Written By Stephen Oluwafemi, Nevetsthoby@yahoo.com, 08133618101…
Lt. Henry climbed the little podium with all sense of purpose. His face was firm and strong. The morning sun was up and it added more brightness to the lightness of his skin. His pupils were pitch black and had that spark in it. A spark that seemed like he’d blow up in anger soon. His body, excatly what we call a macho mans kind of body. His uniform wrapped his frame up tightly and others would thing his muscles would rip his clothes off.
”Errm errm” He cleared his throat. Every recruit shivered. Shindara had now completely dressed up and the only problem left for her was her wet hair.
”Good morning everyone” Lt. Henry greeted with a firm voice.
”Morning Sir!” The recruits replied.
”I’m luitenant General Henry Olarewaju. I will be one of your instructors from now henceforth. Therefore the only things I will be needing from you guys will be deligence and cooperation. Discipline will be dished out accordingly to anyone who does wrong. Starting from now. You there!” He pointed to Shindara at the end of the line. Her heart jumped into her mouth. She turned her head to look at him fully with a look like ” Are you calling me sir?”.
She stepped out of the line and faced him with a salute. ”Sir”
”I want seventy counts of frog jumps from you for coming late!” Lt. Henry said cooly and turned to continue addressing the others.
‘Let this be a dream please’ Shindara begged. She could see some of her colleagues trying to hide their amusement at her predicament. She shot a viscious angry glare at the new demon in the camp and he turned his gaze to meet hers. Her frown vanished Immediately and she began the punishment.
Lt. Henry had a crooked little smile at the corner of his mouth. He turned again to address the recruits.
”Hey mama!” Diana hailed as she carried her food towards Shindara who was devouring her food at a table in the cafeteria.
”Hi.” Shindara replied. ”want to join me?”
”No! I wanted to walk into this wall with my food, that’s why I came to this corner” Diana dropped her tray of food on the table for four and sat. She uncovered the bottled water and drank its contents to half.
”See, If you’re here for another wahala just vanish. I have enough things to worry about now” Shindara dug her knife into her food repeatedly.
Diana grinned knowingly ”And by things you mean ”Mr Mancho” abi?” Diana laughed hard. ”cool it sweetheart, he’s a man afterall, he’ll like the machendise”
”Which yeye machendise! He better not even try any funny stuff with me. All I feel like doing now is to strangle the goat out of him” Shindara puffed.
Diana giggled ”Just don’t kill that Hunk for the girls that haven’t gotten on his bad side”
”Hunk? That one that looks like Hitler!” Shindara scoffed ”spare me please”
Diana brought her head closer to Shindara ears and whispered ”I think he likes you! And I think Oga’s wife like him too”
‘Of all people to like me! It’s now one goat that has no iota of a gentleman in him. It’s not even possible’ Shindara thought
”Please, I’m his first culprit and I’ve earned the position of a bad soldier to him” She replied ”But, Ogas wife? Gist me please”
”We saw her staring lustfully at him this morning. You know the way we bite our fingers in a Sekxy way na, that was what she did when he looked her way” Diana spoke like a recorder.
‘I don’t bite my hand like that. Why would I?’
”He just gave her that cold stare and walked into his office. You needed to see the look on her face!” Diana giggled.
” You mean General Okafors wife likes that Goat.” Shindara smilled cunningly ”If the General finds out”
”Lt. Henry will be sent back now, immediately” Diana replied.
”Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Shindara winked at Diana. Diana folded her hands and raised her eyebrows up.
Shindara wanted to plot a way for the General to find out.
”Don’t even think of it” Diana eyed her and scooped more rice into her mouth. Diana almost coughed out the rice in her mouth when she saw someone approaching them behind Shindara. The Goat himself and he was coming with his tray of food.
”What’s wrong with you?? Are you okay? You look like you’ve swallowed a bone.” Shindara attended to Diana who was holding onto her neck with red eyes. Diana swallowed the rice in her mouth and composed herself nervously on the chair. Sindara still hadn’t seen Lt. Henry coming behind her and still continued piercing her food here and there with her knife.
”Erm erm!” Shindara heard someone clear his voice behind her. She turned to see who it was and before she knew it, she had said something stupid.
”Oh Goat……” She quickly turned her face back to her food and swallowed saliva. ”Goats eat leaf you know” She spoke to Diana as if that was what she wanted to say.
Diana stood up to salute and so did Shindara. Lt. Henry didn’t reply but instead, he sat don on a vacant chair and began to eat. Diana gushed as she attempted to sit down when Shindara yanked her back to her full standing position.
”We’ll excuse you sir!” Shindara eyed Diana and picked up her tray to leave.
”You need not worry about that. Every table in the cafe has been occupied” Lt. Henry spoke and raised up his face to look at Shindara. He was assuring her he wasn’t wicked with those eyes of his.
‘who are you trying to decieve with those innocent eyes? Yeye dey smell. It won’t hurt to sit down by this goat sha’ She thought.
She sat along with Diana and they ate in silence. Lt. Henry didn’t finish his food.
”Good day Sergeants” He picked up his tray and Left.
Shindara was beginning to have a second thought. Although he seemed cold, he was somehow calm and endearing. And those eyes! She could kill for them.
”Just look at him go” Diana blushed as she stared at him dreamily.
”I know right?” Shindara replied
Henry made his way out of the cafe and walked up into his white G-wagon parked nearby. He unlocked the car and got in. He switched on the Mp3 player and soft blues music started playing. He rolled down his windows and was about driving away when he heard a lady call him.
”Luitenant Henry!” Ogas wife. The red haired American diva who married General Okafor two years ago. Their marriage had been the talk of the town. General Okafor, as ugly as he was surprised the young and agile men by his ability to win over a lady like this.
”Hello ma’am” Henry smilled and rested his elbow on the window frame.
‘Here comes trouble’ He thought.
”Hi! How are you? You eat here too?” The Oyinbo woman chorused as if she was singing. She was smilling and flashing her white sparkling teeth. Henry looked behind her and saw two of her body guards standing some metres behind her.
”This is the only Cafe in Wing A where one can find good food.” Henry replied her with another fake smile.
”Yeah. True. Oh, where are my manners? I’m Trina by the way.”
”Okay, Madam Trina. I’ll be on my way now” Henry smiled again and made to switch his engine on.
”Oh poo. Don’t be silly” Trina laughed ”Just call me Trina. Do you know anything about Alkido Henry?” She asked another question to hook him down.
”Alkido? I suppose so.” Henry was no more smilling now. He was bored.
”Oh great. I’ve been looking for someone to teach me” Trina pouted like a baby.
”Let me help” Henry said. Trina’s face lit up. ”Hey buddy!” Henry Called out to one of her bodyguards.
”Sir!” He replied.
”You do Alkido?” Henry asked.
”Good! Madam Trina here needs an instructor” Henry smilled at Trina who was looking baffled. ”Good day Trina!” Henry saluted and drove off.
To Be Continued…