Like papa always say “be careful when your
enemy suddenly starts smiling at you”.
He had a little fall out with mama in the
morning and mama got angry, he had
refused her some money that she
In the afternoon he came back and mama
had made a sumptuous meal; onugbo soup
and pounded yam with a lot of fish which
happened to be papa’s favourite.
Papa was busy eating and nodding while
moulds of yam fufu coated greedily with
large amount of soup and fish took turns to
go down his throat.
I, barely 8, was seated beside him enjoying
my own share of the delicacy mimicking
papa by nodding my head when i swallow
a miniature version of the moulds he ate.
We didn’t know mama had snuck in and
took twice of the money she asked for and
went on her way, papa only found out later
in the night when she came back with a
large shopping bag full of goodies not just
for herself, both jessy and i including papa.
Papa knowing he was duped with a good
delicious delicacy, turned to me with a
teary eyes from the long minutes of
laughing and said. “Nnam, be careful when
your enemy starts smiling at you, it may
yet be his greatest weapon”
This was my position with Amanda now,
but in this case i was the enemy that
suddenly started smiling and she already
fell for it, turns out it was my greatest
The days following the on set of my game
with Amanda was very eventful and
interesting. My wedding date had already
passed and i used it to assure her that
getting married was no longer on my mind.
I had made out real time to always take
both her and Ryan out, always ensuring i
wore a silly smile while at it. Giving Jessy
enough time and room to sort things out
with the National Doctors Association
(NDA) and our family doctor, Dr Odili.
It has been a week of constant turn of
emotional build up and break down for her.
I had Jessy barge in on us on Tuesday she
came to my house, Chioma hid as usual
and while things were turning up Jessy
barged in and all hell let loose.
At one time it was licia, the disappointing
looks she wears each time she thinks
things were already turning up only to get
an unexpected visitor was priceless to me.
“Sky abeg come to state command police
station” Jessy announced just immediately
i picked her call. Picking my car keys, i
drove towards the police station wondering
what exactly took Jessy to the police
station, hope she hasn’t gotten into trouble
with the police.
I got to the police station and met jessy
just on the police lounge flickering with her
phone with full attention.
“Jessy whats wrong?” i blurted out jolting
her out of the phonetical spell.
“ehee sky Thank God you are here” her face
“so what happened” i enquired curiously
peering into her face.
“Just follow me” she waved leading me
deeper into the station which was
remarkably neat and serene unlike an
average police station except for
occasional shouts of complaints from
people in the cells, only to get the barking
voice of a police man as a reply “heeei
sharap dia, criminal!!”.
A neat smartly dressed police man sat
inside the office Jessy took me to, he was
too young and fine to be a police man and
seems to be way up there in ranks, none
the less his uniform of light blue shirt and
black trouser fitted him perfectly.
“Mr sky right?” he uttered immediately
jessy stepped in with me. I gave a light
“i am Detective David” he said exposing a
set of white teeth and extended hand for a
Turns out she was Jessy’s friend in the
university and had joined the police force
after school and his university degree took
him way up there. Jessy had contacted
him to help with the investigation alongside
He took us to another room, partially lit but
mostly very dark and seemed soundproof
from the outside. two hefty police men
were flanking a figure seated weakly on
small chair with dangling handcuffs.
The battered figure that served as doctor
Odili was enough to show you that the
slogan “Police is your friend” is just a
“He was invited by NDA and confronted
with the charges, he denied and we were
charged to search his home and office. We
found a large store of haimdal’s pills which
is an illegal merchandise in the country
except for authorized dealers” Detective
David explained with Jessy nodding
“We arrested him and after interrogating
him our own way” he winced and smiled.
“he confessed of manipulating the DNA test
result and his involvement in an illegal deal
of haimdal pills and helped your father’s
wife get some”
I jerked as he spoke, disappointed and
scared of what things would have been if
we didn’t find out.
Can’t believe i trusted papa’s health with
Getting home, i regaled the tales to Chioma
who kept hooting and shouting as i talked
with an endless flow of “Jesus!!!”. Told her
our plan with the police about Amanda.
I set a date with Amanda for the evening
after she had complained severally of
people interrupting us each time.
“Dont worry, i promise this evening i will
take you to the promise land, no
interruptions” i had sang to her on the
phone making her giggle.
I picked my phone and dialed licia’s
number, have let her in on the latest game
days earlier and she had concurred.
I employed her as my personal assistant/
secretary in the office and a huge salary to
go with, chioma gave her a 3bedroom flat
apartment so she could move out of the
canaan quarters, a part of the city known
as a haven for runs girls. They may be up
to 5 in one small room.
She was not just a best friend but a sister
to i and chioma and lived up to it.
“Hello sky, good evening” her voice
flickered out from the ear piece of my
“lici, abeg where you deh?” i asked
employing pidgin english, after all this was
not the office.
“I deh house oo, wetin happen?” she
“abeg eeehn the maga deh show house
today, i wan make you come watch show!!”
my voice was a mixture of seriousness and
laugh. A mischievous grin filled my face.
Her wild resounding laugh nearly blew my
ear drum. “badt pikin so na like so u be ba-
dont worry i deh show” it was a sandwich
of laughs and words.
A faint car honk from the gate announced
Amanda’s presence and chioma ran up
stairs immediately to do her own part of
I reshuffled my clothes and watched from
the window as her 2013 camry taxied in
letting out little shimmer due to the evening
“Baby how are you” she sang out on
entering the house. Am sure she spent long
extra hours on that make-up.
Her eye lashes were long and smeared
richly with mascara.
A flawlessly carved eye brow, pink lips stick
and a white flimsy top with a lot of space
for too many cleavages to peep out.
“Am very fine, just couldn’t wait to see you”
i laughed out picking her from the ground
in one swift swing making her chuckle and
“Where is Ryan? ” i asked as we settled in
my sitting room.
“He is with your father” she wink still
beaming with a smile.
“Good very good, that means we have the
whole time to ourselves” i took my lips
deep into her getting an ever waiting
Her hands were straying fast as she was
already yanking on my shirt to take it out. I
took my lips down to her neck getting a
soft soundtrack singing immediately from
Was allowing my hands stray down to her
boobs giving them soft squeezes, her
hands were grabbing the skin of my back
and eyes shut tight.
“Everybody freeze, if you move i blow your
brains out!!” a very loud barking voice
thundered from no where. I jolted up
immediately. Amanda followed, her eyes
popped and mouth open. A chunk of
surprised buttered into a larger amount of
fear and confusion was all over her.
Detective David stood there, 5 hefty police
men with skins as black as the black the
uniform they wore, evidence of long hours
in the sun communing with bus drivers.
They stood round the sitting room with the
muzzles of the large rifles they were
carrying pointing at us, i just hope none of
them is drunk to avoid stories that touch.
Jessy was standing right next to David and
licia was right on the other flank with her
“Are you Mrs Amanda Ugwu?” David said
calmly taking a couple of steps towards
“Yes” she whimpered taking hold of my
hands letting out shaky nods at the same
“Am detective David, from the state police
command” he flashed his I.D card for what
seemed like 3seconds then replaced it back
on his b—-t pocket.
“you are under arrest for attempted murder,
tampering of medical report and usage of
One of the huge black police men already
yanking her off from my body, she was
trembling as a rusty handcuff made
clinging sounds as it hooks into her wrists.
“Sky!!” she cried out looking at me with a
teary face. Chioma walked down slowly
from the stairs, threw her hands around me
and kissed me winking at Amanda.
She was the one that was in charge of
alerting the police if Amanda arrives.
“sky you set me up!!” Amanda blurted out.
Was that, tears were already freely flowing
down as the cuffs were already in place on
“You have the right to remain silent
because everything you say will be used
against you in the court of law” David
“Oya move, idiot you deh yeye anyhow, you
wan kill person papa ba!!!” the policeman
who handcuffed her barked, Yanking her
recklessly along with him.
Chioma threw her hands round my neck
immediately the police dragged Amanda
out and their car zooming off, Jessy joined
the hug her arms going round my neck and
“Licia come over here” jessy called out to
licia who was standing looking at us. She
came over and joined the hug.
“It’s over” I muttered to myself with a large
sigh, my hands holding them tightly.
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