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Richard couldn’t believe his girlfriend will vanish into thin air without any trace,he had a sleepless night….. He was bailed the next morning by his friend Desmond,….. He was quiet throughout their drive to the hotel for a change of wears,…. He kept on dialing Angela’s number but it wast going, ……
He returned to Angela’s house to meet her relations waiting for him,….. They agreed that they don’t want to accuse anyone yet,…the eldest man in her family told Richard that it is only God that knows exactly what happened,.. . They also agreed that at the end of six months and Angela is not found, they will then decide on what to do,…… Richard stood up to greet them,…..
“I thank you all for your understanding,…. I promise you that i’ll bring back your daughter back, hale and hearty,….. “he brought out some money from his pocket and gave to Angela’s mother
” Mama, pls i know that money cannot buy your daughter’s life, pls take this money and take care of yourself and the children,…. “Angela’s mother hissed aloud,…
” I dont need your blood money,.. All i want is my daughter,…. You think you can bribe me just the way you bribed them,… “she thundered at him..
” Mama Angela stop talking like this,… “aunty Beatrice told her
Richard allowed tears to flow freely from his eyes,…
” My son, it’s ok, wipe your tears, your Lord will fight your battle for you,… “aunty Beatrice consoled him
She escorted them outside the compound, Richard gave her his number to call him anytime Angela’s family lacks anything,.. She collected the money Angela’s mother rejected, and promised to give the money to her,……
Desmond dropped Richard and drove off to attend to official matters,….. Richard saw Tope standing outside his gate,…
“Tope,… You didnt tell me you were coming,…. “Richard asked her
” I heard what happened to my friend and i came to see you,…. Oooh my God,… What happened to you?,…. Why are you looking haggard?, “she asked , touching his face
” I just returned from Angela’s village,…..will you stand here asking me questions,…. Let’s go inside,…. “Richard told her opening the front door,…..
He took his time to explain to Tope all that transpired in Angela’s village,. .
” Ohhh my God,…. They accused you of using Angela for rituals,.. That’s unfair,…. look at what they made you passed through,….
I can’t believe this,….. Let me prepare breakfast for you quickly,…. “she stood up and meant to enter the kitchen,…
” I’m sorry, but i have to leave for the office,…i want to quickly change my clothes and rush to the office, you can go to Angela’s village and check on her mother,.. Dont forget to always dial her number,.. I’ll call you if there’s any development,…. [b] “he stood up and climbed the staircase to his room,..
Tope knew Richard doesnt want to be disturbed,… She quietly picked her bag and left,……
Richard returned home from the station tired,…. The police have been doing their best in their search for Angela,…..he now visits the station morning and night,…… He returned home in the evening to meet Tope waiting outside his gate,…..
“Good day Richard,” she greeted him
“Good day, .. Why are you here at this time of the day? “he asked her bluntly
” It’s just 6.20pm,..it’s not late to visit a friend,….. Anyway i came to prepare dinner for you,…. I noticed you’ve slimmed down these past days,… You need to eat good food and take care of yourself,…. Since my friend is not here to take care of you,… I can do it in her absence,….. ”
Richard was already getting irritated with her,…. He wants to get rid of her,…… An idea came to his mind,..
” You said you want to prepare dinner for me? “he asked her
” Yes dear,… ”
” Just sit down in that shop, “he pointed at a shop opposite his house,…..
” You can sit down there and wait for me while i rush down the street and get something”he instructed her
She looked at him suspiciously, she reluctantly
crossed to the other side of the street, and sat down,… She watched Richard reversed his car and drove off.,,,,,
Richard drove to Desmond’s house,…. His friend was about eating when he entered his sitting room,…..
” Guy,.. Thought you said you were on your way to your house when i spoke to you on phone” he asked Richard looking surprised at his unannounced visit,…
“I have a visitor i dont want to entertain,….. “he asnwered angrily
” Hahahahaha,.. Don’t tell me Tope visited again,… “he asked laughing at his friend
” Yes, she did,…. She’s actually waiting for me,… ”
” What do you mean?, waiting for you where? ”
” Infront of the shop opposite my house,… As if Angela’s problem is not enough to drive me crazy,… She’s also adding to my problems,….. I even forgot to ask her if she visited Angela’s mother ”
” You should know girls by now,…. They love making good use of any opportunity they have,… You need to be careful with that girl,…. Before you end up telling me stories that touches the heart,….. ”
” I know her plans,… She cant fool me, she has never visited me when Angela was around,…she’s now being caring,… She’ll wait till late at night or even till eternity,… I don’t even have her time,… I have more pressing issues to attend to than paying attention to her.,…. ”
” Guy, it’s not fair leaving her out in the dark,…. Just call her and cook up a lie,….. ”
” Will do that later,… ”
” I’ve you told Vanessa about Angela’s disappearance? ”
” Nope,… Not now, she already has enough problems at hand,.. I will tell her that later,…. ”
“why dont we paste Angela’s pictures on social media to enable us find her,…. We need to declare her missing, at least it will help us alot” Desmond advised him
“I think you have a point,.. I cant just sit and do nothing,… Firt thing tomorrow morning we shall do that,…. ”
He checked his time and screamed
“My God!, it’s 10pm,…i need to call Tope, “he dialed her number and she picked immediately
” pls i’m sorry for keeping you waiting for so long,.. My friend called me up,….. I think i’ll sleep over at his place, it’s better you go back to your house ”
” i’m already at home,… After waiting for so long, i decided to leave”
“That was very thoughtful of you,…good night”
“Will you pick me up tomorrow? ”
Richard pretended he didnt hear what she said, he cut the phone on her,…..
” Madam,… It’s been one week the lady you brought here have been unconscious, i’m scared of her unborn child,… “The doctor at St Christopher hospital Ikeja told the old woman that has been taking care of Angela,….
” Oooh my God!, she’s pregnant?,… I wish i can reach her family,… I know they must be worried about her whereabout,.. ”
” Have you pasted her pictures on social media,? ”
” Yes i did that this morning, i pray her family will contact me”
A nurse rushed into the doctor’s office,……
“Doctor!!!!, the lady in ward6 is now conscious,….!!! “she announced to the doctor
The doctor did a sign of the cross, and ran to the ward to see his patient,… The old woman was thankful too,….
To be continued…