May 24, 2024

EPISODE SEVEN

Karen just couldn’t concentrate on her work. The past five days have been unbearable. Even with the fact that her boss had threatened to terminate her job if she continued in that haphazard way, she still couldn’t help it. She had been trying — with no success — to wrap her head around the abduction of Sophie. So many questions ran through her mind…

“Why was she abducted? Why hasn’t he called for a ransom or something? Is she still alive? Why are the Police without any headway? How can I help out?”

For the umpteenth time, she used her handkerchief to wipe the tear drops from her eyes.

“Baby girl, you need to stop crying. It’s gonna be alright, okay.”

Crystal, one of her colleagues spoke softly as she came around her desk.

“I’m sure the Police are seriously on the case and they’ll give you some goodnews soon.”

“For how long, Crystal? How long? It’s been five whole days already!” Karen broke into another round of sobs.

Wrapping her arms around Karen, Crystal was at a loss how best to comfort her. “Sweetheart, it’s okay.”

“Nothing is okay. You won’t understand.”

“One thing I know is that you need to be conscious of your health. And you also know Sophie won’t be happy to come and see you looking like this.”

“Lemme jor…” Karen playfully pushed Crystal.

Mimicking Sophie’s voice, “Karen sweet, why is your makeup smeared all over your face. Don’t you know you’re to look gorgeous at all times?”

Karen couldn’t help but laugh…

“Oh yes, that’s what Sophie will definitely say. That girl’s perfection is on another level. Gosh!”

“Mission accomplished! I’ve finally made her smile, not just smile, I made her laugh!” Crystal jumped in mock excitement and started a small dramatic dance.

“Come and join me sing hallelujah ooo……” She motioned for Karen to join her in dancing as she sang melodiously.

“Haba na Crystal…. You’re making a scene o.” She smiled, obviously embarrassed as she looked around the office and met the stares of other staff.

“I’ll stop if you join me.”

“Pleaseeeeee… I’m shy and you know it”

“I choose not to know right now. Dancing isn’t hard. Just put a step forward like this and then….”

“No na Crystal…. Okay okay…. I promise not to cry anymore.” She lifted her right hand and crossed the other over her chest.

“Sure?”

“Yes, sure!! Can you just leave me now?…” She smiled.

“Alright, I will.”

“Thank you.”

“Just know that my eyes are like a hawk. I’m watching you.” Walking to her seat, she gestured her metaphoric hawk-like eyes.

Karen laughed heartily, at least, something to take her mind off Sophie, even though she knew it would be short-lived. She sighed, settling back into her thoughts again.

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The click-clack of pacing shoes echoed in the waiting room of the Special District Central Police Station. Mrs. Smith was getting impatient. They had kept her waiting for an hour or more under the guise of trying to collate their investigations so far.

“They should have just told me they don’t have a clue on what they’re doing!” She flung her hands in the air, exasperated.

“Not even a single report on any progress made at all! Thank God Karen called me as soon as she sensed something fishy. At least I’m not totally blank as to what happened. Though I still wonder who that secondary school friend of hers, is. If that’s not a lie.”

She kept on mumbling stuff to herself as she paced the cream tiled floor. She desperately was in need of some inside information. She could only hope and pray that something good will come out of this meeting.

A door to her right creaked open and Officer Jade strode out wearing a sad smile. His white shirt looked rumpled and bore brown dirt stains, his eyes were red and tired from the sleepless nights of tedious brainwork.

“Please take a seat Madam.” He gestured towards two chairs by the corner.

“I’ll rather stand, Officer. Just tell me what has happened with my daughter.” Desperation seeping into her voice.

Officer Jade paused hesitantly, wondering how best to begin.

“Madam, we’ve been working tirelessly, day and night, on your daughter’s case. I can confidently assure you of that.”

“I know that already. Tell me what I don’t know please!” Frustrated and irritated, she didn’t take note of the effect her words had on him.

Swallowing his grief, he continued,

“I’m so sorry ma for keeping you waiting this long. Actually, right now, we have a good hunch. From our investigation, we’ve got a possible location where your daughter and her abductor might be.”

Relief and excitement washed over her. She grabbed the Officer’s shirt.

“Where is she? Oh my baby girl…. Where is she??”

“I’m sorry ma, but I can’t disclose the location yet due to security reasons. But be at rest, my men and myself will be heading out right now. We’ll give you the report as soon as we have her in our care.”

“Oh… Thank you, thank you so much. Ah, thank You God!” She was obviously happy to hear this news.

“Don’t mention Madam, that’s our job.” His smile broadened. Those words were exactly what he wanted to hear.

Mrs Smith was all smiles as she stepped out of the office not as despondent as she came, but with renewed hope of salvation for “Oko mi” — her usual pet name for Sophie.

 

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What do you speculate about the turn of events?

Do you think this will be salvation for Sophie?

Please drop your comments and let’s enjoy the ride.

 

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©Written by:
Asher Esther Orohuchari
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©Edited by:
Priscilla Asher
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