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Copper John – Season 1 – Episode 2

Copper John

episode 2

Joy was so scared that her heart pumped like a pumping

machine, she had different questions racing through her mind

like Who were these people? Where are they being taken to?

What do they want from them? Why were they the chosen ones?

John noticed that the bus suddenly slowed down and took a turn,

now there were off the tarred road, he knew because he could tell

from the buses sound and movement, he heard one of the armed

men talking about how much they will be paid for bringing ten

people, one of the men said If na 100,000 naira per person then e

mean say na one million naira we dey collect, now John knew

where they were being taken to, they were going to be sold by the

armed men to ritualists who would pay them 100,000 naira for

each of them, TJ’s worst fears were confirmed as he also heard

their conversation, is this how his life is going to end? He

thought, the bus had continued along the rough road for 30

minutes where it had taken different turns than they could count,

they drove for another 20 minutes before the bus finally came to

a stop. They were there, John thought, they were at the place

where their lives might end, their blindfolds were removed and

they were ordered to get down from the bus, as they got down lo

and behold they were in the middle of nowhere inside a very thick

forest, right in front of them stood an uncompleted building with

hefty and heavily armed men, they were about 7 in number, one of

the guards said they don come o, the leader of the armed men

then ordered them to line up in a straight line and move into the

building, John wondered how any human being in their right

senses would think of building a house in such a thick forest in

the first place, as they were moving into the building, John

noticed that a car was parked beside it, it was a Range Rover

SUV, John quickly crammed the number of the vehicle AA 885

AKD as they were about to enter into the building John thought,

was that the last car he was going to see? Well if it was, it was a

nice one .

They entered the building which was dark and damp and smelled

of death, escaping was not an option as they were surrounded by

hard looking, heartless and hefty armed men, they were lead to a

dark room they called the dungeon, where they were chained. TJ

said to John ‘on the bright side we’ll pray to God for forgiveness

and end up in heaven ‘ prayers! John hadn’t thought of that, he

began to pray to God for forgiveness, he asked God to find them a

way out of this smelly, dark dungeon, he had not finished praying

when one man walked in carrying injections all filled with a

substance that neither of them knew about, the man began to

inject each of them with the substance, as he was injected, John

began to recite psalm 23, he had not reach ‘thou anoint my head

with oil ‘ when he suddenly felt dizzy, as his eyes were about to

close the last thing he saw was Joy who was already


…………………………………………………………… It was almost

evening when they woke up, they must have slept for about 5

hours, it was then John noticed that he was Unclad and all his

hair was shaven, not only him but all the guys who were in the

dungeon, he looked towards Joy’s direction, she was untouched

and so were the remaining women in the dungeon, he and Joy’s

eyes met, he was a little shy, he liked the idea of being Unclad in

front of her but not under such circumstances, their clothes were

in the center of the room, John felt uneasy, he was not used to

being Unclad in front of women, but he knew TJ was, he had to

find a way to free himself and get out of this mess along with Joy

and TJ at least, he looked at the far end of the room and noticed

that some of them were weeping, John studied the room for

escape points, the window was not an option as it was high, very

small and had a hard burglary barricade in front of it, he looked

up at the ceiling, the door was not an option either as two armed

men were outside guarding it, he looked at Joy then he had an

idea …

John looked at Joy’s hair and noticed that she had a hair pin, can

you throw me your hair pin? John asked politely, okay Joy

replied as she removed her hair pin and tossed it at John, with

his shackle bound hands he pick up the pin, as he tried to use

the pin to pick the lock of his chains, the door opened and 3 men

came in and took the four other people who were not corpers,

John heard one of them say something about beheading them

and using their organs for money rituals, John silently prayed to

God for a miracle, as the last armed man was about to close the

door he mistakenly shut the door on the bunch of keys attached

to his belt hole, the keys fell inside the room as the man shut the

door, that was the fastest prayer that God had ever answered

him, now he had to act fast, heaven had helped him now he had

to help himself, he got back to picking the lock as he was

sweating as if he was inside an oven, he was relieved when he

picked the first lock, he had never done such before but he had

now put the movies he watched into good use, as his left hand

was free he used it to pick the second lock,it took about 3 minutes for him to pick the lock until it opened, with both his

hands free he stretched to where the key was but he was just a

few inches short, he looked around and remembered their clothes

which was in the middle of the room, he stretched to where the

clothes were and took his boxers and used often it to try to get

the key, He threw his boxers over the bunch of keys and pulled it

nearer, now he had the keys, he had tried 3 keys before the fourth

one opened the shackles on his feet, now free, he out on his

boxers and went to release Joy first, he tried the keys that

released him first and it opened all her shackles, he tried it for TJ

too and It worked, when TJ was free John have him the keys to

release the other 3 people while he dressed up, when they were

all released and dressed up, John had a plan to get them out of

there .. ………………………

Bison was in the slaughter room when he

noticed that his keys were not with him, he quickly retraced his

steps in search of the keys, he searched everywhere but could

not find his keys, he then remembered that he had not searched

the dungeon, with his pistol in his hand he ran to the dungeon, he

then ordered the two guards to open the door, when the door was

opened, Bison could not believe his eyes

The room was empty as all the prisoners had escaped through

the ceiling, he raised an alarm and informed all the men that the

prisoners had escaped and he needed to have them back, all the

men ran out in search of John and his mates because prisoners

meant money, John and his friends ran through the back of the

building into the forest as fast as they could because sooner or

later their captors would find out that they had escaped, before

they could say Nelson Mandela 6 armed men were after them, it

was now a race of life and death called stop and you are dead,

TJ had been in a similar situation before when he was being

chased by cultists in his university for dating the girlfriend of one

of them, that time he ran through the school premises to the

nearest police station or else he would have surely been beaten

to coma, he had then called his father who had then called the

commissioner of police to get the cultists arrested, they ran

through the forest without knowing where exactly they were

heading to, luckily for John the men had not collected his wrist

watch, he checked the time as he was running, it was 4:20 pm,

as they continued running one of the male corpers whose name

was Chidi fell and twisted his ankle, they had already ran far

ahead before TJ looked back and noticed what had happened,

none of them dared go back to rescue him, John felt sorry for

Chidi as the men pounced on him and dragged him back, one

man dragged him as the remaining 5 continued the pursuit, as

John and his friends ran on they jumped over a pit which was full

of bones and skulls and produced a bad odor, John concluded

that that was probably where the men dumped the remains of

their victims, they ran and turned left but the men kept pursuing

them, they arrived at a cliff which had a river at It’s bottom, John

and his friends looked back, there was only one thing to do

John looked down at that river, it was flowing fast, he looked at

TJ who nodded at him he looked back and saw that the armed

men were closing in on them, he held Joy’s hand and said we all

jump at the count of 3 okay, by then the men were 50 feet apart

from them shouting stop! stop there! With Joy’s hand in his John

counted 1, 2 , and at the count of three the youth corpers Jumped

down the cliff, by the time the men got there, John and his friends

were half way down the cliff, the men turned back disappointed,

Bison was going to be mad at them……….. Splash! John and his

friends landed into the river, they tried to swim as the strong

river current carried them along, he held on tight to Joy’s hand,

no matter what happens he’s not going to let go, he didn’t bother

much about TJ, he knows he’ll be fine, he looked back and saw

that the other male and female corper were doing well, they

journeyed along the river as the current continued to push them

down the river, John’s heart raced as he sighted something that

looked like a crocodile ahead of them, his heart pounded even

faster as they got near it, it was then he realised that it was just a

log of wood, he felt relieved as his heart beat reduced, he and Joy

held on to the log of wood as their Journey continued, TJ looked

to his side as he saw monkeys on the trees beside the river

chattering and jumping happily, for one second he wished he

could take their place, he had had enough worries for that day, he

looked at John and Joy floating away with the log, he smiled a

bit, he knew John liked Joy a lot because he had told him about

her before, he had never seen John go crazy about a girl before,

at least he was happy for John whose dreams were coming true

but maybe not the way he had wanted or imagined it, the river

slowed down as it brought them into a larger river, this was

probably the end of the river , he thought, he was right, it was the

end of the river but the beginning of a new journey as they felt

something like ropes pulling them into the river, they tried to

scream for help but their words became bubbles as they were

dragged underwater

The corpers struggled for air as they were drawn down deeper

into the river, suddenly a bright light shone and they all became



Joy was the first to wake up in the unusual environment, as she

opened her eyes a tilapia fish passed in front of her, she was

shocked as she noticed they were underwater and she could

breathe, John and the rest too woke up and were shocked but

amazed that they could breathe underwater, as they tried to

move they realised that they had been tied down by some

mysterious sea plant, as they tried struggling to free themselves

a voice echoed ‘what are you looking for in my kingdom you

worthless and wicked human beings ‘? They looked around but

could not find anybody, you fish eaters disgust me and do not

deserve to be alive, I don’t know why my daughter rescued you

people from the drowners but you are going to face the panel

tonight, it was then that the merman showed his self to the

corpers, he was very handsome and had a the trunk of a human

being and the rest of his body from his waist was like a fish,

John had heard of mammy water, he had even seen them in

movies like H2O but he never imagined it was anything as

beautiful as that, the merman swam towards them and looked at

their faces before swimming away, then another figure

approached them, it was a mermaid, the most beautiful thing TJ

had ever seen in his life, she came towards them and told them

how she had rescued them from the drowners, she also told them

that her father, the king hated human beings and was going to put

them on trial, if they were found guilty they would be eaten by

fish, she also told them that they had to pick one of them to be

their lawyer and that they had an hour before trial, she then

swam away, they spent the next 45 minutes debating who would

be their lawyer as John and TJ both studied law, they finally

agreed that John should be their lawyer as he had taken good

decisions for them, they had not waited too long when some

huge mermen came to lead them to trial…


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