Ubiji hesitated without taking the cheque wondering the
kind of person Adaku is. One million naira? How can
somebody give out such amount of money easily and
freely? That was the question Ubiji battled with as he
stared at the cheque. However, Adaku’s hand never
departed from his hair and her beauty glow as she waited
for the cheque to to be taken from her. She wore a black
top with a mini skirt that exposed her thighs.
“Adaku” Ubiji called. “What do you want from me?” he
“Your happiness” Adaku replied sincerely.
“I don’t know” She shruggled her shoulder. “Listen, stop
asking questions and take the cheque from me. I don’t
see any big deal helping someone in need especially
when I’m capable”
Ubiji became speechless and reluctantly took the cheque
from her. “Thank you. I will pay you back when everything
becomes okay” he said.
“You don’t need to. All i want now is for you to get well
soon. Let me get you a breakfast” Adaku stood up.
Tension and confusion took over the land of Umuye. The
king became devastated over what happened to the young
educated farmer, Ubiji. Some believed that the criminals
weren’t from the land rather from another land. Some also
believed that their problem was from within.
Nevertheless, Dike met his boys in their room feeling
disappointed. He stood at the door glaring at them but
was careful enough not to use grammar this time around.
“Who pulled the trigger?” he asked.
“Kachi did” Obinna replied then Dike glared at Kachi.
“You had the guts to pull the trigger when i didn’t order
you to do so? How dare you exhibit such disobedient,
inhumane and uncharacteristic character!” he yelled.
“Oga, Dike, the boy isn’t dead, he only broke a leg” Kachi
voiced out. “All you should be talking about now is how to
get your twenty percent of the money and leave” he
“But wait oh” Ebuka began and all eyes and ears were
directed and given to him respectively. “I want to know
how Oga Dike knew that Ubiji collected a loan”
“How’s that your cup of coffee?!” Dike rebuked.
“But we need to know” Obinna interfered calmly in a way
to convince Dike to let the cat out of the bag. Hopefully,
Dike began to tell them how he knew that Ubiji collected a
loan. “Before nightfall yesterday” he began..
Chioma left Ubiji’s residence after Ubiji told her about him
succeeding in getting the loan. She went home that
evening and entered into her room. She was the type that
put down serious issues on her dairy especially something
she wants to come to past. So she opened a chest of
drawer, brought out her dairy and sat in on the bed. She
began to write on it. Unfortunately, after writing, she left
the dairy open on the bed. And Dike, in the cause of
searching for her, opened her room to see the dairy. He
drew closer to read the last content thus:
*5th August. He has succeeded in taking a loan from the
bank for my sake, and my love for him has increased the
more. Truly he will be successful in no time and come
back to pay my bride price…*
“..after reading the last content of the dairy, i had no other
person in mind but Ubiji because he’s the one that wants
to pay my daughter’s bride price” Dike concluded in the
midst of the boys who weren’t much surprise. They
shared the money and he left.
Chioma returned to the clinic with a food-flask hoping
Ubiji accept the breakfast not knowing that Adaku was
also bringing her own food. Nevertheless, she stood
beside Ubiji’s bed with the food without uttering a word.
Ubiji manage to sat up without saying anything too.
“I brought you a breakfast” Chioma began to open the
food, yet, Ubiji didn’t say a word. When she finally opened
it and placed it on a stool before him, Adaku came in with
her own food-flask. Her eyes caught with Chioma’s but
she smiled. “Hi, Chioma” she said dropping the food.
Chioma didn’t reply her rather looked at Ubiji who showed
no concern thereby giving her the notion that he was
aware of Adaku’s presence. So she asked, “Ubim, what’s
Ubiji didn’t reply but glanced at Adaku who never stopped
smiling. Seeing that, Chioma stood erect leaving the food
on the stool.
“I’ll excuse both of you” she said and went out, yet,
Adaku didn’t mind rather sat beside Ubiji.
“I guess I’m late, you can eat Chioma’s food. It’s no big
deal” she said sincerely thereby winning Ubiji’s heart the
THE NEXT DAY
Ubiji returned home but was supporting his leg with
crutches. He sat in front of his compound with Chioma
standing before him. She had found out that he finally
collect a million naira cheque from Adaku. So she said, “I
decided to overlook what happened in the clinic after
accusing me wrongly. As if that wasn’t enough, you
collected a million naira cheque from Adaku. Now, i want
to know my stand; Are you still interested in me or not?
And if you are, you must return the cheque back to
Hearing that, Ubiji raised his head..