After cleaning my bedroom and bathroom, i tried calling Mary on phone but she simply choosed to ignore my calls. I was scared and afraid. I couldn’t eat nor do anything else other than to lie down in my sitting room, deeply thinking without any solution. Finally by 5:30pm, I rushed over to Jboy’s apartment, briefing him on the latest development. He wasn’t a bit moved by my story. “her behaviour isn’t out of the ordinary. Of course you weren’t expecting her to jump with joy when she found her baby was gone or real?. Well the best you can do is just to go over to her house, keep her company and make some sweet promises” he advised as if it was all easy.
I shrugged and shut my mouth. It was my cross to carry and so had to carry it all alone. I drove over to Mary’s house minutes later, but couldn’t get myself to go inside the apartment. My conscience wouldn’t allow, and kept flogging me without pity. I sat in my car for hours without moving an inch. All i did was just to stare at the old compound, afraid and nervous. By 7:45pm, I returned to my apartment, prepared dinner and ate hungrily, washing everything down with two bottles of cold beer.
I felt a little bit relaxed after. By 10pm i went to bed. I left for work very early the next day, pushing aside Mary’s image and everything about her. It was something that i did with a whole lot of effort. I couldn’t let my conscience to continue flogging me. At 5:05pm I left office with Chioma and headed to my house. She earlier had insisted on going home with me, and i had no choice than to do her bidding. At exactly 5:20pm I slowly parked my car in front of my apartment, alighted with Chioma who innocently linked her third right finger with mine as we headed to the hallway leading to my flat. “i don’t just know why i feel so happy” she murmured excitedly, while i drew back cautiously as my sensitive eyes spotted three men who were heading towards us. I quickly sensed danger, but calmed down, appearing cool. One of them waved, urging us to stop. I obeyed fearfully. Chioma equally stopped, her eyes fixed on me. “Are you Mr. Ken?” the man who waved at us asked as they drew close. I nodded faintly. “You are under Arrest sir” he said politely. The two men with him quickly closed in on me and…….
Before i could get myself to say something, I was dragged and thrown into a waiting police van, while chioma pleaded to them to let me be. It was very sickening finding myself in such terrible, bitter situation. My guilty conscience never allowed me say something reasonable. Chioma was the person who did all the talking, begging and screaming at the officers to let me be. “for God’s sake, leave the poor man alone. I beg of you. He is a respectable gentleman. He can come to your station on his own” she pleaded as they threw me at the back of their van. “Do you wish to go with us?. That’s the only way we can help. We are simply carrying out orders” one of them said to her. She looked at me, breathed Deeply with tears melting her eyes, climbed into the back of the van and joined me. I couldn’t believe my eyes, i never knew she loved me that much. “you shouldn’t have” i managed to murmur. “don’t worry dear. I know you are a very innocent person. If i don’t stick with you at this moment, then where is the love. I’m your woman and it will always remain so” she said confidently. I closed my eyes and prayed for the terrible nightmare to go away. “what if Mary is behind this outrageous police arrest?. How do i now keep things away from Chioma” i wondered miserably. We got to the almost empty police station at exactly 6:20pm. The lady corporal on desk quickly grabbed my I.D card which one of the officers who arrested me threw at her. She wrote down my name and some other details from it, while an ugly looking officer rudely undressed me. This time i weakly fought and resisted the cold treatment. Chioma screamed with anger. “what the hell is going on?. I swear i will bring down this station with a team of lawyers tomorrow. This is insanity and abuse of my friend’s human rights” she barked at the police woman as i tried my possible best to avoid being undressed. “you can do whatever you want madam.
We are only carrying out instructions” she replied Chioma, quickly taking record of my belongings which were handed over to her. Before i could argue once again, i found myself inside a Poorly lit cell. Holding the iron bar, backing and ignoring the seven guys inside, i shouted at the top of my voice begging to be released. My behaviour seemed to have irritated my cellmates, because few seconds later, I felt a terrible thud at the back of my head which sent me turning to face my new Enemies. By the look on their faces i knew they were delighted and amused, ready to have fun with me. I knew a great beating awaited me, but wasn’t ready to yield without a fight.
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