Betrayals and Funerals – 8

“Honey, I asked what you think?” Kemi nudged me.
“I…uh…I just think you need to see a professional.” I stalled.
She made an unlady-like sound and said. “Am I that crazy?”
“No, no. That’s not what I mean. I just don’t know if Pastor Barry is in the best of position to…you know…talk to.” It was a lame excuse.
“He has a degree in Psychology, for God’s sake.” Her voice was low but I could sense the anger creeping in. “Really, I don’t know what you could possibly have against him. He’s our friend and I trust him; so whether you like it or not, I’m going to schedule a counselling section with him.”
There was a note of finality in her voice and I knew it was time to give up this fight.
“I think you’re right. He’s our friend and we trust him. As long as you feel better, then I have no objections.” I kissed her to keep her from hearing the tremor in my voice. “Now, can we have dinner? ‘Cos I’m starving.”
“You know baby, these days I feel like there is something you’re not telling me, like you’re hiding something from me. I just hope I’m wrong.”
I wish she knew how right she was. But how could I tell her such a thing and hope for her to forgive me? I just knew that if she found out, she’ll leave me and I don’t think I could bear that. Losing the two most important women in my life in such a short time was more than I could bear.
“Sweetheart, I just…want you to know that whatever happens…I love you more than my own life. You’re one of the best things that ever happened to me and I’ll do anything to keep you.” At that moment, I meant every word I said.
“Now you’re scaring me, what’s going on, Mo?”
“I guess I’m just realising how much you mean to me.”
“You’re not going to do anything stupid, are you?” I heard the fear in her voice.
I had no reply for that so I pulled her into a tight embrace.

*********

“ HIM”

The nightmares had gotten worse. I saw the girl everywhere I went. I hardly slept well at night. She kept showing up, sometimes in my dream at other times, I saw her in the flesh…like she was real.
She kept looking at me with those accusing eyes.
I’d never believed in ghosts, but I found myself changing that opinion as the days went by.

I recognised her alright; she was the little girl I had run down weeks ago. I was now beginning to realise what a mistake it was taking the job in the first place. I should have known that it spelled trouble the moment I saw the girl’s picture. She was a child.
Yes, I had done other dirty jobs in the past, especially when I was in dire need of the cash. This was not different.
Big J was the one who’d linked me up for this job…so I had no idea who the real employer was.
It made me wonder what sort of sadist would want a little girl run down.
Big J had called me that day, and I remember how vividly our conversation had gone.
“Hey man.” He had said.
“Big J. What’s up?”
“Heard you got some pretty huge debts.”
I remember wondering how he’d gotten that information. It was very accurate. I was in a financial jam.
“I need not ask how you know that.” I said instead.
“Well, I might be able to help. I gotta job for you.”
Big J’s jobs are never desk jobs or nine-to-five jobs. They’re never permanent employment and even if they were I won’t be qualified to do them. His jobs however paid well; because they were the kinda things other people reject.
“I ain’t doing anything cheap this time.” I said carelessly.
He laughed a deep rumbling sound. “I hear your chick’s working down at the bar. That’s crazy, man.”
“Stay outta my business, Big J. Now, you have something to say…say it or get off my phone.”
He cleared his throat. “It’s a hit-and-run. Nothing serious.”
“When?”
“I’ll have the details over at your place in ten minutes.”
“Okay.”
“A clean job is what I want. Can’t be traced to you or me or…”
“The original employer.” I couldn’t resist adding. “How much?”
“Like I said, the details are on their way to your place now. Let me know what you think.”
He hung up.

True to his words, the details arrived at my doorstep in the form of a brown envelope.
Inside was the picture of a little girl, the time and date of the hit. And fifty-thousand dollars.
I had to admit the girl was beautiful…her face was angelic… she had a very engaging smile and cute dimples. Who would want to harm her?
As much as I felt she was beautiful; it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Fifty-thousand dollars was an answer to my immediate financial issues.
I remember vividly; my orders were hit to damage. Not to kill…

*****************

KEMI

It was Monday again and somehow, it felt strangely different. Mo had gone back to work and I was to begin my counselling sessions with Pastor Barry.
Mo and I had gone to church yesterday, for the first time since Shirley’s demise. Almost everyone had avoided us, probably in a bid to not say the wrong thing.
The ones who had spoken to us had picked their words carefully. It was an emotionally draining exercise for us but we’d sailed through.
I had mixed feelings about this meeting with Pastor B. I was dreading it in a way and at the same time looking forward to it…perhaps, I would get the answers I needed from him.
I arrived at the office fifteen minutes early. My appointment was scheduled for ten a.m.
His secretary, Mrs March, an elderly lady informed me that he was attending to someone and would soon be done.
I nodded and sat down to wait.
At exactly ten a.m. the door opened and I looked up.
Delia emerged with Pastor B right behind her.
I wonder why, but I saw a look of fear cross Delia’s face and it was gone instantly.



33 thoughts on “Betrayals and Funerals – 8” by Mimiadebayo (@Mimiadebayo)

  1. Yes ooo,she’s back.Ok i wish Mo wuld just tell his own story,now am scared 4 Kemi.Now Delia is also seeing Pastor B.So much mystery.Pls more.

  2. So much to look forward to in this story,now am afraid for kemi.

  3. @jade69 More coming soon. Stay tuned dear. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

  4. @NIRA-SLYVES
    Thanks A lot for reading. Keep your fingers crossed.

  5. I swear i am not enjoying this suspense

  6. Things are getting trickier. Something tells me Delia is not a good friend in any way.
    Well done, Mimi. Keep writing. $ß.

  7. Getting interesting. The “HIM” part was so fluid, so natural. More please!

  8. @schatzilein So so sorry dear. Wish I could be of more help.*winks *
    Thanks for still reading and commenting.
    You deserve hugs. Lol.

  9. @sibbylwhyte Oh my! Now why on earth would you think that???…
    I do hope I can stun y’all some more.

    Thank you so very much for reading and commenting.

  10. @Olan ,why, thank you ma’am. I’m pleased you’re enjoying the ride. Keep reading!

  11. Mystery, deceit and lies all surrounding Kemi’s world..

  12. This is a great story, @Mimiadebayo…series are hectic for.me to keep up with but against all my obstinacy, u have once again reeled me in.sigh. Oya now, u started the itch, better scratch it well oh. next already!

  13. @kingobozy Yes indeed. Thank you for reading sir.

  14. @nitram27 Am so glad I changed ur mind.
    I hope not to disappoint you.
    Thank you for reading and commenting.

  15. let the drama continue…..NS queen of suspense…….

  16. @topazo (hank yo sir,for reading and commenting.

  17. yinkus (@yinkus101)

    Who is Him?

  18. @Mimiadebayo, great series, you are getting so so so much better at what you do. The structure flows, the dialogue is natural and you are getting better at capturing your character’s emotions.

    Sorry I haven’t been following it since, but now I’m on track and I think I know where you are going with this series.

    NS lady of suspense I hail you

  19. @yinkus101 read on and find out. Lol.
    Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

  20. @dkny111 my dear pal.You definitely took your time getting here.Lol.
    Glad u finally made it,though.
    Thanks for the comment.Keep reading…

  21. leroyA (@LEROY)

    Well done Mimi, Just touching base with you on this story. Keep up the good work. Let the party continue.

  22. @LEROY Buckle up dear. The ride is about to get crazier. Lol.
    Thanks for reading!

  23. gentle babe (@ihenyengladysusile)

    mysterious,what’s with delia,i know mo cheated on his wife and am suspecting delia to be the other woman and that won’t be nice at all,i hope it’s not what am thinking,and if it is,then thumbs down for him,,,,

  24. Nice. More ink to your pen dear.

  25. Write faster. And hey try not to jump cut from one scene to the next. I am watching yhu.

  26. Yes sir! @Hymar You sound a bit bossy. I try to write as fast as possible. And the scene cuts are deliberate. Thank you for reading .I hope you’re watching me for a good reason?Should I be scared?

  27. Omg, I yam so sorry I came across as the Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart type. Lol, I have got more manners than that, but what d heck, we are writaz.

  28. Aha. My attention, which had been flagging somewhat after reading the previous installment, is now restored.

    Who is the mystery killer?

    Very well done, @mimiadebayo.

  29. @TolaO am thanking God for that restored interest in the story. Lol. Thanks for following sir.

  30. Fadehan Adeoshun (@Fadehan)

    I am enjoying theseeeeeeeeeeeeee… as though I am watching episode movie. Nice writing.

  31. Omena (@menoveg)

    This KEMI girl is so intuitive. Well I just spotted a liitle mistake in…….. “Really, I don’t know what you could possibly have against him. He’s our friend and I trust him; so whether you like it or not, I’m going to schedule a counselling section with him.” The “section” should be “session” just as it was corrected in a subsequent line (It was Monday again and somehow, it felt strangely different. Mo had gone back to work and I was to begin my counselling sessions with Pastor Barry.)

    I love the suspense in your story.

    @Fadehan i feel the same way too.

  32. Omena (@menoveg)

    Hehehe….e don dey start.

  33. nicest writest…………lol

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