CHAPTER TWO( Ep3) – WHAT THE PRESENT EXPLAINS
As a bus conductor, Zobo was there working, he called passengers to the commercial bus. The way he screamed and called the passengers, he still drank sachet water and immediately the commercial bus was filled up, he moved inside. Tokyo as the driver drove the commercial bus along and Zobo was looking ahead and checking the money with him as he sat on the bus engine. After few minutes when the commercial bus had gone far, Zobo informed the passengers “Hey passengers, now it’s time to pay me up, we are about to reach the bus stop”. The passengers paid up and there was Ruth, a woman carrying a sick crying baby. Everybody wondered the way the baby cried. Some passengers called Ruth’s attention to the crying baby. She was just singing lullaby and trying to stop the baby from crying till they reached the bus stop. The passengers were getting down, then Ruth carried her little baby and alighted from the commercial bus well. After all the passengers were gone, Zobo then remembered the change on his hands “Ouch!!! That woman with kid has forgotten to get her change, wow!!! That’s lovely”, Tokyo heard and replied “You’re a big shit, how could you do that? Not handling change to a passenger and you think it’s a better thing to celebrate?”, Zobo replied in a laughing way “Drive on my boss, we have nothing to do with that, the money would just pile up, you get?”.
Around a local street, Zobo was there at a local palm wine shop smoking cigarette and there were some other people buying cigarette, palm wine and hot sachet alcoholic drinks. They were busy shouting and discussing different issues, Zobo finished the pack of cigarette with him and called out Iya Asake “Hey woman, what’s this all about? I thought this could last longer, I’ve finished the third pack right here tonight” Then a drunkard interfered “Then buy the fourth, besides, cigarette isn’t finished. You’re here in the home of cigarettes, you have no problem”, Zobo shouted at him “Shut the hell man, what is your main problem drunkard? The issue here, will you pay for me or what?”, the drunkard stood up and screamed out “What nonsense, who did you think I am? Talking irrelevant thing with me, I am a paramount person in this society, I can do and undo, I’ll have to punish you for that… You deserve to be taught a lesson”.
The statement got Zobo angry, he replied immediately with anger “I really wish to know what you’re up to, come on, show yourself right now. Is it face to face fight? I am a lion in that, I’ll break your head and pick your brains out, use them to eat amala tonight”. The drunkard was set to go for fight, the other people around quickly stopped him and some other stopped Zobo as well but Zobo kept laughing “I don’t have any problem, he’s a drunkard, I don’t need to wait again, I must go home now. Iya Asake, where is it, a pack of cigarette? I’ll pay you up tomorrow, everything”. Iya Asake answered him immediately, she handed over the pack of cigarette to Zobo. Zobo lighted up one cigarette, started smoking along his way, but the drunkard did not stop trembling to fight and the rest held him tight till Zobo passed away.
Along the way, Zobo didn’t stop smoking and he eventually saw some kids ahead him at a corner of a house, both of them were playing clap plays (chinko-chinko), he was so happy to see them. He dropped the cigarette with him immediately as he remained standing and remembered.
During the old years, outside the house, Shade was there with Gbade, they were both playing and then they stopped. Gbade asked “Shade, would you please teach me that Mr. Macaroni play?”, Shade replied “I don’t know it, I only heard about it. But I know chinko-chinko, let’s play that one, would you?”, “Yes, teach me”.
Shade started teaching Gbade the way to play the clap play, very soon Yinka moved out and found them. She ran to them and beat both of them, she screamed “You two dullards, that’s too vicious for you both to be playing. At this moment, you supposed to be reading your books. Come right now inside, we need to do something, I’ll have to teach you some works”. She pushed both Gbade and Shade inside, even they were not happy with it but they just have to obey.
After remembering it, Zobo asked himself “What if? What if we had listened to her, she wanted us to learn and so that we could earn but to play only came to my head. This is just where playing led me to, I’m already into this, it’s my life to live”.
Ruth was inside her room praying, she knelt down and she didn’t stop praying, even her baby did not stop crying as well. After the long prayer, she praised the name of the Lord and then sat on the bed. She picked the crying baby and tried to pet her, that was the exact time Craig barged inside. Seeing him surprised Ruth, she welcomed him in a silent way “Welcome”, she took her eyes off Craig and Craig looked at Ruth in a fierce way. He could hear the baby crying none stop, he spoke “What sort of nonsense is your kid doing? Stop her or I stop you both. First, why did you do that? How could you? You went to beat my Lolade the only love of my life, what is your problem? Enlighten me please”. Ruth replied with her low voice “I have nothing to reply, with a mammalian brain why would you go for a concubine since you have your wife?”, “What? Did you just call me an animal or insect? Wait, is she my concubine or wife to be? Because I’m yet to dispose you right? You don’t even know your position. No matter what, she’s still coming to this house as my real wife, mind you a genuine wife I mean. She can’t give birth to a sick child”.