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Copper John – Season 1 – [Episode 1 – 11]

Copper John

Copper John


Copper John

Episode 1

It was around 6 am when John woke up, he tried to get up and

say his morning prayers when he noticed that TJ, his childhood

friend had slept with his leg over his chest, he pushed his leg

aside and cursed TJ ” when you go dey drink too much “,

Adebayo John was a 23 year old corper who hailed from Ogun

state , he and his friend Timmy Johnson 23 whom also hailed

from Ogun state have been together since childhood, they both

attended the same primary school, secondary school and

university, and surprisingly they were both posted to Enugu state

for their NYSC. They had finished their NYSC and were going

back home that morning, John was not really excited that

morning because he was returning home to his busy father who

never had time for him and his mean step mother who hated him

because he was the only male child in the family, John’s mother

had left him with his father because he was a drunkard and beat

her up every time he drank, he had met John’s step mother at a

club where he usually drank. John quickly said his prayers and

went to have his bath, when he came back TJ was still sleeping,

John kicked him and said mumu you no go go bath, TJ then said

‘weray’ and went out to have his bath. John had finished

dressing up when TJ came in, John was dressed in his Corper

outfit, while waiting for TJ to finish dressing up he took his time

to cross check his luggage, he then remembered that he had not

picked up his novel, at least that would entertain him throughout

the long journey to Lagos. John and TJ went to have their

breakfast of moin – moin and pap at mama Nkechi’s buka, they

then set out to the main road to look for a taxi to take them to the

motor park, they waited for about 7 minutes before they saw a

taxi, after a minute of negotiating the taxi driver then agreed to

take them there for 200 naira, they then set off on the 15 minutes

journey to the motor park, John looked sideways at TJ, TJ was

the last born of a rich family of 3 girls and he was the only male

child, his 3 sisters were based in the U.S with their mother, while

his father was a busy business man who rarely spent a week

without traveling, TJ was handsome, he was the ladies guy but

he was not brilliant in terms of academics, he graduated with a

second class lower, TJ also had a knack for getting into trouble..

They got to the park and alighted then settled their taxi driver, it

was then TJ tried hiding his face when he sighted somebody in

the garage , John noticed TJ’s action and asked oh boy wetin

happen? TJ said padi mi na one of those girls I see o, make we

do quick go enter bus, they hurriedly entered a bus with a Lagos

sign on it, while in the bus TJ put his head on the seat to hide his

face.

John, still a little bit surprised asked, which girl be that? TJ with

his head still on the chair, it’s one of those girls who claimed I

impregnated them, Job burst into an uncontrolled laughter which

attracted some passangers in the bus, so you dey run from your

responsibility abi? Which kind responsibility? Na only me they

dey follow sleep? If she see me for here she go hook me down

come embarass me for this park. Luckily for TJ the last

passanger entered and they set off, but TJ still had his head on

the chair, John with a smile on his face tapped TJ on his head

and said Baba Junior carry your head up, TJ grinned and said

you don dey craze. John checked his wrist watch, they had set

off around 8 am, John then took a moment to survey the faces of

those in the bus, they were six corpers in the bus including them,

4 guys and 2 girls, one of the girls of which he knew, her name

was Joy and she was one the few girls he admired. Joy Parker

was epitome of beauty, she was an half-caste, her father was

from England and her mother was from Nigeria, John had seen a

lot of girls in his lifetime but he could swear she was the most

beautiful girl he had ever seen, after a while John picked up his

novel and got busy, he was reading the broker by John Grisham,

he was in the 5th chapter when something happened.

Suddenly the woman beside him had an asthma attack, as she

tried to use her inhaler it fell outside the bus through the

window, John immediately shouted at the driver to stop, when

the bus finally came to a halt, John got down and sprinted back

in search of the inhaler, he ran for about 50 metres before

sighting the inhaler, when he picked it up he ran back to the bus

like a mad man and handed the inhaler back to the woman, she

then used it and it stopped the attack in a matter of seconds,

John looked sideways only for him to see that Joy was staring at

him, John was immediately taken aback by her captivating

beauty, she had a light skin and beautiful brown eyes, they had

eye contact for about 5 seconds before Joy finally looked away

smiling , after the woman had calmed down she thanked John for

his help and prayed for him. Joy knew a trustworthy guy when

she saw one and to her John would be trustworthy, she had only

seen him a few times around camp but there was something

about him that interested her, after being cheated on by her ex

boyfriend, Joy decided that she was done with Nigerian men but

maybe John was an exception. TJ was glad he was returning

home, home for him meant he could go out with his father’s cars,

go clubbing, bring home girls and move at his own free will, he

remembered his ordeal with different girls with different sizes,

shapes and skin colour, he was a player unlike his friend John,

he felt sorry for John who didn’t really know what fun was like,

his attention was drawn back by the screams of the people in the

bus, when he looked to see what was happening TJ said “oh

d–n ” because trouble was ahead of them

Right in front of them stood six men armed men, the driver

thought about making a run for it but thought again when he saw

a plank full of nails right In front of him, he had no option but to

stop the bus, the armed men ordered them all out of the bus, and

asked them to drop all their valuables and money, the

passengers immediately began to comply, the only thing John

could think of at that moment was the safety of Joy, he hoped the

men would do nothing more than collect their money and leave

them alone but he was wrong, the woman who had an asthma

attack earlier suddenly fainted, no one dared go to her aid, the

leader of the armed men ordered the corpers and four other

passengers into the bus where they were blindfolded, the next

thing John heard was gunshots as the remaining passengers

were killed in cold blood, the driver of the bus tried to escape but

got six bullets into his back as a result of his action, the men

then got into the bus and drove off, John’s heart started to beat

fast he was half glad that Joy and TJ were in the bus with him,

though he didn’t know this men but he knew one thing about

them “don’t mess with them “, TJ had his heart in his mouth, he

had never had a gun pointed at him before, he didn’t know where

these men were taking them to but he knew it could not be good.

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