She was scared, absolutely terrified. What just happened? Where did Dan Amos spring from? She must call Chief. He will know what to do. Or would he? But no, she can’t! Dan promised to send the video out on every social media platform! She would certainly end up in jail and she couldn’t bear the thought. What about her daughters, her most prized possessions! What would become of them she wondered? “Quite a stir it would cause,” he had enjoyed gloating. Why was this happening to her, why, why, why?
Okay girl, you are beautiful but you’ve got brains on you. Think! But her mind was blank. She realized she had being walking aimlessly for the last two hours. The Au Pair would be wondering where she got to. Her children would be worried. Tamee and Tia, her two beautiful children. They had their father’s eyes. Tamee had his temperament and Tia his fair looks. They missed their dad she knew; everyday they wanted to know when he would be coming back.
He made me do this, she thought. She became angry with her thoughts. Tayeh still haunted the very fibre of her being. She still had nightmares but something cold and evil had settled in her heart. She had despised Tayeh. He was boring and always working. Chief on the other hand was quite boisterous and ugly as a mule but he gave her everything she needed or wanted. Then Tayeh had hit it big with his new contract at Allsystems Inc. He was leaving her, he told her that afternoon after arriving from Algeria. He knew about her affair and he wanted a divorce. She panicked. Though she was enjoying Chief’s riches, he just wasn’t presentable and how could Tayeh leave her? The most envied wife in the estate. Her friends and foes wanted her life, craved it even. And Tayeh thinks he can just toss her away and leave? Heck, no!
They were yelling at each other. She had really tried to reason with him but his mind was made up. She weakened and tried to hold him, beg him but he wouldn’t listen. Tayeh was always stubborn. Thought he was always right!
“Please you mustn’t leave me, we can sort this out,” she pleaded.
“No.” He hissed in a thunderous voice. “Go to your Chief and trust me, you will not take my girls from me.”
“But I love you, Chief is just a distraction…” She begged him.
“A distraction? Is that what you call it? Leave this instant and go to your slob of a Chief!” He was angry and could not bear the sight of this woman, his one true love. She could not bear to see the disappointment in his eyes. That was more than she could take.
In one swift move, as he turned to walk away, from the corner of her left eye, she saw one of his golf clubs, grabbed it and hit him on the back of his head. He stumbled and fell to the ground. She continued hitting him. Two times, three times. She cannot recall. Then like she was awakened from a bad dream, she dropped the club.
“Tayeh? Tayeh!?” He was still. Did not move an inch. She got a good look at him. His head was split open, blood and brain matter spilt out. He was quite clearly dead.
Two hours later, Chief Osho was quite visibly shaken. “I don’t want any part—part of this.” His rotund belly bouncing up and down as he gesticulated wildly. He was perspiring badly and was stuttering. “What have you done you stupid woman? Why did you kill him, I don’t want to go to jail.” His lips were quivering.
He really wasn’t an attractive sight, I wonder why I slept with him, and she was suddenly disgusted with herself.
“Well, you’re now a witness so you have to help me get rid of his body. I can’t do it myself.”
“Are you mad? Did I ask you to kill him? You are a witch! You want to destroy my reputation, you want to….”
“Oh get real please! I didn’t plan to kill him, it just happened!”
Chief stared at her numbly. He was confused, scared. “All I wanted was a bit of fun, not this.” He shook and sat on the chair. Tayeh’s body was starting to stiffen. Chief got up and ran into the bathroom and started retching violently.
Chief is such a weakling, Yinta was beginning to lose patience.
“Look stop behaving like a child. We have to get rid of the body.”
“How can you be so calm and callous? You just killed your husband! Don’t you care? Aren’t you afraid?”
“I am afraid that you will mess things up.”
“Me? Mess things up? You’ve KILLED YOUR HUSBAND!”
“Ssssh, stop shouting and be calm.”
“CALM? CALMMMM? You’re off your head woman, I don’t want any part of this…” He headed for the door.
“Stop!” Yinta yelled.
He looked back at her. She was a beautiful woman but at this moment, a dark cloud was hanging over her head. She had that intense look of disgust and hatred on her face. For his lustful ways, this was his punishment? How he wished he had never met her.
“Chief, you have a lot more to lose than I do. I doubt Senator Oduyi would be pleased about this development now, would he?”
“You can’t do this to me, Yinta.” He pleaded. “I have always cared for you; provided for you, why are you getting me involved in this…”
“Listen, you slobbering excuse for a man, help me or we both go down for this. Who do you think people would believe? It’s my word against yours. We need to have our story straight…”
“Wait, wait, wait! Our story? Us? No way. You need to sort yourself out. I didn’t do this.”
“Well the Senator will not be very pleased about this so you had better think like a man for once.” She barked at him.
“You wouldn’t dare, Yinta. You wouldn’t.”
“Oh yes, I will. Don’t forget the diamonds. When he finds out, you’ll be as dead as Tayeh.” She countered cruelly. A wicked grin on her face.
They were both silent for a few seconds which seemed like an eternity to Chief. “Ok, you win. What shall I do?”
“That’s better.” She smiled. “Let’s sit down and plan this. It must be perfect.” He stared on at her wondering when he started sleeping with the enemy.
She droned on and on and was pleased two hours later with the arrangements she had come up with. Chief is just a necessary evil to me, she pondered. Useless! Spineless, really.
He was driving his Mercedes G Wagon with her in the passenger seat. They had just left the Kutima Forest, hoping they were not spotted at this hour of the night.
“So what now?” He asked.
“Pull over here.”
“Where? It’s quite dark. We need to get back to town.” He could not believe what he had just done. He was now an accessory to murder. A man of his pedigree!
“Pull over I need to make sure I didn’t forget anything there.”
He pulled over and parked the jeep by the side of the road.
“Can you check to make sure we have the spade? I think I left it out there”
“You what? Are you sure?” He was sweating, his hands were clammy.
He turned off the ignition and got out of the car. He really had a very round stomach that rubbed against the steering wheel. He walked to the back of the jeep and opened up the boot. In the darkness, he could see the outline of the dirty spade. He closed the boot and was about to turn left to walk back to the car when a bright light temporarily blinded him. He fell and hit the ground instantly. Stone dead.
He was certainly dead, she knew because he didn’t move. The .45 was quick and effective, and not too loud.
“Thanks for nothing you silly man.” She muttered and quickly opened up the boot.