THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY.
Today I start a new series on my blog. I will update on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of January. Below is an excerpt of the first episode.
THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY Episode 1
Adam caught the look on his wife’s face again and looked away. She was trying to make him feel bad and it was working. He walked away from her and towards the wine. He was at the party for a reason; he could not leave, not yet. It was a party with a lot of political bigwigs and they did not seem to mind that their host — Senator Adeshina was nowhere to be found. But then, none of them had a pregnant wife to worry about, he did.
He picked two glasses and walked back to Ese. He stopped in front of her and smiled. He had married a beautiful woman, not even the eight months old foetus pushing her belly out of proportion could disguise that.
“You look beautiful tonight Ese.” He said as he set the glasses on the table in front of her.
“I don’t feel beautiful. I feel like a house on legs.” She said with a grunt. “And this house wants to go home.”
“We can’t leave yet Ese, we’ve not even seen the Senator.”
“It’s not our fault he is late to his own party, I’m tired Honey, I need to go home.”
Adam looked at his watch, it was past nine; she was right it was late.
“Babe, let’s wait for another fifteen minutes, if the senator isn’t here, we will leave, okay?”
“You’re not leaving, are you?” A voice said from behind them.
Adam turned around, it was the Senator. Finally, they could pay their respects and leave.
“The Mrs was getting a little tired, that’s all.” Adam said.
“It’s not me sir, it’s the baby.” Ese said.
“I’m sorry Adam, I apologise specially to you Ese. I was held up by a call from the Hungarian ambassador who for some reason I can’t fathom has become a dear friend.”
“We totally understand sir. We just wanted a chance to say a big thank you for your help sir.” Adam said.
“Our transfer to Abuja.” Ese said.
“You think I did you a favour by bringing you to Abuja? I hope you still think so in six months.” The senator said and laughed.
“I’m sure there are other people you need to say hello to.” Adam said, he could tell his wife was barely keeping the fake smile on her face.
“Oh sure, most of them I should introduce you to, Senator Halima especially. She’s been eager to meet you.”
He knew who Senator Halima Abubakar was. She was the youngest member of the senate, she was barely thirty five. It was obvious she was only in the Senate because of who her parents were. He wondered why she wanted to meet him.
“She is a big fan of the Church Street Killer case, she should be here already; she’s never late for
parties.” The senator said. He dug his hand into his pocket and brought out his phone.
Adam nodded and smiled, he hoped the senator would just go; he was almost as eager to leave as his wife was now.
“Excuse me please,” The senator said. “I need to take this call.”
Adam watched him leave. He whispered to Ese. “This is our chance.”
He helped Ese to her feet and they walked across the room. There were a lot of important people in the room, people who could make his stay in Abuja easier, people he had hoped the senator would introduce him to. He had learnt his lesson, he would not bring a heavily pregnant woman to a party next time.
“Adam?” He heard the voice call behind him and he stopped, it was the Senator. No!
He could hear Ese grumble. “Just tell him I’m not feeling well.” She said.
“I’m sorry sir, Ese isn’t…”
“Adam, you need to come with me.”
Adam shook his head. “Sir, I…”
“There’s been a murder.”
“What?” He gasped. “Where? When?”
“Just now, a few minutes from here.”
“That’s awful. I hope it has nothing to do with your party or your guests.” Ese said.
“Who was killed?” Adam asked.
“Oh my God.” Ese whispered.
“She was found in her car, not very far from here. You need to go with me now.” The senator said and walked towards the exit.
Adam looked at Ese, he could see the dread in her eyes. They had come to Abuja because they wanted to get away from the whole church street killer case. They had not even spent a whole month in Abuja.
“Babe, this is probably a case for some other agency. I’m just finding my feet, they won’t throw this at me, it’s too important. But I have to go and secure the scene before I hand it to whoever will take it over.”
“What am I supposed to do then Adam?”
“The driver will take you home. I promise I won’t be late.”
“If you won’t be late, I could wait up.”
“No sweetheart, don’t wait up. Get some rest; I have stressed you enough today.” He kissed her forehead. “I love you, you remember that, right?”
She smiled and punched him lightly on the chest. “Don’t try to be sweet. I’m waiting up for you so don’t be late.”
“Okay ma’am. Now, let’s get you and my baby home.”
He loved her, he really did but he could not wait to be at the crime scene. A crime scene! He stifled the smile spreading over his face; he was back in the game!
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