Second Chance – Classicpluz
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Alice came down from the car tiredly. She hadn’t even closed the door when Felix ran to her.
She hugged her son. Then she looked up and saw her mother sitting absentmindedly in the garden. After giving her handbag to Felix to drop in her room, she went over to her mother.
‘mummy,’ she called with a small smile ‘good afternoon’
Kofo looked up and managed a smile ‘welcome’ then she kept quiet again.
‘mummy, are you okay?’
‘yes. Go inside, i personally prepared nsala soup with pounded yam, your favourite’ Kofo said in a bid to discharge her.
Alice sighed ‘okay, i will. I just want to ask for your opinion in a matter, tow matters actually’
Kofo groaned ‘can’t we talk later? I’m very tired’
Alice was taken aback. She wanted to say something but she kept quiet, just kept looking at a mother like a ghost for a few seconds.
‘why are you looking at me nau? Please go inside, besides, Felix wanted to tell you something’ Kofo said.
Alice sat on the chair Felix had vacated, then she held Kofo’s hands.
‘mummy, i do not know what is disturbing you, but i would want to know, you are becoming pale now and……’
‘there’s nothing wrong with me’
‘mum, thats a lie’
‘Alice, pleaseeee, leave me alone’
Alice shrugged ‘okay, no problem. But i do have something i would want to share with you’
Kofo looked at her. If looks could kill then Alice would have dropped dead by now ‘what is it?’
‘its about Maria. The daughter to the man i’m about to marry’
‘what about her?’
Kofo sighed after listening to Alice.
‘so you still want to marry a man whose daughter is against you?’
‘listen to me. You cannot marry a man when his family is against you, most especially when the person is living in that house with him. The person might be your hidden enemy’
‘so what do i do?’
‘my dear, i would advise you leave that man alone. You dont want to cause a rift between father and child, do you? Dont worry, your own man will come. And when he comes, no man would be able to cause asunder’
‘mummy, are you saying i should break up with him? I love him and besides, i’m pregnant for him’
‘you are always pregnant for a man who you wont end up with. Isnt it obvious that you and Tony or whatever cant work? That man’s daughter hates you. You wont have a happy marriage. And no matter what, blood will always be blood and love will always be love. Blood is greater than love whether you like it or not. If you get married to that man, one day he would turn against you’
Alice shook her head ‘no. Not the Tony i know. He would stand by me at all times’
‘sharrap! What do you know? I’ve been there and i’m warning you. Get rid of that baby and break off with him. Marriage is not by force and let him know that you can never marry him without his daughter’s consent’
Gilbert’s phone rang in his pocket. He looked at Amy who was concentrating on the romance movie they were watching. Then he stood up ‘excuse me babe, i’ve got to take this’
Amy smiled her approval and turned back to the movie.
He stepped outside, then picked the call ‘hello, Collins, how are things going?’
‘i plan going to the police station as planned. So, where are you?’ Collins replied.
‘just keeping busy. Anyways, just make sure Tony or any d–n detective get nothing from those b——s okay?’
‘sure dude. Okay, gotta go’ Collins said and hung up.
Gilbert smiled, put his phone back in his pocket before going back in.
Collins turned off the ignition, arrnged his suit and his glasses, then took his briefcase and stepped down from his car. He got to the station and prayed no one paid attention to him.
He saw three policemen by the counter, muttered a quick prayer before going close to them.
‘good afternoon my friends’ he said smiling, but they were not smiling at all’
One of the police eyed him ‘so na you be the investigator abi na detective wey we dey wait for since?’
Collins frowned ‘pardon?’
‘abeg, come make we dey go. Na so una go dey blow big big grammar. No be you dem send come make you come investigate those thieves wey go rob Tony Brown house yesterday?’
Collins sighed inwardly. Luck was surely on his side ‘yes its me’
‘na you con dey form as if nothing dey happen?’ the policeman said stepping out of the counter ‘make we go meet them’
Collins nodded and followed him in. They took him to a room where he was made to sit, while the policeman left and came back later on with the guys. Mehn! Their faces were horror. Naija police sef!
‘na the he goats dem be this’ and with that, the police left.
Collins wondered how the security systen had become. Were they really safe in this country? He just walked in and the next thing, they thought him to be an investigator sent from hell knows where. Or did they think that all men on suit were investigators? Well, it was luck for him.
‘oga mi,’ one of the guys hailed, Collins thought he saw hope in their eyes. Too bad.
‘guys how far now? How it take sour?’ he asked.
The three guys sat on the floor ‘no be small thing. The thing be like nigeria film oo. Play, play, na we take enter, play play, na police show and na play play we take land for here so. But thank God sey you don come. At least we don free. No be small beating oo, and…….’
Collins coughed. He wasnt here for this. He wanted to get this done and over with before the real investigator shows up and everything becomes exposed.
‘guys,’ he began ‘i’m very sorry for everything you might have passed through in a couple of hours. And i’m also sorry for showing up late. Gilb……’ he wanted to call Gilbert’s name but knew it might be dangerous. Hell knows who might be eavesdropping ‘we were trying to sought things out but relax, you guys are free now’
‘heyy. Baba we hail you’ the guys were happy. The torture was over. They stood up ‘oya, make we dey go sharply, this place don tire me’
Collins smiled and rubbed his hands together. Then, he opened his briefcase and brought out a food flask, opened it and it was filled to the brim with jollof rice and turkey. ‘guys chill, make una chop first na. Abi una no dey hungry?’
‘na true oo. Hunger wan kill me. But no problem, we go chop for motor’
‘no oo,’ Collins protested ‘where we dey go na eh, we fit no get chance eat oo. So make una dey eat. Meanwhile, why the hurry? Chilax, the police don tell us make we sleep here if we want sef’
The guys laughed ‘oya na. Make we dey eat first, meanwhile, where we dey go?’
Collins laughed as the guys started eating ‘make una no rush. Oga Gil….’ he caught himself again ‘we don arrange better for una. Better babes, better drinks’
The guys giggled in excitement. He waited till the guys finished eating.
‘oya, make we dey go na’ the guys said.
He laughed ‘i dey come make i go sign for outside, then i go bring una shirt come’ he said as he stood up. He was gonna leave his brefcase and food flask. He wouldnt have done that if it was America. But knowing Nigeria well, they wont even know they have to do fingerprint test….
‘okay na’ the guys said while giggling, then he left and went outside.
‘na wetin dem talk?’ the police asked ‘you fit make dem confess?’
‘yes. They confessed that one miss Stella Lawrence, Tony Brown’s ex girlfriend sent them. It was actually an attempted murder not armed robbery. I should leave now’
‘wait first. Where that Stella dey?’
‘she’s currently in Ghana’ he said and walked away briskly. As he got to his car, he shook his head ‘stupid Nigeria force’ They didnt even care to ask him for more informations like how could Stella arrange for assasins for Ghana. He laughed and drove away. Mission accomplished!
Watch Out For Episode 73