Tania stayed more than the time on the credit card because Skyby took care of her remaining expenses. Even her husband called and asked why she was extending her stay, she gave him one flimsy excuse or the other., until he stopped asking. However, Skyby told her that he wanted to go back to the city as a job was waiting for him. It was then that Tania decided it was time to return to her husband. It was also then she realized that Skyby was not the kind of guy a woman married, Damilola was. No matter how much she felt he had betrayed her, he was still stable. Skyby was only good for the sheets, or so she thought.
Tania: “I will visit Calabar from time to time” she said as she packed her things into her two suitcases.
Skyby: “Sure, I am going to miss you, Ima mi” he said and smacked her butt.
When she got back to Lagos, Bella called on her. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw Bella. Bella was a thorn in her flesh and she was beginning to think that perhaps she should take care of Bella. She decided she would talk to Skyby about it, didn’t he say he was there for her?
Bella: “Why do you look like you have seen a ghost?” she asked walking majestically into the house, she could smell fear all over her. What was Tania hiding, she wondered.
Tania: “What do you want?” she asked.
Bella: “I didn’t know I needed a reason to come and see my friend. I heard you and Damilola are trying for a child again? Well, I don’t know if he would be interested now that he knows Dayo is his son” she said flicking off invisible dirt from her fingernails.
Tania: “What did you say?” she asked suddenly alert.
Bella: “While you were holidaying outside Lagos, your husband was intensifying efforts to find Dayo because he just found out that he is his son” she replied, still acting nonchalant.
Tania: “Bella, what do you mean he just found out, didn’t you tell me he knew?” she asked, as her heart began to beat faster.
Bella: “A little over sight, I thought he knew” she quipped, still not concerned.
Tania: “Bella, you lied to me that my husband made a deal with your husband to keep Dayo with you guys, and now you are telling me you thought he knew. Did you use me to get rid of Dayo?” she asked inching closer to Bella menacingly, but the latter was the least bit afraid.
Bella: “And did you try to get rid of him, is that the reason he ran?” she fired back into Tania’s face. Tania backed down and asked Bella to leave her house and never return. When Bella was gone, she broke down and began to cry.
Tania: “I allowed her manipulate me, I allowed her use me. Damilola never betrayed me. He was the loyal husband he has always been. Oh my God, I have done so many evils because I thought he betrayed me” she cried.
Dayo, walked through the village all night, when he was tired, he would slump on the floor, but when he remembered his mother’s voice in the dream, he would get up. When the first light of dawn broke through the trees, Dayo spied a river, he hurried there and bathed in it. After the river, he continued his journey and saw a mud house, outside was a line on which clothes hung. He took a trouser and shirt and wore it. He felt clean and fresh, but he also felt the first pangs of hunger since he absconded from the hospital. He saw a rickety signpost that read ‘Epetumodo’. He didn’t know where that was, but he followed the road until he saw a church, it was a catholic church. In front of the church was a long bus, and people were boarding the bus, Dayo did not ask questions, he lined up too and got into the bus. Inside the bus, he smiled at everyone, and nodded his head at every question. But after listening to the conversation of some of the people who conversed in English, he found out that they were going on a church retreat in Oshogbo. His joy knew no bounds as he thought of going to look for his Madam Lagos. He planned a way he was going to look for Madam Lagos, and it was asking from person to person.
The bus journeyed for hours and finally got to Oshogbo. It was night by the time the bus reached Oshogbo, and Dayo decided to sleep in the church building where the others would sleep. In the morning, he would go look for his grandma, madam Lagos.
Tania called Skyby and talked endlessly about teaching Bella a lesson for using her for her own selfish agenda. Skyby asked her what she wanted to do to her, and Tania told him that she wanted Bella dead. Skyby asked her if she was sure, many times that Tania should have been suspicious, but she replied in the affirmative.
Skyby: “Alright, I will get her for you, but you will be the one to kill her yourself” he said.
Tania: “Kill her myself, I thought you would just take care of it”
Skyby: “It is you, who knows how much she has hurt you”
Tania: “Alright, alright, I will do it. When will you be in Lagos?”
Skyby: “I will let you know” he replied and rang off.
Tania: “I am going to use you as much as I can, and then I am going to dump your ass. I might have gushed to you, but my heart lies with my husband, especially now that I know that he did not deceive me” she said to the phone.
No matter how Gberan tried, there was no headway in Dayo’s case, it was like he vanished into thin air. His mother, Madam Lagos did not eat or drink, she locked herself in the guest bedroom, and sometimes at night, her cries of regret could be heard in the house. She regretted bringing Dayo to Lagos, she told herself she could have taken care of him in Oshogbo. If she had done that, Dayo would still be with them, she thought.
Even Bella was not at ease since Dayo disappeared, her curiosity kept getting the better of her, Ken was the only one who was happy and at peace. Even though his father still did not spend time with him, and scolded him instead, he was still happy that Dayo was gone. Bella’s curiosity got her into the net of Skyby. She was watching her son do his home assignment when her phone rang.
Skyby: “Meet me and I will tell you what Tania did to Dayo” he said.
Bella: “Who is this?” she asked and Skyby could hear her fast breathing.
Skyby: “Do as I say, I shall send you a message, it would contain the address of where you would meet me” he said and hung up. As he had said, a few minutes later, a text message came into her phone. She read the message and contemplated within herself if she should go or not. She thought of the power that the piece of information would give her over Tania and she decided to go. She called the housekeeper and put Ken in her care before she drove out of the house.
The address was a warehouse on a deserted part of Tin can Island, she parked in the bushy path that led to the warehouse, and walked the short distance to the warehouse. As she entered, she met a muscularly built man, it was Skyby.
Skyby: “So you want to know about Tania?” he asked.
Bella: “Of course, what did she do, did she try to kill Dayo?” she asked anxiously, as she looked around the warehouse. There was an eerie feeling to the place, like trouble lurked in its shadows. She was too preoccupied with badgering Skyby for answers, she didn’t realize that Tania had walked into the warehouse. When she decided that Skyby was not going to tell her what she wanted to know, she turned to go and stared into the nuzzle of Tania’s gun.
Tania: “My friend Bella, did you really come to hear my sordid deeds?” she asked sarcastically. Bella looked on with fright, her mouth dried and unable to move to form words. But one thing was sure in her mind, that she was not going to leave the warehouse alive.
Question: Is Skyby on Tania’s side or is he setting her up. Also will Bella survive this encounter with Tania, or is this the end of her wicked ways?
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