“I had a mini mission here. It’s a really long story.”
“I’m more than ready to listen to you.”
“Jathniel had a wife before and she committed suicide. Her
father is,or was not happy with what happened to his only
daughter. He had been monitoring Jathiel since so he knew
when your sister came into the picture. He wanted to have
his pound of flesh.”
“So,you’re the agent of darkness he used to plot the death
of my sister?”
No,that’s too harsh. He only wanted me to lure her into the
trap he’d set.”
“And you agreed for how much?”
She kept mute.
“So,you came into my father’s life to deceive him and kill his
“No Jason. You of all people should know that I truly love
“We’ll come back to that ridiculous statement soon ma. So
what level has your plan to kill my sister reached?”
“There’s no plan anymore.”
“Come again.” I could barely believe my ears.
“Mr. Jackson just kicked the bucket this afternoon.”
“This Mr. Jackson is Jathniel’s former father in law?”
She nodded like a robot. I had never seen her look so guilty
ever since I knew her. I was truly shocked that she was
capable of doing this to my father.
“So you claim to love my father and you want to kill his
daughter. Is that true love or has love gotten another
meaning without my knowledge?”
“I swear on everything I have that I never knew she was your
sister. As a matter of fact,I was only told what they hired me
for,they delayed telling me who my target was. It was only
after I knew she was your sister that I was shown my target.
I owed Mr. Jackson a favour from a long while ago,I needed
to return the favour or he would deal with me mercilessly.
The man is very evil and ruthless.” Her eyes showed real
fear. She was tapping her foot on the floor nervously like
someone whose bladder was about to burst. She kept on
telling me long stories but I didn’t care to pay serious
attention to her.
“Are you done with your super story yet?”
“Jason have mercy on me. Please don’t tell your father.” She
knelt before me tugging at my trousers.
“I won’t have someone who is older than me kneeling before
me. Stand up please.”
She hesitated for a while before rising. “Jason just help me
and God will bless you. Your father is the only hope of
getting married I have right now. I’m getting to 36 years
Jason. Please I promise to turn a new leaf. I’ll never agree to
such deals again in my life.” She was really desperate but
the part of me that would have pitied her died a few minutes
“I’ll think about what to do next.” I deliberately left her
hanging on a thin thread of hope. I had made up my mind to
tell dad about my findings already. For two days, I didn’t say
a word to dad for two days. Tessy was getting
relaxed,thinking I wouldn’t spill. On Monday,after lunch I
decided to drop the bomb when she went to wash the
dishes not expecting it to backfire. Unfortunately,things took
a sour turn. I carefully told dad everything from start to
finish. He flared up immediately I was done. He began yelling
at me,drawing her attention to us.
I couldn’t believe he would choose this strange woman over
me. He accused me of trying to kill his joy. He said a whole
lot of hurtful things,I had to ask her to beg him to stop. She
claimed innocence and began pleading on my behalf. When
he finally calmed down,he made it clear that since I was
making his wife to be uncomfortable ,he would have no
choice but to ask me to leave. Tessy immediately went on
her knees.I wasn’t fooled by her acting. I was simply
irritated. In any case,her fake begging made dad revoke his
statement. I thanked them both and announced I would be
heading back to Benin sooner than planned just to give them
space. I was enraged. After the episode, I picked my wallet
and headed straight to Aunt Liz’s.
I had been trying to reach Niel for the past two days to no
avail. I was genuinely worried about him and not even Kara’s
kind words could bring me out of my worries. On Monday
afternoon, the door bell rang and I went to open it,only to
come face to face with Niel. I assessed him thoroughly. He
was wearing a black striped suit. His eyes looked heavy,he
obviously hadn’t had enough sleep. His face looked a bit
rough compared to the smooth face I saw on Friday. He
leaned on the door post and said “When you’re done
observing me,remember to let me in.”
“I’m so sorry love. Come in.” I made way for him to move
“Who’s there Mille?” Kara yelled from the room.
“It’s Niel.”I yelled back.
“Niel,why do you look like this?” I asked him.
“I need a bottle of really cold water if I’m to have enough
sense to talk.” He answered. I dashed into the
kitchen,emerging few seconds later with cold wwateer. He
accepted the bottle and glass cup with an inaudible ‘thank
you’. He gulped the water so fast that I was scared.
“Jathniel?” Kara called as she came out rubbing her swollen
“Hey Kara. How’re you?”
‘The question is how are you?” I shot at him.
“Take it easy babe. If I die now,it’ll be this same you that’ll
cry. So chill.”
He relaxed on the sofa after dropping the glass on the centre
“Finally,my brain has shifted back to its original position,” He
made a flat joke.
“How’s Elliot? Is he still alive?”
“Troublesome people like Elliot always live long. He’s alive
and on his way to recovery.”
“Thank goodness!” I exclaimed.
“Was there any serious damage done to his heart?” Kara
“Not a scratch.”
“How’s that possible?” I asked.
“Elliot’s body is sort of strange. I can’t remember the
medical term exactly but Elliot has his heart on the right side
instead of the left.”
“I don’t understand.” I said with my eyes wide open.
“Dextrocardia” Kara put in.
“Exactly,that’s the word for it.”
I turned to Kara,my eyes silently pleading for an explanation.
“Actually,dextrocardia refers to the heart being a mirror
image situated on the right side. That’s the simplest of
explanations I can give you straight outta Wikipedia.”
“I thought you only stopped at year three. How come you…”
“Ask your sweetheart,I read a lot. I still read my medical
books seriously even though I’m no longer studying it. I enjoy
updating myself.” She smiled. “ I’ll leave you two now. I’m
happy for your brother.” She went inside while Niel stared at
her till she was out of sight.
“Kara’s a brain.” He remarked.
“Of course she is. She took her studies seriously after she
failed her UtME the first time. She became a genius
according to Rachel.”
“What happened to your phone? I called till I got frustrated.”
“My dear. This your Niel seated here has suffered. I lost my
phone in Lagos because of running left,right and centre to
get Elliot to a good hospital.”
“Have you been able to find the person that tried killing him
“No. Elliot’s hands are not clean Mille,I can see it clearly but
he’s forming innocent. I’ll make sure I get to the root of
“Just be careful Niel,please. I don’t want anything to happen
“I’ll be fine Mille. I came back this morning just to attend the
conference. It’s been hectic babe and I’m the very definition
“Sorry dear. Let me take you to the guest room so you can
have a little nap. No objections sir,you need it.” I used all
the energy in me to pull him from the sofa.