Written by Austin Blinks… If you missed part Twenty One, read it HERE!!!
11:12pm . They all stood around Dolapo’s bed as he spoke in a low voice and told them not to worry about him. Femi and his father sipped Malt and milk given to them at the blood bank. .
Wale: What really happened? Did you see his face?
Dolapo: No i didn’t! It was dark and it happened fast.
Mrs. Martins: We shouldn’t talk about this right now. I bought food at the eatery please get up and eat.
Bidemi sat beside Dolapo on the bed, stroking his hands and touching his forehead as often as she could. And for the first time, Femi saw it but didn’t get jealous. Olatunji and Mrs. Martins looked on at the young love. They had that kind of love once, they were inseparable at that age, they had met at a village festival, Mary had been bestowed to marry the King’s nephew, Adedolapo who was popular not only for being a member of the royal family but also was the most intelligent lad in the village, girls loved him for his money and brain. He, Olatunji was a tout, tall, dark and absolutely handsome young man. His family had a little farm and he hardly knew anything that was taught in school. On top of that, it is a usual scene of seeing Olatunji being chased around the village by men who had cutlasses in their hands. He was in the habit of going into girls room late at night, entering through the window and spending all night with them, he had so many girlfriends and he decides whose room to sneak into at random. The girl’s fathers waking up the morning and seeing a boy with their daughters in bed would in-turn chase him around the village with cutlass, threatening to kill him .
That was how wayward Olatunji was until he met Mary who melted his heart. He changed his ways for her, became responsible and was glad she loved him back. Lot of times had Adedolapo ordered his arrest and he being thrown inside the dungeon but hours after his release, he’d go find Mary again…..
His thought was interrupted by a nurse requesting that they all leave and allow Dolapo another phase of rest. They all left, leaving Mrs. Martins behind. Dolapo eyes were closed, his mother took a long look at him before sitting down, she placed her head down when he spoke
Dolapo: Mum!!! Is Femi’s Dad My father??
She kept her face fixed on the floor, remained silent and afraid to look at her son.
The rest of the family had slept by the time they got home. His father quietly entered his room. He himself had alot of questions on his mind about his father and Dolapo but he rather not say anything this night. Femi made his way to the room, picked up his phone in anger and dialled Tunde’s number, He picked after 5 rings
Tunde?yearning ) Hello Femi… Why you dey disturb person now??
Femi: (angry) Just shut up there Tunde! Sent you a SMS to cancel the plan and you still went ahead to do it. You almost killed him… Now my father is looking for you and planning to arrest you.
Tunde: (confused ) What are you talking about Femi?
Femi: O boy no try me o! No try me at all. If you expect me to pay you any money i won’t because i told you not to attack him anymore.
Tunde: what money? Attack who? Are you talking about the plan to injure Dolapo at the birthday?
Tunde: But i didn’t do it
Femi: (confused ) What do you mean you didn’t do it?
Tunde: No i didn’t do it. We had set to attack but when we got to the venue, i saw your SMS and i told the boys to abort. We wanted to turn back but we decided to eat the rice and drink the alcohol at the party, i made sure all the boys dropped their knives in the car before we entered, we asked of you from the gateman and he came to look for you. We were at the gate when we heard screams and people running, so we had to leave too. But i swear man..i didn’t attack Dolapo. But if i didn’t, then who did??
Femi: Emmm…. Emnm… I don’t know man .
He dropped the call. Glad he wasn’t the one responsible for putting Dolapo on a hospital bed but confused about who did. He laid on his bed with only a thought on his mind…. If Tunde didn’t stab Dolapo, then who did??
To Be Continued…