Alice hastened her steps as she
ascended the staircase. She got to the
reception seeing some group of nurses
gossiping and laughing their a-s out.
‘good evening’ she greeted desperately.
‘eh eh, good evening. How may we help
you’ one oversabi nurse asked.
‘i’m here to see someone’ Alice replied.
‘the someone wey you come here come
see no get name abi?’ Another nurse
replied sarcastically. And all the nurses
Alice felt embarrased but because she
was desperate to see her mother, she
let it pass.
‘mrs. Kofoworola Tarulba’ Alice said.
‘mrs kwa? See, for this hospital, we no
dey do mrs or no mrs. Na only the name
of the person we dey write so this mrs
wey you call so no get sense’ a nurse
‘okay sorry. Is Kofoworola Tarulba’ Alice
The nurse reached for a long book
which she opened, stole a glance at
Alice and saw the desperation on her
‘na who she be to you?’ she asked.
‘my mother’ Alice said.
‘okay oo. She dey room……’
‘dont worry i know the room she is’
Alice said and left them.
‘if you know the room before why you
con dey disturb us?’ the nurse said after
‘i wonder!’ another sighed.
Alice didnt care, she just wanted to see
Fred tried to but he couldnt then all of a
sudden, the room started shaking then
Queen Lateefa appeared.
Fred lowered the razor and bowed
before her, wiping his tears.
‘dont bow!’ Queen Lateefa said.
Whether she was angry or not, Fred
He raised his head up with his two
hands at the back. Queen Lateefa’s horn
‘look Fred, you are one of my best
subjects and i have been watching you
for a while now. Why do you find it so
difficult to eliminate this wife of yours?
She will be a threat to you in the future
if you dont get rid of her now’ Queen
Fred wiped his tears and faced her.
‘i will surely get rid of her, i just need
some time’ Fred said.
‘time is what we dont have. We have to
have this ritual done immediately to
protect us from this calamity that is
about to befall us. The god of thunder is
angry with us. If we dont do something
to appease him, then the calamity that
will befall us will be unavoidable’ Queen
‘i wont let the god of thunder to be
angry with us’ Fred said.
‘you and Nneka will be on the same
assignment but with different people’
Queen Lateefa said.
‘what assignment?’ Fred asked.
‘if you can get it done then, your wife
may live because if you dont kill her, i
will’ Queen Lateefa said.
Fred closed his eyes in excitement.
‘what is it, my queen, i will do anything
as far as Kofo lives’ Fred said.
‘good. Now, you will have to kill the man
that will come for your daughter’s hand
in marriage’ Queen Lateefa said.
The smile on Fred’s face gradually
turned into a frown.
‘i dont understand’ he said.
‘but you will have to make sure that they
come together. It isnt just any man.
When you see the man, you will know’
Queen Lateefa said.
‘but…but i already did something like
that before. I killed Benjamin through
an accident. I caused the accident. That
was six years ago and since then my
daughter has been miserable. Do you
expect me to do such again?’ Fred
‘you will have to choose between your
wife and this stranger’ she said.
‘please queen, i will do anything else but
not this one’
‘Nneka is on the mission of killing the
lady that will engage with her son-in-
law. Almost the same mission and you
both have three months to submit your
assignments’ she said.
‘who is Nneka’s son-in-law?’
Queen Lateefa laughed.
‘someone you dont know of. Get the
assignment done, will you?’
‘i will’ he said and she disappeared and
the door flung open.
To be continued
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