A Second Chance – Classicpluz
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‘i……i……what are you talking about?’ Stella stammered not knowing what else to say or do.
‘who is Alice?’ Jessica asked and Gilbert laughed.
‘if you dont know who Alice is, i bet your friend here knows’ Gilbert said.
Jessica used her left hand to push aside the hair on her face. ‘so? She knows her and i dont, whats the big deal?’ she asked in her newly acquired American accent.
‘are you sure you really dont know her?’ Gilbert asked.
‘never knew someone bearing that name exists’ Jessica said with a wink looking direstly into Stella’s eyes.
‘oh really? Perhaps you’ve heard of Tony Brown right?’ Gilbert asked.
‘oh jeez! Whats up with all this strange and unpleasant names?! Look, if you have nothing important to say to me then i’d rather run along for my business’ Jessica said and stood up grabbing her handbag but to her surprise, Gilbert pushed her down with full force.
‘you dont leave until i ask you to’ Gilbert said and turned to Stella.
‘Gilbert, what is this all about? Why are you embarrasing my friend?’ Stella asked.
‘jeez Stella, where did you see this dude huh? He looks like some mad man that escaped a psychiatric hospital nearby!!’ Jessica said.
‘what did you say?!’ Gilbert asked angrily. The anger in his voice was evident enough to make Jessica shake with fear.
‘please Jess, i beg for you to take your leave to avoid any trouble’ Stella said and Jessica eyed her.
‘i dont really get this dude at all, he should explain things better to me. I’ve not even met him before and he’s already given me the impression that he is a up-to-no-good kind of guy!!!’ Jessica said.
‘if i were you, i would just shut the hell up because you dont know what the f–k i’m capable of doing!!’ Gilbert said and Jessica scoffed.
‘what are you? A killer? A kidnapper? A rapist? Oh pleassse, save me all this bullshit!!’
‘watch your tone baby!! Watch it. Stella you better tell your friend to……’
The door bell cut him short.
‘hope its not some lunatic by the door’ Jessica said as Stella made her way to the door. She wasnt sure who he was but was glad the person came at that time to save her from Gilbert’s whatever.
But opening the door, she froze the more.
‘Tony!!!’ she screamed as Tony pushed past her.
He wasnt surprised to see Gilbert there and a lady with a golden-sprayed low cut.
‘woww, woww, who do we have here?!’ Gilbert asked as he clapped his hands.
Jessica ceased that opportunity to step out unnoticeably by anyone.
‘i have no time for you neither did i came here to see you’ Tony said to Gilbert.
‘i know, i know, you are here to see your lover, Stella, i’m i right? Wow dude, you sure do have eyes for great things you know’ Gilbert said with a mischievous laugh.
Tony scoffed ‘just step aside okay? I’ve got no problem with you’ he faced Stella ‘we need to talk’
‘ta…..ta…..talk abou….t what?’ Stella stammered.
‘about Alice. What has she done to you? Do you know i can have you arrested for what you did to her? Thats kidnapping just incase you dont know!!!’ Tony said and Stella slumped on the settee close to her with her eyes closed.
‘so its true?’ Gilbert asked ‘so what i heard was true, you kidnapped Alice, my sunshine huh? For what reason?!’
‘and how am i sure that you are not part of this?’ Tony asked Gilbert.
‘what did you say? Me part of this? I will never……..never mind, no need speaking with you. Do you love her? Can you boast of your love for her?! Can you stand in front of the world and profess your love for her?’ Gilbert asked Tony.
‘huh?’ Tony exclaimed and Gilbert hissed, grabbed Stella by her chiffon top and gave her a mighty slap which sent her screaming and sprawling on the floor.
‘is this madness or what? How dare you hit a lady?’ Tony asked and Gilbert laughed.
‘you see why i say that you arent even in love with Alice. When you are in love with someone, you do the unthinkable when she is hurt but you…..you are just standing here doing nothing just here, sampling your rich dressing!!!’ Gilbert said.
The door opened on its own and three policemen rushed in……
Three policemen rushed in immediately. Gilbert of course was surprised. What were they doing here? He thought.
‘miss Stella Lawrence, you are under arrest’ one of the policemen said.
‘excuse me? For what?’ Stella said amidst tears.
‘when we get to the station, you will be told’ another policeman replied handcuffing her in the process. Gilbert didnt know what to do and he knew it was Tony’s handiwork.
‘arrest him too. He’s the mr Gilbert Adewale that i told you about’ Tony said with a mischievous grin.
Before Gilbert could even blink, the policeman was already handcuffing both him and Stella together.
‘Jesus christ! Will you guys let me go!! What have i done?!’ he screamed.
The policemen paid no attention to him and Stella’s rantings.
‘please let me go. I dont know what exactly i’ve committed’ Stella cried.
‘what is all this all about? Can you guys please explain?’ Gilbert asked.
‘dont worry, we will explain everything to you when we get to the station’ the policeman said leading them outside.
Sheraton hotel was where Maria’s birthday party was held. It was superb, the decorations, the cake, the food, the cakes, it was nice.
The hall was filled to the brim. Many people came, even Kofo. Though she hadnt seen Maria before, she came because Tony had personally asked her to come. Felix came too.
Maria stood with Susan and some friends and classmates jisting and laughing and of course admiring Maria’s outfit.
‘mehn you look superb!!!’ Tara said.
‘thank you’ Maria replied smiling.
‘but how come i dont see your bestie Abby’ David chipped in.
Marai frowned at him ‘lets talk about something else!!’ she said.
‘did something happen?’ Tara asked.
‘and how’s that your biz?’ Susan asked.
‘sorry, just wanted to know’ Tara said.
Maria looked around and caught sight of a little boy dressed in suit, looking round like he was lost, he was crying too.
‘oh poor boy, must have lost his mum somewhere around’ Maria said heading towards the boy.
‘baby boy, why are you crying?’ she asked the crying boy squating.
‘i’m looking for my mummy’ the boy replied.
‘oh sorry, come, i will help you find her’ Maria said….
To Be Continued