Black Monday – Episode 8

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By Femi Odunayo
Margaret attempted to shoot her supposed boyfriend who suddenly turned an enemy, but instead, she got shot and died on the spot.
The tension had drastically risen and the battle line was drawn. The rest of the Gang immediately pulled out their guns and began firing shots toward Jude who took to his heels after killing his estranged girlfriend. Eventually, Jude cheated death after escaping out from the church auditorium but not without the support of the church wooden benches which he had used as cover in order to shield himself from bullets penetrating his body.
The General was very mad upon experiencing the drama that had just played before his very eyes; as he then gazed toward lifeless Margaret on the floor, and furiously ordered the Gang members to chase after Jude and bring back his body to him, either dead or alive.
The squad were spontaneously gingered with a feeling of adrenaline as they made for the kill by trouping out of the auditorium simultaneously. They rushed to occupy two of their parked ‘BMW’ vehicles positioned at the church compound and began following Jude who had long zoomed off with his Range Rover Sport. Though, Jude was driving at top speed, but his Gang members were able to catch up with him as the Car Stering was handled by Spaco and Croucher who were their Baddest and Roughest drivers in the game. As soon as they were driving past an Estate area, Bishop, Small, and Zoe thrust out their heads from the car windows and continued shooting the Range Rover from a close range while Lucious and Ufuoma gingered them with praise until their guns were completely emptied with bullets.
“Poo!!” Spaco muttered loudly with frustration and then hit his hand on the stering upon realizing that they were out of bullets.
“What do we do now?” Ufuoma asked puzzled while sounding slightly above her voice.
“Don’t worry! I know exactly what to do.” Spaco assured. He then sped rapidly and bumped into the Range Rover from behind, thereby, distracting Jude from maintaining a particular lane. His plan was to ensure that Jude loses control of the stering and probably somersault.
However, Spaco had his plans poorly calculated as Jude, once again drove faster above limit while they followed suit; But then, he halted shortly, and Spaco who was accelerating at top speed could no longer control the motion and came crashing into the Range Rover Sport with full force.
Spaco immediately passed away from the sudden accident that practically damaged the car beyond repair and later caught up in flames, burning them beyond recognition. He died alongside Small, Lucious and Ufuoma who were his occupants.
Croucher soon drove toward the scene of the accident and met his Gang mates dead. His thinking faculty could barely reason the next course of action to follow, then he caught a glimpse of Jude sticking out his middle finger in a bid to mock him and then sped off again.
The chase continued and Jude practically led them to his house whilst having a sinister plan up his sleeve. As soon as Jude reached his mansion house, he came down from his Range Rover vehicle which was also badly damaged and remotely opened his gate without closing it. Sooner had he entered his apartment than the Gang arrived; the trio stepped out of their own car and made for the boot of the vehicle where several sophisticated guns were kept. Croucher, Bishop and Zoe gallantly entered into the compound carrying assorted guns of different kind and were fully prepared to unleash their rage at any living creature that crosses their path.
Meanwhile, Jude diplomatically barged into his sitting-room as though nothing had happened and met Elohor sprawled on the couch watching a Noolywood drama on Africa Magic.
“Honey! Since you left the house, I’ve been very uncomfortable. There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you.” Elo stood up quickly and said; while Jude acted indifferent but picked the remote instead and switched off the television.
“I forbid you to speak! I know you’re working with the police. Let’s leave this place now, our lives are endangered.” Jude blurted and started dragging Elo up toward the staircase and into his inner chamber.
“Did you just say endangered?” Elo asked as fear had suddenly developed within her.
“C’mon… Let’s go. There’s no time to waste!” Jude reiterated while raising his voice.
They finally reached his inner room but the whole place was dark. Jude reached for the switch, and suddenly the room became illuminated. The room was almost empty, but had a nice furniture, together with a computer system and different monitor mounted on a desk. Jude then pressed a key on the computer and the whole monitor became live. It appeared that he had security cameras stationed at every corner of the house which reflected on the computer screen.
Jude proceeded to press another key on the computer and his sitting room was immediately shown. Croucher, Bishop and Zoe were captured in the parlour carrying their guns and gazing around wondering where Jude had entered. On seeing them, Elo immediately covered her mouth in shock and prayed inwardly that the ground could just open and swallow her.
“Do not panic! I have the situation under control.” Jude assured her and then walked away to an extreme corner of the room where a big red button was inside an emergency glass. He impatiently broke the glass open with a pistol gun and pressed the button. Just then, a chemical induced gas started diffusing into his sitting-room from a connected channel, and – in no time, Croucher, Bishop and Zoe started gasping for breath. Their predicament lingered long enough until they couldn’t battle to survive anymore and finally passed out dead.
Moments later, Jude and Elo came out of the house covering a chemical protective mask, but not after Jude had chopped off Croucher’s head and carried one of their gun, as himself and Elo entered his Toyota Camry car and headed back to St. Clement Believers’ Church to pay ‘General’ a courtesy visit.
…to be continued
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