In the blink of an eye

In the blink of an eye

“Nwakwe for president!” The stout musician said loudly as part of his performance for the Nigeria’s Democratic Party presidential campaign in Abia State. Nwakwe nodded his head slowly, like he was intoxicated by the song, and indeed he was. He didn’t care if the song was monotonous and boring, or whether it was interesting; all he cared was that more of these greedy musicians joined his rally and with it, came more fame.

But today’s song was different. Nwakwe couldn’t tell whether it was boring or not. All he knew was that it reminded him of his past. It reminded him of how he had dreamed of becoming the country’s president, and how for a moment he thought the dream was merely fantasies when he refused to accept bribe as the then finance minister and was sacked – his political ambitions gone, together with the sack. That was almost ten years ago but ever since, he had become wiser. He managed to become the local government chairman and when the opportunity presented itself again, he did not flinch a bit. He collected bribes, and killed whoever stood on his way.

Nwakwe’s phone rang suddenly.

“Hello,” a voice said at the other end.

“Kedu Chijioke. I hope your men are ready?”

“Yes sir, there is no problem. It’s just like we agreed. As soon as Collabo finishes his performance, we will move into action.”

“Very good. Make sure there are no mistakes. I want everything to be clean. As soon as you are done, contact Black Mamba, the MEND leader. Tell him to take responsibility and say it was Rilwan that sent him. Understood?”

“Yes sir.”

“No more contacts. I will be the one contacting you from now on.”

“Ok.”

Nwakwe smiled again as the line went off, the same impish smile as before, only that this time, he knew he was closer to his dream. Soon the entire country would think Danfodio tried to kill him and it would make them love him more and hate Danfodio.

Collabo had finished his performance by shouting Nwakwe’s name 21 times, which sent the entire crowd into a rapturous state. He was about stepping down, when Nwakwe’s phone rang again.

I thought I said no more contacts? Nwakwe thought, as he brought out his phone from his breast pocket. He was shocked to find out it was his wife.

“Hello my beautiful wife,” he answered.

“Ha my husband! How are you?” Nwakwe’s wife sounded excited.

“Where are you?” Nwakwe asked. There was a lot of noise at the background.

“I’m at your rally. I can see you clearly.”

“Ra what!” Nwakwe screamed, standing up. What was she doing at his rally? She was supposed to be at the hotel. Why didn’t she even tell him she was coming?

“Your own rally, my husband. I’m also with Dede and Dimba,” Nwakwe’s wife said.

“What! You’re also with my only son and brother. What wing are you?”

“East wing.”

Nwakwe’s heart skipped a beat. That was the exact wing that Chijioke was going to set off the bomb. He looked at the stage. Collabo had finally finished and was now about stepping down. It was all happening too fast. What was he to do now?

“Get out of there! Fast!” He screamed, but the line was dead. Ada had cut the phone. He was about to dial Chijioke’s number when he heard a loud sound, and then screams, and then smoke, and fire. It all happened in the blink of an eye.

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26 thoughts on “In the blink of an eye” by chuboy (@chuboy)

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    Jaywriter (@jaywriter): Junior Writer - 1829 pts

    Don’t throw stones in the market so you don’t hit your wife. A good story, well told.

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    King kObOkO (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Nice work! Great moral lesson! Our politicians ought to learn that poetic justice exists for real. And we all need to realise that the evil deeds of our loved ones in power can directly affect us, even cost us our dear lives. By the way, I also like how the story subtly exposes the possibility of conspiracy in the bomb blasts recently plaguing Nigeria. *winks*

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    Lawal Opeyemi Isaac (@easylife2): Scribe - 11149 pts

    This is good chuboy.But I think you let us into the suspense too much with this line ‘Nwakwe smiled again as the line went off, the same impish smile as before, only that this time, he knew he was closer to his dream. Soon the entire country would think Danfodio tried to kill him and it would make them love him more and hate Danfodio.’

    Well done!!!

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    Mazi Nwonwu (@Fredrick-chiagozie-Nwonwu): Scribe - 13544 pts

    nice one Chuboy.Liked your angle, ditto Jaywriter.

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    jeff unaegbu (@jeffunaegbu): Junior Writer - 3557 pts

    This is lovely. The mafia-like grip of these plotting and ideas: The calculating MC. The Black Mamba MEND’s style of making money out of taking responsibilities. The planning of an explosion in order to win sympathy votes. The boomerang explosion. The nemesis of evils done then and in former times. Nice one, Chuboy.

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    Gboyega Otolorin (@guywriterer): Head Wordsmith - 49609 pts

    This is really nice Chuboy. Feels like it was inspired a little bit by this movie Vantage Point… very good effort man. Love the story.

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    Idoko (@julemyles): Senior Scribe - 28510 pts

    great lesson here…

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    thanks a lot guys. I’m really sorry that I’ve not replied; always have network problems.
    @ lawal, i felt i would be holding back too much, that was why i included that line.
    @ king Koboko, i guess the whole bomb blast conspiracy was one of my inspirations.

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    Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay): Head Wordsmith - 50073 pts

    THIS IS A GOOD STORY YOU HAVE HERE @CHUBOY…..WELL DONE…

    I HAVE ONE PROB THOUGH:
    He managed to become the local government chairman and when the opportunity presented itself again, he did not flinch a bit. He collected bribes, and killed whoever stood on his way.[I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT AN EX-MINISTER WOULD SET HIS SIGHTS ON SOMETHING HIGHER THAN AN LGA POSITION....MAYBE GOVERNOR AND SECONDLY, FROM LGA TO PRESIDENCY?....FOR SOMEONE WHOSE POLITICAL CAREER WAS ONLY BEING SALVAGED...???]

    Ada had cut the phone.[CUT THE PHONE SHOULD STEP DOWN FOR TERMINATED THE CALL/ DROPPED THE CALL/ HUNG UP....]

    AGAIN I SAY WELL DONE SIRE

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      Ellie (@elly): Writer - 9168 pts

      Please may i come in here xikay- this is a country where ex-governors became ministers, they aim @ anything so far they are in government, so really anything can happen.

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    Raymond (@raymond): Head Wordsmith - 47654 pts

    He didn’t care if the song was monotonous and boring, or whether it was interesting;

    But today’s song was different. Nwakwe couldn’t tell whether it was boring or not

    The above two lines had a bit of correlation problem for me…but other than that, Ur story was good. I like the issue with bombs, but I also ditto Lawal.

    Stil, good job!!!

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    writefight (@writefight): Scribe - 10794 pts

    Nice one here,i am wondering why i didnt think in this line. I like the subtle message in it

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    Ayodeji Lancaster (@lancaster): Writer - 6353 pts

    They’ve said it all….Nice story and a very good ending.

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    @ xikay, thanks for your response. we all know how it is when someone is sacked; it’s almost impossible for you to resuscitate your political career. i think Nwakwe was content with being a LG chairman, knowing that he was still headed for the top.
    @ raymond, nwakwe usually assessed the songs of different musicians and he could tell whether they were interesting or not but he didn’t care today because he was thinking of something else
    Thanks for the comment, writefight and lancaster

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    Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay): Head Wordsmith - 50073 pts

    @CHUBOY..ALL D SAME, I’M FEELING U…..

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    @ xikay, tnx oh! BOSS

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    4ran6 (@4ran6): Junior Writer - 1907 pts

    I’d come back for this…

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    @ 4ran6, come back for what? to vote for it?

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    Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay): Head Wordsmith - 50073 pts

    ELECTION DON START?

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    I’m not sure but i no tink say he don start. I just dey campaign..

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    estrella (@estrella): Scribe - 16345 pts

    Great Story.Even the evil man has someone he cares about.It baffles me that they never stop to think about the people in their own lives and how they would feel if the evil they perpetrate on others is done to their loved ones. He got what he deserved…well done!

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    Tnx estrella

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    Ellie (@elly): Writer - 9168 pts

    The evil that men do…
    This was very good, it read well- truly in the blink of an eye…

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    tnx elly

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    Scopeman (@scopeman60): Head Wordsmith - 50527 pts

    This is really good, I am hugely impressed Chuboy, keep it up!

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    chuboy (@chuboy): Beginner - 804 pts

    @ scopeman tnx. am glad u like it

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