September 5, 2019 at 7:52 am #1337921ValentineAdmin
EDGE OF A KNIFE
(THAT LOVE THAT HURTS)
Writer: Cal Empéror
The brilliance of the soothing weather, filled the day, the sun directed it’s ray, piercing through the grapevine crop, that have grown to cover my window line like ornamental plants they form a silhoutte in my room, in form of shadow, ray lines were formed on every object obstructing the shine of the sun, right in the room, I was awake, it was 8am a very sunny morning, i was grateful to the creator for letting me see another day. Ok ok… I know you wanna know about me, let’s go this way, My names are Joshua Ehi, i hail from the Edo tribe of nigeria, hence the surname Ehi, which means ‘soul’, so i was told, though i am not conversant with the edo dialect, but at least i know a few things about it.
My father, Dr Ehi works as a medical doctor in a teaching hospital right here in benin, and my mum, she’s a full time house wife. I have friends too who are especially from my secondary school, i be street guy oo but i usually don’t relate with people from my area, i attended McDonalds High School, my days there were hearty, atleast i was made the headboy at ss2 3rd term. Not to bore you with my background, let’s move on to the story proper, but Just don’t forget i have a sister cathy, we will learn more about them later.
After performing every formality i became a bona fide student of the great unversity of benin, things went smoothly, i was the usual me, always topping the class, on a lowkey, we that don’t use to answer question in class, but let the less privileged do so just to show off how smart they were, as a 100L student, things was some how tough, for me, i could capitalize on the fact that i am new, and i am just getting to know the school, so i just have to get use to it, and settle down quickly, but that didn’t stop me from being my best. I go to library after class everyday with my friend Nelson, i haven’t made new friends, not even a buddy, i sat solo, do everything solo, i was that kind of person, but once am into you, the jovial me surface, well things were in shape, until we approached nearly the end of first semester, My problem started, I was in the class one day, no lecturer was around at that time, so i plugged in my ear phone to listen to music, and surf instagram, i was watching a skit from oluwardolarz, one of my favorite instagram comedian,
Dolarz: How can you say
Ayomide is smarter than Tope?
You guys are just being biased,
Oya you know what Just do
a test for them now,
Ife: Ok ok Ayomide what is the difference
between ‘Reality and Assumption’?
Ayomide: Assumption simply means
a statement imagined to be true,
while reality means a state of being actual,
Ife: Oya that’s mah girl, oya you Tope!
You have the floor.
Tope: Aunty ife!, Aunty Precious!!
Both Ife and Precious: Yes
Tope: Will you date dangote’s
first son for 100million naira?
Ife: why not?
Precious: if not, ofcourse!
Tope: In Assumption you guys are
100million naira richer,
but in reality You guys are GOLD DIGGERS.
Ok ok this got me, and i started laughing, i was still laughing while resting my head on the table, when the rowdy class became silent, i mean dead silent, that the silence pierced through and became noticeable to me, i had to remove my ear phone, and look up to see a lecturer was already standing on the podium.
Lecturer: Ehi Joshua? Is he here? He called out with a stern face, he was one of the GST lecturers, and I freezed at the mention of my name, my heart pound away, what crime have i committed that is making this man look for me? He soon call again, and the class stared blankly, and i stood up sluggishly, and everyone in the turned their gaze at me, don’t be surprised nobody knew my name, so the sudden call must have made them imagine who bears such name in the class, well i brace up, the expression on the man’s face was unreadable,
Lecturer: Please come up the podium he said with a little glint of warmth, that gave my beating heart a calm. I could feel the thousand eyes piercing their gaze right through my body, but honouring the lecturer’s invite up the podium, was the only thing i could do, I walk up to him, and he accepted me with a handshake, and a warm embrace, WHAT???? that was the exact look on everyone’s face, he soon held up the mic to clarify us including me, the reason behind his actions, because my guy ehn! me too am surprised.
Lecturer: You see, you guys have to emulate people like this young man standing right here with me he said, placing a hand on my shoulder, and tapping it with his fingers like he was patting me for a Job well done Me, I was still trying to figure why all this drama. ‘He is just the next best thing to a lecturer, he said continuing his speech, and right there i understood what he was talking about, i could still read the confusion on most of the students faces, not until he told them how i have stunned him and all his colleagues, with my performance and academic excellence, that was when they understood what it was all about, he also went further to he say he never noticed me in the class until now, he said he had thought i was one of those numerous students answering questions in his class, before he asked me to go back to my seat, and then started up his lectures for the day, i payed attention.
Now here was it, even though, i was shy at the approach, but i must confess it gladdens my heart, soon my name spread through the departments, and people started coming to make friends, i tried to be friendly with them, even when i didn’t like some, but hell, they are humans, well, with my new profile, i became even more popular, ‘‘Josh the scholar’’, became conversant on everyone’s lips even though the thing dey gimme joy, i didn’t allow it sink in my head i remained studios, that was how one day Mike one of my friend came to my hostel, and invited me for his party that was to hold the next day, i had wanted to decline at first, but i gave him a yes at an after thought, reason being that i realised i was too hard on myself, and i had to loosen up a bit, partying the next day won’t be a bad idea, so i accepted, and even went as far as to invite Nelson my buddy, and he too agreed to go.
The next day night party time, i put on a savage white shirt, matching with my white snickers, and a dark blue Louis Vuitton Jeans trouser and Jacket, omo i followed up with one rolex goldplated watch, d--n i had to confess i look good, i soon heard a knock, followed by Nelson’s cockroach voice,
Nelson: ode open door for me. I went forward to open the door, d--n, he wasn’t looking bad at all, in fact the only difference between our outfit was that he had a cap on, same white shirt, snickers, jacket and all,
Me: mumu who send you make u gam like me? I asked
Nelson: shey na your papa you dey ask, oya make we dey go, we soon got to the Party, and the turn out was boom students from our department flock the place, drinking and chilling, i soon fish out Mike and wished him happy birthday, I Love the heads i was turning, and the stares i was getting from all the chicks i must confess, because, everyone seem to be looking at me as i passed, i found out Nelson was already missing, and i opted for a seat, as i sat, i saw him in company of other guys, chattering and Laughing heartily, party blood don enter im body.
I sat and watch as people had fun, i was just fine with it, watching them celebrate, was enough fun for me. I remain seated, till i felt a presence right behind me, and i turned back to see an appetizing figure of a girl, she winked a smile at me, i must confess she was cute, her smile was accompanied by a pair of dimple on both sides of her cheeks, her brown coloured body radiated Like gold, as the bright light radiating from the brown coloured bulb, matched with her skin colour, thereby giving her a glow, that made my mouth drop wide open, and also made my heart giggle, I was still dazed and wild in thought, when i heard her spoke,
Girl: do you mind closing you mouth before you start drooling spittle handsome??.
What? I was taken aback by that statement, in fact it made me shy.
Me: oh sorry, am just carried away with fascinating thoughts! I defended,
Girl: oh your mind is already having sex with me abi? Sinner!
Girl: yes na, don’t you know the bible says he who look at a woman lustfully, has already commit adultery with her? Oh see this girl oo me wey never view the full package fininsh you don dey adultery me!
Me: oh sorry about that, i said acting up, I had to admit to whatever she said, just to give the impression that I’m a gentleman, we don’t argue with ladies.
Girl: no pro, mind if i sit with you?
Girl: Thanks, she appreciated, so you are Josh The Scholar? Hmm here we go!
Me: Huh! how did you know that? I asked just for the fun of it, because i know everyone knows me, but i don’t know ever one, ‘‘daz how stars do’’(wink)
Girl: Hmm, are you trying to say you don’t know you are this popular?
Me: well i don’t, i remained static with my claim, but a bit polite. So you are? I asked.
Girl: I am Martha
Me: oh nice name, this girl was turn me i swear down, now we were both seated, i don dey observe her body, i could tell her front package isn’t that bad, but d--n her arse sitting on the stool right close to me was something else, ‘massive’
At that point when there is no more conversation for you to follow up, you become numb, and she isn’t helping matters, she Just keep staring at you and you can’t help it but stare back at her, the whole world seem to be spinning around the both of you, who are locked up maintaining eye contact in your own universe, where only your heart can communicate, then one stupid Nelson from nowhere will Just come to interrupt your euphoric moment, D--n! I might just end up cutting this boy and frying him one day, d--n! I was enjoying the romance
Nelson: Afa Take and drink he said passing me a glass of ciroc, I notice say you never shayo since just ginger up. Hi’ he said noticing Martha’s presence.
Martha: Hey, you are, she asked Nelson, why i used that opportunity to seize him up, if eye dey kill my guy for don die since, I was only mad because he interrupted our foreplay, I took a sip, from the glass, and he wary off, after introducing himself to Martha, which i didn’t care about.
Martha: I like you Josh, i noticed you even before you became popular (hehe looka dis one) i have always nursed my crush, but here we are, come! come!! she stood up not giving me the opportunity to express myself.
Me: where to? I asked surprised at the sudden development.
Martha: Shsss don’t say anything just follow me, she moved me to a secluded area, from the main place where the party was still going on, we weren’t the only couple there, there were other people there too, some were smooching and making out, while some were already engaged, pounding away their soul, others were just smoking weed, and the smell filled the air. I was lost, in fact with what i was seeing, I knew our punishment would be greater than that of Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical ‘Sin City’.
Me: what are we doi…. I was still saying when she engulfed my mouth with hers, engaging me in a hot kiss i opened my lips and gave in, she savoured in the flavour of a cute boy’s pink lips, she held me to herself, and we continue devouring each other, To be candid, i like her, in fact i love her (love at first sight) we kept on kissing at a high ferocious pace for so long, that i couldn’t tell how long we were there. She soon broke it, and just as foolish as i didn’t know what to say, but i had to say something, i asked
Me: What was that for??
Martha: Just how much I Love u. What??? that one loud oo, in fact e totori my brain, and i engaged her in another round of kiss this time i caressed her back. Chai, ‘‘Joshua, this your first time of meeting her, it rang in my head’’ that’s how trumpet will sound now i will not make heaven, i had to stop
Me: Let’s go i said to her, i looked at my watch, it was 11:35pm, i was done with the party, so looked out for Nelson, we have to start going. Martha asked for my digits, and i gave it to her, all my actions, after the kiss was based on I was shy, ‘I’m a shy guy’ (Dbanj).
LIKE, SHARE and COMMENTSeptember 5, 2019 at 7:53 am #1337922ValentineAdmin
EDGE OF A KNIFE
Writer: Cal Empéror
The next day being saturday, I woke up with slight pain, surging through my head, and a little hangover, from the party, i knew it was the effect of the ciroc liquor i took, even when i didn’t drink much, every little content of alcohol, always had it’s effect on me. After muttering a little prayer, of appreciation, for the gift of a new day, i pick up my phone, to browsed through, and i saw i had three missed calls, 1 from mom, and 2 from an unsaved number, i knew for sure the strange number was Martha’s own, because i remembered giving her my number, and she promised to give me a call, well i dailed mum’s number first, and she picked up.
Mom: Omomi, How are you na?
Me: am fine mama, how about you and dad?
Mom: we are fine, i called to check up on you yesterday, but you didn’t pick up?
Me: Yea i wasn’t there to answer the phone.
Mom: It’s ok take care of yourself. Huh!? Just like that? This woman self, why she nor just fit tell me, I will credit your acct soon, i won’t say anything sha,
Me: Thank you bye. I could hear the rattling of plates, from the background, and i could tell she was in the kitchen, wetin this woman dey cook self, i don miss her food oh, i wanted to say but no need, my phone even buzz up, for and incoming call, i checked the ID, it was the same unsaved number, and i picked up.
Voice: Hey Joshua, it’s me Martha, she called in a fascinating sharp voice, that wasn’t different from the one i heard at the party yesterday.
Me: oh what’s up Martha?
Martha: Am good, you?
Me: am ok, so what’s cooking?
Martha: Nothing oo i just called to check up on you, ah ah! Check up on me again, what is really wrong with me that every one is checking up on me? Even mom said the same thing Just now.
Me: oh thanks, thoughtful of you dear.
Martha: so where you hanging out tonight? Heeyyii see gobe, me that don’t even like party self ya asking me for hangout,?
Me: no where exactly, Just chill at home and read,
Martha: ok, but it’s kind of boring.
Me yep, but i like it that way, i sounded cool, i don’t want it to sound aggressive, because the this funny me, if reading was to bore me, is it her boring self?.
Martha: ok na should i come over?
Me: no dear, maybe next time, goodbye, i said, I just had to rush the conversation and end it,because the truth is i wasn’t prepared to accept that request, on a normal day i would have agreed, wholeheartedly, but not today, today that my room wasn’t in place, i had clothes i have not wash, so let her just chill first.
Martha: ok, she said and hang up, i couldn’t tell if she was cool or mad, with they way i ended up the unproductive conversation, but whatever sha, sometime you just have to act ‘randomly mad’ to show you are not that cheap (na so my life be oo) , we really have to slow down, how can i just meet a girl yesterday, and today she’s with me in my room, i still had to show some decency, even though we kissed yesterday, i can blame that on we were just being carried away.
I soon tidy my room, and did the laundry, and i went out to meet Nelson, at 3pm that day, he escorted me back to my place, after we has fun playing games on his PlayStation 4, and we also ate the over salty noodles he cooked, i must confess this boy nor know how to cook, he will make a very terrible husband material. As we were returning back to my place, there was this guy that stopped us halfway through, on one of the not too busy streets of Derick avenue, From his very look, you could tell he was a typical example of the word ‘rugged’, but with swag, he had on a sag trouser on his waist, that was torn on different part, with it shred designing the trouser to what is popularly know as ‘rugged Jeans’, A couple of chains were seen around his neck, he had some cheap tattooes running through his both hands, that was visible, because he was only putting on a singlet that had a hood. From the mixed colours of his lips, i could tell he smokes too, if rugged really had a face, it was this very guy standing right before us, though i didn’t know who he was yet, but his contenance alone sank fear into us.
Guy: Na who be Joshua for here? He voice was thick, and it made us scared, i can’t say for Nelson, but as for me i was scared.
Me: I am Joshua, i said fidgeting on my words. The look on Nelson’s face simply define the word ‘Fear’. Because we were cool guys, that don’t involve ourselves, on things that were rash, so i wonder what must have done, that is making this guy looking for Joshua.
Guy: Correct Guy, he said smiling, revealing a set of dark brown teeth, that must have suffered from too much weed. “D’ Baba say make you report”. He continued his statement, Na me be “Potoki”, he said to me, the name rang a bell, and i and Nelson cast a glance at each other simultaneously.
Me: Oh potoki you are welcome, so how can we help you? I said foolishly because i didn’t know the right word to answer, and from the reaction on his face i could tell i made a very big mistake.
Potoki: Say what??? Na me you dey yarn that one? I dey say D’Baba say make you report, you dey ask me how you wan take help me? He shrieked, and i could tell he was provoked, and this compounded my fear, including Nelson, who had since gone numb, the look on nelson’s face was like someone who had seen a ghost, at the mention of the name POTOKI. Well no lele sha, as e dey be now, make una two kneel down. D--n, we had to obey, he said and we had no choice than to kneel down on the floor, like erring children begging their parents for forgiveness. We were lucky, it was a lonely street, and nobody was passing by, to see us kneeling down, i felt humiliated, on the other hand, it would have been better if people were around, because this gut might Just end up killing us here, without nobody knowing the cause of our death.
Nelson: sorry sir, please tell us to get up. The innocent boy pleaded.
Potoki: Jew man you fit dey go oh, he said to nelson, but you wey be chosen one, you go follow me go carbal. He said patting me on my shoulders, in my kneeling posture.
Nelson: what?? but i can’t leave my friend na, he defended. And potoki wastes no time in bringing out his clean pistol, and this frightened Nelson’s small life that was remaining, i think he felt we were underestimating him. So he had to use action
Potoki: you go commot or not? He said facing him with the gun.
Nelson: yes sir i will, he said with both hands up.
Potoki: oya run loss, he said and nelson made to run, but he called him back, after he must have made a few feets on his heel, and said to him, “if i dey yarn you, no dey speak English again! Because Potoki nor dey hear English for afternoon” you dey hear me, he asked drawning his ear, before ordering him to run, while I watched in awe still kneeling, as if incapacitated by the whole scenario. ‘Now you wey be bukuru, follow me, he said tucking back his gun, i just stood up from my kneels and followed obediently, like a sheep, following it’s shepherd, the word “chosen one” was still ringing in my ear, i really didn’t know what he meant by that.
Potoki is a Popular member of the Creeds cult, he was infamous, for his activities with the group, all students in the school actually revere him just as much as they do feared the cult itself, reason being why is that potoki, was behind all the major hits, the group has ever done, News about their activities, and how they operate, were very conversant among students in the school, creeds cult hold credits to most heinous crime and top profile death that ever took place in the history of that school, the moment he mentioned ‘potoki’, i knew we were in deep shit, everybody knows the name, but only few people have gotten the opportunity of seeing him he was like a ghost, he was popularly referred to as the ‘‘angel of death’’ by students, because of the countless number of people he has sentenced to the death. He was the major hit man of the squad, and they chosed to name him potoki, which when broken down meant ”point to kill”. though he wasn’t the number 1 neither was he the number 2, but he was being revered by all, he kills like a death spree machine, and whenever he does, he write his name close to the victim, with the victims blood, just so he could be feared and respected.
Brutality is the only word that can be use to describe the creeds cult, though they had many rivals which they had subdued, but there was another group, who was as brutal as the creed, they called themselves the Flame Fox, but just as the saying goes, no two captain masters a boat, if they do the boat will capsize, because both of them will want to display their level of superiority, over the other, thereby causing confusion. Well all this gist about the fraternities in school, i was brushed up with by my friends, the once i made recently The told me everything about the cult groups, But here i am now, following the so much talked about Potoki. And i don’t even know where he was taking me to, oh i remember he said ‘Carbal’.
Tbc….September 5, 2019 at 9:04 am #1337929HenrymaryMember
Hmmm chosen one…laslas u go join dem lyk giddi
Josh av turn to Tristan in bloodmoon..
LINK TO AVAILABLE EPISODESSeptember 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm #1337947Ah Du KehMember
hmmmm,better don’t join dem oSeptember 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm #1337950kingsabintoMember
Your popularity is what attracts themSeptember 5, 2019 at 4:09 pm #1337973Agu AmimuMember
tight start. Ride OnSeptember 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm #1337981Daniel EdemMember
SeatedSeptember 6, 2019 at 6:07 am #1337941Kpa Ro BoMember
I don sit down 4 front