A Story Written By Aartial D
I smiled wryly as Rina started dozing off. Though she was trying hard to remain awake.
‘Rin?’ i called ‘you should just sleep, dont fight it’
She shook her head and reached for her father’s hand.
I reached for her free hand and helped her up. She stood up weakly, the medicine wasnt just going to make her feel sleepy, it was going to make her weak.
‘come here..’ i said leading her to a long couch at the end of the room.
‘sleep. I’ll take care of Chief. If he wakes up, i’ll wake you up’
She smiled weakly at me ‘thanks alot Ivyy, what would i have done without you?’
I just smiled and she turned her back to me and before long, she was snoring away.
‘Gosh! She snores, yuck!’ I hissed.
I reached for my bra and brought out the injection and the red liquid. It was in a small transparent nylon. I injected the needle into the nylon and injected the liquid.
I smiled devilishly.
I walked towards Chief’s drip.
I glanced at Rina once more and she was snoring away.
On a second thought, i walked back to the door and securely locked it.
Then i walked back to Chief’s side. I smiled and kissed his forehead.
I carressed his arms. This man had done so much for me.
Ever since i stepped foot into that town five years ago with a baby without money or a house or a job and a quality education, he had been there for me. He didnt know us yet he took us in, sent me to school,provided a good house for us. He took care of my baby and i. He was so nice to me.
But today, he would have to get out of my way.
no fault of mine, it wasnt my intention, but i never wanted to return to where i came from, abject poverty, one had to do what she had to.
In order to survive.
I kissed his forehead again rubbing his arm ‘oh Chief, i’m going to miss you believe me…’ i said staring into his closed eyes ‘and i’m going to mourn so dont feel bad. Since you really love your beloved wife so much, wy not just join her. You’ve been rich for a very long time, its time to go so people can enjoy your wealth. You’re fifty eight afterally’ i shrugged and wiped my left eye ‘my oh my! I cant believe i’m tearing up even when you’re not dead. What about when you die?’ I laughed wickedly.
I stood up, and held his drip, caressing with my hand.
I laughed again.
As i raised the injection in my hand, my phone rang.
I cursed in my mind, who the hell was calling me for goodness sake!!!
I hissed angrily and walked up to where i dropped my phone.
It was an unknown number calling.
‘Ivyy, what you are about to do right now shouldnt be done now’ the very familiar voice said.
I panicked. How did he…how did he get my number? How did he know about what i was doing?
‘killing Chief right now will only make people point fingers at you. You’re not making a smart move at all. I expected you to be smarter than that’
My hands shook.
‘lets meet tomorrow. I already have laid down plans on how you achieve your goal. Dont ask me how i found out about your plans. I know about everything. Everything’
I hung up in fear.
I looked around the room scared as if someone was watching me.
I quickly switched off my phone.
But when i sat down to reason all Ralph had said, i realised he was right. Killing Chief at this point wasnt at all a smart move. Fingers would point at me and i would be a suspect. And that was the last thing i wanted.
I let out air.
I ran my hands through my weave and stared at Chief..
Then i cursed again.
I tried to think of something but nothing came to my head.
I decided to take the risk. I picked my phone and typed a quick message.
“London cafe, 1pm tomorrow. Be prompt”
I sent it to Ralph.
I looked good in my simple dressing. I wore a red off-shoulder strap gown and simple gold slippers and gold purse.
I sat on a table waiting for Ralph.
The fool had the guts to keep me waiting. What rubbish!
I checked my wristwatch, he was fifty five minutes late. Does he really think that i have nothing else to do than sit and wait for him.
Does he think i’m a jobless person?
I decided to wait for five more minutes, if by 2pm he wasnt here then i was going to take my leave.
At exactly 1:58, the fool showed up. I was very angry and i felt like lashing out on him, i had promised Rina not to stay out long. I had planned on spending just an hour with Ralph but he just ruined everything.
‘sorry for keeping you waiting’ he said smiling ‘have you heard something to drink?’
I scoffed ‘i already did. What do you take me for Ralph? Do i strike you as a jobless person or what?’
‘i’m so sorry Vee, something came up and i had to handle it’
I eyed him in disgust. I hated this man. He ruined my life in the past and i couldnt believe i was even sitting with him right now.
But i had no choice.
He seemed to be the only person aware of my plans right now and the last thing i wanted was someone snitching on me.
‘i think i made a mistake in meeting with you. But since i’m already here then i’ll just manage’ i hissed.
He just smiled.
‘so what were you saying last night?’
‘what was i saying? I dont understand’
‘dont you dare play dumb with me Ralph, you foiled my goddamn plan and you said you had a better one! I didnt forfeit everything i had to do today just to come here and look at your face!’
‘take a chill pill bae. I’m sorry if i made you angry’
‘to be truthful, your presence alone disgusts me! You annoying fellow!’ i hissed again noticing the way people were staring at us.
He just continued looking at me.
I breathed ‘since you think killing…’ i looked around again ‘since you think its a bad idea, i suggest you tell me what you think its the best thing to do’
‘i can only share my ideas with you on one condition’
‘what condition is that?’
‘we become partners’
‘partners as in? Partners in what?’
‘thats we become each other’s accomplices’
‘i dont get it’
He reached for my hand ‘we are in this together Vee. I understand you want to get rid of all of Chief’s family so you’ll claim all his properties, and i’m ready to be of help. Two heads they say is better than one’
‘Ivyy, i heard what happened’ Aunt Chime said calling with an international number. It was obvious she was already out of the country. Together with Ifepams ‘so that demonic woman finally died?’
‘yes aunty, she died. She died in an autocrash yesterday’
‘too bad. Thats good for her. She deserves it. That stupid woman. She’s lucky i didnt kill her myself, she would have suffered before she died’
I kept quiet.
‘how is Chief taking it?’
‘Chief was admitted in a hospital yesterday night. He collapsed on hearing it’
‘ah! Chineke onye obioma!’ she exclaimed ‘how is he now? Is he hypertensive?’
‘and you didnt deem it fit to tell me?’
‘i only found out yesterday. He kept it away from everyone’
‘ah, why will Chief keep this kind of a thing from his family now? He sha shouldnt die oo’
‘what of Ifepams?’
‘she’s fine oo. She’s a bit down with fever’
‘what?! Hope its nothing serious aunty? Is she on medications?’
‘please take care of her for me. Is she there?’
‘please pass the phone to her’
I felt glad hearing my daughter’s voice again. I felt this peace and contentment hearing my daughter’s voice once again.
I knew i was doing this for her. I wanted her to have a better life and future. I didnt want her to go through the same things i passed through as a child. I loved her that much.
‘mummy has to go now darling. I’ll call you later and dont give you grandaunt any stress alright?’
‘hello Ralph?’ i said into the phone and i moved away from the ward.
‘yes Ivyy, the first phase of the plan has been carried out’
I laughed heartily ‘i love good news’
‘its time to carry out the second phase’
‘yeah the second phase’
‘i’ve already started making preparations’
‘okay, i’ll do my part’
He hung up.