Tangle (Episode 9)
They got home in a short while. Helen was fast asleep in the sitting room. Malik didn’t bother waking her up; he simply went into his room. Once inside his room, he brought out the box of sugar and kept it inside his drawer. Malik lay on his bed and slept.
The lovely morning sun beamed its light into his eyes, Malik flashed open his eye and was astounded by the figure standing before him. It was Helen their strange visitor standing there in complete nudity with water dripping down from her body.
Malik couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing; he thought maybe it was a dream or an illusion. He closed his eyes again not giving in to the bad dream but he was forced to open them again when he heard someone call his name.
‘Mr. Malik, Mr. Malik’ Helen muttered softly.
Malik opened his eyes again and still found the same sight before him but this time it was closer and more conspicuous than before.
‘Mr. Malik, please wake up, I need your help’ Helen called again, gently touching his feet.
He became dumbfounded; the very touch of Helen’s hand melted his heart. His hormones got raised as he watched her yellow bare bre*st, he felt like reaching it with his hand and give it a gentle stroke but his common sense took over the whole situation.
‘W w hatttt a a rrre you doing here?’ He mumbled sitting up.
‘Am sorry Mr. Malik, I just finished having my bath but I don’t have a towel, please may I borrow yours?’ she asked feeling no shame.
‘It’s in the wardrobe’ He pointed the direction to her.
She got it in the midst of clothes and wrapped herself in it.
‘Am sorry for waking you up’ she said as she made for the door.
Malik finally let in a breath of relief when he saw her disappear behind the door. He kept wondering what Helen really had in mind by coming to his room naked.
The door opened again and Malik’s heart jumped but calmed down when he saw Jeffery come in.
‘Good morning Malik, hope you slept well’
‘Yeah I did but…’ He wanted to tell his friend what happened but quickly change his mind.
‘But what?’ Jeff asked anxiously.
‘Forget it, just a silly dream I had. I know you don’t come all the way from your room just to simply greet me good morning, what have you come for?’
‘I was woken by chairman’s call this morning, he asked if we have cleared the goods and I told him his goods are highly secured’
‘That’s good, so he can stop worrying’ Malik said.
‘But do you really trust that boy called Peter, what if he sold us out?’ Jeffery asked.
‘Don’t worry he is my boy, I have complete trust in him’ Malik answered.
Later that morning while they were eating, the doorbell suddenly rang. While wondering who could visit them so early in the morning, Jeffery went to get the door. The door opened revealing the doctor at their doorstep, carrying his bag. ‘Good morning Mr. Jeffery’ the doctor greeted with a smile.
Jeffery felt like slamming the door at the doctor but he restrained his anger.
‘Am here to see my patient’ he announced when he noticed the unfriendly look on Jeffery’s face.
He was invited inside and was delighted to see Helen eating happily at the dining room. Malik rose up to meet him as soon as he noticed his presence.
‘Good morning doctor’ Malik greeted.
‘Morning Mr. Malik, am sorry about what happened. I really don’t have a choice’ the doctor said.
‘It’s okay, we are enjoying her company’ Malik said.
Helen who was so engrossed in the food she was eating than to notice the doctor’s presence, was called upon and both friends gave the doctor privacy to attend to his patient.
‘Helen, is that your name now?’ the doctor asked.
‘Yes I chose it, isn’t it good?’ she asked.
‘It is but hope they are treating you well? Do you feel at home here?’
‘Yes I do, the hospitality here is overwhelming’ she answered.
‘Did you remember anything; notice any fragment of your old memory or any strange dream?’
The doctor went ahead asking questions after questions which his patient answered diligently. After a long moment, he completed his test and was about to start taking his leave.
‘Lest I forget, we saw something that may belong to you’ He opened his bag and brought out a small teddy bear.
‘Do you remember this?’ the doctor offered her the bear.
‘I don’t, but I will like to keep it’ she said placing the teddy on the television.
The doctor rose up and took his leave.
written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
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‘Helen is this really you?’Jeffery asked.
‘Am sorry for leaving you guys’ Helen said solemnly.
‘Why did you change your mind?’ Malik asked.
‘Because I need some money to take care of my mom. She tried her best to raise me with the little she has, so I think it’s time I pay her back but I can’t do that by selling fish. I need real money, please guys help me out’ she begged.
‘But you insulted me on phone just now’ Malik said.
‘Me?’ Helen asked surprisingly. She ransacked her pocket and bag in search of her mobile phone but she couldn’t find it.
‘Oh, I left my phone at home. It must have been aunty Sikira who talked to you. She was infuriated when I told her I was leaving’ Helen said.
‘Thank God you are back, girl but before you can start working with us officially you have to talk to our boss’ Jeffery said.
The chairman called at exactly seven pm and they all sat down beside the TV.
‘Good evening sir’ they greeted.
‘Evening my loyal employee, I can see the new lady is here’ the image on the screen said.
‘Yes sir, her name is Adebimpe but we call her Helen’ Malik announced.
‘Am very much happy to be part of your workers’ sir’ Helen said.
‘Ok but you must work hard to earn my reward. Guys let’s talk about our next business.
This operation is simple but delicate. A guy will arrive at the airport in Lagos by 2 p.m tomorrow, he will be carrying several luggage but I need you to get me one thing from him, his bread’ the chairman paused.
‘Bread?’ Jeffery asked to be sure he heard right.
‘Yes bread, Helen you will help them distract his attention, I heard this guy has an eye for good looking girls. Guys please make this a clean job, steal the bread and replace it with another. He mustn’t know you stole from him.
‘Okay sir, but once we have the bread what do we do with it?’ Malik asked.
‘I will call you 7 p.m tomorrow to give you further instruction. Guys, please do this job perfectly, I won’t tolerate any mistake. Good night’ the Chairman vanished from the screen.
More information about the man they were to rob including his picture was sent to them via email.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
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He knew it was his only friend knocking so he rose up and made for the door.
‘What’s happening Jeff?’ he asked after opening the door and seeing his friend at the doorstep.
‘The Chairman wants to speak with you’ Jeffery announced.
Hearing this, Malik was stunned. He hasn’t been able to decide what to say to him concerning the issue of this girl yet.
‘Tell him I went out, I will call him later’ he replied.
‘He is on a video call and I already told him you are in your room’ Jeff said.
‘Okay I will be with him in a few seconds’ he said and Jeff went away.
With his heart pounding, he followed his friend to the sitting room.
On the screen of their flat screen television is the image of a man whose face was displayed in shadow.
The two guys sat before the T.V
‘Good afternoon sir’ they both chorused.
‘Hello my boys, how are you doing’ the image on the screen greeted.
‘We are fine sir’.
‘We have a huge work to do. Malik, I haven’t seen what I told you to send and where is that your new employee? I will like to have a word with her’ The Chairman asked.
Malik was dumbfounded he never thought he could request to see her.
‘She —, Hemmmm’ Malik gibbered in fear.
‘Sorry sir she isn’t around presently, she is in her house’ Jeffery intervened.
Malik cursed his friend for stepping in.
‘Okay, how do I see her ‘cause she has an important role to play in this next operation?’ the chairman said.
‘We will call her here this evening so you can speak with her, and about her biodata, Malik suggested we do a thorough investigation on her so we hired a private investigator to work on it. The result will be out tomorrow’ Jeffery quickly spoke before his friend could say anything.
‘That is a brilliant idea, just make sure I get the data tomorrow and I will call you 7 p.m today make sure she is around. I can’t give out the detail of the operation if you all are not present. Good day,’ Chairman said.
‘Good day sir’ they chorused again and the image vanished from the screen.
‘Thanks so much for saving my ass Jeff’ Malik said.
‘I saved both our asses, now how do we get her here before 7 p.m?’ Jeff asked.
‘Let me call her mobile phone number’ Malik picked up his phone and dialed her number.
‘Hello Helen, how are you?’ Malik greeted on the phone.
‘Who is this?’ The voice on phone asked.
‘This is Malik please come over here now we have a serious issue to discuss’ Malik said.
‘Malik or what do you call yourself, you think you can order me around because you have money? Look, I have already erased you people from my life, I suggest you do the same and don’t ever call my number again’ the call ended.
Malik was taken aback by what he heard, he checked the number to be sure he didn’t dial a wrong number but it was Helen’s number indeed.
‘Is she coming now?’ Jeff asked.
‘No, she insulted me saying I should never call her again’ Malik explained.
‘This girl doesn’t know what she is into. Let’s go over to her house’
‘That won’t work, this is half-past five and the journey to her area is about three hour’s journey, we won’t be able to pick chairman’s call at seven’.
‘So what will you suggest we do now?’ Jeffery asked
‘I haven’t got any idea’ Malik answered.
They both started thinking of what to do.
Suddenly the door opened and someone stepped into the house with a traveling bag. They were both surprised to see Helen standing before them.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
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Malik weighed both suggestions and concluded that the second one made more sense.
He assured himself that Helen would stay with them, with this he slept off.
The morning soon came and Malik found himself over anxious to see Helen but she didn’t come early. It was well past noon while both guys were playing poker that they saw her came into the house. Before Malik could say anything to her she burst into tears and ran into the room.
The emotional guy Malik was stunned by what just happened.
‘Why would she not even greet them? Did something happen to her mom?’ Malik thought.
Jeff, as usual, wasn’t moved a bit by this; instead, he focused on the game he was playing.
‘Jeff, what do you think happened to her?’ Malik asked.
‘How would I? I got no idea and besides its none of my business’, Jeff answered.
‘How could you talk like that? I got to go see her’ Malik said but before he could stand up, Helen came back in.
Malik was astounded by what she was holding. It was a traveling bag he presumed to contain all her things.
‘Guys, words will not be enough for me to show my appreciation to you. Without knowing me or where I came from, you took me in and accepted me into your home. I would have loved to continue living with you but I have to take care of my poor mom. Sorry guys I have to go’ she confessed with tears gushing down her pretty face.
Malik was too sober to say anything in reply. Helen was making her way for the door when she suddenly felt a hand held her back.
‘Please don’t go’ Malik said holding her wrist but she broke free and left the house.
Malik almost burst into tears as he watched Helen leaving the house.
‘So now that your girl decided to leave us, what do you plan on telling Chairman’ Jeffery asked.
‘I don’t know yet’ Malik answered.
‘You don’t know? Why don’t you tell him all about her so he can take care of her’ Jeffery suggested?
‘What do you mean Jeff? Do you mean the chairman should send his boys to kill her?’ Malik asked.
‘Yes, she has become a leakage which must be sealed’ Jeff answered.
‘Why are you this heartless Jeffery? Don’t you have a human feeling at all?’
‘Oh am heartless? Do you know what the Chairman will do to us once our information leaks out from your jewel? He will order our assassination to cover his track, that’s what he always does. Are you willing to risk our life for hers?’ Jeff asked angrily.
Without answering the question, Malik went into his room.
Two hours later Malik was in his room smoking and drinking heavily. The habit Helen’s presence had denied him, he now resulted in it as a means of reducing the pressure on his shoulder. His friend was right about all he said but he couldn’t bear the thought of losing Helen. How is he now going to do it?’ He thought.
Series of knocks sounded on the door. He knew it was his only friend knocking so he rose up and made for the door.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe