I reclined into my seat, reading newspapers were exhausting. The same headlines everyday. I knew that if I wanted to act like a judge at least I should be able to take a book and read on it.I stumbled on a textbook titled Elon Ad Vortem. It was an unfamiliar language that kept me intrigued. I checked it up on the internet and I couldn't belive that the meaning was so simple in contrast to the name itself. It meant Peace and Justice. I opened the pages and flipped through it .It was quite an heavy and voluminous textbook and the bulky paragraphs didn't help my condition.
I can't do this.
I opted to ask for Eniola's help.I yelled her name but I got no reply. Maybe she was trying to ignore me as usual. I stood up and checked through the glass windows and Eniola was fast asleep like a bird except that she was snoring loudly.
I wanted to wake her up but I was scared of the temper she might wake up with ,so I walked grudgingly into my office silently. I picked the textbook once more and dived into it with a stubborn determination.
I never thought that I might end up being a murderer until tonight. Adrenaline pumped up into my veins as David lurged towards me with anger evident in his eyes. I crawled like a child but I was much faster as fear took over my temporary stunt of bravery.
Tolani screamed in pain as David retraced his steps towards her and he carried her in his arms. I could still hear their conversation as I was almost outside the doors that once held me hostage.
"I need medical attention right now.I don't want to lose my baby." Tolani cried.
"But what about the judge?" David asked.
"My baby comes first before any bastard. When I am okay, we would find him and kill him." Tolani reassured.
"He's going to escape. Tolani I have to do something." David yelled.
"No,I am at the verge of dying. There's a rod inside my chest and you are worried about that idiot?" Tolani yelled.
I was at the back of the uncompleted building. My bloodshot leg couldn't carry me anyway far so I decided to hide till they were gone. I heard the kicking of a car and I knew David was behind the wheel.
Minutes later, I heard no voices. Only the silent whisper of insects as they swarm around my leg. I was free from my kidnappers. I crawled with an intense pain in my leg as I came across a forest.
This was my last strand of survival and I had to do it. My hands caught sharp twigs and bit of glass and ceramics stuck in my arms. I yelled in pain but I covered my mouth with my left hand as I journeyed like a four legged animal, the forest seemed endless.
I said a quick prayer to God as I didn't want my life to end without seeing Eniola. Soon enough, the forest gave way to an empty tarred road flanked with thick grasses. I crawled faster as my heart thumped faster in delight.
I failed to notice an incoming trailer as I was already at the middle of the road. I screamed as the trailer was heading towards me at a full speed. I closed my eyes waiting for death to take over.
I checked the time on the clock resting on the green wall.It was 5:30pm and Eniola was still fast asleep. My muscles in my hands felt weak ,I shook them sharply and a yawn formed from my mouth. I picked up the textbook I was reading earlier as it was very interesting.I locked my door and moved closer to Eniola's desk.
"Eniola wake up." I said banging the desk lightly.
Eniola simply stirred and turned her face to the opposite end and continued sleeping.
I had no idea how to wake her up in a polite way and I didn't want traffic to catch up with me. I had to be selfish and consider myself.
So I crouched closer to where Eniola was facing , placed my lips few metres away from her ear and I screamed into it.
Eniola got up startled holding her ear angrily.
"You found no single way to wake me up except for that crude method. How charming." Eniola hissed.
"In my defense, I wanted to go home quickly and you refused to get up after my first trial." I retorted.
"Great you just ruined my evening." Eniola said reaching to pack her bag.
"Was your dream so interesting? Do you want to sleep more?" I teased.
"If you were taught strict home training, you should know you are supposed to apologize now." Eniola said arranging her desk.
"I refuse to apologize to a mere lady" I said chuckling.
"And I refuse to be moved by your silly words." Eniola retorted.
"Eniola calm down. I was only trying to make you laugh." I said.
But Eniola hissed and walked out on me. I knew I went too far but she really did have a bad temper.I followed her but her strides were quick even in heels. It was hard catching up with a fire breathing woman. Eniola was at the underground parking lot still walking fast and I knew she wanted a ride even without speaking.
"Eniola, I am sorry, see I said it." I said raising my hands as an approval.
Eniola spun around and looked at me quizzingly.
"That's not the way I want you to apologize." Eniola said rolling her eyes.
"So how can I please you?" I said smiling.
"Get on your knees." Eniola winked.
"Wait, what?" I started to talk.
"You expect a full grown man to kneel before you just for forgiveness?" I yelled.
"Do you want to be forgiven or not?" Eniola teased.
I bit my lower lip. I had my pride as a man but she was taunting me with it. If I want to survive this act of being a judge, I knew I had to have Eniola by my side.
So I bent slowly till my knees greeted the tarred ground.
"Are you happy now?" I said with a weak smile.
Eniola bursted into a big laugh as she pressed her bag to her stomach to restrain herself.
"I thought you weren't going to. I never knew you were so desperate." Eniola said laughing to the point that tears were brimming down her face.
"You are laughing to the extent that you are crying. That's very shameful." I said smiling.
"See pot calling kettle black. You are kneeling before a woman." Eniola teased.
I was already tired of what she was trying to do. So I stood up and I scooped Eniola over my arms and I spun her around in a clockwise movement.
"Please stop." Eniola said laughing.
"Say you are sorry." I replied chuckling.
"I am sorry I made you kneel. Now put me down." Eniola screamed.
I made to drop her on the ground but Eniola's legs were shaky as she landed on the ground with a loud thud and the contents in her bag spilled out on the ground.
I reached to pick up the contents in a fast motion as there were biscuits nylons sprawled on the floor. Eniola still eats biscuits like a child. But there was an bottle that I and Eniola made to reach for at the same time but I was quicker and the bottle rested in my hands.
But there was a huge silence between us when I saw what was inscribed on the bottle and I saw Eniola's face had fallen. I was in utter shock and I forced the words out of my mouth.
"Eniola why do you have anti depressants?"
JOHN'S POV"Eniola why do you have anti-depressants in your bag?" I asked."Well it's for a friend, she asked me to buy it for her." Eniola said smiling."It's half filled Eniola." I stated shaking the bottle."Well it's none of your business." Eniola said grabbing the bottle from my hand."You just made it my business." I screamed."Eniola, get inside the car please." I continued.Eniola looked at me briefly. She waited for me to open the car and she flew into it without saying a word. There was a moment of silence in the car as Eniola kept tapping her hands on her laps in nervousness."I am going to drive to where we can talk about this." I stated.I got no reply from Eniola as she looked outside the window. I sighed deeply and the car kicked into life. There was a provision store nearby a
JAMES'S POV"Are you mad?"That was the first statement that jolted me back to life. The trailer didn't hit me. Apperently, the driver seemed very experienced in situations like this. My eyes opened to meet a furious driver hitting his car in anger."If you wanted to die. You should have taken rat poison instead of saving yourself this stress. Why do you want to implicate me? I can barely make ends meet." He screamed."I am so sorry sir. I didn't mean to jump in front of the road ,I am injured sir. Please help me." I said dropping on my knees.The driver inspected my injuries carefully, drinking in the possibilities of leaving me on the road to die or taking me to an hospital."Are you an armed robber."He said taking few steps backward."No sir, I was kidnapped." I said panting heavily."Alright, I'll get you to a h
JOHN'S POVA part of me felt pity for James and another part was giving in to less concern. I shifted comfortably on the chair wondering how James was ever hospitalized. He might have had cancer, I thought sheepishly. I shifted my head in confusion as the first ray of sunlight entered into my eye and I whispered silently. I stood up and adjusted the window blinds and the door knob shifted again to give a spotlight view of a stunning Eniola in a white gown."Good morning." Eniola greeted shly."Good morning Eni."I said smiling, letting go of the window blinds."Thank you for yesterday." Eniola said dropping a foodflask on my desk."I figured you might not have had breakfast." Eniola continued smiling."Oh yeah. Thank you." I said chuckling.Eniola smiled once more and left. Throughout our brief conversat
JOHN'S POV"What are you doing here?" Mary screamed."And why are you driving James's car?" Mary added."It's not the way you think it is." I said, opening the car door."Tell me the way it is then." Mary said vibrating her leg in an angry manner."You see, James went on a holiday and he didn't want to tell you because you might worry." I said, placing a trembling hand in my pocket."Then why are you with his phone?" Mary asked, raising a brow."He said you disturb him a lot." I said wearing a fake smile.Suddenly she held me by the hem of my suit and screamed."What have you done to your brother?" Mary yelled."How many times do I have to explain that he travelled?" I said raising my arms in pretense."And by the way I just came to relay the message. I would
ENIOLA'S POVKemi dragged my braids backward with a force that was shocking and she garnished my face with a beautiful smack."What do you think you have just done?" I cried out, holding the agonized cheek."I just taught you how to respect people." Kemi said smoothing her hair.I made to drag Kemi by her indecent top but I was stopped by John who stood between us acting as a peacemaker."Why are you stopping me from disciplining her?" I screamed, holding out my right hand."I won't allow my office to be a boxing ring." John said smiling."Let me bring the thunder on her." I retorted, lurging for Kemi's neck."The only thunder you are bringing is by being mature." John yelled, folding his arms meticulously."Alright." I whined, bolting the door. &nb
JOHN'S POVI took one last look at myself in the three quartered mirror in my office to access my look. The suit stuck and clinged to me like a second skin. I knew I was already adding weight. Today was the final hearing of Mr Olugoke. It was a bright Monday morning. Everything felt normal and sequential. There were no news of James but I hoped that he was alright. The tie was laying on the desk but I had no idea how to use it on my neck. The previous ones I used were already laid and crafted in the wardrobe."Do you need help with that?" Eniola said, opening the door slightly."Sure, I had no idea you were there." I chuckled.Eniola walked up to me wearing a grin, she placed a hand on the desk to pick up the tie and threw the tie on my neck. Eniola looked short even though she was in heels. At a point, I felt like a teenager. My heart was beating rapidly because of her soft hands d
JOHN'S POVFor the first time in my fake world, I was delighted with myself. I was basking in the glory of finishing a case without breaking a sweat and everything was made easy with Eniola. I heard quick strides of heels and I knew who it was without looking back."Great job." Eniola said, patting me on the shoulders slightly."I know. I am the best." I said blushing furiously.We walked to the office, giving each other brief smiles as I was too happy to wonder what would become of Mariam. As soon as I turned the door knob, Kemi jumped in my face holding fries and chicken wings in a bowl. Eniola's face turned to a scrowl as she leaned on the door with a stuttering elegance that looked more stunning than a model on the runway."Don't you know that it's unhealthy to give your boss such food at noon? Don't you know it contain so much sugar that would lead to diabetes
ENIOLA'S POVMy face was completely squeezed in anger as I entered the court lounge. A group of female lawyers were cramming some legal terms and I was extremely pissed. I walked further away, drenching my mind into the events that happened few minutes ago. I thought James would have changed his mentality of selling his soul for money. He looked like he had changed for a moment but his animalistic behavior broke it.I hissed aloud, but failed to notice a female figure colliding against mine and the spillage of tea on the figure. I was relieved that the tea didn't ruin my expensive white shirt or the heavens might open consequently. I pushed her aside harshly and stamped my heels on the ground to prevent me from slipping.I was about to begin walking when the female figure caught my arm and screamed at me."Can't you say sorry? Haven't you seen the damage of what you have done?" She