The Game Changer Episode 13
© Tisa Phiri
” i have been held here for days. When are you going to let me go?” The woman I had kidnapped from the general asked. I came to know her name was Sandra, however, i was not paying attention to her which I had not done since the day i brought her in, infact I barely went to her room.
We had moved out from the lodge and i took the entire crew to rent a house in Mumbwa. I needed to operate from a distance and finding a large house there, came in handy.
” will you answer me please i beg you. I have not done anything to offend you and I don’t even know what is going on, so help me get back to my life i beg you” she cried kneeling down before me as i worked on some staff from a notebook.
” Steve!” She called my name again since i kept quiet all the time as she spoke. I was trying so hard to work on the programme Chama had designed to hack into the government systems and i insisted I learnt so that i too would work on things without entirely replying on one man. Even though I knew i could only end on basics.
” i know you can hear me please answer me” her crying voice came again and this time i looked up at her.
” woman, am trying to concentrate here. Go back to your room and the boys will give you anything you want don’t worry” i sighed looking down at the screen
Did you hear a thing of what said?” She stood straight staring at me i could feel her eyes on me.
” okey okey, ” i responded deeply, trying to stay calm.
” come on lets talk from your room. Is that cool with you?” I stood.
” yeah thank you ” she responded and walked ahead of me.
” so whats up? ” i asked standing in the door way of the room we had given her.
” i was asking why you still keeping me here. It’s been days and you barely look at me. Why won’t you let me go since am no use held in here?” She responded standing next to the bed.
” well” i cleared my throat looking at her seriously for the first time. She had a t-shirt and a Jean trousers I felt for her, the tastes of the guy who went to get her something to change like i told them was really bad. He got a very cheap fadded jeans and shirts I bet he spent part of the money on himself.
Her round light face was accurately appealing for a man. her figure well defined i nodded my head inside to acknowledge why the General was hooked by her.
” yeah yeah!” I rubbed my forehead realising I had gone mute all of a sudden.
” i will let you go soon enough, i don’t just know what role you will play in all this but yeah, i will let you go when am satisfied things are convenient for me” I smiled at her.
” where are We?” She asked looking around.
” well, that is not your problem. Be sure that when i decide it, you will get home safe, my boys will not hurt you. Just that your husband…”
” he’s not my husband I already told you.” She cut me sharply I wondered why she wouldn’t find pleasure in being called a wife to a General.
I laughed a bit and sighed.
” well, whatever the case, he did and still doing some pretty bad staff with other guys and i want to stop him” i said it blankly she looked up my face.
” you are serious?” She responded frowning.
” yep I am” i folded my hands.
” i have known that man for almost 2 years now and believe me he is involved in some deep shoddy staff. The people he deals with are ruthless and i sometimes feared to leave him not knowing how he would take the news and scared someone might hunt me down and kill me” she spoke with a sense of sincerity in her voice.
” mmmhmhmh I see, you stuck with a man cause you fear to leave him not because of the stories of love i hear around?” I giggled
” something like that” she nodded casually.
” well, unlike You, i don’t operate with fear, i make decisions for what i feel is right and i never let fear get the best of me. Consider doing the same and you will have a free mind” I told her and turned to walk away.
” i have work to finish” I added.
” wait!” She called out making me stop in my steps.
” now what?” I asked shifting around to face her.
She walked up closer to me and looked into my eyes, her mouth curved in a smile. I remained stationed not sure why though.
” you seem to be a tough guy and even though I know nothing much about You, i know you are a good man.” She whispered getting on to me her seductive moves making my sense get loose a bit.
” what are you doing Sandra?” I asked her almost in a whisper as she drew herself close to me her hand finding its way to my zip.
It had been long since i had a taste of a woman and i would confess I had forgotten there was such feelings at all.
” let me go!” I warned her as she lifted herself to meet my neck with her mouth breathing softly.
I pushed her away and she drew back instantly.
” what was that?” I asked her smiling face.
” am sorry i thought”
” what? I would sleep with you so that you can trick me and ecsape. You got it wrong woman, there are men surrounding this place and you will not go past the door out. Now this is the last time you try this or i will not honour my word of sending you back to your husband..” I snapped stressing the word husband knowing so well how she hated it. .
” am sorry i didn’t mean it that way.. I just..”
” don’t do that again!” I raised my finger at her and left closing the door on my way out.
“Make sure she doesn’t leave that door again” I instructed the guy by the door.
” what? But you said she can move about inside ” he argued.
” well, i changed my mind, you have a problem with that huh?” I asked him staring straight at him and he stepped back
” no sir” he responded
” good then do as i say” i walked away.
I had received the money I ordered Jacob and the two others. Like expected the money was in the account the morning after i got to them.
I had no idea how it went after i escaped their attack but i knew they were still safe and well.
At first I had doubted they would send it but I was happy when Chama announced that the transfers were made. Now that I had something to get my crew going, things were getting in place.
” Steve! Steve! Chama says there is something you need to see!” A guy rushed to me, i was standing in the back yard trying to calm myself after the encounter with Sandra.
” what’s going on?” I asked immediately i got to the room Chama was.
” it’s Jacob come and see” he spoke showing me the monitor.
” this is from an last night” he announced rewinding the video clip.
I watched as a two men dressed in what seemed to be expensive suites walk into his office. Unfortunately they had their backs to the camera I couldn’t get a glimpse of their faces.
” did you get him?” Came of voice of one of them.
” no sir, but we will I can assure you of that” Jacob answered.
” well some people are not happy with this development you should know that. You had strict orders to eliminate anyone who would put this mission in jeopardy and you have to correct your mistake. Don’t tell me one man can create all this fuss for us. Take care of it as soon as possible Jacob!” I heard the man speak with a commanding voice.
” that’s another way to him. Get it done and concentrate on winning the elections” the man added throwing an envelope on Jacob’s table.
” zoom in I want to see what’s in there” i told Chama looking at him and back at the screen.
I looked on as Jacob took out something from the envelop and looked at it.
” do it again at that angle man” I pointed out.
” yeah sure there you go” he sighed giving me a clear view of a photo.
” son of a bi*ch ! Thats Queen. How did they get to Her?” I stood up worried.
” who is she ?” Chama asked
” someone important cause she saved my life in the jungle. I need to get her out of their immedaitely! ” i frowned walking away towards the door.
” get in touch with the boys inside, let them tell you what the hell is going on there and keep my briefed. ” i indicated to him.
” of course sir.”
I trotted to the vehicle putting on a t-shirt as i only had a vest on. I quickly got to the car and in seconds i was by the road heading to Lusaka.
” hope am not too late for you lady” I spoke to myself accelerating the car engine.
In less than an hour I was driving through the city without reducing much of the speed.
” i will get her out and create a diversion while you take her away in case of anything okey?” I asked The guy I was going with.
” sure where to?” He looked at me
” back at our hide out and make sure she’ s safe” I added.
We came to halt in from front of the house which I had rented for Queen and it was quiet.
” where is she?” I asked myself after going round not seeing her anywhere and her door was locked.
” dammit how could I forget, she probably is at the shop, come on lets go!” I screamed running back to the car my heart racing.
Just as we got to the corner heading to her shop in city market, i saw two strange looking guys head inside the market dressed in dark clothes there was no mistaking their mission.
” i will get through the other entrance, stay here and keep watch!” I spoke getting out of the car and running inside.
” Queen let’s go now!” I pulled her hand immedaitely I got to her shop.
” Steve! What’s going on she asked as i pulled her away seeing the guys taking a turn towards us.
” i will explain later just come with me” i told her as she tried to pull herself back.
” no stop it! I want to know what’s going on someone came here asking questions about you and your whereabouts and today you come pulling me God knows to where” she shouted.
” please let’s move now i will tell you when i get you somewhere safe” I pulled her the more seeing the guys approaching. They looked towards us and started running to us I knew they had seen us.
Without another word I lifted her up and started running towards the exit as people watched surprised.
The two men run after us and i increased speed dodging some people in a clouded market. Luckily my boy was there outside I placed Queen in his hands like she was a baby and he ran outside while I went the other direction ensuring the guys saw me heading there. They bought my trick and came after me as i went back in the market going in circles.
” are you out of here?” I asked The the guy taking Queen.
” yes boss we heading out now” he responded i could hear him speeding up.
I was just placing my phone in the pocket when i felt a sharp hit to my head i held it feeling dizzy or a moment.
” what the…?” I tried to ask but they got to me again this time covering my nose and i instantly went dark.
” i woke up some time later i wasn’t sure how long I had been off. Looking around I was tied to a chair in an empty room. It was silent and cold. I looked at myself and realised I was completely nude which explained the cold i was feeling.
I tilted my eyes around trying to find my escape point but the people who put me in really knew what they were doing.
I stayed there for almost an hour with no one coming in or going out. I looked up again and this time i noticed a small device planted in the corner of the room aimed at me, i knew someone was watching me.
” come and face me now you cowards!” I screamed getting irrited with their silence and lack of action.
” i will kill you when i get out of here you idiots!” I yelled again feeling stupid as I was the one tied up and yet throwing threats at people out.
A man walked in looked at me with an expressionless face. He sighed walking around the room i kept my eyes at him.
” so you are the man? Steven Banda, former Captain special ops Zambian army. Reported dead after betraying his own country” he went through my profile with a teasing smile.
” and the man who will not rest until he makes sure you don’t push this beautiful country into ruins” I added for him with a smile too.
” i like that you are a dreamer captain Banda. Men like you make me laugh, you are like a cockroach that has been hunted by an army of black ants and being lead to the feasting place but keeps his struggles to get itself free” he smiled. I looked up at his face.
” well, by the time am done you will know that am not an ordinary cockroach but one that can just gain momentum and fly away instead of allowing himself to be pulled to his death ” I nodded at him and he laughed exposing his strong white teeth as he adjusted his neat suite loosening his neck tie I knew what his aim was before he got to it.
I winced in pain as he hit me several times in my face making my mouth bleed. I smiled exposing my bloody mouth. He asked again ans again who was working with me but i I gave him no results. Getting a belt, he continuously slashed me around my body.
” you hit like a woman you b******!” I yelled at him whilst laughing. I saw him get pissed and hit me harder.
” you will die you fool!” He screamed wincing at the pain in his knuckles, I smiled again.
” not before i send you and your friends to hell!” I looked at him with pride even when He had disarranged my face i could feel it was swollen but i gave him no pleasure to intimidate me.
” say your last prayers Captain, will see you in hell” he responded and held his hands and walked out as a man opened the door for him i took a quick glance at the long corridor outside my room.
” you know what your mistake is fu**er?” I let a laugh. ” you have kept me alive longer than you ought to” I teased. He looked seriously at me and shook his head walking away.
I knew that was the moment for me. There was no way I was going out of that place alive, it was game over for me and i tried to imagine the guys would complete my mission.
I was lost in my pain and thoughts when I heard a loud bang and some gun shoots so many hours later. I looked up to the door ready to face either my rescuer or the man who was coming to kill me.
” i told you to stay out of trouble soldier!” I heard a voice immediately the door opened but i could not see his face as the atmosphere was filled with smoke.
I smiled when he got closer to my face.
” welcome on board sir! What took you so long?” I smiled at his face and he came to my back cutting off the ropes that were tieing my hands.
…to be continued