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Copper John – episode 2

Copper John
episode 2
Joy was so scared that her heart pumped like a pumping
machine, she had different questions racing through her mind
like Who were these people? Where are they being taken to?
What do they want from them? Why were they the chos£n ones?
John noticed that the bus suddenly slowed down and took a turn,
now there were off the tarred road, he knew because he could tell
from the buses sound and movement, he heard one of the armed
men talking about how much they will be paid for bringing ten
people, one of the men said If na 100,000 naira per person then e
mean say na one million naira we dey collect, now John knew
where they were being taken to, they were going to be sold by the
armed men to ritualists who would pay them 100,000 naira for
each of them, TJ’s worst fears were confirmed as he also heard
their conversation, is this how his life is going to end? He
thought, the bus had continued along the rough road for 30
minutes where it had taken different turns than they could count,
they drove for another 20 minutes before the bus finally came to
a stop. They were there, John thought, they were at the place
where their lives might end, their blindfolds were removed and
they were ordered to get down from the bus, as they got down lo
and behold they were in the middle of nowhere inside a very thick
forest, right in front of them stood an uncompleted building with
hefty and heavily armed men, they were about 7 in number, one of
the guards said they don come o, the leader of the armed men
then ordered them to line up in a straight line and move into the
building, John wondered how any human being in their right
s£nses would think of building a house in such a thick forest in
the first place, as they were moving into the building, John
noticed that a car was parked beside it, it was a Range Rover
SUV, John quickly crammed the number of the vehicle AA 885
AKD as they were about to enter into the building John thought,
was that the last car he was going to see? Well if it was, it was a
nice one .
They entered the building which was dark and damp and smelled
of death, escaping was not an option as they were surrounded by
h@rd looking, heartless and hefty armed men, they were lead to a
dark room they called the dungeon, where they were chained. TJ
said to John ‘on the bright side we’ll pray to God for forgiveness
and end up in heaven ‘ prayers! John hadn’t thought of that, he
began to pray to God for forgiveness, he asked God to find them a
way out of this smelly, dark dungeon, he had not finished praying
when one man walked in carrying injections all filled with a
substance that neither of them knew about, the man began to
inject each of them with the substance, as he was injected, John
began to recite psalm 23, he had not reach ‘thou anoint my head
with oil ‘ when he suddenly felt dizzy, as his eyes were about to
close the last thing he saw was Joy who was already
…………………………………………………………… It was almost
evening when they woke up, they must have slept for about 5
hours, it was then John noticed that he was Unclad and all his
hair was shaven, not only him but all the guys who were in the
dungeon, he looked towards Joy’s direction, she was untouched
and so were the remaining women in the dungeon, he and Joy’s
eyes met, he was a little shy, he liked the idea of being Unclad in
front of her but not under such cir¢vmstances, their clothes were
in the center of the room, John felt uneasy, he was not used to
being Unclad in front of women, but he knew TJ was, he had to
find a way to free himself and get out of this mess along with Joy
and TJ at least, he looked at the far end of the room and noticed
that some of them were weeping, John studied the room for
escape points, the window was not an option as it was high, very
small and had a h@rd burglary barricade in front of it, he looked
up at the ceiling, the door was not an option either as two armed
men were outside guarding it, he looked at Joy then he had an
idea …
John looked at Joy’s hair and noticed that she had a hair pin, can
you throw me your hair pin? John asked politely, okay Joy
replied as she removed her hair pin and tossed it at John, with
his shackle bound hands he pick up the pin, as he tried to use
the pin to pick the lock of his chains, the door opened and 3 men
came in and took the four other people who were not corpers,
John heard one of them say something about beheading them
and using their organs for money rituals, John silently prayed to
God for a miracle, as the last armed man was about to close the
door he mistakenly shut the door on the bunch of keys attached
to his belt hole, the keys fell inside the room as the man shut the
door, that was the fastest prayer that God had ever answered
him, now he had to act fast, heaven had helped him now he had
to help himself, he got back to picking the lock as he was
sweating as if he was inside an oven, he was relieved when he
picked the first lock, he had never done such before but he had
now put the movies he watched into good use, as his left hand
was free he used it to pick the second lock,it took about 3 minutes for him to pick the lock until it opened, with both his
hands free he stretched to where the key was but he was just a
few inches short, he looked around and remembered their clothes
which was in the middle of the room, he stretched to where the
clothes were and took his boxers and used often it to try to get
the key, He threw his boxers over the bunch of keys and pulled it
nearer, now he had the keys, he had tried 3 keys before the fourth
one opened the shackles on his feet, now free, he out on his
boxers and went to release Joy first, he tried the keys that
released him first and it opened all her shackles, he tried it for TJ
too and It worked, when TJ was free John have him the keys to
release the other 3 people while he dressed up, when they were
all released and dressed up, John had a plan to get them out of
there .. ………………………
Bison was in the slaughter room when he
noticed that his keys were not with him, he quickly retraced his
steps in search of the keys, he searched everywhere but could
not find his keys, he then remembered that he had not searched
the dungeon, with his pistol in his hand he ran to the dungeon, he
then ordered the two guards to open the door, when the door was
opened, Bison could not believe his eyes
The room was empty as all the prisoners had escaped through
the ceiling, he raised an alarm and informed all the men that the
prisoners had escaped and he needed to have them back, all the
men ran out in search of John and his mates because prisoners
meant money, John and his friends ran through the back of the
building into the forest as fast as they could because sooner or
later their captors would find out that they had escaped, before
they could say Nelson Mandela 6 armed men were after them, it
was now a race of life and death called stop and you are dead,
TJ had been in a similar situation before when he was being
chased by cultists in his university for dating the girlfriend of one
of them, that time he ran through the school premises to the
nearest police station or else he would have surely been beaten
to coma, he had then called his father who had then called the
commissioner of police to get the cultists arrested, they ran
through the forest without knowing where exactly they were
heading to, luckily for John the men had not collected his wrist
watch, he checked the time as he was running, it was 4:20 pm,
as they continued running one of the male corpers whose name
was Chidi fell and twisted his ankle, they had already ran far
ahead before TJ looked back and noticed what had happened,
none of them dared go back to rescue him, John felt sorry for
Chidi as the men pounced on him and dragged him back, one
man dragged him as the remaining 5 continued the pursuit, as
John and his friends ran on they jumped over a pit which was full
of bones and skulls and produced a bad odor, John concluded
that that was probably where the men dumped the remains of
their victims, they ran and turned left but the men kept pursuing
them, they arrived at a cliff which had a river at It’s bottom, John
and his friends looked back, there was only one thing to do
John looked down at that river, it was flowing fast, he looked at
TJ who nodded at him he looked back and saw that the armed
men were closing in on them, he held Joy’s hand and said we all
jump at the count of 3 okay, by then the men were 50 feet apart
from them shouting stop! stop there! With Joy’s hand in his John
counted 1, 2 , and at the count of three the youth corpers Jumped
down the cliff, by the time the men got there, John and his friends
were half way down the cliff, the men turned back disappointed,
Bison was going to be mad at them……….. Splash! John and his
friends landed into the river, they tried to swim as the strong
river current carried them along, he held on tight to Joy’s hand,
no matter what happens he’s not going to let go, he didn’t bother
much about TJ, he knows he’ll be fine, he looked back and saw
that the other male and female corper were doing well, they
journeyed along the river as the current continued to push them
down the river, John’s heart raced as he sighted something that
looked like a crocodile ahead of them, his heart pounded even
faster as they got near it, it was then he realised that it was just a
log of wood, he felt relieved as his heart beat reduced, he and Joy
held on to the log of wood as their Journey continued, TJ looked
to his side as he saw monkeys on the trees beside the river
chattering and jumping happily, for one second he wished he
could take their place, he had had enough worries for that day, he
looked at John and Joy floating away with the log, he smiled a
bit, he knew John liked Joy a lot because he had told him about
her before, he had never seen John go crazy about a girl before,
at least he was happy for John whose dreams were coming true
but maybe not the way he had wanted or imagined it, the river
slowed down as it brought them into a larger river, this was
probably the end of the river , he thought, he was right, it was the
end of the river but the beginning of a new journey as they felt
something like ropes pulling them into the river, they tried to
scream for help but their words became bubbles as they were
dragged underwater
The corpers struggled for air as they were drawn down deeper
into the river, suddenly a bright light shone and they all became
Joy was the first to wake up in the unusual environment, as she
opened her eyes a tilapia fish p@ssed in front of her, she was
shocked as she noticed they were underwater and she could
breathe, John and the rest too woke up and were shocked but
amazed that they could breathe underwater, as they tried to
move they realised that they had been tied down by some
mysterious sea plant, as they tried struggling to free themselves
a voice echoed ‘what are you looking for in my kingdom you
worthless and wicked human beings ‘? They looked around but
could not find anybody, you fish eaters disgust me and do not
deserve to be alive, I don’t know why my daughter rescued you
people from the drowners but you are going to face the panel
tonight, it was then that the merman showed his self to the
corpers, he was very handsome and had a the trunk of a human
being and the rest of his body from his waist was like a fish,
John had heard of mammy water, he had even seen them in
movies like H2O but he never imagined it was anything as
beautiful as that, the merman swam towards them and looked at
their faces before swimming away, then another figure
approached them, it was a mermaid, the most beautiful thing TJ
had ever seen in his life, she came towards them and told them
how she had rescued them from the drowners, she also told them
that her father, the king hated human beings and was going to put
them on trial, if they were found guilty they would be eaten by
fish, she also told them that they had to pick one of them to be
their lawyer and that they had an hour before trial, she then
swam away, they spent the next 45 minutes debating who would
be their lawyer as John and TJ both studied law, they finally
agreed that John should be their lawyer as he had taken good
decisions for them, they had not waited too long when some
huge mermen came to lead them to trial…
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