Muritala Mohammed Airport

Lagos State (aka Las Gidi)

“Aero flight BG5X2Y is now boarding at terminal 3”

Charles listened as the announcement came ringing through the speakers from every direction of the airport.

He balanced his backpack and moved his weight unhurriedly from leg to the other, took a quick glance at his boarding pass and thought to himself,

“Which time dem won start to dey load Enugu self?”

 

Otondo Episode 1 – The Departure

 

His eyes stood fixed at the split-flap display that enjoyed a pride of place at the far eastern corner of the departure lounge.

“Your bag is open.”

He turned round to see a young lady, probably in her early twenties; she had lovely dark skin, a pleasant smile and stood at about 5.8 fts. Charles wasn’t vertically endowed but at that moment he felt much shorter than usual and was almost intimidated by her height.

After she had alerted him about his opened bag, she took a seat and he quickly checked his bag. He made a quick check of the content, fully convinced that he had not lost anything, he zipped the bag then he suddenly realized that he hadn’t said ‘thank you’ to the lady.

Turning to the lady who was now flipping through the pages of a magazine, he said,

‘Thank you’

“You’re welcome” she responded without taking her eyes off the magazine.

He took a seat beside her and within a couple of seconds; he was swimming in the scent of her perfume. She giggled when she read something interesting, and it made Charles’ heart skip a beat. He indulged himself in the pleasures of fantasizing about the beautiful stranger but was suddenly brought back to reality by a call on his cell phone,

“Ring! Ring!’

But before he could answer the call, the line went dead.

“Flashers!” he commented, rhetorically

“I wonder how many hours it is to Enugu?” he asked, hoping to start a conversation

“Hours? It takes just about 45 minutes by air”

It sounded almost as though she was making jest of his ignorance

“So is that where you are heading too?”

He enquired further.

Not wanting to sound rude, she put aside her magazine, turning to Charles, she responded

“Nope, I am going to A-B-J”

Stressing each alphabet, but as she turned to continue reading her magazine, he popped the next question.

“So you live in Abuja?”

Now he was hoping she wouldn’t consider him to be nosy.

“Nope again! I live in Las Gidi and school in A-B-J but, I have visited the coal city a couple of times”

He was now feeling like he had the upper hand, at least he was a graduate on his way to a national assignment and she was still in school.

“Big Boy” he thought to himself

Excitedly, he added, “I am going to Ebonyi State because I am a corper, I mean I am going to be a corper, I mean I am going to the orientation camp”

He was puzzled at his babbling.

She smiled, then added

“Oh, I get it, there is no direct flight to Ebonyi state so you would have to go first to Enugu then go by road to Ebonyi, isn’t it?”

Charles felt stupefied as she flaunted her intellectual sagacity, he was beginning to feel a cold breeze.

“A friend told me about a website where you could find a list of stuffs to take to the orientation camp”

She paused briefly to think about the name of the website, then …

“Yes, www.davinadiaries.com”

He quickly put his hand into his pocket hoping to “oppress” the lady with his Blackberry phone. He pulled out his Z10 and as he tried to unlock the phone, a call came through on her cell phone. She reached for her hand bag and pulled out a Blackberry Porsche. He wasn’t even aware that that model of blackberry was already in the country.

His phone now seemed like an obsolete model, He was almost tempted to push his phone back into his pocket but he refused to yield to the temptation.

“Aero flight EB11A1291 to Enugu is now boarding at terminal 5”

He listened as the announcement came through the speakers, he took a quick glance at the split-flap display then he looked at his boarding pass. Convinced it was his flight, he stood to his feet ready to take his leave, the beautiful lady was still on the phone.

“That’s my flight”

But she was so absorbed in her conversion she didn’t pay any attention to him so he left without saying good bye.

He boarded the plane and took a seat bordered on the left by a lady who was about twice his size and on the right there was a guy who seemed to be in so much of a hurry to sleep. It was his first time in the air and he never imagined that he could be so scared of flying. As the plane taxied down the runway, he found himself praying and when the plane took off, he grabbed the armrest so tight he was almost ripping it apart.

…. To be continued

you have been reading Otondo Episode 1 – The Departure

Other great stories

The Spell Weaver 

My Woman, My everything 

Kejiro’s Demon

Tears Of A Bleeding Heart

Harvest Of Tears

 


 

32 COMMENTS

  1. 2016 JAMB UPGRADE !!!!
    THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE JOINT ADMISSION AND MATRICULATION RESULTS FOR APPLICANT WHO SCORE BELOW 180AG IN THE JUST CONCLUDED JAMB CBT UTME EXAMINATION .PLEASE CONTACT MR SAMUEL AJAYI ON 07060514232 UPGRADE YOUR JAMB SCORE .DUE TO MASS FAILURE ,THE ADMISSION BODY HAS ISSUED INITIAL UPGRADE TO APPLICANTS FOR THE 2016 EXAMINATION .
    APPLICANTS ARE TO CONTACT DIRECTOR SAMUEL AJAYI ON 07060514232 FOR ONLINE UPGRADING .

  2. Otondo Episode 1 – The Departure His eyes stood fixed at the split-flap display that enjoyed a pride of place at the far eastern corner of the departure lounge. “Your bag is open.” He turned round to see a young lady, probably in her early twenties; she had lovely dark skin, a pleasant smile and stood at about 5.8 fts. Charles wasn’t vertically endowed but at that moment he felt much shorter than usual and was almost intimidated by her height. After she had alerted him about his opened bag, she took a seat and he quickly checked his bag. He made a quick check of the content, fully convinced that he had not lost anything, he zipped the bag then he suddenly realized that he hadn’t said ‘thank you’ to the lady. Turning to the lady who was now flipping through the pages of a magazine, he said, ‘Thank you’ “You’re welcome” she responded without taking her eyes off the magazine. He took a seat beside her and within a couple of seconds; he was swimming in the scent of her perfume. She giggled when she read something interesting, and it made Victor’s heart skip a beat. He indulged himself in the pleasures of fantasizing about the beautiful stranger but was suddenly brought back to reality by a call on his cell phone, “Ring! Ring!’ But before he could answer the call, the line went dead. “Flashers!” he commented, rhetorically “I wonder how many hours it is to Enugu?” he asked, hoping to start a conversation “Hours? It takes just about 45 minutes by air” It sounded almost as though she was making jest of his ignorance “So is that where you are heading too?” He enquired further. Not wanting to sound rude, she put aside her magazine, turning to victor, she responded, “Nope, I am going to A-B-J” Stressing each alphabet, but as she turned to continue reading her magazine, he popped the next question. “So you live in Abuja?” Now he was hoping she wouldn’t consider him to be nosy. “Nope again! I live in Las Gidi and school in A-B-J but, I have visited the coal city a couple of times” He was now feeling like he had the upper hand, at least he was a graduate on his way to a national assignment and she was still in school. “Big Boy” he thought to himself Excitedly, he added, “I am going to Ebonyi State because I am a corper, I mean I am going to be a corper, I mean I am going to the orientation camp” He was puzzled at his babbling. She smiled, then added “Oh, I get it, there is no direct flight to Ebonyi state so you would have to go first to Enugu then go by road to Ebonyi, isn’t it?” Charles felt stupefied as she flaunted her intellectual sagacity, he was beginning to feel a cold breeze. “A friend told me about a website where you could find a list of stuffs to take to the orientation camp” She paused briefly to think about the name of the website, then … “Yes, https://www.davinadiaries.com” He quickly put his hand into his pocket hoping to “oppress” the lady with his Blackberry phone. He pulled out his Z10 and as he tried to unlock the phone, a call came through on her cell phone. She reached for her hand bag and pulled out a Blackberry Porsche. He wasn’t even aware that that model of blackberry was already in the country. His phone now seemed like an obsolete model, He was almost tempted to push his phone back into his pocket but he refused to yield to the temptation. “Aero flight EB11A1291 to Enugu is now boarding at terminal 5” He listened as the announcement came through the speakers, he took a quick glance at the split-flap display then he looked at his boarding pass. Convinced it was his flight, he stood to his feet ready to take his leave, the beautiful lady was still on the phone. “That’s my flight” But she was so absorbed in her conversion she didn’t pay any attention to him so he left without saying good bye. He boarded the plane and took a seat bordered on the left by a lady who was about twice his size and on the right there was a guy who seemed to be in so much of a hurry to sleep. It was his first time in the air and he never imagined that he could be so scared of flying. As the plane taxied down the runway, he found himself praying and when the plane took off, he grabbed the armrest so tight he was almost ripping it apart. …. To be continued you have been reading Otondo Episode 1 – The Departure

  3. Otondo Episode 1 – The DepartureBy Peter Okolie -April 22, 2016102 Share this on WhatsAppMuritala Mohammed AirportLagos State (aka Las Gidi)“Aero flight BG5X2Y is now boarding at terminal 3”Charles listened as the announcement came ringing through thespeakers from every direction of the airport.He balanced his backpack and moved his weight unhurriedlyfrom leg to the other, took a quick glance at his boarding passand thought to himself,“Which time dem won start to dey load Enugu self?”Otondo Episode 1 – The DepartureHis eyes stood fixed at the split-flap display that enjoyed a prideof place at the far eastern corner of the departure lounge.“Your bag is open.”He turned round to see a young lady, probably in her earlytwenties; she had lovely dark skin, a pleasant smile and stood atabout 5.8 fts. Charles wasn’t vertically endowed but at thatmoment he felt much shorter than usual and was almostintimidated by her height.After she had alerted him about his opened bag, she took a seatand he quickly checked his bag. He made a quick check of thecontent, fully convinced that he had not lost anything, he zippedthe bag then he suddenly realized that he hadn’t said ‘thank you’to the lady.Turning to the lady who was now flipping through the pages of amagazine, he said,‘Thank you’“You’re welcome” she responded without taking her eyes off themagazine.He took a seat beside her and within a couple of seconds; he wasswimming in the scent of her perfume. She giggled when sheread something interesting, and it made Victor’s heart skip abeat. He indulged himself in the pleasures of fantasizing aboutthe beautiful stranger but was suddenly brought back to realityby a call on his cell phone,“Ring! Ring!’But before he could answer the call, the line went dead.“Flashers!” he commented, rhetorically“I wonder how many hours it is to Enugu?” he asked, hoping tostart a conversation“Hours? It takes just about 45 minutes by air”It sounded almost as though she was making jest of hisignorance“So is that where you are heading too?”He enquired further.Not wanting to sound rude, she put aside her magazine, turningto victor, she responded,“Nope, I am going to A-B-J”Stressing each alphabet, but as she turned to continue readingher magazine, he popped the next question.“So you live in Abuja?”Now he was hoping she wouldn’t consider him to be nosy.“Nope again! I live in Las Gidi and school in A-B-J but, I havevisited the coal city a couple of times”He was now feeling like he had the upper hand, at least he was agraduate on his way to a national assignment and she was still inschool.“Big Boy” he thought to himselfExcitedly, he added, “I am going to Ebonyi State because I am acorper, I mean I am going to be a corper, I mean I am going tothe orientation camp”He was puzzled at his babbling.She smiled, then added“Oh, I get it, there is no direct flight to Ebonyi state so you wouldhave to go first to Enugu then go by road to Ebonyi, isn’t it?”Charles felt stupefied as she flaunted her intellectual sagacity, hewas beginning to feel a cold breeze.“A friend told me about a website where you could find a list ofstuffs to take to the orientation camp”She paused briefly to think about the name of the website, then…“Yes, https://www.davinadiaries.com”He quickly put his hand into his pocket hoping to “oppress” thelady with his Blackberry phone. He pulled out his Z10 and as hetried to unlock the phone, a call came through on her cellphone. She reached for her hand bag and pulled out aBlackberry Porsche. He wasn’t even aware that that model ofblackberry was already in the country.His phone now seemed like an obsolete model, He was almosttempted to push his phone back into his pocket but he refusedto yield to the temptation.“Aero flight EB11A1291 to Enugu is now boarding at terminal 5”He listened as the announcement came through the speakers, hetook a quick glance at the split-flap display then he looked at hisboarding pass. Convinced it was his flight, he stood to his feetready to take his leave, the beautiful lady was still on the phone.“That’s my flight”But she was so absorbed in her conversion she didn’t pay anyattention to him so he left without saying good bye.He boarded the plane and took a seat bordered on the left by alady who was about twice his size and on the right there was aguy who seemed to be in so much of a hurry to sleep. It was hisfirst time in the air and he never imagined that he could be soscared of flying. As the plane taxied down the runway, he foundhimself praying and when the plane took off, he grabbed thearmrest so tight he was almost ripping it apart.…. To be continuedyou have been reading Otondo Episode 1 – The Departure

  4. “Your brother has a son whom I think you should be more
    concerned about. I believe also that you know who the
    mother of his son is?” Amah said.
    “Since when did Michael have a son that I don’t know about
    and who is the mother? Michael asked.
    “She is right under nose, It’s your …………….” Amah said
    The Spell Weaver – Episode 16
    Just as she was about to spill the beans, Amah paused. She
    realised that suspense had more value than revelation for
    now. It wasn’t time to reveal all she knew about Helena and
    Michael. It would be more profitable for her if she kept both of
    them in suspense about her next move. She could ward off
    Helena and keep Michael all to herself.
    “My what? Go on, please finish your statement.” Jason urged
    her.
    Suddenly the door opened and Helena walked in. You could
    tell from her sweaty body and body language that she had
    been in a hurry to get home.
    She quickly joined them in the living room to know what was
    really going on.
    “Wow! that was quick. Did you get time to do all you needed
    to do at the school?” Jason asked looking at his watch.
    “Well, it’s been a while since I last saw my friend. I wanted to
    get in on the juicy parts of the business proposal” Helena
    countered.
    Amah glanced at her wristwatch and exclaimed, “Wow! Time
    is really well spent. I must be on my way. I just remembered I
    have something urgent to take care of.” Amah requested to
    leave.
    This took Jason by surprise. Amah had been in the middle of
    making a crucial disclosure. It somehow wetted his appetite
    and he wanted to hear all of it. Jason was smart work-wise
    but he wasn’t street-smart enough to read the interaction and
    body language between the two ladies. He was too naïve.
    Helena’s entrance had given Amah the cue she needed to
    take off.
    “Oh! So soon? I thought we were in the middle of a
    conversation? Jason asked.
    “Don’t worry, I have to be at work. But trust me, I will surely
    pass by soon” Amah said and headed for the door.
    The couple walked her to the door where Amah couldn’t resist
    giving Helena a passing shot.
    “Helena, I must really commend you on your son, he looks so
    much like his dad!” She then stretched her hands to shake
    Jason. As she shook him, she passed a piece of paper into his
    palms. When Jason got the note from Amah, he hid it from his
    wife and kept it his pocket. Amah then left and went on her
    way.
    Helena heaved a sigh of relief. From the part of the
    conversation she had stumbled upon, it was obvious that
    Amah hadn’t revealed her secrets. She felt very threatened by
    Amah’s visit and she would surely have felt even more
    threatened if she had witnessed or had any clue about the
    paper exchange. She felt she needed to do something to shut
    Amah up and remove her as a threat
    Helena was quite curious as to what had gone on between
    Amah and her husband. She was wondering how to get
    information without revealing much.
    “So which of her various business proposals did Amah present
    to you?” Helena asked Jason
    “Oh well, she wasn’t really detailed but I don’t think I will go
    for it” Jason said.
    “Why? Was it not a good deal?” asked Helena.
    “Not that, but my brother Michael is involved.” He said.
    His response threw Helena off balance. She suddenly became
    nervous and tense. “What in the world did this woman tell my
    husband” was the thought that ran through her mind.
    Other times, Jason would have picked some signal from her
    but his attention at the moment was on the note Amah had
    given him. He couldn’t wait to read it. For some reasons, he
    was playing along with Amah. He didn’t want to open it while
    Helena was with him.
    “You mean Michael?” Helena asked to be sure.
    “Yes but hey, let’s forget about it. I am not going to be a part
    of it. Please tell me about Amah, your friend. How come all
    these years of our marriage you never mentioned her?” Jason
    asked. He was trying to bait her.
    “Well, I will only tell you more on one condition,” said his wife
    “A Condition? Interesting, Please tell me what condition?”
    asked Jason.
    “Tell me who Sophie really is” Helena asked.
    Helena was determined to find out who Sophie was. She
    wasn’t about to allow the event of the night before go away
    that quietly. As determined as she was to shut Amah up, she
    was also going to get to the root of whom this special friend
    of her husband was.
    Jason mumbled something that stalled her from further
    questions.
    You are reading The Spell Weaver – Episode
    16
    Back at Michael’s house, Sophie’s mind kept wandering back
    to the strange concoction. Why would Michael have such a
    drug in his possession? What did he need it for? She kept
    asking herself.
    Suddenly she started putting the pieces together. Could this
    be why Nicky had showed up at the office without informing
    her? She had always wondered how much of a coincidence
    was involved in the events at the hospital.
    There had been too many moving parts and several questions.
    Suddenly it came to her: Could it be that her sister Nicky had
    gotten pregnant and took this drug to abort it?
    She became scared as these thoughts raced through her
    mind. She couldn’t wait any longer; she decided to rush to the
    hospital where Nicky passed away to find out from the Doctor
    if her sister had actually died pregnant.
    She took the drug along with her as she went to the hospital.
    She had to wait a while to see the doctor, as he was busy
    attending to several patients.
    Soon her turn came and a nurse ushered her into the
    consulting room where he sat.
    “Hi. How are you?” said the doctor, recognizing her. “Hope
    you are not taking your sister’s death too hard. By the way,
    you look nervous. What is the matter?” he asked.
    “Doctor, do you know this drug?” Sophie asked and showed
    him the herbal medicine.
    “What are you doing with that substance, are you pregnant?
    That concoction has been banned from the market. It’s not
    safe for human consumption,” said the Doctor.
    “I’m not pregnant Doc, I believe this has something to do with
    my sister’s death” Sophie said.
    “Yes I would say that your thoughts make perfect sense. Her
    medical reports showed that she attempted an abortion that
    went awfully wrong. She was messed up inside and there
    wasn’t much we could do as she got to us late ” The Doctor
    revealed.
    “But Doc, how could you have kept this from me? I am her
    sister” Sophie said with teary eyes.
    “I told your colleague who brought her here. She was already
    bleeding and in great pain by the time they both got here. He
    was quite aware of what the issues were. I believe he must
    have kept it from you for a good reason” The Doc. said.
    Sophie’s face dropped, it was now obvious that Michael had
    given Nicky the drug and that was what eventually led to her
    death.
    Disappointment, Anger, Hatred and vengeance were the
    emotions that ran through her all at the same time. She
    couldn’t believe what she had just discovered. She felt an
    acute sense of betrayal. She had loved Michael with al her
    heart and might. She had made sacrifices for him and in the
    end, this was his way of repaying her?
    She found herself overwhelmed by her feelings of hate for
    Michael. It was so strong that she felt a pain in her belly. She
    couldn’t cry. She felt very lonely and dejected. She needed
    someone to talk to. In that moment, her thoughts went to
    Jason. She remembered how comfortable she had felt with
    him. She also remembered that some relationship existed
    between Michael and Jason. She decided to call him.
    The Spell Weaver – Episode 16
    After his talk with his wife, Jason had stepped out of the
    sitting room for a while. He wanted an opportunity to read
    Amah’s note. He had been pushed by curiosity about the
    day’s events. Amah’s sudden appearance from nowhere, the
    strangeness between her and Helena and then the covert
    slipping of the note into his palm.
    He left Helena lying on the couch in their sitting room, his
    phone on the side stool not far from her head.
    Helena was in deep in thought. Her mind first went to Amah
    and all the challenges she presented. A bigger curiosity for her
    though was Sophie. She kept wondering how a woman could
    so occupy her husband’s mind that he would scream out her
    name in the middle of their deep passion.
    “What kind of woman is she? I really would love to meet her.“
    Helena mused. She was jarred out of her thoughts by the
    sound of Jason’s phone ringing. She thought to ignore it but a
    sixth sense told her to pick it and take it to her husband.
    As she picked up the phone, she glanced at the screen. Her
    eyes widened as she saw the words “Sophie” pop up as the
    caller ID.
    ….To be Continued

  5. Comment:DD pls how do one read this story. I just read the first episode and liked it but I can’t find the continuation. Tell me how to go about it

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.