(Inception Pt. 3)
"You really are a great fool" I hissed angrily.
"Now where are the damn keys!?"
Immediately we entered I told Tade to put on the generator. When
the power had come, we settled down to business, each engrossed in his
laptop. I logged on to plentyoffish. I saw a woman who might make an
Alicia Warkins,34 ,no kid and living alone. "Hello
Alicia, my name is Cody Smith". I try some small talk like who does she
prefer between Obama and Romney, what is the weather in her city, blah,
blah, blah. Now to the point. What is her source of income? She said she
is an heiress of some small-town newspaper fortune. Wow, now that's
what I call plenty of fish.
I'm a US diplomatic officer currently
working in Helsinki, Finland. The city's prison is crawling with
Americans so I was assigned to negotiate their release and transfer to
the States with the prison authorities. These Finnish guys demand some
dough as a fine for the freedom of these jailed Americans. Therefore the
US embassy would welcome private dona- no, no, no, lemme stop there.
Don't want to ask for money right away lest she think I'm a 'scammer'.
Now onto more personal matters.
Doesn't she have a boyfriend?
she doesn't have right now. She has dated some guys before but they all
turned out to be jerks. Eeya! But don't worry about me, I won't be a
jerk. In fact, I've never been a jerk.
Why doesn't she have kids?
She doesn't want to have kids wit just any bloke. She wants to have kids
wit a special guy, someone who makes bell ring in her head, someone who
makes butterflies flutter in her stomach, someone who will sweep her
off her feet.
Look no further, Lady, I am the one. I've been looking
for someone like you all my life. It's not everyday you meet someone
who so understands you completely you feel you've known each other for a
long time. And if you try me, you won't regret me.
She sent me a
picture of herself and I complimented her on her looks even though she
was bony thing and had like one thousand freckles on her face.
sent her a 'picture of myself'- which was in fact an old picture of Brad
Pitt's edited and 'photoshopped' to remove all resemblance(the jaws for
example) but still l leaving all the good looks.
That picture was my standard picture.
then, I heard a very loud noise above the din of the generator and the
clicking of the keys on our laptops. I looked at Tade who was smiling
down to his Laptop. He did not seem to hear. Before I shifted my eyes
back to the laptop, I heard the noise again. The noise was louder now
and Tade too was gaping into the distance. The noise sounded like
someone was banging the door. We looked at each other. Nobody calls at
our place at all much less this time of the night. The next loud bang
roused us from our surprise and I called out
"Who the hell is that?"
'Good evening' a strong voice returned. 'This is the police. We have a warrant to search your premises'.
heard that Tade with all the silence his unco-ordinated body could
muster, quickly packed the laptops and climbed the desk to put it in a
designated place in d ceiling.
"A warrant to search this premises by 9pm? Officer, I don't think you know your law".
me the lecture on d proper time to serve a warrant', the officer
shouted. 'This is a special case and either you open this door or I
break it down. In any case I'm entering'.
The officer was sounding
very serious. This is definitely not a joke or a prank call. Beside me,
Tade was shaking like crazy. I have to be strong for this wimp. "Go pack
the other laptops and throw them over the fence", I whispered. As Tade
was about to go, the officer's voice came again 'In case you don't know,
this building is surrounded. You have no choice but to OPEN THIS DOOR!'
We are now in a fix. I was now shaking my self, at my wit's end. The game look to be coming to an end.
won't wake' a voice said. I thought it was the officer who spoke but
the voice was too close to my head to be the officer's.
'He won't wake', the voice said again, now a little frantic, a little panicky.
"Did you hear that?" I asked Tad.
'What? Yes I hear it. The officer dey shout make we open the door, shey you no dey hear am?, as loud as e be'.
"No, no," I whispered back. "The voice, that voice". 'Which voice?' Tade asked, a look of confusion on his face.
'OPEN THIS DOOR!'.
won't wake' the voice in my head was now filled with fear and with
dread, a voice of someone afraid of what looks like inevitability.
Somehow, the voice sound like Barbie's. 'STAND BACK!, I'M BREAKING THIS DOOR!'
my god, he won't wake, Help! BRING WATER!' I saw the door buckled and
crash. But I didn't see what I expected to find. I expected men in black
uniforms with raised guns and heavy boots. Instead I saw a flood, a
flood of water, water which was snow-white because of it's astonishing
quantity, advancing towards me.
Before I could run, the water buried
me and all went blank. I awoke on the floor of the corridoor, drenched
in water, gasping for breath in Barbie's arms. I saw a shade of people
peering down at me but I couldn't yet make out any of their faces. At
last I made out Ridwan's thoroughly frightened face. I saw who had taken
the picture, the phone was still in his hands. 'Thank God', they
breathed collectively. 'You got us real scared'.
"How long was I out?" I drawled.
'About three minutes'. "What?" I exclaimed. It seems to me that I was out for three hours.
had to bring water from the buckets in the toilets to rouse you',
somebody was saying. 'Took about five buckets'. 'C'mon' Barbie said.
'You sure need food, let's get you something to eat'.