I awoke feeling refreshed. Slept so good lazy me was excited to stand up. That was such an amazing night rest. I thought to myself as I stretched out my arms in a bid to reawaken my muscles. Today was going to be a good day. I smiled at the thought got down to look at my face in the mirror. Well, so I thought until I looked around at my surroundings and realized I slept in the guest room. The memories came crashing again as the realization hit once more. My presence in the outskirts of the house a shocking reminder of this intruder.
I was supposed to be upstairs with my best friend waking up to the latest gist. We were supposed to be gisting about all the fine boys that caught our fancy on Instagram. I was supposed to be asking for advice on Emmanuel’s good morning text. Yet I was here, in the guest room wondering how to survive a man that clearly was out to break my friendship with Tania. Living through last night was the hardest thing and now realizing that this would be my lot for the rest of the summer was just the craziest part of it all.
I have to tell her. I just have to. I need to brush. I need my clothes. Going upstairs won’t work. I’m not about to see things nor look at him in the face. I’m also not about to let him see me looking like crap. No way.
I resolved to call her. I picked up my phone and dialled her number. She surprisingly picked on the first ring. Didn’t expect her to be up that early. “Did daddy wake you up for an early morning rendezvous?” I teased.
She giggled and I got my answer. After a brief silence, she asked “What’s up b?“.
I forced a cool tone, “yeah errm my clothes are kinda in your room and I need them or at least some of them”
“oh true, okay b I’ll bring them soon, gimme a minute,” She said. As she dropped the call, I sighed in relief. The hurdle of going upstairs in my night robe to see him wasn’t even palatable. The award-winning acting presentation that I would need to deliver was too stressful for me. I just needed some peace.
Some minutes later. Some light knocks on the door.
That was fast, I thought to myself. Then dragged my lazy self over to open the door.
“Nawa o do you have superpowers, this one tha-” my words were cut short with the sight of my visitor.
What the hell is he doing here?
“What are you doing here?!” I snapped. I sure as hell wasn’t expecting him. Why couldn’t he let me be?
He looked at me with sarcasm dancing in his eyes. “Came to drop these.” He directed our eyes to the bag of clothes he held.
My clothes. I realized.
“I’m sorry for snapping”I managed to mutter as I wondered why that annoying girl couldn’t bring it herself.
“It’s fine green girl.”
“You have to stop calling me that” I said through clenched teeth.
“Calling you what?” He raised an eyebrow as he studied me with an annoyingly sexy side smile. Ugh.
“Green. girl.” I repeated slowly.
“Why? Ain’t you a green girl”
“Seju just stop. Stop it. Please” I was already losing my mind. I couldn’t talk too much for fear of Tania eavesdropping.
“Stop what? I’m confused. I come over to drop stuff for you. You snap, now you’re complaining about a mere nickname. I’m lost, green girl”
“Arrrgh! Can you fuking stop it!” I dragged him forcefully into my room and shut the door. Hoping it was really soundproof like Tania said.
I don’t know where I got the courage from but I pushed him to the wall and held him there with my hands.
“I’m going to say this to you and I’ll only say it once. I don’t know who you are or what your plans are but Tania and I have been best friends for over 3 years. I love her and I want the best for her. I wouldn’t do anything to hurt her and neither would I be a party to anything that would hurt her you hear me!” I said with as much confidence as I could manage. He nodded as if agreeing with me.
“Good,” I said and released him. As I made to walk away from him he pulled me against the wall in the same position we were only I was the one with my back to the wall with his two hands shielding my two sides preventing me from moving.
Okay Let’s hear his own words, I muttered as I rolled my eyes.
A minute passed and he said nothing.
“See I don’t understand all-”
“Shh!” he caught me short.
He cocked his head to the sides and leaned towards my lips.
The Lawson’s residence.
“Plans have changed, the girl is irrelevant, she’s really not a threat. I can’t wait any longer. The numbers are dropping. Get rid of him today” Mr Lawson said with a face rigid as concrete.
“But sir, he won’t be traveling alone.”
“I don’t care. Who ever would be with him would be an unfortunate collateral damage. Do it already.”
“Okay sir. Before dawn you would see the news.” Tunde Badmus said with confidence. After all it was his field of speciality. 5 years in the military and 4 years in the police force have given him all the training he needed to execute such a grave task.
“Good.”Mr Lawson smiled. He knew Tunde would never fail him.
As Tunde turned to leave, Mr Lawson called out, “Tunde!”
“One more thing, no traces.”
“Never ever happened, never will.”
“I trust you boy.”
My heart slammed in my chest for the fear of what was happening. I couldn’t comprehend what was going on. Was he trying to kiss me? Can he stop? Please. My mind wanted him to stop but my body was doing something else. I was suddenly paralyzed and couldn’t move a muscle. His lips kept coming closer and closer yet I couldn’t even make an attempt at moving.
Just as I closed my eyes in welcome I felt his breath against my cheeks, then ears. He whispered, “I always get what I want.”
“Adaeze! Seju!” The door slammed open. It was Tania screaming on the top of her voice like she had seen a ghost.
My heart slammed in my chest. Did she see hear us? or worse still see us.
“What is it?” I rushed to her. Hoping she wasn’t looking so distraught because of me or Seju.
“T-Tv t-turn on th-the tv” she said each words as she covered her mouth looking completely mortified. I should have been relieved, but my gut told me it was something terrible.
What could be so bad ?. I was so freaked out.
Seju trying to be the man took the masculine baton and turned on the Tv. It was on trace.
“Channels…” she managed as tears began to stream her eyes. My heart was in my mouth. I couldn’t bear to Imagine what could be so bad.
It was breaking News.
The headline: …