October 22, 2017

Love and Struggles [Short Story] - Episode 1
Fred stares away from the laptop in front of him and couldn't help but to allow his eyes wander aimlessly from one object to another in his cozy room. He stopped at the wall-clock and was surprised to find out that the time has struck 2AM
     His mind flashed back to the event that took place earlier in the day which made him to stay awak.

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EARLIER IN THE DAY
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The third applicant came out from the interview room with happiness written all over his face. Fred as well as the remaining five applicants were on seats in the waiting room which is just opposite the interview room when the man came out.
     They all knew well enough that the man had also been offered a job deducing that from his appearance. Fred instantly wished he was in the man’s position at that moment and hope for the same outcome too. Then the intercom rang from the secretary desk in the waiting room

“Next Applicant” The secretary said as she dropped the line

Fred stood up from his seat, adjusted his tie and walked in with confidence.

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FRED"S ROOM
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“I knew i was rejected because of my CV” Fred muttered to himself sadly as he watched the clock struck past 2AM.

He had spent the past hours downloading samples of professional Curriculum Vitae online and comparing some of them to make adjustment on his CV. Turning his attention back to the laptop in front of him, he review and edited his document for the last time. When he deem it good enough and satisfactory, he presses Ctrl+S on the laptop’s keyboard to save the document before shutting down the PC.
     Feeling very tired, he left the PC on his study table which is just beside the window and dragged himself to bed.

There was this saying that; “The last thing you’ll likely think of before you sleep could either be the reason of your happiness or being gloomy

Fred thought of the house rent which would soon be due likewise some other imminent debt and prayed his next job search turns out to be successful. He heard a loud snore from the neighbor living next door and made sarcasm of it

Maybe if I get a Job, i might be able to do that too but not before” he said and closed his eyes into the dreamland


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He was holding a toothbrush in his left hand and searching for the toothpaste when a knock came on his door.

“Yes, who is that?” Fred asked
“Ehm, Mr. Fred! It’s me Pa James”

He wondered what brought the man to his door so early in the morning. Pa James was the neighbor living next door and at the same time, the man who was snoring at the middle of the night.

“Did they pay you a visit too”? Pa James said behind the door

Fred opened the door and asks whom Pa James was referring to as “they”. The bald headed man replied sadly that he meant Petty thieves and narrate how they had stolen his GOTV decoder. Almost all the neighbors in the building knew about the Decoder before it got stolen as the old man treated it like a valuable property and hardly goes a day without talking about it.

“But how did they enter sir, I mean did they broke the door or what? Fred asked feeling puzzled

“I don’t know ooh but I think it was through the window because…”

Fred mind jolted back to reality when he heard the word “window”. He turned back inside and went directly for his studying table

My Laptop, It’s gone too!



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Shade walked up to the standing mirror and took a momentary look at her makeup materials. She picked up the brown powder case, opened it and applied a fair amount on her face.

“It’s already sixteen minutes before seven. ‘Shey o de nipe de ibise bayi’ [won’t you be late to work]?! A voice called from the dining room
“Mi o nipe shetan ma [I would soon be through ma]” she replied her mom

Folashade was glad their city was not like Lagos where there are high chances one would get stuck in traffic for some time before getting to his/her destination. Even though the time-frame rule of the company where she currently worked is before 7:45AM, she was cocksure she could make it to her workplace in less than 30 minutes.

She then took up her phone from the handbag which lay on top of the bed and dialed a number.  After trying it for the third time and receiving the same response which is "the number wasn’t reachable". She thought of leaving a voicemail

“Morning Love. Tried your number but guess the phone had ran out of battery energy, shey? Ehm, I just wanted to hear your voice before I left home for work. You know, It sorts of give me some kind of motivation.
  Take care..., Love you”

After ending the call, Shade then returns the phone back to inside her handbag, picked the bag and hurries out of the room.

“I thought you’re not going to leave that room” Sade’s mom said

She simply smiled, and walked up to her before pecking her at the forehead

“Where’s daddy?”
“He went to the bathroom and…”
“Please help me tell daddy not to forget about the place we discussed. Goodbye ma!”

 A taxi was passing by when she stepped out of their building. Shade waved the taxi down and told the driver her destination likewise the price she's going to pay. The latter agree and she then hops in to the front seat.
   When the taxi passes in front of Fred’s house, She was surprised to sight some people in small gathering in front of the building. Though she couldn’t see the scene clearly because of the cab in motion but was quick to notice a fat woman tapping the shoulder of a young man.

She knew Fred wouldn’t be among them as he must have gone out at that time of the day for the Job hunt they both discussed yesterday night. She shrugged her shoulder and then draw a mental picture of the documents she has to work on for the day.

“We’re here, Madam” the driver announced

Her mind jolted back to reality

"Oh, don't mind me"

She then paid the driver and came down. Checking her wristwatch, she discovered she still had ten minutes before 7:45AM. Shade smiled and walked in to the company



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FRED'S RESIDENCE
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“Mr. Fred, just take am easy ehn”. Mama Junior said as she pats Fred’s shoulder like a mother consoling her son

There were other people whose items were stolen too from the house and it came as a surprise that none of them knew when the incident was going on.

Fred wasn’t shedding tears but his eyes show clear signs of a gloomy person. His mind raced to and fro thinking about lots of things

Was it the CV he painstakingly wrote during midnight?

Was it because of the job a reliable source told him to come and apply for, today which he won’t be able to do so again due to the unavailability of the CV?

Could it be because of the fact that he can’t afford to buy another PC two months to this time?

Or could it because of the imminent debts?

He couldn't find the right answers and felt really bad that the incidence occur to him at a time like this. Fred manage to take momentary glance at the fat woman who was consoling him and decided to take a walk or maybe find someplace to cool his head

“Thank you Mama Junior, I really appreciate it”

“My son, God will provide a better one for you?” The woman said

Fred merely shook his head

“I think I have to go somewhere right now” He stood up and walked inside

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