Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 26
Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.
– Jean Paul.
[Mikes POV ]
-10 minutes later –
I woke up from my blackout only to see myself in a moving vehicle. Then I remembered I was captured by the gangs and Tife was shot by one of the gangs named Ferro.
I turned round expecting to see masked men with guns but I saw none.
My mind become clearer. I looked meticulously inside the vehicle. It wasn’t the Criminal’s Van. Have the Criminals changed their vehicle?
The car looked familiar to me. I hoped I was right.
This is Cassandra’s car. I made an attempt to sit up expecting my legs to be tied but I sat up and realised my legs were not tied. Then I looked at the driver’s side. She turned and smiled at me. I quickly rubbed my face to see if I was in a dreamland or I was in the real world.
“I’m happy you are awake,Mike, You have a close shave with death.
” My attention was drawn to another man sitting beside her in the right seat. He looked muscular but friendly. I ignored him and turned my attention to Cassandra.
Tell me what happened, why am I in your car instead of the gangsters’ Van?”
Cassandra smiled and say ,” Is that where you wanna be?”
I was quiet.
“Relax. I will tell you every bit of it.”
She tuned in to a radio station and they were playing WestLife Music.
Against All odds
(feat. Mariah Carey)
How can I just let you walk away,
Just let you leave without a trace,
When I’m standing taking every breath,
With you, ooohhh,
You’re the only one who really knew me,
How can you just walk away from me,
When all I can do is watch you leave,
Cause we shared the laughter and the pain,
And even shared the tears,
You’re the only one who really knew me at all………..”
[ Source: Westlife: Album : Coast to coast]
<Third Person’s point of View >
Mike was looking at them expectantly for an explanation of what really happened after he passed out. “Please, tell him what really happened. I beg you, “he said.
The Westlife music was still flowing in the background.
“…..So take a look at me now,
There’s just an empty space,
There’s nothing left here to remind me,
Just the memory of your face…..,”
Cassandra told Mike the events leading to their coming to the abandoned building. She told him, “When you want to go and meet the gang I had a feeling it was a set – up. You remember I advised you to give the thugs a photocopy of the house’s documents,not the original one and you agreed.When you left to met the gangs, realisation dawned on me that the gang was
not really interested in the document because they could also reason you would make a duplicate of the house document. I had a strong feeling their main interest was you. I decided to call my brother Nixon for assistance. He was a military man in the Nigerian Army, a commissioned officer. More specifically , a Captain in the 7th Division.
I tried to explain the situation to him. At first he was reluctant,
saying we could call the police for help but later he called me back and assured me of his help.
Within 15 minutes, he arrived with another man he introduced to me as his friend.”
“His name is Theodore. He is a first Lieutenant in the same division. You gave me the direction to where the thugs claimed you should meet us so we came there without your knowledge.”
“For five minutes we waited but you didn’t come out. My brother ordered his friend to position himself strategically so that they would round the gang up when they come out. ….”
” While we were waiting outside , Tife came out walking with difficulty. To our amazement,one of the gangsters came out with a gun ready to shoot him from the back.”
Mike said, “I remembered that part very well. I was in the room by then. Then I heard gunshots and fainted and I knew no more.”
“Ok. So let me continue from where you don’t know. The gang was about to shoot Tife when Nixon shot him at point blank range.
I was there. The gang fell down dead. A few minutes later, another gangster came out to check if his colleague had executed his assignment well.
He was amazed to see Theodore Pointing a gun at him. Surprisingly,his reaction time was quick. He dived behind a rock before Theodore pulled his trigger. Another man came out from the building welding an AK- 47 Rifle. I recognise him. He was the one eho nearly shot me at the hospital yesterday. He shot in the direction of Theodore and he also dived for cover.
The gang who hide behind the rock then stood up partially and ran in a bent position back into the room as the man with the AK – 47 covered him up.
Series of bullets ricocheted on the hollow walls and rocks. The guns went wild spitting fire but missing their targets. My brother and Theodore moved on the retreating gang when they were no longer firing from their hideout.
Upon entering the room we saw you lying on the floor with your hands tied behind your back. We searched everywhere for the gang but alas. They had gone. We saw a back door that lead outside to a street.
They may have passed there and escape in their van.
After that face- off, my brother phoned St. Nicholas Hospital and asked them to come for Tife. He was still hurt. An ambulance arrived from the hospital to convey him back to the hospital for medical re-evaluation. My brother decided to escort the ambulance to the hospital to ensure Tife’s safety.
My brother asked his friend Theodore to accompany us back to the house. So here we are.
“Wow. A lot happened when I was unconscious but I was wondering why the gangs didn’t carry me along when they were escaping,”
“Well.I thought you will never asked that question. When the gang were escaping, they placed a bomb in the room. My brother realised the situation and somehow managed to take you out before the bomb detonated. The whole building went ballistic with the bomb
converting the building into rubbles.”
“Hmmmm,”that’s very close and scary. I’m indebted to your brother for saving my life using his military experiences.
“He had saved my life several times when we went to war,” Theodore said. Mike and Cassandra looked at him wordless.
Just when they were almost halfway through their journey, they saw a blue van speeding like a mad dog towards their car . At that moment,Cassandra knew the war was not over.
The van hit the back of her car sending them off their seats. Suddenly,the gang with the AK -47 began raining bullets on her car. She did some extremely dangerous manoeuvres to outwit the precision of the gang’s shooting. In any case her car was bullet-proof so most of the bullets ricocheted on its body ,but for how long would it hold?
Then one of the gangsters opened the Van while it was still in motion. When the van got very close to Cassandra’s car, he climbed on top of the van and jumped onto Cassandra’s car. He landed heavily on the roof of the car.
On top of the car, he wanted to break the rear glass of Cassandra’s car. Theodore saw him and sprang into action. He also opened the car door and climbed to the roof where the criminal landed. It became a fist combat. Uppercut, downcut, Theodore was given a Jab but he blocked the second one and gave the gang a cross punch.
The gang tried to hook him but he dodged and responded with a combination of a short side punch and an uppercut.The gang fell off the car due to the impact of the uppercut. He landed heavily at the side of the road.
Surprisingly, the gang didn’t stop their car to pick him. They were still pursuing Mike’s car. Theodore stretched his right hand and picked his M16 Rifle. He aimed it at the blue van’s tyres and fired. The tyres burst and the vehicle skidded off the road into the bush. Satisfied with himself,he smiled saying, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ”