. Kaylah had wanted to stay back, so she could search for Stinger, but Malcolm had insisted that it was not safe, as every militant in the region might want to have a go at her because the huge ransom money had been paid. Immediately they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed airport, she saw a man reading a Newspaper in the lobby. It was the picture of Stinger splayed on the front cover that had caught her eyes. She rushed to the man and snatched the Newspaper away from him, to the man’s amazement. She read the news on the front page and slumped on the nearest seat. She read that Stinger had been arrested and would be transferred like a top security criminal, to Lagos maximum prison, kiri kiri. She held the paper to her face, her eyes were filling up with tears as she read. Malcolm came closer and read the news, but he was confused by his sister’s reaction to it. The man demanded for his paper, and Malcolm began to apologize, explaining that she was kidnapped by Stinger and his group, she was released after twenty billion was paid. But Stinger had been caught because he gathered a group of tech guys and they had traced the money as it left his account to the off shore account, and from there they had followed the money till it came back to Nigeria. He told them that Stinger had been apprehended at the bank. The people who were listening began to applaud. Malcolm was caught in the moment and did not realize his sister’s mouth was open in shock, till she jerked him.
Kaylah: “Who ever asked you to do that, why did you do this?” she wailed. She raised her hand and gave him a thunderous slap
Kaylah: “Who ever told you, you could meddle in my affairs? Why didn’t you just stay in America?”
Malcolm: “It is not all about you; SGI was losing a huge amount of money, why couldn’t I try in getting it back? I ran around to make sure someone donated. Father could not, he had to pay for mother’s surgery. So, if I could, why shouldn’t I try to get the money back, why should I allow you be so greatly indebted to SGI?”
Kaylah: “Even if no one donated, I would have been fine, I was with Ifiok, I would have been fine. He wouldn’t hurt me” she said and ran away. Malcom just stood there looking perplexed.
Man: “She is suffering from Stockholm syndrome; it is a situation in which abductees develop attachment or sympathy towards their abductors. She will need help” the man who had been reading the Newspaper said. But Malcolm knew it was more than that, he knew the name Ifiok, his sister had found her childhood friend from the orphanage.
There in India, the surgery had been done successfully, and Mrs. Assanga was recuperating in the recovery wing, her husband did not leave her side even for a day. He sat by her bed side, and only went to change when she was asleep.
Mrs. Assanga: “I had a brush with death; I don’t know when God will call me home. I need to tell Kaylah everything”
Mr. Assanga: “Stop talking nonsense. You are going to the Lord anytime soon. And I don’t know why you want to put our child through emotional stress. I have not been able to reach them, but I read on the news that she has been released”
Mrs. Assanga: “I don’t understand though, why you would choose me over our daughter. That is so unfair”
Mr. Assanga: “Not you too, come on, you were at death’s doorstep, I couldn’t let you die, I had to take a gamble. Thank God everything worked out just fine” he replied and kissed her forehead.
NOTES: WINNERS FOR THIS WEEK
1. Bella Eke
3. Uzoamaka Nwachukwu Chinedu
4. Tony Sule Adams
5. Ingule Pheobe
6. Amibaby Okere
7. Solomon Blessing
8. Linda Adamma Nwachuya
9. Uduak Okon
10. Teekay Moboluwaduro
11. Maduagwu Onyekachi
13. Tolu Soyinka
14. Adetola Grace
15. Taiwo Madinah
17. Matildo O
18. Obioma Udochukwu
20. Chidi Chido
21. Kofoworola Akosuwa Sulaimon
23. Akinode Tobiloba Abass
24. Valerian Ekwunife
27. Amibaby Okere
28. Treasure Louis
29. Angel Steve
30. Efe Usiwo Efe Usiwo
35. Ibrahim Shakkyrah Shakkyrah
36. Whizkid Utip
37. Oluchi Ngorji
38. Femi Akin
39. Muyiwa Ogun
40. Chibuzor O
41. Bella Anifowose
42. Shade Ani
WINNERS RANDOMLY PICKED FOR SHARING ON THEIR FACEBOOK WALLS
43. Amaho Amarachi Mercy
44. Annie James
45. Grace Udokisai
46. OnoJo Victoria
47. Stephanie Sunday Aghogho
48. Toyin Jones
49. Juliet Chisom
50. Anaeme Jessica
Winners should write to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim their prize.
Question: What will Nadia ask Kaylah to give up in exchange for her silence? What do you think Mrs. Assanga wants to tell Kaylah?
…. SEE Episode 13 Below (You don’t wanna miss this!)
EXCLUSIVELY from ADELOVE.COM
(All Rights Reserved… Copyright!)