If You Missed The Part 57, Read It Here
As instructed, nobody disturbed me in the room, I was curled in bed like a cat. I wondered what they were doing with the corpses lying in the parlor. Eli’s face was still haunting me. In as much as I hated him and was glad that he was dead. Murder was best imagined and not seen, from how loud the gun was, to the tongue and eyes…the brain matter on my body ,grey with flecks of blood. The only thing Toun said after I finished narrating my tale was “Thank God”..
Jafar’s house was isolated at Aiyegbami, so whenever cars approached, they were clearly perceptible. There were a lot of cars that approached the compound that night. Then the sounds stopped, I started hearing people hitting objects on bottles. Out of fear I ran outside of the room, the corpse was still there… the guys could here the bottles too…but they weren’t perturbed. I saw Jafar sit all alone, I ignored him and went to look through the window. The guys I saw outside were more than fifty, around their head was a white piece of cloth..Soon divided into two columns, then Orisa walked to the front..
Jafar walked outside to meet him..
Me: are you guys crazy! Wont you go and protect him?
They did not answer me, so I ran outside to stand beside Jafar…
Orisa walked up to Jafar and brought out a bottle of Schnapps and two tiny cups…
Orisa: we come in peace…
They both took two gulps with the cup…
Jafar : you are welcome…
Orisa: the bodies?
Jafar: well and Gallant…
Orisa: thank you.
Jafar’s men had formed two files from the parlor to the edge of the veranda. Orisa’s men continued the file to a bus that was parked.
Then one after the other, the three bodies of Eli’s fallen men were carried between the files to the bus. Eli’s body was the last to be carried, Jafar and Orisa were the ones that carried it. As they passed through the file, Jafar’s men on each side bowed down, when they got to where Orisa’s men were, they started hitting their bottles again…they continued until the body was dropped in the bus..
The guys on both sides exchanged drinks, and in no time…they were gone..
For three days I kept to myself, I only left the room when I wanted to eat. The house had been cleaned, even the parlor was re-painted.
Uche came back earlier than expected, with a sling on one hand though. We all spent time with him in his room.
A carpenter came around to fix all the locks and replaced the broken windows, so I had all the privacy I asked for. Jafar stayed in the same room with Uche.
It was Monday and Toun was travelling out, after calling her to wish her journey mercies and all, I called Timi.
Me: how are you?
Timi: I heard about Eli, guess we have some closure now..
Me: how about we hang out?
Timi: sure..i will be in town tonight…lets meet at Belle..
My face was back to normal, the bluish red marks had disappeared, I still had bouts of headache but it was more manageable.
While Jafar came to take his bath, I told him about meeting Timi..
Jafar: you don’t need to tell me, if you are strong enough to go out, it is fine by me..
Me: How is Uche?
Jafar: He is good, he is grateful for the meals..
Me: that’s my pleasure..
Jafar: I heard school will be resuming next Monday…
Me: that’s nice, I am glad this episode is over…I will be going to Lagos on Thursday..
Jafar: that’s good..
Me: how are you, Jafar?
He put on the shower which put a premature termination to our conversation.
Since he killed Jafar, my feelings for him had changed, whenever I had a soft heart for him, the images of Eli and the other guy’s flood my brain and I just check out.
Timi was waiting in Belle when I got there, some of the students who didn’t travel because of violence where around too, things were getting back to normal. He hugged me, after which we climbed the atop the booth of his car…
Me: how have you been?
Timi: I have been fine..
Me: moved back to your house?
Timi: yes, so you actually saw the killings?
Me: I don’t want to talk about it..
Timi: excuse me lemme go and get our drinks and two plates of Asun..
Me: I miss Asun!..Yay..
I saw Acho from a distance; he greeted me and continued his discussion with the guys he was with…
Timi: so how is Jafar?
He handed me the a cup and a plate of Asun..
Me: He is good…
Timi: how are you guys?….the relationship…
Me: we are having some issues now though, I rather not talk about that one too..
Timi: It’s okay, whenever you want to talk about it, I will be around..
Timi: I am going to miss Toun..
Me: me too, I hope she gets back soon…
Timi: I miss you too Nkem…
Timi: I am still inlove with you…
Timi: Let’s work it out, you belong with me..
Me: Timi don’t start…
He moved closer to me and threw his hand around my shoulder..
Timi: I know you have started missing me and you want us back…stop forming o…
He smiled as he spoke, exposing his beautiful dentition. There and then, I thought of Jafar, the ugly images came but so also the fact that he was there for me always. And even as I was shutting him out of my life, he was still there for me, taking care of me. Risked his life for me… shared things with me that he wouldn’t have shared with anyone…
Me: I am not forming o…
Timi: you mean you also want us back together?
Me: No, I mean I am still inlove with Jafar..
Me: I think I should leave now, we didn’t part well this morning…
Timi: finish your Asun..
Me: I can’t..i am filled…
Timi: can I drop you off?
Me: don’t worry Timileyin, I will fly a bike…hang out with your guys around…
He hugged me as we said our goodbyes..
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