Different thoughts came flooding her mind. Her heart started racing again. Soon she heard the main door to her office slam shut. She ran so fast, knocking mannequins down; she made it to the workshop’s door and locked it. Then she moved the closest drawer for reinforcement. She walked back to the table, picked up her phone and sent the text messages.
There was a loud bang on the door. But she wouldn’t answer; she wouldn’t even breathe under the pile of clothes she had hid herself.
“Sade! Open up! It’s me Kolapo”
“Uncle K” she mouthed. She was excited. Rushed towards the door and opened it.
“Uncle K, thank God you are here.”
“Yea! I started coming just as I got your message, what is the problem”
Sade shifted back, and started slowly, away from Kolapo.
“What is the matter dear?” Kolapo asked, moving towards her
“I sent you a message, barely 5 minutes ago, and you are here already. Your house is about 30minutes from here” Kolapo paused, shinning a torch in Sade’s eyes
“I got your message about twenty five minutes ago; it was sent thirty minutes before I had the chance to read it” he walked closer to Sade, who had frozen.
“No! Don’t come near me” she screamed
He moved close to her and gave her a warm embrace “I can’t hurt you, you are my baby’s best friend” he brought out his phone and showed her the message. “
“I didn’t send you this message, this is not my number.”
There was a loud bang, then Kolapo fell. A figure, at least 6ft tall, was standing there, holding a rod. Sade tried to run, but he grabbed her hand before she could move, a gloved hand clamped her mouth before she could scream for help. He picked pieces of clothing off a desk and then gagged, blindfolded and tied her up even as she struggled. He hefted her over his powerful shoulders and dragged the unconscious Kolapo along. He dumped them both in the trunk of Sade’s car and drove off
As the blindfold on Sade’s face was removed, she saw a tall masked man walking away from her. He settles on a chair and pours wine into a glass. Kolapo’s groans drew Sade’s attention as he came to. He tried moving but the masked man had securely tied his hands and legs.
The man walked to the chair in which Sade was sitting, sat on the edge and stroked her face. He removed the gag from her mouth and she immediately shouted for help; the masked man didn’t move a finger, he simply laughed at her.
“Conserve you energy my dear. Where we are, nobody can hear you” The voice sounded familiar. Sade shifted her face from the man’s alcohol breath, but he bent closer.
“What do you want from me? I have money! Just release us please. My friend is heavily pregnant and this is her husband. She cannot afford to be worried” Sade pleaded.
“I know everything about you. How else do you think I got him here, despite his “intelligence” I have this all planned out Sade” He pointed in Uncle K’s direction “Even him”
The groans from Kolapo became louder. The masked man went to him and removed his gag.
“Something on your mind?” He asked Kolapo sarcastically.
“Oh yes! You can’t get away with this.” Kolapo spat on the floor beside him “You think I don’t know who you are?”
The masked man mocked him for a minute and said
“Well, well, well, look who wants to make this interesting. Why don’t we play a game? He maniacally threw his hands in the air “Let’s call it “WHO AM I?” He walked back towards Sade’s chair, sat on the edge again, this time he pulled on Sade’s hair. “If you correctly guess who I am, I will remove my mask and call the police myself, you have just 3 guesses and which each wrong guess, I get to do what I want to Sade” He bent close to Sade’s face and licked it. Sade wriggled violently. “I’m sure you can imagine one or two things”
“I am not interested in your dirty games; I just want to go home.” She begged, but the masked man shouted “You think you have a choice???”
“If you don’t play the game, Kolapo dies, if you lose the game after 3 guesses, you both will die. Those are my rules, let the game begin”
“Kolapo, please” Sade begged.
“Don’t worry Sade, it will be alright, we’ll get home safe” Kolapo reassured Sade.
“Enough of this rubbish” The masked man shouted “Let’s play!”
He walked to Kolapo, picked him from the floor and sat him on a chair. “This is so you can see clearly, I mean when I rape her.” The masked man then dropped some objects on the stool beside Kolapo.
“Once you lose, I will skin you alive!” He dragged a chair to the middle of the room, faced them and ordered Kolapo to guess. Sade threw Kolapo a long sad face. He was fairly certain he knew who the masked man was but he had to think twice before blurting it out; not knowing what would happen after.
Kolapo took a good look at the masked man, who had stood up to get more wine; he studied his gait and posture. He took a fast look at the materials on the stool, he saw a scalpel. He quickly bent his body, toward it, in an attempt to pick it, while the man poured himself a glass. He bent as far as he could, but the scalpel was just so far. He reached further, the rope cutting into his skin, he finally picked it. However it dropped on his chair behind him.
“I said play” The masked man shouted. Kolapo took a long deep breath. His heart beat was so loud; he thought Sade heard as she threw him a curious face.
“I know who you are, just promise that if I am right, you would be true enough to agree and unmask yourself” Kolapo pleaded. The man laughed and then nodded in agreement.
“It is you Sam, Sade’s manager” Kolapo said
“What?” Sade turned towards Kolapo
“Why are you playing with my life Kola?” she then turned towards the masked man who had stood and was walking towards her “Sir, please don’t mind him! He doesn’t know what he’s talking about! I’m begging you”
The masked man wouldn’t listen. He dragged her up from the chair towards the table. Sade screamed, struggling harder as she was being pulled.
“Why don’t you even tell me if I was wrong?” Kolapo shouted, but got no response. The masked man dragged Sade to the table, and tied her legs apart. He then took a pair of scissors and cut her clothes open. He whistled when the clothes were off, slowly turning to show Kolapo what he was seeing.
“You lose!” He shouted, but Kolapo was not on the chair anymore. Shocked, he looked around, but didn’t see him. He bent to pick the knife on table, but before he could get up, Kolapo hit him twice on the head with a rod.
Kolapo, picked the knife from the masked man, and cut Sade loose. She quickly got up, wrapped her torn clothes around herself and ran towards the door, but he wasn’t following her. She stopped and called out to Kolapo who was busy trying to tie the man up.
“Kolapo, what are you doing?”
“Wouldn’t you want to know who he is?” He replied.
“No!” she screamed, “I just want to get out of this place.”
Kolapo ignored her; she sighed. She saw that he wouldn’t leave until he was satisfied, so she joined him. They both tied him up and Sade became lightheaded as Kolapo removed the mask on the man’s face. It was Sam!
This whole time, it was Sam that was stalking her? Her mind was reeling as she couldn’t imagine why. She surely had been nice to him all along. Why?
Kolapo lifted Sam’s body and headed to the door.
“What are you doing? And how did you know it was Sam” Sade asked.
“I am doing the same thing he did to us, just that he will wake up at the station.” He turned to face the frail Sade, “Don’t just stand there, pick up his phone and take pictures. We need them as evidence when we report to the station. Sade quickly did so and hurried to unlock the trunk of her vehicle for Kolapo, who dumped the body inside and drove off.
“How did you know it was Sam?” Sade asked again, but Kolapo ignored her as earlier.
“Let us call the police, just so we will be covered, I will call some of my colleagues and…”
“Answer me!” Sade demanded, cutting Kolapo’s conversation short. “Ok”
“Ok, I will tell you.” He paused as though trying to arrange his thoughts. “Well, the message he sent to me, was sent with a number he had used to call me before which I stored it in his name. When I saw the message, I thought you both were in danger so I came down to your office. As soon as he removed my blindfold, I was almost sure he was the one”
Sade was amazed at how calm Kola was under pressure, while she couldn’t even think straight, he was able to think things through, discover the man behind the mask, get himself free and saved them both. And for the first time in a long time, she caught herself thinking about having a man like him. About how different her life could be if she did, would she work so hard, would she have kids. The journey to the station was quiet and filled with introspection.
As Kolapo drove into the station, some of his friends had brought Sade a dress to wear and was quickly escorted into the station, while Kolapo waited behind, to get Sam out of the booth. With the help of his friends, they lifted Sam, who had regained his consciousness out of the trunk and dropped him on the floor. He yelped from the effect of the drop. If not for the police officer present, they would have really kicked him around. The officer took him in and they all gave their statements
Sade really wanted to know why Sam would do what he did. She had always seen him as simple and easy going. She had once described him as a butterfly; easygoing and hurts no one. But today, he didn’t float like one, he stung like a bee; she stared at him through the bars and moved closer.
“Why? Why would you do that?” she whispered, but got no response. He seemed to be saying something so she moved even closer to the bars and could finally hear him
“We’ve met before; a long time ago”