By: Areetabyona Timothy
- “And what measures have you put in place to ensure their safety, owing to the fact that the king is not going to allow them get close?”, asked another man.
- “I have my Knights, my Bishops and the rest. But most importantly, I the Queen am ready to go any length to ensure nothing befalls my precious pawns. Meanwhile, they won’t be going to that University anymore. I have concluded plans for both of them to seek a better and quality education outside the shores of this country.”
- They all laughed, and then she continued: “Barrister will be there to give them a legal backing.”
I picked up the phone and it was my Head Of Department (HOD).
He informed me that the panel will no longer meet with us; instead, we should prepare to appear before the Senate.
That did not come as a surprise, because we were earlier briefed.
I left the bed and went out to find Linda.
One of the guys I met in the house told me she went out early that morning.
I dialed her number only for her to tell me she went back to Campus to get few things from her house.
‘Why would she leave me here?’, I wondered.
I went outside to catch the full glimpse of the compound.
The kind of guys I saw stationed at strategic points in the compound confirmed my earlier suspicion that those people were ritualists.
I quickly rushed back to my room and ensured the door was well locked.
I became alert.
‘What if these people come to kill me now and use me for money ritual?’, I thought.
‘I would fight for the last time before they take me’, I assured myself.
I sat on the bed starring at the door to see when it would be opened.
About an hour later, someone knocked on my door.
I was startled.
“Who is there?”, I asked.
“I’m the one”, said Linda.
I recognized her voice and opened the door.
“Good morning”, she said.
“Good morning. You left without informing me. I was not comfortable being alone here.”
“I’m sorry about that. I didn’t want to wake you up because you slept late last night. Besides, you weren’t alone. There are many people in this house. If you need anything, just ask any of them.”
“Who are those people stationed outside?”, I asked.
“Those are security men?”
“Please stop asking questions. Freshen up and come out. Breakfast is ready.”
She handed me a small container consisting of toothpaste and brush.
After taking my bath, we had our breakfast together and talked about few things.
“Why did you have to stress yourself going to Campus when it’s obvious we’ll be going back today?”
“I went to get my laptop. I can’t leave it there. That reminds me, mother will be coming this morning and she will have some guests.”
“Ok? So how is that my concern? Are we going to wait until she comes?”
“Yes, we’ll have to wait.”
“That reminds me. The HOD called to inform me that we are no longer meeting the panel tomorrow as scheduled.”
“Yes. I got that too.”
“I don’t even know most members of the Senate. I was told most of them are Professors. I am dead scared. But why would your mother and her friends come in? What are they seeking to achieve?”
“They are seeking to ensure we are not expelled from the University. Stop getting scared. Be a man that you are.”
I became more tensed, but I tried to be a man.
“Let’s go to my room”, said Linda. I followed her to her room.
We talked about many things till I slept off.
I was still asleep when her mother came back.
About an hour later, Linda woke me up.
“Somebody wants to see you”, she said.
“Who is that?”
I followed her downstairs.
I met her mother and four other men discussing.
“Good day Madam. Good afternoon Sir”, I greeted as I sat.
“Good afternoon young man. What is your name?”, asked one of the men.
“My name is Ezekiel”
“The Holy Book says “from the mouths of babies””, Linda’s Mum said.
“My son”, the mother called. “Linda will do the talking all through at the Senate. You will be there to support.”
“Ok madam. But how will I support?”
“Simple! Just be by her side. You’ll know when to talk and when not to.”
“So, are these the pawns you intend using to get to the king?”, asked another man.
“Yes. My own daughter.”
“And what measures have you put in place to ensure their safety, owing to the fact that the king is not going to allow them get close?”, asked another man.
“I have my Knights, my Bishops and the rest. But most importantly, I the Queen am ready to go any length to ensure nothing befalls my precious pawns. Meanwhile, they won’t be going to that University anymore. I have concluded plans for both of them to seek a better and quality education outside the shores of this country.”
They all laughed, and then she continued: “Barrister will be there to give them a legal backing.”
“Which Barrister? Is it the dreaded activist that even the government is afraid to touch?”
“Yes. Barrister. That’s our man.”
“Then he is our Rook.”
They busted into laughter again.
“But what if Dr. Mike decides to use castling?”, asked the last man.
“There will be no need for that. That will be efforts in futility. Sooner or later, we will have him checkmated”, said the mother.
“And the game will be over”, another man added.
“That is the price he will pay for robbing me of my Senatorial seat. I won the election, but he refused to announce me as the authentic winner. Instead, he announced my opponent. I started working on him since after the last general elections. When my daughter reported to me that one Dr. Mike has been sexually harassing her in School, I went mad. I wanted to arrest him, but my people said the press will put it as a personal vendetta on him. Thank God he set these children up. Now he will be coming home to roast”, Linda’s mother said.
“So he is that returning officer!” said another man.
“Cheers! Please Cheers”, Linda’s mother added.
As they were cheering, we returned to Linda’s room.
I have been a skilled player of chess game, so I understood exactly what they said.
“Do you understand what Bishops, Rooks, Knights, Pawns and others are?”, I asked Linda.
“No. I was lost at that point.”
“Do you play chess?”
“No no no. I don’t like the game.”
“I see. Your mother said we are no longer studying there. Are you aware of that?”
“I just heard that for the first time as you did. I will ask her later.”
‘So these people want to use us to pay back’, I thought.
But it was fine, as long as Dr. Mike was dealt with.
We stayed there for a week.
By the end of the week, we got text messages from our HOD ordering us to appear before the Senate in two days.