EPISODE 2 THE COINCIDENCE
The holder of the gun gave me a minute to say my last prayer. I said the shortest and most meaningful prayer I have ever said in my life:
“GOD forgive me.”
Then the sound of the empty pistol barrel.
Every where was dark. It felt like I was in another world. As I opened my eyes. I saw a man on agbada smile. He handed me a cheque of two hundred million naira.
“Stay away from my wife. I won’t warn you again.”
He returned to the a black range rover car and drove away. The car that picked me from the hotel where I was suppose to meet his wife before I was blind folded, followed him.
” I am no saint myself.”
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I typed and sent to her. As if she was by her phone waiting for my reply, she responded with a BIG SMILE emoji.
“My friends too. We have all experienced the harsh reality of life. I grew up without my father. My mother told me his family members chased her out of our house in Warri after my dad died in a fatal road accident involving his car and a trailer.
After his burial, his people chased my mum out of the house on excuse that they went some where to find out the cause of my dads death. They said the so called oracle told them my mum was behind it and she will take more blood if they don’t chase her out of the house.
My mum left with no other option, moved to Lagos where she stayed with her younger sister until she could no longer tolerate her disrespectful attitude and left to start life on her own living in a one room apartment.
There, she started doing menial jobs to feed and send me to school until secondary school level where I joined her at the hotel she was working as a cleaner and house keeper. The hotel became our home. It was there I learned how to run an hotel successfully and also saved up money for my national diploma certificate in business administration .
After my national Diploma, I got employed in the hotel again as an assistant supervisor. My mum had already started an hair dressing saloon by this time. It was at the hotel, you might know it. Peak International hotel that I met Uche and Kelvin. Rasheed was my course mate in school.”
“Hope am not boring you with my life story?”
“Ok. Uche you know, was also from a struggling family. His parents were ready to sell their plots of lands in the Village for him to complete his education. His eyes for a more luxurious life, one he knew he won’t get from a 9 to 5 job made him choose serving a rich man who imports spare parts from outside country, for twenty years after which he will be settled to become his own boss.
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When Uche got to the city, he discovered twenty years was too long to get settled, so he devised a way to travel out of the country with some friends who deceived him and duped him off his boss ten million naira. His boss found out and jailed him for six months, then released him after much plea from family members.
Not wanting to return to the village, he turned to me for assistance. I was able to get him a job as an house keeper at the hotel. Before he was duped, uche was one of our best customers. He always come to the hotel with different girls every weekend and blow money. His boss money. That was how we became friends.”
“Rasheed is the thirteenth child of his father who married four wives. Rasheeds mum the fourth has two children for him ( Rasheed and his younger sister Fatima). The struggle for their dads attention caused the wives to live separately on their own raising their children independent of their father.
His mum a food seller, did her best to see him through school to National Diploma level, after which he joined me at the hotel as an assistant barman.”
“Kelvin grew up in a Catholic orphanage home where he depended on the church’s contribution for survival, until he left secondary school and was scheduled to join the seminary where he would become a reverend father.
His dreams of living a normal life of being happily wedded to a woman he loves and raising kids that will carry his name to generations yet unborn, and his knowing he does not want to become a reverend father made him flee from the orphanage home to start hustling for himself in Lagos with his old time pal Uche, after he was told he had no other choice of showing his gratefulness to the orphanage home, by the matron. He started working as a waiter at the hotel after Uche introduced him to me and told me his story.”
“Surprise emoji. Tears emoji.”
“The money started coming when Uche met one sugar mummy that came to lodge at the hotel. Uche was assigned to take care of her room. There, they got acquainted and started talking. Uche became her Pboy ( pleasure Boy ). What we call it.
When she discovered she wasn’t getting enough of Uche due to his work, she asked his to quit his job and name his price. Uche started with a flat at Ikeja. Then a range rover sport. Before six months, Uche started travelling around the world with her on her business trips. A year later, Uche started living the life of his dreams.
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Rasheed didn’t waste time to join him. Myself and Kelvin with a little religious background kept to our hustle until the hotel got sold to a manner less fellow that doesn’t appreciate efforts. We made sure we gave him our reservation on his attitude towards employees of the hotel before we left.
Ofcourse. He fired us and sent us back to the street for being truthful with him. That was how we joined the sugar mummy runs and became Pboys to women old enough to be our mothers. We became a click that the women bid to have. The highest bidders got us. We became young millionaires.
It didn’t occur to me that we were all on the wrong path until that day I almost lost my life. If the gun was loaded I would have lost all the millions I own then to the bank. Though I put my mum as my next of kin, I don’t think they would have contacted her. She did not know I was a millionaire until after that day.
To her, I was doing menial jobs abroad living under my friend Uches roof, unknown to her that I was in Nigeria making money from sleeping with women her age. I saw that incident as GODS way of giving me a second chance to do the right thing so I decided to establish an hotel here in Lagos.
That was ‘J Luxury Hotel and Events Place,’. Following Kelvin who was the first to establish his ‘K Gardens and Hotel’, at Enugu where himself and Uche grew up, after loosing his sugar mummy to cancer. She willed all her property to him for she had no family members. She also grew up in an orphanage home like Kelvin so she saw him as a brother.
Her being the first woman Kelvin had s3x with and his faithfulness to her, made their relationship stronger. She saw Kelvins virginity and faithfulness as the best gift a dying woman could receive.
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Uche and Rasheed continued with the Pboy hustle. They started sharing clients which was their new way of amassing funds until one bad day Uche was shot three times on his chest. He stayed in coma for three months before opening his eyes. When he was able to speak, he narrated to us how he was asked by one Of his jealous sugar mummy to come pick up a cheque.
There, he got shot on his chest three times and left to die. Had it not been for one of the lady’s body guard that Uche once helped while he was in a financial mess, Uche would have died before he got rushed to the hospital. One of our big clients in the Nigerian Police Force intervened so the bullet wound could be dealt with on time, before it could cause any serious damage.
You must have seen the tattoos all over his chest. They are there to cover the bullet scars. His ‘U Exclusive Hotels and Towers, Abuja’ came after that incident. Rasheeds, ‘R Palace Hotel, Jos’ followed. You see, none of us are qualified to judge you.”
” Tears Emoji.”
“I am not saying this to get you back in my life. I stopped seeing men for money the day I met you. You can ask your friends. Our relationship is three months plus making you the only man I have had during this period.”
Without replying her. I called Uche to confirm what she just told me.
” Super I think say you don jan oh. You still dey Naija? why you no dey reply your guys messages, ping, and calls na? Abi you no see our calls?
“Not why I called. When last you give Paula job?”
“He don tay cha. The babe say she no dey game again. I don miss her die. All those her friends no Sabi like her. My clients dey even complain self.”
“Uche he don reach three months?”
“Be like he don pass self. I no know, but he don tay She leave game. Why you dey ask?
” Doesn’t matter. Thanks.”
I dropped the call, then got my car keys from my desk. I was about going out when I remember the diamond ring and the teddy bear. Quickly, I went for them and left the suit to my car. It didn’t take much time to get to her house.
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I rang her door bell after placing the teddy bear and the transparent cased diamond ring at her door post, with a note:
‘Be My Wife Paula’,
Then hid myself somewhere not too far from the door. I watched her come out, pick the teddy bear, examine the diamond ring with a smile, then go back into the house.
Not too long, my phone rang, I checked it was Nkiru. I smiled. The red lED light on my phone caught my attention. I checked the WHATSAPP and BBM messages both from her. They read:
“YES! LOVE D DIAMOND RING AND TEDDY BEAR. I KNOW YOU ARE AROUND. THE DOOR IS OPEN. WAITING TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY.YOUR VALENTINE FOREVER.”