Thursday, February 7, 2019

bed of roses(emotional)

The national stadium was overcrowded with people and many more are still struggling to get a space inside the stadium, some already gave up and just decided to cling around outside the stadium. So long they could hear his voice and see him on the projector tv, it was okay for them. With the kind of crowd seen in and outside the stadium, one would think it was a football match between two heavyweight clubs that was going on inside the stadium. Who else can gather so many people all around the continent and even the whole world if not the great minister of God, Apostle Williams Iruoha.
He is indeed one of the greatest men of God in the whole world. The great miracles and wonders that God has done through him speaks a lot for him not to talk of his humanitarian works, he is greatly loved by all which will make people all around the world do anything just to attend his annual crusade. The crusade is more of an interdenominational program since the Apostle doesn’t actually have a church of his own,he only goes about attending different seminars organised by other churches because he believes he is not meant to deliver the gifts and teaching of God to limited people. Many pastors from different churches all over the country are in attendance alongside their members since they knew the Apostle had no church of his own hence he doesn’t pose a possibility of stealing their members away.
“God saved me from the claws of death, His mercy rewrote my life and the same God is ready to save you right now” The Apostle said as he closed his bible which signified he’s about to round up his preaching for the day.
“But for him to save you, you have to submit yourself to him” He said walking down the high pulpit mounted in the middle of the stadium.
“For the word of God according to the book of 2nd corinthians chapter 5 verse 17 made us to know that If any one is in christ he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come. The bible didn’t say if some special kind of men neither did it say that this particular men rather it said if any man. Regardless of all you have done, irrespective of all the things you might have been through, the bible says you can be a new creation. Let old things pass away” He paused and starred around to see if he was really hitting the multitude with his message, when he realised they were moving with him he continued.
“Brethren, I beseech you right now, if you are yet to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and saviour, I want you to come out here right now to surrender yourself on to him, give him your life and let him rewrite your life, come out here and be a new creation” he said while the choristers began to sing some worship songs.
The Apostle walked up back to the pulpit, picked his bottled water to have a sip and then walked down to where the people who came out for altar call are now standing. The people that came out for altar call were closed to a thousand in number, he looked at them and smiled. He was glad that he was leading so many people to christ. As he was looking around, he noticed something strange. He saw that most of the people standing in the front roll were putting on green tops and they were all looking weird, he immediately signalled for his bodyguards to come around. As soon as the bodyguards surrounded him and he was about to give them some specific instructions, sounds of gunshots rocked the stadium. There was pandemonium, the whole stadium turned upside down in a twinkle of an eye.
Students ran away without looking back as they saw them approaching, even lecturers driving by had to speed their cars away in fear of what would happen in a matter of minutes. There is no way someone won’t be killed today because whenever the members of the Arch Angels were seen around the campus with their green jackets on, that surely spells death for either a student of the school or a staff. Three men putting on Identical green Jacket and same brown pencil chinos are walking down the path that leads to the faculty of law, the only significant difference between them is that only one of them is putting on a Green Beret while the other two are putting on green baseball caps.
Immediately the law students in the lecture room saw the boys approaching their class, they all ran off. Some escaped through the window, some squeezed through the door, the students including the lecturer in their class ran away in fear. Within a minute the whole lecture room was empty but one of the law students stayed back. He kept his gaze fixed on the handout on his table pretending like he wasn’t bothered about the arrival of the three guys that just scared all his course mates away. After a few minutes, he kept his handout aside and raised his head up as he adjusted his nerd glass. He starred at the three of them that were now standing right in front of him, he kept on looking but didn’t utter a word, the silence was broken by the guy that had the Green Beret on.
“You are really as brave as they say” the guy with the beret said after clapping for a period of time.
“Kong, table his f--k up” He said again.
“Undermining the powers of the Arch Angels” Kong replied.
“Hey mister, do you have any objection to what he just said about what your f--k up is? ” the guy with the green beret asked and waited for the guy sitting to reply but when no answer was forthcoming, he continued.
“Nazaretha, pass his Judgement”
“If thou undermineth the powers of the double A, thou shall be killed anytime thou art apprehended” Nazaretha replied.
The guy with the beret smiled like he always do anytime Nazaretha speaks in his funny old English.
“You still don’t have anything to say yeah” He asked the guy sitting again as he brought out his revolver from the cross bag hanging around his neck.
“This will be your greatest mistake and even of it takes a thousand years, my boys will hunt you and drop you” the guy replied staring at them blankly.
The guy didn’t bother replying him but rather he gave him three shots. One to his forehead, and two to his right and left side of his chest which clearly signified the signature of the Arch Angels. Immediately he finished taking the shots, he walked towards the board and picked the Tempo lying in front of the door.
*Slimmy was here* he wrote on the board.
“For they know not that Slimmy is the angel of death” Nazaretha shouted and walked out right behind Slimmy and Kong. They walked back with the same style and slow speed in which they came in with not minding that the people around might have alerted the authority of the school, they had no course to fear because they are the authority.
In a very short while after the incident happened, the news had already spread like wild fire. Most students in the school had started packing their bags and heading for their respective homes. They need no prophet to tell them that another war is imminent, the last war that happened in the school some few years ago claimed more innocent lives than the lives of the cultists that were directly involved in the dirty dealings. Before evening that day, the whole school including both hostel and off campus buildings were practically empty. Most people ran to save their dear lives, the only people left in school were cultists and some students who really wanted to have first class gist about how the White Tigers will want to avenge the death of El Salam who was one of their prominent member that was murdered by the Arch Angels. Days went by, days turned to weeks and weeks were beginning to turn to months and there has been no news of killing or even a single gunshot being fired. Students began to resume one after another, gradually lectures started again and everything went back to how it was.
“Make una come inside” Kong said as he ushered Rofiat and Hadijat inside the Arch Angel’s mansion.
Rough walked in majestically while Hadijat just followed behind trembling at the faces she was seeing around, the house was filled with a lot of guys who were busy playing different types of games, some were seen smoking indian hemps, some were busy with their phones while some came to have a gist with Rofiat, Hadijat kept mute all through and kept her gaze fixed on the tv until Gentle walked in to join them in the sitting room.
“Rough da Rough, what’s up na” Gentle said as he greeted Rofiat in their traditional arch angel’s way.
“Am good brodaly, how you dey” Rofiat replied.
“I dey, So you know this woman” Gentle pointing towards Hadijat who was now standing on her feet.
“Am so sorry about yesterday, I really don’t know what came over me. Please forgive me for just this one time and I promise never to cross your path again” Hadijat recited one of the lines she read on Internet yesterday after Rofiat told her to check for apology speech, it’s really hilarious that she actually did surf the net for an apology speech.
“Apology not accepted” Said Slimmy as he walked into the sitting room clad in only a towel tied around his waist. Immediately he walked in, most of the guys hanging around in different corners of the large sitting room walked out one after the other.
Rofiat stood up immediately and kept her face to the ground knowing fully well that Slimmy doesn’t take it lightly when a lady stares into his face directly, Hadijat on the other hand couldn’t take her eyes off Slimmy’s abs.
“Don’t mind my brother, your apology is accepted” Gentle spoke after a long moment of silence.
“Rough” Slimmy called out.
“Yes boss” Rofiat replied.
“Who is she to you” He asked.
“My little cousin” she replied.
“Should I forgive her ?” Slimmy
“For my sake, please do boss” Rofiat.
“Rough da Rough” He said and smiled a for a while l “Okay I forgive her” he added.
“Thanks much boss, thanks so much Gentle” Rough said and signalled to Hadijat that they should start leaving.
“Leaving so soon?” Gentle asked.
“Yeah I have to drop her on campus for lectures very soon” Rofiat replied.
“Okay then, safe” Said Gentle to them as they walked out of the room.
“Kid bro, I think you like that little chick” Slimmy teased
“I have always told you I am your elder bro, I came out before you mennh” Gentle teased back.
“That’s because I sent you on an errand to see what the world looks like bro” Slimmy teased again but Gentle just walked away smiling knowing fully well that if they continued, he wasn’t going to ever win the argument about who is older between the both of them
Awww!’ Hadijat gave a loud yawn as she sank into the three seater sofa and laid face flat. She buried her face into the throw pillow and began to murmur what sounded like a quick Thanksgiving prayer.
‘Halimat!’ Rofiat shouted as she flung open the door and bounced in. ‘Halimat!’ she shouted one more time.
She sat on the sofa by the left side and began to untie her shoe lace. She looked up while at it and saw Hadijat still in her prayer mood.
‘You want to start a vigil in the morning?’ She teased as she took off her shoe and relaxed back.
Hadijat sat up and let out a deep breath. ‘Thank God it’s all over’ she said, breathing into her palms.
Rofiat glanced at her and smiled. ‘You’re indeed very lucky, the Slimmy I know would not let things go like that.’
Halimat walked into the lounge from behind just as Rofiat stood up. ‘Oh! You’re back. How did it go?’ She asked, placing her hands on her waist, already switching herself to gist mode.
‘Where you go since?’ Rough answered Halimat with an irrelevant question, even when it was obvious that Halimat was coming out from her room.
‘I went to check for something in class and I returned few minutes ago’ she replied and joined Hadijat on the sofa.
‘On Saturday? I was expecting to come here and find breakfast already prepared’
‘I’ll start preparing rice now, we have stew already’ Halimat said.
‘I can’t wait’ Rofiat said. She stood up and straightened up her clothes and picked her shoes up. She began to proceed towards her room. ‘I’m going out now.’
‘It won’t take long, you know. The gas cooker heats up very fast’ Halimat tried to convince her, standing up to go to the kitchen.
‘Maybe I’ll come back early’ Rofiat said as she walked out of their sight.
She came back two minutes later, after adding more powder to her face and changing her shoes to a leather slippers. She was putting on her wristwatch and staring around the chairs, looking for something. She found it, her phone. She unlocked and swiped down to check the notifications.
‘Hadijat’ she called, still looking into the phone as she turned. ‘Why didn’t you bring my phone to me when it was ringing?’ She asked but got no response.
‘Mtcheew. It’s even this funny boy’ she muttered to herself as she deleted the notification and locked the screen. She turned back to the seat to see if anything was forgotten, none was. She turned back again and was about proceeding towards the door when she noticed that Hadijat was lost in thoughts and smiling sheepishly to herself. That explained the reason she didn’t answer Rofiat’s earlier question.
Rough walked closer and waved her hand across Hadijat’s face, startling the girl. ‘What the hell are you thinking about?’ She asked, giving her a contorted look. ‘I thought you were making Thanksgiving prayers some minutes ago.’
Halimat walked back into the lounge, drying her hands with a towel.
‘Nothing,’ Hadijat smiled and got up from her seat. She switched on the television socket and picked the remote before returning to her seat. Rough was still standing in the same position and staring at her awkwardly.
‘You better watch your sister. She might be developing fever too’ Rofiat warned Halimat playfully before walking out of the house.
‘How did it go?’ Halimat who was now seated asked, few seconds after Rough left.
‘Fine, wonderful’ Hadijat gave a quick glance at Halimat, flashing her teeth.
‘Fine, wonderful?’ Halimat repeated in a surprise tone.
‘Yes, it was wonderful’
‘Interesting… What made it so wonderful? I can’t imagine how an apology session could turn around to be wonderful’
‘They accepted our apologies’ Hadijat stared back into Halimat’s face, spreading out her hands and palms to add effects.
‘Is that all that happened?’ Hadijat raised her eyebrows.
‘Yes’ Halimat stressed and returned her gaze to the TV. She took the remote control by her side and increased the TV volume.
‘And you guys did not stop anywhere else?’ Halimat asked, half shouting now as the sound of the music video being aired now filled the air.
Hadijat picked the remote control again and reduced the volume. She stared at Halimat for her to repeat her question. ‘Did you guys visit any other place?’ Halimat repeated.
‘No, we didn’t. Why are you asking?’
‘It’s strange that you’re looking so happy’
‘Don’t you want me to look happy?’
‘No, not that. But I know you hate apologizing to guys, especially with your bad history of dishing out slaps to them. So I’m surprised that you’re happy after this.’
Hadijat hissed briefly. ‘The guys seem nice to me’ she began, narrowing her eyes. ‘Especially the slim one’
‘Slimmy?’
‘Yes’ Hadijat rolled her eyes and licked her lips. ‘You need to see his abs, his body perfectly defines the word sexy’
‘You’re silly’ Halimat said and got up. ‘So his abs are what makes him nice?’ She asked without waiting for a reply and walked to the kitchen.
~~
Three Weeks Ago**
‘D--n!’ OJ cursed and smashed the six inches block on the floor angrily. He got took out the wrap of weed from his mouth and let out a huge mold of smoke.
Two other guys were with him in the uncompleted building, each seated on the window at the perpendicular walls. Both of them also had wrap of weeds in their mouths and were dispensing huge quantities of the smoke to relief themselves of their grief.
‘The Arch Angels have really dared us and we’ve got to show them the stuff we’re made of’ OJ said as he inhaled deeply. The silence continued for some minutes until a lanky guy came joined them.
‘How far?’ OJ said. All eyes turned to the new guy, one of those seated on the windows jumped down.
‘The police have refused to release his body, not even to his parents’ the guy replied.
‘Hahaha’ OJ gave a scornful laugh. ‘Heads would roll, I swear’ he threatened with a frown on his face and puffed out some smoke again. He moved back to the wall and erected another six inches block. He sat down and took another drag.
‘Small, where were you guys when EL salam was dropped?’ OJ directed his question to the guy seated on the window opposite him
‘We were out of town to do the job for the Honorable,’ Small replied. He came down from the window, his joint had been used up already. His name was a perfect description of himself, he had a very small stature and a small bald head. Except for his face, one could take him for a young teenager judging from his body alone.
OJ was of medium height, a rigid body and a dark skin. His body clearly displayed the several benefits of using the gym. His face was rough, he was not good at smiling. Even when he tried, he always got the person he was smiling to scared.
‘You know they would not try such if we were together na,’ Small added briefly.
OJ heaved a sigh. ‘Baba would not like this at all. He’s gonna be mad when he returns,’ he said. Baba was the nick they used for the head of their cult, Screw, when conversing together. ‘What’re their names again?’
‘Slimmy, Nazaretha and Kong’ small answered him.

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