A Story By Aliyu Muhammed Auwal
Kamal and Fatima continue to make out for almost one hour when Fatima receives a text. She opens it and it says:
“Fati baby, I am in town lodging at Protea hotel, Asokoro. Meet me up, I can’t wait to devour your soft body again. I got lots of goodies from Dubai for you”.
“Oh my God, Honorable is back!” she cries out excitedly.
Kamal: “Which Honorable is back?”
Fatima: “Erm, honorable …I mean my father’s brother, no my mother’s younger brother’s cousin friend”.
Kamal: “Your mom’s younger brother cousin…”
Fatima: “Never mind, baby. I will have to rush and see him; he said he has an urgent message for me”. She says as she hurriedly gets dressed and applies make up on her face.
Kamal: “But what about the money, my mother is still in the hospital”.
Fatima: “We will go to the bank when I come back, my cheque book is not here and I don’t have an ATM card”, she replies, picking her bag and rushing out of the house.
Amina keeps begging madam Shine to forgive her but she is adamant and insists on taking her to the police station.
Madam Shine: “No, I can‘t forgives you. The money was stolen due to your carelessness. How can you carelessly carry N250, 000 in your handbag? Couldn’t you have hidden it in your bra or even in your pant? Do you know how difficult money is to come by?”
Amina: “Madam, I am sorry. Honestly it wasn’t intentional. I don’t mind you taking some money out of my salary every month until you recover your money back. I don’t want to go back to the Police cell.”
Madam Shine: “Your plans won’t work. So you want me to leave you so that you can run to your village tomorrow right, that won’t work.
Policemen come and arrest Amina and madam Shine follows them in her car. While they are going, Amina says a silent prayer in her heart to God for help.
They get to the police station and as they are writing their statements, some policemen come in dragging in a wounded criminal. Amina freezes on recognizing the criminal.
Amina: “That is him, that is him o!”
Policeman: “Wetin this mad woman dey talk?”
Madam Shine: “That is who? Are you trying to create a scene here or something?”
Amina”: “That is the bike man that snatched my bag”.
Madam Shine: “Ern! My money, where did you keep my money, you criminal!” She runs towards the direction of the criminal and slaps him hard across the face.
Amina runs to him and grabs his shirt. “Where is my bag, do you know the pains that you have cause me? It shall never be well with you and your generation!” Policemen intervene and take the criminal away.
Policeman: “Madam, you and your girl should calm down. We saw a bag and some items on him when he was arrested. You will identify them after we file his case”.
Madam Shine: “Good job, officer. But how did you arrest him? I can’t remember us telling you about him before we got here”.
Policeman: “Oh, the idiot is an okada rider, he snatched a man’s phone, the man parked and was making a call with his glass down, the criminal, snatched the phone through the glass from the man’s ear. He was trying to escape when he saw that the man was chasing him. He ran past a check point where soldiers are and they caught him and handed him over to us”.
After the documentation, Madam Shine gets back her money even though N30, 000 is missing out of it.
Policeman: “We don’t know why the money is not complete o, maybe the criminal spent out of it. You better go with this or we keep it and use it as evidence against him in court”.
They leave and Amina makes to go home.
Madam shine: “Ah-ah, are we not going to the shop together?”
Amina: “No, ma. I quit”.
Madam Shine: “You what? Why Shebi we have seen the money back?”
Amina: “I cannot go back to work with you again, not after what you did to me today. I explained everything to you and even offered to pay in installments the money that was stolen; you refused and brought me here to suffer. What if the police hadn’t caught the thief, that’s how you would have abandoned me to suffer in the cell and now you say I should go back to work for you?”
Madam Shine: “But I have apologized to you, now. I said I am sorry. Don’t you know that there are no jobs in town? You want to end up jobless again?”
Amina: “I would rather remain jobless than go back to work for you”.
Amina goes back home and meets her door locked. She is too tired to stand and wait for Kamal to return so she goes to sit in the landlord’s sitting room.
Landlord: “Ah, my dear, I always knew that you will come to me. Is your good for nothing boyfriend finally out of your life now?”
Amina: “Please, I just need to rest here a little. I feel feverish”.
Landlord: “You came to rest? I thought you came to work for the N100, 000 you asked for”.
Amina seizes this opportunity to lie to the landlord so that she can get the money from him.
Amina: “Yes, my mother is lying critically ill in the hospital. I need N100, 000 or she will die” she says feigning tears.
Landlord: “Your mother? I thought you need the money for something else. No, we cannot allow your mother to die. I will give you the money”. He draws near and hugs Amina who is now shedding crocodile tears close to him. She puts her head on his shoulder and begins to sobs.
At that moment, Kamal seeing Amina shoes at the entrance of the landlord’s flat walks in and find Amina’s head on the landlord’s shoulders.
Kamal: “What! What the hell is going on here? Amina!”
Question: “Will Kamal believe Amina if she tells him she is deceiving the landlord to get money for his mother’s treatment? Do you think Amina should go back to her job? Will the landlord still give her the money?
Names have been changed to protect the identity of the narrator and other individuals in the story.
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