It was 11:20am on a sunny Tuesday morning, my phone rang waking me up from sleep. The voice on the other end of the call sounded surprised "Andy, are still sleeping or what? He enquired", maannn!! I'm just too tired from late nights work. I slept at almost dawn.
What were you doing all night man?? The caller asked.
I had lots of orders to complete and make ready for delivery today so I spent the midnight doing that, replied Andy.
It was Frank on the other end of the call, he and Andy have been friends over 4 years now. They attended the same institution during their undergraduate days, they still kept their friendship even as everyone had gone to find their purpose in life. They usually share ideas and plans for their future and Andy was really a soft minded one, in happiness he wouldn't mind giving complete details of whatever plans he has for the future and how he intends working towards achieving it. Andy was very good with making designs: for clothes, brands, labels, whatever kind you could think of; He was a design genius. While Frank was a professional photographer. He was very popular in the campus and the ladies would flock around him all the time. Many times he takes advantage of his popularity to have girls of any class and kind, flirting was really his thing.
While still on the phone conversation Frank asked of his current location and his schedule for the day? Where else would I be if not in my mother's house this weekend as he laughed, acknowledging that we would never let a weekend go without going home to eat well made meal from his mother's kitchen; he as well said he didn't really have much plans for the day yet.
Frank then invited him to come over later in the day to have lots of fun at his hotel, he said he needed much relaxation for the weekend so he decided to have some moments away from his home so as to avoid disturbances, well Andy believed him because everyone knew he loves the earn once and spend a million times lifestyle, Frank wouldn't let a weekend pass without going on some luxury trips, be it he's paying for it or whoever he hooked up to for the weekend is paying, it was a lifestyle he can no longer do without.
He told his friend of how he has made lots of arrangements for drinks, drugs and girls."Well you know that drugs and girls aren't my thing, but anyways I'll come have some drinks with you" said Andy as they concluded their conversation and he ended the call.
It was now 5pm and Andy remembered he had earlier agreed to be with his friend that evening, he immediately got up from his computer and hurriedly went to the wardrobe to figure out what he'll put on. After selecting what he felt would be nice for an evening relaxation, he proceeded to get his towel then headed straight to the bathroom, he likes Playing a particular playlist whenever he was having his bath and preparing to go out. Maybe the playlist content helps him prepare faster or helps him not to forget an important part of his preparation. Whatever it is, all we know is that he loves Playing this list repeatedly.
He turns on the shower and starts bathing, he thinks of how nice his friend sounded by inviting him to come have fun. That was somehow unlike him, he has always been the type that believes that once you do not always asks for money from friends it then automatically means you have so much, he doesn't believe it is possible to have little and be contented. He would usually go into debts and run to his friend for help. Whatever you help him with, he never remembers to pay it back. He feels you have more than enough which was why you were there to help him. Frank wasn't really a friend to keep for long term but Andy was coping while having him as friend.
He was quite a miser when with his friends but would do whatever it takes to impress a lady and possibly take her to bed. So this thoughts of who Frank has been over the years he has known him kept resounding in his mind and while thinking, the soap fell off his palm to the floor. He made an attempt to pick it up but the tiled and slippery floor did him no good. He fell and became unconscious. All he remembers was waking up to see his mother and a man by his side while he lays on the bed.
What happened mama, who is this man?His mom smiled immediately she heard him talk, "there's so much to say happened son but right now what matters is that you are awake"? She answered. Well, this man here came with the doctor. After some treatments the doctor asked him to wait and watch you till whenever you are up so as to get proper information on what exactly must have happened that knocked you out. He's the doctor's assistant, probably a student doctor
The man came closer, and touched his forehead. Although he could see blurry, Andy struggled to look at the face of the doctor's assistant. "Hello, thanks for saving me" was his first words to the man. It's my pleasure Andy, it's what we are called to do in our profession the man answered.
He asked "are you stable enough? Can you tell us what really happened? You have had lots of calls and lots of messages. Andy requested for his phone while he struggled to see if he could remember what may have happened before he passed out. When his phone was brought to him, he looked at the time and saw it was already 8:00pm, he screamed a little in high pitch "oh My Goodness". His mother asked "what's the matter"? Who were the callers? Hope nothing is wrong?
The doctor was also interested in knowing what was wrong. Andy had just remembered he was supposed to be with his friend and his girls that evening, Frank had called him 11times and sent several messages with different tones, first was a calm tone asking why he isn't taking his calls and where he was, then another was a tone which showed he was becoming restless that he wasn't yet there, then the third was telling him of how he will never be friends with him ever again if he ends up disappointing him. Then the rage cursing him with all sorts of demeanig and insultive words. His head spinned severally as he read the messages, he was surprised and at the same time shocked at what could have prompted such messages from his friend. What could he have done wrong by just merely not keeping to a schedule. Well it wasn't yet completely late, he could still make it to see his friend. He had no idea that he broke his ankle from slipping in the bathroom, while trying to get down and stand to his feet he felt the sharp pain and immediately fell back to the bed.
The doctor helped put his leg back on the bed while his mother asked why he would just want to go out again that night without waiting to recover completely and also get to tell them what led to his passing out. This now made him to start recalling of how he was thinking about the sudden niceness Frank presented when he called earlier in the morning hours.
He thought, what could be wrong out there? He tried reaching his Frank but his number wasn't going through. He opted to go check him online and dropped him messages since he didn't meet him online at the moment. He then decided to check out whatever trending on social media; it wasn't everywhere yet but there's a new hashtag that is gaining publicity. He decides to check it out. He sees it says #findherkiller, oh 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ some young lady has lost her life to these bloody killers again?? What could she have done? Where could she have met her death? He pondered. Well the first post didn't have much details to what must have happened. So he proceeds to look for more related posts. There and then he was shocked to marrows.
This detailed information shows both the face of the victim and that of the suspected murderer.
Ha, what kind of news is this? he opens his eyes wider to be sure he wasn't getting tricked. He scrolls down to read the details. Frank is clearly stated so his eyes weren't deceiving him. He wonders "Frank? How come? For what reason?" He wondered what must have transpired between the two which has ended up as a case of murder. Well that was a one sided story, he hoped he would connect to Frank sooner and find out what must have happened. But he realised from his Mom that the story was all over the news and that the said suspect was on the run. He was last spotted trying to cross to a nearby country but information had already gotten to the border officers so he couldn't leave. It is believed that he was still within the country and the police has issued a statement that he is wanted and anyone who makes whatever contact with him should call immediately for his arrest.
Andy was now much more confused, now he's getting to remember how his falling and collapsing came about. He then narrated how he had plans to hang out that evening with his friend and his girls. How he felt something unusual with the invitation to dine and wine because Frank was never really the type that wants to foot bills, he'd rather make the circle of his friends to pay for his bills whenever they went out together. Andy told his mother and the doctor that while he was pondering on this new development from his friend, be remembers loosing his soap to the floor and how he bent to pick it up which was the last thing that he knows happened.
The doctor's assistant took those information and left to meet with the doctor.
Now, he gradually begins to connect the dots on why he had so much calls and aggressive messages from his enstranged friend. He thought to himself, was he in distress and called for my help? Or could it be that he wanted me to participate in his evil mission of killing someone? At this point, Andy could not focus on a particular thought. He was restless, wishing he could get answers from anyone especially Frank. Well, all he had was the information so far on the internet but the story was just beginning and secretes were about to be revealed...