THE SMILE OF TERROR
“So what are your plans for the poor
guy? ” asked Lucy, Isabelle’s best friend.
Isabelle and Lucy were two closest
friends with absolutely different
characters which left people to
wonder what bonded them to one
another. Isabelle was tall and light skinned,
very thin with love for boys, or
should we say men? Yes she liked
men though she had never been in
love before. Not because the guys
she hooked up with were not good enough but because she believed
that men are very unstable.
“You can put a man in the palm of
your hand and toss him in whichever
direction you want and he will obey.
Any woman has that power but only few know it” she had explained to
Lucy why she would never settle for
only one man
“He is in your bossom today and
tomorrow he is in another woman’s”
Lucy on the other hand , never took life for granted, being brought up by
an aunt and an abusive uncle had
taught her to be very hard working
and hate men. Partly because of how
ill Isabelle spoke of them that she
had concluded that nothing good can come out of a man. She had started
working at a Spar as a general
worker after completing school to
raise money for college.
“You know what” Isabelle started “I’m
going to teach Alfred a lesson. He embarrassed me so much in front of
that girl and made me look like a
loser. He has no idea what he has
put himself through, and you know I
think he is scared of karma, he has
been texting to ask how I am. ” she told her friend and before she could
say anything , her phone rang
“Its him” she said excitedly as she
put her finger on the green button.
“Hello,,, am fine Alfred, how are
you,,,, , yes I know,,,,,,,, I already forgave you, am happy that you are
happy, we dont have to be enemies,
we can be friends,,, alright bye”
“He has signed a death sentence”
muttered Isabelle, “as long as I act
cool, all will be well” “You must be really crazy man, you
can’t continue doing this, she already
forgave you, why are you still
chasing her around? ”
Frank had been against the idea of
Alfred begging for forgiveness from Isabelle. He always prided himself in
his ability to know what women are
“She will seduce you until you give
in to her, then she will make sure
you get her pregnant, and everything about you will be ruined. Think about
the future you ve planned with Cathy”
But to Alfred he was just being over
imaginative because he would never
give her chance to seduce him and he was very content with Cathy, no
woman had ever touched his heart as
Cathy had found school work to be
harder than she had expected, lab
works, tutorials, and long lectures. Sometimes she didn’t have time to
“I was that busy in first year” said
Kay her roommate.
“I honestly admire you, you look so
young and yet you are almost completing, ” Cathy said with young and yet you are almost completing, ” Cathy said with so
much admiration. Communication
with Alfred had been very intact
despite her busy schedule.
“I think Tom is in love with you” said
Kay. The words took Cathy by surprise,
she had never expected such to
come from her friend. Tom was a
monk and everyone knew that, Thats
the reason they had actually
nicknamed him ‘monk’. He never wanted anything to do with
women. To him women are vipers,
atleast thats what his father taught
He was abandoned by his mother
when he was still very young because his father had left all the
responsibilities on her shoulder.
He was always drunk and never
wanted to work and earn some
However his father had left that part in his narrations and Tom only heard
it from his aunties. From that time
his father was forced to quit drinking
and start working very hard for his
“Women always want something for them to form a relationship or a
friendship” Tom had always told his
This had become even more evident
at the university when the females
begun flocking to him, looking for answeres to assignments and
solutions to past paper exams.
Its like the more he wanted to stay
away, the more he attracted them. He
was very intelligent and he won the
popularity on campus. Few girls had openly confessed their
love but he greatly despised such
behaviours and he had bluntly
rebuked them and told them to keep
“Everyone knows he is a monk” exclaimed Cathy.
She had managed to form a
friendship with Tom , she did what
no other girl did.
Tom was in his second year but
Cathy had called him buddy after two times of meeting accidentally.
He liked the idea and felt that Cathy
had no evil intentions and therefore
qualified to be his friend.
“How did you even manage to make
him your friend. Every girl on this campus has an eye for him but the
way he rejects proposals would scare
you to death” explained Kay.
Cathy too didn’t know how they had
become friends. He was frequently
visiting her and there were murmurs that they were dating.
“So aren’t you anxious about what
will happen if she disvirgins you? ”
Tom ‘s friends teased him. He had
told them that Cathy was just a friend
but no one would believe that because he never had a female friend
before. He however had come to
learn that there was a good side of
“Even if he proposed I wouldn’t
accept because I have Alfred” said accept because I have Alfred” said Cathy.
Kay had been against her
relationship with Alfred after she had
told her about Isabelle.
She had tried to make her believe
that in her absence, Alfred had gone back to Isabelle. In as much as
Cathy hated the idea, her mind
entertained it and seemed true but
she vowed to suppress such ideas
as much as she could because they
were fake. “One whole year without closing and
you think Alfred will wait that long
without getting a kiss. Just find one
here so that incase Alfred
misbehaves which is very obvious,
you won’t commit suicide” Cathy knew that her friend had the
right to say anything against Alfred
because she was in a better
Kay’s boyfriend was one hell of a
dude, dark, masculine arms, broad chest and coffee black complexion.
Cathy had never stopped wondering
how Kay got so lucky and found such
a man. He took Kay out for movies
and dinners and picnics on
weekends . it was like love in movies.
She was very shocked to learn that
they had dated for two years, the love
was so alive.
A week later, Isabelle decided to visit
Alfred but she wasnt allowed to get in the house. She got very emotional
and begun weeping, lamenting about
how unfair love is, loving the people
who hate you, the people who came
to your life uninvited, placing your
heart in people who couldnt be trusted.
Alfred recalled what Kelvin had once
“When your ex gets all emotional and
tells you how much you disappointed
her, its the morden way of seducing you, she is trying to get you through
pity, she wants you to lift her, hug
her and apologise, promise to do
something about it and that will be
the end of you” he almost laughed
out loud when he remembered how his friend had emphasised on that.
“Am sorry Isabelle but am on my way
out, I ll see you some other time. ”
Isabelle shamefully dragged herself
out of the house yard and left. Plan A had failed to work, the fool was
smarter than she had thought.
“But plan B will work.