Second Chance Episode 16 – 20
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Amy visited Alice later that day and Alice wouldnt
stop talking about Tony and what happened
between she, Tony and Gilbert. Amy
noticed a glow
in her face that wasnt there before.
‘girlfriend, are you sure you are not crushing on
this Mr. Tony Brown of yours huh?’ she asked with
a mischievous look on her face.
‘Han han now, Amy why are you talking like this. I
was just gisting you but if you dont want, i can
change the subject’ she said frowning
Amy laughed loudly.
‘lest i forget, Benjamin’s mum asked of you’ she
Alice smiled and promised to visit them later this
Amy soon left after informing her to be careful of
Gilbert and his mischief and to try to get closer to
Tony. Alice chided Amy for being naughty but deep
within her, she really wanted to see Tony again.
She remembered she had his contact, she was
tempted to call but didnt…….
Maria refused to have dinner with Nneka. She
insisted on waiting for her dad to return. Nneka
didnt bother talking to her but the anger in her
heart was welling up. She felt like smacking the
living daylight out of Maria. She invited Rhoda to
join her on the table which she did. They chatted
like friends and this made Maria angry. She was
supposed to be the one Nneka was talking to not
‘Rhoda, what are you doing there? Have you ironed
my school uniform? Is my bag arranged? And what
about my shoe, is it polished huh?’ she asked.
Nneka eyed her angrily.
‘i’ve done all that Maria’ Rhoda replied.
‘go to my room, you will see a novel on the bed,
bring it for me’ Maria commanded. Just as Rhoda
was about to comply, Nneka barked at Maria.
‘what stops you from going to get it yourself?
Maria you are becoming more and more arrogant
oooooo’ Nneka said angrily
‘grandma, she is our househelp. If she doesnt do
such things, who now will?’ Maria asked.
Nneka told Rhoda not to move an inch.
‘Rhoda, grandma wont stay here forever. She will
leave and if you dont go to my room this instant
and get me the novel. I will make you beg on the
streets!’ Maria said.
Rhoda began to fret. She knew Maria could do
anything she wanted.
‘are you God to make her beg on the streets? Can
you decide her future for her? Or do you think she
will remain a slave to you forever?’ Nneka barked.
Maria looked at Nneka with fiery eyes. She had
always loved and cherished Nneka but now she
hated her more thatn anything in the world.
‘what kind of a mother are you? Why do you want
another lady to take your daughter’s place? Are
you a witch?’ Maria asked
Those words hit Nneka like a tornado. She rushed
to Maria and pounced on her. With the
aggressiveness she put in it, if not for the daily
intervention of Rhoda, only God knows what would
have happened to Maria.
Nneka ran into her room and locked the door
behind her. The look on her eyes was deadly………
Alice checked her phone sfter waking up and sa 17
missed calls fifteen from her mother and two from
her father. She knew she was done for. She
checked the time. It was 07:56pm. She sighed, she
looked around and saw no one, not even Felix. She
went outside the house to look for him, shouting
his name on top of her voice but he didnt even
hear her voice. She went around looking for him
but she didnt see him, by now her heart was
pounding, then she recieved a text message on her
phone. It read;
‘I am with your darling son’ the message read and
it was from an unknown number, she slumped………
Tony bade Stella goodbye and drove home. He
liked Stella, she was a very free lady and talked
alot, she was very smart and she knew alot though
Alice knew more. Immediately Alice came to his
mind, he remembered Ansa, he has spoken to him.
He called him but he didnt pick. Then he called
A stranger picked the phone, he didnt know who
but he was sure it wasnt Alice.
‘hello Alice’ he said
‘The owner of this phone just slumped and……..’
Tony drove as fast as he could. He didnt know
Alice’s house but the person who picked the call
had told him. He disobeyed traffick rules and
swerved his car dangerously. By the time he got
there, Alice was already concious in her apartment.
She was trying to remember what happened, she
was suprised to see Tony.
‘i was just passing when i saw this young lady
slump. She is one of our young neighbours’ the
middle-aged woman said and left.
Tony moved closer to Alice
‘Alice, why did you suddenly slump, are you sick?’
Alice began to cry
‘they’ve taken him away…….’ she said amidst sobs
Tony looked at her in confusion
‘who did they take away?’ he asked……….
Nneka sat on her bed with her eyes as red as hell.
She stood up, walked around the room seven times
Tony felt pity for Alice, he also saw the text
message and he wondered who could have taken
the cute boy away. He liked Felix because he was
smart and cute. Alice was crying.
‘you cant stay here alone Alice, let me call Ansa to
come over’ he said.
He dialled Ansa’s number but it wasnt going
through. He dialled it twice but it remained same.
He walked up to Alice.
‘Ansa’s phone is not going through and i cant
leave you here alone. What do we do? Do you have
any friends or relatives whom i can drop you off
to? Your parents’ place would do.’ he said
She shook her head. Not her parents house, her
mother would first of all pounce on her before
anything. She wasnt ready for that. And Amy was
to spend the night in her fiaance’s house. She
shook her head in the negative.
Tony was at loss as for what to do. He didnt want
to leave Alice here alone.
‘if it is okay with you, lets go to my house’ he
Alice looked at him.
‘you dont have to be afraid. My daughter is there
and so is my mother-in-law’ he said.
She sighed in relief. With any other guy, she would
have bluntly refused but with Tony, she felt relief,
she was at peace. Somehow she knew Tony was a
gentle man and would never do anything to hurt
Maria watched as Tony’s car drove into the
compound slowly. She saw a lady in the front seat
and she was mad.
Tony saw the fierce look on Maria’s face so he
‘just stay here for now. Let me explain to Maria.’
‘is that Maria? She’s prettyy. Okay, i will wait’ she
said smiling despite her tears. She was imagining
how Felix would be faring by now and how she
would be missing her.
Tony came down and approached Maria.
‘Maria, dont try anything stupid. She is the cousin
of a friend and she’s here to spend the night’ he
‘so that’s the lady that wants to ruin our family.
That has made you and grandma turn against me
right?’ she asked with so much fury in her eyes.
Tony was furious
‘Maria, you better watch your tongue, that lady has
done no wrong. She is just here because of a
circumstance.’ he said pointing a finger at her.
Maria scoffed ‘circumstance indeed!’
Tony felt like spanking her but he remembered
Alice was watching, he controlled himself.
‘tell Rhoda to make one of the guests rooms ready’
he commanded as he turned to leave.
‘no! I want to see the lady’
‘Maria, dont piss me off! I will deal with you’
‘do whatever you like that, i will never allow that
lady into this house today!’ she said in an
‘yes dad, she wont enter this house, she should go
back to her house. As far as i remain Maria Brown,
any god d–n lady here!’
Tony looked at her…………
Tony lost his temper and grabbed Maria by the
neck and dragged her inside amidst all her wails
Alice was too engrossed in her thoughts to even
notice what was going on between father and
Tony dropped Maria violently on the chair.
‘Now you are going to stay here and when that
lady comes in, dont show her how bad you can be!’
he commanded and left.
Maria had tears in her eyes. Never before has her
father ever called her names. She was more than
determined to put that lady in her place.
Tony headed to the car and opened the door. He
was suprised to see her crying. He wiped her tears
‘i’m sorry’ she said
He led her inside. Maria stared daggers at her but
the fire in Tony’s eyes warned her to be careful
‘good evening!’ she greeted like an insult.
Alice smiled despite her tears. She couldnt reply.
Her heart was broken. Then all of a sudden, she
burst into fresh tears.
Maria wondered what the cause of her tears was.
‘Alice calm down, we will find your son soon’ Tony
Maria was taken aback
‘son?’ she blurted,
Tony looked at her ‘yes, her son was kidnapped
today thats why i brought her here’
Maria shook her head: this was unbelievable.
‘where is your grandmother?’ Tony asked.
‘And what do you need her presence for huh?’
Maria asked rudely.
Tony warned her with his eyes.
‘she is in her room!’ she said falling on the sofa
and concentrated on the Afican Magic she was
‘And Rhoda?’ Tony asked.
‘Dad, please let me watch this movie!’ she said
Alice looked at Tony and he was embarrased.
‘go and get me Rhoda now!’ he commanded.
Maria eyed Alice, hissed loudly and left the sitting
room to call Rhoda.
‘sorry about that, she just lost her best friend, she
is still trying to get over it’ Tony lied.
Alice shook her head and she burst into tears
Maria tapped Rhoda gently.
‘dad is calling you’ she said.
Rhoda nodded and was about to leave when Maria
‘he brought home a prostitute so dont let her touch
any thing in this house, do you understand?’ she
Rhoda was surprised. Never for once had she seen
Tony with a lady. She nodded and left.
Maria was boiling inside of her. She went into
Nneka’s room but didnt see her. ‘grandma!
Grandma!’ she called but got no response.
She opened the bathroom but Nneka wasnt there.
‘she was here a while ago, where went she?’ Maria
asked. She sighed and left the room. She was
looking forward to being alone with Alice.
Rhoda adjusted her clothing and greeted Alice. The
woman Maria addressed as a prostitute looked to
‘Rhoda, please get her something to eat, prepare
any guest room for her to sleep and make sure she
is well taken care of, am i understood?’ he asked.
Rhoda nodded. He smiled at Alice and excused
himself. Alice busied herself with the ongoing soap
opera. A she was about to grab the remote, Maria
snatched it from her.
‘what the hell do you think you are doing?’ Maria
Alice was taken aback for a moment and before she
opened her mouth to speak, Tony came into the room
in his pyjamas. He looked at Maria’s face and that of
Alice, he knew Maria had done the unthinkable. He
couldnt find his mouth to speak. Then he apologised
and invited her for dinner. Alice composed herself and
headed to the dinning room with Tony. Tony shot
Maria a dangerous glance, then he faked a smile.
Maria hissed and went to her room angrily.
Alice and Tony ate together in silence before Tony
broke the silence.
‘Do you know someone who might want to kidnap
your son?’ Tony asked.
Alice shook her head as tears formed in her eyes
‘none, i can think of’ she said.
Tony smiled and held her hands.
‘Dont worry, i will contact Ansa tomorrow and we
shall find a way out. Dont worry, i’m sure he would
be safe’ Tony said.
Alice smiled despite her tears.
‘Thanks for helping me, even though we barely know
each other.’ Alice said.
They continued their meal quietly. Tony showed Alice
her room and he went to his.
Gilbert sulked all day and his friends noticed it. They
asked him the reason for his shitty atitude and he
explained it was all because of Alice. He explained
everything to them and his friend sighed loudly.
‘you’ve got quite a case bro. But she already has a
son, what do you still need her for. Or its just for the
fun of it?’ Collins asked.
‘i love Alice, i really do. I couldnt stop thinking about
her, to think, i divorced Vanessa all because of her, i
dont know why she keeps rebuffing me.’ he said
obviously in pains.
Collins nodded and looked at Dave.
‘why not try putting her in a family way, i mean that
will make her come to you’ Dave suggested.
Gilbert shook his head
‘i have tried that so many times, she doesnt let me’
His friends laughed.
‘if she doesnt want you to do it the nice way, then do
it the rough way, afterall, she isnt a virgin is she?’
‘what do you mean?’ asked a confused Gilbert.
‘should i rape her?’ he asked.
His friends nodded in unison.
‘but how would i go about it, she is dating one fresh
looking dude like that’ Gilbert said.
‘Gilbert, there’s only one way to go about it. I am
telling you this out of experience, how do you think i
made Chidinma marry me?’ Dave asked.
‘is it juju?’ Gilbert asked.
Dave rebuked it.
‘i will never do jass. Look, listen to me. I am sure this
will work out well’ he said.
Collins shook his head.
Then Dave continued.
‘kidnap Alice and rape her, she will get pregnant by
fire by force. Then it will be like magic’
Alice woke up due to the loud and rude knock on the
door. She thought it was Tony but the time said
2:30am. What would he be looking for her for?
‘Come in’ she said standing up incase of any action.
Maria entered with fiery eyes on her face. Alice was
‘you ought to be sleeping’ she said to Maria.
‘and so should you, anyways how can you sleep, when
you are busy thinking of how to snatch another
woman’s husband!’ Maria said fiercely.
Alice was shocked.
‘i dont get you……..’
‘shuuu, please, dont give me that crap! Like you dont
know what i’m talking about. Listen here, i know you
are my father’s mistress and you want to marry him, i
will never let you, mark my words, husband snatcher!’
Alice couldnt believe her ears.
‘sweetie, what are……..’
‘are you crazy? Oh! I understand, just because my father has promised you marriage, you now think of
yourself as my step mother huh? Stay away from my
father do you understand? And my father should not
hear a word of this, else…. You will be a gonner!’
‘who are you?’ Alice asked. She didnt take insults at
least not from a little imp like Maria.
‘his daughter, and you?’ Maria asked sarcastically ‘i
dont want to see your stinking a-s in this house
tomorrow. I am warning you, you wouldnt like what
i’d do to you. I swear’ Maria said, eyed her and left
the room. Alice hissed.
She was shocked. Now she understood why Tony
refused to marry again. But why was he succumbing
to Maria’s stupidity. She was lucky she (Maria) did
not have someone like her mother, Kofo, she would
have been dead. The thought of that alone made her
laugh a little. Then she remembered Felix, she started
Tony couldnt sleep that night, he was thinking about
Maria and Stella and how he was going to introduce
Stella to her without putting up a fight. Maria was
becoming a pin in the a-s. He was thinking of sending
her away maybe overseas to study for a while but he
kicked against it. He so much cherished Maria and
loved her despite everything she did. He couldnt think
of life without his beloved daughter but still…… He was
confused. Then he remembered he hadnt seen Nneka
since. Where had she gone to? He decided to go
check on her. He peeped into her room and saw her
sleeping peacefully. He sighed and went back to his
room. He had two sms. One from Stella and the other
from Alice. Alice! Why hadnt she slept, maybe she is
crying again and needs someone to console her. He
felt her pains. When Maria was five, she was
kidnapped and Naomi almost ran mad.
He opened het text message which read.
‘pls i want to see you for a while’
Tony entered Alice’s room carefully. She smiled at
him. Then she stood up and walked up to him,
‘i’m sorry for disturbing your sleep’ she said.
‘no problem’ he replied.
‘please, is Maria your biological daughter?’ Alice
asked and Tony frowned.
‘what kind of a question is that?’ Tony asked.
‘i’m really sorry. Its just that Maria just left my
room just now and i dont really know whats wrong
with her’ Alice said.
Tony was surprised ‘what did she say?’
‘she thinks i’m your girlfriend, you needed to see
the way she warned me seriously to stay away
from you. Is that how she has been chasing all
your girlfriends away?’ she asked.
‘sorry Alice. I dont tolerate other people prying into
my private life. Goodnight’ he said and left.
He sounded rude.
Maria left for school before anyone in the house
woke up. She was trying to avoid her dad. She got
to school quite early. The school assembly had not
‘Maria!’ someone called from behind.
She turned and saw Susan walking towards her.
She waved at her. They began to walk towards the
school auditorium as they chatted along.
‘Susan, whats up, where is your brother? He didnt
come to school today?’ Maria asked.
Susan sighed and shook her head in the negative.
‘he wouldnt come to school today’
‘my step mother refused to let him come to school
‘thats because he refused to wash her underwears
‘what? You mean your stepmother told your
brother to wash her underwears for her?’
‘yes Maria. She beat him black and blue yesterday.
If not for neighbours timely intervention, only God
knew what would have happened to him’
Susan was sobbing at this point.
‘my step mother is hell. This morning, she siezed
the allowance father gave me’
‘she said we were wasting money in the house.
She even refused to give me food this morning’
‘yes. Life has become a living hell since our
stepmother entered into our house. She will beat
us up, frame us up before our father, she wont give
us any food’ Susan explained in tears.
‘what does your father do about it?’
‘he does nothing. He only tells us sorry thats all.
Daniel and i are regretting ever letting her into our
house in the first place. We had every opportunity
to refuse in the first place but…. We thought we
were doing it for our father’s happiness’
Maria sighed ‘when i was telling you not to let any
woman into your father’s house, you said you want
your father to be happy. Now he is happy, you are
‘you were right Maria. I wished i had listened to
‘i will never let any w—e into my father’s house. I
dont want any problem. And i dont want father to
‘thats true. Dad rarely talks about mum again. He
has forgotten about mum’
‘and they will maltreat me too. I dont want that’
‘Maria, learn from me, do not let any woman into
your father’s home if you dont want to end up like
me. I am suffering. I wonder what poor Daniel will
be going through by now, perhaps, he would be
recieving series of beating. I pity him’ she said
bursting into more tears.
How she wished she had kicked against the
marriage from the start.
The experience shared by Susan made Maria
determined to deal with any stupid lady who wants
to reap where she did not sow…..
To Be Continued
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