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    EPISODE 25

    Gerald’s Birthday Party


    ~5. 30 P.M~

    When it was left with thirty minutes to the Party , I called Cassandra, Thunder and Flexion and told them to escort me to the party at the Governor’s House.Then there was another call.
    “Crreeeeee”, “Brother, are you on your way to the Party?” my sister asked me.
    “Yes,” I will soon be on my way.
    We arrived at the Governor’s House. Thunder and Flexion packed the car outside the gate. 
    There were security men all round the house but since we had been invited directly by the Governor, we found it very easy to enter the house.  
    When we entered the house , the compound was furnished with all kinds of beautiful flowers and different colours of light.
    The light reflecting on the flowers changed the nature of the com
    pound making it look more kaleidoscopic.
    All the men wore suit of different colors.The women were in different kinds of dress, most of them including the maid servants were clothed in half-naked costume.
    Some guests also came with their partners.Some were standing in different corners of the compound kissing and taking pictures.
    The compound so big that it could  contain over Two-thousand
    (2000) guests.
    I have been scanning through the guest in search of my sister and her fiance but it was apparent they were not yet around. 
    I was sure she was in her room putting on makeups.
    Hmmm, ladies and their makeups. But it’s funny, some ladies apply makeups and they look like toys or dummies standing in front of a boutique. I turned and looked at Cassandra. She was looking marvellous in her sparkly, flashy dress. It seemed she was the birth
    day star lady. Her dress caught everyone’s eyes. 
    It had a low neckline with a chunky golden necklace. My admiration for her dress was cut short by the Voice of the Master of Ceremony (MC) for the program …..

    “Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome all of you for gracing this occasion with your presence. 
    Make yourself comfortable while we wait for our birthday boy Gerald Bankole to arrive. He will soon be here.For the meantime, Disc Jockey (DJ) let the music flow.”

    The first song that was played was wizkid song


    Brown skin girl

    Your skin just like pearls

    The best thing in the world

    Never trade you for anybody else

    Singin’ brown skin girl

    Your skin just like pearls

    The best thing in the world

    I never trade you for anybody else, singin’…

    I turned and looked at Cassandra again. Our eyes met. Then we remembered what happened a few nights ago. As if it was timed ,we both smiled at once. On the seat behind me were my special escorts Thunder and Flexion….”.

    The music continued..

    …..”She said she really grew up poor like me

    Don’t believe in nothin’ but the Almighty

    Just a likkle jeans and a pure white tee

    She never did forever be nobody wifey, yeah

    So while I may not pretty boy, your heart is amiss

    Play it like a villain ’cause she caught in a wave

    Tonight I am walkin’ away

    9 to 5 mind, on the grind, yeah, yeah

    Tonight I might fall in love, dependin’ on how you hold me

    I’m glad that I’m calmin’ down, can’t let no one come control me

    Keep dancin’ and call it love, she fightin’ but fallin’ slowly

    If ever you are in…….”

    “Ladies and gentlemen let us all rise to welcome Honourable Bankole Clifford, the Governor of Plateau State and his lovely and magnificent wife Monica Bankole Onioke.”
    We all stood up as the Governor, his wife  and his entourage were ushered to the VVIP Section. The Governor waved at the birthday Attendants. They waved back cheerfully. 
    Calm returned for about five minutes when the MC prompted us again. It was the moment we were all looking for. 

    ….and now Ladies and gentlemen let’s welcome  our birthday boy  Gerald Bankole . Here comes the Prince ” The MC announced.

    The floor light was thrown to the corner he would be appearing from,
    not quite long we  saw him walking majestically like a first gentleman mounting a platform.

    He moved his steps slowly to the lyrics of Tatiana’s Song titled Helplessly. Gerald looked astonishingly handsome. He was in a dark suit. He wore a dark shoe with dark socks. Immediately he came on stage all the attentions were drawned to him. It was interesting to know that most of the heads that kept turning to gaze at him were females.

    Gerald walked and joined his father at the VVIP Section. 

    Young beautiful female maids served drinks and the motion flow in the background. 

    Gerald’s mother mounted the platform to give her birthday speech to her son. She faced Gerald and say

    “Happy 21st Birthday,Son. I can hardly believe it. Today is your 21st birthday celebration. I find that incredible. I find you incredible. Don’t worry, I won’t get go into details  about your childhood period. I’ll only talk about how handsome you are.”
    Don’t cringe and roll your eyes just yet. I promise not to flatter you but I won’t also say the childish things you used to do.
    But turning 21 is something else. You’re no longer a child. This I know well. I have watched you grow up — literally. Now, today, filled with hopes and dreams, you stand on the verge of becoming a man. A handsome man. And it warms my heart to see you, my beautiful son, blossom before my eyes. You amaze me.
    Gerald, today will likely go down as one of the best days of your life. I hope that, some years from now, you will look back and remember this special birthday as a bright and happy moment in your life, with your family and friends there to share wholeheartedly in your joy.”

    (She Motioned to the family and friends in the room.)

    Your entire family and friends are the most precious gifts you have in life, something you’ll clearly see a little bit later, when you open your 21st birthday presents. Kidding aside, we are your biggest fans and only wish you the best life has to offer. Nothing less, because today is the start of a fun, exciting and rewarding journey for you.

    (Turning Back to Gerald )

    It’s an honor for me to be a major part your life. You are an extraordinary 21-year-old boy. You have a wonderful quality of independence that I value and respect. The power to achieve is in every nerdy fiber of yours, whether you’re spending hours at the “Geography  Club” or obsessing over every aspect of any school project.”
    “You are a unique individual with unique tastes, so it gives me great pleasure to know that you have passion for what you do. I also think you have great taste — lots of it, in fact — especially when it comes to fine cuisine or traveling around the world.”
    “And you are wonderfully tenacious when you want something, like whenever you try to persuade me to give you a credit card or get you a phone  which you finally did…after years and years of trying.”
    “Seriously, though, your friends and your family — me, your sister, your brother and your Dad — are so proud of you, because we see so much potential in you and we know that you can do anything you really want, because unlike so many other kids your age, you know what you want to do in life.”
    ” You really want to sink your teeth into a whole world of possibilities, and that makes us happy because we know you will never leave anyone down.”
    “Gerald, although you know 100% what path you will ultimately choose in life, we hold you in our hearts for not what you will do but for the way you will do it.”
    “We know you will be yourself. You will be brave. You will be honest. You will be kind. You will never give up. You are — and will be — an inspiration to all of us.”

    (Facing the birthday party guests again)

    I’m sure everyone here shares my sense of joy in watching this wonderful son of mine grow into one of the finest gentleman Nigeria had ever seen. We all can bear witness to how he spread his wings, take the flight and reach for the sky. We’ve all seen what this  handsome soul can do.

    (Turning back to Gerald )

    “You are a gift to all the lives you’ve touched. You fill my heart with happiness. I’m so grateful I’ve been blessed to know a wonderful person like you. If you were a diamond, you would be the most radiant and precious the world over.”
    “Always be that shiny and loving son you are now! Remember that you always have me, your family and your friends to support you.”

    (Facing the birthday party guests again — and raising her glass towards Gerald, so that others will follow)

    “Now, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and join me in a toast to this remarkable, young man.”

    [Facing Gerald  again]

    “We’ve gathered here to tell you,
    Just how much you mean to us,
    That’s why we’re toasting you today,
    And why we’re making such a fuss.
    Today we wish you all the best,
    You deserve it more than most,
    Here’s to a very handsome soul,
    Our love and this happy birthday toast.”
    “Gerald , may your 21st birthday be as unforgettable as you’ve made all our lives with your kindness and joy (in other words, as unforgettable as you).”

    “Now let’s all drink up and enjoy the rest of the night!”

    There was a loud round of applause to Monica for such inspirational and stupendous Birthday speech.
    Gerald was then invited to walk to the high table. He walked towards the table where the cake was  nicely decorated with red, white and pink colour.

    ” It is now time for our Birthday boy to cut the cake, before that, let’s us sing from our heart a happy birthday  song,” the MC said.


    All the guests began to song.

    Happy birthday

    To you

    Happy birthday

    To Gerald 

    Happy birthday to you

    How old are you now?….

    (Gerald answered )

    I’m 21 years old now….🎵

    Am 21years old now…🎶

    I’m 21 years old now….

    Am 21 years old now🎼

    The crowd took it from there 

    May God bless you now

    May God bless you now🎼

    May God bless you now

    May God bless you now…..🎼

    They all clapped after the song.

    He was given a small knife and slowly he cut the cake.

    After that, the floor was opened for people to dance. Lovers began to mount the floor. Others were already dancing and kissing.
    The media men and women from the various Radio and T.V Stations were around like–  90.9 – Capital Sounds FM, 91.7 Liberty Radio 
    (English) Kaduna.Galaxy TV,
    Silverbird TV,Delta Broadcasting Service. 
    Gerald signalled to the MC and whispered something into his ears. 

    “Ladies and gentlemen, ” the birthday boy have an announcement to make. 

    Which Announcement was that?
    What happens next. Watch out for EPISODE 26.

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    EPISODE 26

    Danger In Merry- Making
    “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”— James F. Byrnes

    [Mike’s Point Of view ]

    I could see the attention of the guest turned to the stage.Then I saw my one-and-only sister Rosaline walking gracefully to mount the platform.  She was fully clothed in pink straight bare-back gown and a large belt is wrapped around her waist. She had a large diamond necklace around her neck. Her hair was long jetty black, adorned with Tiara at the center of her head.
    The Tiara was laced with diamonds sparkling as she moved.The place was quiet as the only thing making noise was the sound of her heels. They both looked splendid. The DJ taped on the play button as Sarkodie and Becca’s song flow into the quiet atmosphere.


    I think I have to give you some of the lyrics.

    Nana eh, Odo y3wu eei

    I will do everything just to make you happy, my king

    Nana eh, mama my own

    If I ever break your break, you know say na lie, my king….

    Gerald held Rosaline’s waist as he moved his bodies to the lyrics of the song…

    He signaled the DJ for the micro
    phone. The DJ stopped the music and handed the microphone over to him.

    The place was as quiet as a cemetery. He said, “Good evening ladies and gentlemen.”

    Today is a happy and remarkable day of my life….
    Most of you think I’m very happy simply because I’m celebrating my  birthday. Off course, it’s important I have a tension-free birthday but the real reason for my happiness is this…”
    He pointed towards my sister.
    “Now ,I have already done this but that was before the sea and sand with no human being present to witness it. Today I want to do it in the presence of human beings, my friends, parents, the mass media, to prove to her what I told her early on wasn’t a joke.
    {Rosaline’s Point Of View }

    I never realised Gerald could surprise me on his birthday like that. Before I realized, he knelt before me with a promissory ring, then he became poetic in his love expressions, “My queen, I love you with all my life. You mean the world to me, Please would you be the future mother of my unborn children, Rosaline?”
    “I want to take you on the odyssey of love. I would love you with all my heart, soul and Spirit. You are the only one who can truly complement me on this earth and make me a truly fulfilled man.” 
    My heart is knitted to yours. I need you now and forever.
    Allow me to build my world around you with the blocks of love.  Surely, you are my heart and my soul, my rose of Sharon, keeper of my heart, I will nestle in your verdant bed of infinite love in this world and the world beyond as long as we both shall live and die.” 

    I could feel the effects of those beautifully spoken words of poetry Gerald was using to woo me.

    On the beach , he wasn’t poetic like that when he proposed to me. I thought he was going to repeat the same words in the presence of the People. Obviously I was wrong.I used to think love was an imaginary figment of fiction enclosed in the world of Romeo and Juliet. 

    He continued his poetic rhetorics. 

    “…I will never leave you. I have etched your love in the abode of my heart with the last pigment of blood that flows through my veins. If indeed a thunder should strike me for a lie, I’ll subject myself, a clean slate devoid of lies for these words I speak are truth. Even words cannot fully explain the great expanse of emotion teeming through my innocent heart. 

    Rosaline, “you are the edges of my soul and the light thrown around me to cast the shadows of danger  before my feet.” 

    Your love has become the power that fuels my existence…” 

    If I have to be disrespectful to my elders just to prove my love for you, call me a disobedient child whose life is limited as the bible said.”

    “…..Your beauty is indescribable, like an angel descending into paradise unblemished. 

    “Rosaline my love , I can’t speak of ever loving anyone aside you. You are the love of my life and life of my love…” 

    Gerald gazed into my eye like a fairy tale Prince. The whole scene looked like a fairy tale to me. I asked him,” are you serious about this? ” 

    Without any hesitation, He said,” yes, yes! Yes!

    Then he also asked me,” Will you marry Me?”

    I turned around and saw the huge crowd numbering about 1, 200 including media men , his parents, friends, mates, and colleagues. The tension was great. The crowd echoed the words ” SAY YES,!
    SAY YES!!!,SAY YES!!!,SAY YES!!!!

    I opened my mouth and say ……


    Then there was pin drop silence among the Party attendees. Signs of disappointment had already crept onto the faces of some of them.Then I said, I WON’T MARRY YOU AGAIN BECAUSE IN MY HEART I HAVE ALREADY MARRIED YOU!!
    The Party attendees were stunned for a few minutes. Then there was a loud cheers and rounds of applause from the crowd. 
    After those words, he put the ring on my ‘ring finger’ of the right hand.
    The guests clapped for us as we buried our mouths in kisses..”
    Suddenly I hear commotions all around me but I thought it was due to our long kisses.  Then I heard a familiar voice telling me to get down , followed by  gunshots , BANG!!!,BANG!!! BANG!!!
    Where from the Gunshot?
    Where was Mike?
    Was Rosaline hit?
    My dear , EPISODE 27 will provide the answers to this questions and suspense.
    I hope the Twist and Turns of this story has not overwhelmed you.

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    Wetin happen?! Who wan die for where Oga Mike (Tat gang) dey

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    Hmmmmm this is really serious o.

    What happened next biko.

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    Don’t tell me derz a pandemonium at dis heavily guarded occasion oo…..
    How did DAT happen n who cud have de balls to be behind it sha!!!

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    Am overwhelmed by the twists and turns, it’s exciting and I love it

    Anticipating the next episode

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    I need the more so early

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    EPISODE 27

    Unplanned Revenge

    “O how can wicked men seem so steady and untouched with such black hearts, while poor innocents stand like malefactors before them! -Samuel Richardson

    [Mike’s Point of view ]

    *A few minutes before the Shoot

    For some strange reasons, I decided to isolated myself from the crowd to have a better view of the event. I excused Cassandra and went backstage. I was enjoying the excitement and the cheers of the  birthday  attendees. Gerald said something to the DJ and the microphone was given to him. Then the attendants became quiet.
    I could tell Gerald was vibing my sister considering the way he was using superfluous words on her.  
    The crowd was cheering them up. Then something else captured my attention. It was a a young lady. She was holding a bag with a huge bulge . It looked so conspicuous. Perhaps odd. Intuitively, I followed her. There was something about her I couldn’t lay my hands on. She wasn’t cheering the couples. She was just manuevring her way through the crowd.
    I silently followed her .To my biggest amazement,  She removed a  semi-automatic modern revolver- Wesson Model 686 and aimed it at my SISTER!!!

    Most of the attendees were oblivious of the danger because their attention was focused on the romantic theatricals being demonstrated live on stage. Even the media men focused their camera lenses on the love birds.
    “Hmmm”. Honestly, I didn’t know where I got the strength and speed from. All I knew was I ran like a flash of light, kicking through the mass of crowd, not mindful of the insults they rained on me for disturbing their show. 
    I saw the lady about to pull the trigger and I knew I couldn’t get there in time to knock the gun out of her hand. I needed an extra 4 seconds to reach her but by then she could have released the bullet.
    I had only one Option left. I shouted ” GUN!!! GET DOWN, ROSALINE.!!!!
    The lady pulled the trigger and shot my sister. She fell down flat on the platform. There was a great pandemonium as people ran helter- skelter to save their lives.
    In the  midst of the confusion the gun lady turned his attention to Gerald and was about to pull the trigger. I  pounced on her like a lion pouncing on a zebra.
    She pulled the trigger anyway and missed Gerald. Sadly the second bullet hit the Governor himself. 
    I struggled with the lady in order to take the gun from her. She was quite strong, like a trained assassin.
    After series of struggles, I managed to extricate the gun from her. To my amazement, she removed another gun from her side pocket. A smaller gun and was about to shoot me but I was quicker and shot her first with the fgun I took from her during our struggle.  She screamed and fell on the ground writhing in throes of death. 
    I took a critical look at her. Then  I exclaimed , PAMELA!!!⚠️
    Pamela was the lady Zolabin sent to poisoned my Alvaro drink way back in high school. She ran away, setting me up to be arrested in my Aunt’s house. She was the reason I was arrested by the Nigerian police and locked in a cell. She was the reason I got separated from Rosaline in the first place. Had it not been for her, Rosaline wouldn’t have been kidnapped and sent to Zolabin. I felt no remorse for her. She can die for all I care. I looked at her body without pity. The wages of sin is DEATH.
    The bullet wound was glaring.
    I heard someone saying, “Call the Ambulance,the Governor is shot.” 
    When I turned around the whole place was almost empty! 
    All the “birds” have been  scattered and they have flown back into their “nests” for protection. 
    The ambulance came in with an aggressive speed. Every head 
    turned to follow the red and blue streak, fully aware of what had 
    I watched in shock disbelief as they carried the Governor and my sister on a  stretcher into the ambulance. Tears trickled down my eyes, my head 
    burning with questions. Where was the security men when Pamela passed the gate and infiltrate the anniversary. Did she purposely come there to shot my sister or the Governor or both ?
    Why was my sister the target this time around,not me?”

    “Who’s related to the girl?”the paramedic asked, looking at me.”We need someone to come  with us to the hospital.”
    “I am,” I sadly responded. I entered the Ambulance and it headed towards the hospital. 
    To think Rosaline’s life now hanged on a thread made me shivered.
    I should have forsaw it long ago that the enemy could strike when I least expected.

    “God, help me, Rosaline cannot die.”

    (A few minutes later. …)

    The paramedics quickly parked the Ambulance  in front of the hospital and took both the Governor and my sister out, and hurried them through the double doors.
    I held onto her hand as I ran to 
    keep up with the rushing nurses.  “Sir, nobody is allowed to go further, “the receptionist said as the security held me back. 
    Her hand slipped from my 
    grip and at that moment,I felt like
    my life had slipped away from me. Soon her stretcher disappeared into the emergency ward.
    This couldn’t be happening. “God, is she going to be okay?”
    I kept walking up and down the veranda,my eyes desperately
    looking for anyone to walk out of the emergency room. 
    Gerald, the Governor’s Son was also at the hospital.  He was crying. It was unclear to me whether he was crying for her Father, the Governor or my sister, his love. 
    I thought the latter made more sense to me. I knew men are usually foolish when it comes to the issues of love. 
    My eyes landed on the hospital chapel and I found myself 
    walking closer to it. I stood at the entrance of the chapel, watching people pray for their loved ones, tears dropping from their eyes, as they  kneel down. 
    I walked over to the altar and knelt, unsure of where to start. My voice shivered and shook when I managed to say,”Lord, Don’t take her away from me, please.”
    I tried to say something else, but no word left my knotted throat. I walked back to the waiting area with the hopes of hearing some
    thing good. 
    The door swang open. I looked at the doctor walking out of the room.
    My heart skipped a hundred beats as he walked towards me.
    My breathing stiffened, my lungs refusing to accept any air coming 
    into them.A soft hand suddenly squeezed mine as we waited for what he had to say. I turned round and saw my lover ~ Cassandra. 
    “Don’t be afraid, she won’t die, ” she reassured me.
    I looked at her, hoping against hope that she will survive.
    Will Rosaline Die?
    What happened next?
    Watch out for EPISODE 28

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