A Second Chance Season 2 Episode 11
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‘thats nonsense, what the heck are you talking about?’ Alice asked.
‘you have every right to remain silent because whatever you say might be used against you in the court of law’ the police said.
‘excuse me officer, but you just cant come here to arrest my fiancee without……’
‘if you are talking about evidence or proof, then you will have to follow us to the station, constable, please handcuff her’
The constable moved forward with the handcuff is his hands.
‘no, you cant take me. Tony, you’ve got to help me. Help me please’ Alice cried.
Gilbert kissed her forehead, then smiled ‘my ever beautiful niece, my sunshine, the star in my heart, how are you?’
Abby blushed ‘common now uncle, why are you calling me pet names?’
‘because you are my one and only niece, my darling. The only family i have now’
‘dont you have plans of getting married?’
Gilbert sighed and threw his hand around Abby’s shoulders ‘i once had. But not anymore’
Gilbert sighed and pinched her jaw playfully ‘reasons best known to me my darling niece’
Abby shrugged ‘have you eaten? I cooked jollof rice’
‘yeah, i have eaten. Why wont i eat the food you suffered to prepare for me?’
‘was it delicious?’
‘uh….well, you are improving. The catering classes you’ve been taking are gradually paying off. It would have been better if we had a woman here who would teach you better’
‘i will learn’
Gilbert chuckled ‘i’m sure you will. Darling, i want you to do something for me. I mean, your friend, eh, Maria’
‘oh! That reminds me. I have to go to her house. She hasnt been in school for three days now, and no one called the school management to inform them of her reason or reasons for being absent’
‘thats what i wanted to talk to you about. Maria is currently in the hospital. She was shot, three days ago’
‘JESUS CHRIST! THATS UNBELIEVABLE. HOW, WHEN AND WHY?’
‘calm down Abby. I heard she was shot on her way back from school on Monday’
‘my God. And she wanted to come visit me here that day but she didnt come again. Maybe that was when she was shot. No! I hope she’s not dead?’
‘no, she’s not. She’s just in coma’
‘coma? Whats a coma?’
‘thats a definition for another day Abby. Like i said earlier, she needs your help. She really needs yur help’
‘she needs my help?’
‘yes she does. But not in a way yu are thinking of. I want to whisper something to your ears, come closer’
‘but there’s no one else in the house but you and i’
‘i know. But you know, walls do have ears’
‘okay,’ Abby drew close and Gilbert whispered something into her ears ‘thats absurd uncle! I didnt see anything’
‘well, you saw something’
‘officer, this cant be true,’ Tony said as he took a seat in front of the ASP ‘Alice is innocent. I can feel it’
The ASP shook his head ‘i understand whatever you may be going through now. But Alice isnt as innocent as you think’
‘thats nonsense. If she tried to kill Maria, then why was she in the hospital to see her?’
The ASP laughed ‘its obvious you dont understand how criminals operate Mr Brown. She was only there to monitor her condition. I’m sure she wouldnt have hesitated to finish her off if she was recuperating faster’
‘why on earth would she want to kill Maria?’
‘you should know the reason for that mr Brown. However, our source states that Maria never really liked Alice and never wanted you to marry her, she was a stumbling block to the marriage of both of you. And besides, she broke up with yu for the period of two weeks and then suddenly, you guys are back together, doesnt that ring a bell?’
‘so, what are you insinuating?’
‘she needed time to plan for the assasination of Maria. And the other time assasins were sent to your home, Alice was the one who paid them to do the job, to have Maria killed’
Tony frowned, trying to fix the puzzle, before he could speak, the ASP spoke again.
‘and we have witnesses’
‘witnesses?’ Tony asked amazed.
The ASP pressed the intercom and asked for the witnesses to be sent to the office.
The door flew open and Tony gasped in shock…..
Tony gasped as Gilbert, Abby, Angela, an unfamiliar woman, and Rhoda? What…..how was Rhoda here, they all entered the office.
Tony was sweating profusely. Gawd, this was tough.
The ASP looked at him enquiringly ‘these are the witnesses, can you identify any of them?’
Tony was speechless as he looked at all of them ‘whats this all about?’ he asked finally finding his voice ‘Rhoda? Angela? Abby? How..how are you….i dont understand’
‘we’ve already interviewed them before but for your sake, we would interview them again. He took a book from his table and opened it.
‘Gilbert Martins?’ he called.
Gilbert signified by raising up his hands ‘i’m the one’
‘tell us what you saw’
Gilbert cleared his throat ‘i was at Amy, my girlfriend’s house last week when the door bell rang. I was in the restroom, relieving myself while she went to answer the door. I heard Alice’s voice, i’m sure of that. I just went straight to Amy’s bedroom, i didnt bother coming out because i and Alice arent in good terms. And then, the next thing i heard was a gunshot, i rushed out in time and saw Alice tuck the gun into her jean pocket, then she spat on Amy’s face and then…then,’ Gilbert stopped as tears trickled down his cheeks ‘she left. I couldnt confront her because i thought i was the only one who saw her, i was afraid she would kill me if she saw me and….she would never be caught. I really loved my girlfriend and vowed to avenge her death. That was why i reported to the police. But then, i later found out that her neighbour here,’ he pointed at the fat woman besides him ‘also saw Alice’
‘una good afternoon oo. My name na madam Salome. I be Amy neighbour, her window face my doormot so that day, last week monday, my pikin been no well. So i say make i go buy medicine for am for one pharmacy wey near us. So, as i dey comot, na i hear bang! I fear, my head be like sey e wan fall for ground, i con say make i peep for window as the window kukuma near me. As i go there go peep, ne i see one woman oo. Hmm, the one dey chocolate, fine woman and i recognise am as Amaka friend. Her name na Alice and she get one small son like that. Infact, her son and my son na friend. She hold gun, i fear. I be wan run, na she con dey comot, na i pick race oo. I no wan die’ the fat and ugly woman explained.
Tony closed his eyes, this cant be happening, no. His Alice wasnt a killer. He knew her.
‘my name is Abigail, i am Maria’s best friend. We shared alot of secrets so Maria confided in me that she hated her father’s concubine……’
‘she is my fiancee, not my concubine!’ Tony flared.
‘please, let her speak’ the ASP said.
Abby shrugged and continued ‘and she said that there was something fishy about this woman. That this woman hated her. And there was one day, she said something. She said, that the woman, Alice by name, served her a meal, but she wasnt hungry so she gave it to a neighbour’s dog, and the next day, she heard the dog died from food poisoning. She was suspicious, but hid her thoughts. Then, another time, she was standing at the balcony, then she felt a presence behind her, then she turned, behold she saw Alice standing behind her with a knife just inches apart from her back. She said assuming she was a second late in turning back, she would have died’
‘thats not true!’ Tony fired standing up ‘you all should stop lying against Alice, if you all have a problem, please sort it one way or the other, please dont lie against her. Alice is innocent. I feel it in my guts’
‘please mr Brown, lets hear the other speak’ the ASP said.
Tony quietly sat down.
‘okay, Rhoda. You are Tony’s househelp right?’ the ASP asked.
‘yes sir,’ Rhoda replied shyly.
‘okay, say what you saw or heard’ the ASP said.
‘i….i…i went into the kitchen one day and….and i saw Alice putting a powdery substance to what Maria dropped on top of the freeze, probably to get something from her room. It was a cup of juice. Immediately i caught her, she threw the juice away in the sink, lying thata housefly entered the drink. That was one. And then another way, i overheard her making a call, she was saying that someone, the person she was talking to actually, picked up the wrong guys for the job and they should make sure that they are killed in prison’ Rhoda said.
Tony raised a brow. He heard that those assasins were killed in prison by a mysterious man ‘was it a male or female she was talking to?’
‘from what i was able to deduce, she was talking to a male’ Rhoda said.
Tears came down from Tony’s eyes. Gawd! This cant be true, never!
‘lets hear you’ the ASP said referring to Angela.
‘i…am the maid in the family house of Alice. I’ve worked there for over ten years now and Alice is my closest friend. I know her in and out, she is very dangerous though nice. She hates something getting in the way of her plans, she wanted to marry Tony and milk him dry so….,’ she winced in pain, pains for lying against a friend ‘Maria was in the way of her plans. She came to me for advice one day and i begged her to leave Tony if she didnt love him but she refused. Then she told me she was going to kill Maria. She came to me one afternoon asking for the poisonous powerdery substance that she wanted to put in her drink. Then she told me that the househelp accidently caught her and she had to plan again. The she said, she wanted it clean so she arranged for assasins to be sent to Tony’s house, and she decided to spend the night there as well and have the guys rape her so her hands could be clean’ she paused.
Tony swallowed. Then he remembered, Alice never spent the night in his house but on the particular night she decided to spend the night in his house was the time assasins came to the house.
‘but again, it failed. So last week, we were going to the market, when we saw a car pass, and she said it was Maria inside,’ she started sobbing ‘then she told the cab to follow the…the car. And once the car pulled up in front of building, in a lonely street, she came down and approached Maria, i really didnt know what they were saying, but…..but…..she shot Maria there and then, and we took to our heels. I was shattered, i couldnt watch a teenage young and ignorant girl die, so out of the kindness of my heart, i contacted my boyfriend and told him everything, so he went to the place where she shot Maria, and took the body to an uncompleted building near your house, then i stole your private number from her phone and sent it to him. That was how he was able to send you that text message’
Tony burst into uncontrollable tears, he didnt want to believe anything they said, but they were all linked somehow.
Moreover why would five people want to lie against her? Why? There was no reason whatsoever.
Alice wanted to kill Maria. Then something crossed his mind, he looked up at Angela.
‘the assasins who shot Maria on her birthday, who sent it?’ he asked.
Angela looked at Gilbert enquiringly, then nodded ‘it was Alice’
Without warning, Tony marched towards her and gave her a heavy slap that sent her sprawling to the floor.
‘dont you dare lie against Alice again. I love her and there’s nothing on earth that can make me doubt her. Unless, she admits that she committed all these crimes herself. I swear to you all here, one more lie from any of you and i will you have you guys jailed for life!’ Tony warned sternly.
‘do you love her that much?’ Gilbert asked.
‘yes, i love her that much and more. And i trust her with my life!’ he stormed out of the office angrily.
To Be Continued