Williams fastened his eyes to the Tv screen,
his mind was far away, though he looked
like he was listening to the network news
too. His wife had probed him about his
present state, but He’d assured her all was
well. All was well? He’s about losing goods
worth Fifty million naira! All can never be
He had warned Amaech sternly, to go look
for those documents, else the police would
“Dad look…they’re showing Dapo on TV.”
Williams watched his first son, as he spoke
with the TV presenter on the NYSC
“Wow… I never knew Dapo could speak
‘queens english’ ” Kenny said with
“Uh-oh! Stop that boasting jor! We all know
he’s related to you.” Sasha looked up from
the Laptop Cassandra had officially handed
over to her.
Williams sighed heavily, avoiding his wife’s
Soon the news was over the the children
gathered round Sasha as she showed them
something she designed using Corel draw.
He was about vacating to his study when
Joyce strolled out of her.
With rolling-gait, she catwalked into the
living room, hands caressing her bulging
Her perfume filled their nose to capacity.
Without a word to anyone, she balanced on
a couch and began fiddling with the TV
remote, avoiding Cassandra’s piercing
” Blessed is he who passeth good news, for
the devil would depart from his abode.”
Kenny said loud and clear. That was a
coded quote, meant to prompt Kola on
what next to do.
“Amen.” Sasha replied pinching Kola who
was still hesitating.
“Errm…somebody came to look for you
today…” Kola started.
“Yea, he came in the morning, he said his
name is John or so..” Cassandra took over.
Joyce glance at her, puckered fixing her
gaze back on the Tv.
“My sister is talking to you.” Kenny
“I heard her.” Joyce replied.
“oh! Well he said he’d come back anytime
soon, we were actually expecting him this
evening, and he didn’t show.” Kenny
“Who’s that?” Barbra asked.
“Some hungry-looking man! He was even
making trouble with the gateman-I heard.
He left after he discovered she isn’t home.”
Sasha replied eyes fixed to the laptop
“I don’t know any man like that.” Joyce
“He was just ranting ‘I’m looking for Joy! I
need to see Joyce! She’s my girl!…’ bla bla
bla…he said his name is John o” Cassandra
“I said I don’t know any John!” Joyce
shrieked, her voice giving her away.
“What about the John you’re talking to
every day on phone?” Kenny asked.
“She said she doesn’t know any John!
Kenny!” Barbra spoke up.
“Haba mummy! The man was very serious
o!” Cassandra complained.
“So what’s your own now?” Barbra asked.
Williams just sat there-mute. If only they
knew what was going on on his mind,
they’d forget about John.
Joyce resumed fiddling with the TV remote,
trying her best not to tremble. She prayed
Williams won’t say anything. Thank God for
Barbra that woman was a blessing, always
ready to defend her from her uncultured
“Since you don’t know any John, next time
any hungry-looking Jerk comes looking for
you; we’d call the police” Sasha warned.
Williams rose unsteadily to his feet, his
Study should keep him away from those
“What’s wrong with daddy?” Kola asked,
“I don’t think he’s fine” Kenny replied.
“Who cares!” Sasha snorted.
“The pregnant witch should start packing
her bags o! John would be here anytime.”
Sasha hissed as Joyce trembled towards
“I wonder what she’s feeling like:” Kenny
“Gbe enure soun! Enu rada rada!” Barbra
threw her phone at them.
“What sort of kids are you? So ill-
mannered! You feeling like you’re too
stubborn nobody can control you right?”
“she is your step-mother for crying out
“Step what? Mum are you joking? You
mean Dad’s gonna get married to her?”
Cassandra asked eyes popping out.
“Need I remind you, that she’s carrying
your father child? Your sibling?”
“oh my! You’re sure that woman hasn’t
bewitched you? Sorry but c’mon mum!
What are you saying?” Sasha looked
“Wahala dey.” Kenny exclaimed, looking
we’ve got lots to talk about.” Amaechi
muttered as Folake showered him with
“hmmn…what’s it that can’t wait till we’re
‘done’ ?” Folake groaned.
“I’ve got big trouble on my head.” Amaechi
stressed, pushing her gently off him.
“Hmm” Folake look disappointed.
“Did you in anyway see any document…
like…a cheque errr….some papers? I mean
did I forget any document with you?”
“No…what’s up?” Folake peered at him.
“The ceiling.” Amaechi hissed.
“Bring it down then.” Folake laughed.
“Look…I’m very serious! My job is at stake!
My boss isn’t smiling at all…I might get
“Like seriously?” Folake sat up, looking
“I misplaced very important documents and
it isn’t serious to you? That cheque is from
the state government…they won’t write
another! And without the papers we can’t
claim ownership of the documents that
arrived two days ago!” Amaechi was close
“Sorry…” Folake rubbed his laps.
“Is that all you’ll say?” Amaechi pushed her
“What else do you want me to say?” She
put her hand back in place.
“Say something…do something to help!”
“That’s what I’m doing…” Folake laughed
pulling his belt.
The telecom buzzed interrupting them.
“yea..room number 9” Amaechi said
“Two people…a woman and a young man
are here. They claim you know who they
are…they wanna come upstairs to meet
you.” the hotel receptionist said in a
“What?” Amaechi exclaimed buckling his
belt. He sure knew who they were…how on
earth did they know his whereabout? His
secretary whom he asked to book the hotel
must have told them.
“They are heading towards the elevator
now…do you need help? I should call the
security men?” The receptionist asked
“Nooo! I’d handle the situation.” Amaechi
screamed slamming the phone.
“Hide fast! Hide!” He pushed Folake off the
“Whats happening?” Folake screamed.
“My wife and son…hide fast!”
“What the hoot happened to them?” she
“I say hide! They’re here! Coming up in the
elevator.” Amaechi yelled back pushing her
towards the bathroom.
“yikes!” she shrieked grabbing her dress
and running to the bathroom.
Soon there was a loud knock on the door.
“Hold on…who’s there?” he cried trying to
hide Folake’s bag and shoes.
“Open the door my friend!” Ugo snapped.
“Adaugo? Mike? What the heck! What are
you doing here? How did you know I’m
“Where’s the shameless pepper-eating
dog?” Ugo strolled past him into the room,
she looked dressed up for battle
“who are you talking about?” Her husband
feigned ignorance, his eyes fixed on
Micheal who looked on.
“Who am I talking about? The witch you’re
with!” Ugo looked around suspiciously.
“I’m here to do some office work.” He
“What happened to your office?”
“Its a sunday…office closes on fridays.”
“then work too should stop on fridays..”
Ugo mimicked him
“oh… My bad.” Amaechi chuckled
“what is that?” Micheal spoke for the first
time pointing at a colourful female
“Uhm? I’m sure it belongs to those who
checked out of this room…errm…you know…
the cleaner didn’t notice I guess.” Amaechi
“Errm…or maybe its a kind gesture from the
hotel to their guests? Ermm..yea…right?” he
stammered some more under their piercing
eyes, looking like a accused before the
“Amaechi! Do I look like a ‘mumu’? Whats
that sound coming from the bathroom?”
“Errm…I left the water running.” Amaechi
replied. He prayed silently, he feared for
“Okay. Let me stop the ‘running water’ !”
Ugo sauntered towards the bathroom.
She pushed the door open and behold a
‘half unclad’ Folake stood shaking like a
leaf under the influence of ‘harmattan
“Wonder shall never end in America! So this
is the Yoruba witch? Ehn?” Ugo laughed
“When I finish with you today ehn? You’ll
leave my husband alone.” Ugo charged into
“Adaugo don’t! I can explain.” Amaechi
rushed to hold his wife.
“nooo! Mummy deal with her properly. I’m
here, nothing do you!” Micheal held unto
his father while his mother pounced on her
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