I wished it wasn’t my phone ringing. I stirred once more
before I reached for the phone that was lying on my bedside
drawer and picked the call without checking who was
“Why are you always sleeping when I call in the morning?”
“Good morning Niel.” I replied sleepily.
“Good morning baby. I need a favour.”
“Let’s go together to the airport to pick someone. I should
be at your place by 12.”
“Alright. See you later.”
I wasn’t sure if I heard him laugh or not. I didn’t even care,
my sleep was too precious. The wedding preparations were
really wearing me out. I switched off my phone to avoid
further interruptions as I repositioned myself for another
level of sleep.
Before I could zoom off to sleep, someone barged into my
room. It could only be one person: Tristan. He mounted my
back before I could start mourning over my lost sleep.
“Aunty Jam Jam wake up.” He shook me really hard.
“Good morning Tristan.”
“Good morning aunty. Let’s go and play.”
“Tristan, I’m still feeling sleepy.”
“No, let’s go. Let’s go.” He kept disturbing me and pulling my
hair till I got up from bed. He even followed me to the
bathroom when I went to brush my teeth. I went downstairs
with him eventually.
“Good morning mum.” I greeted mum who was seated in the
living room, reading her Bible.
“Morning baby. Don’t tell me this little man came to wake
“You know your grandson well mum.”
“Tristan?” She shot him a stern look but the little boy wasn’t
moved. He just kept smiling. She set him on her laps while I
moved to the kitchen. I met daddy Liam , Kara and Jason
there. Kara was cooking while the other two were helping
themselves to some fruits. I left almost as soon as I entered
since their conversation didn’t interest me. I snuck back
upstairs without Tristan noticing.
I made sure to hang the “Do not disturb” sign on my room
door and I locked it too. I set the alarm for 11 am.
“No, some extra thirty minutes will do me a lot of good.” I
said to myself before readjusting it to 11:30am.
Satisfied, I went back to sleep to my heart’s content. For the
first time in my life, I woke up immediately the alarm went
off. I went in for a shower, dressed up in my yellow shirt
dress. I completed the outfit with blue accessories and
shoes. One final look at the mirror left me satisfied with my
appearance. I stepped out of my room, my stomach was
“Well, well, look who’s finally awake and looking gorgeous.”
Jason commented immediately I stepped into the living
room. They were all seated seeing a movie.
“Awwn, thank you bro. Actually, Niel and I are going out.”
Just then, we heard the honk of a car horn.
“Jeez, he’s here. I have to take my breakfast .”
I ran off to the kitchen,my food was covered as I expected. I
didn’t even sit, I just hurriedly ate my jollof rice.
“You’re gonna choke if you keep doing that.”
“Niel?! Uhmm welcome.”
“Thanks babe. Relax and eat. We’ll leave whenever you’re
“Okay. I actually woke up late.”
“I know you went back to sleep immediately I dropped the
“Yeah. I was damn tired.”
“Me too. I slept late last night. We’ll talk about in on the
way, I’ll be waiting in the living room.”
I finally settled down to feel where my food was going. In no
time, I was done and we left the house. I wished I could stay
home with everybody as they were all around except Rachel.
She would be coming on the week of my wedding. Jason
was still waiting for a job, Kara was on break as well as
“So, who are we going to pick?”
“Elliot.” He replied.
“Niel, be serious for once abeg.”
He chuckled. “You this woman, I’m being serious here.”
“As in Elliot is coming back?”
“Yes mi lady. My bro is on his way as we speak.”
“And you’re going to pick him with a smile on your face. Am
I missing something here? The Niel I know wouldn’t even
“I know it sounds and looks strange but yes. We talked for a
very long time last night and I sort of had a change of
He downloaded the full story to me and I couldn’t shut my
mouth anymore out of surprise. It sounded like one of those
things that happen in movies.
“So the drug person is dead?” I finally managed to ask.
“Yeah and he’s free now.”
“I don’t… well, never mind.”
“What did you want to say?”
“It’s nothing Niel. I’m happy for him.”
“Well, we both know you’re lying so spill.”
“Okay, you got me there. Actually, I have a really bad feeling
about this. What if he’s not actually dead? Or what if he’s
dead like you said but he assigned someone to finish what
“ You’re so funny. I know the whole thing sounds like a
movie but it isn’t. Your imaginations have really travelled
dear but I’m sure something like that cannot happen.”
“If you say so. Anyway, I’m happy you both are okay now.”
“Yeah. I finally feel really good with Elliot.”
We arrived at the airport just in time. Elliot was so excited to
see us. He hugged Jathniel with so much joy and I could
almost swear that I saw a tear escape his eyes.
“Welcome back Elliot.” I smiled at him.
“It’s good to see you again Mille.”
“Take the front seat Elliot. You both have a lot to talk about.”
I offered when we got to the car.
I remained quiet all through the drive home thinking and
wishing that no harm would come to Elliot since he had
decided to amend his ways.
“Mille would you like to come over to our place or should I
drop you home.”
“I go for the former jare. I need to eat the rice of Elliot’s
They laughed and continued with their discussion. The
drama that ensued when we got over to Niel’s is a story for
another day. I could write a whole novel about it. There was
happiness, anger, tears and all sorts of emotions combined
together there that day.
“I just got to my hotel room now sir.” I said immediately the
person at the other end picked my call.
“Good. When did you say the wedding is going to hold?”
“In two weeks sir.”
“Good. Enjoy Akwa Ibom to the fullest. You’ll hear from me
“Thank you sir.”
“At the same time, don’t neglect your work. I assume I don’t
need to go over the rules again.”
“You don’t need to sir.”
“Good. Any questions?”
With that, he ended the call.
“Akwa Ibom, here I come.” I said to myself as I looked out
the window of my hotel room.
For the first time, I wished my assignment didn’t have to
end because I was enjoying the peace and solitude but the
days were moving so fast against my will. As promised,
boss called me up on the agreed day.
“How has it been?” He asked.
“Pretty simple as expected. I’m just waiting for your order
“I know. Pick me up at the airport, 2pm tomorrow.”
“Alright sir.” I almost couldn’t hide the surprise in my voice.
He wasn’t supposed to come over to Uyo. It was supposed
to be my job, to my glory.
At the same time, I wasn’t surprised. Since he became boss,
things changed a whole lot. I would surely get the new plan
soon. Although, I wasn’t happy about the change in plans, I
had a feeling that with boss on the job, things were about to