James: I told you I don’t like guessing… Just give me straight… Nothing
can shock me again, my guy
Ade: Hmmmm… It was Alex.. but I don’t know if he saw me too and I’m now
scared for both Mr Jason and I. Those two can do anything.
That is my story. What can we do, J?
James: this is serious… And not what we can handle. With all you have
told me, my investigation is complete. Do you know what? We are going to
big Jerry with this story. He will know what to do.
Ade: big Jerry? He will kill me for keeping such from him. Please, no.. not
James: relax… It shows how little you know of him. And you are just
exaggerating,big Jerry can’t kill anyone, talk less of you, my buddy and
brother. We are in this together, don’t worry. Let’s go to bed now. This is
past midnight and we have work to do tomorrow. Do you want something light
Ade: at this time? Not me and you… It’s only you and big Jerry that I
know in this entire world, who can’t do without munching.. I’m off to bed.
James: na you sabi…..sweet dreams…
Ade went to the guest room he sleeps anytime he comes to James’ house,
showered and went straight to bed. He was happy and felt light for
unburdening his heart to his best friend. He cried and prayed and
eventually slept off around 3am.
James made a midnight snack for himself and sat in the kitchen, thinking
how life is.
” Here I am with everything I ever needed, yet I don’t have parents. Ade
has parents but they do not want him. Maybe my father would have been like
Alex, had I known him. But I trust my mother, she wouldn’t have been able
to behave like Ade’s mother. Mothers are different oooo…thank God for my
mother and big Jerry..who took me as his son…took care of me, educated
me, showered me with love and affection…I doubt if my real father would
have loved me more….God, thank you for my parents and wherever my real
father is, whether dead or alive, I forgive him from the bottom of my
heart.” He finished his snack, switched off all lights and was on his way
to his room when he heard Ade, sobbing. He felt sorry for him but decided
to give him space and went to bed.
Meanwhile, at the hotel where Jason was lodged, he sat on the sofa at the
bar, after James left and Uche went out. He was deep in thought
” Hmmmm…. My heart tells me James is my son, but Uche has been caring for
me like a real son. If Uche is not my son, why would he lie? How did he
know the story? He can’t be working for Bridget…no…not possible… even
Bridget didn’t know the story….or could she have known? Maybe that’s why
she wants me dead….she knows my will is in her favour and if I know I
have a son, I would want to change it…. yes, that’s the reason…. but
Uche? What’s his connection? How come he was right at the spot my car
stopped? ..is he truly a mechanic? ….come to think of it, he didn’t
change the tyre that day….does he even know how to?…. Okay, he saved
me….why is he caring so much for me like that? Is there a conspiracy
somewhere? Oh God, what is happening? And James, I really felt connected to
the boy….and was hurt when he said he doesn’t need his father, only want
to see the coward who couldn’t fight for his mother….well, he is
right….i am a coward… but I only did what I thought was right at the
time….i thought if I can get my parents to sponsor my education, I would
be in the best position to get a good job and secure a future for us… But
I was wrong to have stayed away from you when my parents insisted…. I’m
sorry, Amaka, my sweet, loving and caring Amy…. And I do miss my
brother….oh, how I miss him….I don’t even know where he is….if he had
been here, I wouldn’t have been in this mess….with all the love we shared
while growing up…he promised never to leave me, to look out for me….but
where is he now? I do miss him…. it’s like I’m all alone in this
world…. Bridget, I made the biggest mistake of my life by marrying
her….why didn’t I listen to my brother’s warning when I wanted to marry
Bridget…he warned me against the marriage but because I was annoyed with
him for leaving me, I refused to listen to him…who is suffering
now…..oh, I’m so full of regrets…I need answers, please God, help
Just then, Uche walked in and was surprised to see Jason at the bar. He
walked up to him and asked what he was doing there. Jason purposely dropped
the picture of Amaka on the floor
Jason: help me pick that paper up.
Uche picked it up and looked at it and said,” it’s not paper, it’s a
picture, old one. Where did you see it?”
Jason: I just saw it on the table. Who’s in the picture?
Uche: I do not know her…maybe one of the cleaners ( and he made to tear
Jason: don’t!!!…. I mean, how can you tear someone’s treasure? Bring it
and let me return it to it’s place. Let’s go eat and sleep, then we discuss
in the morning.