LIGHTHOUSE - Episode 15

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Nigeria's leading fictional story blog - Honda Civic, delivery, keys to the Mercedes E Class, Enugu, City of Aba, United States of America from Cameroon, through Cross River State.

“Where is my daughter?” He asked the daredevil. “I am taking you to where she is. Don’t you want to have your daughter back?” “I thought you’d hand her over to me here.” “No, we could not take the risk. Lie back and give me your hands.” “Why?” “I need to handcuff you. I can’t trust you while I am driving.” “I am an old man, son. I won’t harm you.” “Do as I say, else, I will ring up my colleagues and they will shoot your daughter right now.” Ifunanya’s father offered his hand to him and he cuffed them. He turned on the ignition and swerved the car around like a man possessed by demonic powers. He raised a lot of dust as he screeched off. When he reached the Honda Civic, he stopped. Agusi jumped out of the Honda Civic. Both he and Uduma wore facial masks.

He grabbed the bags of money and examined the top of each bag quickly. The money looked authentic. He tossed them into the Honda Civic, jumped in and sped off. Uduma drove Ifunanya’s father towards Enugu, while Agusi headed towards Owelli Court. In Ifunanya’s father’s car, two policemen sprang out of the trunk. They had mistimed their attack. The plan was for them to emerge at the point of delivery. They could not hear the discussion between Uduma and Ifunanya’s father very well, so they missed the delivery. They had spare keys to the Mercedes E Class, so they revved the vehicle to life and instinctively sped towards Enugu.

Ifunanya managed to rise to her feet. Her hands and legs were tied. She stood with both legs tied to each other. Her eyes scanned the dark room for the light switch. She moved ahead, hoping to hit the wall any minute. When her body felt the wall, she rubbed herself against it, searching for the light switch. She had heard people shouting in joy a while ago indicating that electric power had just been restored to the area. When she found the switch, she used her elbow to turn it on. She was momentarily blinded by the light after having been in darkness for most of the time since they stashed her in Uduma’s claustrophobic bedroom. She looked around and found a fork on the table. She managed to lift it with her mouth. Bending down, she held the fork with her teeth and began to poke at the threads holding her hands together. With difficulty, she would position the fork underneath a thread strand and then pull at it, applying all the force her neck and head could generate.

One strand at a time, she loosened the thread. Then, she raised her hand to her mouth after dropping the fork and began to pull on the threads directly. Soon, her hands were free. She removed the threads and then untied her legs. Her heart was beating fast. She pushed the door, but it was locked from the other side. She knew she did not have much time. She climbed to the window and began to slowly remove the window panes. The edge of the bed below supported her as she removed the panes one at a time. When she had made enough room to fit her body, she began to pull on the mosquito net. She climbed down, picked up the fork again and began to rip the net with it. Then, she heard the sound of the front door to the apartment opening. Her heart nearly jumped out of her mouth. She yanked at the net one last time…

“They are gone. They are gone!!!” One of the policemen shouted in frustration. “We missed them,” he reiterated. They had driven as fast as they could to the expressway without finding the kidnappers. Uduma had taken a shortcut from Ihe to Agbudu and then back to the expressway, while the police took the Eke Ihe route. Just before rejoining the highway, he stopped and pushed Ifunanya’s father out of the Volvo by the side of the road. The sun was beating down on him, but Uduma could not care less. He raced back to Enugu, elated at the prospect of becoming a millionaire. “You will certainly get caught,” Ifunanya’s father yelled as Uduma sped off.

Instead of driving to Enugu, Agusi sped towards Aba. He had other plans. With the money stashed in the trunk of the Honda Civic, he decided to take it all…keep it all to himself. He had a plan – drive to Aba, stash the money in a bank account he had already opened up. Then, buy some dollars and cross over to Cameroon through Cross River State. He had stopped just before rejoining the expressway to hide the money in various compartments in his trunk. He had filled his trunk with numerous junk articles that would hardly attract any attention, just in case he was stopped by the police or thieves. His heart was beating with unbridled excitement as he headed towards the City of Aba. His ultimate plan was to buy his way to the United States of America from Cameroon.

Uduma opened the door, went to the fridge and poured himself a drink. He sat on the couch and took a long deep breath. We did it, he thought. Soon, Agusi will return with the money and we will begin a new life. I will get at least four million out of that money. He was thoroughly elated. Whatever Chidera still owed them no longer meant anything of value…not with a ten million naira windfall!  Tonight, we will take that girl out of town and shoot her. We will dump her in a shallow grave and disappear with all that money. Uduma’s imaginations were running wild. Let me check on the girl. Perhaps, I can have a quickie with her before Agusi returns. Man, that girl is beautiful. It would not hurt to sleep with her before she dies.

He unlocked the bedroom door and found the light on. He was sure that he had turned off the light before they left. He looked at the bed, but all he could found on it were window panes. He peered at the window and realized that Ifunanya had escaped. His heart began to beat. There were a few scattered building around, but everyone in the area kept to themselves. It was an area mostly inhabited by criminals who tried to stay out of each other’s business. He ran outside and looked around. There was no sign of her to the left. He dashed around the house to the right, and there was no sign of her either. He ran towards the major road in the area, racing as fast as his legs could carry him. Then, he sighted a female figure running along the road in the distance. He felt his gun in his jacket as he sped towards her.

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Written by:
Victor Chinoo

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