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Story - Red Ashes (full Episode)

Discussion in 'Stories (interesting stories)' started by Alashelee, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Prezzy

    Prezzy Leader Protector

    I can now see Chioma.
    Please don't bother answering my last question.
     
  2. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Because it is foreign like you said!:D
     
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  3. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    But you need cain sir:oops:
     
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  4. PonziKing

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    Nice
     
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  5. PonziKing

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    Nice
     
  6. chiendu

    chiendu Rookie!!!

    Interesting story
     
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  8. meyeb

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    Still waiting... interesting story..
     
  9. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Next Chapter Drops Soon!



    Sorry for the wait
     
  10. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    12.


    MABEL.
    My heart skipped immediately the car was
    driven into SpiritSensation. It was a mighty
    hotel. I had never visited it or lodged in it
    before. But whenever i had foreign
    investors coming in from other countries, i
    made sure they were lodged in that hotel.
    SpiritSensation was one of the biggest
    hotels in the states. And it was very
    popular. The driver parked the car while
    the lady on suit in the front seat, came
    down and opened the car for me to step
    down.
    My heart skipped a bit when i stepped
    down. The second car following us behind
    drove in immediately and three guys on
    suit alighted from the car.
    They rushed to me front and lead the way.
    I was jittery and scared. It was very
    obvious from my sweaty forehead
    regardless of the umbrella over my head
    held by one of my bodyguards.
    I was lead to the large conference room. It
    was very quiet as there was no single soul
    there. Or so i thought.
    Immediately i say, i dismissed my
    bodyguards. I brought out my phone and
    checked the time, it was five minutes past
    2pm. I sighed.
    'why are you here?'
    I froze on hearing that very familiar voice. I
    slowly turned and came face to face with
    Chioma.
    Even in old age, she still looked very
    elegant and beautiful. Her beautiful fair
    skin shone, her hair was still dark and
    curly. Her big bust had gone down a bit
    due to probably child birth and and old
    age. Her hips were still as broad as the
    map of Nigeria under the tight blue skirt
    she wore with a yellow blazer. She had a
    simple black sandal on her feet. She looked
    simple, yet beautiful.
    'Chichi....' i stammered.
    'didnt i tell you never to show your face to
    me again?' she asked sternly. She clearly
    still hated me. I could feel it in her voice
    and facial expression.
    I started crying. How do i explain myself?
    'you had the guts to seduce my husband
    despite you being pregnant for another
    man and yet you still have the effontery to
    stand in front of me?' she was so irritated.
    'Chichi, just hear me out...' i cried 'i didnt
    seduce Chuka, i swear. He was the one
    who seduced me...' i was cut short but a
    sharp resounding slap on my cheek.
    'you slut! How dare you lie against my
    husband? You seduced my husband! You
    were jealous of me! You wanted to place
    your pregnancy on him. Thank God he
    found out you were already pregnant for
    another man before you had the chance to
    hook your pregnancy on him!'
    I wept like never before 'Chichi listen to
    me. Chuks has filled your head with lies. Its
    true we had an affair. We had sex several
    times, i agree. But the first time, i was
    drugged. I know thats not an avenue for
    me to continue having sex with him,
    but...but....he lied to me. He told me Jude
    was having an affair with countless
    women and that you were flirting with
    other men. He showed me a picture of you
    and Jude......together in an intimate
    position. You guys were kissing! I swear
    to you Chioma. I thought you were having
    an affair with Jude, so i wanted to pay you
    back. He also made me believe he wanted
    to pay you back. So, because of that....we
    started having....sex continously....'
    Then she started laughing 'and you expect
    me to fall for that cheap lie of yours huh?
    Do i look like a fool to you? Take a very
    good look at me, do i look like an idiot to
    you? Why would Chuks ever think i was
    having an affair with Jude? Jude! Of all
    people, Jude? You think i'm like who
    would sleep with my best friend's fiance?'
    'you might not believe me but its the truth.
    I dont have that picture anymore, but
    believe me Chi, i will never lie to you. Over
    the years, i've regretted my actions. But i
    later found out that picture was
    photoshopped. It looked so fake but i had
    been very blinded by fury to see it as at
    that time...' i went on my knees 'Chioma,
    i'm sorry. Please forgive me. I believe your
    unforgiveness is whats affecting my son
    and i right now. I cant say everything but
    what i need is your forgiveness. I'm very
    sorry Chichi, i'm sorry please...'
    I saw tears gather in her eyes 'you're so
    shameless Mabel. To think you had been
    my best friend and i had trusted with
    everything i had! I hate you! I hate you so
    much and i will never forgive you! Not
    now! Not ever! Go to hell Mabel. Go to hell
    and rot in hell!'----*Do you think Chioma is ever going to
    forgive Mabel??
     
  11. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 13.

    KAINENE.
    My phone blinked showing i had a
    message from BBM. I sighed and picked it
    up.
    Hi Nene, are you free? I would like for us
    to see a movie - Nathan.
    I hissed loudly. Who gave him my pin?
    Kaka of course! No one else!
    I'm sorry, but i'm too busy to spend my
    precious time with someone as worthless
    as you are!!!
    I texted back.
    Not too long after, a reply came in.
    I know your time is precious. My time is
    equally precious, so why dont we spend
    out precious times with precious
    personalities like us *wink*
    I groaned in anger. This guy is so full of
    himself.
    'i'd rather dine with a demon than waste
    time with you and your disgusting
    annoying personality!'
    'what exactly dont you like about me? I'm
    handsome, rich and intelligent, i'm every
    girl's dream man'
    'you're handsome and rich but intelligent
    is far from it. If anything, you're foolish
    and so unwise, you know, those girls who
    flock around you are obviously people that
    behave just like you. I cant even begin to
    imagine how shameless those girls are,
    not to talk of how stinky their panties
    must be, yuck!
    'talking about panties, you have a very
    huge ass and i sometimes jerk off just
    thinking about you. How do you find the
    size of your panties? Oopss! Speaking of
    the way your ass bounces, you might
    actually detest wearing panties....lol'
    'what insult! Do you know you're a very
    stupid person? You're so shameless and
    foolish and i detest you more than i detest
    wearing panties! Do you think i'm like
    those cheap girls who you screw for free?
    I wear panties because i'm responsible,
    that my ass still bounces despite that, its
    no fault of mine. Its something called
    endowment. I bet you've never met a girl
    as endowed as i am (a winking emoji)
    Hahahahahahaha, so funny. You're right!
    I've never screwed a girl with a huge ass
    as you and i'll give anything just to spread
    my cum on that mighty ass of yours. Will
    you please do me the honours?'
    If you're looking for where to spread your
    cum, then guy you're headed the wrong
    way. I sorry for you.
    I'll pay any amount.
    'i dont need any fucking money of yours!'
    'i'll treat you like a queen'
    'i'm already a queen'
    'i love you'
    Hahahahahahaha, now you make me
    laugh! A pure casanova like you? May God
    punish your mouth!
    Can we at least be friends, i mean, just
    casual friends? I really enjoy your company
    'friends indeed! My God will punish your
    mouth
    May thunder of Kolewerk punish you!
    Seriously speaking Hon, i enjoy your
    company. Even if my dreams of fucking
    you do not manifest, we could at least be
    friends. I'm content with being friends
    with you. You see, i dont really have
    friends
    'how will you ever have friends when all
    you think of is Bleep Bleep Bleep, see, i
    know i'm raw but i dont feel like talking
    dirty right now. Goodbye, i'm not replying
    your ping anymore. And as for your
    request, God will punish you the next time
    you ever concieve it in your heart to even
    hang out with me. I dont hang out with
    people who do not add value to my life.
    'please dear, i'm begging'
    I hissed and switched of my phone. I
    rested my head on my bed searching for
    sleep, but all that kept coming to my head
    was our hilarious chat. I imagined what it
    would be like if we were friends, we
    would do nothing but abuse each other
    everyday.
    I kept laughing in my head. And when i
    finally had the fortune of having a nap, all
    that kept coming to my mind was the
    chats. His beautiful smile. His seductive
    eyes.
    And when i finally woke up by 6pm, i
    realised i was bored and needed to hang
    out. I turned on my phone and called Kaka
    but she was with Xaviercasmir at the
    moment and wasnt available.
    'Babe, you dey choose that dude over me
    abi? Me, your bestie of life' i said trying to
    sound offended.
    'babe, abeg na beg i dey, never provoke.
    I'm very sorry. I will make it up to you'
    'i don hear. Sha no call me again, we don
    quarel'
    'mumu!' she laughed and hung up.
    Just as i threw my phone on the bed and
    sighed, my phone beeped.
    'are you still in for the outing? I'm still
    interested - Nathan'
    I hissed. I checked the time, past six. Mum
    wouldnt be home anytime soon, i think its
    better to spend sometime with some
    foolish guy than lazying at home.
    So i picked up my phone and typed 'get
    your ass over here, you're going to pick
    me and you're going to promise not to do
    anything thats going to irritate me. Here's
    my address'
    'at your service ma. I promise'
    I didnt know when i screamed in
    excitement, rushing to the bathroom.
    ***

    JOLADE.
    'Nathan....' i said into the phone when he
    finally picked my call after placing several
    calls.
    'what is it?' he asked rudely.
    I opened my mouth to speak but nothing
    came out 'i...i...i just...wanted to know if
    you're free...i want...i wanted us to you
    know...hang out, its...its kinda been a
    while'
    There was silence before he finally spoke
    up 'sex?'
    'huh?'
    'the only way i'm going to see that ugly
    face of yours is if we're going to have sex,
    i mean, rough sex. You know how much i
    like it rough' He chuckled
    I swallowed. This guy didnt love me. It was
    very
    obvious but why couldnt i just let him
    go?
    Why did i love him so much?
    I closed
    my eyes 'deal'
    Then he laughed. 'sorry
    you bloody sex monger, i would not be
    available for your consumption tonight, i
    have a very important meeting with
    someone
    very important and special'
    'who?' I felt jealousy burn at the back
    of my throat. Was it that saucy girl from
    SpiritSensation? It had
    better
    not.
    'none of your business!'
    'Nathan, i love you. I am your fiancee, so its
    every of my business! If i dont care for you
    who the
    hell will?'
    'are you a monitoring agent?'
    'far from that.
    I
    am your fiancee. I am the woman who
    loves you with every ounce of my being.
    Every other woman flocking around only
    wants you for your money thats all.
    And after flirting with them, i'm the person
    you still come back to. Nathan, me and you
    are meant to be and nothing can change
    that,
    you of all people
    know that very well' i swallowed hard.
    'you dont own me young lady...
    And do you
    think i'm finally going to marry you after
    everything?' He laughed 'Jolade, i
    cannot marry a woman when i've already
    tasted her. If you go to a restaurant in
    search of food
    you dont taste first. You buy the food, you
    eat it
    then you pay. But in a situation where
    you're opportuned to taste every food
    before buying,
    what if you dont like it after everything?
    Then you leave and go over to another
    restaurant? What i just said is what has
    already happened. I've tasted you Jolade,
    and you're no fun,
    i'm tired of eating you. I cant continue
    eating one food everyday, before and after
    marriage till i die, thats madness..'
    'what are you saying Nathan?' Tears
    gathered in my eyes and i suddenly had a
    terrible headache.
    'what i'm saying is, i've
    had
    enough of your pussy. There's nothing
    there. Its too
    wide, i dont feel it anymore, there's no
    gold there.
    If i'm already
    tired of your pussy when we are not yet
    married, how will i
    cope when we finally tie the knot, mehn! I
    cant leave with that
    torture because i'm going to Bleep
    and keep fucking every pussy available, get
    that?'
    'you kept raping me Nathan!' i screamed
    back 'its not my fault you're already
    tired of my pussy. Why wont you when all
    you do is rape me almost everytime! What
    kind of a man are you? Why are you so
    heartless? What have i ever done to you?
    Where have i gone wrong? Where....'
    'my oh my!' he gasped 'i cant believe this!
    My beauty queen just stepped out right
    now and she's looking ravishing,
    breathtaking...so beautiful, exotic, what do
    i say?
    She's the love of
    my life Jolade, stay away from me!!!' Then
    he hung up.
    I stared
    unbelievably at my phone. Then it
    happened, i suddenly felt nauseous, i ran
    to the bathroom and
    threw up.
     
  12. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 14.
    CHUKS.
    Sometimes i look at the picture of both
    Chioma and Mabel and i just laugh. My
    youthful days had been really fun and
    fulfilling. I had enjoyed it to the fullest.
    I had sampled almost every type of women
    on planet earth. The fat, the endowed, the
    skinny, the beautiful, the ugly, the
    shapeless. You name it.
    Everywhere
    i went, Chuka was on the ladies' lips.
    Sometimes, i wish for my son to enjoy the
    attention i got from those ladies
    as well. It was really fun and exhilarating.
    I had three kids, yes, apart from Kainene.
    Three kids whom Chioma has no
    knowledge like that and i wanted it that
    way.
    Yes, maybe i was a changed man. Maybe i
    had lost interesting in those little sexy
    whores everywhere around the country.
    But sex wasnt something i was tired of.
    I didnt
    know what other people thought about
    sex but to me, it was the best
    thing in the world. It made me forget my
    worries. I usually felt my sorrows drown
    whenever i just pound away with the girl
    writhing underneath me.
    Do you know
    the reason why i couldnt put up with
    Chioma for too long? Not that i didnt love
    her, i did love her. But then, i couldnt live
    with a woman who couldnt satisfy my
    sexual desires.
    Sex with Chioma was a chore. She would
    never remain at a place. Just when it was
    about to penetrate, she goes up. And
    when you're finally in, ready for the to and
    fro movement, she suddenly announces
    how thirsty she is.
    And then i climb down to give her water.
    And then after dropping the glass cup, she
    starts with her crocodile tears.
    'it will
    never be well with my stepfather!! He
    raped me, he took away my
    virginity' she would usually cry.
    Helloooo, is she the only one who had
    been raped? Why was she carrying this
    thing on her head? I found it both
    annoying and irritating. But as
    her husband,
    i try to pretend it was okay, but it wasnt.
    She was selfish, she didnt care about my
    needs and what have you. And after that
    incident, the next time she allows me climb
    her is till maybe four months later.
    The day we finally get to do the to and fro
    movement, all she does is slap me, pinch
    me and rain abuses on her stepfather.
    The curses
    she laid on her stepfather was her moans.
    Sometimes i wondered if she ever enjoyed
    it.
    Wasnt it foolish? I mean, whoever lays
    curses on a dead man, one who died
    about ten years before our marriage?
    Wasnt it stupidity?
    As a good husband,
    i tried to cope, but for how long? I could
    practically count the number of times we
    had sex in a year. Sometimes, six times, or
    even four, depends.
    It was frustrating i tell you. I wouldnt wish
    for my enemy to be on that position.
    Seeing my wife's sexy ass everyday but not
    been able to touch it was war. Cheating
    was bad, but why wouldnt it become
    useful when my wife doesnt satisfy me.
    Sometimes, even the harmless of kiss
    could bring out tears from Chioma. She
    had a scar on her upper lip and she had
    said her stepdad of blessed memory was
    the one who
    gave her that scar. And then, sometimes,
    when i just place a simple kiss on her lips,
    it made her moody.
    At a time, i
    became confused. I just didnt know what
    to do to make her happy. I didnt know
    whether holding her shoulders or her
    palms was a bad idea. It was annoying i
    tell you.
    Have you ever been in a situation whereby
    even hugging your wife becomes a chore?
    Think about it.
    Imagine
    it. To all the married men around, just
    imagine it. Not being able to hold your
    wives hand, hug her, kiss her, pull her
    close to you, wrap your hands around her
    waist, make sweet sensual love to her. But
    she's your wife.
    Especially,
    when you're someone who had a sex
    filled youthful days.
    On an occassion, when i had had a simple
    misunderstanding with Chioma, she had
    told me that i was no different from her
    stepfather, and that all i wanted from her
    was sex and nothing more.
    And then when she found out i slept with
    one of her colleagues, she asked me a
    funny question.
    'what do they give you that i dont give
    you? Is it sex you lack or what?'
    It was
    a very funny question that i hadnt been
    able to restrain myself from laughing out
    loud while she wept. It was reflex, i mean,
    she practically starved me of sex all the
    time and all she could ask was what do
    they give you that i dont? Like seriously?
    Was i piece of wood?
    I hadnt noticed it earlier but my love for
    her began to wane and i found everything
    about her annoying.
    To the extent that immediately after
    Kainene's birth, we werent intimate for a
    year and six months!
    And when i say intimate, it wasnt just
    about sex. There was no holding hands,
    no huggin, no kiss, no peck. No sharing of
    room! Not that we were quarelling. But i
    found her boring and annoying to the
    extent that the mere sight of her made me
    nauseous.
    Besides,
    i found satisfaction somewhere else -
    Mabel.

    ***
     
  13. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 15.

    KAINENE.

    Our gazes locked. The sweet and slow
    music of Bruno Mars' Grenade boomed on
    the speakers, but it wasnt loud.
    It made the enviroment look serene and
    romantic.
    I loved the way his coffee coloured eyes
    danced around but his gaze still remained
    on my face.
    I loved the way his long lashes hovered
    over his eyes, i loved the way his dimples
    were visible even without him smiling.
    His left hand touched my right hand on the
    table. I shivered a little, then i smiled. I
    didnt know why i was smiling but i knew i
    was crazy about this guy. This was all
    strange to me. I had never felt like this
    with a guy before. Even MozB, Moses
    Benson who had been my first crush and
    my best friend, aside from Kaka, i had
    never felt this way with him before.
    What was this feeling called? Love? No, i
    shook my head, love wasnt for me. I wasnt
    cut out for love and i just knew it. What i
    felt was nothing but infatuation, and that
    was because this guy kept flirting with me.
    Someone cleared her throat from behind
    and i was startled. I quickly withdrew my
    hand from his.
    I raised my head to see a caramel skinned
    beautiful waiter smiling down at us. Her
    smooth black hair was packed in a bun.
    The black skirt she wore accentuated her
    curves and her white chiffon blouse was
    neatly tucked into her skirt.
    'you guys make a wonderful couple, are
    you married?' she asked smiling.
    Then Nathan smiled 'we make a wonderful
    couple?' then he turned to me 'do you
    hear that?' then he turned back to the
    waiter 'we are not married but about to'
    I raised a brow 'what?'
    'dont mind her!' Nathan waved it off 'she's
    a very shy type'
    'i see...' the waiter drawled 'you guys
    would make an excellent couple, i'm
    envious of you guys. But how come you
    both are lightskinned? Aww, your children
    would be.....'
    'are you here to take our orders or you're
    here to poke your ugly nose into our
    business?' i cut in sharply raising my voice
    a notch 'where is your manager? Why
    would they employ unserious people like
    you?'
    She stopped smiling and looked around
    'uhm...i'm really sorry ma'am, i...i was just
    trying to be friendly, i'm really sorry' she
    postrated.
    I suddenly felt bad. Yeah, she was only
    trying to be friendly, i shouldnt have
    spoken to her the way i did. I smiled 'i'm
    sorry. I didnt mean to get angry. Will you
    forgive me? I'm usually not very hot
    tempered'
    'exactly!' Nathan said smiling.
    I eyed him angrily, then faced the waiter
    'whats your name again?'
    'Olamide, but you can call me Mide'
    'Mide, beautiful name. Because of you, i'll
    frequent here often...here...' i handed her a
    tip which she gladly took.
    'thank you ma, thank you very much ma'
    'i'm Kainenechukwu and this is....' i eyed
    Nathan 'this is Nathan...my...my friend.
    We're not a couple, dont mind him and his
    naughtiness'
    'why are you lying Nene?' he winked.
    Mide chuckled 'your friend is one funny
    guy. Anyway, what would you like to
    have?'
    'uhm....' i looked and Nathan as if asking
    what i wanted.
    Nathan placed his orders and Mide moved
    away.
    'you're very nice. And you're mysterious
    too. One minute you're angry, the next
    minute you're nice. Will i ever understand
    you?' He asked.
    I rolled my eyes 'is this the cinema we
    were supposed to be at? Nathan, what do
    you take me for? Do you think you can say
    something else and do a different thing
    the way you like? Do i look like a beggar to
    you?'
    He sighed 'why are you getting angry
    now?'
    'did i beg you to take me out?'
    'no. I'm sorry, it will never happen again'
    his apologetic face made my heart skip. I
    felt bad for shouting at him, then i smiled.
    A minute later, Mide brought our orders
    and we started eating.
    'so...' i cleared my throat 'why do you
    smoke?'
    'huh?' he smiled and dropped his fork
    'why do you ask?'
    'because i find it annoying and since you
    want us to be friends, i want to know
    because i can never be friends with
    smokers'
    'why?'
    'because its irritating and disgusting. How
    can someone just start inhaling and
    exhaling smoke? Arent you killing
    yourself?'
    'why dont you like smokers? Not every
    smoker is a bad one you know'
    'look Nathan, if you want us to be friends,
    then you'll have to stop smoking else, i'll
    walk away. I aint even interested in your
    friendship...but if i must give it a trial, then
    your smoking attitude, is going to make
    me change my mind'
    He exhaled 'smoking is something i dont
    think i can do without. Many times i've
    tried stopping it but its always impossible.
    Cant you just be friends with me?' his face
    was pleading 'i'll try to minimise it'
    I hissed 'do you think i'm here to play? If
    you dont stop...infact...' i picked up my
    purse 'i'm leaving. Smoke all you want but
    you can never be my friend!' I stood up
    but he grabbed my hand.
    'i'll try my best. I'll stop for your sake'

    ***

    JOLADE.
    'Nathan is having an affair...' i told Qasa as
    she puffed thich smoke into the air 'this is
    not just a fling like the other times, he's
    having a serious relationship with another
    woman'
    'do you know who the other woman is?'
    she asked lighting another cigarette.
    I thought. That woman on dreadlocks
    from the hotel........could it be she was the
    one warming Nathan's bed? I wondered.
    Knowing Nathan very well, he wouldnt
    want anything with her or did he just
    want to pay her back by sleeping with her
    and dumping her in the end? I wondered.
    'i really dont know the lady yet Qasa. But i'll
    find out. I just wonder what i'm going to
    do with her'
    She chuckled 'you leave that for me to
    handle. Its no biggies. But...' she paused
    and stared at me 'there's a but'
    'what but?'
    Her left hand slowly snaked its way
    towards my laps. She carressed it slowly
    and winked seductively at me 'we need to
    go all the way'
    Cold shivers ran through my spine. 'go
    all....go all the way as...as in?' i stammered.
    'you know what i'm talking about baby...'
    she patted her laps 'sit here'
    I hesitated for a while. I'd never done this
    before...i...was confused.
    'if you dont have sex with me, i'm not
    going to help you retain your man' she
    said a bit harshly.
    I froze. And without a second warning, i
    crawled towards her and sat on her laps.
    Then she consumed my lips in a kiss.
    *****
    MABEL.
    I'd never seen Nathan this happy before.
    He was whistling and smiling, to the
    extent he even pecked me on my cheeks!
    Wow! When was the last time Nathan ever
    did that? When he was five years old?
    I stared at him as if he had gone bananas
    'are you sure you're okay? Or all the
    marijuana or cocaine you've been
    consuming has finally caught up with
    you?'
    He laughed and sat beside me on the sofa
    'i've finally decided to stop smoking'
    I scoffed 'who are you kidding? Look
    Nathan, i've had a bad day, a very terrible
    day, just go upstairs to your room and
    leave me alone'
    'of course!' then he snorted 'you've always
    wanted to be alone right from when i was
    little...well, enjoy your brooding alone' He
    stood up and started whistling again. But i
    noticed the malice in his voice. There was
    something about it. Something wasnt
    right. Maybe that was the problem he had
    with me. Was i focusing so much on my
    work that i was deserting my only son?
    I shook my head. I had so much on my
    plate. I didnt even have the strength to
    think too much. I didnt want to even think
    about anything at all.
    I stood up and dragged myself to the
    kitchen.
    ***
    CHIOMA.
    I eyed Kainene as she stepped into the
    sitting room, dressed in a lilac silk long
    dress with silver plaitings at the top. I
    remembered the dress vividly, i had gotten
    it for her on her twentieth birthday. I
    couldnt believe she had kept it until now.
    'where have you been?' i asked.
    She looked surprised 'why are you back
    from the hotel so early?'
    'why werent you at the hotel today?' i
    asked.
    'oh common mum...' she sighed, sitting on
    the couch beside. She took off her black
    heels 'is everything alright? You dont look
    too well' she placed her hand on my
    forehead 'have you had something to eat?'
    'Kainenechukwu, where have you been all
    day. I've been calling your line but it wasnt
    reachable. I called Kaka and she said she
    wasnt with you. So you abandoned your
    aged mother at the hotel and started
    galivanting okwaya?'
    'oh mum, i'm terribly sorry....' she slapped
    her palms on her forehead 'i woke up this
    morning and realised my flow had come.
    The cramps and all, i was very weak. And
    by the time, i decided to come down to
    your room, you already left for the hotel.
    So i decided to rest for a while, but then
    the cramps came heavier and it only
    relaxed in the evening. Then, a friend of
    mine called me and we went out together,
    i'm very sorry'
    I sighed saying nothing.
    'but mum, what is it? Tell me. You look so
    dull and it looks as if you have the whole
    world on your shoulders. You've never
    questioned my whereabouts before, at
    least, since i became and adult. And you've
    never scolded me for not visiting the hotel
    as long as you are there to handle things'
    she looked concerned.
    I sighed saying nothing 'Kainene, just go
    up to your room and have a good night
    rest, i'm in no mood to talk'
    'mum...didnt you say a problem shared is a
    problem half shared?'
    'Kainene, please i beg you' i placed my
    palms together 'just let it go for today,
    biko, i'm very tired and stressed, i wouldnt
    want you stressing me more than i already
    am'
    'mum....'
    'oya eat the sitting room!' i said rising on
    my feet 'if you will not leave, then i will.
    Goodnight!'
     
  14. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 16

    KAINENECHUKWU.
    'hello...' i said picking the call 'Kaka, whats
    up?'
    'babes how far na? Have you called
    Nathan?' she asked.
    'which Nathan?'
    'you dey craze, thunder fire you! Come, no
    tell me say you still dey beef that guy oo. I
    thought you both exchanged numbers at
    my birthday?'
    'he already had my number before then
    dhoor! Courtesy of you Kamsiyochukwu' i
    rolled my eyes.
    'today is his birthday, geez!! Have you
    called him to wish him a happy birthday?'
    I opened my mouth. I didnt know about
    his birthday. We had spoken the night
    before and he hadnt mentioned anything
    like that, so... I swallowed 'i havent called
    him, i had no idea it was his birthday'
    'thats because you care so little about your
    friends BabyK. Oya, call him now now. And
    he's inviting us, me, Casmir, i dont know
    about you to his house, said there'll be a
    mini party'
    'his house? Kaka dont tell me you're going'
    'eh-hen? I don go finish sef. Casmir is
    going with me so what is there to fear?
    Besides, Nathan is a nice guy, he wont try
    to hurt me and even if him say he wan
    enter, babe he go miss road, he no go fit
    come out, na another person property
    oooo'
    'another person property indeed! Well,' i
    sighed 'make una go, i'm not going'
    'wo, you better dress up oo, because if i
    come your house, you never do finish
    eh....'
    'how do you expect me to go there when
    he didnt even give me and invitation? No
    be you and Xaviercasmir he invite? If he
    didnt invite me, it means i'm irrelevant to
    him then....'
    I wasnt happy. He couldnt even invite me
    to his party. It means i meant nothing to
    him. Xaviercasmir and Kaka were his only
    friends, i was a nobody.
    'just call him BabyK, i'm in no mood for
    your drama this hot afternoon'
    'what time is the party sef?'
    'according to him, seven thirty'
    I rolled my eyes 'i hear'
    'will you call him?'
    'i wont!'
    'you this girl eh, na your pride go kill you'
    'i hear'
    'call am oo, iffa hear say you no call am, i
    go use your ass as cupcake' she hung up.
    I laughed. Kaka would never change!
    I looked at my phone contemplating
    whether to call him or not. I thought
    within me, if it had been my birthday,
    would he have called?
    I knew that answer even before i asked
    the question. Then i dialled his number.
    'hello?' he voice was low.
    'hello? Why is your voice like that of a
    frog? Were you sleeping?'
    He chuckled slowly 'i just woke up from a
    nap. Whats up?'
    'why didnt you tell me....' i was about
    scolding him but i changed my mind 'well,
    happy birthday to you'
    There was silence for a little while before
    he finally spoke up 'you just called to tell
    me that?'
    'is that supposed to be your thank you?' i
    spat in feigned annoyance.
    'sorry.....thanks....thanks alot. I never
    thought you had even call to even wish me
    a happy birthday'
    'is that why you didnt invite me to your
    party?'
    'i dont know if i can comfortably call it a
    party. Its more like a get together. Its
    going to be just you -thats if you're
    coming- Kaka, and whats that her crazy
    fiance's name again? Xylophone or
    something like that'
    'Xaviercasmir?' i chuckled leaning on my
    elbow 'why did you call him crazy?'
    'because he's crazy. I had to restrain
    myself from placing a punch on his face
    that day on Kaka's birthday'
    'you wouldnt even try that! Not when i'm
    there, besides, you dont even know how
    crazy Kaka can be at times'
    He chuckled 'you equally do not know how
    crazy i am too. Permit me to say you've
    calmed me down a little'
    'good for you'
    'so, will you come?'
    'come where?'
    'my house. I'll pick you up, by seven'
    'Kaka told me seven thirty'
    'well...lets just say i want to spend
    sometime with you'
    'woreva! Dont pick me up. I'm coming
    with Kaka and her fiance, Casmir'
    'pleasseeeee....'
    'just shut up Nathan. Anyways, happy
    birthday. And, your mum isnt going to be
    there?'
    I heard him scoffed 'my mum? She would
    never be there....she hardly has time for
    me. Not like i care anyways, i dont even
    miss her'
    'is that a way to talk about your mum?'
    'how should i talk about her again?'
    'are you this disrespectful you this boy?
    Eh?'
    'no. I'm not being disrespectful, i....'
    'on no circumstance should you speak
    about your mum in that manner. She
    brought you into this world even if she's a
    witch! If you have a problem with her,
    then sit down and iron it out with her.
    Whats wrong with you?'
    'sorry ma. I would never speak about her
    that way again'
    'okay, bye'
    'will you come?'
    'let me think about it'
    'but....'
    'shut up!' i hung up and smiled. Naughty
    boy. As soon as i dropped my phone on
    the table, it beeped.
    I eagerly picked it up thinking it was a
    message from him. It was from a foreign
    number.
    It read:
    "Hey my luv! Long time, guess what? I'm
    coming over to Niger next week. I hope to
    see you and Kaka. I love you and take care
    of yourself - MozB"
    My heart thumped in excitement. My best
    friend was finally coming back!!!
     
  15. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes
    Chapter 17

    KAINENE.
    The light skinned woman wasnt smiling at
    all. The way she barged into the house
    alone was enough to scare Kaka and i.
    She eyed us, walked to the DVD and put off
    the music. I stood up 'good evening ma' i
    greeted.
    'you're very stupid!' she retorted angrily
    'who are you greeting? You little cheap
    slut! Just wait here, i'm calling the police,
    you all are going to rot in jail! How dare
    you come to my house? How dare you
    invade my privacy? Just wait here and
    see....' and she stared fumbling with her
    phone.
    I looked at Nathan who had a smirk on his
    face.
    'but ma...' Kaka said pulling Casmir to his
    feet 'i...we are sorry but your son invited
    us...' then she looked at Nathan 'Nathan,
    please tell her you invited us'
    Nathan sipped from his glass cup 'just let
    her do whatever she likes. She's a
    toothless dog'
    I turned to him, i was shocked he could
    actually say such to his mother. What kind
    of a child was he?
    That seemed to make the woman angrier
    than she already was. She rushed towards
    Nathan and grabbed him up holding his
    collar.
    'how dare you?! How dare you call me a
    toothless dog? Me, your mother a
    toothless dog? I will make sure you rot in
    jail with your cohorts today. You! How
    much more would i take from you? How
    much more insults Nathan? What on earth
    have i ever done to you to make you hate
    and hurt me this way. I've tried my best
    for you. You're my only child and i want
    nothing but the best for you! I sent you to
    one of the best schools, i gave you the life
    of a king, but what do i get? What is
    wrong with you! What?' The woman
    spoke and tears rolled down her face. She
    was trying her best not to cry and my
    heart instantly went out to her.
    She fell to the sofa, rested her face on her
    palms and cried.
    I pulled at Nathan's shirt 'apologise to her
    quickly' i said in fierce whisper.
    'never!' he released himself 'she can go to
    hell and rote there if she likes' Then he
    picked up my bag 'lets go'
    I grabbed his hand 'where do you think
    you're going? You think you're leaving this
    place without apologising to your mum?' i
    asked raising my voice 'apologise to her
    right now Nathan, or i'll leave and i'll never
    speak to you again!'
    He looked at me, then back to his mother.
    Then he started walking towards her. For
    a moment, i thought he was going to
    apologise to his mum. But all of a sudden,
    he turned and threw my bag away with
    full force thereby spilling its contents.
    My pad. My tissue. My charger. Phone,
    purse, extra battery, car keys, everything
    spilled on the floor. I was so angry. I was
    so mad. How dare he? What right had he
    to do that?
    I stared at him in anger. I resisted the urge
    to slap him. But just when i was about to
    do something to him, anything at all, Kaka
    came to me and pulled me out of the
    house while Xaviercasmir packed my
    things.
    I was so mad. I was so angry and i fumed
    throughout the drive to my house. I was
    never going to forgive Nathan for this. He
    was nothing but a proud and arrogant
    bastard who couldnt be changed. He
    insulted me. I really really felt insulted.
    I regretted going over to his place. I
    should have remained at my house, or
    rather, i would have gone over to the
    hotel.
    'that guy Bleep up sha. But i dont blame
    him completely, his mother messed up a
    bit' Kaka said.
    'messed up as in?' i asked 'to me oo, that
    woman is not wrong. Every mother would
    have reacted the same way they did
    should their only son call them a toothless
    dog. How my pikin go call me toothless
    dog? I no go kill am? Where was he or she
    when his or her useless father was
    fucking me in and out? Abeg abeg...Kaka,
    no talk that kind thing. He was supposed
    to apologise to his mother and to think he
    even had the guts, the effontery, the
    audacity, the temerity to throw my things
    away makes him a very stupid boy!' i
    hissed angrily.
    Casmir who was behind the wheels
    laughed loudly. Kaka too laughed.
    'its just that, you didnt tell him to
    apologise in the right matter. That is, the
    way you take tell am com be like sey you
    dey command am, you no get?'
    'how he go call im mama toothless dog?
    The thing dey annoy me abeg' i hissed
    'mannerless child!'
    'why you carry another person wahala for
    head like sey you dey hawk plantain chips?
    How market?' Kaka hissed.
    'abeg you shut up sef. You know sey as
    you mannerless so, if you see person wey
    be like you, you go dey side am' i retorted.
    'you dey craze! Na me you dey talk to?'
    Kaka asked looking back from the front
    seat.
    'face your front before i use slap follow
    you this night. I dey vex hot vex oo'
    'babe, if you dey vex, na for your own
    pocket'
    'please you girls shouldnt fight sha' Casmir
    said concentrating on the wheels.
    I hissed.
    ***

    MABEL.
    I settled on the seater gently. I stole a
    glance at Nathan. He wasnt even looking
    towards my direction. He had a stick of
    cigarette in his left hand a glass of vodka
    on his right.
    'Nathan....' i cleared my throat. He didnt
    turn, he just blinked, then blew smoke into
    the air 'i'm sorry. I'm sorry about my
    reaction earlier. I...i know i ruined your
    birthday, i'm terribly sorry'
    He didnt blink this time.. He threw the
    cigarette in the ashtray and retrieved
    another from the packet, lighted it and
    blew it into the air.
    'i thought you said you've stopped
    smoking'
    He drank the whole content from the cup,
    dropped it on the table so hard, i thought
    it would smash.
    'Nath, i'm sorry. Can you help me with your
    friends' contact. I need to apologise to
    them all. I didnt know what came over me.
    I reacted rather rashly' i said.
    'see my paddy if you no look back, i no go
    lie, i go like to sample you...' He sang.
    He was watching MTV base and so he
    sang along. It was like i wasnt even there,
    like i was invincible. What was all this? Why
    was my only son treating me this way? I
    was trying to settle things and he doesnt
    even help matters. For how long were we
    going to continue like this?
    I snatched the remote control from his
    hand angrily and turned off the TV.
    And for the first time, he looked at me,
    then he smiled shaking his head 'what is it
    mum? Why are you looking for my
    trouble?'
    'i've been speaking to you for the past few
    minutes, are you going to swear you didnt
    know i was talking? Am i mad woman? Or
    have i suddenly turned to a ghost?'
    He sighed shaking his head. He stood up,
    went to the bar and refilled his glass, then
    he walked back. He quenched his
    cigarette, then picked up a wrap of
    something that definitely looked like
    Marijuana, then lighted. And when he did,
    the foul, annoying smell filled the air.
    I coughed waving away the smoke with
    my hand. I watched him for a while, then i
    stood up slowly and dragged myself to my
    room.
    I couldnt do anything. I just sat on my bed
    and stared. I had already come to
    conclusions...Nathan and i were never
    going to get along. I wondered how much
    more he was going to remain in my house
    because i knew it was only a matter of
    time before he left the house. I dreaded
    that day. I was going to be alone. He might
    never call me. He might never visit me
    again.
    I shed tears.
     
  16. meyeb

    meyeb Jackobian

    Whao!! Am loving the story.. Thanks
     
  17. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 18.

    JOLADE.
    'thats her...' i said to Qasa pointing to the
    girl with the dreadlocks 'thats the stupid
    girl who's busy flirting with my Nathan'
    Qasa nodded puffing smoke into the air
    'what do you want us to do? Warn her not
    teach her a lesson?' She winked and
    placed a sloppy wet kiss on my lips.
    I looked back at the girl at the back seat.
    That one was a complete...how was i
    going to put it? Mere looking at it, one
    would know that this one wasnt
    responsible.
    Her hair was dyed gold. She had about six
    earrings all over her ear. She had two
    pierced on her nose, and another by the
    side of her hair.
    She wore a black hood which she drew to
    her elbow, and a black short that barely
    covered her ass, then she had on red
    Jordan Air snickers. She had a cigarette on
    her lips and a bottle of brandy in her left
    hand. Her name was Adebriana.
    'i'm talking to you honey...' Qasa said
    carressing my laps.
    'oh, i...i want her thought a lesson' i
    stammered 'she and her friend' i said
    when i saw the brownskinned lady
    stepping out of the supermarket as well. I
    remembered the brownskinned girl from
    the other day at the restaurant.
    'but how are we going to do it in a public
    place?' i asked.
    Qasa laughed 'thats no problem. We've
    killed a guy inside a market. Its no biggie.
    But first, come to mama, come give mama
    a sweet kiss' she spread her arms and i
    relunctantly went into it.
    She took my lips in hers cleaning of the
    tomato red lipstick that graced my lips.
    'queen....' Adebriana said opening the car
    'i'm heading out'
    Qasa nodded and we both came out of the
    car.
    We approached them just as they were
    about entering the car.
    Qasa wore a smiling face as she
    approached them. Adebriana held my
    hand and stopped me from moving while
    Qasa went ahead.
    Though we stood at a distance, i could still
    hear what she was saying.
    'hi dearies...my name is Qasa...Qasaqueen,
    i've been seeing you guys around and i
    must say i admire your closeness. I'm new
    around here and i would like us to be
    friends or rather acquaintances...so whats
    the name?' She smiled.
    Miss Dreadlocks looked at Miss Crazy then
    back at Qasa 'well, i'm Kainene....' her eyes
    still showed distrust, more like she was
    suspecting foul play or maybe she wasnt a
    very sociable person 'and this is my
    Kaka....Kamsiyochukwu'
    'hi...' the so called Kaka said with a smile.
    She looked like the friendly one.
    'we'll like to get going now' the
    dreadlocked girl....Kainene said.
    'not so fast honey, lets at least, exchange
    numbers. Can i have your digits?' Qasa
    asked.
    Kainene folded her arms across her
    bosoms 'i'm sorry but i dont give out my
    digits to strangers. Maybe some other
    time'
    I saw her friend nudge her 'c'mon Nene,
    anyways...my digits, 0909....' she called it
    out while Qasa dialled it.
    'well...' Qasa faced Kainene 'i learnt you've
    been going around town flirting with a
    guy with the name Nathan, i hope i'm not
    mistaken?'
    'what?' Kainene eyed her.
    Adebriana nudged me and we went
    closer.
    I took off my glasses 'heyy! Do you
    remember me?'
    She eyed me and scoffed 'if i dont
    remember you, who will? Kaka, lets get the
    hell out of here. I dont have time to see
    mannerless fools like the likes of this one'
    She eyed me.
    Adebriana shoved her backwards angrily
    'who are you speaking to that way?'
    'are you mad?' Kaka retorted 'did you take
    something strong? How dare you push my
    friend?'
    Adebriana broke the bottle of whisky in
    her hand 'i will stab you right now if you
    dont keep quiet and mind your business,
    you slut!'
    'who did you just call a slut?'
    Qasa raised her blouse up revealing the
    pistol she had properly tucked into her
    bumshorts 'do you know who i am? I am
    Qasaqueen, the queen of Amazon ladies,
    and you dont mess with one of us. Jolade
    here came to us with a problem and we
    are here to solve it....' and before she could
    speak any further, Kainene had smashed
    Adebriana's head with the heel of her
    shoe. It went deep down her skull and
    blood gushed like tap.
    Qasa was visibly angry and before she
    could charge at Kainene, Kaka had blocked
    her and shoved her backwards, she almost
    fell if i hadnt held her.
    'stay away from Nathan you slut!' i
    screamed helping Qasa regain her balance
    'if you dont stay away from him, i promise
    i'm going to kill you! I'll kill you personally!
    Qasa, lets get out of here'
    Qasa shut them one last glance, and it was
    easy to read, it simply meant WE SHALL
    MEET AGAIN.
    I helped Adebriana to the car and i jumped
    behind the wheel driving as fast as i could
    to a hospital as Adebriana was fast loosing
    blood.
    ***

    CHIOMA.
    I was beginning to get tired of Mabel's
    unending calls and textmessages. It was
    so annoying and irritating. Forgiving her
    was the last thing on my mind and the
    earlier she realised that, the better for the
    both of us.
    She was calling again and as usual, i chose
    to ignore her. But after watching the
    phone ring for about six times, i decided
    to pick the call.
    I had her number, yes, which i saved with
    BACKSTABBER. I saved the number incase
    she was calling so i didnt really have to
    pick her call thinking it was someone else.
    'hello? Who's this?' i asked feigning
    ignorance.
    'its me...' her voice was very low and sad
    'its Mabel'
    'so? Why are you calling?' i asked harshly
    'how many times have i warned you never
    to try calling me again? Mabel, do you
    want me to report you to the authorities?'
    'Chichi, i'm sorry. At least, hear me out. Just
    listen to me. This matter is getting out of
    hand'
    'what matter is getting out of hand?'
    'its my son Chichi. I believe he's my
    nemesis for all the wrongs i did to you in
    the past. I'm very sorry for everything.
    What do i do to prove how sorry i really
    am? I need your forgiveness, i believe your
    forgiveness can solve all my problems....' i
    could tell she was about crying now as her
    voice was shaky.
    'you deserve whatever is happening to
    you right now Mabel. You're a demon, a
    devil incarnate, you deserve to die! You
    ruined my marriage, you! No one else. And
    until the day i breath my last, i would never
    forgive you, never! I dont whatever your
    son is doing to you right now but i assure
    you, he's going to do worse. He's going to
    do this you wont even expect. I pity you
    Mabel. Because days of endless suffering is
    coming your way'
    'please dont say that!' she was crying now
    as i could hear her slow whimpers
    'please...what do you want me to say.
    Please have mercy on me Chioma. I'm a
    single mother who has laboured so hard
    in other to give my son a near perfect life. I
    struggled to give him the best i could
    afford. But now, he doesnt respect me, he
    doesnt value me. I'm his worse enemy
    now Chioma....' she sobbed 'i dont know if
    you have a child Chichi, but how would
    you feel when the child you so laboured
    for treats you like trash....i...'
    'you deserve it Mabel, deal with it!' i hissed
    angrily and hung up.
    I threw the phone on the sofa, my heart
    pounding. Then i suddenly felt guilty. Why
    was i keeping a grudge? For over 24yrs
    nw?
    Wasnt it high time i let go??
     
  18. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 19.

    KAINENE.
    'those girls eh...they are crazy oo...' Kaka
    said breaking the shells of her boiled
    groundnuts 'better craze wey no get
    beginning and the end dey work them for
    inside their head. Stupid girls! That one
    dey break for bottle for me. E be like sey
    she no knw sey i be waffi babe. That bottle
    she go break am for my head, e go pieces,
    no quata. Babe just dey dey puff, dey
    spread. The other one say na queen of
    Amazon. Na only am be amazon, she never
    see where dem dey use bottle chuk for
    queen nyash. Abi she no know sey queen
    get queen? For this life, na only God na no
    get master oo, no reason am oo, bae. No
    be only she be queen. As i dey so, u know
    my story na, sey i comot for cult no mean
    say i no get contacts oo babe, i go just
    treat her fuckup for this town...' Kaka
    raked and raked.
    'abeg make i hear word. When the babes
    dem dey perform, i no even hear pim from
    your mouth not to talk of shut up. Abeg
    abeg, i no dey for radio without battery
    matter now. Just gbes, you dey hear me
    so? Pam, chilax. Hapummaka, leave me
    alone' i hissed throwing some groundnuts
    into my mouth.
    'babe, na me oo...' she stood up with her
    palm on her chest 'na me oo Kaka, Kaka d
    Kaki, one and only. No leave, no transfer. I
    say if i just ball in waffi now, you know
    homage wey i go get? Babe, forget that
    thing oo, no fall my levels'
    'i hear well well. Na your level high pass.
    After you na you, nobody reach you'
    'i bow for you oo...' she sat down and
    hissed 'stupid girls! Eh-hen,' she hit my
    laps 'have you called Nathan?'
    I hissed 'which Nathan? The monkey own
    abi the human being own?'
    'your papa own!' she snapped 'mumu!
    Sometimes, i just dey wonder the day wey
    you go finally see sense for ground
    pick...or when person go just pity you
    dash you small sense. Nathaniel, Nathaniel
    Imore, i your head dey do push and start'
    I hissed again 'abeg, make i hear jareh...' i
    packed the empty shells of groundnut into
    an empty bowl 'that guy is a fool oo. You
    cant imagine that he couldnt even call to
    apologise for what happened that,
    apologise for what he....'
    'for what? Apologise for what?' Kaka cut
    in 'apologise sey wetin happen? He kill
    person?'
    I paused and looked at her 'that guy
    disobeyed me!'
    'what?' there was confusion written all
    over her face 'you've gat to be kidding me
    Kainenechukwu Igho. I just didnt hear you
    right, i might have gone deaf too'
    'your problem, not mine'
    'who are you for the guy not to disobey?
    Who are you for the guy to bow down to
    your every need and command? Queen of
    England? Even queen of England sef,
    people dey wey dey disobey am, no lele.
    Babe, i'm disappointed in you oo. What
    you did that day was really wrong and i
    expected you to realise that even earlier
    but you surprised me as usual. You dont
    own people's lives Kainenechukwu, and as
    such, you cant control them, you cant tell
    them what and what not to do with their
    lives. If you dont like the way people
    around you handle things, the best you
    can do is advice, you think say na gra gra
    be everything? Its not. Kainene, you're too
    proud for my liking. I just dey look the way
    you dey form James Bond for that guy that
    day even before im mama arrive. I just dey
    watch you, for my mind, i be like, what is
    all this rubbish for? I nearly dragged you
    outside to talk sense into you but Casmir
    noticed and held me back. Everyone is
    important Kainenechukwu, no matter their
    lifestyle. Infact, i don provoke, wetin dey
    do you? You think i wouldnt have reacted
    more if i had happened to be in his shoes?
    There's a limit to what everyone can take
    Kainene. You dont expect him to oblige
    your every wish, its rubbish. No be you
    carry am come life. I saw the way the guy
    was trying so hard to please you that day
    and the least i expected from you was
    gratitude and appreciation. But...haba!
    Kainene!!!! Do you know there was a way
    you would have talked to that guy that day
    and he would have apologised to his
    mum?'
    'he insulted his mum for fuvck sake!'
    'he did wrong, yes! Damn it! I know, we all
    know. You're his friend Kainene. And you
    should stop making it look like you're only
    doing him a favour being his friend, what
    are you? Whats so special about you? Are
    you not like every other human being in
    this world? Do you have two heads? Are
    you the most beautiful girl ever?'
    'Kaka, leave my house'
    'even before i finished talking, i knew you
    were going to ask me to leave. But think
    about what i told you. And if you feel i'm
    right, pick up your phone and give him a
    phone call. As for me, i'm off' she picked
    her bag and left.
    I sighed in confusion.
    ***

    KAINENE.
    I stared at my phone...hoping and praying
    he was going to call. I felt like calling him
    to apologise but my pride wouldnt let me.
    I felt he was the guy and he should be the
    one apologising.
    I sighed and rested my head on my palms.
    Maybe i behaved rashly. Yes i did. I wasnt
    supposed to command him, that i knew.
    My phone rang and i hurriedly picked it up,
    but i hissed when i saw it was my mum.
    'hello mum?'
    'eh-hen, Kainene. I'm travelling to Abuja
    oo'
    'which Abuja? I mean, what business have
    you with Abuja?'
    'i'm travelling there with your dad. We
    have to see his people and set a date for
    the renewal of our wedding vows'
    'what?!' i screamed 'i dont
    understand...what...what is happening?' i
    asked with a raised voice.
    'your dad and i are renewing our vows...'
    then there was silence 'Nene, i'm sorry, i
    didnt tell you on time. I knew you were
    going to object to it'
    Tears poured out from my eyes. I'd never
    ever in my life thought my mum was ever
    going to choose my unfaithful father over
    me. She knew very well that she was going
    to lose me if she renews her vows with
    her husband, but she still went ahead to
    do what she did. Because she loved me
    less and loved him more.
    I swallowed hard 'have a...have a safe trip.
    By the time you come back, i must have
    left. I wish you a happy married life' I hung
    up and hurriedly packed my things from
    the table as tears rushed out of my eyes.
    I dashed out of the hotel, to the garage
    and drove out to the car.
    ***
    I pressed the door bell again and this time,
    Mrs Onome Chukwuka opened the door.
    She looked more beautiful than i last saw
    her. Her grey hair was still very visible and
    she had her hair in afro style.
    She smiled warmly at me 'my pikin...long
    time. Hug me na...' she spread her arms
    and i went into it.
    'how is your mumsi?' she asked closing
    the door 'this one wey you carry this kind
    big bag, i hope all is well?'
    'all is well mumsi...i just say make i come
    stay with una small'
    She screamed in excitement and gave me
    a high five 'you're highly welcome my
    darling. You can stay here as much as you
    like jareh...this is your house. Your friend
    Kamsi dey inside her room, dey ping as
    usual. That girl lazy eh...she no dey help me
    for kitchen oo. Very lazy human being. The
    only thing wey she sabi na to dey ping
    ping ping. Ah, wetin? Abi na so you too
    dey ping? You know the popular saying,
    show me your friend and i'll tell you who
    you are'
    I laughed 'mama, no be so..' i so much
    loved this woman, a complete waffi
    woman. She was educated, attended one
    of the best schools in the US, and she had
    a thick foreign accent but that didnt stop
    her from mixing her words with pidgin.
    She was married to an igbo man, Engr
    Chukwuka Chukwuka(CC). She had six
    children, all girls with Kaka being the fifth.
    A very disciplined woman and Kaka feared
    her even more than she feared her dad.
    And an excellent cook for that matter.
    'let me check on Kaka' i said.
    'no problem. KC dey around oo'
    'serious?' KC was the last born of the
    house. She schooled abroad.
    'eh. But she and her papa comot. Only God
    know where them waka go. Na yesterday
    she come oo. For the Christmas
    celebrations. That one concern them, all of
    them lazy. Make Kaka just do, marry comot,
    make i know sey na only me dey house.
    Nobody kukuma dey help me cook my
    food before. Make i rush cook Ikodo for
    you'
    'mama d mama! Na you sure pass. Make i
    go see Kaka' i hailed happily.
    'tell her make she come down! Tell her sey
    if i meet her for there eh...she no go get
    herself oo'
    'no problem' i said dragging my box
    upstairs. Mummy Kaka was a chatterbox
    and if i hadnt left when i did, she for use
    talk kill me.
    I pushed the door to Kaka's room open
    without knocking. As her mum had said,
    she was busying with her phone, so busy
    she was, she hadnt even noticed when i
    stepped into the room.
    I tiptoed to where she was and tickled her.
    She jerked, dropping her phone to the
    ground, she eyed me and hissed.
    And i knew she was still mad at me.
    'Kaka, i'm sorry. I'm really sorry about my
    attitude towards you the other day, it
    wont happen again' i apologised.
    She ignored me pressing away.
    'Kaka, now, no do this kind thing..'
    She dropped her phone and looked at me
    'see Kainenechukwu..i'm sick and tired of
    your shitty and bratty attitude..sometimes i
    wonder how we managed to cope as
    friends..when we are two different people
    with different idealogies..about life. I
    wonder if this friendship thingy can
    still...work out between us. Because with
    the way we've been disagreeing about so
    many things nowadays..hmm....' she
    sighed.
    Cheap talk! How many times had she said
    that? Kaka and i were inseparable, besties
    for life.
    I hugged her from behind smacking her
    ass and she giggled.
     
  19. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 20
    CHIOMA.
    I shifted under the scrutinizing eyes of the
    87 - year old woman sitting at the front of
    me. The 68 year old woman sitting beside
    her also looked at me with accessing eyes.
    The tension in the room was evident.
    Chuks cleared his throat rubbing his palms
    together 'mama...sister Ijeoma...well,
    eh...you know Chioma, my ex-wife'
    His mum nodded then looked at me 'the
    one who was sleeping with your best
    friend?'
    My brows went hight instantly 'WHAT?!'
    I looked at Ijeoma who eyed me and
    hissed loudly, then i looked at Chuks who
    looked away guiltily.
    'Chuks, what...what is she saying?' i asked.
    'like you dont know what she's saying.
    Werent you sleeping with his friend? You
    think he didnt tell us how he caught you
    with his best friend on his matrimonial
    bed?' Ijeoma asked maliciously.
    I felt like dying. I couldnt comprehend
    what was happening. I looked at Chuks
    demanding for an explanation.
    'erm...erm...i...mama...i...' he cleared his
    throat nervously 'mama, i...there was a
    misunderstanding...i..Chioma...Chioma
    didnt cheat on me'
    'you said what?' Ijeoma asked.
    'Chuka...' his mother called weakly and
    rested her head on the sofa 'what are you
    saying?'
    'Chioma was never unfaithful to me. She
    never slept with my bestfriend and i never
    caught her with another man on our
    matrimonial bed' he said.
    'but you told us...' his mother was saying
    when he cut her off.
    'that was all in the past mama...can we
    forget about it? I...'
    'no!' i said adamantly 'i demand an
    explanation for this Chuka. Did you tell
    your mother and sister that i was sleeping
    with another man? Did you tell them i was
    cheating on you?'
    'Chioma, i....'
    'answer me!! You lied to them about me?
    You made me look like the bad one to
    them? You said i was cheating on you?
    Me? Have i ever, ever ever cheated on you
    with another man? Chuks, answer me!'
    'baby...'
    'you were the one who slept with my best
    friend! I caught the both of you red-
    handed and you even had the guts to tell
    her i was sleeping with Jude! You
    photoshopped our photos. I didnt believe
    her when she said so. I thought she was
    lying but not i believe her. I can see you for
    who you really are. You're a bad person,
    Chuks!! You!!' Tears ran down my cheeks
    'to think that i was ready to let bygones be
    bygones and get married to you!'
    'thats what you should do Chioma! Let
    bygones be bygones!!! This is one of the
    numerous mistakes i made in the past. I've
    apologised for everything, have i not? Why
    then are you reacting this way?'
    'you're a bastard and i hate you! You're a
    very dangerous person, you, Chuks, you!
    You ruined my friendship with Mabel. You
    seduced her! You! Because of you, i cant
    find it in my heart to forgive her. Because i
    thought she was a dam. I am disappointed
    in you Chuks, you're a fool! An ingrate,
    after everything....'
    'enough!' his mother screamed 'what is all
    this? What is happening here? Chuka?
    Chioma? What are you both rattling
    about?'
    Tears blinded my vision, i couldnt take it
    anymore.
    'i'm sorry ma. I'm sorry Ijeoma' i picked up
    my bag and dashed out of the house in
    tears.
    'Chioma!! Chioma!! Chioma come back
    please!' Chuks called but i wasnt listening.
    I jumped into the car and screamed at the
    driver 'take me to the airport now!!'

    ***

    CHUKS.
    'Chuka, what is all this? Dont tell us you
    lied...' my mother stated looking at me.
    My elder sister had her hands folded
    underneath her bosoms. Her eyes asked
    various questions.
    'what was that foolish woman saying
    earlier? And i hope she has gone back to
    where she came from?' my sister asked.
    'she's not a foolish woman, Ijeoma' i said
    'please dont call her that. And what
    happened in the past between us is strictly
    between us. I wont have you or mama
    interfering'
    'Chuka!' my mother barked 'what are you
    saying? I will interfere because you're my
    son! What happened between you and
    Chioma? Who cheated on who? Who's
    lying here and who's saying the truth?'
    'mama, isnt it obvious that Chioma is the
    one telling a lie? Isnt it obvious that she's
    the only one who can cheat on Chuks? You
    know Chuka very well, you know how
    much he loves Chioma, he's ready to lie
    just for her sake' Ijeoma said eyeing me.
    'like i said earlier Ijeoma, stop interfering
    in our business...' i warned 'who cheated
    on who is not really your business. And i
    didnt travel all the way from Owerri down
    here to discuss this with you. What i'm
    saying is...i want to renew my wedding
    vows with Chioma and i need your
    blessings, i'm not asking for your
    opinions'
    I didnt see it coming but before i could
    notice, mama's strong knuckles had
    landed on my head. Ijeoma bursted into
    laughter.
    'stupid child!' she hit me again 'i knew it! I
    knew there was something fishy about
    what happened between you and Chioma.
    I mean, the sudden divorce. Who just
    wakes up one morning and asks for a
    divorce?'
    'mama, the reason for their divorce is
    adultery. Isnt it obvious that Chioma
    cheated on Chuka here?' Ijeoma asked.
    I wondered what her problem was. Why
    was she trying not to believe Chioma? Even
    when it was glaring that what Chioma said
    was the truth, she still refused to believe it.
    'fine mama!' i sighed rubbing the spot
    where mama had hit on my bald head 'i
    cheated on her. I cheated on her with her
    best friend. But it wasnt my fault. I was
    seduced'
    'my father, my maker!' my mother sighed
    'you are always seduced Chuks, what is all
    this? Where did you get this gene from?
    Right from when you were a teenager.
    After impregnating all the maids in out
    house, you always claimed you were
    seduced, what is wrong with you?! I
    should have known. You stupid man! Why
    cant you do away with this insatiable urge
    of yours? After the rough life you led as a
    youth, i expected you to calm down after
    marriage, but alas! A dog will always be a
    dog!'
    Ijeoma hissed loudly and rolled her eyes
    and mama turned to her 'why did you hiss
    like a snake? I've always known! I've
    always known you'll support your brother.
    Look at you two, shameless and useless
    people. Sometimes, i wonder if my womb
    was cursed that i would never give birth
    to responsible children. Look at Ebenezer,
    wherever that one is, onaga niyi (he has
    become useless), Giwa naniyi (you too,
    useless) nyawa naniyi (he too useless). You
    seem to have forgotten that you'll turn
    Seventy in two years time. Seventy is old
    enough to start having granchildren, you
    dont even have a child. All because you led
    a useless life. No suitor came for your
    hand in marriage, not even one. I hope
    you know that my end is drawing nearer,
    even if i die today, i will have no regrets.
    I'm 87, what more can i ask for? Havent i
    lived long enough, i....' mama kept talking
    but i wasnt listening.
    I stood up and strolled out of the sitting
    room. I couldnt lose Chioma. Not again. I
    wanted a complete family. I didnt want to
    die lonely like my sister was obviously
    going to die lonely. I wanted to be a
    grandfather soon. I just have to map out a
    plan to get Chioma back.
    Things were working out in my favour
    already but just a small mistake... I sighed.
    My phone rang and i retrieved it. I hissed
    when i saw the caller. But i accepted the
    call nonetheless.
    'this woman, have i not told you not to call
    me again? How many times will i tell you to
    leave me alone?!' i barked angrily.
    'Chuks...your children are requesting to see
    you. And the earlier you come down here
    to see them, the better for all of us. Else, i'll
    come down to Nigeria...and i'll expose you.
    Try me and see!' she hissed and hung up.
    Trouble, everywhere. I sighed.
     
  20. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes
    chapter 21
    MABEL.
    I looked from Jude who was seated on the
    double seater to Nathan who was seating
    beside me and i reassured myself i was
    doing the right thing.
    I didnt know how long i was going to last.
    I didnt even want to fight it. I already
    wrote my will. I just wanted my last days
    to be a happy one. And i wanted to see my
    son happy and change for the better. I
    wanted him to be with the woman who
    would bring happiness to him.
    I cleared my throat 'erm...Nathan? Meet
    Jude...Honourable Jude Bassey. He's a
    member of the house of Assembly...'
    Nathan only nodded concentrating on his
    phone.
    I saw the look of disapproval on Jude's
    face, and i laugh for my belle. He hadnt
    seen anything yet.
    'Nathan, would you please drop that
    phone?' i said trying to sound as polite as
    possible 'because i have something very
    important to discuss with you'
    Then he looked up 'what is it you want to
    discuss with me?'
    'he's your father. Jude is your father' i
    blurted.
    I saw a look i couldnt tell what it was on
    his face...he let his eyes roam around the
    sitting room, he accessed Jude from head
    to toe then he looked at me, and all of a
    sudden, he was laughing.
    Jude and i exchanged glances then
    watched him laugh.
    'this is so funny...' Nathan said in an
    audible whisper, then he stopped
    laughing and his face had a frown on it '

    'he's my father, so?'
    Jude and i exchanged glances and i urged
    him to say something. He cleared his
    throat 'erm..son?' Nathan gave him a look
    of disdain.
    'truthfully, i'm your father. Its just so
    unfortunate we never got to know each
    other on time. But i want us to get to
    know each other now. Thats to say, i want
    you to meet your siblings and your
    relatives. I've told all of them about you
    and they are all eager to see you'
    'whoever said you aint a mad man?'
    Nathan retorted placing his face on his left
    palm that was rested by the side of
    cushion.
    'Nathan!' i gasped.
    'i think you have high hope of things
    Honourable. You think you can just show
    up one day and i'll leave my mother for
    you?'
    Jude looked at me.
    'this woman here...' he pointed at me
    'laboured for me for 26yrs. For 26yrs, i've
    been under her care and for 26yrs, i've
    grown so fond of her and you think you
    can just show up and try to take me
    away?' he scoffed 'you're mistaken.
    Because i'm never ever going to leave my
    mum, never!'
    To say i was stricken was an
    understatement. Did Nathan just say he
    wasnt going to leave me? Like seriously?
    Was i dreaming? Was it my son speaking?
    I looked at Jude, i realised he was short of
    words. Then he laughed...something that
    was obviously a forced laughter 'i'm not
    saying i'm taking you away from your
    mother, mummy's boy...' he looked at me 'i
    just want you to come live with us for a
    while'
    'i agree with him...' i concurred 'Nathan,
    you've not known your father since you
    were born. This is an opportunity to get to
    know him better. To get to know the kind
    of man he is...'
    'i would really appreciate if you would tell
    me in the face that you're tired of having
    me in your house'
    'Nathan, no...'
    'mum pleaseee...when will you ever learn?
    When will you ever learn to give me atte...'
    he stopped. Then he smirked 'never mind.
    Talking to you is just like pouring water on
    a rock' he stood up with his phone in his
    hand 'i have an appointment to catch up
    in few minutes'
    'Nathan, dont you dare walk out on your
    mum and i...' Jude said with an air of
    authority 'i'm still your father and she's still
    your mother. I dont know if you were ever
    thought something called respect but
    you've not been respecting us here. Maybe
    you were not thought manners, but i'm
    here now, and i'm going to teach you
    some'
    If only he knew that force wont work on
    Nathan 'Jude, dont...dont try to talk harshly
    to him...' i said 'because Nathan would
    never listen to you'
    Nathan turned to him, walked towards
    him and sized him up. Then he laughed
    'are you sure you're really my father?'
    I looked at him.
    'because we obviously do not share the
    same views...' then he lowered his head
    towards Jude 'you're a very foolish man.
    Very foolish. What are you doing in the
    house of assembly? Because you dont
    merit that post. Listen to me carefully mr
    father. You. Cant. Force. Me. To. Do.
    Something. That. I. Would. Not. Want. To.
    Do. That you're a honourable doesnt mean
    you are immune to blows...' he flexed his
    muscles and made a fist 'you know what i
    mean..' then he turned and started
    walking away.
    'you dare not speak to me that way!! I am
    your father!!' Jude barked rising on his
    feet.
    Without turning, Nathan said 'Father. My.
    Big. Dick!'
    And from behind, Jude gave him a hard
    blow at the back of his head.
    I gasped.
    And before i could even rise on my feet,
    Nathan had retaliated with several blows
    and kicks. And before i could even try to
    separate them, Jude was on the floor,
    bleeding excessively.
     
  21. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

    Red Ashes
    chapter 22

    KAINENE.
    I dipped my hands into the suya paper
    and threw about three at once into my
    mouth.
    'but you know you aint doing the right
    thing?' Kaka asked also chewing the suya.
    'doing the right thing as in?'
    'you shouldnt have left the house. Right
    now, your mother needs all the support
    she can get from you..' Kaka stated.
    I saw MummyK listening with rapt
    attention.
    Kaka continued 'your mum deserves to be
    happy BabyK. You shouldnt be doing this
    to her. Just think about what she must be
    passing through now? Do you think she's
    going to be happy pushing through with
    that wedding?'
    I was about saying something when
    mummyK beat me to it 'in as much as i
    dont support Kainene, i also do not
    support Chioma. This man left her for
    several years. He didnt deem it fit to come
    back to her on time. He came over twenty
    years later. She had singlehandedly taken
    care of her daughter alone so the bond
    between she and her child should be
    strong. But all of a sudden, the man just
    comes back and whoom! You're ready to
    desert the child you've trained from
    childhood, just to be with him? Is that
    making sense? Ever since i've heard the
    story, i decided not to call her because i
    might just get angry and say things i'm
    not supposed to say to her. So its just
    better i remain calm and mind my
    business. You know me now, my vex na
    hot vex, e hot pass presidential seat oo'
    I smiled 'i can never believe that my own
    mother could choose a man who
    abandoned her over me. Sometimes i think
    about it and it feels like i'm dreaming. This
    isnt my mum'
    MummyK reached for my hands 'i'm
    always here for you my dear. But you
    should forgive your mum as well. She
    might have acted on the feeling called love.
    She would come around soon. And you
    will come around too. Sooner or later,
    you'll realise you cant live without your
    mum and your mum can equally not live
    without you. Just let her be happy. She's
    been on her own for so many years and
    maybe she just needs a companion for old
    age, you know you wont always be with
    her forever
    ***

    MABEL.
    I watched from the transparent door as
    the doctors administered treatment on
    Jude's head. His head was heavily
    bandaged.
    I felt pity for him.
    To think his own son had been
    responsible for what happened to him. To
    think it was the first time of meeting and
    speaking to his son face-to-face.
    Then i realised something. [bold]I'd
    already started decieving myself as well.

    I sat down on one of the chairs at the
    reception. And i thought of Nathan. He had
    done enough this time. No, i wasnt going
    to let him get away with this time around.
    What was he anyway? What right had he
    to go about misbehaving without fear of
    being punished? No, i had to take actions
    this time around.
    I picked up my phone and dialled a
    number.
    'hello DPO...' i said into the phone 'oh
    yes...i'm fine...compliments of the season...i
    need your help for something...i need you
    to send your boys over...i need to get
    someone arrested...yes...thanks' i hung up.
    Nathan might not like this but i was
    having him arrested, once and for all.
    ***
    CHIOMA
    Coming back from my trip in tears and
    finding the house so empty was more
    heartbreaking than anything else.
    My daughter had left me. It was so painful.
    My daughter had left me alone too.
    What was wrong with me? Why was i
    losing everyone by my side?
    I realised just how stupid i had been all
    this while. I had chosen a stupid man over
    my daughter. I hadnt even stopped to give
    it a second thought.
    It had been two days after my arrival from
    Abuja. I had called and sent several text
    messages to Kainene but she just would
    pick them or reply them. Moreover i didnt
    know where she was.
    I had called Kaka asking if she knew about
    the whereabouts of my daughter but she
    had denied knowing anything concerning
    my daughter's whereabouts.
    I spent all my time locked up in my room,
    not going anywhere. Not speaking to
    anyone. Not eating anything. I missed my
    daughter. And i wanted nothing more but
    to have her back in my life.
    I sat up rubbing sleep off my eyes. I
    thought i just heard the door bell. Who
    could be at the door by this time of the
    day? It was still very early?
    And why did the gateman let anyone in
    without my permission?
    The door stopped ringing and i knew that
    Shalewa had opened the door for the
    person.
    I put on my slippers and walked out of the
    room.
    As i climbed down from the stairs, i heard
    Shalewa conversing with whoever was at
    the door.
    'i dont think my madam would want to
    see anyone by this time. She doesnt attend
    to visitors so early. Maybe you should
    come back later' i heard Shalewa say.
    'its urgent...' a very familiar voice said 'just
    tell her i'm here...' I froze on the spot.
    What was he doing here? I just felt like
    running back to my room. He was the last
    person i wanted to see at the moment.
    I hastened my steps downstairs.
    'Shalewa...' called and she turned o me
    'good morning ma...' she greeted and
    walked away.
    'Chichi...' he called entering the house.
    I didnt know where the strength came
    from but i pushed him backwards, so hard
    was my push that he was out of the house
    staggering backwards.
    I held the door and raised a warning
    finger at him 'if you ever...ever step your
    foot into my house again...i swear, i'll not
    hesitate to call the securities, and i'll make
    sure you rot in jail for trespassing. Idiot!' i
    shut the door.
    'Shalewa!!!!' i called.
    'yes ma?' she came in from the kitchen.
    I dragged her ears 'listen and listen very
    carefully. I never want to see that man in
    this house again. If he ever comes in here
    again, make sure he's thrown out -
    understood?'
    'yes ma...' she whispered fearfully.
    I let her go and marched back to my stairs
    angrily.
    ***
    KAINENE
    I watched as it rang. I wondered if he was
    even going to pick my call. He had every
    right to be angry at me. Yes, i made a
    mistake and i realised it already. I should
    never have barked at him like he was my
    dog. What was wrong with me anyways?
    It rang thrice without anyone answering.
    I was about giving up when i decided to
    try for a fourth time.
    This time, it was picked by a husky voice.
    This wasnt Nathan's voice...i was so sure
    of that.
    'hello?'
    'hello? Inspector Dinta Ibrahim on the
    line...'
    Inspector? What happened? Was Nathan's
    phone stolen or something?
    'i....i need to speak with Nathan..'
    'Nathaniel Imore?'
    'yes sir'
    'sorry but he's currently in a cell and he's
    not allowed to use his phone'
    'what?' i exclaimed in shock 'in a cell?
    Why?'
    'sorry but you have to call back later' i
    sensed he was about ending the call.
    'hold on please...can you at least tell me the
    station he is? Please?'
     
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