Friday, 22 December 2017

Tangle Episode 3

Malik couldn't sleep for the rest of the night, he was so terrified by the nightmare he had. He wished he could walk up to his one and only friend and talk to him about the dream but he knew Jeff wouldn't take it serious so he decided to take the issue out of his mind. It’s been three days since he last visited the hospital, the doctor called him several times but he ignored the call, trying to forget everything that happened and focus on their business.
The next morning, Malik got up early and made a warm tea for himself. He felt tired, owing to lack of sleep, as he went to the gym equipment they had at home. He got on the treadmill and began the exercise. Jeffery came out of his bedroom yawning, he was surprised to see his friend doing exercise early in the morning.
'Are you going for an audition for the next series of Fast and furious?' Jeffery joked.
'Is that how they greet early in the morning in your village?' Malik replied after stopping his exercise.
'Am very sorry sir, I should have prostrated before you and say good morning daddy, nonsense' Jeffery went to the kitchen and came back with a cup of tea.
'What came over you Malik? It’s been a long time since I have seen you on that thing' Jeffery asked referring to the treadmill.
'I just felt the need to exercise my body that’s all, when are we going to clear our goods? You know they got to the port yesterday' Malik asked.
'Let’s go today, it’s dangerous leaving our goods at the port for too long' he replied.
Suddenly, Jeffery's phone rang out from his pocket. He brought it out and picked the call.
'Hello Chairman, good morning sir' he greeted.
'I was told the consignment reached its destination safely' voice from phone said
'Yes sir, I got the message that it arrived yesterday' Jeffery replied.
'When are you going to clear it?' The voice asked.
'We will clear it this evening, put your mind at ease sir' he answered.
'Make sure you do and I want it delivered to my customer in four days time, no loose ends' the voice said.
'Ok sir' he answered and the call ended.
'That was the chairman; he said we must deliver the goods to his customer in four days time' Jeffery informed his partner.
'Okay, but we have to be careful, this goods is more than the once we have previously handled, I think we should clear it with the cover of the night' Malik said.
'Good let’s start making the plan' Jeffery said.
The doorbell rang and Malik went to check who it was. When he opened the door he found to his chagrin, two men dressed in the police uniform at the doorstep.
'Good morning officers, how may I help you?' he asked politely while opening the door for them to come in.
'We are here to see Mr. Jeffery and Mr. Malik' one of the officers answered.
'Let me call my lawyer' Jeffery requested.
'That isn't necessary, we only request your presence in our station to clear a misunderstanding' the second officer said.
With no choice, Malik and Jeffery followed the officers to their station.
At the station, they were told to wait in an office. After a few moments the D.P.O. came in with the doctor taking care of the lady they hit.
'Hello gentlemen, am sorry for disturbing you this morning. The good doctor here told us what happened a few days ago between you guys and a lady who is currently in his hospital. He told us to help him persuade you to accept the responsibility for your victim. She is suffering from a terrible memory loss and we haven't been able to locate any member of his family, so you guys must take her into your house and take good care of her until she regain her memory.
Jeffery boiled with anger as he listen to the D.P.O's speech but there was nothing he could do.
'Here is a document you have to sign that you assume the full responsibility for the young lady' DPO said bringing out a document.
'Is signing a document really necessary?' Malik asked.
'Yes it is, please do sign it and take the lady home with you, we will check up on her from time to time' the D.P.O. concluded his speech as they both signed the document reluctantly.
After leaving the police station, they went to the hospital where they picked the lady up and drove her to their house.
On getting to the house, the officer who the D.P.O. appointed to escort the lady to Jeffery's house, bade them farewell and went back to his station leaving the two friends with their visitor. Immediately the officer left Jeffery hissed and went into his bedroom. The lady who sat on the sofa kept admiring the interior set of the house with her eyes.
'How are you feeling?' Malik asked after a long moment of silence.
'Am feeling good sir' the lady replied.
'Feel free; this is your home now. If there is anything you need just tell me'.
'Okay, thanks for your hospitality' she appreciated.
'You are welcome, let me attend to something inside, I will be back to show you round the house' with this, Malik went in to see his friend.
When he got into the bedroom, he found Jeffery lying down on his bed reading a magazine.
'Hey Jeff, what are we going to do about this issue on ground' Malik asked.
'Which issue?' Jeffery asked, giving little concentration to his friend.
'Stop kidding Jeff, I mean what do we do concerning the lady we just brought in' he answered.
'So you are asking me now? Wasn't it your idea to bring her home? I thought you were happy with the way things turned out' Jeffery lamented, putting down the magazine he was reading.
'So you want to place the whole blame on me now? Aren't you the one who caused everything right from the start?' Malik answered angrily.
'If she spend the next three days in our house, am going to kill her' Jeff fulminates.
'Nothing must happen to her, remember the police are involved in this case, she is like a bone tied to our neck' Malik explained.
'But what if she discovers our secret?'
'Don't worry she won't, as long as we remain careful. Let’s endure her for the main time and pray she quickly regain her memory' Malik said before going back to see their visitor.
Malik found the lady caressing the figurine of a bird which was placed on the center table.
'Hi there' Malik announced his presence which startled her.
'Sorry, am only admiring this bird' she said.
'No problem but it’s not a real bird it’s a figurine'.
'It is beautiful but I don't think it can fly, can it?' she asked.
'No it can't fly; we use it only for decoration. Come let me show you your room' He said as he ushered her inside.
'Here we are' Malik announced after opening the door to the bedroom.
The lady scanned the well furnished bedroom with her eyeball, from the huge bed to the full length mirror and the big wardrobe.
'This is your toilet and bathroom' Malik said but the lady wasn't listening.
Her attention was on a picture she saw on the wall.
'Who is this?' she inquired showing the picture to Malik.
'Her name was Helen, my sister' Malik answered.
'Where is she?'
'She is dead' Malik said with a bitter expression.
'Am sorry' she apologies when she saw his expression.
'It’s alright; you should freshen up and relax. I will call you when it’s time to eat' Malik walked out of the room..
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Tbc

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