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This book is dedicated to Chigozie Ogu, the girl I loved and lost.
“Death is our greatest fear… the only way to face it is to die”… Frank3.16.
Daniel Ikoha looked out of his window; at last the morning had finally come. He
stood up and stretched his body. Today was the D day. He had planned it all and
today, he was going to execute it. Nothing was going to stop him from taking his
His head was pumping, he had almost finished the bottle of Red Label he had in
his bar last night. He couldn’t wait for the morning to come so he had to soak
himself in alcohol. He also didn’t want to evaluate his intended action during the
This wasn’t the first time Daniel had planned to do this. In fact this was the fifth
attempt. His friend, Dr. Samuel whom he had confided in had talked him out of it
at the earlier stage of this plan. But he wasn’t happy with the fact that he still had
to live with the consequence of not doing what his heart really wanted to do. The
sleepless nights that was filled with thoughts of nothing but regrets and hatred for
Benson. The nights of loneliness and pain that made him felt he was a useless
weakling who didn’t deserve his wife and kid.
That was why he decided to avoid Samuel; he also decided to avoid the world.
They were incapable of seeing things from his point of view.
Then there was that voice, the voice that always discouraged him. This voice was
his conscience only that this time his conscience didn’t work in his favour. It
usually popped up during the quiet times of the night. It would become so loud that
the neighbors could hear if they listened. It reminded him that what he intended
But how could it be wrong when the decision of not doing it usually came back to
haunt him the next day. It devastates him when he sees Benson walking freely
while his wife and kids were dead and gone forever!
He was tired of his life. He was tired of being lonely. He couldn’t function
normally in the world again. Life was meaningless without his wife and kid.
But today, it was going to be over. Today he would do what he was supposed to do
for the past two years. Today he was going to end it all. Today was going to be the
last for both the victim and the offender.
The light from the rising sun coming in through the window was not bright enough
to lighten the room. So Daniel walked to the switch on the wall nearby and turned
the light on. He reflexively dimmed his eyes as the light from the white bulb in his
room hit his face. He tried to shield his eyes with his right hand while his left hand
remained on the switch, soon his eyes started to adapt to the light. But the sight of
Akudo’s picture weren’t hidden from his shielded eyes. He stopped and stared the
picture. She was the most beautiful creature he had even seen. She was the love of
He had had a dream about her last night. In the dream they were finally together
with little Ebere standing beside them with her doll. The dream confirmed that he
must ensure that he executed his plans today. It had given him the courage he
needed. They were going to be together in a couple of hours and he couldn’t wait.
Daniel was determined, his face said it all. He looked around the room, it was
shabby and dirty. Everything about him had always been this unkempt since he lost
his wife and daughter. Who cared about a tidy room when life meant nothing
He should hurry; Benson would be at his office scene by 8am. As far as he was
concerned, Benson would never see the interior of his office again. Never! He
entered into the bathroom to have his bath; he was going to dress his best. He
wouldn’t want Akudo to see him looking unkempt.
It was already 7.55am when Daniel got to the scene. He sat in his ash coloured
Toyota Siena and waited as he concentrated his stare on the popular Omenka Plaza
in Wetheral Road. His mind was blank even as he observed people of the world
walked with seriousness towards different directions obviously going to work or
trying to meet up with an early morning appointment. Daniel didn’t care about any
of them and he didn’t bother to look at anyone twice. But he had a beggar friend
whom he always gave money whenever he came to observe Benson.
This morning the male beggar was staring at him, expecting Daniel to give him
For a long time now, his world has been focused on Benson. And now there was a
lot he could say about him. He knew where Benson worshiped, where he shopped,
ate and even where he clubbed. He had Benson’s daily schedule on his finger tips.
That was why he was sure that he was not already late. He was sure that within the
next five minutes or ten minutes Benson would be heading towards his office on
foot. The car park was located a few meters from his office and so staff must walk
a few distances to get into their office. He had planned it all, he was going to stop
Benson from going into the office.
His eyes met with the beggar’s and Daniel brought out his last 100naira note and
threw it at him. That was the last cash on him, he didn’t need it since he was about
to die. Then he quickly concentrated his whole attention on his direction of
The minutes rolled by as the time drew closer.
Daniel saw him… good. He turned the ignition on and the car came to life.
He was startled by the sudden presence of a frantic lady on the passenger window.
At first he thought it was Akudo, and then he relaxed a bit when he noticed it was a
“Help me, please help me!” she pleaded as she beat the window with her palms.
Daniel didn’t know what to make of this. He quickly looked towards Benson and
noticed that he had already gotten to the G spot, the spot where he was supposed to
jam him with his car. He had intended that the hit would be fatal enough to kill
Now this lady had appeared from nowhere and had distracted him. What does she
want and who in the world was she? Before he could finally decide on what to do,
she had already opened the front passenger door and entered. Daniel realized that
the central lock of his car was not on and instinctively switched it on.
“Who are you? What do you want from me?” he asked, actually thinking that she
was a mad woman. With that, he took a good look at the strange woman who just
He had not felt threatened by her presence because she didn’t look dirty or wild.
She just looked confused and it was obvious she was in need of help. But he wasn’t
just happy with her presence. She had greatly disrupted his plan and he was angry
Somehow she reminded him of Akudo, of course a lot of women had reminded
him of his late wife since her demise. She had very dark natural hair; it was
obvious she just retouched it. She was light complexioned with plain large eyes,
small pointed nose and her lips were thick with a line that seemed to divide the
lower lip. He judged that her age should be either 25 or 26.
“I need your help! They are trying to kill me!” she yelled.
“Wha… who is trying to kill you?” he asked in a state of utter confusion. He had
forgotten that the car was still steaming.
“I don’t know who they are, they just attacked me at the…”
Who are you? Look woman I…”
“Please!!” she screamed. She looked towards the direction she came from. “Oh my
God, here they are. Over there, those two men, they are coming for me. Please take
me out of here I beg you” she was really scared.
Daniel couldn’t still understand. He wasn’t even ready to drive out to anywhere.
“Why are they trying to kill you? Why don’t you go to the police?”
“I know I should, but look, they are after me. I have to be alive to go to the police,
There were two of them; their ages should fall between 27 and 32. They looked
like cultist, mean and determined in their sparkling white T-shirts. Daniel
wondered what she had to do with them. Why would such men want to harm this
They were being discreet, looking around them and ensuring that they didn’t make
any scene. They were walking towards the car rather than running.
Poor Miss. GodKnowsWho didn’t look strong enough to run for her dear life. They
knew it and were taking their time in following her. Daniel watched them,
wondering what they were up to. He didn’t really want to get involved and he felt
the open public wouldn’t allow them to take any action. This wasn’t just how he
The first thug approached the car and without stopping for a second to think of his
next move, he stretched his hand to open the door. It didn’t open, he pulled it
forcefully but it didn’t budge.
“What is it you want?” Daniel shouted. His car windows were all rolled up, but he
The lady continued screaming frantically.
The men were obviously more determined than Daniel thought. The first guy had
already pulled out a metallic short axe from his pocket and started to smash the
Daniel became alarmed. Everything was happening too fast. The screaming, the
smashing sound, and the crazy mad men was more than he could bear. The car
engine was still alive, so he stepped on the trotle and quickly drove the car out of
The men were left behind as they watch the car drive away with regrets.
“Who are you? And who are those men? What did you do to them” Daniel asked
as the distance between the action spot and his car increased.
“I don’t know… Oh my head” she touched her head with both of her hands. “I
have no idea who they are. I didn’t do anything to them and I have never seen them
“Woman, I am going drop you off whenever I get to somewhere safe. I don’t know
what you have with those crazy guys and I don’t care, look at my window for
“Please don’t drop me off. I really need your help.” She pleaded.
“Help with what? I don’t know who you are and I am not interested in h…”
“I don’t know who I am.” She cut in.
“What? What do you mean by you don’t know who you are.”
“I can’t remember anything about me. The last thing I remember is waking up this
morning in a hospital bed and these men trying to kill me. I escaped and here I am
Daniel tried to look at her face for a second before returning his gaze back to the
road. He wanted to be sure she was serious and really sane. At least she was
serious, but he wasn’t sure if she was sane.
He remained silent and continued to drive to nowhere in particular.