A Second Chance – Classicpluz
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Maria sighed in frustration, threw her phone on the
bed and laid on it. She has been calling Abby for a
while but she hasnt been picking. She wasnt even
replying her pings even though it showed that she
was recieving them.
Even Susan too hasnt been picking her calls or
even visiting her lately. She was so lonely, she
didnt even have anywhere to visit. She wanted to
shop for her birthday but she couldnt shop alone.
Shopping alone wasnt her style. She didnt find it
fun at all.
‘i think you are correct Abby, we should stay away
from Maria. Not after what we experienced at her
house the other day’ Susan said.
‘Maria is possessed. I just found out recently and
mingling with such a person isnt too good for us’
‘she has been calling since sha. I dont want to pick
‘yes please. I havent even been replying her pings
sef. I hate that Maria sef. I have always hated her
since the first day i met her’ Abby said.
‘you hate her? Why? She is a very nice person.
Besides i thought she was your friend? How come
you turn out to hate her?’ Susan asked surprised
by what Abby said.
‘friend ke? It was because…you know she is rich
and she spends money like a fool. She thinks she
is the only rich bae in school, idiot!’ Abby said with
so much hatred.
‘Abby this is not fair now. Maria spends for you
because you are her friend and all you could say
was that she spends like a fool? Is it fair?’ Susan
‘abeg, spare me that jor! Maria is too proud. She
thinks she is the only girl with a rich father. She
had money to spend and all i did was help her
spend it very well’ Abby said remorselessly.
‘han-han Abby, i never knew you were this cruel.
Someone like you can easily send one to his early
grave with just the words that comes out of your
mouth’ Susan said with a long hiss.
She picked her bag and stood up to leave then
stopped at the door.
‘i think i know what this is all about. Henry right?
Our friendship is over. Infact i were to choose
between a back biter and someone who is
possessed, i think i will go for the later and i will
make sure i tell Maria all you just said, stupid
girl!!!’ Susan said and left immediately.
‘fools!’ Abby said.
Alice stared at the heavy suitcase for a while. Why
did her dad password it. How come her dad even
had such a thing.
‘i feel strange’ she complained to Angela.
‘how exactly do you feel dear?’ Angela asked.
‘i dont know, wierd. Its never happened before. I
feel like….i feel like i’m going to die. I feel
something sapping away my strenght….i feel…..’
‘how come? Are you sick or are you pregnant?’
‘no, i’m not’ Alice muttered weakly suddenly
Angela became afraid. She didnt know what to do.
‘then what exactly is wrong with you? Talk to me
Alice’ she panted nervously.
Alice felt her eyes closing without her permission.
The more she tried to open it, the more it closes on
‘oh my God. Blindness or death?’ she said weakly
then passed out.
‘Alice! Alice!!! Alice!! Somebody help me, Alice
please wake up!’ Angela screamed in tears.
Kofo rushed out immediately.
‘Jesus!’ she screamed and ran to her.
‘my dear! My dear, please wake up please, my
dear, please dont die, please’ Kofo said as tears
flowed from her eyes.
Then with fury in her eyes, she grabbed Angela.
‘what have you done to my daughter? What have
you done to her?!’ Kofo screamed.
Angela shook. Was she going to take the blame for
something she knew nothing about? Certainly not!
‘i have done nothing to Alice ma. Believe me, we
were just thinking of how to open this suitcase
when all of a sudden, she complained of being
weak, believe me ma, i’m innocent’ Angela said
‘what suitcase?’ Kofo asked temporarily forgetting
Scared, Angela pointed to the suitcase that Alice
was still holding tight surprisingly.
Kofo looked at it for a while.
‘where did she get it from?’ Kofo asked.
‘your…your room’ Angela stammered.
‘my room? You liar!’ Kofo said slapping Angela
hard on the face. ‘i’ve been in my room ever since
i returned from the funeral and no one entered my
room not even my hisband’s ghost not to talk of
collecting something and meanwhile, there’s
nothing like this in my room. Speak the truth befor
i hand you over to the police and charge you for
murder!!!’ Kofo said in anger.
‘ma, i swear with my life and that of my poor
mother’s, i have no hand in all of these, Alice met
me in my room and we requested we clean up
oga’s personal room since he was dead. We went
there and it was locked then she said she was
going to ask you, then she went to your room and
came out with the suitcase but it was passcoded.
As we were trying to figure it out, she complained
of being weak and passed out, i swear ma, i’m
innocent!’ Angela cried peeing on her skirt.
‘what are you even saying!!!!’ Kofo said pushing her
with great force.
‘i swear i will kill you if anything happend to my
daughter!’ Kofo said rushing in to get her car keys.
Alice saw herself swimming in the sky, she was in
the world she had never been to. She felt she had
wings now. She saw herself flying in the sky, being
free like a bird with no worries at all.
Then she saw the ghost of her late father.
‘father!!’ she screamed and flew towards him in an
attempt to hug him but he stopped her.
‘dont!!’ he said.
‘dad’ she called surprised.
‘Alice, the passcode you need is 3312. Everything
you need to know is in that suitcase. Everything
that i have lived for and every single attrocity that i
have committed all my life’ he said.
‘wh…what are you talking about daddy?’ Alice
Suddenly she saw butterflies. Her dad wasnt there.
‘daddy!Daddy!!Where are you? Daddy,dont leave me
alone, daddy please!’
Kofo and Angela watched as Alice kept shaking her
body muttering some incohorent words.
‘daddy,dont leave,me please!’ Alice kept
shouting.Then in her unconcious mind, she grabbed
‘daddy,you promised that you will never leave me
Kofo out of anger beat her hand away with full
‘idiot!Wake up!!!’ Kofo screamed.
Immediately Alice opened her eyes.
‘daddy,daddy,daddy’ she continued saying.
‘will you shut up you fool!Who is your daddy?You
better get up before i descend on you with hot
water!!’ Kofo said with a smile.
Alice jumped up immediately sweating heavily.
‘what happened?’ she asked.
‘mtcheew! I am so sorry Angela for accusing you
for nothing. This stupid girl just wanted to be
shameless again. Thank God we didnt take her to
the hospital!!’ Kofo said turning to leave, then she
sighted the briefcase and stopped.
She turned to Alice pointing to the suitcase.
‘you sure do have an explanation to this, dont
you?’ Kofo asked.
Alice froze as she stared at the suitcase wide eyed.
‘will you answer me!’ Kofo barked ‘where did you
get this from eh?’ she asked.
Alice panicked. She stared at her mother with fear.
‘i….i…your room’ Alice stammered.
‘you need a braincheck’ Kofo said.
Nneka could neither eat nor sleep for days after
learning of Fred’s death. She had wanted to attend
his funeral but she was scared, scared of Queen
Whenever a KUVUDU member dies tragically, no
member is supposed to attend, be it your brother,
or your husband or what have you. Should you
attend, then your burial will be next.
She couldnt believe that Fred was gone. Even
though he was no longer a part of her, or even
married to her, she knew she was greatly disturbed
and pained over his death, probably even more that
his own wife.
She rolled on her bed uncomfortably, shedding
tears quietly, for Fred. For Fred who was no more,
for Fred who never married her, for Fred who
despised and rejected her, the more she
remembered how Fred had humiliated her front of
his wife 29years ago, the more she cried.
She had vowed never to forgive Fred and hate him
for the rest of her life but she still loved him no
‘you this married woman running after a married
man like me, stay away for me!!!’
It echoed in her ears. It was Fred’s birthday so she
wanted to surprise him. She had lied to her
husband that she was going to visit her mother
When she got to Fred’s house, she was shocked to
see another woman, a pregnant woman for that
matter. She was shocked. Who was she and what
was she doing here?
‘who are you?’ the pregnant woman who she later
learned to be Kofo asked.
‘i should be asking you that question! What are
you doing in my boyfriend’s house?’ Nneka asked
‘excuse me? What are you talking about?’ Kofo
‘dont play dumb with me jare! Why are you in my
boyfriend’s house and who are you sef?’ Nneka
‘this is my husband’s house. Sorry, you missed the
address, try next door’ Kofo dismissed.
‘husband’s house? You are the one who missed
the address my dear. This is Fred’s house, my
boyfriend, so try next door!!’ Nneka said angrily.
Kofo suddenly burst into laughter.
‘honey! Honey!! Come oo. One psycho just
disappeared from a psychiatric hospital’ Kofo called
‘what?! Who is a psycho? Look, respect your
pregnancy and leave this house, right now! I mean
this moment and never…… Eh eh, Fred is here sef,
who is this monkey here?’ Nneka asked af Fred
entered the sitting room with an open mouth.
‘what are you doing here Nneka?’ Fred asked.
‘that didnt answer my question Fred. I said who is
this monkey standing here?!’ Nneka said angrily.
‘watch your language Nneka because she is my
wife and not a monkey’ Fred said.
‘wife? What wife?!’
‘are you clear now? Fred is my husband. My dear,
go and display your market somewhere else, my
husband is not available for you oo’ Kofo said with
both hands on her waist.
‘you this married woman running after a married
man like me, stay away from me!’ Fred said
sending triggers into her spine.
‘oh,oh! So you are the slutty mrs who has refused
to stay one place eh?!’ Kofo said in a mocking
With the way she sounded, Nneka knew Kofo
already knew, she felt betrayed. Tears flowed down
‘Fred….you betrayed me, betrayed my love,
betrayed my trust, you!!’ She whimpered.
‘hey, hey, dont even go there! Were you expecting me to marry you, you? A married woman, dont you know what is called taboo?’ Fred asked.
‘but it wasnt a taboo when she consistently slept with me without stop abi? You used me Fredand
then you say its tabboo? Ah,Fred you are heartless!’
‘you are the one who is heartless! You that is
sleeping with another man when you are married nko?’ Kofo hissed
‘i’m cominggg’ Abby shouted as she ran to the
door and opened it.
‘Maria!’ Abby called. She was surprised to see her.
Maria smiled at her and entered without being
‘what are you doing here?’ Abby asked sternly still
holding the door knob.
‘to see you of course and to inquire from you why
you’ve not been picking my calls’ Maria said still
‘i am not under any obligation……’
‘sure you are not! Just wanted to know’ Maria cut
‘good you know, so please leave my house. I do
not want to mingle with cursed people!!’
‘you heard me, i dont mingle with possessed
beings who are out to ruin the world so abeg
madam Maria, comot for my house abeg and mind
you, my door is no longer open to you, not now not
‘i beg your pardon? Are you trying to say i’m
‘you no know before? You are cursed, not just you
but your whole family!!’
‘how dare you!!’ Maria said and landed her a hot
slap on her cheek.
‘did you just slap me? How dare you!!’ and with the
speed of lightening, Abby slapped her back.
Maria was mad with fury. She grabbed Abby by the
neck, pushed her down and landed serious slaps on
Abby wailed and wailed, wishing her uncle was
Maria didnt stop, she picked a cable wire that was
lying carelessly on the ground lashing it on Abby’s
‘Maria please!!’ Abby said as she winced in pain.
Maria dragged her hair so badly that Abby began
to feel serious headache, so many bruises on her
‘stupid girl! Who is possessed?!’ Maria shouted.
‘who did this to you?’ Gilbert asked concernedly on
seeing Abby’s badly beaten face.
Abby sobbed ‘its Maria’
‘Maria? How what did you do?’ Gilbert asked.
‘she came here and i told her to leave that she
was possessed and all of a sudden she started
‘just like that?’
‘are you sure?’
‘well, in that case, you are wrong. You shouldnt
have told her that she was possessed, but all the
same, she was wrong to beat you like this, sorry
about that’ Gilbert said.
‘but she is possessed now! She is possessed!!’
‘how sure are you that she is possessed?!’ Gilbert
said flaring up.
‘she is possessed, thats all i know!!’
‘look Abby, if you want us to live in peace here, you
better reconcile with Maria, whether possessed or
‘but uncle…..i thought you said that i should
‘i did say so, but i change my mind. Tomorrow
morning, you will go to her house and apologise to
her. You must apologise to her, am i clear?!’
Gilbert said sternly.
‘you will not understand Abby, just do as i say’
Abby stood up furiously.
‘no uncle. I refuse to reconcile with Maria, now
now, not ever!!’
‘then you should be ready for me in this house,
because there would be no peace…and i wont pay
your school fees. Have i made myself clear?!’
‘haba uncle, how can you just change your mind
like that now? Thats bad!’ Abby said.
‘bad or no bad, you being friends with Maria is for my benefit!!’
Maria was very angry, how dare Abby call her a
possessed, a cursed….God! She remembered Abby,
who she used to buy stuffs for, give her gifts, share
things with her, took her like a sister and now what
was she saying? That she is possessed and
Her phone rang interrupting her thoughts and
checking the caller, it was Gilbert.
‘Hello’ she answered coldly.
‘Maria, i am so sorry about every rubbish Abby
said to you today, believe me’ Gilbert said
‘look uncle, your so called stupid niece insulted me
to my face today and she should be the one
apologising not you!!’
‘i am so sorry, looke lets settle things later but as
for now, i really need your help!’ Gilbert said.
‘never! Since your niece had the guts to insult me,
then consider whatever connection between us
‘look Maria, we could talk over things…….’ TUM
TUM. The line went dead. Gilbert cursed under his
breath. He nearly smashed his phone in the ground
but then an idea cropped into his head.
He sat down and crossed his legs on the sofa.
Somehow what he was about to do was far better
than involving Anabel in the first place.
‘it will be hard starting a friendship between them,
nope, it will take time and time is what i dont have
right now. So why not i use a real friend of hers?’
he said and smiled wickedly.
He stood up, went to his room, reached for a black
box under his bed, took the keys from the drawer
and opened it, brought out a fully loaded pistol,
kissed the butt and laughed wickedly.
He tucked it on his belt, used the shirt to cover it,
pushed back the box under the bed, left his room
for the garage, and drove out of the house.
‘what passcode Alice?’ Kofo asked surprised.
‘i dont understand’ Kofo interrupted.
‘ma, i think she should just try it. Even though i
find this ridiculous as well, let her prove it!’ Angela
said. Kofo sighed and gave Alice a calm but
She picked the suitcase and handed it to Alice.
‘i’ve always known you to be a psycho but i want
you to prove yourself, here’ she said handing the
suitcase to Alice who took it with shaky hands.
To Be Continued