Walk Of Shame Episode 9
They drove back in silence. Each lost in their thoughts…of “what if” and the elevator kiss that nearly but never happened.
He turned off the engine…
“I hope you had a good time…”? He reached for her hand, takes it to his lips and drops a kiss to her knuckles. She pulls it away…
“Yes I did. Thank you Anthony… Good night”. She hides her blush and exits the car. He felt oddly strange.
He missed her. He was going to miss her a lot more. But he smiled.
“See you later”
He waited for five minutes as James comes out of Rose’s and enters the car…
“Sup dude!!! I trust you had a good evening with the pretty lady. She seemed shyer all of a sudden. Eyes to the ground. Did you…ahem..” he clears his throat.
“Don’t be a FOOL James. We just had a good clean time and I actually like it. I actually like her James and that’s no joke. So don’t say stupid things like that. It didn’t cross my mind one bit”.. Anthony turns on the engine.
James smiles shaking his head…
“Wow Anthony am impressed. Grace would make a good man out of you. Maybe a Pope, she a nun, while you both run the church. Oh heavenly places to be.” He clasps his hands, looking up to the heavens and waving. ..
“Halleluiah somebody. Anthony!! The ladies’ man. The player has been healed of his exploits and youthful exuberance. Praise Jesus!!! Marry the girl already. I approve… James punches his shoulders
“You are just a FOOL James. I swear ” … but he smiled genuinely, he liked the feeling and he couldn’t wait to see her the next day. It was a good thing the Victoria’s business was coming to an end tomorrow.
**** The next day.6pm after classes ****
Victoria’s house was filled to teeth. Music blasting. Drinks… small chops, and dancing.
She looked at her watch….” Where were they?” She comes out and takes a look, walks back into her room.
“They aren’t here yet. Where the Fxxk are they?” Bunmi and Sandra exchanged knowing looks.
She brings out her phone and then dials. . “Where are you?” Ok. Good. Just wait awhile. The night is still young”…
She throws her phone on the bed, and sits down. Tapping her feet impatiently… in another 30 minutes she sends Bunmi to check. She comes back smiling and say’s
“They just walked in”.
Victoria gets up, takes a look at the mirror, puts on a big smile, carries a wine and two glasses and walked out of the room, accompanied by her two guards. Joining the crowd of people dancing.
“Uncomfortable?” Anthony asked as he leaned, whispering into her ears.
“Don’t be” he continued; am here. She won’t do anything stupid” He replies, and nods as she nods.
“By the way, there are lots of witnesses… and she wouldn’t bring the mess into her house.” James joins in. He takes a look round the house and whistles. … “She is definitely rolling in buck’s meh n…”
Rose scoffs. “You really don’t want to really visualize how much rolling she does James. It’s disgusting. So don’t trip. I don’t feel comfortable either… Especially with everyone staring at me with the outburst she made about me and my mum. Am here for Gracey and because Anthony and you insisted. So let her come out already and apologise and we leave. This place makes me want to cringe.” Rose spat her irritation visible.
“Speak of the devil!!” Rose exclaimed.
*clink clink clink*!!!!
The music died down. Everyone gushes and turns. Victoria steps on her table making her higher than everyone.
“Typical, She is always the drama queen” Rose muttered under her breath. The four of them chuckled.
“Good evening everyone and I thank you all for coming. As you all know… my name is Victoria fondly called “Queen V” and I welcome you all to my home. .
And you all know that for a few weeks now the school has been buzzing with a little ruckus between Anthony and me and of cause Grace.
I know I have done pretty nasty things in my past but I stand here to say I am sorry to everyone I have offended. I am sorry to you Anthony if I have put you in a spot and I am sorry for saying such bad things about Rose. Who cares if she doesn’t know her father and her mother slept around? She was trying to survive in this messed up world and wanted a good life… ”
“But…I have no right to say such things and I am sorry Rose. We used to be best friends and I would love to continue back on that part.”
“Grace, sweet sweet Grace. You have an amazing personality and I wonder why I became jealous of you. I know… I have had a crush on Anthony for like forever and I can’t force him to be with me especially when he wants to be with you…plain grey Grace y. Who am I to judge you or hate you? So like I promised, this is me, Victoria officially and publicly apologizing to Grace for hitting her and saying things about her and doing stuffs to her. I am sorry Grace. I really am. I am sorry Anthony, I have changed Turned a new leaf… it won’t happen again. You are my witness. I give in. Grace you win you have Anthony and all I can do is to be happy for both of you. I am sorry, really…” She faked a tear.
The room enveloped in an applause except for the four people who just stared at her, uncertain of what to make of her.
She picked up her wine, pours into both glasses,
“Let’s call a truce Grace, let’s drink to the past and let bygones be bygones. Let’s drink to the future and impossibilities. Let’s drink to peace and friendship and love… here… drink with me” Victoria beckons
Everyone turns to Grace, waiting.
“You don’t have to if you don’t wanna” Rose tells her.
“This might put an end to everything you know” James tells her
“Do what your head tells you Grace. I will stand with you either ways”…
“Go on Grace, accept it. She said she is sorry. “The crowd chanted.
She took for a second, then she nods…
“Let’s end this once and for all” She steps up, taking the drink and downing it.
The crowd cheers. Everyone claps. Victoria wraps her up in a big bear hug, still faking tears… Dropping kisses on her face. And hugs her again…
“Big mistake Grace. I know you were stupid. .but I didn’t realize you were gullible as well. “She whispered into her ears… she hugs her and kisses her again…
Graced blinked. Once and then twice… and began to feel giddy. Happy giddy. A warm sensation danced within her legs… crawling all the way to her bosom. She felt tingly .
“Let the party begin. Music !!! Dance. Eat and have fun everyone. Whoa! !!!!” Victoria bellowed . The cheers filled the room. Music increased and everyone got into the party mood.
“Okay Grace, C’mon Let’s go” Anthony pulls her down holding onto her hands.
“Why…the party just started… why do you want to leave already?” Victoria asked.
“Well we came here because you asked and because you said you wanted to apologize… and you have. So we leave”
“Okay, Thanks for coming.”She pulls Grace into a hug. She knew the drug had already begun working. She pulls rose into a hug too. She knew people were watching. She needed to play her part. She had a great alibi and a place of time. No one would trace it back to her, after all, everyone saw her drink the wine too.
She watched as they left… Bunmi and Sandra comes up behind her.., and hands her a gum. And gives one to Sandra as well. From the end of the room, you would assume they were sharing a gum… But Victoria’s was a gum. It was an antidote for the drug she put into the wine.
“What happens when you take an overdose of Spanish fly, Viagra and painkillers??”
“You won’t feel a thing when a horse rams deep into you…you might even enjoy it ” Sandra replies evilly.
“Poor Grace…poor stupid Grace ” Bunmi joins in…
“Let’s party girls. I would sleep peaceful tonight. Tomorrow would be a good night.”
*** Outside *****
“Why does it feel as though Victoria was mocking us? Her apologies felt like more insults than remorse…” Rose climbed into the car… “Waste of my dear few minutes if you ask me…”
“Well, as long as this Victoria saga has ended. Whatever she said doesn’t matter. We have exams by Monday. I just want to go home and sleep and forget the past weeks didn’t exist”..!
“Yes ma’am. Driver coming right up “…
They laughed as Anthony drove into the night….
Then they saw it… Two guys beating a third on the Streets. .
“What da hell?”
“Hey don’t pull over Anthony, they are probably drunk. Let keep going.”
“What if they injure him…? Two against one. You both should stop them…” Grace voice was filled with worry.
Anthony slowed down… winding down.
“Hey dudes, what’s the problem?”
They don’t answer. The smaller one was on the ground, folded as they ram into him with fists and legs.
He gets down. James followed behind…
“Stay here” he tells them.
“Calm down guys. I am sure what whatever he has done its forgivable. This is my school. My father is the Dean and I am the Student body president so why don’t we calm down, and we can talk about it. And if he needs to be punished for an offence, the school authority would handle it …okay?” Anthony drew closer to them, James behind him.
“Who your position epp… my friend get lost. This doesn’t concern you. We would beat him till we are tired.” The one with the white goatee said. His feet on the dude who hid his face.
“But am sorry I can’t let you do that. Let me just call the school authority and they can handle him okay. Come on. …”
“Yes mehn… The dude already knows he is in deep shit. How about it guys?” James joins in
But they didn’t see it. They didn’t see the fourth person come from behind with a plank, brushing James off his feet.
Anthony turns punching the guy in the gut. He groaned. The two and the third on the ground rushes in, covering Anthony and James. …
Two takes Anthony down, pinning him. The other two rams into James ‘ side. His face was bloodied already… as fists kissed his face.
“They emptied out their pockets, shoes, cloths… tying them up.
“Oh my god oh my god oh my god…”
Grace kept on screaming… “They are armed robbers… Oh God save us… Anthony… James… Oh God…”
It happened in a second… The third was at the door, pulling them out by their hairs and flinging them to the ground…
“Don’t touch them you maggot!” Anthony charged. He gets knocked down…. “I will fxxking kill you. Take what you want and leave them alone.”
“Don’t harm him you fool” the taller one cautions…
James groaned in pain. He couldn’t feel his leg…
“My father would find you and you would pay.” Anthony spat. “If you are a man… Untie me and let’s handle this one on one.”
He laughs, bending to Anthony’s level.
“I am not hiding my face. So look at it well. You don’t know me. In fact it don’t exist. But for that sharp mouth of yours… I would rip out your tongue. Rich kid huh? Am sure you won’t mind if we collect all your cash and take your car and maybe your woman. So which is she eh???”
Grace and Rose held on to each other, crying. Grace felt woozy… scared but giddy.
The four of them stood about them. Gathering their spoils. The taller one went towards the girls…
“Is that her???” He pulled Rose’s hair… She kicked and screamed
“Let her go!!” Anthony and James shouted… James more in pain.
“Hmm… okay.” he lets Rose go and grabs Grace’s hair….
“What about her..?”
“Let her go… I swear I will kill you!” Anthony said through clenched teeth. Threaten
“Oh…there she is…. how about a little fun missy hmm. Am sure your daddy wouldn’t mind eh”…
Anthony charges again for him and gets knocked out cold. Grace and Rose screams. James groans.
The taller one hits the culprit… lifting him off the ground…speaking through closed teeth. ..
“You fxxking cunt . Don’t hit the rich one you dick. I will break your hand. She would have our necks.”! He pushes him away. And touches Anthony’s neck, feeling for a pulse. He felt it. And steps away from him. Turning back to Grace.
“Take her!” He orders and then pauses…
“Take both of them.”
Two of them flunk Grace and Rose over their shoulders, their kicking and screaming didn’t disturb the night. They carried Anthony’s car, taking their cash and cloths and zoomed into the night.
***** Next day****
“How is he?” The man who towelled over him asked the nurse. .
“He has a concussion. We are going to run scans to make sure he doesn’t haven internal bleeding. Which could be a serious case causing a tumour… but for now, he just has to regain consciousness. Other than that, he is in good shape.
The man nodded.
“And the other boy??”
“A few torn flesh, split lip. A broken leg, when we brought him in. But we managed to fix the bones and shift it in its normal place. He was lucky. He would be wearing a leg cast and few weeks of rest, he would be back on his feet. He is awake. ”
The man nodded. “Good. I will have a word with him. “The nurse nodded and directed him.
James was in all shades of pain… when the man walked in behind the nurse, he tried to sit up… but the nurse held him down.
“Relax son, don’t stress yourself. I need to ask you some questions. I know you have spoken to the police already but I need to ask…
…did you recognise any of the boys…? Do you have any idea where they must have taken your friends and what they did to them??”
“No. I don’t. They were robbers. And they caught us off guard, knocking Anthony out and taking Grace and Rose… My God!! What if they had done something horrible to them? Is Anthony okay? He wouldn’t wake up. He wouldn’t move…is he okay??”
The man’s chest constricted. He knew he hadn’t been there for Anthony as he ought. Ever since his wife died. He blamed himself and pushed the only family away. His only son. He didn’t want to care. Every time Anthony came he acted cold and aloof. Gave him money and luxury and sent him on his way. Without guidance, without love. Until that phone call that came in the middle of the night….
They found his son, passer-by’s said, dead and another young man in pain. And he had broken down shedding tears. In shame, in regrets and when he came here realising he was alive he thanked the stars and heavens and God for giving him another chance to right his wrong…and one of them was to catch the culprits and make them pay.
“He is still unconscious. Hopefully he is out of danger. I am hopeful. Have you seen them before… did they wear a mask, anything..?
“No. That’s why I believe they were robbers. Because they had no fear. But something felt strange. They went at me but were careful with Anthony until he charged at them and one put him down. The boss said something angrily to the hitter but I didn’t hear. But it seemed as though he knew Anthony… or maybe because he mentioned he was your son.”
Mr Anthony senior nodded…
“Rose and Grace… what is the police saying about them…?”
“They are investigating the matter. They would find them. ”
His phone buzzed, he looked at the caller. It was the chief of police…
“Hello chief inspector, do you have news for me?” He listened, his eyes opens, his head shoots up, and he hurries out of the room.
**** back at campus****
The school was buzzing, of the robbery that happened last night. Of the two boys found in the bush practically naked. One found dead and the other barely walking. Of the two girls missing. Everyone was talking of the video leaked online of someone who looked a lot like Grace, the new transfer from Lagos, one time enemy of Victoria who called a truce over Anthony and made peace. One time church goody-two-shoes girl who appeared holier than thou and who seemed all too shy, but yet was highly engaging in sexual practices and enjoying it. The whole school was buzzing. And the video had a thousand hits by mid-afternoon. And Victoria was yet to hear all the details.
“I just wired your balance. Nice job guys. It was much more than I expected. Nice doing business with you guys. Chia!!!” Victoria spoke into her phone… Muting the sound on her computer as she watched Grace and four men enjoy themselves. She cuts the call.
“Wow… who knew Grace had it in her. That drug worked wonders…” She laughs.
Sandra stands straight up behind her, laughing. . “Damn! Even I have a lot to learn. See those moves. She would freak out when she wakes up today and see’s this. She had no idea what she was feeling and what she was doing. Well…that would teach her”…
Bunmi strolls in with a sullen look on her face…
“Erm…guys… Did you hear what happened last night???”
“What are you? Like 12. We happened last night. Party at my house and another party video. James getting messed up and Anthony watching Grace whisked away. Am sure he is as disgusted as I am when he watched Grace go on and on with four guys in that video… good thing they wore a mask there sha. It’s classic. Grace leave school. I get Anthony back. Victoria is happy because she gets what she wants…” She squeals, Bunmi doesn’t smile. In fact Bunmi looked upset. Too upset.
“What is it Bunmi… why that look??”
“Yes Bunmi, what’s wrong?”
“Anthony, Anthony is the one who died. James is alive. You killed him. You killed Anthony!” Her eyes pooled
Sandra and Victoria gasped…
“What’s that now??”
“They just found Grace and Rose. They are in the hospital. Grace is in shock and not talking. That’s what you wanted right. You got it. She is messed up. Rose is in an uncontrollable wreck. James has a broken leg but Anthony…
“He is dying. He hasn’t woken up since yesterday. You killed him. You said you loved him and won’t hurt him. But you did. He was going to be safe. You killed him. ”
“No!” No… I told them not to touch him. I told them. I paid them… No!!!”
“Dean is calling for the culprits heads. Oh gawd Victoria… We went too far… You went too far this time…
…what if they find out…. I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to go to jai—
A slap across her face. Her eyes stung. Her chicks burned. Tears ran down.
“Shut up shut up shut up Bunmi. No one knows it’s us. No one. So shut your big mouth and act like you don’t know shit. “She picks up her phone, deletes numbers and messages to the goons. Erases contents on her laptop.
“Look everyone saw me make up with Grace. And for Pete sake no one would assume I had anything to do it. Am just a mere university girl. Who likes to have fun and maybe fight over a boy? Everyone does that. So shut up. Act cool. Shit would pass. And we would be back to sanity. Grace is too messed up to stay back. Rose is probably screwed up as well. I don’t care shit about James. But Anthony. …..” She bites her lips. “I will go by the hospital. He needs me” … Victoria dashes out. Leaving Bunmi and Sandra alone.
“Bunmi…am sorry she hit you again. You know she was angry you were talking too much… Pull it together… okay??” Sandra taps her shoulders and goes after Victoria
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Bunmi sits down on the bed unflinching. Un blinking tears flowing down her eyes. .
“Victoria you bitch. You lousy lousy evil bitch. I kept quiet for so long because I was scared of you. No more. I have loved Anthony for as long as you. I was scared of you. But no more. You play with fire and don’t care who gets burnt. But this time you would get a taste of your medicine. I swear it. You hurt Anthony and you hurt me. Anthony is dying because of you bitch. And you won’t go free… no not this time.”
…..she picks up her phone and dials… The admin office picks.
“Dean’s office, how can I help you??” The voice askes.
“I have information on the culprits behind Anthony’s case! She didn’t smile. She didn’t even blink…
It was time to have a new queen.
To be continued.