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A Girl Like Amanda.
Written By Jake Sam.
Amanda woke up from her bed now, she had moved into her father’s house the previous day after the stressful work she and the members of the family had gone through with the house. Leaving alone, she wore only a pant as her boobs are seen, still firm with her hard nipples.
The house was a three
Bedroom duplex so it was big deal that she walked around half n_ked when she was sleepy or wanted to have a nap, at least, this was what her mother made her got used to back in the city when she was little.
Looking in the mirror, she is looking all over her self. She knew she was a beauty added what all the nice shapes she had gotten from her mom. Fair in complexion and a lady of about 5ft tall.
She placed her index finger on her left n—-e as it twitch a bit, she looked somewhat sad anytime she thinks of her mother, she even hated someone asking out for her mother, to her her mother was a b—h, a woman that mislead her, she is happy for her accomplishments, a graduate of the university of Cleveland, Ohio.
She is still in her thoughts when her phone rang out that morning, she hissed and looked at the wall clock. It is thirty minutes past five am, she frowned as she wonders who it was that was disturbing her peace time.
She looked at the caller ID but saw no name, wondering who it was, she picks the phone then swipe up the call to answer it, she placed the phone on her ear and muttered a ‘Hello’ to the caller.
“Amanda,’ a deep voice is heard immediately, Amanda heart sank.
“Potiphar.” She said, her voice shaking.
“Where are you?” Potiphar asked.
“Am. . am_am not.. in town.” She stammered.
“You changed your sim, are you trying to hide from me?” Godfather asked and Amanda placed a hand on her chest, it was obvious the Godfather dreaded her.
“My… My phone got lost.. so I bought a new one.” She replied him.
“Where are you!?” Godfather asked.
“Am in Delta State.” She said looking scared.
“Michael is dead.” Godfather informed her.
“How? Godfather, when?”
“Don’t ask your stupid questions, come to Lagos today or I will pay a visit to Amanuke.” Her heart jumped as she realize that Godfather knows where she is and what scared her more is the fact that he knows she lied to him. No one lies to him and gets free.
She wanted to say something but he had already cut the call.
She never wanted to go the city but she knows what the man can do, in order to save her family, and to respect Micheal, she needed to go.
She hurriedly took her bath and wore a black jump suit and a gold earring, with a Royce wrist watch.
She looked at herself in the mirror once more, pleased with the way she was, took her hand bag and her car key. Pressing a button on the car key, it made a ‘pip’ sound as she opened the driver door and entered inside, placing her bag on the passengers seat, she inserted the key into the keyhole igniting the car on, she looks back and revised out of the compound. Without informing anyone, she drove out with speed taking a right turn, she drove on a pot hole with mud water inside as it splashes on a male pederestrian on the side walk, without realizing it drove on heading to Lagos State.
Jidenna still awake, he realize it is almost day break, he took his watch from the bedside table, he glances at the time and saw that it is almost six PM.
He got down from the bed, staying in a four bedroom flat with his parents and kid sister in the compound, he knew his dad won’t be around, his mum would be preparing to go to the Amanuke central market where she is a trader. And his sister would be at home since it was Saturday morning.
Putting on a black singlet and a mickey mouse boxer, he walked to a drawer as he placed his hand on the handle, pulling it out, he took his toothbrush and a toothpaste as he headed outside to brush his teeth.
He never had the intention of telling anyone about his dream.
After he was done brushing his teeth, he went inside his room and kept his brush and paste, he walks to a mirror drawer as he put his hand in and brought a dettol soap and a sponge, he comes out again with a blue towel tied round his waist. He look over to his left as he saw a plastic purple bucket near the store house where his mother keeps some of her goods which was located at the side of the building. He carried it and walked over to the borehole which was situated at the back of the house, he fills the bucket up as he headed to the bathroom which was inside the compound.
Ten minutes later.
He was out with the bucket in his left hand and the towel in his right hand, cleaning his face and both ears.
He places the bucket at the same place he took it earlier and hangs his wet sponge on a nail nailed to the wall.
Walking into his room once more, he removed his wet boxer and throws it on the heap of dirty clothes in the plastic basket at the side of his room.
He opens his cupboard doors and selected a white T-shirt with a red jean trouser and a red sandal.
He is 5.4ft tall and has a chocolate skin as he took after his dad, seeing nothing to do at home, decided to go to his best friend’s house, Victor Ordu.
Putting the clothes on, exited the room and walks to his parents room.
“Mummy good morning.” He greeted as he saw her well dressed and sitted on the bed while talking on the phone, his mum waved at him as she acknowledged him in the room.
“I am going to Victor’s house. I’ll be back in an hour.” He informed her not wanting to stay a minute.
She nodded then he walked out of the room and out of the compound.
He jogged some miles, when getting close to Victor’s house he started walking when a car past by him speedily, pouring mud water on him.
Cursing under his breath as he didn’t see the car in time, he mumbles angrily as he had no choice to head back home.
“One day am gonna leave this life, you should too. Elektra” Michael said.
“Michael Jason aka MJ I have heard. Thanks for the advise. Elektra said starring at him intently.
“Maybe we can go away from this Amanda, no more Potiphar, no more guns.”
“You and I know that it’s not possible, Potiphar is a dangerous man, deadly.”
“Listen, your like my kid sister Elektra, I can’t bear the thought of losing you because of all this. We have to get out as soon as we can, f–k Potiphar, f–k them. I am always here for you.” He said as he got on his kneels and held her right hand in his.
“MJ I know you love me but you have to understand. It’s very risky.” She pleaded looking at him.
She knew he really cared about her but she knows who Potiphar is and he won’t let them have peace.
“Spare me that Amanda, he is an old man, Amanda.” He screamed out letting go off her immediately as he got up, she jerked off in fear as she saw he was now angry.
MJ realize that there wasn’t any need to be angry at her “Am sorry for yelling at you but I don’t wanna be here and see you get hurt.” He got down on his kneels again, placing a hand on his cheek, he smiles. “After two more and am done, two more.”
A car behind hers blared her horn jerking her, she looked at the traffic light and saw it is green, she said some inaudible words as she step on the accelerator, now in Lagos, she wondered if he would kill her or if he was going to torture her.
Twenty one minutes later.
She blows the car horn in front of a gigantic black gate, waiting patiently for the security man to open the gate.
Soon it was opened as she drove in.
She got out of the car not before taking out a hand gun from the car cabinet.
She check the muzzle and the bullets before putting it inside her purse, she came prepared. She met some boys on black suits holding AK 47s with dark specs.
“Lady Elektra, welcome.” One of the boys said moving closer to her.
“Taofeeq, thanks. Is the Godfather in?”
“The boss is always in Lady Elektra.” Taofeeq informed. “And am sorry about MJ, he was nice to me.”
“Is he really dead?” Amanda asked sadly.
“Yes but I can’t say anything else again, if the boss find out I just told you this am dead.” Taofeeq said looking around.
“I understand, I’ll see you later, kay?”
She said as she walked passed him.
Reaching out for the door handle, she prayed silently.
Pushing the door as it gave way, she entered inside and hoped for the worst.
BACK IN THE VILLAGE.
Jidenna opened the compound gate as he was still angry over the incident.
Removing his stained shirt he called Somadina to buy hypo for him as he handed her one hundred naira.
She ran with speed to the nearby kiosk.
Few minutes after she is back with the hypo, she gave his change as she went to the back to continue washing the plates.
He checked his trouser and saw it was stained also, he wished he had saw the face of the driver.
“The driver have his luck that I didn’t see his face, if not.” He cursed but stops suddenly, the car was familiar to him. He tried to remember where he saw it until he remembered that it was parked in the Uzomas compound, he remembered that mama said it belonged to Amanda, having the thought of Amanda, he relaxed a bit.
“Why was she speeding like that?” He asked himself but thought it might someone else, nevertheless he told himself that he was going to her house to find out if it was truly her.
With that he said as he washed his white shirt and spread it on the hang line before taking his bath once more.
Soludo woke up as, he was sleeping on the bed with Osita, he had pee on the bed again, on Osita’s body who is still sleeping since it is Saturday.
Knowing his father would flog him, he pulled off his wet clothes and secretly took out new shirt and a short, he wore them and went to outside.
When he is out of the room, he looks around the compound gate and saw it was unlocked, it didn’t bother him as he thought nothing of it.
He walks to Amanda’s building and knocks, then he saw it was bolted shut.
“Soludo!!!” His father’s voice is heard immediately from their room.
He jumps immediately as he is scared.
“I am finished oh,” he says as he thought of what to do, he slowly walks to their house.
“So you have wee’d on the bed again right? I thought you must have learnt a lesson.” Mazi Ebube asked him holding a cane in his right hand.
Osita is awake looking angry at Soludo.
“Daddy, I didn’t wee’d on the bed again oo, it was Ositadinma, look at his knicker is wet” Soludo blurted out, he hates lying to his father but his father’s cane was what scared him.
Mazi Ebube looks at Osita, “Boy come here.” He said to him.
“Daddy he is lying, how can I as big as I am urinate on the bed.” He asks, obviously scared also.
Mazi Ebube is no nonsense man, he makes sure his children are obedient and clean always, if they did something wrong, he would flog them mercilessly , Lotenna wasn’t excluded. At times, their or neighbours would have to intervene on their behalf, Soludo is the one who his father had flogged the most, one time he had fainted whilst being flogged by his father as he had hit his head hard on the wall when trying to block his cane.
His mother was angry at his father for two days but he wasn’t relent, he keeps flogging them whenever they did a little bit of a wrong thing.
“It’s evident that you did, you are smelling of urinate and your cloth is wet but Soludo’s isn’t. Kneel down.” He ordered.
“Daddy, I can’t oo, I didn’t urinate on the bed. I did not so I won’t be wiped on what I did not do.” He said frowning.
“So you have the guts to disobey me and you even raised your voice at me.” Mazi Ebube said as he drops the cane in his hand, Soludo lock that door now.” He orders as Soludo had no choice to lock it. In a twinkle of an eye, he had pounced on his fifteen years old son, hitting him with his fist as Osita screamed for help.
Amanuke Central Market is a modern developed market that was established by the federal government to help the community to buy and sale, it’s a four storey building that has different stands designed for a particular goods on the ground floor while they are different stores on the second to the fourth floor where those that are selling different type of goods like plastic chairs and glass tables tagged with a store number.
Mama Soludo is one of the women that sold kitchen utensils in store number B13, she has no sales girl as Lotenna always comes around after school period to assist in the store.
Hearing the voice of her son, Osita screaming for help, she quickly opened her eyes and step out of the bed, noticing her husband isn’t in the room with her, she knew he is beating him so she quickly ran to her sons room and tried opening it but finds out it was sealed shut from inside.
“Papa Lotenna leave my son alone oo!!! ” she shouted banging the door with her wrist.
When no reply came forward, she shouted again but Mazi Ebube didn’t nudge, he keeps kicking Osita and punches him, Soludo pitied his brother going through that serious beating, he made an attempt to open the door for his mom.
“Soludo if you dare open that door, I will beat you.” He threatened dreadfully and fear became Soludo’s middle name.
“Soludo open this door now!” His mother hearing her husband call on her younger son calls our to him.
“Mummy am scared,” Soludo said in tears, blood now was coming out from Osita’s body and nose.
“Do you want your father to kill your brother? Open this door now!” She ordered again but Soludo was still frightened by his father.
Mama Soludo realizing that Soludo couldn’t open decided to go call on mama, tying only a wrapper on her chest ran to mama’s building as she bangs the door hard.
“Who is this one this morning.” Mama old voice is heard from inside.
“Mama, it’s me Oluchi,” she replied hurriedly.
“Is there a problem?” Mama asked.
“Mama is my husband, he is beating Osita in his room and the door is locked from inside.”
“Oh my God, I thought I have warned him about beating those children as if they are his mates.” Mama said as she sighed, opened the door and came out with a walking stick then followed her to their house.
Reaching her son’s room, the door is open as Mama Soludo ran in, she breaks into tears as she saw Soludo crying over the unconscious bruised body of his elder brother.
She ran to her son and took him in her bosom, mama seeing this shook her head sadly.
“Mazi Ebube, if anything happens to this child, you will be miserable.” Mama curses.
“My daughter, the child doesn’t look good, run and go and call Mazi Kingsley, tell him what happened and tell he should bring his keke (tricycle) so that we can take the child to the hospital.” Mama said as she called Soludo close to her.
Mama Soludo ran to Mazi Kingsley’s house and knock on his door, he opens it when he heard the crying voice of Oluchi.
“Ah! Mama Soludo what is the problem? Why are you crying?”he asks immediately he sees her.
“It’s Ebube ooo, my god forsaken husband.” She wails.
“Ebube? What did he do this time? Did he lay his fingers on you again?” He asks still confuse.
“Wouldn’t that be better” she says still crying.
“So what is the problem?” He asks again.
“He has beat my son, Osita now he is lying unconscious in the room. Mama said you should come with your keke so we can take him to the hospital.”
She explained to him.
“God forbid bad thing.” He lamented.
“Okay go and be with your son let me quickly dress.” He added as he close the door.
Adaobi, the twins (Tobenna and Uchenna) mother came out with her husband, Mazi Olisa. Wondering what is wrong with Oluchi, as they both heard her voice.
Adaobi ran to their house and saw why she was crying, Ositadinma’s body we’re swollen from the severe beating his father had inflicted on him.
“Mama good morning,” Adaobi squat down a little for mama immediately she spotted her.
Mama who couldn’t say a word nod with her head as she places a hand on her daughter in-law’s back.
Mazi Kali and Kingsley soon joined them as they quickly carried Osita to the hospital.
Entering inside his mansion, she saw four Men and a lady, all in black outfits sitting down as if waiting for her, this is true because, as soon she entered, the lady saw her and stood up almost immediately.
“Amanda, you’re here.” The lady said as the men gaze at her.
“Maureen, yeah. Am here.” Amanda said looking at Potiphar who was in the midst of them.
“Am sorry Amanda, Michael was a great soldier.” Potiphar finally said after staring at her which felt like ages. He is a middle aged man in his early fifties who looks like a thirty years old man if not for the grey hairs he got.
“Hi, am Gunner, I don’t actually think we’ve met.” One of the men stood up to introduce himself, he wore a black body hug inside, topping it with a black suit and a pair of black jean trouser.
Amanda guessed he was in his late twenties as she nods a little.
“Godfather, am sorry.” She says as she immediately went on one knee.
Maureen was confused but she didn’t say a word.
“Get up Elektra, Maureen take her to your room so she can wear the clothe I bought for her.” Potiphar said not looking at her.
“Yes father, let’s go Amanda.” She took Amnada’s hand in hers as she led her to her bedroom even though she knows Amanda knew every inches of the house.
“So where have you been, I miss you alot.” Maureen said but Amanda was quiet, it was obviously thinking as her mind wasn’t with Maureen, not until Maureen jerks her.
“Don’t think too much, Michael was our friend also.” She said looking at Amanda who only smiled at her.
Looking at her worriedly, Maureen the death of Michael is really affecting her and she felt jealous, to her, Amanda and Michael shared something she couldn’t share with her.
“C’mon, let’s go change.” She says as they both enters her room.
“I think I know what can temporary take your mind off him.”
“What’s that?” Amanda is confused.
“Don’t ask, just pull your clothes.” She smiles as she begins unbuttoning her dress, as she pulls down her bum short revealing a white g-string beneath, taking off her her shirt watching Amanda do the same.
Maureen is beauty to behold, she is twenty three and she has a perfect body shape, at about 5ft tall, she has a chocolate thick skin with a firm breast and a round bum, to her, she took after her dad’s complexion but looks so much like her mother who has passed on.
Amanda stared at Maureen’s n_ked body and smiled, she smiles back.
“So what next?” Amanda asks as she has taking off her clothes and her panties.
“In the shower.” Maureen says as she led Amanda inside.
They got in and Maureen kisses her immediately, though Amanda wasn’t expecting it, let her in as her hands went over Maureen’s body.
They continued kissing, Maureen slide her hand to her v region, Amanda gave a small gasp as she starts moaning, she loved her touch, she really did.
With her index finger inside her honeypot, she pushes in and starts sucking on one of her breast, she licks her n—-e as her finger is still inside her honeypot.
Amanda is moaning almost loudly as Maureen stops sucking on her breast and kisses her, with their love making that lasted twenty minutes.
They came out laughing from the bathroom still in each other’s arms.
“That was fantastic,” Amanda giggles.
“You know where to touch me don’t you?”
“Of course I do, that’s why we are in love. I’ve missed your body and having you here is great.” Maureen smiles.
“I know that and am sorry I didn’t tell you before leaving Lagos.” Amanda says as she kiss her which lasted two minutes.
“C’mon let’s wear our clothes, my father is waiting for us.” She says disengaging from the kiss.
“I really had a good time, thank you.”
“Same too my heart.”
Fifteen minutes later.
They came out and saw the men we’re still waiting in the sitting room.
“What kept you girls for over fifty minutes? Unh?” Potiphar asks.
“We are sorry father.” Maureen immediately went on her knees.
“Sit down, we have a business to discuss.” he says.
“You all know that MJ is dead, he was a true son to me. But nevertheless we have to continue with our lives and let the dead bury their dead.” As Potiphar says this, Amanda frowns but Maureen held her hand.
“Godfather, what really happened to him. How did he die?” She asks immediately, “I need to know.”
“He died in the last operation, he was shot in the chest by a cop.” Maureen replied.
“So where is his body?” She asks again. The men looked at her, she knows the men in the room except the guy who introduced himself as Gunner. The one seated on the sofa wearing a dark sunglass is Viper while the tall man close to Potiphar is his right hand man who is thirty two, his name is Yakubu but the crew calls him Big Daddy. And among the men, Gunner was the youngest who is now close to her.
“His sister took it away.” Big Daddy answers her.
She kept quiet as Maureen motioned her to.
“Now, there’s a bank at Maryland, they would be transferring money for Senator Rogers Okorocha, now according to my informant, inside the bullion van is the sum of seven hundred million naira and security would be tight as hell but not to worry, we just have to intercept along eastern road.” Gunner looks at Amanda then brings out a map as he places it on the center table.
“We can’t miss it or we will lose the money.” He says.
Potiphar nodded, “that’s why we are gathered here because I want the five of you to carry out this mission.”
“You’re joking right? Didn’t you hear security would be tight and you want the five of us to do this deal?” Viper says chuckling.
Potiphar looks at him and he understood he wasn’t kidding.
“Lady Elektra, Rocky, Gunner, Big Daddy and you Viper are going to do it. Guns and Ammunition will be provided. So get ready, you leave in one hour time.” He says as he got up then he looks at Amanda, “Amanda can you do it?”
Saying no would be fatal so she answers in the affirmative.
However, Amanda felt the crew was lying about Michael’s death.
Back in the village.
Having finish washing his clothes and drying the them on the dry line, he wore a red T-shirt and a black trouser, he walks out and calls out to Somadina.
“Am going to see granny, I’ll be back later. When mommy comes tell her, okay?” He tells her.
“Brother, I was even planning to go there now.” She said.
“See your head, who will be at home now?.”he says smiling at her.
“Brother you are talking as if it’s today we will lock the door and keep the key under the foot mat.”
“Silly girl, oya. Lock the door let’s go.”
She quickly enter the house and picked up the key and ran out again, she bolted the inner door before locking the net door, she slides the key under the foot mat before meeting her brother as they came out of the compound gate.
“Oh my god,” he suddenly exclaims.
“What is it brother?” Somadina looks at him strangely.
“I promise mama some oranges.”
“Let me guess. You want me to go back inside the house, take the key, open it and go to the kitchen then take some oranges from the freezer and come out again, then lock the door once more then meet you here.” She sighs.
“My heartbeat, do it for me na.” He smiles at her.
“Okay, am coming.” She says as she ran back inside.
Two minutes later, she came out with a black nylon in her hand.
The compound was only a ten minute walk so they saw no need of entering a bike.
When they got to the Uzomas compound, it was quiet for a Saturday morning.
“This compound is quiet today oo.” Somadina spoke out.
“Maybe the children are still sleeping.” Jidenna
says and took the oranges from his sister’s hand as he starts going to granny’s room.
He knocks on the door but there was no response. He knocks again still no response.
‘Maybe she is still sleeping.’ He thought as he exited the passage way.
He came into view of the compound and notices the car wasn’t where he saw it two days before.
He looks and saw that Somadina has gone to Mama Soludo’s compound.
He walks to the building.
He saw the children and Mazi Olisa at the door front, wondering what was wrong, he got closer and saw Mama Soludo on the ground sobbing holding Osita in her hands, he calls Lotenna aside seeing that she and Somadina waa talking, she was crying.
“Lotenna, what happened?”
“Brother Jidenna, it’s my father oo, he beat Osita because he thinks he was the one that urinated on the bed. Now my brother is unconscious.” She sobs quietly.
Jidenna couldn’t say a word as he noticed Mazi Ebube wasn’t in the room.
A minute later, Mazi Kingsley came and they carried Osita to the nearby hospital.
“Lord, we know say we no perfect but please, this job we wan run so, mek you be with us as you say in your good book sey heaven help those wey dey help themself, lord we dey help our self so. Thank you.” Viper prayed as he carries a revolver with a dagger which he straps in his left leg.
The crew has already prepare as they all wore pig masks before entering a black SUV van.
Gunner, who is driving the van drove to a bushy road waiting for the bullion van.
Eighteen Years Ago.
“Chimamanda!” her mom’s voice is heard from the backyard as little Amanda ran to her mother who was pounding tomatoes and pepper in a mortar.
“Mama you called?” She asked as she got to her mother.
“Yes my love, go into the house, inside my room and check under the drawer, you’ll see a jar, ofor is inside. Get it for me.”
A minute later, she came out with the jar in her hands but her left foot hit a stone as she immediately fell down breaking the jar in the process.
Juliet ran to her injured daughter who is crying on the ground as they were a big cut on her left foot as blood keeps gushing out.
“Hey, earth to angel.” Gunner’s voice brought her back from her memory.
“Yea, am fine.” She replied as she looked at Maureen’s direction.
Maureen smiles as she caught Amanda staring at her.
“OK it’s almost time, get ready guys.” Big daddy says to the gang as he cocked his rifle.
Few minutes after, some sirens are heard from a distance.
The bullion van is approaching with two police van in his front, and two behind it.
The first police van stopped immediately as a tree is blocking their path.
A policeman came out and went to inspect, he looks around as the area is covered with big bushes on both sides of the road.
He called three officers for assistance, they got near the fallen tree before a bullet force hit one of the policemen on the forehead as he immediately dropped dead, before the three could know what happened, bullets came flying in air killing them, the other policemen came out of their van as two got shot in the chest.
“Where are the bullets coming from!?” A sergeant shouted to the front van but is soon killed when a bullet hit him in his groan area.
The remaining four policemen are confused, “Shoot at the bushes!” A officer ordered.
Soon bullets are exchanged with the gang and the policemen, two officers falls down dead as a bullet hit one on the chest and the other below his right rib.
“Take cover!” The officer orders again as she and a sergeant uses the car doors as cover, the bullion van driver is scared as he got out of the van and ran as fast as he could but is killed when a bullet hit his neck region.
“Serge, call for backup.” The officer says to her last policeman.
The sergeant tries entering the car where the radio is but is shot in the head.
Inspector Anna Asuquo looks around as her men lies lifeless on the ground, she drop the handgun as it ran out of bullets, picking up an assaulted rifle, she did a sign of the cross before she sprang to her feet, she open fire into the bushes as she heard someone cries in pain, she shoots again but a bullet stops her in her tracks, she looked at her stomach as a red crimson liquid flows out, she gasps when a second bullet got her in her left shoulder as she falls down.
Amanda and the gang came out of their hiding place, Amanda assists Maureen as her hand bleeds revealing she was the one that got shot.
“Your hit.” Big daddy says as he got close to her.
“I’ll be fine, don’t worry Yakubu.” Maureen wanted to smile but didn’t have her strength as she is losing a lot of blood.
“Amanda, take her to the car while Viper and Gunner will assist me in getting the money.
Amanda nods in agreement.
“Gunner stay here and watch these dead policemen, we aren’t ready for any surprises while I and Viper go get the money.”
Gunner finds it strange but kept mute as the two men went behind the van.
Soon a gunshot is heard from the van and two follows soon. A
Gunner ran to the van and saw Viper dead on the ground with a bullet wound in his head.
“What happened?” Gunner asks confusingly.
“An officer was inside the van with the cash, he shot him immediately the door got opened, I shot him immediately.” He says as he points at a dead officer.
Gunner looks at him strangely but says “Let’s get the money then”
“We have to hurry though, I bet the police heard the gun sounds.” Big Daddy said.
Seven minutes later, they are done with the money as they both headed to the van.
“Where’s Viper?” Maureen asks the two men as they got in.
“Dead.” Big Daddy replied her.
With Gunner on the drivers side, he ignited the engine of the van as it came to life.
As they drove away from the battle scene, Amanda thought she saw Michael watching them from the trees.
They drove back to the compound as every one was distracted.
They got down from the van.
“Lemme help you.” Gunner said as he moved closed to Amanda and Maureen to assist her.
“Don’t lay your fingers on me.” Maureen says looking at him deadly as he lifts his hands up immediately in a funny manner “Alright, was just trying to help,” he says as he entered the house with the others.
“Where’s Viper?” Potiphar’s voice startled them all.
“Dead.” Big Daddy said as he got close to him.
“Shot by a cop.”
“Where is the money?.”
“Right here.” Gunner responded as he and the rest throws the bag of money to his feet.
“You’re bleeding.” Potiphar saw Maureen’s bleeding hand.
“Yes dad.” She responded weakly.
“Good, next time you’ll be careful.” He said not making any eye contact.
“Amanda you know what to do.”
“Yea Godfather.” She says still holding Maureen.
She helped her get to her room and place her on the bed.
The cloth is stained with blood as it keeps pressure.
“Let me go get the first aid kit.” Amanda says leaving her alone in the room, she walks down the stairs and sees Yakubu seated with Potiphar, obviously talking about the operation with Gunner no where in sight.
She walks to the kitchen and opens the glass cabinet where the first aid kit is, she took the box and exited the kitchen but bumped into Gunner spilling his juice on him.
“Watch it,” he says looking at his stained shirt.
“Am sorry.” She says as she tries to walk pass him but he held her back.
“Am not complaining love.” He says smiling at her.
“Don’t you ever call me love fool.” She says, obviously angry.
“Chill Amy, just wanna be friends with you.”he said looking at her.
“As you can see, am with a first aid box and Maureen needs my attention.” She says as she tries to walk pass him again but he holds her back once more but Amanda use her knee and hits his g—n as he grumbles immediately, he let go of her hand as he groans in pain.
“She has a good leg.” He says as he manage to get back up.
“Sorry, got held up.” Amanda said as she re-entered the room with the first aid box.
“By the new guy?” Maureen sat up looking at her.
“How do you know?” She asks laughing.
“Well, since he saw you. He hasn’t taken his eyes off of you. Don’t tell me you didn’t notice it.”
“I didn’t cause I got my eyes on you love,” she says as she leaned in for a kiss but is denied of it.
“There is plenty of time so just stitch me up okay?.”
Few minutes later.
“Done and dusted.” Amanda says as she wrap the wound area with a white bandage.
“Yea, so where really were you Amanda?.”
“I don’t get you.” She says confusingly.
“You left Lagos for four whole days with no means of contact. No one knew where you went including me.”
“Am sorry Maureen but I wanted to be alone at that time.”
“I understand, but you haven’t told me where you were.”
“Just been around. Gotta go now.” She says standing up from the bed.
“You don’t wanna tell me.”
“It isn’t like that Maureen. But really, it doesn’t matter where I was, am here now.”
“Yea, because of him right.”
“Who are you talking about?”
“Michael, my father called you, he told you about his death and that’s why you came out of hiding.”
“His dead Maureen, give him that respect for Christ sake.”
“I know he is dead, I saw him die.”
Amanda froze up from that sentence.
“What do you mean you saw him die?.”
She ask staring at her.
“I meant I was there when he was shot and am even glad about it. Now I can have you all to myself.”
“Really, your happy right. Well f–k you Maureen, am going to my house.” She walks to the door and place a hand on the knob.
“Am sorry Amanda, never should have said that.” She quickly apologize but Amanda didn’t say a word as she leaves the room.
Entering the parlor, Potiphar was no longer there except for Big Daddy who looks at her strangely.
“Here’s your share. Sixty Million naira.” He says as he points at two bags close to him before he walks out of sight.
Arriving at her home, Amanda is welcomed by Adams, her gateman whom she left the house for.
“Welcome ma,” Adams said smiling “How was your trip, did you find your village?.”
“Yea I did,” she replied with a smile.
“Open the car and bring the bags inside.” She added as she handed him her car key.
She is sitted on the couch watching a movie on the plasma screen.
Her phone keeps ringing and when she checks the caller ID number, it’s
Maureen, she taps on the red button disconnecting her calls.
She feels that Maureen was hiding something and she is determined to find out what it is.
She checked her wall clock and see it is almost six PM and her stomach is rumbling, she is hungry as she hasn’t eaten anything since morning.
She got up from the couch and headed to her kitchen trying to see if she could prepare any meal, seeing no food ingredients decided to make a cup of tea with some slice bread she found in the freezer.
She wonders how mama and the family are doing since she left without informing any one.
She took her phone and dials mama’s number, it rings but mama didn’t pick up, she tries again and it became unreachable.
She remembers Victory, Michael’s sister. She hopes she has her number.
Scrolling through her contacts, she sees her number and sighs, dialing her number, she places the phone on her ear, it rings and Victoria answer the call.
“Hello, who am I speaking with?” Victoria’s sobber voice is heard from the background.
“Hi Vicky, it’s Amanda.” She replies.
“Oh my God, Amanda? Where is my brother?” She sobbed up the more.
“What do you mean?” Amanda asks confusingly.
“Michael has been missing for the past one week now with his phone switched off, I came to your house but your gateman informed me that you were out of town.” She cries out.
“Am sorry Victoria, I wasn’t in town. Am sorry to say this but I’ll be there tomorrow let’s speak face to face, alright?” She says.
“How are you coping now?.”
“I don’t know Amanda, what if something bad happened to him?.”
“I’ll be there first thing first okay?.”
After Victoria disconnected the call, Amanda became confused.
“Vicky doesn’t know her brother is dead yet Yakubu said she took his dead body, something is wrong. I’ll have to deal with this issue and quick.” Amanda said to herself as she sips her cup of tea.
Eighteen Years Ago.
“Look at your leg, your bleeding.” Juliet says in regret.
She carries her daughter to the front yard and then brought a alcoholic substance and poured on the wound, Amanda winces out in pain crying as the liquid is poured on her wound.
“Mummy, it’s painful.” She cries out holding her mother’s wrapper as she sat on her lap.
“I know Amanda but this will help with the pain okay?” Juliet smiles to her daughter as she carried a piece of a torn cloth and cleaned the blood, seeing the wound up close, Juliet wasn’t happy as it has given Amanda a deep cut on her left toe.
Grimacing in pain, Amanda was crying heavily.
“Mama hold me so that the pain would go away.” Little Amanda says looking at her mother trying to smile, Juliet looks at her and held her close to her bosom.
“Don’t worry darling, you won’t feel the pain anymore.
Amanda woke up with a splitting headache, she looks around the room as she tries to remember what happened to her last night.
She had drank the cup of tea and then took a bottle of whisky to the living room as the thought of Michael’s death was confusing, she finished the bottle of whisky and took a bottle of another one before she dosed off on the couch, she couldn’t remember how she got to her bed.
She stood up from the bed and entered the bathroom, brushing her teeth before taking a paracetamol pill for the headache.
She got into the shower and stayed there for close to thirty minutes thinking as she bath.
She came out cleaning her body with a towel as she changed into a casual wear, taking her Honda accord car key and a handgun with her, she checks the magazine and see it’s a full load, she places it in her bag unsure of the need, she felt it safe to be with it. She checks the time and it’s some few minutes past ten o’clock.
She exited her room and walked down the stairs, she saw Adams outside of his quarters trimming the hedges.
She calls for him and he ran immediately to her.
“You called madam?” He asks as he got close to her.
“Yea and I’ve been telling you not to be calling me madam, call me by my name alright?” She says almost seriously.
“I can’t madam, what kind of a gate man calls his madam by her name?” He smirks and said.
“The type that is going to lose his job if he continues what his employee doesn’t like.” She looks at him sternly.
He looks at her and nods in agreement.
“Okay Amanda, you’re going out?” He asks as he notice she was dressed to go out.
“Yea,” she confirms.
“Okay let me get the gate open.” He says running to the gate but is called back.
“I wanna ask, I remember sleeping on my couch but when I woke up, I was on the bed.” She asks him.
He looks at her for a second and says “Am sorry but I was the one who carried you to the bed last night. You were so drunk.” He says looking at the ground.
“It’s okay, really. Was just trying to figure it out okay?” She says as she places a hand on his shoulder.
He smiles and run to the gate while she enters the car and ignited the engine before driving out of the compound.
It was a six minute driver to Michael’s house, when she got there to the gate she saw a black Camry car parked outside but didn’t think of it.
Then something caught her, the pederestrian gate was wide open.
She got down from the car and looks at the gate once more, she wonders if she should enter inside, thinking otherwise, she brought out her phone and scrolled through her phone contacts, she sees Victoria’s number, she contemplated calling her. Deciding against the idea, she drops her phone inside the car, took out her handgun and drops the bag inside the car also, steadily moving towards the gate, she enters and see the gateman dead with a bullet in his head, she c—s the gun and slowly opens the front door and enters inside.
Navigating through the room, she proceeded to the bedroom quietly calling out to Victoria.
She saw a shadow behind and she quickly turns around and sees a guy pointing a gun at her smiling sheepishly.
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