Betrayals and Funerals – 28

My brain was foggy as I regained consciousness slowly. What the hell had happened?
The last thing I remembered was entering Ruby’s house…oh my!
I rose to my feet wobbly. The room was dark so I couldn’t tell where I was. I groped around and found the light switch and turned it on.
The first thing I saw was Ruby lying face down on the bed. She looked weird.
“Ruby?” I called as I walked to the bed.
No answer.
“Ruby?” I reached out and touched her. Her skin was cold. Stiff.
I realised she wasn’t breathing. She had no pulse.
I shrank back immediately. What had happened?
Ruby was…not breathing…? It couldn’t be! Was she…dead?
I reached out to touch her again but immediately changed my mind. It had just occurred to me that if she was dead, then someone had killed her. The same person who’d knocked me unconscious and dragged me into this room.
Oh my God!
I backed away from the bed as my brain registered everything that I was seeing.
And suddenly in the distance I heard a siren.
I panicked. A siren meant the cops…
Without thinking, I stumbled out of the room and bounded down the stairs out of the house. The siren sounds were closer and as I drove away from the house, I saw the police car ambling down the street.
It was when I was two blocks away from the house that I parked and leaned out of the car and vomited.
I was trembling as I drove to my house. The place I knew as home. Kemi.
It dawned in me that my life as I knew it was over. I’d just been at the scene of a murder…and I’d fled!

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KEMI

I’d just stepped out of the bath when I heard the doorbell ring. Who could that be? It was past ten and I wasn’t expecting any visitor.
I went to the door.
“Who’s it?” I asked.
“Honey, it’s me.”
Mo? Now, that was unexpected. I smiled as I opened the door.
As soon as I saw him, I knew something was wrong. He was trembling.
“Mo, are you okay?” I asked as I let him in.
He didn’t answer; instead he rushed inside and collapsed into a chair.
“Baby, what’s wrong?” I was worried now.
He looked at me and I saw something in his eyes that I’d never seen before. It was a look I couldn’t explain.
“Did something happen? Baby, you’re scaring me. Talk to me.” I knelt before him and took his hands in mine.
“Ruby.” He whispered. And then he started to sob.
I froze. What had happened again between him and Ruby?
“The police…she’s…dead.” He said when he was calm.
“What? What are you saying, babe?”
And it all came pouring out. The calls from Ruby, the visit to her house, being knocked out, waking up and eventually finding Ruby’s stiff body.
“Oh my God.” I sat back on my heels as the impact of what he’d just said hit me.
“What do we do?” He asked.
I could tell that he’d not recovered from the shock of finding a dead body, not just any dead body…a woman he’d once…er…had relations with. And I wanted to blame him for going to her house in the first place…
I knew it was time to take charge. I couldn’t fall apart while he was too.
I took him by the shoulders and shook him.
“Look at me, baby.” I said. “Tell me, did you touch anything in the house?”
“Uh…I…I can’t remember.”
“Baby. Listen you need to pull yourself together…you were at the scene of the murder…the cops would be there now, gathering any evidence they can…I need to know if there’s anything that would tie you to the scene.”
“But…we should call the cops.” He said blankly.
“Sweetie, you ran from the cops! You heard sirens when you were leaving! The cops are already there, if I’m not mistaken.”
“I still think we should call the cops. At least, that’s what good citizens would do and it would clear suspicion from me.”
I thought about it. Maybe he was right…
“Alright, get your phone and call.”
I watched him search his pockets.
“I…I can’t find it.” He looked at me, bewildered. “Oh…I remember, the battery died while I was driving to Ruby’s house. But, I can’t find it now.”
“What do you mean you can’t find it?”
“I…I think I was holding it when I got knocked out.”
“And you can’t find it?”
“Yes.”
“Oh God…you know what this means, Mo?”
“Er…”
“You left something behind! At the murder scene! Oh God. We have to call the cops! If they find your phone there, you’re in deep shit.”
“Oh Jesus. Oh Lord…” he looked like he was going to puke.
“I’ll get my phone.” I rushed upstairs. I was shivering now. The fear had begun to seep into me.
I got my phone…and Mo made the call to 911, reporting the crime.
While he spoke to the cops, I let my mind think of what had just happened. Someone had murdered Ruby and had knocked Mo out. Why hadn’t that person killed Mo too?
As I sat there, I said a little prayer to God that Mo’s phone will go unnoticed by the cops and perhaps this ordeal will never come back to haunt us.
“Tell me baby; apart from your phone…is there anything that can link the crime to us?” I asked when he hung up.

“I don’t know.”
“You know. Think.”
I watched him massage his head with his hands and my heart went out to him. What had we gotten ourselves into?
“I…touched the…light switch…and…er…oh my God…”
“What?” My heart raced.
“I touched her. Ruby. When I checked for a pulse…”
And suddenly I saw our world come crashing around us…



36 thoughts on “Betrayals and Funerals – 28” by Mimiadebayo (@Mimiadebayo)

  1. Some body, any body, hold me oh! @mimiadebayo– what are you trying to do to me! Better release me oh!

  2. Lol.@Nalongo you don’t wanna know what your comment translated as to me! Lmao!

    Release you???!! Sweetie if it were in my power I’d do so.

    Stay tuned!

    1. I want to know oh!

  3. Mimi iyaf killed me wit suspense ooo anoda trouble don start

  4. Hahaha Mimi wat did his comment translate to???lol

    Mo i hope u dont get into trouble oh…from boiling pot to hot oil

  5. @doublea30 please don’t die oo!
    Lol. Thanks a lot dearie for reading!

  6. @schatzilein are you thinking what I’m thinking???

    Hehehe. The comment is very funny na.

    Let’s hope Mo gets out of this ok.

  7. This is just becoming too much mein. Kai! just when I thought happily ever after had finally come for Mo and Kemi, now this happens.
    Chei!

  8. It’s Mo and Kemi. They will be fine.

  9. @charla happily ever afters aren’t always what we expect.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

  10. @namdi let’s hope so dear.
    Thanks for checking in.

  11. Hmm…good one. The suspense is killing. Sad I missed d last abt 4 episodes. Gotta catch up on dem.
    Bravo @mimiadebayo!

  12. @lordkel Well do catch up soon!
    Thanks for reading and commenting. Doing good with Trials and Throes!

  13. Mimi, do you want to kill somebody with this suspense of yours? Abeg free us soon o.

  14. @paishat No oo. Don’t die abeg. Who will read my series if the suspense kills you. Lol.

    Thanks for stopping by!!

  15. Hmm! from one trouble to another. Im so loving the suspense. Well done.

  16. @bunmiril one week one trouble,abi?

    Thanks for loving!!

  17. Finally something dark and interesting happens. Put Mo in jail for a while, if you may.
    Well done, Mimi. $ß.

  18. I dey feel am. More, more!

  19. Hehehe,now comes the part where Mimi Hadley Chase brings out her hidden Hooks and Unseen Jabs. I pity the reader with a bad heart.

    *funeral music indistinct.

    Well done sweerie. *looks around cautiously for @Topazo.

    Hehehehehehe.

    1. @hymar I’m here pal…and dnt u worry, I give my blessings…

  20. @sibbylwhyte I’ve always known u like dark and interesting But as for Mo doing jail tomorrow.. well! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

    Thank you for stopping by ma’am.

  21. jail time * I mean.

  22. You and your big mouth @Hymar Lol.

    Must u tell my secret?? Hehehe.
    Let’s see how the Hadley Chase thingy goes.

    Thanks for dropping by dearie!

  23. @psalmy more on it’s way! Thank you!!

  24. Mimi, I give it to you. This is good. *frowns* And don’t keep us waiting…

  25. Amen! I do hope I don’t keep you waiting oo.

    Thank you for the comment@praize

  26. Sacred black and Blue!!!! But why!! Why now of all times!!!!!
    Next Installment please @Mimiadebayo,
    Mo can’t be a fall guy again. Not now.

  27. Ghen ghen…. Let’s go there

  28. Mimi, you’ve left us on the edge. I like.
    Fabulous work. Chick lit is defo ruling NS at the moment.

  29. Woman….. Abeg no kill me with suspense for here… Kilode now? Abba…. You know even pity son of man…. I started from episode 1 and i did not sleep until episode 28. Now you’re telling me that part 2 is on the way???
    I beg ur pardon…. Anyway.. I dey ready carrry am com.. Na me and you for NS.
    Nice work….

  30. @LEROY Lol. Keep your fingers crossed dear. Thanks for stopping by.

  31. @olajumoke Lol. Definitely ruling! Thanks sweetie.

  32. @Fadehan hehehehe.Sorry for the suspense oo. Keep reading ! Thank you!

  33. Hmmmm…retribution…m sorry Mo

    U r doing rly good wt ds…well done

  34. I love this work…………. beautifully crafted

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