Dirty Game – Episode 13

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By Adebiyi Demola

On hearing that, we quickly clad ourselves and started running helter skaters in a confused manner. I quickly rushed back to the sitting room and sat down with my one leg crossed over the other pretending as if I’ve been waiting for her arrival while Taiwo quickly rushed out to the gate. She hissed when she came back. “What was the issue? Where is she?” I questioned.

“Don’t mind that yeye man that just used his own reggae to spoil my blues. He wanna lend something ni jawe. Idiot! Mtchew”, she said angrily with her eyes coloured.

“Thank God it was not her”, I said when she replied immediately “if it was Zainab nko? What will happen? Will heaven fall? Of course No! So, forget about that and let’s enjoy ourselves before her arrival”. I was shocked to hear such from her again since she was the one who suggested the solution. I was just looking at her with my mouth wide opened. Then, she moved closer to me and started caressing me which got me lost again. My joystick started gaining strength and when she was on her action, my phone started ringing beside me, Zainab calling, she quickly took my phone and off it. The action got me annoyed which made me yelled at her, “what’s all this rubbish?” I questioned angrily and she was shocked and scared when she saw my eyes turned red. I pushed her away, picked my phone and left the house…

When I got back to my house, I tried to put call to Zainab but her number didn’t go through, it was switched off. I dropped my phone on the bed and I started packing what to take to school into my bag. Then, I heard my phone ringing, Taiwo calling, I neglected all her calls while she later sent me a text message which I read thus; “it pains a lot when you see someone you love loving someone else and maltreats you because of that person. It creates wound in someone’s heart which could devastate her life. What you have done today has shown me who you are and I promised you won’t go scot free. You gonna pay for your action. Just try to mark my words”

I was shocked to receive such message from her. What did she mean? Was she trying to threaten me or what? Good to have this message on ma phone as an evidence. It’s high time I leaked the secret between us to Zainab” I said to myself. Then, I re-dialed Zainab’s number but still off. My system changed and couldn’t concentrate on anything. I was thinking whether to call Taiwo and reply her, but I controlled my anger and buried it. I completed the day in moody status. The following day, around 12:00 noon, I received a call from someone through Zainab’s number which got me scared.

I picked up without hesitation…

“hello, is this Afeez on the line please?”

“yes, I am Afeez. Who’s this please?” I replied in an effort to know the voice, when he spoke out again.

“This is Dr. Bello from State hospital Ede, Osun State. The owner of this number got involved in a fatal car accident and she has been brought here, so your urgent attention is needed”, he muttered and hung up the call. His last word hit me hard! I was shocked and almost collapsed at what he just disclosed.

My mood was destabilized and I didn’t know the next line of action to take…

“Could it be that Taiwo has started her evil work? How do I get her Dad informed? Should I go to the hospital now or I should find a way of getting her informed first?” those were the questions begging for answers in my mind. I summoned courage and put call to Taiwo, but she refused to pick up and that was when I decided to go to the hospital myself. I didn’t bother to take my bath; I just took a cloth from the wardrobe and rushed out without letting my sister know anything about it. I was about to enter the hospital when an ambulance with active siren speeded out from the hospital through the entrance. I quickly rushed into the hospital and called the number. I was almost slumped when the doctor told me that “her case was critical because she sustained severe head injury and therefore, she has been transferred to another hospital” I stood at akimbo for some minutes while my cloth became wet with sweat immediately. The doctor made it known to me that her dad has been involved and he was even trying to fly her out of the country. “What a sad and pathetic situation! Isn’t it that my last nightmare has started coming to reality? Why are these happening? Urgent action has to be taking”, I soliloquized and then, I left the hospital and went home moody. I explained the ugly situation to my sister which she also pity and sympathized with me. When it was around 7:00pm that very day, I got a called from Taiwo…

Taiwo: Hello, I missed your calls in the afternoon.

Me: yeah. Did you hear from Zainab?

Taiwo: Not at all, though she promised to come back today and I’ve even tried her number this evening but didn’t go through.

Me: And you didn’t call daddy to ask about her?

Zainab: This is not her first time of doing such, so calling dad is immaterial.

Me: So, you didn’t hear that Zainab was involved in an accident? Is that where and how you wanna start your plan you threatened me about? So, killing her is the solution to the matter?

Taiwo: (cut in) I beg your pardon! What do you mean? Stop alleging me of what I know nothing about please. And besides, which Zainab were you referring to?

Me: How many Zainab do you know?

Taiwo: How possible is that? Zainab? Accident? Never. Please, am gonna call you back.

She hung up the call while I was wallowing in an emotional pain. I expected her to call back but didn’t see her brake light throughout the night. I lost appetite and my night was odd. The following day, I decided to call Taiwo in other to ask about Zainab’s health status.

…to be continued

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