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ENJOY!!!September 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm #808905
I’m over being under your spell
It keeps blinding me
Was too blind to see, yeah
I’m not the only one that you tell
That I’m the only one
– Zendaya (Butterflies)
It was a hectic day and it was her first
time in Lagos. Toriola stepped down from
the cab she boarded at the car park to the
address James gave her. She doesn’t have
much stuffs to unload. Just a black luggage
filled with some of her clothes along with
some documents and a big blue polythene
bag which consists of a few pairs of her
After getting her stuffs down from the
trunk of the car she paid the driver the
‘Hello’ The driver of the cab called back as
she had her back turned in an attempt to
carry her load.
‘You forgot your phone’ He said handing
her a black iphone which Tori was quite
sure wasn’t hers but her response was
caught between coughing out the dust left
behind by the cab.
Her first time in Lagos has to be with a
phone belonging to God-knows-who in a
God-knows-where part of the city. That
being one of the least worries she has,
Tori tried calling James once again
murmuring a silent prayer as she did.
Her heart had raced a mile when she tried
calling his number this evening and her
call got disconnected each time. It wasn’t
like she knows anyone else here so where
the hell was she supposed to stay the
night considering the fact that it was
already past her bedtime?
With a frustrated sigh which followed the
beep sound she heard to signal a
disconnected call, Toriola paced in panic
and restlessness. She had heard so much
about this place regarding serial killers,
robbers and serial rapists too.
She was freaking out thinking about all
the terrible things that could happen to
her if she stayed another minute on this
lonely street. She noticed there wasn’t
even an insect passing through and the
narrow road was surrounded by tall trees,
shrubs and grasses.
Anything could be lurking behind those
tress. She looked around checking if
anyone was coming and somehow she
was glad no one was coming but at the
same time she was frightened she was
It was like she was alone in the whole
word and that made her shiver in fear. She
could feel goosebumps form on her arms.
The number one thing she needs to do is
flush negative thoughts out of her mind.
Still pacing, she thought about seeing
Richard again. It would be quite nice. If
she should recall vividly, it had been almost
a year since she last saw him
Then returning her pacing to the other
side of the road, she saw a shadow
coming towards her. It was the shadow of
an hefty man with quite an height and the
strides he was taking was quite amazing.
It was as though it was thrice an average
Taking a few steps backwards, Tori dialed
James number but she got the beeping
sound. Just when she was trying his
number once again, she felt a fat palm on
her shoulder and her eyes went wide with
fright. She closed her eyes almost
‘Please don’t kill me… I have no money but
you can take my stuffs.’
To be continued in a jiffy…..
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Episode 28 final episodeSeptember 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm #808922
‘Wooh wooh wooh… Chill girl…’
She wouldn’t miss that accent for
anything. It was quite unique. Letting that
thought sink in, she carefully opened her
eyes one after the other as though if she
didn’t do that, she was going to be
betrayed by her ears and the proclaimed
James might turn to a serial killer.
It was James alright but why was he
looking this fat?
His features looked as though he had been
blown by some big bicycle pump if she
would compare him with the James she
had always known.
Somebody wasn’t watching what he had
‘What were you thinking. Why didn’t you
‘I did call you but my call got disconnected
each time…. By the way, how did you know
I’d be here since the last time we talked
was when I got to the park here? ‘
‘After waiting for you for so long and you
decided not to show up for a ride which
normally takes thirty minutes, I decided to
come check you up since I know
whichever cab you take is gonna drop you
‘Oh really… ‘
‘By the way, it was hard recognizing you
from a distance. You’ve grown!’ He said
with a glint in his eyes
Yeah and you’ve grown too. Fat though.
Tori smiled back her thoughts
‘It was the luggage beside you and when
you pulled out your phone the moment I
approached that made me conclude it was
‘Anyways, it’s getting late, let’s get you
With that statement, he dragged her
luggage down the street with one hand
and the polythene bag with the other
hand leaving her with only her handbag.
He was quite a gentle man.
‘So, when was the last time you saw
Richard?’ Toriola started.
‘A month or two ago. He moved out all of a
sudden a week after we got here leaving
only the address of the new place. He had
never been home whenever I tried visiting.
I bumped into him at the mall and he was
with… ‘ Tori could feel the hesitation in his
eyes. She could see his thick palm encircle
the luggage handle the more. ‘…qqHe was
in a hurry. ‘ He finally said
‘So that was it. I tried calling his number
too and it had always been switched off. I
wonder what went wrong with him.’
Richard was her boyfriend. They had been
dating for close to two years now back
then in the university. He was two years
ahead of her and they were the perfect
couple until he moved down to Lagos to
search for greener pastures a few years
after graduating. What really attracted him
to her was the fact that he was quite a
funny dude who was brilliant as well.
She knows distance was supposed to
change some things. Things about him but
she never knew it was going to make him
a complete stranger. She wasn’t quite sure
she knows the new Richard anymore. He
seldom contacts her and she had never
been able to reach him for a couple of
months. Whichever way it is, she was bent
on not giving up on them just yet.
‘The last time I talked to him was when he
called and I told him I chose LUTH for my
internship. He was quite happy about it
and he told me he would find me a place
to stay here… But ever since, I had not
been able to reach him.’
‘He called me frequently to update me
about how everything was going. There
was this time he said he got a place for
140k and told me all he has was a 100k.
He was bent on finding the rest of the
money but I was scared the place might
get taken by someone else so I sent him
the rest of the money.’ Tori paused and
weighed the magnitude of what she was
about to say.
‘Do you think I’m being played by Richard.
He probably got no place and just used
that as an excuse to extort money from
To be continued in a jiffySeptember 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm #808924
‘Why would you think that?’ The look on
James eyes made her take back her words.
‘I know it is crazy right.’ She smiled back
her worries. ‘Richard can’t do that.’
She really doesn’t know who she was
trying to convince. James or her but one
thing she was sure of was she had a bad
feeling about this. About finding out her
worst nightmare was about to come true.
She knows things wouldn’t be as rosy as it
was with Richard like it was in the past
but she was scared of the extent he must
With that she sealed her lips and they
continued their awkward walk down the
‘Well, How have you been?’
She was quite surprised about how
obvious James made it that he wants to
change the topic. His personality hasn’t
changed a bit. He was still the shy and
introverted James she had known. James
was Richard’s best friend back then in
College of Health Science as both studied
Anatomy. They traveled down here to
Lagos together. It was amazing things had
changed this much between the duos.
When she was unable to reach Richard.
She had called James and told him about
her plight. He urged her to come and told
her he has a place for her.
‘Here we are.’ James announced as he
slanted her luggage against the wall of a a
medium sized apartment. Tori watched as
he nervously plugged a key inside the key
hole and dragged her stuffs in
immediately he opened the door.
Tori stepped in cautiously. With a glance
here and there across the well lighted
apartment, she concluded James had been
living well. The house wasn’t the least bad
for a single graduate
‘Richard and I used to stay here. Over
there was his room and right here was my
room. His room is going to be yours now.’
He said pointing to doors leading to
opposite sides of the room.
Tori nodded her comprehension. She was
going to stay here until she was able to
secure her own place. It was just for the
meantime. She hates being a pain in the
neck to anybody.
The room wasn’t at all bad. There was a
kitchenette and a little bathroom adjacent
to the entrance. A single mattress was
lying on the tiled floor. Over the mattress
was a clean blue duvet. The walls of the
room were painted Yellow and the ceiling
fan was rotating at a very high speed. She
switched that off first and started putting
down her stuffs.
Satisfied with the outcome of her
arrangement. She stepped inside the
bathroom and had a cold shower after
which changed into her pajamas.
‘I hope you are Okay. ‘ It was more like a
question than a statement. James voice
emanated from behind the door. She got
up from the bed and opened the door for
‘ Yeah. It’s all thanks to you. You are really
‘If you need anything just let me know
‘Sure, I promise I won’t hold a thing back.’
‘And I am making dinner. In a few minutes
it would be ready.’
‘No wonder my stomach kept rumbling. It
should be great.’
He gave a soft smile then walked away
from the door. Tori walked back to the
mattress and was about settling in when
Her phone started to vibrate.
She picked her bag and searched through
for her phone. There it is.
She picked it up but it wasn’t vibrating
even though her bag still vibrated a bit
violently. She fished out the iphone just in
‘Hello’ she said into the phone.
‘Yes. This is great. I think you have my
phone. ‘ It was a male voice.
‘It appears so. You obviously forgot it
inside a cab and the driver thought it was
‘Thanks for explaining that to me. But the
thing is I’m not really in Lagos, as at now
but I would be in a few days time. I would
be glad if you’d keep that for me till I get
back.Alright. Thanks. Bye.’ With that, she
heard a beep which signalled the call
He wasn’t even taking his time talking to
her. It was like he was in a hurry. She bet
that was how he forgot his phone in the
first place and it was as though he had
little concern for the phone as well. Tori
dropped the phone in the bag and lay flat
on the bed thinking about her grandma.
The woman had gone through a lot for
her. She never knew her mum. She heard
died during childbirth. She wished she
could achieve her aim in time and give her
the good life they deserved. As beautiful
thoughts crossed her mind, she drifted off
To be continued on Monday.September 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm #808927September 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm #808934Etz FroshberryMember
Hmmmm…Another story is here!
Bring it on dude….September 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm #808938
@froshberry-2 Thanks for gracing my humble thread. I’m sure I will not dissapoint. Bless you.September 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm #808941VictoriouschildMember
Am sited but plz add number of episode in any update you post