A Girl Like Amanda.
Written By Jake Sam.
Back in the village.
Having finish washing his clothes and
drying the them on the dry line, he wore a
red T-shirt and a black trouser, he walks
out and calls out to Somadina.
“Am going to see granny, I’ll be back later.
When mommy comes tell her, okay?” He
“Brother, I was even planning to go there
now.” She said.
“See your head, who will be at home
now?.”he says smiling at her.
“Brother you are talking as if it’s today we
will lock the door and keep the key under
the foot mat.”
“Silly girl, oya. Lock the door let’s go.”
She quickly enter the house and picked up
the key and ran out again, she bolted the
inner door before locking the net door, she
slides the key under the foot mat before
meeting her brother as they came out of
the compound gate.
“Oh my god,” he suddenly exclaims.
“What is it brother?” Somadina looks at him
“I promise mama some oranges.”
“Let me guess. You want me to go back
inside the house, take the key, open it and
go to the kitchen then take some oranges
from the freezer and come out again, then
lock the door once more then meet you
here.” She sighs.
“My heartbeat, do it for me na.” He smiles
“Okay, am coming.” She says as she ran
Two minutes later, she came out with a
black nylon in her hand.
The compound was only a ten minute walk
so they saw no need of entering a bike.
When they got to the Uzomas compound, it
was quiet for a Saturday morning.
“This compound is quiet today oo.”
Somadina spoke out.
“Maybe the children are still sleeping.”
says and took the oranges from his sister’s
hand as he starts going to granny’s room.
He knocks on the door but there was no
response. He knocks again still no
‘Maybe she is still sleeping.’ He thought as
he exited the passage way.
He came into view of the compound and
notices the car wasn’t where he saw it two
He looks and saw that Somadina has gone
to Mama Soludo’s compound.
He walks to the building.
He saw the children and Mazi Olisa at the
door front, wondering what was wrong, he
got closer and saw Mama Soludo on the
ground sobbing holding Osita in her hands,
he calls Lotenna aside seeing that she and
Somadina waa talking, she was crying.
“Lotenna, what happened?”
“Brother Jidenna, it’s my father oo, he beat
Osita because he thinks he was the one
that urinated on the bed. Now my brother is
unconscious.” She sobs quietly.
Jidenna couldn’t say a word as he noticed
Mazi Ebube wasn’t in the room.
A minute later, Mazi Kingsley came and
they carried Osita to the nearby hospital.
“Lord, we know say we no perfect but
please, this job we wan run so, mek you
be with us as you say in your good book
sey heaven help those wey dey help
themself, lord we dey help our self so.
Thank you.” Viper prayed as he carries a
revolver with a dagger which he straps in
his left leg.
The crew has already prepare as they all
wore pig masks before entering a black
Gunner, who is driving the van drove to a
bushy road waiting for the bullion van.
A Girl Like Amanda.
Written by Jake.
Eighteen Years Ago.
“Chimamanda!” her mom’s voice is heard
from the backyard as little Amanda ran to
her mother who was pounding tomatoes
and pepper in a mortar.
“Mama you called?” She asked as she got
to her mother.
“Yes my love, go into the house, inside my
room and check under the drawer, you’ll
see a jar, ofor is inside. Get it for me.”
A minute later, she came out with the jar in
her hands but her left foot hit a stone as
she immediately fell down breaking the jar
in the process.
Juliet ran to her injured daughter who is
crying on the ground as they were a big
cut on her left foot as blood keeps gushing
“Hey, earth to angel.” Gunner’s voice
brought her back from her memory.
“Yea, am fine.” She replied as she looked
at Maureen’s direction.
Maureen smiles as she caught Amanda
staring at her.
“OK it’s almost time, get ready guys.” Big
daddy says to the gang as he cocked his
Few minutes after, some sirens are heard
from a distance.
The bullion van is approaching with two
police van in his front, and two behind it.
The first police van stopped immediately as
a tree is blocking their path.
A policeman came out and went to inspect,
he looks around as the area is covered
with big bushes on both sides of the road.
He called three officers for assistance, they
got near the fallen tree before a bullet force
hit one of the policemen on the forehead
as he immediately dropped dead, before
the three could know what happened,
bullets came flying in air killing them, the
other policemen came out of their van as
two got shot in the chest.
“Where are the bullets coming from!?” A
sergeant shouted to the front van but is
soon killed when a bullet hit him in his
The remaining four policemen are
confused, “Shoot at the bushes!” A officer
Soon bullets are exchanged with the gang
and the policemen, two officers falls down
dead as a bullet hit one on the chest and
the other below his right rib.
“Take cover!” The officer orders again as
she and a sergeant uses the car doors as
cover, the bullion van driver is scared as he
got out of the van and ran as fast as he
could but is killed when a bullet hit his neck
“Serge, call for backup.” The officer says
to her last policeman.
The sergeant tries entering the car where
the radio is but is shot in the head.
Inspector Anna Asuquo looks around as
her men lies lifeless on the ground, she
drop the handgun as it ran out of bullets,
picking up an assaulted rifle, she did a sign
of the cross before she sprang to her feet,
she open fire into the bushes as she heard
someone cries in pain, she shoots again
but a bullet stops her in her tracks, she
looked at her stomach as a red crimson
liquid flows out, she gasps when a second
bullet got her in her left shoulder as she
Amanda and the gang came out of their
hiding place, Amanda assists Maureen as
her hand bleeds revealing she was the one
that got shot.
“Your hit.” Big daddy says as he got close
“I’ll be fine, don’t worry Yakubu.” Maureen
wanted to smile but didn’t have her
strength as she is losing a lot of blood.
“Amanda, take her to the car while Viper
and Gunner will assist me in getting the
Amanda nods in agreement.
“Gunner stay here and watch these dead
policemen, we aren’t ready for any
surprises while I and Viper go get the
Gunner finds it strange but kept mute as
the two men went behind the van.
Soon a gunshot is heard from the van and
two follows soon. A
Gunner ran to the van and saw Viper dead
on the ground with a bullet wound in his
“What happened?” Gunner asks
“An officer was inside the van with the
cash, he shot him immediately the door got
opened, I shot him immediately.” He says
as he points at a dead officer.
Gunner looks at him strangely but says
“Let’s get the money then”
“We have to hurry though, I bet the police
heard the gun sounds.” Big Daddy said.
Seven minutes later, they are done with
the money as they both headed to the van.
“Where’s Viper?” Maureen asks the two
men as they got in.
“Dead.” Big Daddy replied her.
With Gunner on the drivers side, he ignited
the engine of the van as it came to life.
As they drove away from the battle scene,
Amanda thought she saw Michael watching
them from the trees.