Sunday, January 10, 2010

Who is James?...by Aeedeeaee

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“James…?” Iphey stared, mouth agape and eyes wide in shock.

“Wetin be that?" The driver asked. "You dey ok?”

“Are you not James?” She demanded as shock and all kinds of emotions coursed through her body. He looked exactly the same as her missing brother-in-law.

“That no be me oo. Who is James? Madam you well so?”

“I’m alright. It’s just that…you look like someone I know.” She continued looking at him intently. “My sister’s husband…”

“I say no be me,” said the cab driver in an unflinching tone. “Where you dey go?”

He did look different. Thinner harder, meaner. The voice was also a bit different from James'…or so she thought. It had been almost three years. She really couldn’t remember what James’ voice was like anymore; partly because of the time lapse and partly because she had almost believed he was dead…

Stop it Iphey, And tell the man where you’re headed!

“Lekki Phase 1…” She finally replied.

Scratching his head, the driver said “Oh…Sorry o! I no dey go that way…I’m closing for today and na Surulere side am going.”

Iphey pierced him with her gaze but again he remained unmoving, “Madam go now make I fit find another passenger.”

“Oh..ok. I’ll just get another cab.” She jumped out, hunger and tiredness now replaced by angst, memories of the nights when she had to stay with her sister. When Ngozi would cry herself sick; her son sick and her husband missing. Lost in her reverie, Iphey almost got knocked down by an Okada rider…

“See, no be me go kpai you o!” He cursed at her.

“Sorry! Sorry...” said a very confused Iphey. Cursing okada riders were the least of her problems at that point. Damn! This had to be the day devil came out with his entire clan. A stressful day at work and now a James look-alike!

She hailed another taxi. Thankfully, this one was headed her way. The thought of what happened a few minutes ago just wouldn’t leave her.

That driver had definitely put her on the edge. He looked so much like James…but that voice, or maybe that was because of the pidgin he was speaking. She had never heard James speak that before, and the taxi driver seemed very fluent. She cursed her car for not starting. Cursed the mechanic for not fixing whatever the problem was.

“Chei! I must be more fatigued than I thought.” She said aloud.

“You say wetin?”

“Abeg, no vex. I was talking to myself” She said embarrassed.

Something about this entire business smacked of lies…or was she paranoid?

Yes. She was paranoid alright. And hungry. And fagged out.

“Lord Help!” She said aloud.

The cab driver obviously worried about the young lady constantly talking to herself said “Take it easy o madam, It is well.”

The first thing she did when she came in was to call her best friend.

“The strangest thing happened today o, Aisha!”

“What happen…Iphey abeg, Hold on, I don’t know what TJ dey call me for now…”

“No wahala…I’m here.”Iphey said in between nervous laughter. Who would believe it? She thought to herself. Should she tell her sister?

Aisha was soon back on the line, hissing “Walai! Can you imagine! It’s that rubbish Mutallab boy that TJ called me to come see!”

Iphey laughed at her. “Say after me, Mutallab is a mu-mu.”

Aisha hissed again. “Tell me joo, wetin happen today? Has Chinedu finally called?”

“Please don’t talk to me about Chinedu!” She had thought of him at work most of her free time but what happened on the way home had pushed him to the back of her mind. And she preferred him to remain there.

“You want make I speak with him again?” Aisha interrupted her thoughts.

Iphey was mortified. “Did you already call him?”

“I’m sorry Iphey, I called him for something to do with Habib, but your name came up.”

Iphey sighed. “It’s OK. I’m tired of that guy oo, and no I won’t call him. After kissing him in public, I think the ball is now firmly in his court."

Aisha agreed. “So wetin you call to tell me?”

“Aisha you won’t believe it…” Just then her doorbell rang.

“Aisha, hold on, someone is at the door.” Iphey she sprang up off the bed and headed back towards to door. It was just as well she had not changed out of her work clothes.

Aisha went on, mischief in her tone “At this time? Or is it him?”

Iphey was busy peering through her windows when Aisha blared in her ears “It’s him! Bad child! You you were just pulling my legs abi?”

“Aisha please go jo!” Iphey said chuckling, one hand unlocking the door. “I’ll call you.”

She froze when she saw who rang her bell. He who now stood in front of her on her doormat that said “WELCOME”.

“Can I come in?”

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So that's it folks. This was a long one so I had to split it into two. That means no vote till the next concluding part. And I tell you don't miss it! LOL...it will be up by Wednesday.

Our contributor is Aeedeeaee of THE SOUNDING BOARD OF A BUSY BEE. And while she is a bizzy bee indeed, she is also very creative. Check out her last Dr. Doolittle-type post with the talking books and stuff. Also Aeedeeaee is a trained script writer and writes for both Radio and TV. I'm honored to host her on the blog.






43 comments:

  1. Great post! Can't wait to see the rest of this.

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  2. Nice one, left as wondering who it could possibly be at the door.

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  3. Aww why now!!!
    Ok,ok.........great,I am guessing already o.

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  4. nice!!!
    i hope it's not what i'm thinking
    but do we have a "stalker"?
    LOL!

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  5. gosh who was it who was it??
    tell me tell me tell me!

    was it the cab driver?? or Nedu??
    it was the cab driver wasnt it?? oh tell me tell me!

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  6. yeah i can feel the creativity by integrating mutallab's case in the story and lmao at the driver wondering why iphey was talking to herself,yeah good one

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  7. i LMAO-ed at the mutallab insert.gotta love nigerians to put their anger towards a good cause.lmao.
    cant wait for the contributing part.

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  8. Damn!! who could be at the door,i'm already guessing but we shall see in the next chapter. Nice one.

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  9. Puregoldlady,

    You're the first to comment and have won the eBook. Please send your email to mulan.mine@gmail.com.



    Thanks everyone and I tell you, the next chapter will be a surprise.

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  10. Blessings, hope you are well. Saw your photo, you are beautiful.

    Story reads good, has nice anticipation. The language a bit challenging yet close to my colloquial speak so I was able to decipher. I enjoyed it and will be back for the second installment.

    Have a great week. Peace.

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  11. keeps gerrin berra and berra! who was at the door? pls let it be the cab driver/James.

    Myne, i'm startin my petition soon o!

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  12. ahh u've put my mind in commotion!!

    The suspense is killing me softly lol!!

    Twas great tho! :)

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  13. i have a good feeling that the cab driver is james...he's too harsh for someone hustling for money jare
    plus y do we always have to guess soemthing now?..:( hehe

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  14. wow cant wait to see the remaining part

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  15. Hi Myne,i tried the linking stuff but after publishing its still not linking.I'll try once more if i still cant do it then i will forget it. Thanks.

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  16. Thanks all...and I didn't plan the cliffhanger, it just happened. LOL. It's not hard to guess who's at the door is it?

    @Shorty, OK then. I hope it does work out.

    @Neo, which petition? LOL.

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  17. ok u know what? i don't appreciate t he suspense, thank you kindly

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  18. i bet it was d cabdriver
    wasnt it?? wasnt it?
    oh tell me tell me

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  19. Ok this is REALLY good. Can someone please put out the suspense, who is at the door-James or Chinedu?

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  20. @Neo, I've sent an email to Sheneo...

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  21. nice one....mutallab is a mumu indeed°lol

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  22. Hmm, I've been away for too long. I've missed so much. I have to get back on point. I'd like to do another installment soon.

    Happy new year Myne.

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  23. Lmao hahaha i loved this myne Whitman. Come and see me cracking up this early momo. The contributor is on point and double lmao and no be me go kpai u.

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  24. Happy New Year Isha and Welcome back.

    @Azazel, that okada rider na wetin we call waka pass but he sure got my attention. LOL...

    @Shorty, You're welcome, I'm going over to see it now.

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  25. love the picture of you on the beginning, really cutie.

    still waiting for updates, thanks for sharing

    Really no voting this week.

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  26. thanks for your comments People...

    Thanks for the opportunity Myne :o)

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  27. Who's at the door na.....don't keep us waiting for long...:)

    Love it.

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  28. so late so late...i'm hitting ma head against the wall but this was real awesome...i couldn't help lmao-ing when i saw mumu mutallab.

    and have i told u that u r a genius 4 producing this series?..i have, i believe just not this year

    great piece, Aeedeeaee..well done!!!

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  29. Happy New YEar!!! First time here, yes I am truly embarrassed! Please the rest, the rest, the rest! (chanting in kid like voice!)
    Ag

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  30. Thank you all, I appreciate the comments. I tell you to wait for the next one, hehehhe.

    @Soul BoutiQue, Happy New year to you too and you're welcome.

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  31. Oh, come on! You did us Nollywood style oh. All you had to do was end it with "To God Be The Glory. Watch Out For Part II"

    LOL

    Lovvvvve your picture up there by the way.

    Oh, and biko, nne, forgive me for not having replied your mail. It's one of my unwritten New Year resolutions to start replying mails faster. Pinky promise. LOL.

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  32. LOL... Completely co-sign the above comment... Serious Nollywood style... This is a mild and pretentiously humane form of torture o! Well, they say good things come to those who wait... So we wait...

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  33. Abi James has a twin we know nothing about yet? lol!

    Chinedu's back with Iphey I guess?

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  34. hahahahah I loved the addition of MU-MU haahahaha!!!I ma soo anxious!!!

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  35. THIS mutallab guy na celebrity now ooo...i go on fbook and hes name is on every status and now ur book..he gone down in history as the first mu-mu tallab terrorist...in regards to ur story ...write am quick na...returnin to the office tomor at 9 promise me itll be up

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  36. Great follow up! And I'm liking the element of suspense at the end of each story.

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  37. lol...9ice one again! Where is James nau?!?!

    Love the Mutallab twist, lol...

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  38. Ha! I'm loving this o!
    Good work Aeedeeaee....

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