A Second Chance
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‘Maria, i will so deal with you, if you are
responsible for this!!!’ Gilbert said as he drove
furiously along third mainland bridge.
He kept calling Maria but she refused picking up
and then she switched off her phone.
‘They are really beautiful Maria, i must confess’
Susan said as she inspected Maria’s birthday
‘thank you. So, what did you say you wanted to tell
me about Abby?’ Maria asked.
Susan sighed and buried her hands between her
‘look Maria, i do not want to sound like a backbiter
or a gossip to you or Abby. I just feel that i should
tell you this. Maria, Abby is a bad idea. She is not
an ideal friend, i dont know whatever problem you
might have with her but…..she doesnt like you’
‘she doesnt like me?’
‘i dont know. She said that you feel……..’
‘MARIA!! MARIA!! COME OUT!!’
Gilbert banged the gate endlessly before the
gateman opened the gate.
‘na wetin happen, you wan break the gate?’
‘where is that daughter of a b—h!! That stupid
girl! Tell her to come out right now and face me!!’
Gilbert said giving the gate a hard kick.
‘abeg no break the gate oo!! No be the gate dey do
you’ the gateman said carelessly.
‘my friend shut up! Shut up before i slaughter you
here!!’ Gilbert said angrily.
‘oga, you dey mad! Craze dey worry you for head.
Abeg comot before i carry gun shoot your two left
leg!!’ the gateman said struggling to lock the gate
because Gilbert stood in the way.
‘let me talk to him Umaru’
Umaru turned to Maria, said something that no one
could here, then he left them and went to his post.
‘why are you here?’ Maria asked coldly.
‘dont ask me that when you know why i am here?
Where is Alice? Where did you keep her?’
‘meaning? Is this where Alice resides eh? Please
leave here this moment, i dont know what brand of
alcohol you took before coming here’ Maria hissed.
‘is that what you have to say? Why did you kidnap
Alice? What wrong has she done to you? Wont you
tell your flirt of a father to stay away from her?
Look, if you dont bring Alice out this moment, you
wont see your father alive again, and i mean it!!’
‘jeez!! What the hell are you talking about? Why
would i kidnap her? Look, if anything happens to
my dad, i will make sure you rot in jail!! B—–d!!’
Gilbert felt insulted. How can a sixteen year old girl
insult him in this manner? He felt like pouncing on
her mercilessly but after remembering who her
father was, he had a rethink. Then he thought of
‘look,’ he said calmly this time ‘if you are holding
Alice, then please let her go. You have no problem
with her. If you’ve got a problem with anyone, then
that will be me or Abby, but definitely not Alice’
‘i am not holding Alice!! I have never set my eyes
on Alice before except the night she behaved like a
call girl!! Uncle, be reasonable, i dont have Alice
besides, what stops you from thinking that Alice
has no other enemies huh?’
‘you are the only one i know of and…….’
‘what about Stella? Shebi, the both of them wants
my dad, what also stops you from thinking that
Stella wont try to get Alice out of the way so that
she can get my dad. But let me pass a message to
her through you, i will make her life a living hell if
she tries such!!’ Maria said and shut the gate on
His phone rang at that moment…..
His phone rang and he picked it up almost
‘hello Stella, i just thought of you’ he said.
‘really? I hope its for good?’ Stella asked
innocently, Gilbert almost thought she could do no
‘uh….yeah!! Why did you call?’ he asked as he
entered his car.
‘where are you?’ Stella asked.
‘me? Uhm, i just stepped out of the office, about
heading back’ Gilbert replied.
‘i need to see you’
‘okay, but why?’
‘we will talk when we meet’ Stella said and hung
‘what did he say?’ Jessica asked.
‘i just told him and hung up. I know Gilbert, if if
‘what do we do with this babe now?’ Jessica asked
cutting Stella off.
‘i dont know, maybe we should just beat her small,
then we discharge her’ Stella said.
‘no, we shouldnt beat her. We should just let her
call Tony here in our presence and tell him that its
over between the two of them’ Jessica said.
‘i’ve told you, there’s nothing between Tony and i’
‘and i’ve told you to shut up and keep your voice
down!!!’ Jessica said.
‘i am telling the truth, Tony and i are just friends.
Yes, i am in love with him but he doesnt feel same
for me. There is nothing going on between the two
of us’ Alice said.
‘i am in no mood at all to listen to c–k and bulls.
How can you tell me that Tony and you are just friends huh? Tony cares alot about you and i believe he loves you too! Have you ever seen friends who are in love with each other??’ Stella flared up.
‘i dont know what you are talking about??! Tony
and i are just friends, FRIENDS!! And i dont have any plans at all to quit this frindship simply
because a loser like you is telling me too alright?!’
Alice said flaring up too.
Stella lost it again and slapped her, Alice returned the slap immediately and a fight ensued between the both of them. Jessica was quick to separate them before the fight got out of hand.
After separating them, Alice was severely dealt with. She was beaten up to the extent that she had bruises all over her body.
Then, thereafter, they dropped her front of her gate and drove off.
(The next day)
‘Tell me Alice, what happened to you’ Kofo asked
for the umpteenth time.
Alice shook her head ‘nothing mum’ she replied.
Kofo shrugged and said.
‘your friend abi your boyfriend is here to see you’
Alice nearly jumped up in excitement ‘Tony?!’ She
ran to the sitting room only to be shocked at who she saw.
‘oh Jesus! Alice, what happened to you and where were you yesterday, i heard you were kidnapped and i couldnt sleep yesterday, i hope you are okay now?’ Gilbert said.
‘i am okay and i’m not happy to see you and i cant stand your presence here for even one second,so please and please, go and never come back.
Thanks for caring’ Alice said.
‘Alice why are you treating me like this? Is it wrong to be in love with someone and wanting to be loved back by that person? Is it a crime or a sin?’
‘it is not a crime or a sin. What is a sin is trying to force your infatuation on someone’
‘it is not infatuation my dear, quit the bullshit will
The door opened and Tony entered looking smart in a white long sleeve and a black chinox. She
smiled and went to hug him, then kissed him on the lip.
‘honey, what kept you so long?’ she asked.
Tony nearly laughed but said nothing.
Gilbert hissed and stormed out of the house
Tony and Alice laughed as soon as he was out of earshot.
‘you did this same thing sometime ago,
remember?’ Tony asked.
‘yeah, i remember, that fool’
‘what happened to your face, looks like someone
had a car to face collision’ Tony said and laughed.
‘Be serious jor!! Something happened yesterday and i’m really dying to tell you about it’ Alice said.
‘what is it?’
‘Stella did what?’ Tony asked. He couldnt believe
‘she and her friend did all this to me. They
kidnapped me and did this to me’ Alice said.
‘why would she do that?’
‘i really do not know Tony. They said i was
stealing you from her’ Alice said.
Tony sighed, not knowing what to say or do.
‘i’m so sorry, at least, they released you, i will
make sure something like this doesnt repeat itself,
now cheer up’ he said retrieving a white envelop
with a gold design.
‘whats that?’ Alice asked.
Tony handed it to her and smiled. ‘its Maria’s
birthday iv card’
‘geez! I almost forgot that a birthday will ever
hold’ Alice said opening the envelop ‘its
tomorrow?!’ she exclaimed.
‘Oh Tony, how could you do this? I have nothing to
wear for the party, you should have told me
beforehand so i can prepare myself’ Alice sighed.
‘okay, dress up and lets go out’ Tony said.
‘no way! Arent you seeing my face?’
‘it isnt that obvious dearie. Lets go do some
shopping, i also need to do some shopping’
‘babe, why are you looking worried? You shold be
celebrating’ Jessica said.
‘celebrating what? What if Alice tells Tony about
this. What would he think of me? It will only keep
us more apart’ Stella said.
‘oh God! Why are you such a tomas? After all the
beatings that we gave that lady, she go delete
Tony number sharpa sharpa, dem no need tell am’
Jessica said as she smoked the cigarette she had
in between her fingers.
‘but what if it doesnt wor that way? We are
supposed to have a plan B incase plan A doesnt
work out. Look Jessica, you are my only hope. I
dont have any idea upstairs for now’
Jessica laughed at the facial expression of Stella
‘Stella, you are looking like a terrified kid. Its on
the bible, faith moveth mountains. If you have faith,
this plan will work but if you dont, then i’m sorry, it
The door bell rang and Stella froze for a second
and Jessica noticed it.
‘whats wrong? Go and open the door now’
‘what….what of its Tony? What do i do?’ Stella
‘oh my God Stella!! Why am i even stuck with you,
how did i even get stuck with you. This is
unbelievable. So after all the preaching wey i suffer
preach, no one enter your head’ Jessica said with a
very loud hiss. The door bell rang again but Stella
refused to stand up ‘look, if you are not ready to
stand up and open that door, then i will do it, then
i will leave and never come back! Whats all this
rubbish for now?!’
Jessica went to the door, eyed Stella and opened
the door. Stella sighed in relief. It looked as if a
heavy burden was lifted from her heart.
‘Gilbert welcome, have a seat’ Stella said but with
the look Gilbert shot her, she sensed trouble.
Jessica and Stella exchanged glances, then Jessica
picked her handbag.
‘ermm, Stelly baby, i will see you later, let me go
and attend to my business’ Jessica said. Stella
pleaded with her eyes for Jessica to stay but she
shook her head in the negative.
‘wait, are you Jessica?’ Gilbert suddenly asked.
‘huh?’ Jessica exclaimed ‘uhm….yes, any problem?’
‘unfortunately, there is’ Gilbert said and Stella
looked at Jessica with the ‘i told you so’ kind of
look while Jessica returned her look with the ‘no
shaking’ kind of look.
‘what is the problem?’ Jessica asked.
‘have a seat first, unless of course you want to
stand’ Gilbert said with a wicked grin.
‘Gilbert, you are behaving wierd’ Stella managed to
‘behaving wierd? How can i be behaving wierd
now?’ Gilbert asked.
‘look Gilbert, let her go she’s a business woman
besides what i want to speak with you about is
private’ Stella said.
‘i insist she stays’ Gilbert said.
‘and i will stay. I’m not scared of you’ Jessica said
and sat down.
‘what happened to Alice yesterday?’
To Be Continued