My whole body ached the next day. I slept till 10 am. “what was that drug she gave me?”, I wondered.
Suddenly, I discovered that my phone was missing. I searched everywhere but couldn’t find it. I sat down, trying to retrace my steps. Perhaps I left it in the cab? Or, did it drop on the way? I was still in my confusion when I heard a knock on the door. It was Prince, my childhood friend.
“man!”, he said as we shook hands.
“what’s up?”, I asked.
“I’m good o! I saw your kid brother who told me you have been around, since then I’ve been calling but you’re not picking up”, he said, helping himself comfortably with the couch in the sitting room.
“I have been looking for my phone o!”, I complained.
He looked at me in shock, “how do you mean you are looking for your phone?”.
“I really can’t find it”, I confirmed.
Then Prince asked me, “since when?”.
“since this morning”, I said, trying to hide my feelings.
“I’m sorry dude, next time be careful”, he said casually. “So, what happened at your work place? I heard you were booted out by your evil madam”, he said, changing the topic.
I narrated all that happened between me and my Madam to him and how Ruth set me up with her that led to my dismissal and how I plan to get back at her.
He listened silently, nodding his head as his mannerism when thinking deep. When I was done talking, he just looked at me and said, “Ruth is a smart girl. But you’re a fool” then he adjusted himself.
I looked startled at his statement and showed my discontent in my annoyance.
“what do you mean am a fool? I don’t welcome such jokes, please!”, I raged waving my hands at him.
“you should have asked me why I said you are a fool before rejecting my word of wisdom, you this urchin”, he said consciously .
I looked angrily at him and said, “what does a blockhead like you have to say? You know no one is wise in your entire kindred”, trying to get back at him.
“oh yes! I don’t doubt you, at least the dumbest from my kindred is wiser than the wisest from yours”, he replied, giving a loud provocative laughter.
One thing I hate about this guy is his mouth.
“say what you want to say and stop talking silly”, I barked.
“Okay o! Now, listen to my silly talk and let it enlighten you”. Then he smiled and continued. “don’t you know you ought to safeguard your job first? I have warned you about being a fuck boy. Now it’s clouding your masculine reasoning that a mere woman should tell you what to do”. Then he frowned and said, “I pity your generation”.
I looked absolutely angered and said, “your generation!”, pointing at him. He just smiled and continued.
“now, your stupidity cannot be reversed so, let’s seek a solution”. He paused for a while to adjust himself then continued, “you are going to go on with the threat”, he said, frowned and looked at my shocked face.
“you mean black mail?”, I asked
“no! God forbid that I will advise my friend to condescend to blackmail. I’m talking of money yielding threats”, then he smiled at the sound of it.
“that’s blackmail, silly!”, I stormed.
“I didn’t call it that. You did!”, he shrugged.
Prince continued, “now listen! You will have to compose the message like this”, ‘madam, since you have decided to blank me out of my right to claim my child, and putting me off job after using me…’, he looked at me and giggled. I returned a stern look, then he continued, ‘… I will have to tell the world of our love affair’, he said and laughed boisterously then continued, “this is going to scare the shit out of her. Ruth is a devil!”, he said, still laughing.
I stood up and walked to the dining wondering what kind of people I’m surrounded with, not a reasonable soul. He stood up and followed me, ranting about how interesting the plan is, how it’s going to make me rich overnight.
“haven’t you thought of the repercussions? She may hunt me down!”, I screamed.
“yes! that’s why you will report it to the police first before taking any action”, he said calmly as though my raised voice meant nothing.
“police? The ones that do her bidding or which other police are you talking about?”, I asked, looking puzzled.
“haven’t thought of that”, he said, putting a hand on his jaw. He sat on one of the dining chairs thinking.
“you see? You guys want to destroy me”, I said tapping a hand on the table.
“relax! Stop being too paranoid. We will think of something!”, he said, still touching his jaw.
The following day, mum called me from the sitting room that someone was looking for me. I came out to see Ruth. She must have decided to drop in just to say hi, I thought.
“hey Ruth! What’s up?”, I said, wondering what prompted her visit.
She brought out my phone and ATM card from her bag.
“This is the souvenir of your visit to my place”, she said, smiling and handing them to me. “you came to see Candy right?”, she asked casually, still smiling.
I didn’t know what to answer ,so I just shrugged .
“it’s okay, you can have her if you like, but Candy is no keeper. See you later, I’m off to work!”, she said immediately and zoomed off before I could reply.
I felt bad cause I knew Ruth really likes me. Though she rarely show her emotion but I knew she was hurting because of me. I promised myself to call her later, but I had not the guts to.
I took my phone after a lot of persuasion from Prince and sent my madam the text. We waited patiently for her response but nothing happened. We waited all afternoon still no reply. It was getting dark and nothing yet.
“resend it. Perhaps she didn’t get the first one”, Prince said in frustration.
I resent it but still she didn’t reply. It was now 8pm. Prince took his leave and asked that I should let him know as soon as she replied.
The next day still no reply, so I decided to call Ruth who didn’t pick up my calls. I felt so confused and childish at this moment. I felt all my plans was fast going down the drain. She was never going to reply.
Suddenly, Prince came in. Nobody was home, and no one will be home till later in the evening so we took the leverage to brainstorm upon the weed Prince brought. We needed to think out of the box, hence the weed. We eventually came to a conclusion that I confront her with the threat.
So I set out, high like never before. I walked into the mall boldly and confidently. Ruth saw me and quickly called me to a side.
“what are you up to?”, she whispered.
“my pound of flesh”, I replied, pushing her aside.
“don’t be silly, you can’t just walk in requesting for your pound of flesh”, she said, trying with great effort to constrain me.
“Ruth! You better let go of my fine shirt, you are messing it up for me”, I said, looking at her grip on my white sleeve shirt.
Just as we were arguing Madam walked in, she hardly took notice of us and went straight to her office. I shook Ruth off me and ran after her.
To be continued…