Chapter Eight

We ran inside the bush like mad men,
who go see fire and stand they look, i
don watch those kind things for tv but
now e dey happen to me e just be like
film trick, they kept on shouting at us to
stop or they will shoot, that one fall for
deft ear, we run for our dear live, since
we dey familiar with the area we escape
from them and run back to our school
we found ourselve back to school
breathing heavily with our tattered
uniform due to the bush, everybody don
go house so the school dey empty we
waka go the last class.
Austine: guy na who be those guys?
Me: i nor know them oh, but e be like
say na me them dey find.
Austine: why wetin happen?
Me: you know celestina na abi?
Austine: that tina wey be oga for white
Me: yes na, she don come back.
Austine: ha since all this while she gree
return and i believe na she go cause all
this trouble.
Me: she say something happen for auchi
so she run come back because auchi dey
too hot.
Austine: wetin come concern you wey
them want kidnap us.
Me: e be them know say i dey close to
austine: so them want use u capture her.
Me: exactly, na wahala i dey oh.
Austine: how them take know say you
know her.
Me: i never know.
Austine: okay bye bye, and nor come my
house again oh.
Me: wetin you mean.
Austine: na you them dey find no be me,
i nor want associate with cultist things
Me: so you want come leave me here
abi? We nor be friend again?
Austine: for now the friend is on hold, till
after redemption.
He meant it because he walk out on me
leaving me inside the class, i called him
back but he refuse to come back, i ran
after him.
Austine: abeg no follow me abeg, just
waka your own make them no see us
together at all.
Me: why you dey do like this na, okay
give me your phone make i call person.
Austine: take and nor follow me again,
infact carry the phone i dash you.
He gave it to me and leave me like that
standing stranded.
I look left and right i thought i saw
someone starring at me, so i ran back
inside the building, i took the phone and
dial tina’s number, (she ask me to
memorize her number incase of
emergency) i dial the number no
answer, i dial it again, this time she pick
Tina: hello (see her macho voice like
mark henry).
Me: its me, i need your help.
Tina: Oz, where are you?
Me: in my school, please come and pick
me up.
Tina: i’ll be right there, just hold on.
Me: make it quick am kinda scared.
Tina: dont be my baby, i will be there in a
Me: alright am waiting.
I cut the call and parabulate around the
class, hitting the phone on my palm like a
man waiting for his wife to put to bed, i
waited for 5minutes or more before i
heard the sound of her car, i went
outside and saw the toyota van, she and
edna came out of the car, i ran to her
and gave her a surprising hug, she was
kind of surprise, so she just hold me
and tap me on my back like a little baby,.
Tina: come on we are here now, nothing
will happen to you okay.
I join the in the car and we drove off.
Edna: so what really happen?
Me: we were coming back from school
when they block us, we ran and they
pursue us with guns and cuttlass.
Edna: waoh that is serious, so it has got
to this.
Tina: you and who exactly.
Me: me and my friend austine.
Edna: so where is him now?
Me: he left me, a minute before i called
you, he said he dont want anything to do
with me again.
Edna: forget about him we are here for
you anytime you need us okay.
Me: i wont be needing you guys, cause
am traveling next tommorow.
Tina: to where?
Me: to auchi.
Edna: thats their headquarter.
Me: at least they wont know me there, i
will be on my own.
Edna: hahahaha they have people
everywhere and since they now know,
you are her weakness they wont stop
until they get you except they get to her
Tina: i cant let you go there.
Me: really so how are gonna stop me?
Tina: am not going to stop, am just
saying you are not going there alone.
Edna: i hope its not what am thinking
Tina: it is dear you should take the other
girls and leave, i will handle it my way.
Edna: we cant leave you, we are on
family, any where you go we go.
Me: no no no no what are girls even
saying, am going alone, nobody will go
with me, i dont even want to see any of
you please,
Tina: you dont understand, i killed the
leader of , and since they have know
you, they will follow you anywhere you
go, the one that happen today is just
phase one, the next one will be bloody.
Me: thanks to you my life is turning
upside down, from now on i will stop
calling you and dont ever call me, stay
away from me and my family just fucking
drop me here let me go.
She hold the break and i almost hit my
head on the glass. She got out of the car
and open the door for me, she drag me
out and put one hand on her waist and
the other on the car.
Tina: (shouting) you think i dont know is
my fault, or you think i dont regret all
those things i have done, i killed
somebody instead of me to run i came
back for you, putting my friends life in
danger, or you think i feel happy
watching people die, its because i dont
have a fucking choice, so what do you
want me to do run and live my life like a
coward, no i cant, i just cant, i can
abandon my friends and most
importantly you, (she put her hand on
her head and walk back a little ) so you
want to go, just go and you wont ever
see me again ( she get inside the car
and drove like a mad woman).
Did i do something wrong?
I walk to my house jejeje, thinking like a
stranded person on the way, i need to
stay low for now, at least if i travel they
cant track me to my brother’s house, i
just told them am going to auchi, actually
my brother live in jattu very close to
auchi and that place is good for hiding, it
wont be easy for them to get me there
and i will always be indoor.
I got home and greet my parents, as
usual my bros they watch film.
Cactus: na you and who fight wey come
scatter your cloth like this.
Me: i nor fight, na bamboo we go cut for
bush wey we go use stand goal post.
Cactus: you dey write exam you dey play
ball abi?
Me: i play ball after exam, afterall we
don roundup.
Cactus: good to know at least you go
they join me for farm na.
Me: which farm, me wey they travel next
Cactus: travel go where, wey farm dey to
Me: i don tell mama already, me i dey
travel next tommorow oh.
Cactus: travel make me too travel na
make we see who go clear the grass
wey dey farm.
Me: the grass still many?
Cactus: yes na.
Me: so since last week wey you they go
you never still finish am.
Cactus: you nor well you think say e
easy abi, e remain small sha.
Me: no wahala tomorow i go go finish
Cactus: you finish wetin, hahaha e go take
you like ten days for you to finish am.
Me: na you sabi, i don go sleep.
Cactus: by this time.
Me: yes i get choir practice by 6.
Cactus: bye bye.
I went to my bed and doze off, i woke
late around 6:30pm, i quickly get ready
and run to practice, i enter inside and
sat at the back as usual, i saw mabel but
i just bone her, as the practice was
going on, i look at the window and saw
one man dress in black with eye glass
smoking, i got up.
Choir master: oz why are you standing
I nor even answer am self, i walk to the
first door i saw two guys dress in black
also, i went to the second door same
thing, so i went to third door the same
result, i look at the time, 8:00pm.
I know they are here for me but na how
them take know say i dey church my
guess is that somebody told them so
what do i do now, my people just they
practice them nor even know wetin they
go on, i took my phone and dial Tina’s
“the number you are trying to call is
currently switch off please try again
later” na there i know heaven is near.

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