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Cassandra aligned her request’ one after
the other on her mind’s slate. Her coming
home to spend the weekend wasn’t going
to be fruitless. Her father’s pocket must
‘shake’ after all he’s rich.
She need a car- she’s tired taking cabs all
around town.
Her pocket money should be doubled- she’s
tired of managing foodstuffs.
She need’ a brand new laptop-her present
one is looking old and outdated.
Lastly, she needs special allowances for
her hair, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelleries
“Thank you.” she muttered as the cab
which brought her sped away.
Glancing at her wristwatch, she grimaced.
Its a saturday, her parents should still be
home by 10am.
“Mallam, how far?” she hailed the gateman
who didn’t seem to notice her but was busy
quarelling with a ‘strange’ man.
“Mallam open gate for me jor, You can’t
even reply my greetings.” she hissed at
“Small madam! I dey welcome o!” the
gateman welcomed her.
“Hmm, its too early to fight o, who’s your
fighting patner sef?” she asked.
“It’s this inyamiri o! He come say I dey look
for Joy!” the gate man explained.
“Joy? Does this place look like Joy’s
house? Who are you by the way?”
“My name is John! I want to see Joy!” the
stranger replied.
“John? Joy told you she lives here?”
Cassandra asked.
“I know she lives here! I want to see her
now, else I won’t leave here o!” he
“Are you high or something? I said nobody
like Joy lives here” she snapped.
Cassandra made to walk into the house but
stopped at impulse.
“Joy? You meant to say Joyce?” she
“Yes now!” John replied.
“Wow…who’s she to you?” she wanted to
be sure.
“My girl! She’s even pregnant for me sef!”
John affirmed
Cassandra could only gape at him, was he
serious at all?
“Mr man! The only Joyce we have here is
my father’s wife, okay? ”
“I know what I’m saying! If you think I’m
telling lies, ask the Joy herself” he replied
looking agitated.
“can’t you understand simple English? Ehn?
I said we don’t have any Joy here, we only
have Joyce who isn’t a ‘girl’ as you said.”
Cassandra was beginning to get irritated.
“Sister cool down first! Let the Joy see me
first nah!”
“come with me.” she waved him in.
“Small madam? I dey let am enter for
house?” The gateman protested.
“Mallam shut up!” Cassandra hushed him
as she led the stranger into the main
building; Fear plus excitement creeping into
her veins.
“Big boy, what’s up with you?” she hugged
Kola who answered the door.
“Hey guys!” she waved at Kenny and Sasha
who were busy playing cards.
“Don’t tell me you’re on holiday already?
And who’s that hungry looking man beside
you? Your boyfriend?” Sasha asked eyeing
“Sasha Williams, I came to my father’s
house okay?” Cassandra retorted.
“And that man is?” Kenny pointed at John
who was standing by the door.
“He’s here to see Joyce!” she replied.
“Where’s dad?”
“Dad wen’t to the golf club, and mum went
with him.” Kola replied taking her bag.
“Where’s Joyce?”
“Went out.”
“Mr John, you heard? The Joyce we have
here isn’t home, gerrit?” Cassandra
“Okay then! I’ll leave! But I’ll surely come
back o! I’ll come back!” John sauntered out
of the room banging the door behind him.
“Who’s he?” Sasha asked.
“He said his name is John, that Joyce is his
girl..bla bla bla..” Cassandra replied picking
up the cards.
“He looks like an armed robber to me.” Kola
“Armed robber ke? Did you see him with
any weapon?” Kenny laughed.
“Sasha are you sure he’s not the ‘John’ that
omo Ibo is talking to everyday on phone?”
“Yesss oo! You have a point!It might be
him o!” Sasha replied in gossip fashion.
“we made a mistake, we should have told
him when she’d come back!” Kenny
“Never mind! He’d come back soon, I’m
glad I’ll be here to watch the drama! For
now, everybody should just seal up!”
Cassndra instructed.
“kilon kan mi? I always knew that
pregnancy is a setup!” Sasha shrugged.
“Same here! I so wish the drama unfolds
the way we want it” Kenny said excited.
“amen o” they chorused.
“Cassie welcome o” Sasha said to the
amusement of the others.
“You’re just seeing me now abi?”
Cassandra threw a pillow at her.
“Hmn, cassie, you missed alot o! Plenty gist
on ground.” Sasha laughed catching the
“My ears are itching already.” Cassndra
scratched her ears.
“Amebo!” the duo chorused running in
different directions as she chased them
Micheal shook his head absent-mindedly as
he watched his father turn the furnitures
upside down, whatever the ‘old man’ was
looking for-he cared less.
“Not my room please!” He called out, as his
father sauntered towards his room.
Amaechi clenched his fist, slammed it
against the hard wall, he looked frustrated.
“are you going to tell us, what you are
looking for?” Ugo- his wife asked, hands
“None of your business.” Amaechi hissed.
“None of my business? You scattered my
room yesternight; I ‘m still trying to put
things in order, and now you’ve turned the
whole house upside down ehn? Ogini?” she
“Na so madness dey take start o!” Micheal
whispered to himself.
“Ehn? You said what?” His Father asked.
“Not talking to you!” Micheal looked away.
“Not talking to me abi? What kind of family
do I have ehn? You want me to die before
my time?” Amaechi raved throwing his
hands into the air.

“Tell us what you’re looking for nao,
please.” Ugo pleaded, she feared her
husband was losing it.
“A cheque of fifty million naira with some
documents disappeared from my briefcase
just like that! ” he cried.
“I’m supposed to cash the money and pay
for some goods my boss ordered them use
the documents as a proof of ownership”
“you say what?” Micheal asked, his ears
pricking up.
“Chineke mooo!” Ugo screamed.
“Eh ehn! Don’t just shout here o.” her
husband retorted.
Micheal laughed.
“This damn ridiculous! The papers
developed wings or they suddenly became
“Mi shonu! Shut up! What kind of talk is
that?” his mother scolded him.
“Its true nah. Dad, better go and ask that
your yoruba mistress! She might have
them you know!”
“Yoruba mistress?” Ugo shrieked.
“Yes now! He was with her yesterday nah!”
Micheal explained.
“You see! God have leaked your secret
today! So you’ve been cheating on me with
those pepper-eating monkeys ehn?” Ugo
“shut up woman!” Amaechi hushed her.
“Come and shut me up nah! Dog!” Ugo got
ready for a fight.
“Yea mum, tell him! I’m by your side.”
Micheal urged.
Amaechi without a word, picked up his
keys. He’s got to see his boss.
“Shameless man! Wuuuuuuu! After your
boss impregnated and took another woman
to his house, you are now the next in line
abi? Try that with me and see! You don’t
want to live long! A dose of rat poison is
enough for you and that your foolish
pepper-eating mistress.” Ugo clapped after
“Don’t worry mum, those missing
documents are enough to give him a high
blood pressure” Micheal supported his
“Babby…lemme give you my fine fine love sweety sweety love eh…” Williams
sang as he walked behind his wife into the
main building.
“This man! You won’t kill me with laughter”
Barbra laughed bending the door knob.
“You can laugh till tomorrow, my love…” he
swept her off her feet into the living room.
Just as he expected, she was light.
“Jeez! Put me down! The kids are around.”
Barbra protested.
“The kids? Hmn…my love is unconditional.”
he sang again.
Cassandra cleared her throat jolting them
back to present.
“Na wa o” Kenny clapped.
“Hey…kiddies, how are you all?” Williams
asked leading his embarassed wife up the
stair case.
“Welcome o!” they chorused after him.
“Sasha did you see that?” Kenny nudged
her excitedly
“Uhm! He seems to be winning her over.”
she didn’t look impressed.
“Oh c’mon! That was a lovely drama jor!”
Cassandra threw a pillow at her.
“You’re doing this for the tenth time now.”
Kola pointed out.
“Akproko! So you’re counting?” Cassandra
threw another pillow at him.
“I’ll tell my mummy for you!” Kola pouted.
“I’ll tell Joyce for you!” Cassandra replied
and they all laughed.
“Gosh! I just wish that John would just
come back.” Kenny prayed.
“My body is already itching me! I’ll
personally help take her bags out of this
house” Cassandra chirped.
There was a soft knock.
“Its like the ‘John’ is back o! And Joyce
isn’t back yet.” Sasha complained as she
rose to answer the door.
“Good day!”
“Uhm…good afternoon.” Sasha stuttered.
“Please is Mr Williams in?” Amaechi asked,
racking his brain to recall where he’d met
“Yess…and you are?”
“My name is Amaechi, I’m his
Manager..errm…at his company.” Came the
“Wow…so you work with my dad? Aint you
Micheal’s father?” Sasha smiled with
recognition letting him in.
“Please sit.” she gestured towards a sofa.
Kola ran up the stairs to notify their father,
while the rest filed out of the room.

To be continued


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