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GUARD OF HONOUR CHAPTER 13:
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CLARE’S POV#
I woke up early the following morning to the sound of the alarm which rang every morning at five… In high spirits and already upbeat about the plan I had come up with the previous day, the jovial mood that engulfed my inner soul clearly suggested the plan would be nothing but a success…

There I was, standing in front of the mirror clad in a ti-ght navy blue jean trousers Craig had bought for my birthday pres£nt coupled with a short sleeved white designer shirt.. The black flat pump shoes summed up my stunning look while my oily, sparkling razor cut hair style whose side bends hang so neatly down my ears gave me that s£×y look not forgetting my neatly drawn eyebrows which gave my face an even sparkling appearance, no doubt I had dressed to kill…

I quickly picked up my handbag containing all my academic papers and other toiletries,took another glance at myself as I turned round like a model vying for the most prestigious pageant…

‘Who can even say you are a mother of one? ‘

Asked my sister, in a jocular way… Obviously impressed with my perfect looks…

‘How do I look’

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I enquired, with a smile written all over my face..seeking for more punches of flattery from her side..

‘You look awesome sweetheart’

She confirmed, making me feel even more rewarded for the lengthy period I had spent in front of the mirror just to ensure my looks came out as though was posing for a picture set to feature in a fashion magazine…

I quickly walked over where she was sited,gave little Craig a ki-ss whom she was holding in her hands before saying goodbye to them…

I rehearsed on, picturing myself how to act upon getting into General Banda’s office, I could help but laugh to myself on how the old fool could react to my seductive moves, little would he know that he would be digging his own grave…

Knock knock knock….

‘Come in’

Called the General, in his usual [email protected] voice..

I took a de-ep breath, calming my nerves ensuring all appeared normal… I could not afford to expose expose my trap to the mouse so cheaply…

‘Wow, Clare’
Exclaimed General Banda upon seeing me, his eyes suddenly running from my toes through to my head and vise versa… No doubt he was already carried away by the beautiful figure he had always been relishing for all along…

‘Fine Sir’
I replied cheerfully,in an audible voice accompanied with a bright smile that nearly tore my mouth apart…

‘You look exquisite’
He complemented, his eyes still glued onto me…

‘take a seat’
‘Thank you Sir’

I replied, took my seat and quickly reached for the brown envelope in my handbag, pulled it out and gave him… He got it, opened and went through the contents before putting it on his office table..

‘Clare do you know this is a tricky scholarship to get? ‘

‘Yes Sir’
I replied with a smile…

‘Are you willing to do what it takes in order for you to land it? ‘

He asked, this time sounding even more upbeat about it… Looking at me with a s£nse of emphasise written on his face..

‘Yes, yes am willing to do anything Sir… Please I really nee-d it’

I replied,sounding even more desperate to get the opportunity…

‘You sure? ‘
He asked…

‘more than sure and ready, just mention it’

‘Okay,now you are talking’
He replied, nodding his ha-rd, still looking at me before standing up from his office chair, advanced towards me slowly,I could already feel my heart beat even more faster as he gently attempted to land his right hand unto my br£@sts before I got hold of him, gently lowered it and looked at him with a smile..

‘I know exactly what you want darling, let’s get into town and I will show you how it is done’

I uttered seductively, in a low, s£×y tone capable of melting every hor-ny man’s heart…

Soon, we were driving into town…How hor-ny some men can be, I could not believe he had to made a call few minutes ago before we left the office informing the brigadier that he had fallen sick and nee-ded some rest.. Little did he know he was only a mouse that was attempting to steal a groundnut set on a trap…

No sooner had we reached town than we slowly drove to Savoy hotel, went to the reception,booked a room and went together upstairs ensuring I held him in the waist R0m-ntically…

I looked on as he quickly undressed while I sat on the bed, it was clear he was on fire!

He had just remained with his underwear before the door suddenly swang open!

The General was in trouble!

GUARD OF HONOUR CHAPTER 14
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CRAIG’S POV#
Still holding a 38 millimetre pistol in my hands, watching on as its barrel emitted smoke, fresh from firing a round, I could hear the cartilages make a crack sound…

Still nervous, shaking in fear as sweat ran down my face whilst a burning feeling built up enveloping my emotions… I could not believe I had hit the mark so perfectly,executing a risk worth taking so thoroughly…Nobody knew what could have happened had I missed the target by even an inch!

Sergeant Silavwe watched on,his mouth wide open obviously in total disbelief about what had just happened… The giant had fallen, Commander Barrow had been hit by the bullet I had just unleashed from the gun he had left behind…I vividly recalled the Story of Goliath in the Bible as I moved closer to examine the damage which the bullet I had perfectly aimed had done..

Sadness fill up my nerves upon setting my eyes on the lifeless body of the cruel Commander… I had never imagined myself terminating someone’s life but had to it this time around in order to ease our escape plan…

Within a flash of a second, sergeant Silavwe and I quickly lifted the Commander and put him on a camp chair before I quickly ran into his bedroom, pulled out a green blanket and covered him… I wiped out all traces of blood thoroughly,leaving no lose ends…our escape plan was slowly reaching its climax,I knew exactly the next step!
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CLARE’S POV#
the door suddenly swing open… There stood the Brigadier, flanked the brigade commander…General Banda could not believe his eyes.. I guess it was that moment one could wish they could vanish mysteriously, but that was not the case… The wicked man had been busted and there was no way out for him!

I stood up off the bed, walked slowly and stood next to the two s£nior officers who starred at him in total shock as he stood in the corner, wearing a shocked face… Off course in total disbelief of the scenes he was just witnessing…

The three of us walked out after the Brigade commander had taken several pictures of the semi nu-de General… I could not help but feel upbeat,basking in excitement over the neatly executed plan…

‘Job well done madam’

Appraised Brigadier Lubasi, in a cheerful tone as we drove out of the Hotel premises,in a luxurious Toyota Prado Tx…

‘Thank you Sir’

I replied, with a smile embedded all over my face…

‘Disciplinary will deal with him accordingly’

He @ssured…
His s£ntiments s£nding a sweet,soothing melody to my ears.I quickly handed him my phone where I had recorded the whole conversation back in the office…

‘Vital evidence’

Commended Brigadier Lubasi…. Before requesting I share the voice note to his mobile device, which I could not hesitate to…

It was a long, sweet drive back home,fun filled and funny enough as we all recalled how foolish the General appeared upon being busted… I was overwhelmed to learn that Brigadier Lubasi could take it up in his capacity and ensure that my bursary was granted right away….

CRAIG’S POV#
No sooner had I had I finished wiping out blood stains than I narrated the escape plan to Silavwe,who appeared upbeat about it… I then instructed him to quickly rush back and circulate it carefully without raising any suspicion as I remained watching over Barrow’s corpse… I could not help but pray our command could s£nt aid as soon as possible…

I was busy studying the camp’s map before the radio message device rang… I quickly pulled it out of Commander Barrow’s pocket,it was our base Headquarters…

Excited, I pushed the receive button…. Only to be treated to some shocking news,a message that prompted me to hit the device in the floor… I could feel my temper flare…

GUARD OF HONOUR(finale)
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CRAIG’S POV#
no sooner had all the rebels left do r Danger hill than I carefully raised my hand above the head and pointed into the direction down the banks of River Chad…

We slowly, though carefully maneuvered our way through in single file, still in disbelief I had managed to corner up the whole plan… I picked up the missile launcher machine gun I had hidden beneath in the cave near Barrow’s closet together with few guns I had managed to smuggle through before distributing them among my troops… Now we were good to go!

One thing on my mind should I come out safe, Call Clare and narrate to her all that had happened, I could already imagine how excited she would feel knowing that her husband had come out safe and sound..I believed it could happen but still had to exert the highest level of concentration knowing that we were still in the Rebel’s territory..

Before I could realise it, we had reached the most dangerous part of our operation..walking past danger hill could not be easy more especially that the entire group of rebels were gathered there waiting for Barrow… I could hear their voices as we all crawled past the rocks embedding the Chad river.. I could feel blood run down my elbows obviously due to the tense crocodile crawl I had done for approximately hundred metres on the rough rocks…

Finally,we were done… I could breath as sigh of relief as I helped out everyone that had lagged behind… I was pulling the last man before a trace flare suddenly lighted up like a heavy fire display, exposing us to total light that could even [email protected] normal daylight… I knew we were in trouble!

I quickly whisked my way towards the nearest thinks before I heard rebels jump down from the hill, falling like heavy luggage on the banks of the river…there was and heavy exchange of fire leading to a number of corpses on the battle ground… I could neither believe the strength I gathered, firing my pistol at point blank range on each enemy I saw…

Their number was slowly rising that the bullets they baptised us with killed almost the entire squad… It was such a heated fire exchange that before I could realise it, had already received a bullet in my shoulder…thanks to Sergeant Silavwe who provided cover as he crawled me to safety… I knew it was now time to dispatch my missile launcher…

I gathered up my strength, engaged the missile and carefully aimed at the target area amid shivers obviously due to excess loss of blood… In a blink of an eye, I had already dispatched the missile…All I could see in my dizzy state were different parts of body parts fly in the air like sprinkles of water…… I had already [email protected] out!

8:30 Am at BANJUL CAMP HOSPITAL…
I opened my eyes to a strange odour of medicine and syringes… On my bedside was colonel Mango who smiled cheerfully…. I knew I was back into safe hands….

The next few days, colonel Mango recounted how the rescue operation found me half dead early in the morning on the banks of the Chad river…I could ha-rdly believe my ears that I was the only surviving member from that operation… Quiet mysterious…
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I could not believe my ears that General Banda was behind the order to cancel the rescue operation…it was later discovered that he had secretly connived with the rebels for a lucrative oil deal hence his ill plans to get all peace keeping troops wiped out by Barrow and the group…

Two days upon being discharged from Hospital, Colonel Mango handed me the letter indicating my withdraw from the peace keeping mission…That night, Clare and I talked like never before, I could hear the excitement from the tone of her voice…. Now I could head back home to be with my family!

CLARE’S POV#
I could not help but feel excited and cry uncontrollably to hear that Craig was still alive and would be back home later that day…

I quickly prepared myself, dressed in his favourite blue dress he had bought for my engagement and red shoes he always spoke highly of how I looked whenever I wore…

Tears rolled down my cheeks as I watched on the plane touch down… Holding Craig junior in my hands…..dozens of military men who had gathered at the airport quickly lined up to form a parade…

CRAIG’S POV#
we finally touched down at half past 3 PM after a long, tiresome six hour flight…I could not believe it that the brigadier was at hands to welcome me…

Tears flocked my eyes upon being pres£nted with a honorary package of a swords, national colours and above all Q commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant…

Clare could not hold her emotions as she quickly ran towards me,handed me junior Craig before haging me tightly… I smiled cheerfully, still in disbelief I had been referred United with my wife and cute kid who resembled me so much…

‘Here we go Lieutenat’

Called on the Brigadier…. I looked on and could not believe what I was seeing… I could not hide my emotions, my eyes buried into tears of joy as Clare, I, the Brigadier and junior Craig walked past the colourful GUARD OF HONOUR that had been mounted in my respect…

Clare had won a Scholarship to study her long awaited career in nursing, General Banda had been fired from the army pending court charges on war crimes… Junior Craig and I are best friends one could ever imagine!

-THE END-

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