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Copper John – episode 5

Copper John
episode 5
John woke up still smiling, it was the best night sleep he’s had
for a long time, he was sleeping in the comfort of a girl he loved,
no TJ had his leg over his body when he slept and he was not
sleeping under any orange tree where ants crawled on his when
he slept, he stood up and went outside, leaving his friends who
were still asleep, he went to ease himself under a tree and went
back to inside to lay beside Joy, he was not the only one who
had a good night sleep, Joy woke up full of Joy, it had been
almost a year since she had slept beside a man whom she liked
and who also liked her too, she knew John was in love with her,
she loved his warmth and manly pres£nce as they
lay……………………. Thousands of miles away from them
somebody didn’t have a good night sleep, Mr Adeboye had
traveled to Enugu in search of his son, he arrived Enugu around
9pm and decided to lodge in an hotel so that he could start
searching for his son this morning, he rarely slept for 1 hour the
previous night as thoughts began to occupy his mind, he hoped
John was safe and sound, maybe he had an emergency and could
not come home then his phone got spoilt or stolen, even if his
phone got spoilt or stolen at least he knows his phone number,
why didn’t he call, he knew John to be a responsible man, unlike
him, he had failed as a husband to John’s mother and he was a
bad father to John, John’s mother had left him when he had
beaten her for the umpteenth time after he came home drunk
from the club, she packed her bags and left his house that very
night never to return again, that time John was just a year and
seven months old, he felt sorry for the boy, he never had a real
mother to care for him, he went into the bathroom to have his
bath ……………………………………………… The DPO was not in a good
mood either, he called his men out, they all stood at ease before
him as he addressed them, he challenged them to show why the
police should be trusted, while the people of the community
should feel safe and to show that they were more powerful than
the trouble makers, with that he dismissed them…………….
Bison had a good night sleep, despite the events of the last two
days, he had earned about 15 million naira that week, he had
given his men 100,000 naira for each man or woman they
brought, now he could buy that range rover suv like the type that
Chief Dotmann brought two days ago, business was going on
well, all he had to do was keep on kidnapping
people …………………. The corpers had taken their bath at a
stream not far away from the hunter’s house, they then had their
breakfast of eba and ogbonna soup with antelope meat, John and
Joy kept making eye contact with each other, they wanted each
other badly, the hunter came out of his house carrying his dane
gun, but he was not dressed in his hunter’s outfit, he told them he
was ready, they were also ready, they were ready to take the long
walk to freedom
And they started their journey, the hunter’s daughter was going
with them too as she was going to carry some of the foodstuff
that her father was going to buy from town, the corpers were all
happy, finally all their troubles were going to come to an end, if
they could reach town they were all going to call their parents, TJ
smiled at his thoughts, if he called his father, he could go to
extent of s£nding an helicopter, he father might not even know
that he’s not in Lagos yet, he was always busy with his business,
Lagos today and London tomorrow, next week Johannesburg,
next month Liverpool, well he was already used to his father not
being around, John too thought about his father’s reaction, his
father would run to Enugu immediately, he knew his father would
be worried about him, if his phone had not been collected by the
kidnappers he would have had over 300 missed calls, his father
does not joke with his only son, Joy didn’t have any parent or
relative to call, her father and mother both died in a car accident
in Manchester, that was about 5 years ago, it was her father’s life
insurance money that was given to her that she had been using
for her upkeep, she couldn’t inherit her father’s property yet
because he had instructed in his will that his lawyer should not
hand any property over to her until she had finished her NYSC,
now she was going to Lagos to inherit her father’s property, they
walked through the bush path until they finally got to the wide
road where Bison’s men had har@ssed them, but no one was in
sight today, they continued walking along the dusty road, John
and Joy held hands and she put her head on his shoulder, see
gbeke o,TJ thought in his mind, these people love don reach level
2, love ke? He had never really loved any girl, all he had for girls
was lvst, for him girls come and go, he used them like recharge
cards, they walked for 15 minutes when they began to see more
mud houses, they were closer to town, they p@ssed through the
small community and alas! They were finally at the tarred road,
their Joy knew no bounds as the spotted a call center, they all
ran with their full speed towards the yellow umbrella leaving the
hunter behind, Chinelo too followed them, they heard drumming
and cheering not far away from them, as they approached the
call center, the man that was there was surprised to see them, he
was trying to tell them something, he could not speak because he
was dumb, he quickly wrote something on a paper and gave it to
them, the drumming and cheering became louder as they saw a
croud approaching them, they were probably celebrating
something, John read the paper, “take the women away, no
woman is allowed to be outside today “, before they say Phill!pe
Coutinho, four men grabbed Joy, Becky and Chinelo , it turned
into a tussle between them as more men came to drag the ladies
away, the hunter had just caught up with them, he had forgotten
that it was the nwayi festival which no woman was allowed to
come out for that day, any woman who was caught outside
would become either the king’s wife or slave, John took a deep
breathe, he could not let Joy or Chinelo go like that, their walk to
freedom had just become longer..
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