2015 is coming to an end and I am thankful that it’s almost over.
This was arguably my ‘worst’ writing year. I couldn’t even finish the series I started on the blog, couldn’t write as many short stories as I wanted and didn’t write as many scripts as I expected. I was too busy adulting. You’ll find out more about that when I upload my 2015 review here next week.
But 2016 will be better, I promise. Because over the last couple of months, I have been working on some stuff for the blog for next year and today, I want to share with you a little bit of that so you can begin to anticipate. Enjoy.
Uzo held Leela’s hand as they walked out of the cinema hall. It was almost midnight and he was really tired. Leela didn’t look any better. Uzo could see that she was worn out. As they walked towards the car, he spoke up.
“The movie didn’t seem to help much did it?”
She blinked a few times then smiled.
“Naah. It was alright.”
“I’m sorry babe. I thought it would help cheer you up seeing as you didn’t get the role for that advertising gig.”
“It’s fine. I appreciate your trying to help. I’ll snap out of it.”
But even on the drive back home, Leela’s mood did not improve. She kept her eyes trained on the window the entire time and her silence bothered Uzo. He didn’t make any comment however. He just continued driving.
Gbemiga’s words kept echoing in Leela’s ears as she stared out through the window.
“You’re getting emotional about him. And I can sense it. And you’re being selfish too..”
How was she even supposed to start explaining things or even sorting them out? And how dare he call her selfish? She wasn’t sure which upset her more. Being called selfish or unnecessarily emotional. She sighed as she recalled his warning to her.
“I sense that something is about to go down. You better be careful and not drop your guard.”
She was exhausted but she had to tell herself the truth. She needed to keep it all together. Suffering an emotional breakdown at this point would not help her or anyone else for that matter. It was the last thing she needed.
She sighed and turned to face Uzo who had been casting her side glances without a word.
“Thanks for tonight Uzo. I really appreciate it.”
Uzo smiled and rubbed her arm, keeping his eyes on the road.
“Anytime love. I’m here for you always.”
They had just negotiated the turn into his street and Leela smiled to herself at what she considered to be the irony of his statement. As they pulled up in front of the house, Leela immediately noticed that something was off. There was a rolled up rug lying just in front of the house.
Uzo noticed it too and frowned.
“Who dumped this thing here?”
He stopped the car about a hundred feet from where the rug lay, left the engine running and came down. Leela followed him, eyes immediately scanning her surroundings. Uzo kicked the rug and looked around. Leela stooped down to tap the rug.
“Is this some sort of joke?” Uzo asked.
Leela didn’t respond but proceeded to unfold the rug.
“Babe, what are you doing?” Uzo asked.
Leela didn’t answer him. Her heart thumped a little faster in her chest as she felt something uneasy creep up her spine.
Uzo joined her just as she got to the end of it and what they saw had them frozen to the spot.
“What tha hell?!!!”
Uzo found himself looking down on the bloodied body of a young man who had obviously been shot a few times.
Leela’s scream however overshadowed every expression or feeling that he might have been overcome with at that point. There was something in the way she shrieked, piercing the darkness with the sound and tearing at his soul. Later, Uzo would come to realize that it was a mixture of deep pain and shock. But in that time, he thought it was the shock of seeing a dead body lying in front of the house.
Uzo moved to hold her but she went into a fit, running into the car and grabbing for her purse. Uzo ran after her. And it was a good thing he did because moments later, the gate swung open and gun shots rang out from inside his compound.
Uzo could not believe what was going on. Leela jumped into the car and pulled out a gun from her purse, firing back at the intruder and yelling at Uzo to drive. He was dumbstruck and could barely move. But between her yelling for him to move the car and the gun shots that kept ringing, Uzo managed to find a way to move the car and speed right out of his street, out of the estate and unto the main road.
Leela was shaking and crying as she lowered the gun to the floor of the car. All she could see in that moment was Gbemiga’s lifeless body lying in front of the house.
The new series is titled Hunter’s Game and it’ll go live on New Year’s Day and run subsequently every Friday. Please feel free to share and invite your friends to read and follow the blog for live updates.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.