Story: Second Chance Season 2 Episode 5
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Tony entered his room and the door. Feeling lonely, he sat on the bed and took his shoes off he stood up wanting to drop his shoe in the shoe rack when he saw Alice’s sandal. He picked the red and golden beautiful sandal he forced a smile. He remembered this was Alice’s best sandal. She loved it so much she could wear it everyday. He like it too. He didn’t know why he never saw it all this while.
He missed her.
He missed Alice so much. His life felt empty without her and even Maria couldnt fill that vacuum in his heart anymore. He loved her so much and just the thought of her and her betrayal made him shed tears.
Right now, he couldn’t tell between, the period Naomi died and the past two weeks, which were that worst period of his life. He couldn’t tell.
These past few weeks were like hell to him. He couldn’t feed fine and he was emanciating. He was no longer his cheerful self and he only managed to smile or laugh whenever Maria was around. Maria was his only source of joy right now. If not for his daughter, what could he have done? If Maria wasnt around, he was sure he would have ran after Alice, begging her to stay with him even if he knew she was in love with another man, that wouldn’t have stopped him.
But the thought of having Gilbert’s hands all over her body, kissing and making love to her made his heart twist in pain and made anger surge through him. He wanted to hate Alice he wanted to really hate her for all she’s done.
But he couldn’t.
She had been so real. So caring. Wonderful. Beautiful. Selfless. Understanding. Loving. Romantic. Intelligent. Courageous.
Oh! He lacked words on how to describe her. But she was almost perfect. He knew he loved her WITH ALL HIS HEART. And he thought she loved him too.
If only Alice had returned giving even a lousy excuse, he was sure he would have forgiven her. He was so sure of that. Even if she claimed Gilbert was her brother, he would believe her because he trusted her. With his life.
When she didnt show up for complete two weeks, he knew she didn’t love him and that Gilbert was right. She was nothing but a gold digger. But he wondered if Gilbert ever knew that he had made love to her several times.
What man would let his woman sleep with another man all in the name of playing games? He was surprised.
And Alice readily responded to his touch. When she was just playing games with him? Toying with his feelings? He was baffled.
Then it struck him that he never understand the two lovers one bit. They were both wierd!
So wierd. Playing games?
He shrugged. He kept the scandal aside. It was her property and he was going to return it to her. He didnt want anything that belonged to her anywhere around his house he didnt want to see it.
He was going to return it to her tommorow. Thank God it was a saturday.
‘you dont love me at all mummy’ Alice cried.
‘i love you but you don’t deserve love my daughter. What you deserve is hatred. You are nothing but a disgrace to womanhood. Do you know what you look like now? A harlot. A shame. You are not a wife material Alice. You are not a decent woman. Left for me, i don’t think any man deserves someone like you. No matter how terrible that man maybe, it can never be compared to having a s–t for a wife!’ Kofo snapped.
‘mummy, you are hurting my feelings. You are making me think that i dont deserve to live….’
‘of course you dont deserve to live. The world would do better without cheap prostitutes hanging on the streets like you. Its better to not have a child. Than have one who would bring nothing but shame and disgrace to you!’
‘its not what you think Maria’ Gilbert said moving forward while Maria took a cautious step backward. He was doomed. Why didn’t he realise that someone was at the door why didn’t she knock?
‘don’t come closer you jerk. You were the one who sent assassin’s to our house?’ Maria asked.
‘no no…..i mean yes’ Gilbert replied
‘what?’ Maria asked frightened ‘then what the hell am i still doing here? I’m not safe around you’
‘yes, i sent the assasins but i didnt send it for your father. It was Alice’ Gilbert replied.
‘yes Alice. I wanted her killed not your dad. Your dad did nothing to me. Why on earth will i want to kill him?’
‘i don’t understand’
Gilbert sat on the couch ‘see my dear. I have a confession to make’
‘even though it might sound wrong but….’ his voice trailed off.
‘i love you’ Gilbert said.
Maria’s mouth immediately flew open ‘what?!’
‘yes its wrong i shouldn’t love a teenager but i couldn’t help it, i love you so much Maria’ Gilbert said hoping she had drop the topic about the assassin stuff.
‘you love me?’ Maria asked.
Gilbert stood up and moved towards her ‘the age difference between us is alarming. I mean i’m 34 and you are 17. That shows there’s a gap of 17 years between us but….but……’
‘lets talk about this later,’ Maria wasnt scared much, just a little and that fear could be quenched if he kept a considerable distance from her ‘why did you send assassins to kill Alice?’
Gilbert groaned inwardly. This girl was so headstrong. More reason he was going to kill her. He must!
‘that was where i was heading…..’
‘oh shut up!’ Maria snapped and Gilbert winced, this girl was so rude. God help him, he might just end up killing her here but Abby was inside. Abby!
Jeez, he really had to end this matter now. He didnt want Abby hearing anything she shouldnt hear or he might just kill her too. And he didnt want to. She was his niece for crying out loud and he loved her.
She was the only thing he used to remember his late twin sister who died during childbirth at seventeen.
He had loved his sister so much and had vowed, even though he just wrote WAEC then, he vowed to take care of his late sister’s child. And even when his parents had rejected the child, he moved out of their family house with the baby. Determined to survive. He worked as a bricklayer for three years before he managed to pick a wallet on the street one night. And that led to his road to success. The money inside was enough for him to make a living for both him and Abby and he managed to go to the university as a part time student.
While still doing menial jobs so there wont come a time when he and Abby would lack money at all so he couldnt kill Abby because she was part of his life.
‘Maria, Abby’s inside. Lets talk outside i beg of you’ he pleaded.
Maria started telling him that there was no way they were going outside because she was scared of him but changed her mind. And she and Gilbert went outside.
‘so tell me why you wanted to kill Alice and you better do it fast before i report this to the police and you have to explain the reason why you want to kill me and my dad!’ she gave him a considerable distance.
‘Maria, that was a mistake. The reason i want to kill Alice is because i love you. I wanted you to be happy’
‘you must be mad! How will someone’s death make me happy?’
‘i know that if Alice dies, your father will forget about her and there would be no other woman in his life again. And he would love you unconditionally because you are all he’s got. And you would be happy. I wanted you to be happy. I really love you Maria. Age difference or not, my heart beats for you not for Alice anymore’
‘this is crazy’
Gilbert saw uncertainty in her eyes and grinned wickedly. Fool! She was going to die a very sorrowful and painful death. The girl was a real dullard. If she was sensible, she would have ran away and reported him to the police as soon as possible. But she didnt. She stayed.
He loved meeting foolish people. Because if she had been wise and ran away, he would have been contemplating leaving Nigeria right now. But she wanted to play the tough kid, one who never backs down from a fight and he was going to tell her now that he was a wizard when it comes to handling matters like this.
He moved closer and cupped her face with his hands, then placed his lips on hers. Maria protested but he held her forcefully.
Then he pulled out a gun and placed it on her stomach. Maria wanted to push him away to see what it was but before she could blink, she heard a gunshot, and blood gushed out from her mouth….
Gilbert shot her
To Be Continued