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Our Christmas Miracle – Season 1 – Episode 3

SCENE 7
(SHOMAMA’S ROOM)

(Thelma rests her head on Shomama’s laps. Shomama strokes her hair gently)

Shomama

You have bottled up so many things. You allowed your thoughts to consume you. It was eating you up my child.

Thelma

Mum… I don’t know how to be strong again.

Shomama

Thelma… you are talking nonsense. You are a strong woman. These tears make you strong. You are allowed to cry. You left Kunle and built a dynasty. Look at how far you’ve come. A little bump on the road cannot wipe out your history of enduring strength. You are the strongest and toughest woman I know.

Thelma

I messed up!

Shomama

You are allowed to mess up. It is what you do after the mess that matters.

(A knock on the open door startles them. It is Justina with some office files. Thelma sits up and wipes her tears)

Justina

Can I come in?

Shomama

You are in already.

Justina

Mum, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I am very sorry. Please forgive me.

Shomama

(Looks at Thelma)

Thelma?

Thelma

(Nods)

What do you have in your hand?

Justina

Oh! It’s your financial records. I took it from your briefcase…

Shomama

Justina? What is wrong with you?

Justina

No… you have to hear me out. I was concerned when mum said her money vanished. It’s not right.

Shomama

She has a very good accountant in Mr Femi. He has managed her finances well. Things just went bad. It happens.

Justina

No! Not this one. I noticed some anomalies. If you would let me run them by you, I will be very glad.

Shomama

(Shakes her head)

This girl is stubborn.

Thelma

(Smiles and stands)

Mum, I will be with my daughter for a while.

Shomama

Okay o… mother and daughter.

(Shomama watch them leave the room)

SCENE 8
THE NEXT DAY

(SHOMAMA’S HOUSE)

(Thelma and Justina head to the front door, Shomama tags behind)

Shomama

Where are you going this early?

Thelma

The store. Justina was right. There are some anomalies in the records. We are going to investigate and get to the root of it.

Shomama

Ha! Please be certain of what you are doing. Femi has been your accountant for years. Could he be reckless after all these years?

Thelma

Mum, I’m afraid it’s not just him. Ebube has some explaining to do.

Shomama

Ebube … your store manager?

Thelma

Yes. I have been careless.

Shomama

Those two are criminals. You better inform the police immediately.

Thelma

Not yet. We are still investigating.

Shomama

So… Tina is going with you?

Thelma

Yes mum. We are in this together.

Shomama

(Sighs)

Okay… just be careful and call me from time to time. I need updates. I can call your Uncle to start putting his boys on alert.

Thelma

I won’t be needing the commissioner now.

Shomama

You will not hear word now. I will call him.

Thelma

Okay… we are running late. Later mum.

(They exit)

SCENE 9
(TOLU’S MAKE UP STUDIO)

(Thelma is parked outside the studio)

Thelma

She will be here any minute.

Justina

You should have called.

Thelma

No, it’s better this way. I don’t want the culprits to be alerted. Tolu will be here any minute. She doesn’t joke with her studio. Look! There she is!

(Points to a lady who alights from a bike. She pays the bike man and he zooms off. She walks to the studio’s door. Thelma horns)

That should get her attention. Here she comes.

(Tolu approaches the SUV, Thelma winds down)

Good morning Tolu.

Tolu

Thelma! This is a big surprise o! What are you doing here?

Thelma

Good question. I need your help.

Tolu

Why don’t you come into the studio let me attend to you properly.

Thelma

No… it won’t be necessary.

Tolu

Okay… (Waves to Justina) Isn’t that little Tina? She is no longer little o. look at her [email protected]

Justina

(Rolls her eyes)

Good morning Aunty Tolu.

Tolu

How are you?

Justina

Very well. Thank you.

Thelma

She just came back from school.

Tolu

You just shipped her off to boarding school so that all those men can be servicing you with no disturbance.

Justina

Mum… the receipts!

Thelma

Tolu, do you still have the receipts for August to December purchases? The one Ebube gave you.

Tolu

Of course. Is that what this is all about? You didn’t need to drive all the way down here. I could have sent it online or something. I hope all is well.

Thelma

Ummm… let me just see the receipts.

Tolu

I think I have it snapped on my phone already.

Thelma

She didn’t give you the electronic receipt?

Tolu

Electronic receipt ke? For some months now, I have not gotten electronic receipts. She said the IT Company generating the receipt is currently undergoing an upgrade. So it’s been paper receipts o!

Thelma

Okay… let me see the pictures or quickly send it to my whatsapp number.

Tolu

(Brings out her phone, swipes for a few seconds)

Done!

Thelma

Thanks.

(She winds up as Tolu walks away. She checks her phone immediately)

Justina

Found anything?

Thelma

Oh my goodness. Ebube has not been remitting all the money to the account. The receipts here says one hundred and twenty thousand naira, but the one in the file says seventy thousand naira.

Justina

That’s a little above fifty percent unaccounted for! Let’s check on other customers before heading to the store.

Thelma

I think I need to call Shomama to alert the commissioner.

Justina

I think so too.

SCENE 10
PLANDOTTE COSMETICS STORE

(Thelma and Justina walk into the manager’s office. Ebube jumps to her feet)

Ebube

(Checks her wristwatch and grins)

Good afternoon ma. Ha! Miss Justina, you are back from school.

Thelma

Ebube I trusted you! You have ruined me!

Ebube

I beg your pardon

Thelma

Save it! I know you’ve been stealing from me. All morning, I have been visiting our customers and cross checking the figures on the receipt with what is in the official records. I have seven point eight million naira unaccounted for! How did this happen?

Ebube

(Kneels)

Madam, I can explain. It was not me o. I should have reported this to you a long time ago but I was afraid. He made me do it the first time and threatened to expose me when I refused the second time. My conscience has been killing me and I cannot even carry out my duties as the leader of prayer warriors in my church with this guilt.

Justina

Who are you talking about?

(No response)

Thelma

You won’t talk right? The police is outside waiting for you. You will spend Christmas behind bars.

Ebube

(Screams)

Ha! No ma! I beg! It was Mr Femi… your accountant. He was the one o! He got me into this trouble. Please ma, I am sorry.

Thelma

Aaargh! Femi! (To Justina) Did you record everything?

Justina

(Waves a phone in the air)

All of it!

Thelma

(Collects the phone and dials a number)

Hello? Femi? Meet me at De Monde hotel. I’m meeting with an investor. Thirty minutes. Thanks. (Hangs up)

Let’s get out of here. Ebube…

Ebube

Ma?

Thelma

You are fired! Leave this office!

(Ebube stands crying and leaves)

Justina

Are you all right?

Thelma

Do you want the truth?

Justina

(Nods) Best friends don’t keep secrets.

Thelma

I am devastated. I don’t think I can handle all these.

Justina

Mum. You are strong. I am inspired by you. You can do this.

Thelma

Thanks princess. (Hugs Justina) you don’t have to come to De Monde.

Justina

I won’t miss the grand finale! (Laughs)

Thelma

(Laughs)

Naughty girl!

SCENE 11
DE MONDE HOTEL, RESTAURANT

(Femi sips wine from a glass. He checks his wristwatch and looks up to see Thelma and Justina approaching his table. He smiles as they sit)

Femi

Good afternoon ladies.

Thelma

Good afternoon, so sorry we are late. Lagos traffic.

Femi

No worries, I just got ten minutes ago. And the investor?

(Thelma and Justina look at each other)

Femi

Oh! Is Justina the investor?

Thelma

Let us make this quick… there are police cars outside ready to pick you up. I just want you to clear the air on some issues for me before it happens.

Femi

Excuse me?

Justina

You’ve been stealing from my mother. We found out and your accomplice Ebube confessed.

Thelma

We have it recorded.

Femi

I’m sorry. There must be a mix up somewhere. I suggest you two order something cold from the bar to calm down.

Thelma

(Bangs the table)

The only cold and cruel thing here is you! I trusted you and I pay you well. Why would you steal from me? You didn’t just steal from me. You ruined my life. Femi where the hell is my money?

Justina

(Brings out a phone and dials a number)

Hello? Shomama… let them come in.

Femi

No! No! No! I am sorry. Look… Thelma, it wasn’t me. I didn’t know he was going to be this greedy. It was supposed to be a one off thing but he became so greedy and devised means of siphoning money from you.

Thelma

Speak up. Say everything you know.

(Shomama enters with ten police officers)

Shomama

Officers! Arrest him!

Thelma

No! Wait… he is yet to confess. He was about to tell me something.

Shomama

Thelma, let the police handle this. You have tried.

Justina

(To Femi)

Who is behind it all? How did you steal from my mother with no alarm raised?

Femi

(Shakes his head)

It was Kunle.

Thelma

Which Kunle?

Femi

Kunle Ladipo… your ex-husband. He came to my office some months ago. He had a business proposal. He approached me because you obviously didn’t want to have anything to do with him.

Thelma

I gave you an express order not to entertain Kunle.

Femi

Yes you did… but his proposal was too juicy and I invested some of your money in the business. It yielded profit the first and second time.

Justina

…and crashed the third time?

Femi

Yes! I couldn’t tell you about it and Kunle capitalised on it. He blackmailed me and gave me strategies to siphon money from Plandotte. He came up with the receipt scheme and other shady contracts tied to his current wife’s company. It was never enough for him. He spent the money lavishly. He decided to take everything from you and relocate to Sweden in the New Year with his wife and two sons. I am sorry.

Thelma

(Stands and shouts)

Kuuuuuuuunnnnle!

(She pulls off her shoe and smacks Femi on the head. Femi falls to the floor unconscious. Shomama screams. The officers move to revive him. Thelma storms out, Shomama and Justina running after her)

To be continued
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