Monday, March 14, 2016

(Season 2): GENEVIEVE COLE. E2

To read the previous episode, click Catching feelings and A Surprised Call
Episode 2 Title: Puzzle
I heard no response so I dialed the number but it was switched off. I felt weak in my legs as I recollect what I went through in the fifthly hands of my rapist father. Do I blame my mother for what he did to me? I can! If she had run away with me that night, he would not have turned me into his huge sexual appetite and I would not have killed my father to defend myself.

I dialed the number again with my unstable fingers. I was nervous to hear her voice again. After all these years of abandoning me, what does she want to tell me? The number remained unavailable. I took a deep breath and recalled what my aunty told me about not to give up on love. She whispered into my ear and said I should learn to forgive. I wondered why she said so. Now, I know why because the only way my runaway mother could get my number must be from her relation, the only one that has my phone number, is Aunty Bimbo.

I became angry that my own aunt could not tell me my mom was back. I dialed her own number to ask how was her flight and about her own sister. I called her twice and she refused to pick. I adjusted the furious look on my face and knocked on my partner’s door. I did not hear an order to come in. I opened the door calmly and entered. I understood the reason for no response from him. Quincy Harvey was sitting comfortably watching a funny video.

He was smiling, and I was captivated by his charming smile. I smiled back without him staring at me or even noticing someone was in his office. It was when I sat down opposite him, he knew he was not alone. 

He stopped the video he was watching and removed the headphones from his ears. He dropped them on his desk and focused his eyes on me.

“I am very sorry,” he said. “I never knew you were here.”

I gave a faint smile. “That’s not a problem. Don’t worry.”

“I am very sorry.”

“It’s okay Quincy. I understand.”

The disturbed look I wore got his attention. 

“Is everything okay with you?” He asked.

There was a lot on my mind and I needed someone I could share it with. 

“I don’t really know.”

Instantly Quincy face wore a concerned look. “Please talk to me. You can tell me anything.”

I sighed loudly and spoke to him. “My mother called me few minutes ago.”

“Your mother?” he asked in a puzzled tone. “I thought you were an orphan.”

“No,” I replied and licked my lips. I scratched the left side of my forehead. “She ran away with my elder sister when I was eleven years old.”

He gazed at me stunned. “I never knew! My father never discussed it with me, but why did she run? What about your father?” 

I felt guilty. I lowered down my head. I did not want to make an eye contact with him. “He’s no more.”

“I thought so too. What really happened? I…I mean, why did your mother run away with your sister? Why didn’t she take you along with her?”

I could not tell him the truth. I was scared he might love me less. I was very nervous to tell him I was responsible for my father’s departure. 

I raised my head up. “I really don’t know the reason why she left me with him.” I have not seen or heard from her ever since she deserted me. I really don’t know Quincy, I don’t know what she wants from me now.”

“Forgiveness.” He said sharply. “That is exactly what she wants from you. She should never have left. Marriage is for better and for worse.”

I knew the only reason my mother ran away was the abuse she received from her husband. He would beat her up until she bleeds from her nose. If she refused to do what he says, he would make sure she spends the night in a cell where he worked. He was a hardhearted man, very ruthless!

“My mother suffered in the hands of my father. She was a victim of domestic violence.”

Quincy spoke, “Then she should have left with you. You shoukd ask her why she went away without taking you along.”

“I will when the right time comes.”

Okay.” He said. “I have told the others what I am about to tell you. A popular politician contacted me very early in the morning. He wants to donate to the NIB here in Delta state.”

“Why are you telling me now?”

“Have you forgotten you came late to the office?”

“Oh, sorry.”

“Anyways, there will be an award show at the end of the year. All the bills on him. I have appointed some detectives to work on it and give me feedback. If there’s anything you think he can donate that will benefit us, you can let me know.”

“Some of our detectives are complaining about their salary. He can help with money.”

“I know and generally the head of NIB is working on that. We are going to increase the allowance. I have told the politician to donate chairs, tables and a new generator. That is what we are lacking for now.”

“And what is the motive he wants to help?” I asked.

“I do not know but he is one of the candidates contesting for governor soon.”

“What party?”


“I will not advise you to get involve with a politician from that party.”

“I am not going to collect anything from him personally.”

“What is the name of this candidate?”

“Efe Oghenetega.”

“I have heard of him. When election comes, I am sure he will need some detectives for protection. I am sure that should be one of his motives.”

“Let that time comes and when he comes here to see me, I will let you know.”


“Now, over to the next question, you have not told me how your father died. Was he sick?”

“I don’t want to talk about him,” I quickly said. “I want to talk about something else.”

His eyebrows rose. “What do you want to talk about Genny?”

“I want to talk about detective Jasmine.”

He frowned. “Let’s forget about her. I don’t want to talk about that woman.”

“She was here in my office talking nonsense.”

I adjusted myself well on the chair. “Nonsense?”

“She came here to tell me to take her as my partner.”

I was puzzled. “I don’t understand.”

“Detective Jasmine said you never wanted to be my partner at the beginning and that you wanted Leroy or Oscar. She said this is the opportunity to give you what you wanted.”

“How can she say such a thing? If she wants to be the woman in our life that does not mean she should tell you all these. I am disappointed in her. I am her friend and she should have asked me if I didn’t like being your partner.”

“Are you happy that you are my partner?” he questioned me with a smile on his lips.

I could not hold my smile. “Of course I am happy and even if I want another partner, I will choose detective Leroy.”

“It seems you love Leroy more than the others?”

“I don’t.” I replied. “I don’t want to choose Oscar because of what he wants from me.”

“Have you given him a reply?”

“Yes but he has stubbornly refused to let me be. He has given me more time to think about it.”

“And are you still thinking about becoming his wife?”

“There are a lot on my mind. I don’t love him and if I finally want to be in a man’s life, it should be someone I deeply love.”

Quincy cleared his throat. “Do you still want to talk about Jasmine?”

“She wants me to persuade you to be her lover. She really likes you.”

“I like her too but I am not in love with her. I have told you several times but you won’t listen.”

“I didn’t want to talk about her if not that she sent me to you. Your personal life is none of my business and I am only doing it because she’s my colleague and friend.”

“Do you think she considers you a friend?”

“I cannot read her mind. I know we argue and quarrel sometimes but we are always there for other. The only thing I do not know is if she desperately wants you and I don’t know her plan when she realizes you are not in interested in her…”

“But you.” he cut me short.

I looked away and he got up and walked to stand by side. Quincy used his middle finger to touch my chin and direct my stare at him. 

“I love you Genny.” He said. “Sometimes I don’t want to tell you but I can’t hold it. You are the woman I think about in my quiet time. I don’t know why you don’t want to give me a chance in your life. I will never break your heart. You have told me several times that you don’t believe in love. Give me a chance and I will treat you right. I will show love you have never experience before.”

I removed his finger from my chin. “Don’t you have a woman where you came from?”

“You mean abroad?”


Quincy dipped his hands inside his trouser pockets. “I will not lie to you,” he said. “I used to but not anymore. We are no longer together, I swear with my life.”

“You don’t need to swear.” I rose up on my feet.

“Are you going?” he asked.

“There is nothing more to talk about.”

“What will you tell Jasmine?”

“I will tell her that you are not interested and there is nothing I can do about it. I can’t force you to do what you don’t want to do.” I moved towards the door.

“I want you to be very careful with Jasmine and please watch your back.”


“Next time she tells me anything that has to do with me being her boyfriend, I will tell her how I feel about you.”

I was surprised. “You don’t have to.”

“I have to tell her the truth. I love you and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me from having you in my life. I have told you before and I will tell you now, I will wait for you.”

“I can’t promise you anything.”

“Do not promise me and the next time Oscar refused to accept defeat, let me know.”


“If you cannot stop him from harassing you to be his woman, I will. You have to get him off your back.”

“I am not complaining,” I said. “I know how he feels okay, he wants a mother for his daughter and I understand why he does not want to accept defeat. His daughter, Yvonne loves me very much and I do too. I will give him more time and maybe he will realize that I am not the one for him.”

“Tell him you love someone else.”

“He won’t believe me.”

“Then let’s pretend to be lovers and he will leave you alone.”

“I don’t want to pretend what I am not. I don’t have to be in a situation I can’t get myself out.”

Quincy laughed. “That is because you love me! And I love you too!! What stops us from being together?”

Nothing was stopping us from being together but I will only break the heart of a lonely man. I could not give him an answer but opened the door and left him standing. I shut the door gently and went to my office. Leroy was not inside, detective Akin said he went to the cafeteria for lunch. I told Oscar I wanted to talk with him. He followed me to where no one could hear us.

I had plans to ask Leroy and Jasmine the same question. “There is something I have always wanted to ask about Uncle Freddie. I will ask Leroy and Jasmine too.”

“What is it?”

Oscar blinked his eyes. “Uncle Freddie? Have you forgotten he is dead?”

“I know but you will give me an honest answer?”

“I will, I will never lie to you.”

“If you found out that Uncle Freddie was murdered, what will be your next step?”
He folded his arms and gave me a look. “What is this all about? Armed robbers killed him.”

“I know.”

“Well, if I find out that he was murdered, I will tell the director and you.”

“Thank you for your answer.”

“Is that all?” Oscar asked.

“Yes.” I said and stepped away.

I went back to the office and took a chair to sit by Jasmine’s side. “Please, don’t be surprised by my question.”

“What question?”

I asked her the same question I threw at detective Oscar.

She gazed at me with stunned eyes. “Are you serious?”


“I don’t know what I will do because I have never thought of it. Have you asked the others?”

“Oscar." I replied. "Leroy will be next.”

“If I find out he was killed, the director will be the first to know so we can investigate the murder.”

I thank her and left to the cafeteria. Leroy was about to leave but he sat down back and I moved to his direction. I sat down on the plastic chair close to him.

“How are you?” he asked.

“I’m fine and you?”

“I’m doing well.”

“How is your wife?”

“She’s doing fine.” He answered with a smile on his lips. “She is always asking after you. When will you visit her?’

“I will very soon.” My phone began to ring and I became anxious. My heartbeat rate lowered when I check who was calling. I excused myself from Leroy and went outside to pick the call. I spoke up immediately before my aunt could say Hello.

“I am highly disappointed in you Aunty Bimbo! How could you?!!”

“I am very sorry Genny! I am even ashamed of myself that I couldn’t tell you your mother contacted me before I came to see you. Please forgive me.”

“This is not a matter of forgiving you. You should have opened up to tell me. What does she want?”

“She did not tell me but she wants to talk to you.”

“About what?!!”

“I don’t know Genny! I just want you to hear what she has to say.”

“It means you have forgiven her for running away.”

“She is my blood sister and I have to,” Aunty Bimbo said. “She is my only surviving sibling.”

I shook my head and bit my upper lip. “This is ridiculous!”

“You have every right to be angry at me but I am begging you to talk to her. She was scared to talk to you when you recognized her voice. Give her another chance.”

“Another chance for what?” I asked. “You want me to let her in my life again and leave me?”

“She will never do such a thing.”

“Do you trust her now?” I asked in a shocked tone. “What has she given you to eat? Did she bribe you with money?” 

Aunty Bimbo chuckled lightly. “She did not give me anything eat or bribe me.”

“But you are supporting her now!” I uttered in a furious tone. “You should be on my side and convince me never to talk to her.”

“But she is your mother.”

“When she ran away did she think or remembered she had a daughter called Genevieve! She did not, instead she left me in the hands of a man with no heart. There are still marks on my back that I am shy to show anyone. I can never forget the pain I went through when I scream when that beast wanted to have his way with me. He will use wire to flog me on my back. If she had taken me with her, I would not have been a murderer.”

“Oh my God! Genny my baby, you are not a murderer. You are saying all these because you are angry. Put the cause of your father’s death on me, I beg you in the name of God.”

“Do not call God’s name in vain.”

“My sister remains your mother whether you like it or not. There is nothing you can do, her blood flows in you.”

“Same goes with that rapist!” Tears wanted to drop from my eyes but I speedily wiped them away.

“Should I call you back later because you are still angry?” she requested.
“I will always be angry concerning this matter! Tell me what she wants from me.”

“Your mother wants to see and talk with you.”

“She can come over and see me.”

“Ar… are you serious?” Aunty Bimbo asked in a startled tone. 

“What kind of a question is this? Do you want me to change my mind?”

“No! I will tell her to travel and meet you.”

“There is a condition.”

“What is the condition my daughter?”

“She will not come or even sleep in my house. I will meet her wherever she is.”

I heard a sigh over the phone. ”If that is what you want, no problem. I will let her know.”


“What about my elder sister?”

“I…I don’t really know but I think she is fine. I have not seen her.”

“Okay. How was your flight?”


“Take care aunt and call me when you and your sister come to a conclusion when she will see me.”

“I will.”  Aunty Bimbo said and ended the call. I went back to the cafeteria and saw Leroy still waiting for me.

“I am sorry for keeping you waiting.” I apologized and sat down opposite him this time.

“That is not a problem. I hope all is well?”

In the past, I told him about my runaway mother who left me in the hands of my father. I told him he died in an accident. I told him my mother got in touch with me.

“She is back for what?”

“I still don’t know.”

“What are your plans now?”

“I will see her when she comes.”

“Well, you have the right to know why she left you.”

“Yeah, thanks. Are you aware Oscar wants me to be his woman?”

“Yes I know,” he replied. “He told me the day you rejected an expensive necklace from him.”

“I had to reject it Leroy.”

“That guy saved his money to get something very expensive.”

“I have a good reason for not collecting the necklace and the earrings.”

“Oscar is a good person and he really wants to make you his wife.”

“That is why I want you to help me convince him that I can never be his wife. I don’t love him.”

“But you love Yvonne.”

“Yes I do but it will only complicate things if I marry him. I will not be happy for the rest of my life.”

Leroy widened his eyes. “Why won’t you be happy for the rest of your life?”

“I think I have fallen in love.”

“With me?” he teased. We laughed out together for few seconds and I changed my facial appearance to a stern one.

“I am serious Leroy. This is not a joke.”
“For real?”


“With who?”

“I can't tell you now, I have to be certain about my feelings. What I am trying to say is that, I want you to beg Oscar that I cannot marry him.”

Leroy sighed and rubbed his palms together. He touched his chin and thought before talking to me.  “I will talk to him.”

“Thank you.” “You are welcome and one more thing, if you know within yourself that you are truly in love with someone and not a ghost, don’t hold it back. You deserve to be happy and have a good man by your side. If the person feels the same way about you, be with him.”

I smiled widely. “You have always been a friend despite our age gap. You are not only a colleague or a friend, you are my brother.”

“I have always seen as a sister and nothing else. I will never do anything to make you unhappy.”

I thought about Uncle Freddie. 

“There is something I want to ask you.”


I looked at him in his eyes. “I know you think Uncle Freddie was not murdered. What if you found out yourself that he was actually killed? What will you do? What will be the next thing to do? Please be honest with me.”

Leroy sighed aloud. “To say the truth, I will tell you first because of the relationship you had with him. I know it’s difficult to let go but you have to move on and think about your future. “

“Of course. I just wanted to know. I have moved on.”

“That’s good and when the time is right, let me know who the lucky man is, after your heart.”

I beamed. “I will.”

Leroy went back to the office alone. I ordered for cake and a bottle of Pepsi before leaving. I went back to the office, Oscar and Akin were not around. Jasmine told me Oscar had gone to his kid’s school for a meeting and to take Yvonne home.

“What about the nanny?” I asked. 

“He never said anything about a nanny.” Jasmine replied.

“What about detective Akin?”

“He never told me anything,” she said and winked at me. “How far?”

I understood what she meant. I didn’t have the courage anymore to tell her the truth. “Give me more time.”

Jasmine gave a broad grin. “Thanks girl!”

I nodded, took by bag and hiked out of the office. I went to the ladies room, after that, I went to where I parked my car. I saw a white envelope on my windscreen. 

I took it, opened my door and threw it on the passenger seat of my car. I was not in the mood to read anything. I drove to a market close by my close to buy some foodstuffs.  After my shopping, I went back home to prepare dinner. After cooking chicken stew and white rice, I went to my room to take off my clothes. I had my bath, dressed simple and dished out my food to eat. I went to the dinning and ate to my satisfaction. I took my plate and my glass cup to the kitchen to wash. I was on my way to my room when I remembered the white envelope. I took my car key, went to open the door, and collected it. I went back to the living room, sat down, opened it and took out a white sheet to read.

My breath seized out of being shocked after I finished reading it! 

To be continued…Thursday by 8pm.


  1. aye oooo!!! Leroy is the culprit.... Genny better be careful

  2. Ah! Genny don land inside trouble. No wonder quincy refused at first. Her mouth na type writer.

  3. Geez....genny sef...something they where suppose to do codedly,
    ..who knows if it's not jasmine...leroy...

    Hmmmmm oscar...the three of them are not pure...genny should be very careful,quincy will be very angry when he hears this....thanks ckj....thurs its okay....thanks. Can't wait.

  4. Can I give genevieve a hot slap? Na really type the three detectives now knows she might be investigating thee case codely. Jasmine or Oscar. I really like Leroy

  5. Am telling genny mouth na type writer. she too dey jump.

  6. Good heavens!!! Genny radio oja has finished me. Na wa o! Hmmm now my suspicion is muddled up. As for mama Genny can't wait for her to be featured. Make she tell us why she left her with the beast. Welldone Cj, it just keeps getting better.

  7. Weldone madam C,i love d new face for detective Genny......and ehnnnnn sebi U haff start dat ur kind of love attachments abi?.. winks ..keep it up.👍

  8. Thurs 8pm....babe,this is fridayooh....we are still waiting.


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