We normally take public transport back home, and my Break money was always not enough for me. I thought of the fastest way of having enough money for the next day, before an idea came. “How many of you want to save transport money” I asked my fellow classmates who went my direction. Practically everyone raised his hands. “Now see what happens, we would enter a bus and we would stop at a common junction that is close to everyone else’s junction.
When we drop, someone will start of an argument with the conductor on the issue of how much he told us. When the argument starts, we will all sneak out of his sight one by one. You are on your own in case you get caught” I said with stern warning. Luckily for us, we saw an empty bus without conductor. We filled the bus and I volunteered to become the conductor of the bus.
“Help me collect money seat by seat” The old driver said to me “No problem Oga”. I said to him. I collected money from others that were not part of our plan and when they got to their Bus-stops, they came down including those in my plan. “You collect money from those people” The old driver asked “Yes sir” I replied with confidence. All this happened, till we reached our common Bus-stop and the remaining of us came down, I took the man’s money and vanished into thin air.
“He will understand” I said to boy that was afraid of curse. The scenario continued, and we became the most wanted school children along that route. “Look well before you enter a bus oo…” I kept shouting to them everyday.
Second term exam was around the corner. We arranged ourselves and luckily, I, Comfort, Kenneth and Fumi was on the same side. I did the writing and they copied the one’s they didn’t know from me.
It was a marvelous exam and I don’t need to remind you, we passed in style. I came out 3rd overall in Maths, 2nd in English and as always, I failed geography. The teacher was happy I failed her subject, I was happy I failed too. As part of our celebrations, Comfort gave me a passing Bleep! I had already established my crew in my neighborhood. Non-violent but we all had our little styles.
Anybody among our peers who needed a girl had to lodge a formal request before he go ahead to woo any girl. We commanded respect and prestige, and failure not to abide by the rules will render you a complete virgin till you leave the area. I bleeped at will; I had s*x anytime I wanted it. You will ask why it happened that way right?
*** The answer is money*****.
I had huge savings, and when I see any guy who begs me for money, I give him without blinking an eye. Those local girls love money, and the rich ones love gifts so I always buy them things according to their levels. From minerals to small gifts; so it goes a long way to get me what I want.
On the other hand, Chika helps me organize any new girl that comes into the street. If you don’t fall willingly, someone will make you fall. I was living in my own paradise, a mansion I suffered to build. I commanded the respect I wanted and the ladies gave me what I wanted. What else should I ask for. Third term was around the corner, and it was even a more a serious term than the 2nd term that passed.
I knew this was my real hurdle if I wanted to graduate in that school. I became so serious and went to church more often. I attended all classes and made peace with all the teachers in my class. Whenever I was asked a question, I always attached something spiritual to it, just to prove to them teacher that I am now changed. But the soldiers never loved me. Once they call out the list of noise makers and my name isn’t on the list, it is considered incomplete.
I was receiving koboko stokes like on a daily basis and most times, the stain of blood will be on my back. I was thinking of reporting to my Dad but Kenneth opposed it. “You want your Dad to fight Army man”? He said while laughing “They will just tell him to do frog jump with you” Kenneth continued “Jesus” I shouted.
“What should I now do”? I asked Kenneth “Try and be friends with them na” Kenneth replied. Nice idea!! Kenneth just gave me a nice Idea. I decided to work with the plan. During every break period, I had to go pay my dues to everyone of them. I bought meat-pie for some and mineral for some.
It made me spend money from my savings, but it was worth it in the end. I was the official assigned person to write names of noise makers and my list is the final one. To all those who hate cane, they had to give me something to avoid their names going into the book of hell, while I replaced it with those who won’t give. “Officer, those names there are not noise makers, he didn’t write the real names” Our class captain said “Who you be for this class”? The officer asked him.
“I am the class captain” The boy replied “Thunder go kill your papa” The Army man said angrily. “So I give order, you come dey tell me wetin to do? Oya follow them go lie down outside. Idiot son of a bloody civilian” The army man said amidst laughter from the class. “Get me more names of criminals” He said to me while leaving “Yes Sir” I shouted while smiling with confidence.
I made a large sum of money that day; I took my share and saved the rest to pay my dues the next day
“It is not me that did it Oga, it is him” The boy said with bitter tear “Who… talk my friend before I finish you totally” The Army man shouted “That Boy”
“Point am” The army man shouted to the boy “The one in that chair” He said while crying. The truth of the matter was that one of the men we duped and ran away with his money caught one of the boys in his car again. He brought him to school and the army men took over the case. After much interrogation, he confessed to doing it with other people that was why he pointed at me.
“Stand up my friend” The army man shouted at me. I kept calm and stood up while following all the directives he gave. In the military you are always wrong in front of an Army man, and you obey the last command. Never Argue. We went straight to meet the driver for Identification. “Na the boy be this”? The army man asked the driver“.
I no remember him face again, but I know say they reach like 5 that day for my bus” The driver explained.“Did you follow and enter this man’s bus that day” Oga Army asked me“No Sir, I don’t always take bus home, most times, my daddy comes to pick me up” I explained with an innocent face“
“Do you know this boy”? He asked while pointing to the guyed that picked me “No sir, I only remembered his face the day he begged me for money, and I refused to give him, that is why he is always saying bad about me” I said. Just while I was explaining, a senior Army guy came in and fortunately, he was among those I buy things for.
“My friend, wetin happen”? He asked in a friendly tone “Them theif this man money, Oga” the junior Army man said “This boy no fit do that kind thing” He told the junior officer “You theif any person money”? He asked me “No sir, I don’t do such” I explained calmly. “Leave am, make him go. Na this one resemble theif. We go deal with am today” He told the junior officer while slapping the other guy.
I quickly winked at the other guy, before running back to my class. On getting to the class, it was the geography teacher who had entered immediately. She called me in and asked me to stand in front of the class. “If you be like this small thing, you will fail and fail out. Please don’t be friends with him because you will end up doing yourself.” She said while addressing the class.
“Where are you coming from”? She asked me “An officer called me, so I had to answer him” I replied her “All the time, from kneeling down to cutting grass to staying in student’s guard room. You will make history before you fail out from this school. Now go to your seat, Anu ofia (meaning bush meat)” She said. But she was wrong! I had built my connections so well, every teacher loves me now. Infact in some cases, I am used as a good example to those who were still stubborn in my class. Infact, they all love me.
While going home, I made sure I double checked all the buses with their conductors, before entering the bus. We always kept to our plans and we evicted the other guy from our group because he broke a code. “If you are caught, don’t expose others” I always reminded them. Exam was around the corner, and I doubled up my reading habit. My vice commando took over the crew at home. I spent most of my time, reading at home and I was mostly indoors.
So believe me when I say I passed and smashed a lot of people’s failure ambition for me. I and my crew at school were flying high. We were about taking over the school when the time was ripe. I was given an award as the “Surprise Student of the Year”. Maybe this will be the last good record I will hold in the school, but let time be the judge.
It was now time for the Holidays, and it was going to be spent right here in the coal city state of Nigeria. I already had a target and I needed to deal with the target. Her name is Chioma!! This isn’t the Chioma you all know, this one is older than I am with almost 2 years. She is the same age with Mary. She is quiet, beautiful, tall, fair and above all nice body shape.
I already mastered her ways and how she operates but the problem is that she is in their church prayer warrior group of Mountain of Fire church. I know she has a brother of my age; I know about her family a little bit, so I tried to familiarize with her family members. “Good morning Ma” I greeted her mum as I made way towards her “Good morning, who are you looking for” She asked me with a smile.
“Ma please I am looking for Emma” I replied her. She called out the boy, he was happy to see me. It takes special luck for him to have someone of my rank coming to their house. “Come in na” He said while very happy.It was a small two bedroom house, so I managed to grab a seat in the palour while he bugged me with questions. “Hmm, this one you came to our house, hope everything is fine” he said while smiling. “Yes everything is fine, just that I just wanted to know your house and maybe become friends with you” I said while smiling back.
“Wow… I am your friend already ooo” Emma replied while laughing hard. We talked and talked over lots of things, but we focused more on religion because it was a strong Christian home. While we were talking, Chioma passed and I greeted her and she replied back. “How is your sister”? “Ermm… which of them”? I asked while smiling. “Mary of coruse na” She said. “She is fine, and she said I should greet you” I replied while still smiling. “Shea your name is Chioma”? I asked as if I didn’t know.
“Hmmm… so you don’t know my name? let me go and keep this bible and come and query you seriously” She said while forming angry. She stepped inside their second room, and spent a little time inside before coming out to meet us in the parlor. We talked for a long time and I played my own part in making her laugh, she had to leave her seat and come closer to mine.
Her mother spoilt the fun when she sent her on an errand, messing everything up for me. Immediately she left, I quickly excused Emma and went my way. I went back home and was thinking about how the hole between her legs would seem like. I already guessed she was a virgin from the way she rebuked and cast away any man that will come to her that is not sent from God. Infact, at a point in our discussion, she was even advising me to abstain from s*x before marriage.
“I am also a virgin” I told her during the course of our discussion. Truth was that any day that passed without me touching a girl or even inserting my thing into her, makes me feel frustrated or even uncomfortable. If they should take a census of the amount of virgins in our street between the ages of 16 downwards, I think there won’t be plenty of them. If virginity of girls could be exchanged for money, I believe I will be richer than a lot of working class people.
I wasn’t okay with my progress, and I don’t seem to be okay. Chioma was becoming a hard nut to crack, and I guess it was because of the age difference. I decided to use the only method available to me. Bro Iyke taught me, and this was the perfect time to experiment it. I am not bad; but when I need s*x from you, there is always no escape route. I went to her house few days later because schools were about resuming and she was in a boarding school.
I had to sit down to hear what she wanted to tell me. She preached the bible to me, and I listened perfectly. I even asked her some questions in the bible she probably didn’t know the answer. “You see, I am also a Bible guru and you should give me some respect” I said to her, while smiling “I like that, you really surprised me” She replied smiling too.
“There is a book I always read, and it exposes a lot of things that happens in the spiritual realm that most Christians don’t know about. I will be happy if you see it” I said to her “Jeeez” She shouted…“Are you serious, bring for me, let me read na” She begged “I can’t bring it outside, it is very secretive and I am scared” I said to her “So how I can see it, I really need to becoming enlightened in the spirit more” She said while demonstrating some spiritual moves.
‘You can come to my house and read it. Infact, I will make everyewhere comfortable for you so that you can concentrate well and digest it” I said with a warm smile “That will be nice; but hope I will be safe, I don’t want wahala ooo…” She said with a light smile “There won’t be any wahala” I replied “Next tomorrow in the afternoon” I told her. “No problems, please don’t fail me o…” She begged “Believe me” I said while leaving the house.
I quickly left there house and started making preparations on how to achieve my goals. I can’t let the bush meat run from the trap this time around. I was supposed to be scared of what I was about doing, “But if Bro Iyke can, why can’t I”? I gingered myself. I quickly reached for my chemist friend; he was more of a quack than real.
I told him what I wanted to achieve and he gave some white powder stuff and told me how to use it for effectiveness. On the D-day, I assembled my room and kept the book where it could be and every other resource I was going to use for the assignment. Chioma knocked and the door was opened for her. I quickly showed her my bible and my church jotter. She asked for the book, and I showed her. The book was actually filled with occultism stories, and she was enjoying it.
I quickly rushed to the fridge and opened an Eva wine that has stayed there for long. I emptied some into two different cups and didn’t put anything yet in it. When I brought it to her, she did the unthinkable. “Wow, that nice of you” She said smiling “Just for you to enjoy” I said with a fake smile “But you have to taste it na, before I drink because I am scared of guys” She said still smiling…