**20 minutes later * *
Tarasha carefully observed her image formed
in the mirror as she posed in front of it in her
pink mini gown. Her makeup was well done to
match her the attachment used to plait her
hair and her dressing as a whole.
Her phone rang as she picked her bag to walk
out of the room. Dare was calling.
‘Hello’ she said in a low tone, she wasn’t
expecting his call.
‘Hello Evelyn, I’m on my way. Let’s have
lunch’ Dare spoke hastily.
‘Huh? Dare, we can’t…’ She was still talking
when the call ended.
She paused for a while to think of her next
step. Henry just called that he was already
waiting for her and now, Dare was also coming
for her.
‘Well, it’ll work together’ she said to herself
and headed to the restaurant.
*5 mins later *
Henry and Evelyn sat opposite each other on
the table as they awaited the return of the
‘So are you really shy or you’re just
pretending?’ Henry broke the silence.
Evelyn chuckled as she turned to face him. ‘Do
I look like a shy person to you?’ She asked in a
melodious manner.
‘No, not at all.’ Henry gave a short laugh. ‘I
never knew you could sing too’
‘I don’t sing.’ She said and relaxed back into
her seat, giving enough space for the waiter to
serve them.
Henry gave a look at Evelyn as he watched the
attendant serve, he was surprised that she
only ordered for drinks. He continued after the
waiter left. ‘Are you new in this city? Or what
are you doing in a hotel?’ He suddenly changed
the subject.
‘I’m new’ she answered with a smile. ‘I’ve
spent almost a week here, I’m came to do
‘Ok… Where are you based?’ Henry rolled his
‘Canada, with my parents’
‘Oh! I see. I was thinking you were just one of
our linguist here, your English doesn’t sound
Tarasha chuckled. ‘For how long were you in
Canada?’ Henry continued.
‘Over ten years of my life’ she replied. ‘My
parents relocated there when I was at a very
young age’
Henry paused and shook his head from side to
side in a doubtful manner as he murmured
‘Canada, Canada, Canada. Your English
doesn’t really sound North American either’
Tarasha’s phone rang, interrupting their
conversion. ‘Please, excuse me’ she said
before answering the call.
‘I’m in the restaurant’ she answered the
caller’s question. ‘With a friend… Yes, come
She ended the call and stared into Henry’s face
in a pleading manner. ‘I’m sorry, a friend of
mine wants to see me’
‘It’s okay’ Henry sounded indifferent. ‘Let’s
make an order since you already asked the
person to come here’
‘Don’t bother, maybe when he comes’ Tarasha
said. ‘He doesn’t really take soft drinks or
‘Ok.’ Henry felt strange as she revealed her
visitor was a male.
‘So you can have friends?’ Henry continued in
an attempt to make the atmosphere lively until
the visitor comes.
‘What do you mean?’ She laughed. ‘Everybody
has friends’
‘Is that so?’ He laughed too. ‘You sometimes
look too serious to have friends’
‘How? Except for today, you don’t look as m
friendly as this on the other days I met you’
‘Or you’re not always friendly to strangers?’
‘No… I’m friendly to anyone I can be friendly
‘But the day we first met. The day I bumped
into you in the gadgets shop, you were…’ He
paused. ‘You responded in a very harsh
manner and …’
‘And even reported you to soldiers’ Evelyn
completed his statement. Her face turned dull.
‘I wasn’t really in a good mood that day, I’m
sorry and you were…’ She stopped.
‘I was what?’ He demanded anxiously.
‘You were scary that day. The way you
followed after me got me really scared’
‘I thought I knew you from somewhere before.
Sorry about that’
‘It’s okay. I should be the one apologizing’ She
held his hand which was placed on the table.
Henry laughed suddenly, shaking his head side
to side. ‘What?’ Evelyn asked with a surprise
‘It’s just funny remembering what happened
that day’ Henry raised up his head to face her.
‘What did you tell those guys that day? They
were not even ready to listen to me’
Tarasha joined in the laughter. ‘Did they hurt
you so much?’
‘Not too much, a friend came to my rescue’
‘I’m sorry’ she said holding his two hands on
the table in a manner.
‘Its okay.’ He smiled.
‘I have a question to ask you.’ She said after
taking a sip and relaxing back into the seat.
‘Yes, what question is that?’
‘How did you know my location? Have you
been following be around?’ She gave him a
serious look.
The question met him unprepared. The juice
spilled from the glass cup he took a sip from as
he coughed. He cleaned his mouth with an
handkerchief and apologized.
Evelyn stared at him indifferently. She handed
him tissue paper to clean the table and
continued to stare at him with waiting eyes.
‘I… I have not been stalking you’ he managed
to say. ‘In fact, I’ll never try that after what
happened before’
‘Okay, how then did you know my location?’
She cut in impatiently.
‘I…’ Henry was looking for words to say when
he got distracted by Evelyn’s eye movement.
He turned back to see a guy staring at them
from few metres away, a look of
discontentment was on his face. The guy slowly
approached them.
‘Your friend?’ Henry whispered as Dare came
‘Good evening’ Dare greeted as he added a
third seat to the table.
‘Welcome Dare, meet Henry. Henry, Dare ‘
Evelyn introduced both guys to each other.
Dare struggled to turn and look at Henry’s
face, Henry already extended his hand to him.
Dare was about to take his hand hesitatingly
when they recognised each other. Two longtime
enemies had just met again.
**flashback **
8 years ago
Dare stormed into the house in a furious
manner. He stopped at the living room and to
stare at his two friends playing a video game,
they both stated back at him in surprise, the
look in their eyes demanded an explanation for
his attitude. He ignored the duo and proceeded
to his room.
He returned in few seconds, holding a pistol.
He was about to dash out of the house when
he was blocked by one of his friends.
‘Where do you think you’re going to with that
thing in broad daylight?’ Julius questioned,
pointing to the gun in Dare’s hand.
‘Julius, leave the way’ Dare replied in an angry
‘Leave which way? Give me the gun first’ Julius
‘Julius, leave the way now. I have to drop the
two of them’
‘Abeg, give me something jare’ Julius dragged
the gun from him unexpectedly and pushed
him to the floor.
‘You want to implicate the rest of us? You
don’t even know how to use a gun well yet’
Julius fired as he returned back to his gaming
‘Julius’ Dare grumbled as he got up from the
floor. He clenched his first and teeth as he
stood in between the gamers and the
‘What is wrong with you?’ Julius barked. He
shook his head furiously and gave a calm down
signal to the other friend who was about to
flare up.
Julius and Justice were three hundred level
students of the university while Dare was an
hundred level student. Dare’s wealth, father’s
influence and frequent clubbing were what
attracted Julius to lure him into the fraternity
just after the first semester.
Dare did not go through the rigorous initiation
process as he was seen as an “Ajebutter” and
his money was really needed in the fraternity
at that time, so the leaders of the group did
not bother.
Just three weeks after his “gentle initiation” ,
Dare began to behave in an unrestrained
‘Jennifer dared to lie to me, she said she
doesn’t want to have a boyfriend now and I’m
found her passionately hugging another guy’
Dare lamented.
Julius stared at him awkwardly. ‘Is that all?’
Justice picked his bag, hissed and shook his
head before leaving the sitting room.
2 days later
The scar faced guy zipped his button and put
on back his trouser. He spat on Jennifer who
was panting heavily on the floor, he never
knew he wouldn’t enjoy having sex with a
virgin. Her clothes were torn off her body, her
legs were widely spread and tied apart with
different ropes, her hands were also tied in the
same manner.
Dare bent to have a last quickie but was
slapped on the back by the third guy. ‘Is it not
okay?’ he whispered angrily. ‘Let’s get out of
Henry’s vision was still blur as he was still
suffering from the impact of the butt of the
gun on the back of his head, but he could
clearly recognise Dare who he had met before.
His sister, Jennifer had also told him that Dare
was asking her out.
As soon as the rapists left, he turned his face
to the direction where his only sister was tied
and was panting heavily. He managed to get
up after a few staggers , his vision was still
very blur as he proceeded towards her. She
was already having an asthmatic attack.
He frantically searched through her torn clothes
for the inhaler but it was nowhere to be found.
Tears flowed down his eyes as he watched his
sister struggling for her life helplessly.
Shakily, he got up and struggled to untie the
ropes. It was after four minutes he was able to
cut off the ropes. His sister had stopped
‘My sister died that day and till date, I’ve not
been really able to stop missing her. We were
so close, always found moving together when it
wasn’t school or work time’ Henry fought back
tears as he narrated the story to Evelyn in his
Evelyn placed a palm on his shoulder, she
stared into his eyes as she thought of what to
say to him. What bothered her mind most was
that her plan hadn’t worked out, she wouldn’t
have allowed them meet each other if she had
any idea that they were enemies.

Still, she wasn’t feeling any pity about Henry’s
sister’s loss, but she had to make herself feel
something so that the acting could go on
‘I understand how you feel but didn’t you take
any step to report the matter?’ She managed
to say.
‘I did, but there was no proof. My parents
even had to pay for damages as ordered by
the court. His father was a very influential man
then, so it was easy for him to go scot free’
‘What about the two other guys?’ Evelyn asked.
‘I couldn’t recognise them, I’m sure I would
have seen them with Dare after then but I
couldn’t point accusing fingers when I wasn’t
sure’ Henry explained. ‘Dare was later
withdrawn from the school by his father before
the next semester and was sent to restart his
university education overseas’
‘Hmm’ Evelyn sighed.
‘My sister’s death doesn’t really hurt me as
much as the manner at which she died’ Henry
continued. ‘She died in a most horrible
manner, they stole her dignity which she held
in high esteem and after then took her life’
Evelyn helped Henry cleaned his face as drop
of tears rolled down his face. She really
wondered how he felt. And what dignity was
he talking about? She frowned.
Well… She and numerous other girls were
molested sexually for several years by
uncountable ruthless men in the Nefary Clan in
the most brutal way. Rape meant nothing
significant to her anymore.
‘Sorry I had to make you meet an enemy, I
never knew Dare was that kind of person’
Evelyn apologized.
‘It’s okay, I forgave him a long time ago’ Henry
‘You’ve forgiven him?’ Evelyn seemed
surprised. To her and the Nefary Clan,
forgiveness was a sin. Those who forgive are
weak and deserving of death
‘You don’t want to get back at him?’ She
stared into his eyes, a strange kind of emotion
began to overwhelm her. ‘You don’t feel like
making him pay? Or making sure he dies too?’
‘No, I’ll rather act like God. God doesn’t kill
even when you wrong him, he still loves you’
‘Naaaah…’ Evelyn suddenly screamed and
flung the door open. ‘god is a killer and love
doesn’t exist’
‘What? ‘ Henry got out of the car, shocked by
Evelyn’s new display. ‘What do you mean?’
Tarasha was dumbfounded. Even she was
shocked at her outburst. A button had been
pushed, her emotions weren’t dead, some
elements of feelings still remained in her.
‘Are you okay, Evelyn?’ Henry moved closer to
her. She was the one who needed consoling
‘Please, can you get in?’ He motioned her back
into the car and winded up the windows,
cutting away the stares of several onlookers in
the garden.
Dare threw his phone angrily on the sofa as he
stormed into the living room. The maid that
opened the door for him had quickly hid
herself to avoid receiving his anger.
He never knew he was going to ever meet
Henry again. He had stopped involving himself
in cultic activities since he started the new
university in the united kingdom. He had also
dropped his other vices, of course except for
partying, alcoholism and womanising, those
ones were inbuilt “talents”.
Henry had suddenly showed up now that he
had decided to drop womanising and partying
as he already started developing feelings for
Evelyn. He wished they had gunned down
Henry that day. He suggested it to his friends
but Julius refused, advising him that the way to
really punish people was to leave them to feel
their pains after the torment.
He bit his lips in anger as he sat briefly on the
sofa, loosening his shirt buttons. He had to act
quick and act wisely. Killing Henry now would
make Evelyn dread him more or even testify
against him, he was sure that Henry would
have told her about his bad deeds after he
stormed out of the restaurant immediately.
Maybe he wouldn’t have stormed out in that
manner, he could have waited and tried to pick
up a conversation with Henry in pretence that
they did not know each other and deny the
accusation vehemently of Henry tried to raise
any. Or he could have been the one to stay
and would have allowed Henry to leave and
then feed Evelyn lies about him. But it was too
late, he had already acted like a criminal
caught red handed.
He scratched his head. Henry had to die, and
Evelyn too. He thanked God his feelings for
Evelyn had not developed into something big,
he could still do without her.
Moreover, she was a friend to his enemy and a
friend to his enemy was also his enemy.
‘Hello Afo’ he said into the phone. ‘Meet me at
my house in the next twenty minutes. I have a
job for you’
Chief Jubril sat comfortably into the leather
sofa, skimming through the Weekly Sun
newspaper. The newspaper was just a
distraction, his mind was on something else.
He was thinking about the event of the whole
AA Ltd according to his research would be a
very good partner to do business with. It
would further improve the image of his own
companies in the international sight. The only
thing that troubled his mind now was his
doubts about Evelyn. She could just be an
impostor claiming to be Alexander Amaechi’s
daughter. He needed to find a way to confirm
her story.
He smiled as his thoughts drifted to his son.
The boy must really be ‘jobless’ for him to
leave his own company matters and
accompany someone else to do business. He
wished his son could just have investment
ideas like this Evelyn seemed to have, he
would just make his own billions in few years.
But his son wanted to become a lawyer, he
was even studying law before he withdrew him
from the Nigerian university after suspecting
that he had begun to move with bad guys.
He picked his phone and dialed a number as
another thought flashed across his mind. He bit
his lips, waiting for the call to be answered.
‘Hey Afo’ he hailed and smiled at the response.
‘Were you at the office today? … okay, there
was a lady who came to the office with Dare, I
want you to keep an eye on her from
tomorrow. I want to be know her movement’
He heaved a sigh of satisfaction as he dropped
the call. No one could play pranks with him in
Nigeria, the country is his domain.
‘Who’s that?’ Dare asked the haggard looking
Afo who just ended a call.
‘It’s one of my clients’ Afo hid the truth from
‘Ok…’ Dare continued. ‘There’s this girl I’ve
been going around with recently, have you
seen her with me?’
‘The one you came to Chief Jubril’s office
with?’ Afo asked.
‘Exactly’ Dare nodded in affirmation. ‘I want
her dead… and there’s this guy following her
around now’
Afo exhaled deeply as he thought about
compiling the father and son’s job together.
The father wanted the girl monitored while the
son wanted her killed. Whatever beef was
between the girl and the family was not his
business, he only needed their monies.
Dare racked his brain trying to put together
what best description would tge second target.
He remembered that he saw Henry’s ID card
hung on his neck. ‘His name is Henry, he
works with the cameras security corps’ he
‘You don’t have his picture?’
‘No, you have to do that job. When you find
out someone who you suspect to be him, send
me his picture for confirmation.’ Dare said and
got up to leave.
‘How do you want the job done? Should we
hide away their bodies or leave it in public?’
‘Let the bodies never be found’ Dare stated. ‘I
want them killed on the same day and it must
happen before Friday’


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