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Monday, June 3, 2019

Adventure of my lost sister

What are your qualifications?” he asked in an impatient voice.
He waa so tall, oh my, this is Lola’ s husband my heart was racing for. Stop it! Stop it my stupid heart!
” Are you alright? I don’t have all day! My God! ”
Where was Lola? sh*t! i should have given her a call before coming, but what would i have said? that i was coming for tea?! We heard a loud crashing sound, Mr tall dark and handsome swore under his breath. Why wasn’t he rushing up the stairs to find out what was wrong? Another loud thud and a crashing sound had the dark Greek God loosening his tie in frustration, he sat down on the sofa obviously weary.
” Monkey keep it down!” He hollered.
My God! they named the child Monkey!
” Are you alright? ……..shall we start?”
A chubby little girl with hair dyed red came tumbling down the stairs. I rushed to help her but she brushed me off.
” Is this the nanny?” She asked
” Go back upstairs!” he shouted. ” Miss please am running late! ”
The girl rolled her eyes and stuck out her tongue before dashing up the stairs. Oh my child. Do i even have the right to call her my child? what manner of parents allows a little girl dye her hair red! and they had named her monkey!.Where was Lola?
” What is your name?”
” Ebere”
” See am running late and Monkey is a handful so i need to know if you can handle her and i want to see references too! I need to know am not entrusting my daughter into the care of a maniac! God forbid! Lola would have my head for that!”
The name Lola had my heart racing, where was she?
” Are we clear?”
I nodded.
” Can i see them?”
Oh my God! What was he asking for?
” Your CV”
His phone rang and he excused himself. He came back minutes later full of apologies.
” Ebere i have to go, give me your contact address and if you don’t have the references with you now no problem…… but i will have to instruct the security not to allow you out of this building until i get back……in the mean time you are hired. Let me introduce you to Monkey”
My heart was racing fast. I felt like a burglar caught red_handed.
” The little girl that came in before isn’t she your daughter?”
” The one that came crashing down the stairs?. No. That one is for my brother. ”
I sighed in relief.
” Monkey come and meet your nanny!”
We heard loud thudding sounds and a loud bang before two rihanna wannabe sailed down the banister. My God! She was worse! Her hair was dyed blue, her lips were lined with dark pencils, there were three ear rings on each of her ears. She had on a crazy jean and crazy top with one arm cut off. This couldn’t be!
” Monkey come on! am late please! meet your nanny Ebere, say hello to her”
The little devil stood defiantly, mischief shinning in her eyes.
” Hello Monkey ”
” I don’t like this one! Get another one!” She spat out.
Tall and dark ignored her. ” Ebere meet my daughter Constance……. She is a sweet angel when you get to know her and please don’t let her get to you.”
” Uncle You didn’t introduce me too” red hair grumbled.
” Sorry angel, Ebere meet my niece Liz, Liz meet Constance’ s new nanny”.
” I don’t like this one too! ” miss red hair announced and they both ran up the stairs.
” Please don’t let them get to you.i will be back by four and remember you are not allowed to leave until i get back.” He breezed out of the room hastily not waiting for my reply.
I sagged down on the sofa in exhaustion.
” Miss! miss! Constance is no longer breathing! ”
I rushed up the stairs with the red hair girl, What happened? why did i leave them by themselves! the blue haired girl, lay very still in the middle of the pink princess theme room. I placed my ear on her chest and she jerked up laughing. She gave her partner in crime a high five as they screamed ” gotcha!”
I couldn’t help laughing with them. They had gotten me real good.
” Why does your dad call you monkey? ”
” Wow she thinks that was funny, cool!” Liz said.
” The last nanny went running out of the house ” Monkey said laughing. ” Can i have a chocolate bar?”
” Me too”
” I guess”
” Cool” they screamed running out of the house.
My phone vibrated in my jean pocket. ” Hello Ify… are you?”
” Am okay” she replied at the other end.
I knew she wasn’t OK. ” What are you up to?”
” Am in the hospital”
I could hear my blood pounding in my ears. ” Why are you in the hospital?”
” Am having a bronchoscopy”
i wondered what that means. ” But are you okay?”
” They said i have to get a bronchoscopy to see if am infected with pneumocystis before i have the sysmptoms”.
It was always They said this, they said that! Ify was going through a lot and there was nothing i could do .
“But are you alright? do you have the… Psy……py…do you have it?”
” No. Not yet.”
I hate seeing her so helpless. Chiboy’ s mother was forever forcing something down her throat. How someone could drink two bottles of annointing oil in a day was terrible. I wanted to speak out, i wanted to tell her to go to hell with the so called holy oils but what if Ify could truly get her healing by drinking them?.
” Are you there Ebere?”
” Yes i am” i said wiping away my tears.
” I want to join an AIDS Survivor’s Support group” her breathing was laboured.
” Sweetie i will be home shortly, we will talk. I love you”
” Love you too”.
The mischievous duo were staring intently at me. I felt no connection with the little blue haired girl. She was ebony and chubby while i was light skinned and slim. No resemblance. No emotional connection. Maybe she favored Dayo, but i couldn’t tell. She and little red riding hood looked alike. Same ebony skin, same rosy dimpled cheeks. Is this even the child i brought into this world?
” That was your boyfriend? ” blue asked.
” No. My Sister”
” Mind if we have some Pizza?” Red asked.
” Yea i guess”
” Cool! i wish you were my nanny!”
They raced out of the room once again, their laughter twitttered in the house. I followed them down the stairs, they had four slices of pizza on their plates. I pulled out a chair smiling at them.
” Are you sure you are a real nanny? you are supposed to say we should eat our veggies and fruit. and no junk food before dinner ”
I blinked. What do i know about kids? ” Today is world international kids day, tomorrow i can be a proper nanny to you” i lied smoothly.
They traded looks and grinned happily. They were both adorable.
” Where is your mommy?”
They both went silent.
” She’s in heaven ” Red answered. ” And she is now our guidance angel”
I felt a thick lump in my throat. Lola.
” Are you alright ?” red had asked.
Dark and handsome arrived after five pm and apologized for being late. The duo flew into his arms gisting him about their day, he sat down settling each one on his thigh. He listened to them, kissed their cheeks before sending them back upstairs. I had already forced them to eat the spaghetti and meatballs i made for dinner.
” Hope you didn’t leave any for me? How did you find your first day of work?”
” Exciting”
He laughed. ” I know they can be a hand full but am glad you are still here. I know you must be tired, let’s discuss the terms of the job.”
” Please can we do that tomorrow? i will be here by 8am”
” OK that is fair enough. Thank you ” he stood up.
I declined the money he offered me and drove back home. I had seen my daughter. She had a blue hair and her name was monkey.
I reached for my phone at the head of my bed. My body felt like it had been run over by a dangote trailer. How could two little girls be so much work? I don’t know what i hoped to achieve by going there in the first place. Lola was gone, how do i lay claim to my child with no evidence? how could i even uproot the little child from the only home she had known for ten years?
” Something came up, please come on Thursday. Apologies for any inconvenience. Thanks. Ayo Williams.” From dark and handsome.
I couldn’t believe i had saved his number as dark and handsome. Ayo. The name rolled off my tongue over and over, the room felt hot suddenly. I got out of bed, how could he make me feel hot with just a simple text.
Ify was silent during breakfast, her breathing was laboured and there was a new blistering purple sore on her wrist. Her eyes were fixed on her plate while her hand toyed with the food in it with her fork.
” What is wrong?”
” I called my dad yesterday.”
I relaxed.” That is wonderful sweetie, what did he say?”
” He wants to see me”
” That is good, when is he coming? ”
She shook her head. ” He doesn’t know about the HIV”
I covered her hand with mine. ” Give him a chance, okay?”
In the evening i drove down to the AIDS Survivor Support group address Ify had given me. The building was a grand house in Lekki. I wondered if i had come to the wrong place but i honked in front of the gate despite my doubt. The gate was opened by a chubby friendly security man. He directed me to park my car and walk to the main house.
The door was opened by a pot bellied middle aged man. He welcomed us warmly and i could hear Ify gasp beside me.
” Come in, am doctor Debola and i am AIDS survivor”.
We followed him into the beautifully furnished room, the chandelier caught my eyes first. Instead of a center table or an art work there was a big mat spread in the center of the elegant sitting room. Five people were seated on it gisting, two men and three women.
I could see a collection of people at the dining area, some were thin as straw, some were robust and beautiful. They were talking animatedly. No frown on any body ‘ s face. They all called out greetings warmly.
” Hi am Ada and i am a PWA ” one of the women seated on the mat said.
Ify smiled at her warmly and turned to me.
” It means Person with AIDS.”
I also gave her a warm smile. The man that welcomed us at the door clicked a spoon against a glass cup and the others came into the living room and found a spot to settle down.
” We have new members in our midst tonight. I will start by introducing myself first, my name is doctor Debola, i have a private hospital and i am AIDS Survivor”. ” You are on Emeka, and the next person beside him follows”
The young teenage boy smiled at us brightly. My heart sank. This young boy of not more than fifteen is also living with such deadly virus.
” My name is Emeka and i am AIDS survivor. I have had the virus since birth. ” I need a girlfriend! ” He beamed at us.
The others clapped loudly.
” My name is Kofi and am a survivor with full_blown AIDS. I need a cure!” A skinny dark skin man shouted in anguish.
The very thin woman next to him said ” My name is Rachel and my husband gave me the virus. The bas.tard is died now and i need Justice!” She screamed in anger.
Doctor Debola came over and patted her on the back.
” Am Toby, I’ m HIV symptomatic. I am a survivor and am angry. I need cure!” He was so delicate i was afraid he might break into two.
” Am Susan and i was a s--t. I am a survivor with HIV, no symptoms. I need acceptance! ”
The others clapped for her, it got to Ify’s turn and she said in a quiet timid voice ” My name is Ifeoma, am a survivor. I have HIV, low T_cells and no symptoms and i need……………….I need my happy ever after.”
They clapped for her and all eyes fell on me. I swallowed hard. ” My name is Ebere………I was a s--t and i am HIV Negative. I need a cure for Ify and advice”
They clapped and cheered me loudly.
” Let’s start. ” Doctor Debola said.
Ada began. ” I have been seeing so much death going on around me! I have lost so many friends and my little boy! Nobody even wants to come to the funeral! we are not animals! ”
” I have lost both of my parents and my relatives won’t have anything to do with me! All I want is some love and understanding! all I want is a girlfriend! ” Emeka shouted.
Ify leaned closer and gave him him a peck. He blushed and grinned at her.
” I want my wives and kids! I want my family back!” Doctor Debola shouted.
” I don’t want to die! I have three little girls!” Rachael cried out.
” I want an HIV reorientation for my people! The stigmatization is heartbreaking in Togo! Nobody wants to buy or sell to you! they won’t even reply your greetings! I want to be buried on the soil of my motherland but I won’t be allowed to cross the border! I need a cure! I want to see my little girl before i die ” Kofi howled.
He was given hugs by everyone around him.
” What kind of advice do you need Ebere?” the kind doctor asked
” I gave a woman my baby ten years ago and i want her back now. I want Ify to meet my child, I want us to be a family now ”
” Is Ify your wife?” One of them asked suddenly.
” No, my sister ”
‘ You have a big fight on your hands Ebere ” The doctor said. ” Sometimes things are better left as they were ”
Ify squeezed my hand and my eyes brimmed with tears.
I was shocked to see the doctor who had broken the bad news of my illness to me, at the AIDS Survivor Support Group. So he had been talking about himself on that fateful day! but he had altered the story to give me hope, to give Chiboy hope. Hope was all i had left…… I clung to it desperately in the middle of the night when my bones aches, when a part of my face starts swelling for no reason. I hoped that death won’t sneak up on me when i least expected it.
That was why i had given my dad a call. I had picked up my phone and dialed his number before i could get cold feet. I felt like a little girl again……..i wanted approval. I want love and hugs. I wanted my dad to accept me.
” Hello. Who is this?” he answered in his thick ibo accent.
” Dad” i whispered.
There was silence in the background until i heard a scratching sound, a distant sound of tears and laughter.
” Nne, Ify? ”
” Yes it’s me.”
He was crying now and i felt awkward not knowing what to say.
” Nne where are you? i want to see you “.
I disconnect the call and switched off my phone.
But after my discussion with doctor Debola who had contracted the virus through a needle stick injury at work, i realized just how much i had missed my dad. I texted him my address as Ebere drove us back home that night.
Early the next morning a knock sounded at the door, i walked slowly, my breath was coming out in pants. I opened the door and froze.
” My baby!”
Dad enveloped me into his arms crying like a baby. Mom stood awkwardly, she tried to touch me but i drew back.
” Ify…… am sorry” she said.
I gave a little tired laugh. Dad sat down still holding me in his arms. Mom went on her knees.
” I know i have lost the right to call you my child and i don’t except you to forgive me but please give me another chance. Please don’t push me away,i did my best combing everywhere for you.”
” Yea when Toby died! you were looking for a replacement! please stand up! i have nothing against you and you are right! you have lost the right to be my mother!”
She sobbed silently on her knees.
” Ify please…… i know we have wronged you greatly but please forgive us. Your mother has been through a lot and she is a changed person now.”
I stood up angrily.” She has been through a lot!?,do you have any idea what i have been through?! I was raped and kicked out in the middle of the night!”
They both gasped and mom’ s sobs became louder.
” Do you have any idea what have even been through?! how i managed to survive for the past ten years! you both ruined my life! I will never get married! i will never become a mother! i won’t get to see my children graduate! I won’t even live to see my 30th birthday! ”
Dad got up and took me into his arms, we were both crying.
” What happened to you Ify? are you sick? I will fly you overseas for treatment, am so sorry my child. Don’t talk about death Nne, you are still so young and there is no illness without cure as long as there is money.”
” This one has no cure dad”
” Ify we will fly you oversea, you will be OK” mom said.
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Hunter Jackson(episode 1)

ahhhhh” idris said as he woke up. His whole body was aching him. He was held captive inside a dungeon. He looked outside through the windows and saw people moving about. The whole place smelt terrible and his hands and legs were both chained together.
The king and the captain were both discussing.
“hmmm, i still doubt that the young man you captured was able to kill the great serpent and retrieved the immortal knife from the guardian” said the king
“yes but believe me, he is very strong. The strongest man or should i say boy i have seen” the captain said
“so young, i am not sure if he is up to nineteen years of age” the king said.
“you are right but the strength he possess his beyond imagination. Didn’t you see the men he killed in less than seven minutes” the captain asked.
“yes you are right. Five able bodied strong men died in the twinkle of an eye, he is very good with his bow” said the king
“what shall we do with him?” asked the captain.
“He shall remain our slave. We need his strength especially on our farms” replied the king.
“good idea” said the captain, he wanted to say more when the chief priest appeared inside the palace.
“you dare not do such unless the anger of the gods be upon you and your people. Young idris travelled from a far away land and he succeeded in his quest. He is now the rightful owner of the immortal knife and he is a free man. If you want to keep him as a slave, then he shall be made to fight one of your best man in the arena. If he wins, he is free but if he loses, he will be your slave. Only one man shall he fight. Failure to heed to the gods will bring death to you and your men”
the chief priest said and disappeared.
“what, who is he going to fight?” the captain asked
“jack-jack”replied the king.
“though Jack-Jack is very powerful, he can’t fight the slayer of the serpent” the captain said.
“cool down captain, i have a plan” the King said smiling wickedly.
Idris was brought out into the arena on the seventh day to fight jack-jack.
The arena was around and in the middle of the arena was an old abandoned ship. The people of the village sat on high grounds because the arena was surrounded by lions, hungry lions.
If you mistakenly fall from the ship, then it is over.
“Bring in young idris” shouted the king with a smile
idris was brought in with the help of young men.
“bring in Jack-Jack” shouted the king.
Jack-jack came in. Lo and behold, he was a human-giant. So big with big arms and very strong. He was very taller than Idris.
“let the guards leave the ship” the king said and they left.
“FIGHT” shouted the king.
Jack-jack rushed towards idris with a blow, idris duck and dodged it. He came with a kick, idris dodged it again. He was furious and dived at idris.
“oooohhhhh” shouted the crowd as the big man dived idris.
He started punching him while the crowds were counting.
He threw idris towards the other side of the ship. Idris was covered and blinded by blood. His hand touched something like a spear.
He took it and throw towards jack-jack. The spear flew with speed but jack-jack caught it..
He rushed towards idris and continued beating and man handling him with heavy punches.
Idris was at the verge of death. Jack-Jack left him to go and pick a heavy wood.
He rushed towards idris with the wood but idris quickly did a forward roll and dodged him. Before jack-jack could turn, idris jumped up and gave him a deadly knock out punch.
Jack-jack fell down bleeding across his nose while idris fell down bleeding from his head to toe.
“Jack-Jack” the crowd shouted for him to stand up but he couldn’t.
Idris stood up and was about to rush at Jack-Jack when his vision started getting blurred. His bones were weaken
And his vision was blurry. He tried to move but he couldn’t. He fell down and groaned in pains. The hunger and canes he received were now affecting him.
“Jack-jack” the crowd were shouting.
“grrrrrrrr” the lions were roaring waiting impatiently for their food.
Jack-Jack stood up and saw that idris was stunned. He rushed at idris with the heavy wood and gave him a deadly blow across his head.
His head was cut open because of the blow and blood was busy rushing out.
He fell down and couldn’t move. He looked up to the sky and began to see the images of his mum, dad and his little sister that was held captive by the dragon.
He was so close to death and he could feel it.. His head was cut open and his brains could be seen from outside.
“if i am going to die, then i will die with somebody” he said weakly but Jack-Jack didn’t hear him.
“Kill Kill”
The crowd were busy shouting and praising Jack-jack.
Jack-jack was happy and he didn’t look at idris but at the cheering crowd.
“i told you my plan will work the king” said and laughed
“yea you are” said the captain.
the crowd were busy praising him.
Idris used this opportunity and removed the little dagger in his boot. The little dagger that was always inside his boot.
“time to finish this” Jack-jack said and moved towards idris.
He grabbed idris by the collar and drew him to the edge of the boat. The lions were busy jumping and jubilating.
He raised idris up and showed everyone, as he was about to throw idris into the lions den, idris used his dagger and stabbed Jack-jack deep inside his stomach.
“argghhhh” jack-jack groaned in pains and let go of idris.
Immediately idris came down, he gathered all his strength, jumped up and used his two legs to deliver a powerful drop kick across the face of jack-jack.
Jack-jack loosed his stamina and fell down into the lion’s den.
Without wasting time, the lion started to eat him. Tearing him into shreds.
The crowd were busy hailing a dieing IDRIS.
“i shall not be humiliated” the king said
the king shouted and the guards rush towards him
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Idris the brave warrior

Idris was sliding down so fast he couldn’t stop himself. The path sees to be long and deep. All of a sudden, he felt the place getting hotter by the minute.
“why is the place getting hot” he said as he tried to slow down but he couldn’t.
He was getting to the end of the tunnel and was still sliding fast. At the end of the tunnel stood a pillar not too strong.
The pillar was there to support the path that was choosen by idris.
“this is getting suspicious. The whole place seems hot and i can’t slow down. Jumping towards the end of the tunnel will cowardice because i don’t know what type of danger awaits me.. Its better i use the pillar to my advantage”
idris said.
As he got close to the pillar, he caught it with both hands holding the pillar so tight, he was able to stop.
“haaaa” he breathed and looked down.
“ahhhhhhhhhh” he screamed.
He would have been a roasted piece of meat few seconds ago.
Yes, the giant Lue is not as dump as you may think. He knew that if anyone succeeds in taking his metallic box, he would be dead so he decided and made a bobby trap that will kill the person involved.
The path leading to the volcano was the the right path while the one leading to the island that idris chossed was actually the one that led to the volcano.
“d--n, i didn’t see this coming. I would have known. I didn’t even think before deciding. I just jumped into the path leading to the island not sensing any danger. I didn’t even think it was too good to be true” idris was regretting his actions.
Assuming he didn’t catch the pillar and slowed down his speed, he would have slyde into a molten red hot volcano.
“what am i going to do?” He said still holding the pillar.
They was no way he will go back because the castle has fallen and the path is blocked.
“every problem has a solution. Common idris. Be wise. What have i got?”
he asked himself.
“ok, i have my bow with me, my little dagger in my boot, the immortal knife, a rope and an arrow” he said
“hmmmm” he said as a smile was forming on his lips.
He just had an idea. A sweet dangerous idea.
“danger, thats my word” he said.
He took his rope and tied it at the bottom of the arrow very strongly.
Then he took the arrow, aimed it at the other side of the volcano.
He let go of the arrow. The arrow flew with great speed and got stuck at something on the other side.
He drew the rope and confirmed it to be strong. Then he tied the other end at the pillar that saved his life.
Now, the rope made a straight line above the volcano.
“time to cross over. We live only once. If the rope get cut and i fall down inside this volcano, i shall embrace death with a huge smile”
he said and laughed.
He hung his bow and started climbing.
As brave as a lion, he climbed above the volcano and landed safely at the other side.
He looked round and saw that the arrow he shot early did pierce into a tree located close to the volcano.
He smiled and walked away to his little shelter, the place he normally stays before he was abducted by Lue the giant.
Idris was so happy about his success. He fought with the great serpent and killed it, he also killed a mighty giant that could crush him in minutes. As if that was not enough, he now possess the immortal knife.
“time to go home” he said with a smile.
3 days later.
Idris has created a small boat that could carry him safely to his village. He also made many arrows with the remaining woods.
“hmmm, i hope i didn’t forget anything. I have food, a little torch, my weapon, the immortal knife, enough fruits, water….”
“no, i did not put clean water among these stuff” he said and went in search for water.
“brother, i call you here to discuss about our nephew” adin said concerned.
“you and this nephew of yours. Every time idris idris idris, can’t somebody rest for once” wade said.
“no bro. It has been long since he left.. We haven’t seen him since and the chief priest isn’t helping matters” adin said
“thats because he is dead. Pure, plain and simple, he is dead. Only a fool we embark on a journey. Does he have the strength of Hercules to slay a giant?” wade said.
“he is just a boy and he doesn’t have the strength of a god. He is not Hercules neither is he Zeus thats why we are left with one opinion, he is dead” Adin said shaking his head as a sign of pity for idris.
” you know what, lets start arranging his funeral rites” wade said.
“good idea, which date” adin asked
“let just say when the new moon appears.” wade said.
“now you are coming. I was waiting for you to bring up such a nice idea but you were delaying time” adin said
“hahaha” wade laughed.
“i will meet the village crier to announce to all the villagers that we will commence Idris’s funeral at the rise of the new moon” adin said.
“very good” wade replied.
Idris was sailing home. He looked at the sea.
“this part of the sea was once inhabited by the great serpent. Very good it is dead” he said as he passed by…
As soon as he crossed the part of the sea inhabited by the great serpent, he saw something from afar.
He quickly paddled his canoe and saw that it was a large boat. He moved close and was surprised. The boat has people in it. People like him and they were all men.
“could this be pirates” he thought.
He once heard stories of pirates who were on an adventure to steal the immortal knife but were not able to cross the sea to the island because of the ferocious great serpent.
He didn’t believe it because he thought they were no people out there. He thought his village was the only village in this world. He thought it was a mere story but now, he was about to be proven wrong.
He change the direction of his canoe and was about to go back to the island because he knew the pirates won’t follow him but he was wrong.
They large ships quickly surrounded him.
“don’t move. You are the slayer of the great serpent. We saw the body of the beast washed up to our land and we decided to spy around here. We believe you are with something very precious to us and because of that, you shall be held prisoner. Failure to comply will automatically lead to your death” the captain shouted.
All the men were with arrows, swords or canon. He (idris) knew this was going to be tough. He did the thing he knows how to do best, fight.
Bringing out two arrows silently, he shot at the boat.
“ahhhhh” two men groaned and died. He was surrounded by four ships filled with men but if he was going to die, he will die with someone.
He brought out three arrows
three men died instantly, why haven’t they fired back he thought.
Unknown to him, they were busy loading their canon.
They fired him scattering the canoe into pieces. The impact of the canon was to much for Idris to bear and he passed out.
“bring in the prisoner” shouted the captain
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Friday, April 12, 2019

The holiday trip to an unknown destination

He’s tall, slender with bears. Dressed in a white suit while his soon to be wife was fully clad in her beautiful white gown adorned with diamond stones.
Her heels gave her an extra height, as she is the petite type with a beautiful face. Her red lips and round hips are her best features.
While her husband had brown eyes she had blue eyes which could light a whole room of darkness. They always teased each other about their features and made fun of who was taller and shorter.
‘Grissel do you take this man as your lawful wedded husband’ the priest asked again for the second time.
Grissel was deep in thoughts.
“Babes are you okay?” Tom her husband to be asked with a shoulder tap.
He was every lady’s dream but that morning he belonged to his shy and gentle heartthrob.
“Huh!” she exclaimed.
‘The priest asked a question’ he announced with a frown.
‘I’m sorry’ she apologized to no one in particular.
Among the crowd were murmurings as to why she was so lost in her thoughts.
“We can continue”, she quietly announced to the old priest reading the vows.
They wrote their own vows but Grissel told him that morning when she sat beside him during the service that she had forgotten what she memorized.
Tom didn’t want to sound angry on his long awaited happy day so he quickly arranged for the church vows.
Tom glanced at her with an expression that informed her she’s in for a lot of trouble. She was already having troubles picturing their honeymoon as she’s not sure what to expect.
She was still in her thoughts when the smooth voice of the priest jerked her out.
‘Do you take this man as your law…..?’ The priest was cut short.
Her red small lips went apart quickly. “Yes I do.”
Soon enough the church came to an end and the second part began. She found it difficult to blend in as her husband was giving her faces.
Like earlier on the dance floor, he totally ignored her when she asked what he was doing he could only manage a sigh.
‘Were you having second thoughts.’ he finally asked when they retired to their chair.
The noise and cheers from friends and family gave her headaches, she managed a frown.
‘That’s what I thought’, he concluded for her.
‘No I wasn’t Tom’, I just wa….’
‘Tom can you tell us how you met this Angel.’ The M.C asked while the crowd cheered.
He hesitated for a while but Grissel gave him a slight touch on the thighs and he feigned a smile.
‘Don’t do this to me?’ She whispered
Tom picked up the microphone and cleared his throat. ‘So there was this day my car broke down in the middle of nowhere. I called up my family and friends who were all far from where I was. Then Austin’s call came in.’
The crowd murmured. ‘Smile Tom.’ Grissel whispered.
‘Okay my wife just whispered I love you.’ Everyone laughed and as usual the boys in the far corner were making noise.
Tom was lucky to have both American and African friends, so his normal day as a man full of dreams who had lots of girls flocking around him wasn’t boring.
‘Go on.’ The MC encouraged.
‘Austin said he had a friend who was closer so he was going to send the person to pick me. He forgot to mention it was a female.’ He paused and feigned a smile. ‘About some thirty minutes, this black beauty with her shades on pulled up and asked me to join her ride. I bluntly told her I wasn’t waiting for an escort then she mentioned Austin sent her.’
‘So at first sight you thought she was a call girl.’ The MC interrupted.
‘Yes, I mean she wasn’t dressed as one but she was a beauty.’
‘And you assumed every escort is a beauty.’ The MC scoffed this time.
‘Aren’t they all beautiful?’ There was distance laughter from within the crowd.
‘But mind you, my wife is the prettiest.’ He feigned a smile at her and looked straight at the MC who was standing in front of his table.
‘So what happened after that?’
‘The drive home was quiet and I figured she was the quiet type.’ Tom grinned. ‘I’m not sure if she noticed I was stealing glances and was sweating. I felt ready for marriage that very moment, you could call it love at first sight.’
‘Love at first sight huh.’ The MC stressed.
‘When i alighted, I had to apologize for thinking she was an escort. She just smiled and drove off.’ Tom grinned at this point. ‘I remember calling my aunty about this girl giving me sleepless night, she just laughed knowing how flirtatious I can be.
She didn’t believe me when I told her this one is for real.’
‘So you had a lot of girls huh.’
‘Trust me, more than you can think of but all that changed in Grissel’s car. I was attracted to her and wasn’t sure if it was her beauty because she didn’t speak a word in there with me.’
‘And you didn’t take her number Tom?’
‘I knew I would meet her again and luckily some few weeks after, Austin invited her for one of our usual drink ups.’
‘And there you got your moment.’
‘You should have seen me that day. I told Austin look man, I hope this girl isn’t your wife. He replied with a smile and my world fell apart.’
‘You thought you lost her?’ He asked.
‘Yes, he should have just given me an answer to my question. I finally had to talk to him again and he said she’s all mine but I wouldn’t like what I see.’
‘What does he mean you wouldn’t like what you see? Was Grissel some sort of hard nut to crack?’
‘A very tough one, it took me two years and here we are today. It turned out she’s just the gentle and stubborn type who probably have met some blockheaded men along the line so she chose to be reserved.’
Tom hadn’t noticed Grissel was pushing her tears back at that moment.
‘So how do you feel today?’ The MC and everyone’s eyes were fixated on him.
He looked around confused.
‘Tom, how do you feel after cracking the nut?’
‘Wait for it. I’m looking for the right word.’ He laughed.
‘Listen everyone, I think the man of the moment has something up his sleeves.’ The crowd cheered.
‘I can call you Danny right?’ He asked the MC.
‘Yeah sure.’ He replied
‘When you were a child you always wanted a toy right?’
‘Yes at some point.’ Danny replied and wasn’t sure where Tom was going with that.
‘Do you always get your toys that easily?’ Tom looked Danny straight in the eyes probably to find out if he was telling lies.
‘Not a chance, it takes a miracle to get my desired toys.’
‘How do you feel any time your parents deny your request?’ Tom asked again.
‘I cry and make a scene.’
‘Great, and now that you are of age how do you feel?’
‘Gosh I can get the whole d--n world if I so wish.’ Danny responded smiling.
‘There you have your answer. Not to say my wife is a toy but I used to cherish my toys back then. My family can attest to that.’ He glanced at his family.
Julia and Melisa smiled from the front where they sat. ‘That’s true.’ Julia shouted out.
‘I can buy the whole dam world with Grissel by my side.’ He turned to Grissel who had supported her jaw with her hands watching Tom speak.
‘Aww, that’s a nice one.’ Danny blushed.
‘And wait. This is to Austin, I would cherish this toy you brought into my life and I promise never to make her cry so you can stop doing due diligence anytime you and I quarrel.’
‘I will boss.’ He shouted from the far right corner while everyone else laughed.
‘Grissel do you have anything to say. I mean your husband just promised you the whole d--n world.’
She just broke down with tears. Tom wasn’t sure if he should hug her at that moment because aside the nice things he said which were from his heart he was still confused about her reaction in the church auditorium.
‘OMG, he just made her cry when he promised earlier never to make her cry.’ Danny teased.
He knew Grissel wasn’t the Public display affection type so he wiped her eyes with the back of his hands and held onto her tightly.
‘Austin, don’t come for my head yet, that wasn’t me. I guess she meant to say I love you.’ Tom made everyone laugh with tears at that point.
‘Now, isn’t that Love.’ That came from someone from the crowd.
‘Grissel congratulations,’ her elder sister came hugging her.
That was the last time they spoke before the party came to an end.
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Deji the toughest student in campus

Please sign right here, Deji,’’ Jennifer, one of the cashier, asked placing an opened register on Deji Adelowo’s desk.
‘’Are you done with the drafts issuance now?’’ Deji inquired as he append his signature on the draft register.
‘’yes please.’’ She confirmed closing the register and walked to her desk.
‘’Alright people, let’s balance up real quick and get out of here.’’ Deji, the branch manager of Loyalty Bank’s branch at Computer Village, urged the cashiers.
Like every other Fridays of every week, the banking hall was so busy that Deji could barely eat throughout the day. Though he had two assistants, but that was still not enough to make him work less due to the location of the branch. The banking job was tasking, but he preferred it to managing one of the many companies owned by his late father. A decision his mother was totally in agreement with.
Rising to his feet, he made his way to Amanda’s cubicle. He had noticed how unsettled she was and knew something was definitely amiss.
’’What’s happening?’’
‘’I’m not good. I’m having a deficit of three hundred and sixty thousand.’’ She explained worriedly.
‘’Have you checked all the transactions properly?’’
‘’I did, but I still can’t figure out where it’s coming from.’’
‘’Let me take a look at it.’’ Deji said siting on the chair in Amanda’s cubicle while she stood behind him .
Deji was loved by the cashiers due to his kind-heartedness. He wasn’t the type of branch manager who will leave a cashier who was having trouble balancing to sort him/herself out, nor was he the type who will be quick to ask the cashier to pay for the deficit he/she had. He always try to get to the root cause of either the deficit or surplus of any of his sub-ordinates.
After over an hour of going through Amanda’s transactions for the day, Deji still couldn’t find the error. He decided to take the next available option. He got in touch with his own superior through mail to get an approval for him to close the branch account with the deficit for the night which was granted. He informed his two assistants and Amanda to be in the office the next day and make sure they detect the error before leaving.
Stealing a glance at the time on the monitor, Deji noticed it was fifteen minutes past eight. He ensured proper closure of the branch as he shut down his CPU.
Aremu quickly opened the door as he sighted his boss stepping out of the mantrap door. Deji hopped in instantly.
‘’Are you going in this Ankara outfit?’’ Aremu asked as he sat on the driver’s seat.
‘’I don’t get? I’m going to where?’’ Deji responded innocently as he unbuttoned his shirt.
‘’Mrs Williams’ pre-xmas party,’’ Aremu reminded him starring at the mirror.
‘’Oh my!’ the enormity of situation hit him. He had forgotten tonight was the pre-xmas party he had promised his mother he would attend. Deji knew exactly what his mother could do if he was absent.
‘’I need to change into something better. Let’s get home real quick.’’
‘’Off we go boss.
Deji emerged from the crowd at the front door and immediately caught his friend’s gaze just behind the crowd. Kola smiled and waved.
Some ladies stared at him as he walked towards his friend. He was used to that.
He had a clean low haircut and scythe-shaped eyebrows. His aquiline nose and half-dome cheekbones sat above an oaken jaw. His mellifluous voice, his brown eyes, his manly physique, with the fact he was six feet were enough features to attract the opposite S£x.
Since their days at Oxford University years ago, Kola and Deji had been good friends.
Kola was not as tall as Deji, but his punk hairstyle didn’t make it obvious. Kola was burly and round faced.
‘’You’re early this year. I was already on the bed when you arrived last year.’’ Kola Williams teased his friend.
‘’Yeah. i don’t want a remix of mother’s last year reaction.’’ Deji said, picking up a filled glass of wine from a footman’s tray. ‘’When did you get back?’’
Kola has been on a business trip for three months.
‘‘Now that you’re here. I want you to meet someone,’’ Kola Williams said eagerly.
‘’Female?’’ Deji asked with slight scepticism.
‘’Yep. My cousin and she’s one for the eye. I must warn you, Deji. She might tempt you away from Nike.’’ Kola raised and lowered his eyebrows in a devilish manner.
Deji gave him a doubtful look as they made their way through the hall, where sophisticated and fashionable dressed people swarmed about. A cool music played at one end of the elaborately decorated room and couples danced in the centre. It was the former Commissioner for Women Affairs’ party and she was renowned for her lavish and extravagant entertaining. Her informal style and manner were often imitated but never matched, for no one could host a party quite like Mrs Williams.
Tonight was the kick-off for the Pre-Xmas Party. A lot of activities await the fortunate guests who were extended an invitation.
Deji truly, didn’t even wish to be at this party in the first place. He has made a promise to his mother, as well as Theresa, that he would attend, and he could not break it.
His mother’s wishes were not easily foiled, she had wrangled this particular promise out of him when he had been overly distracted with work and he had seen no decent way out of it. If it had not been for the imbalance of one of his cashiers last night, he actually might have enjoyed this get-away on the island. He wouldn’t worry much about the work as he had two assistants to back him up.
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The debt of love and hatred (Episode 1)

Sandra was downcast, Roy was in prison just because of her, she felt guilty for being the reason Roy was put behind bars. She pleaded with her dad but he only tell her if she would agree to marry lex that Roy would be set free. She didn’t love lex, she can’t marry him Roy was the love of her life, she hated her dad for what he did to Roy.
Mr Williams and Nina went to Roy place of work, they haven’t seen him in weeks and his number was not going through, they decide to visit him to know of he is okay.
They nock at the gate, about few minutes later the gateman opens the gate..
“who are you looking for “the gateman asked.
” we came to see Roy” Nina replied.
Sandra who sighted the people at the gate quickly called the gateman ..
“who are they looking for ” Sandra asked.
” they say they are looking for Roy “Peter the gateman replied while Sandra walked to the gate..
” good afternoon “Sandra greeted as he approached them.
” afternoon!, I am Nina Roy’s girlfriend and this is Mr Williams his dad, he are here to see Roy “Nina said while Sandra drew back in disbelief.” so Roy had a girlfriend “she thought to herself
” do you say you are his girlfriend” Sandra asked.
“yeah anything “Nina asked with a raise of eyebrow. She could see the shock on Sandra’s face.
” where is Roy “Mr Williams asked after minutes of silent.
” when did you guys started dating? ” Sandra asked ignoring Mr Williams question.
” since two month now, and I am even pregnant for him “Nina said this time not only Sandra was shock but Mr Williams also.
” pregnant? ” Mr Williams asked amidst incredulity. While sandra was dumbfounded.
” how could he be a cheat?,” she asked herself, he was angry and Confused, the only guy she had ever loved was a hypocrite, a cheat and a liar.
“Roy is in prison my dad locked him up ” Sandra replied without any feeling of sympathy, her mind had suddenly became cold.
” why!! ” they both asked in unison with their voices full of surprise.
” my dad found out we were having a affairs, ” Sandra replied.
” Roy was dating you ” Nina asked in astonishment.
” yeah, he never spoke of you, I never knew he was such a cheat and a liar. “Sandra answered.
” Is your dad in “Mr Williams asked ignoring the girls and their cold stares.
” No! but I will direct you to were he was locked up, ” Sandra replied giving the man the address to Roy’s station.
They hurriedly left Sandra not until Nina gave her a lethal look.

Sandra could not help but whimper as she thought of Roy, how she had been used.
She couldn’t believe the gentle Roy was capable of using her, she hated herself for falling for him.. She made up her mind to marry lex after all there was no hope with Roy because he had gotten someone pregnant.
Roy was in prison, he had been in prison for the past one weeks, he had become the shadows of himself.
The guys in prison had thoroughly dealt with him, his face was full of scars due to the beating he received in the hands of his fellow prisoners.
“hey Roy someone is looking for you” one of the police man said to Roy while stared at him with hope, this was the first time someone would be looking for him the past 1 weeks he had been in prison.
Mr William and Nina went to Roy cell she stared at Roy with a dejected look, he had change, the handsome Roy was looking so lean and unkempt, he truly look like a prisoner.
” hey love how have you been ” Nina said with concern well written on her face.
” I am fine ” Roy replied gloomily.
” what happened ” Mr Williams asked.
” my boss kept here for having an affair with his daughter ” Roy explained starring at Nina who was indifferent she had already heard the news from Sandra so she was not surprised.
” We’ve come to bail you ” Mr Williams said while Roy shook his head gloomily, you can’t bail me, he had bribe the police to denied me bail, him alone could Set me free from this enigma.” Roy explained to them shocking them with his words.
” we have to go plead with him, that’s our only option ” Mr William said.
” I don’t think he will listen to you, ” Roy replied.
” we have to try, we can’t leave you, only one weeks you’ve stayed here you are looking so disheveled “Mr Williams said.. Nina could not break the news to Roy she felt pity for him.
” by the way Nina told me she is pregnant for you ” Mr Williams said as they were about taking their leaves .
Roy was dumbfounded he was shock to reply, his mind suddenly drifted to the day the find himself unclad on her bed, he had knew Nina for years and he knew for sure that she can’t lie to him..
He let it slip away , he had more problems to face, first he had to find a way to remove from this cell.
“we will be heading to Sandra dad house to go plead with him, please take care of yourself, ” Nina said while Roy nodded.
” are you truly carrying my child? ” Roy asked steering at her.
” yes ” Nina replied..
” I love you Roy and I will do anything to get you out of this disgusting place ” Nina said with a reassuring smile.
They left Roy who was battling with his thought, he couldn’t help but thought how his life would be after he left this pit hole , Nina is now pregnant for him, he knew the chances of being with Sandra is now slim, he thought of Sandra, she had not come to visit me since her dad put him behind bars.
Mr William and Nina went to Sandra father’s house in other to plead with him, him alone could get Roy out of here .
They nock at the gate while the gateman open the gate.
“who are you looking for” he asked scrutinising them.
“we are looking for Mr Johnson ” Mr Williams replied.
“about 15 minutes the gateman open the gate and ushered them in, they walked to the sitting room with the gateman leading the way. They met Mr Johnson who sat down on the couch with his wife.
They greeted him while he asked them to sit.
” I know you came for Roy, the good thing is that I will be setting him free, due to my daughter pleads, she had finally agreed to marry the guy she is betrothed to, if not for her Roy would have rote in jail.. ” Mr Johnson said while Nina and Mr Williams heaved a sign of relief.
” thanks you sir ” Mr Williams muttered happily.
” don’t thank me, I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for my daughter, and again, I don’t wont to see Roy near my daughter, except he his ready to meet his end, what I did to him was just a tip in an ice bag. His salary would be transfer to his account, he no longer works here ” he explained.
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The day I kissed my crush

After the party,  Sandra went to her room antagonize over lex proposal,  she know she shouldn’t be angry but she find herself totally mad for what lex did,  she  knew he used the opportunity to make her concede to his request…
Lex quickly followed her to her room..
” what happened love ” lex asked innocently..
” you are asking me what happened? ” Sandra replied in a high pitch voice..
”  tell me please because I don’t know what I did ” lex said still with the innocent look,  Sandra stared at him in furry and  scoffed..
”  Please tell me ” lex beseeched for the umpteenth time hold her hands…
”  why would you proposed to me without even informing me,  you know I am not ready for marriage and you still went ahead  ” Sandra said starring at lex who shrugged and stare back at her .
”  what’s the different love, we are going to be married very soon, so while prolonging it,  we are pledge to be together,  I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.  That’s why I did it,  and I don’t see anything wrong for what I did ” lex replied nonchalantly irritating Sandra with his words…
”  Just! go ” Sandra murmured to him, trying her possible best not to argue with him…
Lex peck her on the cheek and left while Sandra laid on the bed,  thinking how miserable her life would be when she finally married lex…
The next morning….
Sandra was been woken up my her mum {miss Naomi) ..
” good morning ” she murmured to her mum and she stretched from the bed…
”  morning dear,  I think you’ve slept enough ” her mum replied and remove the blanket..
She left her daughter who went to the bathroom to freshen up,  immediately she was done,  she join her mother in the dinning.
” were is dad ” Sandra asked as the sat opposite her mother..
”  he went for a business trip her mum replied.  Sandra quickly served herself breakfast which was bread and tea…..
” lex told me you were not happy about his proposal. ” Mrs Naomi said breaking the he silence..
”  Yeah!!,  I think he his just rushing things,  for God sake I am 24,  and marriage is the least of my problems ” she explained to her mum who stared at her suspiciously..
” do you have any man in your life ” her mum asked starring at her daughter while she shook her head negatively…
”   do you love him ” her mum asked while Sandra breathed and shrugged…
”  I don’t love him ,  and I don’t think I can ever love him ” Sandra blunted .
”  don’t say that,  when I married your father I didn’t love him,  but with time  I found myself loving him as if my life depends on it ” her mum replied while Sandra scoffed…
”  you are betrothed to lex,  you should start seeing yourself as his wife” Mrs Naomi said while Sandra angrily left the  dinning..
” Sandra!!!!!
“Sandra!!!!!!  ” her mum voice out her name but the paid deaf ears,  she went to her room and cried out her eyes…..
Roy who was at home because today was his off day ,  he decided to visit Nina,  he had not told her about his job.
He went to her house and nock at the door.
“Roy!! ” she exclaimed excitedly as she opened the door..
”  hey Nina ” Roy smiled. She ushered him in while Roy sat down on the couch,  she went to the fridge and brought out hollandian yogurt,  she served him in a breakable cup and sat close to him..
”  thanks ” Roy murmured and gulped a little content down to his stomach…
”  so where have you been,  I had looking for you since yesterday,  but you were not at home ” Nina asked cheerfully…
”  I am currently working now ” Roy replied..
”  and you didn’t bother to tell me.” she asked in disbelief..
” Sorry! ,  but that’s why I came here  to tell you ” Roy replied..
”  So what is the nature of the job,  “she asked..

”  it’s a security guard ” Roy murmured….
” You deserve better than that” Nina said dejectedly..
” I know ” Roy replied gloomily..
She held Roy’s palm  and stared directly to his eyes,  there was a fire burning in their eyes,  suddenly their heard started coming close while she planted a kiss on his lips,  they  kiss for about two minutes before Roy broke the kiss..
Roy broke the kiss while Nina sheepishly looked away, she was kind of shy….
“I am sorry ” she calmly apologized..
” it’s not your fault, we are just carried away Roy replied..
They gisted for about an hour before Roy left to his house, he met of the his brother (abducted brother) “hey Roy I heard you now work” he smiled to Roy.
“yeah Phil ” Roy waved at him and left to the room where he laid down on the bed and drafted to dreamless slumber, he woke up the next morning as early as 6;00am to prepare for work , he did his normal routine and went to work…
10 am….
Lex came to Sandra’s house, he greeted her mother and sat on the couch waiting, while her mother went to Sandra’s room to called her..
“hey dear!, lex is waiting for you in the sitting room ” she said to her daughter who breathed a sigh frustration..
She reluctantly went to meet him in the Sitting room.
Immediately lex saw her, he quickly stood up and hugged her.
” hey how are you doing ” he asked as they disengaged..
” fine ” she replied trying her best to sound polite..
” I came for us to go shopping, you know our weeding is a month from now ” lex smiled while Sandra stared at him in astonishment..
” a month from now? ” she muttered sounding perplexed..
” yeah “lex answered with a reassuring smile…
” How is that possible, or do you think I had accepted to be your wife, I only did that to save you from embarrassment and you went on fixing a date to our wedding without my approval ” Sandra poured out to me..
” is not actually I want ahead, our parents had agreed for us to get married and I think that’s great, see Sandra i love you more than you can ever imagined, I don’t really know what’s wrong with you , but I know so many girls would kill just to be my wife, you are just behaving childish ” lex fired back at her while Sandra stared at him in disdain..
” thank God you said so many girls , well I am not so many girls , I am Sandra Johnson and I am not sure I will be getting married to you ” Sandra bluntly said and walked out while lex stared her in awe…
” weather you agreed or not we are getting married” lex said inwardly and left to his house, immediately he got to his house, he called one of his concubine who came as fast as possible,..
About 30 minutes later
” hey lex ” she greeted as she walked up to him..
” hey Tracy ” lex waved at her while she came to where he was, she sat on his leg..
” what’s the problem ” she asked sensing he was not happy..
” it’s that stupid girl I am about to marry ” lex replied.
” what happened again ” Tracy asked. because lex do complained of her attitude to her, so she knew about their relationship..
” she kept behaving saying she is not ready for marriage, our marriage is inevitable, ” lex breathed.
” do you love her? ” Tessy asked surprising lex with her questions…
” hey enough with Sandra, ” lex waved at her while she shrugged.
” Okay, “she murmured and planted a kiss on his lips. Soon enough they both found themselves in Wonderland devouring each other like hungry lions.
[IS LEX IN LOVE WITH SANDRA ??] time will tell…..
Sandra was having problem with the air condition in her, she needed help and only the male can assist her, she went to the gate post, she met Roy and Peter sited on a plastic chair discussing..
” hey did any of you know how fix an AC?? ” Sandra asked the both of them as she approached them..
” nah, I don’t have an AC, ” Peter replied..
” what about you, what’s that your name again ” she asked referring to Roy ..
” Roy !, maybe I can help.”Roy replied and stood up from his sit. They both walk to Sandra’s room, while she showed him the AC which seems faulty, Roy went there and fixed it, it was a minor thing which any male could do…
” it’s done ” Roy said and switch the AC on..
” so quick! “she exclaimed in surprise
” it’s actually the socket, you didn’t plug it very well. Lex explained..
She went to where the AC is and put her hands to feel the breeze rather cold which was emanating out..
” you seem very young and intelligent ” she told him while Roy smiled ..” it’s just a minor thing ” Roy replied..
” it’s not that, I have been watching you, I noticed you are always calm and reserve, are you graduate “she asked while Roy shrugged…
” nope, I am not he replied dejectedly ” and was about leaving, she held his hands” thanks ” she breathed inaudible and let go of his hands..
She watched as Roy disappeared to the gate post..
” such a nice guy ” she said inwardly..
She was busy starring at him before her mother walked up the her..
” who are you starring at like like,” her mum asked jolted her..
” noth_ing “Sandra stuttered ..
” I hope it’s not the security guard, because I noticed the way you look at him “her mum asked while she shrugged..
” mum I am not starring at anybody. ” she replied vehemently and left her mum
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